Posted by: Jay | May 5, 2008

A Must Read

Over at the Real Gun Guys.

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Posted by: Jay | May 5, 2008

“That’s Stupid”

It’s good that a kid that is 11 years old can gets that certain laws just don’t make any sense. For instance, my son slept over his friends house on Saturday. His buddy Jackson had just gotten a Red Ryder BB gun. He knew Michael had his own BB gun so he invited him to stay over and they were shooting Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning. On Sunday he told me Jackson’s dad told them to be careful while shooting because if anybody called the cops, the Dad would get in trouble. Michael asked me why in particular. I told Michael that, technically, he needed to be 18 to shoot his BB gun alone. He says, “But Dad, the box said it was for kids 10 years old and up.” I said, “Yeah, I know. The box says one thing, the law in Florida says another.” He just looked at me and said, “That’s stupid.”

Don’t I know it kid.

Posted by: Jay | May 5, 2008

Hillary On Guns

It is amusing to see Hillary attack Obama on gun control. Hillary’s position on gun control is almost as extreme as Obama’s. What I like the most however, are the Democrats and liberals who are just split like crazy over the two. Read what Bryan Miller has to say and just ignore all his drivel about “rational gun policy.”

Posted by: Jay | May 1, 2008

Shutterbug Stuff

I bit the bullet. On Ebay I got a Nikon D50 with a 28-80mm lens and 70-300mm lens along with some filters and a 1GB SD card. I paid $435 for the whole setup. I saw similar and lesser deals going for more, so I think I secured a good one. I should have it in a couple of days and will post some test pics as soon as I can.

I found a place that will digitize photos, negatives and slides starting at 19 cents apiece (24 cents for slides). Sounds cheap right? It is. How? The company does most of the work in India. Now when I first read that I thought, “Uh oh.” Let’s face it. You’re sending off memories captured on film and you want those things back. However, the Scan Cafe has received high marks from several sources. Check out the reviews here. I have about 500 slides, 125 of which I think are really worth digitizing, so I am going to try it out. Here’s how it works: You place your order and print out a UPS label. You ship, they scan and when they’re done, they send you an email with a link to look at what they did. They do light touch up and will remove dust for you as well. You choose only the ones you want to pay for (they will send the originals back). You make your choices, they ship the slides back with a DVD or CD of your images scanned at 3000dpi.

I put a Flickr widget over on the sidebar. I threw some images in there. Take a look.

Posted by: Jay | May 1, 2008

No Fly Lists

When no-fly lists came out following the 9/11 attacks, there were many false positives. People with no connection to terrorist at all were being denied entry to airplanes. That same stupid list has actually prevented air marshals — you know, the men and women that fly armed to protect people from possible hijackings — from boarding planes.

Of course, that idiot Frank Lautenberg in all of his anti-gun glory (I don’t hate anybody, but my loathing for Lautenberg comes close. I used to live in NJ and I couldn’t stand the SOB during his first stint as Senator, and then to see he re-elected actually made me long for Robert Torricelli) wants to apply this same list to gun purchases.

Look, I’m not the kind of guy that has been standing up and praising the Bush administration on all aspects of their views in fighting terrorism, and it’s coin toss as to who was a more incompetent Attorney General between Alberto Gonzalez and Janet Reno. They’ve encroached in areas of civil liberties that have made my blood boil. But what I cannot stand are the self righteous politicians and pundits (and organizations) that wail at decibel levels higher than at a heavy metal concert about the Bush administration, and then turn around and support stupid things like this watch list being applied to gun purchases. Due process can be tossed aside when it comes to gun control in the minds of Lautenberg and his ilk and it’s pathetic.

h/t Sebastian

Posted by: Jay | May 1, 2008

Non-Existent Posting

Sorry, it’s just been two crazy days at work.

Some stuff coming soon….

Posted by: Jay | April 29, 2008

What Makes A Gun Grabber?

Does an insane person believe they’re insane? I don’t think so. I believe insane people think they’re perfectly fine and that everybody around them is crazy.

The same goes for the mentality of gun grabbers (or any ‘true believer’ of any political position, like abortion for example). Barack Obama says he believes the second amendment protects the right of the individual to bear arms, but his record and his rhetoric doesn’t agree. That being said, he probably believes his positions are perfectly consistent with his comment about the second amendment.

So when I called Barack Obama a gun grabber, somebody asked me, “Has Obama supported any kind of legislation or made any kind of statement that would indicate he wants to take guns away from their lawful owners?”

The answer to that is pretty simple, but I suspect that this person views things the same way Obama does, so he’s wondering, “What in the world is Jay talking about?” Well, Barack Obama supports the DC position in Heller. He supported (though he now claims he doesn’t) a complete and total ban on the manufacturing, sale and possession of handguns. He opposes concealed carry laws and has called for banning them. He supports a ban on any semi-automatic weapon. He voted against allowing women with an order of protection against another person to carry a concealed firearm. He voted against allowing a court defense of self-defense against home intruders in jurisdictions where handguns are banned. He also supported a proposal that would limit the purchase of guns to a total of two per year. Not per month. Per year.

It’s fair to say he’s a gun grabber.

Posted by: Jay | April 29, 2008

Reverend Wright – Foot In Mouth

Barack Obama is probably kicking himself. The latest:

The Chicago pastor refused to apologize for suggesting black Americans should sing “God Damn America” instead of “God Bless America” and for suggesting America brought 9/11 on itself because, as he put it, “we have never apologized as a country” for slavery.

“Britain has apologized to Africans but this country’s leaders have refused to apologize,” he said. Wright also said, “You can’t do terrorism on other people and not expect it to come back on you.”

Nice.

To be honest, I find such apologies to be nothing more than political grandstanding. But to say that the United States has suffered terrorist attacks because of slavery is absurd. This man is the Pastor of a large church. Has he even read the bible?

h/t Sebastian.

Posted by: Jay | April 28, 2008

On The Camera Front

I’ve been doing some digging and I may go with a different Nikon instead of the D40. I am reading about the D50 and it appears to have some advantages over the D40. I actually went to the store this weekend and held a D40. To be honest, it actually felt a tad small for an SLR. I’ve got big hands (not meaty, but long fingers) so I like the build of the bigger SLR’s. But it wasn’t too small, and I am sure I could get used to it. The D50 has a bigger body. You can see the difference here.

The D50 has five auto-focus areas as opposed to 3 with the D40. The D40 has a bigger LCD screen, with more megapixels, but I won’t be using the LCD to compose shots.

The final thing may be the auto-focus feature. The D40 doesn’t have a built in AF motor. Therefore, the lenses you get have to be some of the newer lenses that have an AF motor in them. Those lenses, to say the least, are expensive. The 18mm-200mm zoom costs a hefty $678. Being in Florida, I have access to an abundance of wildlife. A zoom lens with auto focus is critical for getting images of that wildlife. For portraits, I want to get a hold of a nice 50mm f/1.8 which really makes the subject stand out against the background. There’s plenty of those around, but the auto-focus will not work with the D40. Now some people might say, “So use the manual focus!” That’s easier said than done, especially if your subject moves around a lot. The f/1.8 aperture will make somebody go out of focus just moving a few inches.

We’ll see.

Posted by: Jay | April 28, 2008

The Obvious

Notice how opinions of Bill Clinton have changed, especially for Barack Obama fans? Bill Clinton, whom the same people often tried to elevate as one of our greatest Presidents, is now being accused of pretty much what Republicans and conservatives have been saying for the last 16 years. So when I read comments like this:

What you people have failed to understand is that the problem with Bill Clinton was not that he was expedient, but that his goals were limited to his own personal political success.

I chuckle because the appropriate response is, “Duh.” It’s like a math whiz suddenly realizing that 1+1 does in fact, equal 2.

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