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Memorial Day 2010 – Flying the American Flag to Honor Those Who Have Fallen

Memorial Day 2010 - Flying the American Flag at half staff until noon

Memorial Day 2010 - Flying the American Flag at half staff until noon

Memorial Day 2010 - Flying the American Flag - It's after noon and the flag is at full staff

Memorial Day 2010 - Flying the American Flag - It's after noon and the flag is at full staff

Being a patriotic American, I figured it might be a good and proper idea to actually purchase an American flag and fly it from my apartment – especially on Memorial Day.  Thankfully, I’ve already checked with the management about such things and there should be no problem with them.  No, there should never be a problem with displaying the American flag, but what should be isn’t always the way it is.

I don’t have all that much money at the moment, so I went to Wal Mart in an effort to find something that I could live with for the time being.  What you see is what I was able to obtain for $10 and should work until a better solution is available.  I’m eventually going to go through a Senator or Congressional Representative to obtain a Flag flown over the Capitol.  Click here if you’re interested – it’s actually very reasonably priced :)

While doing some research, I found that according to the official Code Memorial Day is a bit unique with the proper way to fly the Flag being at half staff until noon.  I’ll go back out and raise the Flag to the top of the staff at noon.

I’m not trying to say that I’m the greatest or even better than anyone here.  I’m just a civilian who’s thankful for those who’ve made my way of life possible by giving theirs and trying to show some gratitude for it.

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Memorial Day 2010

I’m going to keep this one short. Today is a day to remember and give thanks for those who have given their lives so that we may live free. The video above has some great examples for us to follow in my opinion.

I might post another one or two items today, but they’ll be related to Memorial Day as well.

To all who have sacrificed themselves so that I might enjoy freedom, thank you.  You are in my thoughts and prayers always.

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For Kath and the ladies to have a chuckle

First Cruise to The Med in 1974 aboard Independence

Touched up and all! I was just past twenty when this was taken. Be gentle. It was a long time ago.

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Picture(s) A Day(s) – 28 and 29 May 2010

It’s been a helluva couple of weeks.  Saturday was my first day off after 12 straight days at work.  Now, I know it’s nothing compared to what the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces do on a regular basis but I’m still not used to it.

So what have I been doing in the time since I left work on Friday?  Well, you’ll be surprised to know I just had to stop by New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms :P  Yeah, I needed my gun fix and had to ask a few questions :)

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Regent 1911-A1 .45 ACP pistol

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Regent 1911-A1 .45 ACP pistol

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Regent 1911-A1 .45 ACP pistol

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Regent 1911-A1 .45 ACP pistol

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Springfield Armory 1911 .45 pistol

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Springfield Armory 1911 .45 pistol

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Springfield Armory 1911 .45 pistol

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Springfield Armory 1911 .45 pistol

I’ve always liked 1911 pistols, but they’ve always seemed out of my price range.  These aren’t quite so bad :)

The other problem I thought I had was the fact that I have small hands.  The last ones I handled were different from the G.I. versions above in that they had thicker grips and a beaver tail safety which made it impossible for me to operate the safety with one hand.  The problem with this is that the 1911 is a single action pistol which means it has to be cocked – the hammer has to be back – in order for it to be fired.  The proper way to carry a 1911 is with the safety on and the hammer cocked.  Taking that safety off is a big deal :wink:  The Regent and Springfield Armory guns were no problem :)

One of the reasons I’m so attracted to the .45 caliber these days is that here in Nevada it’s fairly darn easy to legally purchase suppressors.  Yes, those are also known as silencers :mrgreen:  All normal .45 ammo is subsonic so there’s no miniature sonic boom or sonic crack from the round as it goes downrange which means that .45 suppressors are pretty darn quiet with virtually any ammunition out there.  There’s just something incredibly cool about firing such a powerful handgun and having it be so quiet.  Click here to see the difference on video.

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - FN FS2000 rifle

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - FN FS2000 rifle

Something you don’t see very often is the FN FS2000 rifle.  It’s a bullpup design with the action in the back which makes it much shorter than a normal rifle.  It’s chambered for 5.56mm – the same as most AR-15 rifles – and takes AR-15 / M-16 magazines as well.  The spent shell casings are ejected out the front and all controls are ambidextrous so it’s friendly to left handed shooters.  I like it and think it’s really rather comfortable, but I’ll spend my $2000 on something else :)

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Draco 7.62x39 AK based handgun

28 May 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Draco 7.62x39 AK based handgun

I’ve actually seen a Draco pistol shot and it’s FREAKING LOUD :shock: !!!  Basically what you’re looking at is a semi-auto AK-47 with no stock and a very short barrel.  In my non-expert opinion, it’s a cool gun but doesn’t have all that many real uses.  Scratch that – it would make a nice car gun to ward off carjackers and other threats to life in the small confines of a vehicle due to its small size.  You just have to be willing to deal with hearing aids after actually using it in a small space.

28 May 2010 - USAF F-15E Strike Eagle heading out from Nellis AFB

28 May 2010 - USAF F-15E Strike Eagle heading out from Nellis AFB

Being so near Nellis AFB, it’s no surprise that New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms sees its fair share of jets overhead.  More than that, it’s a very friendly shop to the military and several of the employees and even the owner of New Frontier Armory are active duty military.  Yet another reason I’m happy to support this fine establishment :)

28 May 2010 - Police activity at my apartment complex

28 May 2010 - Police activity at my apartment complex

Finally arriving home last night, I found the scene above in my apartment parking lot.  I didn’t get close at all, but from what I could hear it sounded like a domestic dispute had caused all the ruckus.  I have to say that this is the first time I’ve seen anything like this here.  It’s normally a really nice place.

That was Friday.  Today wasn’t all that exciting, but I still managed to get a couple pictures :wink:

28 May 2010 - Mango infused rum at Lee's Discount Liquor - Yum :D !!!

Now that’s something I can appreciate :D  I love rum and I love mangoes.  Put ‘em together like that and you’ve got a winning combination!  I stopped by Lee’s Discount Liquor for something else but I always take a good look around while I’m there.  Being a Parrothead most people think I drink a whole lot more than I actually do.  I really don’t drink very much these days, but I can still appreciate a good drink :)

28 May 2010 - Prairie dogs at Exotic Pets - only $150 each!

28 May 2010 - Prairie dogs at Exotic Pets - only $150 each!

28 May 2010 - Amazon tree boa at Exotic Pets

28 May 2010 - Amazon tree boa at Exotic Pets

My other stop for the day was at Exotic Pets – Ziva needed some dinner and that’s my go to source for frozen mice.  She’s up to adult mice now but it still only costs about $1.00 a week to feed her :)

28 May 2010 - Mead AKA honey wine - Yet another tasty treat from Lee's Discount Liquor

28 May 2010 - Mead AKA honey wine - Yet another tasty treat from Lee's Discount Liquor

Last but not least is a pic of my reason for going to Lee’s Discount Liquor – Mead :D

If you’ve never tried mead, I highly recommend it :)  It’s basically wine that was made with diluted honey instead of fruit juice.  It can be dry or sweet and there are many variations just as you’d find with any other wine, but it has a unique flavor that I really enjoy 8)  At $11.00 a bottle it’s also pretty affordable – at least that’s what I pay for this brand at Lee’s.

That’s it for now – gotta get some rest and be ready for the reloading clinic I’ll be attending tomorrow morning :wink:

Have a great Sunday :mrgreen:

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“Gun Nuts” Outnumber Golfers!

Yeah, that’s right – More people went golfing in 2009 than played golf :D  I keep trying to tell people that I’m not really as nuts as they say I am :P

From the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel:

According to a study conducted by Responsive Management, 34.4 million Americans went target shooting in 2009.

For comparison, 28.6 million Americans golfed (a minimum of one round) in 2008, according to the National Golf Foundation.

The Responsive Management study included a wide spectrum of shooting activities at gun clubs and ranges, including hunters sighting in rifles, trap and skeet shooters and handgun owners practicing marksmanship.

Although the number – about 15% of the nation’s population – is not insignificant, target shooters are a distinct minority in America.

And unlike golf, shooting carries a negative stigma in much of mainstream America.

I’ve got a couple of reactions to this.

First, I’d note the fact that while they bring up the fact that more people went shooting than golfing, they still manage to note that shooters are a “distinct minority” and that shooting carries a “negative stigma in much of mainstream America.”  I’d agree that shooting carries a negative stigma with a whole bunch of people, but I’d like to get them out in the desert of the western U.S. or just a town like Las Vegas, NV or Prescott, AZ.  It’s not all that negative around here.  I get quite a few compliments on my Shooter Jack shirt from Life, Liberty Etc :wink:

About that “distinct minority” – Well, I’d say that’s probably accurate.  But I’d ask why the comparison was made to the entire U.S. population?  It makes it seem rather small.  I’d venture to say that many activities would fall into that description.  How about we compare that to fishing, hunting, table tennis, diving, hiking, or going on a family vacation?  It’s an easy way to marginalize anything.

I’m happy to see shooting and firearms getting more of a fair shake, but I always want to see better :)

Hat tip to Everyday, No Days Off

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Spelling Lesson!

A short spelling lesson:

The last four letters in “American” =I Can
The last four letters in “Republican” =I Can
The last four letters in “Democrats”= Rats

End of Lesson.

Test to follow in November.
November will be set aside as rodentextermination month.

Sent to me from a friend from the Hi Line.

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BREAKING – WHITE HOUSE USED BILL CLINTON IN SESTAK BRIBE OFFER

HOLY $*@% :shock: !!!

From WBAL TV in Baltimore:

PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press Writer

POSTED: 11:03 am EDT May 28, 2010
UPDATED: 11:27 am EDT May 28, 2010

WASHINGTON –
The White House confirms that it used former President Bill Clinton as an intermediary to discourage Rep. Joe Sestak’s Democratic primary challenge in the Pennsylvania Senate race.

Folks, this is BIG.  Really BIG.  Bribery BIG.

This is what’s known as a FELONY.

For some reason I’m thinking we may Barack Obama become the first Democrat President resign in disgrace.  That would be another fitting “first” for this President if you ask me.

UPDATE – Apparently, the spin is that the White House was going to offer an unpaid position which would somehow make this all legal.  That’s BULLSHIT if you ask me.  There’s lots of things that might be legal but still ain’t right.

More at Weasel Zippers

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MORE OVERTIME!!!!!

Yes, I actually did it.  I took the eight hours of offered overtime on Saturday, 5 June 2010.  As far as I know I didn’t have anything planned and it’s not like I can’t use the money :)  And I’ll still have Sunday off as well :wink:

Here’s hoping I can save up some money!

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Mexico’s Immigration Hypocrisy Getting Air Time

From USA Today:

Activists blast Mexico’s immigration law

By Chris Hawley, USA TODAY
TULTITLN, Mexico — Arizona’s new law forcing local police to take a greater role in enforcing immigration law has caused a lot of criticism from Mexico, the largest single source of illegal immigrants in the United States.

But in Mexico, illegal immigrants receive terrible treatment from corrupt Mexican authorities, say people involved in the system.

And Mexico has a law that is no different from Arizona’s that empowers local police to check the immigration documents of people suspected of not being in the country legally.

“There (in the United States), they’ll deport you,” Hector Vázquez, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, said as he rested in a makeshift camp with other migrants under a highway bridge in Tultitlán. “In Mexico they’ll probably let you go, but they’ll beat you up and steal everything you’ve got first.”

Go and read the whole thing – it’s worth it.

And yet we have officials from Arizona going to an international organization to complain about Arizona S.B. 1070 abusing human rights…

Hat tip to Weasel Zippers

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Talk To The Cactus!

From El Seminario in Nogales, Mexico:

NOGALES, May 25, 2010 .- To reverse the effects of SB-1070, legislators in Mexico and the U.S. (EU) have agreed to submit an appeal to the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), since this initiative criminalises migration with racial profiling in the state of Arizona.

Amanda Aguirre, state Sen. governed by Jan Brewer, read-after a closed-door meeting in the City of Nogales, “a joint statement announcing the promotion of comprehensive immigration reform” before the U.S. Congress- to allow orderly and safe flow of migrants, in answer to the reality of both nations in labor.

Because that whole Constitution issue is a pain in the ass, right?  Or could it be that the thought of the U.S. as a sovereign nation is offensive to them?

Either way, I only have one thing to say to ‘em – talk to the cactus :twisted:

Talk to the cactus - click image for original source page

Talk to the cactus - click image for original source page

Here’s my problem with this whole line of action that these supposed representatives of the Citizens of Arizona and others are undertaking – It’s not just that it’s not right, but it’s not legal either.  They want to impose the decision of a foreign entity on the government of Arizona which is a sovereign state within the United States of America.  The decisions of that foreign entity are outside of the U.S. Constitution.

Cactus image from Exurban League

Hat tip to Weasel Zippers

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