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23 April 2014

Dash Cam Horror

Toys

I collect toys.

I'm a brony.

There's a Venn diagram for this, I am sure.

McDonald's has MLPFIM toys presently.

Ebay is definitely healthier than Happy Meals...

A quick check of the local Mac Shacks has revealed that the most popular character of the eight they released this year is Fluttershy!

Then Princess Twilight then Princess Luna.

Of the eight, five are of the Mane Six, Applejack is MIA.  Celestia, Luna and DJ Pon 3 round out the set.

Get them while they're hot.

22 April 2014

Automatic Shut Off

I was reading the manual for the Vortex SPARC II and it has the line, "Note: If you forget to turn off the SPARC II, it will automatically shut down in 12 hours."

Nice feature, but all I can think is, "Note: If you forget to turn off the Aimpoint M4, it will automatically shut down in 12 years.  Replace the battery."

Detail

All of those little posts about Magic Returns are in service of making what's otherwise a bog standard sword-n-sorcery tabletop role playing game.

The players have the standard fantasy world motivations that they've had since blue-box Dungeons and Dragons.

The only places I left the reservation were lowering the tech a bit (which isn't too onerous) and getting very specific about the magic rules.  To tell the truth I am not certain about those.

It can fall either way...

Do I want magery to come from the ritual of placing the apprentice's soul in the silver dagger or is it just an initiation rite of The Guild.  I'll have to pick one or the other because it has a dramatic effect on the points.

Reach

The Coastal City States each control relatively small areas of land.

Each is about a semi-circle of area from the shoreline approximately 30 miles in radius and they are about about 100 miles apart from each other, so there's 40 miles of wilderness between their areas of control.

The cities themselves are much smaller with most of the land area being the noble's villas and cultivated land.

They are on the eastern shore of a landmass of unknown size with a salt-sea of unknown breadth.

From northernmost to southernmost...

Palernice, Tanalthens, Sombanio then Selence.  The four cities are aware of each other and trade amongst themselves by both the trade road and by sea.

The climate is warm and pleasant with year-round agriculture.

The trade road falls into ruin both north and south of the cities and smaller roads lead west into the wilderness from all of them.

A large river, Hickimbal, reaches the sea between Palernice and Tanalthens; with a marshy delta taking up most of the wilderness space between the two.  Just upstream of the delta; the trade road crosses the river over a stone bridge that cannot be replicated with present technology.

21 April 2014

Government

The Coastal City States are each governed by a prince and a council.


The Prince is social status 6.  Council members are ranked by seniority from Grand Councilor (5), Senior Councilor (4) and Junior Councilor (3).

Different cities handle this distinction differently.

In Selence the rank of a council member is literally by seniority; with five grand councilors, 10 senior and 20 junior.  While being on the council is hereditary, the status changes as time passes.  The council is a single chamber with each councilor getting a number of votes according to their status.  Grand getting three, senior getting two and junior getting one.

In Sombanio the positions are inherited directly.  There are three grand councilors, five senior and 40 junior.  The council is two chambers with the High Council consisting of the grand and senior members and the low council being composed of the juniors.

The councils of both Selence and Sombiano have actual power and make law for the prince to enforce.  Both elect their prince from the membership of the council, normally but not always from the grand councilors.

In Palernice the high council is ten grand councilors who inherit their membership.  The prince is also a hereditary position.  The low council consists of ten senior councilors who are elected from the 42 noble families and thirty junior councilors elected from the free population.  Again, the councils make the laws that are enforced by the prince.  Palernicians also enjoy the pleasures that go with being TL 2.

Tanalthens is ruled by it's prince who both makes and enforces the laws.  The council membership is mostly hereditary, but is generally a sop to those persons and families favored by the price at any given moment.  There is a great deal of intrigue and infighting to curry favor from the prince.

Then there's The Guild.

Technically they are The Council of Thaumatology, Guardians of The Arcane and Protectors of The Mystic Knowledges.

They are extra-national and while they generally abide by the laws of the princes (or other local authority) they clearly operate independently of common society.  It is a testimony to the foresight and talent of the senior leadership of the mages that they retained power and influence during the centuries long period where magic no longer worked.  It's an open secret that there were some places where magic could still be worked and that The Guild could project much power from those sites.

In general, The Guild does not meddle in the affairs of the nobility, or allow the nobility to meddle in theirs.  A sign of this is The Guild forbids healing, cures and any spell which can extend a person's lifespan to be cast upon a sitting prince or councilor.  Better to let a good prince die than to perpetuate the life of a bad one; and by interfering a good man could be turned bad...  Abdication and renunciation of all titles allows life-saving magics to be used on a former nobleman.

The Riddle Of Steel

The Fallen Empire had made it to TL4.

There are some artifacts left over from it, carefully preserved.

Mostly weapons and armor.

TL3 and TL4 stuff is available at x4 and x8 pricing respectively if you're TL1.  And it's even more expensive because the items that have survived tend to be fine and very fine quality (they were originally saved because they were excellent examples).

So a steel broadsword should be $8,000 (TL3 and fine quality) and it's likely to also have other desirable enhancements from Low Tech p. 59.  Ornate being the most common.

A TL4 Edged Rapier $32,000 for a fine example.  Harder to justify unless you're of a social standing to have learned the fencing that would certainly have been preserved along with such an heirloom.

Getting a steel sword is worth the effort because any iron or bronze weapon standing against it is treated as cheap, regardless of its quality.

It might even be worth the $1,000 a TL2 iron broadsword will cost a TL1 person because it, in turn treats the very common bronze weapons as cheap.

Even enchanted blades surface from time to time.

20 April 2014

My Fantasy World Idea

I'm giving it a working title of "Magic Returns" and that's its tag.

For the past ten years, the world has been normal mana.  For the previous fifty they'd been low mana.  Before that, for hundreds of years, there was no mana.

The end of mana also ended civilization.

The return knocked it back on its heels as forgotten artifacts and dormant creatures returned to life.

The start region is one of coastal city states.  They mostly share a language, religion and culture, but there are sharp dividing differences.

Inland there is terra incognita.

The sages and scribes insist there was once an empire that spanned the entire world.  They have fragments of the histories in mouldering archives.

Local tech level is TL 1.  Science has been advancing, so there's some TL 2 happening.

Magic was stubbornly preserved and there are a few users of mana.

In game terms...

Buying TL2 comes as a 20 point package with wealth and status.  TL +1 (TL 2) [5]; Wealth (Comfortable, $1,000 starting) [10]; and Status +1 (Palernician) [5].  Of course if you are TL 1, you can buy TL2 stuff at double the price... which is worth it considering bronze armor is 4x the price of iron.

Mages are a bit more complicated.  For a very long time the people preserving the secrets of magic couldn't show anything for their efforts.  Even when mana returned to low levels, the meager skills developed via rote learning didn't yield results discernible from when there was no magic at all.  This served to make mages look like fools, or worse frauds, who'd not managed to save any knowledge at all.

What has remained since before the collapse of the lost empire has been the guild.  Through rote learning and clever apparatuses they've managed to save a great deal of magic.  They even held control of small pockets where the magic never died.  The locations of these pockets are a guild secret.

Every mage has a silver dagger (see Silver Weapons on p. B275).

The day they begin their apprenticeship (and thus join the guild), their master enchants a that dagger with Staff (Magic p. 70) and Soul Jar (Magic p. 154) to place their soul into the dagger.  This is how much of the magical knowledge was preserved, the souls of long dead master mages then possessed young mages...  This is a secret of the guild too.  I am not sure what the point cost of being encased in a soul jar is.  Magery is bought with Breakable (DR 4, SM -5) -25%; Can Be Stolen (Quick Contest) -30%; and Unique, -25%: for a total limitation of -80%!  [1] for magery 0 and [2] per level after that (maximum 3 at character generation; higher levels can be obtained during play).  Take note that someone breaking your dagger is a lot worse than losing your magic, you're dead!  Shatterproof (Magic p. 118) is a popular enchantment to place on one's soul dagger.

Total cost of the dagger is $438.

Actual rule changes from the standard model on magic...

If you're going to wear armor, there is a penalty equal to the holdout number of the armor worn (as listed with the armor types in GURPS: Low Tech: Instant Armor).  Take all modifiers and add them...  So for a sleeved shirt of medium leather...  -2 for the torso and -2 for the arms for a total of -4.

The Magic Ritual rules on Magic p. 8 are amended...

Skill 9 or less - You must use your dagger, drawn as part of the ritual as specified.

Skill 10-14 - if you use a different item with the staff spell on it, you merely need your dagger on your person, otherwise you must have it drawn as part of the ritual.

Skill 15-19 - You must have your dagger on your person but don't need to use it as part of the ritual; however you lose the cost reduction if you don't use something enchanted with staff.

Skill 20-24 - your dagger must exist and doesn't need to be on your person; however the cost is only reduced by 1 if it's not on you.

Skill 25 or more - as written on Magic p. 9.

More as I think of it and get feedback.

Inheritor

Marv inherited a Winchester Model 12 in 16ga.

It is NOT a Remington 870.

It is NOT a Mossberg 500.

I say that because all three are pump shotguns with internal hammers.  That's just about where the similarity ends.

Being familiar with an 870 leads to making mistakes on something as simple as loading the gun.  On an 870 the ready round is held in the magazine completely.  On the 12 the ready round is held by a tab on the bottom of the bolt and the next round is stopped by the cartridge stop while the elevator is presenting the ready round to the chamber.  When you close the action, the cartridge stop moves and releases the round against the tab on the bolt.

Here's a vid.


Another interesting bit is the slide lock not disengaged by firing, but by either pushing the slide forward or using the latch behind the trigger guard.

Easter On Four Twenty

Woah!  I think that was Jesus!

Dude!  This stuff must've just kicked in!

19 April 2014

No More Kings





Appropriate for April 19th, don't you think?

Answered!

Dan Howard had answered my query about Low Tech armor, but I'd skimmed past it in his reply about other things!

At TL1, if you're buying scale armor, you are NOT getting iron scales.

You're getting copper or bronze.

Copper doesn't change the cost or weight, but drops the DR by one.

Bronze doesn't change the weight or DR, but the price is x4 (minimum because it's CF+3 and there are other things that could add into the CF before you're done like fitting).

Thus while a generic set of standard medium scale armor covering the torso is $550, DR 4 and 28 lb. this only applies to iron armor and isn't available until TL 2.

Copper is $550, DR 3 and 28 lb.
Bronze is $2,200, DR 4 and 28 lb.

And they're still -1 DR vs crushing attacks regardless of material.

After TL 2 begins, there's just no reason not to change over to iron armor types unless you want plate.

A medium plate torso isn't available in iron.  They become available in steel at TL 4.  You can get them in bronze or copper from TL 1 though.

At TL4 it'd be $2,500; DR 6 and 20 lb.

Copper is $2,500, DR 5 and 20 lb.
Bronze is $10,000, DR 6 and 20 lb.  By way of comparison, the Basic Set bronze corselet is $1,300; DR 5 and 40 lb.  Clearly if you decide to use Low Tech for armor you'll have to forbid using the Basic Set.

Starting wealth is the killer here.

TL 1 is $500, TL 2 is $750, TL 3 is $1,000 and TL 4 is $2,000.  So a corselet is 125% of starting wealth at TL 4 but 2,000% at TL 1 because you have to buy it in bronze and you have both less money and more expensive armor!

Low Tech offers all kinds of handy modifications for your armor...

If you're willing to take a 1 DR hit you can get a CF -0.6 for Cheap.
Fluting is available for our scale armor for CF +4 and reduces the weight by 10%.  Tailoring can reduce the weight and give -1 to target the chinks.  Expert tailoring gives a -15% in weight for CF +5 and masterful tailoring gives a -30% in weight for CF +29.

So a torso of TL 1 medium bronze scale that's fluted and expertly tailored is $7,150, DR 4 and 21 lb.  Masterful tailoring gets us $20,350, DR 4 and 16.8 lb.  Just 4070% of base starting wealth!  With the 50 pt. filthy rich advantage you start with $50,000...  It's doable as long as you don't have a settled lifestyle.

Strangely I seem to be able to apply that cheap modifier to the tailored modifiers.  It doesn't help much.  Cheap, fluted expertly tailored bronze medium scale comes to $6,820 DR 3 and 21 lb.  Cheap, fluted masterfully tailored bronze medium scale is still $20,020 DR 3 and 16.8 lb.

Doesn't seem to be cost effective to lose that point of DR, does it?

Especially since light scale starts at DR 3...  Iron is $320, 16 lb.  So plain bronze is $1,280, Fluted expertly tailored bronze light scale is $4,160, 12 lb.  Fluted masterfully tailored bronze light scale is $11,840, 9.6 lb.

Heck, fluted expertly tailored copper medium scale is DR 3 $5,500, 21 lb.  Fluted masterfully tailored copper medium scale is DR 3 $18,700, 16.8 lb.

If you're going for fitting, skip the cheap construction.

18 April 2014

Decision Point

A friend of mine is getting married.

I'm invited.

So is a former friend who went way out of their way to antagonize me into a fight which eventually escalated into their unfriending me.  Never contact me again unfriending.

This leaves me in a pickle.

I want to attend and just pretend he no longer exists.

I don't trust him to not start shit.

I don't trust myself to not reply.

So I will be skipping the wedding and hoping my friend understands.

NRA = No Rational Agenda

I can almost see that.

There's no real pattern to my acquisitions past, "oooh shiny!"

No rational basis to want as opposed to needs (where I can be coldly rational).

Oh, wait, they're not talking about the rationale I use for buying guns...

Never mind.

Fantasy World Idea

GURPS TL 2.

The mana level is cyclical.

Game time is set as it is just returning to the world.

The previous cycle of normal mana was unusually long, followed by periods of high and very high which lasted as long as the normal levels normally ran.

Then the levels dropped straight to low for a very brief time then to no mana until just recently when it returned to low.

The no mana time lasted long enough that people have come to think that there never was magic.  This is despite evidence that there was once a lot of it.  The very high period last cycle lasted long enough that miracles were attempted and succeeded (and disasters were epic.).

The length of the cycles and the unusual period of very high created an apocalypse.

That creates large swathes of unclaimed wild lands to adventure in.

Magical knowledge was preserved by rote, so there can still be mages.

Not sure what to do about gods and religion.

17 April 2014

Vz.2008

Willard replaced the abysmal folding stock on his Vz with a nice surplus fixed item.

It shoots much better with a stock you can get a cheek weld on.

Plus, muzzle blast!


He'd had a double feed problem when he first got it, a problem that seems to be cured now that we've put a couple hundred down the pipe.

Oh that handguard gets plenty toasty!

Update:

This is where the ergonomics of the AR are greatly appreciated.  Getting your eyes down on the sights means the back of the top cover smacks you in the cheek (via your shooting glasses).  We fired about 200 rounds divided between the two of us and my cheekbone is sore from it.

Even the FAL which will tap the glasses with the rear sight doesn't HURT after a couple hundred rounds.

16 April 2014

Being Rather Than Feeling

I think I would rather be safe than feel safe.

I think that feeling safe leads to complacency.

When I feel unsafe, I am more careful and cautious.  I tend to take steps that actually make me safer rather than feel safer.

Here's to fear!

15 April 2014

So Old My Dice Have Gray Pips

An exchange with Siege about knives and GURPS smacked me in the face.

I've been GURPSing since it was Man-To-Man in 1985; even longer if you consider that we were dabbling with the lineal ancestor to GURPS, The Fantasy Trip in about 1980 or so.

In the intervening 29 some odd years I've accumulated a lot of inside baseball information about what the rules mean when they say something like "large knife" that's not actually stated in the published rules.

It's easy to forget that not everybody knows this stuff!

When I forget it makes what is meant to be an amusing aside a condescendingly snide remark.

Back to knives...

The knife classifications were not defined well in the original game and the names were sometimes at odds with historical names.

You can infer some of the inconsistency by noting that a machete uses the knife skill, not shortsword or axe-mace.  A kukri uses axe-mace and is treated like a hatchet...

Knife bayonets are usually given large knife stats, but fit the published definition of small knife better... Sword bayonets actually fit the description of large knife, but as far as I know there's no published stats on any sword bayonet yet.

Jim Bowie's cutlery actually matches the published definition of short sword (or a falchion if using Low Tech) better than large knife...

The good news is 4e has fewer places where these contradictions occur...  The bad news is they didn't fix them all.

I'm Your Huckleberry

Today is April 15; or Buy-A-Gun Day!

Up top, I give you Valentine.  The $100 a month 6.8 AR.  Just a tad over $900 total.  The first $700 had been spread over the past six years... Underneath, I give you Tabitha the ever changing M16A1 clone.


Valentine's selector markings.
These two guns were one gun last year.  The $100 a month for the past six or seven has been going towards making them separate.  The purple furniture didn't go with the retro receivers and the retro parts had been purchased with the intent of making an M16A1 clone back in 2008!

To finish Tabitha I needed a new barrel and a bolt carrier assembly sans bolt.  For Valentine we needed an upper, lower, lower parts kit and a rear sight.  All the rest was in the parts bin.  Selling off the parts that weren't going to be used in these two guns and weren't properly considered spares funded nearly all of it.  Retro parts have gone up in value a lot since I started accumulating parts in 2008!

Tabitha wore a lot of cast-off parts from other builds for while just to get her lower in use.  The barrel that's on Valentine was Dottie's original, for example.

While I say it's an AR on $100 a month; we spread the $1,850 total over a period of more than five years.  And no, shit; if you can't finish an AR in five years you don't want to.  No matter what you tell people.

You can tell from some of the other posts that these guns have been done for a while before today, but it counts as a BAG purchase because I didn't order the lower from Aero until we got our tax return deposited.

Officially No Longer Winter

The clear top has been placed into storage and the solid top put into service.

I love being able to see out, but the sun makes it miserable once the temps are consistently higher than 77 or so.

14 April 2014

Buggin'

I forgot to take a picture of it, but I washed off at least a pound of dried insect paste off the nose of The Precious today.

Many Corvette owners don't understand what I am talking about because they never drive their dang cars.  I'm going to make 100k miles in the next week or so.  All this since October 2007.

Still a completely enjoyable trip to Pensacola on the back roads more or less following the west coast of Florida up through the Apalachicola National Forest and past/through Tyndall AFB.  We even saw an F-35A doing touch and goes and some parked F-16's and F-22A.

The lower speeds of the back roads yielded an average fuel economy of 32 miles per gallon (Em Pee Gee in ad speak) and 29 mpg over all taking the interstates back down to Tampa.

I am constantly impressed with 436 horsepower getting 30ish miles per gallon.

Of Hunters

I'm with Tam.

The Hawker Hunter is very nearly the prettiest of the '50's jets.

Hunter F.5 of No. 56 Squadron


The Douglas F4D Skyray is also very attractive.

F4D-1 of VF-74 Bedevilers

13 April 2014

Did Any One Else Notice

That with the calls to increase minimum wage to unrealistic levels, there was no hue and cry to change the tax code to let the poor downtrodden min-wagers actually keep more of what they'd be getting?

It's almost an admission that if the economy is doing better, people make more money and when they do revenues go up even if the tax rates remain steady.

Almost...

What I Did Today

F/A-18A-12-MC 161955 and 1G1YY-3LT-Z51-MZ6
I drove under the wing of an F/A-18C and spent the day at the Naval Aviation History Museum in Pensacola, FL.  I took lots of pics.  Marv took lots of pics.




There is not a single complete F-8 or F-4 in the entire place.  That just shocks me.  I am willing to believe that we walked right past them without noticing, the place is HUGE and I was definitely in plane-geek sensory overload.  Like the Ford Tri-Motor in the background.  We literally walked UNDER THE WINGS to see something and didn't notice it until we got up on the mezzanine and saw this wider view.

I also sat in an F-4B cockpit familiarization trainer.



Marv attached a camera to my rear window...


10 April 2014

Squeeeeee

Hasbro has finally released plush My Little Pony dolls.  In two sizes!

The vinyl ones with the Barbie hair were teh suxxor.

To their credit, fan favorite Derpy Hooves was available.

I think you can tell which characters are most popular by what's missing from the giant bin at Wal Mart.

In the large scale there was not a single Princess Twilight.  The most common was Apple Jack.

Neither scale had a Rainbow Dash.

I got the single Princess Twilight that was in the small scale, she now guards Valentine on the M12 rack. (Another BAG Day teaser!)



I got a Fluttershy in each scale and Pinky Pie and Derpy in the large.


I am happy they had the three in large that I bought because it's a bit personal.  I present a Pinky Pie persona to the world to overcompensate for feeling like Fluttershy and end up accomplishing Derp.

Wildlife In The Back Yard



Sorry about the shaky cam, but I was holding a light and a smartphone.

Say It With Me

Swords are not made from castings.

Melting a steel sword down to the point where it is liquid and pourable doesn't yield the same metal as you started with.

HEADDESK Game of Thrones!

08 April 2014

Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been A Republican

I'm in an odd position.

I support gay rights.  Gay people are people and people have rights.

My position on gay marriage is that the government has no business defining what marriage is.  If two people want to be married, it's between them and their church and God.  If they want it to be legally binding, then make a contract.  More than two people want to try their luck, let them have at it.

It makes it hard to have a solid opinion about what happened to the CEO at Mozilla.

Tam compares it to Zumbo and Metcalf.  There's certainly some parallel there.

Robb takes an opposite stance in the comments.

I am uncertain.

I think that the capacity you made the statement under matters.  McThag as an employee of Lovely Harvey Ind. cannot make statements that are harmful to LHI and expect to keep my job.  McThag as a private citizen can say any damn thing I want.  But where is that line drawn and who decides what hat I was wearing when I said what I said?

A gigantic part of the problem here is Eich's political speech was made public because of California's laws requiring publishing who donated what to whom.  That's an issue that concerns me.  Mr Eich didn't have his CEO of Mozilla hat on when he donated $1,000 towards Prop 8.  Mr Zumbo and Mr Metcalf were wearing their Outdoor Life Writer and Guns and Ammo Columnist hats respectively when they offended the customers.  I think that distinction should matter.

It bothers me that Mozilla has taken an advocacy position about an issue that has nothing to do with the product they are selling; the same as it bothered me when McDonald's donated to Handgun Control Inc.  What does the political position have to do with your product?  Metcalf and Zumbo both took positions related to the product actually being sold by the magazines they worked for.

I think that it also matters that Zumbo and Metcalf were fired within days if not hours after they took their contrary positions.  Eich was let go resigned YEARS later and Mozilla had been aware of his donation for some time, it appears to only have become an issue because OK-Cupid had a snit in the last few months.

Are these distinctions without difference?

In all three cases the statements and donation have an effect on the employer's business.

But it seems clear that we are now free to discriminate based on political position.  I can't discriminate against age, race, sexual orientation, sex or religious affiliation (unless they're Christians), but I can discriminate on party affiliation!  I don't think that's right.

It further bothers me that if Mr Eich had donated $1,000 in opposition to Prop 8 we would not have heard a fucking peep from anyone!

Update:  I want there to be a fair and consistent way to resolve this.  I don't think that there is one.

Expertise

I mentioned it before.

Professionals get paid for it.
Amateurs don't.

Neither state makes one an expert.

Because I don't have a job, I am not a professional anything, yet I am still an expert in several fields.

A professional is also someone doing something as a profession, you know doing it for a living... That implies some sort of monetary compensation.

The thing here is that being paid for something seems to make people think you're an expert when all that means is you've convinced someone with money that you should be paid for what skills you have.

It doesn't actually make you an expert.

It sometimes leads to a situation where someone knows a lot more about it than you and will be unable to explain why your position is false because you're not an expert at all.  If you were, then you'd not need to told you were in error, would you?

I'd have prolly not pointed out the error, except someone following your "expert" advice will get themselves killed.

The truly hilarious part is I've mentioned it repeatedly in post after post and people never seem to register that really is my position on the willfully ignorant.  Ignorance is worse than stupidity because there's a cure for ignorant.

Bullshit Tag

Important note for the reader...

The bullshit tag might indicate that I am full of shit, not that the topic at hand is figuratively bullshit.

I apply it to myself as often as I do to the topic.

Gone

Nuked about twenty of the posts I am least proud of.

They're not too far gone since they were on the internet once, they'll be out there forever.

If you really feel the urge to find them, they're just things that confirm what a loser that I am and show zero redeeming qualities.

Dead Projects

Ain't gonna be no STEN or E4A silencer made here.

Got the plans all drawn up, parts dimensioned...

Interest evaporated.

If interest returns, I am jake to get tax-stamps though.

It's just been a sargasso of blah around here lately and I can't really get enthused about things that used to invariably make me happy.

A decent part of the funk is from the unintended.  I think I am doing one thing while in reality doing quite another; which much negative effect.

Thirty Four

Michigan might just have crossed the line towards a states requested Article V constitutional convention.

There may or may not be 34 active requests from the states for such a convention, and it seems that it's all about getting a balanced budget amendment going.

The terrifying thing about such conventions is there's no limitation whatsoever about what can be proposed and submitted as an amendment that is then sent to the states for ratification.


Article V
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.
It's a blank check.

I have modest proposals...

No rule or regulation promulgated by any agency of the executive branch shall go into effect until approved by both houses of congress and shall be void if not so approved within a year of proposal.  (Congress should be forced to legislate and not just leave it to the regulatory agencies; this should also return some damned accountability for those regulations).

No elected or appointed official or agency shall be made exempt from any law that shall affect any common citizen.

No employee of the government, elected, appointed or hired may be a member of a union nor shall any department or agency of the government be unionized.  (Working for the government is a civic-trust not a means to financial success.  Government should serve the citizens not force the citizens to serve the government)

Law enforcement shall be limited to what arms and methods of carry available to the citizen at large via the same markets.  (If I can't have it, they can't have it.  If I have to spend $32,000 on an M16 and wait a fucking year to get it, so should officer friendly; which should be fun for him without his union).

I don't know how to word it...  But elected officials have to spend an equal time out of office that they spent in office once they leave that office.

06 April 2014

Disaster!

Took FuzzyGeff's AR, Olga out to the range to finally zero her scope.

The laser bore-sighter I'd bought had the windage dialed in, so it just took a few clicks in elevation to get it dialed in at 25 yards.  The 20" 1:9 Del Ton chrome lined barrel really likes the Double-Tap M855, by the way.

Then I dropped the rifle on the concrete floor of the range.  The table was too short to set the gun on the bipod like I had it, and it fell.  My fault for not securing it properly.

Put about a 15˚ kink in the scope tube on the objective end.

Well, shit!  I owe Geff a scope.

It was a 4-12x40 Bushnell Sportsman.  A discontinued 4-12x40 Bushnell Sportsman.

If I recall correctly, this scope originally came from Wal Mart and was on Marv's 20" AR.  When he decided he'd rather red-dot and have a 16" the scope was sold to Geff.
Double shit.

I guess I need input about what a good replacement would be.  The 4-12x40 Bushnell Banner seems to be identical and still in production with mostly positive reviews.