Photo from this thread at THR
My caption: This is the only known photograph of Boomershoot 1905. Elmer Fudwaller, of Bumtickle, Kansas, suceeded in making every target he fired at explode, despite the fact that tannerite had not yet been invented.
More about Boomershoot here.
I put a stripper clip guide on my M-14. That should probably cure the left handed brass to the forehead problem.
I Can't Be the First to Notice This...
The Mrs. and I love the TV show Lost, but I never read anything about it on the web.
Tonight, something came to me: the numbers in the hatch-4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42-add up to 108, the number of minutes on the countdown clock.
Somebody else has to have noticed this. I'm kind of amazed that none of the characters has (or have they? I kind of lose track.)
What Are the Odds?
About I posted about this sporterized 1917 Remington Mosin-Nagant Model 1891. Given than Remington Mosins aren't exactly common, I figured I'd never see another one.
I was wrong. Right down to the bolt-mounted sight. Actually, the woodwork on this one is quite a bit nicer, and the sight looks much sturdier. The bolt handle is a bit odd, but not ugly. I may have to try harder to get this one.
3-2-1 Birthday Meme
Lifted from Barb. This would have been perfect a week ago, but hey, it's still interesting.
Go to Wikipedia and look up your birth day (excluding the year). List three events, two births and one death, including the year.
I got some interesting stuff to choose from. I think the first is probably the most interesting.
33 - Crucifixion of Jesus (traditional date).
1865 - American Civil War: Union forces capture Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America.
1922 - Joseph Stalin became the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1783 - Washington Irving, American author
1930 - Helmut Kohl, Chancellor of Germany
Deaths (The most significant is already covered above, but since he didn't actually stay dead, I'm not going to list him here.)
1882 - Jesse James, American outlaw
The weather cleared this afternoon, and I had the afternoon free, and I actually managed to escape to the range. There, I discovered something that to this point I had not known about my M14.
I made the decision to try shooting left handed. Even bought a left handed shooting jacket. So, I put on the jacket, put my arm through the sling, and got down in the prone position. After the first few rounds, much to my annoyance, I discovered something about the way the rifle ejects .
The rifle ejects the brass quite energetically, low and two roughly the five o'clock position. When shooting right handed, this is not a problem.
When shooting left handed, it means the brass flies right into my forehead.
Ow. I may have to rethink this.
Surprise, Surprise...Freedom Works
Even in Kalifornia. From the Opinion Journal Online comes the story of Anaheim, CA:
Economic redevelopment is a serious, complex issue, but it isn't always done this way; and Anaheim, just north of Garden Grove, is proving it. Although the community faces similar problems, its city council, led by Republican Mayor Curt Pringle, is taking a more freedom-friendly approach to revitalization: protecting property rights, deregulating land uses, promoting competition, loosening business restrictions and lowering taxes.
Anaheim's old downtown was obliterated in the 1970s through past uses of eminent domain and urban renewal. Now, the city (population: 328,000) wants to build a new downtown, and the target location is called the Platinum Triangle, an area of one-story warehouses near Angel Stadium. In the typical world of redevelopment, officials would choose a plan and a developer, offer subsidies and exclusive development rights, and exert pressure on existing property owners to leave the area. Instead, Anaheim created a land-value premium by creating an overlay zone that allowed almost any imaginable use of property. Because current owners could now sell to a wider range of buyers, the Platinum Triangle is booming, with billions in private investment, millions of square feet of office, restaurant and retail space, and more than a dozen new high-rises in the works.
The area is developing quickly, without controversy and without a single piece of property taken by eminent domain. Early signs point to an enormous success. "Too often, I hear my colleagues in local government . . . say that Kelo-type eminent domain and redevelopment policies are their only tools to revitalize cities," Mr. Pringle recently said. "I have a simple message . . . Visit the Platinum Triangle."
Municipal planners in the Washington state I-5 corridor, please take note.
Interesting Eminent Domain Case
Here's a 'Man Bites Dog' style twist on eminent domain:
"Asbury Park's Board of Education offices will have to relocate to make way for new townhouses and condominiums going up next to Wesley Lake, a state appeals court ruled."
Basically, the city wanted to do some
revenue enhancement redevelopment, and the school district's offices (which don't pay taxes) were in the way. So they used eminent domain to take their land and force them to move.
When even government agencies aren't safe from other government agencies rapacious appetites, it should scare everyone. This particular case should especially scare non-profit entities such as churches, who don't pay any property taxes.