SkyNet Update: What do think is happening here?

Now that you’ll have nightmares…

…it’s actually a ‘rescue’ robot in Tokyo.  Yeah, right.  See it and some of the other foes we’ll face in the Robot Apocalypse here

Here’s another ‘rescue’ robot:

Who designs these things?  Will you be comforted when one of these shows up to save you?

My imagination only has one image playing through my mind right now:
http://www.delisletreesolutions.co.uk/pics/wood-chipper01.jpg

My TiVo Remote is Immortal!

Well, maybe not ‘immortal’ but it certainly is rugged beyond belief.

I have read how the Tivo Remote has won design awards and such, but to my knowledge, no one has scientifically researched the longevity-to-abuse ratio over so many years as myself.  Living in a house without carpet (all hardwood and tile) leaves no margin for kindness when remotes are dropped or knocked off tables, etc.  Since the TiVo remote is used more often than all the other remotes combined – it gets dropped more often – almost daily in fact.  Not necessarily by myself, mind you; there are other forces at work in my home.

Up until today I have been impressed by how durable the TiVo remote is.  It has had pieces break loose inside and rattle around.  That problem was solved by opening the battery cover and shaking them out.  The remote still worked.  It has popped its ‘seams’ along the side at times.  That solution was easy: lightly squeeze until it snapped back together (once I had to rap it on the coffee table to get it back together).  The remote still worked.

I say ‘up until today’ I was impressed  because after this day merely being impressed does not begin to describe my amazement at the ability of the TiVo remote to absorb punishment, laugh it off and goes about its business.

Lookie here:

Just another day for the Immortal TiVo Remote

Just another day for the Immortal TiVo Remote

Yes, complete and total spontaneous disassembly from its last battle with gravity.

However, I snapped the parts back together like Lego bricks, put the batteries back in and behold: It Still Works!

Wolverine should be envious.

Happy Father’s Day – Darn Good Quotes

To My Dad,

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could
hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”
-Mark Twain

“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.”
“We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply, “We’re raising boys.”
-Harmon Killibrew

“Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later…
That the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic possibilities of life.”
-Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities

That last one gets to me a bit.

Longing for a ‘Cowboy’ POTUS

When President W. was in office the Libs used the term ‘cowboy’ as a derisive term to mock him – something I never understood.

To me the identity of ‘cowboy’ is a compliment. My view is of course largely based on the Hollywood Western heroes of days-gone-by, but in truth most folks who appreciate the American Cowboy are good, grounded and faithful people.

To me a cowboy represents:

  • A person of integrity (a handshake is as good as contract)
  • An individual (yet still works in a team)
  • Hard working
  • Self-reliance
  • Resilience
  • Respect
  • Loyalty
  • Level headed
  • Trustworthy
  • Standing for what is right

This comes to mind because of these stories found on Drudge today:

(WSJ) U.S. Fortifies Hawaii to Meet Threat From Korea

(Fox) U.S. Military Set to Intercept North Korean Ship Suspected of Proliferating Missiles, Nukes

Hopefully nothing will come of this but, I know I’d sleep better knowing that a Cowboy was in office, rather than an Milquetoast Apologist.

Texas Gov visits LaRue Tactical; 48 other Gov.’s are Wusses

Yes, even Ahnold.

(Alaska’s Gov. Palin is not a wuss. )

Note: the guy on spotting scope is Handlebar Doc (former world champ SASS shooter – I used to compete with him back in the day)

Here’s the AR15.com forum posting of his visit

Update: A big ‘thank you’ to Tony from the Liberty Sphere for linking.

Circling the Drain: UK’s “anti-stab” knives

First ‘anti-stab’ knife to go on sale in Britain

Round-nosed knives designed by John Cornock

From the TimesOnline via Drudge:

The first “anti-stab” knife is to go on sale in Britain, designed to work as normal in the kitchen but to be ineffective as a weapon.

The knife has a rounded edge instead of a point and will snag on clothing and skin to make it more difficult to stab someone.

It was invented by industrial designer John Cornock, who was inspired by a documentary in which doctors advocated banning traditional knives.

Mr Cornock, 42, from Swindon, said that the knife will cut vegetables, but will make it almost impossible to stab someone to death and will reduce the risk of accidental injuries.

He said: “It can never be a totally safe knife, but the idea is you can’t inflict a fatal wound. Nobody could just grab one out of the kitchen drawer and kill someone.

Well now, that’s a dandy solution. Unless you count the ability to cut – you know – because it’s, like, still a… knife.

Wait. Isn’t there a whole genre of films called ‘Slasher Flix’?  Slash: as in a  swiping-draw-cut-not-stab.

Also, remember the news following the UK Pocket Knife ban that attacks with hammers were on the rise?   Quick ban cricket bats, too!

Thankfully, with entrepreneurial nannies like Mr. Cornock, we’ll have no end to ‘solutions’ to protect us.

And, of course, there’s no need to worry because that would never happen here….

….oh, wait.

Read: Act NOW:  U.S. Customs to Ban Pocket Knives 6-21-09

Wilson Combat 9mm Named (I didn’t win)

The naming contest for Wilson Combat‘s polymer framed 1911-based 9mm pistol is over.  Douglas Ervin who submitted the winning name will now receive one as his prize.   The winning name: ‘The Spec Ops 9′.

Dang. I thought I had it in the bag.

Now that the contest is over, I can tell you my brilliant submission without fear of anybody stealing it for their own: The Wombat.  (Get it?  Wilson + cOMBAT = Wombat.  It’s a natural!)  Man, it’s a shame they couldn’t see the genius of it.  I would have really enjoyed shooting it.  At $2000 per Spec Ops, I probably won’t get the chance any time soon.

Rare Sighting: .380 ACP in stock at WalMart

As is my habit when entering a WallyWorld, I first swung by the ammo counter – and look what found:

380 ammo in its natural habitat

380 ammo in its natural habitat

I was so stunned that I had to grab a picture to confirm it as true.  These have to be the first boxes of .380 that I’ve seen since the beginning of the year.  Of course, I swung by on my way out just to see it again and there was only one box left.  Sigh.

Update: A sincere ‘Thank You’ to Tony of the The Liberty Sphere for his link to this!

Call to Action: Pocket Knives to be BANNED on 6/21/09

I just finished listening to Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk podcast [1st hour 6/7/09 - link to listen or download] detailing how the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol have prosposed a rule change to ban pocket knives.

Synopsis: CBP issued a proposed rule change in what amounts to a ‘newsletter’ that would essentially outlaw all pocket knives that could be opened with one hand by re-classifying them as switchblades. The kicker is that they only will allow 30 days to receive comments -  a ridiculously short period – and all comments have to be submitted by snail mail! It took two weeks (the newsletter was dated MAY 21, 2009) before news of this change made it around to the notice of knife rights advocates  so now we only have two weeks left (until June 21st) for us to mail and them to receive our letters. Not postmarked by 6/21 mind you, but received. Furthermore, unless you send it certified mail they can claim it wasn’t received.

Pretty damn cruel don’t you think?  They have purposely made it as difficult as possible to submit comments and are counting on YOUR apathy to let this become law!

KnifeRights.org has the complete rundown on this lowdown attack.

I strongly suggest you read it and act! [Read here.]

UpdateSayUncle has the latest news:

American Knife and Tool Institute:

AKTI has learned that U.S. Customs, at 5:00 p.m. eastern time on June 10, 2009, has denied AKTI’s request for a comment period extension.

Update (June 22, 2009): From Doug Ritter of KnifeRights.org

Just a quick update on the latest news regarding Customs’ Pocket Knife Grab.

National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) submitted Comments opposing CBP proposal on behalf of the NRA’s nearly 4 million members “most of whom carry at least one pocket knife on a regular basis,” and requesting “the ruling reversal be abandoned.”

Read their letter here:  http://bit.ly/tyUA4

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus has urged U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to withdraw CBP Proposal.

Read their media release here:  http://bit.ly/rhqh1

We expect more news from groups opposing this Customs proposal later today.  Start following us on Twitter to get news as soon as we have it:  http://twitter.com/KnifeRights

What Next?

There does seem to be some confusion on, based on emails we have received and posts on various online forums, as to what happens next.  So, just to clear up any questions, this proposal does NOT now take effect.

The comment period has ended. CBP now has 30 days to do something and there are a number of possibilities.

1) They can issue a final rule which may or may not be exactly the same as the proposal (they can make revisions based on comments received.

2) They can open the proposal for comment again with or without changes, or

3) They can kill the proposal entirely. Clearly, we would prefer the latter, but nobody is betting on that.

If they issue a final rule, then it becomes effective 90 days later. If that happens, you can expect that there will be legal challenges that could potentially delay enforcement, as well as legislative solutions being pursued. This is only the end of the first round. Lot’s more to happen.

In the meantime, we are working with Congress on legislative solutions NOW and I hope to have some announcements in this regard this week. Of course, those can take time to have effect and may or may not actually end up being passed. I can assure you that all those emails and letters to Congress are having an effect, as is the support of NRA and other major constituent groups who have brought this issue to their attention. You can expect to be asked to write again, once these legislative initiatives begin in earnest.

Update (June 22, 2009): Also from Doug Ritter of KnifeRights.org

Breaking News: We have been working closely with Representative Bob Latta (R-OH) and are pleased to announce that Reps. Latta and Walt Minnick (D-ID) have co-sponsored an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill to Restrict Funds to Implement the proposed CBP rule.

Our thanks to Reps. Latta and Minnick for taking a leadership role in this fight.  This is just the first step in a complicated process, but it is important.  We will post more information as soon as we get it.

As reported in an earlier News Slice, Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus has urged U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to withdraw CBP Proposal. We have now posted the Congressional letter with 80 signatures here: http://bit.ly/8mU3w

SkyNet Update: IDF Battlefield Snake Robot

Via Drudge:

The new IDF robot snake

Link to story

A robot snake, capable of recording video and sound on the battlefield, is on the way to join the the IDF’s hi-tech arsenal.

According to a Channel 2 report, the spying robot, which is about two meters long and covered in military camouflage, mimics the movements and appearance of real snakes, slithering around through caves, tunnels, cracks and buildings, while at the same time sending images and sound back to a soldier who controls the device through a laptop computer.

Able to bend its joints so well that it can squeeze through very tight spaces, the new device will be used to find people buried under collapsed buildings. The snake is also able to arch its body, allowing it to see over obstacles through its head camera.

Researchers studied the movements of live snakes in order to create the most natural and realistic robotic version.

The snake’s cost has yet to be determined, as it is still being developed; however, according to Channel 2, the IDF plans to provide combat units with these devices.

Besides recording multimedia, the snake may also be used to carry explosives.

Great.  Exploding robot snake infiltrators.

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