Ambivalent Skeptic

April 29, 2011

NRA Convention 2011

Filed under: Current events — Clint1911 @ 3:28 am

Well, I’m off to Pittsburgh!

I wasn’t sure I would make it this year and with my recent schedule, maybe it would be better on my body to chill out.

But I’m going anyway. The chance to meet, and re-unite, with fellow gun bloggers to too good to miss.

Hope to see you there.

April 25, 2011

Collectivist Mindset

Filed under: Philosophy — Clint1911 @ 11:25 pm

The phase “and the skill to use it” is so very telling. It is a microcosm of the collectivist mindset.

In a world where everyone has a gun, only a few will have the skill to use it.

Col. Cooper famously said:

“You are no more armed because you own a gun than you are a musician because you own a piano. The instrument is not the answer; the skill to use the instrument is the answer.”

This is advice that proves invaluable to pro-gun individualists yet it must seem terrifying to an anti-gun collectivist. (Note TWO distinctions)

Lamenting: “and the skill to use it.”

This reveals a “passive” approach to life. While the individualists will work hard to overcome an unpleasant aspect in life, the collectivist wonders “Why should I be bothered?” They believe that it is easier to simply hold everyone back than to obligate one half to keep up with the other half.

And they believe in a “social liberty” where no one has to worry.

I can sympathize, and I think most individualists can too. How often, as individuals, have we been held back or worse, had our efforts ruined or workload doubled all because of some fool insisting on his way.

Collectivism seems a downward spiral. As an individualist, I want to excel at what I’m good at doing and enjoy my personal activities without restriction on myself or others. If no one holds me back, I’ll hold no one else back.

I dislike be held back by an arbitrary system of rules. Rules to prevent morons and fools from making mistakes. But then there are those of us who double check, make sure, and then proceed after we understand our impending actions and their consequences.

Nope! Sorry, can’t do that. You might not know what you are doing!


The individualists resent the nanny-state. The great irony is the collectivists, once held-back by over-protective rules that don’t work, reveal in the call for MORE collectivism.

“Every one should be held-back equally!”

If they can’t excel, then nobody should excel. If they can’t be great let no one be great. No more keeping up with the Jones’s. The Jones’s now keep pace with you.

The victims of bullies become what they hate most. Bullies disrupt harmless people for going about there business. To stop some bullies heavily infringing on a few, everyone “bullies” everyone else “just a little” to prevent their being impeded more that anyone else.

They don’t even realize it.

April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Filed under: Current events — Clint1911 @ 8:58 am

Now go have a good time will loved ones.

April 18, 2011

Remember my post about my Eee pc acting weird?

Filed under: blogging — Clint1911 @ 9:58 pm

My netbook just died.


The last few weeks have been busy. But I kept notes on ideas I had. Last night I fired up the net book to type out a few ideas during some “down time” at work.

The box never come on.

I’m envious of those you can blog from work. Hell, I wish I had internet that wasn’t locked down tighter than a drum at work.

April 17, 2011

Women and Recoil

Filed under: Shooting — Clint1911 @ 7:51 am

So George at his place ( has a nice post about women and guns. The money quote being:

Get real. A woman, especially a red blooded American woman, can handle any gun that she wants to handle.

I’ve been wanting to write a post an the subject. so here is a start (and my comment to the above posting):

Women can handle “physical recoil” just as well as a man and possibly more so. The reason being that the same features that make women more flexible should help with recoil.

However, the gun MUST FIT correctly!

To use a handgun example: Try imagining a gun with a grip so big, that to place your finger on the trigger, your thumb, not your palm, is behind the grip. Not only does this hurt your thumb (by creating permanent joint injury) but it torques the hell out of your wrist. Ouch.

Remember, the front sight, rear sight and the pivot point of your wrist must form a straight line when viewed from above.

BTW, science has discovered that straight women have less tolerance of loud noise (and music) than straight men and lesbians.

So muzzle blast tends to bother women more than men.

April 12, 2011

50 years of human space flight

Filed under: History — Clint1911 @ 11:32 pm

On this day 50 years ago the fight human, officially, travel in space.

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