Ambivalent Skeptic

May 29, 2011

Advice on back pain

Filed under: commenting comments — Clint1911 @ 2:46 pm

Fellow Ohio gun blogger, Breda is in serious back pain.

Having been there at least once myself I offered the following.

Get Well soon.

I had a very similar problem, only I could barely walk straight for 6 months.

Calcium and magnesium pills help.

Do not take multiple pain killers at the same time. (the liver doesn’t fix that kind of damage)

Aleve is great. But watch out for side effects. They are listed on the box but heart arrhythmia needs to be addressed immediately (it is very rare however.)

If the bed is too soft, wooden boards between the mattress and box spring help.

Or use cushions or blankets on the floor.

Camping stores have mats for placing under sleeping bags. Those may be useful.

Call or email if you have questions.

Hopes this helps. And hope to see you at the rifle range this summer.

For everyone else, take good care of your back.


May 28, 2011

Potassium Iodide FAIL

Filed under: commenting comments,misconceptions — Clint1911 @ 9:01 am

Remember all those knuckle heads who bought Potassium Iodide after the last big scare?

T-bolt has more.

And don’t forget, too much KI is toxic.

Oh, and Potassium Iodide doesn’t actually cure or prevent radiation sickness(or cancer)!

See, olde skool A-bombs and reactors would release Iodide in the air. The radioactive kind. The problem is your body hordes Iodide and stores it in you thyroid.

Now having all this radioactive crud in a very important gland is bad.

So someone figured out that loading the thyroid with Iodide via KI tablets means that once the gland is full of Iodide from the tablets the following radioactive crap has no place to be stored and hence the kidneys will flush it out.

As long as the radioactive crap is Iodide. And it only protects your Thyroid.

So a burst of Alpha particles at close range?
Yeah, your screwed.

Potassium Iodide is a farce. Anyone selling it and NOT telling you it has limited effect is scamming you! They prey on the well-known misconception that so-called “radiation pills” cancel out a broad spectrum of radiation problems and they they do nothing of the sort!


Stop burning your food!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Clint1911 @ 8:38 am

USDA Sez You Can Stop Cooking Your Pork Chops to Death
Money quote:

Turns out, science sez pink pork is OK after all. This is something high-end chefs have known for years. Especially after breaking the bank on top-of-the-line fancypants pork product, it seems morally wrong to cook it to death. So they quietly started a pink pork pride movement. But really, even your run-of-the-mill plastic and Styrofoam chops are perfectly safe at a much lower temperature than the official recommendation.

Read the whole thing

Stop boiling your vegetables, America! (H/T Breda)

I’m convinced that people who hate vegetables have never had vegetables properly prepared.

Can I get an Amem.


May 21, 2011

Rules update-guidelines

Filed under: Rules — Clint1911 @ 2:25 pm

What I had previously called my “rules” Are now called Guidelines.

I think that the safety rules should be the only thing called simply “the rules” and I hope this prevents confusion.

And for good measure, My Guidelines are:

1 Do nothing counter-productive.

2 Do not complain about a problem unless you are part of the solution.

3 Do not tell people they are wrong without telling them how to be right!


Filed under: commenting comments — Clint1911 @ 2:21 pm

JayG has a post about FOPA.[]

(It was a few days ago, I’m trying to catch up. A lot has happened)

A point I made at JayG’s place:

FOPA ended the ban on mail order ammo the ’68 GCA enplaced.

So the FOPA was [what] allowed all that cheap ammo in the 90’s.

The full auto crowd call hate FOPA as if it was the devil BUT they benefited the most with the ammo and interstate transport laws of FOPA.

The Hughes Amendment banned machine guns. That’s what many remember about FOPA.
In fact, some even call it “the inappropriately named Firearms Owner’s Protection Act” because of the machine gun ban.

It’s called a “poison pill.” It’s a rider on a bill designed to end support thus prevented the bill from become law. FOPA was a major win for pro-gun people and it was done with a very anti-gun congress. This was a Hail Mary play in the political game. And we only had the one chance to make it work!

So you are asking How can something banning guns be pro-gun?

Legislative acts do not create just one law, they create a series of laws. Look at what FOPA did for us:

1) Reigning in ATF harassment

2) Allowed “safe passage” so a person can drive from one gun friendly state to another gun friendly state and NOT have to worry about crazy and counter-intuitive anti-gun laws in the in-between states.

3) Registry prohibition

4) Removed confusion about prohibited persons due to the law have two different versions. (Yes, they screwed up when they passed GCA’68)

5) Ended the ban on mail order ammo

So that is FIVE plus and one minus. Seems like a win to me.
But some people are never happy. For example a reply to my comment above”

@Clint – Full auto fans don’t hate FOPA, we hate Hughes. And I (for one) would gladly trade mail-order ammo for machine guns.

They don’t hate FOPA, they just what the whole thing to go away. Classic blaming the symptoms not the cause dilemma.


So the cure to your being throw under the bus is… throw everyone under the bus.

Yea, that violates two out of three guidelines.

May 15, 2011

Opinion vs facts

Filed under: Philosophy — Clint1911 @ 3:35 pm

No matter how many facts your option is based on, it is still an opinion.

May 7, 2011

Family Health Crisis

Filed under: Current events — Clint1911 @ 3:52 pm

Mom is awaiting a helicopter to go to a hospital for open heart surgery.

It’s going to be an odd week.

May 6, 2011

You ever have the feeling…

Filed under: commenting comments — Clint1911 @ 12:15 pm

That all the really cool and fun stuff happens while you are away?

Like the greatest joke ever told at a party was told while you went to the restroom.

JayG has a neat little post about what the cool kids got to do on Sunday.
(Evening) Night at the (NRA) Museum

Clink the link for some worthwhile photos of 1911 Number 4(!) a Savage 1911 and a Colt 1907.

The last two guns had less then 300 ever made.

In keeping with the trend of “If I comment on a blog, I cross post here”….
My comment:

Oh man. I even asked at the end of Saturday is[if] they could just open the case. Just open it, I wouldn’t touch anything, so I could get some good photos without glass glare.

Shame I couldn’t make Sunday…

May 4, 2011

Sixty and six tenths pounds

Filed under: blogging,Current events — Clint1911 @ 11:20 pm

60.6 lbs

That is the weight of all the swag and catalogs I grabbed at the NRA convention.

I started Friday morning on the lower floor with the smaller display area. When I finished I went to Craig Boddington’s seminar at 2pm. It lasted until 4:30 pm and the building closed at 6. I had an hour and a half to realize the upper floor was more than I could cover an Saturday. And I wouldn’t be there on Sunday.

My idea, once I figured I would not have the chance to cover everything at the four acres of displays, was to cover the whole floor and gather as many catalogs as possible. This way I would have beau coup reference material for afterwards.

Bonus; I would get a quick once over of all the vendor displays.

Good plan. It didn’t work. First there was too much to go though. I made a good start that first afternoon but not good enough. The following morning took longer than I planned.

I did, however, make mental notes of what displays I wanted to return to and focus on. This was the actually the main goal of this plan.

There just wasn’t enough time.

Lunch took too long and I wasted my time looking at protesters. However, hanging out with gunbloggers and going the the 1911 seminar where, in and of themselves, worth the trip to Pittsburgh.

The real time killer was going back and forth revisiting displays, remembering what I wanted to revisit, and then trying to find the smaller ones.

And, of course, I missed plenty on good displays my first time though. If a large display on my right had my attention I would miss a small booth on my left.

Next time, I’ll have a schedule. I’ll allocate so much time for different parts of the convention. You really can’t plan for these things because the unexpected stuff it want the trip is all about.

But I will be more organized for the next one. I might have a backpack as well.

At least I can still use the catalogs to feed future blog posts.

May 3, 2011

Comment: .22 LR vs. .223 Rem

Filed under: Ballistics,blogging,commenting comments,debate — Clint1911 @ 5:29 pm

Over at the Firearm’s Blog, they have a guest blogger who unfortunately proved to the world that you do not need to know what you are talking about to be a blogger.

The Guest Blogger (henceforth GB) writes an article about the difference between the 22LR and the 223 Rem.

His first mistake is opening with this:

So what exactly is the difference between the .22LR and .223 cartridges?

Seriously? It is his article. Why is he asking us? This is a cheap salesman trick to draw you in to a sales pitch. It is a very weak way to begin a speech or an article. My standard retort is: Are you asking me or telling me?

Then he includes this gem:

With rimfire, the firing pin impacts on the rim of the case. With centerfire, the firing pin impacts in the center of the case. Fairly self explanitory. But it doesn’t really explain the differences between the two cartridges very well.[emphasis added]

Then why bother telling us? If this info is not relevant to the topic, then don’t waste the reader’s time trying to make a minimum word count.

(BTW, it is “explanatory” not “explanitory”)

But GB really takes the cake with THIS:

Nearly a century separates the two cartridges, but what makes them different? Size-wise, the newer cartridge is slightly larger. The caliber of the cartridge measures the diameter (in inches). So the newer cartridge is 0.003″ larger in diameter — who cares? A human hair is from 0.003″ to 0.005″ in diameter. Is such a slight increase in diameter really going to make a difference?

Again; Are you asking me or telling me in some passive-aggressive way?

However, a commenter addressed the root issue best with:


So .22LR is actually .224 at the neck of the round. It’s all negligible, but, if your going to call out size difference, it works to do the research.[emphasis added]

Yes, the .223 Remington and the 22 long rifle both use .224 inch wide bullets.

Then there is ye olde bait ‘n switch:

The .223 cartridge contains significantly more powder than the .22LR cartridge (maximum pressure 24,000 PSI for .22LR; maximum pressure 50,000 PSI for .223). The .223 bullet is a much heavier bullet, travelling at a higher velocity. This means that the .223 bullet has much more energy to deliver on its target.

Wait, GB mentions powder but then changes to pressure.

This would be like saying Car A has a bigger gas tank than Car B, because Car A gets 30 miles to the gallon while Car B gets only 20. Non sequitur.

GB is discussing topic X but then gives an example of Y.

[Why do people do that? That always puzzles me.]

It should read: The .223 cartridge contains significantly more powder than the .22LR cartridge, 20-25 grains versus about 2 grains of smokeless propellant.

(BTW, it is “traveling” not “travelling “)
There also seems to be confusion that higher pressure results in higher energy of the bullet.

Higher pressure means that the ejected bullet has more energy to deliver on its target because its velocity is greater.

It totally boggles my mind how some people can actually believe that more pressure equals more energy of the bullet.

Then again GB obviously never took a college level physics class.

My comment:

Pressure does NOT directly relate to velocity.

The 308 win. has a pmax of 62,000 psi.
The 30-06 has a pmax of 60,000 psi.

The 30-06 STILL has higher velocities. It is the combination of pressure and case size that determines speed.

And “pressure” has nothing at all to do with down-range performance because the “pressure” is no longer acting on the bullet at that distance from the barrel.

Furthermore, penetration in one medium does NOT always translate to penetration in another medium.

A 22-250 penetrates steel better than a 30-06. But the 30 cal will go though the broad side of an elk.

The 223 Rem is better on steel than the 45-70. The 223 will barely go though the hide of a bison. The 45-70 will go completely though such an animal.

And the article has no conclusion.

After rattling off a hodgepodge of factoids the Guest Blogger just stops. No ending, no summation, he just stops writing and dumps several sets of photos of cardboard and metal hit with various bullets with no commentary whatsoever.

And the point was…….?

Here is the ultimate failure of the article: What was the point? What can I, the reader, take with me from this article?

Sadly, nothing.

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