Open Thread, Tuesday 19 November 2013



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Fearless and Devout Catholic Christian First, Loving Husband and Father Second, Pissed-Off Patriot Third, Rocket Engineer Dork Last.
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40 Responses to Open Thread, Tuesday 19 November 2013

  1. zmalfoy says:

    Mmmm, bacon? ACtually, that’s quite lovely– sandstone?

  2. 7 score and 10 years ago, President Lincoln delivered a version of this address:

    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

  3. barnslayer says:

    SKS Question (others feel free to chime in) …………
    Is an arsenal refurb. more reliable than one in original condition? I know there are a lot of variables. I’m just looking for a rule of thumb. This is strictly regarding the rifle as a shooter and not as a collecting investment.
    Thanks in advance to all.

    • zmalfoy says:

      Dunno– as I don’t own one. Loved shooting one, though, despite the bruises . . .

    • solaratov says:

      It depends. If the refurb was actually done AT the arsenal, it would have just entailed replacing worn/broken parts (possibly including a new barrel) to bring the gun back to operational mil-spec. It would not have been substantially different or better – or worse – than a gun that originally came out of the arsenal and had been cared for properly (and not run through the wringer in a war).
      And, I’m not sure that very many SKSs were ever “refurbished” before being sent off to whoever the communists were supporting at the moment.
      A lot of what are touted as “arsenal refurbs” are parts packages that have been slapped together in a warehouse in New Jersey or someplace – and their reliability can vary widely.
      Be very careful about those sort of things. There are enough originals around that are in good shape that you wouldn’t have to look at refurbs or parts-built.

      If I was going to get an SKS today, I’d hunt around for a Yugoslav model – complete with grenade launcher and bayonet. (The GL is built-in, I believe – so it’ll just stay on the barrel. The bayonet can be removed – since you aren’t looking at a collector’s item or wall-hanger. But hang onto it, in case you want to sell the gun.)
      Keep an eye out on the on-line gun sales/auctions sites for one that is in very good (VG) condition and go for it. There are a lot of good SKSs out there – but I’d prefer the Yugo. You may find one that you like that isn’t a Yugo…but if you like it – grab it.

      I’ll see what I can find out about prices and where to look and let you know more as I find out.

      • barnslayer says:

        Thanks for the info Sol!!!
        The refurbs I’m seeing have the appropriate stampings etc.
        I heard the Yugos may suffer from hidden corrosion in the gas tube.
        Lots of offerings at Gunbroker. I’m following a Russian one at the moment.
        If I could rely on it working, the Chicoms are cheaper.
        I’m in NY so the Yugo grenade launcher might prove to be a problem.

    • freedom1781 says:

      This news just breaks my heart. Creigh Deeds is a good man, conservative Democrat and a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment. His son Gus has always had problems with mental illness, it’s just a shame he took his own life. Gus was a student at William & Mary and dropped out last month. Yesterday, Gus had a mental health evaluation performed under an emergency custody order but was released because no psychiatric bed could be located in the area. He stabbed his father in the head and torso. So sad. Deeds was very close to his son. I can’t imagine the pain he must be feeling right now.

  4. Sarah Silverman being classy again in support of Texas women babykillin’ at all ages. How some people think a woman as mentally ill as Sarah is funny is outside my understanding.

  5. GruntOfMonteCristo says:

    I’m in a tele-meeting right now back at Langley, and I can hear the F-22s pulling gs in the background on the Plantronix. That’s just a cool sound.

    Just found out that when they were getting ready to ship the Curiosity rover to KSC for the MSL mission to Mars, somebody at NASA HQ noticed the raised “JPL” letters all over the treads on the 6 wheels of the rover. They told ’em to “get those damn letters off those wheels. This is a NASA mission and you’re not going to track the letters JPL all over the Martian surface for everybody to see.” (Side note: JPL is not the same as NASA. It’s actually a Cal Tech lab) When they replaced the wheels, it took HQ a while to notice that the seemingly random slots in the wheels spelled out “JPL” in Morse code. That’s how it flew. Lesson learned? Always go for something obvious when putting something in front of management. It gives them something to object to, and they never notice when you sneak the subtle stuff by ’em later. 😀

  6. GruntOfMonteCristo says:

    Caption this! How does a FLOTUS allow herself to hold this expression for even a microsecond?

    • texan59 says:

      I think WP would institute their lifetime ban if I did. 👿

    • tessa50 says:

      I coulda twerked better than that…..

      • tessa50 says:

        I might should have explained I was meaning that comment as a “caption this picture” thing. See, I was picturing her at one of their fancy White House parties, and one of their friends doing that twerking thing and so the look on her face. Sigh, my humor does fall flat sometimes lol

        • GruntOfMonteCristo says:

          Not at all, Tessa. It was indeed funny. My first thought, on reading your caption, was “So, are we seeing her backside, then? ‘Cause it certainly looks assy!” 😀

    • Coyote says:

      Hate of American way of Life is a powerful and disfiguring virus…and she’s got it.

      It takes a lot of energy to hate that much.

  7. texan59 says:

    Wow! Slam bam! I don’t think this reporter of color likes the preezy much.

  8. texan59 says:

    Oh great. We’ve already spent like 135 bazillion $$ on the website……. and they’ve only completed about 1/3 of it. For a case of pixie-sticks and a case of kool-aid, my 4th grade grandson and his peeps could’ve come up with something better than this. 😯

  9. GruntOfMonteCristo says:

    I think the Earl has captured just the right spirit here.

  10. Harvey says:

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