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November 28, 2007

What's the deal with college kids?

Specifically, why do they flock to activism like cancer to a prostate?

In Venezuela college kids are standing up to the dictator Hugo Chavez who seems to think he knows the trick to making a socialized economy work.  Time will tell if it helped.  They can certainly expect no help from an American Legislature in the run-up to an election year.  Sorry bout your bad timing, kids!

In the 1960's and 70's college kids around the country protested the Vietnam War, even though it didn't really affect any of them because they had college deferments.  They succeeded and southeast Asia fell to the Communists and the death toll was in the millions.

In South Korea college kids protest American military presence in their country even though that is probably the only thing keeping the North Korean military out of Seoul.  They're lucky they didn't get their wish.

American college kids these days protest the eating of meat.  I ate a steak, tonight.

In Iran college kids protest Islamic rule of their country.... which is probably a good idea, actually.  See the "no help from skittish America," above.

American college kids protest racism by ensuring that on campus the white kids are considered to be second class citizens.

In China a few years ago a bunch of college kids met bad ends in Tiananmen Square, in China, and they didn't really change anything except ultimately give Google China one more thing to censor.

American college kids are protesting the destruction of the environment from their lush, green campuses.  Global Warming alarmism continues to grow, we'll see how this turns out.

American college kids call the current American Executive Branch "fascist" even though most couldn't define that word nor name any rights they've had taken away.

American college kids have the ability to condemn sexism against women and yet support multiculturalism in the same breath, somehow, even though many other cultures support sexism against women.  I'm not sure how they keep their heads from exploding.

So what is it with college kids and protesting stuff?


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November 9, 2007

Cleaning the Stalls VII - "The Biggest Scam in History."

That's how the guy who started The Weather Channel described the idea of man-made global climate change.

And here's a lecture given by a climate expert in Australia.  He uses humor and slides and a British accent to derail pretty much every argument Al Gore and his insane clown posse use to scare the crap out of school kids and hippies and politicians.  I consider this required viewing, so get a glass of iced tea and sit a spell.

And be sure to pass it on.


Part 1

In this one he explains the difficult concept of historical temperature fluctuations, and the fact that polar bears haven't actually existed for centuries.


Part 2

It only takes one torpedo to sink the Good Ship Global Warming.... here's the first one.  And most people who believe in Anthropomorphic Global Warming have no idea what is the Scientific Method.


Part 3

Torpedoes 2 & 3, and addressing a few personal attacks.


Part 4

Torpedoes 4 through 7, why Al Gore and his IPCC are not just mistaken but are liars, and economics.


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November 7, 2007

Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Just spent a couple days in Frankenmuth, Michigan at one of those new fangled "family water fun resort" places.  Basically a hotel with a big child-friendly water park under the roof.  Was pretty fun, my kid had a blast.

Water is pretty much hitting you from some direction at all times.  This is a giant bucket that filled and tipped about every 4 minutes.

This is up in the structure under the giant bucket.

I was wearing one of my USMC t-shirts the first day, while following the kid around.  Two separate people stopped to ask me if I was a Marine (and one gave me the whole, "I just want you to know that we appreciate everything you do" thing when I said I was a former Marine....hint... this water park was NOT in San Francisco)... I guess it was the combination of the t-shirt and the (mostly) bald head.  Being asked that twice in a couple hours made me both happy and sad... on the one hand, I must still look like a Marine, after all these years.  But on the other hand, people can look at a dude who is 20 pounds overweight and think he's a Marine.  Oh well... I'll take the compliment... it's the only thing my ego will allow.  I must just wear my flab well.

Also next to this resort was a huge "Christmas Store," one of those places that sell Christmas stuff year-round on 14 acres of whatever.  They had displays all over the grounds, with not less than three tableaus of The Baby Jesus...  there may have been more; we didn't explore the entire grounds.  I wanted to show my kid some Baby Jesus, since up until that point he's never been exposed to the Baby Jesus due to our not following any particular religion... and believe me when I say my wife and I had a few words about that subject when I asked her why she wanted to go to a store dedicated to a holiday belonging to a religion to which we don't belong.... "Because I like Christmas, so park."  So we parked, and I tried to show the Baby Jesus to him:  obviously, the Baby Jesus scared him.

Well I don't care who you are... nobody scares my kid and gets away with it...

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November 5, 2007

That's a brilliant piece of argument.

The Today Show is having a "global warming awareness" week, and the correspondents are all over the globe to show us how we're all going to die.

Matt Lauer is in some Danish fishing village and he said, and I quote, "The people who make their living fishing in this village have told me how their fish are getting smaller and smaller as the waters get warmer and warmer."

Usually, that should be enough to convince anyone that we're all going to die, but the Today Show went one better, they had Al Gore on.  I was impressed when he was asked, "There are media reports that not all scientists believe that your numbers are correct, and that man's impact on the climate is minimal.  How do you respond?"

Al:  "You know, the media is really in a traditional 'report all sides of the story' mode, yet there are still people who think the world is flat, and yet the media would would never consider airing their side of the issue.  The media really just needs to ignore these people outside of the vast global warming Consensus."

Put another way, according to Al Gore, the media should ignore anyone who disagrees with Al Gore.

You may join the "Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize" thread already in progress.

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October 31, 2007

Halloween, 2007.

Riddick and Buzz Lightyear hope you had a good one.

And yes, I really shaved my head.

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October 19, 2007

Birth Control in Maine.

So a school district in lovely
Maine wants to give middle school girls "the pill" without their parents' permission.

Do you agree with this action?

Sidenote:Speaking of
Maine, they have one of the highest rate of child molestation cases in the country. Hey, real quick, guess which state has the most lax laws regarding child molesters and sex offenders.

Back to the topic, I just find our laws about parenting to be very confusing.

We have laws that state:
-A parent may be held responsible for a child's actions.
-A parent may be locked up for mistreating a child.
-A parent can be locked up for not providing a child with an education.
-A parent must be consulted before doctors can administer life saving actions on a wounded or sick child.
-A parent can actually say "no" to those actions.
-A parent is expected (no law here) to be there for a child until the parent dies.

-A parent may not discipline a child in whatever way they want (I'm not advocating child abuse you bleeding heart assholes), but only in the way society deems appropriate at that moment. (Oh, and if those ways don't work, you'll still be looked at as an unfit parent.)
-A child can get a tatoo without a parent's consent.
-A child can get an abortion without a parent's consent.
-A school system can put your child on birth control without your consent.

Either the government needs to take custody of our kids as soon as they're born and raise them or they need to back out of our business.


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October 10, 2007

Pixar's Cars: A nightmare sold to kids.

Disclaimer: when you have a kid, you tend to see the same kid movies so many times that it becomes easy to over-analyze them.  This is just such a time. 


Cars: A cute movie about a civilization built by sentient vehicles, right?  Wrong.  A post-apocalyptic human dystopia where the machines turned against and enslaved their human creators.

Allow me to explain.

The movie revolves around the life of a young, rookie racecar who gets sidetracked into a dying town in the American southwest, Doc Hollywood-style.  He makes friends and learns a thing or two about himself, and goes on to use his newfound knowledge and new friendships to be an even better racecar.  It's all very sweet.

Or is it?

How can cars talk, and have facial expressions?  There have been many advances in automotive technology in the last 20 years that build up to the beings we see in this movie.  Cars produced today already have more computing power than the space shuttle.  The leap to AI may already have happened, and humans may be able to sense this, as many already talk to their vehicles.  Advances in auto body polymers, in order to reduce damage caused by dents and scratches, is evolving to the point where it will be self healing; and if it can do that, why not also make facial expressions?

The hints of the remains of the human civilization they crushed and assimilated are all around.

In don't care how clever they are... some of this technology cannot be produced by a creature with tires for hands.  Nimble humans with opposable thumbs must be kept somewhere... but where?  Very little of the country was shown in the movie; I suspect that was to hide the massive farms where humans are bred and educated into a short and brutal life of serving their wheeled masters.

Ever notice how all the vehicle windows are opaque?  Each vehicle has a emaciated... but living... body of the human who used to drive the car.  No one is sure why the cars do this.  Some believe the human's brain is hotwired to the car to serve as additional computing power.  This would tend to explain how the emergent personality of each car tends to stereotypically reflect that of the human which would supposedly drive it.  A late model judge takes on the personality of a crotchety old man, a military issue Jeep has the mannerism of an army drill sergeant, and the 60's VW van sounds just like George Carlin.  One would hope the humans have no awareness of the nightmare, the living hell, in which they live... but there is insufficient evidence to suggest they aren't.

If a vehicle ever goes against the desires of the civilization and suggests that it is wrong to keep humans as slaves, they are encased in bronze... alive... for all eternity as an example to future trouble makers.  Case in point, "Stanley," the founder of the town of Radiator Springs.  Early in the movie he is knocked off his pedestal by Lightning McQueen, the movie's "protagonist," and you can clearly hear him screaming in madness thorough his bronze shell.  It scares the crap out of Lightning... the fear of this sort of punishment is programmed right into the cars' minds in order to help keep them in line.  Characters often speak to Bronze Stanley, why else would the do that if he weren't able to hear them?

It is deeply disturbing that this sort of nightmare future is sold to kids, but here we are.  Those of us who know The Truth can only use it as a warning, that this is the road upon which we are driving.

They love eating children the best.


Next movie to be over analyzed: Toy Story... cute movie about toy sibling rivalry, or the aftermath of a sex triangle voodoo murder?

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October 9, 2007


Global warming, again.

Flannery, whose recent book "The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth," made best-seller lists worldwide, said the data showed that the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions had reached about 455 parts per million by mid-2005, well ahead of scientists' previous calculations.

"We thought we'd be at that threshold within about a decade, that we had that much time," Flannery said. "I mean, that's beyond the limits of projection, beyond the worst-case scenario as we thought of it in 2001," when the last major IPCC report was issued.
The Associated Press

Few things.

First thing:

I've always said that "global warming" was big business, and the above doom-and-gloom is, in part, given to us by a guy selling a book.  If he were really worried, he'd be giving it away in order to get the word out.

Second thing:

There can be no branch of science that has a broader history of being wrong than the environmentalists. In 1914, the U.S. Bureau of Mines predicted our oil reserves would last ten years. In 1939, the U.S. Department of the Interior said American oil would last 13 years; they made the same prediction in 1951. In 1972, the Club of Rome's report "Limits to Growth" said total oil reserves totaled 550 billion barrels. With the report in hand, President Carter said, "We could use up all proven reserves in the entire world by the next decade." Between 1970 and 1990, the world used up 600 billion barrels but as of 1990, the world had one and a half trillion barrels of known, unexploited oil reserves. In the 1970s, Lester Brown, of Worldwatch Institute, started predicting population growth would outstrip food production. His mentor, Paul Ehrlich, in his 1968 best-selling book "Population Bomb" 1968, predicted by 1999 the U.S. population would starve back to 22 million. Since 1961, world population has doubled; food production has more than doubled, even in many poor countries. The Food and Agriculture Organization reports that calories consumed per person in third world countries are 27 percent higher now than in 1961. Erlich also warned Britain's Institute of Biology in 1969, "If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000." For Dr. Paul Ehrlich's work, the MacArthur Foundation bestowed its "genius" award along with a handsome stipend for his "promoting greater public understanding of environmental problems." Lester Brown, who's been predicting global starvation for 40 years, also received the MacArthur "genius" award along with a stipend.

I can't remember where I got this last week, I just copy/pasted it ~GORDON

That sort of thing used to keep people awake at night.  Doom and gloom... sound familiar?  Someone sold a lot of books, didn't he.

Third thing:

The new article says we are at a "worst case scenario."  The worst case I ever heard for man-made global warming was total Venus-like greenhouse effect, killing all humans.  A lesser scenario would be massive flooding around shorelines.  I am willing to bet money, and give odds of 100:1, that we will not have a massive temperature rise, nor massive coastal flooding within the next global weather cycle; i.e., one year.  $100 is the minimum bet.  

If we're all dead/treading water a year from today, you'll have a nice chunk of change from me.

If you aren't certain enough in your doom-and-gloom to put your money where your mouth is, then shut the hell up already.

Really, this is win/win.  For me.  I get sweet silence, one way or another.

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October 5, 2007

Birthday #2, and Disney World.

Heh heh, "#2."

I've managed to keep my kid for two years now with no permanent damage... go me!

For comparison, his one-year-old birthday pics are here.

We also went to Disney for a week right before his birthday... not FOR his birthday, just near it.

We had a great time.  I figure he's still a little young... he won't remember any of it... but it was still nice to see him happy, now.

We stood in some lines.

We met Mickey.

We met Lightning McQueen... he loves the movie Cars.

Met 'Mater.

Met Woody... his current fave movie is Toy Story.

Speaking of which, there's a scene in Toy Story where Buzz Lightyear, still not believing himself to be a toy, attempts to fly by jumping off of a stairway railing... which resulted in a hard landing, and his arm disattached.  My kid watches this scene... makes a little chicken wing with his arm, and says "Arm off!"  Now he does this several times a day; he will come up to me, make his chicken wing, and say "Buzz!  Arm off!"  All with a big smile, of course.  Obviously this is very adorable.

So we're at Disney and about to meet Buzz Lightyear.  With some of the Disney characters, the ones we've never shown him on TV, he was either shy with them, or wanted nothing to do with them at all.  Then it's our turn to meet Buzz... I put Will down about 10 feet from him... Will looks at Buzz, lowers his eyes, and slowly shuffles up to Buzz and gives him a hug.  He's shy, but he fights through it.  It was the cutest part of the entire trip.

We get a few pictures of Will hugging Buzz, and its time for the next kid to take his turn, so I go pick up Will.  "Hey Will," I say.  "Show Buzz ARM OFF!"  And he did.  The cuteness was officially clocked at Eight Megakittens.

Arm off!

Eight Megakittens... that's a lot of cute.

SO that's that.  Birthday #2 successfully achieved, and still with the Cutest Kid Evar.  Better luck next year, people with kids who aren't mine.

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October 4, 2007

iPhone - trouble in paradise?

Apple being sued for millions by a woman due to them dropping the price of the iPhone within two months of its release.

The bigger controversy is that Apple released a software update for the iPhones which broke the hacked iPhones. Thus, if you hacked your iPhone to work with a provider other than AT&T, you now own a paperweight. A class action lawsuit is being discussed, but Apple isn't budging.

Anyone remember the Apple commercial where they attack "Big Brother"? Neither does Apple.

This case could be an interesting test of consumer rights. Once you buy a product, is it yours to do with as you please? Can this case's ruling also be applied to owning a CD/DVD? (See where I'm going with that?)

I think they'll avoid the whole "you own it" issue by saying the altered phones were still under warranty. Apple's warranty info and their update warnings made it clear that people weren't allowed to alter their phones. Thus, Apple is relieved of their responsibility.

The most puzzling thing about this is why it needed a security patch. According to all their commercials, Apple doesn't need security patches like a PC...(for those who can't figure it out, that's sarcasm.)


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October 3, 2007

Bomb-bomb-bomb, Bomb-bomb Iran....

Or not?

Silly people have been speculating silly things since the beginning of time.

"The gods are angry with us, we must kill a virgin to ensure we have good crops!"

"Old people who never saved for retirement are retiring and not having any savings... we need to save them with Social Security!"

"Bush is going to reinstate the draft!"

And today...

"Bush is going to bomb Iran!"


But is that last one silly?  Here's how I see it...

Assuming it ISN'T ALL ABOUT THE OIL... and I can't see how it is, since Iran is already selling their oil, and we sure as hell aren't getting the Iraqi stuff cheap...


  • Iran sponsors terrorism, be it bombing various places, paying families of Palestinian suicide bombers, or sending insurgents into Iraq.  Of course, like everyone else here with an opinion, I haven't personally witnessed any of this, I've just seen it on TV, but...

  • No one can argue that Iran is a religious state, and they have labeled the United States as enemy #1, "The Great Satan."  Unless in their culture "The Great Satan" has good connotations.  Maybe it does.  I dunno.  I just think it sounds sort of negative, especially in conjunction with the frequent "Death to America" rallies.  But maybe that's just their culture and I have to respect it.

  • Iran has had plenty of opportunity to send suicide bombers into American malls.  Maybe they've tried but they've been clandestinely stopped.  Don't know.  As open as the USA borders are, anybody who tries can get in the country.   Osama bin Laden could have a house in Scottsdale, Arizona for all we know.


  • This entire issue SEEMS to be about the Iranian nuke program, which may or may not be about weaponizing Plutonium.  I don't know.  The two possibilities than I can see are:
    1. Iran builds their nuke program and uses it for harmless energy generation.
    2. Iran builds their nuke program and uses it for harmless energy generation AND starts cranking out Plutonium for sale to the highest bidder.

The only way to know with absolute certainty is going to be with hindsight.  Either a city, in America or otherwise, is going to go up in a mushroom cloud, or it isn't.  That's the gamble, those are the stakes.  What do we do?   Iran certainly isn't being open and honest with the "international community" any more than Saddam was when he was firing at American planes for ten years during the so-called cease fire.

Oh, and the Iranian guy who was in America telling us how they just don't have the gays in Iran?  He has the nice-sounded title of "President."  makes him sound like he's in charge, huh.  But he isn't the guy running Iran, this guy is.  This is the guy whose mind we need to know, and according to him he is talking to god, and god is pissed.  Nice.

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October 1, 2007

Fast Food.

I have no links to backup anything I am about to say, I've just been digesting various claims I've read here and there, both from the MSM and blogs and discussion forums.

I've seen a lot of attacks on the fast food industry, from regular people and government agencies alike.  Congress likes to make a big issue of the high fat content in fast food, and lots of people like to claim Americans are too stupid to know how to eat right.  There's a picture of a REALLY fat kid chowing down at McDonalds that I see pop up every so often.  It's usually used in a "See, I TOLD you Americans were fat and stupid!" tone.

Here's a couple things, though.  Vegetable gardens were around before farms, grocery/food stores were around before restaurants, and restaurants were around before fast food chains.  Fast food chains found a niche in which people traveling from place to place liked knowing what to expect when they went someplace for a quick bite to eat... most people knew what to expect from a hamburger from McD's, but who the hell knows what kind of quality to expect from Mel's Diner with the surly waitresses?  Places like McD's found a market, and exploited it.  Regular restaurants and grocery stores and vegetable gardens were not put out of business because of their invention.

Now, as to so-called fat people.... I usually hear two reasons given as to why so many people are overweight: they are poor and can only afford McDonald's, or they are stupid and don't know how to eat properly.  Are people stupid?  I don't know.  I don't know how the average person with the 100 IQ thinks, I don't know their education level, and I don't know what they were taught about nutrition.

But poor people can only afford unhealthy fast food?  This is the point I wanted to make: the butcher shop I frequent always has 5 ounce "Kansas City-cut" steaks for $1.49, and you can buy a baking potato for less than a dollar.  Water is usually available in most kitchens.  So there, two fifty, and a steak dinner.  Add twenty-five cents and color your water with a packet of Kool-aid.  That's cheaper than anything you can buy at McD's, including a child's "Happy Meal."  They always have other meats there, chicken and pork and such, at comparable prices.  The produce department has every type of vegetable on the nutritional chart, and all single-size portions... and usually more than a single portion... are priced at less than a dollar.  So no more excuses.  Being "poor" is not an excuse for people to eat a lot of fast food.


Having written out this post, I realized I wrote a lot of words to make a small, dumb point.  Sigh.


I guess a better point to make is that saying that being overweight is a natural result of being poor seems like an insult to poor people.  Or, saying crime results from too many poor people.  But that's another post.


Nah.  This is a crappy post.

I bet you wish you could unread it and get those minutes back.  I bet you wish I had given you a warning at the beginning.  Well, I never said I wasn't an asshole.

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September 10, 2007

Beepocalypse. Hornetocalypse.

This morning at first light I was stung in the middle finger by a hornet.  Might have been a bee, but I don't see a stinger.  It hurt like hell then, and it hurts like hell now.

I'm very curious to know how it gained entrance to my bed chambers.

After I tracked the bastard into the bathroom and did battle with it unto its death, I went outside with a can of hornet killer and foamed up one of the hornet (bee?) nests outside of my house.  Payback.  You sting me, I genocide your queen and entire colony.  That's how I roll.  Say goodbye to that particular genetic line.

The Beepocalypse has begun.

Or possibly the Hornetocalypse. 

Update 20070910; 1004

On a hunch I peeked into the crawlspace under my bedroom.

Bad news.

Looks like a confirmation; it's a Hornetocalypse.

Update 20070912; 2151

First and second strikes on the enemy base successful.  Pics and detailed battle plans in the Feedback Thread.


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August 30, 2007

George Bush hates Buckeyes.

Karl Rove resigned, but as a goodbye party gift he turned on his modified racist hurricane machine to reek some devastation in Ohio. 

Ferocious thunderstorms, heat and humidity added to the Midwest's flooding misery Friday as thousands of people returned to damaged homes, many without electricity to run fans or pumps.


In hard-hit Ohio, residents got a break from the rain but temperatures in the upper 90s made that the cleanup from widespread flooding even more of a struggle.

In Findlay, which saw its worst flooding in nearly a century, people tried to pump water from their basements and tally their losses.

And as is normal in the Midwest, the citizenry took the crisis in stride and helped their neighbors, as they could.  there was terrible rioting and looting as the cities flooded.  Invalids were left to die in nursing homes and thousands, unable, unwilling, or too stupid to fend for themselves were evacuated to the local sports stadiums, where gang violence and rape began almost immediately.  Very few deaths related to the disaster were reported.Unclaimed, unidentified bodies floated in stagnant flood waters as everyone stood around waiting for the FEMA trailers and the free money so they could get their nails done and their hair did.  "I was going to get some money but the check cashing place is under water.  The government should have done something.  Why does George Bush hate white people?" asked one angry, moist accountant.  "It's like they expect us to take care of ourselves, and that just isn't right.  Also, Halliburton and racism."

The nearby city of Wooster, Ohio has offered to take in refugees from Findlay.  Crime rates are expected to stay exactly the same, as virtually no one actually needed to be evacuated from the city in spite of thousands of families having been rendered homeless by the extensive flooding. skyrocket as the dispossessed flood the city and overwhelm police forces.

Anthony P. Iriti, Mayor of Findlay, claimed "You may do what is necessary to secure the building and continue the clean up effort."  "When the federal money starts coming we will rebuild.  We will make this Vanilla City, again.  Also, this is George Bush's fault, also global warming."


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August 25, 2007

Shooting stuff at the German American Festival, 2007.

It's the hottest, most humid part of summer again, so that must mean it's time for another visit to the German American Festival in Oregon, Ohio.

GAF 2003.

My wife, son and I met Leisher and his wife and daughter for dinner and whatnot, whatnot being the kiddy rides for the kiddies.

Then there was the tornado and the tornado shelter, but after that there was food and more rides, and my new favorite thing at the festival (Since Unk stopped throwing the rock), the marksmanship competitions.

A max score any given round is 50 points.  Five targets on a sheet, one round per target, ten points for a perfect bull's-eye.  The target is a circle approximately 2 inches wide.  The weapon is some sort of high-power pellet gun.... you fire and there is no discernable delay in hearing the round hit metal back plate approximately 20 feet downrange.  This thing would definitely put an eye out.

I did pretty well last year.  The drunkest I've been in about ten years, and I fired a 46 out of 50 my first time up to the firing line.  That put me immediately into 3rd place in the competition, but I didn't think it through and just walked away... only to be bumped out of 3rd by a later shooter.

But this year I had a plan.  No beer (after one or two, of course...) and I'd fire more than once if I needed to in order to stay in the top 3.  I knew I'd fire at least twice... once as a warm-up, and the second time for real.

The first round, I had Leisher behind me staring at my ass and heckling me with such things as, "Better call in for an air strike, you'll have a better chance of hitting the target."  Stuff like that doesn't actually bother me, though.  Putting rounds down range is sort of a Zen thing with me... when the time comes, and my eye is focused on the front sight post and I'm putting it on the blurry black blob I'm aiming at, I'm good at tuning out all distractions and just watch my heart beating in the bounce of the sights.  My high score of those two targets was a 38.  Pretty sucky, but I got a feel for the rifle.  It also put me in 3rd place, but I didn't even bother putting my name on the board, yet.  I knew my second go-round would be better.

Round 2: my wife and Leisher and everyone else took the kids back to the kiddy rides, so no heckling, this time.  My high score of those 2 targets was a 42, which put me in first place, ahead of the guy who had 41.  But there was still 3 hours to go in the competition.  And if I wasn't there at the end, they give the trophy to whomever was next in scoring.  This year I wanted to win.

It was the kids' bedtime, so everyone left me at the festival in the rain.  I walked the wife and kid to the car to see them off, and by the time I got back to the firing range two other people were on the board with 43 points, each, bumping me to 3rd.

I paid another three bucks for another go-round, and fired a 44.  First place again, but no cushion.  By the time I got my card scored, someone else had fired a 45.  Shit.  90 minutes to go.  I need an ATM.  Each round is three tickets, and each ticket is a buck.

I fired again, 44.  And again, 44.  I turned in the last card and said, "Well, this is the best I can do, I guess.  I'm done."  I looked at my watch, 20 minutes to go in the competition.  Ok, one more round.

I fired a 45, tying for first place, which results in a shoot-off to resolve all ties.  

The dot dead-center is 10 points.  The circle round it is 9.  It you break the ring around, for example, the 9-pointer, you get 9 points.


The people in the tiebreaker fire one round for practice, and one round for score.  High score wins.

Now, the last 3 or 4 times I fired, I fired on rifle #2, out of the 4 they had setup.  I felt I was a consistent 9-ring hitter on #2, so I should stick with #2.  But why were all the festival officials huddled around rifle #2?  "Oh, we just caught the last shooter screwing with the sights.  We're trying to fix them."

Shit.  I knew I should have just jumped on another rifle... the practice round would have told me all I needed to know for the official round... but for some reason I waited.  They "fixed" the sights, the festival official guy snapped in, aimed, and plinked a perfect bull.  "Ok," I said.  "Good enough for me."  I shook my opponent's hand, wished him luck, he reciprocated, and I stepped forward.

I took my rifle, chambered a round.  Took my wide, stable stance, and pointed the weapon down range.  I clicked the safety.  I felt as cool as a cucumber as I sighted in.  Deep breath.  Hold.  Slow squeeze of the trigger.

Now, any good marksman can tell you that if you know what you're doing, you know where the round hit on the target as soon as the round fires and before you even see the target.  In real competition you keep a scoring book and every time you fire you plot where you think the round went, and when it is marked you plot where the round actually hit so you can spot trends and figure windage and elevation problems.  Good marksman usually predict pretty well where they hit, barring a random gust of wind.  And you usually feel it when you know the round went downrange right where you wanted it; center mass.  I had this feeling, and I knew as soon as the round fired, before I even changed the focus of my eye from the front sight post to the target, I knew it had to be in the 9-ring, at least.

High and right, damn near off the black, firmly in the 4 ring.

Holy shit.

I hadn't fired a round that far off the mark the entire day... this wasn't good.

I felt like maybe I should just jump on another rifle, and forego the practice round.  But in the end I thought, "Well, I must have just screwed it up.  I'll just not screw up for the official shot."

I repeated my procedure.  Loaded, aimed, fired.  The round felt as good as the last.

And the round went in exactly the same spot.  Key holed it.  My tiebreaker round scored a 4.


To my opponent's credit, he watched what happened, and yet he chose to use the same rifle.  His rounds also went high and right, just slightly less-so than mine.  He had either a 5 or 6.  At first I was comforted by that..."He still fired better than I did, so it doesn't matter if the rifle was screwed up."  Unfortunately, later I had the thought, "What if my shots were dead center, and his would have been low and left?"


At any rate, I came in second place for the competition.  The third place guy had a 43, so if they had counted all of my 44's I could have won 2nd and 3rd place, heh.

Was a fun competition, all-around, even in the rain.  Makes me wonder about getting a grown-up rifle and get in the real competitions.... the annual National Rifle Championships are held about 30 minutes from my house, at Camp Perry.  I can snap-in with real Marines again, among others.  I'm good, but those snipers are so good it's spooky.

Maybe maybe maybe.


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