Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Quite Impressive There Crimson Trace


So the battery that's been in the Crimson Trace Lasergrips on my Kahr PM9 since January 10, 2013 has finally given up the glow and lost enough power to be faded beyond usefulness.

So I hopped onto Amazon and picked up a Duracell DL1/3N  3V Lithium Battery, which arrived today.

Uninstalling the laser was very simple, first unloading the firearm and I'd recommend locking the slide back so there's no question that the firearm is empty while you work on it. Then, using the provided Allen key from Crimson Trace which I had carefully left, along with the original instructions, in the box the sight came in, it was simple to take the sight off the gun.

I took out the old battery, installed the new one and snapped the laser sight back onto the Kahr and screwed the two sides together locking it onto the trigger guard.  The whole process took maybe three minutes tops and the sight now works and shines bright as new.

Impressively, there was absolutely no loss of zero and the dot is exactly where it was prior to the removal of the sight.



Crimson Trace makes a darn nice product and this one has withstood regular carry and use (but not abuse) for over two years as a pocket gun and being used at the range on a regular basis, as well as being on a firearm as it is being cleaned. These grips certainly hold up well over time as well as provide a nice red dot right where you want it.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Obama Forecast: More Bowing And Scraping Ahead


Tam had presciently noted that the Obama administration is in many ways the most transparent ever.

Obama, as has been widely reported that after he failed to join the French March in Paris that he would also not take part in the 70th Year commemoration at Auswitz, ostensibly because he had already a planned trip to India that was locked in per the White House.

Well, gee, Obama just changed his schedule and cut that very same can't miss trip to India short to ensure he can go bow to the new king of Saudi Arabia:

The Detroit News: Obama to cut short India trip to visit Saudi Arabia

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cold Flame


We're having Rocky and his human family over for dinner tonight for some fun and socializing, and it called for something special.

Tash suggested something smoked, and of course I couldn't refuse.



So here I am, out in the snow adding charcoal and wood to the smoker trying to get it up to heat to make some 10 pounds of smoked country-style ribs.

The ribs have been marinating all night, and have spent the morning covered in a nice rub waiting to be placed in the smoker until I began the cook at noon.

While it's not freezing cold out, the smoker's thermometer is showing me it is struggling to get up to heat, and I need to keep adding wood and charcoal more often than usual.  Also the lighter is being a real pain in the cold and wind making it an extra pleasant struggle to start the charcoal in the chimney.

On the upside the smell is awesome and, worst comes to worst, we can always finish the cooking off in the oven at a nice low 240 degrees inside where its warm.

Did I mention I need to make these in two batches as the smoker won't fit 'em all?

First batch should be done by 3, with the second batch done by when the guests arrive.  This should work.

Update at 3:19 pm: First batch is done and Wow! is it great - they're tender, perfectly cooked with a great flavor that doesn't even need some BBQ sauce on top to improve, but I'll likely add some sauce anyways.  Somebody stop me before I eat all of them before company arrives.
Batch #2 is underway.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Why We Don't Leave Nice Things With Idiots


Courtesy of The Telegraph, we learn that: King Tut's beard 'hastily glued back on with epoxy and that this priceless artifact may be irreversibly damaged at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

You see, this is why Europeans used to take such discoveries back to their home countries with them, to safeguard and display them so they're not left in the hands of complete morons.

Somehow, King Tutankhamen's beard was broken off the funeral mask, apparently during cleaning but no there seems to be owning up to it.  But that was only the beginning.

Instead of affixing it properly and doing the appropriate repair, they just shoved some epoxy in, which is really not how you're supposed to do it.

Yes, some "conservator" at the museum Bubba-Ho-Tepped King Tut's burial mask.

Not content with that level of damage, they then got some epoxy on the face itself and then scraped it away with a spatula.   This caused scratches to the gold face mask.

Here's the before.


Check out the Telegraph's article for after.

Unbelievable, to survive for thousands of years only to suffer at the hands of modern day incompetent Egyptian conservators.

It is to weep.

As If You Didn't See That Coming In Southeastern Michigan


The Detroit Water and Sewage Department, now with the suburbs paying an even larger share of the bill in return for  few seats at the table is announcing some heavy rate increases to cover the deferred maintenance that occurred under the prior corrupt regime.

The Detroit Free Press: Suburbs warned: Double-digit water rate hikes possible
The projected increases come as the region prepares to launch the new Great Lakes Water Authority, a regional entity that will manage the department, which the City of Detroit owns. The authority was created as part of Detroit's bankruptcy and included a promise that it would limit budget increases to 4% annually.

But that doesn't mean rates can't rise more than that, officials said today.

That promise "was always that we would not move forward with a budget request that was more than 4% from the prior year," water department Director Sue McCormick said. "But that was a budget that contained a lot of unknowns, and some estimates, and some contingences, so by the time we got the bond documents for planning purposes, we had changed our projections."
Yeah, 4% doesn't mean 4%.  Yet again, the suburbs were sold a bill of goods on this deal, actually the suburbs did exactly buy the deal, instead they suffered getting the "goods" rammed down their throats in the Detroit bankruptcy and grand bargain extravaganza.

Interestingly enough, according to the article, at least some of those that knew this was coming when this was being promoted as a great deal were under a gag order and not allowed to talk about it.

Regionalism apparently having the suburbs bailout and pay for the corruption and ineptitude of the city of the designated region, after the city has run out of its own money to waste and divert to politician's and crony's pockets.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Probably Not The Experience He Was Seeking


The Islamic State is demanding that Japan pay $200 million to free two Japanese nationals now being held hostage.

It's been reported that one of the Japanese hostages being threatened with beheading had in fact traveled to the area to train with the "militants".

The Detroit Free Press:  Japanese hostage wanted to train with militants

Somehow, I don't think his vision of training with militants was to be used as a beheading dummy.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

More Shiny Stuff From Magpul


Say Uncle blogs that Magpul has just come out with a new line of tint-able mags, where starting with the sand base you then can tint them however you wish.  Check out the video he embedded on his blog to see more.

In their native sand color, they could almost be called "Ghost Mags" and cause antis to break out in cold sweats.

Yes, Magpul has made PMags to dye for.

Such a Small Man Taking Up So Much Room And Air


Michael Moore sure likes drawing attention to himself, even as he comes off as a very small and petty fat man.

In an effort to put a little shine on his progressive street cred, which is rather hard to do living as  large (some would even say super-sized) and in luxury as he is, he had to open his pie hole and shourt "Hey! Look at me!" and be-clown himself regarding the success of the movie American Sniper:

Daily News: 'American Sniper' has a record-breaking opening weekend — but liberal filmmaker Michael Moore takes aim 

This couldn't have anything to do with the fact that American Sniper grossed in one weekend more than all but one of Michael more's films grossed in their entire run combined, and more than quadrupled the gross of any of even his best grossing his film's opening weekend, now could it?

A rather petulant effort from a failed "look at me" progressive.

This is of course, lest anyone forget, the same Michael Moore that was cheering for a defeat of America in Iraq and called terrorists there "minutemen", the very same terrorists that hero Chris Kyle was bagging by the score.

No wonder he's chapped at his failure compared to the success of Chris Kyle's legacy.

Monday, January 19, 2015