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Dumb Bans

Monday, August 14th, 2006

The activists are doing it, they are advancing their cause to impose their values on us.  I came across this article today and it just makes my blood boil.  I’ve never even tried foie gras, but I know where it comes from and if someone else wants to eat it I sure as heck won’t stop them.  Check it out:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/14/foie.gras.ap/index.html

Miami Vice

Monday, August 14th, 2006

We went to see Miami Vice on Saturday. I am known to be a rather easy critic to please when it comes to film (and food), but this film sucked. It was horrible. I came away speechless. It’s easier to mention what was GOOD about it than what was bad. The highlights are the Adam A500 and Piaggio P.180 Avanti cameos. Yes, that’s about it. I also liked the Sig 550 that Crocket was using. Don’t waste your money on this, not even renting it when it comes out on video.

Political idiots on the street

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

So, elections were just held this past week here in Memphis (I guess it’s probably state wide).  So, leading up to election day I’d see tons of people standing on the street corners holding up campaign signs.  It’s a minor annoyance.  But that was last week.  Today, we’re driving home from the movie and what do we see?  A bunch of idiots (and I mean a bunch, probably 75 of them) holding signs and shouting condemning the Israelis.  I mean, come on, this is Memphis.  I bet half the people driving by (on a Sunday evening, no less) don’t even know or care about the situation over there right now.  And to top it off, they are protesting against Israel?  Look, I’m one to believe that Israel is not a close American ally.  Israel is looking out for Israel.  They appreciate our support, and in exchange, they give us chunks of intelligence.  They are not, however, looking out for our interests any further than what also benefits Israel.  That said, I truely respect the Israeli position.  Those people have the balls to go out and do what’s gotta be done.  It’s not pretty.  It’s not clean.  I don’t even think Israel is doing as much as they could do to limit collateral damage, but what else can they do?  Honestly, what else could they do?  What would we do if a the drug cartels in Mexico started lobbing missles/rockets over the border into American towns and the Mexican government couldn’t or wouldn’t do anything about it?  You bet we’d be hitting back pretty hard.  People just don’t get that.  I’d love to have that ideal world where we can work out perfect solutions where nobody ever gets hurt, but this is reality.  This is real life and real life isn’t pretty.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

We went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest today.  Turned out to be a little disappointing.  It started out as a decent film, but close to the end I felt the length eating at me (similar feeling at at around 2 hours of Pearl Harbor).  Then, they pull some crap and start setting up another story that they don’t finish.  This isn’t a TV show, and it’s not billed as a trilogy, so they shouldn’t be doing this.  Needless to say, they’ve got a cliff hanger for part 3, whenever that comes out.  Aside from that rude ending, I quite enjoyed the story.  It was funny, and actiony, and fantasy, and all the summer blockbuster boxes checked, I just can’t get past that dirty trick ending.  What, next year they’ll put the trailers in the middle of the film… Grumble grumble grumble…

Took the Tennessee HCP class

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

We took the Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit (HCP) class today. It was lots of fun, thanks to Phil and Silvino.  I will say that an 8 hour course is kinda long.  At least it’s bearable.  Tennessee really does need to update it’s mandantory video.  On top of it just being plain horrible, it’s got some inaccuracies in it due to changes in recommended tactics AND TN law.  Shinta and I both qualified with Bulgarian Makarovs.  It was nice to formally learn some shooting techniques.  I finally got validation on some of my theories of pistol shooting.  So, now I’ve got 6 months to get my name fixed on my drivers license and get my HCP application in.  I also need to get my Makarov hard chromed for sweat protection.

As a side note, the Mesko ammo we tried felt great.  Plenty snappy and accurate enough at all the ranges we engaged the targets.  I should order plenty more before Aim Surplus sells out.

As a second side note, I finally understand the complaints people have about the Makarov sights.  Having always shot outdoors I thought they were plenty (not great, but good enough).  In the dim indoor range light, I finally understand the complaint.  I need some bright orange paint for the front sight blade.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Yesterday, *right* after work, we went to see Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.  It’s Will Ferrell’s latest creation.  Will Ferrell has a particular style, just as Adam Sandler has his own.  Well, I must say this is particularly well done for one of his movies.  He definitely got a big budget for it.  I thought it was really funny.  Honestly, I didn’t have much expectations as to the quality of the film, especially considering how some of his last few films went, but it was good.  Ferrell really did more than just be funny.  His acting really expressed the over-the-top, fictional character as if he were real.  It didn’t seem like a character, but like a live cartoon character.  In short, have fun watching the film, but don’t have high expectations of it exploring some facet of humanity.