The right sort of gun control

A mayor in northern Italy has had enough of crimes committed against his citizens – and he’s fighting back in a way I can wholeheartedly support. A mayor from a town in Northern Italy began setting up a local fund to help townspeople buy guns … Mayor Gianluca Buonanno, a Northern League politician from the Piedmont region, said the fund will help the people of his town defend against home intruders. “I want to increase the defense capability and security of my fellow citizens,” said Buonanno, as reported by BBC, adding “I say better cemeteries full of criminals than empty

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That’ll set the cat among the pigeons . . .

I note with interest that feminist Germaine Greer has stirred outrage among lesbian, gay and transgender activists by stating bluntly her opinion that transgender ‘women’ (i.e. those who’ve ‘transitioned’ from male to female) are not, in fact, women. Frankly, I’m surprised that the outrage is so strong.  Ms. Greer has never made any secret of her opinions – and medical science is largely on her side.  Let’s face it, one’s gender is not a product of feeling, opinion or psychological euphemisms.  It’s determined by one’s chromosomes.  If you have two X chromosomes, you’re female.  If you have one X and

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In Memoriam: Maureen O’Hara

I’m sad to learn that actress Maureen O’Hara has died in her sleep at the age of 95. She always struck me as the quintessential Lady (with a capital ‘L’) of cinema.  So many of her peers and contemporaries were more or less corrupted by their experiences in Hollywood, but not Ms. O’Hara.  She never lost sight of who she was as a woman and a lady, and expected others to do likewise.  Her relationship with director John Ford in particular (which she described in a 2004 interview) was stormy, bewildering and complex, yet she rose above the difficulties to

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Another piece of history for the gun collection

Browsing through my local Armslist the other day, I noticed a gentleman south of here selling a 1980’s-vintage Smith & Wesson Model 19, the famous ‘Combat Magnum’ pioneered by Bill Jordan and developed with his input during the 1950’s.  This was the standard police model with 4″ barrel, square butt and target-style grips.  Production ceased in 1999.  It’s in excellent condition, as you can see in the picture below.  Apologies for the slightly dark image.  I’ll try to take a better one sometime. I’ve seen these going for anywhere between $700 and $1,000 in top condition, depending on whether the

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A half-baked approach?

This news is a couple of weeks old, but it’s just come to my notice. Police [in Finland] are requesting citizens to inform them of pizzerias that offer their meals at less than 6 euros [about US $6.60] each. Their campaign is directed mainly at social media, where people have been quick to ridicule the seemingly trivial measure, but one which the authorities say is the first decisive step towards rooting out the country’s grey economy. “We need tips from citizens. You can post them on our web site or contact us on social media. Unless a pizza is on

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That’s a hell of an ethical dilemma

Courtesy of a link at Joel’s place, we find an article in the MIT Technology Review on the ethical and moral implications of self-driving cars.  Here’s an excerpt. Here is the nature of the dilemma. Imagine that in the not-too-distant future, you own a self-driving car. One day, while you are driving along, an unfortunate set of events causes the car to head toward a crowd of 10 people crossing the road. It cannot stop in time but it can avoid killing 10 people by steering into a wall. However, this collision would kill you, the owner and occupant. What

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Testing a Taurus Tracker .44 Magnum revolver: first follow-up

I’m sure many of you read my ‘torture test’ of two Taurus .44 Magnum revolvers, which I published a couple of weeks ago.  One of them was the relatively lightweight Taurus Tracker 5-shot revolver with a 4″ ported barrel.  I had this to say about its factory grip: The smaller Tracker was less popular, partly because its lower weight didn’t provide as much counterbalance to recoil energy, partly because the factory Ribber grip proved less capable of absorbing and controlling recoil than the Hogue grip I’d installed on the Model 44.  (The Ribber grips consist of a rubber core surrounded

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Is this a case of Marines being Marines?

I had to laugh out loud at this article in the Daily Caller. If you look very closely at the route for this weekend’s Marine Corps Marathon, you will see what looks very similar to a certain piece of the male anatomy aimed squarely at Congress.  (Click the image for a larger view.) It would only seem natural for the military marathon to travel around the National Mall, which is already home to one phallic symbol, but the route takes an interesting series of turns when it reaches the steps of Congress. There are any number of different routes the

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Climate change liars and the data that exposes their lies

I’m cynically amused by the latest climate change hysteria from the ecoweenies. If carbon emissions continue to increase unabated, large, populated areas of Northern California and the U.S. will be inundated from rising sea levels over the course of this century according a new report. Many areas will be impacted by the year 2050. Researchers at Climate Central, an independent group of scientists and journalists based in New Jersey, predict a 2 to 7 feet sea level rise this century, “depending upon how much more heat-trapping pollution humanity puts into the sky.” In a report published in the Proceedings of

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