“The Natural History of The Chicken” – Really about white people problems

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_Natural_History_of_the_Chicken/70017727?trkid=8133737

I tossed this up on Netflix this morning. I expected something about chickens, the usual handwringing about industrial farming, some free range commentary, and a whole lot of biology. Like how chickens are (were?) in the wild, how they got domesticated, different breeds backed up with some stats on how much cock we gobble in a year, and an obligatory KFC reference.

Instead I was treated to:

  •  Woman on what I would call a Gentlemans Farm in Maine who performed CPR on a chicken
  •  Hippies in Oxford, OH complaining about a neighbor raising chickens
  • A lot of facts presented as pop-over text
  • Overly dramatic music (think Vatican) to an industrial chicken operation
  • A large stereotypical farmer who did a bang up impression of chickens
  • A crazy old woman in FL who has a single pet chicken
  • Constant uses of an old Cadillac with a giant chicken advertising a fried chicken place as a transition between segments

I’m not sure if I’m disappointed with PBS for making this or the hack who wrote the Netflix description.

The most entertaining part was that Dammit Boy seems to think that anything which walks on the ground and is not people and is not our cat must be a dog.

Vaccines are taxable?

Easing into political blogging with a light post. Please comment if you like the inline sources or if you want a bibliography style citation.

I follow the “Congressional Daily Digest”. You can follow it here: http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php Click on “Subscribe” in the upper right and pick RSS or Email as you like.

This bill from the June 19th update caught my attention, http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.R.+475: . It was posted in the digest as, “Seasonal Influenza Vaccines: Senate passed H.R. 475, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines.”

The final text passed from the House to the Senate is here,http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr475rds/pdf/BILLS-113hr475rds.pdf. Now the fault in this text is that it doesn’t link to the IRS code its amending! So we’re relying on the summary at the top to say what it does. Annoying, but for legislation this brief I think we can trust it.

This caught my attention for a few reasons:

  1. That vaccines are taxable at all
  2. That medication is taxable
  3. That some vaccines were not taxable and now are
  4. That a vaccine which public health officials have been strongly encouraging everyone to get for years is now taxable

Why is something that is important for health taxable at all? Why are some taxable and some aren’t? Finally, it strikes me as a little bit rude to suddenly decide to tax something that you’ve been hounding me to buy!

Closing remark – The House passed this by a voice vote. Methinks the GOP didn’t fight this INCREASE IN TAXES very hard now did they?

 

EDIT – Fixed a link

Belated review: Taurus PT-145

This is a backwards review. Its a review of a gun I bought and got rid of over a year ago.

My second pistol was a Taurus PT-145. I had been looking for a Glock 30 or 36, but the Taurus was cheaper and still 10 rounds of .45 ACP. I found one used at my home range (Knob Creek), rented it and fed a box of ammo thru it. It was used for $300 or $350 at least $100 less than a Glock and basically the same gun. Whats not to like?

Well things went well initially. The Heine Straight-8 sights are quite good and my scores at the pistol competition immediately improved. It digested any ammo I could feed it, until I started reloading. The Taurus was very inconsistent about setting of standard reloads. The Springfield 1911 would eat anything I could fit in the barrel, but the Taurus would light strike maybe 5 rounds out of 100. It was killing my scores.

I did replace the striker spring, no joy there. I wasn’t going to wait 6 weeks and send the gun back to Taurus. Another shooter at the pistol club bought a brand new PT-111 and it was light striking out of the box. I’m of the opinion that Taurus’ “second-strike” feature is really a tacit admission that the gun won’t consistently light the rounds off.

What finally made me get rid of it was winning a Kimber Custom II from Friends of the NRA. I traded the Taurus straight up for a Ceiner .22 conversion for the 1911. That’ll be a different post…

Buying extra mags was an adventure too. Taurus and ProMag make mags for it, ProMags are known to suck and Taurus redesigned the mag and the first iteration is also rumored to suck.

Now I’ve handled and shot other Taurus firearms. Their 1911s and 92 clones aren’t bad and others seem to like their revolvers. However I’d still avoid the PT / Millenium series and I remain leery of any other striker-fired Taurus. I want the company to do well, but I simply can’t recommend a Taurus as the first choice. If you must get one, then rent it first and feed it at least 100 rounds of ball ammo and a box of carry ammo before you trust it and don’t expect it to eat reloads reliably.

I will close on a positive note. The real bright spot of this pistol is the Heine Straight-8 sights. I like that sighting system and it remains on my radar as a good upgrade over basic-black sights.

Review: KelTec PMR-30

The last installment (for today) from the GBC Bidet Shoot.

Erin (lurkingrhythmically.blogspot.com) brought out her KelTec PMR-30 and had enough .22 WMR to share.

Lets just dive into this one and let me describe the first few shots: Oooh this points nice-hey nice big bright sights-BLAM-damn that trigger is light-WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT FIRE SHOOTING OUT OF THE FRONT-oooh neat its back on target already.

The trigger is very good and almost too light. The .22 WMR spits fire, its a round designed for a much longer gun.

The .22 WMR is not known for its stopping power, but with 30 of them on tap AND a gun that is stupid easy to shoot I think KelTec has another winner here. I’m chalking this one up with my KSG, I won’t go out of my way to get one at retail but if Friends of the NRA has one up for grabs I’ll be trying to win it.

Thanks for sharing Erin!

Review: Boberg

Next installment from the GBC Bidet Shoot.

Awelowynt brought his Boberg when he came to visit us in a free state. The Boberg is a super-compact 9mm with an interesting ‘backwards’ feed mechanism, http://www.bobergarms.com/

This thing is TINY. If my finger was just a little longer I could muzzle myself by indexing it along the frame.

As far as shooting it goes its just like every other compact 9mm with a double-action-only trigger. Perfectly good gun. I am not a fan of compact 9mm pistols or double action. Nothing objectively wrong with ’em, just not to my taste.

Like the KRISS, the Boberg gets a “ooh neat” but not a “oooh wheres my wallet” rating from me.

Special thanks to Awelowynt for sharing his toys.

Review: KRISS

The Bidet Shoot for the Southern GBC bloggers let me try out a lot of firearms. This is the first in a series of short reviews of those firearms.

Jack (http://fivetensfourtens.blogspot.com/) brought out his KRISS. It was in the pistol configuration in .45 ACP. If you’re not familiar with the weapon see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KRISS_Vector

I’ve been keen to get my hands on one of these. Its a mechanically interesting design and I wanted to try it.

First impression was that the damn thing was heavy for its size. 30ish rounds of .45 ACP and the reciprocating masses will do that. Jack had this kitted out with AR-style backup sights and an EOTech.

The pistol configuration is designed to be fired either tensioned against a single-point sling or with a sort-of cheek weld. The sling seems the best, but it only works if the sling is properly adjusted for the shooter. Jack is as tall as I am but is a lot more muscular, his sling was far too lose to properly tension against. It was difficult to make shots like this. The other hold was with an AR-like cheek weld with just the front of your cheek. This was more accurate, but rather awkward. I constantly worried about turning sideways and having to spend more money at the dentist.

The recoil was definitely in a different direction, so it does what it says on the tin. What the KRISS marketing material seems to leave out is that its still recoil that has to be managed. Managing that recoil is difficult when you’re new to the PDW style configuration.

Overall, I still think its a neat mechanical design. Despite this I wouldn’t buy one. It’s just too many new concepts in one package. For my money if I want to launch .45 ACP from a ~5″ barrel and 30 round Glock magazines with a red dot, I’ll get a Glock 21 and a pistol optic.

Special thanks to Jack for sharing his toys!

Opening shots

Soooo I decided to start blogging.

Goals:

  • cite my sources where possible
  • get some more complicated thoughts out of my head 
  • cut back on clutter with complicated thoughts that don’t fit well into Facebook
  • encourage disagreement without being disagreeable
  • get some lulz