Monday, November 17, 2014

Americans say they are safer for owning guns

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This is an interesting story on several levels. Gallup finds that 63% of Americans over all think that owning a gun makes you safer, and the breakdown is interesting: 81% of Republicans think so, 64% of Independents and 41% of Democrats.

But only 42% in total admit to having a gun. I've remarked on that before. It is a question with built-in underreporting. If someone calls you on the phone asking you if you own guns, you have every reason to lie. You could be talking to a thief, a government snoop of some sort, or some busybody from the political ax grinder contingent.

Friday, November 14, 2014

U.S. Navy deploys laser cannon

Story here:

The laser is now afloat for a good wringing out under real conditions at sea. The following Navy footage shows last year's version.

A really neat thing about ray gun weapons is that windage and drop are not factors in the shot. Another is that the ammunition, so to speak, is simply electricity. The article says firing the 30-kilowatt weapon costs about a dollar a shot. During the worst of the ammo shortages you could spend more than that much firing some pistol rounds.

Still another neat thing is that the power output can be scaled down. Think of how handy that will be when the technology trickles down to hunting weapons. A hunter will not need both a squirrel rifle and a big game rifle, for he will have a power dial on his rifle. But I don't suppose I should call it a rifle, if I want to be precise in my use of words, because a laser beam needs no rifling to shoot straight. Let's start thinking up a new term now for this thing which we carry around and shoot, for change is on the way.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

2014 midterms were a beginning, I hope

It is premature to say that the American electorate has awoken. They still don't seem fully to understand that they are being bribed with their own money. They still switch on the TV news. They send their kids off to socialist indoctrination at school, or something that is too near it for comfort.

Still, anti-Obama sentiment carried Republicans to substantial victories yesterday. An interesting snippet from the Internet news sphere notes that all of the successful GOP Senate candidates campaigned against Obamacare.

Obama is offering defiance to the Republicans, post election, threatening vetoes and executive orders. He is so completely the blind ideologue that he cannot imagine that he is not in the right: he deeply believes that his ideas naturally reflect the right way forward. What the Democrats need to live down, and they may never manage to do it, is that they went lockstep with this guy's every whim, every dream, every half baked idea for six whole years. Then they pretended that they were not Team Obama when the election came around, and ran away from their President. O-who? Never heard of him! America's voters more readily forgive liars than fools, which is why the Democrats got as far as they did, over the decades, and why they lost big this time.

Upset victories in midterm elections are not uncommon, and it remains to be seen whether Republicans are smart enough to make this victory stick in 2016 and beyond. To keep their momentum they need to deliver on what they said: turn back the tide of rising Obamunism. Everybody knows how Obama created a disaster with health care 'reforms,' entitlements and debt, crony deals, government intrusions and overreach and general sneakiness. But are the Republicans gutsy enough to substantially undo those things before the next election? At the very least they need to make trying to do so a battle royal, if they are to sustain their credibility.

Update: From the retrospective perspective  (retroperspective?) of 2015 things look rather different.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Motivational: Go vote