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Archive for August 2010

Some Temporary Good News for California

Via to the NRA-ILA I learned that the California Senate voted down the open carry ban. Of course the vote missed the majority needed by one and this is only a temporary victory:

Monday’s 20-16 vote fell one short of the majority needed, but the Senate will reconsider the measure Tuesday.


Written by Christopher Burg

August 31, 2010 at 10:00 am

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As if Standard Raptors Weren’t Dangerous Enough

I’m sure everybody who’s reading right now has seen Jurassic Park. If you haven’t go watch it right now because it is this best damned move ever made. The main protagonists were the velociraptors whom many complain were completely misrepresented. In truth the velociraptor was roughly 3 feet tall and covered in feathers. Of course when the book Jurassic Park was written the portrayed dinosaurs were actually deinonychus but at the time some paleontologists were trying to reclassify the deinonychus as velociraptor. This is actually mentioned by the character Alan Grant in the novel but alas the reclassification was dropped but the movie never correct for this.

So why the long side track? Because I wanted to show off my stupid amount of knowledge involving Jurassic Park. It’s for geek creds, any nerd will understand.

Well it seems Romanian scientists have discovered something more terrifying than Jurassic Parks [movie] portrayal of velociraptors. I present for your pants shitting fear the balaur bondoc. This bastard was a larger version of the velociraptor. Well it’s not that much larger really but it has an interesting feature. Remember those large killing claws the velociraptors had on their feet? This bad boy has two on each feet. That’s like taking it to 11 in the dinosaur world.

Written by Christopher Burg

August 31, 2010 at 9:30 am

Posted in Science

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Why Liberals Should Love the Second Amendment

I very liberal friend sent me this article. It’s titled Why Liberals Should Love the Second Amendment and goes through five basic reasons why self-proscribed liberals should fight for the second amendment.

Basically it boils down to the fact that liberals like to think of themselves as the ones who fight for civil rights and the right to keep and bear arms should be treated equally to every other right. It also presents to good counter arguments to the standard anti-gun rhetoric often spewed. I think it’s a really good read for liberals for obvious reasons and a good read for conservatives because it gives good argument points. It also shows that gun rights is not a single partisan issue.

Written by Christopher Burg

August 31, 2010 at 9:00 am

The Most Metal Ship Ever

Now here is a cruise ship I wish I’d be on. 70,000 Tons of Metal is a cruise ship with 40 heavy metal bands on board. This has to be the most bad ass ship on the sea and I honestly don’t think the entire United States Navy could take this single ship on.

Also Amon Amarth will be on board. Yes we have vikings on a ship for the first time in centuries… this isn’t going to be good for the ports this ship visits.

Written by Christopher Burg

August 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Minnesota Legislation Question

I mentioned that the Minnesota Legislators had a rather misleading gun related question on their questionnaire at the State Fair this year. I went to the State Fair yesterday and just thought I’d have you some time. The questionnaire is located in the back of the Education Building (if you take a right when entering the fair through the Snelling Avenue entrance it’s something like the second or third building). It’s pretty easy to spot since it’s on the center of the back wall with a big sign that says Minnesota Representatives or something along those lines.

Anyways have fun at the fair and remember to take a few minutes to find that questionnaire and fill it out.

Written by Christopher Burg

August 30, 2010 at 11:30 am

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EPA Denies Lead Ammunition Ban Petition

It seems the Center for Biological Diversity didn’t get what they wanted. The EPA denied their petition based on legal issues that were brought up by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF):

Steve Owens, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, said, “EPA today denied a petition submitted by several outside groups for the agency to implement a ban on the production and distribution of lead hunting ammunition. EPA reached this decision because the agency does not have the legal authority to regulate this type of product under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – nor is the agency seeking such authority.”

Good work everybody who wrote the EPA.

Written by Christopher Burg

August 30, 2010 at 9:00 am

We Got You Your Favorite Thing, Disappointment

The new Kindle started shipping yesterday and I got my shipping notification! Woohoo! Oh wait:

The following items have been shipped to you by Amazon.com:
Qty Item Price Shipped Subtotal


Amazon.com items (Sold by Amazon.com, LLC):

1 Kindle Leather Cover, Blac… $34.99 1 $34.99

Shipped via UPS


Item Subtotal: $34.99
Shipping and handling: $7.48

Total: $42.47

Paid by XXXXXXXXXXXX: $42.47


You have only been charged for the items sent in this shipment.
(Per our policy, you only pay for items when we ship them to you.)
The following items will ship separately, as soon as they’re available:
Qty Item Price Not Yet Shipped

1 Kindle Wireless Reading Devic $189.00 1

God damn it.

Written by Christopher Burg

August 27, 2010 at 10:00 am