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New to reloading

| April 28, 2006

(crossposted to )

I'm new to reloading, and I wanted to write down my experiences and thoughts as I'm getting in to this very interesting new aspect of the shooting sports. Folks are invited to read, criticize, comment, etc.


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Quotes of interest….

| April 28, 2006

As mentioned in my previous post, these are the quotes/stories from How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), by Ann Coulter. As mentioned in his comment, many of her sources may be taken out of context, and I definitely need to research them further. However, they piqued my interest, so maybe they'll pique yours. Note that most of these sources are noted in the bibliography at the end, so it's not a tremendously difficult task, merely time consuming.

In the absence of any evidence tending to show that possession or use of a “shotgun having a barrel of less than 18 inches in length” at this time has some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia, we cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear such an instrument. Certainly, it is not within judicial notice that this weapon is any part of the ordinary military equipment or that its use could contribute to the common defense. — United States v. Miller (A supreme court case decided in 1939), as quoted by Ann Coulter, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), p. 168
This decision interests me because, while it decides that sawed-off shotguns are illegal, it does so based upon the idea that they are not valid military equipment. However, the flip side to that ruling is that anything which is valid military equipment should be illegal. So, where’s my full-auto AK, dammit!
In a public school in St. Louis, a teacher spotted the suspect, fourth-grader Raymond Raines, bowing his head in prayer before lunch. The teacher stormed to Raymond’s table, ordered him to stop immediately, and sent him to the principal’s office. The principal informed the young malefactor that praying was not allowed in school. When Raymond was again caught praying before meals on three separate occasions, he was segregated from other students, ridiculed in front of his classmates, and finally sentenced to a week’s detention. — Ann Coulter, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), p. 188
Before snack time in her kindergarten class in Saratoga Springs, New York, little Kayla Broadus held hands with two of her classmates and recited this prayer: “God is good, God is great, thank you, God, for my food.” The alert teacher pounced on Kayla, severely reprimanded her, and reported her to the school administration. In short order, the principal sent a sternly worded letter to Kayla’s parents advising them that Kayla was not allowed to pray in school, aloud or with others. — Ann Coulter, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), p. 188
These bother me, because, while I agree that religion should not be forced upon schoolchildren by public school, I also think that it should not be driven out of them. “Separation of church and state”, which many people (myself included) so champion is supposed to stop the state from establishing a state religion, which basically means neither condemning nor promoting any religion as long as said religion is not doing anything dangerous, such as advocating violence or otherwise persecuting a group. For example: If some religious student and starts yelling about how “God hates fags”, then I would call this persecuting homosexuals and therefore creating a hostile school environment (since school attendance is compulsory, a code of behavior should be adhered to so as to make the environment reasonably pleasant). However, this is not hindering religion; merely the hate speach promoted by said religion. However, if a student is saying a blessing before a meal, this is not hurting anyone, and therefore should be left alone
Thanks to the vigilance of a teacher at Lynn Lucas Middle School outside of Houston, two sisters carrying Bibles were prevented from bringing their vile material into a classroom. The teacher stopped the students at the classroom door and marched them to the principal’s office. (Maybe it was just the sight of public school students carrying a book of any kind that set off alarm bells.) The sisters’ mother was called and warned that the school intended to report her to Child Protective Services. When the mother arrived, the teacher threw the Bibles in the wastebasket, shouting, “This is garbage!” — Ann Coulter, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), pp. 188-189
Imagine what would have happened if this was the holy Qu’uran. It doesn’t even matter if the above was true or not. Even if American Muslims were cool about it (which, thankfully, they have been very cool throughout the whole “Dutch Cartoon” debacle), we would be seeing anti-US riots all over Europe and the middle east, plus a bunch of suicide bombings.
“The basic rationale for depriving people of their rights in a dependency relationship, is that certain individuals are incapable of or undeserving of the right to take care of themselves and consequently need social institutions specifically designed to safeguard their position…. Along with the family, past and present examples of such arrangements include marriage, slavery and the Indian reservation system.” (Quick reminder: This woman wants to be your president someday.) — Hillary Clinton, as quoted by Ann Coulter, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), p. 313
The ineresting thing about this is, while I disagree with her point, is that one needs to bear in mind that Hillary is basically a socialist and would like nothing more than to institute european-style womb-to-tomb nannystate socialism. This is her agenda, and it is fine. However, isn’t this a social institution designed to take care of “individuals … incapable of or undeserving of the right to take care of themselves”. Hell, it seems to me that if she had her way, she would turn the US into one big Indian reservation (because that’s a good idea).
As Alexander Hamilton oberved in Federalist, No. 29, if the government were to “form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little of at all inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights and those of their fellow citizens.” — Alexander Hamilton, Federalist, No. 29, as quoted by Ann Coulter, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), p. 369
Democratic darling Thomas Jefferson, for example, wrote, “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. … Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” — Thomas Jefferson, as quoted by Ann Coulter, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), p. 371
These two interest me because of my strong support for the second amendment and, despite being listed last here, will likely be the first which I research and read. I have some history books I want to get through first, but I definitely want to grab a copy of the Federalist papers, as well as the writings of Thomas Jefferson.

Book Stack Update

| April 23, 2006

Previous post was here

Both added to and removed from the stack in the intervening time: The ABC's of Reloading, 7th Edition, Edited By Bill Chevalier Modern Reloading, Second Edition, by Richard Lee

Mini Review: The first book (ABC of R) is a VERY good resource for the beginning reloader, and I highly recommend it. It lays out what you need to get started, what you need to do to load a round and potential pitfalls along the way. Even if you're not looking to start reloading, but just want to learn about how it is done, I highly recommend this book.

The second book (Modern Reloading) is Mr. Lee (the elder)'s load book. The first half is an introduction to loading and is written in a very familiar manner, albeit riddled with grammatical gaffe's and colloquialisms, plus layed out in Word and therefore the page layout looks like crap. Surprisingly, however, it didn't really trigger my “this is improper english” radar and thus annoy me. Perhaps this is because the style of writing is so similar to that of many dialects of rural spoken english to which I am accustomed that it “flies under the radar” so to speak. The second half of the book is load data, which is merely various powder companies' load data collated and organized by velocity. You can get this information directly from the powder company and, if using a powder not in the tables, absolutely should. Indeed, it's probably a good idea to use the load data published online by the powder company, since it might have changed since the printing of the book. However, this book has proven invaluable in comparing different powders in terms of volume and velocity which led me to select a powder. In addition, it has dimensions for the various cartridges, which is good if you're checking and sizing your brass.

Just Finished: How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), Ann Coulter

Mini Review: This was quite a good read, though given my libertarian bent, I'm almost certainly biased toward her conservative Republican point of view. The interesting and noteworthy portions of this book were not, ironically enough, her punditry, but rather the other sources which she quotes (I've dogeared the pages and will discuss them in a subsequent post). These sources cause me to be interested in tracking down some of the original sources and reading them as well.

Currently reading: People's History of the United States : 1492 to Present, Howard Zinn

Added to the stack since my last book post: Nothing, except the stuff that was added and removed. mentioned at the top.

Currently on the stack: We Were Soldiers Once… and Young, Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway Great Issues in American History, Volume II – From the Revolution to the Civil War, 1765-1865, Richard Hofstadter. Great Issues in American History, Volume III – From Reconstruction to the Present Day, 1864-1981, Richard Hofstadter and Beatrice K. Hofstadter Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower, Stephen King SAS Survival Handbook, John “Lofty” Wiseman The Underground History of American Education, John Taylor Gatto On Killing : The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, Dave Grossman On Combat, Dave Grossman Serenity: The Official Visual Companion, Joss Whedon; Paperback Serenity Role Playing Game, Jamie Chambers