Jan 14, 2014
commented on One Million Moms Endorses a Bigoted Version of the Boy Scouts
Why are they bothering...the various Like The Boy Scouts But For Jesus subsidiaries of the various denominations already out there not doing well? I can't imagine why.
Those have been around for decades. When I was a kid back in the 60s I got corralled into this thing called the Royal Ambassadors. They had the uniforms, the patches you could earn, a pledge... They're still out there I see...still offering themselves up as an alternative to the BSA. Why are Baptist parents that hate Teh Gay going to opt for this new thing and not the thing they were probably in themselves when they were kids?
There are probably a bunch of these already in place and none of them doing much business beyond the poor little souls trapped in the kinds of families that only read christian books, listen to christian music and watch christian TV. At some point you have to know your potential market is already over tapped.
Jan 26, 2013
commented on Never Heard of 'Em: King Crimson
Three separate times, I listened to it on the bus and had the exact same moment where I realized that I was still on the first track and three neighborhoods had gone by already.
I had the same experience trying to listen to Bruckner's eighth symphony on a bus once. It was horrible.
Dec 10, 2012
commented on How to Kill Your Child and Not End Up in Prison
@35: What you have on the Sig, as I read the literature, is decocking lever in lieu of a safety, and once that is used, according to the literature I read (I do not own one of those), the weapon is then "drop safe", meaning the firing pin is blocked from striking a round unless the trigger is pulled. Blocking the firing pin from striking unless the trigger is pulled is a very common mechanical means of preventing accidental discharges on modern firearms. And after the hammer is decocked you would need to do a double action pull to get it to fire...which I would imagine is kinda hard to do "accidentally".
But never mind...as you say, he violated three of the four rules for gun safety, but it's rule #2 that I'm going on about here because there seems to be this widespread misconception about the ease of which guns can go off by accident that allows people to get away with blaming the gun for their own stupid carelessness...when it's even that. No: he would have had his finger on the trigger. That was no accident, any more then turning the key in your ignition drunk is an accident. It was carelessness, and it got a kid killed.