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There are several interesting new aspects to the story:
- The charge against Officer Jaime Andrade is “possession of an assault weapon and illegal storage of a firearm“. Specifically, “Criminal complaints accuse Andrade of possessing a semiautomatic Colt AR-15 and storing it in a manner in which ‘a child was likely to gain access to it.’” The possession charge is interesting; I’m no expert on the gun laws of California and other places outside of the United States, but I would have expected there to be an “only ones” exemption. I’m not sure how to feel about this; happy that a California cop got hoisted on his own petard? Or should I be upset over this in the same way that I would be if it was someone who wasn’t a cop?
- Sergeant Mark Allen Baker, who is apparently the sixth man from yesterday, is charged with making criminal threats.
- The charges appear, at least in part, to have spun out of an ongoing investigation. Allegedly, members of the King City PD were confiscating cars from residents and profiting from the impounds:
According to the complaint, Carrillo sent 87% of 200 vehicles impounded from March 2010 to November 2013 to Miller Tow, even though the city had towing arrangements with four companies, and received cars in return. The complaint says Bruce Miller [the acting chief of police - DB] received a vehicle as a bribe from Carrillo in an influence-buying arrangement.
Miller Tow is owned by Brian Miller, who was also arrested. Brian Miller is not a King City PD officer; he is, however, acting chief Bruce Miller’s brother.
- This has “stupid” written all over it:
[Former chief Dominic] Baldiviez and [Officer Mario] Mottu were charged with embezzlement by a public officer for an incident in which Baldiviez transferred ownership of a marked patrol car — complete with Department of Motor Vehicles documents — to Mottu, said Chief Assistant Dist. Atty. Terry Spitz.
- King City is, according to the LAT, “more than 80% Latino”. Not explicitly stated in the LAT article, but my guess (and I think it is probably a good one): members of the King City PD thought they could prey on illegal immigrants and get away with it.
- Still no coverage that I see in the San Francisco area papers.
The Saxet gun shows in the Austin area are on again.
Note my careful phrasing there. Saxet did not make a deal with the Travis County commissioners. Instead, the gun show is now in Hays County; specifically, in Dripping Springs.
The next show is March 29th and 30th; Saxet does not currently have any shows listed other than that one, so we’ll see how things play out.
(And Dripping Springs is a little less convenient for me than the Travis County Expo center. But I used to drive out to Dripping on a regular basis, so it isn’t a deal breaker.)
There will be more to say about this tomorrow, but Harold Ramis is dead. I liked this line from the Chicago Tribune:
I didn’t post this yesterday, because I couldn’t find any obits I wanted to link to. While this has been well covered, I wanted to mention the passing of Maria von Trapp, last of the singing von Trapps.
And I missed this earlier in the week, but Richard Cabela, founder of the eponymous chain, passed away.
Mr. Cabela was a vocal supporter of the National Rifle Association. In a video posted on the group’s website this week, Mr. Cabela was asked what he would say to someone who identifies as a hunter but who does not belong to the N.R.A.
“How are you going to hunt without a gun?” he responded. “These guys protect your right to own a gun. That’s what it’s all about.”
Nothing really worth writing about. I don’t even have any interesting beef jerky and Michael Jackson fueled dreams to discuss.
(Possible addition to The Rules Of the Gunfight: Never bring beef jerky to a gunfight.)
Speaking of being quiet, is it just me, or did the NBA have their All-Star Game this past weekend…to massive public indifference? I don’t think there was even a FARK Sports tab thread.
Two random movie related notes:
- I’ve pretty much reached the limit of my tolerance for the trailer for “Cheap Thrills“, as well as the movie itself. I don’t care if it marks me as an old man; I’ve already fully embraced my old man status, and I’m just tired of movies about horrible people doing horrible things to other people.
- Dear Tim League: I totally get that you like Wes Anderson movies. I, personally, would not have made 4% of my desert island movie list Wes Anderson films; I’m not even sure a Wes Anderson film would be in my top 100. But de gustibus non est disputandum.
And the trailer for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” does look interesting; it almost seems like Wes Anderson trying to do his own version of “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” It is possible that I’ll actually pay money to see this at the Drafthouse. (I’m not sure if it helps or hurts the cause that I accidentally stumbled across and read a complete plot synopsis online. Even after that, I’m still not sure what Harvey Keitel is doing in this movie.)
But could we please lose your interminable introduction to the frigging trailer, for crying out loud? Hand to God, I think your introduction is as long as the trailer itself. Put it on YouTube or something, but don’t make me sit through it again. Let the trailer stand on its own.
A peacock? My grandmother had peacocks around when I was a child; I don’t remember them being particularly vicious.
Stun guns: not just for high school students.
Joe Biden, call your office please.
I have no joke here, I just like saying “feral peacocks”.
The mayor of New Jersey’s struggling capital city was convicted of bribery, fraud and extortion on Friday, joining a long list of the state’s mayors to have been found guilty of corruption in recent years.
Tony Mack and his brother “had participated in a scheme to take money in exchange for helping get approvals to develop a downtown parking garage. The deal was fictitious and part of a government investigation.”
Mayor Mack was convicted of both wire and mail fraud (a two-fer!) plus accepting bribes, “attempted extortion”, and “official extortion conspiracy”. His brother was convicted on extortion and bribery counts.
Since 2000, mayors of the New Jersey communities of Asbury Park, Camden, Hamilton, Hoboken, Newark, Orange, Passaic, Paterson and Perth Amboy, among others, have been convicted or have pleaded guilty in corruption cases.
Two additional points:
1. Mayor Mack’s party affiliation is mentioned in the third paragraph of the article.
2. Mayor Mack was a member of “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”. I won’t link to it, but a quick Google search will turn up a press release on the MAIG site quoting Mayor Mack and stating he is a member.
And thus we slog to the end of another NFL season, and the end of another TMQ season. Surprisingly (at least to us) TMQ avoids any discussion of unrealistic television shows, but there’s a lot of discussion of books. Speaking of which, did you know TMQ had a new book out?
After the jump, the last TMQ for the 2013 NFL season…
Only have a limited amount of time before lunch is over and I have to return to the helium mines of Ceti Alpha V, but I wanted to get this up before it disappears behind the Statesman paywall:
Travis County commissioners voted unanimously to allow the Saxet Gun Show to continue at the county-run Exposition Center, only if all gun sales undergo a background check.
With Commissioners Ron Davis and Bruce Todd absent from Tuesday’s meeting, the rest of the county commissioners approved the contract, which now goes to Saxet officials to consider.
So three out of five voted? I guess that’s a quorum. (And I just noticed I missed updating the list of commissioners for Bruce Todd. Fixing that now.)
However, Saxet still has to agree to the contract, and the Statesman represents them as consistently stating they will not agree to a contract that requires background checks. Williamson County is looking better and better all the time.
(I’ll have to see if I can find a breakdown of some of the previous votes for y’all.)
I went shooting this afternoon with some folks, including Lawrence and Mike the Musicologist. Then we went to dinner. And at dinner, I came up with an idea. Even better, my idea has almost nothing to do with my previous post. (It does use some of the same technology.)
Those of my readers who are People of the Gun probably know what a ballistic chronograph is. For those who aren’t: briefly, a ballistic chronograph measures how fast a bullet is going. You place a stand that has two evenly spaced “screens” in front of your gun, and then fire a bullet through the screens. As the bullet passes through each screen, the screen detects the bullet’s passage. The screens are a known distance apart, so by measuring the time difference between the bullet’s passage between the screens, you can determine how fast the bullet is going. Typically, the screens are connected by a cable to a “head unit” that displays the velocity of the last shot, as well as keeping records for all shots in a session (including averages and standard deviations).
Ammunition catalogs will typically give you a muzzle velocity, but that assumes a certain barrel length, certain atmospheric conditions, and other factors. If you really want to know how fast a particular load from your gun is – or if you load your own ammunition, which wouldn’t be in a catalog – you want a ballistic chronograph. (Knowing velocities is also important in determining trajectories; for example, how much a bullet of a certain shape that starts out at a certain velocity will drop at 100 yards, 200 yards, 300 yards, and so on.)
That’s kind of a simplified introduction. Here’s my idea: why not put Bluetooth into the base that has the screens on it? And then, make your “head unit”, the part that displays the velocity and calculates averages, standard deviation, et al, an iPhone/Android app? You pair the screen base with your phone using the app; the phone has all the smarts and does all the calculations. You probably don’t need anything more complex in the base than the equivalent of a Bluetooth headset; just something to send the elapsed time over to the phone.
I see two good things about this: first, you’re saving some money on hardware because you don’t need a “head unit”, just the screens and an app. Second. when you want to upgrade the chronograph with “additional features”, all you really need to do is upgrade the phone app; the piece with the screens can be really dumb, since it just measures elapsed time between the bullet crossing the screens. All the real effort can be handled by the app that communicates with the screens.
Standard Bluetooth (like your wireless headset uses) has a range of about 30 feet, or 10 yards. My understanding is that most people put their chronograph screens somewhere around 5 yards from the muzzle, so that’s maybe 15 or 20 feet. We can figure that there won’t be any obstructions between the phone (which is probably sitting on the shooting bench) and the screen unit, so Bluetooth ought to work for this. If we’re really worried, we could make the link Bluetooth Class 1 instead of Class 2, which would give us about 100 yards of range between the screen unit and the phone, but I think that’s probably overkill.
The only possible drawback I can see is power: the screens are going to need their own power source, but you could easily put a fairly large rechargeable battery into the base of the unit. Enabling Bluetooth on the phone and using the app is going to suck up some battery power, but I’m thinking no more so than a Bluetooth headset. I’d be surprised if you couldn’t get at least two to three hours of chronographing with your iPhone before it needed recharging (depending on how much of a charge you started with). If your sessions at the range testing hand loads run all day, an external battery pack for your phone solves that problem.
A quick Google search turns up nothing like this idea, and I don’t see any reason why it can’t work. If you do, please post in comments. If you like this idea and have the skills to build it, you’re welcome to take the ball and run with it; I’d put up a Kickstarter for it, except I have no EE skills that would enable me to build this device, and I don’t know anyone who does have those skills.
Remember I wrote a while back about the raffle for Bonnie? Matt Rodgers, the guy behind the Echo Sling, was nice enough to donate several of them to the raffle, and to the Squeak or Treat raffle the great and good Erin Palette was running as well.
And I was lucky enough to win one.
Which has been sitting on the gun cabinet since early November, for various uninteresting reasons. (If you want to say “because you’re slow and lazy”, well, that’s a pretty good summary.)
I actually went to install mine last night, and discovered something that would make the late Col. Cooper cry; none of my current long guns has sling swivels installed. (That’s stretching the truth just a bit; my sporterized M1917 Enfield does have sling swivels. However, it lacks sights; I’ve been saving my pennies to put some good glass on it.) I would have sworn one of my two 10/22s had swivels. Or failing that, the Marlin I bought as a car gun. Or some other gun from the arsenal. But noooooooooooooooo! Apparently, this is something to add to the “things I need to fix” list.
So I can’t bring you a review of the Echo Sling, because I can’t review it, because I’m not set up to review it. Yet.
So why am I writing about it and endorsing it, when I haven’t actually used it yet? Reason one: reliable sources say it is an excellent product. And I believe them.
Reason two: because Matt Rodgers deserves some sort of “thank you” for his donations. So call this a long overdue “thank you, Matt”.
Reason three: word through the gun blogger grapevine is that Echo Sling is struggling a bit at the moment, and I’d like for them to hang around until I can pick up at least two or three more Echo Slings. So this is my small way of helping out someone who’s a good guy. (If he wasn’t a good guy, would he have pitched in for Bonnie?)
Look at it this way: the Echo Sling is only $22 – $23 shipped to your freaking door. For that little money, how can you not at least take a flyer on one? You’ve probably spent that much money on a bad lunch, and I promise you the Echo Sling is much more satisfying.
Especially since the Echo Sling is engineered to withstand German Shepherds.
I’ll provide a comprehensive review once I’m able to get it set up and running on one of my long guns, but for now, consider this an official WCD endorsement.