The post-terrorist nuke CBS series JERICHO had its last episode last night, and it went out standing up, including a powerful pro-Second Amendment message — hell, no wonder CBS cancelled it! No, I understand viewership (BOY, do I understand viewership...that's why I have nightmares about Neilsen numbers!) The problem is, of course, that niche programming has no place on broadcast television...in a couple of years, the Internet will change all that, and we won't have to wade through hours of cheapo reality crap to find something worth watching. Maybe we'll have a Patriot Channel...wouldn't that be novel? Except how many movies can Bruce Willis make?
As I mentioned in my comments on the last post, Crimson Trace will be coming out with Laser Grips for the Charter Arms Bulldog...that's a good thing. As you guys know, I believe a laser is a MUST-HAVE accessory on a pocket pistol, whether J-frame revolver or semiauto. A Laser Grip package similar to the one Crimson Trace offers for the Kel-Tec (above) is also in the works for the Ruger LCP, which of course was always a slam-dunk.
I also heard this week from Michael Register — Spike — at Spike's Tactical, who mentioned that he was coming up on serial number 666 on his AR pistol lower receiver line and, of course, he thought of me. Well, who could turn that down? He's also working on an AR-based .22 pistol with a 4-inch free-floating barrel that he swears looks like the guns in Time Cop.
Is it me, or do all those gunmakers down in Florida seem skewed about three degrees off top-dead-center? Anyway, I told Spike we'd do a big feature on the .22 on DOWN RANGE, because I actually liked Time Cop.
Brother Dave Skinner at STI International tells me that they now have BATFE approval to import their plastic fantastic Slovakian pistol, the GP6, so they can submit it to the BATFE for approval to import it. No, it doesn't make a wit of sense, but hey, dem's dah rules! No word on when the much-anticipated little Rogues will start rolling off the assembly lines, but good news for cowboys, the superb (and star-crossed) Texican single-action revolver is now in the pipeline, with Dave saying backorders should be cleared by next month. I shot one of these ages ago, and it is sweet! The STI development team is pondering an even smaller single action along the lines of the old Colt Pocket 9, in 9mm and maybe the newly reborn .380.
Oh what the heck, Dave...just do the whole Colt product line! How about a skinny, upgraded Colt .380 "Government Model"? Purty-please?
And lest you're feeling good about things, here's what the FBI has ben doing with your tax dollars. From Classical Values, via Instapundit, comes the story of how the FBI has created a Internet link proporting to show underaged children engaged in sex acts. If a person clicks on the link — viola! — an armed visit from the FBI!
...the FBI has taken it upon itself to arrest people in pre-dawn raids for what they say is the crime of clicking the wrong link:Remember, when they come for us, they'll come for all the best reasons — protecting the children, our having too large a carbon footprint, drawing cartoons that slander Mohammed, reading socially unacceptable books...hell, probably watching reruns of Jericho!
The FBI has recently adopted a novel investigative technique: posting hyperlinks that purport to be illegal videos of minors having sex, and then raiding the homes of anyone willing to click on them.
Undercover FBI agents used this hyperlink-enticement technique, which directed Internet users to a clandestine government server, to stage armed raids of homes in Pennsylvania, New York, and Nevada last year. The supposed video files actually were gibberish and contained no illegal images.
A CNET News.com review of legal documents shows that courts have approved of this technique, even though it raises questions about entrapment, the problems of identifying who's using an open wireless connection--and whether anyone who clicks on a FBI link that contains no child pornography should be automatically subject to a dawn raid by federal police.
They could post these links, or send them out (or they could be resent to everyone on someone's mailing list), and innocent or clueless idiots might click on them without any idea that their IP numbers were being sent straight into an FBI computer, and that a search warrant would be issued.
The scariest part is that the FBI does not even care where the link-clickers got the links. Anyone might have emailed or posted them...