Gunpowder Grotto

The thoughts and musings of a gunfighter wannabe.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Crossing over with Kim du Toit

Kim from the blog The Other Side of Kim, he's holding a contest called Crossing America II. Now, I'm always up for a good challenge, so I filled out my little list and sent it off to him. Here's what I chose and why:

Handgun: C96 Mauser
Why: Well, for one thing, this is my favorite handgun (next to the classic
Colt SAA), and I believe that if you like the gun that you're using, then you'll
feel more comfortable with it, and I believe that comfort is very important when
handling a firearm. As for technical reasons, the Mauser is an extremely durable
gun, and if I'm having to travel, I want a gun that'll stick with me the whole
way. Also, there's the ammo. Like you said when you reported on this weapon, the
Mauser fires a fairly small 7.63 mm/ .30 Mauser rounds. Because of their small
size, they'll be light and easy to carry. Now, one of the downsides to having
small ammo is the fact that it doesn't pack that much power. However, there
wasn't that much in the way of body armor back then, and because of a lack of
medical abilities, people rarely survived a gunshot wound. In other words, as
long as I hit my enemy, there shouldn't be any problem.

Long Rifle: M1 .30-.30 Plainfield Carbine
Why: This rifle, is my absolute favorite rifle. Lightweight, low kickback,
moderate durability, and it's horrifyingly accurate. Now, I don't know if it was
the rifle, or I'm just a really good shot, but I've been able to hit 7 out of 13
rounds on a target 300 feet away. That's right. 300. One three, two zeros. Oh,
did I mention that I don't have a scope, and only used that little piece of metal on the end of the barrel (I will be honest, though, my grouping for it was in the 6 inch-plus range)? I haven't used that many rifles (I'm more of a handgunner), so I don't know if most people would agree with me. However, there's no denying that if I've got my carbine, nothing would stand in my way.

Knife 1: Classic Swiss Army
Why: There is no way I need to explain this to anyone.

Knife 2: None
Why: Like some people said in the last challenge, I think that an axe would
handle most of my larger cutting needs. Instead, I want to bring along either a
gun-cleaning kit, or a manual on how to fix a broken gun. As you said before,
Murphy's Law states that there is a chance that my guns could either get stolen
or break, which, since I did not choose two guns of the same calibur, would put
me at a major disadvantage. I won't have any defense if one of my guns gets
stolen, but at least I'll be okay if they break.

Yeah, it's a pretty unusual list, but I'm a pretty unusual guy. If anyone else would like to take the challenge, go ahead and give it a try.

So...pissed off...

There was a new episode of South Park on last night. I wanted to see that new episode of South Park. I did not see the new episode of South Park because my 8-year old sister caught me watching the previous episode that was on (the Mormon one), and so she had a fit since she doesn't consider me to be an adult, causing her to have a total breakdown, causing my mother's blood pressure to rise, causing her to fight, causing my sister to say that I did not immediately change the channel when she came down and saw me watching South Park (for the record, the Mormon episode is very tame, and I didn't see the harm in her seeing a guy claim to read golden plates out of a hat), causing my mom to tell me that I can't watch South Park.
Please excuse me for a moment. I'm going to go play some Chrono Trigger. That usually calms me down.

Let it Snow, let it Snow, let it Snow...

As I'm sure you're all aware, that guy from FOX News Tony Snow got chosen to be the new Press Secretary. I was going to do a happy dance, but then I remembered that I don't know how to do that.
To be honest, I'm a little surprised that Dubya chose someone that people actually know, instead of an unknown like just about every other person he's nominated for something. Plus, Snow's someone who the press are familiar with, so that's another weird thing. Finally, there's the fact that he's from FOX, which pretty much everyone in the media (except FOX) hates. I can just see the questions...

Helen: Mr. Snow, since it doesn't snow in the Middle East, are you just being nominated because Mr. Bush hates Iraqi babies?

Yeah, so, when are the White House press conferences on C-SPAN? I think I'm gonna watch it.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Educational priorities

So I was checking my mail a while ago, when I got this message from my school.

PARENT FORUM: Your Teen & MySpace MySpace is currently one of the most popular on-line social networking services, especially among today's teens. Reporting over 50 million members, it has become the hottest site for people to share informationand interact with each other.

You are invited to an informational forum about the impact and dangers of these types of internet services. Speakers include Attorney GeneralMike Hatch, members of his staff, and an Eden Prairie couple who willshare their experience dealing with MySpace and the impact it had on their family.

Date: Monday, May 1

Time: 7:00 P.M.

Valley View Middle School Auditorium

Co-sponsored by: Edina High School Parent Council and Valley View PTSO

Everyone is welcome! This event is free and open to the public.

Just in case you aren't familiar with MySpace, allow me to give you a little rundown. It's a website where you can put up a bunch of crap about yourself. You can put up pictures, post little internet surveys that you took, and even share your results from those joke quizzes you can take on sites like quizzilla and blogthings. It even has a basic blogging function. Oh, and you can use their service (which is free) to send and receive messages from your friends who also have accounts. You can even get songs to put on your site from the accounts of the artists themselves (I even got on my account (yes, I have an account. Shut up) an as-of-this-moment unreleased song by one of my favorite bands, Disturbed.)

Recently, however, MySpace has been mentioned in the news quite a bit. Why? Well, in the words of that mythical voice from Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come." And by them, I mean pedophiles, rapists, child murderers, and other things that would be really fun to shoot. As you can guess, some people have been taken advantage of because they got fooled by people who wanted to hurt them.

You may be asking yourself why I'm even bothering with something lame like this. It's just a bunch of concerned parents, who, as a result of their over-protective nature, are going to make for some funny C-Span moments. Well, last week on Thursday was, as I was told, National Pot Smoking Day, or something like that. Half of the student body was gone, and the ones that returned later in the day were stoned out of their minds. In my Mass Media class, the teacher called on one of these students to read the instructions for a group activity out loud. Her (the student's) response? " don't to read out loud. It's like talking...and reading... but at the same time, and that's impossible."

Look, I am going to tell you something right now about Edina High School. We have a severe illegal drug problem. Now, for the record, I want to state that, as a libertarian conservative, I think that we would be much better off if drugs were made legal, but that's a debate for another time.

So, what is my school going to do? Why, talk about some website on the internet where there's a, I'd say, .001% chance that the students might meet and be hurt by a malevolent person. THE KIDS WERE COMING TO SCHOOL, A PUBLIC PLACE, FRIED BEYOND COMPREHENSION! I don't know about you, but for some reason, I have a feeling that the Edina PTA needs to get it's priorities straight.

Sunday, April 23, 2006


Checked my e-mail, and saw a message by something called AdSense. According to it, I put advertisements on my blog, and I get money based on how many people buy stuff after they click on the links. Now, I know that they'll probably only pay me one penny after the 100th click, but still, money is money.
My only question is, should I do it? What do you people think?

A plot with Nazi vampires...that doesn't suck

So, I don't think I've told you all this, but I'm one of those people that's really into things from Japan. I guess it all started when I was one or two, and my dad let me watch Godzilla. That was such an awsome movie, but it's not why I'm posting.
The reason I'm here at this moment is because I have been reading a japanese comic (called "manga") and I find it really good. The title of the series is called Hellsing and it's really cool. In case the title of the post tipped you off, yes, the main focus of the story revolves around a bunch of Nazi vampires that have been hiding in South America since the end of WWII for the past 55 years, and have now decided to attack London. Now, I know that that, next to any movie created by the Sci-Fi Channel, has got to be the worst plot idea of all time. However, for some reason, it actually works out very nicely. I don't know why, but it does.
If anyone of you has any interest in reading something in your spare time, I suggest that you pick up a few issues and give it a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

Those nutty dictators

For some strange reason, I was thinking about evil dictators and tyrants, when I noticed something about them. Whenever you see pictures of Iraq (pre-invasion), Iran, Russia (when Stalin was in control), North Korea, Cuba, China, and just about any country in Africa, you see hundreds of giant pictures and statues of the dictators that are in control. Now, I have no problem with this, since I really do not care. However, I just realized something weird. In that list of countries, did you notice that I didn't say Nazi Germany? That's right. There were no gigantic pictures or statues of Hitler anywhere. Sure, there were swastikas, but that was the national symbol, and that happens in every country. Now, I know that as soon as Hitler took control, Germany was thrown into WWII, and they had much more pressing things to take care of at the moment, but I don't buy that.

So can anyone tell me why Hitler didn't act as self-engrossed as the rest of the evil world?

And yes, I really have nothing better to do than ponder this question.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

About me.

Alright, so now I'm supposed to do some sort of introduction. Well, my name's Charlie. I don't care what you call me. Charlie, Charles, Chas, Carlos. But never, EVER call me Chuckie, or I will gouge your eyes out with pocky. I'll do it too. I'm Irish.
"But why blog?" You ask. That, I'm afraid, is a long story. A story that involves hours of reading, laughing, commenting, trolling, moonbats, pirates, lasers, Colt SAAs, and a kid who has WAY too much M&Ms memerobilia. Oh, and this other guy who wants to nuke the moon.
Okay, I'm done. Just wanted to say hi to you people. Whoever you are.

The post

Wow. I can't believe that I'm actually writing a blog. Now, I've been told to make this some sort of sucky post, but I didn't get to where I am today by doing what people tell me. Well, I don't know EXACTLY where I am today, but I've always been a jerk, so there. So, how do I make the funny? I KNOW!
...Wait, no I don't. Umm....POCKY!