23 August 2009

Browning Hi-Power

While in Pennsylvania over the weekend, I went to a wonderful gun shop and was able to handle a Browning Hi-Power for the first time.

(I have NEVER seen a Hi-Power for sale at any of my local gun shops, and have been told that they're almost impossible to get. That must not be true elsewhere, because I saw half a dozen new and used models at two gun shops in PA.)

In any case, I had pretty much narrowed my pistol interests to 1911s and the Hi-Power. I LOVE 1911s, and I hope to always have a few around. The Hi-Power is the only other pistol in which I'm seriously interested, so I was eager to check one out.

After getting over the excitement of actually coming across a Hi-Power, I asked the attendant to pick it up and...

...it didn't feel right. The grip was too thick. The blowback would take a bite out of my fleshy hands. Having had such high hopes for the Hi-Power, I was disappointed. I really had hoped that it would be a nice complement to the 1911. Unfortunately, that was not going to be the case. Right then and there I came to the conclusion that the 1911 is "my" gun. It would've been nice to find another handgun to love, but I'm a one pistol man.

A few thoughts on Pennsylvania

I was in Pennsylvania the past couple of days for a family reunion. This trip, there were a few things that struck me about Pennsylvania:

1. Once you get off of the unglaciated sections of the Allegheny Plateau, both the physical and cultural geography change considerably.

2. The differences between the governments of New York and Pennsylvania are evident in the prevalence of billboards, poor road quality, and hideous sprawling development that is so common in Pennsylvania.

3. While Pennsylvania's government has created some less-than-ideal situations, it has also created some positive ones: gasoline was less expensive, sales taxes were lower, firearms and ammunition were readily available, and there fewer general restrictions on behavior.

My conflicting feelings about Pennsylvania illustrate perfectly the conflict that exists in my political and philosophical beliefs. I strongly promote the rights of individuals above the interests of the community; I adhere to Ayn Rand's notion that "[t]he smallest minority on earth is the individual," and that "[t]hose who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." At the same time, I strongly support the protection of agricultural and undeveloped lands from residential and industrial development. For years I have tried to reconcile my beliefs, but I don't know if I'll ever succeed in doing so. I am, for the most part, a libertarian. However, supporting restrictions on private property is about the least-libertarian thing you can do.

I'd like to hear from others who may struggle with this same issue. Is there anyone out there who believes in a VERY limited government, but also seeks to protect the countryside from randomly-placed businesses and McMansions? Drop me a line to let me know how you reconcile your conflicts.

13 August 2009


Why is Scotland so beautiful? I would permanently settle there if it was any more free than here. GREAT history, GREAT culture, GREAT geography, GREAT climate (if, like me, you believe that temperatures below 20 degrees Celsius are ideal), and, from everything I read and hear, GREAT people.

04 August 2009

Australian men are the least egalitarian?

I think that the results of this study confirm one thing: Australian men are the least domesticated, most masculine men in any of the countries studied.

The idiot news agencies in Australia seem to be reporting this as a bad thing: "our men don't treat women properly." The idiot news agencies in the United States of America seem to be reporting this as a good thing: "our men are great husbands!"

Screw them all.

I'm with you, men of Australia. Kudos for not selling out your manhood and keeping lit the candle of Western Civilization. There is no doubt in my mind that the domestication of men and erosion of traditional gender roles is inextricably tied to the decline of our societies.