Since I wrote a post yesterday on the importance to Trump, I figured I should also point out the importance of Kamala Harris.
Note that I have no intention of discussing the importance of Biden, since there is none. He is basically a walking corpse with one and only one distinguishing quality: he is such a non-entity that simply being not Trump is his only noteworthy quality.
The election in November is going to decide if we are going to have a second term of Trump presidency or a first term of Harris presidency. Biden is nothing more than a footnote in all of this.
When Biden handlers selected Kamal Harris to be the Vice Presidential nominee, I was more than a little confused. During her own attempt at a presidential run she demonstrated no redeeming qualities. She was acceptable to the intersectional coalition largely owing to her gender and skin color, but aside from that she was just like most other affirmative action candidates and collapsed under the lightest hint of pressure.
She did stick around long enough to demonstrate how unlikable and unqualified she is. Most importantly, she is a terrible liar which immediately disqualifies anyone from having a career in politics. Unless you are a multi-racial woman. Then, all manner of incompetence is immediately forgiven.
Given that, I could not for the life of me figure out why she ended on the Biden ticket. I mentioned that in a conversation with a friend of mine who happens to live and work in the Bay Area, to which he astutely pointed out that she has an umbilical court to the Silicon Valley money.
That's when it all clicked together in my head.
Generally, the Democrat party is the party of the super wealthy and the poor, while the Republican party is essentially a party of the middle class.
Traditional power center of the Democrats has been with the labor unions and the Hollywood elite.
That is one of the things that originally got the uber wealthy onto the side of the Democrats: they wanted to hob nob with Hollywood stars and not piss off the help.
The coastal wealthy fund Left wing activism (i.e. Soros-funded Antifa and BLM crap, for example), while the labor unions fund the campaigns.
Kamala Harris is the Democrat's way to tap into the wealth of the Silicon Valley nuveau riche, or at least that is what they think.
What I am afraid is happening instead is that the wealth of the Silicon Valley Big Tech is taking over the Democrat Party. That would explain the extreme radicalism of the new Democrat voter. The political beliefs of the Silicon Valley crowd is largely the product of the Marxist domination of the American educational system. They live in a bubble entirely disconnected from the real world. They are well educated and very successful in their extremely specialized fields. Now they want power because like most people good at their chosen profession, they are convinced that they have the expertise for everything else. They never studied history or civics (what passes for history in a typical American high school has no relevance to the actual subject). They are generally smart, so they are capable of making conclusions and being successful, but they know so little of anything outside of their professional environment that even the absolute evil of Marxism sounds like a good idea to them. It draws on their basest emotions and stays completely detached from their otherwise well developed analytical processes.
If viewed in that light, the November election is even more critical than I originally thought. Harris presidency has the makings of being even more destructive than the Obama one.
I gave it a couple of days and figured it is time to do a live show on intermediate magnifications in LPVOs and a couple of other updates.
I am budgeting 30-45 minutes for this, but it might go to a full hour depending on how it goes.
I'd like to do a quick overview of how the hog hunt went, the gear I was looking at and why I love doing this stuff.
Let's aim for tomorrow (Tuesday, October 12th) at noon Mountain Time.
Here is the wrap up of the Steiner M1050r LRF bincoulars that I have been playing with for a quite a while now.
Observation optics is a pretty involved subject as is, further complicated by the fact that most observation optics are not made for shooters. Here is a live show I did on observation optics that touches on this:
This binocular is decidedly not intended for birders. As the name implies, it is squarely aimed at military and law enforcement applications. It is a very competent overall design, but there is a feature that is sorely missing.
Let me know what you think once you watch the video. The binocular in question is the Steiner Military 10x50r LRF: https://bit.ly/2WA88hY
It is a solid design overall with excellent optics and good LRF performance. There is, however, one critical feature missing.
The registration for SHOT 2022 is finally open and I am in the process of making something resembling a schedule for it. The way it usually works, I make a detailed schedule and it goes to hell in a handbasket eight minutes after the show starts. Still, I have to make plans.
Interestingly, the Safari International event is in Las Vegas this year and overlapping with SHOT.
SHOT is Tuesday through Friday and SCI is Wednesday through Saturday.
I normally do not go to SCI given that it is more of a hunting oriented event. However, given that I am gearing up for my4th hunt this year (aoudad sheep in April, spring black bear in Alaska in June, hogs in Texas two weeks ago and New Mexico elk coming up in December), I can no longer say that I am not really a hunter with any sort of honesty.
I may not be a good hunter, but I am a hunter. Apparently.
With all that, I may be able to sneak over to the SCI show on Saturday. I always run out of time at SHOT, so I doubt I will be able to give up...
Folks, I am going to do another livecast tomorrow focusing on LPVOs and FIxed Power scopes when both are equipped with an offset RDS.
Matt of Everyday Marksman and Jacob of Pro-gun Millenial will join me tomorrow.
Yesterday's livecast, once we got done with the original topic of discussion veered a little bit toward other aspects of shooting quickly with conventional riflescopes and the topic of OEGs (Occluded Eye Gunsights) came up. I figured that I should probably write a short article on how they work when I realized that I already have and that Guns and Ammo makes this one available online.
It went into the 2019 Retro issue when they asked to write a little bit about OEGs since they were famously used in the Son-Tay raid.
It did make me want to re-visit the subject, so I pinged the good folks at Armson USA to see if I can borrow a modern OEG form them and go over the subject in more detail.