William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Thursday, 19, May, 2011

A Good Point

Filed under: Boomstick,Links to Greatness — williamthecoroner @ 13:48

Nancy R, at Excells At Nothing, makes a good point.  There was a lot of open carry of firearms seen at the NRA convention, and some folks look down on open carry because “it will scare the soccer moms”.  Now, it may.  Certainly there was a kerfuffle in Philly where it scared a cop, and there have been incidents in WI (where only open carry is legal).  But Nancy makes a good point: namely is the weapon in a proper holster?

As a general rule foresight and impulse control aren’t big in the criminal population.  As such, they are flying by the seat of their pants through life, really, and don’t plan ahead.  Criminal’s guns are usually in bad shape, in my experience.  Cheap, poorly maintained, rusty, passed around from hand to hand, rarely cleaned.  These folks are not the kind to spend $35 on an inexpensive holster (or $70-150) for a custom one.  If they had that sort of money, they’d spend it on other things.

As a general rule, street criminals aren’t wearing collared shirts and ties.  White collar criminals, sure, but not street types, and your white collar criminal is a problem, but is not going to threaten you with anything other than a pen.

Thursday, 5, May, 2011

Sometimes, the Fight Comes to You.

Filed under: Boomstick,Links to Greatness — williamthecoroner @ 16:52

Many of the gunbloggers I read have mobility issues, like Breda, and Mike, and Peter.  Some of whom they speak of , some of which are private.  I have noticed some in the anti-gun rhetoric that doubles as editorial opinions coming from the Cleveland Bird-Cage Liner , erm Plain Dealer.  Disabled/differently abled people are ignored, they are quite happy for them to be disarmed and helpless.  Mike makes a good point, here, go though and read.  For the temporarily able bodied to feel safe, they are quite willing for the differently abled to be at risk.  Thanks a bunch.

Thursday, 7, April, 2011

If Your Neighbor is a Bomb-Maker

Filed under: Forensics,Links to Greatness — williamthecoroner @ 11:30

<a href=”http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/20110406-how-tell-if-your-neighbor-bombmaker”>How to Tell if Your Neighbor is a Bombmaker</a> is republished with permission of STRATFOR.

As a guy who collects scientific stuff (you should see my slide rule collection sometime) I HAVE beakers and laboratory glassware in the house.  I use them as drinking glasses (and yes, I cleaned them before I used them)

There is concern that this information might make bad guys more careful.  Perhaps.  But receipts for drug making are also commonly available (q.v.  The Vaults of Erowid) and anyone with any brains will take steps to avoid detection.  The major problem is the smart one’s aren’t caught.  Prisons aren’t think-tanks people.  Their inhabitants, as a rule, are impulsive and dumb.  Not a good combination, particularly with poor foresight.

Sunday, 20, March, 2011


Filed under: Haterade,Links to Greatness — williamthecoroner @ 10:32



I got nuthin’.

Tuesday, 15, March, 2011

I Hadn’t Thought of That

Filed under: Boomstick,Links to Greatness,Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 11:18

From Blunt Object, I get pointed to Bleeding Heart Libertarians. Specifically THIS ESSAY on how symbolic behaviour gets in the way of actually doing something that works.

I think this is generalizable. Wu is a good friend from college is very opposed to firearms. Only frightening people have firearms (except for the ones he knows who do) and he realizes how people with firearms keep him safe. But he doesn’t want to hurt folks, and he wants to live in a world where people don’t need guns, and for him, eschewing firearms is a step to getting to the world where people don’t need guns. Now, he has just outsourced the people who protect him, and the world is a place where people need guns. But still, the symbolism of his position is important to him. THIS ARTICLE swayed him a little, but he’s still not convinced.

Friday, 11, March, 2011

Best for Uninvited Guests

Filed under: Boomstick,Links to Greatness — williamthecoroner @ 11:53

James has a good article on the home shotgun, HERE.

Thursday, 3, March, 2011

Goodnight, Dune

Filed under: Links to Greatness — williamthecoroner @ 21:43

OK. Mix Margaret Wise Brown and Frank Herbert and see what comes out. HERE.

Tuesday, 1, March, 2011

TSA Grooming Children and their Parents.

Filed under: Links to Greatness — williamthecoroner @ 19:42

From Mark Bennett. Read it HERE.

Another reason I don’t fly.

Friday, 28, January, 2011


Filed under: Links to Greatness — williamthecoroner @ 22:58

“Fuck Civility. Hyperbole, passion, and metaphor are beautiful parts of rhetoric. Marketplace of ideas can not be toned down for the insane.”

-Penn Jillette

Tuesday, 25, January, 2011


Filed under: Links to Greatness,Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 09:46

From the League of Ordinary Gentlemen, Burt Likko’s essay on Classe in American society. While American society is not as stratified as the British society that Nancy Mitford broke into U and non-U, differences do exist. When time was (grade 7) I was taught that class wasn’t just about money, it was money and occupation and hobbies and sports and disability and race and religion and a whole host of other factors (come to think of it, this was probably about the time that the book Likko references was published.


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