April 23rd, 2008

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OH JOHN RINGO HI

So, this was on John Ringo's website this morning:

Ladies and gentlemen, the man himself.


No kidding: he really did.

Thanks for the kind words, John! For that matter, this seems as good a place as any to express my deep thanks to everyone who linked the post, and commented in it, as well as my thanks for the good sportsmanship of all Ringo fans, not-fans, and the sometime fans who are avoiding the PALADIN OF SHADOWS SERIES like the plague. (And an extra-special thanks to brown_betty, who preread the review for me.) I, um. Yeah.

(Meanwhile, the phrase "OH JOHN RINGO NO" seems to have taken on a wider meaning, at least for the moment. Hey, John, it's *free publicity!*

...I really need an icon with the words "OH JOHN RINGO NO.")

(ETA: vito_excalibur hooked me up. (See comments.))
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in gun news: ABC gets it wrong

Good drabble suggestions! Will have more up tonight. Hi to the new folks; just so you know, I don't just post about John Ringo and SF; I tend to post about guns a lot.

Case in point! ABC News has a story up that has gun-bloggers up in arms. (Figuratively.) The upshot is that, per ABC, Mexico's drug lords are being armed by weapons from the US. If this is accurate, it's a problem we should look into doing something about. (WALL ALONG THE BORDER! ...I kid.) But first, we need to know how big a problem it is. And ABC's accuracy is not inspiring confidence. Check out their accompanying pictures. Note the 40mm grenade launchers. And grenades. Just so you know, each one of those grenades is considered an NFA weapon; if you go through the expensive licensing process required to purchase those, you have to find a dealer licensed to sell 'em who's willing to sell 'em to you, as a private citizen (and good luck; those guys make their livelihood on military and police contracts, so they're not going be inclined to spend time with you). Then you have to pay the (high) price, with a $200 tax on each one. The ATF can come out and inspect them at any time, and if you fire one you have to send the pieces back to the ATF so they can verify you shot it. To prove that the problem is lax American gun laws, ABC is showing a picture of some of the most tightly-regulated, hard to buy, heavily-scrutinized items of military hardware on the market. Oops.

They also emphasize the FN Five-seveN's ability to pierce body armor with a pistol round. Which it can! ...if you've got the armor-piercing rounds that are, gosh, only available to police and military in the US.

The article does have some interesting items in it: apparently, the Colt El Senador is a popular pistol among Mexican gang types. I'd never heard of it, but the fact that it's in .38 Super got me suspicious. That's the maximum legal handgun caliber in Mexico. Turns out, yup, the El series are high-end 1911s made in .38 Super for the Mexican market.

...I kind of want one.
oh john ringo no

ok, I hear you, a T-shirt

Apparently there is interest in an "OH JOHN RINGO NO" T-shirt. Okay, folks, I hear you. Ideally, if enough people want them, we can print up a bunch. I'd like to see about doing something charitable with this, if we do it -- maybe the Helen Bamber Foundation, which angevin2 mentioned in the comments of the review post, as well as a veterans' charity (maybe John could suggest one he'd like), could benefit. If only a few people are interested in shirts, we could try a print-on-demand thing.

So, let's make it a community project. If you'd actually buy an OH JOHN RINGO NO T-shirt, post a comment to that effect. If you think you've got a good design for an OH JOHN RINGO NO T-shirt, post the image in comments below. I'll winnow down to the finalists, and we can have a poll. Sound OK?

UPDATE: It's official. The T-shirt project is now JOHN RINGO ENDORSED, and he's approved the Helen Bamber Foundation as the charity beneficiary for the T-shirt sales. (Yes, they'll probably be horrified, as they complain about Gitmo on their web page, but the Foundation helps a lot of women who've been forced into prostitution -- and I ask you, isn't that exactly what Mike does? ...in his way.) No design entries so far, so I'm going to talk to some fanartists and get something nice drawn up. I'll send the word out when we're ready to go.

UPDATE AGAIN: Design work is in progress by a surprise artist! Will let you know when we're ready to go.

UPDATE YET AGAIN: Apologies for the delay -- two artists are sketching, and both have had lots of other things come up. Remarkably, people who have skills seem to be in demand.

UPDATE: THEY'RE HERE!!! You can now buy OH JOHN RINGO NO shirts, to benefit the Helen Bamber Foundation. Details here; shirts are here. Shirt design and artistry by vito_excalibur, of story and song.