Leprechaun Laughs # 196 for Wednesday June 5th


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What can I say? ‘Coffee’ wasn’t offered as Soup of the Day anyplace so I had to settle for what I could get!

Ummm..ahem… I got nuthin…

I’m going to go try the soup you guys start without me I’ll catch up.

 

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That’s right, the list is blank. We keep telling you nothing comes before coffee around here!

Thanks to the Blogs official Barista Kizmette for the graphic

A man met a beautiful lady and he decided he wanted to marry her right away.

She protested, “But we don’t know anything about each other.”

He replied, “That’s all right, we’ll learn about each other as we go along.”

So she consented, and they were married, and went on a honeymoon to a very nice resort.  One morning, they were lying by the pool when he got up off his towel, climbed up to the 10 meter board and did a two and a half tuck gainer, entering the water perfectly, almost without a ripple.  This was followed by a three rotations in jackknife position before he again straightened out and cut the water like a knife.  After a few more demonstrations, he came back and lay down on his towel.

She said, “That was incredible!”

He said, “I used to be an Olympic diving champion.  You see, I told you we’d learn more about each other as we went along.”

So she got up, jumped in the pool and started doing laps.  She was moving so fast that the froth from her pushing off at one end of the pool would hardly be gone before she was already touching the other end.  She did laps in freestyle, breast-stroke, even butterfly!  After about thirty laps, completed in mere minutes, she climbed back out and lay down on her towel, barely breathing heavy.

He said, “That was incredible! Were you an Olympic endurance swimmer?”

No, she said, “I was a hooker in Fort Worth and I worked both sides of the Trinity river.”.

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BUS! IMPISH WATCH OUT!

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Sigh! MEDIC!

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Four golfers who like to gamble wind up in the same foursome. The pot builds throughout the day until they reach the 18th green, where it comes down to the last putt. If Charlie makes the 10-foot putt, he wins the $200 pot.

Charlie lines up his putt, but just as he’s about to take his stance, a funeral procession begins passing by on the road that runs alongside the 18th hole.

Charlie steps away from his ball, sets down his putter, takes off his hat and places it over his heart, and waits in total silence until the funeral procession is completely passed. Only then does Charlie pick up his putter and begin lining up the putt again.

“Wow,” one of his opponents says. “That was the most touching thing I have ever seen. You’ve got a makeable putt for $200, yet you stopped and paid your respects to a passing funeral procession? I had no idea you were so sentimental!”

“Well after all,” Charlie says, “we were married for 25 years.”

Weird Weather

I got comment when I mentioned the weather down here in Texas being bigger than the rest of the US after we had that river of hail down by Reliant Stadium. Some of you figured that was an isolated incident I was playing up. Nay! Nay! On the contrary!

Weather Alert for Harris County, TX

Special Statement !
Issued at: 4:51 am CDT on June 2, 2013, expires at: 5:45 AM CDT on June 02, 2013

…Significant weather advisory for southeastern Burleson…
southeastern Brazos…Walker…northern Austin…northwestern
Harris
…central Waller…eastern Madison…Washington…western San
Jacinto…northwestern Montgomery…Grimes and southern Houston
counties until 545 am CDT…

At 447 am CDT…National Weather Service Doppler radar was tracking a
line of strong thunderstorms along a line extending from 6 miles east
of Madisonville to 9 miles northwest of Navasota to 7 miles west of
Somerville…and moving southeast at 30 mph.
Wind gusts up to 40 mph will be possible with these storms.

Locations impacted include…
Huntsville…Brenham…Navasota…Hempstead…Prairie View…
Bellville…Pinehurst…Willis…Panorama Village…Somerville…
Waller…Magnolia…New Waverly…Pine Island…Montgomery…
Stagecoach…Burton…midway and Todd Mission.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…
Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms…and may
lead to flash flooding.
Do not drive your vehicle through flooded
roadways.

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THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN LEAGUE CITY  HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR.
NORTHEASTERN HARRIS COUNTY IN SE TX.
CNTL LIBERTY COUNTY IN SE TX.
SOUTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SE TX.
SOUTHWESTERN SAN JACINTO COUNTY IN SE TX.

* UNTIL 715 AM CDT

* AT 548 AM CDT.DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM  CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM  WAS LOCATED NEAR PANORAMA VILLAGE.OR 4 MILES NW OF  CONROE.& MOVING SE AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE.
KINGWOOD.SPRING.THE WOODLANDS.CLOVERLEAF.HUMBLE.
CLEVELAND.DAYTON.BARRETT.OAK RIDGE NORTH.SHENANDOAH.
CROSBY.SHELDON.PORTER HEIGHTS.PATTON VILLAGE.WOODBRANCH. CUT & SHOOT.ROMAN FOREST.SPLENDORA.KENEFICK & CHATEAU
WOODS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. DESTRUCTIVE HAIL.DEADLY LIGHTNING & VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION.MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD.

IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL & DAMAGING WINDS.CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY. LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER. IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER.YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

IF ON OR NEAR LAEK HOUSTON.GET OUT OF THE WATER & MOVE INDOORS OR INSIDE A VEHICLE. REMEMBER.LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE OUT TO 15 MILES FROM THE PARENT THUNDERSTORM. IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER.YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. MOVE TO SAFE SHELTER NOW. DO NOT BE CAUGHT ON THE WATER IN A THUNDERSTORM.

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So roughly 2.5 hours of ^^^ that ^^^ results in seeing this when you go outside for your Sunday paper:

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And the thing about it is we don’t gape at these things here in Houston, this sort of thing a nearly every heavy rainfall occurrence and is just accepted right along with 4WDs towing water skiers & wave boarders down the street in some of the more flood prone neighborhoods.

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It will make being confronted by Wal-Martians SO much easier to endure and much faster to brain bleach out of my mind afterwards too!

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A few ‘enquiring minds’ (a deliberate choice of spelling) have been asking to see a baby picture of me. Now I don’t know why, nor do I know if you have been hounding Impish to see one of him too, but I do know that anyone (other than Molly) that wants to se my naked little tushie on a lambskin rug is going to have to pay for it!

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So instead here I am just about a year old with my very first heavy weapon! Oh the memories!

 

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Impish likes to whine and cry (and there by gain the attention and sympathy for female medical personnel) about all the slings arrow and buses he has to suffer.

However the brain deficient dunce of a dragon fails to recognize that if he kept his fat trap shut around a few jars of peanut butter and exercised what few brain cells he DOES have so they might all fire at once in the name of good judgment he could avoid much of the attacks he suffers! 

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Case in point: The last few days I noticed I have been absent my feline entourage as I moved about Keebler Towers. One or the other and occasionally both usually has me with in eye shot at all times lest I do/open something of possible interest and they miss out.

Also some loud banging and other tool sounds have been emanating from the rear parking lot along with a great deal of caterwauling. I noticed this new addition to the vehicles out there yesterday and one of my cats was caught in the act of dismounting from it.

When I asked why they appeared to be going back to their pre- dragon bribes & apology war footing I was informed that I had left my Lap Top on DragonLaffs and they had scrolled through to make sure Impish was in fact honoring his side of the agreement over the weekend. AS we all know Impish chose to feature a LOT of cat humor- that is humor at the expense of cats. Well the leaders of the State of Catatonia were insulted and incensed at this violation of their peace accords and are preparing accordingly unless restitution and apologies are again publically made by Impish.

 

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Grill Up Good Health

Bust out of the burger box and fire up these mouthwatering meals that are heart smart and low calorie for an exciting and delicious change of pace

Grilled Pork Tacos with Avocado Radish Salad

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Lean pork tenderloin replaces shoulder in this healthier version of Mexican “carnitas.” Grilling the meat (instead of simmering it in its own fat) allows any grease to drip away.

To ensure you get the full 20 g of fiber–80% of your daily goal!–look for low-carb whole grain tortillas with about 50 calories and 8 g of fiber.

 

Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 (2 tacos each)

Pork
11/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/4 -1/2 tsp ground red pepper
1 trimmed pork tenderloin (about 11/4 lb)
1 Tbsp olive oil
8 whole grain tortillas (6″-7″ diameter)

Salad
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 ripe med avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and cut into 1/4″ chunks
1/2 c sliced radishes (about 4 lg)
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1/2 lime)

1. Preheat grill to medium.

2. Prepare pork: In small bowl, mix paprika, salt, garlic powder, mustard, and red pepper. Rub all over pork. Drizzle pork with oil.

3. Grill pork, turning 2 or 3 times, 20 to 25 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest part registers 150 degrees F. Transfer to cutting board and let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Meanwhile, wrap tortillas in foil and place on cooler corner of grill to warm about 10 minutes.

4. Make salad: In small skillet over medium heat, toast oregano, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside. In medium bowl, mix avocado, radishes, scallions, lime juice, and toasted oregano.

5. Cut pork on an angle into thin slices. Place tortilla on work surface. Arrange a few pork slices on bottom half, top with some of the salad, and roll up, folding in sides. Repeat with remaining tortillas, pork, and salad.

Nutritional info per serving 382 cal, 41 g pro, 28 g carb, 20 g fiber, 19 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 92 mg chol, 562 mg sodium

 

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Citrus Marinade

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Citrus Marinade

PREP TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes + marinating time

Serves 4

 

 

 

Prepare Citrus Marinade

Citrus Marinade

Marinate chicken at least 2 hours or overnight; shrimp or salmon, 15 minutes.

1/2 c fresh orange juice
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. olive oil

Whisk together all ingredients and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper in dish. (Makes 3/4 cup.)

Add 2 1/2 lb. bone-in chicken thighs. Chill at least 2 hours.

Prepare lightly oiled grill for medium heat. Grill chicken (reserve marinade), turning, until cooked through (165°F), 25 minutes.

Bring marinade to a boil. Simmer 2 minutes for sauce.

NUTRITION (per serving; chicken, without skin, and sauce) 332 cal, 33 g pro, 9 g carb, 0.5 g fiber, 7 g sugars, 17.5 g fat, 4.5 g sat fat, 259 mg sodium

The citrus marinade works well with shrimp too. Leave the shells on and reduce marinating time to 15 min. Skewering the shrimp beforehand will make your job post marinating much easier.

Kicked-Up Skirt Steak with Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub

Kicked-Up Skirt Steak with Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub

PREP TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes + standing or chilling time

Serves 6

 

 

Prepare Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub

Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub

Delicious on steak and pork tenderloin.

2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp. ground coffee
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne

Whisk together all ingredients and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. (Makes 1/3 cup.)

Rub onto 1 1/2 lb. skirt steak, patting to adhere. Let stand 15 minutes or chill, loosely covered, up to 4 hours.

Prepare lightly oiled grill for medium heat. Grill steak, turning, about 10 minutes or until desired doneness. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Skirt steak at one time was a cheap cut of meat, much like chicken wings . Well the advent of fajitas popularity and done the same thing to the price of skirt steak as Buffalo Chicken Wings did to the price of chicken wings. So use London Broil or Flank steak in place of Skirt steak and remember to slice on the bias and across the grain and save yourself a boat load of cash.

NUTRITION (per serving; steak only) 214 cal, 24 g pro, 3 g carb, 0 g fiber, 2 g sugars, 11 g fat, 4 g sat fat, 167 mg sodium

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with All-Purpose Rub

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with All-Purpose Rub

PREP TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes + standing or chilling time

Serves 6

 

 

Prepare All-Purpose Rub

All-Purpose Rub

Works with just about anything, including poultry, meat, fish, and vegetables.

1 Tbsp. dried thyme
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne

Whisk together all ingredients and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. (Makes 1/4 cup.)

Coat 2 pork tenderloins (1 lb. each) with olive oil spray on all sides. Coat all over with rub, patting to adhere. Let stand 15 minutes or chill, loosely covered, up to 4 hours.

Prepare lightly oiled grill for medium heat. Grill pork, turning, until cooked through (145°F), 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Serve with grilled plums,  peaches or pineapple rings if desired.

NUTRITION (per serving; pork only) 189 cal, 32 g pro, 2 g carb, 1 g fiber, 0 g sugars, 5 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 168 mg sodium

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No, really, this is worth it. This is a real newspaper obituary that appeared in Ohio May 21, 2013. Not just the classic first sentence, but his “significant honors” and what his family wants in relation to flowers.

Great family, and our kind of guy!

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HOLCOMB, Robert (Bob)

Died a couple of days ago which wasn’t exactly unexpected as he had been in poopy health for years. While he never complained much, those that knew him were aware that he suffered several heart attacks and had quadruple bypass open heart surgery before age 40, and it kinda went downhill from there.

Born in Kemp, Texas on April 11, 1940, he graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock, Texas in 1958. He obtained an Associate of Arts degree from Lubbock Christian University which he attended on a basketball scholarship and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Western College in 1963 (now the University of Texas, El Paso). He pursued post-graduate studies through the Gemological Institute of America, the World Gold Council, and Diamonds International plus continuing education courses at the University of Texas, Brownsville.

Significant honors and awards include: “Honored Exhibitor” International Gem & Mineral Show, Washington, D.C., 1969, “Diamonds International Award” from DeBeers (one of less than 250 U.S. recipients in 1972), “Who’s Who in American Commerce & Industry”, 1996, and he especially appreciated being named an “Honorary Mexican” by his Hispanic poker buddies in Brownsville.

In addition to his beloved sister, Sarjim Wenzel of Lubbock, Texas, he is survived by his wife, business partner, lover, and best friend of 52 years, Rhoda Antoinette (Toni) Holcomb with whom he was co-owner/operator of the Cab-N-Facet Fine Jewelry in Springfield, Ohio for some 35 years. While a member of numerous professional and trade organizations, groups and clubs, he was particularly proud of his association with the Masonic Order being a Blue Lodge Master Mason and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. He also held life memberships in Delta Sigma Pi (National Honorary Business Fraternity) and the American Numismatic Association.

In accordance with his wishes, Bob will be cremated with half of his cremated remains to be buried in the Ohio Masonic Community Cemetery and the remainder scattered over some favorite haunts of his somewhat misspent youth in Lubbock, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the Wooley Chapel of the Ohio Masonic Community with Chaplain Bruce Vincent presiding. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Don’t waste money on flowers…if you have extra bucks, send them to the Ohio Masonic Home Benevolent Endowment Foundation, 5 Masonic Dr., Springfield, Ohio 45504 where they will be put to good use and appreciated.

(Source: Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun obituary)

 

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Golf Lover

Ed and Nancy met while on a singles cruise and Ed fell head over heels for her. When they discovered they lived in the same city only a few miles apart Ed was ecstatic. He immediately started asking her out when they got home.

Within a couple of weeks, Ed had taken Nancy to dance clubs, restaurants, concerts, movies, and museums. Ed became convinced that Nancy was indeed his soul mate and true love. Every date seemed better than the last.

On the one-month anniversary of their first dinner on the cruise ship, Ed took Nancy to a fine restaurant. While having cocktails and waiting for their salad, Ed said, “I guess you can tell I’m very much in love with you. I’d like a little serious talk before our relationship continues to the next stage.

“So, before I get a box out of my jacket and ask you a life changing question, it’s only fair to warn you: I’m a total golf nut. I play golf, I read about golf, I watch golf on TV. In short, I eat, sleep, and breathe golf. If that’s going to be a problem for us, you’d better say so now!”

Nancy took a deep breath and responded, “Ed, that certainly won’t be a problem. I love you as you are and I love golf too. But, since we’re being totally honest with each other, you need to know that for the last five years I’ve been a hooker.”

“Oh wow! I see,” Ed replied. He looked down at the table, was quiet for a moment. Deep in serious thought then he added, “You know, it’s probably because you’re not keeping your wrists straight when you hit the ball….”

 

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‘I was on my way to work and I saw something I neither like nor understand, so it is clearly evil, anti-American or represents a threat to my safety/beliefs and I demand that it be removed, regulated or outlawed before I cry.’ Democrats & Liberals’ Core Beliefs System a.k.a Chicken Little’s Credo as summarized by Lethal Leprechaun.

Let’s All Calm Down About 3D Plastic Guns

By Paul M. Barrett May 06, 2013
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-05-06/lets-all-calm-down-about-3-d-plastic-guns#r=tec-s

Should we light our hair on fire about plastic guns made with 3D printers?

Too late for Senator Charles Schumer. The combustible New York Democrat is encouraging hysteria over the prospect of criminals using 3D printers to manufacture firearms, possibly to assassinate the president. “We’re facing a situation where anyone—a felon, a terrorist—can open a gun factory in their garage ,and the weapons they make will be undetectable,” Schumer said. “It’s stomach-churning.”

What’s stomach-churning is the way that [liberals & ] gun foes [but I repeat myself] get their facts wrong, undercutting their cause and distracting from serious discussions about fighting crime.

3D printers are machines that can use digital designs to build a variety of devices out of thousands of layers of hard plastic. Pro-gun activists have been talking about using 3D technology to make a functioning firearm. This week, a libertarian-minded outfit in Texas called Defense Distributed reportedly test-fired such a weapon. Thus Schumer’s severe indigestion. The lawmaker said he will push legislation that would extend an existing ban on “undetectable” weapons to cover guns made via 3D printers.

A ban on undetectable guns will do no more harm, I suppose, than a ban on undetectable automobiles or spaceships, which could also be dangerous in the hands of a diabolical Marvel Comics super villain. Schumer’s bill will not, however, have a practical effect on ordinary street crime, psychopathic mass shootings, hijackings, or political assassinations.

Here’s why: If you’ve got the skills, you can already make a gun in your basement, and there are less complicated ways to do it than using a $10,000 3D printer and computer set-up. Why would bad guys bother making comic book firearms when they can go online and order anything from a Glock 9 mm pistol to a Bushmaster military-style semiautomatic rifle with 30-round ammunition magazines?

Perhaps the evil doer wouldn’t want to leave a credit-card trail. Then he pays cash at a Main Street gun shop, a weekend gun show, or to the criminal down the block who sells black market firepower from the trunk of his car. Or the crook steals or borrows his gun.

The worst part of Schumer’s phony alarm about 3D-printer guns is that we’ve been down this path before, when gun-control activists tried to get Austrian-made Glock pistols banned from the U.S. in the late 1980s. The allegation then was that the innovative Glock, made mostly from industrial-strength plastic known as polymer, would defy airport security measures. As I recounted in a January 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek cover article, the would-be Glock banners:

Claimed that because it was mostly plastic, the pistol would be invisible to X-ray machines. “Only the barrel, slide, and one spring are metal,” the late Jack Anderson wrote in his syndicated column in January 1986. “Dismantled, it is frighteningly easy to smuggle past airport security.” Antigun groups mobilized, Congress held hearings, and the National Rifle Assn. rallied its troops. “The amazing thing was that nobody had ever heard of Glock before the Anderson column,” says Richard Feldman, a lawyer then working for the NRA. “‘Glock? What’s that? Oh, an Austrian gun, a plastic gun? Interesting. I’ve got to see one of those.’”

As the 17-round pistol became an object of curiosity and admiration among Second Amendment enthusiasts, the anti-Glock campaign fizzled. The Federal Aviation administration concluded that if screening personnel paid attention, they would be able to detect the pistol. “That was a big ‘oops’ moment,” says Richard M. Aborn, a former president of Handgun Control, now known as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “We made the classic mistake of failing to do our homework.”

Gun foes helped popularize the Glock with more speed and less expense than the Austrian company would ever have been capable of on its own. Today, the assault on the latest version of the plastic pistol makes no more sense. TSA scanners at airports detect shapes, not metal.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m no fan of mischievous libertarians making guns in their basements. On the other hand, if I were intent on mayhem, I would go with a proven manufacturer, like Glock. And if I were a lawmaker, I would focus on serious policies that might accelerate the reduction in crime rates that Senator Schumer’s hometown of New York has enjoyed for the past quarter-century.

 

Let's All Calm Down About 3D Plastic Guns

State Department Demands Takedown Of 3D-Printable Gun Files For Possible Export Control Violations

The sixteen parts of Defense Distributed’s 3D-printable gun, the Liberator.

The battle for control of dangerous digital shapes may have just begun.

On Thursday, 5/09/2013 Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson received a letter from the State Department Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance demanding that he take down the online blueprints for the 3D-printable “Liberator” handgun that his group released Monday, along with nine other 3D-printable firearms components hosted on the group’s website Defcad.org. The government says it wants to review the files for compliance with arms export control laws known as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR. By uploading the weapons files to the Internet and allowing them to be downloaded abroad, the letter implies Wilson’s high-tech gun group may have violated those export controls.

“Until the Department provides Defense Distributed with final [commodity jurisdiction] determinations, Defense Distributed should treat the above technical data as ITAR-controlled,” reads the letter, referring to a list of ten CAD files hosted on Defcad that include the 3D-printable gun, silencers, sights and other pieces. “This means that all data should be removed from public access immediately. Defense Distributed should review the remainder of the data made public on its website to determine whether any other data may be similarly controlled and proceed according to ITAR requirements.”

Wilson, a law student at the University of Texas in Austin, says that Defense Distributed will in fact take down its files until the State Department has completed its review. “We have to comply,” he says. “All such data should be removed from public access, the letter says. That might be an impossible standard. But we’ll do our part to remove it from our servers.”

As Wilson hints, that doesn’t mean the government has successfully censored the 3D-printable gun. While Defense Distributed says it will take down the gun’s printable file from Defcad.org, its downloads–100,000 in just the first two days the file was online–were actually being served by Mega, the New Zealand-based storage service created by ex-hacker entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, an outspoken U.S. government critic. It’s not clear whether the file will be taken off Mega’s servers, where it may remain available for download. The blueprint for the gun and other Defense Distributed firearm components have also been uploaded several times to the Pirate Bay, the censorship-resistant filesharing site.

[Here is where the FBI’s heavy handed tactics on behalf of the movie industry come back to bite them in the ass. Kim Dotcom is outside their jurisdiction this time as the files were shared open source. The US Government’s abdominal treatment of Kim Dotcom at the behest of Hollywood’s big money lobby made prior to their betrayal and attack on him (Dotcom was in fact co-operating in the FBI’s investigation to find the pirates using his service) has made him a vocal opponent of the US Government and its Big Brother tactics. Hollywood movie moguls wanted an object lesson made of him. Now he’s going to give the US Government an object lesson they are not likely to forget over this.]

Wilson argues that he’s also legally protected. He says Defense Distributed is excluded from the ITAR regulations under an exemption for non-profit public domain releases of technical files designed to create a safe harbor for research and other public interest activities. That exemption, he says, would require Defense Distributed’s files to be stored in a library or sold in a bookstore. Wilson argues that Internet access at a library should qualify under ITAR’s statutes, and says that Defcad’s files have also been made available for sale in an Austin, Texas bookstore that he declined to name in order to protect the bookstore’s owner from scrutiny.

Despite taking down his files, Wilson doesn’t see the government’s attempts to censor the Liberator’s blueprints as a defeat. On the contrary, Defense Distributed’s radical libertarian and anarchist founder says he’s been seeking to highlight exactly this issue, that a 3D-printable gun can’t be stopped from spreading around the global Internet no matter what legal measures governments take. “This is the conversation I want,” Wilson says. “Is this a workable regulatory regime? Can there be defense trade control in the era of the Internet and 3D printing?”

Wilson compares his new legal troubles to the widely-followed case in the mid-1990s of Philip Zimmermann, the inventor of the cryptographic software PGP, who was threatened with indictment under ITAR for putting his military-grade encryption software online. “It’s PGP all over again,” says Wilson.

In Zimmermann’s case, much of the technology community was outraged that PGP’s inventor was being treated as if he were selling bombs or missiles to a foreign regime when he had simply put a powerful piece of privacy software on the Internet. That public support is widely thought to have influenced the State Department decision in 1996 to drop its case against him.

In this case, by contrast, Cody Wilson is literally an arms manufacturer. But whether the government will have any more luck in controlling the spread of his invention remains to be seen.

I’ll provide updates as this story develops.

Correction: In an earlier version of this story I described Wilson as an “arms distributor.” In fact, he’s an arms manufacturer, while Defense Distributed is a software distributing non-profit. Since Defense Distributed–not Wilson himself–is the target of the State Department’s query, that may be an important distinction.

Update: Here’s the full text of the letter.

United States Department of State

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Offense of Defense Trade Controls Compliance

May 08, 2013

In reply letter to DTCC Case: 13-0001444

[Cody Wilson’s address redacted]

Dear Mr. Wilson,

The Department of State, Bureau of Political Military Affairs, Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance, Enforcement Division (DTCC/END) is responsible for compliance with and civil enforcement of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778) (AECA) and the AECA’s implementing regulations, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (22 C.F.R. Parts 120-130) (ITAR). The AECA and the ITAR impose certain requirements and restrictions on the transfer of, and access to, controlled defense articles and related technical data designated by the United States Munitions List (USML) (22 C.F.R. Part 121).

The DTCC/END is conducting a review of technical data made publicly available by Defense Distributed through its 3D printing website, DEFCAD.org, the majority of which appear to be related to items in Category I of the USML. Defense Distributed may have released ITAR-controlled technical data without the required prior authorization from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), a violation of the ITAR.

Technical data regulated under the ITAR refers to information required for the design, development, production, manufacture, assembly, operation, repair, testing, maintenance or modification of defense articles, including information in the form of blueprints, drawings, photographs, plans, instructions or documentation. For a complete definition of technical data, see 120.10 of the ITAR. Pursuant to 127.1 of the ITAR, it is unlawful to export any defense article or technical data for which a license or written approval is required without first obtaining the required authorization from the DDTC. Please note that disclosing (including oral or visual disclosure) or tranferring [sic]technical data to a foreign person, whether in the United States or abroad, is considered an export under 120.17 of the ITAR.

The Department believes Defense Distributed may not have established the proper jurisdiction of the subject technical data. To resolve this matter officially, we request that Defense Distributed submit Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) determination requests for the following selection of data files available on DEFCAD.org, and any other technical data for which Defense Distributed is unable to determine proper jurisdiction:

  1. Defense Distributed Liberator pistol
  2. .22 electric
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The 3-D Pistol is .380 Auto caliber & the OAL of the round is .984 inch. The barrel assembly appears to be roughly 2.25- 2.5 times that length or just under 2.25 inches. Now remember that the cartridge chamber actually takes up a part of that barrel length and you get a working barrel length of just over 1”. Velocity power and accuracy are going to suffer in such a short barrel. Yes the Chicken Littles are portraying it as a 9 shot weapon. Of course they omit the fact that it is nine SINGLE shots which require you to partially disassemble the weapon to reload it and after which you throw the barrel (if not the entire weapon away).

Also I have yet to see ANY video of the weapon being fired in the hands of an actual person other than the single shot by Cody. Oh sure I have seen a butt load of PHOTOS of a guy in a shooters stance with one, but all the video I ahve seen of several different ones firing ahve been remotely fired with a lanyard from 20′ distance. This tells me that while the concept is technically proven, nobody is co confident in the weapon as to say that it is a fully functional and safe to use weapon. Frankly as long as the printers are making them out of ABS plastic, they never will be either. One mistake one imperfection in the barrel resulting in a bubble or weak spot and you’ll have that weapon detonating right in your hand.

Yes it IS capable of being made in various calibers, low power calibers with limited spotting capability that is .22 rim fire, 22 mag, .25ACP, .32 ACP, .38 & .380 auto. My understanding is the risk of catastrophic failure escalates sharply when you move past this point to high pressure generating calibers like .40, .45, 9mm and other pistol calibers with significant stopping power. Particularly noted in the research I have done and articles I have read was the inadvisability of even attempting the 5.7×28mm as the single attempt destroyed the entire weapon and pelted the people 20 feet behind it with hot plastic.

In truth there are far better options out there if you want to make your own gun, from single shot zip guns capable of firing a .410 shot gun shell and concealable in a cane to plans to manufacture cast aluminum weapons:

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So you get a sense of just how small that weapon is the cylinders are switchable on the go and hold  3 rounds of .380 or 5 rounds of .22. Apparently cylinder swap out/reloading could be accomplished by a practiced person in under 3 seconds. The gun is simple, light weight, has few moving parts, easily machine-able by anyone one with CAD-CAM knowledge and access to a CNC  machine and a few dollars worth of metal stock. Unlike the hysteria in liberals inducing 3-D printed gun this one is not only capable of multiple shots with out reloading but easily and quickly reloadable, it had a significantly longer useful life as well. Strangely there are no frantic governmental attempts to control this design despite its superiority to the 3-D gun.

I should also point out that there are reinforced machine-able plastics out there strong enough to make one of these out of that just like the 3-D printed one would one need a metal firing pin.

The worst part of Schumer’s phony alarm about 3D-printer guns is that we’ve been down this path before, when gun-control activists tried to get Austrian-made Glock pistols banned from the U.S. in the late 1980s. The allegation then was that the innovative Glock, made mostly from industrial-strength plastic known as polymer, would defy airport security measures. As recounted in a January 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek cover article, the would-be Glock banners:

Claimed that because it was mostly plastic, the pistol would be invisible to X-ray machines. “Only the barrel, slide, and one spring are metal,” the late Jack Anderson wrote in his syndicated column in January 1986. “Dismantled, it is frighteningly easy to smuggle past airport security.” Antigun groups mobilized, Congress held hearings, and the National Rifle Assn. rallied its troops. “The amazing thing was that nobody had ever heard of Glock before the Anderson column,” says Richard Feldman, a lawyer then working for the NRA. “‘Glock? What’s that? Oh, an Austrian gun, a plastic gun? Interesting. I’ve got to see one of those.’”

As the 17-round pistol became an object of curiosity and admiration among Second Amendment enthusiasts, the anti-Glock campaign fizzled. The Federal Aviation administration concluded that if screening personnel paid attention, they would be able to detect the pistol. “That was a big ‘oops’ moment,” says Richard M. Aborn, a former president of Handgun Control, now known as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “We made the classic mistake of failing to do our homework.”

Gun foes helped popularize the Glock with more speed and less expense than the Austrian company would ever have been capable of on its own. Today, the assault on the latest version of the plastic pistol makes no more sense. TSA scanners at airports detect shapes, not metal.

Liberals and the Anti Gun Lobby have failed to  achieve any meaningful legislation with their misinformation and circular logic so now they are attempting to pass it via the hysteria card which they first played with (and IMHO demeaning) the Newtown tragedy. Now that their Newtown hysteria horse is fading they’ve jump to 3-D printed guns. Don’t get me wrong. I’m no fan of mischievous libertarians making guns in their basements. On the other hand, if I were intent on mayhem, I would go with a proven manufacturer, like Glock. And if I were a lawmaker, I would focus on serious policies that might accelerate the reduction in crime rates after exercising due diligence and doing my homework so as not to allow the Liberal Chicken Littles to make Congress look yet again like a bunch of no nothing jackasses. 

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