Day By Day


  • Shonkin

    I LIKE that term! From Greek hoplon=tool, right?

    • Chris Muir

      Hoplophobia is a political neologism coined by retired American military officer Jeff Cooper as a pejorative to describe an “irrational aversion to weapons.” It is also used to describe the “fear of firearms” or the “fear of armed citizens.” Hoplophobia is a political term and not a recognized medical phobia.
      Hoplophobia – Wikipedia

      • eon

        There is in fact an actual term for a neurotic fear of firearms- “ballistophobia”. It’s selom used today, as the psychiatric profession regards such a fear as proof of sanity rather than the neurosis is actually is.

        File under “Odd things you learn in Abnormal Psychology 201”.



    • JTC

      A Col. Cooperism.

      Another directly related phobia is eleutherophobia.

      • JTC

        Whoops, Chris you got that in before mine. Sorry for the redundancy.

        • JTC

          Made-up maybe, but a perfectly cromulent term. 🙂

          • Swansonic

            And it embiggins our vocabulistics.

            Love it….

      • Pamela

        A Fear of Freedom. More like the Fear of being accountable for oneself and ones actions. It is easier when someone else is responsible when mistakes are made than to own up and fix the mess.

  • Bren

    Y’know, if you think about it, gun vending machines really aren’t outside the realm of possibility with modern technology. NICS is already an automated system, ATF is offering electronic filing of 4473’s, and video capture is a smart phone app.

    Purchasing a gun could be as easy as standing still for a photo from the machine, feeding your CCW into a slot like a credit card, filling out an E4473, sign with thumbprint, feed in the regular CC to pay, and bam! pistola slides out the delivery door.

    In Wyoming, for instance, if you have a valid state CCW, you don’t go through NICS, so there’s no need for the wait.

    Even without, the machine could put the firearm in question into ‘reserve’ while the NICS check is processing and autodial you a text message when you’re either passed or denied. Reinsert your CCW/other ID, reapply thumbprint, and go home heeled, all federal regulations accounted for and complied with.

    • eon

      Factor in 3D printing, and something like a “polymer one-shot” as in cyberpunk fiction is not outside the realm of probability. When you choose a specific type and caliber, the machine runs it up “While U Wait” from metal sinterings and high-strength plastics, and delivers it with a box of ammunition made the same way.

      NB; The most likely future of small arms ammunition is either Plastic Cased Telescoped Ammunition (PCTA) or caseless ammunition, both with the projectile “buried” in the cartridge rather than sticking out the front. Either type would be highly adaptable to “on demand” 3d fabrication. Of the two, PCTA seems the simplest near-term option, and if the Plastic is Combustible, (hence CPCTA), you have basically all the advantages of caseless without most of the drawbacks.

      Things like this make nonsense of “gun control” laws, which no doubt gives our Enlightened Masters sleepless nights- or at least it would, if they were smart enough to understand the situation, and most of them are not.

      clear ether


      • Bren

        Caseless, or polymer telescoping, for that matter, won’t be a thing until they can figure out heat dissipation. Part of the job of the brass is to fly out of the weapon carrying all of that heat with it, so that the firearm doesn’t have to deal with it.

        The 3D printers needed for firearms manufacture are, at this time, priced in the lower mid 5 figures. Once they go down, we might see this sort of thing in FFLs, if not in vending machines.

    • Sounds like a promising business venture for some entrepreneurial soul out there…

  • WayneM

    When it comes to Sam, I’m thinking turnabout leads to foreplay…

  • NotYetInACamp

    We are not becoming California.
    We are not becoming Venezuela.
    Not a bad direction. The precedent has been set. Until something drastic occurs to end the precedent, so they must bake the cake.
    I really don’t like the bad of forcing. but with them. After the decades of bad acts wrecking everything. I can see just for a little while until it s back to voluntary. Except a national emergency might require 9 dispensers in the proper places. And 40’s. 12’s. And AR’s. The Beowulf would be nice for one rack in the dispenser.
    The vote matters.

    • Pamela

      Considering the state the state is in now with Debt, unfunded liabilities and the onerous laws and regulations, I’m wishing my Great Uncle would have foreclosed on the $13 million in Bonds that came due during the 1930’s.

  • Z-man51

    What’s really sad is that back in the summer of 1968, I bought a Browning Hi-power and 1000 rounds of ammunition through the mail from an outfit in Chicago, IL. All I had to do was send an USPS MO and the order form and it was mailed to me without any paperwork or permission from the government. Oh yeah, I was 17 at the time. Try doing that today and see how much trouble you find yourself in by the BATFE!
    Firearm vending machines, blowing library minds in Free States!

    • Unca Walt

      1974 — Walked into a hardware store in Washington, VA… Saw a really purty Ruger Single-Six .22/.22WMR.

      Price tag on the box was $87.50 (brand new). Paid cash for it just as if it had been a new power drill (also sold there). Went home.

      There It Is.

      When I was nine years old, my Daddy allowed me to save up for my first rifle. It took a year to get the $11.95 for the .22 cal JC Higgins Single Shot. I walked into the store with pennies and nickels and the occasional dime, plunked down the grand total of $12.50 exactly.

      I was handed my new rifle and a box of ammunition.

      As I walked home proud as Punch, folks smiled at me for my obvious happiness.

      Where… Where did my American freedom go?

      • JTC

        You were nine a little before me I think based on that price, but that does seem to be the magic age for a boy’s first rifle…excerpted from a much longer reminisce back in ’08 at the old dead blog about lessons in life learned from Dad…

        “…Christmas morning when i was nine, the most beautiful little marlin single shot .22 appeared beneath the tree…i, my dad, and older brother jerry (he liked my rifle so much he spent his Christmas money the next week on an identical one, paying the enormous sum of $15 at the western auto store in nearby clewiston, fl) spent many days and nights wandering around those sugar cane fields near our home, plinking away, and unbeknown to my brother and me, learning safety, proper handling, and life lessons, all along the way…”

        The rest, for anyone inclined to RTWT:

        The Ruger story jibes too…I started my first full-time job at 17 in ’71 at an old-line hardware store where I spent an inordinate amount of time wiping down the 30 or so guns in inventory and straightening the ammo shelves. By then 4473’s (yella forms) were required with ID and age restrictions but yeah, no NICS or waiting period, etc. and the records stayed at the store. Don’t remember the Single-Six price but clearly recall that any standard Smith was $89.95. I bought a model 13 .38 Sp. (basically a model 10 with a heavy barrel) in my Mom’s name. Shoulda bought a 36 or 49 though; the Carter years would soon be upon us and all snubbies became “Saturday night specials”, essentially banned, and by ’78 were bringing $500 on the secondary market…government at work.

      • Z-man51

        My father was in the USAF and from 1955 to ’58 we were at Ernest Harmon AFB, Newfoundland. One of the few activities that was available year round was going down to the local dump and shooting rats; BIG RATS! Dad bought a .22 LR (a BRNO 5-shot magazine fed bolt-action) that became mine after I won a bet with him. He taught me how to shoot using that rifle at the dump shooting those RATS. One day I hit 20 for 20 and Dad bet me I couldn’t do that again. He bet the rifle and I shot 30 for 30! The locals razed Dad for quite a while after that. They also asked how I was able to shoot so well and Dad said: “Well, I’m from Tennessee and he’s from Alabama so it’s normal for us.”
        That BRNO is still sitting in me safe and still shoots as well as the first day we shot it.

    • Norm

      Back in that time frame, Popular Science magazine had advertisements for Thompson submachine guns that had been de-miled by plugging the barrels. Right next to that was an ad for new barrels. 🙂

      Wish I’d answered a couple of those ads. There were also many a military surplus rifle & pistol from all over the world, all available via the US Mail. Those were the days.

      • Bren

        Mosin Nagants by the crate at $7.95 per rifle, and nobody bought them because you could buy a SMLE for $25, or an ‘o3 for $100.

    • I remember those days well… I remember telling my father when I was 12 what was going to happen eventually. He didn’t believe it, and here we are.

  • Z-man51

    LIBTARD not library! I hate frigging auto spell!

  • All of this discussion about firearms — is there something about firearms in today’s cartoon? I never made it past the second panel….

    • JTC

      DAB, it’s all about firearms but more so about freedom.

      Some ‘phobes like Chris’ quote of the Colonel and my subsequent one, are the virtual definition of leftism…you might fit that yourself.

    • JTC

      BTW, I do get that you were “blinded by the boobeh”, but see, those are just a different kind of guns, so yeah, you could put your eye out with any of ’em…;)

      • Pamela

        Only if she spent some time in the freezer section at the market or took a dip in the ice machine 😉

        • JTC

          I dunno, lookin’ pretty sharp just as they are there…

    • Norm


      • Norm

        And “I left my nine …”.

  • Deplorable B Woodman

    Yep. Turnabout is fair play.

  • Bill G

    The left’s elites do not stop pushing their agenda. Shoving freedom down people’s throats does not work, but choking back the elite does work.
    Bake me a cake, indeed.

    • WayneM

      “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” ~C. S. Lewis

      • One of the greatest statements regarding personal and societal freedom. Ever.

  • Bill G

    Speaking of choking them back, I’ve seen that our President just might revoke their shady self-exemption from Obolacare.
    With his pen.
    Please do it, sir.

    • GWB

      If we had nothing else come out of a national convention, an amendment requiring everyone in gov’t to be directly affected by every law they pass – no exemptions, no special programs, not for law enforcement, not for politicians, not for judges, not for union bureaucrats – would be a yuge step to restoring some control.
      Or, we could get some ballot boxes, some soap boxes, some rope and…

  • Hey, If the libs can make up terms as they go along, then Chris can too!

  • Pamela

    Who the hell is Vinnie

    • NotYetInACamp

      Italians often controlled the vending machine business. 🙂
      Capitalism, of a sort. So I see it. You gotta have a machine. Vinnie provides the machines around here. The tools of the trade. No Vinnie’s where yo grew up?

      • Pamela

        No Vinnie’s that I remember locally. They were in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. They competed with the State back in the day for control.

        • NotYetInACamp

          Many Democrat cities and states have cozy deal’s with Vinnie’s boss. Just using their set up system to make them buy or make cake, no matter what. Or so I see it. I was going to ask you a “Do you know Pauli?” question The answer always had to be no. They even put it in a movie. But this is getting esoteric and area specific. I am just guessing, and I don’t know Pauli. Really! Rackets do well in Democrat cities. Regulations are often turned into rackets. We should be careful touching that area.

          • Pamela

            Actually I knew and dated a “Jimmie”. A LEO that I worked with let me know who he really was and which family he was the spare heir for. Need to be careful playing with fire in human or government form.

          • NotYetInACamp


    • Swansonic

      He’s the short palooka defending two yute’s in a courthouse…..

  • Bob in Houston.

    They could put the firearm vending machine right next to the Pecan Pie vending machine near Cedar Creek, Texas on Highway 71,just look for the giant squirrel, that would be perfect!

  • Bob in Houston.

    Wait a minute!, Sam in a one piece??! We been robbed! 😉

    • Jtc

      Not for long I think the way she Is eyeing that pool… She may have left her nine in the room but she brought her 40s and I think she will be switching from concealed carry to o see very soon 😉

      • Jtc

        That was supposed to be OC, but o see was just way too funny and apropos to even think about correcting it!

  • armedandsafe

    I was about 9 years old. I went downtown and bought a box of .22LR cartridges at the hardware store. I stopped at the grocery store and bought hot dogs and buns and a box of matches.
    I got in trouble when Mother found out what I bought. I was not allowed to have the matches out in the back country.

    • Pamela

      She was right to chastise you for having the matches without adult supervision. You could have gone out and lit off M80s in beehives or used them for fishing.

    • Bren

      Stop off at the drug store on the way home from school. .22 long were $0.25 a box of 50, while .22lr were almost $0.50, so .22 long it was. I was probably 12.

  • Ryk

    I remember bugging my Dad over a ad in a magazine for a Lahti Anti-Tank Rifle with a salad mix of armor piercing and HE rounds by the case. Damn his frugality.

  • John

    There are only two votes (rank 641) for DBD on Top Web Comics as of 4:19 EDT.
    The higher the count the greater the exposure to the general public. Recruiting new readers should be a priority for us right?

    • Chris Muir

      The below gets close as to why dbd will never be popular, yet is strong with its audience.

      Hollywood has been telling audiences what to like for decades, but there have always been smart folks in the system willing to get around the suits and give the audience what they actually want. Star Wars was Golden Age pulp that bypassed the acceptable Silver Age sci-fi literature at the time. It ignored the grimdark Hollywood movies and gave the audience their good vs evil stories back again. It was a major hit and phenomenon as a result, causing an explosion in genre films throughout the 1980s. All it was was a battle of good and evil with really good guys and really bad guys. It was straightforward and it was honest. But Star Wars isn’t that anymore, Rogue One even went out of the way to destroy that aspect of the series, and Disney is milking the nostalgia for all its worth. Something new needs to arise.

      The 1980s brought out action movies, and before that were westerns and film noir. All of which brought in audiences and made a killing. But they quickly went out of fashion when their cycle was up. No problem, the creators and audience moved on. We still have those stories, and there was always a chance those genres could make a comeback.

      But as has been said over and over, Hollywood currently has nothing at all. They have soppy victim complex dramas, lame comedies, and loud, crude kids movies, and that’s pretty much it. Audiences are sick of all three. So what is working, then? John Wick was a hit, but it still hasn’t caused any imitators to pop up, which rules out a return of real action movies. Pixar has been hobbled in a never-ending cycle of sequels, for some reason. And as already mentioned, superhero movies are yielding less and less returns. So what else is there?

      This post is going off the rails here, so please stick with it. The following is just speculation.

      Maybe we have reached the end of pop culture. People are more fragmented than ever before, whether by location, by situation, or by taste, and there are no real universal values that bind them anymore. Radical individualism has caused an untold number of offshoots of taste, and it doesn’t look like they are ever to link to the whole again. The last link people had to each other in the (post)modern age, was pop culture. The turnabout on nerd blackface has been a long time coming, and that ancient pop culture youth the bazingas constantly speak of to soothe you and your childhood acquaintances into a soft trance is no longer working. It’s wearing off.

      Nobody needs to go to the movies anymore. Nobody needs to buy a Big 5 published book anymore. Nobody needs to go to a music store anymore. Nobody needs to buy Marvel comics anymore.Heck, to be pedantic, there are many people who don’t buy anything anymore. There’s nothing there to bond people anymore. Pop culture as a whole might be over.

      That might be an insane proposition, but it isn’t that crazy. The world gets more fragmented and divided everyday, and that is not set to change anytime soon. In the past pop culture was a way to help relate and share values among each other and remind the audience that they were a community. It was a way to unite. Pop culture apart from the culture destroys any reason for it to exist. How can there be popular culture if it’s not popular and there’s no culture to relate to it?

      We may be witnessing an unforeseen change in the entertainment world. Things might never be the same again.

      Whether that is good or bad remains to be seen. But it doesn’t look as if the major studios and companies will be part of this new era. And that is good. Dead weight should always be cut so the survivors aren’t left to drown.
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      Brian Niemeier1 August 2017 at 13:36
      Well done. I won’t go so far as to call your post prophetic, but I do think you’ve put a name to something that people have felt in the air for a while now.

      You’re wondering how we got here. The answer is really quite simple: commies. It’s so simple; so obvious, that pointing it out gets you labeled a conspiracy nut by the same people who’ve run the culture into the ground.

      My dad was a cop for most of his working life. Want to know how you can tell the innocent from the guilty? When accused of a crime, an innocent man will be shocked. He’ll assert his innocence.

      A guilty man will attack the accuser’s credibility.

      Frankfurt School disciples started a long march through academia and the media in the early-mid 20th century. Their Communist eschatology had failed, and they’d decided that the Church and the family were the reasons why. If the underpinnings of Western culture could be destroyed, the commies reasoned, the workers’ utopia was just around the corner.

      Slowly at first; then quickly, cultural Marxists converged the state, the academy, the seminaries, and Hollywood. Watch a big movie made in 1965 and then another made in 1969. The formerly conservative studios gave in without a fight.

      The commies thought they were ushering in the end of history. But their utopia never came. The wall came down instead.

      Christian moral norms, social trust, shared culture–all were destroyed, and they were destroyed on purpose. The culprits thought that global Communism would replace the culture they’d razed. The punchline is that they’ve known since the early 90s that there was nothing to replace what they were tearing down, but they just kept tearing it down anyway.
      Hollywood has been working for 75 years to shatter the culture. They’ve just about succeeded, and are now stunned that there’s no common culture any more. So they will withdraw into their safe spaces and keep the circle jerk going.
      If anything does arise to capitalize on the void, it won’t be from Hollywood, it won’t be from the current comics houses, it won’t be a triple-A game project, it won’t be from the Big 5 publishers, and it won’t be on your television.
      Maybe it will be from the Superversives, or from Castalia house, or some random artists on or Gab. Whatever it is, it will be White, it will be hopeful, it will be Christian and it will be amazing.

      • NotYetInACamp

        Well put.

        Your ideas in prose and summations are well worth reading more of. I don’t read Playboy for the pictures (snork, but that sentiment is true.).

          • JTC

            That’s a hell of a lot of words to say this:

            Mainstream is lamestream.

            That’s just as true for art and entertainment as for “news”.

            The latter is all fake now and pretty much all of the former too.

            And they all share this in common; that they are or fancy themselves the elites…guiding/leading/dictating culture instead of reviewing/reporting/reflecting it.

            DBD isn’t showered with awards and accolades? Well it’s pretty highly rated right here by The Ten Thousand it so accurately and entertainingly reflects and gives voice to.

            The mainstream that was no longer is. Let it burn. Replaced by ten thousand DBD’s. (Well not really, CM and the gang are one of a kind, but you know what I mean).

          • NotYetInACamp

            But you see the ideas as worth looking at and considering. Good.

      • Bren

        I’ve been preaching something along those lines for a number of years. Really, since the big wave of sympathetic vampire movies. That, I think, was when the veil slipped for me. If even vampires can’t be considered evil, what can?

    • Doggo

      Up to number 353 with 12 (now 13) votes

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