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I wrote this last year, but it was a little late to be relevant.  Well, it is again:

"ZOMG! Sandy Hook was a conspiracy!"

Okay, I will try logic before a ball bat.  Here goes:

Utterly Idiotic Insane Nutjob Tantrum #1:  "No one actually died at Sandy Hook!"

If someone faked 26 people dying in your town, don't you think a few people would say, "Huh…I've never heard of any of them.  Did you know any of them, son?"  A few…or a few hundred.

UIINT #2: "See, the FB tribute page to this teacher is dated THREE DAYS earlier in this screen cap!"

1:  FB glitches, as anyone who's used it will tell you.

B} People change names on their page to get a bunch of followers to spam later, and because it's "clever" to screw with idiots.  Someone even demonstrated this by backdating a forum post to a year before the event.

III] Why would anyone setting this up make a mistake like that?  Wouldn't they double check?  After all, this is a conspiracy so competent they've got dozens of people who have all played their part so well.
d)  In fact, why would you bother setting up a page at all, when someone else will certainly put up a tribute page?  And why on FB specifically, not a dedicated website?

V| Since there are plenty of computer experts who CAN find out who did this and when, it would be stupid. 

F. Why would they do so ahead of time?  Wait until a few hours later.  There's no rush.

Seven~  Why should I believe your claim is real?  Photoshop, anyone?  It's not like it's a birth certificate or something.

Hey, you could ask who set it up and see if that person actually lives in town and is real.  Eh?

UIINT #3:  "There was only one ambulance there!"

At what time?  Says who?  So what?  "We need an ambulance."  If they knew to send 26, THAT would be evidence of something.  Sending one just proves there was only one in that general area who got the call at that time.  How many came later?  THINK.

UIINT #4: "This guy in this video looks like some other guy in some other video!"

So what?  There's an entire internet meme based on this.

UIINT #5:  "See, this guy is laughing before he's crying!"

Yes.  People in shock often want to pretend nothing is wrong ("Denial" stage of grief).  They do it at funerals, before surgery, when injured, during loss.  Any health care professional will tell you this…if you believe in health care professionals.  If not, we may have found part of your problem.

As to "Getting into character," people in duress want to appear affable and friendly.  It would be a shame if the doc let them die on the table.  It would be terrible if the detective didn't devote a hundred hours to recovering their stuff. 

Age 18, in the ER, I was cracking jokes while they peeled my burned hands like gloves.  Obviously, I wasn't really in pain, right?

And yes, people get excited and nervous about being on TV (having been on national networks a dozen times, I know this) and can react oddly.

Does this person match up with a real person?  Is that person the father of a child?

If not, why aren't the REAL parents, and friends, and relatives, and neighbors, and acquaintances, screaming fucking murder?

If there is no such dead child, why aren't the friends, neighbors, classmates, all going, "Huh?  WHO????"

It does not make ANY kind of sense for an "actor" to be doing it.  Nor would it make sense for that smiling footage to be shot, much less released, unless it was completely innocent.

He may have been too shocky to do anything, and had to TRY to look upset, because he knows it's expected.

Or maybe he hated the little brat his wife burdened him with and is happy.  Unlikely?  More likely than being an "Actor" of a child who doesn't exist, or replacing a parent who does.

UIINT #6:  "They interviewed one of the kids, but they didn't ask him for a detailed breakdown of the incident!"

You know what, you're right.  They should totally have waterboarded that kid to get you the answers you want.  Fuck his shock, loss and terror. THIS IS ABOUT THE TRUTH!

UIINT #7:  "FEMA/DHS had ROLE PLAYERS in the area for an exercise.  What do you think of THAT?"

I think I know of at least two groups of same within 100 miles of me, just based on community information.  Regardless of the legion of problems both agencies have, they do actually get paid to study scenarios and practice, not just post drivel on Facebook.  Sorry, was that close to home?

UIINT #8:  "These two/three/four cops all gave slightly different accounts!"

So, like typical eyewitnesses, then?

If they all read from the same script, THEN I'd be concerned.

UIINT #9:  "Why haven't we seen all the video/audio/reports?"

Compiling information for an incident like this takes weeks.  Once it's done, there will be a copy available through FOIA.  Though since you're not going to believe it anyway, why do you care?

UIINT #10:  "We already know they set this guy up to kill!"

Waaaaaait, whaaaattttt?  Based on what information do we "know" this?  Who is "they"? How would they "Set him up"?  And if you really believe there are groups of people in this country who'd do that for some kind of political point, you should already have gone and shot them, even if it means sacrificing yourself, to save others.  PS:  please don't.

UIINT #11: "Isn't the timing suspicious?"

For what?  Politicians will always exploit an event for political gain.  When is a non-suspicious time for a killing spree?  Or a good time?

UIINT #12:  "What about the bus driver who dropped 6 kids off somewhere else?" (or something.  I really stopped listening by then.)

If someone was doing something stupid or questionable at that moment, as people often do, they'd DEFINITELY be in denial and damage control.

New stuff:

UIINT #13:  "Isn't it suspicious that no one survived?"

Other than the survivors you mean?

UUINT #14:  "Isn't it suspicious that they demolished the school immediately afterward to hide the evidence?"

In October 2013, a year later, after the FBI, the police, several other agencies went through it, and the school board and city council took a vote and agreed to pay $57 million for a new school?  And all those actors, and fake parents, and...man, there must be 3000 people in this conspiracy. Who knew the 0bama administration was so competent?  Oh, wait:  They didn't get any relevant new gun control out of this.  Oops.

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What really happened:  Some mentally ill individual, with poor grasp of reality, decided the only way to relieve his own pain was to kill a bunch of others for some reason that makes sense only to someone mentally ill in that fashion.  May God, if he exists, have mercy on all their souls.

Not convinced?  Then please go commit seppuku with a chainsaw. 

You are free to comment as you wish, as always.  I won't be wasting my time reading any conspiracy crap, so any "See this proof!!!!" BS will be ignored.  Have fun.

Europe AAR, with pictures
Nov 25, 201312:41PM

Category: General

http://baen.com/michaelwilliamsonphotos.asp

Hosted here, and on my site.

Stop being a little pussy.

What was that?

Stop being a little pussy.

Oh, right.  Profanity.  That's good.

Stop being a little pussy.

It's also sexist. You're genderizing negativity as female.

Stop being a little pussy.

This isn't funny.  You're a misogynistic troglodyte.

Stop being a little pussy.

I get it.  Don't you have anything intellectual to say?

Stop being a little pussy.

You know, I'm just going to copy this to everyone I know so they can see what kind of person you are.

Stop being a little pussy.

Would you stop repeating yourself?

As soon as you stop being a little pussy.

Behavior like yours is what's wrong with America.

Stop being a little pussy.

Fuck you.  I'm just going to block you so I don't have to listen to this.

That won't help you stop being a little pussy.

You're a racist!

Stop being a little pussy.

You probably have a small penis, too.

Stop being a little pussy.

I'm going to find some tolerant people to talk to, who agree with me.

Stop being a little pussy.

This Is Why People Hate Me
Nov 16, 201309:06PM

Category: General
Musa Jallow:  How are you doing>\
Me: working generally
Musa Jallow:  Okay I can see well How are you doing
Musa Jallow:  Hello
Me: Greetings
Musa Jallow:  How are you doing it is great pleasure to read from you?
Me: Doing better now. I was sick earlier in the week.
Musa Jallow:  Okay i can see and i am so sorry to here that you was ill but i hope is getting better now?
Me: yes, just spices that didn't agree with me
Musa Jallow:  Okay i can see well where are you from and do you have Family?
Me: I was born in Scotland. I live in Indianapolis. Yes, have family.
Musa Jallow:  Hello Michael
Me: evening
Musa Jallow:  Evenning too and how are you doing?
Me:  Good. And you?
Musa Jallow:  Ah Michael i am feeling concerned at the moment?
today is the three days we don't eat food at home is because our situation is not Good and i am leaving with my mother and father and brothers and sister and no one love us all of our neighboring people don't like us because we are Christians
Me: You are in Ghana?  That's too bad. I just baked chicken, and had potatoes with mint sauce and a nice Thai lager.
Musa Jallow:  No i am from the Gambia and our president said eat what you grow and me my family backgranod is very poor Michael this make me cry Michael
Me: I can imagine.  We grow quite a few vegetables, and have so much we have to dry and pickle some.  I'm having ice cream now.
Musa Jallow:  Belief it Michael if you can kindly help me for me to have food and my family because we are living in starvation there is no one who feel us in Gambia Michael and sibling use to cry everyday and night and that make me suck as well?
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Me: It does suck.  Can you sell your body for money or food in a town somewhere?
Musa Jallow:  We are far from that places Michael very far and we have small church and that church is not strong as well anytime it can fall down?\
??
Me: Perhaps prayer will help the church stay standing?  If not, maybe get some boards and nails.
Musa Jallow:  Please Michael we are living in starvation please you have the feel me and help me so that we can have food as our neighboring people don't like us because we are Christians
Me: Don't you know how to eat grubs and bark?  Lots of nutrition in those.  And maybe not tell everyone you're Christians?
Musa Jallow:  Okay then can i give you the address of Rice Man shops
You can contact him and ask the price of Rice in the Gambia?
???
Me:  Sure.  It would be interesting to know how the price compares to here.
Musa Jallow:  XXXXX@gmail.com
This is the Man who sell Rice in the Gambia Michael
Me: Is there a site link?
Musa Jallow:  No there Is no site Link but they would like to have the website Link because that is trustful
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Me: I'll take a look.  Do they ship?  I'd be interested in trying some Gambian rice to see what it's like.

RIP Greg "Clash" Mate
Nov 11, 201304:27PM

Category: General

I met Clash sometime around 1990 while running parties at the Chicago area sci fi conventions.  We served bodacious amounts of booze, played music, filled rooms with young people and generally had a great time.

Certain of the older lit-fic crowd were less than thrilled.  We were all about fun, not serious study of blahblah.  But quite a few others from 16-90 attended our parties and had a great time.  In fact, in 1993 at the Chicago Worldcon, we drank beer with Timothy Leary.  He happened to be in town, stopped by the convention, was invited to our party.  Our booze tab for that weekend broke 4 digits.

So Clash was a DJ.  In short order, he DJed almost every convention dance in the area, and in some other areas, and at several clubs.  He had an amazing selection of tunes, including some really outré alternative stuff, punk, remix, hip-hop, proto-steampunk, techno, everything.

His day job at the time was loading cargo for UPS, and he was ripped.  He looked more like a wrestler than a sci fi nerd, who was also a beer geek.  For at least one convention in San Fran, he and friends flew in a week early to LA, rented a car, and drove up through CA sampling every brew pub en route.  I'm amazed they survived.

Like a Time Lord, he always had a Companion. First DJ Sparrow.  Then a variety of hot chicks who really did learn DJing from him, then various schleps to haul the gear, then Amy, whom he finally realized he should marry.

Back in 1994, I drove from Champaign to Bloomington to pick up another friend, to Chicago, picked up Clash and all his gear, then we drove to Winnipeg, with a stop overnight in MN, for Conadian, that year's Worldcon.

We first ran into issues at the Pembina, ND border crossing.  Despite National Guard plates, military ID, and "vacation," we were directed to pull over for inspection.

Out came some little shortass with neither humor nor professionalism and said, "Open the doors."

I said they were unlocked.  He didn't say, "I need you to open them, sir." He just stood there until I realized his type and opened the doors and gate of my wagon.

He dove in like a dachshund after a rabbit, rooted through, found my underwear in my luggage, then found Clash's rolling case of CDs and mix board.

"What's this?"

"A mixing board."

"Electronics?"

"Yes."

Then he found my four guitars, signal processing racks in the travel case, power supplies and amps.

"Are you a musician?"

"Yes."

 "What are these?"

"Signal processors."

 "What do they do?"

 "Process signals."

 "Are you being funny?"

 "Well, sir, that one's got overdrive, analog and digital distortion, signal compression-expansion, flange/chorus/delay with reverb and selectable hall size and shape with inversion options and noise gates and ADSR.  The separate box is an envelope filter, and the rest are stereo imaging mixers.  The synth has arpeggiators, sequencers and an external memory module with waveform shapers and both VCO and external oscillator inputs."

 Clearly overwhelmed, he started some blather about how I should talk to immigration if I was planning on working.

 "Sir, I have right of abode in Canada, so if you really want to talk to Immigration they'll tell me to go ahead.  I'm not working, I'm on vacation, and this stuff is for a demonstration."

 "What's it worth?"

 "Oh…ten thousand or so."  (I didn't realize until that moment how much my gear was worth.)

 Clash said his was worth about $2000 for the board, plus the CDs, and that, "It's for a demonstration. I throw parties."

 Shortass opened a bag and said, "Is this for a demonstration too?" then realized it was full of whips and floggers.

 I said, "That's personal" and he decided to drop it and let us on our way.  He never actually inspected the grain alcohol and mixers I had.  Dumbass.

 (Actually, the floggers were for friends to use for costume purposes.  Trust me on this.)

 So we arrived in Winnipeg, and Clash was out of the car, bouncing around in eagerness.  I had to tell him three times to slow down.

 We got to the room we were sharing with Prime Slime and a friend's 16 year old daughter (nothing inappropriate happened and nothing was intended to happen, but looking back, and looking at the laws now…yikes.)

 Then Slime opened up his cooler, with all his supplies pre-measured.  He pulled out the powdered sugar, in Ziploc bags, each containing exactly one pound, for mixing his signature drink of Slime.

 Clash said, "Uh, Slime, you didn't cross the border with those, did you?"

 "Yeah, why?" Then he looked down at the 1 lb Ziploc of white powder…

 "Oh, shit."

 Looking back, I am amazed we weren't all in jail by that time.

 So we were in Canada, with Illinois plates, which of course meant we were Chicago gangsters.  And we had women in chainmail bikinis and high strength booze.

 Next, Clash grabbed his gear and got dressed for the first evening, with a kilt he'd borrowed.

 "This may not be my size," he said.

 I took a look, snickered, decided if I should, and decided he was a friend.  "Clash, pleats go in back."

 "Are you sure?"

 "Where was I born, Clash?"

 "Oh, right. Hold on." He went back into the bathroom, while me, Slime and the young lady snickered, and came out wearing the kilt properly, and it fit much better.

 After that it was a fairly "normal" SF con, as normal as those get.  Until Saturday.

 Saturday night, there was a dance.  They had a big hall, a goodly number of people, and dance music…most of it 80s pop.

 After 5 songs, Clash commented to me, in a shouted whisper, that he wasn't sure if he should comment on their music choice.

 What he was asking was if he should create an incident, and as a friend, I of course told him to proceed.

 So he hand-signed for permission to approach the podium (he was a professional), got it, climbed up, and said,

 "Hey.  I'm Clash, I DJ most of the Chicago conventions and some clubs. I have a case of disks with me if you'd like to pick through for some stuff. Some's pretty new and edgy."

 Well, these were CANADIANS!

 In fact, they cleared a space and offered to let him set up his own board alongside theirs.

 Dueling DJs, game on.

 So we founds some schleps to get the gear, and in twenty minutes, Clash was set up behind his board, headset on, black villain mask, black poet shirt, kilt, black boots, belt equipped with leashes in case he got lucky, and he had music cued up.  Rum may have been involved.

 He showed me the first case.

 Oooooooh, shit.

 And the host DJ announced, "Okay, we're going to throw in something else here. From Chicago, this is DJ Clash!"

 Cue international incident in 3, 2, 1…

 Something by Madonna faded out…and in came…(Language warning): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcbZUmLlNEo

 By ten seconds, the dance floor was empty, and the Canadians looked as if they'd been head-beat with ball bats.  Clash was laughing maniacally.

 And within another 10 seconds, everyone was back on the dance floor, as the Canadian DJ looked at the disk case and said, "Oh, yes, I'd heard something about this."

 Clash followed that with "The Punk Polka."

 I'm not sure what it did for international relations, but it worked okay for the dance.  There were no hard feelings, and they went back and forth between 80s and edgy.

 If you look at his Facebook page, every photo shows him grinning.

 That was Clash.  If there was a party, he was there.  If there wasn't, he created one on the spot.

 He followed that first kilt with others, with Scotch, and with all things Scottish, because if it's not Scottish, it's CRAP!

 The last couple of years he appeared to have some health problems, but nothing critical.  I was in Holland when another of the pack IMed me, asked me to call, and since I couldn't from overseas, gave me the bad news.

 Clash is a year younger than me, far too young to die of mundane causes.  There's a whole list of people who shouldn't die anytime soon, and he's near the top. But we don’t get a choice.

 The convention dances aren't going to be the same without him. Whoever takes over the task has huge combat boots to fill.  And he better bring Scotch.

 So let's toast him with high end Scotch, or rum if you must.

 RIP—Rest In Party.

http://www.securitydegreehub.com/mass-shootings/

My response: 
I notice one questionable point in the graph, "Armed with" and "Body armor."  It's not an arm.  "Equipped with" would be fair, though I would suggest it be a separate category for support equipment.  Other things in such a category could be battering rams, night vision, etc.  (if present).
I attribute the rise in incidents in part to visibility. With the need for 24 hour news to beat a subject to death in order to maintain ratings, the apparent eternity of information online, and even sites such as your own (Observation, not criticism), mass killers hope for some notoriety in death that they lacked in life, and that visibility is all but guaranteed.
I foresee the trend increasing, along with the choice of weapons.  It will take a cultural shift to reduce it, or improvements in real security, not just security theater.
And of course, cultural, social and economic stress always lead to an increase in visible demonstrations of frustration and pain.

Single Payer Legal Aid
Oct 29, 201309:43AM

Category: Humor

The Constitution gives one the right to a speedy trial, by jury of peers, with representation. If one is indigent, an attorney will be appointed for you.

Well and good, but what about people who are not quite indigent, but lack the resources to keep a lawyer on retainer?  Surveys show that 50 million Americans lack adequate legal representation.  At $200 per hour or more, it's simply out of reach of many Americans.

It seems only reasonable that we should pool resources to protect people against errors in justice, and to support them in time of need for resolving disputes.  Legal representation is a right, and in the modern world, a necessity.

We could simply require attorneys to take clients on account.  We could think of this as insurance (And this is already done).  But by making it mandatory for all Americans, the cost is spread among everyone.

We could have different levels of plan, though all should cover criminal defense, child protection, divorce and bankruptcy protection at a minimum.  This would apply even to those who are single without kids, because only by pooling people do we gain benefit.  Other people's divorces have an effect on your life, even if you don't see it--police responses to disputes, unemployment and child care issues.

Ultimately, we should find some way to make the government the single payer for legal needs, with set rates for set processes.

Legal representation is a right.  It's time to stop treating it as a for-profit business.

Which of Us Is Selfish?
Oct 25, 201311:34AM

Category: Politics
Joel  • 36 minutes ago
You choose to buy an Audi A6, a Samsung flat screen TV, an inground pool, and a trip to Europe. You don't choose to develop gallstones or appendicitis or a tooth abscess or bladder cancer or a fractured sacrum.
Health care is a necessity, NOT a luxury.
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MichaelZWilliamson   Joel  • 17 minutes ago
My health care is a necessity. Yours is a luxury, to me.
Mine is a luxury to you.
If you argue this point, please write a check for $5000 payable to the Dept of Health and Human Services. I will see that they receive it and deposit it.
If you will not do so, you are admitting you really don't care about other people's health care.
As far as the Audi A6, I'd be happy just to replace my 1996 van, and would have, except that money is now going to additional insurance every month.
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Joel   MichaelZWilliamson  • 15 minutes ago
Find another employer that pays you more.
Why is your health care a necessity but everyone else's is a luxury? It's all about you and your needs, isn't it?
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MichaelZWilliamson  Joel  • 2 minutes ago −
Mine is a necessity because it's mine. I don't care if you have shoes.
Write that check for $5000 to HHS. If you actually care about other people's health. Or admit you're a whining, greedy, selfish little wuss.
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MichaelZWilliamson  Joel   • a minute ago
Why don't YOU find another employer who pays more? FYI: I'm self employed. I could go to the VA, but I prefer real doctors, so I pay for them.
MichaelZWilliamson   Joel   • a few seconds ago
Seriously. If you die tomorrow, you know who on this forum cares? No one.
If an interstate shuts down, a whole bunch of people have trouble getting food or doing business.
Your health care is only important to you. And the world does not revolve around you.

Joel  • 36 minutes agoYou choose to buy an Audi A6, a Samsung flat screen TV, an inground pool, and a trip to Europe. You don't choose to develop gallstones or appendicitis or a tooth abscess or bladder cancer or a fractured sacrum.
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MichaelZWilliamson   Joel  • 17 minutes agoMy health care is a necessity. Yours is a luxury, to me.
Mine is a luxury to you.
If you argue this point, please write a check for $5000 payable to the Dept of Health and Human Services. I will see that they receive it and deposit it.
If you will not do so, you are admitting you really don't care about other people's health care.
As far as the Audi A6, I'd be happy just to replace my 1996 van, and would have, except that money is now going to additional insurance every month.     

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Joel   MichaelZWilliamson  • 15 minutes agoFind another employer that pays you more.
Why is your health care a necessity but everyone else's is a luxury? It's all about you and your needs, isn't it?     
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MichaelZWilliamson  Joel  • 2 minutes ago −Mine is a necessity because it's mine. I don't care if you have shoes.
Write that check for $5000 to HHS. If you actually care about other people's health. Or admit you're a whining, greedy, selfish little wuss.
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MichaelZWilliamson  Joel   • a minute agoWhy don't YOU find another employer who pays more? FYI: I'm self employed. I could go to the VA, but I prefer real doctors, so I pay for them.

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MichaelZWilliamson   Joel   • a few seconds agoSeriously. If you die tomorrow, you know who on this forum cares? No one.
If an interstate shuts down, a whole bunch of people have trouble getting food or doing business.
Your health care is only important to you. And the world does not revolve around you.

Now THAT is Customer Service
Oct 25, 201309:37AM

Category: Guns
Dear Franklin Armory: I have one of your case tumblers, about two years old. I'd estimate less than 200 hours runtime and 10,000 rounds tumbled. One of the motor bearings has worn out. Is a replacement bearing or a motor assembly available? Thanks Mike 
Mr. Williamson,
 
Thank you for your purchase of our case tumbler. I apologize for the issue you are having with this item. We do not stock replacement parts for this item, however, I have entered an order to send you a replacement tumbler. Please allow our warehouse 3-5 business days for shipment from our facility.
 
We appreciate your interest in our products!
 
Thank you,
Tina Schneider
Customer Service Specialist
Battenfeld Technologies, Inc.

Dear Frankford Arsenal: I have one of your case tumblers, about two years old. I'd estimate less than 200 hours runtime and 10,000 rounds tumbled. One of the motor bearings has worn out. Is a replacement bearing or a motor assembly available?

Thanks

Mike 


Mr. Williamson, Thank you for your purchase of our case tumbler. I apologize for the issue you are having with this item. We do not stock replacement parts for this item, however, I have entered an order to send you a replacement tumbler. Please allow our warehouse 3-5 business days for shipment from our facility. We appreciate your interest in our products! 

Thank you,

Tina Schneider

Customer Service Specialist

Battenfeld Technologies, Inc.

EDITED because I was a dumbass and got the company name wrong.

"Parade" Rifles
Oct 22, 201303:10PM

Category: Guns

Gah.  All over the auction sites and every gun show is some fucking "Parade" rifle or bayonet that's so-called because it's chromed.

It's usually some third rate piece of shit, invariably pitted and worn, with chrome on top of the pitting and marks.  Frequently there are pieces missing.  There are often scour lines where the original crisp machining has been blurred by someone's buffing wheel.

The proper way to describe one of these would be something like this:  "Used, crappy, old bolt ation rifle.  Some gap-toothed, slack-jawed, white trash, inbred yokel did a piss poor job of chrome plating it because he'd sucked down too much shine boiled off in the radiator of Pappy's '32 Ford, so his already sub-par brain approached genuine retardation and he thought this was a clever thing to do.  It's probably safe to shoot but we don't guarantee it.  Fifty bucks and it's yours."

Instead, the seller usually tries to tack $50-$100 onto the top Blue Book value.  But ask him for any reference to a "Turkish/Austrian/Spanish/Italian Parade rifle" that was chromed historically, and he can't find one,  because they almost never really existed.

There are so many of these things, and they are all so badly done in the same fashion, I have to wonder if somewhere in Appalachia was some proto-Meth head who did nothing but take old Mausers and dip then in chrome as an excuse to snort the acid fumes out of the tank.  Or did he just have an equally brain-damaged brother who did cut-rate autobody work and thought it would be cool to toss them into the tank along with the bumpers?

Add these to the list of people to assassinate if time travel ever becomes possible.  Those poor old rifles have seen enough battles and rebuilds across Eurasia without being roofied with brake cleaner and raped with chromium sulfate.