Saturday, August 1, 2015

Idiots in Charge

One of the military officers who returned fire on the Chattanooga jihadi is being charged for doing so:

Ladies and gents, resulting from the text message I received yesterday, I can confirm that the United States Navy is bringing charges against Lt. Cmdr Timothy White for illegally discharging a firearm on federal property.

The time for revolution is coming; at least the time for an opposition political party.

Why Fast & Furious Matters

To a lot of the left, Fast & Furious was always a tempest in a teapot, because breaking the law to achieve a desired goal -- gun control -- is always okay.  You can see this in the left's enthusiasm for Obama breaking laws regularly.  But here is where Fast & Furious gets more interesting.  You remember that a Mohammed cartoon drawing in Texas, caused two Muslims to jihadi, shooting up the event and getting shot?  We guess where one of those guns originated?  From August 1, 2015 Chicago Tribune:
Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol.

At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal firearms. And with Soofi's history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, there was a chance his purchase might raise red flags in the federal screening process.

Inside the store, he fudged some facts on the form required of would-be gun buyers.

What Soofi could not have known was that Lone Wolf was at the center of a federal sting operation known as Fast and Furious, targeting Mexican drug lords and traffickers. The idea of the secret program was to allow Lone Wolf to sell illegal weapons to criminals and straw purchasers, and track the guns back to large smuggling networks and drug cartels.

Instead, federal agents lost track of the weapons and the operation became a fiasco, particularly after several of the missing guns were linked to shootings in Mexico and the 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Arizona.

Soofi's attempt to buy a gun caught the attention of authorities, who slapped a seven-day hold on the transaction, according to his Feb. 24, 2010, firearms transaction record, which was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. Then, for reasons that remain unclear, the hold was lifted after 24 hours, and Soofi got the 9-millimeter.

As the owner of a small pizzeria, the Dallas-born Soofi, son of a Pakistani American engineer and American nurse, would not have been the primary focus of federal authorities, who back then were looking for smugglers and drug lords.

He is now.

If the Democrats had an opposition political party, they would be pursuing this.

Fun With Machining

I have finished writing all thegCode I need, although machining the part is the final step, when the replacement stepper motor arrives.  I had originally planned to make this part in one operation, with the legs upright.
However the height would be tight on the Sherline mill, so I have decided to make it in threee steps, which I have named prone, standing and supine, for obvious reasons.

I also had another reminder of the importance of sharp cutting tools.  ScopeRoller makes a lot of 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threaded holes in aluminum.  My worker noticed that when making the 3/8"-16 holes, the tap produced beautiful threads, much nicer thn the 1/4"-20 tap did.  The 1/4"-20 tap I have had for many years, and itr is no longer very sharp.  I replaced it with a new one.  Awesome!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Stepper Motor Failure

Chilod mortality on the Z axis stepper motor.  Groan!  There might be a case for spending three times the money for an industrial CNC mill.

What Educrats Do When Not At Work

From May 29, 2015 Toronto Sun:
TORONTO - Ontario’s former deputy education minister was sentenced to three years in prison Friday for child porn offences.

Ben Levin, the former award-winning educator, scholar, and University of Toronto professor received six months for creating and possessing child pornography, a year for making child porn and 18 months for counselling to commit a sexual assault.

He pleaded guilty to the charges in March.

Levin, 63, was a globe-trotting education expert and public speaker who counselled provincial premiers and leaders in the field — including a stint as deputy education minister in Manitoba.
But court heard Friday that during his off hours, he frequented an online incest chatroom and counselled single moms — three of whom were undercover police officers — on how to sexually assault their daughters, including one case where he “suggested that the mother penetrate the child with implements,” and that it was “important to make the child cry.” In another chat, Levin claimed to have sexually assaulted his own daughters as well as other children.

Ontario Court Justice Heather McArthur, however, made it clear “there is no evidence that (Levin) ever had sexual contact with a child.”

In her ruling, McArthur also pointed to 15 digital images seized after Levin was arrested in July 2013 — images that included sexual activity between children and “penetrative” sexual activity between children and adults. Two videos were also seized. The stills and videos made up 79 files of child pornogaphy found by police, McArthur said.
Count on government officials and academic experts to do the wrong thing.

Truly Useless Error Messages

I was wondering about upgrading to Windows 10, but this example error message from Small Dead Animals suggests that I might want to wait:

What Progressives Are Setting Up For America

The July 31, 2015 Daily Express reports on chaos in Calais, where illegal immigrants are trying to get into the Chunnel to enter Britain:
The protest has taken place after negotiations with the French government over job cuts broke down.
Fires, which are currently blocking access to the harbour, have plunged the crisis zone into further chaos.

It comes after Britain's borders faced more disruption last night as hundreds of migrants including children stormed the Eurotunnel.

David Cameron has said Britain is threatened by a “swarm” of foreigners and the migrant crisis in Calais was likened to a “warzone.”

Migrants were pictured  clinging to a lorry as they left the port of Dover, while others in Calais were seen clambering over fences with children in tow.

More than 4,000 increasingly aggressive and desperate migrants largely from war-torn failed African states have stormed through fences in a bid to clamber aboard trains to ‘El Dorado’ UK.