Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lack of Posting

I am grading papers this week.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Charles Manson Dead

If there was ever an argument for the death penalty, only Charles Ng tops Manson for it.  I was on a backpacking trip through the Sierras with my oldest sister and cousin the weekend of the murders at Sharon Tate's house.  Of course, he was sentenced to death, and saved by a California Supreme Court that voided all existing death sentences. 

That Carolyn and Michael didn't leave their whiny 12 year old relative in the forest showed enormous self-control.  In retrospect, this was one of the best experiences of my life and one that I wish that I had repeated a few years later when a 20 pound pack would not have been such a burden.  As an adult it would have been wonderful.  Today, I do not have the stamina or adequate joints for it.

The barbarism of Manson and his successful brainwashing of what Manson later accurately characterized as the "throwaways" of middle class society, was well examined in prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's Helter-Skelter.

I Had No Idea Using the Word "Tranny" Called for Police Activity

The University of Minnesota-Morris has threatened a student radio show with cancellation after one of the hosts used the word “tranny” on-air, with campus officials offering several shifting reasons for pulling the show from the airwaves. The College Fix has obtained exclusive video of the moment when the students were pulled from the air during the middle of their show.
“Deplorable Radio” is a weekly show on KUMM hosted by students Brandon Albrecht and Tayler Lehmann. Albrecht told The College Fix in an email that the programming is “a mix of politics, music, and some random musings about current events locally and around the world.”

Sunday, November 19, 2017

M1911 Full Length Recoil Spring Guide Rod

WIlson Combat sells one for $30.  Experience with it?  My current M1911 works flawlessly, but comments suggest that it improves tightness of fit (thus accuracy) and smoother functioning.

All Cultures Are Equally Valid

Especially the more traditional.   Newsweek reports that local Madagascar tradition of exhuming family dead,  redress ing them,  then dancing worth them,  may be spreading bubonic plague. http://www.newsweek.com/dancing-dead-plague-madagascar-693513

No Easy Way to Summarize This Article

Except state legislatures need to look at how public funds are being misspent.  11/16/17 College Fix:
White inventor of ‘white fragility’ tells University of Texas: Whites must stop becoming teachers

Obamacare Death Rattle

11/16/17 New York Times (of all places):
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Consumers here at first did not believe the health insurance premiums they saw when they went shopping for coverage this month on HealthCare.gov. Only five plans were available, and for a family of four with parents in their mid-30s, the cheapest plan went typically for more than $2,400 a month, nearly $30,000 a year.
With the deadline for a decision less than a month away, consumers are desperately weighing their options, dismayed at the choices they have under the Affordable Care Act and convinced that political forces in Washington are toying with their health and well-being.
Of course it is Trump's fault.  He has only been in office since January and already stuff that has been building for at least a year is his fault.

Defending Al Franken AND Roy Moore

HotAir presents a Facebook posting by a Democrat running for governor of Ohio where he claims that he is defending Franken "on behalf of all heterosexual males," then boasts of sex with "50 very attractive females."  Unless he is boasting of rape, he clearly does not understand the complaint about Franken.  Worst of all, this idiot is a current Ohio Supreme Court justice.

Marvelous comment at Instapundit:
Anyone in public office who has a Faceplant account needs to have their head examined.

Incoming!

A recent meteor strike caught on an auroa webcam:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Nice Clear Sky

To try out the equatorial platform,  and it is below freezing.  Will I build up the courage to try this?  Or watch Men in Black?

It's Not a Tax Cut Bill

The limiting of mortgage interest deduction to $500,000 mortgages, is clearly a "soak the rich" bill.  Republicans need to call it that.

More Signs of the Evil of Trump

11/17/17 The Hill:
Thirteen states this year have seen their unemployment rates drop to the lowest levels ever recorded since the federal government began keeping track of state-level data more than four decades ago.

Eight years after the bottom of the worst recession in modern history, the states seeing economic booms range from the bluest of the blue, like Hawaii and California, to the deepest shades of red, like Idaho and Texas.

In October, the unemployment rates in Alabama, Hawaii, Maine, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Washington all met or beat their lowest rates ever recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), according to the agency’s monthly report issued Friday.

California, Colorado, Idaho, North Dakota and Oregon also hit new lows earlier this year. 
I wonder how much is the boom, and how much is the decline in illegals making jobs available.

Barbie in a Hijab

I used to wonder if I missed something recently.  Remember when Barbie was an antifeminist toy because of her impossible dimensions?  11/13/17 CNN Money reports on the new hijab wearing Barbie.

Telescopes

I am rebuilding my 3" f/4.5 reflector, mostly to make it something to be proud of.   I am not changing the mirror, just building a proper mirror cell (which holds and collimates the mirror) and the spider (which holds the diagonal mirror).  These are usually held in place by three or four legs (hence the term "spider." 

The mirror cell is complete, except it needs to be painted flat black.

The spider is a surprisingly complicated assembly because the mirror has to be adjustable (3 points of positioning) and ideally has some ability to make fine adjustments it up and down the tube and rotate within the tube for precise alignment.  A really fancy spider would hold the diagonal mirror (which actually a 45 degree elliptical) by the edges only, but that was more work to design than makes sense here.  Instead, I will double-sided sticky foam the mirror to a 45 degree piece of aluminum.  The collimation screws allow for minor errors on angle or variations in foam tape thickness to be adjusted after the fact, but I wanted the holder to be pretty close to perfect.  I cut it on a chop saw to approximate 45 degrees, then put it in a chuck on a tilting table to get a perfect 45 degree angle.



Cops, Eh?

I am watching a series called Under Arrest which is rather like Cops, but filmed in Canada.  Not anywhere near as good a theme song: "Bad Boys" is just awesome.

A few interesting aspects:

1. The bad boys are surprisingly similar to the U.S. in spite of Canada's blindingly pasty population: blacks and Hispanics.  There are a few more First Nations people than in Cops.  Of course, racism is the usual complaint, even in cases where the police could not tell the driver's race when the lights went on.

2. The evidence that drugs and alcohol are bad for you are even more obvious.

3. Canadian police have many of the same limitations such as their version of a Miranda warning but some surprising differences: an officer points his gun into driver's window and threatens to shoot him if he doesn't exit the vehicle; lots of use of those racist chokeholds.

UPDATE:  I think showing a few episodes of this show in high schools would be a powerful tool against excessive drinking and alcoholism.  If you still want to get drunk after watching a shirtless guy threaten to beat up an armed police officer, you are too stupid for reasoning.

Al Franken Admits Groping, Makes Himself the Victim

11/17/17 Daily Mail:
The radio host groped and forcibly kissed by now-Senator Al Franken during a 2006 USO show says the now-infamous photo of the Democrat's hands on her breasts while she slept wasn't meant as a joke: It was an 'in your face' parting shot after nearly two weeks of being 'belittled and humiliated.'
Former Playboy model LeeAnn Tweeden said Friday on 'Good Morning America' that she 'had to endure being with him for almost two weeks' after 'he stuck his tongue in my mouth' as Franken mocked her with one passive-aggressive gesture after another.
In some cases, she said, Franken would draw devil horns and tails on her glossy photos while she was trying to autograph them. 
'So at the end when I got that picture, it was like the final parting shot of the, "Ha, ha, she's going to see this when she gets home" that I couldn't, you know, see him face-to-face to confront him.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5092825/Al-Franken-accuser-Grope-photo-face-insult.html#ixzz4yhtSJ8zx
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The article explains that he has been a voice in the Senate for women against sexual harassment.  Yup; progressive projection.

Will he resign?  Don't be silly.

Tehama County Shooter Made Own AR-15s


The arsenal that police said Kevin Janson Neal used during Tuesday's deadly rampage in northern California included two AR-15 type semi-automatic rifles with multi-round magazines that he assembled himself, police told NBC News on Thursday.
One of the high-powered rifles was found outside the grade school in rural Rancho Tehama Reserve that Neal riddled with bullets, police said. The other lethal weapon was found at the spot where Neal was killed in a gun battle with officers.
Experts say Neal apparently exploited a legal loophole that enabled him to get around California’s tough gun laws by ordering the parts for a weapon that is illegal in that state — and putting it together at home.

It says nothing about the lower receiver, which obviously he did not order mail order.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Will the Decent People in Hollywood Please Come Out of the Closet?

Daily Mail shows a 1986 police report involving Sylvester Stallone and bodyguard raping a 16 year old. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5081605/Sylvester-Stallone-accused-forcing-teen-threesome.html

We Don't Want Sexual Harassers in the Senate!

790 KABC:
Senator Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent, And There’s Nothing Funny About It
By Leeann Tweeden
In December of 2006, I embarked on my ninth USO Tour to entertain our troops, my eighth to the Middle East since the 9/11 attacks. My father served in Vietnam and my then-boyfriend (and now husband, Chris) is a pilot in the Air Force, so bringing a ‘little piece of home’ to servicemembers stationed far away from their families was both my passion and my privilege.
Also on the trip were country music artists Darryl Worley, Mark Wills, Keni Thomas, and some cheerleaders from the Dallas Cowboys. The headliner was comedian and now-senator, Al Franken.
But he's a Democrat.... so, okay. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Please, I Do Not Want to be a Juror on This Case

A New Jersey attorney nude from the waist down save for a pair of high heels strutted into a stranger’s Rutherford home and announced “I’m here,” police said.
Justin Christodoro, 39, of Hackensack, subsequently was arrested in neighboring Lyndhurst on Saturday after a resident returned home to find an unknown car with an unconscious man inside parked in his driveway, NorthJersey.com reports.
Thanks to SmallDeadAnimals for that word picture I want to erase.

Unsympathetic Defendants Often Make Bad Case Law

Here's a case where it did not.  Comm. of Penn. v. Ford (Penn.Sup.Ct. 2016):
Appellant claims the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress the firearm seized from his home. He also argues that the trial court erred in finding the evidence sufficient to sustain his conviction for possession of a firearm with an altered manufacturer’s number, because the manufacturer’s number was merely obscured by corrosion, not by human hands.
Ford was a prohibited person (not lawful to possess gun).  Rust is not a crime.

I Think We Just Got Lucky on This One

Police in Northern California on Wednesday arrested a “violent psychopath” accused of murder who had escaped a Hawaiian psychiatric hospital earlier this week....

Saito was acquitted of a gruesome 1979 murder of Sandra Yamashiro by reason of insanity and committed to Hawaii State Hospital in 1981. Saito randomly chose the victim, shot her in the face and fatally stabbed her, authorities said. Her body was later found in her car at the mall....

It was not immediately clear how Saito was able to leave the facility in Kaneohe, a Honolulu suburb. Hawaii State Hospital Administrator William May said officials are fully cooperating with law enforcement and appropriate steps would be taken if Saito received help from someone inside the facility.
Saito has repeatedly attempted to get released from the state hospital, a move vehemently opposed by prosecutors.
In 2002, prosecutors questioned why Saito was granted unescorted leave from the facility, according to Hawaii News Now. "He is a psychopathic predator whose mental condition continues to represent a serious danger to the community," deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Albert said at the time.
In 1993, a court denied Saito’s request for conditional release, saying he continued to suffer from sexual sadism and necrophilia.

Another No Surprise Mass Murder

11/15/17 CNN:
Neal's sister told CNN's Sara Sidner that he had struggled with mental health issues for at least 20 years.
"My mom spent a great deal of her time and nearly all her energy trying so hard to placate him," said Sheridan Orr, who was with her distraught mother in North Carolina.
Neal's mental state began a steep decline about a year ago, said Orr, adding the family had tried to get him help.
Fortunately, California has very strict gun control laws, so this clearly did not happen.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Another Mass Murder

Tehama County,  Cal.  A neighbor is quoted that the shooter had been making threats to him and others and that something needs to be done in cases like this.  Like call 911 and prosecute?

When Cleaning Your AR-15

I went shooting Sunday with guys from church.  Remember you need to really clean it thoroughly to get all the evil spirits out of it.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Mental Illness No Longer a Bar to Military Service

11/13/17 USA Today reports that the military is no longer rejecting recruits with mental illness problems.  https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/12/army-lifts-ban-recruits-history-self-mutilation-other-mental-health-issues/853131001/  Not like military service and its demands could be a problem.

A reader jogged my memory.  PTSD and bipolar disorder are comorbid.
The purpose of this study was to identify subjects with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) consequent to hallucinations and delusions and the experiences related to psychosis in schizophrenic and bipolar subjects. Schizophrenic and bipolar subjects were given questionnaires in order to evaluate PTSD incidence and symptoms. Subjects with classical types of trauma were excluded. Depression and stress scales were also answered. About one-third of schizophrenic subjects and one-half of bipolar subjects met PTSD criteria on the Penn PTSD Inventory.

Reality is Also Optional

http://www.wtsp.com/mobile/article/news/transracial-man-born-white-feels-like-he-is-filipino/491290902 reports on the emerging transracial movement.  Born the wrong race?  Change your identity.

Not a Strong Sign of Intelligence or Planning

https://pjmedia.com/trending/shock-more-than-half-of-california-pregnancies-unintended/ reports that more than 1/2 of California pregnancies were unplanned.  If you cannot figure out how to handle this sort of thing,  is there reason to expect better decision making at election time.

Gun Cleaning

I went shooting yesterday with some guys from church.  I had forgotten how much I love the M1911A1.  Wonderful pointing, accurate enough and when those big bullets hit milk jugs, they fly.

I had planned to sight in the 3x-9x40 scope on the AR-15, but that's hard to do when shivering.  Late spring, maybe.

Cleaned both guns this morning.  During field stripping, I failed to hold the recoil spring plug, and it launched across the garage.  When trying to reassemble, I found myself wondering how I had forgotten the "fun" involved.  At least when the recoil spring launched, the extra weight gave me a slower moving target to look for with less range to search.

What was so hard?  The Browning Hi-Power reassembles slightly differently, and I was doing it wrong.  It has been some years since I cleaned the M1911A1.

As much as I love it, I won't be using it instead my Browning as a carry gun if I go to...  Wait a minute, the only place that I have been recently that both recognizes my many carry permits and is that scary is Hartford, Conn.

Progressive Support for Racism

11/11/17 New York Times:
Can My Children Be Friends With White People?
Donald Trump’s election has made it clear that I will teach my boys the lesson generations old, one that I for the most part nearly escaped. I will teach them to be cautious, I will teach them suspicion, and I will teach them distrust. Much sooner than I thought I would, I will have to discuss with my boys whether they can truly be friends with white people.
Remember that the real goal is to justify race war, when the left next gets control of the federal government, and provokes Civil War II.  Fortunately, black people read that rag about as much as white people.  Outside the bubble, this will have little effect.

George Takei Now Blames Russians

for the sexual assault claims.

And Saying It in the Vatican Just Completes the Picture

[Gov. Brown] was still talking about the need for a fundamental shift in lifestyle when he said at the Vatican that confronting climate change will require “a transformation of the relationship of human beings to all the mysterious network of things.”
“It’s not just a light rinse,” Brown said. “We need a total, I might say, brainwashing. We need to wash our brains out and see a very different kind of world.”
The quote is from 11/11/17 Politico. 

The Party of Racism

11/10/17 WTNH:
Pair of 20-year-olds believed youngest black Republicans elected to Connecticut public office
Low level offices, but this is where most politicians start.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Equatorial Platform Mounted

It has taken longer than I expected but Crossbow Platforms has provided exemplary post-sales support.  I probably made some poor assumptions about what would be required to attach this.
Now, I just need some clear skies.  What?  May?


Roy Moore Allegations

I had the same reaction as many others: Moore has been a loud voice in Alabama politics for decades and just two weeks before the election, these allegations of child sexual abuse appear?  Talk about convenient.  I would love to see how much money the RNC has spent on this project.  11/11/17 BizPac Review reports:
Color plenty of Alabama voters more than a little skeptical.
So many, in fact, that when a Birmingham news outlet searched high and low for just one voter who believed Corfman’s allegations, they came up empty in the end.
Perhaps the Democrats could have some of their high credibility faces come in to help their candidate?  Kevin Spacey, or Harvey Weinstein, or George Takei?   Best of all, Bill Clinton.

Now, Moore may have skeletons in his closet.  There are more than a few things that I did before I became a Christian that I would not want on billboards, but in the absence of anything stronger than what has been presented so far, I smell Democratic Party projection, and perhaps even Republican Party tricks.  Many Congressional Republicans really want a properly corrupted Republican President or at least a Democrat as an alternative to Trump.

Fortunately, his opponent is running this ad reminding black voters what his party used to stand for:

One-tap Boost

I found this app on my phone and it seems to be mostly an ad server which is annoying.   I would like to remove it from my phone,  but it does not show in the Application Manager.  Because this was apparently installed by some other app,  I am reluctant to trust any of the free virus removers unless I know it works.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Homophobic Attack on Inclusive Church

Did you even have to ask? 5/3/17 WTHR:
BEAN BLOSSOM, Ind. (WTHR) - A Brown County church vandalized with Donald Trump graffiti shortly after the 2016 election wasn't targeted by pro-Trump political activists, but a member of their own congregation, according to police.
People suspected the KKK or some other hate group was responsible for the graffiti. The arrest of the church organist, was a surprise - and a relief.
The Brown County prosecuting attorney's office issued a statement Wednesday saying they had charged 26-year-old George Nathaniel Stang of Bloomington with institutional criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. Stang was the man who originally claimed to have found the graffiti, and works as the organist at St. David's Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom....
Detectives immediately suspected the crime was committed by someone familiar with the church. They said cell phone records put Stang in the area Saturday night.
According to court records, when confronted with the evidence, the 26-year-old gay man confessed.
Investigators say Stang admitted to painting the "Heil Trump" and "Fag Church" graffiti himself because he wanted to "mobilize a movement after being disappointed in and fearful of the outcome of the national election." He insisted his actions were not motivated by anti-Christian or anti-gay sentiments.

This is Going to Create Problems for the Evolutionists

5/9/17 Phys.org:
Fossil evidence of early life has been discovered by UNSW scientists in 3.48 billion year old hot spring deposits in the Pilbara of Western Australia - pushing back by 3 billion years the earliest known existence of inhabited terrestrial hot springs on Earth.
Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-05-oldest-evidence-life-billion-year-old-australian.html#jCp
The Late Heavy Bombardment took place "approximately 4.1 to 3.8 billion years (Ga) ago"  which kept the Earth at oven temperatures.  So we went from baking temperature to life capable of leaving fossils in 320 million years?  The young Earthers refuse to admit an old planet, hoping to deny enough time for evolution.  At some point, the random process explanation is going to run out of time.

Later in the article:
In September 2016, Professor Kranendonk was part of an international team that found what is possibly the oldest evidence of life on earth - 3.7 billion year old fossil stromatolites in Greenland deposits that were laid down in a shallow sea.
Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-05-oldest-evidence-life-billion-year-old-australian.html#jCp
So, now 100 million years from oven bake to life that leaves fossils?

It's Spring in Horseshoe Bend

This panorama is from outside my bedroom door on the back porch.
Also available here if you want to zoom in.

Experiment

I have my Blogger app pointed to the old blog.  I was wondering why I was not seeing these posts when I go into Blogger on my PC.  Trying to see if this goes to right place.

Suggestibilty

Last night I was in pain in my upper left back.   At first,  I wondered if this might be a heart attack.   It was actually strain from putting this picture up.

The Great Warning

I have mentioned Brian Fagan's The Great Warming previously and his too easy acceptance of the Hockey Stick.  The deeper I get into his book,  the more impressed I get with it.  Anyone who accepts the warmist claims after reading this book is not paying attention.  His descriptions of the part the Medieval Warm Period and The Little Ice Age play in Arctic,  American Southwest,  European,  and African cultures are stupendous in their detail.   The parallels to recent climate changes and effects are impossible to miss.  
One aspect of the book that is at first surprising and increasingly pleasurable to me,  is his description of a particular year and how the locals deal with life.  Some textbook my son used in elementary school had a regular sidebar called "A Moment in Time" built in a very similar style,  showing how a single person would have lived or experienced the time.   Fagan is an anthropologist,  and it shows in these often amazingly emotionally affecting vignettes.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tater Tot Is Doing Better

The antibiotics seem to be doing the job.  No more inappropriate urination.  He also seems not to be in pain anymore.   Still have to keep the puppy away from Tater, because the puppy is now far bigger and still wants to play roughly.  The puppy well eventually outgrow this play all the time phase.

Not Surprised: Socialism is Fundamentally a Thuggish Philosophy

11/5/17 Washington Post:
 Sen. Rand Paul is recovering from five broken ribs and bruises to his lungs, and it is unclear when he will return to Washington, aides said Sunday, signaling that injuries he sustained Friday are far more severe than initially thought....
Jim Bullington, a former member of the city commission, knows both men. He said Sunday that Boucher is divorced and lives alone. Bullington described Boucher as a socialist.
“He’s pretty much the opposite of Rand Paul in every way,” Bullington said in an interview. 
The neighbors had been known to have “heated discussions” about health care, Bullington said, adding that Boucher is an advocate of a national health system. 
When I call it a thuggish philosophy, I mean it insists that everything others have created can and should be taken from them by the government.  The difference between a robber and a socialist is that the robber does not pretend to be the moral superior of his victim. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Remember When Government Class Taught You These Things?

Or is social media crowding out important data?  11/7/17 Bloomberg Politics:
On their first full day of jury deliberations at the bribery trial of Senator Robert Menendez, a juror asked the judge a basic question: What is a senator?
U.S. District Judge William Walls declined to answer the question, and he refused that juror’s request for a transcript of Monday’s closing argument by Menendez’s attorney, Abbe Lowell. The panel had returned to the Newark, New Jersey, federal courthouse Tuesday after spending about 75 minutes deliberating the day before. Walls told jurors that they should rely on their individual and collective memories to determine how to define a senator.
I keep hoping we have reached Peak Stupid among American voters, but apparently not yet.

How Clueless Can You Be?

11/7/17 CNN reports on how San Antonio shooter passed background checks because of Air Force failure to report, yet still finishes with: 
We can only hope that perhaps the senseless slaughter at this Texas church finally becomes the siren call for laws which will keep guns and assault weapons out of the hands of violent criminals and the mentally ill.

San Antonio Mass Murderer Was Hospitalized for Mental Illness Problems

11/7/17 Washington Post:
The gunman who killed more than two dozen people in a small church outside San Antonio on Sunday had a string of troubling episodes in recent years, including an escape from a mental health facility in 2012 after he was caught sneaking guns onto an Air Force base “attempting to carry out death threats” against military superiors, according to a police report.
In light of his criminal history, call me utterly unsurprised.  There's little point to mandatory background checks if the responsible government agencies don't report these disqualifiers.

What Was Mixed With Malamute?

To make this enormous dog?

LED Bulbs Doing Their Job

Idaho Power bill arrived.  20% less power used than last year.

Monday, November 6, 2017

I Could Make This Up, But You Would No Believe It

From 10/27/17 U.K. This Week:
To many, adultery is no laughing matter, but a British woman who “married herself” two years ago has prompted much mockery and mirth from viewers of This Morning by announcing that she had been unfaithful to herself.

Sophie Tanner, who tied the knot with herself in May 2015, revealed to host Amanda Holden that she had cheated on herself with Ruari Barrett, a polyamorist who is now also married to himself, reports The Sun.

Although the concept may seem farfetched, the practice of marrying oneself - known as sologamy - is growing in popularity in the UK, with many women choosing to have a full ceremony to commemorate the event. Tanner's father was even present to give away Sophie as a bride.

Background Checks Only Work As Well As the Government That Runs Them

11/6/17 New York Times:
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Tex. — A day after a gunman massacred parishioners in a small Texas church, the Air Force admitted on Monday that it had failed to enter the man’s domestic violence court-martial into a federal database that could have blocked him from buying the rifle he used to kill 26 people.
Under federal law, the conviction of the gunman, Devin P. Kelley, for domestic assault on his wife and toddler stepson — he had cracked the child’s skull — should have stopped Mr. Kelley from legally purchasing the military-style rifle and three other guns he acquired in the last four years.
“The Air Force has launched a review of how the service handled the criminal records of former Airman Devin P. Kelley following his 2012 domestic violence conviction,” the Air Force said in a statement.
The statement said Heather Wilson, the Air Force secretary, and Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, had ordered the Air Force inspector general to “conduct a complete review of the Kelley case.”
The Air Force also said it was looking into whether other convictions had been improperly left unreported to the federal database for firearms background checks.
Someone admits they screwed up.

San Antonio Mass Murder

As I suspected, a domestic dispute.  11/6/17 Daily Mail reports he was anxious to kill his in-laws, who regularly attended that church.  Dishonorably discharged from USAF so prohibited from gun purchase or possession; animal cruelty charges in Colorado.  Wearing body armor, so returning fire might have been useless.  Texted threats to in-laws.  Making threats is a stupid act; leaving evidence shows to stupid to stay out of jail, as far as I am concerned.

Winter Is Early

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Not a Day Too Early for Snow Tires

For my wife's Jeep

Another Mass Murder

20+ dead in a church in San Antonio.   Shooter dead.   No other details yet.   Another tragedy.

11/5/17 ABC News:
Martin said that the suspect was found dead in his truck after running off the road near the county line after fleeing and being fired upon by a local resident at the church. Investigators remain unsure of whether or not he was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot or by a shot fired by the local resident.

International Business Times reports about the shooter:
Kelley was reportedly a former United States Air Force service member, who received a dishonorable discharge and was court-martialed in 2014, CBS News reported. Investigators said they were looking into Kelley’s alleged social media posts, including one that may have shown an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon.
So not a lawful gun owner.

Vegas Shooter Again

The man who killed 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas last month had been depressed after losing a significant amount of money in the past two years and that may have been a "determining factor" in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the city's sheriff said.
Gunman Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old high-stakes gambler and real estate investor, had lost a "significant amount of wealth" since September 2015, which led to "bouts of depression," Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said in an interview this week with Las Vegas news station KLAS-TV.
 Now, this is plausible.  He was angry at the casino.  He wants revenge.  Antidepressants sometimes energized depressed people to a state where their anger can be expressed in very dangerous, aggressive ways.  Diazepem's side effects do not list such, but again, this could be a six sigmas from the norm consequence; humans are amazingly variable.

A tragedy, but someone this rich and organized cannot be stopped.  Two tanker trucks of the binary poison gas available at WalMart could have done worse damage.  An bomb on the side of a gasoline truck driven into the crowd would have caused enormous loss of life from collisions, then the bomb would have sent out a sheet of flaming gasoline.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Snow

It was snowing as I returned home from the sleep study this morning.  Not very much, but enough to have a small amount on the Jeep's windshield.  It's time to order some Michelin X-Ice tires for the Jeep, and get mine swapped on.  My all-season tires on the Jag are probably at legal minimum depth.  I am beginning to lose traction a bit in deep puddles, so they probably won't need saving when I put my ice tires on.

Last Night's Sleep Study

They had me undergo another of these.  The bad part is all the wires and sensors everywhere.  The BiPAP device I use won't change; just a change to the firmware to make it adapt to  my breathing patterns.   The results last night were amazing.  This was the best  night's sleep I have had in many years.  I woke up after eight hours fresh and alert.

Our Cat

We stayed him on antibiotics last night,  hoping this solves the problem.  The next step the vet suggested would be Prozac. I really do not want to give him up.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Boise Area: Need a Mouser?

The puppy and the cat (Tater) are not hitting it off.  The puppy wants to play with the strange looking dog; Tater is not happy, and has started expressing himself by territorial spraying.  Between the two of them, they are going to ruin at least the smell of the house. if not the furniture  I love Tater; he likes to sit on my lap and purr, while I scratch him behind the ears, but the puppy is non-negotiable, and that means the cat has to go.  He is 15 years old, litter box trained (if you don't have a puppy--he has coexisted with adult dogs in the past), he probably has not many years left, and in good health (a couple rotten teeth recently removed) but he has been a pretty effective mouser and he can be quite adorable.



The Masses Are Conspiring With Trump

Despite persistently low levels of public satisfactionwith the state of the nation, most Americans say they have achieved the “American dream” or are on their way to achieving it. Only about one-in-five (17%) say the American dream is “out of reach” for their family.
The American dream means different things to different people, however. Far fewer Americans say “becoming wealthy” is essential to the American dream than say the same about personal freedom and a good family life.
Overall, 36% of U.S. adults say their family has achieved the American dream, while another 46% say they are “on their way” to achieving it, according to an August survey by Pew Research Center. (The survey asked people about the “American dream,” as they define it.) People who say they have already achieved the American dream are generally older, more affluent and better-educated than those who say they are on their way to achieving the American dream and those who say it’s out of reach.
That evil Mr. Trump.

A Corporate Tax Break That Needs to Go

11/2/17 Washington Times:
The GOP plan would prohibit professional sports stadiums from taking advantage of tax-exempt bonds, which state and local governments often float for important public works projects.
Generally used for roads, hospitals and the like, a number of communities have extended them to help out sports teams, usually as a way of enticing a team to stay in a community.
Municipal bonds are for government projects.  Why the NFL billionaires were allowed to enjoy this makes no sense.

Like What I Am Reading About Tax Proposal

11/2/17 Los Angeles Times:
The plan would immediately slash the corporate tax rate to 20% from 35% and streamline individual rates from seven brackets into four.
In addition to ending write-offs of state and local income taxes, mortgage interest deductions would be limited to new loans of no more than $500,000, down from the current $1 million. Deductions for second homes would no longer be allowed. Property tax deductions would be capped at $10,000....
"What we are seeing today is a plan that exacerbates the unfairness and inequality in our tax code," said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). "The Republican tax plan would put two thumbs down on a scale already tipped towards the wealthy and powerful. ... Surely we can do better." 
Because poor people own second homes and have mortgages larger than $500,000.  Does Schumer ever ask himself if what he is saying makes sense?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

More Evidence the Democrats Want Trump to Win in 2020

Daily Wire reports:
Employees within the Democratic National Committee are looking for new employees in the Technology Department. However, the DNC is apparently not interested in your resume if you happen to be a white male.
In an email issued to DNC insiders on Monday, Data Services manager Madeleine Leader announced that the Technology Department is looking to fill several positions and asked interested parties to forward the openings to their colleagues.
She included the following caveat:
I personally would prefer that you not forward to cisgender straight white males, since they're already in the majority.

True Madness in Pennsylvania

From Prince Law:
Attorney Prince was successful in obtaining relief for Mr. Yox, who had previously been involuntarily committed as a juvenile but later went on to honorably serve in our Armed Forces and later as a state correctional officer. Under federal law, Mr. Yox was permitted to possess a firearm and ammunition in his official capacity as a law enforcement officer, but was precluded from possessing a firearm and ammunition in his private capacity.

That Mirror Cell

Mostly done.  I just need to make some clips to attach to the top to prevent the mirror from sliding out the top,  then some foam to hold the mirror in position and protect the surface from the clips.

And the Hits Keep on Coming

11/1/17 CNN:
NPR's senior vice president of news Michael Oreskes stepped down on Wednesday amid allegations of sexual harassment in his past.
NPR CEO Jarl Mohn said he asked Oreskes "for his resignation because of inappropriate behavior."
Oreskes admitted to wrongdoing in an internal memo obtained by CNN.
"I am deeply sorry to the people I hurt. My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility," Oreskes wrote.
Is this why the left is so focused on rape and harassment?  More projection.