Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

Went to see this at my wife's request Sunday afternoon.  I really enjoyed it.  It is part of an emerging group of Christian films that are at least on a par with the "mainstream" movie industry in production values and writing.  Without spoiling anything: Gavin Stone is an aging 1980s child TV star almost lost in his self-destructive substance abuse problems.  He returns to his home town in rural Illinois and causes enormous destruction to the roof of his hotel.  We never find out what he did, but we are given the fact that it involved a catapult to keep us intrigued.  The court sentences him to 200 hours of community service, with his choice of janitor at a church or working at the sewage treatment plant.  Easy choice.

The church, a fairly typical evangelical church, is putting on a stage production of Jesus' life for Easter.  Gavin of course eds up in the title role: not exactly what the court had in mind for community service.

It is of course a film about spiritual rebirth and his relationship to his father, a widower, and the pastor's daughter (an actress that I can't immediately recognize, but she looks familiar).

Wait! That's Our Job!

2/22/17 Newsbusters:
During the 6 am hour on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski made an alarming admission about what she thinks the media’s role is. During a panel discussion on President Trump’s revised immigration order, Brzezinski complained that Trump was undermining the media and taking their “job” of “controlling exactly what people think.”
If she meant "informing people about the news," that would be arrogant--but this is the sort of totalitarianism of 1984.

Bullying of Straight People

2/22/17 San Diego Union-Tribune reports on a recently retired Women's National Basketball Association player:
Wiggins, a four-time All-American at Stanford, asserts she was targeted for harassment from the time she was drafted by Minnesota because she is heterosexual and a nationally popular figure, of whom many other players were jealous.
“Me being heterosexual and straight, and being vocal in my identity as a straight woman was huge,” Wiggins said. “I would say 98 percent of the women in the WNBA are gay women. It was a conformist type of place. There was a whole different set of rules they (the other players) could apply.
Imagine if a gay NFL player retired and made the same remarks.  It would all be Trump's fault.

We Have Identified the Progressive % of U.S. Population

Yahoo News reporting on Iran's threats against the U.S. includes an opinion poll about whether Iran is a threat to the U.S.  80.5% say they are a threat.  6.5% say not a threat.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Learning to Think Like a Criminal

I put a 2005 Jaguar X-type for sale on  A "Dustin Welch" texted me asking to buy the car, sight unseen, for payment of $5000 through PayPal.  This seemed suspicious and I asked for his PayPal account address, so that I could verify his existence with PayPal and duration of his account. No response.

I added some pictures to the ad, and soon received essentially the same message from him with no apparent awareness that we had exchanged messages two hours before.

This suggests fraud and a computer program searching all regional Craig's Lists for cars for sale with a phone number that accepts text messages--hardly the actions of a legitimate buyer.  It is pretty easy to create a false PayPal payment notification email which takes you to a false PayPal web page for capturing your account and password.

Milo's Troubles

Milo Yiannopoulos, the gay British conservative (or something hard to categorize) is apparently in trouble for reportedly endorsing pedophilia.  His version is that these statements are being taken out of context.  For all I know, they may be.  He does enrage the left so.  But of most interest:
I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim....
I do not believe sex with 13-year-olds is okay. When I mentioned the number 13, I was talking about the age I lost my own virginity.
Those who have been reading my blog for a while are probably aware that there is a strong correlation between child sexual abuse and many other problems, including deviant sexual orientation.  Not necessarily  the only cause.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Bought My Wife a New Jeep Renegade

A 2016 year end closeout.  Of course, the rebates that they advertise are generally not available in conjunction with the killer loans (0.0% for 60 months; 1.9% for 72 months), but the $1000 off coupon in the mail was.  It is not quite as fancy as the Jaguar of course, but the driver's seat has a bunch of nice manual adjustments.  It's not quite as wide in the cargo area as the TrailBlazer, but it also fits better in the garage.  Because of Jeep's repair record, we bought the extended bumper-to-bumper warranty, which also covers lost or destroyed key fobs.

For a 4 cylinder, it has a lot of pep.  This is mostly the 3.734 final drive ratio.  This used to be a way to get blinding acceleration out of muscle cars, at the expense of top speed and gas mileage.  But combined with a nine-speed automatic, you get great mileage and good acceleration.  Now just need to sell the 2007 TrailBlazer (175,000 miles) and ideally the 2005 Jaguar X-type (72,000 miles).

Jeep Renegade

Looking at buying a 2016 for my wife.  Any experience?


Trying to email you and I get: account is overquota (in reply to RCPT TO command)

Call me 208-761-5916

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pope: "Muslim Terrorism Soea Not Exist"

Reality also non-existent.

How You Know You Live in Idaho

You go shooting with your church, and the pastor screws a suppressor on his Sig.

Friday, February 17, 2017

CalExit's Russian Connection

Since the left is playing, "Trump's a Russian agent games," this SF channel 7 report suggests the left has projection problems.  2/15/17 ABC 7:

It would be easy to dismiss this as some fringe group trying to make California into its own country, but former intelligence officials tell the ABC7 News I-Team the ballot initiative leader's ties to Russia raise serious questions.

"You don't need this to be involved in California's campaign for independence," Marinelli said holding up an American flag.

He's the leader of the Yes California campaign, also dubbed Calexit. Marinelli is an American who lives in Russia, but his movement is getting a lot of attention stateside.
Louis Marinelli has received support in Russia from a far-right nationalist group that wants to break up the United States. Former intelligence officials say that association raises serious questions about his intent.

Firearms License Fees

I'm writing a law review article about inordinate firearms license fees,  $100 might be reaasonable; $10,000 would be clearly prohibitory.  (Think about parade permits.)  Give me a pointer to your state's website listing their firearms license (either home or concealed carry).

For those who live in the USA: in some places, a home or premises license is required to have a gun in your home or place of business.

Connecticut government has already done the job.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

How to Get Your Cool Little Project Funded

2/16/17 Guardian reports on efforts to bring back the woolly mammoth.  Part way through an interesting description of implanting a genetically modified embryo into an Asian elephant:
Church, a guest speaker at the meeting, said the mammoth project had two goals: securing an alternative future for the endangered Asian elephant and helping to combat global warming.
Woolly mammoths could help prevent tundra permafrost from melting and releasing huge amounts of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.
“They keep the tundra from thawing by punching through snow and allowing cold air to come in,” said Church. “In the summer they knock down trees and help the grass grow.”
A simulated ecosystem study has indicated that mammoths in Siberia could cause local temperatures to drop by up to 20C.
My wife pointed out that putting these into the wild not pnly interferes with Mother Earth's carefully created ecosystem, but likely will create problems for near competitors like musk oxen and caribou.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Remember When Progressives Pretended They Were Part of the "Reality-Based" Community?

The principal at a progressive Manhattan private school told parents in an email last week that the Trump presidency was more troubling than Vietnam, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the September 11 attacks and Watergate, The Post has learned....
Elsewhere in the lengthy missive, Nelson acknowledged the theoretical need to avoid political bias in a school environment. “One in my position must be scrupulous in avoiding partisanship,” he said.
But he later asserted in the same message that “there are matters that transcend political diversity.” 
What makes this especially entertaining is that he runs the Calhoun school.  Yale recently renamed the Calhoun  residential housing hall.  Calhoun was a racist!

What's the Gestation Period of Jaguars?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What Am I Missing Here?

2/14/17 Washington Post:
Flynn resigned Monday night, days after The Washington Post reported that intelligence officials had recorded Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. before Trump took office. Those recordings, The Post reported, appeared to contradict Flynn’s own claims that he had not discussed easing U.S. sanctions on Russia.
So a private citizen talks to the Russian ambassador and this justifies firing him.  I get that he should not have lied to the VP about this, but is this the real reason he is gone?

Need a Book Title

I finally have a publisher for the book on early gunsmithing.  They want it recast as a history of American gun culture; then and now.  No problem.

I need a catchy title for what will be a popularly targeted book.  The book explores the evidence of America's gun culture through thew Mexican War; evidence of early gunsmithing and gun making and how the industry changed the world.

Suggestions for titles that would force you to buy?

Magic Buttons on the Jaguar

I knew that I wasn't going to have Corvette-level cornering from the Jaguar, but I am still pretty happy with it.  There are two not well described buttons: one has a checkered flag, which effectively changes the natural state of the car from mild understeer to something a bit more balanced.  I still defaults to understeer but application of the gas pedal can move it to neutral and even mild oversteer.  Very nice.

The other button disables traction control.  The owner's manual indicates it is for advanced drivers.  I suspect that means the ones who understand understeer and oversteer, and aren't going to pass themselves on the left because of an oversteer induced spin (more a problem of rear engine cars like Porsche 911s).

It turns out that it does more than turn off traction control.  It puts it in sports car mode, with much stronger cornering and more abrupt  transmission shifts to go with the more neutral balance.  I doubt it is cornering at Corvette levels, but as I took the ID-44 to ID-55 sweeper, my viscera couldn't tell the difference as they tried to go west while the rest of me went north.

Another discovery: I live near the ridge of a small mountain range.  ID-55 going into Horseshoe Bend drops 1000 feet in about five miles with some parts steeper than the average.  Going into Eagle is a little less steep.  On both roads, cruise control is not sufficient and I either spend a lot of time braking, or I put the transmission in S mode (semiautomatic?) and use the paddle shifters to burn off speed while still using cruise control.

When DSC is disabled, I can put it in S mode and no need to manually shift.  It knows, somehow, to downshift to maintain cruise control.

Centering in 4-Jaw Chuck

I am trying to center a rod in a 4-jaw chuck.  There are a number of descriptions such as this.  But when I try them, the step of loosening to jaw on top and tightening the jaw on the bottom fails because the other two jaws ale preventing the rod from moving.  Loosen them and the rod falls out.  Suggestions?

If a Christian Wrote This, It Would Be Islamophobia

But it is a Muslim's recounting of a lecture by a professor of Islamic studies at Georgetown University (a pretend Catholic institution):
Last night I attended a lecture by Georgetown Islamic Studies professor Jonathan Brown at the International Institute of Islamic Thought in Herndon, Virginia. I’d never met Brown and don’t know really much about him other than a brother was amused he scheduled a recent lecture during the Super Bowl.
Not knowing what to expect from Brown I was shocked when he basically went into a 90 minute defense of slavery which included an explicit endorsement of non-consensual sex....
When the conversation would briefly flip to historic slavery in the Arab and Turkish World slavery was described by Brown in glowing terms. Indeed, according to Brown, slaves in the Muslim World lived a pretty good life....
“It’s not immoral for one human to own another human” Brown stated in his clearest defense of slavery. Brown went onto state that being an employee is basically the same as being a slave and painting himself as a real romantic Brown told me his marriage was akin to slavery because his wife held rights over him. The fact that both of these arrangements can be terminated and are consensual seemed lost on the aloof academic.
“Consent isn’t necessary for lawful sex” said Professor Jonathan Brown of Georgetown University.Shortly after I asked Brown my questions about his defense of slavery a woman seated in front of me asked about the permissibility of sex with slaves. Brown emphatically stated consent is a modern Western concept and only recently had come to be seen as necessary (perhaps around the time feminism began to take root and women decided they wanted autonomy over their bodies). Brown went on to elaborate consent wasn’t necessary to moral and ethical sex and that the morality of sex is dependent on the lawfulness of the sex-partner and not consent upholding the verdict that marital-rape is an invalid concept in Islam.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Connecticut Residents

Governor Malloy is proposing enormous increases in concealed handgun license fees.  Please ask your legislators to stop this.  Us non-residents don't have much say, obviously.

Great Fun Reading

I am re-reading Captain Frederick Marryat's Diary in America (1839) for that pinpoint citation purpose previously mentioned.  Marryat was a Royal Navy officer who wrote some very popular novels and decided to visit America where his novels turned out to be more popular than the author.  Canada had a rebellion while he was in America, and being a patriotic Briton, offered his services to help suppress the rebellion at a time when Americans were very supportive of the rebellion.  Nonetheless, I thought you might enjoy his account of the 4th of July in New York City:

THE1 4th of July, the sixty-first anniversary of American Independence!
Pop-pop-bang-pop-pop-bang-bang-bang! Mercy on us!  How fortunate it is that anniversaries come only once a year. Well, the Americans may have great reason to be proud of this day, and for the deeds of their forefathers, but why do they get so confoundedly drunk? why, on this day of independence, should they become so dependent upon posts and rails for support?-The day is at last over; my head aches, but there will be many more aching heads to-morrow morning!
What a combination of vowels and consonants have been put together! what strings of tropes, metaphors, and allegories, have been, used on this day! what varieties and gradations of eloquence!  There are at least fifty thousand cities, towns, villages, and hamlets, spread over the surface of America--in each the Declaration of · Independence has been read; in all one, and in some two or three orations have been delivered, with as much gunpowder as in the squibs and crackers. But let me describe what I actually saw.

The commemoration commenced, if the day did not, on evening of the 3d, by the municipal police going round and pasting up placrds, informing the citizens of New York, that all persons letting off fireworks would be taken into custody, which notice was immediately followed up by the little boys proving their inde­pendence of the authorities, by letting off squibs, crackers, and bombs; and cannons, made out of shin bones, which flew in the face of every passenger, in the exact ratio that the little boys flew in the face of the authorities. This continued the whole night, and thus was ushered in the great and glorious day, illumined by a bright and glaring sun (as if bespoken on purpose by the mayor and corporation), with the thermometer at 90° in the shade. The first sight which met the eye after sunrise, was the precipitate escape, from a city visited with the plague of gunpowder, of respectable or timorous people in coaches, carriages, waggons, and every variety of vehicle. "My kingdom for a horse!" was the general cry of all those who could not stand fire. In the meanwhile, the whole atmosphere was filled with independence. Such was the quantity of American flags which were hoisted on board of the vessels, hung out of windows, or carried about by little boys, that you saw more stars at noon-day than ever could be counted on the brightest night. On each side of the whole length of Broadway, were ranged booths and stands, similar to those at an English fair, and on which were displayed small plates of oysters, with a fork stuck in the board opposite to each plate; clams sweltering in the hot sun; pine­apples, boiled hams, pies, puddings, barley-sugar, and many other indescribables. But what was the most remarkable, Broadway being three miles long, and the booths lining each side of it, in every booth there was a roast pig, large or small, as the centre attraction. Six miles of roast pig! and that in New York city alone; and roast pig in every other city, town, hamlet, and village, in the Union. What association can there be between roast pig and independence? Let it not be supposed that there was any deficiency in the very necessary articles of potation on this auspicious day: no! the booths were loaded with porter, ale, cyder, mead, brandy, wine, ginger-beer, pop, soda-water, whiskey, rum, punch, gin slings, cocktails, mint julips, besides many other compounds, to name which nothing but the luxuriance of American-English could invent a word. Certainly the preparations in the refreshment way were most imposing, and gave you some idea of what had to be gone through on this auspicious day. Martial music sounded from a dozen quarters at once; and as you turned your head, you tacked ~the first bars of a march from one band, the concluding bars of Yankee Doodle from another. At last the troops of militia and volunteers, who had been gathering in the park and other squares, .de their appearance, well dressed and well equipped, and, in honor of the day, marching as independently as they well could. I did not see them go through many manoeuvres, but there was one which they appeared to excel in, and that was grounding arms and: eating pies. I found that the current went towards Castle Garden, and away I went with it. There the troops were all collected on the green, shaded by the trees, and the effect was very beautiful. The artillery and infantry were drawn up in a line pointing to the water. The officers in their regimental dresses and long white feathers, generals and aides-de-camp, colonels, commandants, majors, all galloping up and down in front of the line,---white horses and long tails appearing the most fashionable and correct.- The crowds assembled were, as American crowds usually are qiuiet and well behaved. I recognised many of my literary ·friends turned into generals, and flourishing their swords instead –their pens. The scene was very animating; the shipping at the wharfs were loaded with star-spangled banners; steamers paddling in every direction, were covered with flags; the whole beautiful Sound was alive with boats and sailing vessels, all flaunting ... pennants and streamers. It was, as Ducrow would call it, a "Grand Military and Aquatic Spectacle."
-:·Then the troops marched up into town again, and so did I follow them as I used to do the reviews in England, when a boy. All creation appeared to be independent on this day; some of the horses particularly so, for they would not keep "in no line not now how." Some preferred going sideways like crabs, others went backwards, some would not go at all, others went a great deal too fast, not a few parted company with their riders, whom they kicked off just to shew their independence; but let them go which way would, they could not avoid the squibs and crackers. And the women were in the same predicament: they might dance right, or dance left, it was only out of the frying-pan into the fire, for it was pop, pop; hang, hang; fiz, pop, bang, so that you literally trod upon gunpowder.
When the troops marched up Broadway, louder even than the music were to be heard the screams of delight from the children at the crowded windows on each side. "Ma! ma! there's pa!" "Oh! there's John." "Look at uncle on his big horse."

The troops did not march in very good order, because, independently of their not knowing how, there was a great deal of independence to contend with. At one time an omnibus and four would drive in and cut off the general and his staff from his division; at another, a cart would roll in and insist upon following close upon the band of music; so that it was a mixed procession--Generals, omnibus and four, music, cartloads of bricks, troops, omnibus and pair, artillery, hackney-coach, &c. &c. Notwithstanding all this, they at last arrived at the City Hall, when those who were old enough heard the Declaration of Independence read for the sixty-first time; and then it was-"Begone, brave army, and don't kick up a row."

I was invited to dine with the mayor and corporation at the City Hall. We sat down in the Hall of Justice, and certainly, great justice was done to the dinner, which, ( as the wife says to her husband after a party, where the second course follows the first with unusual celerity) "went off remarkably well." The crackers popped outside, and the champagne popped in. The celerity of the Americans at a public dinner is very commendable; they speak only now and then; and the toasts follow so fast, that you have just time to empty your glass, before you are requested to fill again. Thus the arranged toasts went off rapidly, and after them, any one might withdraw. I waited till the thirteenth toast, the last on the paper, to wit, the ladies of America; and, having previously, in a speech from the recorder, bolted Bunker's Hill and New Orleans, I thought I might as well bolt myself, as I wished to see the fireworks, which were to be very splendid.

Unless you are an amateur, there is no occasion to go to the various places of public amusement where the fireworks are let off, for they are sent up every where in such quantities that you .hardly know which way to turn your eyes. It is, however, adviseable to go into some place of safety, for the little boys and the big boys have all got their supply of rockets, which they fire off in the streets--some running horizontally up the pavement, and sticking onto the back of a passenger; and others mounting slantingdicularly and Paul-Prying into the bed-room windows on the third floor or attics, just to see how things are going on there. Look in any point of the compass, and you will see a shower of rockets in the sky: turn from New York to Jersey City, from Jersey City to Brooklyn, .and shower is answered by shower on either side of the water. Hoboken repeats the signal: and thus it is carried on to the east, the west, the north, and the south, from Rhode Island to the Missouri, from the Canada frontier to the Gulf of Mexico. At the various gardens the combinations were very beautiful, and exceeded .anything that I had witnessed in London or Paris. What with sea-serpents, giant rockets scaling heaven, Bengal lights, Chinese fires, Italian suns, fairy bowers, crowns of Jupiter, exeranthemums, Tartar temples, Vesta's diadems, magic circles, morning glories, stars of Columbia, and temples of liberty, all America was in a blaze; and, in addition to this mode of manifesting its joy, all America was tipsy.

There is something grand in the idea of national intoxication. ·In this world, vices on a grand scale dilate into virtues; he who murders one man, is strung up with ignominy; but he who murders twenty thousand has a statue to his memory, and is handed down posterity as a hero. A staggering individual is a laughable and, sometimes, a disgusting spectacle; but the whole of a vast continent reeling, offering a holocaust of its brains for mercies vouchsafed, is an appropriate tribute of gratitude for the rights of equality and the levelling spirit of their institutions. 

Turn-In of Illegal Guns in London

The London Evening-Standard reports on illegal weapons turned as part of an amnesty.

My thoughts if most of these were pulled on me in London:
I didn't know they had time machines in your century, sir.
Do  you know what metal fatigue is?

Research Assistance Request

I need photocopies of pp. 61, 65-68 of Daniel D. Hartzler, Arms Makers of Maryland for a law review article that is preparing for publication.  Unfortunately, my local library can't seem to interlibrary loan books from outside Idaho. It seems silly to fly somewhere to get 5 pages copied.  I'm more than happy to pay someone to go and get these for me.  The following libraries have copies:
Salt Lake City, UT 84150 United States
Cody, WY 82414 United States
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 United States
Edmonton, AB T6G 2J8 Canada
Tempe, AZ 85287 United States
Arlington, TX 76019 United States
St Louis, MO 63131 United States
Springfield, IL 62703 United States
St. Louis, MO 63130 United States
Madison, WI 53706 United States
Chicago, IL 60610 United States
Urbana, IL 61801 United States
Fort Wayne, IN 46802 United States
Indianapolis, IN 46202 United States
Oxford, OH 45056 United States
The Henry Ford
Benson Ford Research Center
Dearborn, MI 48124 United States
Cleveland, OH 44114 United States
Montgomery, AL 36108 United States
Columbus, OH 43210 United States
Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
Central (downtown Buffalo)
Buffalo, NY 14203 United States

Thanks.  One of my loyal readers has taken this on.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Trump Needs to Stop Calling it A Wall

2/9/17 Bloomberg reports that Paris is improving Eiffel Tower security:
Paris is spending 20 million euros ($22 million) to build a protective barrier around the Eiffel Tower to replace temporary structures that were put up after a series of terror attacks.
“Sadly, the risk of terrorism hasn’t gone away,” deputy mayor Jean-François Martins said at a Paris press conference. “It’s not a wall, it’s an aesthetic perimeter.”

Unfortunately, Not the Onion: Cannibal Madman Released

A man who was found not criminally responsible for beheading and cannibalizing a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in Canada has been granted his freedom.
Manitoba's Criminal Code Review Board announced it has given Will Baker, formerly known as Vince Li, an absolute discharge, meaning he is no longer subject to monitoring.
Baker, a diagnosed schizophrenic, killed Tim McLean, a young carnival worker who was a complete stranger, in 2008. A year later he was found not criminally responsible due to mental illness.
McLean's mother, Carol de Delley, has been outspoken against granting Baker freedom, saying there would be no way to ensure he continued to take his medication.
Last I heard, he no longer thought aliens had taken over the Earth.   But fools took over Manitoba.

How Many Different Types of Taps Are There? And Why Do You Pick One Over Another?

Spiral flute taps channel debris upward, which matters a lot on soft materials like aluminum and acetal.  Changing to such dramatically improved shop productivity today.  My experiment using a 6" long drill bit to drill both sides of these square tubes in one operation was a great success.  The pilot holes only need marking by the mill on two of four sides.  I will I could find a drill/tap combo with enough length to do both sides at once.  For some reason, you get such for 1/4"-20 just long enough for one hole at a time.

What Have I Been Doing?

You may wonder why I have been blogging less.  In addition to machining, I have been finishing work on an upcoming Southern Illinois University Law Journal article.  If you have never been through this process: let me explain.

Law reviews expect every point or quote in an article to have what is called a pinpoint citation to a specific page.  And at least the better ones check every pinpoint cite for accuracy of claim and quote. If the sources you cite are not readily available to the law school students who do the editing, you must provide photocopies.  Fortunately, after finishing publication of Armed America, I scanned in nearly all my non-book sources before destroying the paper.  This was good; how else could I find an 1821 Cleveland newspaper?

In my experience, some lesser law reviews do not do this pinpoint citation checking, especially when the article is antigun.  Yes I am thinking of an article by Nathan Kozuskanich that failed this test but was published in University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law anyway.  Dave Kopel and I checked his more outrageous claims and found widespread Bellesilism.

Also, I am on the verge of finding a prestige publisher for my book on gunsmithing and gun marketing.  We are at the "We have some requests for changes" stage.

Machining Lessons Learned

Most of the art of machining isn't operating the lathe or the mill, but recognizing the proper order of operations, tooling to use, and limitations of the machines.  I have been trying to efficiently make a part that is 5/8"or 1/2" OD at one end (to fit in the drill press chuck) and 3/4" ID on the other to hold a tap wrench, with a 3/8" wide, 3/8" long slot to accommodate the handle on the tap wrench.  If you drill out the 3/4" ID end and cut the slot, the 3-jaw chuck on the lathe can't get a good grip.  (Draw three jaws at 120o and try to get two slots 180o apart to fit those jaws, even ignoring bending under chuck pressure,)  So start by turning down the other end first.  Once you reach 1/2" diameter, the workpiece starts to bend under load from the cutting tool, causing chatter and eventually the workpiece exits the chuck.

Solution, cut down to 5/8" diameter.  Reverse workpiece in chuck.  Use 3/4" end  mill in tailstock chuck to bore hole.  Use boring tool to make any final size adjustments.  Put workpiece in mill.  At about .1 inches.minute advance 1.5" long x 3/8" diameter mill  3/8" inch from end.  Since I need two holes, one 1/4"-20 threaded and another 1/4", I will change to center drill on the mill, and drill pilot holes for drill and tap on the drill press.

I tried to make this part from a 1" 1/8" wall tube and a 4" long, 3/4" OD rod turned down to 5/8" OD on one end, but getting a press fit into the 3/4" ID tube was harder than it sounded.  Drilling and tapping through the tube and rod and holding them together with 1/4"-20 bolts worked, but it was ugly.  I'm not even sure it saves much time over starting with a 1" rod and machining it as one part.

My Friend Dave Burnett Linked to This Bizarre News Story

He posted this "Withdrawing from a federal program because you don't like the person nominated to its helm...who supports withdrawing from federal programs. This is so meta." on Facebook.

2/9/17 NBC News:
Among the initial opposition to Betsy DeVos' confirmation this week as education secretary were calls on social media by parents, including liberals, to start homeschooling their children.
That reaction to DeVos — a billionaire school-choice advocate who has never worked, attended or sent her kids to a public school — reflects how polarizing her nomination was.
It also comes layered with paradox.
That's because DeVos, whom the Senate confirmed Tuesday to head the Education Department, is herself a big proponent of homeschooling.
If this seems odd: I have a hard left sister who homeschooled her daughter in the suburbs of Portland.

Does Your Brain Work This Way?

Some years back, I mentioned the way I remember the spelling of words to someone and they indicated that their brain doesn't remember words this way, and they gave me a look somewhere between envy and horror.

When I think of the word Missouri, I see a torrent of water passing through an imagined Gate of the Mountains (video) and a North American rivers map with the letters M-i-s-s-o-u-r-i superimposed on the image as though typed on an IBM Selectric typewriter in a Times-Roman font with a carbon film ribbon.  I have similar images for most other non-abstract nouns and verbs.  Many I recognize from either real life ("Mississippi" brings up images of seeing it from New Orleans or crossing it on a bridge during a 1967 vacation).

Friday, February 10, 2017

Ever Read An Article By Yourself That You Didn't Write?

Bruce Riedel is a widely known expert on the Middle East who helped guide U.S. policy in the region as a member of President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. So he was more than a little surprised recently when an obscure website ran an article about Saudi Arabia he had never seen before — with his byline.
Riedel wasn’t upset just because he hadn’t written the piece, which appeared under his name on the website of something called the “Center for Global Strategic Monitoring,” or CGS Monitor. The phony piece espoused views — about an alleged Saudi role in the 9/11 terror attacks — that he has publicly rejected.
“It was very disturbing,” said Riedel, now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a prominent Washington think tank. “The article was entirely fictitious. This attacks the whole basis upon which our press works.”
There are reasons to think the Russians are behind this.

When I Hear the Roar of A-10 Warthog Over My House...

I imagine a terrorist hearing that same noise and saying very quietly,"If Allah is on our side, and Allah itold us to be warriors,why are the infidels so much better armed?"

Clinton News Network Must Be Racist

Lawsuits accuse CNN of racial discrimination
True?  Not sure, but just the accusation is enough when aimed at Republicans.

Illegal Aliens Voting?

Remember when the MSM made fun of Trump's claim?  2/9/17 CBS channel 11:
DALLAS (CBS11) – The family of a woman convicted of voter fraud is speaking out after a Tarrant County jury sentenced her to eight years in prison.
Prosecutors say the reason officials at the elections department in Dallas didn’t stop the voter fraud from happening is because Rosa Ortega claimed she was a citizen on her application....
“What’s going to happen to the kids? So it’s not fair,” Rosa’s uncle, Felipe Ortega said.
He points out his niece has spent almost her entire life in the U.S. Her attorney said she has a learning disability and was confused about the difference between being a citizen and a legal resident, so she thought she was allowed to vote.
“The jury didn’t believe that story. They believed that the defendant knew exactly what she was doing, and they responded accordingly,” Prosecutor Jonathan White said.
White told CBS11, when Ortega tried to register to vote in Tarrant County, she admitted she was not a citizen, so her application was rejected. When she told them she had already been voting in Dallas County, that’s when investigators started looking into her case. Defense attorney Clark Bidsall said his client’s case has been politicized and now Ortega has a difficult road ahead even after her sentence.
If she hadn't already voted in Dallas County, they never would have noticed.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

In Case You Missed This Socialist's Trump Compliment

2/6/17 Boingboing:
TPP wasn't a "secret plan to make the world a better place." It wasn't even a trade deal. Virtually every good manufactured in virtually every one of the 12 TPP members could be imported into virtually any of the other members with no tariffs at all -- something CNN conveniently failed to mention.
What was TPP then? A sweetheart deal for giant corporations: it would have banned states from keeping their citizens' data out of the NSA's reach (a gift to the James Clapper set), allowed Hollywood to put people in jail for watching movies the wrong way (a gift to the SOPA set), allowed telcoms giants to sue to dismantle net neutrality protections (a gift to the Comcast set), jacked up the price of pharmaceuticals for the poorest people in the world (a gift to the Shkreli set), banned governments from requiring open source code for public procurements (a gift to the Microsoft set), limited fair use (a gift to the Righthaven set), required all states to establish criminal sanctions for breaking DRM (a gift to the printer ink business-model set), and expanded copyright terms across the board (a gift to the Disney set).
And it goes on from there, refusing to credit Trump for doing what the corporate Democrats refused to do.

So Much Winning

President Donald Trump met with Brian Krzanich, the chief executive of U.S.-based technology company Intel, on Wednesday to announce a $7 billion investment in an advanced computer chip factory in Chandler, Arizona.
Speaking from the president's side in the Oval Office, Krzanich said that the facility, called Fab 42, would employ 3,000 people at its peak and indirectly create 10,000 jobs in the Arizona area in support of the factory.

Reader in Chicago, Dayton, OH or Cleveland, OH

I need a book pulled.

Annals of Cleveland, 1818-1935 : [a digest and index of the newspaper record of events and opinions in two hundred volumes]
Chicago, IL 60610 United States

University of Dayton
Roesch Library
Dayton, OH 45469 United States

Hiram, OH 44234 United States

Cleveland, OH 44106 United States

This may be in book or microform.

There are two articles I need copies of:

“Gun Factory,” October 30, 1821, Cleaveland [Ohio] Herald, 3; “New Goods,” Ibid., 4

Never mind.  Found the ads in my stockpile of images.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Understanding the Rage

There are moments where it is apparent that some of progressivism nonsense is just ignorance and senility, like Nancy Pelosi's insistence that she can't work with with President Bush:
While its only a couple of weeks since the inauguration, there’s complete evidence—there’s prac[sic]—we've seen nothing that we can work—that I can work with President Bush on and I’m disappointed because I thought that there might be some interest because of what he said in the campaign, which turns out to be not true, a hoax—and really dangerous to the economic stability of America’s working families.
and Rep. Maxine Waters' ignorance:
How can a president who is acting in the manner that he is acting, whether he’s talking about the travel ban, the way that he’s targeting Muslims, or whether he’s talking about his relationship to Putin and the Kremlin and knowing that they have hacked our D-triple-C and DNC and knowing that he is responsible for supplying the bombs that killed innocent children and families in um…in um…” at this point Rep. Waters waved her hand, clearly having forgotten the name of the city.
Two different reporters offered “Aleppo?” and Rep. Waters continued, “Yeah, in Aleppo.” But then things got more awkward. “And the fact that he is wrapping his arms around Putin while Putin is continuing to advance into…Korea?” Waters said with a questioning glance at Nancy Pelosi. She clearly was thinking of Crimea, not Korea. No one in the room or behind the podium reacted to the gaffe at the moment, but Rep. Waters (or someone on her staff) did clarify it later on Twitter.
and Rep. Hank Johnson's fear that too many sailors might cause Guam to capsize. 

These are just ignorance.  What about the fiercely weird and angry ones, like Lobster Porn girl and the crazies in Berkeley.  I tend to see this insanity as purely human doing.  People are capable of great stupidity and evil, especially those who are recovering from traumas of childhood.  My wife is completing a book on spiritual warfare which seeks other explanations for the evil of ISIS and the badly damaged of our society.  There is evil so deep and weird that you wonder where it comes from.

The Week We Used Electric Heaters

The electricity bill just came in, roughly 2.5x as much cost for the month.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

What Was I Thinking?

I needed some long tweezers to pull parts from under the drill press vise.  Crazily, I ordered 24" long surgical steel tweezers.  They look like props from Land of the Giants!

Wet Suits: How Much Do They Do to Keep You Warm?

One of Those Ugly Reminders of Poor Choices

ISIS is really evil.  But so are their enemies in many cases. 2/7/17 New York Times:
BEIRUT — The prison north of Damascus was known to detainees as "the slaughterhouse" and in it, as many of 13,000 people were hanged in only four years after a series of sham trials, according to a new report issued by Amnesty International.
The report, issued on Tuesday, said that 20-50 people were hanged each week at the Saydnaya prison in what the organization called a "calculated campaign of extrajudicial execution."
The report covers the period from 2011 to 2015, but Lynn Maalouf, deputy director for research at Amnesty's regional office in Beirut, said there is no reason to believe the practice has stopped since then, with thousands more probably killed.
"These executions take place after a sham trial that lasts over a minute or two minutes, but they are authorized by the highest levels of authority," including the Grand Mufti, a top religious authority in Syria, and the defense minister, she said.
How do you deal with a struggle between two brands of monstrousness?  

Entertaining and Predictive Indian Names

In the last few decades, many Indians have adopted last names that I am sure are translations from their native languages.  My favorite was Wilma Mankiller, who was elected chief of one tribe some years ago.  From the Canadian GlobalNews channel:
Jimmy Bad Man charged in relation to death of Blood Tribe First Nation woman
After a nearly two-year investigation, RCMP have charged a man in relation to the death of Sara-Jean Big Sorrel Horse of the Blood First Nation.
On June 27, 2015, Big Sorrel Horse was found unresponsive before being taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 
Yes that really is his last name: Bad Man.


My first reaction was, "They got the message."  My second reaction is, "They were in no danger."  Yahoo News:
WINNIPEG, Manitoba/BUFFALO, New York (Reuters) - Refugees in the United States fearing a worsening climate of xenophobia in the wake of a divisive U.S. presidential campaign are flocking to Canada in growing numbers.
Manitoba's Welcome Place refugee agency helped 91 claimants between Nov. 1 and Jan. 25 - more than the agency normally sees in a year. Most braved the freezing prairie winter to walk into Canada....
Since late summer, 27 men from Ghana walked to Manitoba from the United States, Yeboah said. Two lost all their fingers to frostbite in December and nearly froze to death.
More than 7,000 refugee applicants entered Canada in 2016 through land ports of entry from the United States, up 63 percent from the previous year, according to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
Over 2,000 more entered "irregularly" during a similar time period, without official authorization, such as across unmonitored fields.
Four hundred and thirty asylum seekers crossed Manitoba's border irregularly in the first nine months of 2016-17, up from 340 the entire previous year, CBSA said. 
If they were lawfully already in the US, this dangerous walk into Canada makes no sense.  I wonder if the left's screeching about immigration misled them into thinking they were going to be deported even after arriving lawfully.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Okie Snow Removal

Repealing Obama's Social Security Gun Ban

Another problem with this crap is that only applies to those with representative payees; they receive no money themselves. The payees are usually relatives looking out for the recipient, only some of whom are actually mentally ill. So imagine the dialog:

“The CIA is draining all of my bodily essence from me. Daughter, can you give me $500 to go buy a rifle so I can go to Langley, and stop them?”

Every Time I Say There's Nothing Weirder in Left-Wing Circles

I get another surprise.  PJMedia links to a NSFW video of an artist at NYU arguing police should shut down free speech.  Even better is Huffington Post's description of her work:
This is not the first time Goyette has used an artistic lens to explore and challenge the conventions of pornography, and push the concept of fantasy to its illogical extremes. In her 2013 “Lobstapussy,” Goyette plays Lobsta Girl, a horny crustacean who packs her bags (with dicks) and heads to Greece to get dirty with a bunch of lobster men. A bizarro, under the sea orgy ensues, playfully proving that women’s desires are way more vulgar, strange and sexy than male-geared porn ever guessed.
And that's not the most disturbing stuff this "artist" has done.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

On Facebook...

The new claims for why the wall won't work because:

1. They will come in by boat.

How many boats will it take to match the flood walking in?

2. The drug traffickers will let them use their tunnels.

Thus increasing risk of exposure of these capital-intensive structures.

3. There aren't many illegals crossing the border.

More evidence Facebook is not the realm of deeper thinkers.

Slush on Ice

At least there are a few clear patches of pavement.  A few hours of sun should do the trick.

How Could This Be a Security Problem?

Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.
Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.
Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.

Read more:

For Those Unsure if The Onion Qualifies as Fake News

Federal authorities have identified a Philadelphia journalist as the woman who infiltrated and might have secretly recorded a closed-door discussion of congressional Republicans at their Center City retreat last week, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the matter....
Guendelsberger, 33, is a freelance journalist who formerly worked as a copy editor at the Daily News, at Philadelphia City Paper, and as an editor for the Onion, the satirical newspaper and website.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Starbucks Virtue Signalling

1/30/17 Buzzfeed:
On Sunday, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced that his company would commit to hiring 10,000 refugees at Starbucks locations around the globe — including in the US — and criticized President Trump’s immigration ban.
So they aren't going to be hiring any new arrivals unless they are shipped inside bags of coffee beans. Is Starbucks wants to hire refugees elsewhere, no problem. But what they want to hire in America sounds like something to applaud:
“We are developing plans to hire 10,000 [refugees] over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business,” Schultz said in a letter to employees. “And we will start this effort here in the U.S. by making the initial focus of our hiring efforts on those individuals who have served with US troops as interpreters and support personnel.”

Clearing Snow With Sodium: Madness or Not Yet Tried?

I have some experience combining sodium metal with seawater (at a safe distance; watching the molten sodium fire out blobs which led to tertiary explosions was quite spectacular).  You can buy it from Amazon.  Has anyone ever used it as ultimate snow melt?

I am impressed the stuff Amazon has for sale.  Aluminum powder for making your own thermite.

A reader pointed me to this supplier of thermite.