Saturday, August 18, 2018

Some People Should Stop Digging Before the Hole Collapses on Them

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights:
How many of the 300 were probably guilty? Maybe half. My reasoning? The 2004 report by the John Jay College for Criminal Justice found that 4 percent of priests nationwide had a credible accusation made against them between 1950-2002. That is the figure everyone quotes. But the report also notes that roughly half that number were substantiated. If that is a reliable measure, the 300 figure drops to around 150.
Of course, substantiated means going back over accusations made in the 1950s, where many of the witnesses, victims, and abusers, were dead.
Myth: The grand jury report was initiated to make the guilty pay.
Fact: False. It has nothing to do with punishing the guilty. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh "Salacious" Shapiro admitted on August 14 that "Almost every instance of child abuse (the grand jury) found was too old to be prosecuted." He's right. But he knew that from the get-go, so why did he pursue this dead end?
Why did he waste millions of taxpayer dollars in pursuit of alleged offenders when he knew he couldn't do anything about it? Because he, and his predecessor, Kathleen Kane (who is now in prison for lying under oath and misusing her Attorney General's office) wanted to shame the Catholic Church.
Too old to prosecute doesn't make them irrelevant to understanding the damage done.  Shaming officials who assisted in hiding these crimes seems like a way to discourage repeating.
Fact: This is an obscene lie. Most of the alleged victims were not raped: they were groped or otherwise abused, but not penetrated, which is what the word "rape" means. This is not a defense—it is meant to set the record straight and debunk the worst case scenarios attributed to the offenders. 
Furthermore, Church officials were not following a "playbook" for using terms such as "inappropriate contact"—they were following the lexicon established by the John Jay professors. 
Examples of non-rape sexual abuse found in the John Jay report include "touching under the victim's clothes" (the most common act alleged); "sexual talk"; "shown pornography"; "touch over cleric's clothes"; "cleric disrobed"; "victim disrobed"; "photos of victims"; "sexual games"; and "hugging and kissing." These are the kinds of acts recorded in the grand jury report as well, and as bad as they are, they do not constitute "rape."
True: no penetration means it isn't rape.  But that list of covered-up offenses is hardly what most people think of when you say "in the Name of Christ."
There have been two scandals related to the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church. Scandal I involves the enabling bishops who covered it up. Scandal II involves the media cover-up of the role played by gay molesters. 
Let me repeat what I have often said. Most gay priests are not molesters, but most of the molesters have been gay. Not to admit this—and this includes many bishops who are still living in a state of denial about it— means the problem will continue. Indeed, there are reports today about seminaries in Boston and Honduras that are disturbing. How do I know that most of the problem is gay-driven? The data are indisputable.
He is right that this is overwhelmingly priests going after boys.  Heterosexual abuse is a minority of the offenses.  Still, blaming gay men and ignoring their status as priests and the role of the Church in covering up both secular crimes and violations of Christian standards is hardly a ringing endorsement of Christ's representatives on Earth.  Matthew 18:6:
"If anyone causes one of these little ones--those who believe in me--to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Donohue should be looking for a way for the Church to make amends to these victims and make sure that the hierarchy that covered up these crimes never does this again.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Multiple IMAP Accounts in Gmail App

I need to add two IMAP accounts to my yahoo app on my new cellphone, or I'd not possible, to the Gmail app.  None of the online instructions seem to work.  They reference control icons not on this version of either app.

We May Be Reaching a Tipping Point

You probably know the Manafort jurors asked the judge for clarification of "beyond a reasonable doubt."  Now the lamestream media are asking the judge to give them the names and addresses of the jurors.  Antifa on your doorstep?  This is such an obvious attempt to intimidate the jury.  We may be reaching the point of doxxing the lamestream media reporters to get the message across.

Finally, Tolerable Temperatures

It is 70 degrees with a nice wind and cloud cover blocking the Sun.  I am sitting on my front porch watching the left go increasingly bonkers about record low young people unemployment and how the tech industry which tried and tries to stop Trump will be injured by the tariffs with China.  Perhaps they can learn about the America where Chinese dumping destroys jobs and the damage their use of H1Bs has had on American engineers.

More Reasons Why Millennials Need to Vote Democrat!

8/16/18 Wall Street Journal:
The unemployment rate among young Americans fell to its lowest level in more than 50 years this summer, though the share of young people looking for work remained well below its peak in 1989.
Of Americans between 16 and 24 years old actively looking for work this summer, 9.2% were unemployed in July, the Labor Department said Thursday, a drop from the 9.6% youth unemployment rate in July 2017. It was the lowest midsummer joblessness rate for youth since July 1966.
My wife and I had lunch at a new Mediterranean restaurant in Eagle, Taziki's, yesterday.  As we were leaving, a teenager was walking towards the restaurant with what appeared to be an employment application.  But everyone knows, Trump is an evil man trying to impoverish people by having an economy growing so fast that millennials will be able to move out of Mom's basement.

News Stories That Make You Wonder Whose Side The Criminal Justice System is On

8/15/18 NBC News reports that the compound where child abuse and murder were performed along with training children to do school mass murders by a jihadi has been demolished by the police.  Doing so after a trial might make sense; but before trial?  What if the defense claims the compound contained exculpatory evidence?  This almost looks like an attempt to prevent a successful prosecution.  Whose side are the local police on?  And 8/14/18 NBC News:
Four of the five suspects are expected to be released with GPS monitoring today -- a turn of events in a case that has focused on allegations of starving children being taught to carry out school shootings.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Just Listed my Pentax K10D on eBay

Wanr to get started with a DSLR?
I can't tell it from new.  Had the sensor professionally cleaned last year.  About 4500 exposures through it.  Includes a time lapse device (I bought a Pentax KS2 which has that built in.)  It comes with two spare batteries and the Pentax charger.  Note: there is no SD card in it.  Also, this is a 10.2MP camera; maximum ISO 1600; no video mode.  See here for more astrophotographs that I have taken with it.

Original box and manual.

A Mass Murder That Surprised Me

Monticello, Ga. (1921)
Farmer under investigation on charges of peonage murders eleven farmhands with assistance of another farmhand.  Murders were with axes and drowning.
Category: workplace
Suicide: no
Cause: eliminating witnesses
Weapon: ax, drowning[1]

[1] “Eleven Bodies Are Recovered,” Alexandria Gazette, Mar. 28, 1921, 1.
What surprised me was that in Georgia, a criminal investigation was under way of a farmer holding blacks in debt slavery, enough so that he murdered 11 witnesses.  I would have guessed based on how the period is often presented, that a state agency in Georgia investigating peonage, would have done so for a "how-to" manual.

By the way, 1921 was a bad year for mass murder.

Millenial Women on Feminism

8/13/18 CBS News:
Women age 18-35 (46 percent) are more likely than women over age 35 (34 percent) to consider themselves feminists.  Views of feminism are highly related to partisanship among both younger and older women.
Women Ages 18-35: Consider Yourself a Feminist
Total                      46%
Democrats          63%
Independents   48%
Republicans        29%
A majority of millennial women don't consider themselves feminists -- in spite of an educational system entirely built on promoting this!  I suspect much of this is revulsion at the way in which lesbians and straight men-haters dominate a movement once primarily focused on legal equality,

Splendid Antidote to Usual Leftist Rewrite of History

I have been watching this guy's videos for some weeks now as I recover, and I am very impressed:

Good News

My BMI has me in overweight category now.  The too many surgeries diet helped.

Those Aren't Forest Fires in California

They are transdisaster floods.  What's the right pronoun?

Is it cruel to tell people that gravity exists and that being transNewtonian when jumping off a building is not useful?

Where Transgender Takes You

8/14/18 Time:
A school district in southern Oklahoma was forced to shut down for two days after parents used a Facebook group to threaten violence against a transgender seventh-grade student.
Superintendent Rick Beene closed Achille Public Schools on Monday and Tuesday after parents posted claims on a Facebook group “Achille ISD Parents Group” that the student, who identifies as a girl, was looking over the stalls in the girls’ bathroom.
Threats of violence are wrong, assuming true.  But the school superintendent's response:
Beene would not confirm whether the alleged bathroom incident occurred.
If it did not happen, he should have said so.

Why would this mixed up kid do this?  Does he not have the Internet at home?  This is why I do not regard the T claims very seriously except as evidence of serious problems.  Public school support of this craziness is another argument for homeschooling.  Also, the left's insistence on this is part of why we have President Trump.

As one commenter observed:
Chromosomes matter

Rotherham Was Only the Tip of the Iceberg

8/15/18 Daily Mail lists defendants in another prostituting young girls ring:
Full list of defendants and charges

Banaras Hussain aged 37, of Shipley, is charged with one count of rape of a female over 16
Banaris Hussain, aged 35, of Huddersfield, is charged with one count of rape of a girl aged 13 – 15
Mohammed Suhail Arif, aged 30, of Huddersfield, is charged with rape of girl aged 13-15
Iftikar Ali, aged 37, of Huddersfield, is charged with attempted rape of girl aged 13-15 and three counts of rape of a girl aged 13-15
Mohammed Sajjad, aged 31, of Huddersfield, is charged with four counts of rape of a female age 13-15, one rape of a girl under 13 and facilitating the commission of a child sex offence
Fehreen Rafiq, aged 38, of Huddersfield, she is charged with two counts of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence
Umar Zaman, aged 30, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of rape of a female aged 13-15
Basharat Hussain, aged 31, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of rape of a female aged 13-15
Amin Ali Choli, aged 36, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of rape of a female over 16-years-old
Shaqeel Hussain, aged 35, of Dewsbury, is charged with rape of a female aged 13-15 and two counts of trafficking
Mubasher Hussain, aged 35, of Huddersfield, is charged with rape of a female aged 13-15 and sexual assault. Abdul Majid, aged 34, of Huddersfield
is charged with two counts of rape of female aged 13-15
Mohammed Dogar, aged 35, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of facilitating the commission of child sex offence
Usman Ali, aged 32, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of rape of a female aged 13-15
Mohammed Waqas Anwar, aged 29, of Huddersfield, is charged with five counts of rape of a female aged 13-15
Gul Riaz, aged 42, of Huddersfield, is charged with rape of a female aged 13-15
Mohammed Akram, aged 41, of Huddersfield, is charged with two counts of trafficking with a view to sexual exploitation of a female and rape of a female aged 14-15
Manzoor Akhtar, aged 29, of Huddersfield, is charged with trafficking and three counts of rape of a female aged 13-15
Samuel Fikru, aged 30, of Camden, has been charged with two counts of rape of female aged 13-15
Notice the long list of characteristically Mennonite and Baptist names there.  You might almost wonder if the religion encourages a "sex slavery is okay" mentality.

More Evidence the Democrats Are Recruiting From the Shallow End of the Gene Pool

8/15/18 CNN.  The Democratic nominee for governor "the first transgender gubernatorial nominee for a major political party," claims:
"I'm not a person that's big on labels because I found labels are used to separate people," Hallquist told Berman. "I look at the platform of a living wage and health care for all, that is called civilized society. I don't know even how that became socialism or Republican or Democrat. Let's be a civilized society."
She later added, "I'm not sure I even know what socialism is. I don't have the background to answer that question."
She's running for public office and does not even know a fundamental fact like the definition of socialism?  Not surprised; zhe does not seem to know hir own sex.

How Do You Show Support for Common Sense Gun Control?

Misplace your government-issued high capacity 9mm.  8/14/18 Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
A gun lent to Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez when she was Dallas County sheriff has been reported missing and authorities are trying to determine how it disappeared.

Valdez was issued a Beretta 9mm pistol on Oct. 3, 2011, as a loaner from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Range masters gun range inventory to carry as her on-duty weapon, according to a police report obtained by the Star-Telegram from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.
Valdez was lent the firearm after her personal gun, which happened to the same model gun as the loaner, “sustained a malfunction,” the police report stated.
The report filed on July 13 stated that when she resigned from the sheriff’s department on Dec. 31, it was discovered that the Berretta had not been returned to the gun range.
And here is candidate Valdez beating the drum for gun control:
There are many things we can do right now to try to keep our kids and community safer. We need to push for universal background checks, and we must also close loopholes, like the boyfriend loophole, to make sure domestic abusers and others who should not have a weapon don’t gain access. Also at the state level, I would push to make it a state offense to lie on a background check and ensure our law enforcement have case tracking databases.
It’s time for the adults to step up and act to do more to prevent gun violence. 
How about the adults acting like responsible adults?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Feeling Better

I went for about a three mile walk with my wife, daughter, grandkids and deranged springer spaniel yesterday.  I was tired but not exhausted at the end.

I Should Have Planned Ahead

A friend visiting me wanted to do some astrophotography with Big Bertha.  I have had pretty good luck with my Pentax K10D and tube balance because Pentax cameras are small and light.  His Canon is aptly named.  Once plugged into the eyepiece focuser, it was so heavy that it dragged the telescope down from the target.  Solution: provide a balance adjustment.  My Pentax KS-2 weighs 1 lbs. 10 ozs.  The prime focus adapter adds 2.2 ozs.  (The eyepiece projection part adds another 3.2 ozs.)

Just to give you more information that you do not need about astrophotography: The focal point for most telescopes is just where the eyepieces rest in the focuser.  For astrophotography, you need some in focus travel to get the telescope's focal point inside the camera, at the image sensor (or film plane in previous centuries).  You could look for a focuser with 5"-6" of focus travel, but not find one.

To deal with this problem, I had my telescope rebuilder put the focal point far enough outside the normal position to add a 3" long eyepiece tube extender in the focuser.  This means my eyepieces focus properly and by removing that 3" long tube extender, the focal point ends up in the camera.  The balance problem requires adding camera body weight + prime focus adapter weight - tube extender weight (or about 1 lb. 9 oz.) to the back of the telescope tube.  Clumsy looking but this uses two 15 oz. metal donuts from another project with a piece of electrical wire and a bungee strap.

 For the next time a visitor brings a hefty camera, I will need to add more weight at the rear, by adding more steel donuts.

What a Surprise

8/15/18 BBC:
The man arrested on suspicion of terror offences after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament has been named as Salih Khater by government sources.
The 29-year-old British citizen, originally from Sudan, has also been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, Met Police said.
He came to the UK as a refugee and was granted asylum, the BBC understands.
Another Mennonite terrorist, obviously.  Islam does not mean "religion of peace," but "Religion of submission" to God (or at least what Islamists imagine God to want).

This is Among the Most Horrifying News Stories That I Can Imagine

8/15/18 CNN:
(CNN)The Vatican has declined to respond to an explosive grand jury report detailing decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups by priests and bishops in Pennsylvania, refusing even to say whether church officials in Rome have read the damaging documents.
"We have no comment at this time," Paloma Ovejero, deputy director of the Vatican's press office, said Wednesday....
In the United States, both liberal and conservative Catholics displayed a rare unity in pressing the Pope to respond to the Pennsylvania grand jury report.
"The silence from the Vatican is disturbing," said Massimo Faggioli [an unfortunate last name], a theology professor at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. "I don't think the Pope necessarily has to say something today. He needs time to understand the situation. But someone from the Vatican should say something."
8/15/18 Washington Post:
Poulson is one of more than 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania named in a grand jury report released Tuesday that accuses church leaders of covering up rampant child sexual abuse over the course of 70 years. In the most sweeping probe by a government agency of clergy abuse in the United States, the grand jury was able to identify more than 1,000 victims while advising that there were likely to be thousands more. 
The report is an index of frightful physical and psychological violence. It recounts how one priest allegedly abused five sisters in a single family; how another confessed to raping 15 boys as young as 7; how a victim was bound and whipped with leather straps; and how a victim died from an overdose of painkillers taken for a back injury suffered during a particularly violent attack. Most of the victims, the court said, will never be able to pursue cases against their alleged attackers, as state law gives victims of child sex abuse until they are 30 to undertake civil suits, 50 to file criminal charges. 
Now I know some of my readers blame the Jews for this because their Church could not do this.  The Church is not responsible for every depraved priest in its employ.  But I am surprised that the Catholic Church hasn't experienced a revolution from within because of this.  There are plenty of priests who did not abuse children, and I am sure the laity are truly horrified by the depravity committed in the Name of Christ.  But is there no mechanism for the good and godly majority to force a house cleaning?  The Council of Constance resolved the three popes controversy by asserting that ecumenical councils are above the pope in authority. 

I really want this mess cleaned up.  Every Catholic kid who is told that sexual abuse is a way of growing closer to Jesus Christ is a child unlikely to grow up a believing Christian.  The Catholic Church's defense of innocent life and Biblical morality is pretty well discredited in battles with the world by these horrifying crimes.

    Talk About Opportunism

    This AP story about Omarosa Manigault Newman reports:
    In the book, Manigault Newman suggests she joined Trump’s campaign — despite the misgivings she said she had about her longtime friend and mentor — after an arrangement to join Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign fell through and left her feeling spurned.
    She writes that Trump and his campaign were “eager for my help” and she wanted to experience working on a campaign at a “high level.” And, “since Trump had little chance of winning, it would be ‘no harm, no foul’ for me to have worked with the campaign for however long it lasted,” she wrote.
    She preferred Clinton, but helped Trump get elected?  Wow.   She stood for nothing but her own advancement.  The overall story is about how black Americans don't respect her.  Even if you aren't black, her own statements make her hard to respect.

    Monday, August 13, 2018

    When the Onion Can't Beat Reality

    TaxProfBlog reports on the newest church to receive 501(c)(3) status from IRS, which discriminates against men and the transgendered--by their own admission.  And no, I will not report their vulgar name.

    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Proof That Trump Has Unleashed a Storm of Racism in America

    8/12/18 New York Times:
    The white supremacists were met along their march route and at the rally site by thousands of counterdemonstrators denouncing racism and white supremacy. The white nationalists, who numbered about two dozen, stayed in Lafayette Square, a park just north of the White House, for a short time and left before 6 p.m.
    Wow!  Two dozen!  POC have so much to worry about!  When in doubt, use a magnifying glass and those ants from Them are scary:

    Okay, Start Making Up the Jokes

    8/11/18 Pioneer Press headline:
    Four women on a unicorn get stuck in the weeds. Deputy ropes them in.
    A rainbow unicorn at that.

    Democratic Support for Civil War II

    Zogby polling shows 39% support secession of their state, more among Democrats and blacks. They finally understand federalism, now that they aren't in charge.  And that's how it was in 1860, when they lost the Presidency.

    Good News: British Gun Control Works

    8/12/18 [UK] Daily Star:
    Two kids among ten injured by SHOTGUN in Manchester shooting rampage at street party

    Saturday, August 11, 2018

    Good News: Canadian Gun Control Works!

    8/10/18 New York Daily News:
    At least four people, two of them police officers, were killed during an early-morning shooting at a residential neighborhood in Canada, authorities said.

    Fredericton Police said they were responding to an incident on Brookside Drive in New Brunswick around 7 a.m. local time on Friday....

    New Brunswick was the site of another mass shooting in 2014, which resulted in the deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers. Another two were injured in Monctcon, which is about 100 miles outside Fredericton.

    At the time, it was one of the worst shooting incidents of its kind in Canada, where gun laws are significantly stricter than they are in the United States.
    Of course, Canada has has much worse mass murders such as the Ecole Polytechnique.


    I am told by a nurse that this many surgeries in four weeks is causing this overwhelming exhaustion.  Worse, my ability to speak is declining.   12 hours of sleep per day; I keep waiting to feel recovered.   This morning, I can talk,  Still tired,

    Friday, August 10, 2018

    Still Trying to Figure Out How This Gal Can Be This Stupid and Feed Herself

    8/8/18 CNN interview with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:
    CORTEZ: So, first of all, the thing that we need to realize is people talk about the sticker shock of Medicare for all. They do not talk about the sticker shock of our -- of the cost of our existing system. 
    You know in a Koch Brothers-funded, you know, study, if any study's going to try to be a little bit slanted, it would be one funded by the Koch brothers. It shows that Medicare for all is actually much more -- is actually much cheaper than the current system that we pay right now. 
    And let's not forget that the reason that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act is because they ruled that each of these monthly payments that everyday American make is a tax. And so, while it may not seem like we pay that tax on April 15th, we pay it every single month or we do pay at tax season if we don't buy, you know, these plans off of the exchange. 
    So, we're paying for this system. We -- Americans have the sticker shock of healthcare as it is, and what we're also not talking about is, why aren't we incorporating the cost of all the funeral expenses of those who died because they can't afford access to healthcare? That is part of the cost of our system. [emphasis added]
    It appears that Medicare recipients never need funerals.  My, that's a relief!  I am never going to die!

    Perhaps she means premature deaths, but even then, "no one get out of here alive."   Is no one on the left even a little embarrassed by this idiocy?

    More Evidence Gun Control is a Projection Problem

    8/8/18 Daily Mail:
    • Brian Sebring, 44, of Tampa, Florida, was arrested for shooting Alex Stephens, 46, also of Tampa, in the thigh and buttocks after their online disagreement
    • Police say the row was sparked by a political disagreement on Facebook
    • Stephens reportedly began sending Sebring 'explicit messages and threats'
    • Sebring then armed himself with an AR-15 and Glock, drove round to Stephens' house just two miles away from his own home, and opened fire
    • He fled the scene but later turned himself in and was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed firearm 
    Facebook dispute boiled over into real life on Monday when a Democrat drove over to another man's home and shot him.
    Brian Sebring, 44, of Tampa, Florida, was arrested for shooting Alex Stephens, 46, also of Tampa, in the thigh and buttocks after their online disagreement.

    Thursday, August 9, 2018

    Not Paying Enough Attention

    CBS News reports a guy soliciting murder for hire of ICE agents and wanted to slit Sen. McCain's throat.

    Start Open Carrying

    The New,York Times had run a puff piece about what a cool place Boise is. What if their readers come here?  Open carry should worry them.

    All Politics Needs Some Laughs

    8/8/18 Daily Mail:
    Green party spoiler candidate in Ohio election whose 1,100 votes could tilt outcome says his ancestors were from another planet and can't remember his own campaign website address
    Joe Manchik played spoiler Tuesday in Ohio, taking nearly enough votes in from the Democrat in a special election to trigger a statewide automatic recount
    The native of Hell, Michigan says his ancestors came from a distant planet and couldn't remember his own website address during an interview this year
    He claims marijuana is the solution to opioid addiction and says he speaks 19 languages including 'Spanglish' and 'Sheet Music'
    Calls Israel's prime minister a 'war criminal' and says every American should be required to grow hemp
    And do you wonder why no one takes the Green Party seriously?

    Training Kids to Do School Shootings

    TAOS, N.M. — The father of a missing 4-year-old Georgia boy was training children at a filthy New Mexico compound to commit school shootings, prosecutors alleged in court documents Wednesday. The documents say Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was conducting weapons training with assault rifles at the compound near the Colorado border that was raided by authorities Friday....
    Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe previously said adults at the compound were "considered extremist of the Muslim belief." He did not elaborate, saying it was part of the investigation.
    What a shocker.

    The Standards for Basic Spamming Are Collapsing!

    Subject: Greet to you from your tasty person! Sir Auspicious;)
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    good morning from me.
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    Wednesday, August 8, 2018

    If a Solid Block of Aluminum is a 0% Receiver

    What is a bunch of soda cans?  A -80% receiver?

    The Manafort Trial Just Keeps Getting Better

    8/7/18 The Guardian:
    Gates appeared nervous on the witness stand at the court in Alexandria, Virginia, blinking frequently, his throat apparently dry as he spoke. He frequently used the phrases “It’s possible” and “I don’t recall” as Downing challenged him about inconsistencies in testimony he gave to the special counsel’s office.
    “When did you start providing false and misleading information to the special counsel’s office?” the defence counsel asked bluntly.
    Gates struggled so badly to give a straight answer that eventually Judge T S Ellis III was forced to intervene. “Did you provide false information or did you have a bad memory?” he asked.
    Gates finally admitted that he had provided false information prior to striking a plea agreement. “I did, to one count, your honour,” he said.
    So he admits to lying to the prosecutors; striking a plea bargain; now he is testifying against someone the prosecutors want to put in a vise to squeeze.  He also admitted to embezzling funds from both Manafort and the inaugural committee.  What jury is going to give Gates' testimony much trust?

    Blue Wave Breaks Short?

    8/7/18 New York Times reports narrow Republican victory in special election for empty House seat.  To be fair, this is a high income white district: the sort of place where Democrats should expect to win.  8/8/18 USA Today reports uncounted ballots have just been found reducing margin of victory.  Notice how these missing ballots never help the Republican?  You have to stay up very late getting those ballots marked!

    Tuesday, August 7, 2018

    I Don't Think the Government's Case is Going Well

    8/7/18 Washington Post reports that the government's main witness against Manafort (for crimes allegedly before his work for Trump, and unrelated to the Trump campaign) admitted embezzling money from Manafort to pay for an extramarital affair:
    Just before the jury left for the day, Rick Gates echoed other prosecution witnesses in saying Paul Manafort kept a close eye on his financial affairs.
    “Mr. Manafort in my opinion kept fairly frequent updates,” Gates said, after a discussion of movement between their consulting firm’s offshore accounts. “Mr. Manafort was very good at knowing where the money was and where it was going.”
    Judge Ellis, as he has repeatedly, interjected.
    “He didn’t know about the money you were stealing,” Ellis said, “so he didn’t do it that closely.”
    The comment by the judge goes to a question at the heart of the trial — how much fraud could possibly have gone on under Manafort’s nose without his knowledge.
    I think the jury may have trouble trusting Gates' word.  Even better Gates admitted that had he been prosecuted he would have been facing 50-100 years in prison.  Sounds like a good reason to turn states' evidence, regardless of the truth.

    Remember: Voter Fraud is "Fake News"

    8/6/18 McClatchy News:

    Habersham County’s Mud Creek precinct in northeastern Georgia had 276 registered voters ahead of the state’s primary elections in May.
    But 670 ballots were cast, according to the Georgia secretary of state’s office, indicating a 243 percent turnout.
    The discrepancy, included in a number of sworn statements and exhibits filed as part of a federal lawsuit against the state by election security activists, comes amid swelling public concern for the security of Georgia’s voting systems. Georgia is one of four states that uses voting machines statewide that produce no paper record for voters to verify, making them difficult to audit, experts say.
    And Obama claimed he was joking when he said, "Vote early, vote often."

    How to Make Conspiracy Theorists Look Sane

    Instapundit observes:
    INFOWARS BANNED BY APPLE, FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE, SPOTIFY, ALL WITHIN 24 HOURS: Lesson one in undermining conspiracy theorists is not doing stuff to them that looks a whole lot like a conspiracy.
    Alex Jones is a serious problem promoting various bizarre conspiracy theories about 9/11 and Newtown.  But the solution to wrong speech is more speech, not less.  As long as I can find Holocaust denier videos on YouTube, they aren't serious about their reasons.

    Roger Simon pointed me to this apparent explanation of why Holocaust deniers are okay at 7/20/18 CNET.  Zuckerberg explains:
    content from Holocaust deniers should not be taken down from the platform because "I don't think that they're intentionally getting it wrong," he said.
    "It's hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent," he continued. "I just think, as abhorrent as some of those examples are, I think the reality is also that I get things wrong when I speak publicly."
    But he understands Alex Jones' intent?  Anyone who can't figure out the intent of the Holocaust deniers is pretty dense.

    Real Efforts at Health Care Reform

    8/3/18 The Hill:
    Hospitals will be required to post online a list of their standard charges under a rule finalized Thursday by the Trump administration.
    While hospitals are already required to make this information public on request, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said the new rule would require the info be posted online to "encourage price transparency" and improve "public accessibility."
    Starting Jan. 1, hospitals will be required to update the information annually.
    The CMS said it is also considering how to "allow consumers to more easily access relevant healthcare data and compare providers."
    Competition in health care as a way of cutting costs?  Why didn't the Democrats think of this?  That's right, their goal wasn't reducing costs.

    I Know What He Meant, But It Still Sounds Weird

    8/6/18 Chicago Tribune:
    Emanuel, police officials react to one of Chicago's most violent weekends of 2018: 'We are better than what we saw'
    By which they meant this level of brutality is not typical of Chicago's people.  Very true: but would you want to live there around the atypical Chicagoans?
    At least 74 people were shot, 12 fatally, between 3 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday. The victims ranged in age from 11 to 62.
    According to Tribune data, it marked the worst violence of any single weekend in Chicago since at least before 2016, the year in which homicides hit records unseen for two decades.
    And Sunday saw more victims shot in a single day since at least September 2011 when the Tribune began tracking every shooting in Chicago. For the entire day, 47 people were shot, including a stunning 40 during a seven-hour period early Sunday.
    At a late-morning news conference at the Gresham District station on the South Side, Johnson acknowledged in answer to a reporter’s question that no arrests had been made in any of the dozens of shootings over the weekend.
    He said detectives had promising leads in several shootings.
    Johnson expressed frustration at the blame laid on Chicago police for the violence when it’s those pulling the triggers who need to be held accountable.
    “It’s the same individuals that continuously commit these crimes,” he said. "Where's the accountability for them?"
    Good question.  How long do killers get in prison for murder, attempted murder, drug trafficking, rape, and all the other crimes that the left doesn't see as important.  (Not like offering straws.)

    There Will Be Blood

    Not just a movie title.  The nurse removed IVs from both arms yesterday, and even hours later they were bleeding.  My daughter brought me home because Rhonda has the flu, and Hilary rebandaged both sites.  And Rhonda did both sites again in the evening.  At least at 6:00 AM, I remembered to apply styptic pencil to the still bleeding left arm hole.  It didn't sting, but it does seem to have stopped the bleeding.  The right arm site seems to have stopped.

    I'm washing sheets in cold water and borax because hot water sets blood.

    The pain in the right leg:  where they chainsawed me open (apparently a large incision required to repair a hole in an artery; those are high pressures pipes) hurts, but mostly a dull ache.  Some inches below there on the inner leg, I was having pain like a very precise blowtorch was being played along the inner part of my leg.  The vascular surgeon says that is a nerve, and will go away in days to weeks.  I iced it all of yesterday, and it is getting better; it doesn't always hurt when I stand on that leg now, 

    I used to wonder how people could regard death as a mercy; I no longer wonder.

    Monday, August 6, 2018

    When Even CNN Admits It

    6/18/18 CNN:
    Cillizza: Prior to Donald Trump taking over as President, what was the policy toward undocumented immigrants entering the country with small children?
    Meissner: Before the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy, families arriving at the border without authorization to enter but claiming a credible fear if returned home were permitted to enter to apply for asylum. Whether or not they were detained while applying for asylum depended on a series of court rulings and legislation, in addition to the availability of detention bed space.
    A 1997 court settlement agreed to by the US government in a case called Flores v. Reno, which remains in effect today, requires the government to release children from immigration detention without unnecessary delay to, in order of preference, parents, other adult relatives or licensed programs willing to accept custody. If children cannot be released, Flores requires the government to hold them in the "least restrictive" setting available. The 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, signed by President George W. Bush, codified parts of the settlement into federal law.
    In 2015, a federal judge in California ruled that the Flores requirements apply not only to unaccompanied minors but also to children apprehended with their parents, meaning that all minors must be released from detention if possible. The judge also ordered the Department of Homeland Security to release parents detained along with their children. An appeals court in 2016 affirmed that Flores applied to all children but reversed the ruling that parents should be released as well.
    Amid a surge in family flows, there were not enough detention beds available to hold families even for the 20 days allowed under the court settlement, causing many to be released. The family detention system currently has capacity to hold just 2,700 people at a time -- resulting in the "catch and release" that President Trump railed against in his election campaign and since.
    So separating the kids was not a Trump-created policy.  To the left, it was fine when a Democratic Administration did it.

      Another School-Related Shooting; Bad Guy Goes to Hospital?

      8/6/18 WFTV:

      Just Waiting for My Daughter to Pick Me Up

      Ready to go home, but Rhonda has some sort of flu.

      Saturday, August 4, 2018

      ER Again

      Appendicitis?  Apparently not.  But catheterization site in my groin now has a pseudo aneurysm which a vascular surgeon is fixing in the morning.  There is sign of appendicitis and the hope is that pain in my lower right side is radiated pain from the pseudo aneurysm.

      The good news is that my anemia is nearly gone.  I had something similar to energy today!  My hemocrit number is almost normal.

      Curiously,  the  lower right abdominal pain is either gone or masked by whatever painkiller they gave me during surgery.  I can feel the place they chainsaw ed me open to get to the femoral artery, so I am thinking the "appendicitis" was actually caused by the pseudo aneurysm.

      I need to find less traumatic ways to spend weekends.

      After a,whole day, the abdominal pain is gone.   Glad I persisted as did the E/R doctor.

      I Don't Watch Broadcast TV Anymore So Seeing This Madness Just Unnerves Me

      Word Salad? No, Word Shrapnel

      8/3/18 College Fix:
      In her paper, “‘How to Write as Felt’: Touching Transmaterialities and More-Than-Human Intimacies,” published online in late July by Studies in Philosophy and Education, Springgay suggests that felt, a “dense material of permanently interlocking fibers,” can be linked to racism and capitalism.
      “[T]his paper addresses ‘the problem of education’ that is predicated on cis-heteronormative White supremacist settler colonial logics that assume knowledge enters from an outside, that is predicated on progress, and that regulates and violently disavows particular bodies,” it states.
      “Felting as a posthuman proposition demands that we stop thinking broadly about … education. Instead we need to consider intimate transmaterial touching relations that do not intensify settler colonial mastery over human and nonhuman life,” the paper adds. 
      Can you decode that?

      This Dean Sounds Like He Has No Sense of Right and Wrong

      Of course he is dean at a Catholic college.  When will the Catholic Church rein in its institutions of lower learning?  8/3/18 College Fix reports on a lawsuit file by a student suspended for groping a fellow student on a cruise ship.  The police chose not to prosecute.  What did the college do along with suspending the student:
      The 1st Circuit had faulted the college for the behavior of its then-dean of students, Paul Chebator, who discouraged the Title IX hearing board from issuing a “no finding” verdict in its adjudication of Doe. One of Chebator’s underlings, Carol Hughes, had also asked the board to put another student “at ease” who was considered an “alternative culprit,” which the appeals court found unfair to Doe.
      Now the college wants a bench trial, presumably because judges are not big on this due process idea when SJWs are at fault.

      Russia As a Distraction From China

      8/1/18 KPIX:
      Now, all eyes are on Chinese intelligence in the Bay Area after the website Politico reported last week that a staffer for Senator Feinstein turned out to be a Chinese spy who reported back to the government officials about local politics.
      On Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle uncovered additional details in a column written by reporters Phil Matier and Andy Ross.
      The column revealed that the Chinese spy was Feinstein’s driver who also served as a gofer in her Bay Area office and was a liaison to the Asian-American community.

      It Seems a Bad Reason, But the Port Arthur Mass Murderer Had This As His Goal

      8/3/18 San Diego Union-Tribune:
      According to the report, [redacted] told investigators that his brother “would have planned the attack to kill a large amount of people because he would want to be known as having the largest casualty count. [redacted] always wanted to be the best and known to everyone.”
      The Port Arthur mass murderer claimed his goal was to be famous.

      Friday, August 3, 2018

      Strangest YouTube Video That I Have Ever Seen

      The New Camera

      HD video auto focuses pretty well:
      The advantages of 20 megapixels:

      The limitation here is likely the lens that I am using.  A couple years back I had bought a Pentax 100-300mm zoom and took pictures at same focal length with it and a Tamron 28-200mm zoom.  The Pentax produced a markedly higher resolution image.

      One of the first largely smoke-free days.

      The time lapse mode was a little unobvious how to set up, and unlike regular movie mode, it produces AVI files which I have to use VLC to see.  This was shot in Full HD (4K is an option):

      If the Idiots Ban 80% Receivers...

      The 0% receiver.

      The B12 Appears to Have Been the Deficiency

      At least, my energy levels are rising.  I am still not where I need to be, but I am getting more energy than I had last week.

      The Ultimate "Do Not Try This At Home, Kids" Video

      From uranium ore to metallic uranium in some guy's home lab:

      And you thought a website showing pronouns having sex was unlikely.  You can find anything on the Internet.  Remember Doc Brown having to buy plutonium from Libyans for his repurposed DeLorean?  I suspect if you look long enough, you can find some guy showing the used uranium fuel to plutonium process on his kitchen table.  Okay, it might be one of his last videos.

      Why Democrats May Do Worse Than They Expect in November

      This Harris Poll fvrom late June shows that 76% of registered voters support "secure borders"; 26% support "open borders."  In reasponse to the current Democratic Party slogan of "Abolish ICE," 69% disapprove; 31% want it "disbanded."  64% say illegals should be sent home.  When asked how to deter illegal immigration ,only 15% say they do not want to see stronger border enforcement.  84% believe cities should be required to notify ICE when they arrest illegals for crimes.

      Now there are other issues Americans care about, like jobs and a growing economy, but these are such strong suits for Trump that Democrats are reduced to saying that historic lows of unemployment are not that important.

      I keep seeing this poll cited as showing rising support for Trump among Hispanics, but I can't find any questions that break down support for Trump by ethnic group.  6/27/18 The Hill says, citing this survey:
      Trump's approval rating was lifted in part by a 10 point climb among Hispanic voters.
      This may be a surprise, but many Hispanics are either U.S. citizens or lawful immigrants.  That they would share the same concerns about illegal immigration as the rest of is not a surprise.

      Thursday, August 2, 2018

      What a Surprise

      8/2/18 AFP:
      Washington (AFP) - A Chinese-American engineer faces charges of stealing valuable technology from General Electric, sneaking it out hidden in a picture of the sunset to take to China, the US Justice Department said.
      Xiaoqing Zheng, 56, a US citizen also believed to have Chinese nationality, was due to appear before a judge in Albany, New York on Thursday, a day after his arrest, according to federal prosecutors.
      Following a four-year investigation, the FBI arrested Xiaoqing Zheng after searching his home and finding, among other things, a handbook detailing "resources" Beijing would grant to individuals providing certain technologies.
      It's almost like we are at war with China.

      Whatever is Causing the Anemia, It is Getting Better

      My doctor still doesn't know the cause, but it is better than when I was in the hospital.  Maybe all the B12 is helping.

      If You Believe This Account of the Manafort Trial That Mueller is Apparently Using

      to leverage damaging testimony against Trump, Manafort may walk.  8/2/18 PJMedia:
      Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team appeared to struggle in front of  federal judge T.S. Ellis on day two of the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in Alexandria, VA, Wednesday.
      The 78-year-old Reagan-appointed judge rebuked Mueller's prosecutors repeatedly, casting doubt on the strength of their arguments.
      It is looking increasingly possible that Manafort, who is facing charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering, making false statements, and working as an unregistered agent of the government of Ukraine, may end up prevailing in court, making the special counsel look foolish.
      Mueller’s prosecutors stunned the courtroom when they told the judge they may not put their "star witness" Rick Gates on the stand to testify against Manafort, his former business partner....
      It turns out, the defense was looking forward to cross-examining purported liar/crook/embezzler/snitch Gates, who is suspected of being willing to say whatever Mueller's team wants in exchange for leniency.
      In his opening statement on Tuesday, defense attorney Thomas Zehnle blasted Gates, calling him a liar who embezzled millions from Manafort’s company and then committed financial fraud to cover it up.
      Without some way to force Manafort to testify (truthfully or falsely) against Trump, Mueller has what?  Nothing.  This might end soon enough for the soy latte drinkers to attempt a coup d'etat using compostable straws against the Secret Service.  The media meltdown would make 2016 Election Night seem joyful.   This 8/1/18 Bloomberg News report gives much the same coverage.

      More Leftist Projection

      The left says Trump supporters are racists.  So the New York Times just hired someone with a history of racist tweets that would even embarrass many Ivy League faculty.  You can read the horrendous examples here.  Do not kid yourselves; the left wants a race war, and the overprivileged whites who back them are going to wonder why they are targeted by their own allies.

      A Serial Murderer You Have Never Heard Of

      Georgia Tann.  Not relevant to my book, but tragically interesting, nonetheless.  My daughter, who works for CPS, told me about this monster, who with the assistance of local officials, kidnapped children from the 1920s through 1950, forced or tricked parents into giving up their parental rights, then made millions of dollars from parents who wanted to adopt.  Some who were not adoptable were murdered (with complicity of local doctors falsifying the cause of death), and some were victims of child sexual abuse.

      As Instapundit Asks, "Why are Leftist Controlled Institutions Such Hotbeds of Racism?"

      8/2/18 Boston Globe:
      The rising sophomore at Smith College was quietly eating her lunch in a campus common room when a police officer approached her Tuesday afternoon.
      A college employee had called police to report someone who “seemed out of place” in a Smith building that was being used for a summer program. But when campus police arrived, they found a Smith student, taking a break from her campus job.
      There was “nothing suspicious about the student’s presence,” the school said in a statement released Wednesday about the incident, the latest example of police being called to investigate black people in everyday situations.
      Even better:
      She wrote that a white college employee had reported her to the police as a “suspicious black male.” 
      Racist and transphobic (or just confused)!

      Any Question Why the Left Wants Law-Abiding People Disarmed?

      Then watch this video of Antifa's fight instructor, summarized here:
      A new undercover video from James O'Keefe's Project Veritas features Antifa “fight instructors” teaching activists how to incapacitate political enemies by violently attacking them.
      "If you get a good liver or kidney shot, it's pretty much crippling them," the Antifa instructor said. "They're going to be pretty much doubled over and in a lot of pain."
      The instructor also recommended breaking one of the floating ribs to cause maximum pain in a victim. "It's hard to move after that -- to catch a breath," he added helpfully. He told the activists that once the target is incapacitated, they can either run away or "really put a beating on them" if they want to "make it personal."
      I cannot imagine going anywhere that Antifa is demonstrating.  But if they decide to shut down cities in rage after the "blue wave" turns out to be 2 mm high, I will be armed to deal with criminal attacks that qualify as "great bodily injury."  (Breaking bones meets the requirement.)  The Democrats are preparing for civil war (just line in 1860); we better be as well.

      Antifa is the Democratic Party's brownshirts (the previous Democratic Party auxillary, the KKK, is now out of fashion).

      FBI: The People Are Watching

      7/31/18 The Hill:
      A majority of Americans believe the FBI exhibited political bias in its handling of its high-profile investigations involving President Trump and his 2016 Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton, according to a new poll.
      The survey of 1,058 registered voters conducted by the HarrisX polling company for Hill.TV’s public opinion show "What America’s Thinking" found that 62 percent of Americans believe that the FBI was biased in its handling of the high-profile investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as secretary of State.
      Thirty-eight percent believed that bias favored Clinton, while 24 percent thought the bias hurt the former Democratic presidential nominee.
      A similar percentage of Americans, 59 percent, said they believed the FBI also suffered from bias in the Trump probe, but more believed the president was hurt by that bias.
      And that is in spite of the Democratic Party's ownership of effectively all organs of news and entertainment.