Sunday, March 18, 2018

More Evidence That Ignorance is Alive and Well

I am sure that you know that slang expression "hooker" is commonly believed to be derived from the name of Civil War General Joseph Hooker, who has a statue outside the Boston legislature.  The entrance door near it is called, for no apparent reason, the General Hooker Entrance. 3/15/18 CBS Boston:
BOSTON (CBS) – A Massachusetts lawmaker wants the “General Hooker Entrance” sign removed from the State House because she calls it a double entendre “misrepresented as respect for a long-dead general.”
Michelle DuBois – a state representative from Brockton, West Bridgewater, and East Bridgewater – tweeted a picture of the sign on Wednesday, saying “#MeToo it’s not all about rape & harassment but also women’s dignity.”
So she thinks, what?  The statue was put up to justify the double entendre entrance name?  I think her parents named her Michelle because they knew America's first black First Lady would be named Michelle.

Oh yes:
A rumor also swirled that the slang word “hooker” came to be based on a group of women prostitutes who used to follow General Hooker around during the Civil War.
Massachusetts Historical Society Librarian Peter Drummey clarified: “It’s not true that it was started because of him. It pre-dates the Civil War. They were really talking about the camp followers, the prostitutes, and other shady hanging around his headquarters.

Ballistic Testing

Ammunition to Go.
Ballistic gelatin tested gobs of JHPs for penetration.  Of course they sell all of this stuff.

Lucky Gunner has something similar.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Okay, This Tops the Johns Hopkins Surgeon Who Did His Own Appendectomy

A Kentucky midwife helped deliver her own baby via Caesarean section — stunning even her doctors.
Emily Dial, of Lawrenceburg, scrubbed in for the surgery and gave birth Sunday to a baby girl at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
With medical gloves on over her IV, the certified nurse-midwife reportedly pulled the 7-pound, 15-ounce baby from her abdomen on her own.

I Look Forward to Gun Control Groups Making Excuses

3/16/18 Far Left Watch reports on the leader of the Maoist Red Guards Austin being charged with felon in possession weapons charge.

That Bridge Collapse in Florida

Another, "We warned the government and they dropped the ball" story.  3/17/18 Boston Herald:
MIAMI — An engineer left a voicemail two days before a catastrophic bridge failure in Miami to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span, but the voicemail wasn't picked up until after the collapse, Florida Department of Transportation officials said Friday.
The voicemail left on a landline wasn't heard by a state DOT employee until Friday because the employee was out of the office on an assignment, the agency said in an email.
Maybe he should have requested a callback or left a message somewhere else as well.
The $14.2 million project was supposed to take advantage of a faster, cheaper and safer method of bridge-building promoted by the university.
Why they call it an ivory tower.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Still Fighting These Things That Appear in Lower Corner of Screen

They either take me to or some conservative Canadian's webpage.  I have used the exclude feature in the Chrome Settings and these silly popups keep appearing.  What makes them annoying is that if you try to do anything in that section of the screen in any application, you get taken to these webpages.  Is there any way to make these stop?

The Walkout Was Less Voluntary Than It Appears

HILLIARD, Ohio — An Ohio high school student says he tried to remain nonpolitical during school walkouts over gun violence and was suspended for a day because he stayed in a classroom instead of joining protests or the alternative, a study hall.
Hilliard senior Jacob Shoemaker says school isn't the place for politics, and he wasn't taking sides Wednesday.
The district says it's responsible for students' safety and they can't be unsupervised.
Does anyone besides me smell revenge?

Have Not Had a Chance to Evaluate It Yet

It claims to give instructions to cut and bolt together an AR-15 lower from aluminum flats.  Yes,  you could use a CNC milling machine to make one out of a block of 6061 aluminum, but unless you have a much more powerful one than I do,  the Pink Shirts will have dragged you off to re-education camp before the milling is done.

Looks complete and not a trivial build.  Might be easier to write gCode for it to make in CNC mill.

A harsh reality of small mills is that they can only do operations slowly because of limited power.  The deeper the cut or harder the material, the slower you go to avoid jamming it.   Right now,  I am building a spacer to raise my lathe's tool holder to let me use a 6" chuck.  I am cutting a .337" deep channel in acetal at .001 inches per minute.  The only thing that makes this speed tolerable is that it is running while I am at the gym working out.  At this speed I am not afraid of it jamming.

Old Enough to Drive a Two-Ton Death Machine on Public Roads...

Old enough to own a rifle.

Fascists Used Violence Against Their Innocents

And yet another Democrat reveals the party's underlying nature,  attacking a Trump administration official.   I would make a point of the fact that she is a woman, but chivalry is pretty well dead.

No Easy Way to Summarize This Except "PC Insanity"

They, meaning the ACLU and advocates for gender-neutral bathrooms, promised that no transgendered individual would ever abuse the law — they simply want a place to pee.
Along came Timothy Paul Coyle, also known as Samantha Amanda Coyle. He had other plans, plans that the ACLU lawyers had perhaps foreseen but dismissed.
Coyle was banging on the door of a shelter for abused women, and he was demanding entry.
In late January, Coyle was homeless, as he so often is. He was also inebriated and got into a fight at the Brother Francis Shelter, according those familiar with the incident. In some of his legal records, he lists Brother Francis Shelter as his home; readers can safely assume the staff is familiar with him.
The Brother Francis Shelter takes both homeless men and women, but because of the circumstances of his inebriation and fight, the staff sent him over to the Hope Center, which runs a shelter for abused and battered women who are homeless.
It’s likely that Brother Francis staff figured Coyle’s assumed female identity would be enough to get him in the door, and they were just trying to move him along.
Coyle has always been identified in newspaper accounts and criminal charges (there are many) as a man.  He has never changed his/her/its name nor been surgically altered.  This transgendering is very recent.  The battered women's shelter would have to put this drunk man on mats next to abused women for the night. 

When will this madness end?

I Hope My Readers Are Not Part of This 65%

3/15/18 CNBC:
Despite a low unemployment rate and increasing wage growth, Americans still aren't saving much. That's according to a new survey from, which found that 20 percent of Americans don't save any of their annual income at all and even those who do save aren't putting away a lot.
Only 16 percent of survey respondents say that they save more than 15 percent of what they make, which is what experts generally recommend. A quarter of respondents report saving between 6 and 10 percent of their income and 21 percent say they sock away 5 percent or less.

What Happened?

Her continuing mishaps suggest that her health has indeed been bad for some time.  3/15/18 Daily Mail:
The former Secretary of State injured her right hand on Tuesday after slipping in a bathtub at the palace where she was staying in Jodhpur. 
Doctors were called to the Umaid Bhawan Palace and diagnosed the 70-year-old with a sprain, advising her to rest which forced her to cancel plans to visit the Mehrangarh Fort that evening. 
But the pain only worsened, and by Wednesday morning she decided to get her hand checked out at Goyal Hospital. 
Doctors there administered a CT Scan and an X-ray of Clinton's wrist, and determined that she had a hairline fracture, the Times of India reports.

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Anyone can slip and fall, but the sheer number of these incidents suggests that things are not quite right in Felonia Pantsuit's head.

More Evidence That Tryump is Putin's Puppet

3/15/18 Reuters:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the U.S. power grid, marking the first time the United States has publicly accused Moscow of hacking into American energy infrastructure.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Sign of Engineering No Longer Dominated by White Heterosexual Men?

3/15/18 Miami Herald:
A pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed Thursday less than a week after crews dropped the elevated span in place over the Tamiami Trail in an effort to provide Florida International Univeristy students a safe route across the busy roadway.
The bridge, scheduled to be completed in 2019, collapsed atop an unknown number of people and cars underneath. Police quickly closed the road. It is not known how many people may have been injured in the collapse, which was clearly a major failure of a on-going project not expected to be completed until early 2019.
South Florida’s WSVN reported that several people had been killed. Television news helicopters were ordered to back off so rescuers could listen for sounds from survivors....
Touted as an “instant bridge,” the 950-ton pedestrian walkway was installed in a single morning at Southwest 109th Avenue on Saturday, intended eventually to link Florida International University’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus directly to the small suburban city of Sweetwater, where the university estimates 4,000 of its students live. 

The Siege of Jadotville

Amazing film about Irish peacekeepers sent to the Belgian Congo in 1961 and how they were screwed over by a UN bureaucrat who went on to become an Irish politician, Connor Cruise O'Brien, who recently  wrote a scurrilous attack on Thomas Jefferson because the Declaration of Independence encourages gun ownership and the idea of a right to revolt against oppressive governments.

Racist Gets Big Financial Support

An antifa-supporting activist who was charged last summer for vandalizing people’s cars and fences with hateful, racist graffiti has raised over $80,000 in the past 24 hours, thanks to the sympathetic reporting of the Los Angeles Times, a watchdog has discovered.
Ismael Chamu, 21, allegedly spray-painted people’s cars and fences with “F— White People,” “F— the police,” “F— frat Boys,” “Kill Cops,” “Kill Yuppies,” “Eat the Rich,” and “Class War,” Far Left Watch reported. He was arrested on June 27, 2017, while brandishing a knife "in the same location and on the same night that 30 instances of slashed tires and graffiti occurred."
Make no mistake about it: a progressive-run America will eventually set up at least re-education camps if not extermination camps.  Melanin-challenged progressive professors will be like the Judenraten who hoped that assisting the Nazis in exterminating Jews would protect themselves.  For a little while.  They were last to be transported.

McPaper Far Exceeds My Admittedly Low Expectations

When USA Today appeared, many people (mostly journalists, I think) called it McPaper; something national, inoffensive, and not too demanding.  This 2/19/18 op-ed piece by Prof. James Alan Fox, who is not historically pro-gun:
With the high school massacre in Parkland, Fla., several days gone but hardly forgotten, the time seems right to examine closely some of the statistical hype that made frightening news alongside details of the horrific shooting.
In print and on TV, Americans were bombarded with facts and figures suggesting that the problem of school shootings was out of control. We were informed, for example, that since 2013 there has been an average of one school shooting a week in the U.S., and 18 since the beginning of this year. While these statistics were not exactly lies or fake news, they involved stretching the definition of a school shooting well beyond the limits of most people’s imagination....
Notwithstanding the occasional multiple-fatality shooting that takes place at one of the 100,000 public schools across America, the nation’s schools are safe. Over the past quarter-century, on average about 10 students are slain in school shootings annually.

Compare the school fatality rate with the more than 100 school-age children accidentally killed each year riding theirbikes or walking to school. Congress might be too timid to pass gun legislation to protect children, but how about a national bicycle helmet law for minors? Half of the states do not require them. There is no NRA — National Riding Association — opposing that.
I’m all for shielding our kids from harm. But let’s at least deal with the low hanging fruit while we debate and Congress does nothing about the role of guns in school shootings.

Easily the Funniest Thing William Shatner Has Ever Written

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Why Only Teachers Should Be Armed, Not Police

SEASIDE, Calif. —A teacher who also serves as a reserve police officer accidentally fired a gun inside a Seaside High School classroom Tuesday, police said, and three students were injured.
Dennis Alexander was teaching a course about gun safety for his Administration of Justice class when his gun went off at 11 a.m.
And remember this other cop in a classroom:

And this one:

Funniest Comment Thread Ever (Maybe It Is the Cat)

Not Biology But Patriarchal Oppression!

From HotAir:
The speaker you’ll see here is biology professor Heather Heying, wife of professor Bret Weinstein. Both Heying and Weinstein left Evergreen State College as part of a settlement deal last year. Heying was making a point about physiological differences between men and women. “Are men taller than women on average?” Heying asked rhetorically. She added, “Does anyone take offense at that fact?”
It seems someone in the audience did because Dr. Peter Boghossian (seated on the right) turned toward the back of the room and Professor Heying chuckled.
“So I would say you could be irritated by it,” Heying said. She continued, “You could be irritated by the fact that women have to be the ones that gestate and lactate. You could be irritated by a lot of truths but taking offense is a response that is a rejection of reality.”
But before she had even finished her statement, a group of students got up and walked out of the room. As Heying continued to talk about physiological differences between men and women, there was a loud commotion in the back of the room. One of the protesters apparently damaged the sound system on the way out.
At this point, a camera out in the lobby area shows a small group of protesters, one of whom (the girl with purple hair) is led to a seat by a police officer. There are some cuts in the video but she is clearly agitated and says at one point, “Even the women in there have been brainwashed.” She shouts “F**k the police” as she exits a few moments later.
My wife took a mandatory women's studies class at Sonoma State where the professor claimed the height difference was because girls were intentionally starved to keep them short.

Found This News Clipping in the Comments on the Article to Which I Just Linked

Note: "especially women."  I knew math was patriarchal. 

What Happened to UCLA?

They seem to be producing profoundly innumerate students.  
As Mnuchin gave his prepared remarks about the importance of sanctions for "eliminating nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula," a young woman shot up and started yelling, "What you're doing is bullying North Korea who is developing nuclear weapons for this very purposes!"
"This is what the U.S. does all over the world," the young woman continued. "You're talking about being a beacon for hope and freedom and democracy, that's bullsh*t! We know that's bullsh*t. We know that this tax bill and what that represents is sentencing people to death, including children. Nine billion children who are going to be left without healthcare." (There are fewer than 9 billion people on earth, and approximately 1.9 billion children.)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Everyone Has Made Great Suggestions About Our Inappropriately Urinating Cat

None have worked.   The wife is ready to make him an outdoor pet, which where live, is likely to make him coyote chow if he leaves the fenced yard.  The living room curtains ate about to be replaced with shower curtains because they are easy to clean.   I really do love this cat, but something has to give.  Even a city home where being an outdoor cat was not so dangerous would be better.

This is Boycotting Fools Month

What airlines besides Delta gave NRA the finger?

The 2016 Exit Polling Data is Fascinating

11/23/16 CNN has more data on who voted for Clinton vs. Trump than progressives dare look at--it destroys their prejudices about Trump voters.

Remember When Savage Republicans Suggested Clinton Might Not Be in Good Enough Health to be President?

The alternate explanation is that being married to Bill Clinton would drive any woman to heavy drinking.

Of course, 3/12/18 CNN shows us that Hilary Clinton knows that she represents the rich:
"I won the places that represent two-thirds of America's gross domestic product," Clinton said. "So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign, 'Make America Great Again,' was looking backwards. You know, you didn't like black people getting rights, you don't like women, you know, getting jobs, you don't want to, you know, see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are, whatever your problem is, I'm going to solve it."

This is why 41% of women, 8% of blacks, and 28% of Latinos voted for Trump?  And 44% of college graduates and 37% of those with post-graduate educations voted for Trump?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Worth Reminding the Progressives About This

Kurt Schlichter reminds us why the Democrats are going to lose any Civil War.  The parallels to 1860 are strong.  A Republican is elected President with 40% of the popular vote.  The slaveocracy (all Democrats) called him names like "baboon" (Cheetos is relatively mild by comparison). 

They were upset because they had won an important Supreme Court decision requiring every state to accept slavery because it is in the Constitution (Dred Scott).  Of course, slavery was in the Constitution and protected by it, unlike same-sex marriage and abortion. 

The slaveocracy (about 70,000 wealthy families) had successfully bamboozled the people of a few states into buying their claims. 

When Lincoln was elected, and before he took office, the slave states began secession.  So far, only California has talked about it, while engaging in South Carolina's 1828 doctrine of "nullification" (federal laws we do not like do not apply in our state).

Keep in mind that a civil war will have no real winners.  Look at the enormous costs, both financial and human, that the North suffered, as well as the South, and remind these idiots that this will be a big mistake.  At least eight million AR-15 and AK-47 pattern rifles have been sold these last few years, and the crazies seem intent on confiscating those and most magazine fed semi auto pistols (which are at least commonly used in mass murders, about twice as often as semi auto rifles).  If even 1% of those rifle owners decide it is Lexington, Barcelona (during the Spanish Civil War), or 1943 Warsaw, that is 80,000 battles that will get at least one or two federal agents or local police officers killed.  And there will be a mass uprising at that point.  I do not think LEOs entering or leaving federal buildings will be safe.

Proof That We Are Up Against Ignorant Idiots. So Why Are They Winning?

Shannon Watts, one of the gun control movement's leaders tweeted a picture of a scary gun that 18-year-olds can buy.  Yes, a bolt action .22LR.  Even some of her allies are calling her on her ignorance.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Not Enough Neurons

I wish I could have captured it.  The dog starts nuzzling up to the cat.   He puts his teeth on the end of the dog's muzzle and bites,down hard.  The dog gets this puzzled look: does this mean we are not friends?

Nothing More Content Than a Cat in Sunlight

Why California is Sinking

A few weeks back, I got into an argument with a leftist in the comments section of a Los Angeles Times article.  I mentioned the "train to nowhere," California's megaexpensive bullet train that many experts believe will never carry passengers.  03/09/18 Los Angeles Times:
The price of the California bullet train project jumped sharply Friday when the state rail authority announced that the cost of connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco would be $77.3 billion and could rise as high as $98.1 billion — an uptick of at least $13 billion from estimates two years ago.

The rail authority also said the earliest trains could operate on a partial system between San Francisco and Bakersfield would be 2029 — four years later than the previous projection. The full system would not begin operating until 2033.
Even for California, $98 billion is a lot of money.  And the left wonders why we laugh at them?

Best comment over there:
I love these fairy tales in California that always start out with "Once upon a time there was a handsome "Social Justice Warrior" and they always, always, always end along the lines of "and the Social Justice Warrior turned out to actually be a succubus that destroyed all of the people paying his/her salary and the politicians lived happily ever after because the people paying their salary are stupid and never, ever, ever learn. The End.

As a number of commenters observed, you could build a lot of desalination plants for that much money.  It appears all U.S. taxpayers are paying for this, in part.  Apparently an Obama bowl dream.

Science=White Supremacy

At least, according to Evergreen State College's president, that is what the graffiti claimed.  If I thought science was of value, this would seem like something the Klan would say.  But because I doubt there are any Klan at Evergreen, I am going to have to assume this is the left's way of saying, "Science is bad."

Publicity Stunt is Leading to Criminal Investigation

Virginia congressional Democratic candidate Karen Mallard is under investigation after she posted a video of herself on social media cutting apart an AR-15 rifle to advocate for gun reform, according to a local news report.
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating Mallard after she posted a video Wednesday on Facebook of herself sawing off the barrel of her husband’s rifle....
“And yes, for all the NRA trolls out there; I finished the job according to regulation and turned it over to the police,” she wrote in a post accompanying the video. “Why are you more outraged about me taking a gun out of circulation than about our children being murdered in our schools?”
I'm more upset that someone who doesn't know what the gun laws are wants more.  She could have just taken the gun to the police for destruction, but that lacks dramatic effect.  And is her husband a potential school shooter?  Why else does he own a gun like that? :-)

Friday, March 9, 2018

A Work of Fiction: Zombie Apocalypse

I first noticed them following me a few weeks into the Spring Semester.  One was enrolled in my Calculus II section.  Why?  They don't need calculus to eat brains.  The first warning was the slight greenish moldy color at the edges of their faces where their makeup was flaking off.  Then I noticed their hands, even with the makeup on were just on the edge of glowing green; sort of a phosphorescent mold peeking through?  There were not a lot of them at first; the guy in my calculus class and one or two other students around campus with the telltale greenish hands.

They were never real close, but it was still unnerving.  Clearly they were not human.  Could they be zombies?  I thought, "That's silly.  Zombies don't exist."  But over time, as more and more of them showed up on campus, I begin to wonder.  One of them did get too close in an elevator and gave me that "dead eyes" look that I now recognize as their sign.  Then the smell of rotting flesh hit me, and I vomited all over the floor of the elevator.  There were other real students in there; none of them was sick from the smell.  I would have thought the smell of death would have made all of us vomit.  The real students helped me to a bench to see if there was anything that they could do to help me. 

"No thanks.  The smell of death was in there.  Didn't you smell it?"  The looks on their faces briefly made me wonder if I had imagined it.  Then I looked across the hall at It, staring at me with those dead eyes, and snickering.  I didn't think zombies had enough consciousness to snicker, but this one did.  And then slowly, he faded into the wall.  That was unnerving.

After a couple of hours thinking about this strangeness of the disappearing zombie, I went to the Student Health Center to complain about nausea and the smell of death.  The nurse seemed concerned, and then I saw the greenish glow around her neck.  I left as quickly as I could, afraid that an untoward celerity might cause her to inform the others.

Weeks passed and I found myself increasingly struggling to think.  My brain felt as though I was running through molasses.  I tried to remember first semester calculus integration and derivation, but my brain was not cooperating. Were the zombies working in the cafeteria, poisoning my food?  Would my brain still be edible if they poisoned me?  I had noticed a few odd flavors at times; not completely "wrong," but not completely "right," either.

My roommates off-campus seemed concerned and asked if there was something wrong.  I was reluctant to scare them with talk of zombies, so I just asked if they had noticed anyone on campus that did not seem to belong, with odd-colored skin?  Both Jack and Ted looked at me oddly, and asked if I had a problem with black people.  I said "No. Not the skin color exactly, but sort of an odd glow."

The next day, my parents showed up.  Jack and Ted had called them, I think.  Mom and Dad had driven two hours to talk to me, face to face.  They asked how school was going.  I explained it was getting harder, and I was wondering if I really belonged at college.  Dad looked very disturbed.  "How are you going to pursue your electrical engineering degree except at college?"  I was utterly without an answer.  After an hour of probing questions, and shallow answers, I noticed one of the glowing greenish faces staring in the front window at me.  I became quite nervous.

Mom asked: "What's wrong, Frank?"

"Can't you see It?"  I pointed over their shoulders at the window.  It must have seen my gesture, because it had ducked below the glass by the time they turned around.  A few minutes of largely pointless conversation later, then they left to return home.

An hour later, there was a knock on the door.  I looked through the peephole, suddenly seriously afraid of Them for the first time.  There was a policeman on the porch.  I opened the door.  He identified himself and asked if he come in and talk to me.  At first I wanted to do so, to find out if he could help me.  He introduced a social worker who was just on the edge of green glow, so I as politely as possible said, "No."  Then I closed the door.

After a few seconds they were knocking again.  Through the peephole, I could dozens of creatures with glowing green skin.  I told them to go away; I was tired and wanted to be left alone.  A few hours later, my roommates returned and informed me that I was going to have to move out.  "You are beginning to scare us.  You are acting weird."  Had the zombies threatened them?

The next day, I gathered up my stuff and moved into a decrepit trailer on the outskirts of town.  I withdrew from all my classes; college was not going to work out for me.  At first, I hoped that leaving campus would cause the zombies to lose interest in me.  No such luck; they were now hanging around the trailer park staring at me. 

I had a few thousand left from my student loan and I knew this would not last long.  I went to the local gun store and bought a pump action shotgun with an 8 round magazine extension, and dozens of boxes of birdshot.  I was unsure whether this would work on zombies; they are already dead.  Maybe I could just blow them apart so they could not shamble towards me?  I also bought some boxes of shotgun tracer ammo as well.  I knew just a little bit about guns, so I went to an old quarry a little ways out of town and practiced firing, pumping the slide, and loading more shells.  I was feeling pretty good about defending myself from the zombies in my trailer.  Best of all, the store sold me ZombieMax ammo for the shotgun.  This must be a national epidemic!  I am not imagining this.

Summer came and went.  I became increasingly aware when I went into town that They were increasing in number.  I was wondering if they had eaten all the real students or at least most of them.  It was time to take action, before this plague destroyed everyone.  I loaded up several hundred shotgun shells, in a bandolero, drove onto campus. and headed to the classroom where  had taken Calculus II, and sure enough, just about every student and the professor were Them.  I started firing as I entered the door; I was impressed how human-like they screamed.  I had just about finished when one of Them in a campus police uniform came into the lecture hall.  I fired at him.  There was a gunshot, and suddenly I was in serious pain.  Then it went dark.

Today's Twit length Msg

Want to give antisocial sorts a way to be seriously antisocial and 15 minutes (or 15 weeks) of infamy?  Bang the drum for weeks on end.

Justice Kennedy on Brink of Retirement?

So some news accounts are saying.   I am pleased.   Even though he voted on our side in DC v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, I suspect that he is why the Court keeps refusing to hear appeals of cases where the appellate courts keep ignoring Heller and McDonald.  I am still upset withh his decision in Kennedy v. Louisiana.  If your have forgotten,  Louisiana had a law that made rape of a child  under 14 capital.  This was not one of those difficult sets of fact cases that produce ugly precedents.  The defendant tried to blame the rape on some black boys playing to traditional racial stereotypes.  His stepdaughter required a year of reconstructive surgery.  After the rape,  he called one of those disaster cleanup companies and told them, "My daughter became a little lady today,  and we need some cleanup. '

The Millennial Song

If you are one of my millennial readers, I suspect you do not live in Mom's basement.

Always Fun Watching Democrats Commit Felonies on Video

A Democratic candidate for Congress claims to have destroyed her husband's AR-15 and then posted the video.  Of course, she only cut off part of the barrel, making a short-barrelled rifle: a felony.

Two questions:

1. What sort of "woke" person even owns an AR-15?

2. Can someone this ignorant of current gun control laws credibly lecture others about gun control?

More Chances to Blame Trump

Americans’ wealth pushed further into record territory in the final quarter of last year, hitting nearly $100 trillion thanks to rising stock markets and property prices.
Household net worth—the value of all assets such as stocks and real estate minus liabilities like mortgage and credit-card debt—rose more than $2 trillion last quarter to a record $98.746 trillion.
A $2 trillion dollar increase?  Just crumbs.  Ask Pelosi.

Trump's Juvenile Tweeting and Chest Pounding

Brought out Short Fat's inner peacemaker.  03/08/18 New York Post:
President Trump has agreed to sit down with his North Korean nemesis Kim Jong Un sometime in the next two months to discuss stripping the hermit nation of its nuclear arsenal, it was announced Thursday.
The historic meeting was brokered by the South Korean government, which delivered the invitation to the White House and divulged the details outside the West Wing.
“He expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,” South Korean national security director Chung Eui-yong said of Kim.
“President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization.”
Kim will likely try the same protection racket that worked on Clinton, Bush, and Obama.  I suspect that the results may not be the same.  Instapundit reports that Trump told a joke at a recent event where he said:
As far as the risk of dealing with a madman is concerned, that's his risk, not mine.

I Blame Trump

The economy added 313,000 jobs in February, crushing expectations, while the unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent, according to a Labor Department report Friday that could help quell inflation fears.
Economists surveyed by Reuters had been expecting nonfarm payroll growth of 200,000 and the unemployment rate to decline one-tenth of a percent to 4 percent.
An increase in the labor force participation rate to its highest level since September 2017 helped keep the headline unemployment number steady, as the number of those counted as not in the workforce tumbled by 653,000 to just over 95 million.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

My Cat

Doing what he does best.

I Blame Trump's Aggressive Tweeting

North Korea told South Korea it was willing to give up its nuclear weapons, opening the door for talks with the U.S. while raising suspicions that Kim Jong Un was employing another tactic to ease sanctions.
Kim told visiting envoys from Seoul that he was ready to suspend weapons tests and hold candid talks with the U.S. to normalize relations, if the safety of his regime was guaranteed, the South Korean government said Tuesday. In response, South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to meet Kim for a summit along their shared border late next month.

As Jim Nabors Used to Say, "Surprise, surprise!"

Six months into a campus carry rule at the University of Kansas that liberals were sure would result in bloody gunfights and grueling body counts, the actual crime statistics are telling an altogether different story.
From 2016 to 2017, crimes reported on campus went not up, but down, according to a Friday university police announcement reported by the Lawrence Journal-World.
According to the KU Office of Public Safety, criminal offenses went down from 770 incidents in 2016 to 671 the following year, an overall decrease of 13 percent.
Interestingly, although there have been 14 weapons violations since 2008, the tally for 2017 was exactly zero.
Everywhere relaxing concealed carry laws have been proposed, the progressives have insisted it will lead to gunfights.   They are never right.  You would think that they would start wondering about their predictive abilities.  If progressives are this bad at prediction, next you will tell me that they are bad at economics, too.

In Islam, apostasy is capital.  And in Sweden, Muslim converts to Christianity are being reminded of this.  3/3/18 National Review:

In Sweden, Christians Fleeing Persecution Face Violence All Over Again...
In Stockholm, a new Christian convert was stabbed by fellow asylum-seekers on the same day he was to be baptized. He was to be baptized in the church that one of the authors of this article, Jacob Rudenstrand, belongs to. He had recently begun wearing a cross. Rudenstrand informed the U.S. State Department. (See its International Religious Freedom Report for Sweden in 2016.) A friend of ours, a Jesuit priest, has told us that many Eastern Catholics living in the Stockholm suburbs are afraid to wear a cross in public. Christians who do so have been attacked and their crosses ripped off by Islamists, an experience analogous to that of many Swedish Jews wearing a kippah.
Most Muslims would not support this, I am sure, but when you allow mass migration from a culture that does feel this way, the results will not be pretty.  Democrats are not worried.  Once they arrive they will accept diversity, inclusion, religious freedom, and LGBT.

Another Mass Murder

But no guns, so it's okay.  03/06/18 The Sun:
THREE men caused an explosion that killed five people by using petrol, it was alleged yesterday.
Shopkeeper Aram Kurd, 33, Arkan Ali, 37, and Hawkar Hassan, 32, appeared before magistrates to face manslaughter and arson charges.

Blame This on AI

Or Facebook's employees have reached "peak stupid."  03/05/18 The Hill:
Facebook says that it made a mistake after it asked users in a poll if it should allow child predators to ask children for sexual photos on its platform.
The odd admission comes after Facebook prompted some of its users with a survey asking about acceptable behaviors on its platform.
One survey question asked how a user would "handle" a man asking for inappropriate pictures of a young girl if that user was in charge of setting Facebook's policies.
“There are a wide range of topics and behaviors that appear on Facebook,” one question read, according to screenshots posted by The Guardian. “In thinking about an ideal world where you could set Facebook’s policies, how would you handle the following: a private message in which an adult man asks a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures." 

Monday, March 5, 2018

This Cannot End Well

I thought at least physical sciences were safe from SJWs.  Nope.  3/1/18 Campus Reform:
Students enrolled in a physics course at Pomona College were required to complete a project addressing issues such as “implicit bias” and “microaggressions.”
Last fall semester, students in Pomona College’s Foundations of Modern Physics (PHYS101 PO) class were required to complete a “Decolonizing Physics” project as a part of their physics coursework. 
Taught by Professor Janice Hudgings, Foundations of Modern Physics is a mandatory course for all students majoring in physics or astronomy. The Pomona College course catalog describes the class as an “introduction to wave mechanics, spectra and structure of atoms, molecules and solids, nuclear physics, and particle physics.”
According to an email obtained by the Independent that was sent from a student asking for assistance on the project, students in Foundations of Modern Physics were “learning and discussing implicit bias, microaggressions, and other similar topics.” 
The email revealed that students are expected to “bring to light some of these issues to both the physics department and Pomona in general,” citing a student movement at Harvard University calling attention to racial microaggressions as an example of the work expected from students enrolled in the physics class.

Why do I keep thinking of how, after the National Socialists came to power, academics who knew better started writing papers about "racial science." 

We Need Teleportation Discs

If you read many of Larry Niven's short stories you know that many are built around a technology called teleportation discs; you step on it and go anywhere on Earth.  3/4/18 CNBC:
While most people jump in their cars or walk to public transportation to get to work, Darren Pleasance starts up his plane.
Pleasance's family decided to make Bend, Oregon, their permanent home in 2010 even though it meant flying back and forth to the Bay Area for him. When he was tapped by Google to lead its global customer acquisitions team a couple of years later, he explained he would be out of the country most of the time.
"I had done 15 years on the road consulting, so I could say, 'Look I'm not going to be an absentee manager,'" Pleasance said. "'I'll be in Mountain View or anywhere else in the world.' And they could believe me."
Allowing him to remain a 10-hour drive — or a 70-minute commercial flight — away from Mountain View, California, wouldn't be that big of a deal, he contended. Plus, the licensed pilot promised he would check in often, whether it was virtually or flying himself in. Google agreed – and the situation has worked ever since.
Bend is a lovely little town in the middle of nowhere; I commuted to there every other week for a year because there were no jobs in Boise.  I shudder to think what the California crazies will do to it.

Another Reminder That Trump is Not Owned By Wall Street, Unlike the Democrats

03/02/18 Politico:
The bigger news came when the Department announced that it would close a loophole in the tax law that would have allowed wealthy money managers to continue paying a lower tax rate on so-called carried interest. The tax law made it harder for people to claim the carried interest tax break—a break for super-rich private-equity investors that Trump promised to repeal in the presidential campaign—but the law contained a vaguely worded section that allowed money managers to avoid that crackdown. Treasury this week made clear that it won’t allow that.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Am I Reading This Correctly?

I have given some thought to how to protect students in active shooter situation.  My thought is that several layers of tables turned into barricades with a 70 degree angle to the entrance to the classroom would, by the fourth or fifth layer, have slowed down most handgun rounds (which are by far the most common in active shooter incidents) enough to deflect them.  What I found:
When reconstructing a bullet's trajectory prior to impact using the spatial orientation between two consecutive bullet defects (e.g., by probing), it is important to take the bullet's deflection into account. The (critical) ricochet angles as well as the vertical and horizontal deflection angles of eight cartridge types on laminated particle board have been studied. For all eight of the cartridge types combined, the critical ricochet angles lie between approximately 14° and 26°, while for the subgroup of the jacketed bullets, this range lies lower, between approximately 14° and 18°. The data from this study can be used to assess the accuracy and precision of the applied method. The results show that the highest deflection angles are seen near the critical ricochet angle. Generally speaking, vertical and horizontal deflection angles can almost be neglected above angles of incidence of 30° or 40° for handgun ammunition when shooting at laminated particle board.
Am I reading this correctly, that 70 degrees would maximize potential for deflection, once the bullet has expended enough energy on the first few tables?  Obviously, the instructor still needs to be ready to return fire.

Also what is the penetration depth of 9mm FMJ in plywood at distances of a few yards?  I have done experiments with sections of gypsum board on pine studs construction and even .380 ACP JHP would go through six layers of gypsum board and disappear into the ground behind it.  I would expect plywood would eventually stop a bullet, but how many layers?

This blog is full of interesting materials and bullet tests.  Curiously, 9 layers of gypsum board stopped a .357 Magnum JHP; frangible .223 made it through 8 boards.  My guess is that eight layers of 70 degree angled desks would stop even many FMJ pistol rounds.

Too Irresponsible to Own a Gun, Too Irresponsible to Vote

The Church May Need to Do Some Serious House Cleaning

This website, which seems to be for Catholics who want the Church to follow Jesus, reports on a major scandal involving an Italian gay "escort" blowing the whistle on his many dogcollared customers:
The case began when male escort, Francesco Mangiacapra, decided to go public about services he had been rendering to Fr. Morini, who falsely presented himself as a judge. When the escort found out that his prodigal client was a simple parish priest, he decided to inquire about the financial source for all the lavish dinners and expensive gifts. Mangiacapra suspected the money came from the faithful and decided to report Fr. Morini to the diocese of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli....
But the diocese only acted once it found out that national broadcast show Le Iene was after the priest, so the bishop suspended him from his activities "due to sickness" and then transferred him to a €200,000.00 house, bought especially for him (monthly utility bills and maid included). These were allegedly obtained from the bishop of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli, Giovanni Santucci, through blackmail, as Morini had "threatened to expose to the public eye unpleasant facts about many diocesan priests." Bishop Santucci also gave Don Euro €4,500,00 from his own personal bank account, as well as €1,000.00 from diocesan funds. The bishop is also currently under investigation. ...
One of the priests interviewed by Le Iene declared that Morini "arrived to the point of blasphemy: He would choose a member of the faithful and tell them he had seen Padre Pio in the Host, and that Padre Pio had mentioned that person by name. ... He would then request thousands of euros from that person, promising that the offer guaranteed Padre Pio's protection."

Another diocesan priest wrote an anonymous letter to the show's staff: "It hurts me to say that Fr. Morini has behaved this way for approximately 20 years, stealing and deceiving the elderly and those most in need, all seemingly under the protection of the powerful."...
When the investigation was concluded last June, the police managed to trace to Fr. Morini €700,000 in cash and €150,000 in diamond investments. He was known in the best restaurants, resorts and five-star hotels in Rome and in Tuscany, and would always provide the drugs.

"The cocaine was always Morini's," said Mangiacapra. "I'm an escort, I'm not a drug dealer."

Last week Mangiacapra handed a 1,200-page dossier to the archdiocese of Naples with documents (including sexually explicit pictures) that prove the escort's involvement with 60 priests from all over Italy. Explaining his motivations to newspaper Corriere della Sera, Mangiacapra said, "The goal isn't to hurt the people I've mentioned [in the dossier], but to help them understand that their double life ... isn't useful to them or to the people who rely on them for guidance."

bash question

I know my brain is not working as it did before the stroke.  I used to maintain a 6000 line ksh script for HP.  (Yes, I refactored into slightly less monstrous scripts.)

bc <     for (x=0.0; x>-1.0; x -= 0.01) printf "%f\n" x
The error is (standard in) 1: syntax error

Yes the goal is 0.00 to -1.00 in steps of 0.01.

They Need Hand Grenade Control!

3/3/18 New York Times:
STOCKHOLM — In the Stockholm suburb of Varby Gard, it was not unusual to see the figure of a 63-year-old man pedaling a bicycle home after the end of his shift as an aide for disabled adults, hunched against the icy wind of a Swedish winter.
Daniel Cuevas Zuniga had just finished a night shift on a Sunday last month, and was cycling home with his wife, when he spotted a spherical object lying on the ground, stopped and reached down to take it in his hand.
It was an M-75 hand grenade. Manufactured in great numbers for the Yugoslav national army, and then seized by paramilitaries during the civil war in the 1990s, the grenades are packed with plastic explosives and 3,000 steel balls, well suited for attacks on enemy trenches and bunkers. When Mr. Zuniga touched it, he set off the detonator.

Why Illegal Aliens Are An Issue

It started as a rather straightforward Social Security fraud investigation — a man receiving disability benefits pretending to live in the United States when in fact he lived in Tijuana.
What authorities uncovered was a 37-year identity theft scheme by an unauthorized immigrant and repeat felon who bilked federal, state and local governments out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits, according to a plea agreement entered in San Diego federal court this week.
Andres Avelino Anduaga — if that’s even his real name — admitted to assuming the identity of a U.S. citizen in 1980. Armed with a fake birth certificate, he developed a seemingly legitimate persona by applying for a California driver’s license, Social Security number and U.S. passport.
The official documents identified him as Abraham Riojos, born in Alpine, Texas, in 1958.
The documents allowed him to move freely between Mexico and the U.S., and also to receive nearly $361,000 in government benefits over the years.

How Subtle Can a Play Be With This Title?

Global warming skeptics, beware: A play with the alarming title “Kill Climate Deniers” may be coming to a theater near you....
The plot? “As a classic rock band take the stage in Parliament House’s main hall, 96 armed eco-terrorists storm the building and take the entire government hostage, threatening to execute everyone unless Australia ends global warming. Tonight,” said the play’s website....
Griffin Theatre artistic director Lee Lewis called it “an action film wrapped in a dance party wrapped in a documentary feature.” 
Of course, subsidized by the Australian government.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

New Finder on Big Bertha

I think that I have mentioned this project, but if not...

Big Bertha has a straight-through 8x50 University Optics finder with illuminated crosshairs.  I wanted a right angle version, because it is a darn nuisance to keep bending your neck from the right angle of a reflector eyepiece to the straight-through finder.

1. Nearly all the RA finders on the market are much shorter tubes than that University Optics finder, so they would not fit in the existing rings.

2. Nearly all the new ones have dovetail bases to make it easy to remove them.  This is mostly of value if you commonly take the OTA off its base.  Not being the Incredible Hulk, this is not a concern, but I might as well use that dovetail base.

3.  It really helps if you know which side of the base is the side where the finder slides into the dovetail.  I got that backwards.  The bottom:

The top:

And this matters, why?  I thought that I would need a spacer to fit into that gap:

So I carefully machined that spacer out of acetal.  I could have done in aluminum, but then would have wanted to paint it black.

So, all that work, and when I try to assemble it, it won't work.  Discard this block that the CNC mill spent three hours making.

4.  This is the old assembly.  DobSTUFF made it as part of the rebuild on Big Bertha several years ago, just before my stroke.  (Very bad timing.)

They do good and clever work there.  The piece of wood with the hole clamps onto a tube on the front assembly.  The wood fits into a recess in the black plate that holds the rings.  When I removed it, I discovered it was made of acetal, not aluminum.  To mount the Celestron dovetail base, I drilled and tapped a 10-32 hole, then put a 10-32 x 1.5 socket head through through the base and into the acetal.  Being paranoid, I then put a wingnut on the far side of the acetal plate.

5. Tightened everything down, then discovered the carriage bolt that holds the acetal plate to the wooden part sticks up too high for the base to be flat on it.  So I used a Forstner bit to relieve the carriage bolt hole 3/16" and now it is flush.

6. Now installed:
The electrical wiring is a safety strap, in case something fails unexpectedly.  I will probably remove it when everything shows itself trustworthy.  By adjusting where it clamps on, I was able to get the same balance as before without changing the balance weights at the rear of the scope.

7. The Celestron RACI (Right Angle Correct Image--not reversed or upside down) 9x50mm finder is lovely.  Crisp, sharp optics.  Instead of the traditional illuminated crosshairs, it has four crosshairs, producing a tiny square in which to center your objet d'amour of the night.   (For my regular readers: there are no mil-dots, nor bullet drop compensator dials.) 

UPDATE: Two annoying aspects: the diagonal can be rotated so it is in the same general plane as your eyepiece; nice, but the thumbscrews that lock it are identical to the ones that adjust point of aim.  It is unlikely you would ever loosen two point of aim screws at the same time so there is little chance you will loosen both diagonal adjustments at the same time and watch it fall out of the finder.  Still, using a different thumb screw would be better.   Also, unlike older finder rings where you have both front and rear adjustment screws, here there are three only, all in the back, and one of them is not a thumbscrew like the other two.  It seems intended to be turned with a screwdriver.  This may be a coarse adjustment.  I do not immediately see how this works although it does seem to.

8. The University Optics 8x50mm finder (which has T. rex tooth marks) has gone into the rings on the 5" Photon Instruments refractor; the old finder was not illuminated.  I tried to align both finders with the main scopes this evening, but the only reasonably distant targets kept disappearing behind snow showers.

MP3/WMA Question

The Jaguar does not seem to like reading MP3 files from a USB drive that I have recently downloaded using YouTubeDownloader.  Okay, I converted them to WMA format using Audacity.  When I play them, I hear a weird background noise, like some impolite people whispering while listening to Moonlight Sonata.  On my PC, neither the MP3 or WMA version has these impolite people.  Hints?

On the Jaguar forum, someone suggested Constant Bit Rate instead of Variable Bit Rate.  Both makes it visible and eliminates the background noise.

Mussolini's Rise to Power

It is an article of faith to progressives that Mussolini and Hitler seized power; neither were the result of democracy gone bad.  Of course,  both did.  To deal with one of these progressives who "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools" commenters, I dug around a bit for information about the March on Rome, which even well-educated sorts imagine was a coup d'etat:
The Blackshirts did not seize Rome; Mussolini came to power legally, heading a normal multiparty parliamentary coalition.  He was prime minister and also head the portfolio of foreign affairs, but only three of the other thirteen cabinet members were Fascists.[Stanley G. Payne, A History of Fascism: 1914-1945, 110]
Mussolini was appointed prime minister in an essentially constitutional way, but in deference to the rank and file a 'victory' parade of squadristi was held through the streets of Rome in order to foster the illusion of a coup d'etat. [Christopher Duggan, A Concise History of Italy, 207.]
To be fair, this was the illusion that I learned in the lower grades as well; a seizure of power.

Friday, March 2, 2018


Clear above freezing is the forecast.   If I can get this finder mount adapter machined,  I will be observing tonight.

10 Round Magazines

National  Review  reports the Parkland mass murder used 10 round magazines because they for into his gun bag.

Do not expect any reduction in demands for a ban on standard capacity magazines (13 for my Browning, 30 for my AR-15).

The Virginia Tech murderer used a Walther TPH or PPK, as I recall.   Never seen a banana mag for one of those.