Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Another NRA Hater

But Reinking exhibited signs of being paranoid and delusional that manifested in his infatuation with Swift, Det. Sgt. Rob Martellaro noted in a report of his conversation with Sustrich.
Sustrich said Reinking told his coworkers that he bought Swift a $14,000 ring and was going to marry her. But he also said that Swift harassed him.
Another coworker told police that Reinking said Swift was hacking his bank accounts. Rocky Mountain Crane employee John Turley also said that Reinking told him he was gay, which confused everyone because he also said he was going to marry Swift, the police report states.
Turley said he knew Reinking had two rifles and two pistols. He also said he knew he had “mental issues,” according to the report. Reinking disliked the government and the National Rifle Association and he believed he was a sovereign citizen, Turley told police.

Something to Think About

Both Texas and California became part of the United States because American-Mexicans (immigrants from America to Mexico) had divided loyalties and preferred being Americans.

Manifest Destiny on a Huge Scale

There is an American flag that I have seen where the 50 stars are replaced with a spiral galaxy: sort of Manifest Destiny for the Milky Way, not just the North American continent.   (Or in Eldridge Cleaver's patriotic post-Marxist vision, all of the Western Hemisphere.) I can't find it.  For the Manifest Destiny section of American history next semester, I think it would make a great gag.

Not the one that I had seen but it works.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Copycat Effect Again

4/24/18 CNN:
(CNN)Alek Minassian, the man accused of steering a white rental van down a packed Toronto street killing 10 people and leaving 15 others injured, appears to have praised the killer in a 2014 attack near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Just before the deadly incident Monday, Minassian wrote on his Facebook page: "All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!"
That was what he called himself to explain why he could not get a girlfriend.  This is a longstanding problem with "assault media," glorifying mass murderers.

Does Anyone Have a List of Valid Email Domains?

The response from my ISP's support is:
(1) The message was sent from a mail server which is listed as a verified spam source on major real time blacklists (RBLs)
(2) The message was sent from a mail server which doesn't have a valid forward confirmed reverse DNS (FCrDNS) record
While all properly configured mail servers have reverse DNS records which check out backward and forward (the mail server's IP points to a valid host name, and that host name is likewise pointed to the same IP) and there is no way to disable that check if you wish to make sure that all other mail is delivered to your Inbox it is possible to request that one or all of your domains be added to a special "skip RBL check" list.
If we do this no incoming mail will be bounced due to it coming from a verified spam source/blacklisted mail server. While this would help guarantee that all wanted incoming mail reaches you please note that this change may (and likely will) cause an increase in unwanted spam to your domain's inboxes. 
It appears that I need to whitelist every conceivably valid mail server.  Can you all provide a list of your email domains?  (One on each line, in comments.)  It is hard to imagine so many misconfigured mail servers.

More Evidence That Snowflakes Reflect the College Administrators

A backpacking trip in the Rothrock State Forest and day hikes in the Laurel Highlands and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia were among the Penn State Outing Club’s 2018 spring-term events.
After this weekend, though, the 98-year-old organization has nothing on its calendar, and unless things change, it won’t.
The Outing Club isn’t allowed to go outside anymore. 
According to an announcement posted by the club on its website last week, the university will not allow the club to organize and run outdoor, student-led trips starting next semester.
“This is a result,” the announcement said, “of an assessment of risk management by the university that determined that the types of activities in which PSOC engages are above the university’s threshold of acceptable risk for recognized student organizations.”...
Ms. Powers responded, saying the university conducted a “proactive risk assessment,” that was not based on any previous participant injuries. She said PSOC activities were rated high risk because they take place in remote environments with poor cell phone service, and sometimes far from emergency services. 
I don't know.  Is it riskier than taking a shower with the Penn State football coach?

Monday, April 23, 2018

Kill That Tank: When Hollywood Still Loved America

Yes Walt Disney Made This Training Film

And this one:

You Broke into the Wrong Rec Room

The funniest scene in movie history:

and the real life equivalent.  4/17/18 News 5 Jacksonville:
GLEN ST. MARY, Fla - Three men say they were asleep inside a mobile home in Glen St. Mary about 4 a.m. Sunday when they heard a voice outside yell “Sheriff’s Office!” before the front door burst open. 
In stormed a masked gunman who fired off a single round before two of the men inside, one armed with an AR-15 rifle and the other with a handgun, emerged from two bedrooms and opened fire.

More Evidence We Have a Mental Illness Problem, Not a Gun Problem

The man suspected of gunning down four people at a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee during an early-morning, half-naked rampage has a history of run-ins with police -- including once telling cops that music star Taylor Swift was stalking him.
Authorities in Tazewell County, Ill. revealed Sunday that police encountered Travis Reinking, 29, in a CVS parking lot on May 27, 2016 during an apparent "mental health crisis," according to a police report obtained by Fox News.
At the time, deputies said Reinking believed Swift was stalking him, hacked his phone and had climbed a building to chase him. He also threatened to kill himself, according to the sheriff's report....
Last July, Reinking was arrested by the U.S. Secret Service after he crossed into a restricted area near the White House and refused to leave, saying he wanted to meet President Trump.
The suicide threat alone should have been a sign that he needed hospitalization.  And being stalked by Taylor Swift?  She force herself on him, and such resistance would also be a sign of mental illness.  The rest of the story shows clear mental illness:
A little over a year later, the Tremont Police Department found Reinking swimming in a public pool in his underwear and reportedly exposing himself. In that June 16, 2017 incident, Reinking was wearing a pink woman's coat over his underwear at the time, and a concerned citizen contacted authorities because they believed he had an AR-15 rifle in his possession, the report said.
Best of all, he would have passed a background check until his arrest by Secret Service:
Reinking was not armed at the time, but at the FBI's request, Illinois state police revoked Reinking's state firearms card and seized four of his guns, authorities said. The AR-15 used in the shootings on Sunday was among the firearms seized. 

Be Careful What You Wish For

4/20/18 Reason:

Many people who support gun control are angry that the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are not legally allowed to use money from Congress to do research whose purpose is "to advocate or promote gun control." (This is not the same as doing no research into gun violence, though it seems to discourage many potential recipients of CDC money.)
But in the 1990s, the CDC itself did look into one of the more controversial questions in gun social science: How often do innocent Americans use guns in self-defense, and how does that compare to the harms guns can cause in the hands of violent criminals?
Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck conducted the most thorough previously known survey data on the question in the 1990s. His study, which has been harshly disputed in pro-gun-control quarters, indicated that there were more than 2.2 million such defensive uses of guns (DGUs) in America a year.
Now Kleck has unearthed some lost CDC survey data on the question. The CDC essentially confirmed Kleck's results. But Kleck didn't know about that until now, because the CDC never reported what it found.
Kleck's new paper—"What Do CDC's Surveys Say About the Frequency of Defensive Gun Uses?"—finds that the agency had asked about DGUs in its Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 1996, 1997, and 1998.
Those polls, Kleck writes,
are high-quality telephone surveys of enormous probability samples of U.S. adults, asking about a wide range of health-related topics. Those that addressed DGU asked more people about this topic than any other surveys conducted before or since. For example, the 1996 survey asked the DGU question of 5,484 people. The next-largest number questioned about DGU was 4,977 by Kleck and Gertz (1995), and sample sizes were much smaller in all the rest of surveys on the topic (Kleck 2001).
Shock of shocks, they gave similar numbers to the oft-criticized Kleck survey numbers.  Probably why they were not published.

Why Gun Control is Ineffective at Preventing Mass Murder

One of the big ideas from my presentation at Southern Illinois Law School on Thursday was that even in gun controlled nations, mass murders are not all that rare.  4/23/18 CTV:
Police in Toronto say they have arrested a male suspect after a white van mounted a curb in the city’s north end, killing nine people and injuring 16 others.
Deputy Police Chief Peter Yuen told reporters Monday afternoon that police received multiple calls around 1:30 p.m. about a vehicle “driving on Yonge Street, striking a number of pedestrians between Finch Avenue and Sheppard Avenue.”
That is not an accident, but mass murder.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

A Flying First

For the first time in my life,  I experienced an aborted takeoff.  Just as we were starting to get going,  the engines suddenly allowed,  the air brakes went on,  and we turned off the runway.   The pilot told us that the air conditioning indicator came on.   We then for back in line.

I do not believe we aborted for A/C.  In light of the recent accident,  I think he did not want to scare us.

I Hate Flying

The more I do it, the more I hate it.  Perhaps flying had just become more unpleasant.  When I first started flying, there were no metal detectors.  If you were meeting someone who was arriving,  you could go all the way to the gate.   There were lockers you could store luggage in short term.  This started to change after the Alphabet Bomber series of terrorist attacks in Los Angeles,  then the hijackings to Cuba, usually by crazies who thought they were going to meet and kill Castro, but just ended up in Cuban prisons.

I remember a business trip in the early 1980s where the plane was 1/2 full,  and I was served a pretty decent dinner (not an overpriced snack box).  A friend flew to NYC in a 747 with 10 passengers.

And the seats in the Embraer puddle jumper were hard and unpleasant.  The MD80 Was more spacious but the seats were only slightly more comfortable.

Awesome Night

Spring seems to have arrived. Last night was clear and not too terribly cold.  I spent some time figuring out which direction for the power switch on the equatorial platform was on.  Eventually, I figured it out by  measuring voltage across the motor contacts.

Once out and aligned with the phosphorescent line pointing true north,  it was taking almost perfectly.  I still need to improve pointing by aligning the edge of the wheeled platform to the line. Also there is a vernier speed adjustment rheostat that I have stupidly moved.   Still, it was tracking.  The Moon was so wonderfully sharp; I have never seen even professional astrophotos that were sharper or more pleasing.   Venus was low in the west and gibbous phase is hardly ever awesome.   Look forward to seeing some more Moon pictures Anna maybe some deep sky objects soon!

Thanks to You Hobbyists

I drilled 1/4" holes in each end of the project box, tied knots in the leads inside the box, then glued the 12VDC to 3VDC transformer into the project box.

Know Your Audience

At the symposium Thursday, a question that was asked involved the primary intent of the 2nd Amendment.  I explained that self-defense was so deeply assumed that it was not even seriously discussed; resistance to tyranny was the big concern.  So I threw in a laugh line:
I keep hearing Trump compared to Hitler.  To which my question is: "What prison is Kathy Griffin being held in?  The same one where the Dixie Chicks were sent after insulting the last Hitler-like president, George Bush?"
My wife pointed out later that these law students are too young to remember the Dixie Chicks kerfuffle.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

This is Parris Island

YouTube video from 1970 showing Marine  boot camp.  I wonder this is as demanding today.

The Email Issue

At least 6 emails arrived at the yahoo address but not at my server.  I guess the next step is to figure out where these are getting filtered out.

First Aborted Takeoff

I experienced a first on Wednesday: an aborted takeoff.  We had started rumbling down the runway, when the pilot suddenly reduced power and applied the air brakes.  We rolled off the runway and he explained that one of his lights indicated the air conditioning system was not working but the problem was now solved, so we got back in line and took off.  I am skeptical that was the real failure indicator, but whatever it was, he was being cautious.

Friday, April 20, 2018

TSA Precheck

FIRSt time in years my wife and I did not get TSA Precheck.  Apparently you need to verify the names on the tickets issued by your issuer matches what is on file at TSA.

It is much easier not to have to take off shoes, coat, open laptop case,  get fondled by (in this case, by a very nice young black TSA guy).

However, it appears that TSA Precheck has changed from a "We will decide rather mysteriously that you are not a terrorist and automatically assign you" to a paid program that you have to apply for with correct IDs.  They charge $85 for five years.  This is a bargain compared to the delay and extra steps for "Are you a terrrorist"? screening.  You can apply here.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Weirdest Spam Subject Line Yet

As distinguished from disgusting or perverse:
Sell your rabbits quickly online

Spoke At Southern Illinois University Law School Symposium Today

The reason was the 10th anniversary of the DC v. Heller decision.   Hope to have video of it at some point.   I always feel like I am making a fool of myself because of my voice problems, bitte I am tools that it was not a problem.

Southern Illinois is actually a pretty nice place,  but within 1 lightyear of Chicago is still too close.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Beginning to Wonder If My Email Server is Dropping Emails

Could you email to  and Cc to as well?

Thank you.  I have enough test data to evaluate. 

Tater Doing What He Does Best

Is There a More Effective Proof of Global Warming Madness?

4/16/18 U.K. Metro:
Fifty-six million years ago, the Earth warmed far above the temperatures we experience today – and ice at the poles melted.

Could the event – the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) – be evidence of global warming caused by an extinct civilisation which ruled Earth before mankind? It sounds like the kind of crackpot conspiracy to be found on ‘ancient alien’ UFO sites, but scientists have seriously investigated the idea. Professor Adam Frank of the University of Rochester writes in The Atlantic that the investigation could offer insight into how to find alien life – or about our impact on our planet. Frank writes, ‘There is a conundrum here. If an earlier species’s industrial activity is short-lived, we might not be able to easily see it. ‘The PETM’s spikes mostly show us the Earth’s timescales for responding to whatever caused it, not necessarily the timescale of the cause.

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Or evidence that dramatic changes in climate happen even without fossil fuels.

Despair Over Trump Presidency?

4/17/18 U.K. Independent:
Russian investigative journalist dies after mysterious fall from fourth-floor window

I Blame Trump

4/17/18 CNBC:
North and South Korea reportedly set to announce official end to war

And Yes, Russians Are Definitely Trying to Create Division Within the U.S.

An interesting ZeroHedge article about a NATO exercise in Norway has attracted lots of comments clearly pro-Russian and anti-Semitic.  Of course, with their Democratic Party allies, they may succeed.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Electronics Tinkerers

I have the project box.

That little matrix in the bottom--do you locate things like this:
by screwing into the holes at the end of the converter into those little holes?  And drill holes in the ends of the case for wires?  Or would milling be a better choice?

Let Delta know how you feel too

I just emailed their CEO, explaining why my flight to St. Louis in a couple of days is my last flight on Delta. I'd they insist on playing politics,  they Clarke so not need my business.   They can fly all 100,000 committed gun control activists instead of 5,000,000 NRA members.

Tell Wells Fargo You Love Them

For all their other faults, they refused to bend to the gun control groups.  You can send them a thank you here.  Do it now; corporations are used to getting hate; show them that they are appreciated when they do the right thing.

I Love Watching the Left Destroy Itself

4/14/18 Daily Caller:
Former Hillary Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson blamed actress and political activist Susan Sarandon for Friday night’s strike on Syria.
Sarandon, who ultimately supported Jill Stein for president in 2016, was roundly criticized for helping “throw the election to Trump.” Clinton herself addressed the possibility in her book, “What Happened.”...
Sarandon, who revealed that she had faced threats of death and rape from Clinton supporters following the 2016 election, said in a 2017 interview that she believed America would already be at war if Clinton had won the election. “I did think she was very, very dangerous. We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she was president]. It wouldn’t be much smoother. Look what happened under Obama that we didn’t notice.” 
Clinton supporters are so pro-woman.

And 4/15/18 The Hill has Bill Clinton's attorney calling Comey a liar.

Watching Obama's People Call Each Other Liars Is So Fun

Comey is claiming that A-G Lynch was aware of his concerns about the Clinton email investigation.  Lynch (who you will recall had a long, almost secret meeting with Hilary's husband to talk about grandkids while this investigation was under way) now says:
“I have known James Comey almost 30 years. Throughout his time as Director we spoke regularly about some of the most sensitive issue in law enforcement and national security. If he had any concerns regarding the email investigation, classified or not, he had ample opportunities to raise them with me both privately and in meetings. He never did.”
If only the MSM was as interested in criminal behavior by their owners as they are with Trump....

A Tragedy; But Also a Sign of Where Fanaticism Takes You

A nationally known advocate for gay rights and the environment died Saturday in a fiery Prospect Park suicide, with his self-immolation meant as a wake-up call to save the planet.
The charred remains of David Buckel, 60, were discovered shortly after sunrise when firefighters responded to a 6:40 a.m. blaze in the southwest corner of the sprawling Brooklyn park.
“I am David Buckel and I just killed myself by fire as a protest suicide,” read a hand-written suicide note left near the blackened circle of burned grass. “I apologize to you for the mess.”
A second, longer note — left with the first inside an envelope marked “For the police” — said Buckel doused himself in “fossil fuel” before starting the fatal fire as a metaphor for the destruction of the planet.
“My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves,” he wrote. “A lifetime of service may best be preserved by giving a life . . . Honorable purpose in life invites honorable purchase in death.
So he used a fossil fuel?  That's not very carbon neutral along with being pointless.  No biodiesel available?

I Thought Starbucks Was the Center of Progressive Business

Calls are growing for a boycott of the Starbucks coffee shop chain after police were filmed arresting two black men waiting for a friend in a branch in Philadelphia.
Under the #BoycottStarbucks hastag on Twitter, people accused the chain’s employees of racially profiling the men, and criticised police for arresting them when they refused to leave.

Don't Call Them Quiche Eating Surrender Monkeys

PARIS, April 15 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said he had convinced U.S. President Donald Trump to keep troops in Syria for the long term and limit joint strikes to chemical weapons facilities.
Early on Saturday, the United States, France and Britain launched 105 missiles targeting what they said were three chemical weapons facilities in Syria in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack in Douma on April 7.
"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying 'the United States should withdraw from Syria'. We convinced him it was necessary to stay," Macron said in an interview broadcast by BFM TV, RMC radio and Mediapart online news.
1. So it isn't Trump who wants us to keep us fighting there.

2. Trump can work with the leaders of other countries.

3. France wants us to keep troops there; where are French special forces?

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Cleaning Up My Web Page Directory and Found These Funny and Beautiful Pictures

Lying Under Oath: Isn't That Called "Perjury"?

The Justice Department Inspector General alleges in a damaging report made public Friday that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe inappropriately authorized the disclosure of sensitive information to a reporter and then misled investigators and former FBI Director James B. Comey about it on several occasions.
The report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz is remarkable for its level of detail, casting McCabe as a man who repeatedly lied to investigators and his own boss about his role in a disclosure of information, even while he lashed out at others who he thought might be responsible for leaks.
It accuses McCabe of lying at least four times, three of them under oath, and says that while he had the power to approve disclosures of information to the media, his doing so in this instance violated policy because it was done “in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership.”
It also says McCabe and Comey contradicted one another in their descriptions of how a media disclosure was authorized. While the report favors Comey’s account, it will likely generate tough questions for him as he launches a media blitz to promote his new book.[emphasis added]
You can see why the Clintons funded the campaign of McCabe's wife (professional courtesy), and why McCabe is a darlinfg of the left.

Friday, April 13, 2018

I Sold It On eBay

You have seen the Weird Al video?  I listed some aged and somewhat decrepit Sherline handwheels on eBay, and received my buy it now price of $10 within a minute.

Guns That Evil Sen. Feinstein (D-Babylon) Would Accept

If You Do Not Know About It, It Did Not Happen

Nor will you let it influence you.  4/12/18 Daily Wire:
According to a new survey released on Thursday by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, fully 41 percent of Americans don’t know what Auschwitz was, including two-thirds of Millennials. Approximately 22 percent of Millennials had not heard of the Holocaust, and 41 percent of Millennials thought 2 million or fewer Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.
This is troubling stuff.
It’s also informative, because it helps explain just why younger Americans seem so comfortable embracing identity politics and large, intrusive government. If you’d never heard of the genocide of the Jews by an all-encompassing state focused laserlike on race-based differences between people, you might be warmer to the notion that racial hierarchies in politics ought to exist. You might also be warmer to the claims of genocidal Islamist terror groups who claim that Israel is a land of victimizers. And if you’d never heard of the Soviet Union, you might be more sanguine about the possibility of socialism in the United States.
This is just one reason why teaching of history in America’s public schools matters so much. But that teaching in recent decades has revolved not around signal events in world history, but around the revisionist histories of Leftist advocates like Howard Zinn, who focus in tremendous detail on the sins of America without spelling out the true history of alternatives to the American way throughout the 20th century.
Yes, it can happen again.  Armed to prevent genocide: makes for a fine bumper sticker.

Riotously Funny Video on YouTube

Tiny Guns

Losing Hope in Prestige Universities

One of the symbols of irrational racism was that public swimming pools in the South were usually white only.  But:
A private college in California will be hosting a pool party later today at which white people will be excluded, with only “people who identify as POC” permitted to attend.
“POC” stands for “person of color.” The event will take place at Scripps College’s Sallie Tiernan Field House pool, according to The Claremont Independent.
A Facebook announcement of the event lists the party as being hosted by Café Con Leche, a student group identified in the post as “the badass Latinx at Scripps.”
“Bring your chanclas and the homies over to our nice ass resort pool, LET’S TAKE UP SPACE,” the announcement reads, advertising the event as “a safe space for…students that identify as POC to come together and build community.”
What next? Separate drinking fountains?

Fascinating Use of a Catholic University's Funds

Marquette University, an allegedly Catholic institution is being sued for firing an instructor who expressed disapproval of gay marriage.  They fired him:
It’s not often that a university buys Google advertisements to make its case in a lawsuit.
Yet that’s what the Catholic university in Milwaukee did ahead of next week’s oral arguments before the state’s highest court in a case that bears on academic freedom and due process.
 John McAdams and a slew of academic-freedom groups are challenging Marquette’s indefinite, unpaid suspension of the conservative political science professor after he criticized a fellow instructor for refusing to let a student disagree with gay marriage in her classroom.
This sounds like an incompetent attempt to bias the court.

There's a saying: "If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence for a conviction?'  Marquette is safe, I think.

Too Disgusting to Even Summarize

Yale is paying a white, female rapper to perform.  This article about her at The College Fix discusses her "music" and is so repulsive that garden variety misogynous rap is almost uplifting by comparison.  The only quotable statements:
Earlier this year, Yale student Finnegan Schick penned an op-ed in The Daily News deriding CupcakKe’s work as “sins, not songs.”
“To call Cupcakke’s music ‘shocking’ or ‘vulgar’ is an insult to what’s truly shocking and vulgar,” he wrote. Her lyrics, he said, are “musical porn, plain and simple.” ...
Not every student is against Cupcakke’s upcoming performance. In addition the the Spring Fling organizers, Yale student Jazzie Kennedy supports the appearance.
In The Daily News on March 30, Kennedy defended Cupcakke, writing, “Part of being a feminist, in fact, is supporting women regardless of their preferences. Imposing rules and judgment only adds weight to the ball and chain that women are already oppressed by.” 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Can He Buy Bread Without Assistance?

Eating this fiery pepper can cause a “thunderclap” headache, doctors reported Monday. The headache was the result of an unusual blood vessel condition called reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS), doctors reported in the British Medical Journal’s Case Reports.
They described the case of a 34-year-old man who ate a Carolina Reaper hot pepper in a contest.
“His symptoms began with dry heaves but no vomiting immediately after participation in a hot pepper contest where he ate one ‘Carolina Reaper,’ the hottest chili pepper in the world,” Dr. Kulothungan Gunasekaran of the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, New York, and colleagues wrote.
“Then he developed an intense headache,” they added. “The pain was excruciating and thus he came to the ER.”
 I like spicy food, too.  But as why wife pointed out when she saw this,  "Reaper" should be a clue.  Yes there are Chihuahuas named Rambo (like the one owned by the waitress at our favorite Mexican restaurant), but most of the time, if it has a name implying danger, it helps to be cautious.

Explaining High Technology to a Psychiatrist is Probably Very Hard

Dr John Crichton, the new chairman of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland, wants the sale of pointed kitchen knives to be banned to help reduce the number of fatal stabbings.
He first suggested the move three years ago, but his proposal did not win enough support from policy-makers. Since then dozens of people, including schoolchildren, have lost their lives as a result of attacks involving bladed instruments.
Let's see, can I sharpen a screwdriver to a sharp point?  If it is more than 4" long, it is likely to be as fatal as the "zombie knives" the British smart guys are now upset about.  Do these people have this little contact with Planet Earth to not understand the high technology of a grinder or even repeated application of sandpaper?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

More Winning

From 4/4/18 Slate:
The confirmation of Gorsuch heralded a year of lower court nominees created in his image—predominantly white and malerelatively young, and often hostile to consumer, worker, health, and environmental protections, as well as gender, racial, and LGBTQ equality. A disturbing number of Trump’s judicial nominees are actually lawyers who have built their careers denigrating LGBTQ people and their families. Analysis by Lambda Legal (where I work as a legal fellow) at the end of last year found that nearly 1 in 3 (16 out of 59) of Trump’s judicial nominees to that point had anti-LGBTQ records.
I'm guessing anti-LGBTQ means, "Letting people safely disagree."

More winning!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Good News From CNN

CNN article points out that Gov.  Rick Scott's decision to run against Sen. Nelson (D-FL) is going to hurt the Democrats badly.   Scott is personally very wealthy and has a history of pouring millions into his campaigns,  so Democrats will need to spend tens of millions to help Nelson hold the seat,  reducing money available for other Senate races around the country. 

While the Republican Party is largely a disappointment, Scott is a Trump ally, and Democrats regaining control of either house would be a disaster.  Awesome!

Gun Control is For Little People

Reagan Stevens, a deputy director in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, and two young men were arrested for illegal weapons possession while sitting in a double-parked car near the scene of a Saturday night shooting in Queens, cops said.
A loaded, 9mm semi-automatic pistol with its serial number defaced was hidden in the car’s glovebox, and there was a spent shell casing on the floor near Stevens’ feet in the rear of the 2002 dark red Infiniti SUV, law enforcement sources said.
The trio’s arrest followed a burst of five gunshots that activated an NYPD “ShotSpotter” device in Jamaica at 9:42 p.m. Saturday, sources said.
The listening device pinpointed the shooting at 174th Street and 109th Avenue, and private surveillance video captured the muzzle flashes of five shots fired from the Infiniti, sources said.
The handgun seized by cops has an eight-round magazine and held three cartridges — two in the magazine and one in the chamber, sources said.
Five shots fired; three left in an 8 round magazine; sound and video evidence.  No wonder de Blasio supports gun control.  His own staff can't be trusted.  But that doesn't mean every other New Yorker is as stupid and criminal as his staff.  A lot of gun control agitation is what psychologists call "projection":
humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.

The comments over at Instapundit are marvelous:
Is this a Common Core Urban Word Math problem?
Reagan has a gun with an eight round magazine. If she capped somebody's ass with five rounds, how many rounds does Reagan have left to shoot some other MoFo? 

Why New Jersey Has Strict Gun Control Laws

4/6/18 Philadelphia Inquirer:
A roadside strip search in N.J. draws protest and legal action. How far can an officer go?

The trooper is then seen pulling on blue latex gloves, reaching into the driver’s underwear, and groping his genitals and buttocks while the two stand on Route 206 in Southampton, Burlington County. All the while, trucks and cars pass by on the busy highway.
While I oppose decriminalization, this is the sort of behavior that makes "War on Drugs" a dangerous idea.  It means anything, no matter how absurd, is in play.

Like a Parody of Gun Control

04/08/18 Daily Wire:
An epidemic of stabbings and acid attacks in London has gotten so bad that London mayor Sadiq Khan is announcing broad new "knife control" policies designed to keep these weapons of war out of the hands of Londoners looking to cause others harm.
The "tough, immediate" measures involve an incredible police crackdown, a ban on home deliveries of knives and acid, and expanding law enforcement stop-and-search powers so that police may stop anyone they believe to be a threat, or planning a knife or acid attack. [emphasis added]
Weapons of war in 10,000 BC; after that we had moved to swords.  And how do they know someone is planning an attack?  Do Bobbies now carry mindreading devices?

Oh, and
"zombie knives" are those defined as being manufactured for the purpose of being used as a person-to-person weapon

I thought those were "assault knives."

Tater Meows, "Thank you." At least It Sounds Like That

One of my compassionate and experienced readers suggesting switching him to wet food.  The Urinator is no longer saying, "I could pee on this," (very funny book of cat poetry) and I will.  I think the kibble was drying him out and he was drinking lots of water in response.  Cats in the wild (Ethiopian and Arab deserts) drink very little water, getting most of their water from their prey; I think water just goes right through them.  We still are watching him carefully when out of the laundry room, but he is definitely less agitated, and there have been no accidents.

Brownell's Having a Sale on Wilson-Rogers 8 Round Magazines for M1911s

Only a dollar off their normal price, but still cheaper than anywhere else that I could find.  It is still only 9 rounds before a mag change, but the M1911 now doesn't look quite so bad compared to some 9mm alternatives.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

I Wish There Was Some Way to Get This Across to the Left

You really do not want a civil war,  which is what you are setting up with this insane effort to disarm flyover country.   We do not want one either,  of course.   Civil wars are incredibly costly in lives and money, and flyover country and our allies in the leftist states have far more guns,  and far more people who know how to use them effectively. How many of you have Green Beret home repair guys with underground bunkers filed with assault rifles?

The aftermath of this bloody disaster is likely a new Constitution more in line with the majority: no abortion rights, or at least more narrowly defined;  a much stronger guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms;  likely no guarantees of a right to transgender bathrooms; and very possibly no right to homosexual sex or marriage.   Not necessarily my preferences on all these items,  but very possible without the left running everything.

Trump's Trade War With China

Ordinarily,  Trump's Trade war worth China would be a disaster,  but China is not the only buyer of American goods. Europeans ate buying up our soybeans instead.

Why Winning Legislatively is Better Than Winning Judicially

I am reading Larence Goldstone's Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903It is a painful reminder of how politics influences decisions, in this case, the destruction of racial legal equality, in spite of the 14th Amendment.  Hamilton's confidence in an an apolitical judiciary in Federalist 78 compares poorly to Antifederalist Brutus' more cynical view.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican said on Saturday its police had arrested a monsignor who worked as a diplomat at its embassy in Washington and is suspected of possessing child pornography in the United States and Canada....
The Vatican statement said Capella, who was recalled from the Vatican embassy in Washington last August, was arrested according to articles of a 2013 law signed by Pope Francis. The articles cited by the statement related to child pornography....
The State Department notified the Holy See in August of a possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images by a member of the diplomatic corps of the Holy See accredited to Washington, the Vatican said in September.
Now there are ways to inadvertently download child porn images.  You just downloaded a picture of Donald Trump.  It is 5x5 pixels, below.  If I made it 1 pixel on display, it would still download to your computer.  But the chances of accidentally downloading much of it by accident is small.  That ISPs are not cooperating with police in looking for such downloads is also small.

Not a Mass Murder

But perhaps only by luck.  04/07/18 Reuters:
BERLIN (Reuters) - German forensic police combed the area outside a restaurant in the western city of Muenster on Sunday as they tried to establish the motive of a man who drove a camper van into a group of diners, killing two before shooting himself dead....
The Sueddeutsche Zeitung said the man had psychological problems. The Interior Ministry in North Rhine-Westphalia, where Muenster is located, would neither confirm nor deny the Sueddeutsche report.
I guess German gun control is less effective than we are promised.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Awesome Indian Restaurant in Pendleton, OR

On the way to the coast a week or so ago,  we stayed at the Marigold Hotel in Pendleton,  Oregon.  1950s motel nicely upgraded run by a very nice Indian fsmily.  Down the street is a spectacular Indian restaurant, A Taste of India.  AWESOME!

Awesome Thai Restaurant

Thai House on Overland in Boise.   Beat Thai restaurant in Boise,  and taut is saying something.   We have a lot of awesome Thai restaurants here.

Need a Book PR Firm: Any Suggestions?

Or even Boise area TV or radio station talk show contacts. Seized

From a site that is apparently an Arizona TV station:
The site allows users to post ads for 'escorts' and investigators say many of the ads are actually for underage girls.
The FBI seized the website because it was allegedly being used to facilitate crime. The FBI has done this before with other sex trafficking websites and online pharmacies.
There are 17 victims named in the documents who are both adults and children who say they were forced into sex trafficking. ...
The Department of Justice (DOJ) says almost every single sex trafficking case involves online ads, mostly from
According to the DOJ, the biggest issue with these websites is that it facilitates sex trafficking for people who would have been to sheepish to pursue sex on the streets, especially to look for children. ...
But investigators say the site lost that protection when they alerted posters to key terms related to child sex trafficking. Investigators found proof of these alerts in internal documents. 
The site even gave the third party posters a chance to rephrase their ads so they wouldn't be flagged for child sex trafficking. Some of the terms admins told posters not to use include "Lolita," young, teenager and even "Amber Alert."

I know, some of you think this will facilitate suppression of conservative voices, but the suppression of conservative voices isn't the FBI, but Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.  Making it harder for pedophiles to find little girls and boys for sex is a big win.

Friday, April 6, 2018

The 27th Day

On YouTube.  Made in 1957, it is a so-fi movie worth a plot unlike any other I have ever seen.   Special effects are about what you might expect for 1957, but still a startling movie for that time.

Why I Think Civil War is Unavoidable

The Weather Underground has become a major political force in modern America.  Obama and Ayers are apparently somewhat connected.  Once he and his fellow radical academics get back in power, I think they will go ahead with their program.


Easily done:

11' 8" and We Mean It

Pay attention to those clearance signs.  The results are not pretty.

Strain Relief

It turned that I needed a 12VDC to 3VDC converter.  I have that now and the combination of cigarette lighter plug and converter is giving me the desired 3VDC.  Ideally, I would like the converter box and the leads to the plug wires to be contained and with some sort of strain relief to prevent stupidly pulling the leads on the converter loose from the plug or the wiring to which it connects.  The converter is 2" x 1" x1", with little open end holes for screwing it down.  If Radio Shack still existed, they would have something in which to confine it, and likely something to provide strain relief.  But what am I looking for online?

Thanks all.  Project box.  Just need to drill a hole in each end for the wiring, and put a serious knot in the wires to prevent them from going through the holes.

Why LGBTs Back the Party of Islam and Open Borders

Family pressure has fuelled a sense of persecution felt by gay people in Chechnya, a mainly Muslim region in southern Russia.
Dozens have fled and some have been granted asylum abroad, amid reports of kidnap and torture by Chechen security forces targeting gay or allegedly gay people. Chechen officials deny the reported abuses.
Olga Prosvirova of BBC Russian interviewed two of those who fled in fear. They requested anonymity, so their names have been changed.
I think it's a B&D variant.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Went Searching For This Recently, This is for the Next Time I Need to Find It

Sen Jacob Howard explaining what the "privileges or immunities" clause of the 14th Amendment extends to limit the states.  From Congressional Globe, 39th Cong., 2d sess., p. 2765:

Count on Salon to Get It So Deeply Wrong

4/5/18 Salon:
Much has been written about Donald Trump and the Republican Party's authoritarian efforts to subvert and destroy American democracy, and their alliances with right-wing gangster capitalists such as the Koch brothers. But the enormous role played by evangelicals in Trump's victory -- and in his enduring core of support -- has not received as much attention from the mainstream news media.
In all, it is increasingly clear that with Trump as the figurehead and Vice President Mike Pence as the puppet-master, Christian evangelicals have successfully completed a soft coup in America.
Yes, I've noticed the religious police in the streets arresting women with tight miniskirts, and the firebombings of gay nightclubs.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Technical Question for You M1911 Fans

Many years ago, when taking a concealed weapon class from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department (required for a CCW in that county), I was not pleased with the trigger pull on my Colt Government Model.  I took to Mac Scott, a highly regarded gunsmith there.  The trigger went from about 8 pounds to 4 1/4 pounds.  Accuracy was much improved.  It had the three hole trigger in it, which is pretty common on trigger jobbed M1911s,  However, after a few weeks, the hammer would follow the slide down.  Mac explained that the trigger job meant the slide should not be allowed to close on an empty chamber; always have either a loaded magazine to chamber from, or ease the slide closed.  This is part of why it is now a safe queen.  Is this typical of a good trigger job?  Is it possible to have a light trigger M1911 without this finicky behavior?

My, what a lot of comments!  It does not currently follow the slide.  I am just slightly concerned that treating it like I did right out of the Colt box, might bring this problem back.  Cylinder and Slide does trigger jobs on M1911s and they have a good reputation.  I may see if regular use causes a problem.  If so, send it to C&S.  If out of action for a few weeks, no problem.  It's not like I am short of service pistols.  (Take that Everyidiot for Gun Safety.)

I Had No Idea That Pistol Grips Were Such an Advanced Technology

Wilson Combat Grips:

ITAR Product

More Guns, More Ammo

04/03/18 Daily Mail:
George Washington University has sparked outrage for offering a seminar on 'Christian privilege'. 
The 90-minute seminar, titled 'Christian Privilege: But Our Founding Fathers Were All Christian, Right?!', is scheduled for Thursday evening at the Washington, DC school. 
Timothy Kane, interim associate director for inclusion initiatives, is hosting the event, which will explore how 'Christians in the USA experience life in an easier way' and 'have built-in advantages' over non-Christians. ...

'How do we celebrate Christian identities and acknowledge that Christians receive unmerited perks from institutions and systems all across our country? 

'Let’s reflect upon ways we can live up to our personal and national values that make room for all religious and secular identities on an equal playing field,' the event's description reads.
By the end of the session, participants will be able to 'describe white privilege' and 'list at least three examples of Christian privilege'. 
Participants will able be able to 'list at least three ways to be an ally with a non-Christian person'. 

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But they neglected to mention our control of the banks, media, and universities.  The International Christian bakers are behind this!  That's why refusing to bake a gay wedding cake gets a $120,000 fine.

Make no mistake about this: they are going to put us in boxcars to central Nevada if they can.

No, Trump Did Not Imagine the Illegal Alien Caravan

The caravanThe caravan is a Central American migrant refugee group being helped by Pueblo Sin Fronteras, an organization that has provided humanitarian aid "to migrants and refugees on the move" for about 15 years, according to its website.
"Our dream is to build solidarity bridges among peoples and turndown border walls imposed by greed," the site reads. Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or "people without borders," did not immediately respond to CBS News for comment.
The group is composed of about 1,100 Central Americans who are mainly from Honduras, where living conditions are desperate for most of the population. Two-thirds live in poverty, the country suffers from the worst inequality in Latin America and among the worst in the world, according to the World Bank. Honduras is also plagued by rampant crime, with one of the highest murder rates in the world. 

Another Mass Murder

04/03/18 CBS Los Angeles:
Nicely summarized in comments as, "Muslim vegan animal rights nut from Iran who was wearing a head scarf at the time she attacked."  And in a state with among the most restrictive gun laws in America.

Doesn't fit the narrative.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Masses Are Smarter Than I Give Them Credit For

From Rasmussen Reports:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of American Adults believe the failure of government agencies to respond to numerous warning signs from the prospective killer is more to blame for the mass shooting. Thirty-three percent (33%) attribute the deaths more to a lack of adequate gun control. Eleven percent (11%) opt for something else. (To see survey question wording, click here.)...
Among Americans who have children of elementary or secondary school age, 61% think the government is more to blame. Just 23% of these adults fault a lack of adequate gun control more. 
I presume this group are going to be more passionate at election time.  These are also more likely Republican voters, anyway, which explain their willingness to assign blame.

Monday, April 2, 2018

A New Voting Disqualifer?

Secret Service on Mass Murders


MENTAL HEALTH: Nearly two-thirds of the attackers (n = 18, 64%) experienced mental health symptoms prior to their attacks. The most common symptoms observed were related to psychosis (e.g., paranoia, hallucinations, or delusions) and suicidal thoughts (see Table 1). Further, some attackers (n = 7, 25%) had been hospitalized for treatment or prescribed psychiatric medications prior to their attacks

Yet Another Case for Private or Home Schooling

4/2/18 CNN:
(CNN)Oklahoma and Kentucky teachers are walking off the job Monday and holding rallies in their state capitols to pressure lawmakers.
Inspired by the West Virginia strike in which teachers demanded and got a pay raise from state leaders, a wave of other states, including Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona, are taking similar action.
Educators are organizing and publicly pressuring state lawmakers over issues such as education funding, teacher salaries and pension reform.
While I am sympathetic about teacher pay, which reflects both oversupply of teachers and general disrespect for formal education, this is a reminder that public schools may stop operating pretty easily.  Private schools do not generally have this problem for several reasons:

1. A lot of private schools are faith-based and teachers are there for many reasons other than money.

2. Seldom unionized, so hard to organize a walkout even as large as one school, much less on a city or county basis.

For parents who rely on there being places to drop the kids while at work, these walkouts can be a serious inconvenience.  If you have already made the decision to homeschool, then this is not such an inconvenience.  Unless you are poorly educated yourself, you can homeschool.  I am seeing some very effective results even from homes where the parents are not well-educated.