Friday, July 20, 2018

Blogging Very Limited

Heart attack Thursday  morning,  but fortunately a small one.  I had angioplasty absurdly early this morning.   This was through the femoral artery so I cannot stand or or walk for a 10 hours and to call the channel choices bad is like mistaking a hospital bed for a place to sleep.  ]

Going home in the morning.   The pain is gone, and they found arteries with limited capacity that needed stents.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Enzyme Level Was >0

When i went to E/R this morning.  I am now in the hospital,  waiting for an angiogram and angioplasty.   The back artery that was not cleared in 2014 because I had a stroke probably needs cleaning.   This is fortunately a simple procedure,  usually out next day.

I am so glad that I live in a country with a spectacular health care system,  in spite of the Obamacare blunder.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

I Mentioned Watching Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics

last night.  There is a reason that Rod Serling's early death was such a disaster to the arts, and this one of them.  The first of the story's either a descent into mental illness, or a supernatural discovery of dangerous predestination as were many of the episodes of the original series.  The second story is one of those reminders of how much of the mainstream of our culture has changed over time.  Like many of Serling's stories, death is an inevitable process not to be feared, even if there is nothing afterwards, but as one line observes, "like going to sleep after a long and tiring day."  In this Serling captured well the dominant Judeo-Christian perspective of Western Civilization even ignoring the assumption in Daniel 12:2:
Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.
The older and sicker you get, the less frightening death becomes: only the prospect of a painful death remains truly frightening.  I have obviously spent a lot of time contemplating the inevitable since my 2013 aortic valve replacement.  Even without the hope of John 10:28:
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
Death becomes more and more: "like going to sleep after a long and tiring day."

Along with the Good News, the good news is that since I started on the iron supplements this morning (and a wonderful medium rare steak tonight), many of the symptoms have been alleviating.

In Spite of Police Abuses of Their Authority, Why Most Americans Give Them the Benefit of the Dount


Not sure shooting through your own windshield is safe, but he certainly had reason.

If California Was a Country...

You know the rest of the story.  But what if Texas was a country?  7/17/18 CNN:
Plunging drilling costs have sparked an explosion of production out of the Permian Basin of West Texas. In fact, Texas is pumping so much oil that it will surpass OPEC members Iran and Iraq next year, HSBC predicted in a recent report.
If it were a country, Texas would be the world's No. 3 oil producer, behind only Russia and Saudi Arabia, the investment bank said.
As Instapundit points out "I’m so old, I remember a president who said we couldn’t drill our way to lower energy prices." 

And Texas allows women to drive and dress "immodestly."

By the way, not only would Texas be #3, the USA is already #1.
Total Petroleum and Other Liquids Production, 2017

Ranking  
Country 
Thousand Barrels Per Day 
1
United States
15599
2
Saudi Arabia
12090
3
Russia
11200
4
Canada
4986
5
China
4779
6
Iran
4669

Never Understood Why Sacha Baron Cohen is A Celebrity

Unless it is that he serves leftist causes.  I watched the first few minutes of Borat, and immediately understood why the Kazakh government was upset; all human governments should have been so.  This makes Birth of a Nation look good; that film was also entertaining. 7/17/18 Fox LA reports on a gun store owner who recognized Cohen in disguise and when told he was recognized. Cohen left, realizing that whatever dishonesty he was trying to pull (likely a strawman purchase, a federal felony).

I Keep Seeing This Implausible Claim

But even Clinton News Network confirms it.  9/15/16 CNN:
Polygraph panic: CIA director fretted his vote for communist...
"I said I was neither Democratic or Republican, but it was my way, as I was going to college, of signaling my unhappiness with the system, and the need for change. I said I'm not a member of the Communist Party, so the polygrapher looked at me and said, 'OK,' and when I was finished with the polygraph and I left and said, 'Well, I'm screwed.'"
Okay, people do stupid things as a kid.  I was a pretty ferocious communist in 6th grade.  I outgrew it by 10th grade.  That Brennan voted Communist suggests he is a slow learner.

Tired of Visiting E/Rs

I have been having some unexplained shortness of breath problems since at least May when a 1.2 mile walk to the convention center where the NRA Annual Meeting was held left me struggling to keep up with an NRA employee wearing high heels.  Last night, the "overly demanding" exercise was 90 minutes of doing the couch potato.  Many of the symptoms were those from before my aortic valve replacement; I spent several sleepless hours deciding whether the post-operative pain of going through that again was worse than calling it a life, and moving on.  Thinking through the effects on my wife, kids, and gun rights, I decided that it was worth it.  (Or perhaps doing the slightly riskier transarterial valve replacement (TAVR), which does not require cutting you open.)

This morning, the shortness of breath problem woke me up.  Walking to the kitchen to prepare breakfast not only exhausted me but produced upper left chest pain.  Nitroglycerin pills solved the pain, so we set out for the St. Al's E/R.  The very concerned, engaged, communicative (can I think of some more positive adjectives?) doctor found an EKG no worse than my last post-myocardial infarct EKG. 

Dying heart muscle produces a protein called troponin in the blood.  Even three hours later, there was none in my blood, so he ruled out a heart attack as the cause.

What he did notice was anemia.  Many symptoms of anemia mirror a heart attack because insufficient oxygen in your blood causes the same problems as the loss of blood flow to the heart; nitroglycerin essentially explodes the arteries open, improving flow of whatever oxyhemoglobin actually is present.  The E/R doctor also thinks my recent hernia repair surgery might have lowered my hemocrit levels, which can take 60 days to recover.  He pushed a previously scheduled cardiologist appointment up from August 9th to tomorrow. 

This Whole E/R Thing is Getting Old

I have been having shortness of breath issues for some months now, including after 90 minutes being a couch potato last night.    This morning walking to the kitchen was too intense, and I was having upper left chest pain.  Nitroglycerin took the pain away,  so to the E/R.  The EKG was normal; the treponin level indicated no heart muscle death,  but I am anemic and the incredibly concerned and engaged E/R doctor thought these might be symptoms of that.   Unsurprisingly, the reduced oxygenation of the blood has many similarities to a heart attack.   He is having my cardiologist jump me in queue for an appointment and having me increase my iron intake.

This anemia might be a product of the hernia surgery,  but when I was in Dallas in May,  a 1.2 mile walk left me utterly overwhelmed,  so I think at most the hernia surgery tipped me over the edge.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Good News From the 9th Circus

California voters sometime back, banned magazines exceeding ten rounds and confiscating those grandfathered in under the 1989 ban.  A federal judge had issued an injunction against enforcement of the law because it violated both 2nd and 5th Amendments.  On appeal to the 9th circuit, the panel decided the lower court issued that injunction correctly while the district court hears to case.  Now this in't over; the Cal. A-G will appeal to the en banc 9th Circuit, where I am sure the fascists will overturn the injunction.  For those of you who hate Trump so much that you wanted Felonia Pantsuit to win, this is the long-term result of elections: what super and unelected legislators will decide.

Watching a Prime Video Movie

Two previously untelevised Rod Serling stories: Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics.  Remember: if your life starts to resemble a Twilight Zone episode, you need immediate medical attention before it becomes permanent.

Someone Needs Better Lawyers

National Review reports that the Mandalay Bay is suing victims of the massacre there to get a declaration that they are not responsible for the actions of a guest sniper.  While I understand the desire to avoid being held liable for an unforeseeable event, this is among the most anti-PR stunts that I can imagine.   They should be focused on defending themselves from suits that make no sense.  Unless the Mandalay Bay knows something that would make them in some way liable.

The First Day in a Week Where I Only Feel Awful

By the way magnesium citrate is a very effective laxative.  This came in a carbonated bottle form with a chemical lemon flavor that should cause every lemon on Earth to stage protests about "cultural misappropriation."  There was literally nothing left in mt GI tract this morning by 6:00 AM.

Remember the "Wild and Crazy Guys" From 1980s SNL?

One of them married a candlemaker and bought a industrial lathe:

Monday, July 16, 2018

Never Ask Why Homelessness is So Widespread

7/14/18 NBC San Francisco:
San Francisco Mayor London Breed, in her first one-on-one interview since taking office, said homeless advocacy groups that receive funding from the city need to better educate the homeless to "clean up after themselves."  
"I work hard to make sure your programs are funded for the purposes of trying to get these individuals help, and what I am asking you to do is work with your clients and ask them to at least have respect for the community — at least, clean up after themselves and show respect to one another and people in the neighborhood," Breed told the Investigative Unit, referencing her conversations with nonprofit groups aimed at serving the homeless.
When pressed about whether her plan calls for harsher penalties against those who litter or defecate on city streets, Breed said "I didn’t express anything about a penalty."  Instead, the mayor said she has encouraged nonprofits "to talk to their clients, who, unfortunately, were mostly responsible for the conditions of our streets."

Please don't ask why this problem developed in the 1970s.

Wow! It Didn't Change Anything

7/14/18 UPI reports that while same-sex marriage improved health care coverage:
However, after analyzing 16 years of government data on Americans' health, Gonzales and colleagues found it wasn't associated with improved health among gay men.
"For example, mental health was not improved, and there were no changes in negative health behaviors such as cigarette smoking or heavy drinking," Gonzales explained.
As regular readers know, I have found that surveys of LGBTs find 2x-8x the rate of reported childhood sexual abuse.  And CSA increases substance abuse and mental illness rates among both straights and gays.

E/R Enema at 2:00 AM is Never a Good Idea

The second phase of constipation was bad enough for me to drive to the E/R last night.  I was concerned that they might regard this as not a real "emergency."  The intake nurse had spent nine awful days after a tonsillectomy, so they took it seriously.  After an X-ray to rule out bowel obstruction they gave me what I hope will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which loosened the logjam enough to reduce my pain and nausea enough to go home and sleep badly, a giant improvement over no sleep at all.  They also have a medicine that reverses opoid-induced constipation. 

I am still bloated and uncomfortable with some pain, but I can hear gurgling noises that suggest the factory is beginning to operate again.

If I have not already told you, avoid getting overweight, which is apparently a cause of umbilical hernias.  I spent too many years enjoying food in excess, with very high costs now.  The surgery diet, however, knocked off five pounds but bloat has kept my waist size unchanged.

I'm Sure You All Know About the First Repeating Firearm: the Puckle Gun


 And a 40 shots without reloading double action pistols from the 1870s:

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Pete: I Know You Are a Reader Because of the cute get well card

But I have lost your email address.  Email me, please.

The Defense Distributed Victory

If you have not heard, the federal government has settled out of court with Defense Distributed.  They are allowed to put CAD files for printing firearms on the Internet without running afoul of ITAR (which regulates international trafficking in weapons of war).  Also, they agreed the AR-15 isn't one.  Interesting analysis here of likely results.

The Only Good Thing Right Now

My portfolio is growing like gangbusters.  My IRA shows a 20% gain for the year ending Jun. 2018.  The FOCPX I bought in March is up 26% since then.

That Opoid Constipation Seems to Be Two-Phase

I thought I was past it Friday at noon, but after several successes, I seem to be having troubles again.  It feels like there is a lump in my now bloated belly.  When my wife goes over the rough parts of the driveway in the Jeep, it feels like I am being beaten from the inside.  Suppositories, pineapple spears, tea, stool softeners, whole grain cereal: still waiting.  I asked my daughter how heroin addicts tolerate this just to keep using heroin (which she tells me is a middle class white women's drug in the Boise area), and she said this shows you how serious the addiction is: most live on Ex-Lax and coffee.  (I am trying to think of a cute Starbucks name for that drink.)

You May Be Surprised That I Have Gay Friends and Readers

One tells me on condition of complete anonymity concerning transgenders he has talked to in the Bay Area:
- in general there is a high percentage of autism among the males looking to do this
- he routinely poses a question to these candidates "how do they expect their lives to be different/better after surgery?" and then asks whether their therapist ever asked that question (they routinely say 'no')
- in follow-up conversations with these candidates, many have commented to him that after thinking it over they have decided that the gender reassignment doesn't seem attractive any more
- in Europe where the gender roles are more flexible, gender reassignment  is relatively rare compared to cultures where the gender roles are more tightly proscribed, as in Latin culture
- he suspects that the therapists are unnecessarily promoting gender reassignment
- his intuition is that 90% of the gender reassignments are not necessary
- quite a few folks in the LGBT community agree with him but nobody is willing to get tar'd and feathered by talking about it publicly
I have long made myself outside the realm of respectable conservative bloggers for my skepticism of homosexuality and same-sex marriage (most conservative bloggers have made piece with both, to prove they aren't Christians), but homosexuality is positively healthy compared to have your genitals cut off and refashioned into a vagina substitute (for biomen) and the inverses for biowomen.  But I am not surprised that the lack of honest discussion in the LGBT community makes this a political suicide act.

So, Did France Lose the World Cup?

7/15/18 Daily Mail:
Police forces fired tear gas as scuffles and pockets of looting broke out on the Champs-Élysées as French football celebrations in Paris soured following their sides World Cup victory over Croatia in Moscow.
Revelers set off smoke bombs in the national colors - blue, white and red - obscuring Napoleon's triumphal arch as police tackled the crowd using water canons.
People climbed atop every newspaper kiosk and bus stop in the area to wave flags and lead the crowds below in cheers. The national anthem, the Marseillaise, rang out, cars honked horns and cherry bombs cracks.
Looters broke into shop fronts and smashed windows before they were driven back by riot police brandishing shields. 
Oh, they won.  What do they do when lose?  Burn down the city?

Just Too White

7/10/18 The College Fix:
One goal is to increase the number of people of color on campus beyond the increases that have already occurred over the past few years, as “applications from underrepresented minority students doubled between 2008 and 2018.”
“In 2011, the campus was 63 percent Caucasian,” the May 2 report informs readers, “in fall of 2017, it was less than 55 percent … but there is still much work to do.”
The public research institution states it wishes to get those numbers more in line with the state’s percentage of white people, which recent polls hold at 39.7 percent of the population.
Note that the complaint isn't not enough non-whites, but too many whites.  Into the 1920s, some League school intellectuals wanted a maximum 15% Jews allowed.  Can't have those kind crowding out the right sort of people.  I keep waiting for legal acton.

Maybe About Ready to Go Photovoltaic for the Telescope Garage

I have wanted power in the telescope garage for some time, partly to recharge the battery packs I use for the telescope drives,  and partly because my wife would like the machine shop out of the garage in the house.   I have a 15W panel in the window which charges a 12V car battery and feeds a 110V inverter.   Unfortunately,  it is not a pure sine wave inverter.  While it charges the battery packs,  the green CHARGED  LED never lights up.  My Green Beret handyman is willing to run wiring for a few outlets, a switch for the ceiling light and connect a pure sine wave inverter.  At some point,  I will have a licensed electrician run power to the shed from the garage in the house (and the other direction for when Idaho Power loses the plot, as they often do).  Bur having the wiring, switch,  and light outlet in place let's me put up wallboard and reduce the bugs (I hope).  A lot of the PV panels have MC4 connectors.   I assume that the sine wave inverters have MC4 connectors.  Any thing else I should be watching for?   If I put 200W of panels up,  That should produce about 2800W in summer. So a battery that holds 2800W divided by 12V should tell me how many amp - hours capacity of batteries I need?   I believe you can stack several 12V batteries serially to store beyond the capacity of a single battery?

Painfully True

Now that the supposed "threat" to our elections took place during the Obama Administration:
The Obama left couldn’t recognize the threat Russia posed as it attacked American systems, helped America’s enemies build nukes, massacred civilians, and stole countries.
The Obama left did however recognize the threat Russia posed when it helped cost the Obama left an election.
And this comment over at Instapundit:
12 Russians with $95,000 won the presidential election for the Republicans?
The RNC needs to hire them.
Cost effective. Efficient. Results oriented.
Or the DNC could learn from them.

Imagine Showing This Photo to an American on Dec. 8, 1941 or Aug. 6, 1945

And not have it be from The Man in the High Castle?
PEARL HARBOR (July 10, 2018) The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer helicopter ship JS Ise (DDH 182) departs Pearl Harbor to begin the at-sea phase of the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, July 10, 2018.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Peter Strzok, Possessed FBI Agent Has An Interesting Geneaology

TruePundit reports on his father's ties to the CIA.

These Are the Editorials That Leave Me Scratching My Head

7/12/18 New York Times:

Trump Got From NATO Everything Obama Ever Asked For
But the rest of the editorial takes him to task for disregarding Putin's supposed interference with the 2016 election, and complains that money saved on U.S. withdrawal from overseas won't be spent on "badly needed infrastructure."  So preparing to fight Russia makes him a Putin puppet, but not buying into the whole "Recovery Summer" nonsense makes him what?

Friday, July 13, 2018

Dropped My Gym Membership

It may a month or two before my core is up to exercise again. Exercise has returned my right side to about the muscle strength of the left, and I do not see any advantage to the workouts that cannot be achieved by lifting an M1A regularly.

Easily the Most Disturbing Video I Have Yet Seen

Go here to watch FBI agent Peter Strzok make a face that screams, "What's wrong with you?"  Is anyone surprised at his statement that he was going to "stop" Trump from being President?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Solution: Move to a State That Shares Your Values

7/11/18 Time reports on the sort of "preppers" the left likes: those buying Plan B, the Undo contraceptive pill, because they are sure Roe v. Wade (1973) will be overturned by the Court.  I have gone from generally pro-choice to moderately pro-life over the last 20 years largely because there are serious logical errors in the "it's not human life" argument and there is a somewhat casual attitude about responsible contraception because abortion and abortifacients have taken away the risks of carelessness.  The Los Angeles Times published this 11/29/2005 article sympathetic to abortion that really left me shocked and horrified:
His first patient of the day, Sarah, 23, says it never occurred to her to use birth control, though she has been sexually active for six years. When she became pregnant this fall, Sarah, who works in real estate, was in the midst of planning her wedding. "I don't think my dress would have fit with a baby in there," she says.
The last patient of the day, a 32-year-old college student named Stephanie, has had four abortions in the last 12 years. She keeps forgetting to take her birth control pills. Abortion "is a bummer," she says, "but no big stress."
This carelessness and lack of apparent concern about destroying an unborn child and for such a casual reason as dress fit just made me say, "Yes, the pro-lifers are right.  Making it readily available creates a very casual attitude towards destruction of life."  

I have seen commenters over the years claim that abortion must be available because there are no contraceptive solutions.  When I prodded them with how cheap and easy condoms are, the response is that men won't use them.  Maybe you need to stop picking up men that uninterested in your needs.  Any guy who won't use a condom to get sex clearly does want or need it that badly.

This also promotes a very casual attitude by men about sexual responsibility.  Some years ago, I worked with a guy who had been living with a gal for two years.  She wanted commitment to marriage.  This diagram shows the brain of too many men:


So she ended up pregnant.  (I doubt it was an accident.)  She wanted him to marry her.  He wanted her to have an abortion.  When all was done, he no longer had a girlfriend, but he did have an 18 year child support obligation.  He came to my office seeking sympathy.  He did not get it.  Actions have consequences.

White Privilege

Victor Davis Hanson writes about white privilege:
Rich whites invent minority pedigrees to gain advantage while they condemn poor and working-class rural whites as racist.
Yes, Fauxahontas comes to mind.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Broomsticks: The Safety Gun

7/10/18 U.K. Sun:
GERMANY'S military is so underfunded its troops used BROOMSTICKS painted black as mock weapons during a Nato defence exercise.
But the highly embarrassing episode, revealed in a leaked report, is just the beginning of the country's woes as it fights to reverse chronic army shortages.
Priorities, Germany.  When the Italian Army matched past Mussolini in review he apparently muttered to a friend, "Once we were Romans."

Real Men Have Big Tools

YouTube video "Large Lathe Work."  15 inch diameter steel shipping container.  Steady rest, live center, very slow: he is cutting through a weld.

The Next Time Some Judge Insists That An AR-15 is A Military Weapon

Two victories in one.  A prominent gun rights attorney reports:
BELLEVUE, WA – The Department of Justice and Second Amendment Foundation have reached a settlement in SAF’s lawsuit on behalf of Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed over free speech issues related to 3-D files and other information that may be used to manufacture lawful firearms.
SAF and Defense Distributed had filed suit against the State Department under the Obama administration, challenging a May 2013 attempt to control public speech as an export under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), a Cold War-era law intended to control exports of military articles.
Under terms of the settlement, the government has agreed to waive its prior restraint against the plaintiffs, allowing them to freely publish the 3-D files and other information at issue. The government has also agreed to pay a significant portion of the plaintiffs’ attorney’s fees, and to return $10,000 in State Department registration dues paid by Defense Distributed as a result of the prior restraint.
Significantly, the government expressly acknowledges that non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber – including modern semi-auto sporting rifles such as the popular AR-15 and similar firearms – are not inherently military.

Glad I Fixed This Monday

I was struggling with the finder crosshairs adjustment Sunday night with the new finder on Big Bertha 3.0.  I wasn't sure if it was tiredness or that the mechanism for adjusting point of aim is a new one that seems impossible.  Traditional telescope finders had two rings holding the tube with three thumb screws in each ring.  Of late, Celestron has switched to a scheme with one ring, two thumb screws and a third spring loaded screw that you cannot adjust.  There is a front ring with a big piece of soft rubber between tube and ring.

Complicating this, the finder assembly slides into a metal base that is held to an adapter to the telescope.  Traditionally, finderscope rings attach directly o the telescope tube.  With a semi-serrurier tube, there is nothing solid to which to attach the rings.  Dobstuff.com, who rebuilt my sorry experiment with Big Bertha 2.0 into the current telescope, attaches the rings to a wooden base which clamps onto a 1" aluminum tube at the front of the upper cage.  I had to replace the wooden base with a new one because the old finderscope tube was much longer than the new one; and because I decided the black acetal would be tougher and better tapped.  It was also nice to be able to make this part with a "just barely fits" slot using the mill.

So I started trying to adjust it, using a radio station tower on top of Bogus Basin as my target.  First, I noticed the front rubber ring was not seated between metal ring and tube.  Then I noticed the finderscope's base was loose on the acetal adapter.  After removing everything, I stuffed the rubber between the tube and the front ring, and tightened down the nut and screw that holds the scope base to the acetal plate.  (In computer science terminology: interface to the interface to the interface.)  Now, those two adjustment screws are easy to exactly center the target into the dual illuminated crosshairs. 

No, three are no mildots; is it really a "windage" adjustment when there is no wind out there?  When I first built a 3" f/4.5 reflector some years ago, the people I worked with assumed that it was a weapons scope.  And why would you need that much power for something that you can pick up and carry?  Of course this was the S.F. Bay Area, where many otherwise educated people might have difficulty identifying from which end the bullets come.

Sore But Not Incapacitating Pain

I am not happy, but much improved from yesterday.

Hiccups are a problem.  Often a side effect of anesthesia.  A big glass of water in one gulp often solves this; not today.

A spoonful of sugar worked at 5:00 AM, but not at 7:30 AM.

I vomited once last night and my throat is sore and rough as result.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Dr. Lott Said Hernia Repair Recovery Was Fast

It was the only thing that made today tolerable.  Not as intense as a kidney stone, but continuous pain.  Six months would make a quick death seem an arguable alternative.   I am not sure how much of this is muscle pain, and how much is that they inflate the abdominal cavity for the procedure which attains a lot of the tissues.   The holes stopped screaming about three hours afterwards.

You want to add another reason to avoid getting overweight to heart attacks, strokes, and looks?   Hernia repair recovery is another very good one.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Have I Really Forgotten C?

#include
#include

int main (argc, char ** argv)
{
    float x,y;
    for (x=-2.25f; x<= 2.25f; x+=.1f)
    {
        y = pow(x, 2)-x);
        printf("%0.2f %0.2f\n", x, y);
     }
}

pow is "undefined reference to 'pow'


I needed -lm on the cc line. Thanks.

Why the Left's Campaign To Destroy Civics Education May Not Even Be in Their Interest

9/12/18 Annenberg Policy Center:
The annual Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey finds that:
  • More than half of Americans (53 percent) incorrectly think it is accurate to say that immigrants who are here illegally do not have any rights under the U.S. Constitution;
  • More than a third of those surveyed (37 percent) can’t name any of the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment;
  • Only a quarter of Americans (26 percent) can name all three branches of government.
I shudder to think what they think "equal protection" means. 

I Thought the News Media Were Supposed to Be a Watchdog on Misuse of Governmental Power...

Not an assistant.  7/8/18 Politico:
Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are crying foul over a meeting Justice Department prosecutors held with four Associated Press reporters last year as news organizations and the FBI bore down on the longtime lobbyist and political consultant.
Manafort’s defense has argued for months that the off-the-record session on April 11, 2017, was a potential conduit for improper leaks to the press about the probe that led to two criminal cases against the former Trump campaign chief.
Now, Manafort’s attorneys have fresh evidence they say bolsters their claims: two memos written by FBI agents who attended the meeting and documented their version of what transpired.
Manafort’s legal team paints the evidence as confirmation that journalists were given inside information about the investigation in violation of Justice Department policies and, perhaps, legal prohibitions on disclosure of grand jury secrets....
One of memos also says the purpose of the meeting was for the FBI to “obtain documents from the AP reporters,” although it’s unclear any documents were shown or changed hands.
The memos also show that one of the AP journalists gave the FBI an unusual detail about a storage unit in Alexandria, Virginia, that Manafort used to keep records of his worldwide business dealings. Both memos say the AP revealed a code number to access the unit, although one memo says the reporters declined to share the number or location of the locker. (The memos give two slightly different versions of the code, with one suggesting it was to access a locked parking lot at the storage facility.)
So not only is AP not an independent watchdog, but actually an arm of the American KGB pseudo-police.  And the FBI is a research arm of the FBI.  "Deep state" is not paranoia.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Perhaps Britons Can No Longer Be Trusted With Guns

7/8/18 New York Daily News reports that British soccer fans responded to victory over Sweden by trashing ambulances and an Ikea store (Ikea was originally a Swedish company). http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-news-england-sweden-07082018-story.html Has the absence of guns produced a juvenile population?

Please

7/7/18 New York Post https://nypost.com/2018/07/07/is-hillary-clinton-secretly-planning-to-run-in-2020/ reports Felonia Pantsuit is apparently preparing to repeat her kamikaze run in 2020.  Adlai Stevenson failed against Eisenhower in 1952, and repeated in 1956.  There was the same arrogant smugness back then.   At one point, a supporter told Stevenson, "All the smart people are voting for you."  His equally smug response, "Madam, I need a majority."

Wonderfully Useful Video on YouTube

I have been watching a wonderfully informative video from MIT about basic machining.   They are demonstrating using a Bridgeport knee mill (the kind you use a forklift to move), and many aspects of the Bridgeport mill are absent on a Sherline, especially the gravitationally induced warping of space and time.   If I ever won the Powerball, a Bridgeport or similar is on my toy list, mostly because of the space and power requirements.

My Sherline came with collets.  I knew they were used to hold center drills, reamers,  and similar tools, but I could not figure how they were held to the mill or how they held the tools.   Now I understand.

UPDATE: The second part covers workholding.  I wish that I had known about angle blocks several weeks ago.

I Will Not Post This Video

It is too weird.  As one of the commenters observed:
Do you think God stays in heaven because he, too, is afraid of what he has created?
Pony Play Down In New Orleans. The Wizard of Odd TV went down to New Orleans to meet up at a Pony Play festival. Pony play is a form of costume role play. People involved in pony-play ("ponies") generally divide themselves to three groups cart ponies, riding and show ponies. Cosplay is in the same realm of pony play.  

When I posted the comment a few days ago about there are are websites where you can watch pronouns having sex; I thought that was the most silly idea that I could imagine.  Not anymore!

Portlandia is a Documentary?

The opening of the first episode of Portlandia is among the funniest satires:



But now I see that it wasn't satire at all.  7/2/18 Campus Reform:
The Portland State University Women’s Studies department will offer a course next semester exploring “ecological feminist spirituality” and the potential for an “ecological revolution.”
Ecofeminist Spirituality” is a senior-level course taught by Dr. Frodo Okulam, and primarily aims to explore “different forms of ecofeminist spirituality” including “feminist biblical interpretation” as well as “goddesses and spirituality.”

“The insight of Ecofeminism is that the oppression of women and the exploitation of the earth are related,” Okulam told Campus Reform, adding that “in its least radical form…it would use existing laws to reform our relationship with nature.”

But Okulam also teaches students about other variations of ecofeminism. In a handout she often provides to students, for instance, she explains that there are Socialist Ecofeminism, Radical Ecofeminism, and Spiritual Ecofeminist schools of thought.

The most radical of these, she says, is Socialist Ecofeminism, which “would end the domination of women and nature inherent in the capitalist economy’s exploitation of both” and “transform the structure of power itself.”
This surprised me not at all.  My son went to Portland City College. His English Composition instructor taught them that AIDS was invented by the U.S. government to exterminate black people. (And how does this fit into a English Composition class? It doesn't, of course.) My son knew this was nonsense, but it was not clear that many of the foreign students knew to be skeptical.  When are Oregonians going to expect responsible use of their tax dollars?

Oh, and Frodo is teaching the course?  Let's see the feet!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Weird Hatchet News of the Day

Because so many U.S. mass murders involve axes or hatchets, this news story caused great wonder.  7/6/18 Fox News Channel 19:
Middletown police were called to the 1300 block of Woodlawn Avenue on a report of a burglary early Friday morning.

Kaylie Stacy found Michael Robert McClain, 39, "with his pants down, holding his penis with his right hand and had a hatchet, deadly weapon, in his left hand," the police report states.

"I came in, and my bedroom light was on, which is never left on we always turn it off," she said.
Stacy asked her husband Tim to help get McClain out of the residence. He was armed with a gun when he tried to wake up McClain, police said.
Yes, if you find a man without pants and a weapon in one hand, a handgun is recommended.  From the mugshot and news report, a shave and shower (and an antipsychotic medicine) are in order.

Victim Blaming

The left is now saying that wearing a MAGA hat leads to violence because it is the equivalent of wearing a swastika and you deserve being attacked for it.  As this article points out, it is the equivalent of saying a woman wearing a short skirt is to blame for being raped.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Separating Illegals From Their Children

7/18/2012 ABC News:
In a controversial case that involved the rights of illegal immigrants and their young children, a Guatemalan mother lost her effort today to get back the five-year old son who was taken away from her after her arrest on immigration charges and put up for adoption in Missouri despite her objections.
I had no idea Trump had been President so long.

Japan Executes Mass Murderer

7/6/18 CNN reports on Japan's execution of the cult leader who used Sarin to commit mass murders in 1995 and 1994.  Guns?  No.  Nerve gas.

Blame Trump

7/5/18 CNBC:
America’s labor shortage is approaching epidemic proportions, and it could be employers who end up paying.
report Thursday from ADP and Moody’s Analytics cast an even brighter light on what is becoming one of the most important economic stories of 2018: the difficulty employers are having in finding qualified employees to fill a record 6.7 million job openings.
Truck drivers are in perilously low supply, Silicon Valley continues to struggle to fill vacancies, and employers across the grid are coping with a skills mismatch as the economy edges ever closer to full employment.
The problem is that this going to start driving up wages.  Wouldn't that be tragic?

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Amazing! A Criminal Industry Stays Illegal

U.S. News & World Report says that illegal Marijuana dealers persist refusing to pay taxes.  The supposed massive tax revenues from making it legal are not happening   how could that have happened? https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2018-07-05/illegal-marijuana-market-still-thrives-in-los-angeles?int=undefined-rec

Remember: These Are VERY Rare Events

7/5/18 Fox News:
A Texas mother said she didn’t think twice about shooting a would-be carjacker when the man jumped into her vehicle at a Dallas gas station while her two sons were in the backseat.
Michelle Booker-Hicks was at the Shell station along Interstate 35 around 10 p.m. Wednesday when Ricky Wright, 36, attempted to steal her vehicle while she was paying her gas bill, police said. Booker-Hicks told FOX4 Dallas her two sons, ages 2 and 4, were sitting in the backseat at the time.

What Degree You Get Matters

6/5/18 CNN:
Women hold nearly two-thirds of all student debt in the US, according to a report from the American Association of University Women, a group that advocates for equity and education for women and girls.
Part of the reason is that more women go to college. They represented 56% of students enrolled in the fall of 2016.
Kate over at Small Dead Animals has a very funny explanation for this:
If Women Ran The World
We’d all still live in caves, but with really, really expensive gender studies degrees.
I doubt that gender studies degrees are much of the cause.  I would be curious what the sex ratio is of undergraduate degrees.  Do women more often get degrees in psychology, art, history?  Those are bachelor's that seldom lead to good jobs without a graduate degree.  This will do.  STEM degrees for men 2014-15: 436,674; for women: 198,999.

Giving Alex Jones Too Much Credit

Over at PJMedia:
Alex Jones is always good for a laugh. While the Left loves to hold him up as some key right-leaning leader, most of us look at him and chuckle. The stuff that's been said on his show through the years just boggles the human mind.
His most recent prediction? That the Left would launch a civil war on Independence Day:
Alex Jones
@RealAlexJones
BREAKING: Democrats Plan To Launch Civil War On July 4th https://www.pscp.tv/w/bglcfTExOTI5NjgyfDFPd0dXV1pYTUJlR1HL4zaud4lNNAWJKnT6i6K0kITUZBPNdbcTdAbLR8yNjw== 

I actually think he's sincere. I don't think he's a scammer, or anything of the sort. I just think he's gullible. I suspect people are feeding him nonsense stories just to screw with him. 
Apparently he planned the livestream this.  Wouldn't he be the first target?
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