Monday, August 13, 2018

When the Onion Can't Beat Reality

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

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Proof That Trump Has Unleashed a Storm of Racism in America

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

Okay, Start Making Up the Jokes

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

Democratic Support for Civil War II

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

Good News: British Gun Control Works

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

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Good News: Canadian Gun Control Works!

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

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

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

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

Exhausted

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

Friday, August 10, 2018

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

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

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

More Evidence Gun Control is a Projection Problem

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

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Not Paying Enough Attention

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

Start Open Carrying

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

All Politics Needs Some Laughs

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

Training Kids to Do School Shootings

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

The Standards for Basic Spamming Are Collapsing!

Subject: Greet to you from your tasty person! Sir Auspicious;)
 mister Unequalled!
good morning from me.
How come?
where do You live right now?
Im pleasant Lady;)
immediately I'm look up older than 30 yo just male:-)

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

If a Solid Block of Aluminum is a 0% Receiver

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

The Manafort Trial Just Keeps Getting Better

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

Blue Wave Breaks Short?

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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

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

Remember: Voter Fraud is "Fake News"

8/6/18 McClatchy News:

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

How to Make Conspiracy Theorists Look Sane

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

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

Real Efforts at Health Care Reform

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

I Know What He Meant, But It Still Sounds Weird

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

There Will Be Blood

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 6, 2018

When Even CNN Admits It

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

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

    8/6/18 WFTV:

    Just Waiting for My Daughter to Pick Me Up

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

    Saturday, August 4, 2018

    ER Again

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

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

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

    I need to find less traumatic ways to spend weekends.

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

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

    Word Salad? No, Word Shrapnel

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

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

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

    Russia As a Distraction From China

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

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

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

    Friday, August 3, 2018

    Strangest YouTube Video That I Have Ever Seen

    The New Camera

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

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

    One of the first largely smoke-free days.

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

    If the Idiots Ban 80% Receivers...

    The 0% receiver.

    The B12 Appears to Have Been the Deficiency

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

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

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



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

    Why Democrats May Do Worse Than They Expect in November

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

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

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

    Thursday, August 2, 2018

    What a Surprise

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

    Whatever is Causing the Anemia, It is Getting Better

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

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

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

    More Leftist Projection

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

    A Serial Murderer You Have Never Heard Of

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

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

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

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

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

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

    FBI: The People Are Watching

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

    Wow! Mueller Going After a Few Democrats

    7/31/18 CNBC:
    Federal prosecutors are investigating former lobbyist Tony Podesta, former Rep. Vin Weber, R-Minn., and former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig, NBC News confirmed, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter.

    And Why Is Spending As Extravagantly As a Democrat Relevant?

    8/1/18 The Hill:
    ALEXANDRIA, VA. — Federal prosecutors presented invoices and accounting in court Wednesday highlighting former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s lavish spending.
    Witnesses for the prosecution testified that Manafort bought expensive clothing, cars and home renovations, all with money that prosecutors say was earned and hidden overseas. 
    The crime is tax evasion--not living large like Paris Hilton or Barack Obama.

    How Did I Miss This Hot New Trend?

    8/1/18 KTVB:
    Wilson pleaded guilty last year to felony vehicular manslaughter in the death of 73-year-old Patricia Ann Shannon of Meridian. Prosecutors say Wilson had been huffing compressed gas just before the Sept. 21 crash on Fairview Avenue just east of Eagle Road. [emphasis added]
    Which gas?

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018

    The Next Time a Leftist Claims Their Side Is Rational

    And our side is driven by hate and emotion.  8/1/18 Fox News:
    A Massachusetts woman was reportedly taken into custody on Monday after she allegedly drove into a car sporting a Trump bumper sticker.
    The arrest of Chloe Wright, 25, followed an alleged hit-and-run in Hyannis on June 30, the Cape Cod Times reported, citing a police report.
    After the incident, the man she hit reportedly contacted the Barnstable Police Department and recalled hearing a motorist behind him honking their car horn as he waited at a red light.
    According to the police report, the honking continued and by the time he reached another red light, the motorist started shouting at him, the Times reported.
    Fearing that the alleged honking and shouting was regarding a problem with his car, the man reportedly got out, at which point, the man said he heard the other motorist shouting about his bumper sticker supporting Trump, according to the report.
    Yet another reason they support gun control; they are emotionally unstable and are afraid victims might shoot back.

    Rep. "Mad Maxine" Waters in Trouble

    Yahoo News:
    Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, one of the most outspoken members of the anti-Trump ‘resistance’ in Congress, is facing fresh questions about a longstanding controversy regarding how her campaign raises money and how those funds have flowed to her daughter.

    Anyone Know How to Contact Roku Support?

    Their website says the Roku Express is not eligible for online support except their FAQs.  I bought one a few weeks ago, and it is periodically claiming low signal strength, but other devices using that router show decent bandwidth.  The problems goes away on power off/on.  I would prefer not returning it to Amazon, but if no one is available at Roku to try and explain why and how to fix it, I may need to do that soon.

    Why the Defense Distributed Hollering is Stupid

    I have been watching YouTube videos about completing 80% lowers; these people are using low precision tools that make the amateur machinist in me cry: drilling fire control part holes with power screwdrivers; excavating trigger control pockets with drill presses and routers.  This is the machining equivalent of a redneck defending himself on an NFA violation by quoting the Second Amendment.  I am impressed that such primitive and inexpensive tools can do this.  It also means that removing DD's contribution will have no practical effect.

    Over at 7/31/18 Guardian (and a remarkably responsible article) a comment about untraceable plastic handguns:
    They absolutely are traceable by law enforcement agencies. Every time that one is fired the operator will be waiting patiently at the local Emergency Room to be questioned by police. Look for the person with blood soaked bath towel wrapped around their hands.

    Democrats: Party of the Little Guy

    8/1/18 Fox News:
    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy raised eyebrows last week as he embarked on a swanky 11-day trip to Italy, where he owns a $7 million home he bought during his 23-year stint at Goldman Sachs.
    The trip comes just six months after Murphy -- a Democrat and former diplomat under President Barack Obama -- was elected to the top job in the state.
    The governor’s office initially declined the reveal where Murphy was going for his holiday, but NJ.com solved the mystery and reported that Italy was the destination. The state’s taxpayers will pick up the tab for protecting the governor while he’s on vacation, with the tab reaching as much as $100,000.

    What Will Democratic Socialists in America Say?

    France24:

    CARACAS (AFP) - Under-fire Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro admitted his economic model has "failed" in the wake of food and medicine shortages and public service paralysis, such as Tuesday's power failure that affected 80 percent of Caracas.
    "The production models we've tried so far have failed and the responsibility is ours, mine and yours," Maduro told his ruling PSUV party congress, as Venezuela looks to tackle chronic inflation the International Monetary Fund predicted would reach one million percent this year.
    "Enough with the whining... we need to produce with or without (outside) aggression, with or without blockades, we need to make Venezuela an economic power," he added late Monday, with the country grappling with a four-year long recession.
    Probably, America is a rich country (unlike an oil exporting Venezuela) and it will take years for us to get that poor.

    New Camera

    I have been looking to upgrade from my Pentax K10D ever since my aurora trip to Alaska.  The K10D is a fine camera, but ISO 1600 is as high as it goes and it has no video capacity.  I bought a used Pentax KS-2 body on Amazon, described as "Used--Like New."  There is no evidence of prior use.  The first Pentax lens went into a focus hunting frenzy.  The contacts on the lens were dirty.  After cleaning everything worked well.

    The KS-2 goes up to ISO 51,200 and has a 20MP sensor.  I am not sure these pictures show this.  (300mm 1/60 of a second, ISO 100, f/5.6)


    The KS2 body is smaller and lighter than the K10D, but the lens is almost always the heavy part.  At least when doing prime focus astrophotography where the telescope is the lens, less weight is an advantage.

    And the frustrations: they have changed the USB connector from the K10D to micro B, of which I have not a single such cable; the WiFi only works to smartphones and tablets, not to the sort of computers you would actually use for image enhancement; Pentax's Digital Camera Utility only comes with the CD that was not with a used camera, and Pentax will only provide updates to the version that came on the CD.  Why?  Admittedly, I will likely not use it.

    To my surprise and pleasure, it has a built-in time lapse feature.

    Of course, at the higher ISO numbers you get some grain:
    This was ISO 40,000 at dusk with smoke covered skies f/8, 28mm fl, 1/800 second.

    Pan slowly in video mode to allow auto focus to catch up.



    Anemia

    My family doctor says it isn't lack of dietary iron.  Apparently one of the blood tests measures size of red blood cells and this tells them whether there is enough dietary iron or not.  It might be lack of B12 or half a dozen other causes (most of which are unlikely for me: chemotherapy; radiation therapy; various cancers; excessive drinking; zinc poisoning).  He therefore drew six tubes of blood to test various possible causes.  In the meantime, the B12 supplement has essentially no overdose risk.