Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Things I Was Not Expecting

Watching original Outer Limits and there is a black female physician. In a 1963 TV show.

Yes, Racism is Alive and Well During the Trump Administration

5/20/19 Tennessean:
Emanuel K. Samson, the black man suspected in a 2017 mass shooting at an Antioch church, went there “with the intent to murder a minimum of 10 white churchgoers,” a prosecutor said Monday.
During opening statements in the trial against Samson, Deputy District Attorney Amy Hunter said he left a note on the dashboard of his vehicle explaining his plans to retaliate for a 2015 church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, when white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine black worshipers.
But another explanation.  4/16/19 Tennessean:
Emanuel K. Samson, the suspect in the Antioch church shooting that killed a woman in 2017, has mental diseases stemming from a traumatic childhood that included abuse and intense bursts of violence, a psychiatrist said in court.
Dr. Stephen Montgomery, a psychiatrist and professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, diagnosed Samson, 27, with "schizoaffective disorder bipolar type" and post-traumatic stress disorder. Samson heard voices, hallucinated, had intense mood swings and held “delusional beliefs” about predicting the future and controlling people with his mind, Montgomery said.
He failed to commit mass murder, but it sounds more like stupidity than lack of attempt.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Would You Like to Help With My Mass Murder Project?

I have one research assistant doing a spectacular job digging through old newspapers, but I would like to finish this project before the propagandists win.  USA Today published an amazing collection of mass murders for 2006-2017.  Not just firearms mass murders, but even the 1/4 not involving guns.  What I need is someone to mouse over each bubble on that chart and find independent coverage of those events and give me a list of perhaps the first 10 URLs associated with that mass murder.  I can afford to pay $10/hour for your contribution to a piece of scholarship that will likely play a significant role in subverting the CNN paradigm that mass murder is a gun issue.

It might be possible for some clever person to write a program to mine the data from each bubble and search the web for capitalized words (typically city names and victim/perpetrator names) and automatically produce the search string to find URLs.  (I say might, because examining the HTML shows a lof of Javascript calls that may be resistant to interrogation.  Before the stroke I would have tried this myself.)  Necessarily, this would be a less than perfect way to find matches, but it would be faster to check each URL than to read each bubble and search by hand.  If you are sufficiently skilled to write a program to automate this process, I would gladly pay for your hard work on this mildly interesting piece of coding.

UPDATE: One of my readers managed to extract the data as a spreadsheet.  Still some work to chase down newspaper reports, but I now have a chance of automating the search!  I now have 362 records, many of which have a name, and all have a city, state, and date.  Now I need to figure out how to automate the search.

If anyone would like to suggest a strategy, the Excel spreadsheet is here.

UPDATE 2:  I am thinking awk to separate the description column and the city; egrep to extract all proper nouns (names of murderers, victims, and school or business) and then some magic to feed each set of keywords to a search engine.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Next Semester

I am teaching American History at CWI online.  No commute, no worrying about mass murder, no battles with my voice.  A big win.

Every Rape Report Needs to Be Investigated

But the same standard of proof applies as it does for any other crime.  5/19/19 The Smoking Gun reports on a case where the victim later admitted that she made it up, but not before someone was killed in self-defense, after she claimed someone banging on her door sounded like her (non-existent) rapist.

The New Democratic Party Electorate?

5/18/19 Red State reports that DC Comics sent a cease-and-desist letter to a publisher of a comic book starring a very Wonder Woman like member of Congress.  The title? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force. Issue #1, ‘New Party: Who Dis?

So are they really counting on 10 year old voters?  And aren't the native speakers of Ebonics already trustworthy Democrats (assuming that they vote at all)?  Occasional-Cortex must be (at least behind closed doors) the most embarrassing Member of Congress to adult Democrats.

Don't Separate Illegal Immigrant Families

5/18/19 Daily Mail:
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement pilot of new rapid DNA testing at the border has found that nearly a third of those tested were not biologically related to the children in their custody.
ICE conducted the pilot for a few days earlier this month in El Paso and McAllen, Texas, finding about 30 per cent of those tested were not related to the children they claimed were their own, an official told the Washington Examiner
The official said that these were not cases of step-fathers or adoptive parents.
'Those were not the case. In these cases, they are misrepresented as family members,' the official said.

Why Socialism Fails

6/19 The Atlantic carries an article about terribly wrong "experts" are at predicting the future--and how their predictive skills get worse as they advance in their profession.  Socialism is based on, among other things, figuring out what consumers need and want.

Weird That CNN Ignored This Mass Murder

Westmoreland, TN (2019)
4/21/2019: A man murdered seven members of his extended family in their home by “blunt force injuries” and “sharp force injuries.”  One survived.  Relatives described him as “mentally unstable for a long time.”
Category: family non-resident
Suicide: no
Cause: mental illness
Weapon: blunt objects, cutting instruments[1]

[1] “Seven killed in 'deadliest homicide event in Tennessee in at least 20 yrs.',” News Channel 5 Nashville, Apr. 27, 2019, https://www.newschannel5.com/news/westmoreland-murder-suspect-armed-and-on-the-run, , last accessed May 18, 2019.; Alexandra Koehn, “Westmoreland murder case prompts question of mental health help available in Tennessee,” News Channel 5 Nashville, May 6, 2019, https://www.newschannel5.com/news/westmoreland-murder-case-prompts-question-of-mental-health-help-available-in-tennessee, last accessed May 18, 2019; Nick Beres, “Sole survivor could be the key in prosecution of suspect in Westmoreland murders,” News Channel 5 Nashville, May 13, 2019, https://www.newschannel5.com/news/sole-survivor-could-be-the-key-in-prosecution-of-suspect-in-westmoreland-murders, last accessed May 18, 2019.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

I Blame Trump

Can't he ever stop?  5/15/19 Fox Business:
Stanley Black & Decker announced on Wednesday that it was investing $90 million in a plant in Texas – a move aimed at continuing its effort to shift production of a range of Craftsman products back to the U.S.
The new 425,000-square-foot facility will be located in Fort Worth, where tools ranging from sockets, ratchets, wrenches to general sets will be produced.
Coming back from China and Mexico.  Obviously those workers in Texas are going to vote Democrat.

Another Useful Discovery About the Tapmatic

I've raved about the Tapmatic before, because it lets me use a drill/tap combo in my drill press to make one step 1/4"-20 threaded holes in aluminum.  But I have often had problems with the 1/2"-13 tap in acetal (and of course aluminum as well).  The tap just unscrews from the collet.  What I did not see in the instructions, or did not remember, was that there is a backjaw as well.  The square end of the tap is locked by the backjaw with a set screw.  Amazing what a difference it makes.

I just finished making about 20 parts for ScopeRoller.  These are square 3" by 1/8" wall aluminum sleeves that need a total of eight 1/4"-20 threaded holes at .5 and 1.5" from one end centered in each face of the tube.  It was amazingly fast. 

1. Mark the position of the 0.5" from end hole on the first workpiece with a caliper.

2. Put the end of the tube against the end of the drill press vise.

3. Start drill press.

4. Feed down while spraying some lubricant on the drill/tap combo. 

5. Release handle after I hear the chamfer being cut.

6. Rotate tube 90 degrees, and repeat 2-5.

7. Repeat 2-5 for each piece.

Repeat 1-7 for the 1.5" from end hole.

I feel like Eli Whitney, or Samuel Colt (but I can spell and even my handwriting is better), or Henry Ford.

Green Is Not A Guaranteed Path to Victory

5/18/19 PowerlineBlog reports on the Australian elections as an overwhelming defeat for environmental panic:
Already I’m seeing the left blame their defeat on Rupert Murdoch. But maybe the “message to the world” should be that climate change is not a vote winner.
Let’s see whether this augurs any change in the left’s fanaticism for the “green nude eel” here at home, not to mention the upcoming European parliamentary elections, and a prospective general election in Britain. The Australian result continues a clear pattern: with only a few exceptions, left-leaning parties have been in retreat just about everywhere.

Trade War Concerns Overblown

Japan has agreed to lift longstanding restrictions on American beef exports, clearing the way for U.S. products to enter the market regardless of age, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday.
The news comes on the heels of other important trade developments on Friday, including the Trump administration’s plans to delay auto tariffs on the EU and Japan and lift steel tariffs on Canada and Mexico.
Japanese farm trade groups have long used dishonest methods to discourage imports of food; that Japan is rethinking beef restrictions now that BSE is past is a sign that Trump has not started a trade war--except with China.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Someone Lost the Plot

An actress posted a nude photo of herself to social media to punish the old white men who passed Alabama's new abortion ban.  She thinks this punishes them.  What would she do to make them happy?

Gun Control Needs a Reason

5/16/19 WCVB:

A Southbridge teacher is accused of leaving ammunition in a school stairwell Thursday morning before calling police to report it.
Southbridge police said high school biology teacher Alfred Purcell III, 57, of Woodstock, Connecticut, reported to staff that he had just found one live round of 9 mm ammunition in the rear stairwell. The school was placed on lock down.
During the lockdown, police and Southbridge High School staff reviewed video footage and saw Purcell removing the live round of ammunition from his pocket, dropping it on the floor and quickly leaving the area, police said.
About 10 minutes later, the video shows Purcell standing over the ammunition and taking a picture of it with a cellphone, police said.
Police said Purcell then used a school-issued portable radio to request assistance in the stairwell from the school administration and school resource officer.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Trade Wars

I have always been a bit nervous about Trump's trade war with China.  Free marketeers point to the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act of 1930, which turned what would have been a short recession into the Great Depression, as other countries retaliated against our increased tariffs, causing an enormous reduction in international trade and thus jobs.

The China situation is different.  One country is the target because of its artificial valuation of the yuan.    Retaliation by China will not affect trade relations with other countries, many of whom are also victims of China's dumping. 

Profoundly Sad

But unsurprising.  A woman who is pregnant and ready to deliver shows up at ER as man.  No one asks what sex she really is.  Complications kill the baby.  So the hospital and doctors are at fault for assuming someone who presents as a man is a man.

For Those Still Sulking That Trump Won

Here is a big difference that who is President makes.  There is a case that the Supreme Court will hear about whether New York City can prohibit premises handgun licensees from transporting their unloaded, inaccessible, and secured handguns out of the city, to competitions, ranges outside NYC, or to second homes in New York State.  Along with Trump's very progun appointments to the Court, the Solictor-General of the U.S. has filed an amicus brief in support of striking down this absurd regulation.

Presidents Clinton or Obama's Solictor General would have filed an amicus brief on the side of NYC.

And also on our side:
24 states asking the Supreme Court to bloody NYC's nose.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Would You Characterize This As Mental Illness?

Pittsburg, KS (1888)
11/11/1888: Woman’s husband killed in mine accident; body mangled.  A few hours later, she takes her children “to the improvised morgue where lay the body of her husband,” leading each of their five children “up to the ghastly corpse,” then back home where she douses herself and her five children with “coal oil” and lights everyone afire.  The eldest child escaped after a fight with her mother.

Things You Do Not Expect: A Biracial Lynch Mob


My favorite holster maker (because they send me holsters to review, and the holsters are both pretty and functional) is CraftHolsters which sells Italian made holsters.  This one is for my Colt Mustang, which is dimensionally equivalent to the Colt Mustang Pocketlite.  The leather is very pretty (the minor discoloration on the front is a rub mark from my belt).  I suppose that I could use silk belts to avoid this :-):

As you might expect, this conceals very well under just an untucked shirt (which I think looks sloppy except with an Hawaiian shirt):
Of course, with some contortions, it will appear:

That is unavoidable.  Unless you decide to yoga in public, I think you are safe.

Of course, under the sport coat that I wear while teaching, it completely disappears.
The fit to the gun is flawlessly tight.  There is no safety or retention strap.  I like these, but there are two reasons for these straps: to prevent the gun from falling out while running or leaping fences (which is largely a peace officer activity), and to prevent someone taking your gun away.  Police officers have this problem because they have to get very close to do a patdown or apply cuffs.  If a civilian lets a dangerous person get that close, you have made a serious error.

I normally carry my Mustang in an IWB holster in my pants pocket when teaching.  Remember: the pistol's trigger guard should always be enclosed when in your pocket.  If you feel like complaining that .380 ACP is an inadequate defensive caliber, remember Cramer's Maxim of Defensive Handguns: The pipsqueak handgun you have on you is a way better weapon than the service pistol that you left in your car because it is so large and heavy that you are reluctant to carry it concealed.  Just remember that the mass murderer needs to be pretty close before you open fire.  And with the exception of the Luby's Massacre in Waco, Texas, where an off-duty officer wounded the killer from 75 yards away (!!!) successful defensive uses against mass murderers are usually close and personal.

You can order these here.  And a larger collection of Mustang holsters.

One last note:  Especially with nylon holsters and even some leather holsters, reholstering your pistol can be a struggle, especially because the belt is necessarily tight to hold the gun securely.  In this case, the holster is substantial enough that this is not a problem.  Once I found the entry, it went back in without difficulty and still a tight fit.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

This Troubles Me Philosophically: Measles

5/13/19 USA Today:
The number of measles cases reported nationwide this year jumped by 75 last week, pushing the total to 839 in 23 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.
This year's total marks the most U.S. cases since 1994 – and since measles was declared eliminated in the USA in 2000.
The antivaxxer stuff is pure nonsense.  But the only losers are children whose parents refuse to have their kids vaccinated.  As long as the rest of the population is rational, only the children off antivaxxers lose.  Yes, there are some public health costs from this (as can be argued for parents encouraging promiscuity, dangerous sports, and half a dozen other activities). 

There is an argument that the government intervening in parental decisions should be regarded with great suspicion: part of why Pierce v. Society of Sisters (1925) struck Oregon's ban on Catholic schools:
2. The Oregon Compulsory Education Act (Oreg. Ls., § 5259) which, with certain exemptions, requires every parent, guardian or other person having control of a child between the ages of eight and sixteen years to send him to the public school in the district where he resides, for the period during which the school is held for the current year, is an unreasonable interference with the liberty of the parents and guardians to direct the upbringing of the children, and in that respect violates the Fourteenth Amendment. P. 268 U. S. 534.
Requiring children to be vaccinated certainly is an "interference with the liberty of the parents... to direct the upbringing of their children."  There are also serious freedom of religion arguments when parents have a religious opposition to a practice that they regard as fundamental to their beliefs.  But refusing vaccination is definitely more of hazard to children than refusing to allow them to learn German or not attend high school as was the case in Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972). 

Whatever the philosophical objections that I have to this nanny state imposition, it is really cruel to the children.  I know a home schooling family who are antivaxxers, and all their kids came down with whooping cough.  Please, do not be stupid.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

But I Thought the Pope Prohibited Their Use, Some Centuries Ago

5/12/19 BBC:
German police are investigating the deaths of three people who were found in a hotel impaled by crossbow bolts.
Hotel staff discovered the bodies in a room alongside two crossbows, the German news agency DPA reported.
The relationship between the three victims - a man in his fifties and two women aged 30 and 33 - was not immediately clear.

Having Trouble Falling Asleep

You've heard the expression "starter castle."  Here is one we passed in central Nevada in 2009:
Looking at the pictures from this trip, I wonder if a calendar would sell:

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Are Spiral Flute Taps Intrinsically More Brittle Than Straight Flute Taps?

I have broken two Greenlee 8-32 spiral flute taps this morning tapping 6061 aluminum with plenty of lubricant.  The spiral tap flutes look like the have a thinner cross section than straight flute taps.  I wonder if this is why the tap sets you find at your DIY stores are almost always straight flute. 

I have long used 8-32 socket head screws to hold the acetal block into which the casters screw inside the aluminum sleeve.  (In this case, I am using aluminum blocks for reason below.*)  I am thinking of switching to 1/4"-20 hex head bolts instead.  The taps are stronger, and the per screw price is not that much higher.  It also reduces the number of different parts I need to keep in stock. 

*I was making a set of ScopeRollers for the table on which my chop saw sits.  I am casterating the table.) They are simpler because they do not need a 60 degree angle.  I am thinking of going back to acetal for these blocks even though acetal is more expensive than aluminum.  Manufacturing is much quicker because there is no need to tap the acetal.  The 8-32 screws self-tap into the acetal.  On the other hand, once I have at least some 1/4"-20 threads in place, hex head bolts are self-tapping when using a socket wrench.

Mental Illness is So Widespread

5/7/19 Fox DC:
 - A North Carolina woman has been arrested after she repeatedly went to the CIA’s headquarters in Northern Virginia and asked to meet with “Agent Penis,” according to court documents.
Jennifer Hernandez was arrested after she went to the CIA’s headquarters in Langley multiple times between April 22 and May 3, court documents stated.
There was a time when this would lead to observation, likely followed by commitment.  I wonder in which political party she is registered?

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Rough on Rats Again

Another tragic mass murder with this reappearing rat poison.

New York, NY (1888)
3/24/1888: A mother poisoned her three children with “Rough on Rats” because of her poverty after the death of her husband.  She had previously attempted to drown two of them by jumping into the river with them.  Only after getting them back from an orphanage that had found homes for them in the West did she commit these murders.  “She insists that she is not insane.”
Category: family
Suicide: no
Cause: mental illness?
Weapon: poison[1]

[1] “A Mother’s Terrible Crime,” [Grand Rapids, Wisc.] Wood County Reporter, Mar. 29, 1888, 6.

Glad to See The Transitioning Was Going So Well

Because in a narrow minded transphobic society, this kid might have done something antisocial.  5/8/19 Denver Channel:
Authorities have not identified the juvenile suspect, saying only she was female. Sources told Denver7 late Tuesday that the juvenile suspect is in the process of transitioning from female to male. She also appeared in court Wednesday.
5/8/19 Daily Beast:
Police took into custody two suspects at STEM School Highland Ranch outside Denver, Colorado: 18-year-old Devon Erickson and a younger student whom police said they initially misidentified as a boy but later realized was a girl.
“It was a very confusing situation,” Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said at an early Wednesday morning press conference. “We originally thought the juvenile was a male by appearance.”...
Denver7 News posted an image of a car being towed from Erickson’s home that had “FUCK SOCIETY” painted on its side. A local reporter also said it had “666” and what looked like a pentagram on the hood. Spurlock declined to comment. 
An obvious Trump supporter and evangelical Christian!

Worse, the Democrats did their usual dancing in blood in response and the students responded.  5/9/19 New York Post:
Survivors of a Colorado school shooting walked out of a vigil for their slain classmate Wednesday night in protest of politicians and other groups using it as a platform for gun control, a local report said.
The students from STEM High School, where two gunmen killed a student and wounded eight others Tuesday, began yelling from the stands that they “wanted to be heard” after two politicians and pro-gun control advocates addressed the crowd, according to the local NBC affiliate, KUSA.
They then stormed out of the vigil after Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Democratic Congressman Jason Crow addressed the crowd, the Denver Post reported.
The kids chanted “Mental health” and hurled expletives at the media, according to the report.

Parenting Tips

My daughter the social worker shares her expert advice.  I am sure at least some of my readers are still raising little hellions children:
As a counselor, I've worked with thousands of individuals and couples struggling with parenting. It is amazing how at the beginning of parenthood, everything seems exciting. Babies are sweet, smell wonderful and love cuddling. But as they grow, we realize that parenting is hard. When your sweet adorable infant becomes a terror at age three or your preteen screams, “I hate you,” emotion overwhelms us and we find ourselves parenting reactively. We scream, “Go to your room,” lock ourselves in the bathroom to avoid conflict or find ourselves shouting the same phrases we heard growing up.
For those who had less than ideal childhoods, it becomes easy to slip into what I call 180-degree parenting. It’s when we become aware of the unhealthy habits from our own childhood and instead of objectively choosing healthy parenting techniques, we parent in ways that are 180 degrees opposite of our own parents’ style.

It’s the mom who grew up in a highly authoritarian, abusive household and promises herself she will never speak badly or set boundaries, then wonders why her children are out of control. It’s the parent from a neglectful home who lavishes love to the point of enablement. It’s the mom from a non-Christian home who forces her children into church every time the doors are open, then wonders why they are resentful about church.

When we parent from a place of reactivity (“Anything’s better than what I grew up with”), it’s amazing how in our efforts to be a good parent, we can still make unhealthy parenting decisions. Some people grow up with examples of what we should do as parents, but many grow up with examples of what not to do as parents. Unfortunately, knowing what not to do as a parent still doesn’t guarantee healthy parenting.

Today's Additions to My Website

Lower courts have used a variety of techniques to largely ignore District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010), primarily by defining various categories of gun ownership outside a narrow definition of the "core" of the right protected by the Second Amendment. Will this same approach be used by a future Supreme Court to effectively reverse Heller by declaring some weapons too effective for mass murder to be protected? Is mass murder exceptionally American? If so, can America's relatively laissez-faire gun control laws be the cause? Could a narrow reading of the Second Amendment, post-District of Columbia v. Heller, qualify as "reasonable" or "rational" because of the social costs of this supposed American exceptionalism?

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Challenge to NYC's Ban on Removing Guns From NYC

The brief is here.  They point out that along with many other problems, the current law requires licensed owners to leave their handgun in an unoccupied residence while travelling outside NYC.  It also turns out that you may not take your gun to a gunsmith without written permission of the police department.  This is the absurdity that the gun haters are going to defend at the Supreme Court.

When Even the Left Says So...

5/1/19 The Nation.  If you are not fanilar with it, this is the magazine of the organized left, like National Review for the right:
§ Toward the end of the first volume (pp. 144, 146), Mueller produces a truly stunning revelation, though he seems unaware of it. After the 2016 US presidential election, the Kremlin “appeared not to have preexisting contacts…with senior officials around the President-Elect.” Even more, “Putin spoke of the difficulty faced by the Russian government in getting in touch with the incoming Trump Administration…. Putin indicated that he did not know with whom formally to speak and generally did not know the people around the President-Elect.”
So much for all the shameful Russiagate allegations of Trump-Putin collusion, conspiracy, even treason. Surely it means the United States needs another, different investigation, one into the actual origins and meaning of this fraudulent, corrosive, exceedingly dangerous, and still unending American political scandal.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Very Funny TV Show That My Wife and I Are Watching: Corner Gas

If you liked Parks & Rec, you may like this show about a very, very tiny Saskatchewan town named Dog River, filled with tragically eccentric people.  Like Parks & Rec, it is a very skilled ensemble, with some occasional lines that force me to hit pause while I recover.  Brent's crotchety father starts brewing his own beer and he asks Brent's opinion.  "It tastes like you beat to death a skunk with a salmon."

Today's Frauds

They are getting less competent.
I am Ms Amanda Lion former International Payment Officer United Bank For Africa[ UBA] and my reason communicating with you get me angry and seriously upset which i find it hard to control even as this point of sending this message.
Am really surprised that your payment which i handle part of it years ago during the time i worked as International Payment Officer at United Bank For Africa [UBA] before i was promoted/ transferred has not yet get to you, honestly it is crazy and madness that your file still come up for payment at my office now am Director Of Finance and Exchange Control Officer at same Bank honestly i was totally mad that over three years i left as International Payment Officer United Bank For Africa[ UBA] your payment still not receive to you IS TOTALLY CRAZY.
I want to inform you here without fear or favor that all the wrong must be corrected with immediate effect because i see no reason why International Payment that can release within two weeks are still on hold for past three years i left my former position.
I will not look back to fight the injustice because it is injustice which i cannot allow to continue so if it takes me for someone to sack because of this i will make sure it happen because this injustice must stop with immediate effect. How are you coping since all this years please note that it is not United Bank For Africa is the one responsible for this rather it is group of people sit on this matter to frustrate you hoping that one day you will abandon the payment so that they will use it for their own personal interest but thank God i have return back ONCE AGAIN at United Bank For Africa not just returning back but with higher position.
A promise i made this day i will do everything humanly possible to bring this INJUSTICE TO JUSTICE.
Kindly Stop at this minute any further communication you have with any office, ground or persons and do kindly forward me your direct telephone number is important to me including your address.
Best Regards Ms Amanda Lion.
Director Of Finance and Exchange Control Officer
She misspelled her last nam. Lyin', not Lion.
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Saturday, May 4, 2019

All Trump's Fault

5/3/19 Associated Press:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring accelerated and pay rose at a solid pace in April, setting the stage for healthy U.S. economic growth to endure despite fears of a slowdown earlier this year.
Employers added 263,000 jobs, with the unemployment rate dropping to a five-decade low of 3.6% from 3.8%, though that drop partly reflected an increase in the number of Americans who stopped looking for work. Average hourly pay rose 3.2% from 12 months earlier, matching March’s year-over-year increase.
Friday’s jobs report from the government showed that economic growth remains brisk enough to encourage strong hiring nearly a decade into the economy’s recovery from the Great Recession. The economic expansion, which has fueled 103 straight months of hiring, is set to become the longest in history in July. [emphasis added]
Why would stop looking for work?  Because your 401k or IRA has grown so much you do not need a job, perhaps?  Bad Orange Man screwing over American people again!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Swamp is in Trouble

5/1/19 CNN:
In one point of partisan agreement over Mueller's work, 69% think Congress ought to investigate the origins of the Justice Department's inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including 76% of Democrats, 69% of independents and 62% of Republicans.
Even non-swamp Democrats smell something swampy there.

Al Yanovich Did a Great Song About This Prominent Democrat

Springer is the worst aspect of popular culture and this lawsuit, whatever its legal merits, really captures where this creep goes.  5/2/19 CBS Detroit:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CBS Local) — The family of a Kentucky man who committed suicide shortly after appearing on “The Jerry Springer Show” has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Springer and NBC.
The family of Blake Alvey said he was ambushed on the syndicated tabloid talk show on May 8, 2018, when he was confronted by his fiancée Cassie Rutter, WDRB reported
Rutter told Alvey that she had been unfaithful with his good friend, no longer wanted to marry him and had sold the engagement ring he had given her.
The lawsuit claims the show knew the actions would “elicit an extreme reaction” from Alvey.
Ya think?

And Springer's political affiliation is here.

Spring Has Sprung

From my back porch.  This may take a while to load.  16MP images panoramaed.
Here if you want to zoom in.

The panorama program is not flawless; see the trees in the foreground and some of the fenceposts.

Great Article About a Mission That I Worked On

9/26/17 Business Insider reports that a last minute fix to Voyager before launch:
But just months before the plutonium-powered robots were supposed to launch, scientists made a surprising last-minute addition: they covered critical parts of the probes in kitchen-grade aluminum foil.
The ad-hoc protection was added because Jupiter appeared to have more intense magnetic and radiation fields than scientists originally anticipated.

Why Eating Biscuits & Gravy At the Computer is a Bad Idea

5/2/19 The Smoking Gun:
MAY 2--An Iowa man facing child porn charges was arrested after he brought a “gravy covered computer” into Best Buy for repairs and a “Geek Squad” member discovered illicit images on the machine, according to a court filing.
Investigators say Robert Leo Watson, 54, last year brought his laptop to a Best Buy near his Des Moines home “because he had spilled gravy on the keyboard rendering this device unusable.”
Watson, seen above, purchased a replacement computer and “paid an additional fee to have the files on his used gravy covered computer transferred to his newly purchased computer," reported a Des Moines Police Department investigator.
During the file migration, “Geek Squad” workers noticed “multiple images being transferred that they believed contained child pornography.” The Best Buy workers contacted cops, who seized both computers as evidence.
People too stupid to stay out of prison.

Amazing! Buying Guns Before Birth

4/30/19 Associated Press:
Earnest legally purchased the gun, Stephan said, declining to elaborate. She said he wore a tactical vest and carried five loaded magazines with 10 bullets each.
AR-15s have been banned for sale in California since 1989--30 years ago.  Somehow a 19 year old bought a gun 11 years before he was born.  Apparently, AR-15s can still be purchased in California as long as they have a fixed magazine.

American Arms PX-22

I have mentioned this pistol before.  It is a licensed copy of the Walther PPK that was made in the U.S. some years ago.  It will never be mistaken for a PPK in finish, but it works reliably with high velocity .22LR, and it is so compact and light you could carry in your swimsuit.  (I am assuming that you do not wear Speedos.)  It is not stainless steel so probably not recommended.  Obviously, not your main carry gun, but as a small backup, it is better than relying on a winning smile.

The real PPK locks open on the last shot.  There is no slide stop release.  After you put as new magazine in, you pull back on the slide and release it to load the first round off the new magazine.  This PX-22 has never locked back, ever.  After reviewing discussions in the PPK websites, I looked very carefully; it is clear that while a licensed copy, the PX-22 lacks the lock open of a real PPK.  Oh well, it isn't like you are going to drop the empty, slam, in a fresh magazine and press down on the slide stop release because the PX-22 is a heel magazine release.

Another Advertiser

Bulk Munitions, to the right.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Has Anyone Besides Me Found USB-C Connectors Do Not Stay Plugged In?

USB-C is apparently the coming thing.  My ASUS phone uses one.  The charging cord comes out so easily that it nearly impossible to recharge the phone except on a flat table.  I know that being symmetrical is a good thing: you can't try to plug it in upside down (which often damages the micro USB plugs or sockets).  But is there some wauy to improve retention?  If I was 5mm tall, I would go in there with the world's tiniest jack.  Of course, my BMI would be frightening.

Commenters have pointed out that I am not the only complainer about the ASUS.  It seems to be cable specific.

This video suggested cleaning out socket and plug with something very fine.  A commenter suggested the plastic end of one of those flossers.  Prooblem solved!

Strange Bedfellows

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan who prosecutors say plotted to detonate multiple nail bombs at a Los Angeles-area white nationalist rally, seeking to cause mass casualties, was arrested in an FBI sting operation, federal prosecutors said on Monday....
According to the criminal complaint, an FBI operative established contact with Domingo in a private online chat room in March, leading to discussions in which Domingo expressed support for Islamic militants and the desire to seek revenge for attacks on Muslims.... 
Prosecutors say Domingo contemplated drive-by shootings and detonating a bomb at the Santa Monica pier before deciding to bomb a rally scheduled for Sunday, April 28, in the Los Angeles suburb of Long Beach that he believed was organized by white nationalists. Domingo and two FBI informants visited the planned site of the rally to scout the best location to place explosives to cause the greatest casualties, authorities said, agreeing that they would leave the scene separately to throw off suspicion. He as arrested shortly after placing one of the mock bombs into the vehicle of an informant.
I am beginning to see a pattern here.

A Bad Sign

4/29/19 Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
A mountain lion captured outside Santa Rosa Plaza shopping mall Monday morning likely wandered into downtown from a nearby creek, wildlife officials said.
The animal was spotted before dawn walking along B Street near the mall entrance. Its urban adventure, which unfolded in front of dozens of downtown workers blocked from getting to their jobs, lasted more than five hours, before the mountain lion was hit with tranquilizer darts and loaded into a carrier to later be released in a rural area north of town. 
“I didn’t expect to be late to work due to a mountain lion,” said Kharman Aidun, who waited with coworkers along B Street for the cat to be captured.
And yes, I used to shop there.  My son's observation: "It’s a bad sign when the mountain lions aren’t able to afford Northern California and are hanging out looking for kibbles by the mall."

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Every Tragedy Has a Life Lesson

The Boston terrier/pit bull rescue dog we adopted a month ago had to go back.  My wife's account of it has some important life lessons:

We Are All Rescue Dogs
I had a sad day yesterday. I had to return a rescue dog that I adopted a while back. I cried throughout the day. My last moment with her was her huddling in my car, eyes dilated with fear as the assistant reached in to take her out of my car. Her fear was a stab to my heart, for I had lavished love, toys, snuggle time, play time, a safe yard (I had to put up a fence), a good buddy (my Springer spaniel), walks, runs, hikes and treats on her every day. I sang her songs, played games with her and tried to make her a part of our family, with no holds barred.

Monday, April 29, 2019

“It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun,”

Stewart said he chased him all the way out to his car and began pounding on it — the shooter had managed to lock himself in. When Stewart saw him reach for a rifle, he punched the side of the car as hard as he could, intending to figure out a way to drag him out of the car. That’s when a Border Patrol agent who attends the synagogue came running out to the parking lot, yelling for Stewart to get down because he had a gun. (RELATED: Trump Praises Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Who Engaged Synagogue Shooter)
Stewart says this man may have saved his life and pointed to his use of a civilian’s gun as evidence that gun control isn’t the answer to these kinds of tragedies. Stewart was off-duty and was apparently handed the weapon by someone else on the scene.
How fortunate California has not achieved its end game on gun "control."

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Why Do I Doubt This Will Get Much Coverage?

4/27/19 Breitbart:
The manifesto also includes a “lightning round” — a question and answer section in which Earnest discusses his hatred of President Donald Trump and reveals he is inspired by Adolf Hitler, Tree of Life Synagogue shooter Robert Bowers, and New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant.
NBC News further reported: “The shooter claims in the Q-and-A section to eschew political ideology, saying he does not support Donald Trump because of his support for Israel. The writer also complains that conservatives aren’t violent enough in support of their politics.”
4/27/19 NBC News:
The shooter claims in the Q-and-A section to eschew political ideology, saying he does not support Donald Trump because of his support for Israel. The writer also complains that conservatives aren't violent enough in support of their politics. 
I am a bit surprised NBC would publish that.  The good news is that he used a rifle not legally for sale in California, so this must be fake news.  He could not have legally purchased it--he is too young.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

So Much for Poverty Causes Islamic Terrorism

4/23/19 Reuters https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts/picture-emerges-of-well-to-do-young-bombers-behind-sri-lankan-carnage-idUSKCN1S00G2 reports that the bombers in Sri Lanka were from well to do homes and well educated. 

“Most of the bombers are well-educated, come from economically strong families. Some of them went abroad for studies,” Wijewardene told a news conference.

It is an article of faith to the left that it is the grinding poverty of the Islamic world, caused by American support of the Israeli "colony" that causes this. The refusal to look at how Islam's hostility to capitalism impoverished them is a serious problem.

Optional Reality

4/25/19 New York Post https://nypost.com/2019/04/25/rabbi-blasts-ilhan-omar-for-promoting-idea-jesus-was-palestinian/amp/ reports that the Congresswoman from Minnesotastan is claiming Jesus was not Jewish, but Palestinian.  Why should reality be required of a Democrat?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

This Should Be Enough Reason for Trump to Call Up the Unorganized Militia

4/23/19 Fox News:
Heavily armed men escort migrants across US border, surveillance video shows

The Federal Government Should Cut Off Funding to Colleges With Racially Discriminatory Practices

4/24/19 The College Fix:
Wake Forest University is hosting a series of “listening sessions” for faculty and staff of color that aim to advance inclusion efforts on campus.
The listening sessions come amid ongoing racial tensions on campus, including a protest Monday at which some students decried the “white supremacy” that allegedly runs rampant at the private, North Carolina institution.
“Dear faculty and staff colleagues, this is a reminder about our upcoming listening sessions on inclusion that I am holding for faculty and staff of color over the next several weeks,” stated an April 18 email from Michele Gillespie, dean of the college, to campus employees.
Imagine white-only sessions to discuss black intimidation of white faculty.


When I teach Western Civ, I explain Gutenberg's use of movable type, and how until the 1960s, printing would have been recognizable to Gutenberg, even with the electric motors operating the presses.  After that, he would have yelled "Witchcraft!"  This video from 1959 explains typesetting:

One of those trailing edge jobs that the left used to complain would be destroyed by automation.  Look at all the out of work typesetters roaming our streets threatening to throw lead type at us!  A reader tells me the alloy used for type was Linotype and made great cast bullets, but is now hard to find,

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Ever Had a Really Bad Date?

The person who can't take a hint and keeps trying to set up a second date?  Here's how to make sure there is no second date.  4/19/19 USA Today:
PHOENIX – A woman accused of sending a man more than 159,000 text messages and breaking into his Arizona home wants her case to go to trial, believing a jury will find her innocent while also ordering her and the man she's accused of stalking to wed.
Those were among the comments made by Jacqueline Ades in a recent phone interview with The Arizona Republic from Maricopa County's Estrella Jail, where she has been held since May 2018.
Ades' case has garnered national attention after authorities said she continued to stalk a Paradise Valley man after a single date, broke into his home and sent thousands of text messages to him over the course of 10 months, including some in which she threatened to wear his flesh and devour his organs, according to Maricopa County Court records.
Yes, found mentally incompetent.   How do you text someone 159,000 times?  No job to go to?

And how did this mismatch made in hell come about?
According to the documents, Ades met the man on a dating website and began stalking him soon after, flooding him with text messages, sometimes as many as 500 in a single day.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Florida Man News Stories

Hysterically funny reminders that Florida Man's descendants are the people of Idiocracy.
30 extremely bizarre Florida Man stories that prove that America is in far more trouble than we thought…

Needless to say, sometimes things don’t end well for Florida Man.

For example, one Florida Man was just killed by a rare bird when he fell down in the backyard of his own home.  The following comes from a CNN article entitled “A cassowary, a rare emu-like bird, attacks and kills Florida man, officials say”