Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Ultimate in Misinformation

 Google search for "does china own wells fargo bank"

The complete Chinese takeover of our economy is silent but undeniably insidious. ... It will soon be announced that China is in the process of purchasing major Western banks (e.g. Bank of America, Wells Fargo) and physical assets. These banks make up the majority owners of the Federal Reserve.


Racism & Medical Care

It is an article of faith that health care providers are racially discriminatory.  This is curious to me, because in my experience, doctors are at the far end of political spectrum on the left.  So I tried to find research on race and medical care.   Overwhelmingly,  I found papers about perceived racism by patients.  Now,  perceived racism could be real racist treatment.  Or it could be that because blacks tend to mistrust doctors,  they perceive racism that is not there.  The reasons for this are easy to understand.   The Tuskegee Syphilis Study is one of the morally low points of American medical science.  It started with a legitimate scientific question: "does syphilis affect blacks differently than whites?" It soon failed to be relevant once penicillin was available to cure syphilis.  Moving members of the control group (no syphilis) to the study group (those with syphilis at start of study) destroyed the scientific value.   CDC doctors directing outside doctors to not treat study group members once penicillin was available was a heartless and monstrous act,  leading to subsequent blindness,  madness, death, and crippling in the tertiary stages.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks also had long provided legitimate concern about the medical profession.  Cancer cells from Mrs. Lacks eventually led to very profitable medicines, with no benefit to her heirs 

When I tried to find studies that actually measured racism by healthcare providers,  I found darn near nothing.  This is unsurprising.  How do you measure racism? A survey is not going to get very straight answers except at the Stormfront Medical Center. 

One study pointed to a problem of confounding variables:

  One-hundred-forty-five African-American subjects participated in structured interviews to collect demographic and psychosocial data. Provider data was obtained through chart audits. In a group of low-income African Americans in two primary care clinics, perceptions of racism and mistrust of whites had a significant negative effect on trust and satisfaction. Perceived racism had both a significant, inverse direct effect on satisfaction as well as a significant indirect effect on satisfaction mediated by cultural mistrust and trust in provider. Structural equation modeling analysis supported the hypothesized theoretical relationships and explained 27% of the variance in satisfaction with care.

So patients who had mistrust problems were more likely to see racism as a problem?  Is this a surprise to anyone?  Long-term mistrust of white doctors (and not entirely without cause) will lead to perceived racism and dissatisfaction with medical care. 

This paper observes that along with institutional racism and  personal provider racism:

Finally, Jones defines internalized racism as the acceptance by members of stigmatized races of negative messages about their abilities and intrinsic worth (Jones, 2000). Internalized racism can have many manifestations, including helplessness, self-devaluation, and limiting one’s right to self-determination and self-expression (Jones, 2000). Our participants reported a decreased ability of African-Americans to question their treatment and speak up to their physicians, and also described devaluing characteristics (e.g. poor physical presentation, not “speaking well”) as potential causes of communication disparities.


While there is no consensus on how to best measure healthcare discrimination (Kressin, Raymond, & Manze, 2008), most researchers rely upon patient reports of perceived discrimination--a strategy with inherent advantages and disadvantages. While perceptions may be misinterpreted, they do reflect patients’ personal experiences and how they are internalized, which may be important to how discrimination affects health (see discussion below). This may be particularly true for patients who lived through U.S. segregation, as their historical healthcare experiences undoubtedly shaped how they currently experience healthcare encounters. In our study, all but three participants were born before the 1964 Civil Rights Act outlawing U.S. segregation.

Do You See Any Disparities in the Results of These Google Searches

Happy White Woman

Happy Black Woman

Happy Black Woman

Odd.  And try Happy Jew.

Leftist Delusions



A bit of attention has been given to this document discussing "Stopping the Coup", which assumes the election will be so close that Trump will refuse to accept defeat, and the left must disrupt the society in response. Reading through it, I see a lot of Marxist, anarchist rhetoric that will leave all but academics muttering, "What are you talking about?"


Your spheres of influence are the areas in your life that you inhabit and can affect personally. We might not all be able to get the governor on the phone, but we can organize with those around us to create change. When we think about our spheres of influence, we need to ask “how can I organize with those closest to me for the most impact?” Your spheres of influence might include your workplace, your church, or a collective you are a part of. If we are really facing a coup, some of the usual apolitical institutions like PTAs and Little Leagues might suddenly be politicized. So think broadly about any space you have a stake in where you come into contact with others.

We can think about our spheres of influence in three ways. First, and most simply, it can be a way for us to think about organizing actual people into formations that can be useful. For example, getting our friends together to form a crew that can talk to the organizers planning street actions and offer to take up a role.

Oh yeah, the local Little League as a source of street activists!

We must know who’s in power, and how to pull the levers of power to make those powerful people bend to the will of the people. Power mapping helps you understand your context, who the various players are, and what leverage points you might have with them. We traditionally think of power maps as documenting those in power who can support or are opposed to our campaign or movement. They can help us identify those who we need to target. Local mayors, legislators, city council people, and business leaders are all potential players that can be moved or focused on.
There are few actual useful plans, some of which will likely upset even most Biden voters.

Power exists within individual power holders but also flows along geographic lines. We can demand change and embody non-compliance by shutting down physical areas like highways, urban districts, or individual buildings. Last summer Shut Down DC used multiple affinity groups to organize actions at multiple intersections across the city, effectively halting operations across a wide region. If our goal is to truly interrupt business-as-usual as an act of resistance to a coup, then we should know how business flows. What intersections in your town make sense to coordinate to take over and hold? Are there major highways that act as regional conduits for traffic and commerce that can be sites for actions? Are there relevant institutions that could be permanently occupied that would stop the functioning of business and/or political processes?

Yes, people who are not telecommuting cannot get to work, food supplies into big cities end, Amazon cannot deliver the stuff that many have grown used to buying during lockdown: this will win them over, right?  These leftists are suffering the same failing as the Weather Underground and similar leftists in the 1960s and 1970s: they live in bubbles (often the faculty lounge) where everyone thinks like them; therefore a large minority of Americans share their Marxist goal. Even many young socialists will get upset about such a disruption, even if their masters at Instagram and TikTok tell them this is good.  They will also give President Trump legitimate reason to invoke the Insurrection Act if governors refuse to enforce the law.

The only realistic scenarios are:

1. Trump handily wins the election, and by sufficient margin that the Democrats realize that they will sound like sore losers again.  I consider this most likely.

2. Biden wins easily, at which point Trump will Tweet about election fraud and leaves office having given us a four year respite.  I consider this least likely.

3. The results are unclear, and between election day and Dec. 14, when the Electoral College meets, the Democrats "find" millions of votes.  This will have to be so massive that Trump refuses to recognize this fraud.  The Democrats use their ownership of many Obama's generals to call for a military coup d'etat, likely branding them as fascists for a generation.  If Trump is smart, he will federalize National Guard units in friendly states, and call up the unorganized militia.  I think several million armed Trump supporters could be in DC in a day to prevent such a regular military coup.  Many lower-ranking officers and enlisted men would refuse their orders and perhaps even switch sides as happened during the 1877 railroad strikes, where organized state militias refused to open fire on strikers, and in some cases changed sides.  This is a doomsday scenario, with tanks and aircraft following the Commander-in-Chief's orders against Army units loyal to the DNC.  

This leads to civil war.  A mixture of responsible adults and likely some lunatic fringe groups set up free fire zones around federal government buildings to stop federal law enforcement.  Few bureaucrats or office workers will risk death from snipers to go to work.

As I said, I am expecting the Shy Trump voters to give Trump a clear victory, more so than last time.  I am talking to people who really hate Trump who are considering voting for him, and a Bernie supporter from 2016 who will not be voting for Biden.

10/9/20 New York Post:

A majority of Americans find themselves better off under President Trump than they were four years ago, according to a new poll.

Fifty-six percent of registered voters say they’re better off now, while 32 percent said they’re worse off, Gallup found in a survey out this week.

The number is a vast improvement compared to 2012 under the Obama administration, when 45 percent of voters said they were better off than in 2008.

And yes, because the Post is clearly pro-Trump, I verified that the Gallup survey found this.  I doubt people who are better off will vote for Biden.  And Biden's response was really hilarious.  10/13/20 Fox News:

The former VP appeared surprised by the Gallup poll but cited the stat incorrectly.

"They think- 54 percent of the American people believe they're better off economically today than they were under our administration? Well, their memory is not very good, quite frankly," Biden told Inskeep. "And in addition to that, we have a president who doesn't share the values of most Americans. He's not very honest with people. He's flouting the conventions relative to public safety in terms of even now- not wearing a mask, a guy who has been a super spreader. But look, whatever they believe they should go out and vote. People should vote. Period."

 

Monday, October 19, 2020

Holster Review

 Because I am such an important person -:), I get neat stuff to review (but why no pistols?).  This is from Craft Holsters.

 It is for my S&W 629 6.5" revolver.  This is not really a concealed carry holster unless you are much taller than me, or wearing your most outrageously puffy and long parka.  The grizzly won't care in the least if you are carrying openly.

I mentioned a few days ago that I was having thumb break problems with a holster and wondered if the holster was molded on one of the rare fixed sight 629s.  Nope.  The thumb break leather is very stiff (it's new, remember).  When I checked the thumb break on the Bianchi nylon holster, I figured out the problem.  A little effort and forcing one side up and over the hammer enabled me to close it.  You do not want to try resnapping it in a hurry, but that's not the urgent side of the thumb break equation!

The holster is beautiful:



Boy, do I look fat.  I have been using the abdominal crunch machines at the gym, and they are helping.  (I'm blaming the gun.  "Does this gun make my belly look big?")

Here is the thumb break closed.


I find it unlikely that I will ever carry this revolver unless I travel to Alaska again and bring this for grizzly bear discouragement.  It is a very nice leather holster.  It is a tight molded fit, unlike the nylon holsters; do cartwheels with it, the gun isn't going anywhere.  But it still draws very smoothly.

Craters of the Moon

 We spent a few days with daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids in Ketchum.  It is a beautiful place, near Sun Valley.  It is a small town surrounded by mountains and ski lifts.



 
Yes, it is a county of billionaires and thus the only place you will see Biden signs in abundance.  As a friend's brother-in-law made rich by a disk drive startup explained his decision to vote for Clinton in 1992, "I'm rich enough to afford higher taxes."  My friend's response was, "I'm not."
 
The trees are turning, of course.  It is not Vermont, but still pretty.


We visited the Ernest Hemingway grave (on which admirers leave small whiskey bottles).  Oddly, no shotgun shells, or African big game.
 
The marker is remarkably ordinary.  (My phone was dead and I left the Canon in the car.)  There is a memorial to him north of Sun Valley:

This river nearby is just gorgeous in looks and sound.


Craters of the Moon was only an hour away, instead of the three hour trip from Boise so we went down to it.  It was the first time for my daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids.  It is aptly named, one of the few recent fissure eruptions where the ground splits open and lava comes out.  There are a few cinder cones and spatter cones.

 

My wife noticed some bluish patches which appeared to be peacock ore along with native copper and gold.  Since I hand around a peacock ore sample in Western Civ and she first figured out what it was, I feel a bit silly.



AMD A4-5000 Latest Drivers

Are incompatible with the Lenovo docking station.  I downloaded and installed it while on vacation, returned home and discovered that the two monitors connected through the dock no longer work,  nor does the keyboard or mouse.  I thought Windows 10 automatically created restore points,  but I cannot find them. 

Fortunately Lenovo has a page that can detect your product and install the latest drivers.  No more downloading AMD drivers.  They seem to be more interested in gaming than office uses.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Business Opportunity

 The American living in Poland to whom I sold ScopeRoller last year wants a North American distributor.  Shipping one ScopeRoller order set at a time is a bit expensive and slow.  Also, he has to charge VAT on each set which drives up the price.  He needs someone to buy a number of sets and ship orders one at a time through the USPS' flat rate system, and do a bit of customs paperwork when the multiset shipment arrives.  It is not going to make you rich, but there is not a lot of work required, and it can provide you a small income to supplement your acting career.  If interested, contact me.

All Those Californians

This Boise State publication has an article by one of their political science professors that confirms the anecdotal evidence that I have seen: 

The table below shows the partisanship of the Californians in the survey who have moved to Idaho, compared to native Idahoans. Again, there are not notable differences between the two groups, and there is certainly no evidence that the Californians are more Democratic than native Idahoans. If anything, they appear to be more Republican. Of the Californians in the sample, 60% reported being Republican, compared to 54% of the native Idahoans. Again, the differences between the two groups are small, so we are not able to say with confidence that they are meaningful distinctions.

Finally, turning to ideology, we see a very similar pattern. The Californians who have moved to Idaho are not especially liberal as a group (22% identify as liberal), with a narrow majority identifying as conservative (54%). If anything, Californians coming to Idaho are more conservative than native Idahoans.

While population growth will be a problem (as it already is in the Treasure Valley), raging liberalism is at least as much natives as recent arrivals.  Two friends who are recently arrived here did so because they are gun rights activists

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Vacationing in Ketchum

With my daughter,  son-in-law and grandkids.   We went to Craters of the Moon today.  This was the second time for my wife and I but first time for them.  It is a startling and desolate beauty place.  Pictures when I get home.  I used my Canon 12 MP camera,  unaware that the camera on my phone is 13 MP.  My wife noticed what is certainly peacock ore (tin) as well as native copper and gold on the surface of the lava.  Very impressed that she figured it out.  (I have more contact with peacock ore than she does.)

We hiked out to the tree molds where lava molded around trees before thru eventually burned away.   It wad more than 3 miles round trip on uneven lava.  Tiring, but I made it without getting short of breath, even at this altitude. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Remember: Gender Confusion Is Not a Mental Problem, but Whitness Is

 10/14/20 The College Fix:

The University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work hosted a virtual lecture recently that aimed to teach white people about their white supremacy and how to counteract it by using a “12 step” program mirrored after the one used by people in Alcoholics Anonymous.

The two-hour “Recovery from White Conditioning” lecture, hosted through the school’s Center for Practice Transformation, featured therapist Cristina Combs.

Combs is a University of Minnesota alumnus who created the white supremacy 12 step program “after years of struggling to navigate the role and presence of whiteness in her personal, academic, and professional journeys,” according to the university’s website.

And on the website you can see a picture of the person leading this craziness.


 

If you want to reinforce the absurdity of "white pride,"  I cannot see a better way.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Things Not to Do When Corrupt

 Drop off your laptop for repair and forget to pick it up. 10/14/20 New York Post:

The email, labeled from Robert Biden — Hunter’s first name — is among a trove of messages, documents, photos and videos purportedly recovered from a MacBook Pro laptop that a Delaware computer shop owner told The Post was brought in for repair in April 2019 and never picked up.

And those emails expose trying to use his father to advance Hunter's finances with Burisma, a week before his father was going to the Ukraine in his official capacity.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Where to Find ONE Ball Bearing?

 I have a stepladder that I bought for getting to the eyepiece on Big Bertha, but the rivets that hold it tight have loosened a bit.  This page shows how to tighten loose rivets using a clamp and a ball bearing, but I cannot find a single ball bearing in my garage or house.  I am clamping without the ball bearing, in the hopes it helps even without.

 Some rivets are behind structures that I cannot reach, but it is noticeably tighter, even without the ball bearing.

Monday, October 12, 2020

I Will Be Teaching 14th Amendment History in the Spring

At the college whose name we dare not speak.  This should be entertaining. I may not assign a textbook, but just work through the decisions and the debates about passage and ratification.  I am sure that I have never read any of the state ratification debates 

WHO Says Lockdowns Should Not Be Primary Response to COVID-19

They cause poverty and they make no mention of saving livesForbes of course is saying "No, Trump is taking this out of context," and proving Trump right.

Yet Another Reason to Distrust Mainstream News Media

The guy charged with 1at degree murder in Denver was a security guard hired by a TV station,  but not a licensed security guard.


If these idiots start a civil war, a press pass may nor mean much.

Why Trump Will Win

PJMedia has local news video of a Biden-Harris rally in Phoenix where not one supporter showed up.  This is better than 2016, where Trump rallies had thousands of people and Clinton events was getting a few dozens.  If Biden somehow wins, or even wins a majority of the popular vote,  most of us ate going to smell fraud on a massive scale. 

Remember: Rioting in Portland is Only a Small Part of the City

10/12/20 Oregonian:
A group of protesters toppled statues of former presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and shattered the entrance to the Oregon Historical Society in Portland’s South Park Blocks late Sunday before moving into other areas of downtown, smashing storefronts and engaging in other acts of destruction.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Idaho Constitutional Amendment on November Ballot

 HJR4 will fix the number of state senators at 35 (its current number).  Currently, our state constitution allows the number to be as low as 30 or as high as 35.  I would prefer the larger number be fixed.  The fewer people each legislator represents, the more likely he is the listen to his constituents.  When I lived in California, there were hundreds of thousands of people in each Assembly district.  The chance of ever meeting your Assembly member, much less communicating your concerns, was limited.  The New Hampshire House of Delegates has 400 members, each representing about 3,300 people.  I would guess that most people in the Granite State likely not only know their legislator by face, but whether or not to count the silverware at the end of having him over for dinner!

I know that it would be impractical to have each member of the U.S. House represent such a small number of people (imagine the size of the chamber, the Star Wars Galactic Senate chamber), but to the extent we can bring legislators closer to the people they represent, the better.

At Least Barry Could Properly Read From a Teleprompter

Trying your breast, but it never feels like enough."  

Here he says that he is going to push for a $15 million dollar minimum wage.  Then he backs down to $15,000 and finally $15. 

I was really looking forward to that.  Every worker a multimillionaire before the end of his first shift!  

For all his faults, Obama was not senile.  I feel for Biden.  Why is his family putting him through this humiliation?

A Very Idaho Bumper Sticker

On a Jeep with a Jeep Girl sticker as well.



Saturday, October 10, 2020

More Embarrassing Discoveries About the Putative Gov. Whitmer Kidnappers

 10/9/20 Washington Post:

One of alleged plotters, 23-year-old Daniel Harris, attended a Black Lives Matter protest in June, telling the Oakland County Times he was upset about the killing of George Floyd and police violence.

The leftist commenters seem to have missed this little detail.  10/9/20 Detroit News reports:

Delaware last year pardoned one of the men charged in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Delaware Gov. John Carney last year signed off on the pardon for Barry Gordon Croft Jr., 44, of Bear, Delaware, who was arrested and then charged Wednesday in federal court in Michigan with conspiring to kidnap Whitmer. 

And somehow Trump is responsible?

Croft was pardoned for charges dating to the mid-1990s, including possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, assault and burglary, according to a copy of the pardon papers. The Wilmington (Delaware) News Journal first reported the news. 

Croft was also convicted on charges of conspiracy, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct, according to the pardon document....

The Delaware Board of Pardons had recommended that Croft receive a pardon after he appeared before the board in December 2018. Carney, a Democrat and former congressman, signed the pardon papers on April 4, 2019.


 

 


Race and Gun Ownership

 10/8/20 Ammoland observes that police officers so often assume that black people are criminals that they hassle blacks with carry licenses, sometimes killing them without reason (like Philandro Castile).  No question.  While I know no one ever pulled over for a DWB (Driving While Black), when I lived in San Jose, a gal from my church was often pulled over for the related DWB (Driving While Brown).  She was not Hispanic, but dark enough that San Jose Police would often pull her over.  An Hispanic driving an almost new car in the late 1980s was assumed to have stolen it.

I bought my first handgun at Martin B. Rettig in Culver City.  When I went in there, along with other whites dressed casually like me, there were black men shopping who were wearing suits and ties, trying to look middle class and respectable.  Were their expectations of how they would have been treated if dressed casually unreasonable?  I hope they were unreasonable, but I do not know.  Certainly in a society where black men are overrepresented among criminals, this behavior was unfortunately wise.  Lawful black gun owners are well-advised to avoid dressing in a way that might cause prejudicial assumptions by police.  

Similarly, white gun owners would be well-advised to avoid wife-beater T-shirts, and raggedy clothes more appropriate to a methhead.  Since I was young, it appears to me that our society has made enormous progress about race.  My younger students (even the white ones) tell me stories that suggest the younger generation may be more racially prejudiced than my geezer generation.  Keep this in mind if you are lawfully carrying or going to a range.

We seem to not live in a perfect society yet.  I do not want any of you to be the victim a police officer's bad assumptions.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Good Intentions Are Not Enough

 10/7/20 New Orleans Times-Picayune:

The blighted house at 1826 Reynes St. in the Lower 9th Ward has a date with the bulldozer.

On Sept. 30, the city posted a “Notice of Emergency Demolition” on the sagging structure. The canary-yellow document declares that the vacant building is “in imminent danger of collapse and/or threat to life,” decreeing that the property will be torn down at the owner’s expense, at a cost of $7,085.

The owner of the house is Make It Right, the non-profit development company founded by Hollywood leading man Brad Pitt in 2008.

The Lower 9th Ward neighborhood surrounding the soon-to-be demolished house was largely wiped out by the flood that accompanied Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Soon after, Pitt established Make It Right, which was meant to provide affordable homes to displaced residents.

 Unlike the 1950s low income housing projects destroyed by the residents, these appear to be the result of bad materials and bad design work.  Kudos to Brad Pitt for good intentions and spending money to help poor people, but good intentions are not enough.  You have to have professionals involved to make some things work.

Hat tip to SmallDeadAnimals.

Low Profile Focuser

This is what I have so far.  It is a tight fit of the tube in the base.  The thumbscrew is perhaps not strictly needed, but it makes less likely to fall out.  I have ordered a 1 25" helical focuser that goes into the tube.  The tube you see provides coarse adjustment.   The helical focuser provides very fine focus.  I can also use this in the 5" refractor and the 8" reflector,  both of which have only coarse focusers.  Big Bertha has a dual speed focuser, very nice for the perfect focus.

reparations for slavery

10/8/20 City Journal makes several points that I have repeatedly made about slavery reparation.  

1. Not every black American is descended from slaves.   Some are descended from black slaveowners.  

2. Are descendants of blacks free before the Civil War eligible for the same payments as those freed by the Civil War?

3. Should blacks never held in American slavery (descendants of Jamaicans or recent African immigrants) deserve compensation?

4. Reparations to those interned by Democrat FDR were only to the actual internees, not their descendants. By that standard,  only former slaves deserve reparations.   (Total cost: $0.) 

5. Should Americans whose ancestors arrived after the abolition of slavery have to pay through taxes for reparations when their families never held slaves?

6. Should those of us whose ancestors died in the Civil War on the Union side be compensated for the loss of loved ones?  Yes, my g-g-g-mother received a pension,  but I doubt it matched the loss of his earnings.  He moved up rapidly in wealth from the 1850 to 1860 census.

7. Should descendants of black slaveowners be eligible for reparations?

Questions 1-3 and 7 would yield very complex calculations depending on a black person's ancestors.   The records of slavery are very poor, so figuring out who fits in what category would be impossible. 

Finally, any compensation to individuals based on their race (as opposed to their having been held in slavery) would clearly violate the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause.
 
As my wife reminded me, there is at least an equally valid claim against the descendants of the West Africans who sold those slaves to Europeans. 

Hat tip to SmallDeadAnimals.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Cuties

 I have not seen it.  Its notoriety is pretty substantial.  10/7/20 Fox News:

Netflix has been indicted on a criminal charge that alleges the streaming giant promotes “lewd visual material” of a child.

The lawsuit centers on the release of the French film “Cuties” that has been mired by controversy since its release last month.

A Tyler County, Texas grand jury moved to return an indictment against Netflix on Sept. 23, Fox News confirmed on Tuesday via court documents.

The complaint alleges Netflix “knowingly” promoted visual material which “depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the visual material was created, which appeals to the prurient interest in sex, and has no serious, literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”...

The media giant doubled down on Tuesday. "Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children,” a spokesperson for Netflix told Fox News. “This charge is without merit and we stand by the film."

Yes, if you made a film that showed child molesters raping children, you could call it that, but it would not change its prurient appeal.  Wasn't that Guccione's argument for his movie of Caligula, serious history with unsimulated sex scenes?


 

Probably Mostly of Interest to Idahoans

Ammon Bundy is a bit of a disruptive anarchist, whose followers have disrupted a number of public meetings with his opposition to mandatory masking ordinances.  But this 10/6/20 Boise channel 2 story is substantially at variance with what sophisticates here in Boise were saying a few days back.

Appearing Tuesday afternoon on the Nate Shelman show on 670 KBOI, He explained that he didn't push his way into the stadium. When they told him at the gate that he couldn't come in without a mask, "I said, 'hey, I'm going to go down here along the fence and I'm going to watch the game there. My family went down there and that was it"

Almost. Though they were by themselves, far away from the field, Bundy said school administrators sought him out. "I chose not to make a scene ... Why don't they just leave me alone?" Bundy said.

In a video Ammon Bundy posted on his Facebook page, a coach from Emmett High can be seen on the other side of the fence pleading with Bundy to leave:,,,

However, the Caldwell School District later posted on its website that the game was called because of a threat against the school made in a 911 call. I asked a spokesperson for the district about the nature of the threat. She said she did not know.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Arizona Voters

 You probably know fellow Arizonians considering voting for Mark Kelley for U.S. Senate because he isn't a Republican (boo! hiss!) and he has not taken a public stand supporting gun bans.  Keep in mind that he attempted a strawman purchase some years back.  3/13/13 Breitbart News:

Kelly, a gun regulation advocate and husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, has explained that he bought an AR-15 rifle last week because he wanted to show how “easy” it was to buy an “assault weapon.” ...

Kelly may have completed the background check process for the pistol he bought, but not for the AR-15. On March 12, after Breitbart News contacted Diamondback Police Supply, the store where Kelly bought the weapons, the store’s owner Douglas MacKinlay provided the following statement to the media: 

On March 5, 2013 Mr. Mark Kelly purchased a Sig Sauer 45 caliber pistol and a Sig Sauer M400 5.56 AR style rifle from my company, Diamondback Police Supply Co. in Tucson, AZ. The rifle, having been purchased in trade from another customer, cannot be released to Mr. Kelly or any other customer for a minimum of 20 days in accordance with local ordinances. Mr. Kelly did not ask for any modifications to the rifle, nor are we making any. Once the hold period is up, Mr. Kelly must then show proper identification, complete the Federal Firearms Transfer Record (Form 4473) and successfully complete the NICS background check prior to his taking physical possession of the firearm. [emphasis added]

The “local ordinances” that apply to the Sig Sauer M400 5.56mm AR-style rifle required that the AR-15 be placed on hold for 20 days because it was second-hand. If Kelly’s goal was to show how easy the background check system really is, why didn’t he buy a new “assault rifle” so he could take possession of it immediately, thereby allowing him to finish the background check on day he originally walked into the store–March 5?

When CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Kelly on Monday what it was like going into a gun store and “buying an AR-15.” Kelly said that for such a “deadly” weapon, “especially with the high capacity magazines, it’s a pretty easy thing to do, even with the background check.” 

He went on to say: “public access to these [weapons] is too easy, as I demonstrated the other day.”

Yet Kelly has not completed the process of taking possession of the AR-15.

Kelly has openly stated that his plan from the beginning was to buy such a firearm and hand it over to the police (even though, as Breitbart News reported, under pending legislation the police would likely have to sell the AR-15 rather than destroying it, returning it to the streets).

 


 


Monday, October 5, 2020

I Have No Interest in Pinterest

 But seeing how the left has turned what should be a juvenile activity into a crybully activity is hard to miss.  From NotTheBee:

If you search for "culturally insensitive" costumes on Pinterest you'll be greeted with a link to a page where you'll be given a nice little lecture on cultural appropriation. It's so dumb, I don't even want to quote it. So here it is.

Pinterest is obviously saving the world here; and you can help. If you see anything on the site that is culturally insensitive—such as a prisoner costume, which may be offensive to criminals, or a "Joy Behar wearing black face" costume, which may be offensive to Joy Behar—you can report it to Pinterest, and they'll look into it. Thank goodness!

And here is Pinterest's self-righteous recursive backslap.  Hey lefties.  I declare POCs using calculus, interchangeable parts, computers, software, all electricity that isn't static, antibiotics, and aircraft to be "cultural appropriation" and therefore nasty and doubleplusungood.  Ditto for concentration camps, although I doubt the that will stop the left from operating them.

S&W 629

 I received a review holster for the S&W 629; even using the kit for breaking in the holster (to make sure you get a tight fit while allowing for slight manufacturing tolerances), the thumb break will not snap.  We are not talking a small difference but many tenths of an inch.  Even gently tapping with my plastic headed gunsmithing mallet is not going to solve this.  It strikes me that my 629 has an adjustable rear sight that looks like it could be the reason for failure to seat.  I believe fixed rear sight 629s are quite rare, usually special order 3" barrel versions, for those of you not getting enough daily handweb abuse.  Any other guesses?  

This is a tight enough fit that I do not see it as a big deal: I am not going to carry this beast except if hiking in grizzly bear territory (which really never happens), or when running to the store during a Zombie Apocalypse (which is slightly less likely).  If I ever live somewhere that requires concealed carry of a .44 Magnum,  it is time to move (perhaps off-planet).  I also do not see myself running or jumping fences with this mass of beautiful stainless steel on my belt, either.  The snap break is just not needed.  I am just trying to figure out: Why?

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Those Lathe Chucks That Would Not Hold Workpieces

 I disassembled them, cleaned out grit and shavings from the scroll channel and the jaws with a pick.  After my usual several tries, I managed to reassemble these little puzzles with a drop of 3-in-1 oil and everything works again.  My guess is that you can't get a tight fit with extraneous stuff, so even a little vibration loosens everything up.

What if President Trump Dies

 Dead people win elections. I am sure those electors pledged to him would gladly elect President Pence.  And he has the advantage of none of Trump's often abrasive style.  The worst that the left has found about Pence is that he does not meet women without his wife.  This both prevents "he said, she said" disputes, it also prevents any suspicions that might naturally develop if your husband was spending time with someone beautiful and stimulating.  I would expect Pence to continue Trump policies and judicial appointments.

Hydroxychloriquinone

 10/2/20 Reuters:

Combining trial data suggests hydroxychloroquine benefit

In a series of randomized controlled trials, the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine did not show a statistically significant impact on the prevention or treatment of COVID-19. But when data from five of those trials were combined, researchers found that early use of the drug by people who were not hospitalized yielded a statistically significant 24% reduction in risk of infection, hospitalization or death. "The meta-analysis pools together the studies and increases statistical power," said Dr. Joseph Ladapo of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, coauthor of a report posted on Wednesday on medRxiv ahead of peer review. But a weakness of the meta-analysis, Ladapo acknowledged, is that infections, hospitalizations and deaths were grouped together into a "composite outcome." Combining all those events into one big number makes it more likely researchers will find that treatment had a significant effect. Coauthor Dr. Harvey Risch of the Yale School of Public Health noted that seven nonrandomized controlled trials have also shown "statistically significant reduced risks with early outpatient use of hydroxychloroquine." Along with the meta-analysis, he told Reuters, "This is extremely strong evidence of benefit." (https://bit.ly/2SlHEeE)

Remember Trump was called names when he touted this early on.

Low-Profile Focuser

 I still cannot get the lathe chuck to hold the 1.5" OD tube.  Next step is probably disassembly, cleaning, and reassembly.  On the plus side, I found a source of 1.259" ID 1.375" OD tubing, so no need to do any turning.  The downside is that I still need a step to prevent the tube from falling through the base, and there are only a few threads to hold an 8-32 thumbscrew in place to prevent eyepiece motion.

Solution: Machine a sleeve about .25" long from that 1.5" OD tube into which the 1.375" tube slides.  (Such a short piece should be held adequately by the chuck, and I will be boring the inside, not turning the outside.)  Glue with epoxy to hold in place.  Now I have .25" of aluminum to hold the 8-32 thumbscrew.

No need for epoxy; I bored that .584" long piece of 1.5" OD to a diameter where it would just barely press onto the 1.375" OD tube.  Then I tapped it for a 6-32 knurled head thumbscrew (which I seem to have bought 10 of them, some years back).  I also bored the 1.259" ID tube just slightly larger so that all my eyepieces slide in, and only the thumbscrew holds them in place.  

I had thought of making a brass compression ring to prevent the thumbscrew from marring the barrels, but this is a plastic coated thumbscrew, so no need.  Those brass compression rings are a real pain.  You have to excavate a shallow (.050") channel with a reverse rake boring bit, then cut a very narrow piece of brass to fit in the channel.

Because the OD of most of the new tube is 1.374", I am making a new base with a 1 3/8" hole.  That is mostly waiting for the slotting program.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Doing My Best to Follow James: Help Me If I Fail

My wife points out that it is too easy to let our words take us places we should not go:

How do we walk humbly in this age of inflammatory language, opinions parading as facts and words spoken under the guise of Christianity, but seem to be a far cry from the Lord we profess to follow?  James weighs in with how poisonous our tongues can be, and in this age of social media, our words can become especially hazardous: ...

But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. (James 3:1-6 NLT)

9/18/20 NPR quoting Trump:

"Renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg demonstrated that one can disagree without being disagreeable toward one's colleagues or different points of view," the statement said.
And yes, Trump could take a page there.  

This is a real problem.  There are policies that our opponents promote that are bad ideas, sometimes evil ideas (every white person is a racist, it should be legal to suck the brains out of a baby just a couple minutes before birth).  But the correct response to bad and evil ideas is to counter the ideas, not engaging in name calling or ad hominem attack.  (And I admit that the amusing play on Rep. Octavio-Cortez's name is quite witty, and I have used it at times, but no more.)  If someone engages in unlawful or depraved behavior (using your position as the VP's son to get contracts or bribes, using young girls as sexual playthings, or as bait to blackmail people), we can and should condemn their actions and hold them to account.  But not everyone on the left is evil; many are simply miseducated or looking for simple solutions to complex or painful problems.  Treat these erring people gently; savage their bad ideas.


Ever Wonder Why Armed Men Invaded the Michigan Statehouse?

 10/2/20 Detroit News:

Lansing — In a landmark ruling with far-reaching implications, the Michigan Supreme Court decided Friday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer violated her constitutional authority by continuing to issue orders to combat COVID-19 without the approval of state lawmakers.

The state's high court ruled 4-3 that a state law allowing the governor to declare emergencies and keep them in place without legislative input — the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act — is unconstitutional. 

The court was unanimous in ruling that a separate law — the 1976 Emergency Management Act  — did not give Whitmer the power, after April 30, to issue or renew any executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic after 28 days without Legislative approval.

The ruling, which was requested by a federal judge earlier this year, serves as advice to the federal court and indicates how the court would rule on a suit challenging Whitmer’s emergency powers.

And her response to being told to stop by the courts?

The order essentially brings an end to Whitmer's ability to use emergency powers without legislative approval, but there are differing takes as to when the practical effect of the ruling would be felt. 

Whitmer argued her powers will remain in place for at least 21 days, an apparent reference to a 21-day period in which the governor can request a rehearing from the Michigan Supreme Court. ...

Whitmer said Friday she "vehemently" disagreed with the court's ruling, which she said made Michigan an "outlier" among the majority of states that have emergency orders in place.

The governor said that even after the Supreme Court ruling takes effect, her directives will remain in place through "alternative sources of authority."

It is almost like she thinks she is above the law.  When governmental officials do not follow the law, there is only one response left.

 

Los Angeles Residents: Thank Your Elected Idiots for Paying NRA's Attorneys

 10/2/20 Breitbart:

Federal district court judge Stephen Wilson ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay the NRA’s lawyer fees of approximately $150,000, just months after he ruled a city ordinance violated the NRA’s First Amendment rights.

Wilson ruled on the First Amendment violation on December 11, 2019, in National Rifle Association of America et al v. City of Los Angeles, which was heard in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

This was one of those cases where the officials were so intent on demonstrating their moral purity that they admitted their purpose: to punish NRA for speech.

Survey: I Am Not Paranoid, Or At Least No More Than Normal

 10/1/20 Washington Examiner:

A majority of Americans are bracing for the possibility of a politically-fired civil war, and more than half are already stockpiling food and other essential items to survive and fight back, according to a new survey shared with Secrets.

In the survey, 61% said that the United States is nearing a second civil war, including a shocking 41% who “strongly agree” with that assessment.

And 52% are so convinced that it is just around the corner, or after Election Day, that they are putting away food and other essentials, an historic expansion of the prepper movement that has been brewing for years, now driven by fear and coronavirus-induced shortages.

I can see several possible triggers:  

1. Trump scores such a powerful victory that the left burns down their cities, then comes looking for food.  Trump invokes Insurrection Act and sends Army out.

2. Trump scores a marginal victory, and the Democrats delay counting until they have "found" enough votes to call it into question.  They then ask the Army to intervene.  This might result in a "Yeltsin in a tank" moment, where Trump calls National Guard and unorganized militia to DC.  I think the Regular Army would suffer so many mid-level officer and enlisted changes as to make war unavoidable.

3. Biden wins and the Democrats celebrate by encouraging racist and classist attacks on the suburbs and rural areas.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Nazi as An Alternative to "National Socialist"

 I have long suspected that the term Nazi instead of the formal translation National Socialists was to hide that Hitler's party was a variant or heresy of progressive thought.  In looking for early uses of "Nazi," I found this House Unamerican Activities Committee hearing: Investigation of Nazi and Other Propaganda. p. 517.

Question.  And that is the Nazi Party? 

Answer.  The Hitler Party.  The Nazi Party is never used in Germany.

Question.  And Nazi is the result of N. S. D. A. P.

Answer.  Nazi was just the name the Communists and Marxists gave to the Hitler men before Hitler came into power?

Question.  And wasn't it the result of N. S. D. A. P.

Answer.  No.

Question.  These are the drilling regulations?

Answer.  I mean I never heard anybody in Germany with the exception of Communists or Marxists call any Hitler men a Nazi.


Beautifully Clear and Unturbulent Night Monday

 I was able to get the 0x sight lined up with the 9x50mm finder.  One the mirror had cooled to equilibrium and collimated, I could see at least four cloud bands on Jupiter at 160x.  On Saturn, I could see, in brief moments of calm air, Cassini's Division on the ansae of Saturn's rings, and a pale yellow cloud band on the planet.  A very satisfying night.

Too Clueless to Survive

 A company called Coinbase has decided that their job does not include social engineering and the response of a very rich Twit:


 Remember: he will be safe.  He's a millionaire on their side.

Why You Must Take away All Writing Implements at the Start of Every Meeting Planning Illegal Activities

 A letter from the Director of National Intelligence quoting the CIA Director's notes:

According to his handwritten notes, former Central Intelligence Agency Director Brennan subsequently briefed President Obama and other senior national security officials on the intelligence, including the "alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services."

10th Circuit Rehearing Bump Stock Ban

 The Bump Stock ban has been challenged in the courts.  While the 10th Circuit ruled against us, an en banc hearing has now been scheduled concerning how to apply Chevron deference to the BATF's regulation.

What is Chevron deference

One of the most important principles in administrative law, The “Chevron Deference” is a term coined after a landmark case, Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 468 U.S. 837 (1984), referring to the doctrine of judicial deference given to administrative actions.  In Chevron, the Supreme Court set forth a legal test as to when the court should defer to the agency’s answer or interpretation, holding that such judicial deference is appropriate where the agency’s answer was was not unreasonable, so long as the Congress had not spoken directly to the precise issue at question.  The scope of the Chevron deference doctrine is that when a legislative delegation to an administrative agency on a particular issue or question is not explicit but rather implicit, a court may not substitute its own interpretation of the statute for a reasonable interpretation made by the administrative agency.  Rather, as Justice Stevens wrote in Chevron, when the statute is silent or ambiguous with respect to the specific issue, the question for the court is whether the agency’s action was based on a permissible construction of the statute.
I think this is a good thing for us, but I cannot articulate why.