Friday, September 22, 2023

Major Victory

9/22/23 San Diego Union-Tribune:
"California cannot ban gun owners from having detachable magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, a federal judge ruled Friday.

"The decision from U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez won’t take effect immediately. Democratic U.S. Attorney General Rob Bonta has already promised to appeal the ruling. The ban is likely to remain in effect while the case is still pending."

Bonta of course is California Attorney-General.

"Benitez ruled “there is no American tradition of limiting ammunition capacity.” He said detachable magazines “solved a problem with historic firearms: running out of ammunition and having to slowly reload a gun.”

“There have been, and there will be, times where many more than 10 rounds are needed to stop attackers,” Benitez wrote. “Yet, under this statute, the State says ‘too bad.’”"

And yes, this is a case on which I have worked as an expert witness.  I am feeling pretty good.

Decision Duncan v. Bonta here.

And I am cited on p. 57. And two other citations.  Too tired to fill in those other page numbers right now.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Good News

9/21/23 Portland Oregonian:
"On Day 4 of the trial in Harney County Circuit Court to determine whether Oregon’s Measure 114 gun restrictions pass muster under the state constitution, testimony took an unexpected turn.

"After allowing a volunteer campaign coordinator for the voter-approved measure to take the stand, the Harney County judge overseeing the closely watched trial questioned the coordinator directly, throwing out several hypothetical scenarios concerning the possible effects of the measure on pastors or rabbis of different races."

The state made the mistake of calling this guy for reasons that make little sense and the judge asked him hypothetical questions that showed how the law was likely to be abused in racial ways.

I think the judge is sympathetic.


9/19/23 New York Post:
"A pack of dog-identifying humans has prompted calls for “animal control” after footage of their Berlin meet-up went viral.

"An estimated 1,000 people who prefer to be recognized as not humans, but canines, organized a gathering at the Berlin Potsamer Platz railroad station in Germany, communicating only by howling or barking at one another."

As long as they don't insist on using our fire hydrants.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Windedness Decreasing

After installing stents, it can weeks for them to get fully integrated and cardiovascular capacity to come back to where it should be.  Exercise helps.  The death march along Star Riverwalk is getting easier.

I still have to face an open-heart procedure to replace the aortic valve, probably in summer 

Hold Down Clamps for Harbor Freight Drill Press

I needed to clamp down a piece of aluminum on the drill press table.  (It was too big to fit in the drill press vise.). The drill press vise is held in place by a careless (or thoughtless?) combination of bolt two washers and a nut at the bottom.  These slide into what I would call the world's most sloppy T-slot.  Maybe this has a different name in this application.  Putting two of these in place holds the drill press vise in position just fine.  But these really do not work for holding a 5/16" aluminum plate.  

The slots are 1.09" wide where the threaded T-nut should go and .5" deep.  I cannot find anything that fits this description or associated with Harbor Freight. 

Because the measurements are a bit difficult inside a T-slot, making my own T-nuts for this  makes a lot of sense.  If they turn out too wide or too high to slide, I can just machine them a bit narrower or shorter.  I need to make them of steel.  They should be much easier to install than the current expedient solution.  By attaching a sheet of steel under the top of bolt, I should be able to clamp stuff to the drill press table.

I am blogging this because I have a bit too much to do on the gun rights front right now, and if I write down these dimensions I am guaranteed to lose the paper by the time I am ready to machine these.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

The Younger Generation May Not Be As Brainwashed As We Thought

9/19/23 New York Post:
"Hundreds of students from Pennsylvania’s Perkiomen Valley School District walked out of class Friday after the local school board failed to enact a policy requiring transgender students to use the restroom corresponding with their biological sex.

“Kids were upset. Girls… we wanted to protect them. They were upset. They didn’t want men in their bathroom,” John Ott, who organized the walkout, told FOX News on Monday."

"We wanted to protect them." Someone is learning to be a man.  Women should be able to protect themselves but for thousands of generations humans have bred the idea that Ogg protects the females.  Most cultures, even if they do it imperfectly, also teach this important lesson.  The stronger should protect the weaker.  Throughout human development that has usually been the man protecting his mate and their children.

Monday, September 18, 2023

Soviet Union Was So Long Ago... Coming Soon: Famine in Chicago

9/18/23 National Review article about how Chicago officials are looking into creating a city owned grocery store chain.  They do not need to make a profit so they will be cheaper and most of you know about the outrageous profit margins of grocery stores.
You may recall the YouTube video a few weeks back where a black lady was explaining why WalMart was leaving Chicago and with unfortunately good reasons.

The comments at Instapundit are as usual a riot:
"A worker standing in a food store line says: “I have had enough, save my
place, I am going to shoot Mayor Johnson.” Two hours later he returns to
claim his place in line. His friends ask, “Did you get him?” “No, the
line there was even longer than the line here.”