Sunday, September 25, 2022

I Would Not Read Too Much Into This

9/24/22 Atlantic article about a prominent Belgian immunologist who developed lymphoma and therefore accelerated his COVID booster because lymphoma treatment would make him immunocompromised and therefore higher risk for COVID. Amazingly(?) his lymphoma spread far faster than normal after the booster.  He is careful to note that this might be coincidence but also there some theoretical models that might explain this unobvious connection.  I am still not prepared to join the COVID-19 vaccine puts you at higher risk crowd but that the Atlantic published this story is bloody amazing.   It does suggest that maintaining the narrative may not suppress all news media examination of these questions. 

Why I Have Been Fairly Silent

I am rebuilding an 8" f/7 Newtonian reflector test was originally built by my father and I in 1969.  

First of all:  a Newtonian reflector uses an elliptical mirror (which at a 45 degree angle is a circle) to reflect the image from the primary mirror to the eyepiece focuser.  The elliptical mirror is held on a diagonal holder by the spider, so named because it has either three or four legs holding the diagonal holder.  The legs attach to the tube.

The diagonal holder should have adjustment screws to collimate the image from the primary mirror to the rest of the optical components. 
The closer it is to collimation, the finer the detail and the higher the contrast of the image.  When Coulter first started making mirrors at an absurdly low price (one of the first to do large scale automated production: the factory in North Hollywood looked like no other telescope maker of the time), they advertised them as +-1/25th wave.  The surface was within 1/25th of a wavelength of a perfect parabolic.  There are times the telescope has given me reason to believe it.  During one spectacular Rohnert Park heat wave I used about 700x on the Moon with a very sharp image, far above what is considered possible with this size of reflector. 

When my father and I built this we used an Edmund Scientific spider/diagonal holder that had no adjustment screws.   The best that I could do adjustment collocation was brute force bending the assembly until the laser collimator was very approximately correct.  Let me emphasize how approximate that was.

I finally broke down and bought an AstroSystems spider with the adjustment screws.  I have mentioned my efforts to make 5" long 10-32 thumbscrews to replace the SHCS with which it comes.  There is nothing intrinsically wrong with their design but the diagonal is pretty far from the end of the tube; holding an Allen wrench to make adjustments above a irreplaceable mirror makes me shudder.

I am finally working on the installation.   First of all the elliptical mirror was glued to a piece of paper glued to the diagonal holder.  The AstroSystems unit lets you slide the mirror into the holder where a metal lip keeps it from falling out.

Removing the elliptical mirror from the old diagonal holder involved gently slicing through the glue with an Exacto knife.  The AstroSystems assembly is 1.5" longer than the Edmunds so the old holes will not do.

I measured the proper distance from the end of the tube, then used a cloth sewing tape measure to put ink dots at the appropriate locations for four equally spaced legs.  Then I used a center drill in the power screwdriver to make precise pilot holes, then a twist drill to go through the fiberglass tube trying to minimize dust production.

The next step was to patch the old holes.  I tried mixing flay black paint with 5 minute epoxy to full those holes.  Too much paint; the epoxy flowed too much, leaving black drips on the outside of the tube.  Then I realized that I needed something on the inside of the tube to hold epoxy while it hardened.  But what? Black construction paper is close to flat black.  I epoxied small pieces to the interior of the old holes and filled each hole from the top, rotating the tube 90 degrees after the epoxy started to harden.  Then I put painters tape on top of the new holes and around exposed parts and sprayed a small amount of flat black paint on the interior and glossy white on the exterior to cover over the globs of epoxy in the old holes.  

Now it is drying.  Tomorrow I put the new spider and make sure that I measured correctly. 

"The Obsolete Man"

If you want the quintessential Twilight Zone showing mid-20th century liberalism it is this episode with Burgess Meredith playing a librarian in a future totalitarian society which has no need for books and thus librarians. 

As he patiently awaits his execution while tormenting and educating the chancellor (played to perfection by Eric Brawden, the Aryan's Aryan in too many TV episodes to count) he reads the 23rd Psalm among others.  How far we have come since 1961.  (That is a positive statement.)

Saturday, September 24, 2022

I Think It Is Time for Starlink

 Rise Broadband went from 80-100MB/sec. download to at bbest 5-6MB/sec.  For two weeks they have been saying it is their local tower, affecting about 500 customers.  But they cannot seem to fix it.  So existing Starlink customers, how hard was it?

Blog loudly.  Problem seems to be fixing itself. 

No.  Back below 5MB/s.

George Soros' Nazi Past

Both Snopes and CNN are calling Soros' work for the Nazis looting his fellow Jews in Hungary Fake News.  Here's the video where he admits it.  The rest of the interview sounds like he was trying to fill the traditional stereotype of "international Jewish banker.  I will upload my own copy when I have it done converting.  You never know when Google will send it down the memory hole.







The Crazy is Strong

 Some conspiracy buffs that I know believe the U.S. is already fighting in Ukraine.  The evidence I was shown was a YouTube video pointed to was something called IsraeliNewsLive.org.  Even his video admits that American and British soldiers are volunteers or paid by the Ukranian government.  He uses an unnamed source for the claim of U.S. forces fighting in Ukraine.  So I went a little deeper to finding out what this "news" organization (based in Tennessee) was.  They seem to cover  everything BUT Israeli news: vaccine conspiracy; how Trump will replace Pence as Vice-President (talk about news with an expiration date); New Global World Order; oh and Navy SEALS fighting fallen angels in Antarctica; FreeMasons founded Israel; lots of stuff that smells like anti-Semitism wrapped in a very misleading name.  

The A-10s in the video are more persuasive.  If this was staged, it would require U.S. military assistance.  I can easily believe we might have turned over some A10s to the Ukrainian Air Force, and trained some of their pilots since February.   Can any of you see any holes in that footage?

Of course, with the A-10s distinctive shape, the Russians would have video on antisocial media.  Where?

3D Printed Guns and Homemade Guns

Rigby, Knight v. Delaware, memorandum opinion (D.Del. 2022) issued a preliminary injunction against enforcement of a new Delaware law on this subject and denied Delaware's motion for summary judgment to defend the new laws.

Along with federal regulations aimed at these, Delaware passed laws prohibiting 3D printing of guns and gun components and:

Second, § 1463(c)(1) limits using “a three-dimensional printer[4] or similar device to manufacture or produce a firearm,[5] firearm receiver,[6] or major firearm component [7] by a non-licensed manufacturer.” In addition, § 1463(c)(2) makes it unlawful to “[d]istribute[] by any means, including the internet, to a person who is not licensed as a manufacturer, instructions in the form of computer-aided design files or other code or instructions stored and displayed in electronic format as a digital model that may be used to program a threedimensional printer to manufacture or produce a firearm, firearm receiver or major component of a firearm.” 11 Del. C. § 1463(c)(2)....

In Ezell v. City of Chicago, the Seventh Circuit struck down a Chicago ordinance that simultaneously (1) permitted only those who have trained at a firing-range to possess firearms and (2) barred firing-ranges within city limits. The Seventh Circuit reasoned that “[t]he right to possess firearms for protection implies a corresponding right to acquire and maintain proficiency in their use; the core right wouldn’t mean much without the training and practice that make it effective.” 651 F.3d 684, 704 (7th Cir. 2011). Similarly, here, the right to keep and bear arms implies a corresponding right to manufacture arms. Indeed, the right to keep and bear arms would be meaninglessif no individual or entity could manufacture a firearm. 

Now this is all preliminary injunctions stage before this goes to trial but Bruen is likely to sink a lot of laws on this subject. 

 

Friday, September 23, 2022

Ken Burns is a Fool to Compare the Shipment of Illegals to Martha's Vineyard to the Holocaust

But his new documentary The United States and the Holocaust is an astonishingly fascinating examination of how pre-war immigration restrictions impaired the escape of Jews from Germany while it was still legal. Also they show the Deep State at the Dept. of State, a guy named Long, repeatedly interfered with Jewish refugees coming to America and during the war actively blocked efforts by our government to save those not yet murdered.

I have one or two complaints.  He oversimplied 19th century immigration restrictions.   The Oriental Exclusion Acts are oversimplified; the bond requirements for impoverished immigrants in antebellum America.  I also am a bit disappointed by the I think false portrayal of America having a realistic chance of doing something to stop the Holocaust.   

On the plus side, many individual Americans and officials did great things to save lives.  The War Refugee Board played an important part in the work done by Wallenberg and other diplomats in Hungary in saving hundreds of thousands of lives.

There is an obvious message here: we waited too long to engage in stopping the brutality of the aggressor that started the war.

I can see why working on this documentary might have impaired his ability to see the differences between our current situation and 1940.

To his credit, he also shows that the idea of the U.S. stopping the Holocaust by bombing was impractical. 

Of course, he has to close with a progression from National Socialists to white supremacists to the Charlottesville riot and then the Jan.6 riot with the obvious implications.   Even though the Holocaust was not a small number of rioters fighting a government but a government using its nearly unlimited resources. 

Good article from American Spectator about the flaws of the final episode.  I would add one more: the Holocaust was not about unhinged thugs murdering innocent people by themselves but the resources of a national government focused on order, much like the concern about Jan. 6.

Would You Like to Help?

This is a chance to directly participate in a major research paper.  I am currently compiling a comprehensive analysis of mass murders in American history.  Part way through the project I have realized that there are three pieces of information that I neglected to gather from newspaper accounts that have only just started gathering, and that I need to add to my database.  I really need to gather data from the 1800+ newspaper articles that I have already read.  (I realized that I needed this in the 1940s, when the cumulative number of postpartum cases became so obvious.)  You may find this process horrifying or educational.  Maybe both.  You will also get your name in the acknowledgments section of the book.

The data you will be working from: a Microsoft Word document which has a synopsis of each crime; a Microsoft Access data base that includes a link to an article (usually a newspaper article that you can read online).


What this will involve:  The data that I have realized that I need that I did not gather when I started this project: age of the mass murderer; sex of the mass murderer; for women identified in my records as possibly suffering postpartum depression, the age of their murdered children. 


1. Age: If the article identifies more than one mass murderer, or there is no murderer identified, the age field will be blank.  For all single murderer incidents, Just add the age to the entry in the Word file and the field in the database.  Do not worry about where in the synopsis. Age: number.  I will go through and do the textual adjustments and add it to the database if I cannot figure out how to merge your additions into the existing database.


2. The sex of the mass murderer.  If there is more than one murderer (and this is more common than you might think), the sex will be M, F, B (both men and women), X (the article fails to identify the sex, usually because the murderer or murderers were unknown when the article was published).


3. In many cases, the Word document lists the cause of the crime as "postpartum?"  Many of these women murdering their children are almost certainly postpartum depression.  Some women, in the months after birth, suffer severe depression.  A pregnant woman is pumped full of hormones that make many feel really good; after birth the no longer pregnant body pulls back those mood-enhancing hormones with often disastrous results for her mental health.  This sometimes turns into the murder of all or many of their children and usually a suicide.  These have been so common in my research that I have decided that I need a postpartum depression category as a cause of the crime.  (If you know a recent mother who is spiraling down into depression or starting to act loopy, talk to her husband or other family about your concerns.  Please.)  Any woman whose record in the Word document listed as "postpartum depression?" with children, especially multiple children at least one under two years of age, will be categorized as "postpartum depression" (no question mark). I will need you to list the ages of the dead children from the newspaper article.  Again add it to the synopsis in the Word file: Children Ages: numbers.  You will be reading stuff like this:


Waterville, Me. (1954)

03/08/1954: The mother, 24, “drowned her three young children, in their home and then attempted suicide.”  The children were ages 6, 4, and 1.  Her intended suicide note explained, “God told me to do it.”

Category: family

Suicide: no

Cause: postpartum

Weapon: drown1]


The number of incidents in need of review is so large that each person who takes on this very sad project will get a particular number of incidents from some block of decades designed to keep each volunteer's part not too big.  Your research will only go into the 1940s when I started recording this data that I suddenly realized that I needed.   


I will be happy to Zoom and show you what the database and Word document look like so you can figure out if you want to help.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Which Flag Rank Officers Were Captured in Mariupol?

The Russian trollocracy keeps claiming that among those captured at Mariupol were: a 4 star American general; a 4 star Canadian general; an American admiral.  Yet whoever this 4 star officer is, the official Russian news media have neglected to put him before the cameras or identify him by name.  A real name or image would be easy to verify or diversify.  

I know many alt-right have decided that because Putin is Biden's enemy and Russia has not gone LGBTWTF, then Russia is the only hope for a Christian West.  

Somehow, the mass graves are not exactly what I expect of a Christian nation. 

France 24 looked into this claim.  The picture Russian state media uses is so poor that it could be any adult white male.  Worse, they did a reverse image search and found out that it was first used in 2014 for a story about a Luhansk memorial service.  This lovefest for Putin or at least utter distrust of all Western media is really absurd.  

Yes, American news media are not to be trusted.  Foreign news media such as the Telegraph often report on unPC stuff in America.

That Canadian 4-star general: From a Wikipedia article about 4-star officers around the world:

General/admiral is the highest rank within the Canadian Armed Forces as defined within the National Defence Act.[1] Usually, only one officer, the Chief of the Defence Staff, carries the rank of full admiral or general at any one time. However, the crown may authorize additional officers at that rank for special cases such as for Canadian officers in the position of Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, who are usually former Chiefs of the Defence Staff seconded to NATO for that duty.

That is Wayne Eyre.  I have seen no pictures from Russian claims.  It is hardly likely that Canada would send its Chief of the Defence Staff to Ukraine.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Why Reading Federal Court Decisions Can Be Quite Fun

 Volokh Conspiracy examines a recent decision  U.S. v. Quiroz, (W.D. Tex. 2022) which ruled that 18 U.S.C. § 922(n), which prohibits receipt of a firearm by a person under indictment, runs afoul of the Second Amendment.  As the decision observes:

Yet the plain meaning of the verbs “have” or “possess” include the act of receipt. For example, “to have” means “to be in possession of . . . something received.” 24 Therefore, “to have weapons” would encompass the past receipt and the current possession of those weapons.

And logically, excluding “receive” makes little sense. To receive something means “to take into . . . one’s possession.”  How can one possess (or carry) something without first receiving it? Receipt is the condition precedent to possession—the latter is impossible without the former. Taking the Government’s argument at face value would also lead to an absurd result. Indeed, if receiving a firearm were illegal, but possessing or carrying one remained a constitutional right, one would first need to break the law to exercise that right. The Government is asking in effect to banish gun rights to Hotel California’s purgatory: “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”...

With nothing further, the Government’s argument can be boiled down to the following syllogism: 
(1) felon-in-possession laws have the same history as § 922(n);

(2) Heller endorsed felon-in-possession laws as constitutional; 

(3) Therefore, § 922(n) is constitutional. 
The first problem with this argument is it’s a logical fallacy. Sharing a history with felon-in-possession laws makes § 922(n) constitutional in the same way a dog is a cat because both have four legs. 

On to a less amusing but more important point:

The nature of grand jury proceedings is one such area that casts a shadow of constitutional doubt on § 922(n). Some feel that a grand jury could indict a [burrito] if asked to do so. The freewheeling nature of such proceedings stems from the Supreme Court holding that (1) the rules of evidence don’t apply, (2) evidence barred by the Fourth Amendment’s exclusionary rule may be heard, and (3) the grand jury may rely on evidence obtained in violation of a defendant’s Fifth Amendment privilege against selfincrimination. Simply put, “[a] grand jury investigation is not an adversarial process.” 

As Professor Volokh wryly observes about the burrito: "That appears to be a Texification of a New York Chief Judge's famous quote involving a "ham sandwich." 

An indictment is far from a conviction.  It is at best a strong hint this guy might be a criminal.

I think more important is that if an indictment is sufficient reason to take away someone's Second Amendment rights than it is equally valid to take away their other rights in the Bill of Rights.  (Residents of a prison have no protection against unwarranted searches; convicted felons have no guarantee of a right to vote; their property can be confiscated without due process, among other matters).

In addition, if possession of a gun makes them too dangerous to the larger society, why do we allow them to possess or drive 400 horsepower 4000 pound metal battering rams (yes, a typical Texas motor vehicle); incendiary materials (like gasoline), or knives.  If they are too dangerous to release, give them their guaranteed trial right quick, unlike Jan. 6 defendants, many of whom were kept in jail until they  plea-bargained their way out.

If Community Colleges Are Failing At This...

9/21/22 Inside Higher Education:

While Black students disproportionately attend community colleges, their enrollment at these institutions has significantly dropped and gaps in their academic outcomes have more than doubled over time compared to their white peers, according to a new report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a think tank focused on advancing Black communities. 

What exactly is going on?  Community colleges are not Ivy League.  In my experience, they try very hard to be welcoming and supportive of BIPOCs, because they know they need to work harder at getting virtue-signaling "brownie point." 

Class

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Promoting Racial Discrimination in Government Service

 I saw this 8/30/22 Air Force Times article:

According to the memo, the Department of the Air Force wants its future officer applicants to total:

  • 67.5% white (down from the 2014 goal of 80%)
  • 13% Black/African American (up from 10%)
  • 10% Asian (up from 8%)
  • 7% multiracial (no previous goal set)
  • 1.5% American Indian/Native Alaskan (up from 1%)
  • 1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (no change)

I remembered something from Thomas Sowell's Markets and Minorities, which alas, had no footnote but I was able to find a source for it with just a bit of Google-fu.  12/15/2015 American Postal Worker:

While there had always been some discrimination, “The changes made by the Wilson administration were unparalleled,” DeLaney wrote. “Cabinet members moved quickly to segregate black workers or to purge them from the federal civil service.” A recent study by the Labor Department notes that upon taking office, “Burleson immediately set out on a program to segregate, downgrade and, in some cases, discharge Negro workers… [He] also ordered segregated window service to the public.”...

One way that the Wilson administration got around the merit system rules was by requiring, beginning in May 1914, that job applicants submit photos to accompany the results of their civil service exams.

 Like so much other required racial discrimination, it took a progressive Democrat academic to make it happen.  If discouraging qualified black postmasters in the 1920s was bad, why is discouraging qualified white applicants good?


2 + 2 =4 is Covert Racism

Look in the lower left corner:


 
I think the problem here is that the woke math teachers are having trouble teaching math to BIPOCs and have decided that because math implies absolute truths, math is racist.  Do not ask why they are failing to teach BIPOC children math.  Just prepare BIPOCs for careers as race-mongers or baristas (assuming they master making change when the register fails).

Monday, September 19, 2022

Do You Remember When Circumcision and Female Genital Mutilation Were Important

They were signs of concern for brutal benighted practices.  Hey what's a foreskin removal when you are taking off a lot more than?

Today's Access Question

 I cannot figure out the right way to search for the answer.  I have a dropdown list with a number of entries:

Two of the entries are almost identical: MI (for mental illness) and MI? (mental illness possibly?).  This works well.  I can select either or type in MI or MI?  Now I want to add PPD (postpartum depression) and PPD? (for possibly).  I added both choices to my cause table, but only PPD shows up on the dropdown list and PPD? is not allowed as an entry?  Any idea why?

Never mind.  I needed to close and reopen the table containing the dropdown list.  This is really not so surprising.

I went through and recoded a number of mental illness or ? to postpartum depression or ?  I still need to find the ages of the children in some of these incidents, so back through hundreds of links.  Without some other apparent cause, I am assuming mother slaughtering all the kids if one is under one year is probably postpartum depression.  Under three, maybe.

Image Processing is An Art

 One that I am still learning.




Sunday, September 18, 2022

Trademark "Restaurant" in Britain Right Now

Instapundit linked a TechDirt aeticle that should be a summary judgment with a million pound fine for wasting the court's time:
"One of the cornerstones of trademark law in most countries is that you cannot trademark descriptive terms or words. The reason for this should be obvious. If I start a search engine and want to trademark my company name, calling it “Google” differentiates me from the rest of the market. But if I named my search engine “Search Engine” and then tried to trademark that, it would be rejected because trademark law isn’t meant to preclude competitors from identifying what their products are.

"So, too, should be the case with “taqueria”, which is a word that means “place that sells tacos.” And, yet, it appears that the UK somehow allowed Worldwide Taqueria to register the word. Now that company is threatening another taqueria, Sonora Taqueria, simply for having that word in its name."


Presentism

Many students are surprised by this term which means judging people and institutions of the past by present standards.  This fails to understand past motivations and often becomes a mechanism of scorn and abuse.  If you believe that morality is absolute this might make some sense but how many progressives believe in moral absolutes?

"Being woke is like a magic moral time machine where you judge everybody against what you would have done in 1066 and you always win.”

CO2 Solubility in Water

As I am sure you all know, CO2 solubility drops as water temperature rises.  This graph shows that as water temperature rises from 10 Celsius to 20 Celsius, the number of grams of CO2 per kilogram of water drops by 2/5ths.

"The oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface and play a crucial role in taking up CO2 from the atmosphere. 

"Estimates suggest that around a quarter of CO2 emissions that human activity generates each year is absorbed by the oceans. 

"However, in our recent Nature Communications paper, we show that the ocean carbon “sink” could be even larger.

"We find that the very surface of the ocean tends to be markedly cooler than the water at a few metres depth, resulting in a substantially larger net uptake than previously thought."

Pretty clearly, if the oceans warm CO2 will either become carbonate rock or coral (which explains the growth of the Great Barrier Reef), or enters the atmosphere. 


Local Color

Most communities have event that makes them unique.  On the Russian River in California, it is the Banana Slugfest where local officials raise money for charity competing in the eating of this repulsive critter.

In Caldwell, Idaho it is the Indian Creek Kayak Race, where contestants race kayaks made only of cardboard and duct tape.


What amazes me is how many stay afloat long enough to paddle.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

If You Do Not Want Illegal Aliens on Your Island of White Privilege..

Maybe stop encouraging them to cross the border illegally and ship them around at federal expense.  I feel sympathy for people being moved around as political pawns but no sympathy for people putting up "There are no illegal people."  No says there are.  There are people who unlawfully entered the U.S.  if that does not bother you, please leave your windows and doors unlocked tonight and use appropriate signage to advertise this fact.  

You have not done that.  I guess we know why.  Privileged people need cheap, easily frightened gardeners, maids, cooks, and low rent children.  Their corporations need cheap farm workers to keep wages of lawful residents down, while pretending they ate looking out for the little guy. 

Weird Dreams

I was in San Francisco trying to get back to my home in Rohnert Park.  I was expecting to transfer to a bus that ran along California 1 (which bus line Golden Gate Transit has never run; their bus has always the less scenic but far more logical road up US 101).  But I reached a Union Station where BART, street cars and busses met and I was directed to a hot air balloon for the final leg to Rohnert Park.  In a rainstorm with lashing winds.  When I asked if this was safe I was told that ES1 through ES12 had been lost but this would be fine.  Was the hot air balloon my fear of California's green madness?

Friday, September 16, 2022

Common Carrier Status Bites Antisocial Media

NetChoice v. Paxton (5th Cir. 2022) struck down a district court's preliminary injunction against a Texas law that prohibited antisocial media from viewpoint-discrimination and free speech with several minor but completely defensible exceptions.  In brief they decided that being common carriers under federal law (which protects them from responsibility for libel or slander) means that they cannot violate the free speech rights of Texans (which in practice protects the rights of anyone because Texans have the right to speak and read the opinions of others). Repeatedly, the decision emphasizes that this law does not deny the antisocial media companies' freedom of speech but their freedom of censorship.   The companies are free to speak freely in opposition to crimethink but they may not prohibit it except in three very narrow categories.

I know many libertarian organizations defend censorship because these are private companies and besides many libertarian organizations are really more sympathetic to suppression of anti-LGBT speech than any real support of free speech.  (They might start sounding conservative if they supported the right to say icky things about an important libertarian affinity group.)

This is pretty major.  Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are going to need to allow awful people like former President Trump, the New York Post, and the rest of the "semi-fascists" to share the modern public square with BLM, Antifa, and the Democratic Party.

This is not the final decision but at least it is not a slam dunk by the world's most powerful and richest corporations to maintain control of acceptable speech.

For some reason, I am unable to reply to comments.  If a group wants to meet in a restrained environment, do not use antisocial media.  Under the current rules, the hypothetical group mentioned would likely be prohibited anyway for homophobic content.  The Texas law does not prevent free speech (what the 1st Amendment protects), it prevents censorship.

How Much Do You Trust CNN's Translations?

I am watching a CNN report about a Ukrainian hotline where Russians can call to see if their loved ones had been captured or identified as dead.  I will not claim that my Russian is terribly useful anymore but listening to the Russian wives and mothers while reading the translated subtitles it was nice to be able to recognize particular words and phrases.  "Ya nye znaiyoo": I do not know.

Why does this matters one?  Some years ago, a friend was studying Arabic while the 2nd Gulf War was under way.  CNN translated an Arab's remarks as indicating the country was hopelessly messed up.  But what my friend could hear him say was, "the whole Muslim world."

The Only One More Stupid Than The Victims of These Criminals...

are the criminals themselves.

Return email address: elodiebernard5362gm@gmail.com (and yes included so email searchers will spam this crook endlessly.)

As if BestBuy would send a bill from  a gmail address.






 

Which of These is Most Esthetically Pleasing to You?




 

Sen. Graham's Proposal for a National Abortion Law and Gun Rights

 Prof. Reynolds 9/15/22 New York Post column:

The Supreme Court earlier this year found the US Constitution does not recognize the right to have an abortion. Now Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wants Congress to act.

His bill, modeled on the Mississippi legislation the court upheld in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, would ban abortion after the 15th week following conception.

Graham’s bill isn’t especially radical — most European countries actually have stiffer rules, generally cutting off any-reason abortion between weeks 12 and 14.

Some MAGA Republicans think Sen. Graham is actually trying to help the Democrats because much of GOPe does not want to be a majority party.  (This is a weird response from a group of "semi-fascists.") Then they would have no excuse for failing to undo the damage that they blame on Democrats.

I am prepared to suggest a different explanation.  Democrats are hell-bent on passing a national law to protect abortions up to T-1 millisecond.  Democrats might argue that Congress lacks authority to regulate abortion at all, because the Constitution gives Congress no such authority.  Yes, which would sink the argument for a national right to abortion law.

Before I go into my historical observations, let me say that leaving abortion laws to the people of each state and therefore to their elected representatives seems the best solution.  The Constitution distributed power to the states in most areas.  Each state is effectively a laboratory where we get to see the consequences of each law.  If California decides that abortion is so critical that it needs to be both lawful and even subsidized, the taxpayers may eventually decide this transfer of wealth to abortion doctors largely for the benefit of women refusing to make sensible decisions over their bodies makes no sense.  It also subsidizes the creeps getting teenagers pregnant who might otherwise get stuck with child support payments or statutory rape charges.

An interesting consequence of all this includes the gradual diminution of the population of abortion-on-demand states, reducing their national influence.  This is good; aborting a state's next generation of people will diminish its seats in the House of Representatives.

But what rationale could Democrats make to justify a national abortion-rights law (or for that matter, pro-lifers in support of  Sen. Graham's proposal).  The Roe v. Wade (1973) decision argued that abortion bans were relatively recent:

In this country, the law in effect in all but a few States until mid-19th century was the pre-existing English common law....

It is thus apparent that at common law, at the time of the adoption of our Constitution, and throughout the major portion of the 19th century, abortion was viewed with less disfavor than under most American statutes currently in effect. 

Even if true, the Court's decision continues by arguing:

This right of privacy, whether it be founded in the Fourteenth Amendment's concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action, as we feel it is, or, as the District Court determined, in the Ninth Amendment's reservation of rights to the people, is broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy. 

The question that arises from the incorporation through the 14th Amendment is whether a right to abortion was recognized in 1868.  As I have previously mentioned:

A bit more digging led to Horatio R. Storer, M.D., On Criminal Abortion in America (1860) which lists all the state abortion laws then in effect and that it appears to be all the states, contrary to Roe's claim.
 So on what basis might Congress legislate?  There is the incredibly powerful interstate commerce clause.  As others have observed:

The construction of the commerce clause makes it clear that Congress has the same commerce regulating power over interstate commerce (trade across the borders of a state) as it does over foreign trade. That means the federal government can theoretically ban trade of a given product across state lines. But the purpose behind delegating Congress the power to regulate interstate commerce was not to restrict trade, but to keep it free and open.

The framers wanted the federal government to possess the power to prevent states from inhibiting trade through levying tariffs on neighbors. For instance, to have the power to stop Tennessee from slapping a fee on bourbon imported from Kentucky. It was a power intended to protect free and robust trade. The commerce clause also gave the federal government the authority to pursue a unified trade policy with other nations, as opposed to each state enforcing its own policy.

 James Madison explained the intent of the commerce clause in a letter to J. C. Cabell dated February 13, 1825.

I always foresaw difficulties might be started in relation to the interstate commerce power…Being in the same terms with the power over foreign commerce, the same extent, if taken literally, would belong to it. Yet it is very certain it grew out of the abuse of the power of the importing states in taxing the non-importing, and was intended as a negative and preventative provision against injustice amongst the states themselves, rather than as a power to be used for the positive purposes of the General Government, in which alone, however, the remedial power could be lodged. And it will be safer to leave the power with this key to it, than to extend it all the qualities and incidental means belonging to the power over foreign commerce.

The federal government was never intended to micromanage the economy through wage laws, labor laws, agricultural regulations, industrial regulations, healthcare laws and the like. Those powers were left to the states and the people. When the federal government regulates the economy and it does not directly relate to trade, it is usurping power and violating the Constitution.

Of course, Congress has repeatedly used interstate commerce regulation to prohibit all sorts of offensive behavior that would ordinarily be considered intrastate.  Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States (1964) required a business to abide by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (prohibiting racial discrimination in accommodations):

It is readily accessible to interstate highways 75 and 85 and state highways 23 and 41. Appellant solicits patronage from outside the State of Georgia through various national advertising media, including magazines of national circulation; it maintains over 50 billboards and highway signs within the State, soliciting patronage for the motel; it accepts convention trade from outside Georgia and approximately 75% of its registered guests are from out of State.
One could use this same ahistorical interstate commerce clause to regulate any abortion provider that was in proximity to interstate highways, that advertised its services (which would include a webpage) or provided services to a majority of out of state patients.

So here is the additional wrinkle.  If Democrats insist that they have authority to make abortion on demand a national law, a pro-gun majority could use similar logic to require every state to allow open carry, with the added feature that the 2nd Amendment is actually in the written Constitution, not just in the special version that pro-choice justices use (or are those special glasses they are using?)  Furthermore, the 14th Amendment was explicitly adopted to guarantee the right to keep and bear arms.  

The same interstate commerce clause logic from Heart of Atlanta could be used to require almost all businesses along interstates or that advertise nationally (e.g., McDonald's, Olive Garden, Denny's) to not discriminate against open firearms carriers.

Sen. Graham's proposal is bad politics but opens the very real possibility for a tit-for-tat from a future pro-gun Congress.





Thursday, September 15, 2022

Remember When Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Was a Big Concern?

 "A recently published measure of PCE (prenatal cannabis exposure) and adolescent brain cognitive development found “PCE is associated with persisting vulnerability to broad-spectrum psychopathology as children progress through early adolescence. Increased psychopathology may lead to greater risk for psychiatric disorders and problematic substance use as children enter peak periods of vulnerability in later adolescence.”[1]  This also argues that widespread use of cannabis represents a substantial risk to those unborn, much like fetal alcohol syndrome.



[1] David A. A. Baranger, Sarah E. Paul, Sarah M. C. Colbert, Nicole R. Karcher, Emma C. Johnson, Alexander S. Hatoum, Ryan Bogdan, “Association of Mental Health Burden With Prenatal Cannabis Exposure From Childhood to Early Adolescence: Longitudinal Findings From the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study,” JAMA Pediatrics, (Sept. 12, 2022).

Okay, I Am a Bit Weird

 I consider the 1970-72 Chevy Malibu body style one of the triumphs of car design.  The 1972 especially with the round taillights and the blacked out grill.  

I talked a roommate into selling his mid-1960s Charger (with the weakest motor ever put in a Charger) and buying a 1970 Malibu with the 350 V8.  (License plate I COBOL.)  It was a glorious car for that era.


Thank Goodness for a New Theater of Fraud

FROM:  Mrs. Elena KULIBABA    
 
URGENT REPLY NEEDED AND CONFIDENTIAL
   
I am Mrs. Elena KULIBABA   the wife of Mr. ANATOLII KULIBABA (Ukraine sunflower oil & wheat, maize farmer ) my husband was murdered by the Russian Army troop because of the war between Russian& Ukraine it was so very terrible.      

He was a sunflower oil & wheat and maize farmer who have invested much in agriculture political opponents.

I acknowledge very well that my Husband deposited the sum of US$15.7M (FIFTEEN MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) with a security and financial company here in Johannesburg South -Africa with the intention of using it for the purchase of new farm machines and chemical for Agricultural purpose as well as purchasing hectares of land in South Africa for his investment. I got your contact through the chamber of commerce .With the high risk of staying in my country we are now on political asylum. (Refugee) me and my son we are here in South Africa, my position does not allow me to open an account or to normalize this fund to any meaningful business transaction, I want you to understand that this is purely a family fund not money laundering affair.

I solicit for your honest assistance as I want this fund to be transferred to your account overseas with your partnership, I will want to invest this fund in your country.  
   
 We can invest the fund as a family investment together with you in your country. Be assured that all the necessary documents backing this fund have been arranged with one of the attorneys I met here in Johannesburg South Africa, feel free to ask any question regarding this transaction.

Hoping to hear from you soonest, kindly contact me through this my private email For Confidential: elbabelbab@yandex.com     
   
I need your urgent and confidential response towards this transaction.

 My telephone here in South Africa is: +27787829810    
Please you can also send me a text message.

 Thank you,   

Mrs. Elena Kulibaba  

Enhanced Concealed Weapon License Class

 Idaho ECCW NRA course Saturday September 24th 2022


To sign up for this class on Saturday September 24th, please click this link to register on the NRA Training website: https://www.nrainstructors.org/CourseDetails.aspx?Courseid=743024&seats=5&State=n&zip=83709&radius=25.1&id=14&bsa=&youth=&women=





 
Saturday September 24th 2022 
NRA
Personal Protection Handgun Course
Idaho ENHANCED Concealed Weapon License
12 hour course 8am - 8pm
NRA Personal Protection in the Home Course exceeds Idaho 18-3302K ENHANCED Concealed Weapon License requirement, certificate recognized by all states as firearms training (Though NOT for certain states' CCW , see list below)
 
$199 Course Fee includes NRA handbook, fliers & NRA Course Completion & Idaho State Police Training Certificates. Classes are small (7 at most). PAID advance registration is required to reserve your seat. Class is open to Instructor-approved citizens who have no felonies or other legal gun-ownership disabilities. Liability Release form signature required.
 
Course consists of approximately 5 Hours Classroom, Hours on the Shooting Range, 2+ Hours Legal Instruction, 2 hours written test and wrap-up. Includes Basic Handgun Safety, Familiarization, Hands-on Firearms Handling, Shooting Skills & Instruction. Personal security & avoiding violent confrontations will be covered in depth. Safety & Awareness are critical.
Several hours will be spent on the firing range bringing student skills up to standards. Idaho State Law and Federal Law regarding firearms, concealed weapons, self-defense and after-event issues will be taught by a licensed Idaho attorney (formerly served as a public defender, a prosecutor and as an Idaho State deputy attorney general, and often competes in IDPA and IPSC shooting events)
BRING:  jacket & hat, Temps are expected to be warm, maybe even hot, and it sometimes gets cold, stormy and windy at the desert shooting range, and wear a button up shirt or turtleneck so no hot brass goes down your shirt to ‘brand’ you and make the event unsafe, eye and ear protection and handgun & at least 2 boxes of 50 rounds of factory ammunition ( Idaho law requires 98 rounds ), lunch ( some previous attendees have suggested you bring 2 lunches) snacks drinks notepad highlighter pencil post-its (Don't have a handgun or eye/ear protection? let me know I have a few loaners & can help you select the right one) NOTE -  class can go long due to questions to the lawyer, traffic, and other unforeseen circumstances so it is advised that you do not make plans for after class )
TALLEN HOOVER
NRA Certified Instructor                 NRA Training Counselor
          (208) 631 3003                               PO Box 6232 Boise ID 83707
 
THE IDAHO ENHANCED CONCEALED WEAPONS LICENSE IS VALID IN: IDAHO ( & Idaho public colleges) ALASKA ARIZONA COLORADO DELAWARE NEVADA NEW MEXICO PENNSYLVANIA SOUTH CAROLINA VIRGINIA? LOUISIANA  MINNESOTA WASHINGTON WISCONSIN   as well as states that accept the Basic LicenseALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA INDIANA IOWA KANSAS KENTUCKY MAINE MICHIGAN MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI MONTANA NEBRASKA NEW HAMPSHIRE NORTH CAROLINA NORTH DAKOTA OHIO OKLAHOMA SOUTH DAKOTA TENNESSEE TEXAS UTAH WEST VIRGINIA WYOMING. VERMONT (no lisc reqd) Oregon non-resident licenses easy to obtain with Idaho ECCW.   Total WAS 41 states allow CCW w/ID ECCW. note: List per Idaho State Police 9/2021 - states laws change constantly, this list may not reflect current status.  Current political events :  I believe we have lost VA & PA due to politics within those states, subject to change.
 
 
Yellowstone National Park accepts CCWs that are valid in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming (see website) Federal Park Service webpage indicates that which CCW holders may carry in Yellowstone park (but not into buildings of any kind) Shooting, even is self defense is prohibited, so don't unless you are being eaten, and then prepare for legal repercussions.
 
NRA Basic-Level Courses: Home Firearms Safety, Basic Pistol, Basic Rifle, Range Safety Officer, Personal Protection Outside the Home
Become an NRA Certified Instructor:
INSTRUCTOR-Level courses, CALL for information:
NRA BIT Basic Instructor Training course $150 (the first class required) Offered weekday evenings by arrangement.
NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course Instructor course $399 (includes both Basic & Instructor courses)
NRA Personal Protection (in the home) Instructor course $399(BIT&Pistol are prerequisites)
NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor course $399 (BIT&Pistol & PPith are prerequisites)
NRA RSO Range Safety Officer $150
NRA CRSO CHIEF Range Safety Officer $175 (BIT & RSO are prerequisites)
NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course Instructor course $399
 
Group & Individual classes available upon request. Liability Release form signature required. A written test will be administered (it is possible to fail this course).
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