Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tab clearing

Once more: Hey, Commissioner Evans, just get a STASI patch for your sleeve and stop hiding it, you miserable little tyrant wannabe.  And your little friends, too.

"We'd have had our gun bans and such if it weren't for you meddling teabaggers!"
And Walsh?  We're very familiar with "I'm a gun owner BUT-" clowns like you; piss off.

Is ATF playing games again?  Yes.

"How dare you have that hetero-normative stuff in cartoons!"

You know, if the feds hadn't screwed Trentadue around from day one on this mess, this would've been closed a long damn time ago.  Instead they keep gaming, and causing questions.

Obama’s own attorney general, Eric Holder, recently told ABC News that the rise of the Islamic State is “more frightening than anything I think I’ve seen as attorney general,” adding that “9/11 was something that kind of came out of the blue. This is a situation that we can see developing.”

Remember those words. Obama saw the threat from the Islamic State developing for a year. He had a chance to stop it. He failed to do so.
This is where we hit the question of 'failed to do so, or didn't want to?'

"Just because you're in fear for your life doesn't mean you should be able to hurt that possible choirboy/girl who broke into your home!"  Bullshit.

Gotta disagree: people were taking it seriously before this guy died, just that having an international traveler break with ebola ratcheted things up a notch.

What is it with anti-rights clowns wanting to be like the friggin' Soviet Union, informers and all?

Wouldn't you love to browse through their armory?

Yesterday was Range Day,

and a good one it was.  When the wind finally started to blow it was light, nothing to mess with things.  Got a bit warm, but for July it was downright nice.

Tried the Model 92 out at 50 and 100 yards with some loads using the Hornady 140-grain FTX bullet.  They shoot well in the Sharps, and have some of a box left, so put them together.  The one problem with these: for them to work in a revolver or repeater, you have to shorten the cartridge case, that polymer tip makes them a bit too long otherwise.  They shot well; the problem with accuracy testing is that rear buckhorn sight and my eyes.  Otherwise some general practice, including trying a version of the dry-fire drill with a .22 and ammo.  I've been working that drill a few days per week, and it does make a difference.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This abuser's spouse has suffered repeated violent attacks,

yet there has been no condemnation of this Senator's violence. Ironically, this Senator, who is one of the most controversial people in American public life today, has somehow escaped reproach for the one thing that both detractors and admirers should agree is genuinely inexcusable--domestic violence. 

Who is this perpetrator of domestic violence? New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
Wouldn't surprise me.  Dad once spoke with a federal LE guy who'd spent some time in the White House back then; said the Secret Service was sick of listening to the screaming and the crash of thrown objects.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Clintons must REALLY want to slide that knife

into Obama:
George W. Bush is very popular in Sub-Saharan Africa. Why? Because of the president emergency program for AIDS relief whether you agree or disagree with a lot of what else he did -- and I disagree with a lot of it -- I am proud to be an American when I go to Sub-Saharan Africa and people say, 'I want to thank President Bush and the United States for helping us fight HIV/AIDS.'

Sucks when you shove a law through and find out it doesn't say what you wanted it to, doesn't it?  And then people want to actually hold you to the letter of it.

Sums up the 'elites' nicely: "You peasants, YOU'RE the problem with this country!"
Yeah, it would be so much easier in their minds if their hand-picked commissars could just make laws without worrying about the commoners' opinions...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Late 70's there was a song called "Freeze a Yankee":

now looks like they're going to do it to themselves.
In a hell-bent campaign to rid itself of any form of dirty, messy “non-renewable” energy, New England has been closing down coal and oil plants for the last decade. In 2000, 18 percent of New England’s electricity came from coal and 22 percent from oil. Today it’s 3 percent coal and 1 percent oil. Meanwhile, natural gas — the fuel that everybody loves until you have to drill for it — has risen from 15 percent to a starkly vulnerable 52 percent, just behind California.

There’s only one problem. New England doesn’t have the pipelines to bring in the gas. Nor is anyone going to allowed to build it, either. Connecticut and Massachusetts are only a short distance from eastern Pennsylvania, where fracking for natural gas has leapfrogged the Keystone State into third place for overall energy production. Yet a proposal by Sempra Energy of Houston to expand its existing pipeline from Stony Point, New York, has already met fierce resistance from people who want nothing more to do with fossil fuels and construction is highly unlikely.
You might remember hearing that, during the nasty part of last winter, the grid in that region was right on the edge; turns out it was worse than 'on the edge', and with this idiocy...
And that’s just the beginning. New England is now limping along with 33,000 megawatts of electrical capacity, which barely meets its needs. At one auction last winter, the New England Independent Systems Operator, which manages the grid, came up 145 megawatts short — an almost unheard of occurrence. Yet in the next two years the region will be closing down 1/10th of its capacity in a bid to rid itself of anything that does not win favor with environmentalists. First to go will be the last of four coal plants at Salem Harbor, which can no longer meet the EPA’s new regulatory requirements. Next Brayton Point, the largest remaining coal plant, will be retired for the same reason. Finally, a continual barrage of protests and legislative attacks has persuaded Mississippi-based Entergy to close the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Station and “let the Yankees freeze in the dark,” as they used to say in Texas and Louisiana. The reactor provided 75 percent of Vermont’s electricity and 4 percent of the power for the region, carbon-free.
Friggin' amazing, isn't it?  They're actively trying to destroy industry and get people killed in the name of 'green energy'.  Apparently they weren't paying attention to what happened in Germany when they got rid of their nuke plants, and Scotland as well.

Or don't care; they may actually be that stupid.

I'd say this moves the EUnuchs to the 'Enemy'

"The Europeans," explained MP Schroeder, "supported the Palestinian Authority with the aim of becoming its main sponsor, and through this, challenge the U.S. and present themselves as the future global power. Therefore, the Al-Aksa Intifada should be understood as a proxy war between Europe and the United States."

"It is an open secret within the European Parliament that EU aid to the Palestinian Authority has not been spent correctly," MP Schroeder said during a recent address in New York. "The European Parliament does not intend to verify whether European taxpayers' money could have been used to finance anti-Semitic murderous attacks. Unfortunately, this fits well with European policy in this area."
And in that area,
In her Ben Gurion University address, MP Schroeder argued, "The primary goal of the EU is the internationalization of the conflict in order to underline the need for its own mediating role," warning that renewed European calls for a multinational force in the region - heard most recently by the head of the largest political bloc in the parliament - combined with heightened levels of anti-Semitism in Europe and the Arab world, could spell disaster for Jews everywhere. "The Palestinians are playing the ugly role of being the cannon fodder for Europe's hidden war against the U.S.," she adds.
Ever read any of the  Carerra novels by Tom Kratman?  This sounds like what the UN High Commission was doing in them: using muslims as cannon fodder to damage a perceived threat without getting their own hands dirty.

Think about this a minute: the EUnuchs specifically aiding a terrorist movement to get people killed and screw up a whole region to underline the need for its own mediating role.  And to give it a reason to push for a multinational force- mostly made up of and controlled by guess who?- in the region...

And just who is this right-wing nut Schroeder?
MP Schroeder, a twenty-five-year-old former member of the German Green Party, began her political career protesting the war in Kosovo and denouncing globalization. A year ago, MP Schroeder set her sights on an issue long avoided by members of the radical Left - the diverting of some of the 250 million in annual aid for the Arabs of Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza) to corrupt officials and terrorist groups bent on Israel's destruction.
So trying to paint her as a conservative/libertarian rightist won't exactly work.  Though I'm sure some will try.

Clearing some tabs

Yeah, you spend enough time telling women who don't feel victimized they're victims, and telling them their fathers/brothers/husbands/sons are rapists just awaiting the chance, they're going to tell you you're full of shit.  And they'll be right.

'Pick a Spot' vs. 'Center of Mass'

The People's Republic of MA: where the cops ought to just start wearing STASI patches and get it over with.

Is ATF corrupt and biased?  Yes.  Next question.

They keep screwing with how they'll define 'terrorist' so they can add more people to the list.

I'm now going back outside, and if I don't start melting I'm going to do some stuff and take some more pictures for the next 'making' post.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I just realized I forgot to pass along the data dump last night

Blame it on heat & tired.  This was a rather large one, too, so here 'tis

She doesn't think Obama's President, she thinks he's

Head of the Supreme Soviet or something.
Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors.

"You don't have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government," Norton said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.
You'll notice that Cummings says he agrees; these people really miss having the Soviet Union to worship, don't they?

I stopped buying Levis when they got too fashionable and expensive, and when I learned they were donating money to anti-rights causes; apparently the head of the company is stupid on top of that.

Or he thinks they're only bought by hipsters who never get sweaty doing work, or something.

Good, because this theft under color of law needs to be stopped

Sen. Rand Paul yesterday introduced S. 2644, the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) Act, which would protect the rights of citizens and restore the Fifth Amendment’s role in seizing property without due process of law. Under current law, law enforcement agencies may take property suspected of involvement in crime without ever charging, let alone convicting, the property owner. In addition, state agencies routinely use federal asset forfeiture laws; ignoring state regulations to confiscate and receive financial proceeds from forfeited property.
The FAIR Act would change federal law and protect the rights of property owners by requiring that the government prove its case with clear and convincing evidence before forfeiting seized property. 
The bill would also require states “to abide by state law when forfeiting seized property.” This is important.  
And so is this:
Which brings us to a final important provision in the bill: It would “would remove the profit incentive for forfeiture by redirecting forfeitures assets from the Attorney General’s Asset Forfeiture Fund to the Treasury’s General Fund.”
This is where a lot of agencies will really scream; they want that money they take with this racket.  Some of them have come to actually depend on it for stuff(say, they want some new cars or radios or computers and either won't ask for an appropriation or can't get it; use asset forfeiture to steal property and sell it for the money).

Which is why this really needs to be done.  Get rid of this crap.  If you can't prove a crime, stop stealing property.

This is a serious civil rights victory

In DC, no less.
In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional. Accordingly, the Court grants Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of D.C. Code § 7-2502.02(a)(4) and enforcing D.C. Code § 22-4504(a) unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.4 Furthermore, this injunction prohibits the District from completely banning the carrying of handguns in public for self-defense by otherwise qualified non-residents based solely on the fact that they are not residents of the District.
Man, the Usual Suspects must be foaming at the mouth.

Take a look at that first sentence: In light of Heller, McDonald and their progeny; it was said right after each that the reverberations would be felt for years.  No kidding.
With this decision in Palmer, the nation’s last explicit ban of the right to bear arms has bitten the dust. Obviously, the carrying of handguns for self-defense can be regulated. Exactly how is a topic of severe and serious debate, and courts should enforce constitutional limitations on such regulation should the government opt to regulate. But totally banning a right literally spelled out in the Bill of Rights isn’t going to fly.
Bloomberg and Schumer and Obama and their subsidiaries are pissed.  Because this makes a lot of what they've been trying to do flatly out of bounds.

If it wouldn't scare the dogs and annoy the neighbors I'd run out and do a happy dance.

Also, Missouri is looking at a measure that would greatly strengthen 2nd Amendment protections.   It passed the Missouri Senate 23 to 8 and the Missouri House 122 to 31, which makes it pretty much veto-proof, I believe.  The anti-rights people are challenging it, of course.

And one more: that Florida law that said doctors can't generally ask patients if they own guns?  Upheld.

The nasty little bastard who set up Obamacare: "Of course it's blackmail,

that's what we're counting on to make this go through!"
But a second speech, this time in the form of audio, surfaced this morning in which he makes the same claims before the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco at around the same time. In it, Gruber actively acknowledges that should if states revolt en masse, they’d bring down the law. But, he said, that he had enough faith in democracy to believe that even the states that didn’t like Obamacare would eventually succumb to the “ultimate threat” that “if your governor doesn’t set up an exchange, you are losing hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits to be delivered to your citizens.”
Gruber's 'faith in democracy': "If we steal enough of your money, and threaten not to give any of it back unless you do what we want, we can make you bow down and obey."

Directly connected: the IRS complicity(we're supposed to trust these bastards on ANYTHING, why?)
And it was entirely political. Democrats needed those subsidies. The party had assumed that dangling subsidies before the states would induce them to set up exchanges. When dozens instead refused, the White House was faced with the prospect that citizens in 36 states—two-thirds of the country—would be exposed to the full cost of ObamaCare’s overpriced insurance. The backlash would have been horrific, potentially forcing Democrats to reopen the law, or even costing President Obama re-election.
The White House viewed it as imperative, therefore, that IRS bureaucrats ignore the law’s text and come up with a politically helpful rule. The evidence shows that career officials at the IRS did indeed do as Treasury Department and Health and Human Services Department officials told them. This, despite the fact that the IRS is supposed to be insulated from political meddling. 
Yet in March 2011, Emily McMahon, the acting assistant secretary for tax policy at the Treasury Department (a political hire), saw a news article that noted a growing legal focus on the meaning of that text. She forwarded it to the working group, which in turn decided to elevate the issue—according to Congress’s report—to “senior IRS and Treasury officials.” The office of the IRS chief counsel—one of two positions appointed by the president—drafted a memo telling the group that it should read the text to mean that everyone, in every exchange, got subsidies. At some point between March 10 and March 15, 2011, the reference to “Exchanges established by the State” disappeared from the draft rule.

Emails viewed by congressional investigators nonetheless showed that Treasury and the IRS remained worried they were breaking the law. An email exchange between Treasury employees in the spring of 2011 expressed concern that they had no statutory authority to deem a federally run exchange the equivalent of a state-run exchange.
But they followed orders anyway.  And, as I recall, they found that the chief counsel was in the loop of 'Screw with the conservatives' actions by the IRS.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A couple of knives, beginning to end

I'd mentioned making some kitchen knives for the offspring & wife.  I got the big one done in time for them to take back with them, but the smaller, no.  So thought I'd go over how I'm making them*

I'm starting with a flat piece of O1 tool steel, 2" wide and 1/8" thick. 

 Use the hacksaw to cut an appropriate piece.
 Mark the point(a bit oversize), and the tang(where the grips go),
 and cut them, leaving the rough blank.
 Go to the grinder and clean up the profile.

Here I had taken it to the anvil to straighten, as it had a bit of curve in it.  Then I hit it with the belt sander to clean up the sides a bit.  Which could've been done on the grinder as well.
 Next step, grind** the edge area to a little over 1/16" thick. 

I work back from there, grinding material off, cutting deeper toward the edge, on both sides.  Light pressure, and keep it even.  Keep a bucket of water handy so you can cool it off when it gets uncomfortably hot.  In this case, the steel being in an annealed state, you can't mess up the hardness by getting it too hot, but you can burn the crap out of yourself.

When it looks pretty even on both sides,
 make sure the face of the grinding wheel is even, and work it lengthwise.
 This lets you see if you have any high or low spots to deal with, also if you need to change your angle a bit.  I'm grinding this so it's a straight taper from back to edge, so if I do this step and find the bevel is a bit off, I can correct that. You can make the bevel run from the back, partway down, wherever you choose for the blade shape/size/steel you're using.
 When that's done and all looks even, I go to the belt sander.  This is a 6x48" model with a 9" disc on one side(same one I used in crowning that barrel).  Keep that water handy, and start with a coarse belt(in this case 80 grit).  Work both sides, and clean up the marks from the grindstone.

You can also clean up the profile now.  When you have all the coarser marks gone, go to a finer belt. 
Note: they make a eraser-type block to clean the dust out of the grit, I highly recommend it.  I used to have a tube of a belt lubricant as well, you used it on the belt before you started cutting and it helped keep the grit from clogging.  Wish had some of it left.

Work each grit at a slightly different angle, which makes it easier to be sure you got rid of all the previous scratches.  And make sure the tang is flat as well.

A word on belts, this size or any other: locally I can find 80, 100, 120 and 180 grit.  If ordering, I can get anything from VERY coarse(as in 36) up to 400 grit.  If I were working on something I wanted a very fine finish on, I'd get a selection up to 400, then use buffing wheels for a higher polish.

But not right now.  We'll be going to the forge to harden these blades, and taking it beyond 180-200 would be a waste.  Much like polishing a gun you're going to rust-blue beyond, say, 320.

One more note here: the steel is as soft as it's ever going to be, so get the profile cleaned up and the bevels correct now.

Here's my forge.
  It's an old Champion portable, cast-iron bed and a hand-crank blower(I did have a bigger forge, different design; it gave up not long after I had to stop forging).  I used to use coal for the fuel(more heat per pound), and I still have a five-gallon bucket left, but to keep the smoke down here, since it's now available, I'm using charcoal.

NOT briquets.  They make those by grinding the charcoal to dust and mixing it with a binder, usually clay, wetting it and forming it into those nice, uniform pieces.  But the binder generates a LOT of ash, and causes it to spit badly when you start pushing air through.  Now, happily, raw charcoal is easily available, so I'm using that.

This odd-looking piece is for heating longer blades than these; piece of iron pipe cut in two with a bunch of holes drilled through.  Allows you to have a longer, narrower fire when needed.  In this case did not use it, blades not that long.  Do note that you need to either use a piece of brick or something to block the ends so the air doesn't all take the easy way out.
 I use some fire bricks to form a narrow channel(Yes, I forgot to take it out for the pic). 

A barbeque fire chimney works nicely to light it,

just let it sit until the coal is all burning, then dump it into the firebed.

This is my quenching trough.  Since these are small blades I'll prop one end up and just use the other end, that'll be plenty of oil.  As the fire is burning in, I'll stick a piece of heavy steel in- in this case a railroad spike- to heat, then I'll drop it into the oil to warm it.  Warm oil flows more easily, and gives a more even quench.  And if it's cool or cold outside, that'll also mean a bit less thermal shock to the steel.

As to the oil, more years ago than I care to remember I dug around and found a industrial oils company in Tulsa(they're still there) and called them.  They put me through to a salesman who listened to what I was doing and suggested a light quench oil, and sold me a five-gallon bucket.  I've still got about half, and if it hadn't been for some spills there'd be more; it doesn't wear out, just cap it tightly when not using it to keep moisture out.

When the fire is ready, what I do is put the blade in back down for a couple of minutes,
with low air blast, to warm the piece slowly.  That does two things:
I can pull it out and see if the blade warped any as it heated(and can straighten it now), and
I think it acts as a stress-relief heat.

Then it'll go in edge down. 
Low air blast at first and move it back & forth to heat it evenly, then stronger air when you're ready to bring it up to critical temperature.

You don't have to get the whole blade up to critical temperature, I like to get the area from the edge back to the line
up to full heat.  Keep it moving to keep the heat even, get it to that shadowless red I wrote about before, then into the oil, edge down.
Why only that part of the blade?  It's called differential hardening: the part that does the cutting, both now and as it wears down over time with sharpening***, is fully hardened, and the area behind that, since it's below critical temperature, will harden some, but not completely; more of a spring hardness.  I started doing that quite a while back, and especially for big blades and need to be able to take the shock of heavy cutting and chopping, it works beautifully.

You can get some of the same effect from getting the whole blade up to heat, but only lowering the 2/3 to 3/4 of the blade from the edge back into the oil; the rest will cool much more slowly and not fully harden.

I do two quenches.  While the first blade is cooling, I heat and harden the second.  By the time that's done I can look the first over, see if it warped and needs straightening.  If all's well, back to the fire with the same procedure as the first time, then same with the second blade.

This is out of the oil and cooled. 

No, no pictures of the heating and hardening, I'm not going to try to do those things and juggle a camera. 

Once cooled, or if you're impatient after it's been in the oil at least 30 seconds(preferably a minute), check the edge area with a sharp, fine file; set one side of the blade on something to steady it and slide the file across.  In the case of good medium and high-carbon steels, if they fully hardened the file will slide right off, doing nothing more than cleaning the surface a bit.  With a medium-carbon steel it might be more of a sensation of the file almost biting.  If the file actually bites, you didn't get it quite up to full critical temperature and it'll have to be heated and quenched again.

Wash the pieces thoroughly to get rid of the oil, then into the oven at 400F**** with a wire rack to keep them edge up.  They're also sitting on either a cookie sheet or baking stone(another reason to do a good job washing) to even out the heat.   At this point, remember: those hardened blades are hard.  Brittle hard.  Drop them on a hard surface and they may well crack.   So handle them carefully.

Leave them in for an hour, then pull out and let air cool.  At this point I'll take them to the belt sander and shine them up, then back into the oven.  Yes, I could do this before the first tempering heat, but remember that part about brittle?  I'm more comfortable doing this after the first heat.

Another hour in the oven, this time at 425F, then let them cool and look at the color.  With this steel and for this purpose, I like a medium-bronze color, which corresponds to a tempering heat of 425, if you cleaned all the oil off and have a shiny surface to start with.  Hard enough to hold an edge quite well, not so hard that you'll chip the edge hitting a bone or something.  After it's cool, back in the oven for one more hour, at the end of which turn the oven off and leave them to cool inside.  In this weather, and tired as I am, that means I'll start the finish grinding, drilling for pins and polishing tomorrow.  Which will be another post.

Just to cover everything, while the blades were cooling I scooped the remaining charcoal out and into the water bucket, poured the oil back into its bucket, and generally cleaned-up and put-away.

You DO have a water bucket around while doing stuff like this, don't you?  Uses are wide, from putting out the charcoal afterward, to 'Guess I better put that grass out', to "OW!  HOTHOTHOT!"

*Because I didn't think to do this on the big one.
**You can do the whole thing on a belt grinder.  I like to do the heavy work on the wheel, and save the belts for flat-grinding and polishing; they're not cheap.
***Use good steel and heat-treat it right, it'll last longer than you'll live before it gets past the hardened area.
****I know this steel, the second temper will be at a higher heat but I like to start here with O1.

Getting hot now, and after the last couple of days

I don't want to push it.  Therefore, I will sit here a bit and stir dissension 'mongst the populace.

Like pointing out that actually saying or doing anything here would've offended the third-world shithole of Sudan.  Therefore, better these people suffer than President Lightbringer speak up.

As son & wife were driving down the road the other day, saw this and got a picture

It had Oklahoma Highway Patrol stickers on it; I guess they decided the Tac Teams needed a super-tactical vehicle to carry all their tactical gear.

The DC Police at work: "Let's talk people into committing a crime so we can arrest them!"  Seems there are easier and more ethical ways to work, like arresting journalists and politicians who break gun laws.

I wish the story had the name or picture of this fine federal agent; they we could give him the fame he truly deserves.

What 'herd immunity' actually means.  And why we're in such trouble.

Yeah, a Carrington Event-level storm hitting would be bad.  Very.

How screwed-up was the response to the Navy Yard shooting?  This screwed-up.

Progressives and 'feminists' make up shit, and Huffpo prints it.  Gets called on it.

For a serving general officer to come out and say this... let's say he must have REALLY strong feelings on the matter.

I'm going to be in the garage and yard

getting some stuff done before it heats up.  Go play somewhere else for a while.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


I get the situation.  Got the guy pulled over, and he's non-responsive.  In any way.  Had to break a window to get in, got it.  But damn,...
The Reserve Deputy Troy Cline, whom KCCI said is a volunteer with the sheriff’s department, is then seen accidentally firing his weapon into the passenger side door as he was reholstering it. No one was injured, the station reported.

Cline’s action was “completely unintentional” and “definitely wasn’t something he meant to do,” Abens said.
I bet.  Also bet he damn near wet his pants when it went off.

Remember Lawdog's solution to the UN infestation?

Since I like to copper my bets, I'd draw an advance on my first months paycheck, buy a truckload of dynamite and order the Commandant of the Marine Corp to de-infestate the UN building.

While the Marines are chucking UN politicos off the pier, I'd be personally setting charges in the UN basement.

At lunchtime, I'd have a cheeseburger and fries and watch the UN building go up like a Roman candle.
Sounds more and more like the right way to deal with it.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman decreed in a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday that not only were rockets found in UNRWA schools in Gaza, but also that UNRWA then turned them over to Hamas, rather than to Israel.

UNRWA admitted itself on two different occasions since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge began 16 days ago that they discovered rockets in their facilities.
Hints of the radicalism that pertained in the camps were provided by 1997, if not sooner, with reports such as that of the Washington Jewish Week. vii This included photographs of UNRWA schools decorated with Hamas and PFLP graffiti, and a map of “Palestine” that ran from the Jordan to the Mediterranean and was covered with pictures of machine guns. It is doubtful that anyone was paying attention back then.

Broad scale exposure came in the spring of 2002. In response to the terrorism emanating from UNRWA refugee camps in Judea and Samaria as part of the “Second Intifada,” Israel launched “Operation Defensive Shield.” At that time, the IDF went into the camps and laid bare the facts regarding the refugees’ connection to terrorism.

Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador to the UN, was in Jenin in April 2002 as a consultant to the IDF and himself witnessed presence of shahid (martyr) posters on the walls in the homes of UNRWA workers. “It was clear,” he said “that UNRWA workers were doubling as Hamas operatives.’”

In other news, son & daughter-in-law are on their way back.  As their wedding present I'd wanted to make them a couple of good kitchen knives, and did get the chef's knife finished so they could take it back.  The smaller ones, still working on.  Taking some pictures of the process, and I'll post them when it's all done.

In this case, it's pure stock-removal, also known as 'grinding and sawing'.  As in "Use a hacksaw to rough the shape, then grind the rest of the way."  Definitely works, but I miss forging.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Former vegan notes that meat and such has good points;

usual suspects pissed off.  General run of comments: "You're full of crap, and you weren't a REAL vegan or you'd still be one!"

"You teabaggers can't fight the government(Oh dear Lenin, look how many guns they have!)!"

If this idiot had almost any other family name, he'd be looked on as the idiot he is.

Maybe when he said 'Most transparent administration EVER!', Obama meant "Your private life is the most transparent to us"?

Standard leftist bullshit: "We must have fairness in the numbers of kids admitted to these schools(no matter how many get screwed by our idea of 'fairness')!"

Gov. Howler is a very corrupt bastard:
...It was barely two months old when its investigators, hunting for violations of campaign-finance laws, issued a subpoena to a media-buying firm that had placed millions of dollars’ worth of advertisements for the New York State Democratic Party.

The investigators did not realize that the firm, Buying Time, also counted Mr. Cuomo among its clients, having bought the airtime for his campaign when he ran for governor in 2010. ...
Word that the subpoena had been served quickly reached Mr. Cuomo’s most senior aide, Lawrence S. Schwartz. He called one of the commission’s three co-chairs, William J. Fitzpatrick, the district attorney in Syracuse. “This is wrong,” Mr. Schwartz said, according to Mr. Fitzpatrick, whose account was corroborated by three other people told about the call at the time. He said the firm worked for the governor, and issued a simple directive: “Pull it back.” The subpoena was swiftly withdrawn. The panel’s chief investigator explained why in an email to the two other co-chairs later that afternoon. “They apparently produced ads for the governor,” she wrote.

Speaking of windmills,
A surprinsingly large number of wind turbines are involved in accidents around the world. Most of them are blades falling off, turbines collapsing, or nacelles burning down to a skeleton (400 - 800 litres of burning oil are not easy to extinguish, especially as firemen rarely have ladders long enough for these >100-meter long contraptions). Some human deaths have been reported.

A record is being kept at Caithness Windfarm Information Forum.

Some bush and forest fires have been caused by wind turbines, but such news have never surfaced, or have rapidly disappeared from the radar screen.

And last, it's nice when the communists admit what they are.  Watermelons, indeed.

Why do they hate the planet so much?

Windmill pushers, that is.
Wind turbines may catch on fire ten times more often than is publicly reported, putting nearby properties at risk and casting doubt on their green credentials, researchers have warned.
It points out that the wind industry body, Renewable UK, has admitted there were 1,500 wind farm accidents and incidents in the UK alone between 2006 and 2010 - while just 142 individual accidents in the UK were documented in CWIF’s database over the same period.

This implies that less than 10pc of incidents are publicly reported.

Dr Guillermo Rein, of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial, said: “Fires are a problem for the industry, impacting on energy production, economic output and emitting toxic fumes. This could cast a shadow over the industry's green credentials. Worryingly our report shows that fire may be a bigger problem than what is currently reported.”

Yeah, the leftists don't like talking about this part of history

Or anyone else talking about it.  Doesn't fit the Preferred Narrative™, y'know.
Chinn was a black man in Canton, Mississippi, who in the 1960s owned a farm, a rhythm and blues nightclub, a bootlegging operation, and a large collection of pistols, rifles, and shotguns with which he threatened local Klansmen and police when they attempted to encroach on his businesses or intimidate civil rights activists working to desegregate Canton and register black residents to vote. After one confrontation, in which a pistol-packing Chinn forced the notoriously racist and brutal local sheriff to stand down inside the county courthouse during a hearing for a civil rights worker, the lawman admitted, "There are only two bad sons of bitches in this county: me and that nigger C.O. Chinn."

Although the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) were formally committed to nonviolence, when their volunteers showed up in Canton they happily received protection from Chinn and the militia of armed black men he managed. "Every white man in that town knew you didn't fuck with C.O. Chinn," remembered a CORE activist. "He'd kick your natural ass." Consequently, Chinn's Club Desire offered a safe haven for black performers such as B.B. King, James Brown, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, and the Platters; illegal liquor flowed freely in the county; and, unlike their comrades in much of Mississippi, CORE and SNCC activists in Canton were able to register thousands of black voters with virtual impunity from segregationist violence.

Ah, People's Repubic of Maryland, how many jobs

and how much tax revenue have you run out of the state with your anti-rights bullshit?
“During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world.  While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State,” stated Jeff Cooper, General Manager for Beretta U.S.A. Corp.

“While we had originally planned to use the Tennessee facility for new equipment and for production of new product lines only, we have decided that it is more prudent from the point of view of our future welfare to move the Maryland production lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility,” Cooper added.
I'm sure the governor and his little socialist friends will dismiss this as 'no big deal'.  Except. of course, for the people losing jobs, and the paychecks and tax money going to another state.

Make a business unhappy, threaten their future, and they'll go somewhere else; wonderful thing, isn't it?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Californicated Highway Patrol; WONDERFUL bunch of professionals,

aren't they?
After the unnamed officer's fists were finished ensuring her safety, the CHP sent the woman to a mental health facility and refused to allow her family to see her. The video surfaced shortly thereafter, forcing the CHP to make further statements about how "physically combative" the woman was, as well as expressing its utmost desire to find a way out of this to see justice done.
"We're looking at every possibility, every fact, every circumstance that have contributed to this situation, and we're going to try to come to a just conclusion," Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Chris O'Quinn said at a news conference on Friday.
"Just," in this context, seems to actually mean "exonerating." The investigation continues, apparently, albeit in unexpected (and terrible) directions.
California Highway Patrol investigators have seized the medical records of a woman seen on video being repeatedly punched by one of its officers on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

Chris Arevalo, executive administrator for psychiatric services at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, confirmed that the CHP served the search warrant Tuesday for Marlene Pinnock's records.
A couple of their clowns with badges beat the crap out of an older lady in NO, now this one does this, and they cover-up/defend both.  And pull these games. 


Miguel did a post on DDT

Which led to upset and butthurt.  Which led to this:
Wonderful people, aren't they?  "If you're worried about malaria, pack up and move.  Whether you can or not.  If you can't move, better you die than we use the eeevillle DDT to save you and your kids."