Saturday, February 23, 2008

That brownie

does have a nasty sense of humor.

After I got home from work I spent another fifteen minutes(approximately) looking again for that firing pin stop. Flashlight and magnet both again. No joy.

Little while ago I went to a nearby mall for a bit so I could walk around without freezing my nose, came back and decided to walk to the liquor store for a bottle of something relaxing. Just before heading to the door I grabbed the Surefire and took another look. Here, there, over there where it couldn't possibly have bounced, nothing. Glanced down by an ammo box.

Understand something: the pile of stuff there, wasn't there yesterday evening. I'd picked every bit of that stuff up, checked them individually to see that it wasn't hung up/stuck on anything, then piled it up by the door while I searched, INCLUDING sweeping the area with the magnet broom my daughter gave me a couple of years ago. Then, after all that, picked the stuff up and set it near an ammo box(that had been moved and searched on/around/under). During the search after I got home had looked there and swung the broom over the spot. Again.

And I saw, as I glanced down, a shine. Which was the freshly filed part of the stop, laying ON TOP OF a piece of cord in the pile THAT HAD BEEN PICKED UP A PIECE AT A TIME AND MOVED. TWICE.

I can't remember, what's supposed to be a bribe for good behavior for the little buggers?

Well, at least he has decent timing on it. The Brownell's site was up and I'd marked a replacement, and was going to see if there was anything else I needed to order.

And it only took about twenty light file strokes on each side to finish fitting it(I'd gotten the thickness done yesterday).

Friday, February 22, 2008

Right now, I'm about as frustrated as I can get

EGW oversize firing pin stop came in a couple of days ago, and I finally had time to sit down to fit it. Had it about halfway done. Made a couple of file strokes, blew it off, stood up to stretch and gave it a swipe on my jeans. It slipped.

I have spent the last 45 minutes, first with a flashlight, then with a magnet, then the light again. I've gone over the whole floor, I've moved things it couldn't physically have gotten to/behind, and I've gone over the floor by braille. I've shaken out shoes and the pockets of the jacket I was wearing- yes, even the off-side. And it's not to be found.

Seeing as how I cannot see God deciding to take an interest in my patience and making it go away(any deity, for that matter, even a drunk Irish one) to test my limits, I'm going with what my daughter once suggested: there's a brownie in the house, and it's either got a bad sense of humor or it's pissed at me.

No, I have not been drinking.


Word from the son

Reasons #23 and #172 why we don't want Obama

in the Oval Office.

I've mentioned before that I generally don't watch the Presidential 'debates' because I consider most of what comes out to be a very low grade of fertilizer. So I didn't hear about the bullcrap from Obama until today. Good overall of the mess over at QandO:
And then we have the "capturing Taliban weapons" for resupply bit. Uh, really? So we have half a platoon commanded by a captain on its own in Afghanistan without enough humvees, weapons and ammo having to capture weapons from the bad guys in order to fight?

Whoa, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Rambo are jealous. And that's pretty much the realm in which this story or "anecdote" belongs.

But again, he didn't know enough about it to know that
And so forth. McQ points out the big thing about this(aside from telling this in the first place) is that neither Obama or anybody on his staff either knew enough about the military to catch the bullcrap, or didn't bother to, you know, check it out. Not a good thing in someone who says he's ready to lead us into Change.

Second thing, this story about some of Obama's contacts/supporters, including a couple of domestic terrorists.
In 1995, State Senator Alice Palmer introduced her chosen successor, Barack Obama, to a few of the district’s influential liberals at the home of two well known figures on the local left: William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

While Ayers and Dohrn may be thought of in Hyde Park as local activists, they’re better known nationally as two of the most notorious — and unrepentant — figures from the violent fringe of the 1960s anti-war movement.

Oh, they're just activists; that bombing thing is just so yesterday.

Obama’s connections to Ayers and Dorhn have been noted in some fleeting news coverage in the past. But the visit by Obama to their home — part of a campaign courtship — reflects more extensive interaction than has been previously reported.

Neither Ayers nor the Obama campaign would describe the relationship between the two men. Dr. Young described Obama and Ayers as “friends,” but there’s no evidence their relationship is more than the casual friendship of two men who occupy overlapping Chicago political circles and who served together on the board of a Chicago foundation.

And as to the local political circles:
The relationship with Ayers gives context to his recent past in Hyde Park politics. It’s milieu in which a former violent radical was a stalwart of the local scene, not especially controversial.

It’s also a scene whose liberal ideological features — while taken for granted by the Chicago press corps that knows Obama best — provides a jarring contrast with Obama’s current, anti-ideological stance. This contrast between past and present — not least the Ayers connection — is virtually certain to be a subject Republican operatives will warm to if Obama is the Democratic nominee.
Though he is a respected figure in liberal educational circles, Ayers wrote recently about how in 2006 he was informed he was persona non grata at a progressive educators’ conference in the summer of 2006.
“We cannot risk a simplistic and dubious association between progressive education and the violent aspects of your past,” he quoted the conference organizers, whom he described as friends, as writing to him.
Don't you just love that? Their only problem with a terrorist- who's proud of it- showing up is "Someone might make troubling connections between you blowing things up and our progressive agenda."
But the couple has been embraced, by and large, in the liberal circles dominating Hyde Park politics.
Others are less inclined to even consider forgiveness.

“Ayers was a terrorist. Bernardine Dohrn was a terrorist. Ayers has never offered one word of apology — he glories in it, thinks it’s terrific. And that to me is not what I would call acceptable or mainstream behavior,” said Dan Polsby, a former law professor at Northwestern who is now dean of George Mason University Law School. “If Obama takes a different view on that — well, OK, that’s data about Obama.”
It damn sure does.
He described Ayers as “a professor of education at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a former aide to Mayor Richard J. Daley,” referring to printed reports that he had “advised” Daley on school reform.
Geez, no wonder the schools are so screwed up.
As Bloomberg News reported recently, Obama and Ayers have crossed paths repeatedly in the last decade. In 1997, Obama cited Ayers’ critique of the juvenile justice system in a Chicago Tribune article on what prominent Chicagoans were reading. He and Ayers served together on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago for three years starting in 1999. In 2001, Ayers also gave $200 to Obama’s state Senate reelection campaign.

Many details of the 1995 meeting are shrouded by time and by Obama’s and Ayers’ refusals to discuss it.
Personally, this seems to have far too much contact between them for this to be a "We just ran into each other occasionally" excuse to fly. I'll end with this on Obama:
They, like others in his old Chicago world, now consider him a bit too “conservative” for their liking, as Warren wrote recently.

Ackerman, the Hyde Park activist, complained of his votes for continued funding for the Iraq war.

“A lot of people were very angry when he voted to fund the war,” he said. “But any candidate running for president is going to strive for broader appeal and move more to the center — I don’t believe that Barack has departed from his basic principles.”

Dr. Young said, however, that he isn’t supporting either of the leading presidential candidates because he is a single-issue voter, and the issue is single-payer health care.

He said he was disappointed that Obama is “equivocating” on his support for single-payer health care, after saying in the past that he supported it. But he said Obama’s style — “cautious, deliberate, defensive” — was also familiar from the senator’s Hyde Park days.

Translation: Obama will say whatever he thinks will get the most votes, which means his word is no damn good. Much like Al Gore, he'll do damn near anything to get into that office.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Why people like Val must want to chew nails at times

is pretty well covered by this post over at Winds of Change commenting on a piece of casto tongue-bathing:
You know that whole thing about the values of the Left having eroded into simple anti-Western Imperialism? There may be something to that, you know...

...and that's a Left I'm happy never to have been a part of, and never to be a part of. If the price of universal literacy is prison camps for writers, count me out. If the price of "decent standards of health care" is lavish living for the Party cadres and grinding poverty for everyone else, count me out. If the price of resisting apartheid is brutalizing and murdering your own citizenry - in essence creating a contest between two brutally repressive governments - count me out.

How, exactly, does Bertram keep any claim to moral authority after writing this?

The piece they quote is bad enough; go through the comments and get a taste of real, live, idiot-level leftist thought, including this:
...And while you guys like to point out and overemphasize the blinders you think "liberals" have concerning Cuba and communism (if you can even call the USSR at any point a communist country except nominally)you might want to check your own blinders. While at least the Cubans gave a shit about apartheid, what was the US doing?..
You really need to check it out, and a couple of supporting comments. Castro wasn't trying to help communists take over countries in Africa, he was nobly resisting apartheid. All that stuff that's been recorded about the appalling state of 'health care' in Cuba for all but communist party members and rich foreigners? Lies, all of it. Etc. Oh, and do note that the USSR wasn't EVER REALLY a communist country.

I'd say those people have their head up their ass, but even in that much crap they'd have to have some contact with reality. And the one clown quoting Kofi Annan as a great authority on right and wrong... I wonder if he even has contact with oxygen.

In another of the series of "Troops the major media

will never tell you about", also known as 'Guys who need a prescription jockstrap to carry that weight', I found this at the Emperor's place:
Staff Sgt. Covel moved under fire to a rooftop forward of the safe house and settled into his battle station, alone except for one still anonymous SF operator who provided security for him.

“I set up my radios and requested air support,” he said. “I figured that if I was in front, then all of my guys would be behind me – so there wouldn’t be the risk of them being hit by our planes.”
“I don’t feel that I did anything different than anyone else in that same situation would have done. Any of the other guys who do my job would have done the same thing.” Staff Sgt. Covel said.

Apparently the Green Berets, who Covel spent 36 hours exposed in his “own little corner of hell” protecting with his airstrikes, were slightly more impressed. They were the ones who submitted him for the decoration.

Go. Read. Brave men and lots of dead jihadis.

In another of the series of

Imagine the cops setting up metal detectors on the street-

all for your own good, of course. But if you're in (formerly)Great Britain, you don't have to imagine it:
High-profile plans to tackle knife crime with airport-style scanners have been called into question after it emerged that each police force will be given just two of the new metal detectors.

The Home Office's proposal for the scanners was thrown further into doubt when the police officer in charge of the plan urged pubs and clubs to buy them themselves.

Yeah, the gummint won't pay for enough to keep you peasants in line people safe, so we want the pub to do it for us. All for their own good, of course.

There were also concerns it might be difficult to force people to walk through the scanners on the street if they did not want to, because of stop and search rules which require them to fill out a consent form first.
"The peasants don't have to just do it when ordered, damn their eyes!"

Further down we find this bit if intelligent thought:
Jan Berry, the chairman of the Police Federation which represents rank and file officers, said the proposals were "nothing more than sticking plaster solutions that do nothing to actually address the root of the problem, and the growing lawlessness and loutish behaviour we are experiencing on the streets".
which is encouraging. Except that it's followed by this:
David Davis, the Shadow Home Secretary, said: "We called for this in 2004 and, despite ample opportunity and repeated promises by the Government, all we have for years on now is 500 machines.

"That is just a drop in the ocean compared with the thousands of schools, pubs, clubs and other target premises where possession of knives lead to violent crime."

No, you socialist jackass, knives do NOT 'lead to violent crime'; thugs and people with no concern for the lives of others do. Here we see the continuance of the real problem in this approach: blaming objects for what people do. Knives can't 'lead' to anything, any more than guns or cars or tire irons do, but it's so much easier and more politically correct for you to blame objects than to actually hold the bad guys responsible. You friggin' idiots.

I wrote once about one of the most heart-wrenching things I've ever seen, a 14-year-old kid who'd just been grabbed for murder. His first offense and arrest- theft- had happened when he was 9, and he got a nasty talking to. Every step from there, from theft to damaging property to assault, etc., all he ever got was a slap on the hand and probation. Now he was 14 and had murdered someone, and the judge had just informed him he'd be certified as an adult for trial, which meant life in prison if convicted. Two deputies were having to carry the little bastard out of court, he was screaming in flat terror, and I think may have lost control of his bladder because he was actually going to be held to account and it had never happened before. He was scared to death, and rightly so. But due to his never having had a severe kick in the ass, or ANY real penalty before from parent/s or government, no matter what he did(because he's only a CHILD, you heartless pig, how can you punish him?!?) he'd never seen any downside to his actions. Until it finally caught up to him. So people had been injured and finally killed by him, his life was screwed, and a lot of the people responsible for this occurring were bitching and whining racism and 'nobody cares' and all the other bullshit.

Mr. Shadow Home Secretary, start dealing with the bad people, and start teaching kids that there are rules- real ones, not PC bullcrap ones- and penalties for breaking them; you'll be amazed what a difference it'll make.

First they drive people to drink,

and then that costs too much.
The price of a cup of tea is forecast to reach a record high while the cost of a pint of beer could soon hit £4, industry experts warned yesterday.

Shortages of tea from Kenya - currently in the grip of post-election political turmoil - and soaring malted barley prices are behind the increases.

I just looked it up, £4 works out to $15.54 $7.77*a pint. No wonder the Englishman(found this at his place) and Mr. Free Market tend to be pissed off about things.

Last time I bought a six-pack of Sam Adams it was $7, if that went the same as the above it'd go to... WAY too damn much.

*Roger pointed out the currency converter I originally used is screwed. By a considerable margin.

I feel like a roundup,

having been running 'round in circles too much to do anything noteworthy of my own.

Q and O notes a slight problem with the Goreacle's "The ice caps are MELTING!!!" line:
Satellite data shows that concerns over the levels of sea ice may have been premature.

It was feared that the polar caps were vanishing because of the effects of global warming.

But figures from the respected US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that almost all the “lost” ice has come back.

Ice levels which had shrunk from 13million sq km in January 2007 to just four million in October, are almost back to their original levels.

Figures show that there is nearly a third more ice in Antarctica than is usual for the time of year.
Etc. Gee, you'd think the climate does what it does without any concern for us humans. Not even the Enlightened Onces who say they know what it'll do.

Q&O also notes another slight difficulty in the marvelous British National Health System:
Seriously ill patients are being kept in ambulances outside hospitals for hours so NHS trusts do not miss Government targets.

Thousands of people a year are having to wait outside accident and emergency departments because trusts will not let them in until they can treat them within four hours, in line with a Labour pledge.

The hold-ups mean ambulances are not available to answer fresh 999 calls.

Doctors warned last night that the practice of "patient-stacking" was putting patients' health at risk.

Gee, you think maybe? But, of course, it'll all magically work once they try it here. They keep telling us.

If you haven't heard about castro 'retiring', you're even more out of the loop than I am. Babalu Blog dug up this from CNN about how the talking heads should speak of castro:
Some points on Castro – for adding to our anchor reads/reporting:

* Please say in our reporting that Castro stepped down in a letter he wrote to Granma (the communist party daily), as opposed to in a letter attributed to Fidel Castro. We have no reason to doubt he wrote his resignation letter, he has penned numerous articles over the past year and a half.

* Please note Fidel did bring social reforms to Cuba – namely free education and universal health care, and racial integration. in addition to being criticized for oppressing human rights and freedom of speech.

* Also the Cuban government blames a lot of Cuba’s economic problems on the US embargo, and while that has caused some difficulties, (far less so than the collapse of the Soviet Union) the bulk of Cuba’s economic problems are due to Cuba’s failed economic polices. Some analysts would say the US embargo was a benefit to Castro politically – something to blame problems on, by what the Cubans call “the imperialist,” meddling in their affairs.

* While despised by some, he is seen as a revolutionary hero, especially with leftist in Latin America, for standing up to the United States.

Any questions, please call the international desk.

Considering what I've read of how black Cubans are treated by the government, the 'racial integration' crap is amazing; but this is CNN, after all. What's really surprising to me in this is the accurate note of the SU collapse and castro's own policies being what really screwed up the economy; kind of amazing they'd actually make note of that, considering all the past slobbering over him and blaming of the US for all problems. They never seemed before to note that since, as they kept noting 'the rest of the world trades with Cuba', how can our embargo be the cause of all the damn trouble?

Next, Mark Steyn has a question: what would it take to alarm you?
The question then arises: fair enough, guys, what would it take to alarm you? The other day, in a characteristically clotted speech followed by a rather more careless BBC interview, the Archbishop of Canterbury said that it was dangerous to have one law for everyone and that the introduction of sharia — Islamic law — to the United Kingdom was "inevitable." No alarm bells going off yet? Can't say I blame you. After all, de facto creeping sharia is well established in the Western world. Last week, the British and Ontario governments confirmed within days of each other that thousands of polygamous men in their jurisdictions receive welfare payments for each of their wives. Still no alarm bells? I see female Muslim medical students in British hospitals are refusing to comply with hygiene procedures on the grounds that scrubbing requires them to bare their arms, which is un-Islamic. Would it be alarmist to bring that up — say, the day before your operation?
The other night at dinner, I found myself sitting next to a Middle Eastern Muslim lady of a certain age. And the conversation went as it often does when you're with Muslim women who were at college in the sixties, seventies or eighties. In this case, my dining companion had just been at a conference on "women's issues," of which there are many in the Muslim world, and she was struck by the phrase used by the "moderate Muslim" chair of the meeting: "authentic women" — by which she meant women wearing hijabs. And my friend pointed out that when she and her unveiled pals had been in their 20s they were the "authentic women": the covering routine was for old village biddies, the Islamic equivalent of gnarled Russian babushkas. It would never have occurred to her that the assumptions of her generation would prove to be off by 180 degrees — that in middle age she would see young Muslim women wearing a garb largely alien to their tradition not just in the Middle East but in Brussels and London and Montreal. If you had said to her in 1968 that Westernized Muslim women working in British hospitals in the early 21st century would reject modern hygiene because it required them to bare their arms, she would have scoffed with the certainty of one who assumes that history moves in only one direction.

Michelle Malkin notes the Iranian and Palistinian version of multiculturalism:
“We, representatives of the honorable Iranian nation, condemn this devil measure. We ask the president … to seriously review Iran’s political and trade ties with these countries,” the lawmakers said in the letter.

In the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, a leader of a militants’ umbrella group called on Muslim faithful to attack Danish embassies and diplomats.

“Blow up the Danish embassies and kill the ambassadors,” Abu Abir, spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), said at an open-air news conference in a Gaza square, where PRC members burnt a Danish flag.

“We urge (Islamist fighters) to track down those who printed the cartoons, those who drew them and those who published them and slaughter them immediately,” he said.

Danish police arrested two Tunisians and a Dane of Moroccan descent last Tuesday, accusing them of planning to kill a cartoonist who drew one of the images.

Multi-culti in these places meaning "Kill anyone who says or writes or does anything that upsets up. And be sure to say it makes us a victim!"

The EU decides "Fireworks bad. Unless we control everything, of course."
Firework displays from the largest Guy Fawkes Night spectacle to the smallest back-garden show are under threat from European legislation.

A directive already approved by MEPs and EU ministers will force Britain and other member nations to tear up their own safety standards and adopt new regulations by 2010.

Health and safety bureaucrats in Brussels also want to make manufacturers pay for the retesting of tens of thousands of fireworks already considered safe in Britain.

The Line is Here notes PSH stupidity and the return fire here.
Uncle and others have noted the projection of these people, the "I can't be trusted and neither can you!" attitude. Fully in evidence here.

Speaking of Uncle, he notes a goblin-whacking with a happy ending:
Ingram, carrying a .40-caliber handgun, ran to the house and found Fleming attacking the other woman, officials said.

When Fleming tried to attack Ingram, Dunavant said Ingram shot Fleming once.

Tipton County Sheriff’s deputies and Brighton Police officers found Fleming dead on the front porch of the home.

Also noted by Unc is the usual level of 'do it again, but harder!' GFW activity:
After joining the mayor for his annual gun control news conference at police headquarters, State Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago) acknowledged that none of the bills would have prevented Steve Kazmierczak from opening fire on Valentine’s Day afternoon in a crowded NIU lecture hall.

Different point, there's generally only so much crap someone can stand having fall on their head day after day before they either get nasty themselves or give up. Take a look at this example of what Michelle Malkin gets:
subject Bitch, you’re retarded and your thoughts on Madame President Obama doesn’t count
Those are about the most 'presentable' parts of this mess, the rest is WAY worse. And she has to put up with garbage like this coming in all the time. Damn, she's got a tolerance for hatred and stupidity.

Ok, roundup done for now.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Well, this'll take care of part of the tax refund

Electrical problem at the house, and it's beyond my 'I can change a switch or outlet' ability to figure out. Electrician coming tomorrow.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Put breakables out of reach

Then read this:
Coroners blame soldiers' deaths on an acute lack of equipment

Shortages of equipment were blamed yesterday for the deaths of British soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan as two coroners in separate inquests made withering attacks on the Ministry of Defence.

One coroner attacked the MoD’s “unforgivable” failure to supply basic equipment, and accused it of a breach of trust. Both inquests showed that an acute lack of equipment had played a part in the deaths of a young officer in Afghanistan and two soldiers in Iraq.

I'm not excerpting anything else, read the whole damn thing. Then, if your eyes haven't crossed or been covered by a red haze, read this:
A SENIOR defence official has warned that the armed forces are heading for a “train crash” because the government is starving them of funds for vital equipment.

In a confidential presentation to colleagues at a meeting in the Ministry of Defence to discuss budget cuts, he said defence spending had been so severely pruned that vitally needed equipment was simply unaffordable. He also warned that the government risked “mortgaging the future” of national defence.

The official, a senior defence equipment capability manager, resorted to black humour, portraying the Treasury as an axeman who has cut off the arms of his MoD victim and is saying: “Stop whingeing . . . at least you have got your legs.” The meeting, one of a series to try to work out how to pay for all the equipment the forces need to meet their commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan, was also told that the Treasury has exaggerated the increase in the military budget.

Pardon my language, but God damn Tony Blair, who really started this mess, and Brown who's making it worse. Damn good soldiers being crippled and killed because these socialist bastards wanted to use the money for their little socialist schemes.

It comes but once a year,

but for the most part I don't look forward to birthdays anymore.

Yeah, it's mine. As to the count, I will simply say that I was buying some ammo not long ago and the clerk looked at the 'check age' note that popped up on the register and asked "Are you over 21?"; I said "By a disgusting margin."

Let's leave it at that.