Saturday, January 16, 2010


RX: "Can you name all seven dwarfs?"

Me: "Dopey, Happy, Grumpy, Sneezy... uh... Sleepy, Faith, Hope, Charity... um... Bashful, Thrifty, Brave, Loyal, Reverent... er... Up, Down, Charmed, Strange..."

RX: "I think Sleazy was the one who kept trying to look up her skirt."

They do have a way with words, don't they?

This may not be good

I've just given a friend the address of this place.

Good may not come of this.

For another opinion on the Fort Hood report,

look here. Among other things,
Rarely in the course of human events has a report issued by any government agency been so cowardly and delusional. It's so inept, it doesn't even rise to cover-up level.

"Protecting the Force: Lessons From Fort Hood" never mentions Islamist terror. Its 86 mind-numbing pages treat "the alleged perpetrator," Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, as just another workplace shooter (guess they're still looking for the pickup truck with the gun rack)
The answer is straightforward: Hasan's superiors feared -- correctly -- that any attempt to call attention to his radicalism or to prevent his promotion would backfire on them, destroying their careers, not his.

Hasan was a protected-species minority. Under the PC tyranny of today's armed services, no non-minority officer was going to take him on.

This is a military that imposes rules of engagement that protect our enemies and kill our own troops and that court-martials heroic SEALs to appease a terrorist. Ain't many colonels willing to hammer the Army's sole Palestinian-American psychiatrist.
Y'know, I don't think many people are buying this CYA piece of crap.

Gateway has two posts up that go well together

One includes a quote from Emerson; the second is this:
Even if Democrats lose the special election to pick a new Massachusetts senator Tuesday, Congress may still pass health-care overhaul through a process called reconciliation, a top House Democrat said.

That procedure requires 51 votes rather than the 60 needed to prevent Republicans from blocking votes on President Barack Obama’s top legislative priorities. That supermajority is at risk as the Massachusetts race has tightened.

Attention dirtbag politicians: you think a shot heard 'round the world was fired in 1775?

Hey, calm down, I'm only warning politicians; Dick, on the other hand, is preparing for war.

'Activating fluid' This clown Markey actually said that

in reference to Bill Clinton showing up? Is everyone around Coakley tone-deaf or stupid?
I heard Bill Clinton the other night saying how desperate the situation in Haiti is. Which makes you wonder how he, as "special envoy" to the crippled country, can find the time to abandon the suffering people to go campaign for a hack politician from Massachusetts. No wonder he and Obama roped George W. Bush into the Haiti relief effort. They're too busy stumping for Martha Coakley.

That prize quote is from the bottom of the post. You've got to read the whole thing to get the full flavor of this crap.

From an earlier post at JWF: Obama dithered for months on whether to increase troops in Afghanistan, it took four days of uninterrupted golf before he addressed the Christmas Day attempted plane bombing, but he moves with alacrity to save a Senate seat that should have been in the bag weeks ago.

Can you say 'Whiny little moneygrubber victim wannabe'?

I knew you could
According to the Santa Fe Reporter, Arthur Firstenberg, the plaintiff, has been sleeping at friends' homes or in his car to avoid the electromagnetic waves created by his neighbor Raphaela Monribot's cell phone, wireless network, computer, compact fluorescent lightbulbs and dimmer switches.

Firstenberg claims he suffers from Electromagnetic Sensitivity, or EMS, which induces "nausea, vertigo, diarrhea, ringing in the ears, severe headaches and body aches, crippling joint pains, insomnia, impaired vision, impaired muscular control," as well as other potentially life-threatening ailments.
He's part of a group of Santa Fe residents who are pursuing legal means to remove all Wi-Fi hotspots from public locations because they claim the wireless internet waves aggravate their "electromagnetic allergies." To add merit to their case, they are classifying their "allergy" or "sensitivity" as a disability and are claiming the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination based on disability

If he's actually 'allergic' to EM energy, he can't drive: all the electronics in all the cars, and all the phones, and driving under or along power lines.

There's a test for you: put him in a car, blindfolded, and drive him under some lines for a few miles. "Members of the jury, you have seen the video: this man was driven under power lines for miles, while my cell phone was turned on and my navigation system was on, and since he didn't know they were on he had no problem."

This demonstration of whiny victim wannabe with a side order of give me money pointed to by Sondra

Added: for further similar BS, Insty points here. Please note Lawyers representing the locals say their case against iBurst will continue on other grounds." Yeah, if you can't get the money one way...

Friday, January 15, 2010

Since This Ain't Hell is determined to make my headache worse,

I might as well say it:
Can you say 'coverup'? I knew you could.
Just go read it, I don't have the proper words to describe this bullshit; one of the times I wish I had more of Tam's or Lawdog's way with words.

I have referred in the past to 'Lawyers in uniform';

how about 'miserable scum-sucking God-cursed worthless lawyers in uniform'?
An Illinois National Guard soldier in Afghanistan has been charged by the U.S. Army with possessing child pornography over pictures of a young relative his mother says she sent him.

Terri Miller of Galesburg says she sent her son, Specialist Billy Miller, pictures of the little girl to help him get over his homesickness.

The pictures show the child in a swimsuit playing a wading pool and sitting on a truck. In one, the girl is wearing a swim suit and part of her buttocks are exposed.

The Army says Miller will stay in Afghanistan until his court martial. His unit came home last August. Miller faces jail time, if convicted
Sound stupid? Idiotic? Disgusting? How's about some more background:
WQAD TV reports that the child is a relative whom the family says Billy treated as his own child when the girl was diagnosed with cancer as her father went through boot camp. Her father, the station reports, can't believe the charges, especially since they're on other family computers and on Facebook pages and no one else has been investigated.
Well, apparently the rest of the family is lucky some scum-sucking lawyer in uniform didn't happen across them and decide to demonstrate his 'Care For The Children' by reporting them to CPS; probably so he can trumpet it down the road when he plans to run for office somewhere.

Hey, Army: is there truly so little to do that you let these parasites screw soldiers over this way? And if there's so little for them to do that they have time to play bullshit games like this, GET RID OF THE BASTARDS.

I'd say 'thanks' to TAH for posting on this, except he just blew my blood pressure through the gauge.

"Well, I say we will lie under oath,

but don't hold us responsible for doing so!"

Which is pretty much what this boils down to. Isn't there a law or something involving 'perjury'?

Among the kind of crap that caused Kim to name it New York Effing City

is found here. And, among other things, brings back up that "Do not talk to- or in some cases trust- the police. At all. Because some of them are assholes who will screw you over, and you don't know in advance which ones they are."

And who does the President call on?

First on scene was the Unites States Coast Guard cutter Forward, in Port-au-Prince's harbor within hours of the earthquake. Forward's sister cutters (Valiant, Tahoma and Mohawk) are en route as 'Puter writes. The United States Navy's aircraft carrier Carl Vinson (CVN-70) was rerouted from Norfolk, Virginia within hours as well. The Navy's 1,000 bed hospital ship Comfort is preparing to get underway shortly. Members of the 82nd Airborne are heading to Haiti, along with thousands of Marines, to provide security as needed.

What does this mean for Haiti? It means that America, on its own dime, while fighting two wars and in the middle of the Great Recession, is going to once again bail out Haiti. Our soldiers and Marines will risk their lives in abhorrent conditions to protect Haitian civilians. Our ships will provide free first-world medical care, clean water, electricity and food to thousands and ask nothing in return. And how can America do this?

America can do this, because despite the protest of dirty, nasty hippies, and the continued efforts of liberal Congresspeople to defund the military, we have the biggest, baddest military on the planet.

Found at Gormogons, which was pointed to by Tam.

The other from the Geek: Why I Will Not Buy The Avatar DVD:

From the script:

TROOPERS issue automatic weapons and magazines to a long line of mine workers. The miners lock and load like the redblooded redneck NRA supporters they are.

BLASTING TECHS are setting radio-detonated primer charges into two-ton stacks of EXPLOSIVE COMPOUND. The stacks are band-strapped together on pallets.

TRACKING WITH SELFRIDGE, staring around him in growing dismay as he walks through the full-scale mobilization. He approaches Quaritch, who is barking orders amid a hive of activity around the ampsuits.

Well, gollee Mr. Cameron, since that's how you see us bastards who support ALL those Constitutional rights- not just the currently PC ones- fuck you. I'm not putting money in your pocket, and if I can help keep anyone else from doing so, I will. I'm also going to borrow the Geek's words:
Mr. Cameron, you ought to get down on your knees and thank whatever passes for your dear and fluffy blue $DEITY for the restraint that real flesh and blood redneck NRA supporters who don't inhabit your fantasy world have historically shown, and continue to show, in the face of attitudes like that.

We're not the Nazis, dipwad. We're the people hiding the Jews.

Who and what are you?

Two from the Geek: one post each

because they both need individual attention. The first must have Lautenberg and his little friends blowing blood vessels:
But misdemeanors are different from felonies, which the Seventh Circuit noted: "We therefore assume that Skoien's Second Amendment rights are intact notwithstanding his misdemeanor domestic-violence conviction." The judges said that the ownership ban is life-long and sweeping, providing no way for a now-peaceable citizen to seek an exception: "The government has the burden of establishing a reasonable fit between its important interest in reducing domestic gun violence and the means chosen to advance that interest -- Section 922(g)(9)'s total disarmament of domestic-violence misdemeanants." (What they didn't point out, but could have, is that a law enacted in 1996 is not exactly "longstanding.")

The Seventh Circuit opinion, which now has shifted the burden of proof to the Justice Department through an "intermediate scrutiny" standard, was written by Diane Sykes, a George W. Bush appointee, and joined by William Bauer, a Ford appointee, and John Tinder, a George W. Bush appointee
This is interesting, and a good start. And further along, he notes:
The constitutional question is more open than many readers might suspect. C. Kevin Marshall, a former Bush Justice Department attorney who's of counsel to Jones Day in Washington, D.C., wrote a law review article earlier this year titled "Why Can't Martha Stewart Have a Gun?"

Its surprising conclusion: federal law's lifetime prohibition on non-violent felons possessing firearms is relatively recent and probably not consistent with the views of the Second Amendment's framers. In an age when Americans can be non-violent felons for possession of a short lobster or sharing MP3 files (other examples here), is a lifetime ban constitutional?

For other constitutional rights such as the First Amendment, it's relatively common to see acts of Congress struck down as going too far,

Insty has- along with a lot of other people- yelled about the idiocy of so many things being or becoming 'felony' crimes; that's supposed to be serious stuff, like robbery, not "You used an abbreviation on this form instead of spelling out 'Oklahoma' " bullshit. It's a waste of time and resources, and leads to abuses such as this.

On a new idea and a "What the hell?"

Scientists are reporting that “biochar” — a material that the Amazonian Indians used to enhance soil fertility centuries ago — has potential in the modern world to help slow global climate change. Mass production of biochar could capture and sock away carbon that otherwise would wind up in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. Their report appears in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology, a bi-weekly journal.

Kelli Roberts and colleagues note that biochar is charcoal produced by heating wood, grass, cornstalks or other organic matter in the absence of oxygen. The heat drives off gases that can be collected and burned to produce energy. It leaves behind charcoal rich in carbon. Amazonian Indians mixed a combination of charcoal and organic matter into the soil to improve soil fertility, a fact that got the scientists interested in studying biochar’s modern potential
I mentioned this when I wrote about 1491 a couple of years ago; it had a lot of information on the Amazon basin tribes using low, relatively 'cool' fires to burn pretty much anything organic they couldn't otherwise use to produce charcoal that, along with pottery shards, was dug into soil in areas to raise and enrich it for farming. Now, I may be missing something here, but they're basically saying
Take organic materials,
burn it to charcoal,
collect the gas produced so you can burn them for energy(to char the stuff, maybe?),
dig the charcoal into soil to enrich it.
Ok, so far, so good; but they're pushing this as a way of locking up that nasty carbon in gas form from the environment. By burning fuel to produce charcoal to...

Just as a side note: next to a picture of some charcoal there's this note:
Unlike familiar charcoal briquettes, above, biochar is charcoal made from wood, grass and other organic matter, and has the potential to help slow climate change.
And plain charcoal is made from, what? Unicorn farts and fairy droppings?

NASA and climate fakery: The Post All Their Own

Climate researchers have discovered that NASA researchers improperly manipulated data in order to claim 2005 as “THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD.” KUSI-TV meteorologist, Weather Channel founder, and iconic weatherman John Coleman will present these findings in a one-hour special airing on KUSI-TV on Jan.14 at 9 p.m. A related report will be made available on the Internet at 6 p.m. EST on January 14th at
The report reveals that there were no actual temperatures left in the computer database when NASA/NCDC proclaimed 2005 as “THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD.” The NCDC deleted actual temperatures at thousands of locations throughout the world as it changed to a system of global grid points, each of which is determined by averaging the temperatures of two or more adjacent weather observation stations. So the NCDC grid map contains only averaged, not real temperatures, giving rise to significant doubt that the result is a valid representation of Earth temperatures.

The number of actual weather observation points used as a starting point for world average temperatures was reduced from about 6,000 in the 1970s to about 1,000 now. “That leaves much of the world unaccounted for,” says D’Aleo.

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained internal documents from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) related to a controversy that erupted in 2007 when Canadian blogger Stephen McIntyre exposed an error in NASA’s handling of raw temperature data from 2000-2006 that exaggerated the reported rise in temperature readings in the United States. According to multiple press reports, when NASA corrected the error, the new data apparently caused a reshuffling of NASA’s rankings for the hottest years on record in the United States, with 1934 replacing 1998 at the top of the list.

These new documents, obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), include internal GISS email correspondence as NASA scientists attempted to deal with the media firestorm resulting from the controversy. In one exchange GISS head James Hansen tells a reporter from Bloomberg that NASA had not previously published rankings with 1998 atop the list as the hottest year on record in the 20th century.
From the stuff in this post it appears Hansen is, ah, let's say 'troubled' by people calling attention to this stuff, and especially by people paying attention to it.
Hansen, clearly frustrated by the attention paid to the NASA error, labeled McIntyre a “pest” and suggests those who disagree with his global warming theories “should be ready to crawl under a rock by now.” Hansen also suggests that those calling attention to the climate data error did not have a “light on upstairs.”
I'd say it's more like a floodlight shining down on Hansen; and he really doesn't like it.

Now that my head’s somewhat settled,

here’s my somewhat pissed-off take on the news.

Sen. Schumer(Vile Hypocrite-NY) really is a slime, isn’t he? And are you as damned sick as I am of hearing about ‘Ted Kennedy’s’ Senate seat? Clue for you, Schumer: IT DOESN’T BELONG TO THE KENNEDY’S AND THEIR PICK, AND IT DIDN’T BELONG TO SWIMMER.

Coakley’s a corrupt jerk, and the Evil Party is going to cheat for all they’re worth in this election(already have, once before); this crap will have to be watched, with lots of people ready to show video and yell about it. The MA Evil Party in particular is scared to death; they thought Coakley would be their Anointed One for the seat, and having an actual fight for it wasn’t in their schedule.
Oh, not just a corrupt jerk: she's a sleaze who should never have been in the prosecutors office; anyone who did shit like this...

Why yes, Geithner SHOULD be criminally investigated, as well as removed from that office. As a tax cheat he should never have been seated in the first place, and I foresee a lot of people having trouble with the IRS demanding the same treatment he got(happened already, and I think it’ll get worse).

Gee, I think Sen. Nelson(I'm for sale but I'm not cheap-NB) is having a bit of trouble back home.

Question: is Obama simply an economic illiterate, or is he actually trying to screw things up? This is both stupid and unfair. (yeah, I know, 'fair' doesn't count. It still isn't)

Something else coming, but it deserves A Post All Its Own

So that I might keep my head from exploding at some of the other news

out there, for right now I'm going to concentrate on the range. Which I hit yesterday.

Number one: one of my favorite rifles to shoot is still the M39; good sights, wonderful trigger, and fine accuracy. A while back I got hold of this Lee mold for a 160-grain gas-check .311 bullet and a Lee sizer die with good results. If you're not familiar, the sizer screws into a loading press, and a ram fits into the shellholder space on the press ram. Lube the bullet with Liquid Alox and let it dry, then put the gas check on the base, set it on the ram and push it through the die; repeat until out of bullets, it sizes the bullet and seats the check. It's what I've been using for most 7.62x54r and .303 British practice loads; 16.0 grains of 2400 powder, good accuracy, light recoil and no sign of lead fouling in the bore.

The sizer seems to barely touch the bullet itself; I could wish the mold threw it a touch larger in diameter, but it's worked well in everything except the P14; that likes the heavier bullet much better.

Actually, on the 'I wish' line, I wish they made a mold that would throw the 185-grain bullet at about .314; you could still use the .30-caliber gas checks and it would fit a #1MkIII I used to have that had a slightly oversize bore. And while I wish the 160-grain mold threw the bullet a bit larger, I wish they also made a .312" sizer.

Moving on to one of my other most favorite rifles to shoot, the M1 Garand. I'd made up some practice loads using this bullet sized .309 over 35.0 grains of IMR4895 powder. It's not a bullseye-level load in my rifle, but it cycles the action and groups around 3-4" at 100 yards, which is good enough for general practice. Especially for the indoor range where the max distance is only 30 yards. After digging around at Cast Boolits and trying a bunch of combinations I've decided that
My rifle just won't shoot cast that well, or
I haven't found the magic combination for it, and
I'm not going to keep trying different cast bullets and powder combinations trying to find it.
You might be interested to know that I've had no leading problems in the bore or gas system; at most I might find a tiny fleck or two on the piston that wipe off with cleaner and a patch. Every once in a while a round cycles the bolt far enough back to eject the empty, but not quite far enough to pick up the next round; out of about thirty rounds, it did that once.

I also took along the M95 Steyr, loads used this 205-grain bullet; I don't have any factory loads, surplus or new, for it; the only surplus I've seen in a while is Nazi-marked WWII stuff that I'd like to have some for a collection but seems a shame to shoot, and the new stuff is a tad expensive. This rifle has a very slick action, and a pretty good two-stage trigger. The sights suck, like most European military rifles of the time(for me, at least), and hit WAY high. I'd built the front sight up using some epoxy putty(suggestion from a commenter, I've lost track of who; whoever you are, thanks) and now it only hits about six inches high; I'm going to add just a dab on top, then file to dead-on next time I take it out. When I did my part right, it would group into about 2.5-3" with these loads; an occasional flyer quite possibly due to my eyes and those sights. If you're wondering, I got the 8x56r brass from Grafs. Good stuff, but due to the design of the stuff somewhat fragile in the neck; of the first batch I ran through the sizer, I crumpled the neck of two. And you will need the clips; single-loading this thing is a pain.

Over on the handgun side, I mostly shot a Romanian TT33 with- appropriately- Romanian ball ammo. I've probably fired close to a thousand rounds through this pistol in the time I've had it, and it's never bobbled once. I'd like to find a way to add to or modify the grip frame to give it more of a 1911 angle, otherwise it's a fine shooter, a surprisingly good trigger and quite accurate.

A while back I tried loading some ammo with Hornady 90-grain XTP hollowpoints, and had problems with them. The other day tried again, this time both seating the bullet deeper in the case and using a Lee factory crimp die to crimp them; this batch- only loaded a half-dozen to try- cycled through perfectly. I'm going to make up some more and try it again. Since the safety on these is an add-on and just blocks the trigger it's not what I'd prefer for a carry pistol, but if it'll cycle the hollowpoints reliably, for a house gun... a 90-grain HP at about 1400fps would leave a definite mark.

Not much in the way of brass to pick up; between weather the past few weeks keeping most people home and there still being snow piled up in front of the pistol firing line- the way things are laid out it's kept that area shaded- not much to find.

And that was range day.

Hey, union members; you like the way your leaders sold you out

for the sake of a few years exemption from the tax? Well, the rest of us don't like this crap at all; your bosses are throwing everybody else in the country into the trash for the sake of buying favor with these corrupt politicians, AND WE DON'T LIKE IT.

I don't care what you think of your union, screw you AND your union.

Oh, and you think this exemption will last? You think you won't wind up paying this one way or another? Then you're too damn stupid to vote.

I repeat: if this bill is passed in any form, we should go to DC, drag a bunch of people out of those taxpayer-supplied offices and introduce them to tar and feathers. And some of them to ropes.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

One last thing before bed: Martha Coakley is a friggin' idiot

I mean, come ON!
Martha Coakley: No we have a separation of church and state Ken, lets be clear.

Ken Pittman: In the emergency room you still have your religious freedom.

Martha Coakley: (…stammering) The law says that people are allowed to have that. You can have religious freedom but you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.
In one of the most Catholic-infested cities(that just doesn't sound right, but it gets the point across) in the country, she says this? Just before an election?

TSA: We can molest little kids, but we can't catch an underwear bomber

This is just pathetic.

The problem with the way the guy closes this

is that Feingold and the other progressives WANT to stick everyone who actually pays taxes with everybody else's health care bill; because it means the government will be in complete control of it

"Yes, but those are conservative terrorists, nasty

right-wingers; YOU snitched on PROGRESSIVES who had good intentions!" And plotted murder and maiming and arson, but that doesn't count when they're good 'progressives' with 'good intentions'.
A professional agitator for the radical, often violent group Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s, Rathke denounced Darby for working with the authorities. It’s “one thing to disagree, but it’s a whole different thing to rat on folks,” he said.
Rathke, you're a a miserable dirtbag; fuck you. And the donkey you're riding on.

It's Uncomfortable Truths Thursday!

Sen. Gillibrand(Backstabber-NY) is truly following the Democrat Model: "I will work hard to rob the rest of the country to give goodies to my district! So you have to vote for me!" I think it was Limbaugh referred to her as Schumer's sock puppet; sounds about right.

I asked John Paul Jones of Obama’s old Alinskyite outfit, the Developing Communities Project, if anyone ever tries to track down the father of a teen accused of a shooting. The question threw him. “Does anyone ever ask: ‘Where are the fathers?’ ” he paraphrased me. A brief silence. “That’s a good point.”
But after implicitly drawing the connection between family breakdown and youth violence—“How many times in the last year has this city lost a child at the hands of another child?”—Obama reverted to Alinskyite bromides about school spending, preschool programs, visiting nurses, global warming, sexism, racial division, and income inequality. And he has continued to swerve from the hard truth of black family breakdown since his 2008 speech. The best thing that the president can do for Chicago’s embattled children is to confront head-on the disappearance of their fathers and the consequence in lost lives.
Fat damned chance of that; it would mean less government control in lives. Read this whole piece, it's scary as hell.

Victor Davis Hanson has five truths the PC don't wish to speak or hear of, and discourage others from speaking, including
OK— agreed, and I have written all that myself in various articles. But there is another problem never raised in polite company.

California, by most estimates, has somewhere between 40-50% of the nation’s illegal immigrants. That may mean 5-7 million residents here illegally, most without English, documentation, or high-school diplomas. This makes the practice of assimilation into the middle-class a multigenerational process over decades, rather than in the past, when immigrants came in fewer numbers and more often legally
and on Iraq,
The heroes are relatively ignored. They are U.S. forces who served in Iraq, of course; Gens. Odierno and Petraeus (recall what he endured from Hillary Clinton and in his Senate inquisition); civilian analysts like Fred Kagan and retired Gen. Keane; and, of course, a demonized George Bush—attacked by most of his former supporters, the majority of pundits and columnists, those Democrats who had voted to authorize the war, many of the Iraq Study Group members; and by a cadre of retired “revolt of the generals” officers.

Yet for some reason, very few senators (cf. the You Tube videos of the debates of October 11-12, 2002) who gave impassioned pleas, authorizing 23 writs to go to war, have ever quite explained why they flipped—and what they think now of both their original support, and their subsequent opposition

Speaking of Californicated,
CARB is proposing to require every repair dealer to check the inflation of every tire during repair to improve mpg for all vehicles which, in theory, is meritorious.

However (the) regs. CARB’s pushing through (released this week and subject to a 15 day comment period) ... provides that the only times that consumers may decline a check and inflate service—they can never decline the service if it’s offered for free—is when they are charged for services AND if they can PROVE (with DOCUMENTATION!) that they’ve had their tires checked and inflated in the last 30 days, or if they WILL do so within the next week. It is unclear, but possible, that CARB could take enforcement action against the consumer if they don’t follow through with their promise?!

Yes, they'll want to; because, obviously, it's critically important to harass people over their tire pressure when the state is going down the drain.

This one's an uncomfortable truth only to Democrats and the major media, but still: the Evil Party has a corrupt frikkin' idiot running for the Senate. (yeah, I know, again)

And it's not an uncomfortable truth, really, but it needs to be noted(again): Rep. Barney Frank is not only corrupt, he's a damned liar:
"That is the stupidest thing I've been asked in a long time. That is insane, the suggestion could only come from a demented right wing source," erupted Representative Barney Frank (D - MA), when asked by The Washington Times about what he thought of assertions that Massachusetts Democrats would stall the certification process should Mr. Brown win. "There isn't the slightest possibility of it happening---a way of doing it. That is conspiracy theory at its most contemptible."
Massachusetts's top election official says it could take weeks to certify the results of the upcoming U.S. Senate special election. That delay could let President Barack Obama preserve a key 60th vote for his health care overhaul even if the Republican who has vowed to kill it wins Democrat Edward M. Kennedy's former seat.

Damn. That's enough for one post; I need some tea.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tam reminded me of Nanny Bloomberg & Co. and

damn near ruined my digestion. In part because Bloomberg is not only a socialist gun bigot, but a hypocrite
Under his watch, the city has declared sodium an enemy, asking restaurants and food manufacturers to voluntarily cut the salt in their dishes by 20 percent or more, and encouraging diners to “shake the habit” by asking waiters for food without added salt.

But Mr. Bloomberg, 67, likes his popcorn so salty that it burns others’ lips. (At Gracie Mansion, the cooks deliver it to him with a salt shaker.) He sprinkles so much salt on his morning bagel “that it’s like a pretzel,” said the manager at Viand, a Greek diner near Mr. Bloomberg’s Upper East Side town house.

Not even pizza is spared a coat of sodium. When the mayor sat down to eat a slice at Denino’s Pizzeria Tavern on Staten Island recently, this reporter spotted him applying six dashes of salt to it
Etc., etc., God-damned hypocritical bastard. I'll let the Reader put his two bits in:
The doctor is really hurt. He and the Gotham Health and Purity Patrol went to all the trouble of outlawing trans-fat so you'll look just like those 1938 Goebbels pictures of fit and happy Teutons. So what do you do? You eat salt. You imperil your heart. Unforgivably, you often actually enjoy food.

That leaves Dr. Farley no choice but to to sit on the food industry and demand that it cripple its products with low-salt or no-salt recipes. Then we can all enjoy salt-free bacon, peanut butter, Hormel chili, and kielbasa.

When someone clued the good doctor that raised bread comes from salted dough he agreed criminalizing salt did , errrr, present some problems...

Bull Shit. From a clapped-out bovine with syphilis. What you mean is "People aren't doing what we tell them to, so we'll do it this way and give them no choice", you miserable little tyrant wannabe.

Fuck you. And your arrogant hypocrite boss who thinks he's entitled to tell us how to live, and breathe, and work, and play. Take your intrusive, big fucking nose and stuff it back up your ass where your brain resides and leave us the hell alone. As Shaidle says, You're not smart enough to tell me how to live. So piss off(she doesn't say that part).

And, by the way, before you stuff your face back up your ass, take a look over here, and here. Then go here, go down to search and search 'salt' on the site and do some reading, jackass; your junk science insistence on 'salt is bad' is just as full of shit as you are. Now go away.

By the way, Doctor Farley, I make my chocolate chip cookies with BUTTER! And SALT! So go shrivel like the slug you are, and take your boss with you.

"If we ban them they're all gone! Guns aren't something

you can make in the gara-... Oh."

Thanks to Linoge for pointing to this

Y'know what would be a fine accessory for the 15-22?

One of the suppressors friend gunsmith makes. It's nice & light, quiets things down nicely...

I need more money, both for it and for the federal paperwork.

By the way, the 15-22 is functioning as it should. Put about 100 rounds through at the range a couple of days ago, and all seems well. I tried a few rounds of the Federal Auto Match ammo; it cycled no problem, and grouped nicely; next time I can get to the outdoor range and a solid bench, I'll try the stuff for accuracy.

Obama's people really don't like Inspectors General

who try to do their jobs, do they?
Key House Democrats are looking into whether White House officials attempted to thwart the law on government inspectors general.

Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) said late on Tuesday that they are concerned about potential actions by the Office of Management and Budget, led by Peter Orszag.

The members are looking at a situation detailed in a letter from the Office of Personnel Management's inspector general. Patrick McFarland, the inspector general, said his office received a "not so veiled threat from OMB" concerning his office's ability to comment to Congress about its proposed budget.
First thought: if a couple of Democrats are bothered enough about this to 'be concerned', this is a real problem. And about the level of integrity we've come to expect from this administration.

"I've used one for years. I find it convenient.

I find the tax code complex so I use a preparer."
Which, thanks to his high salary, he'll be able to keep doing after the bastard makes it more expensive for people to use a preparer.


Well, well, the guy who attacked the reporter is an Evil Party operative

sent to MA to help Coakley. Apparently Meehan considers assault(knocking him down, 'helping him up' and then continuing to shove him) to be a proper Democrat method of dealing with the press. Apparently Coakley thinks so, too, since she witnessed it and did nothing.

And it gets even better:
Mr. Meehan, however, also happens to be a recent Obama appointee. On November 19, President Obama nominated Mr. Meehan to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

From the White House press release:

Michael P. Meehan, Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors.
Michael P. Meehan currently serves as President of Blue Line Strategic Communications, Inc. and as Senior Vice President at Virilion, a digital media company. For over two decades, Meehan served in senior roles for U.S. Senators John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, two presidential campaigns, two U.S. House offices and congressional campaigns in 25 states. Mr. Meehan earned a B.A. in political science from Bates College.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors oversees federal news operations like Voice of America and Radio Free Europe.
WONDERFUL people Obama appoints to offices, aren't they?

Let's take note of the death of someone

who does merit a description including the word 'heroic'.
Gies was among a team of Dutch citizens who hid the Frank family of four and four others in a secret annex in Amsterdam, Netherlands, during World War II, according to her official Web site, which announced her death Monday. She worked as a secretary for Anne Frank's father, Otto, in the front side of the same Prinsengracht building.

...Despite the legendary hardship she endured during the German occupation, Gies never embraced the label of a hero.

Woohoo, real Reasoned Discourse™

from the True Believers!
[ Update: June 3, 2009 - 8:44 AM ET: Talking Points Memo (TPM) has removed the article from their website. "The file you are looking for has not been found" - But the url with a portion of the chilling message lingers as evidence: "at-what-point-do-we-jail-or-ex..." - - Climate Depot has also saved a screen shot of the original article. Update: Washington Examiner weighs in: 'Hate sport': Is TPM poster simply lone fanatic? Excerpt: Poster "believes killing those who disagree with him politically is justified." Update: June 5, 2009: Talking Points Memo issues retraction for call to execute skeptics! -- 'A formal retraction and apology' -- Update: June 5, 2009: Joe Romm defends strangle skeptics in bed remark as 'not a threat, but a prediction' -- Strangle Skeptics in Bed! "An entire generation will soon be ready to strangle you and your kind while you sleep in your beds" ]

If you missed the original, here's what I posted.

Again, and they wonder why we own guns...

Ref corrupt MIT professor Jonathan Gruber,

who I first took note of here, here's a bit more on his bullcrap. And the administration people who were working with him.
Up until this point, most of the attention regarding the failure to disclose the connection between Jonathan Gruber and the White House has fallen on Gruber himself. Far more troubling, however, is the lack of disclosure on the part of the White House, the Senate, the DNC and other Democratic leaders who distributed Gruber's work and cited it as independent validation of their proposals, orchestrating the appearance of broad consensus when in fact it was all part of the same effort.

The White House is placing a giant collective bet on Gruber's "assumptions" to justify key portions of the Senate bill such as the "Cadillac tax," which they allowed people to believe was independent verification. Now that we know that Gruber's work was not that of an independent analyst but rather work performed as a contractor to the White House and paid for by taxpayers, and economists like Larry Mishel are raising serious questions about its validity, it should be made publicly available so others can judge its merits.

Well, according to Hamas and Hizballah, they're probably going

so they can drink blood or something; why else would the Israelis be sending S&R people to Haiti?

("Uh, because they want to help?" "Shut up, you zionist!")

This IS a nice point: a Democrat AG witnesses an assault

and does NOTHING.

Because it was Coakley's thug doing the assaulting, so...

The sky is clear, the wind is strong out of the south this time,

and it's supposed to be back up to 50 today; outdoors I will be later today.

In the meantime,
As Insty puts it, because the 'art' world is full of cowards who act very brave toward those they know cannot or will not harm them; but face them with bloody-handed barbarians who will, or who they just fear will...
Added: words from Steyn:
Few industries congratulate themselves on their "courage" and "bravery" more incessantly than artists and journalists — at least when it comes to plays about a gay Jesus, or joining the all-star singalong for Rock Against Bush. But it's easy to be provocative with people who can't be provoked. Faced with an opportunity to demonstrate real courage, the arts and the media shrivel up like a bunch of dying pansies.

Democrat thugs protecting the annointed from any nasty media types who'll ask actual questions. Please note the update:
UPDATE: McCormack says it's a consultant the DNC brought in to the race; a DNC spokesman didn't immediately respond to a question about the incident.
Not 'denied', not 'laughed at', 'didn't immediately respond'; you get the feeling someone knows this here internets lets people spread the word fast, and a blunt lie won't be simply covered up by friendly major media anymore.

On the subject of Coakley, a bit more from Malkin on her life as a- well, would it be 'hooker' or 'pimp'? Or both? I mean, she's sold herself and buys others, so... Interesting, even some of the union people helping out don't like her and won't vote for her.

Ah, socialism, is there anything and anyplace it can't eff up? Especially with a clown like Chavez in charge.

Yeah, I heard about the earthquake that swatted Haiti; bad news.

A bit of a Climaquiddick timeline at Watts Up.

Putin wants it both ways, doesn't he?
“In addition to the global warming challenges, we need to address 'global cooling' effects and to do so promptly,” he said.

Actually, I think describing Rudd & Co. as 'retarded' was the right. Along with 'socialist' and 'uncaring' and 'tyrannical'. And this is just what Obama & Waxman & Co. would love to do to us. Hell, it's happened in Californicated, and the EPA has screwed people over just as badly with 'wetlands' bullshit.

"What? It's NOT melting? The water temperature isn't higher? But we said it was!"

Looks like a lot of people in MA are sick of the Barney Frank & Co. system of corru- er, government.
"This man is the only thing that can stop the socialists from taking over this country. He is our last and only hope. So, I'm putting my money where my mouth is this time. $200 is all I've got to spare, but it's Scott Brown's if he wants it. I'm sending it to him so he can kick some a** in the Senate and put those damn fools on notice that Americans are not going to take their socialist crap anymore. I'm fired up, I'm donating, I want that man to beat back those socialists and get them all Hell".

Pictures from Mars, freakin' cool.

What? Clowns in government wanting to screw retirees?
Anybody actually surprised?

Want a real good idea of just how bad the Obama and general progressive weenies are screwing things up?
They are of the mindset that the war against radical Islamists is nothing more then a law enforcement issue. Former Vice President Dick Cheney has said it repeatedly along with a small minority of Republican lawmakers, but as Mitch McConnell discovered on his recent trip to Afghanistan, we have reached an absurd level now.
He said at one point he asked a general about policies and the general "didn't want to answer the question without turning to his lawyer, who was also in the room."

There's just no damned telling how many people are going to die because of this shit.

Lovely people in Hamas, aren't they? And the Israelis are supposed to TRUST these bastards? And act like they can deal with them in good faith?


A little more on the troubles with electric cars

Comment pointed me here

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

For a good picture of what Holder & Obama have done

to the Justice Department, read this.

One key paragraph:
A lot has been said about the politization of the Civil Rights Division. I believe that one of the most detrimental ways to politicize the enforcement process in the Voting Section is to enforce the provisions of the Voting Rights Act only for the protection of certain racial or ethnic minorities; or to take the position that the Voting Section is not going to enforce certain provision of any of the voting statutes the Voting Section has the responsibility to enforce. Such decisions carry with them obvious, enormous implications for partisan political struggles.

On the 'offensive weapon' BS in Britain

noted in this post, Windy put this in a comment:
When the representative of government tells you to do nothing when a criminal wants something, government is telling you that the action of the criminal is authorized and supported by the government.

'Authorized and supported by'... Don't know as I'd put it that way, but I can very well see his point. De facto, if not de jure.

Female or male, go listen to what Breda has to say

'Don't open the door'.

As a connected matter, if someone tries to make you stop your car, don't. During the Los Angeles "We didn't get what we want so we'll burn the place down" riot, we all saw Denney trying to be nice about being blocked, and being crippled for life by a bunch of thugs. There was a bit of footage of one woman forced to stop who, after a couple of her windows were broken, took off; probably the only reason she stayed intact.

Back when daughter was learning to drive I gave her the advice about not letting somebody make her stop. Her question was "What do I do?"
"You've inside a ton-and-a-half of car with at least eighty horsepower; drive."
"What if they don't move?"
"Then you drive over them. And keep going; paperwork can be taken care of later."

"Warming is COOLING!


Snork. And other strangled sounds of merriment.

If the Brits had already converted to 'green energy' sources

they'd REALLY be screwed:
The vast programme of wind turbines for which the bills are now coming in will not, by the way, avert the energy cut-offs declared last week by the national grid. Quite the opposite: as is often the case, the recent icy temperatures have been accompanied by negligible amounts of wind. If we had already decommissioned any of our fossil-fuel power stations and replaced them with wind power, we would now be facing a genuine civil emergency rather than merely inconvenience.
Yeah, that would be a spot of bother, wouldn't it?

The gentleman also notes another problem with the 'carbon reduction' crap:
There are other portents of impending crisis caused entirely by the political fetish of carbon reduction. As noted in this column three weeks ago, the owners of the Corus steel company stand to gain up to $375m (£234m) in European Union carbon credits for closing their plant in Redcar, only to be rewarded on a similar scale by the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism fund for switching such production to a new “clean” Indian steel plant. That’s right: the three main British political parties — under the mistaken impression that CO2 is itself a pollutant — are asking us to vote for them on the promise that they are committed to subsidise the closure of what is left of our own industrial base.
Which is exactly what Rep. Waxman(Progressive Tyrant Straining At The Ropes-CA) wants to do to us.

Pointed to by the Random Strikes guy; go get his take on the idiocy coming out of the Met on this.

A discovery

Know those synthetic stoppers they're using in a lot of wine bottles instead of cork? That stuff makes a very good buffer to glue into a primer pocket to make a dummy cartridge.

So the 'peace-loving' people of Code Pink have no problem

working with terrorists and terrorist-supporting groups.

They have a real interesting definition of 'peace', apparently.

Hell with scissors, if the Health Care Takeover Bill is 'hanging

by a thread', I've got some very sharp knives.

I love this line:
"If this is all about surviving politically, then we're missing the whole purpose of what we're supposed to be doing," he said.
Coming from Dodd, one of the more corrupt politicians in the Senate, someone who was willing to do anything to stay there, that's rich.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Kevin has his take on the latest 'Guns Are Evil!' bit

from the CSM up. He's got the full breakdown, including how the cops in Baltimore are doing a very smart thing:
"No, what the cops in Baltimore are doing now is what the NRA has been advocating for decades - enforcing the laws on the books, and in spite of the title of the CSM article they're not "targeting guns," they're targeting criminals:
"If you start boiling down the violence in Baltimore – the homicides and the nonfatal shootings – you find that 50 percent of all the people we charge with those offenses have one thing in common: They have gun offenses in their backgrounds," Mr. Bealefeld says. "And we know that when bad guys get out, they get guns again. They don't work for IBM. They don't hand out Bibles. They stand outside with guns waiting to perpetrate another crime."

And so, Bealefeld says, he has made it clear whom his officers should be targeting.

"I don't aim to make [it] all that complicated," he says. "Find out all we can about gun offenders and focus on those guys."
(My emphasis.) Those guys, not "those guns."

I'm just going to say something about this summation of the "We must DO SOMETHING" crap:
Thus, our public policy goal should be to restrict the sale and possession of all handguns to those who can demonstrate a legitimate law enforcement purpose or can guarantee that the use of such guns will be limited to participation in a regulated sporting activity. Handgun ownership that advances reasonable law enforcement purposes must be permitted. Individuals with a professional need to have a licensed gun - law enforcement officers, gun collectors, some business owners and certain other professional groups - will continue to keep handguns on business premises or for use on the job. The rest of us, however, must give them up.
Let's see, where have we heard this before... Oh yeah, every time Obama and Holder and Pelosi and the hypocrites Feinstein and Boxer and a bunch of other politicians and GFWs open their mouths: "You peasants cannot be trusted with arms, only minions of the State and a few approved persons can be allowed to have them. And then only in places and times and manners that we approve of.

Until we decide to disapprove of ALL of them."
Oh yeah, we've heard all this before. Over and over and over. This one is slightly further along than most, of police only those 'licensed' to have one will be allowed; apparently these clowns think the situation in (fG)Britain is just peachy.

And don't you just love that line Handgun ownership that advances reasonable law enforcement purposes must be permitted.
What the HELL does that mean, anyway? Do they even know? Or did it just sound good to them so they threw it in? Or is this their "Only police who we decide can be trusted enough will be allowed to be licensed to carry a firearm" idea and this is how they express it?

Yeah, we've heard all this before.

And I can't pass this up, either:
As this tragedy has unfolded, how has the gun industry responded? It has refused to make guns safer. It has failed to market and distribute its products in a way calculated to keep guns out of the hands of children and criminals. It has reacted to a saturated market by creating new products with greater killing power and by attempting to expand its market to women and children.
Let's see...
'Refused to make guns safer' how? With demands like those of NJ for guns to have features that don't freakin' exist?
They can only sell complete firearms and receivers to federally licensed dealers- NOT individuals- who can only sell to people who pass the NICS check and- in a bunch of places- whatever the local laws call for; which means THEY CAN'T LEGALLY BE SOLD TO CRIMINALS OR CHILDREN, YOU MORON.
'New products with greater killing power'? Facts, please. Maybe they mean the .460S&W Mag, although compared to a lot of rifles- let alone a 12 gauge- it's not of 'greater killing power'.
Yes, a lot more women are shooting now, quite legally, for sport and self-defense. For the idiot comment about 'children', see above about how DEALERS CAN'T SELL TO CHILDREN.
And, for that matter, if the market was 'saturated' there wouldn't be any need for new and improved, would there?

Geez, there's not a damn thing new in this, just- as Kevin says- More leftist language manipulation

And at last, we come to the end of real high-level

Reasoned Discourse™.
Seems Rob Russell has another career he hasn’t told anyone about – Magician.

Yep.. His post thanking the “trolls” who disagreed with his wife — POOF, gone.

Yep, his post explaining how he rolls — POOF, gone
Well, goooolllleee Sergeant Carter, how 'bout that?

Bob S. post linked above, and some other interesting stuff from Linoge("The internet forgets NOTHING!"; you'd think a lawyer and politician would be aware of that) at his place.

I hadn't looked back at either site, "People like you shouldn't carry guns, nobody should!" or "You gun nuts are trying to drive us off the web, and I'll punch you out!" since I posted on this mess; if I want to read pompous threats and hysterical ranting I can find it all over the place(generally, look for the nearest Democrat politician for one or the other- well, it was a Evil Party politician that started the threats here, so you get the idea). Happily, some of the folks involved used the Magic of Google Cache to make a record of the stuff, so when Southern Female Lawyer and Rob Russell made everything disappear from their blogs, it wouldn't actually be lost.


Hasan really is a case of "PC at any cost"

While in medical school at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences from 1997 to 2003, Hasan received a string of below average and failing grades, was put on academic probation and showed little motivation to learn.

He took six years to graduate from the university in Bethesda, Md., instead of the customary four, according to the school. The delays were due in part to the deaths of his father in 1998 and his mother in 2001. Yet the information about his academic probation and bad grades wasn't included in his military personnel file, leaving the impression he was ready for more intense instruction.

In June 2003, Hasan started a four-year psychiatry internship and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and he was counseled frequently for deficiencies in his performance. Teachers and colleagues described him as a below average student.


Still, Hasan's officer evaluation reports were consistently more positive, usually describing his performance as satisfactory and at least twice as outstanding. Known as "OERs," the reports are used to determine promotions and assignments. The Army promoted Hasan to captain in 2003 and to major in 2009.

You really ought to go read it all. As long as your blood pressure meds are handy.

I don't think this is a good way to choose a TSA head, Updated

and you'd think the administration would be a bit more careful about things by this point.
We know about Erroll Southers, the man Obama wants running TSA, misusing law enforcement databases; seems he has some other interesting, ah, 'quirks' let us say.
But now there is new and far more troubling information about Mr. Southers caught on video. According to Erroll Southers, pro-life Christians and our support of Jews is a bigger threat to national security than Al Qaeda.

Mr. Southers, in 2008, said he was more worried about “Christian identity” terrorist groups inside the U.S. than islamic terrorists. What are “Christian identity” terrorist groups? White-supremacists naturally. The KKK. And the Southern Baptist Convention.

Southers identifies pro-life groups and anti-government activists as particular problems.
Wonderful, isn't it?

Add this to it:
The Obama administration has twice come under fire for linking pro-life advocates to terrorism.

Last May, details emerged about a terrorism dictionary the Obama administration put together in March. The "Domestic Extremism Lexicon," was essentially a terrorism and political extremism dictionary for the Obama administration's internal use.

The March 26, 2009 document features numerous definitions and the headline "antiabortion extremism," appears on page two of the eleven-page manual.

The Obama administration calls pro-life advocates violent and claims they employ racist overtones in engaging in criminal actions.

The problem isn't that Obama can't deal with the enemy; the problem is who he thinks the enemy is.

Update: found this quote at Hot Air:
“Due to connectivity that we have with countries such as Israel, France — countries that are seen by groups, by al Qaeda, as infidels or anti-Islamic — by the true nature of our alliance with them means that we subject to be attacked as well. I do think, however, it deserves to perhaps have some parity with global warming, with education, with the economy, but national security is always going to supercede everything else. I don’t think you can have all of those other entities flourish in a state where the security is not felt to be confident, comfortable, and intact.”

So Treasury Secretary Geithner is either a liar, or totally incompetent

Personally, I vote for 'corrupt liar'.

Recall notice from AIM Surplus

To: All Customers who have purchased I.O. Inc imported TT-33 Tokarev Pistol(s)
Re: Safety Warning/Recall

I.O. Inc, the importer of the Romanian made Tokarev TT-33 pistols, has notified us as to a potential safety concern with some of these pistols. It appears that a small number of the pistols imported in October 2009 may have defective safety devices.
This IS a safety concern and we highly recommend that you comply with the attached recall instructions.

More information here; so if you bought one of these in that time period, go take a look.

And we start the day with "We need more handouts!

(and by the way, there's an election coming up and a Democrat politician in trouble, Obama).
The Bay State’s congressional leaders, governor and heating assistance groups are calling on President Obama to immediately release millions more dollars in aid as thousands of Hub families run out of money to warm their homes.
Here's a scenario I see playing out this week: The most beneficent Obama shows up to endorse Martha Coakley for Senate and then (surprise!) announces to the shivering masses that he's sending them free heating oil and oh, don't forget to go vote for the Democrat, OK?

Speaking of the People's Republic of MA, how the hell can they call her 'the agent of change' when she's another progressive running for the seat the Kennedy's thought of as 'theirs' for a couple of generations?

The Congressional BigotBlack Caucus: "Harry Reid can say stuff like that and it's no problem; good thing for him he's not a Republican, 'cause then we'd want to hang him for it!"

As I recall, along with pushing for McCain to pick Lieberman for VP(and wouldn't THAT have gone over well?), this was the clown who told McCain that there was a whole range of things about Obama that "If you bring this up, I'll quit!"? And the asshat STILL can't stop bashing the only reason his campaign didn't crash & burn completely...

Is there any damn thing these bigots cannot inject race into? 'Environmental justice' my ass.

There was a lady I knew a couple of years back who thought John Edwards would be a wonderful President, though she appeared to be thinking with her ovaries("He's so good looking, and that voice..."); from the sound of this he's an even bigger jerk than I'd thought.


Now Nanny Bloomberg has declared war on salt, because you have to eat only foods he approves of. In quantities he approves of. In smoke-free everything because he disapproves of smoking. Why he doesn't just change the office name to 'People's Commissar' I don't know.

‘It beggars belief someone could be of the mindset where they think it’s acceptable to threaten a mum who buried her 18-year-old soldier son six months ago.
A fine demonstration that there are still people in Britain who won't just roll over; now they all need to get together and hang deal with Parliament.
And Choudary? You're a miserable little bastard.

I've got to steal the quote from this post:
Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.

And I think I'll close this with something more cheery:

"It's a bagpipe!"

'Follow the money' works in a number of cases,

from Globular Warmering True Believer scientists & politicians to just plain corrupt politicians.
What has also almost entirely escaped attention, however, is how Dr Pachauri has established an astonishing worldwide portfolio of business interests with bodies which have been investing billions of dollars in organisations dependent on the IPCC’s policy recommendations.

These outfits include banks, oil and energy companies and investment funds heavily involved in ‘carbon trading’ and ‘sustainable technologies’, which together make up the fastest-growing commodity market in the world, estimated soon to be worth trillions of dollars a year

And here at home,
The couple accumulated millions in GM holdings in the early 2000s through Debbie Dingell's job, by far the largest portion of the family's personal wealth, public records show. At the same time, John Dingell was Detroit's staunchest ally, fighting against emissions and fuel-economy standards that could have hurt the short-term profitability of automakers. In the past year, he advocated for five bailouts for GM and Chrysler.
Kind of like Rep. Barney Frank(Corrupt As You Can Be-Evil Party-MA) sleeping with somebody on the board of Fannie Mae while he was one of the 'regulators' of FM.

Speaking of FM and Freddie Mac, and Frank insisting "I had nothing to do with the problem!", when was it starting?

"New research by Edward Pinto, a former chief credit officer for Fannie Mae and a housing expert, has found that from the time Fannie and Freddie began buying risky loans as early as 1993, they routinely misrepresented the mortgages they were acquiring, reporting them as prime when they had characteristics that made them clearly subprime or Alt-A. [Emphasis added]

"[A]s early as 1993." Hmm. Doesn't that put this alleged routine misrepresentation well before Designated Fall Guy Franklin Raines' tenure as head of Fannie Mae--and back into the watch of Getting-Away-With-It-Because-I'm-Well-Connected-and-Spread-It-Around Mondale campaign manager and initial Obama veep-vetter Jim Johnson? I think it does! (Johnson was CEO of Fannie Mae from 1991-1998.) ... P.S.: 'Misrepresented the mortgages ...." Isn't misrepresenation some kind of, I dunno ... fraud or ... crime?
Why, yes, it is! And lets' see, 1993... wasn't Bill Clinton President then? And for the next eight years? But Bush & Co. are responsible for all this, huh?



Sunday, January 10, 2010

From the place where Great Britain used to be,*

and the police actually served a purpose other than filling out paperwork and harassing the innocent,
The youths approached the kitchen window, before attempting to break into her garden shed, prompting Miss Klass to wave a kitchen knife to scare them away.

Miss Klass, 31, who was alone in her house in Potters Bar, Herts, with her two-year-old daughter, Ava, called the police. When they arrived at her house they informed her that she should not have used a knife to scare off the youths because carrying an "offensive weapon" – even in her own home – was illegal
Which, considering they can define pretty much ANYTHING as an 'offensive weapon', if she'd waved a frying pan they'd have told her the same damn thing.

*Yes, I'm borrowing Uncle's phrase; it just fits so well

Damn, I know the feeling

Some of you may remember the electric car guy who gave me hell

for having trouble believing that just charging the cars at night would deal with the "Where is the electricity going to come from?" question. Well...
The myth that thousands of EVs will seamlessly fold into the power grid by charging at night, using otherwise idle generating plants and power grids, is breaking down. Utilities worry that EV charging could black out the neighborhoods of some early EV adopters and give the emerging technology a black eye. Policy experts worry that the change in the grid's use could unintentionally muck up their green energy plans.
EVs need lots of power, especially when charged quickly. Utilities bet that most buyers will want a 240-volt charger that can "fill the tank" of a modest-size EV in 2 to 3 hours, four times as fast as a standard 120-V charger can. Such "AC Level 2" chargers, as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers' emerging J1772 standard, draw up to 6.6 kilowatts. Turning one on is like adding up to three homes to a neighborhood, and that's with the air conditioning, lights, and laundry running.

Turning on two or three Level 2 chargers could burn out the street-level transformers that are the distribution grid's weakest link. Most utilities employ undersized transformers, which are designed to cool overnight. Without time to cool, sustained excess current will eventually cook a transformer's copper windings, causing a short and blacking out the local loads it serves
So there is indeed a big problem with "Just use the excess capacity at night" idea. Whoda thunk it?

And since, according to the article, CA is planning on using 'smart meters'(as in "You can have the power we say you can, when we say you can") to 'synchronize demand with the state wind farms'. WHich means when it's not windy enough, or too windy and some farms have to be shut down, or there's ice in winter...

This promises to be not much fun. Especially since Californicated will be demanding the rest of the country help save them from the hole they dug themselves into.

More on the idiot 'captain' from Sea Shepherds

and how he managed to be hit by a 13-knot ship(maximum) while in a trimaran that can hit 45 knots. If, as Tim says anyone could be bothered firing up its 1000-horsepower engines.

And, while Pres. Barack Hussein Cartman Obama is making it harder

to explore for/drill for/exploit finds of oil & gas, we have this "Oh joy!":
The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world’s most eminent climate scientists.

Their predictions – based on an analysis of natural cycles in water temperatures in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans – challenge some of the global warming orthodoxy’s most deeply cherished beliefs, such as the claim that the North Pole will be free of ice in summer by 2013.
Ah yes, the 'vanishing sea ice'; how vanished is it?
According to the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado, Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 per cent, since 2007 – and even the most committed global warming activists do not dispute this.

The scientists’ predictions also undermine the standard climate computer models, which assert that the warming of the Earth since 1900 has been driven solely by man-made greenhouse gas emissions and will continue as long as carbon dioxide levels rise.

Just a frikkin' wonderful thought, isn't it?

God-damn these people

The chance to secure crucial information about al-Qaeda operations in Yemen was lost because the Obama administration decided to charge and prosecute Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as an ordinary criminal, critics say. He is said to have reduced his co-operation with FBI interrogators on the advice of his government-appointed defence counsel.

The potential significance became chillingly clear this weekend when it was reported that shortly after his detention, he boasted that 20 more young Muslim men were being prepared for similar murderous missions in the Yemen.
"He was singing like a canary, then we charged him in civilian proceedings, he got a lawyer and shut up," Slade Gorton, a member of the 9/11 Commission that investigated the Sept 2001 terror attacks on the US, told The Sunday Telegraph.

"I find it incomprehensible that this administration is treating terrorism as a law enforcement issue. The president has finally said that we are at war with al-Qaeda. Well, if this is a war, then Abdulmutallab should be treated as a combatant not a criminal."
I repeat, and I'm getting very damned sick of this coming to mind, God damn these people. They're playing PC progressive games while the enemy gathers strength from the protections they're given. We're going to wind up, barring a flat miracle, with some kind of strike that leaves windrows of bodies and it's going to be partly because these bastards don't have the brains, balls, integrity or some combination of them to actually deal with the fact that these people want us all dead and acting nicey-friendly toward them isn't going to change that.

"There is a strategic disconnect between the different parts of our government which are currently engaged in very different conflicts," he told The Sunday Telegraph. "Not everybody is at war and no amount of connecting the dots is going to deal with that issue.

"The president has finally acknowledged that we are at war, the military certainly knows it's fighting a new kind of war, the intelligence community is not sure whether we're at war and is keeping its head down and the justice and homeland security departments are treating terrorism as a crime and do not think we're at war at all."

And damn every asshole and bureaucratic thug who plays games with this. Every moron in the EffingBI who didn't have the balls to even apply for a warrant to search that laptop, every CIA and FBI and Administration shithead who can't stop playing turf games and DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF THE ENEMY. And despite what they seem to thing, THE REAL ENEMY IS NOT EACH OTHER.

I also repeat, there's a bunch of sorry excuses for lawmen and bureaucrats who need to join a lot of politicians in dangling from lampposts. Or a formal gallows. Or something.

"What good is a Prius?"

Thanks to Dennis

Here's a nice start to a Sunday morning: the Globular Warmering True Believers

who really do want executions- sometimes with the nicety of a trial first- for people who refuse to go along:
A public appeal has been issued by an influential U.S. website asking: "At what point do we jail or execute global warming deniers." The appeal appeared on Talking Points Memo, an often cited website that helps set the agenda for the political Left in the U.S. The anonymous posting, dated June 2, 2009, referred to dissenters of man-made global warming fears as "greedy bastards" who use "bogus science or the lowest scientists in the gene pool" to "distort data."

The Talking Points Memo article continues: "So when the right wing fucktards have caused it to be too late to fix the problem, and we start seeing the devastating consequences and we start seeing end of the World type events - how will we punish those responsible. It will be too late. So shouldn't we start punishing them now?"
Grist Magazine's staff writer David Roberts called for the Nuremberg-style trials for the "bastards" who were members of what he termed the global warming "denial industry."

Roberts wrote in the online publication on September 19, 2006, "When we've finally gotten serious about global warming, when the impacts are really hitting us and we're in a full worldwide scramble to minimize the damage, we should have war crimes trials for these bastards -- some sort of climate Nuremberg."

And they wonder why we own guns...

I need to get over to CV more often; he also has a piece on the idiocy classed as 'security' for air travel:
The threshold for requiring a foreign visitor to undergo special scrutiny upon arrival in the U.S. is considerably lower than criteria for stopping a passenger's departure overseas, according to current and former law enforcement officials. That is why border security agencies rely heavily on terrorism watch lists of suspects seen as urgent threats, officials said.

"The public isn't aware how many people are allowed to travel through the U.S., who are linked, who intersect with bad guys or alleged bad guys," a national security official said. "It makes sense from an intelligence perspective. If they are not considered dangerous, it provides intelligence on where they go, who they meet with."

Damn, that sounds wonderful. Right up 'til the time one of the clowns gets the bomb right and a few hundred people die. I'll close this with his words:
Excuse me, but what is this Palestinian who wants to kill all the Jews doing here in the United States chanting in a foreign language and threatening officers? And why is he allowed to fly on our planes? I'd be willing to bet he'd never get on an El-Al flight. At least the Israelis aren't running a social experiment where they let terrorists and their sympathizers fly.
Because the idiots in charge take their cue from the arch-PC idiot Minneta who would rather have seen planes full of people go down than have security accused of, let alone actually do, profiling. And El-Al actually cares more about people getting through the flight alive than about being PC.

Speaking of the Security Theater, that 'Only PC Civil Rights Need Apply' dirtbag Lautenberg can find no fault in the TSA (Fast Food Rejects With Police Powers) union people who didn't do their damned jobs; oh no, they're wonderful people.
I'll bet. There are a lot of those at Newark:

A bystander waiting for an arriving passenger noticed the breach and told the guard. TSA officials then discovered that surveillance cameras at the security checkpoint had not recorded the breach.

Really? So then what?

That's right – they weren't even recording, sources said, and needed a reboot, which the agency apparently didn't ask for. That set off a chain reaction of even more missteps that caused needless chaos and inconvenience for several thousand hapless passengers.

With the cameras inoperable, the TSA tried to get a second set of surveillance video from Continental Airlines. But the TSA apparently didn't know the correct telephone number and the specific procedures to get the footage.

Bold mine. This passes the level of 'screwup' and goes way down into the well of incompetence. I understand not knowing offhand the number and procedure; but not having it written down where it was available? And NOT MAKING SURE THE CAMERAS THEY DEPEND ON START RECORDING?

It's a given that Lautenberg is a corrupt jackass; that he'll keep playing 'make the union happy' with a mess like this...

Michael Mann(Globular Warmist High Priest) had a nasty surprise waiting for him after the holidays:
When he turns up to work on Monday, he’ll find that all 27 of his colleagues at the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University have received a rather tempting email inviting them to blow the whistle on anyone they know who may have been fraudulently misusing federal grant funds for climate research.

Under US law, regardless of whether or not a prosecution results, the whistleblower stands to make very large sums of money: it is based on a percentage of the total government funds which have been misused, in this case perhaps as much as $50 million. (Hat tip: John O’Sullivan of the wonderful new campaigning site

Also at WUWT, this on some of the 'save the climate' idiocy involving-, well, take a look. Just wonderful, isn't it? We're supposedly damaging the climate(they think) through our tech(they believe) so they're willing to spend billions(at least, of other peoples money) to do things that they really have no frikkin' idea how would affect the climate; but because it's True Believers pushing this shit, we're supposed to believe
It's a good idea, and
It'll work.
Yeah. Right.

Oh, and how the Norfolk Police are working on the Climaquiddick 'hack':
During the enquiry officers have been working in liaison with the Office of the Information Commissioner and with officers from the National Domestic Extremism Team.
As the gentleman says, words fail me.

It should be noted(again) that Sen. Reid(Land Dealer-NV) is a corrupt political hack.

And it had to happen: Oliver Stone promises to put mass murderers such as Stalin and Hitler "in context."

"Stalin, Hitler, Mao, McCarthy -- these people have been vilified pretty thoroughly by history," Stone told reporters at the Television Critics Association's semi-annual press tour in Pasadena
Hey, Stone loves Castro and Chavez and every other America-hating tyrant & wannabe out there, so who's surprised? And will it be any surprise that the US is at least partly(largely, if Stone's past is any indication) responsible for Hitler?

Police have identified children as young as seven being groomed for terrorism, with some expressing a wish to become suicide bombers.

Up to 10 primary school pupils, aged between seven and 10, have been placed on a government outreach programme for individuals considered at risk of being radicalised and turning to violence.

Some have taken inspiration from jihadi websites or after viewing extremist material in Islamic bookshops.

One child was referred to the programme by his teacher after writing on a school book: “I want to be a suicide bomber.”

Other youngsters were identified by their parents after suddenly adopting traditional Muslim dress or espousing extremist views
Where? In Britain. Obama keeps talking about the Taliban and al Queda, and either doesn't understand or doesn't have the balls to state that they're here.

Also from (fG)Britain, under the heading of "You can't do/say/think anything we don't like about a protected species" we have this piece of bullshit:
The 45-year-old IT company manager, who does not want to be named, was arrested in front of his wife and young son, was fingerprinted and had his DNA taken.

It came after staff at Rother District Council in East Sussex declared the phrase “It’s the “do as you likey” attitude that I am against” – sent in an email to their planning department – was potentially racist because “likey” rhymes with the derogatory word “pikey”.

The businessman was held in a cell for four hours until officers established he had nothing to do with the email, which had been sent by one of his then workers, Paul Osmond, from a company computer
The comment from the local Commissar of the Revolutioncouncil?
A council spokesman said: “As far as we were concerned it was an offensive comment, so we got in touch with the police.”
Got that? Say ANYTHING these miserable little bastards consider 'offensive' and they call the police. Who WILL arrest you and fingerprint you and take DNA samples without even knowing if it was actually you who committed the 'horrible' act. Great going there, coppers, I'm sure this will really give the honest people reason to trust you.

And one last thing from (fG)Britain, an action of truly monumental idiocy:
MI5 failed to alert America to intelligence highlighting the extremist links of the Detroit plane bomber because of concerns about breaching his human rights and privacy.

The spy agency withheld its files on Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from Washington until after the near-catastrophic Christmas Day attack because of guidance from its legal department.

MI5 has privately conceded that as early as 2006 its surveillance operations had picked up “multiple communications” between the 23-year-old Nigerian student and suspected terrorists in Britain.

Asked why that information had not been passed to the US, a Home Office official with detailed knowledge of the case said the security service did not pass information to its allies about the thousands of Britons who were merely suspected of having radical Islamic views
'Merely suspected'. Yeah.