Saturday, August 28, 2010

A titkerchief?

I'd say NSFW, but either funny or annoying as hell, depending on point of view.

Found at the Drumslinger, who's definitely NSFW

Tam has from time to time mentioned the complexity

of a revolver as compared to an autoloader. For the most part, I saw it the reverse.

I grew up with wheelguns, never firing an autoloading pistol until I was grown(Dad didn't have one, and for a long time there I had no money for one and didn't know anybody with one I could try), and watched Dad work on S&W revolvers many times. And he showed me how to open them up and clean them, maybe a touch of polishing here & there... I understood 'all the parts have to be assembled correctly and then it'll work'. But the first time I took an autoloader down for thorough cleaning(i.e. detail-stripped as opposed to field-stripped) I wondered how the HELL anyone had designed the damn thing? To me, the inside of the revolver seemed simple in comparison.

Over time I've gotten used to most semi-autos, but I still feel a bit more comfortable taking a screwdriver to a revolver than some of the autoloaders.

As a side note I am reminded of, a S&W factory guy once told Dad that a lot of their trigger jobs work was done by machine. The piece was thoroughly cleaned, inspected and lubed, and you (I think) removed the firing pin- hammer nose if you want to be picky- to prevent possible breakage, then you locked the grip frame in the fixture, hooked a piece around the trigger and turned it on; snap-snap-snap-snap, over and over for whatever the time period was, a few hours I believe. Then it was removed, cleaned and lubed again and the nose & grips put back on. That machine worked the action more in that few hours than a human could in Deity-knows-how-long, working the parts together so they wore and polished each other; except in cases of a part needing serious work to smooth it(as in hitting it with stones) this did a beautiful job of smoothing things out.

Now THIS is prize-winning snark

Speaking of "inserting", notice the spinal-reflex insertion of "Republicans" in there? *shakes fist* Damn you, George Bush, and your patriarchal oppression!

I'd imagine that the Democrats of the time probably opposed wimmenfolk voting, too, but they were too busy lynching negroes to have their opinions on the topic recorded for posterity.

Oh, this has got to burn something nasty on the administration

and their media helpers:
The patriotic crowd that had already gathered at the Lincoln Memorial today in our nation’s capital stood and sang “God Bless America” at 6:30 AM during a sound check.

No wonder the left hates these guys.
The BBC posted this photo of the giant rally today.

Glenn Beck announced, “I heard two estimates from the media. One was 300,000 and the other was 500,000. So, who knows just how many are actually here today.”
Organizers were expecting 100,000 patriots at the rally.
And RWPP Al Sharpton's counter-rally? About 3000.

Speaking of burning nastily: NYEffin'C can't settle matters so that church can rebuild, but
The Muslim center planned near the site of the World Trade Center attack could qualify for tax-free financing, a spokesman for City Comptroller John Liu said on Friday, and Liu is willing to consider approving the public subsidy.

I would like to bring to your attention two cases of "Bureaucrats in dire need of

horsewhipping. After the tar and feathers, and in one case just before being shot in the legs.'
In the first, here in the US:
Carrara provided a copy of L&I’s “Report of Removal,” with the violation described as “Vending in a prohibited area.” She was parked on Market Street near 33d in University City and had a line of people waiting for cupcakes, but had yet to start selling. She said three officials from L&I’s Business Compliance Unit drove up to her truck around noon and blocked her from leaving. One of the officials then drove off with her truck, she said.

“Don’t worry, I’m a very good driver,” the man said, Carrara recalled. “I’ve done this before.” (H/T – Willceau
In this case, I guess you could settle for calling it a carjacking and shooting the bastards.

In the other case, over where Great Britain used to be,
Lance Corporal Johno Lee has clocked up £800 in fines for parking in disabled bays in his home town of Newark, Nottinghamshire, on days when he uses a wheelchair or feels unable to walk very far.

When he first applied to Nottinghamshire County Council for a blue badge, he was advised he was young and 'may get better'.
Get better from what, you may wonder?
His right leg was amputated below the knee after he was caught up in an explosion in Helmand Province in 2008 and was catapulted into a minefield.
That's right; he's been denied a handicapped parking permit THREE EFFING TIMES because HE MIGHT GET BETTER?!?!?
Why yes, you're right: these are the miserable who should be tarred, feathered and then shot in the legs. And they can't bitch about it, because they might get better, right?
In a statement, the Council's Service Director Mr Paul McKay said: 'We are looking into the matter and have arranged for a member of staff to meet Mr Lee to review the situation. We will urgently assess whether he meets the criteria for a disabled parking badge as laid down by the Department of Transport.'

And I will add to the list the miserable excuses for lawmen or cop-wannabes who wrote him the effing tickets. You going to tell me NONE of them saw him and knew he was handicapped? NONE of the bastards knew of him? Bullshit.

Well, isn't that just friggin' amazing?

The proposal was made by some birdwatcher organization on August 3 and then opened up for public comment by the Environmental Prosecution Agency. That comment period was supposed to run through October, but after the bullet-ban proposal got public scrutiny this week, the agency suddenly remembered that it doesn't have jurisdiction over bullets. Really (PDF):
EPA has determined that TSCA does not provide the Agency with authority to address lead shot and bullets as requested in your petition, due to the exclusion found in TSCA 3(2)(B)(v). Consequently, we are denying that portion of your petition.
I agree with Gabriel: some enviroweenie socialists(redundancy, I know) at EPA thought it didn't matter that they had no effing authority to do this, or when they were informed basically said "We're serving The Lightworker and the Progressive Future, so we don't care what the law says!" Right up until two things happened:
1. The comment period quickly filled up with "You have no damned authority to do this, and we're going to roast Congress until they deal with you!", and
2. The Lightworker & Co. realized just what a shitstorm had just been triggered and told their minions at EPA to knock it the hell off: "You WANT to make people even more pissed off just before the election?!?"
And I'll throw in 2a: "This is Senator Foghorn(or Rep. Kickback), and I want to know WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TRYING TO DO TO ME?!?! DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY CALLS I'VE HAD ALREADY? AND I WAS IN TROUBLE BEFORE THIS!!!"

So, for the moment at least, this shit is stopped.

Added: Big Dick weighs in with a link to a Tulsa World article. The comments are filled with the standard Tulsa "Inhofe is a threat to humanity" crap, which includes this from a moron going by Becker:
Once again, Inhofe demonstrates his idiocy. Lead bullets gave been banned in indoor shooting ranges for over a decade. Why?
Really, Becker? Then why does the indoor range I use not have a problem with them? Or most other indoor ranges? True, some don't allow non-jacketed bullets, but 'lead bullets banned'? Bullshit; you have a choice of being ignorant, a liar or a fool, which do you choose?

I didn't post on THIS yesterday for the same reason

I didn't post on the voting waivers: it's hard to type when you have blood coming out of various orifices due to rage.
The Obama administration has shelved the planned prosecution of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged coordinator of the Oct. 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a court filing.

The decision at least temporarily scuttles what was supposed to be the signature trial of a major al-Qaeda figure under a reformed system of military commissions. And it comes practically on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the attack, which killed 17 sailors and wounded dozens when a boat packed with explosives ripped a hole in the side of the warship in the port of Aden.

In a filing this week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the Justice Department said that "no charges are either pending or contemplated with respect to al-Nashiri in the near future."

Isn't is just so effing glistening shining-in-the-sun WONDERFUL how these bastards handle things?
Update - A good catch by "the captain's log" in the comments. New York Times, February 6, 2009:
President Obama on Friday assured family members of Americans who were killed in the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole and in the Sept. 11 attacks that the terror suspects will be prosecuted and brought “to a swift and certain justice.”

There really aren't any words, other than to note that all of Obama's promises have an expiration date.

Even those he makes to grieving families, apparently
Well, hell, those military families might not have voted for him, after all...

I didn't post yesterday on what the politicians in uniform have done

because I was too damn mad.
In Washington, politicians always like to release bad news on a Friday, as fewer people notice. Today, the Pentagon announced that it had granted the waiver requests of five states seeking to escape requirements to protect military voters.

I have written previously here at PJM that all waiver requests should be denied. Unfortunately, if you are an overseas servicemember from Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, or Washington, the protections in the MOVE Act aren’t going to apply to you this year. And if you are from one of the states who still aren’t in compliance with MOVE — like Colorado, Wisconsin, or Alaska — don’t be surprised if you get scant help from Attorney General Eric Holder.
Take the failure of the Department of Justice Voting Section to ever respond to the Pentagon’s draft final waiver guidance for states. FVAP officials wanted to give states early guidance about what would or would not justify a waiver, and the Pentagon wanted to publish the information well in advance of the July 28 deadline for states to submit waiver applications. So FVAP sent draft guidance to bureaucrats in the Voting Section last spring.

While they waited for the DOJ, the Pentagon had to issue “interim” guidance on May 24, 2010. It foreshadowed the problem:
Please be advised that [FVAP] will not to be able to provide guidance … until detailed guidance is available.
In a dereliction of their responsibility to provide advice to FVAP, officials in the Voting Section allowed the Pentagon draft to gather dust. In fact, the Department of Justice never replied. As a result, states never received the long-promised final waiver guidance, and were forced to submit waiver applications at the last minute without any hint of administration policy.

So. Take corrupt Obama officials who don't give a crap about the troops, add them to politicians in uniform in the Pentagon, and you get screwed-over troops.

And I'm still damned mad.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The only half-decent shot I've gotten of them

The camera keeps focusing on crap in the background instead of what it's aimed at. Yes, I have a manual. No, I haven't figured out why. Going to fiddle with it and try again later.

At this point Lisa Jackson should be fired and the EPA

should be either put on a very damned short leash or done away with.
Will Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson make a back door move to ban lead bullets the day before the November 2 elections?

Several environmentalist groups led by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) are petitioning the EPA to ban lead bullets and shot (as well as lead sinkers for fishing) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Although EPA is barred by statute from controlling ammunition, CBD is seeking to work farther back along the manufacturing chain and have EPA ban the use of lead in bullets and shot because non-lead alternatives are available. But here's the catch: the alternatives to lead bullets are more expensive. A ban on the sale of lead ammunition would force hunters and sport shooters to buy non-lead ammunition that is often double the cost of traditional lead ammunition. A box of deer hunting bullets in a popular caliber could be upwards of $55.

Although the EPA could have dismissed the request due to a lack of jurisdiction, it is obliging CBD.
Let's note also what Sebastian pointed out the other day: Remember this is a no-win situation for us, because bullets made of materials other than lead are often considered armor piercing by law. Which I wonder if might be part of what they're going for: ban conventional bullets, and then ban bullets- or start using existing law to ban- made of anything they can possible describe as 'armor piercing'.

Note the day she makes her decision, the day before the November 2 elections; makes you wonder if this is fanaticism, incompetence or an actual wish to do severe damage to the Democrat Party.

I'm taking a break from cleaning boomsticks to point out why the StupidRepublican Party (updated)

is being told "Screw you" by so many:
A reliable source unaligned with either GOP senatorial campaign in Alaska, and positioned to know, confirmed for me last night that the Alaskan Republican Party (ARP) stepped up their efforts on behalf of Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the closing days of the election, going so far as to phone bank for her from the Alaska GOP's headquarters on election day.

While technically not a violation of any rules, the rules are conveniently rather slim. Grassroots Republicans I spoke to in Alaska view it as a betrayal of an open and fair primary in which the GOP establishment should not be taking sides. It also raises significant additional concerns.
Ya think maybe?
Followed by
But word is coming out of Washington that the National Republican Senatorial Committee, already in “cover their butts” mode, is intervening in Alaska to help Lisa Murkowski.

John Cornyn, Chairman of the NRSC, has been upfront that the NRSC will help incumbent Republicans being challenged. But there is a problem with Murkowski. I have confirmed through multiple sources that Lisa Murkowski has already approached the Alaska Libertarian Party. In exchange for putting her on the Libertarian ticket in November, Murkowski will hand the Libertarians a sizable chunk of her +$1 million war chest.

The Libertarian Party Chairman, Scot Kohlhaas, is denying direct talks with Murkowski, and says it probably won’t happen, but I can confirm conversations are still happening regarding this.

I am willing to bet that John Cornyn is sending Murkowski help without first getting a promise from her that she will not run third party if she loses
Crap like this is why tea parties haven't taken well to R-party bigshots trying to take over, or claim allegiance: and apparently the party weenies are too arrogant or stupid- or both combined- to get it. So they do this and further infuriate the base.

Yeah, it really is the Stupid Party. It hasn't gotten any money from me in a long time due to crap like this, and it looks like it's going to be a lot longer.

Update: more over at RS McCain, including
A former Republican state legislator, Halcro has disavowed any “official” connection to the Murkowski campaign, but a source in Anchorage says Halcro has masterminded the effort to secure the LP nomination for the incumbent Republican senator as a fallback option, should Miller’s victory hold up. And Halcro acknowledged to an Anchorage Daily News reporter that he is in direct communication with Murkowski.

Major national media have quoted Halcro without noting that, after Sarah Palin won the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 2006, Halcro launched a third-party vengeance campaign focused on attcking Palin. He finished with 9% of the vote, and subsequently launched a blog which made him a “folk hero” to Palin’s enemies, according to an Anchorage Daily News article published in August 2008 — just two weeks before Palin was picked as the GOP vice-presidential nominee

I'm going to start this with Salisbury Police Officer Mark Hunter

who has a positive allergy to being recorded while on the job:
The resisting-arrest conviction last week of Felicia Gibson has left a lot of people wondering. Can a person be charged with resisting arrest while observing a traffic stop from his or her own front porch?

Salisbury Police Officer Mark Hunter thought so, and last week District Court Judge Beth Dixon agreed. Because Gibson did not at first comply when the officer told her and others to go inside, the judge found Gibson guilty of resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer.

Gibson was not the only bystander watching the action on the street. She was the only one holding up a cell-phone video camera. But court testimony never indicated that Hunter told her to stop the camera; he just told her to go inside.

Asked to explain the charge of resisting arrest, Salisbury Police Chief Rorie Collins provided general comments. He was not discussing the specifics of the Gibson case
Probably because he knows this is bullshit.

This has various bullcrap about how horrible Breitbart is, but does hit some of the story:
Apparently Cameron has been boasting about being ready to debate climate-change deniers whenever, wherever. And he had been reaching out to tempt the likes of Glenn Beck of Sen. James Inhofe (R-Ok).

They couldn’t make it. And instead they recommended the others, including Breitbart.

Breitbart accepted, as did the other two scientists, but on Saturday – as the writer awaited his flight to Aspen at the airport – Cameron’s people called to cancel the panel.

What was the reason? They didn’t give him one.

So Breitbart, annoyed and insulted, called me.

"Cameron is concocting a fake public posturing that he’ll take on anyone,” he said. “He’s still in bravado mode, while wasting people’s time saying he’s willing to take people on.”

So I asked Cameron’s organizer Richard Greene, to give the reason.

He wouldn’t give one, either.
Gee, I wonder why?
But then as the debate approached James Cameron's side started changing the rules.

They wanted to change their team. We agreed.

They wanted to change the format to less of a debate-to "a roundtable". We agreed.

Then they wanted to ban our cameras from the debate. We could have access to their footage. We agreed.

Bizarrely, for a brief while, the worlds [sic] most successful film maker suggested that no cameras should be allowed-that sound only should be recorded. We agreed [sic]

Then finally James Cameron, who so publicly announced that he "wanted to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out," decided to ban the media from the shoot out.

He even wanted to ban the public. The debate/roundtable would only be open to those who attended the conference.

No media would be allowed and there would be no streaming on the internet. No one would be allowed to record it in any way.

We all agreed to that.

And then, yesterday, just one day before the debate, his representatives sent an email that Mr. "shoot it out " Cameron no longer wanted to take part. The debate was canceled
All that was left out of the first story for some reason...

Portland Mayor Sam Adams seems to be an interesting sort:
Yesterday, I shared a message Portland Mayor Sam Adams sent me, where he "encouraged" me "to denounce the Oregon Firearms Federation statement" responding to his plan for imposing more "gun control" edicts in the city.

Let's take a closer look at his message and respond to the points he raises:

"David, please actually read the website; the quote, ' gun lobby,' is right on the front page."

I have, Mr. Mayor. I linked to it last Friday at the end of my column
Forgive me, Mr. Mayor, if I don't think my going about in public with a gun poses as much of a threat as you going about with a car. With your fly undone. And, inexplicably (except you do control the police), with no test for alcohol, despite statements indicating this was a concern based on two independent witness observations.

Good grief, you're quite the control freak, aren't you? What is it, a projection thing, where those who can't--or won't control themselves assume the rest of us must possess the same defects in character and self-control?

Sorry, Mr. Mayor. I will not denounce Oregon Firearms Federation. I applaud them

Guys, you're overlooking one important thing: Obama doesn't really give a rats ass about you.

Obama wants to speak directly to the kids again. Isn't that just wonderful?

Speaks for itself:
Iranian authorities have banned all advertisements for pets, pet food and other pet products.

The decision by Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance comes after the fatwa was issued by powerful cleric Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi.

While keeping dogs as pets has become increasingly fashionable in Iran in recent years, the fatwa cited Islamic tradition, which dictates that dogs are unclean
Mohammed hated dogs and liked cats; might explain a few things.

And that's it for now.

One of those Post Of Its Own things: RWPP dirtbag

strikes; copious amounts of low-grade fertilizer left behind.
"We are going to take on the barbarism of war, the decadence of racism, and the scourge of poverty, that the Ku Klux -- I meant to say the Tea Party," Fauntroy told a news conference today at the National Press Club. "You all forgive me, but I -- you have to use them interchangeably."

Fauntroy attempted to explain the comparison to white supremacists by saying that organizers behind the "Restoring Honor" rally are the same people who cut audio cables from a sound system the night before the historic March on Washington and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

"The same people who cut the cables on the night before the march, that we paid $66,000 for a sound system, they cut it," Fauntroy said. "Now from Fox News and elsewhere, they are seeking to turn the world back."

So The Dream has gone from 'equal justice under the law' and 'not by the color of their skin' to "How dare you white people speak on this day?"

Fauntroy, you're a fine example of a RWPP dirtbag. Screw you.

Well, makes it not 'Of Its Own', but this is still fitting right in due to RWPP dirbagginess:
Joining us will be a cross-section of organizations and principals including Rev. Al Sharpton, United States Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, Martin Luther King, III, President, Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc.; Ed Schultz, Television and radio show host; Tom Joyner,... SEIU... etc., etc., etc. A fine list of socialists and progressives who can't stand anyone standing up for the US on that date at that place who's not black.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

RNS has one observation on the current EPA "Let's ban bullets for the CHILDREENNN and Nature!"

Running a winning presidential campaign is tough, and sort of self-selecting: if you can win, presumably you and the people around you are capable of imposing order on the vast federal bureaucracy as well (which, at this point, constitutes governing). That nobody in the White House saw fit to stop EPA from trying TO BAN AMMUNITION, of all things, (or to stop CBD from filing the petition in the first place) speaks volumes to the actual incompetence wandering those halls. At least force EPA to delay consideration of it until after the election? Anybody? Bueller?
Just to argue the point, it's possible that they're either
A: so fixated on their ideology that they think it's worth it to push this or
B: so busy being Obamites they didn't think this would make that much of a stir.
Or, of course, it could be some combination of the above.

Or the gentleman could be right, the crew in the White House right now is just plain damn stupid.

(Awright, he says incompetent, I said stupid, I know)

If this is true, then everybody involved at the IRS must be fired.

Immediately. No excuses.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court today, the pro-Israel group Z Street alleges that it has been discriminated against. Z Street says, in its complaint, that was "informed explicitly by an IRS Agent on July 19, 2010, that approval of Z STREET’s application for tax-exempt status has been at least delayed, and may be denied because of a special IRS policy in place regarding organizations in any way connected with Israel, and further that the applications of many such Israel-related organizations have been assigned to 'a special unit in the D.C. office to determine whether the organization's activities contradict the Administration's public policies.'"
Fired. And banned from every again working for any federal, state or local government agency. And that includes our tax-cheat Treasury Secretary if he had anything to do with this crap.

These statements by an IRS official that the IRS maintains special policies (hereinafter the “Israel Special Policy”) governing applications for tax-exempt status by organizations which deal with Israel, and which requires particularly intense scrutiny of such applications and an enhanced risk of denial if made by organizations which espouse or support positions inconsistent with the Obama administration’s Israel policies, constitute an explicit admission of the crudest form of viewpoint discrimination, and one which is both totally un-American and flatly unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
No shit. That the IRS would not just be given a directive for this crap, but carry it out, it inexcusable. Period.

I have two great big "Screw You" statements to go out

First, to President Obama:
Our far left president just hauled the State of Arizona in front of the UN Human Rights Council. For the record, this sham council includes human rights offenders Cuba, China and Libya. The Obama administration told the United Nations Human Rights Council that America’s human rights record was less than perfect in a report this week.
AIP News reported, via Free Republic:
Apparently Barack Obama is not content to make a federal case out of his immigration feud with Arizona; he just made it an international one.

The president’s first-ever report on U.S. human rights to the UN Human Rights Council contains a rich vein of offensive material. So far, one aspect has not been reported: our petty president used the situation to bash Arizona’s immigration law — and possibly transfer jurisdiction over the law from Arizona to the UN. Throughout the report, which sounds like an Obama campaign speech, the president discusses “the original flaw” of the U.S. Constitution, America’s tolerance for slavery, and his version of our long and despicable history of discriminating against and oppressing minorities, women, homosexuals, and the handicapped. After each complaint, he addresses how he is delivering us from ourselves, patting himself on the back for such initiatives as ending “torture,” promoting Affirmative Action, and passing health care legislation.
Mr. Obama, I'll modify my language somewhat: Fuck you, you miserable little socialist bastard.

Second, a great big "Screw you, Nanny. Go stuff some more (food you don't want the peasants to eat) in your fat mouth and SHUT THE HELL UP."
In his his remarks, Bloomberg, who has previously supported the Park51 project in the name of both property rights and religious freedom, once again spoke truth to fear and hatred. He admitted that “there are people of good will on both sides of the debate." He acknowledged that the World Trade Center site is "hallowed ground." And he observed that “there are people of every faith–including, perhaps, some in this room–who are hoping that a compromise will end the debate.”

“But it won’t,” he said.

The community center can and must be built at the Park51 site, he said. Anything less would “compromise our commitment to fighting terror with freedom."

You sorry, lying, ass-kissing piece of crap. New York Effing City, you re-elected this clown. Even when he had to have his minions change the law so he could run again. Well, here's what you voted for, I hope you're enjoying it.

How about 'Driving While Effing Stupid'?

Or "Driving While A Moron." Or just plain 'Reckless Driving'?
An Elmwood Place police officer who stopped a car because it had illegally tinted windows received a bit of a shock when he looked inside.

Officer Ross Gilbert said the driver, Colondra Hamilton, a 36-year-old Downtown resident, was sitting with her pants unzipped and a sex toy in her lap.

He said Hamilton told him she was using the toy while watching a sex video on a laptop computer that a passenger in the front seat held up so she could see it.

Gilbert charged her with "driving with inappropriate alertness" and having illegal tinted windows, according to the traffic ticket

Let's see what's up today

The professionalism of ABC News:
I noticed a man in black shirt with a phone camera aggressively questioning and haranguing a gentleman with the sign, “No Sharia Here.” He was very aggressive, disrespectful and condescending; apparently, he did not like the gentlemen’s answers about Shariah and pushed the point: “Why do you feel threatened? What are you afraid of? Why can’t you answer my questions?”
But there was cameraman was standing nearby, watching the scene play out. When I asked, he said he worked for ABC News. I then asked if the man in the black shirt was with him. The ABC cameraman said, “yes.”
Sure enough, a few blocks away, I observed the man in the black shirt getting into an ABC News truck and putting on the sound equipment. When he saw me with my camera, he attempted to hide. At that time it became clear the man in the black shirt was an employee of ABC News. The ABC cameraman also witnessed his colleague’s aggressive behavior–and did nothing to stop him
ABC: Making All The News We Want You To See.

The FDA and DEA just can't stop screwing with things. And people.
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is beginning a "massive new program" to reduce overdoses, diversion, and inappropriate use of powerful opioid pain relievers, especially targeting extended-release and patch formulations of fentanyl, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, and oxymorphone. On Monday, the FDA announced it had sent letters to 16 drug companies who produce the 24 listed products informing them they would now have to create a Risk Evaluation and Management Strategy (REMS) "to ensure that the benefits of the drugs continue to outweigh the risks."

That means physicians are likely to face new procedures in prescribing the drugs, and patients are likely to face more hurdles in obtaining them, an FDA official said at a Monday press conference. But pain patients already face serious obstacles in obtaining relief. The FDA action comes in the context of a campaign by the DEA to crack down on doctors it deems to have improperly prescribed large amounts of opioid pain medication -- even though prescribing what at first glance appear to be extremely large amounts is well with standard pain relief practice. Physician's fears of being prosecuted have contributed to what pain patient advocates describe as a crisis in chronic pain relief
Apparently they have food safety and actual illegal drugs so under control they can waste time and people on this; maybe their budgets need to be looked at.

Ah, the wonders socialism brings to countries...
Fernandez's countrymen went wild with joy on bulletin boards and Facebook, showing just how worried they are about their country. Their greatest fear is violent crime.

Ever since Chavez became president in 1999, Venezuelan cities have become hellholes in which murder rates have more than quadrupled. At 233 per 100,000, or one murder every 90 minutes, the rate in Caracas now tops that of every war zone in the world, according to an official National Statistics Institute study released Wednesday.

In fact, crime is the defining fact of life in today's Venezuela. About 96% of all murder victims are poor and lower-middle class, the very people Chavez claims to represent. "Don't venture into barrios at any time of the day, let alone at night," warns the Lonely Planet guide to Venezuela to hardy adventure travelers

One of the consequences of telling kids the only good work to go for is something with a college degree:
Workers with specialized skills like electricians, carpenters and welders are in critically short supply in many large economies, a shortfall that marks another obstacle to the global economic recovery, a research paper by Manpower Inc (NYSE:MAN - News) concludes.

"It becomes a real choke-point in future economic growth," Manpower Chief Executive Jeff Joerres said. "We believe strongly this is really an issue in the labor market."

And so what are they doing? Importing skilled workers from other countries.

You've got kids or grandkids, point out to them that these are jobs where you can make good pay, they tend to be pretty secure AND they don't require years giving thousands(tens of, hundreds of) of dollars to a college.

Hadn't said anything about this before: while back Rep. Carnahan(D-MO) suffered a firebomb attack at an office. Usual accusations against tea party, etc. Except
Reporters, Prompted By Rightwing Blogs, Ask Russ Carnahan If His Own Staffer Was Arrested (and Released) In Connection With Firebombing
and Carnahan says 'yes'. Interesting.

I think I'll close this with a quote from Jefferson about Congress under the Articles of Confederation:
Our body was little numerous, but very contentious," Jefferson noted, but he asked how it could be any other way if Congress was doomed to be composed of lawyers "whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing and talk by the hour."
I have wondered: what might a ban on lawyers serving in Congress be like...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The hummers evade me

Shut up, dammit, that's not what I meant. And you know it.

Spent a while in the back sitting and waiting, and saw the birds around, but the wouldn't go to the feeder. Moved a ways further back, more of the same.

Maybe they're allergic to amateur paparazzi?

If the facts are as presented, there's a bunch of hospital staff

and some security assholes who need firing. And prosecution. And possible hanging, preceeded- in the case of Scott, at least- by flogging.

"Dance, Monkey!" says Jennifer

I’ll crank the organ grinder; you dance.

I don’t really care where you stand on issues. Honestly, your stance matters far less to me than that of my neighbor. You see, you aren’t real. I turn off my TV or shut down my computer and you cease to exist in my world. Once I am done with you, I can put you back in your little box until I want you to entertain me again.

I don’t care that you think the BP executives deserve the death penalty. But I bet you looked cute saying it.

And you? Really? I’m supposed to care what the director of fluffy tripe made for gullible people thinks of those who realize global warming is a scam? Get back into your bubble. I’ll let you know when I’m in the mood for something blue and shiny.

Ok, folks, the Obama people and the EPA are going after your ammunition

NSSF is springing into action, as the public comment period opens on EPA considering a regulation that will ban all traditional lead ammunition. This would basically end the shooting sports as we know it. Remember this is a no-win situation for us, because bullets made of materials other than lead are often considered armor piercing by law. Copper is your basic material, and copper is expensive, and has much poorer performance properties than lead.

Contact info for EPA and the administrator here. Yell at your congresscritters, both houses, NOW. LOUDLY.

Results: mixed on rust bluing

(Lousy photography warning in effect)
The barrel, front sight, rear sight base, lever, trigger, inner receiver(which has the trigger guard) all came out flat beautiful, dark and lovely; the receiver, not so much.I'll try to get some better-lit shots later. The receiver just wouldn't color well; I'm wondering if a different alloy(maybe nickel content?) than the other stuff. Or maybe I just didn't do something right. Any case, it looks a lot better than before

Added: couple more pictures:
Yeah, still a so-so shot. Here's a closer look at the barrel and front sight:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

One resident said: 'It was hilarious.

All of the neighbours came outside to take a look at his legs and backside sticking out of the window.

'He must have felt a right idiot. Most people wanted him to be left there. There is one neighbour who is a surgeon, and he told the emergency services he'd be able to get the burglar out without damaging the window.

'But they politely declined, saying they would rather get him out in one piece.'
Picky bastards, aren't they?

Going to have to disagree strongly with the post at Bookworm's place

on the death tax:
Even the most libertarian portion of my brain recognizes that there must be some taxes for a modern society to function at all. Given there have to be some sort of taxes, I’ve always thought the inheritance tax was one of the more reasonable ones. The person from whom the money is taken no longer needs it. The person to whom the money would otherwise be given has, likely as not, done little or nothing to earn it. It’s a relatively easy tax to get out of paying; just spend your money or give it to the people you want to have it before you die. A whole industry has grown up providing ways to protect your money from inheritance taxes through the use of trusts and other devices. Often, close corporations can be formed to keep the money from being taxed. Yet, for reasons I don’t quite understand, the inheritance tax is an absolute hot-button item for very many people. The 60 plus organization alternative to AARP listed killing this tax as one of its top two priorities. But why?
Because it's nothing more than theft by government just because it can; it's stealing from the one who earned the money, and from the ones he'd like to leave it to; because every damn penny you earn is taxed multiple times and ways over your life, and this is the government saying "Now that you're dead, we're going to tax it all AGAIN." Because it destroys businesses and farms, and wipes out what someone hoped to leave to family or friend or whatever.

Because you shouldn't have to play games and more taxes before you die just to see that your estate isn't raped AFTER you die.

Because so many of the God-damned hypocrite politicians who insist "It's only fair!" have accountants and tax attorneys finding ways to shelter every possible penny of their estates from it, while calling anyone else who doesn't want their estate raped 'unfeeling' and 'greedy' and anything else they can think of.

How about those reasons?

Note: title changed after this received in comments from Bookworm,
Just to clarify, my dear friend Don Quixote wrote that one while I was away on vacation.
Duly noted, and title changed to reflect wasn't by Bookworm herself.

Well, I have heard that about pipers...

When they came to the crossing which later became known as Pegasus Bridge, troops on the other side signalled frantically that it was under sniper fire. Lovat ordered Millin to shoulder his bagpipes and play the commandos over. “It seemed like a very long bridge,” Millin said afterwards.

The pipes were damaged by shrapnel later that day, but remained playable. Millin was surprised not to have been shot, and he mentioned this to some Germans who had been taken prisoner.

They said that they had not shot at him because they thought he had gone off his head
He met Lord Lovat while he doing his commando training at Achnacarry, north of Fort William. Lovat, the hereditary chief of the Clan Fraser, offered him a job as his batman, but Millin turned this down and Lovat agreed instead to take him on as his personal piper.

The War Office had banned pipers from leading soldiers into battle after losses in the Great War had proved too great. “Ah, but that’s the English War Office,” Lovat told Millin. “You and I are both Scottish and that doesn’t apply.” On D-Day, Millin was the only piper

Yesterday at this time it was 101, on its way to 104

Right now it's 81. And we had a little rain. Last nights low was 75, tonight they're saying 63.

Once upon a time Will Rogers said "If you don't like the weather here, wait a while." Sometimes it takes longer, but it do change.

And it's very nice to have the windows open and a couple of fans going.

Well, this is special

The second set of keys, the ones that vanished yesterday, reappeared.

In a window.

No, I don't. But at least they're back.

Oh, those batteries I ordered?

Came in yesterday, wrapped in a sheet of paper(also serving as receipt) in an envelope: ten Maxell batteries on a card. The light now works again and I have spares. For the price, can't beat it.

It's raining, in a good way, here;

not in a good way for the National Socialist Democrats:
Faced with that bad news, the pollsters came up with several recommendations for Democratic candidates. When talking about Obamacare, Democrats should "keep claims small and credible." They should promise to "improve" the law. They should avoid talking about policy and stick to "personal stories" of people who will benefit from Obamacare. And above all, the pollsters advise, "don't say the law will reduce costs and deficit."

It's a stunning about-face for a party that saw national health care as its signature accomplishment. "This is the first time we've seen from Democrats that they clearly understand they have a serious problem in terms of selling this legislation," says Republican pollster David Winston
Y'know, if they'd actually bothered to LISTEN to all those voters saying "We don't want this mess!" back when...

Speaking of NSD clowns,
Senior Obama administration officials concluded the federal moratorium on deepwater oil drilling would cost roughly 23,000 jobs, but went ahead with the ban because they didn’t trust the industry’s safety equipment and the government’s own inspection process, according to previously undisclosed documents.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce economist Martin Regalia on Monday said the tax increases advocated by President Obama would essentially kill any chance for an economic rebound.

“That’s what you’re suggesting, is a corporate bullet in the head,” Regalia said. “That is going to be a bullet in the head for an awful lot of people that are going to be laid off and an awful lot of people who are hoping to get their jobs back.”

But I'm sure Obama & Co. calling them 'tax breaks for the rich' over and over will take care of that, right?

Yeah, the upset over the Ground Zero mosque is all because of the JOOOOS!!!

Zoom in close enough, that's one colorful spider:

And on the critter front, when riding through the mountains you really need to watch out for large things in the road.

While various weenies are whining about the horrible Israelis, here's some more on that 'peaceful' blockade-running mission. And a list of some of the other 'help the hungry people' missions.

And now I'll leave you, to make one more try at locating those bleepin' keys.

P.J. O'Rourke has an article about Afghanistan,

and I'm going to steal the story at the end of it:
There was a student who had been studying for many years at a madrassa. He had memorized the Koran and learned all the lessons his teacher taught. One day he went to his teacher and said, “I am ready to leave and go be a mullah.”

His teacher said, “I think you should stay here for a few more years.”

“Why?” asked the student. “Is there some additional degree or higher certificate that I will get?”

“No,” said the teacher, “all you will get is wisdom.”

“But I’m ready to be a mullah now,” said the student. And he left the madrassa and wandered from village to village looking for a mosque where he could be the prayer-leader.

Finally the student came to a village where a corrupt old mullah was using the mosque as a stall for his cow. The student was outraged. He gathered the villagers together and told them, “I have studied at a madrassa. I have memorized the Koran. It is a great sacrilege for your mullah to use the mosque as a stall for his cow.”

The villagers beat him up.

The student limped back to the madrassa and told his teacher what had happened. The teacher said, “Follow me.” They went back to the village where the mullah was using the mosque as a stall.

The teacher gathered the villagers together and told them, “I see you have a beautiful cow being kept in your mosque. It must be a very blessed animal. And I hear the cow belongs to your mullah. He must be a very holy man. In fact, I think that this cow is so blessed and your mullah is so holy that if you were to take one hair from the cow’s hide and one hair from the mullah’s beard and rub them together, you would be assured of paradise.”

The villagers ran into the mosque and began plucking hairs from the cow’s hide. The cow started to buck and kick and it bolted from the mosque and disappeared. Then the villagers ran to the mullah’s house and began plucking hairs from the corrupt old mullah’s beard. And they tugged and they yanked so hard at the mullah’s beard that he had a heart attack and died.

“You see,” said the teacher to the student, “no cow in the mosque and a need for a new mullah—that is wisdom.”

Good article, worth reading. The rest of, I mean

Monday, August 23, 2010

Just to give you an idea of the last three days

Hot as bleep, and add to that:
Saturday, between the front door and the truck managed to lose my house keys.
This morning the other set disappeared somewhere between the front door and the kitchen.
And no, I still can't find either one of the damn things.

This does point out a difference between religious groups

Christians and Jews and pagans and such face some bit of bigotry or blatant disrespect, they protest; history seems to show far too many adherents of the Religion of Submission go straight to 'threaten death and destruction'.
One jihadist website vowed to conduct suicide bombings in Florida to avenge the Koran burning, while others predicted an increase in terrorist recruits as a result of such actions.

"By Allah, the wars are heated and you Americans are the ones who...enflamed it," says one such posting. "By Allah you will be the first to taste its flames."

You know, I think one big reason we haven't had a bunch of suicide bombers- aside from the fact that some LE agencies really do do their jobs right- is that a lot of the group leaders realize exactly what kind of reaction they're likely to get. But all it'll take is one leader who doesn't care, or some freelance jihadi clowns, to commit the acts. And the storm will break.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A REAL big stick

The founder of the gulabis is the fearless Sampat Pal Devi, 40, who was married off at the age of 12 to an ice-cream vendor and had the first of her five children at 15. The gulabis, whose members say they are a "gang for justice," started in 2006 as a sisterhood of sorts that looked out for victims of domestic abuse, a problem the United Nations estimates affects two in three married Indian women. Named after their hot-pink sari uniforms, the gang paid visits to abusive husbands and demanded they stop the beatings. When obstinate men refused to listen, the gulabis would return with large bamboo sticks called laathis and "persuade" them to change their ways. "When I go around with a stick, it's to make men fear me. I don't always use it, but it helps change the mind of men who think they are more powerful than me" says Pal. She has assumed the rank of commander in chief and has appointed district commanders across seven districts in Bundelkhand to help coordinate the gang's efforts.
Pal has a long list of criminal charges against her, including unlawful assembly, rioting, attacking a government employee, and obstructing an officer in the discharge of duty, and she even had to go into hiding. Her feistiness has secured notable victories for the community, however. In 2008, the group ambushed the local electricity office, which was withholding electricity until members received bribes or sexual favors in return for flicking the switch back on. The stick-wielding gulabi stormed the company grounds and proceeded to rough up the staff inside the building. An hour later, the power was back on in the village.
I'd say the atmosphere has changed enough that instead of killing themselves, some women have seen- and are spreading the word- that they can do things for instead of to themselves and others.

Though it seems they may have decided to skip the 'talk softly' part; and I can't blame them.

Oh, I want this case to succeed; it'll make the whole

Illinois power structure hemorrhage purple kittens.
In this case, Mishaga v. Monken, the Illinois State Police are being sued by Ellen Mishaga for violating her Second and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Mrs. Mishaga is a resident of Ohio who frequently visits friends in Illinois on overnight trips. While staying in her friend's home, she wants to be able to have a loaded firearm for self-protection. However, this would violate the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, 430 ILCS 65/2 (10), which requires non-residents to keep their firearms unloaded and enclosed in a case. The other exceptions to the requirement to have a FOID card involve law enforcement officials, non-resident hunters, or competitors in shooting competitions - none of which apply to her. The full list can be found here.

As the suit states with regard to her Second Amendment rights:

9. The Second Amendment guarantees, inter alia, the right to possess and use firearms in a home for personal security.

10. An overnight guest has a legitimate expectation of personal security in her host’s home and an overnight guest has the same Second Amendment right to possess and use firearms that the overnight guest has in her own home.

Mrs. Mishaga twice applied for an Illinois FOID card and both times her application was rejected. The rejection was because she did not have an Illinois driver's license or Illinois identification card. As a resident of the state of Ohio she is precluded from having either form of identification. The suit notes that "Illinois law recognizes the right of Illinois residents to keep and bear arms, Ill. Const. Art I, Sec. 22; 430 ICLS 65/1 et seq." Therefore, the suit claims:

The right to travel, guaranteed by the privileges and immunities clauses of Article IV and the Fourteenth Amendment, is violated when a State discriminates against citizens of other States where there is no substantial reason for the discrimination beyond the mere fact that they are citizens of other States.

It should be noted that Brad Pitt is even more of a jackass than I'd thought

Which is going some.
Asked about the people responsible for the crisis, the ‘Inglourious Basterds’ star said: ‘I was never for the death penalty before – I am willing to look at it again.’
And what horrendous thing led him to this?
Brad Pitt has waded into the Gulf oil spill controversy with an extraordinary veiled attack on BP.

The Hollywood actor said he would consider the death penalty for those to blame for the ruptured well that gushed millions of gallons of oil into the ocean.
First, that's not exacly veiled; second, the man is a freaking loon; no wonder he fits into Hollyweird so well.

Yeah, the palisimians are really ready for their own state

Obama claims to be embracing the nullification of Jewish civil right in the interests of peace. In his stated view, to forge peace in the Middle East it is necessary for the Palestinians to achieve statehood. But it hard to see how the establishment of a Palestinian state squares with Obama's purported dedication to civil rights.

In a briefing with the Egyptian media last week Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas told reporters that no Jews will be allowed to live in a future Palestinian state. He also said that while he would agree to allow NATO forces to deploy in the future Palestinian state, he would not permit any Jewish soldiers to serve in the NATO units stationed on the territory of such a state. As he put it, "I will not agree that there will be Jews among NATO forces and I will not allow even one Israeli to live amongst us on the Palestinian soil."

The notion that an inherently anti-Semitic Palestinian state, predicated on Jew hatred that strong, could possibly live at peace with Israel is simply ridiculous. But tellingly, in all the American pressure that has been placed on Abbas to begin direct negotiations with Israel, at no time has the administration been reported to have insisted that Abbas abandon his anti-Semitism. Obama has made no statement addressing the fact that the Palestinians demand that Jews be barred from living in the future Palestinian state. He has certainly not objected to this position although it squares with none of the American values of tolerance and property rights he upheld so strongly in his remarks on the Ground Zero mosque.

Not a nice thought for the day, but if true the morons responsible for this

ought to be fired, flogged and banned from holding any elective or state position. Ever.

"Workplace violence" my ass.

I really resent the presumption

that I’m going there to play to right-wing Nazi jews [sic]. If Elvis-f-ing-Costello wants to pull out of a gig in Israel because he’s suddenly got this compassion for Palestinians, then good on him. But I have absolutely one rule, right? Until I see an Arab country, a Muslim country, with a democracy, I won’t understand how anyone can have a problem with how they’re treated....

I guess I'll have to call this one "Corrupt Democrat Sheldon Silver

and the lawyers(with all of them planning to make money).

Why the government of Philadelphia is made of fail

Not only would the mayor & Co. like to trash the 2nd, they do crap like this:
For the past three years, Marilyn Bess has operated MS Philly Organic, a small, low-traffic blog that features occasional posts about green living, out of her Manayunk home. Between her blog and infrequent contributions to, over the last few years she says she’s made about $50. To Bess, her website is a hobby. To the city of Philadelphia, it’s a potential moneymaker, and the city wants its cut.

In May, the city sent Bess a letter demanding that she pay $300, the price of a business privilege license.
So even if your blog collects a handful of hits a day, as long as there's the potential for it to be lucrative — and, as Mandale points out, most hosting sites set aside space for bloggers to sell advertising — the city thinks you should cut it a check. According to Andrea Mannino of the Philadelphia Department of Revenue, in fact, simply choosing the option to make money from ads — regardless of how much or little money is actually generated — qualifies a blog as a business.
Isn't that just freakin' wonderful? Let's ignore any actual amount of money earned and take a long, hard look at that line again: as long as there's the potential for it to be lucrative they think they should be able to tax you. They've got this set up so even if you don't have ads they can claim there's the 'potential' for profit and that's their excuse for demanding you get a license.

Which leads me to wondering when they'll start trying to use this to shut down blogs that say things they don't like("Hey, we're all for free speech, but this blog didn't buy the business license, so we HAD to shut it down.")?

And this counts as 'helping solve the problem':
In June, City Council members Bill Green and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez unveiled a proposal to reform the city's business privilege tax in an effort to make Philly a more attractive place for small businesses. If their bill passes, bloggers will still have to get a privilege license if their sites are designed to make money(And remember that bit above about ad space and 'potential'), but they would no longer have to pay taxes on their first $100,000 in profit. (If bloggers don't want to fork over $300 for a lifetime license, Green suggests they take the city's $50-a-year plan.)

Their bill will be officially introduced in September. "There's a lot of support and interest in this idea," Green says
There ought to be a lot of support and interest in borrowing a roofing tar trailer and buying a bunch of pillows and visiting City Hall.

This is just MADE of wonderful

Melanie Morgan, founder of Move America Forward, the nation’s largest pro-troop organization, led about a dozen conservative activists who protested at the Venice home of Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans at a Saturday afternoon fundraiser for California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown.

Morgan reports the pro-American protesters, “blocked the entrance of hundreds of wealthy Democrat liberals, including Sally Kellerman and Cindy Asner, ex-wife of Ed Asner.” Protesters laid down on the sidewalk outside the entrance gate where guests had to step over them…
Jodie Evans became visibly agitated when confronted by Morgan about Code Pink’s $600,000 donation to the families of terrorists who murdered U.S. troops in Fallujah. Evans snapped “you are on crack!” as Morgan persisted.

Morgan added, “these liberals were shocked that we turned up. They were extremely angry about our obnoxious support of U.S. troops… and completely oblivious to the irony. The most fun was watching Jodie Evans’ skin mottle in anger, matching her dyed red hair!”

Yeah, they think they're supposed to be able to crap on anybody they want, but nobody's supposed to DARE to give them trouble.

Except it doesn't work that way.

From a link at Insty ran across several interesting things

at a blog:
Eating bread can cause a breathalyzer to indicate you've been drinking
After consuming almost any type of bread product — white loaf bread, donuts, pretzels, pastries, etc. — Price consistently registered blood-alcohol readings on the machine. These levels were commonly around .03%, but rose as high as .05% (enough, along with a drink or two, to reach illegal levels). Further, the Intoxilyzer’s slope detector (an electrical circuit designed to detect alcohol from the mouth rather than from the lungs) failed to indicate the presence of any "mouth alcohol". He reported this in an article entitled "Intoxilyzer: A Bread Testing Device?", 15(4)Drinking/Driving Law Letter 52.

Reacting to the use of this article by defense attorneys in their state, the Washington State Toxicology Laboratory conducted their own studies to refute the findings — this time with the machine used in Washington, a DataMaster. Unfortunately, their research only confimed Price’s experience.
More details, well worth reading. As is this:
I’ve written in the past about how most so-called "breathalyzers" do not measure alcohol: they actually measure the presence of a molecular group in chemical compounds. Ethyl alcohol (aka ethanol) contains the group, and so when the machine detects its presence (or, more accurately, infrared energy is absorbed by it), it simply assumes that the detected compound must be ethyl alcohol.

Problem: there are thousands of compounds containing the molecular group — of which well over one hundred have been found on the human breath.

Breathing gasoline or paint fumes, for example, or merely absorbing the fumes through the skin, can create false breath test results for days afterwards. And I’ve posted in the past that the problem is particularly acute when the suspect happens to be a diabetic, as diabetics often have high levels of acetone in their breath — a compound which contains the group in its molecular structure

And, just to demonstrate once again what a nanny-state bastard Sen. Schumer is,
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., was in Elmira on Friday to promote a bill that would fund research of alcohol detection devices that could make such a scenario possible. Called the ROADS SAFE Act of 2010, or Senate bill 3039, the act would direct the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to spend $60 million over five years to figure out whether it’s possible to make an alcohol-detecting ignition lock that is both reliable and affordable.
Besides the general problems with this(are the going to make it illegal to start the car if you're wearing gloves? Etc.), I have to wonder if those compounds mentioned above are also found in sweat? Which would cause false readings and make someone unable to start the car(but that's not a problem because it's All For Your Own Good, no matter how much trouble it causes)...