Saturday, April 09, 2011
The Disneyfied Sucker Punch
Thanks to daughter for pointing me to this
"Yes, we will approve you having a missile defense system BUT
"I'm Lindsey Graham, and a don't really approve of this message but I do agree with it."
Mass murder at a school in Brazil, and the murderer had some religious tendencies that the media doesn't really want to talk about.
"He was so focused on things related to Islam and had let his beard grow long. He was weird, he was on the internet all day reading related issues and it was very strange, very secretive," she said.
Wellington left a letter with disconnected sentences, but with fundamentalist tendencies, said Lt. Col. Djalma Beltrame, commander of Battalion 14.
"He was on the internet using Muslim sites... It's crazy. Only a crazy person could do this to children, said the commander..."
I really don't want to hear another damned word from Sen. Schumer(Sorry Asshole-NY) about 'openness' or 'bad Republicans':
But as we reported on April 4th, the Senate was bait and switched into adopting this resolution. The no-fly language cited by the DOJ was inserted after an earlier clean draft had been circulated. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) then pushed for passage of the resolution before any version of the resolution was made public. The Senate never debated the no-fly language and no roll call vote was taken.
The Obama administration is urging Congress not to adopt legislation that would impose constitutional safeguards on Americans’ e-mail stored in the cloud.
Because HopeyChangeyPants and his minions want to be able to read our mail without all that troublesome warrant stuff.
A rare World War Two German bomber, shot down over the English Channel in 1940 and hidden for years by shifting sands at the bottom of the sea, is so well preserved a British museum wants to raise it.
Some neat sonar shots at the link.
What? Wind power isn't what it was cracked up to be? Whoda thunk it?
A new analysis of wind energy supplied to the UK National Grid in recent years has shown that wind farms produce significantly less electricity than had been thought, and that they cause more problems for the Grid than had been believed.
In general, then, one should assume that a wind farm will generate no more than 25 per cent of maximum capacity over time (and indeed this seems set to get worse as new super-large turbines come into service). Even over a year this will be up or down by a few per cent, making planning more difficult.
Unfortunately given all this, the ROC( renewables obligation certificates) scheme is on an escalator: the amount of ROCs an end-use 'leccy supplier must obtain will rise to 15.4 per cent of megawatt-hours supplied in 2014, up from 10.4 per cent last year. The effect of this is to provide the large extra funds a wind farm needs to compete with thermal generation, by driving up electricity prices for the user: The ROC scheme is a stealth tax which appears neither on the electricity bill nor the Treasury accounts.
You really need to RTWT, and then pass it along to every wind-power fanatic you know. Just to watch them either explode in outrage or their heads explode. Both if you're lucky.
And, from where Great Britain used to be,
The commanding officers of all three Para battalions received letters telling them they were “in the zone for possible redundancy”. One officer heard the news only hours after returning from a patrol fighting the Taliban.
A similar letter was sent to the officer in line to become the next head of Britain’s Special Forces. He fought with the SAS in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The three Para commanders are completing six-month tours in Afghanistan, where one has been shot by insurgents. Another is likely to be decorated for leadership in combat.
The prospect of sacking the Army’s most experienced combat commanders led to warnings that military morale would suffer and intensified the Coalition’s political embarrassment over defence cuts.
Friday, April 08, 2011
When the ATF brass and DOJ heard about this, I bet they
Just received this link by email from Sharyl Attkisson at CBS:
They might want to start the government back up to see to their unraveling coverup.
I'm happy to see that Gillett is rolling on Newell, Melson and Company. He obviously was the first to recognize that he is no longer a law enforcement agent but a criminal and thus took the smart criminal's exit from a tight situation. All the poor Gunwalker Men. Should we pity them? No way in hell.
A top figure in the gunwalking controversy at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is now cooperating in the investigation.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) made that disclosure today in a letter to ATF's acting director Kenneth Melson.)
Lord, they must've heard sphincters snapping shut and bowels loosening in the next building.
And get this:
In the letter, Sen. Grassley warns that any attempt to retaliate against the cooperating official, Assistant Special Agent in charge of ATF's Phoenix Division George Gillett, is unlawful.
Sen. Grassley also says the apparent efforts of ATF executives to stop employees from speaking with members of Congress and their staff is of "grave concern."
I think that's polite-speak for "We're pissed now; do you really want to push us further into "Let's put them under oath and see who drowns in sweat" territory?"
In the current top post at Sipsey Street:
A key leader in the federal law enforcement operation suspected of allowing high-powered assault weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels is now cooperating with congressional investigators, providing a crucial new window into the controversial operation known as Project Gunrunner.
George Gillett Jr., assistant special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' field office in Phoenix, has met with congressional investigators and is expected to provide crucial information about how dozens of U.S. guns may have been transported with the ATF's knowledge into Mexico. Agents say Gillett provided much of the day-to-day oversight of the Gunrunner operation.
One of the questions Vanderboegh and Codrea have been asking is "Which of these people is going to break first? Who's going to start talking to keep someone else from rolling over on them?" Looks like we have the answer.
Gas has gone up $.22/gallon
Come out here and tell me to buy a Government Motors car, Mr. President; I'll have some things to say to you.
If you arrest someone and have their camera in your vehicle
After the women were released without charge, and the camera returned to them, the women discovered the recording of the Garda conversation. This included the Gardaí talking about threatening to rape one of the women in their custody. They also talk about whether they should bother adhering to safety procedures for removing protesters from heights: the Sergeant advocates ignoring the rules learned in Garda training.
So now it's admitted they're studying the possibility of American boots on the ground in Libya*; and the UN is running airstrikes in Ivory Coast. Getting busy as hell blowing things up, aren't they?
I don't remember the idiots name, but a couple of weeks ago some guy with Obama's buttkissers was lecturing people that inflation wasn't a problem because 'you can buy a new iPod that's more capable for the same price as the old model!' and someone replied "You can't eat an iPod."
Fuel and food prices have been defined out of the calculation of “core inflation” by the the Fed. Excluding food and fuel from the accounts means measuring demand in categories for which demand has shrunk because less disposable income is left over. By measuring only non-food and non-fuel prices, policymakers can make the argument that inflation is actually stable or going down.
That may convince the press, but it may not convince the public. Inflation is the one piece of news that the administration’s allies in the media cannot conceal. The daily news from the supermarket cash register speaks, and the gas station is more eloquent than anything that the New York Times can print.
You noticed higher prices on damn near everything lately? So have I. But Obama says we just need to buy a new car(ever see a President actually shill for a company in a speech before?) and they've rigged the reporting to try to minimize notice of the problem. Wonderful what you can do when the major media has their nose up your ass.
The DHS is involved in microstamping arguments? Especially bad since they don't seem to have a damned idea what they're talking about:
Only semi-automatic handguns can leave micro-stamps: Revolvers cannot because their bullets have no shell casings.
Thanks to Uncle for pointing to this display of ignorance.
Speaking of ignorance, and a general desire to run peoples lives, Orrin Hatch apparently has decided that all that terrorism and crime stuff is under control, so Holder needs to go after porn.
So the animal rights assholes are targeting college students; that's likely to backfire on them. Possibly literally.
I'm going to close this with a demonstration of idiocy and overreaction that's almost breathtaking, especially from Texas. No good way to excerpt from this.
*So far as the military working it out, they pretty much have to; 'ready for anything' and so forth. I'm wondering how much crap Obama is getting for it being openly spoken of?
Thursday, April 07, 2011
A couple of tech things that came to mind
The other is my mother had her second eye surgery Tuesday to take care of cataracts. First one was last month: go to the doc, and about two hours later Dad drives her home; couple of followup checks and that's it. Not only are the cataracts out of the way, now she'll only need reading glasses.
Anybody who whines about modern technology can kiss my ass.
Oh HELL yes!
The Iron Dome missile defense system on Thursday successfully intercepted for the first time two rockets that were fired at the Israeli city of Ashkelon from the Gaza Strip.
Iron Dome's success Thursday marks the first time in world history short-range rockets were ever intercepted.
So the Israelis have started deploying a close-in defense system to protect vehicles against RPGs and missiles, and now Iron Dome is in service... Makes you wonder if any of the Slammers have a six-pointed star on their blower, doesn't it?
Remember the name H-S Precision?
They either didn't learn anything from the reaction, or they're actually the kind of bastards you just don't want to buy from:
A couple months later, someone was dumb enough to give me media credentials for the 2009 NRA Convention. This made me obnoxiously full of myself, so I felt it appropriate to commit an act of journalism. I sought out the H-S Precision display at the convention, and tried to get some clarification on just what in the blue hades happened that they picked such a poorly thought out mascot, especially since he was the only endorsement in that particular catalog.
The H-S Precision representative, the man in charge of putting out a positive image of the company, told me red in the face with anger, that Vickie Weaver deserved to be shot simply because she was there.
I honestly wish I was making that up.
I doubt I'll be able to run out and pick up a new boomstick on April 15, but if I can it damn well will have nothing on it from this company.
Reference Obama's comments on gas prices
Hey, genius, if someone is having trouble buying gas how the HELL are they going to afford one of your new Government Motors cars? Especially at, what, 30-50 thousand?
Who the hell do you think you are to tell someone "Screw off and buy a new car"? You're not our boss, no matter what you think.
And who the hell are you to tell someone "Your family isn't big enough to need a big car, get a little one!" ? You know the family? You know how much stuff they need to take along?
The President is an arrogant dumbass, isn't he?
Friend, when I pointed to the Insty post, actually said "This is what peak oil looks like." Which is idiotic, ignores all the oil and gas we have that The Lightworker doesn't want us to drill for, and works quite conveniently for someone who seems to think that no Democrat can really do anything wrong and that somehow every disappointment from Obama is somehow the fault of Republicans and conservatives. And she's probably got a plan for those troublesome libertarians, too.
Speaking of Gurkhas and kicking ass,
As the 20-minute battle raged, Sgt Pun raced onto a wall to remove the .50 cal machine gun from its mount so he could lower it enough to aim at the attackers below.
Added: just checked, overall weight of the M2 is almost 84 pounds, not counting ammo.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Number one, damn Obama and his clowns
Lower-income households are paying nearly a quarter of their income for energy costs. The 27 million lower-income households earning between $10,000 and $30,000, representing 23% of U.S. households, will allocate 23% of their 2011 after-tax income to energy, more than twice the national average of 11%.
Senior citizens living on fixed incomes are particularly vulnerable to energy price increases. Seniors have the highest per capita residential energy consumption among all age categories. The average basic Social Security income of 31.5 million senior households was $15,443 in 2009. The median income of 25.3 million households with a principal householder aged 65 or older was $31,354.
and what that arrogant bastard is saying
“Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.”
High gas prices aren’t a bug, they’re a feature.
Number two, from that second link, damn AP for being a bunch of pretend reporters who're so far up Obama's ass they're living on his farts:
“Obama needled one questioner who asked about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, and suggested that the gentleman consider getting rid of his gas-guzzling vehicle.”
I was confused when I clicked the link on your page and couldn’t find this quote. So I googled the quote. It shows up in all the google hits but when I click on those articles, it’s nowhere to be found. Looks like AP scrubbed it from all copies of the article! Nothing like a compliant media, eh? Hope you got a screenshot.
In fact, I did. And a good thing, because the story’s been almost completely rewritten. But the “memory hole” doesn’t work very well any more. Here, for the sake of history, is the story as it used to be. And if anyone from the Associated Press would like to email me to explain this change, I’m all ears.
Richard Goldstone is either so effing stupid
Monday, April 04, 2011
Among the reasons I think A: the UN can collectively
Self-defence is a widely recognized, yet legally proscribed, exception to the universal duty to respect the right to life of others. Self-defence is a basis for exemption from criminal responsibility that can be raised by any State agent or non-State actor. Self-defence is sometimes designated as a “right.” There is inadequate legal support for such an interpretation. Self-defence is more properly characterized as a means of protecting the right to life and, as such, a basis for avoiding responsibility for violating the rights of another.
That is how the bastards see the concept of self-defense: it only exists to them as a way for you to escape punishment for 'violating the rights' of someone who attacks you, or your family or home.
It also, as the article shows, is part of their basis for why all the commoners should be disarmed(for our own good, of course).
If G. Washington did come back for a while, I tend to think he'd burn the UN building down before worrying about excitement over the royal wedding across the Atlantic.
Remember that dealine BATFE blew off?
And an opinion on the fascination so many have with the latest royal wedding:
If George Washington knew you were Tweeting about the British royal wedding, he'd snatch the iPhone from your hand and kick your ass.
Sunday, April 03, 2011
Having gotten that bit of bile out of my system
Various people have written a lot of things about what being a parent does to you*; among those things are kids who start off something like this
hit being more like this
and wind up something like this
In daughters case, starting with things like this
and going(somewhat more recently) to this:
That's her on the right. Over the years everything from "YEEEEEEE!" at either happiness or something gross to a phone call during the first deployment:
"I no longer have a truck."
"What? It's in the drivew-"
"No, my truck here."
"Oh." Pause. "What happened to it?"
"It blew up."
Or, in daughter's case, the aforementioned screaming to "I got the house!" Definitely exciting, just less traumatic.
Which is all leading up to, after son headed to the new location, I missed Medieval Fair for the first time in about 30 years because
Just walking around talking to people and seeing performances isn't the same as being there working the forge and(more importantly)
Dad wanted to go to the Tulsa Arms Show; so we went.
Had a moment during the weekend of that two-sided vision: knowing that some of the things I feel about my kids now are the same one's he and Mom have been dealing with for a long time, just change the names.
In any case: the show was good(usually is). Crowded as hell Saturday, less so Sunday, everything from .22 single-shot rifles to .50 single-shots, ammo and drillings and double rifles to books and knives and general stuff. Good weekend, and I'm beat; all that walking around on concrete is a bit more wearing than the standing and walking on grass at the Fair all those years. And I get home and take a look at the interwebs and find
Idiot politicians excusing savages and murderers for not acting like civilized people,
" " talking about scrapping our freedom of speech so as not to offend the savages,
An idiot politician screwing our energy supplies and working to put us further in debt to others for energy**,
And, as kind of a capstone, reading this absolute flaming idiocy and abdication of personal responsibility in the name of handing lives over into the hands of a politician who's either an absolute incompetent or very competent at working to damage this nation(which my kids have to live in) because these people are either too brain-damaged, too stupid or too dedicated to their cause to say "Mr. President, what the HELL is wrong with you?"
I also find that the people involved in Gunwalker are the same ones who've screwed over the actual cops in the agency, over and over and over. And are now, along with their enablers(handlers?) at DOJ are telling Congress to go away and stop bothering them over a bunch of smuggled guns and dead Mexicans and a few dead Americans. And these bastards are screwing over the country my kids and yours are going to inherit IF it still exists as the United States of America.
More on the show later. Right now, having vented a certain amount of upset I need a shower and some sleep in my own bed.
*I'm reminded of some western in which a guy thinks one of his sons is dead, finds out he wasn't and belts him: "What was that for?!?" "That's for scaring me out of ten years growth, WHICH I CANNOT SPARE!"
**Ok, that one's a few days old, but it still pisses me off
Miss me? The first thing I have to say is
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Congress might need to explore the need to limit some forms of freedom of speech, in light of Tennessee pastor Terry Jones’ Quran burning, and how such actions result in enabling U.S. enemies.
Let's limit your speech about censoring us first, dumbass.
"I wish we could find a way to hold people accountable. Free speech is a great idea, but we're in a war," Graham told CBS' Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” Sunday.
“During World War II, we had limits on what you could do if it inspired the enemy," Graham said, adding certain speech can “put our troops at risk.”
Hey, Graham, in WWII we were worried about the Germans and Japanese finding out about troop movements and such, we weren't worried about hurting their poor little feelings by someone burning a copy of Mein Kampf or pissing on a statue of Hirohito; can you work up enough operating brain cells to recognize the difference?
You are seriously talking about trashing the 1st Amendment because things we say and do piss off the enemy? You are such a shit that you can't see you want to hand the enemy a victory? Howzabout this, Graham:
Fuck Mohammed, may bees piss upon him. I think I'll find one of those cartoons of the child-molesting psychotic and hang it in a urinal. And you know what? If some Deity-cursed beturbanned prophet monkey has a cow, strokes out and blows himself up? It's not because my speech needs to be restrained, it's because he's a uncivilized barbarian who has so little control of himself that someone thousands of miles away makes him wet his pants and lose control by saying some words, or by doing something with a freaking cartoon. You want to control what I say because these barbarians have no self-control? Can't stand the thought that everyone in the world won't bow down to what they want?
To those in the media who are suggesting, apparently in all seriousness, that Terry Jones caused the deaths of seven UN employees in Afghanistan by burning a copy of the Koran, I'll just note that the only way that argument works is by means of a suppressed premise. The premise is that the killers had no moral agency--in other words, that they were, literally, animals.
Me, I'll stick with "savages" and "barbarians."
At the bloody least.
And I wonder how the clowns like Reid and Graham in DC would speak if some Jew upset by another murder of living people in Israel blew up a mosque or shot a bunch of Hizbollah supporters? Or a Christian pissed off by a bunch of muslims burning a church or killing monks and priests did the same? You know exactly how they'd react: they'd apologize to ever muslim in the world and demand the offender be imprisoned for life; because they expect Jews and Christians and such people to act like civilized human beings, but they'll make excuses for radical muslims. Because that's the kind of PC bigots they are.