Saturday, December 31, 2011

The TSA: Stealing your Christmas goods

while 'protecting' you

LinkWhich fits right in with this picture
(thanks, Unc)

Japete: either one of the most dishonest people out there, or someone in serious denial.
Really? 'Unexpected'? 'You'd never have thought that of him'? Jeez.

Also from Weerd, an Anti-Gun Talking Points Collection

No, don't store your piece in the oven. ESPECIALLY a loaded one.
Few years back a gunsmithing mag had a piece by a smith who had a customer walk in with a blob of blue plastic and the question "Can you get my pistol out of this?" He'd stuck his Beretta in the case, then stuck it in the oven for safekeeping. Wife came home from work and turned on the oven to preheat it for the pizza she'd brought home. Happily he got home just a few minutes later, in time to confess to wife, as he pulled his now hermetically-sealed pistol case out of the oven, what that smell was.

The smith wound up putting it in a big pot, filling it up with corn oil and turning the heat on low: as the plastic began melting it would float to the surface and he'd skim it off until all that was left was a very oily 9mm. Lost the grips, but the rest of it was fine.

Good question: if a phone call worked here, why do we have all these terrorized children and dead dogs across the country?

Speaking of the fast-food rejects with police powers of the TSA: Molesting and Humiliating the Handicapped, for fun and power. Plus the fact that so many of them either don't know their own rules, or are lying about it.

No, I will not be out partying tonight; among other things, I really don't like loud bars full of people trying to get drunk.

'Tis better to light a candle and carry a sidearm

than to be unarmed in the dark.

Or something like that.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Awww, the Brady Bunch is all upset with Codrea

and is trying to screw with him on his blog.

They're so cute when they throw tantrums

Thursday, December 29, 2011

You know who Ron Paul reminds me of?

Calypso Louie. That's if you'd never heard them speak before. Because they start off with things that make you think "I like that... sounds good... this guy's not bad!"

And then they hit the next level. And you're sitting there thinking "What happened to the guy I was listening to a minute ago? The one who was sane?"

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Obama would like to destroy the 2nd:

not exactly a surprise, is it?

Over at Insty, the NYEffingTimes pushes hysteria. Again. Also,
“Comparatively speaking, Mayors Against Illegal Guns members are almost eight times more likely to be convicted of crimes than Florida concealed firearm license holders – but that number is based off 23 years of licenses versus four years of MAIG. Assuming the mayors had as much history as the licenses, and assuming the same trend (11 mayors convicted in four years – a sizeable assumption, but it is all the data we have to operate on), you are looking at MAIG members being over 45 times more likely to be convicted of crimes than Florida concealed firearm license holders. How funny is that?”

Moving on, I wonder if we'll ever find out how many bodies Holder participated in the creation of?

And, from Sipsey, on that guy Burke:
It should be noted that Burke is not a newcomer to the business of gun control. In an article in the Arizona Republic about the political ramifications on Arizona politicians for supporting gun control, former Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ), a supporter of the Clinton "Assault Weapons Ban", had this to say about Dennis Burke:
DeConcini credits Judiciary Committee staff aide Dennis Burke, now the U.S. attorney for Arizona, for much of the work in developing the ban, which became law during DeConcini's final year in the Senate but expired after 10 years.
Burke also was Senior Policy Analyst for the White House's Domestic Policy Council from 1995 to 1997. This time overlaps with when Elena Kagan - now Justice Kagan - served as its Deputy Director. It was during this time that Executive Orders were used to further extend the ban on so-called assault weapons and to implement the Brady Act. Given his prior work on the Assault Weapons Ban in the Senate, it would not surprise me that Burke assisted in this effort.
Looking at Burke's background and his attitude towards gun rights and those who support them, I see this as even further confirmation that the intent of Operation Fast and Furious from the very beginning was to build support for another so-called assault weapons ban. I just don't think it was coincidental that Operation Fast and Furious was centered in Arizona as opposed New Mexico or west Texas where the U.S. Attorneys have long careers as prosecutors. -- John Richardson.
Ah, yes, George H.W. Bush, the recent annointee of Mitt Romney as the next GOP presidential candidate. Many trace the elder Bush's treason to the Second Amendment here as one of the principal cause of his reelection defeat in 1992. A read of Dave Kopel's George Bush and the NRA is instructive for background. DeConcini continues:
. . . At this time I received intense lobbying from both camps. Several police organizations, supportive of gun control in general and of the Metzenbaum bill in particular, approached me with the intent of seeking my endorsement of the legislation. At first, I rebuffed these overtures because I thought Senator Metzenbaum's bill was too draconian and could not generate enough support to become law. I agreed with the motivation and intent of the Ohio senator's legislative proposal, but after seriously reviewing the bill I had deep reservations about its broad provisions. . . I consulted with my majority counsel to the Judiciary Committee, Dennis Burke, who rightfully informed me that I could not turn my back on the police organizations, who, like the NRA, had supported me. -- pp. 108-109.
Ah, yes, the "police organizations," who were so very happy to be federalized and militarized and pampered and supported with ever greater budgets throughout the ever-growing drug war. Of course they were the "Only Ones" who could be trusted with guns, weren't they? You know why they call tyrannies "police states" don't you? Because the police call the shots. DeConcini:
(The NRA's) inflexible stance, coupled with the pressing need to take action, prompted me to offer a middle way through this political quagmire. . . (DeConcini then crafted, with the help of Dennis K. Burke, the "Anti-Drug Assault Weapons Limitation Act of 1989.) . . . In effect, my bill banned future sales of several types of semiautomatic assault weapons, both domestic and imported, but allowed present owners to keep their firearms. S747 called for prohibition of nine specific firearms, none of which was typically used for hunting . . . Dennis Burke helped navigate this legislation through seemingly innumerable obstacles. He has recalled that NRA officers and members "went through the roof" because to them I had defected to the other side. They immediately began a direct mail campaign against me. They also instituted a mass phone campaign to derail the proposed legislation. One humorous memo from Senator John McCain suggested the degree of commitment the NRA had in trying to scuttle my bill. . . "I mean, how many times can you hear the argument that it's every red-blooded American's right to carry an AK-47 to defend himself against those really vicious attack deer wearing Kevlar vests?" -- pp. 109-110.
. . . Dennis Burke reported that the lies and exaggerations (of the NRA) stretched credulity and were almost humorous, but we had to acknowledge that the NRA was sending this material to the voters of Arizona. Although this mailing no doubt caused me political damage, I knew that the NRA was hurting itself with this extreme reaction. My bill would prevent even harsher legislation . . .(Here, DeConcini recounts the struggle to get his version of the ban out of the Senate Judiciary Committee which was split along party lines. In the footnotes to this chapter he tells us: "Dennis Burke had many duties, but he was one of my primary staff on the Judiciary Committee." DeConcini indicates that a crucial vote was Arlen Specter, GOP Senator from Pennsylvania, who played coy games about the vote.) Although the Republicans on the committee remained calm, my counsel, Dennis Burke, informed me that in this particular instance Specter could be a wild card. . .
As Dennis and I waited and watched while the deadline for voting approached, we noticed that the Republican on the committee grew increasingly nervous. Several aides were sent to find Specter. Judiciary Committee Joe Biden (D-Delaware) counted off the final seconds. As he prepared to announce that the bill passed seven to six, Specter entered the room and stunned all of us with his actions. He looked at Biden and said, "I'm sorry, Mr. Chairman, I can't vote on this bill. My staff has not briefed me adequately." Then he turned and walked out. With that weird ending to the hearings, the Judiciary Committee moved my bill to the Senate floor. -- pp. 111-112
So Burke's been right in the middle of trying to ban everything in sight, and was bigtime involved in Gunwalker. And we're supposed to believe it was a 'sting gone wrong'?


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I wonder if this is why the names weren't spoken on the news

for so long?
Aziz Yazdanpanah, a Muslim, didn't like his daughter's non-Muslim boyfriend and was exhibiting stalker behavior. “She couldn’t date at all until she was a certain age, but when he was going to let her date she couldn’t date anyone outside of their race or religion.”

The all-too-often cop attitude nowadays

An altercation allegedly broke out after the police officer told one of the friends ‘I’m better at darts than you are’, Chris Hull, 39, told

‘My buddy says, “Aw, you suck at darts”. (The man) says, “That’s why I’m a cop, I can do whatever I want to do”.’

Hull said his friend asked; ‘Really, you can do anything?’

The police officer then pulled out his gun, Hull claimed and after the group repeatedly asked him to put it away he ‘pops three rounds into my friend Sam’.

Question: Nasti-Nose tool

Gerry mentioned in comments he's used one; anyone else? Results?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Razor blogging

Seems to have had some interest lately, so I'll throw mine in.
Back when I was doing a lot of black powder stuff, hitting rendezvous when possible, I did a lot of research, both for general data and to find patterns for ironwork I could make. Among the stuff I found pictures or drawings of were personal gear that included shaving stuff. So, decided to give it a try. Here's the shaving case I made, copied from that drawing
Hinge pin for the lid at the bottom, and used a brass tack to lock it closed. I took a piece of walnut and cut the top off so I had a thick body piece, and a thin top. Cut the top at a suitable angle and bevel. Then used a router to hollow out the body. Glued the handle end of the top back on, then used a coping saw to cut it to shape, then sanded a nice bevel all the way around. Put the door on, drilled the base for the pivot and used that to hold it in place while sanded it all smooth, then oiled it. The pivot is held in place with a small brass tack in the end. Here it is open
I used to have a flat horsehair brush for the soap, and a small piece to carry, but they've disappeared; I'll have to find or make another brush.

On the back, the notes in the book said there was a piece of leather glued on for stropping the razor, so did that
and worked some fine buffing compound into it.

The razor I picked up at a flea market, not having tried my had at those blades yet
It's marked 'Carl Monkhouse Illicottville N.Y.' on the tang, and yes, I did shave with it for quite a while. Once you get the hang of it, works quite well.

Y'know, I think I've still got grandpa's mug and brush around here somewhere...

Back when I knew more folks in the local pagan community

once had a discussion of the dates on some festivals, particularly Candlemas: February 2, supposed to be noting 'the first signs of green returning to the earth'. Slight problem: that may work in Britain and northern Europe, but here it's not unusual to have green grass in January. Which brings me to what brought me to mind: I just mowed part of the back yard.

After that erffing hot & dry summer, with some rains everything started growing, and it still is; I have grass six inches tall in the areas I didn't cut today, and the compost heap is piled up again with what I dumped there. Which doesn't include the other bags I dumped in the trash can(grass and all the oak leaves I raked away from the fence).

Ah, Oklahoma.

Remember Officer Daniel Harless? The poster child for bad cops?

Harless, 45, was placed on administrative leave shortly after the incident, and he later was moved to medical leave. In an interview with The Plain Dealer, Police Chief Dean McKimm would not be specific about Harless’ medical condition, saying only that the leave “was related to a doctor’s recommendation.” Harless has been with the department about 15 years.
So... threaten to murder people, abuse people, bring disgrace on your whole department, and you get medical leave. With pay, of course.

By the way, I wonder if the department had any words with his partners who just stood there and let him do this crap(when they didn't assist)?

Electronics are great, but who decided pilots didn't need

to practice without all the stuff? Just in case?

And how the hell did someone think it was acceptable to have two controls that give no indication of what the other is doing?

The Spokane Police Department: "We can kill you for no reason

and nothing will be done about it."
I'd suggest making sure breakables are out of reach before you read this; 'disgusting' doesn't even begin to cover this murder under color of law. And the other crimes.

And what kind of fucking nutcase with a badge has custom-made, over-sized ironwood nightstick?

Couple of things I didn't post yesterday, in the heading of

really bad cops:
"Hey, we're not just some lousy commoners, WE should be able to have assault weapons!"

The photo shows the Ohio man restrained inside the Lee County Jail with his body covered in pepper spray.

"This photo is a picture of a man who is strapped to a chair naked inside a jail for hours with a hood over his face. That evokes thoughts of being tortured," says Cleveland-based lawyer Nick DiCello who represents the Christie family
It doesn't 'evoke thoughts of', it IS torture; and every bastard involved should be prosecuted. If they're not, the brass who refuse to act should be fired. At the least.

And found this morning: Diversity, islam-style:
That’s right: the men are identified and individually pictured, but for each female staff member there is a photo of a woman wearing a burqa, so that only her eyes are showing. Not only that, it is the same photo in each case; not a picture of the female staff member at all, but a generic image of a woman wearing a burqa.

More on a lot of leftists with fond memories of the Soviet Union. Especially since they didn't have to live there. Havel, you'd be really pissed.

What Californicated is. It's one of those places you couldn't pay me to live in. And a good shot at what a lot of 'progressives' and amnesty-for-illegals clowns would bring to all of us.
Reporting to the local police or sheriff a huge pile of refuse in your yard — even when the address of the tosser can be found from power bills or letters — or the theft of a tool from the barn is simply not worth the effort. It is not even worth the cost and trouble of activating a high-deductible farm-insurance policy. I guess the reasoning is that you in fact will replace the stolen item, and even if the criminal were apprehended, the costs of arrest, trial, and incarceration — even without the entrance of immigration authorities into the matrix — are too steep for a bankrupt state.

Indeed, farmers out here are beginning to feel targeted, not protected, by law enforcement. In the new pay-as-you-go state, shrouded in politically correct bureaucratese, Californians have developed a keen sense of cynicism. The scores of Highway Patrol cars that now dot our freeways are looking for the middle class — the minor, income-producing infractions of the generally law-abiding — inasmuch as in comparison the felonies of the underclass are lose–lose propositions.

If I were to use a cellphone while driving and get caught, the state might make an easy $170 for five minutes’ work. If the same officer were to arrest the dumper who threw a dishwasher or refrigerator into the local pond among the fish and ducks, the arrest and detention would be costly and ultimately fruitless, providing neither revenue from a non-paying suspect nor deterrence against future environmental sacrilege. We need middle-class misdemeanors to pay for the felonies of the underclass.

One sucky politician kissing the ass of another for political purposes, using our money and endangering our government to do so. Guess which party?

Krauthammer on Eric Holder:
“It’s clearly a cheap shot of an attorney general who is in political trouble,” Krauthammer said. “The reason he is, he is one of the most incompetent attorneys general in U.S. history. He is the guy who brought on gratuitously the fiasco of the KSM [Kalid Sheikh Mohammed] trial in New York that even the Democrats rebelled against. He has led a department that has been either totally ignorant or disingenuous or worse on the Fast and the Furious scandal.”

Krauthammer said this use of the race card was dangerous, particularly when it could stoke “racial animosity.”

“And now he plays the race card,” Krauthammer continued. “I think it’s, to use his word a cowardly use of the race card and it’s unbecoming. It also is dangerous in a country where it can stoke that kind of racial animosity. He shouldn’t be using it. I say it with all due respect. Merry Christmas, Mr. Attorney General.”
I think he misses something: that Holder & Co. WANT to stoke racial animosity, it being part of their standard package of grievance-mongering.

Seems that 'voted for Nixon' quote was a little off: here's the actual:
On Friday, on the New Yorker’s website, the magazine’s film editor Richard Brody offers what may be the first accurate version of the quote I’ve ever seen (I’m assuming it’s accurate because it comes from the New Yorker itself): “Pauline Kael famously commented, after the 1972 Presidential election, ‘I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.’”

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas, etc.

And if you're one of those offended by such greetings, eff off*.

Last year at this time, and the year before, we had a foot of snow on the ground. This year the blizzard stayed north & west of here, which is just fine; not only do I not have to shovel it, the areas that got the most snow are among the ones that have been hit hardest by the drought, so it'll help them a lot.

Your regular bitching and yelling will resume later.

*No, I'm aware that's not a very Christmasy sentiment: bite me