Saturday, November 24, 2012

'It's not the crime, it's the cover-up' only works if

the journalists in charge of the 'news' actually bother to investigate and REPORT on the cover-up and the crime; does anybody actually believe most of our sorry excuses for reporters are going to do that to Obama & Co.?

Speaking of things that need more reporting,
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) on Monday detailed the crimes that have been committed by members of Mr. Bloomberg’s gang, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). In its research, SAF found a significantly higher rate of felonious activity among the mayors who teamed up with hizzoner than among the 8 million citizens who are licensed to carry concealed firearms. 

“If Mayor Bloomberg wants to align himself with this criminal element of mayors to push for gun control, we think the public should know about it,” SAF Founder Alan M. Gottlieb told The Washington Times in an interview.
It is kind of amazing how many MAIG members have been convicted of crimes, isn't it?

And aside from that, you'll have to entertain yourselves; just not feelin' it today

Friday, November 23, 2012

No, I did NOT participate in the idiocy beginning at 0001 hours

today.  Attention Retailers: there's not one damn thing(short of a Barrett for $2k) that could cause me to sit outside your doors waiting to fight a crowd for a 'bargain'. 

Speaking of which, this would be appropriate for numerous other occasions, too:

 Remember the moron who decided that acting up at Arlington was just funny as hell?  Worth posting pictures about?
Actions have consequences.  Or, as a certain character once said, "Life is tough.  It's tougher when you're stupid."

Alas, I've known people who would think "Aw, bullshit!" as they reached for it.

 Because there are more important things than actually teaching kids.  Like money.

To every jerk out there who insists socialism is just wonderful and 'never had a fair trial yet':
 Speaking of which,
" Communists are no better than Nazis. Refusing to hire Communists is on the same moral plane as refusing to hire Nazis. Which is to say: It’s a good and admirable thing, not a sin. Go broke and starve, commies. It’s what you deserve for being eager, willing servants of totalitarianism."

 Just how many worthless idiots like this are hiding in the Justice Department?

"Nice ki- DAMMIT, what's your problem, cat?"

 This one's kind of sick.
I know just who to send it to.

Why yes, I DO remember Condoleezza Rice being called a house nigger by the left; I remember the things said about Colin Powell, too.  But I guess they don't count, since they were said by the socialists and Democrats.

 And now, just to end the holiday days well,

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hope you're having a good Thanksgiving

I am.  With one small diversion from that to post on just why I really don't care if a black hole opens beneath the city and sucks Chicago in: all these clowns KNEW what a corrupt, vile dirtbag Jesse Jackson Jr.* is, and voted him in anyway.  Just in time for this:
 Jackson had planned on a press conference to announce his resignation but was not able to bring himself to speak about it because of his illness, the source said.
The announcement comes after mounting pressure faced by Jackson as federal investigators appeared to widen their ongoing investigation into the congressman’s activities.

 Considering Obama's connections to the place, and Holder being AG, I tend to think Jr. must've become enough of an embarrassment or threat that they want him gone; either that, or some feds with some actual ethics and testicles decided to go after the crook, and could make it nasty enough to keep the interference down.

Either way, one thing I'm very thankful for: I'm not living in that wretched hive of scum and villainy.

*Yes, I know, his father's just as bad if not worse.  But he's not looking at jail time. 
Right now, at least.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

So you want to screw people around on the busiest day

of shopping in the year, and you think it'll make them sympathize with you?
Or is it the assholes in charge of this just want to screw things up as much as possible a claim it's 'for the good of the workers', etc.?
It being involved, I'd say it's a large does of the latter.

Yeah, working on a holiday sucks; so?  If that's what the job calls for, that's what you do.  Or find another job.

And yeah, I've done it: Christmas and every other holiday, day, evening, and hoot shift, because the job required shift work.  So don't whine to me.

It appears Leahy didn't like the results of people finding out about the bill; good.

Anybody else sick to bleepin' death of these grievance-mongers claiming racism as the cause of EVERY criticism of ANYONE in their circle?

For that matter, what kind of pussy is your deity when girls wanting to go to school is such a threat that you feel compelled to kill them?

Little while back, a PD officer in the town of Piedmont made a fool of himself: 3-year-old peed in the yard, and he wrote mom a $2,500 ticket.  Dumbass has been fired.
I wonder what the whole backstory is on this?  I'd bet they'd had other complaints on this guy, and this one finally drew so much attention that they couldn't ignore the problem anymore.

True of politicians in general:
 Most politicians, as they become older, become more skilled in compromise. The sacrifice of what were once deeply held, and prominently advertised, convictions troubles their consciences less and less; it certainly leaves no moral imprint. In an age when many politicians have ceased to have a life outside politics, survival and the retention of power become paramount. What in normal society would constitute shameful duplicity is, by a modern politician, executed shamelessly: nobody expects better of them, least of all themselves, and they do not therefore disappoint. Retreating from principle, bending, concealing or sometimes even abandoning the truth are normal, everyday activities. Anyone who points out the depravity of such behaviour is seen as painfully unsophisticated.
 And very much in evidence in the upper reaches of the Stupid Party in particular, it would seem.

Do you know what your kids or grandkids are being taught?
In less than a month (December 16th), we will mark the 239th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. This well-known protest against “taxation without representation” is almost universally recognized as the moment that sparked the American Revolution.

In many Texas public schools, the Boston Tea Party is now being taught as an example of an act of terrorism.
And the clowns involved are apparently violating TX law to try to hide what they're up to.

Gun Owners Against Illegal Mayors; good idea!

Another casualty of Brady Bullcrap.

And since people will be traveling,

and shopping,

Have a good Thanksgiving

The world is looking more and more like a Larry Niven novel,

down to the "We really need to make it easier to harvest organs.  No matter what." attitude:
The world of organ donation in Denmark is in turmoil. A documentary was aired earlier this month which showed family members reacting in anguish to the news that their 19-year-old daughter was brain dead after a car accident, agreeing to donate her organs and allowing doctors to turn off her respirator. About 1.7 million viewers tuned in to the heart-rending drama.
But Carina Melchior did not die after her respirator was removed. She is now undergoing rehabilitation and may make a full recovery. About 500 people immediately removed their names from Denmark’s organ donor register.
The hospital acknowledged that the question of organ donation should not have been raised as there were no unambiguous signs that brain death would occur. New guidelines have been introduced to ensure that relatives will only be approached about organ donation if no more treatment options are available. There was no risk of a false diagnosis of brain death, the hospital insisted.
Translation: "Someone thought it would be better to take her organs than see if she'd recover, and we got caught."

In some of Niven's novels, as organ transplants became easier to do, there was more of a demand for organs, so the government(for the good of the collective, of course) began using criminals as sources.  Started out with murderers, and then- especially as the connected and powerful needed transplants- as demand rose, the crime level necessary to get you sentenced to the organ banks dropped lower and lower...

Right now we're seeing the abuse of the Liverpool Care Pathway in Britain to get rid of older patients and free up beds, and people in some countries getting a shove along the assisted-death path even when they don't want to, or the officials 'neglected' or 'forgot' to inform the family, and the world is well on the road.

New link

under 'Gunny Stuff':  As you might suspect they're a ammo company, and as a nice touch they donate a bit of every purchase to a organization of your choice.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A: And it only took two freakin' years for TSA

to release the information; note that if the asshole with a federal ID had done this anywhere else, the girl would've been justified in kicking his (supposed) balls into his abdominal cavity, and then having him arrested. 

He still should be.  And fired.  And TSA gotten rid of.  Especially since they not only do this crap, but defend it.

Second, TSA really doesn't like the idea of there being video they don't control of this crap*.
Let's note that TSA has no problem lying about this being illegal, and taking people's property and wiping video illegally and against their own rules.  For which TSA clowns should also be fired, and prosecuted.  Or, just get rid of this bunch of parasites and end that particular problem.

*yes, it's Infowars; still, has all the links and so forth.

Also on the douchebag front is Sen. Pat Leahy(NSD Slimeball),

who really thinks he's a protector of personal privacy and such.
A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law.
CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail, is scheduled for next week.
Revised bill highlights
✭ Grants warrantless access to Americans' electronic correspondence to over 22 federal agencies. Only a subpoena is required, not a search warrant signed by a judge based on probable cause.
✭ Permits state and local law enforcement to warrantlessly access Americans' correspondence stored on systems not offered "to the public," including university networks.
✭ Authorizes any law enforcement agency to access accounts without a warrant -- or subsequent court review -- if they claim "emergency" situations exist.
✭ Says providers "shall notify" law enforcement in advance of any plans to tell their customers that they've been the target of a warrant, order, or subpoena.
✭ Delays notification of customers whose accounts have been accessed from 3 days to "10 business days." This notification can be postponed by up to 360 days.

Lindsey Stone: the hell you didn't mean any disrespect,

and if you're so effing stupid you didn't realize this would piss a LOT of people off, then please have yourself sterilized so you don't pass that level of stupid on.

Yes, you are a douchebag; a really effing stupid one.

The most transparent administration EVEH!!

Among the administration's many violations of public trust to recently become public is the Environmental Protection Agency's apparent attempt to keep some of its correspondence hidden from the light of day through the use of aliases.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, for instance, has reportedly used the name "Richard Windsor" to cover her tracks in private emails.

An interesting thought on why Iron Dome is a real problem: it makes the terror attacks by rocket somewhat more 'acceptable'.
...But by the end of the show, Rafael hadn’t made a single sale. The Arrow sold well, other systems did great – Iron Dome wasn’t moving. So they contacted their big clients, the serious ones, and asked what gives. And those clients told them no one except Israel has any use for these things. Because in any normal, sane country, if some hooligans were to start targeting civilians with rockets – the army would go and kill them.

To pre-quote a friend, "Oh, that's just Faux New- what? British news? Ummm..."
It is only two weeks since his re-election, and his second term remains two months away, but Barack Obama is already blundering again on the world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times if they had been committed by George W. Bush when he was in the White House. Obama's first term was littered with foreign policy gaffes, and there is every chance the second term will be more of the same.

 Bloomberg's basic rule: "If it has my imprimatur on it, it is Good.  Period."
Mayor Bloomberg yesterday insisted that the city’s 911 system “functioned perfectly” during Hurricane Sandy — despite evidence of unanswered calls, clueless operators and deaths of people who couldn’t get help in time.

“The technology functioned perfectly,” Bloom-berg bizarrely said yesterday during a question-and-answer session. “Are you ever going to have enough operators to take all the calls when all of a sudden, everybody’s calling? No, of course not.
The 911 system is supposed to be able to handle 50,000 calls per hour, according to official claims, and there were about 20,000 calls per hour when Sandy hit on Oct. 29.

Hizzoner even accused people of clogging the lines with non-emergency calls — as their houses filled with water.
For the moment, ignore the dumbass of "Well, the mayor didn't order us to evacuate, so let's just sit here": Bloomberg actually seems to believe that if it has his name attached in any way, it is perfect, without flaw; the man really is a squirrel with a touch of rabies.

I'm once again seeing people I know whining that if I have a problem with being looted by the .gov in the name of 'helping people' it means I want people to die, etc.; sick to effing death of this crap, so I'll throw in Penn Jullette's quote(which really ticks off the right people:
It's amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness.
People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered, and if we're compassionate we'll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint.

Monday, November 19, 2012

My contribution for National Ammo Day

was a brick of .22; times are a bit tight.

From the professional "We don't know nothin' bout no terrorists!" journalists,
The Times leaves out the story’s single most relevant piece of information: Four senior Islamic Jihad terrorists were using the media building as a hideout. They were killed in the Israeli strike.
Both Islamic Jihad and the IDF noted the presence of terrorists in the building, and that they were eliminated in the strike. As in a previous report on Gaza, the New York Times appears confused about the presence and actions of terrorists in the territory.

 So I'm supposed to be all butthurt about the salaries of Hostess executives, but I'm not supposed to be bothered by union salaries?
So let’s take a look at the number of executives in the Bakers’ Union, their salaries and titles. What does a humble baker president like Hurt rake in? A mere $262,654. His assistant, Harry Kaiser has to get by with a mere $149,764.

The Bakers’ Union (BCTGM) has 58 employees. 29 of them make more than $100,000 a year.

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union has 8 Vice Presidents. (One is an Executive Vice-President).

These 8 Vice Presidents make anywhere from $218,989.00 to $161,789.00 for a combined total of over 2 million dollars. Additionally there’s a Secretary Treasurer who makes $244,396.00.

 So, where's the screaming about FEMA screwups?  Why aren't journalists asking Obama why he's not doing something?
Oh, right, there's a 'D' in the White House...
“Sitting there last night you could see your breath,” said Sotelo. “At (Pine Belt) the Red Cross made an announcement that they were sending us to permanent structures up here that had just been redone, that had washing machines and hot showers and steady electric, and they sent us to tent city. We got (expletive).

Yesterday, maintenance was performed on the bike: sprocket and chain replacement.  I'd bought the set months ago when I found it for a good price, knowing I'd need it in the next few thousand miles; and last time I cleaned & lubed the chain I found several spots where kinks were developing.  They weren't hard kinks, but definite indicators of wear, so it was time.

And in this case I was also replacing the drive and driven sprockets(or 'driven flange' as it says in the manual).  Recommendation of many is to always replace sprockets and chain together(though you can get argument about that), but I was going from a 530-size chain to a 520 so the sprockets had to be changed to match.

One bolt holding the drive sprocket on, six nuts for the driven, and all damn tight, so used a trick son told me about: take a heavy cargo tie-down strap, loop it around a wheel spoke*, hook the hooks to somewhere on the frame and snug it down.  When you put torque on to loosen or tighten the fasteners, it'll keep the wheel from turning.  And you'd better do this before you remove the chain; be a serious PITA to try it after that.

This was the first time I'd replaced a riveted chain, so took my time.  If you're not familiar with them, the new master link does not have a press-on sideplate secured by a clip; the sideplate presses onto the pins, and you use a tool to expand the heads of the pins to lock the plate on.  Add in that there are o-rings involved(4), I wanted to make sure I got this right.  Pick a link to remove, press out both pins, remove chain.  Change sprockets, snug fasteners. Put on new chain.  There's a little packet of grease for the master link: put a o-ring on each pin, grease the pins(I shot a little into the holes in the other links just to be sure), insert to link chain.  Put o-rings over the pins, get the sideplate in place and then press it on.  Then rivet the ends of the pins(yes, there are measurements for how much pin to have protruding, and how wide the heads should be after expanding).

And yes, there's a tool just for the job.  Depending on which parts you use it can press out the pins from the link you decide to break, then press the sideplate onto the new pins(and you need a tool, it's a serious tight fit) and then rivet the heads.

After the chain is locked together, tighten and torque-down the fasteners, then adjust the chain, and clean up the mess.

Put about fifty miles on it today, and all's well.  Always a very comforting thing after doing something new.

While I'm thinking of it I got the chain/sprocket set from Sprocket Center; they also have brake rotors, wheels and other stuff.
Here's the chain tool I used.  Hey, it's on sale again!  In any case, it did the job.  Next time I do think I'd use a couple of wrenches instead of the handle and lever that comes with it; they'd be longer and give better leverage.

*These are aluminum wheels, cast as one piece, I don't think I'd do this with actual spokes.  With the solid wheels, use a spoke on one side when loosening, move to the other side when tightening.

Yet another reason to get rid of DHS:

"We want you new immigrants on welfare."

Fordham University: Ann Coulter is unacceptable to speak, but someone who supports bestiality, infanticide and eugenics is quite acceptable because “Basically, the Church is not afraid of any idea, if it has a fair chance freely to explain its own position,” Schall said.
Yeah.  Except they're afraid of a skinny blonde female and don't want her to speak.

"Yes, you can speak; but you cannot speak ill of islam!"  Just freakin' wonderful, isn't it?  Especially coming from people who refer to Jews as, what was it, 'offspring of dogs and monkeys' I believe?

Petraeus is like anyone else, there are things to criticize about him.  Legitimate things.  There's also people spouting bullshit in large quantities.  Same thing I said about Bush, criticize real problems/failings, and knock off the crap.

And remember,

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Wounded Warrior Project: "We'll take your money,

but then you have to go away."
Or, as Gresham put it, “We’ll take your money and you can do fundraisers for us, but we won’t let you use our logo!” Tom says, mocking Nardizzi’s attempts to spin the truth.

This mess is so full of 'Fail' on an industrial scale that it's friggin' amazing; that WWP could screw things up this badly...

If you use Berry's plated bullets,

got a notice from T.J. Conevera that the price is going up, but they're holding to the old prices through tonight.  So if you're in the market for some, might want to order them tonight.

Does explain a lot

about why so many in cities vote/believe as they do:
In their urban cocoons, city-dwellers take for granted the abundance and availability of the economic goods that they consume. For instance, many well-to-do, educated urbanites see no downside to supporting stricter regulations and higher taxes on energy producers, because to them, energy is something that is always there at the flip of a switch (except during the occasional hurricane, as some New Yorkers recently discovered). Life in the city for affluent Americans creates the illusion that all they have to do is demand something and—presto!—it will be there when they want it.

And a very good quote:
Anyone who says that economic security is a human right, has been too much babied. While he battles, other men are risking and losing their lives to protect him. They are fighting this CD, fighting the land, fighting diseases and insects and weather and space and time, for him, while he chatters that all men have a right to security in it some pagan God–Society, The State, The Government, The Commune—must give it to them. Let the fighting men stop fighting this in human Earth for one hour, and he will learn how much security there is.

I'd never heard of the Curley Effect before; it explains a lot, too.
And think about the disgusting mindset it took to come up with this, and the more disgusting mindset required to see the damage it does as a good thing.

More of the wonders of the NHS, coming to us soon under Obamacare.
The number of seriously ill patients forced to wait more than half an hour on trolleys and in ambulances before being admitted to accident and emergency has rocketed by up to 300 per cent in just 12 months.

 "Who cares about food prices, we've got a lobby to pay off!"

Back to socialized medicine, this time to the wondrous Canuck system we're told is to damned wonderful:
 Surgery wait times for deadly ovarian, cervical and breast cancers in Quebec are three times longer than government benchmarks, leading some desperate patients to shop around for an operating room.
But that’s a waste of time, doctors say, since the problem is spread across Quebec hospitals. And doctors are refusing to accept new patients quickly because they can’t treat them, health advocates say.
One worried patient, a mother of five children who waited three months for surgery for invasive breast cancer, said she is worried about the effects of such a long wait. After surgery, she paid $800 for a bone scan in a private clinic rather than wait five months for a scan at the Jewish General Hospital.
“They needed the scan to see what kind of treatment to give me,” said the woman, 40, who asked that her name not be published because she is starting chemotherapy this week. “The doctors are amazing but health system is not working.”

Borrowing from Lady Lucas, proof that Sen. Reid(SlimyBastard-NV) does not want to fix the problems, not even a little.  Just pretend he's doing something so he can stay in office and pay off his associates.

Well, yeah

And, just to annoy some people,