Saturday, May 25, 2013

Just how screwed is (fG)Britain?

This screwed:
If you mean laws against carving up innocent people on the street with knives, well, the Brits have a problem. But if you complain about such an outrage on Facebook or Twitter, you’re going to be crushed by the full majesty of the law. (Via InstaPundit):
A 22-year-old man has been charged on suspicion of making malicious comments on Facebook following the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby. Benjamin Flatters, from Lincoln, was arrested last night after complaints were made to Lincolnshire Police about comments made on Facebook, which were allegedly of a racist or anti-religious nature.

Murder and beheading of a British soldier ON A STREET IN FRIGGIN' LONDON, with cops standing by helplessly waiting for a cop with a gun to show up...  then this.  "Don't you dare say anything hurtful about muslims, just because a couple did this(on top of all else, but don't mention that either)!  You'll be nicked if you do!"

The window's closing; and if they act before it does, I'm afraid it'll be as Tam thinks.  In large part because, when you let things reach that point, that's about all the reaction that's left to stop it.

Yes, still tied up; had a minute to look around and saw this crap, and it demanded some speechifying before my head blew up.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Yes, I'm still here.

Yes, another round of storms came through; heavy rains, lightning, some hail, etc.  Flood warnings, including the area with people trying to salvage what they can, others trying to minimize further damage to houses still there, and cleanup crews trying to get some improvements done, on streets if nothing else.

Security Staff(Jr.) has never really liked storms, but I've never seen him as scared as he's been the last few days.

This from daughter:
(Friend) and I were talking last night and came to a conclusion: Oklahoma is the Australia of the United States. 
Let’s see: all the poisonous snakes. All the poisonous spiders. Scorpions. Alligators. Mountain lions. Bears. Fire ants. Tornados. Winds. Floods. Droughts. Wild fires. Earthquakes. Landslides. Blizzards. Ice storms. Severe storms. The most consecutive days over 100 degrees in recorded history for all of the United States. We even managed to have a hurricane once. And I’m sure I’m missing something.

About the riots in Sweden, from Marja in the land next door:
No hint in Finnish newspapers either about who the rioters are. But no need - most of the comments are about that. Even the lefty types aren't trying to deny, they are just inventing reasons why everything is the fault of the ethnic Swedes who haven't done enough to help the immigrants to get jobs and feel at home there. Poor immigrants are being suppressed or something (so no miracle they are acting out...).

At least those comments are shown. With most papers you have to be a bit careful about how you phrase things (although sometimes you also see very, shall we say, questionable comments too - I do know of some complaints how their facts only comments disappeared while the racist rant stayed), but if done so most comments seem to go through. Although more and more papers are requiring registration, and often, after that happens, you start seeing more comments which fit the preferred narrative and less opposing views. I don't much like the idea of registration, I guess most people who think like me don't. I guess most of us are a bit paranoid. Perhaps stupid, perhaps not
No, I think the proper term for that is 'realistic'.
And later
Hm. I may have been a bit hasty with the previous comment. Now there is news that one of the main suspects in the Swedish riots is a Finnish citizen. One paper I've been checking has been getting a lots of comments on that, mostly full of, well, glee over the fact. Except some which mention that the names of the suspects would be available on some Swedish sites. The first name of the Finnish citizen would be, according to those, Ahmed. The last name isn't anything like Lahtinen either. Points for family roots a bit further south.

And for some reason those comments keep getting deleted, all of them, after a very short while. Funny, that
Isn't it, though?

Nanny Bloomberg really doesn't like it when he doesn't get his way:
“I saw Bloomberg and his security there in the club, so I went over and said, ‘Tell me what is going on with the Taxi of Tomorrow?’ ” Freidman, 42, said yesterday.
“He turns to me, and said, ‘Come January 1st, when I am out of office, I am going to destroy your f–king industry.’

“I said, ‘Whoa, Mr. Mayor, calm down! Why can’t I sit down with you and figure out something that works?’ He got back in my face and said, ‘After January, I am going to destroy all you f–king guys,’ ” said Freidman, whose company operates a fleet of 925 yellow cabs.
Nasty little tyrant, isn't he?

My line keeps dropping again, every time another effing storm comes through the area.  And still busy, so don't look for more for a couple of days.  

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Life is calling; next few days to a week

will have light bloggage.  No, not WA; though this would probably be a good time to see St. Helens.

A roundup of stuff on the IRS law & ethics abuse.

Add up all the recent scandals and the message is clear: the Obama administration is showing that it cannot be trusted with the basic functions of government: law enforcement (surveillance of reporters), taxation (IRS scandals), and national security (Benghazi).

"Money out of politics(unless it's coming to us)!"

 Why I don't give to the Red Cross: "So what if you gave money for this disaster?  We'll use it as we see fit."

Gov. Howler really doesn't like the commoners speaking out, does he?

Ah, those nasty Methodists, they just can't control themselves(you expect Sweden to call the rioters what they are?)...

Ed Markey is a slimy bastard.
So why is ANYBODY voting for him, even in the PROM?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

And, just to make the situation even more fun

To Sen. Whitehouse, the miserable global-warming skank:

1975 : Tornado Outbreaks Blamed On Global Cooling

If you'd been around then, you'd have been screaming about this, too.

Official death count 51 right now, Update: they just dropped it to 24 at 0955

expected to go up.  They found more than 100 people overnight in shelters that'd been buried by wreckage; there will probably be bodies found as this mess gets cleaned up.
Update: as of 0955 they just revised the death count DOWN to 24; med examiners office says the situation has been so chaotic that the count was too high earlier.

Video of the thing, this one starting just before it touched down

Speaking of video, the house is gone but the dog was still there.

Looking around at places for donations, I'm going to cut & paste some stuff:

Text "STORM" to 80888 for Salvation Army.
Text "FOOD" to 32333 for Reg. Food Bank for OKC Tornado.

Mercury One is taking donations here.

Salvation Army has a donation station at KFOR in Oklahoma City,
444 E. Britton Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
Please DO NOT bring clothing. 
Items needed: 
- Bottled water
- Gatorade
- Wipes
- Diapers
- Baby formula
- Hand towels
- Individually wrapped snacks
- Work gloves

TheRed Cross has set up shelters in various communities. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund here, and the organization also suggests giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank.

If you want to send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message, you can do so by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.

Speaking of blood, the Oklahoma Blood Institute has offices all over the state.  Usually short on blood, more so now.  If you've got O- they'll be especially happy to see you.

Relief drop-off locations in the OKC metro area.

Home Depot donated 1 million for disaster relief, a quarter of that earmarked for Moore.
Chesapeake Energy has pledged 1 million.

 Some of the local stations with information:
Drop-off points and other news, Oklahoma Nation on FB

On critters: after the worst had passed, I went out to feed the dogs, and Security Staff(Jr.) was missing.  Bleep.  He's a bit jumpy about thunder, and there were some, ah, interesting sound effects during the tornado in Moore, and I figured he'd panicked enough to get over the fence and hide.  So I spent a while looking around the neighborhood.  No luck.

Came back, let Sec. Staff(Sr.) out to sniff around and called a few times; and (Sr.) looked into the garage with ears perked.  I could not think of anyplace he could get into, but grabbed a flashlight and found him.  The little bastard had managed to squeeze between the bike and a shelf of vehicle stuff, and couldn't get out; how the hell he got in there...  Had to move the bike a bit for him to squeeze out.

Reminded me some of the May 3 1999 tornado outbreak; while that one was stomping through THE SAME PATH this one covered through Moore, was home then, too.  Watching what could almost have been the same video from different angles.  These things are nasty.

Now, to some of the assholes playing games with this:
I never heard of Lizz Winstead; wish I never had.
And I hope the bitch pays for this for a LOOOONG time to come.

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: fuck you with a splintery hoe handle, you miserable little bastard.
To any other globular warmenists who want to use this to push their political views on us:
IT'S MAY IN TORNADO ALLEY, YOU MORONS.  Tornadoes happen, and sometimes they're friggin' awful.
It's not your favorite cause, it's not evvvillleee Deniers, IT'S WEATHER.  Deal with it, and shut the hell up.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Update since the line is up right now

official count is 51 dead(last I've seen) and God knows how many injured.

And, proving there are walking wastes of oxygen good only for target practice, there is some looting going on.  Which, in a proper world, would provide the local citizens and LE with some tactical training.

Without lots of details, after two days of storms and not nearly enough sleep, I'm done.

I'll make this fast, as my connection keeps going away

Big damn tornado, started near Newcastle- southwest of me- and moved east through Moore.  That one lifted, and now they just said there's another one that's dropped from that cell.

For those of you familiar with it, they're saying followed damn near the same path through Moore as the May 3, 1999 F5.  If we don't have a LOT of deaths it'll be a bloody miracle.

All this is not counting the other tornadoes reported either forming, on the ground or done their damage and gone away.

And if I hear that asshole Mike Morgan on channel 4 talking about 'world's worst' or 'record-setting' and such again, I'm going to look him up and beat the crap out of him.

R.L. Stine wrote horror novels for kids

and has now apparently decided to write adult fiction.  From daughter:
We’ve also got the world’s least competent and most hypocritical child psychologist and the worst trained police officers in the history of fiction. Here’s an actual quote from the book, as a Sag Harbor police officer is describing a state police officer:
"Andy saw that he had a standard Glock .22--the policeman's favorite--in the black holster at his waist."

I posted about it somewhere, and one of the comments was really golden:
"He could see his target carried a Daisy pellet gun, so he knew this was going to be a dangerous confrontation."

Proving once again that the wind here not only sweeps down the plain, UPDATE on Perazzi story

sometimes it sucks, the airborn vacuums were out in force last night.  Appears casualties are very low; annoying as a lot of the weather weenies are, they're generally pretty good on short-term severe weather stuff.  Lots of destroyed homes, and people with stunned faces.

At one point KWTV had two chasers in Edmond with one storm, and one of them was about to hyperventilate, and the head ww had to ask twice "Where are you?" to get an exact location; and I swear that for a moment I thought he was going to reply "I'M RIGHT HERE!!"  But they did keep a good eye on the things.

Big ones here last night were two BIG supercells, both firing up here in central OK.  Both producing multiple tornadoes, the one that went through Norman very happily waited until it was east of town before it dropped the first, then produced twisters over and over.

It is a big change: not that long ago it would've been cops out watching the sky and radioing their headquarters that one was coming and the word spreading from there.  Now you can get severe weather alerts on your phone, or watch live radar and spotter coverage, and they generally see the wall clouds before the twister forms.  Tech can be a pain, it can also be very damned useful.

In other news, on the IRS:
In short: the very day after the president of the quite publicly anti-Tea Party labor union — the union for IRS employees — met with President Obama, the manager of the IRS “Determinations Unit Program agreed” to open a “Sensitive Case report on the Tea party cases.” As stated by the IG report.

 Be nice if Scott Pelley cleaned his own damned house before he went out whining about the state of media.

And it's bad enough that some journalists are actually acting a bit like reporters.

Thoughts on nosy doctors and "Are there any guns in the house?  Or you could be rude and use my response of "That would be nobody's damned business."  Which gets varying results.

Homicide rates before guns.  Some interesting data here.  I remember reading years back of someone finding records for London around 1100 or so; made Chicago look like a calm city in comparison.

Europe is on the edge of flat-out disaster, but the EUnichs have time to worry about olive oil jugs on tables.  
In ways that will benefit the people with money to spread around, of course.

No surprise the DC mayor was involved in keeping Gregory from being prosecuted, and his office really doesn't want to have to deal with this.

Idiocy On Parade in Colorado:
“He loaded prototype shotguns into the cab on the way to the Merchandise Mart,” gun rights activist and newly-elected National Rifle Association Director Steve Schreiner, who is attending the event this weekend, told Gun Rights Examiner this morning. “The cab driver notified law enforcement he suspected he had a terrorist in his cab, and they were waiting to intercept him, evidently oblivious to the fact that he was arriving at a highly-publicized area gun show. 

“He has two lawyers, Schreiner continued, “one of whom went to the police station, and convinced the police that the owner of one of the most expensive shotgun companies in the world was not a terrorist.
And, to make the stupidity of this even more amazing,
Perazzi was released a short time later and his prototype shotguns were returned to him, but reports have emerged that he was ordered by law enforcement to leave the state by nightfall, and sources tell Gun Rights Examiner he has gone one step further and left the country. He is expected to be returning soon with an eye toward filing legal action.
I damn well hope so.
Gun Rights Examiner also spoke this morning with one of the two attorneys involved with helping Perazzi straighten matters out to obtain his release. That attorney essentially confirmed the account provided by Schreiner, albeit she characterized the authorities’ position on Perazzi leaving the state more as advice than an ultimatum by the sheriff to get out of town by sundown -- something that would have no readily apparent legal basis. A call has been put in to the Adams County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer for comment and clarification on this and other details, but a response has not been received at this writing.
And 'advising' a legitimate businessman to get out of the state HAS a legal basis?  Really?

I tend to think Mr. Perazzi can afford good lawyers; the Denver PD and that cab company better be ready to kiss ass and apologize in a major way.  And/or have their checkbooks handy.
Update: This is getting really weird.  So just what the hell IS going on?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Over in (fG)Britain,

A town has voted not to fly the flag of St George in case it offends Muslims.

Radstock in Somerset has a population of 5,620, 16 of them Muslim, census data shows.

But a Labour councillor said the red and white cross could upset people because of its links to the Crusades.
Note that local muslims say this is fairly stupid, but what do they know?
Also note that they'll fly a homosexual pride flag 'at appropriate times'; wonder what they'll do if some muslim objects to that?

Stolen from Sipsey Street:

If I'm reading this correctly, Holder wants out, and Obama wants another statist thug to take his place; either one, based on words and deeds, would be just as bad as Holder.

Kurt Hofmann speaking of a 'Only the .gov can be allowed arms' clown:
National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea responds to Fish on his War on Guns blog, and notes the most contemptible aspect of this outright rejection of ever fighting back:
The one thing he and his fellow travelers never will [say] is what their personal line in the sand for resisting tyranny would be. That's because they want an unchallengeable monopoly of violence, and can't conceive that when an idiot's usefulness has expired, he will too.

And just because: