Saturday, June 01, 2013

I did not know the President had some German in him

I have a bleg: crank radios

Experience?  Good or stay-away-from?  Daughter's radio flat died the other day(just in time for the storms, yay!), and I want to find one that'll also charge her phone if need be.

More zero-tolerance idiocy from the People's Republic of Maryland

Kid(KINDERGARTEN, mind you) shows friend his cap gun.
School officials at Dowell Elementary School in the town of Lusby proceeded to question the five-year-old for over two hours before finally calling his mother, whom The Post also does not name.

The principal eventually called the boy’s mother at 10:50 a.m. By that time, the five-year-old had wet his pants (which the mother called highly unusual).
Major-level stupid, right?  But wait, there's MORE!
The Post explains that the principal — Jennifer L. Young, according to Dowell Elementary’s website — told the kindergartener’s mother that things would have been even worse had the toy gun been loaded with caps. In that case, the school would have regarded the plaything as an explosive and called the police.
Jennifer L. Young, you're a fucking idiot.  And a disgrace to the profession of teaching.  I don't care what the effing regulations say, you could have handled this a LOT better.  Instead, you've terrified a little kid and screwed with his life.  Considering the PROM, probably forever.
The 10-day suspension is officially for possessing a look-alike gun, notes the Post. If the suspension is not lifted, the kindergartener won’t be able to go to school the rest of the year. The suspension will also be part of his permanent academic record.

5.5", according to my rain gauge

from yesterday evening to this morning.  That may not be quite accurate, as at times the rain was largely traveling sideways.

Lots of damage, flooded areas(official total for the OKC area is 7.5"), and Moore definitely did not need this.

Friday, May 31, 2013

To the relief of some, and probably the disappointment of a few,

I'm still here.

Big damn supercell formed out west and headed due east for a while; then, just as it reached the western edge of Oklahoma City, started turning south.  My area got a bleepload of rain and lots of wind, some small hail.

Daughter lives about a mile south of me, no power but otherwise ok.

So far, if I'm remembering correctly, there's been three reported through central OK so far; lots of damage, they're saying a few fatalities.  Very few, all things considered.  And yes, Moore got some of this.

If you'll now excuse me, I think I'm going to have a taste of something involving ethanol.

Quick addition: Evyl stated Lord, please let my last recorded words not be on Twitter or FaceBook.  What came to my mind?  "You just made me imagine someone saying "Hand me a beer, I'm gonna watch this!"

So, will we EVER find out what actually happened

in that room?  Or will we only get the 'Protect the Holy Bureau at all costs' explanation?
What really confounds me about this account is the part where Todashev allegedly ran at the agent "with a metal pole" that "might have been a broomstick." If he was running with a large object in his hands when killed, how is there any doubt about what the object is? Anyone could just look at the dead guy and see what was in his hands, right? Or examine the stuff in the evidence locker. Pole or broomstick? This source doesn't know. It's also quite a feat to be shot, struck, knocked backward, and charge again toward a gun, especially for a guy who, according to his friends, was in recovery from leg surgery. And, of course, it's odd that this latest story is so different from the previous ones that have leaked out. A knife, a samurai sword, a metal pole, and a broomstick don't seem like objects that would be confused for one another. 

Finally, this account has a police detective who ostensibly sees the table overturned, sees the FBI agent get injured, sees Todashev attacking with a poll, sees the injured agent draw and fire his gun as he tries to get up, sees Todashev knocked back and rushing forward again... but never fires his own weapon. 

I'm reminded of a line from a Garrett Files novel, something like "It'd take three wizards to knot this up any worse."
Or the EffingBI.

Is there ANY part of the Constitution this administration will actually stand behind?

Sure doesn't seem like it.
In its latest effort to protect followers of Islam in the U.S. the Obama Justice Department warns against using social media to spread information considered inflammatory against Muslims, threatening that it could constitute a violation of civil rights.
Same kind of garbage Mark Steyn fought in Canada, and that's strangling (fG)Britain.

Screw that, and screw you, Killian.
Evidently that was a precursor of sorts for an upcoming Tennessee event (“Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society”) that will feature the region’s top DOJ official, who serves as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and an FBI representative. The goal is to increase awareness and understanding that American Muslims are not the terrorists some have made them out to be in social media and other circles, according to a local newspaper report. The June 4 powwow is sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee.
Miserable suckass PC-at-any-cost fools.

And let's not forget this crap from last year*:
President Barack Obama’s top civil rights official repeatedly declined to support religious free speech during a July 27 congressional hearing, despite repeated questioning from Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks, who chairs the House’s constitution subcommittee.

Tom Perez, the progressive who runs the Justice Department’s civil rights office, refused to answer the questions posed by Franks.

“Will you tell us… that this administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” Frank asked four times.

Perez refused to answer, saying “it is a hard question, in the sense that when you make threats against someone.” Perez then suggested he would respond to draft legislation from the committee, but again refused to answer Frank’s question about free speech rights.
Besides the 'Screw free speech' attitude, notice the misleading 'when you make threats' garbage; NOBODY mentioned threats, just speech.
Of course, to socialist assholes like this any speech they don't approve of is a threat.

So Christopher Swindell combines "I'm a gun owner, BUT-" with

Sarah Palin insults, NRA threatening, yelling 'Treason!' and all the other stuff.  Including threats of death.

I'm curious, Mr. Professor of Journalism: can you show one place where The NRA advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America?  Because if you can't, you've just proven yourself a damned liar.

And if this kind of crap passes for 'journalism', no wonder your profession is rated lower than a syphilitic whore.

Added: he'd fit right in with this jerk.

I can't help it, I laugh and giggle every time I see this

Having taken counsel of CarteachO

and bought one of these lanterns, I'm happy to report
It works as advertised, and
I haven't had to use it for real as yet.

It has a single button control: hit it once it's on bright, twice on low(damn sure can't call it 'dim').  The diffuser does a very good job of giving even, non-glare light, and using LEDs the reports of battery life are very good.  Can't say I'm looking forward to needing it, but it's very comforting to have sources of light like this available.

I've been using PDB's home-mix CLP for my cleaning, and it seems to work quite well.

AG Holder: "We won't spy on you the same way anymore, but don't quote me on that."

It appears I can scratch Staples off the list of places I buy from.
We’re sorry, but your small business entry into the Staples PUSH It Forward Contest has been rejected* for the following reason(s):
Entry contains content that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message; is obscene or offensive; or endorses any form of hate or hate group.
Ok, so screw Staples, there's a lot of other places to buy stuff from.

More wonders from Californicated, first on Obamacare:
But the data that Lee released tells a different story: Obamacare, in fact, will increase individual-market premiums in California by as much as 146 percent.

and then on screwing gun owners(this is just ONE of the pieces of crap):
Californians who want to buy ammunition would have to submit personal information and a $50 fee for a background check by the state, under a bill passed by the Senate. The state Department of Justice would determine whether buyers have a criminal record, severe mental illness or a restraining order that would disqualify them from owning guns.
Ammo shops would check the name on buyers' driver's licenses against a state list of qualified purchasers.
The goal of the bill is "to ensure that criminals and other dangerous individuals cannot purchase ammunition in the state of California," said Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles), author of SB 53.
Yeah.  Because criminals NEVER obtain ammo illegally...

Speaking of ammo, I have bullets to size & lube if I can get the other stuff out of the way today.  Catch you later.

It's been upgraded to a F5 (note: couple of posts got lost as drafts,

so they're getting done now)
though according to KTOK they're saying it didn't get as wide as originally believed.  Only something over a mile.


That's not a hugely comforting change, is it?

Little earlier heard a lady call in to a local radio station, she'd gone to several stores to try to buy water and other things to donate.  She was too late.  It was all already gone.

So liberals and socialists don't just dance in the blood of crime victims, they'll use storm victims, too:
California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer blamed the tornado that devastated Oklahoma on global warming during a Senate floor speech Tuesday, using the opportunity to push her own plan to tax carbon dioxide emissions.
Slight problem: she's either a fool or a liar.
Yes, I know, considering it's Boxer it's likely both.

Of course, we already knew that globular warmenists lie.

Well, isn't this interesting?
A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the 5th Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee investigating the agency’s improper screening of conservative nonprofit groups. 

Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, won’t answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening — or why she didn’t disclose it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor III. Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.
I especially like this part:
Since Lerner won’t answer questions, Taylor asked that she be excused from appearing, saying that would “have no purpose other than to embarrass or burden her.”
Oh, I'm sure she's been VERY concerned about not 'embarrassing or burdening' other people, right?

Is the IRS scandal the worst political scandal in American history? I say “yes.”

Because all the other crap in the world doesn't stop,

I'm still looking at other news.  One thing first:  NWS is saying that at one point, between Newcastle and Moore, this mother was 2.25 miles wide on the ground...

Some of the usual suspects are claiming Lois Lerner, the IRS clown in charge of the Exempt Organizations Division, is 'apolitical'.  Nazzo fast, Guido:
Since admitting the IRS harassed hundreds of conservative and Tea Party groups for over two years, Lerner has been criticized for a number of untruths—including the revelation that she apparently lied about planting a question at an American Bar Association conference where she first publicly acknowledged IRS misconduct.
The trouble with this defense is that, prior to joining the IRS, Lerner's tenure as head of the Enforcement Office at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was marked by what appears to be politically motivated harassment of conservative groups.

Anybody else as sick as I am of
A: These 'Gang of X' groups trying to make legislation in the darkness, and
B: The idiots and/or turncoats working with the enemy?
A hot microphone caught Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) coordinating which way members of the “Gang of Eight” who serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee would vote on immigration bill amendments, Breitbart News has learned. 

“Do our Republicans have a pass on this one if they want?” the microphone caught Schumer saying.

More whistleblowers on Benghazi:
Stevens’ mission in Benghazi, they will say, was to buy back Stinger missiles from al-Qaeda groups issued to them by the State Department, not by the CIA. Such a mission would usually be a CIA effort, but the intelligence agency had opposed the idea because of the high risk involved in arming “insurgents” with powerful weapons that endanger civilian aircraft.
Hillary Clinton still wanted to proceed because, in part, as one of the diplomats said, she wanted “to overthrow Gaddafi on the cheap.”
Regarding General Ham, military contacts of the diplomats tell them that AFRICOM had Special Ops “assets in place that could have come to the aid of the Benghazi consulate immediately (not in six hours).”
Ham was told by the White House not to send the aid to the trapped men, but Ham decided to disobey and did so anyway, whereupon the White House “called his deputy and had the deputy threaten to relieve Ham of his command.”
They note that they don't have confirmation of these things as yet; we'll see.

Confirmed dirt- more- on Fast & Furious:
The former U.S. Attorney for Arizona could be disbarred, after an investigation found he lied to the Justice Department about his role in trying to discredit the federal whistle-blower who exposed the botched gun-running scheme known as Fast and Furious.

An Office of Inspector General report showed that Dennis Burke -- the former chief of staff for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appointed as U.S. Attorney for Arizona by President Obama in September 2009 -- lied when asked if he leaked sensitive documents to the press meant to undermine the credibility of ATF whistle-blower John Dodson.

The IG report also said Burke likely leaked the memo in retaliation for Dodson's whistle-blowing, and challenged the credibility of statements he made to congressional investigators. Dodson first went to Congress in 2010 after his own agency and the Justice Department refused to investigate his complaints that Operation Fast and Furious, an anti-gun-trafficking effort, was out of control.

Fire them.  And take qualified immunity away from ANY LE officer involved in crap like this:
But Montanez says it was a Hays County SWAT truck that rammed his car head-on. As they collided, another police vehicle pinned him from behind, he says.
He heard a shot.

“I saw my windshield crack, and I ducked down as low as possible,” Montanez said. “I really thought I was going to die.”

Seconds later, he says, three deputies were pointing assault rifles at him. “That’s when I heard one of the officers say, ‘Oh, (expletive), we got the wrong guy,’ ” Montanez said.
...Even after officers realized that he was not the suspect, he said, they kept him in handcuffs for half an hour while they questioned him and ran a warrant check that came up with nothing. Then they let him go.
First, when the HELL did ramming a car become the approved SWAT-Operator Car-Stopping Method?
Third, “Due to the urgency of these warrants and the hazards to neighbors and bystanders, tactics were employed in order to maximize safety to community and swift apprehension of the suspect,” the report states.  BY RAMMING THE CAR?

This is one of those 'Horsewhips followed by hot tar and feathers' things

The Department of Defense confirms to NBC 5 Investigates that accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan has now been paid more than $278,000 since the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting that left 13 dead and 32 injured. The Army said under the Military Code of Justice, Hasan’s salary cannot be suspended unless he is proven guilty.
Meanwhile, more than three years later soldiers wounded in the mass shooting are fighting to receive the same pay and medical benefits given to those wounded in combat.
Because the chickenshits in the White House(those who aren't flirting with outright treason) won't label the attack what it was, oh no, it's just 'workplace violence'.

a bit of backed-up 'What the hell?'

Why are the Brit authorities soft-peddling who murdered a soldier on a public street, but hammering anyone who says non-pc things on bloody facebook?
Because it's safer to screw with people who say impolite things than the actual enemy, and
because they're using the enemy for votes.  And screw the future consequences.

I'm wondering, did Romney return that knife Christie stuck in his back?

This information's been out for a while, but the warmenists can't bloody stand it, so most media hasn't talked about it.

Stolen from Correia:
                                  "We're here to off the wizard"

Yes, Sen. Turban really IS a dick.

'Creeping sense of personal remorse' actually means "I got caught!"

More "I'm a gun owner BUT-" sockpuppets.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Over in Tolerance & Respect Land,

Seven Dutch teenagers and an adult man accused of kicking a football linesman to death at a junior league match have gone on trial in the Netherlands.
Well, that sounds bad.
Seven teenagers and one father, identified only as “El Hasan D”, appeared in court in the Dutch town of Lelystad, where they faced charges of manslaughter, public violence and brutality. Mr Nieuwenhuizen’s widow and one of his sons arrived at the court but declined to speak to journalists.
Uh-oh, better watch what you say about them!  But don't worry, the Court is on the watch:
“After a long time, your trial is finally beginning,” judge Anja van Holten told the accused. Most had been in detention since the attack. “These will be difficult days for you. We will try to take that into account,” she added.
Awww, isn't that nice?

Completely unrelated to the above, I was looking at the Hodgdon/Winchester loading data site, and noticed they have some load data for .50BMG; how does 225 to 260 grains of powder sound?
Hey, with the lighter load you can get 31 rounds from a pound of powder!

About the FBI shooting that suspect in Florida?  Curiouser and curiouser...
Thanks to Shermlock for that second link.
Have to borrow a quote from the Ace post:
I don't know if that happened here. The guy could have lunged for the sword, and the FBI agent could have just been a little too quick on the draw. (Or perhaps just in time on the draw. Who knows.)
But whereas before I'd provisionally assume the FBI was telling the truth, I gotta tell you: My working assumption is now that they are lying.
Because that's what they do.
Which is exactly why, if the IRS and EffingBI and other agencies actually give a damn about the law and right and wrong, they'd stomp the crap out of the agents abusing power/lying/etc.: because if they don't they're feeding the feeling people have gained that they don't give a damn about anything but their power, and the use of it.

Speaking of abusers of power, we know Holder's lied under oath before, so him lying to a judge wouldn't be a surprise. 
Lying to the press about his intentions, either.

You may have noticed that Oklahoma had another visit from the airborne vacuums; this is the back end of one of the supercells traversing the land today
It was south and a bit east of where I was standing; having seen such on a direct approach before, I like this angle better.

Also, this little camera is great.  When I get the right damn settings, and since it has so many that's sometimes problematic.

 Good grief;  I just checked and, as of September, I will have been doing this for nine years.

Og is a bastard.  thatisall.

One way or another, Ma Nature is always trying to kill you.  And eventually succeeding.

Everybody who wants a mammoth

just got a boost:
Russian scientists discovered a fully-grown female mammoth with blood and well-preserved muscle tissue trapped in ice in Siberia. The findings come amid debates on whether the extinct species should be resurrected using DNA.
Unlike, say, a velociraptor or something, cloning a mammoth would leave you with something like an elephant, which we do have experience dealing with.  So there's one more problem down.

As it should be: no special rights because you have a government job.
In Texas, the House defeated a measure on Sunday that would have given prosecuting attorneys and lawmakers permission to carry gunsanywhere they wanted to in the state. Just 38 lawmakers voted for it, while 103 voted against.

More destruction of history by Religion of Peace proponents in the mid-east.

More misconduct by the prosecutors in the Zimmerman case; so when does the bar association start disbarring these clowns, and will they be charged for their various crimes?

Ok, so exactly what the hell happened, then?
A Chechen man who was fatally shot by an FBI agent last week during an interview about one of the Boston bombing suspects was unarmed, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

An air of mystery has surrounded the FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashev, 27, since it occurred in Todashev’s apartment early on the morning of May 22. The FBI said in a news release that day that Todashev, a former Boston resident who knew bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed during an interview with several law enforcement officers.

So our Fearless IRS Official had a record of abuse

of power and position BEFORE she even got to the IRS.  And Obama wants her in charge of Obamacare. 

Gut-check time for the press: If they’re truly offended by the DOJ’s secret snooping on James Rosen and the AP, they won’t agree to attend Holder’s gladhanding session unless/until he agrees to make it on the record, right? Press freedom and government transparency are either important or they’re not. If they’re not, then yeah, an off-the-record session in which the powers that be privately assure a guild that they’re on their side will do just fine. Happens all the time in the Obama White House. 

Which is it?
For a lot of these sorry excuses for reporters, it'll be both: "Oh, Mr. AG Holder, you're so wonderful to be concerned about what you did!" is their default.  So they'll kiss his ass and claim this meeting makes it all better. Because supporting Obama and Holder is far more important to them than, say, reporting.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

From the PROM, more zero-tolerance stupidity

I’ll give Palmer this much: The toy that caused the uproar on the school bus Friday looks like a tiny assault rifle. It’s from a G.I. Joe action figure. It’s less than 2 inches long, and the boy is 6.

“I think they overreacted totally. I totally do,” the boy’s mom, Mieke Crane, told WGGB-TV. Her boy had to write a letter of apology to the bus driver, though after she met with school officials yesterday, they agreed to drop the detention he had been sentenced to serve.

I still hear insistence that voter fraud isn't a problem,

so the only reason for voter ID laws is racism, etc.  Right.
To keep that silly narrative alive, it’s important not to read the Sunday edition of the Columbus Dispatch, in which readers were informed that “more than one out of every five registered Ohio voters is probably ineligible to vote.”

Furthermore, “in two counties, the number of registered voters actually exceeds the voting age population: Northwestern Ohio’s Wood County shows 109 registered voters for every 100 eligible, while in Lawrence County along the Ohio River it’s a mere 104 registered per 100 eligible.”

More on the piece-of-crap immigration bill Rubio wishes to trash his standing for.
The final length of the bill remained a mystery during its drafting process. Some estimates from media outlets, including from the Washington Post's David Nakamura, placed the bill length at the time at longer than 1,500 pages. Breitbart News also reported that estimate, as did many other media outlets. 

When the bill came out at introduction just under a thousand pages, Gang of Eight members tried to attack the reputations of the media outlets that reported those initial numbers. Marco Rubio attacked those who reported on the estimates of the bill’s length in a press release. 
The new bill towers over previous versions in length, clocking in at 1,076 pages. It was introduced on Tuesday afternoon.
A: Rubio expects us to buy this garbage just because he insists it's a good deal?
B: Just how much shit is hidden in that more-than-thousand pages of gobbledygook?
C: Next time someone announces a 'Gang of (X)' for anything, both the announcer and every member should be dragged into the town square and flogged.

I'll bet some people at IRS just about crapped their pants when this order came in.  And the investigators better be looking for evidence of screwing with files before it came down.

On personal stuff, in this case the 'life calling' over the previous few days involved not work, but a chance to travel a bit.  I'll have that story later.  Right now there's shopping to do and other everyday stuff to take care of.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

On in Army now, and I remember two great-uncles who served in WWII; one in the Pacific, one in Europe.

I'm going to try to watch some of Band of Brothers later; if nothing else the Why we fight episode.

Which does lead me to the one other thing I want to say today:
Britain is a shining example of losing everything fought and bled for.
Media timidity in the face of these obvious declarations is matched by equally feeble responses from the political classes. Richard Barrett, a former United Nations co-ordinator for the al-Qaida and Taliban monitoring team, offered this insight following yesterday’s brutality: “The idea that this may be terrorism inspired by some sort of religious extremist belief is quite plausible.”

Quite plausible, old chap? Quite plausible, you say? Well, let’s not jump to any conclusions simply because some Koran-quoting maniac carrying two bloody knives has just cut off a man’s head. Maybe he had trouble at home.
Open attacks and murders by muslims, who insist on saying that's exactly why they're doing this, and the Brit media and politicians, overall, don't have the balls to say something about exactly that.  Oh no, excuses and weasel-words abound.  

And we've got a bumper crop of the same level idiots here, and they're just as much in a rush to hand over everything to the enemy in the name of 'tolerance' and 'being sensitive to the beliefs of others'.

I'm sure some clown will run across this and trumpet it as "SEE, THEY HATE MUSLIMS!", so- assuming such will bother to read this far- no, all muslims are not the enemy; SOME are, and they number in the millions.  And they want us dead, converted or dhimmi.  And ignoring that, ignoring the religious reasons behind their actions, is stupid.  And downright suicidal.