Saturday, June 22, 2013

To those who informed me, with great upset,

that "You don't care if the planet dies!" because of my skepticism of AGW and the warmenist scaremongering, I will now quote from the eminent engineer Wolowitz:
                                             "Suck it!"
“There are two conceivable explanations — and neither is very pleasant for us,” said Storch. “The first possibility is that less global warming is occurring than expected because greenhouse gases, especially CO2, have less of an effect than we have assumed. This wouldn’t mean that there is no man-made greenhouse effect, but simply that our effect on climate events is not as great as we have believed.”

“The other possibility is that, in our simulations, we have underestimated how much the climate fluctuates owing to natural causes,” Storch added.
Translation: "Our models suck, and we're full of crap."
“Certainly the greatest mistake of climate researchers has been giving the impression that they are declaring the definitive truth,” said Storch. “The end result is foolishness along the lines of the climate protection brochures recently published by Germany’s Federal Environmental Agency under the title ‘Sie erwärmt sich doch’ (‘The Earth is getting warmer’). Pamphlets like that aren’t going to convince any skeptics.”
No shit?

I'm going to cut to near the end, because this is exactly the kind of crap that's led to the current situation:
However, Storch said that he still believed in global warming and that earth’s temperatures would continue to rise.
"Screw that the models haven't worked, and our threats are crap!  I BELIEVE!"
“Yes, we are certainly going to see an increase of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) or more — and by the end of this century, mind you,” he said. “That’s what my instinct tells me, since I don’t know exactly how emission levels will develop.”

“Whether it ends up being one, two or three degrees, the exact figure is ultimately not the important thing,” Storch added. “Quite apart from our climate simulations, there is a general societal consensus that we should be more conservative with fossil fuels."
Ta-daaa!  "The facts don't really matter, whether it actually warms AT ALL, the important thing is getting rid of fossil fuels."

I will now accept apologies from the jerks who've informed me I have no concern for facts and 'scientific consensus'*, and no care for Mother Earth.

*Be it said, 'scientific consensus' is bullshit; but they meant I don't have concern for it in a bad way.

I will now note

that getting old sucks.  On multiple levels.

The one currently causing me to sit here typing instead of doing something else is that, after four days with mixing and molding concrete being the primary activity*, and only my usual 'normal' amount of sleep, I feel halfway like someone beat on me with sticks during the night.  Sore I could handle; this is beat.  As in 'eyes want to close, hands and back ache, tired-all-over' beat.  I do not recover from heavy work like I used to.

Since I'm on a roll here, I'll throw in women.  I very much enjoy the company of ladies, but the same time that's given me a lot more knowledge of how to interpret them has also given me a decided lack of patience with bullshit.  Which really interferes with things, because so many women seem to take it that they have some privilege to screw with men and suffer no consequences.  And get all butthurt when there ARE consequences.

Personal bitch on that subject: If you don't want to go out with someone, SAY SO.  Do not say "Yes" and then refuse to answer the phone.  If you have gone out, and don't want to again, the effort of saying "No, I don't think so" to a request for another is much preferable to- again- not answering the damn phone.
And if you play this game, do not expect the guy to be all smiles and forgiveness if you run into him; you decided lies and rudeness was better than honesty, so piss off.

Enough of that.  Nothing to do with age, except I may wear out before I find one, the hunt is still on for a K-32 I can afford and use.
I use that combination because you CAN find them; new-in-box, LNIB, and costing appropriately.  However, one that's got some wear that you won't mind taking to the range seems to be in the same realm of findability as unicorns not hostile to non-virgins. 

I have found that prices have reversed: a good dial caliper now costs a damn sight more than a good digital.

If you've got some time to pass, and don't mind some NSFW posts, and don't mind that reading some of his stuff will probably put you on the same list as Sipsey Street readers, go over to Wirecutter's place and browse around.
Speaking of Sipsey, he pointed to this, which would already have resulted in people getting their ass kicked if there were any justice:
As I've been reporting in a series of columns and blog posts over the past year, the Taliban waged an intricately coordinated, brutal attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan last fall -- three days after the deadly siege on our consulate in Libya and after months of prior security incidents and warnings. Fifteen jihadists disguised in stolen American combat fatigues penetrated the complex. They used rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles and other weapons to wipe out nearly an entire squadron of Marine Harrier jets worth an estimated $200 million.

Along with the most devastating loss of U.S. airpower since Vietnam, two heroic U.S. Marines -- Lt. Col. Christopher Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell -- were killed in the battle, and nearly a dozen others were injured. Military officials refused to release details of the fateful budget and strategy decisions that led to the attack. But Deborah Hatheway, aunt of Sgt. Atwell and the family's spokesperson, and other Camp Bastion families learned on their own that their loved ones were left vulnerable to attack by military leaders who outsourced watchtower security on the base to soldiers from Tonga.
The neglect of security at Bastion was widely known. Nick Francona, a former Marine Corps Ground Intelligence Officer with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, who served as a Scout Sniper Platoon Commander in Helmand Province in 2011, recounted on Foreign Policy magazine's The Best Defense blog in April: "It was obvious to even a casual observer that many of the posts were unmanned and were comically left with a 'green Ivan' silhouette target as a halfhearted attempt at deterrence."

Francona added: "The attack only occurred because of an egregious failure in basic infantry practices. ... It is painfully obvious that this attack would not have been successful, or likely even attempted, if not for multiple security failures at Leatherneck/Bastion."

CO Senate President John Morse: one more ratbag hypocrite politician.
I intend to fight this – we cannot allow outside interest groups to determine what is best for Colorado.

Meanwhile, Mr. Morse, a Colorado Springs Democrat, released a statement Monday on his Facebook page asking for out-of-state help from those in traditionally liberal cities to help fight the recall effort.
“We can get phone lists to you and things like that and have you help from Boston, Massachusetts, or San Francisco, California,” said Mr. Morse in a video message. “So thanks for all that you’ve done and thanks for all that you’re going to do as we move forward to take on this tiger.”

Earlier, he expressed his fervent hope that fellow rabid forcible citizen disarmament advocate NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg would come to his rescue with a nice fat infusion of Bloomberg Bucks.

And that's it for now.  If I don't get out of this chair I'm going to fall over.

*Five bags one day, next day help a friend with stuff, five bags each the next two days

A bullet experiment

in the works.  Was at H&H the other day and they'd received two pallets of various X-Treme plated bullets.  I picked up a box of the 110-grain roundnose for .30 Carbine to try out, and have some loaded.  So next time can hit the range, I'll see how they work.

I've used a lot of their handgun bullets, but never any rifle.  Hoping these work as well as the others.

My, my

A handful of aviation experts, including a number of investigators who were part of the original probe of TWA Flight 800, have come forward in a new documentary to say evidence points to a missile as the cause of the crash off the coast of Long Island 17 years ago.

Does this count as more Hope! or more Change!! ?
Given all of that, it will come as little surprise to read a piece by reporters Marisa Taylor and Jonathan Landay of McClatchy's Washington Bureau, in which they reveal that the White House has a special attack program to deal with whistleblowers called Insider Threat Program (ITP). And, no, contrary to what the administration has claimed, it's not just about "national security" issues. It goes way beyond that:
President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments.

The decision to keep U.S. personnel in Benghazi with substandard security was made at the highest levels of the State Department by officials who have so far escaped blame over the Sept. 11 attack, according to a review of recent congressional testimony and internal State Department memos by Fox News.
Chances of the people responsible actually being HELD responsible?  Damn near zero, I imagine.

Attn. Gutierrez:
Fuck you.  We don't want your amnesty bill.
You're just pissed because too many Republicans won't roll over for you.

GOC pointed to this on that fat, racist clown Karen Lewis.

Friday, June 21, 2013

If this pans out for widespread use, 'miracle'

would be a good word for it.
Genetically modify the HIV virus, use it to infect T-cells and cause them to specifically attack cancer cells.

And if the people who put this together don't share the Nobel, then the committee needs its collective ass kicked up between its shoulder blades.

Right now, I'd kind of like to go to Sean Cumming's and have a pint of Harp; whoever, parts of my body would rather sit here.  Here's the 15-bags-of-concrete-and-a-mold-reason:

The earliest section(first shot) is the lightest-colored, the second(next day) a bit darker, and today the darkest.By tomorrow I should be able to walk on the last section(the dogs have proven that just a few hours let it set enough to be paw-proof).

If you'll excuse me, I think it's time for another dose of naproxyn.

Reasons to drink whiskey (link fixed)

Most good; but 8 & 10 are enough to put you off your feed.
(link fixed)

What the hell is it with 'procedure' and shooting dogs?
And why is 'We followed procedure' supposed to be a fixes-all-mistakes answer?

And I wonder if the department will actually do anything about this clown, or will he get discipline="Don't do it again."?

The Greatest Cartridge EVEH!!

Take your pick: .45acp, 9mm, and for rifles .223.

"We've stopped LOTS of terror attacks with our violations of the Constitution

(in our dreams)!"
In a way it wouldn't seem as bad, if these bastards didn't lie about EVERYTHING...

Sen. Tester and Murphy: I wonder if that oath about the Constitution every meant anything to them, or if they just slowly gave up on it?

Y'know, it seems like it's always places that really don't like the commoners having arms that have this tendency to lie so much about crime rates.

"Your information is safe and private(except for all our loopholes you don't need to know about)!"

If people are afraid to talk to AP,

then the bastards got exactly what they were after.

This guy will not be getting an invite to the White House anytime soon.
JFK had a clear message when he came to Berlin a half century ago – the free world must stand up to Communist tyranny. 24 years later, President Reagan stood in the same spot famously calling on the Soviets to “tear down this wall.” Reagan’s speech was a seminal moment that ushered in the downfall of an evil empire, and gave hope to tens of millions of people behind the Iron Curtain. It was a display of strength and conviction by the leader of the free world, sending an unequivocal message of solidarity with those who were fighting for freedom in the face of a monstrous totalitarian ideology.

In stark contrast to that of his presidential predecessors, Barack Obama’s message on Wednesday was pure mush, another clichéd “citizens of the world” polemic with little substance. This was a speech big on platitudes and hopeless idealism, while containing much that was counter-productive for the world’s superpower. Ultimately it was little more than a laundry list of Obama’s favourite liberal pet causes, including cutting nuclear weapons, warning about climate change, putting an end to all wars, shutting Guantanamo, ending global poverty, and backing the European Project. It was a combination of staggering naiveté, the appeasement of America’s enemies and strategic adversaries, and the championing of more big government solutions.

The Leander Texas PD needs to be cleaned out

I want you to savor the full stupidity of two parts of this:
The warrant was for a man named Bradly Neal Simpson, who is wanted for an expired vehicle registration.
Really?  You sent out officers to arrest someone FOR AN EXPIRED TAG?
The address on the warrant is in Cedar Park, not Liberty Hill where the Simmons have lived for nine years. However, Leander Police say their database shows Simpson’s last known address as the same one where the Simmons live.
And of COURSE that excuses GOING TO THE WRONG EFFING TOWN to serve the warrant?  Really?

And to really put the cherry on the parfait,
The Simmons say not only was it a close call for their dog, Vinny, but it was also a close call for their 6-year old terminally ill grandchild playing just around the corner.
To sum up: they go not just to the wrong address, but to the WRONG TOWN(and wouldn't that open them up to a really nasty lawsuit?), shoot a dog that's not actually a threat, and put a kid in danger...

Lawdog, you need to give these people lessons in "Brain: Use Of".

When this politician sells out, he sells out all the way

So what is the first message he posted as it appeared the Secretary of State would approve enough signatures for his recall?
Meanwhile, Mr. Morse, a Colorado Springs Democrat, released a statement Monday on his Facebook page asking for out-of-state help from those in traditionally liberal cities to help fight the recall effort. “We can get phone lists to you and things like that and have you help from Boston, Massachusetts, or San Francisco, California,” said Mr. Morse in a video message.
Guess he took all that money from Bloomberg seriously: "The peasants are revolting!  I need help from you in other states!"

Thursday, June 20, 2013

I have to say that Chris Christie would be the final straw...

I have been as pragmatic as anyone on wading through this political cesspool...sucked it up for McCain...sucked it up for Romney...but I will be damned if I'll cast a vote for an antigun floating...well, whatever it is that floats in Chris Christie. I'll stay home. Well, I'll vote in the other races, but if the Republicans put up a violently antigun candidate like Christie and expect the gun vote to turn out to bail their asses out yet again, they'll get the oblivion they so richly deserve.

Whyever would anyone have any problem with the EffingBI investigating and almost always clearing itself?[/sarcasm]

When 'harassment' translates to "We want to punish you for not kissing our ass."

Another view on drama queen Heidi Yewman:
The drama is exhausting and breathtaking.  But the thing that really worries me isn’t that she has a gun.  It’s that bimbos like this can purchase an SUV the size and weight of my Ford F150 and drive it down the road with screaming kids in the back whilst jabbering on the cell phone attached to her ear, after qualifying with a driving test that a monkey could be trained to take.

Makes you stop and ponder, no?  It’s one reason I drive so defensively on the road nowadays.

Only a matter of time: motorcycle helmets with HUD.

Well, that terrorist was shot by guns(used by law enforcement officers, but nevermindthat), so by Bloomberg's 'reasoning' that WOULD make him a gun-violence victim!

"Because we assume we can get away with it,

that's why."
With a growing number of reports from law-abiding pilots stopped by armed federal agents on the ramp, their aircraft searched by federal agents, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection remains silent, and outrage is building.

What kind of morons are running schools in the Fascist State of New Jersey?
This kind.
After a 12-year-old hearing-impaired girl was threatened with suspension from school for using sign language on the bus, a New Jersey school district has reversed its position.

But WE can't be trusted to own guns....
Special agents at the IRS accidentally shot their firearms 11 times between 2009 and 2011, and at least three of the cases “may have resulted in property damage or personal injury.”
Agents actually fired their guns accidently more often than they intentionally fired them in the field, according to an audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

All this viciousness was in the service of denying that there is, as we wrote in yesterday's article, a "war on men." Well, imagine if a prominent feminist journalist wrote about the "war on women" and dozens of conservative male writers responded by subjecting her to similar verbal abuse. Would that not be prima facie evidence that she was on to something? If the answer is yes--and we'd say it is--then either the same is true in our case or the sexes aren't equal. (Select one or both of the above.)

We can take the abuse. In fact, in this instance we delight in it, not only because we see the humor but because it proves us right.

And now, I'm off to see if I can complete another section of walk without either my arms falling off or my back taking a vacation.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Five years President, and he still says 'Bush!'

At the least, Bush wasn't talking about giving Saddam weapons, was he?

And, from some of the people he thinks we should give arms to(and seems willing to put US troops on the line for),
Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists.

The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits.

She said his headless corpse was found by the side of the road, surrounded by hungry dogs. He had recently married and was soon to be a father.

Rubio, you can forevermore kiss my ass, you backstabbing little shit.

I do not really have the words for this betrayal.
US drops demand Taliban renounce al-Qaeda to allow talks to progress 

America will engage in its first formal direct talks with the Taliban on Thursday, after dropping its long-standing demand that the movement renounce ties with al-Qaeda in order for them to progress. 
Just hours after the agreement was announced, four American soldiers were killed by insurgents during an attack on Bagram Air Base. There were very few details of the attack, but a US official said the soldiers were killed by "indirect fire", possibly rockets or mortars.

Ah, but he's Obama!, so that stuff doesn't apply to him.

Nanny Bloomberg's latest "This is how you will live" directive.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

That post in Ms. magazine?

More full of crap than we already knew.  Not only is Ms. engaging in Reasoned Discoursetm, but “According to this bio, Yewman lives in Washington State. But Ms. Yewman’s experience obtaining a concealed carry permit do not exactly match the regulations in Washington State."  And it goes from there.

So: bad editing, bad writing, or lying?

(Yeah, the previous was supposed to be the last; I found I'd forgotten to post this earlier)

Short time ago was told that a lot of the stuff I link to is depressing;

it damn sure is.

Smiley took up the issue Boulder police Sgt. Michael Everett, who in an email response to her inquiry, explained that entering unsecured residences is standard operating procedure for most law enforcement agencies, including, Boulder police, and one that is not likely to stop. 

"There are many reasons for checking residences that are left open," Everett wrote in his response. "They include in-progress crimes and injured parties inside. There are situations which create a duty for officers to enter and check residences. Failure to do so creates liability for that officer and agency."

Because that 4th Amendment is just such a pain to have to abide by, so they don't.

And from wants-to-be-President Napolitano,
Domestic spying capabilities used by the National Security Agency to collect massive amounts of data on American citizens could soon be available to the Department of Homeland Security — a bureaucracy with the power to arrest citizens that is not subject to limitations imposed on the NSA.

And the Supremes decide- ah hell, just read it.
"Of COURSE you don't have to say anything!  BUT if you don't say things in the precisely right way, that counts against you."

In personal news, they make a mold for building your own walk or patio: level the space, put the mold down, mix one 80lb. bag of concrete and fit it in, smooth, then lift the mold and do the next section.
Five bags equals eleven feet.  And being so damn tired I don't want to move.  Supposed to be a good chance of rain tomorrow so I'd figured on getting more bags after that; as is, I doubt I'd be able to do much tomorrow anyway.

To do the whole stretch I want to, it'll take about another seven or eight bags.  Good thing this can be continued as conditions allow.
Oh, and I found that it took less than one bag to fill the mold each time.

It seems the lady has upset some people on Youtube

And she doesn't care.

One last thing: this is what happens when you put a upside-down tomato cage around the squash
Up, instead of out.  Makes it easier to get to the squash.

This doesn't qualify as 'fail', more "!(#(%a^^! idiocy"

Jared and Rose Cleerdin found themselves right in the middle of a shootout at what should have been a routine DWI checkpoint.  Days after the dramatic shootout in Brunswick County, they are still shaken by what they saw. 

"Every cop turned around and started unloading like super trigger happy as if their training was coming into full effect and they were being able to utilize it," said Cleerdin. "Everybody was just blasting this car to pieces. It was absolutely terrifying."

Dug around and found this article with what's supposed to have happened.   Better to go read it than me take excerpts.  It's... interesting.  See what you think.

Over at Sipsey there's a long one on the subject of 'if our society goes completely pear-shaped'.  Right now just going to borrow this one thing; next time someone says something like "One infantry platoon could step on a whole neighborhood/town if the right-wingers start something!", point them to it.  It's about the immediate aftermath of Lexington.  And remember that Capt. John Parker had said beforehand Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.
But after the British onslaught and the militia "unassed the a.o." as they say in certain quarters today, the colonials were treated to British cheers and an 800 musket volley of celebration. As David Hackett Fischer described it in Paul Revere's Ride:

In the houses and woods along the road, the people of Lexington listened bitterly to the British cheers and began to count their dead. seven Lexington men had been killed and also one of the Yankee prisoners taken on the road, the unlucky Woburn man who was shot while "trying to escape." Nine other Lexington men were wounded, some severely. The toll was heavy in that small town. Eight pairs of fathers and sons had mustered on the Common. Five of those eight were shattered by death. Most families in that small community suffered the loss of a kinsman -- if not a father or son, then an uncle or cousin.

As the British troops disappeared into the west, the people of the town gathered on the Common. There was at first a sense of shock, a terrible numb and empty feeling of cruel and bitter loss. Then there was another raw emotion: deep, consuming, abiding anger. The people of Lexington asked themselves, who were these arrogant men in their proud red coats? By what right did they act as they did?

Other militiamen were now arriving from the far corners of the town. Those who had slept through the alarm began to appear, weapons in hand. Captain Parker mustered his company once again on the bloody ground. There were not sixty militia as before, but twice that number. The men were silent, grim and pensive. Most had lost friends and relatives only a few minutes before. Some wore bloody bandages. A few had faces and shirts blackened by powder stains. Their weapons were no better than before, but they replenished their ammunition from the dwindling store in the meetinghouse.

This time there were no consultations of debates. With a few terse words of command, Captain Parker ordered his company to fall in. The men were no longer in doubt about what to do. They were ready to give battle again, but on different terms.

He emphasizes that 'different terms'; the regulars found out real soon what that meant.  And if the people hoping to have cops and troops fire on people like us had any freakin' idea of the consequences, any understanding of history, well, they wouldn't be hoping for that.

Back to LEOs behaving downright idiotically, I present Humane Officer Barry Accorti and CoP Mike Freeman.
After signing the appropriate paperwork, the humane officer made his way to the backyard, found the kittens hidden in the woodpile, went to his truck, got a gun, and proceeded to shoot each kitten in front of the homeowner and her small children.
And the CoP?
“After visiting the scene, talking with the responding officer and re-interviewing the complainant, I have decided his actions were appropriate and have decided not to impose any disciplinary measures for the incident. We will talk with the humane officers about improving their communications with the public.”
What level of 'Fucking Idiocy' does it take for him to find this to be 'appropriate', and that 'improving communications' is the fix?

From the People's Republic of Maryland,

'concern for children' includes
interrogating them for hours,
scaring them into wetting their pants,
THEN calling the parents,
putting a suspension on their record
for the horrible offense of having a plastic cowboy pistol.
The Post notes that the principal — Jennifer L. Young, according to Dowell Elementary’s website — told the boy’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.
Principal Young, you should be fired for being a child abuser.  And the school board should be canned for standing behind this crap.

New Effing York is having another spasm of "Let's lie about this gun so we can ban it"; in this case, the FN 5.7 pistol.  Did you know this hotted-up .22 Magnum can penetrate body armor at 200 yards?
Yeah, I know, it can't.  And it won't penetrate anything any better than a .22 Mag unless you have the actual AP ammo, which hasn't be available to anybody but military and LE since day one, but that doesn't matter; Rep. Eliott Engel (D) has declared it's a 'cop killer' and should be banned from the peasants.  Along with wanting Obama to sign a royal edict to bring the Clinton AWB back(something else which didn't accomplish crap for protecting cops).

Monday, June 17, 2013

"Yes, dammit, it IS about

the #*!)E( nail!"

Stolen with great glee from SG

Short version of Ms. article: "Eeek, it's scary!"

Slightly longer version: "I didn't have to have .gov-approved training to buy it!  This is BAAAAAD!!!"
If you want to read it, it's here.  Though it, and some of the comments, are enough to suck the brain cells out of your skull.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Because I like them,

and I'm recovering from damn near melting in the humidity outside

Why does anyone not in NYEffingCity worry about Bloomberg?*

The U.S. Department of Justice filed papers Wednesday saying that if a federal judge ruled the NYPD's practices unconstitutional, then the DOJ would strongly endorse the use of a monitor to oversee changes at the department. 

The mayor, however, said that the police department needs a clear line of authority. "No military organization or paramilitary runs where you have confusion in the command structure. You just cannot have that. Lives are on the line," he said in a question-and-answer session with reporters.
Well, Mr. Mayor, if the NYPD is no longer a law-enforcement agency, then do you consider it a full-out military or only a paramilitary organization?

*Besides his trying to buy politicians and votes and elections in other states, that is.