Saturday, September 07, 2013

Damn. To see some of this up close...

More here.

Thanks to Bob for linking this

Whereas if I go swimming in Florida I'll probably just get bit in the ass by a shark instead of finding something like this.

But only cops are trained and professional enough...
Police say the woman refused to show her hands, so the officer drew his gun. While drawing the gun, police say the officer accidentally shot the 19-year-old woman in the leg.

Hey, the SCOAMF has to pay for those cruise missiles he wants to shoot at Syria somehow.  And this pays off another union, too!
The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched. The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges.

Speaking of that bastard rushing us to war,
Source close to administration: WH might accept Senate-only approval of Syria strikes. Top WH official says source is "just guessing."

And, from those wonderful people in Iran,
And in an unprecedented statement, a former Iranian official has warned of mass abductions and brutal killings of American citizens around the world and the rape and killing of one of Obama’s daughters should the United States attack Syria.

And more corruption from the Obamacare enforcers:
At the same time the IRS harassed Republican nonprofit groups during the 2012 political campaign, it selectively advised black churches and other Democrat nonprofits on how far they can go in campaigning for President Obama and other Democrats.
The IRS has thrown any reason to trust the agency.  About anything, ever.  Violations of law, of ethics, lying to Congress, lying to us...

If this information is correct...

When Morsi was arrested last month, the Egyptian military discovered a pile of documents linking the Obama regime with the illegal activities of the Muslim Brotherhood. Investigative journalist Jerome Corsi has obtained a copy of the document held by the Egyptian military, proving the Obama regime sent millions of dollars in bribes to the Muslim Brotherhood, paid out by the U.S. Consulate.

Conveniently, the President’s brother…is one of the architects of the major investments of the Muslim Brotherhood and oversees an $8 billion dollar bribe to the Muslim Brotherhood made by the Obama regime. The bribe was payment to guarantee that the huge tract of Egyptian land, the Sinai Peninsula, be turned over to the Muslim Brotherhood sister group Hamas, The Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas mince no words about their goals for Israel, which is total annihilation.

It's not just research on guns and such that gets slanted

by academics with an axe to grind.
Chagnon: I began to understand that a small number of colleagues were feeling “rubbed the wrong way”—as you put it—when they began criticizing some of my work in less than academically appropriate ways, like making accusations that did not follow from what I had claimed in the publications they were criticizing. Over time their criticisms increased in severity and academically unacceptable ways. Most of my critics worked in or near the Amazon Basin and among tribes similar to the Yanomamö and much of their motivation stemmed from professional jealousy, which gradually became much more political in tone, like the claim that my publications were “causing harm” to the people I studied. This eventually shifted to the claim that I was guilty of “racism” and “genocide” in my writings—they called it “academic genocide”—but it was genocide nevertheless. The “nicety” of “academic” was soon dropped. These accusations came principally from colleagues who were studying tribes in the Amazon basin who were political activists and who subscribed to Marxist anthropological views.

Proof of what friggin' morons are sitting in the White House

"Or, if not, at a minimum, we thought perhaps a shared evidentiary base could convince Russia or Iran — itself a victim of Saddam Hussein's monstrous chemical weapons attacks in 1987-1988 — to cast loose a regime that was gassing it's people," she said.
Iran's tied into the whole Syrian mess, and these idiots thought they'd decide "Oh, Assad is terrible, we must cut him off!" ?  Really?

Barack Through History, as seen by O'Rourke.  Beginning with
Chief Executive of Sparta,
Barack Leonidas Obama,
at the Battle of Thermopylae
illustrations by gary locke
Stand down, men. The chairman of the Greek City States Alliance Joint Chiefs of Staff has indicated to me that our capacity to execute this mission against Xerxes is not time-sensitive. 

Aside from that, I've got nuthin'.  More later if I find inspiration while reinstalling the bike's air filter.

Friday, September 06, 2013

That worked nicely

On that chamber cleaning tool, I found a handle from a cheap craft knife set; unscrew the knurled collar and it lets the blue inner piece loosen so you can slide the tang of a blade in.  However, it also has a hole down the center, and after spreading it a bit
it makes a nice handle for the tool.

You want proof elections matter?

Biden wants Napolitano on the Supreme Court.

If that thought doesn't scare the !(#) out of you, you're either far braver or far dumber than I.

Second part of experiment

Scroll down if NSFW not a problem

We need a Bugs & Daffy confrontation with 'Drone Season'

being the last sign.

So now they're talking lots more targets, and aircraft as well as ships making strikes.
Which puts aircraft in range of Syrian AA, and wouldn't the Russians love it if some of their newer equipment took out some US aircraft?

Tab clearing

Someone else- SEI in this case- who may not have heard of the Streisand Effect.

Moms Demand freak out over muzzleloaders, too.

Conservative women aren't worth the money; but anarchist and feminist groups are.

Word keeps getting out about the racist roots of gun control.

“But I live on the Brooklyn-Queens border, and in that part of town there’s only one way to protect yourself — you got to let the punks know you’re packing heat.
“So I bought myself a street gun that I carry with me everywhere. Lots of the decent people in my neighborhood are carrying illegal guns. It’s the only thing we can do.”

Found at Sipsey Street: 12 reasons why most agencies should have their SWAT toys taken away from them.

The Hemisphere database is searchable only through the issuance of a subpoena—an "administrative subpoena" that the DEA issues itself. If you're thinking that's not much of a safeguard, you're probably in good company.

Thorium-powered reactors

Another failure of the Victim Selection Process.

The Congressional Racist Caucus tries to shut up criticism of Obama and Syria; for once Rangel's not kissing ass.

McCain, make up your damned mind: either we're are or we're not giving the bastards weapons, which is it?
...Ya know what we gave them? We gave them a bunch of MREs (meals ready to eat) with an expiration date a month later.”
followed by
... And by the way, the weapons we gave them are like AK-47s. AK-47s don’t do well against tanks…you know that. It’s an unfair fight.

Have a hard time believing this couldn't have been handled better.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Tab clearing

because there's too much stuff to write about individually(Larry Correia I ain't)

Possible problem with press-checks.

Democrats who can't stand that Starbucks won't kiss their ass.

Anti-rape underwear.  Because this is somehow better than armed women shooting rapists.

"More gun control will make you safer!"  Nazzo fast, Guido.

The left is freaking out over the Colorado recalls.

'Messy' couldn't begin to describe; possibly 'monstrous cluster-fuck' would get there.

'Loophole' my ass.

Must be due to all those massacres committed with empty brass?

Washington police are operating under orders to arrest tourists and other non-residents traveling with spent bullet or shotgun casings, a crime that carries a $1,000 fine, a year in jail and a criminal record, according to a new book about the city's confusing gun laws.

"Empty shell casings are considered ammunition in Washington, D.C., so they are illegal to possess unless you are a resident and have a gun registration certificate," pens Emily Miller in her investigative book, "Emily Gets Her Gun: ... But Obama Wants to Take Yours."
Or they just want to screw with people in every way possible.  I'd vote for that.

The EPA has refused to publicly explain why it used armed officers as part of what it called a “multi-jurisdictional” investigation of possible Clean Water Act violations in the area.
A: Since when does a bureaucrat get to 'refuse to publicly explain' ?
B: Anyone who thinks intimidation isn't a part of this...

"Don't be evil.  Unless it pays, one way or another."  Screw Google.

Exciting Events wants to sue Uncle.  For something.  Apparently they never heard of the Streisand Effect.

Over at bookface, on the Starbucks Appreciation Page,

the anti-rights people seem to have devolved to
semi-literate 'comments',
bad spelling,
'Squirrely' doesn't even begin to cover it.

THAT is something I'd never have thought of for a buffing wheel.

This could get interesting:
In a brief filed in federal court, the NRA argues that the National Security Agency's database of phone records amounts to a "national gun registry." 

"It would be absurd to think that the Congress would adopt and maintain a web of statutes intended to protect against the creation of a national gun registry, while simultaneously authorizing the FBI and the NSA to gather records that could effectively create just such a registry," the group writes.

Damn, why don't the weather weenies around here look like this?

I am conducting a NSFW experiment

so look below if you're clear

Isn't it amazing?

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Why I despise John McCain, Reason #37

The Arizona Republican threatened earlier this week to vote against a White House draft resolution unless President Barack Obama promised greater support to Syria’s rebels. McCain then expressed support after meeting Obama at the White House. He now opposes a resolution crafted by Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee. It puts a 90-day limit on action and says no American troops can be sent into Syria.
Asked if he supported it, McCain said, “In its current form, I do not.”
Bastard wants to hand lots of goodies to the rebels- which means arming aQ- and now this? 

Obama then:

The amendment quotes from a response Obama gave the Boston Globe back in 2007 as a Senator, in which Obama said that “the President does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

 vs. Obama now:
"We may not be directly imminently threatened by what's taking place in a Kosovo or a Syria or a Rwanda in the short-term but our long-term national security will be impacted in a profound way and our humanity's impacted in a profound way."
Sounds remarkably like Some have said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike?
If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all actions, all words and all recriminations would come too late. Trusting in the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is not a strategy, and it is not an option.
doesn't it?  And Obama thinks/thought that was garbage.  My, how things change.

Asked about the possibility of deploying U.S. troops into Syria,

Secretary of State John F. Kerry didn’t rule it out.

“I don’t want to take off the table an option that might or might not be on the table,” he said — a turn of phrase designed to keep open the possibility that troops could be deployed into the country if the situation escalates.
Yeah, let's not only blow things up in the name of helping aQ & Co.- who want to burn the forests down-, let's put troops on the ground where they can be shot at by both sides!
Added: then he waffled.  Surprise!

And that clown McCain takes this debate SO seriously...
I am so damn sick of the bastard.

And Boehner and Cantor have sold themselves(also Surprise!); I wonder if they were cheap whores or call girls?

Yeah, we're supposed to trust who, anymore?
Evidence points to a December raid of the Riverview Gun Shop in East Windsor, Conn., where Sandy Hook Elementary School murderer Adam Lanza’s mother reportedly purchased the Bushmaster rifle used in the massacre, as being an event staged more for media fanfare than for public safety, legal documents issued to authorize the raid indicate.*

*Yes, I know trusting ATF is just about insane, but you know what I mean

A serious failure of the victim selection process

Story here

Sharia courts in Britain.  Women tend to get screwed, and they obey British law when they fell like it; anyone surprised?

On the subject of British law: I'd be guilty of 'aggravated knife possession' most every day of my life, as would most people who read my words.  One thing to commit a crime with one; another to be in danger of jail just for having one.

Also, they want to make it more expensive to own a firearm.  As a purely fiscal matter, of course.
He said: “I think there’s great concern in the shooting community that costs will rise and many people feel this is a back door way of controlling the numbers of people in the shooting community.
You think maybe?

Tam notes Ariel Castro stopped using perfectly serviceable oxygen; and about time. 

Sen. Menendez took time out from foreign trips and underage hookers to try to give Obama a version of what he wants.  Note that after all the huffing about 'a need to act NOW' by Obama and Kerry,
With the House and Senate expected to set deadlines for authorization votes by the end of next week, House leaders wouldn’t have much time to draft and approve their own rewrites, especially given the diverse and often free-wheeling membership of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that could result in a marathon markup should that panel be given jurisdiction over the matter.

Following a lengthy electronic poker gameSenate hearing on the request to use force against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, Corker told reporters that House leaders had not yet been brought into conversations about drafting the resolution on the Senate side.
Not exactly in a hurry to have this voted on, are they?  Which probably suits Obama just fine: now if they vote 'No' he can bitch about how those nasty people kept the king from doing good works.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

I will note that Erin had, call it a 'coming out'

of sorts the other day.
This has enjoined some discussion, and some people she'd known got seriously upset.

Personal view: We've all got stuff to deal with; if this by Erin causes you serious upset, you've got a much more perfect life than mine since you apparently have nothing else to get upset about.

It's Kilted to Kick Cancer month Updated

I'm not doing fundraising myself, I am supporting those who are.  Like Michael, and Jay G, and Greylocke(today's update), and others.  Main page for direct donations here.

If you're participating, let me know, I'll add you to the list above.

Chamber cleaner Updated

Some firearms, even if you break them down for cleaning, have one problem: you cannot clean from the breech end, and that makes it hard to clean the chamber(M1 Garand and M1 Carbine for instance; lever-action rifles too).  Yeah, the Garand came with a chamber-cleaning brush on the multi-tool; that brush wears out like any other, and replacements aren't common*.

I've seen chamber-cleaning tools for shotguns and rifles that are basically a section of cable with a handle on one end and a ferrule- appropriately threaded- on the other.  Other day the idea occurred "Hey, why spend fifteen bucks when I can spend five or six AND a couple of hours time making my own?"  So:

Materials bought:
That's two feet of 3/16" cable, vinyl-coated, from Lowe's, and a 12" piece of 1/4"-.049 aluminum tubing from Ace Hardware(which cost the most).  I'd prefer brass, but they had  no heavy-wall brass in that size, so aluminum it is.  The .049 refers to the hole in the center, which is why I bought this: I balanced out "I can center-mark and drill a piece of stock, or buy this ready-to-go piece; for once I'll just buy it."

End of the cable as-bought
Cut through the vinyl about 5/8" back from the end, and strip the vinyl off
Cut off a piece of tubing about 1" long, file the cut end square, then clamp it in the vise and use the drill press to hold the tap and thread one end 8x32

The press and all is not necessary; you can easily thread this by hand as long as you have some way to hold the tubing.  Just make sure you thread deeply enough that a brush or jag can screw all the way in.

Update: for something with a large chamber, brushes for black powder rifles can be just the thing; say, a .50 or .54-caliber size.  I think most of those are threaded 10-24 10-32, so choose the thread you need.  Or make one of each.

The stripped end of the cable fits loosely into the hole
Now fix the things together.

Ideally you'd be able to crimp the tubing onto the cable, but I don't have and couldn't figure out a good way to do that, so I went the easy way: JB Weld.  Clean the inside of the tube and the bare cable with brake cleaner, let dry, then mix the JB up.  Put some in the tube, more on the cable, insert cable.  Wipe the excess off and make sure you didn't put so much in that it gets into the threaded end.  Also, do not glue the threaded end to the cable(no, I did not.  For once.)  I clamped the cable in a vise so this end was vertical, made sure the tubing was centered, and left it to cure.

Here it is today with a brush threaded on

Just to try, I chucked the other end in a cordless drill and tried spinning it that way as well as working it by hand, and it works nicely.

The two feet of cable was less than a buck, the tubing about four.  If you don't have one, you'll need a 8x32 tap, or whatever size you need(shotgun brushes have 5/16x27 thread; of course, you can get an adapter to fit them to 8x32 threaded rods), and the JB Weld was about four dollars(and has many uses).  If you use 6" of cable that's enough stuff to make four of these and have tubing and JB left over, and if you're careful with it the tap will last a long time.

You could drill a piece of dowel for a handle and glue the cable in, or- if you get really deluxe- get a piece of hex stock and drill it so you've got a end that'll fit right into a cordless driver.

Thus ends the presentation; go thou, and make a mess.

By the way, it being cleaning-related, Evyl has some Otis cleaning stuff to try out.

*Unless I've overlooked somewhere, of course; could happen.

So, basically, we can't trust the IRS to obey the law

at all?
An audit report published this month by the inspector general for the Social Security Administration says that the Internal Revenue Service’s reluctance to penalize employers who consistently file W-2s on which the Social Security Number and name do not match has “hindered” the SSA’s efforts to stop “unauthorized noncitizens” from using Social Security Numbers that are fake or belong to someone else.
The IG said that although the IRS had the legal authority to penalize employers who filed large numbers of inaccurate W-2s, the IRS could not tell the IG how many employers it had actually penalized. At the same time, a number of SSA Employer Service Liaison Officers (ESLOs)–who deal with employers through regional SSA offices–told the IG they “were not aware” of the IRS penalizing any employers who had habitually filed inaccurate W-2s. [...]

Knowing what we do about Boehner, we can't trust that bastard at all; he'll try to 'be nice' to the President, and screw the consequences.
While Boehner had pushed Obama to consult with Congress and to answer a series of questions about his plans for engagement in Syria, he had stopped short of joining the nearly 200 Republican and Democratic House members who signed a pair of letters urging Obama to seek authorization before taking action.
Gee, I wonder why?
...But Obama had grown frustrated with both international and domestic leaders who gave him tacit approval but declined to jump to his aid. He was taking all the risk and responsibility for a Syria strike, and he didn’t like it. Members of Congress were playing political games by asking him to consult with them but not taking on the accountability of voting with him or against him.
Translation: Awww, the poor little Lightbringer didn't want to take the heat of making a decision outright; and those nasty people in Congress wouldn't sign him a blank check and HE'S NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT.

From a different piece:
But a Democratic leadership aide put the onus back on Boehner.

“The more interesting question is, can Boehner convince [Republicans] to vote on the substance, not against the president?” the aide said. “At the end of the day, it will be the Republican leadership’s responsibility to get the votes because they are in the majority.”
What's interesting is the way this bastard put it; as if the 'substance' being something we don't want to do is not a possibility to be considered.

On that subject,
When he saw that 30 Rock had its warpaint on, only then did Barack start drawing lines and poking Assad in the chest and asking people to hold his coat and wind up for a punch... which point the media started running promo pieces like "This week on Meet The Press: "What Will Be The Price Of War In Syria?" and "Is America Ready For Another War?" and all of a sudden, Pres. Urkel is all "HOLD ME BACK, BRO!"at Congress...

Barry is the guy who blusters "I'd kick your ass if my buddies weren't holding me back!" after carefully ensuring his buddies have grabbed his arms.

Hey, it's preventing useful firearms from being destroyed, so of COURSE they're pissed about it.

That's about all I can take reading about right now.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Tab clearing

Chicago PD chief: "We'll shoot CCW peasants because of our training."

"Ignore what I said when Bush was President, THIS President can do what he wants."
Kerry, you truly are a miserable little bastard, aren't you?

Haven't had time to hit all the links, but seems to have some good stuff: 72 types of Americans considered 'potential terrorists'.  The first linked piece contains lots of 'according to the Southern Poverty Lie Center' and this now-famous bit:
a. Nationalism
– The policy of asserting that the interests of one’s own nation are separate from the interests of other nations or the common interest of all nations.Many nationalist groups take it a step further and believe that their national cultureand interests are superior to any other national group.
"So, soldier, you think the United States is exceptional?  Do you know what ground that puts you on?"

Some collected "And you wonder why you're not Officer Friendly anymore?"

Another link from a commenter: 11 reasons not to intervene in Syria

For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans’ phone calls — parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency’s hotly disputed collection of phone call logs.

More privilege for servants of the state?

Some thoughts on dealing with confrontations

More wonders from the EUnuchs, and their need to control the commoners:
Under the proposals new cars would be fitted with cameras that could read road speed limit signs and automatically apply the brakes when this is exceeded.

Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, is said to be opposed to the plans, which could also mean existing cars are sent to garages to be fitted with the speed limiters, preventing them from going over 70mph.
Note that if they go with the satellite option, it would also allow them to keep records of where you go, and when.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Mr. Christensen, you got what you wanted. One question:

when Pelosi said 'We have to pass it so you can find out what's in it', didn't that bother you just a little bit.
I mean, if some supplier told you "You have to sign the contract to find out what's in it", wouldn't that be just a wee bit troublesome?

I'll admit, my first thought is "Well, dumbass, you were warned, but you wanted it anyway; now we're all screwed, so you'd better enjoy it."

Well, 'messy' wouldn't even BEGIN to cover it

2. He means that even if Congress votes against authorizing the Syria war, he can still order the strikes because he didn't have to ask Congress in the first place.

If Congress votes to withhold authority for the strikes and Obama orders them anyway, then beyond question we will have reached one of the most serious Constitutional crises of our history.
followed by
But there is another component of what such a position might mean. Suppose my hypothetical news story comes true and Obama order the attacks even though Congress specifically withholds authority.

I would maintain that our flag-rank military officers are duty bound to disobey those orders.
If correct(and I'd think he is), then any officer who obeyed the orders would be looking at court martial. 
Which could make it even worse, if the Joint Chiefs announce something like "We had orders from the President, so we can't second-guess those just because of Congress."  The ramifications of that...
"Our oath to the Constitution is trumped by orders from the President."
"Are you out of your fucking mind?" from lots of officers who actually believe in that oath.  It could- likely would- destroy our military, at the least it would trash trust and honor.

And Congress would really have only two options:
Roll over and announce "We're not going to take any action against this President, no matter what he does."  At which point they've demonstrated that they need to be removed from office as soon as possible for breaking THEIR oath, betraying a huge trust placed in them.
File the charges.  Impeachment.

The Evil Party leadership would rather set off a nuke in Yellowstone to fire off an eruption than try to rein in Obama.  And most of the Stupid Party leadership doesn't have the balls or integrity to do it on their own.

The term 'clusterfuck of Biblical proportions' comes to mind.