Saturday, April 04, 2015

It being another 'beat down to my socks' night,

and a bit chilly outside, a fine time for further research

"Only police are well-trained enough", etc.

Law enforcement created "dangerous crossfire situations" while trying to apprehend the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, according to a state report on the emergency response that was released on Friday.

Police officers lacked "weapons discipline" during a gun battle with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed a short time later, in the early hours of April 19, 2013, the report found.

The weapons problem also plagued officers arresting the younger brother, according to the 130-page report made public by the Massachusetts' emergency management agency.
No mention of the professional demonstrations of "Pointing rifles at people for daring to look out their windows."

But don't worry:
Still, the report concludes that law enforcement's response to the bombings was "a great success."
Isn't it wonderful?

Why should you trust any feds? The agent you're speaking to might be an honest, dedicated,

'does not abuse his authority or the law' peace officer, or he might be one of these.  And you don't know which.  And the agency itself shouldn't be trusted.  At all, at this point.
The report is based on an investigation that began in mid-2013 but was hindered from the beginning by the agencies being investigated. Imagine that — law enforcement agencies under the purview of Eric Holder and Barack Obama obstructing justice. This isn’t some right-wing conspiracy to try to bring down the president and his administration. This report is being issued by the Inspector General from the DOJ. It is, in essence, an internal investigation, and the dolts at the DEA and FBI still obstructed justice.  Here is a portion from the Executive Summary:

“The OIG’s ability to conduct this review was significantly impacted and delayed by the repeated difficulties we had in obtaining relevant information from both the FBI and DEA as we were initiating this review in mid-2013.1 Initially, the FBI and DEA refused to provide the OIG with unredacted information that was responsive to our requests, citing the Privacy Act of 1974 and concerns for victims and witnesses as the reasons for the extensive redactions, despite the fact that the OIG is authorized under the Inspector General Act to receive such information.2 After months of protracted discussions with management at both agencies, the DEA and FBI provided the information without extensive redactions; but we found that the information was still incomplete. ...

...Both the ATF and the USMS provided the OIG with full, complete, and timely. After months of protracted discussions with management at both agencies, the DEA and FBI provided the information without extensive redactions; but we found that the information was still incomplete.
That ATF, considering its record, didn't play games is amazing; I'd guess someone thought "We're already in huge trouble, we really want to make it worse by playing games with this?"
“…host-country police officers alleged that several DEA agents, consisting of an Assistant Regional Director (ARD), an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), six Supervisory Special Agents (SSA), and two line Special Agents solicited prostitutes and engaged in other serious misconduct while in the country.

“The foreign officer allegedly arranged “sex parties” with prostitutes funded by the local drug cartels for these DEA agents at their government-leased quarters, over a period of several years

“A foreign officer also alleged providing protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties. The foreign officers further alleged that in addition to soliciting prostitutes, three DEA SSAs in particular were provided money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members.”
Yeah, I'm sure they were investigating the hell out of things.

You get bad guys in any organization; when the organization is more interested in covering everything up than cleaning it up, you get more.  Lots more.  And when it eventually comes out, it convinces people "You can't trust ANY of those clowns."

And they're right.  That this is 'bad' doesn't even begin to cover it.

Friday, April 03, 2015

I think the line is 'Stop learning,

start dying'. 

So study, people!

Tolerance, Progressive Homosexual-Activist style

"Your church has teachings we don't approve of?  You should lose your tax exemption, you hater!"
Apparently a church teaching homosexual behavior is a sin is now 'lobbying to have freedoms and rights taken away'.

You can argue whether or not churches should have tax exemptions at all, go right ahead.  Pushing the .gov to use them as a club to enforce GoodThink is a whole 'nother matter.

SOP for the greenies, then.
Again, the California paradox: those who did the most to cancel water projects and divert reservoir water to pursue their reactionary nineteenth-century dreams of a scenic, depopulated, and fish-friendly environment enjoy lifestyles predicated entirely on the fragile early twentieth-century water projects of the sort they now condemn.

Demonstration of why I consider most media to be untrustworthy journalists, and politicians generally should be considered guilty until proven innocent:
Las Vegas journalist Jon Ralston, who has observed Reid over the latter’s 30-year career in the Senate, has had enough. He revealed that he had written a harshly critical column in 2012 about Reid’s “ruthless, Machiavellian politics” in response to the senator’s accusation against Romney but saw it spiked by the Las Vegas Sun because its editor wanted to protect Reid.
Senator Reid’s Democratic colleagues have joined in the shaming. Senators Barbara Boxer of California, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island sent a letter in February to over 100 companies and think tanks demanding they reveal their ties to any efforts to argue against climate-change policies.
It's why a lot of these bastards do what they do: they know the pet media will protect them. If they thought they'd actually be called on it, they'd be a lot more careful.

As to trusting federal agencies, say, the IRS for example,
A lawyer who worked in the IRS ethics office was disbarred Thursday by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, which concluded she misappropriated a client’s funds from a case she handled in private practice, broke a number of ethics rules and showed “reckless disregard for the truth” in misleading a disbarment panel looking into the matter. 

The lawyer, Takisha Brown, reportedly had bragged that she would never be punished because her boss would protect her, but an IRS spokesman said Wednesday that she was no longer an employee at the agency.
Gee, wonder why she thought she'd be protected...

On the same subject, when the agencies lie and hide stuff from their own IG, why should we trust them?  At all?  On anything?

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Because all the actual crime is under control, and

this idiot has free time and control-freak impulses on his mind.  So some idiot teens making a sex video of themselves are being charged with child porn.

Really, Chief Benton?  This is the best you can come up with, felony charges against dumbasses to 'send a message'?

Journalism on display:
In other words, Memories Pizza didn’t blast out a news release. They didn’t contact the media, nor make a stink on Twitter or Facebook. They didn’t even post a sign in the window rejecting gay-wedding catering jobs. They merely answered questions from a novice reporter who strolled into their restaurant one day – who was sent on a mission by an irresponsible news organization.
You see, not only did ABC-57 manufacture the story with an ambush interview, it then doubled-down by making the reaction to the story into another story to give the sense of momentum, as if it were growing at its own impetus. Yet, everything about it is a fabrication.

I was just informed at the Book of Face that someone saying "Due to my religious beliefs I cannot cater/photograph your same-sex wedding" is exactly the same as hanging out a sign that says "No Negroes Allowed". 

I'm sure said person is now spreading the word of what a horrible sort I am, willing to tolerate people believing things I don't and not wanting the State to crush them into obedience to Good Think.

I think I'll survive.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

"But the wrong people are demanding their beliefs be respected!"

Which is what a lot of the screaming about the Indiana law is about.  Which brings me to this article from Volokh on the subject of religious freedom laws.  The basic from way down in the piece:
The government’s requiring people to do something they sincerely believe is religiously forbidden, or even financially pressuring them to do so, is a classic example of what the Justice Brennan / ACLU view thought was presumptively unconstitutional.

More fun on the 'What the hell are you shooting?' front

 All five-shit groups, all shot at 30 yards
.30-06, using the .32-caliber semi-wadcutter, unsized, over 3.2 grains Bullseye, overall length 2.9"(seated to between the crimp and lube grooves)

.30-06, a 150-grain flatpoint intended for .30-30, 4.0 grains Bullseye, overall 2.96"(crimp groove)

.30-06, using a Lee 160-grain spitzer originally designed for 7.62x39, OAL 3.176(very consistently by my caliber, this was seated in the first lube groove below the crimp groove)

.303 British, the SWC sized .311, 3.2 of Bullseye, OAL 2.628"

.303, same bullet and load except the bullet was as-cast, not sized(ignore the .311 on the target)

The SWC is a plain-base bullet; the others are all intended to use a gas check, but it was left off.  In .30-06, from the way the bolt handle felt when locking, I think the SWC was engaging the rifling, the others were not.

The .30-06 had the rear sight set for 500 yards, which gives you an idea of just how low the velocity of these loads is.  The 160-grain and 150- grain bullets gave a touch of recoil, just enough to know it's there; the SWC, the rifle shifted a touch and that's it.

The .303 is a #4Mk1 with the early ladder rear sight.  The sized-bullet group was shot with the 300-yard battlesight.  Aiming point on all was the bottom edge of the outer ring; that puts that group hitting 4.5" below point of aim.  For the second group I flipped up the ladder and set it for 500, which put it only 2.5" below point of aim.  Would probably take the 600 or 700-yard setting to put them on POA.

Ah, Everytown: "Saying bad things about Obama is like calling for his death,

which is disgusting! 
However, talking about how nice it would've been for a President we don't like being killed, well, that's fine!

Miguel has more stupid from Gunsense and the Laddites here.

MSNBC: the gift that keeps on giving

Like "He won't give up and agree with me, so cut him off."
Of course, it is from Ed Schultz, who's a bitter, vicious, bigoted clown at best.  Much like Sharpton, also a show guy on that network.

Well, crap.  The last storms a week or so ago, hail broke the bird feeder in front.  So I got a new one.

Last night, the wind from those storms broke the new one.  Dammit.

Larry Correa, over on Bookface, has been pointing to the SJW types having various fits because "The right-wingers are affecting the Hugo awards, which are OURS!"  Which led to this piece by Sarah Hoyt on just how badly the 'Conservative and libertarian types, we must not buy their books' attitudes of lots of publishers has screwed lots of new authors.  And some older ones, for that matter.  Fairly disgusting.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

On comparing Obama to Neville Chamberlain

By the way, I'm growing rather weary of the cheap comparisons of Obama with Neville Chamberlain. The British Prime Minister got the biggest issue of the day wrong. But no one ever doubted that he loved his country. That's why, after his eviction from Downing Street, Churchill kept him on in his ministry as Lord President of the Council, and indeed made Chamberlain part of the five-man war cabinet and had him chair it during his frequent absences. When he died of cancer in October 1940, Churchill wept over his coffin. 

So please don't insult Neville Chamberlain by comparing him to Obama.

Monday, March 30, 2015

The project bike continues

When last we checked in on this(whenever that was), I had it running but with a couple of problems; mainly not wanting to idle and when revved and the throttle released it tended to surge and stay running high before finally dropping down.

Fiddle, fiddle, curse, try things... noticed that it seemed the gasket sealing the float bowl might be leaking a bit.  Which wouldn't cause the above-noted problems, but damn well needed fixing.  And if one gasket is leaking, others might be as well.  Off to Ebay!

Where I found that I could buy a brand-new carburetor for less than a rebuild kit.  Less than twenty bucks, shipping and all.

It arrived today, and has been installed.  During this process I discovered that the gasket that fits between the carb and manifold pretty much fell apart(can you say 'leak'?).  Adjusted the idle screw to about the same as the old carb, opened the petcock and started it.  It started right off, idling fast, and a bit of adjusting had it at a perfect, smooth idle.  And when you rev it, it drops right back to idle as it should.

At some point I'll need to put new seals on the forks, as one is leaking a bit, but that was the biggest thing.  Now I need to find some dirt trails or a track to try it out on.

How I spent Sunday

Jennifer got me into this, and I spent a fair bit of the day at Super BitCon gaming convention.  This led to several things(aside from getting worn out):
First, I met Squeaky, who was covering the con for Indie Game Magazine.

In the museum area, saw this

It's a AR variant converted to work with a Nintendo system for training

Sunday, as usual, had less of a crowd than Saturday, but it was still quite busy; big area for board games, lots of electronic games set up, lots of people with just about every kind of game you can think of.  Including classics, like Atari systems and games.  And everything you can think of that goes with them.  Costume contest on Saturday, and some of these folks work damn hard making their outfits as close to the character as possible.

And, among the roamers, is this guy
 Two car batteries, an inverter, and he wanders around challenging people to games.

Interesting day, glad I went.

Probably the next head of the Democrats in the Senate,

that slimy, hypocrite control-freak Schumer.

A lot of these clowns are 'liberals' themselves, and they've also figured the donations were protection money to keep the Democrats overall off their backs; it's not working anymore.

Well, guys, you're idiots to suck up to people who'd like to destroy you; what're you gonna do now?

Another cop actually indicted for nasty actions; maybe the start of a good trend.

If this is true, they all belong behind bars.  Note the excuse by the union rep:
The Deputies' Union attorney Harry Stern claims the Public Defender is making a big deal out of nothing. He says that the prisoners were encouraged to "wrestle to settle disputes about who was stronger," and were "encouraged" to work out. He dismissed the entire affair as "little more than horseplay."
How many problems can you see with this 'explanation'?

Bet they don't consider Obama bowing to the king such a wonderful thing anymore.
Just how badly has Barack Obama and his administration damaged relations with our allies in the Middle East? NBC’s Richard Engel reports that the Sunni nations in the region have begun to fear that the Obama administration leaks intel to Iran as part of its efforts at rapprochement with the mullahs, which is why the US got blindsided by the Saudi-led coalition’s operations in Yemen. The White House’s “incoherence” in policy, Engel reports, has most of them losing confidence in American leadership, according to Engel’s contacts

On the front of 'Petty tyrants running schools' we have this clown

in Tennessee of all places:
A young boy's high and tight haircut meant to honor his soldier-stepbrother earned him the threat of suspension from an elementary school named for a Medal of Honor recipient, and the fallout from the incident has led a Tennessee school district to increase security measures.
The principal sounds like a control freak who doesn't mind screwing kids around in the name of 'good order' or something.
And they had to 'increase security'?  Really?

NBC 'News' has pulled another hit piece, this time on Tannerite.  And the victims aren't putting up with it.
Our client, Tannerite Sports, LLC has been publicly defamed by the false and misleading statements in the NBC news piece and the follow-up story by WLEX Communications, LLC. The news piece asserts that Tannerite®-brand targets are too dangerous to sell to ordinary consumers. To the contrary, Tannerite®-brand targets have been safely used for years.

Unfortunately, there are many in the media today who are driven by an agenda, and rather than simply tell the facts, they twist the truth. But in this situation, a line has been crossed. This is not a case of simply twisting the truth, this news piece included lies and misleading statements to make their point. We are confident of the merits of this case, and that our client will be victorious.
Tam's post put it nicely: 'I watched the cringe-inducing Tannerite® hit piece on the Today show in slack-jawed horror. You'd have to stick toy rocket motors in a truck's gas tank to get more blatantly slanted "journalism".'
Which is exactly what we expect from NBC.

I find I've tried enough light-load stuff that I'm going to have to write a list of 'what's been tried, results, what to try again'.  I know, should've done that already.  I'll start on that, right after I run to the store: I found bugs in the corn meal.