Saturday, April 18, 2015

Cooled off nicely outside, so here's some data

to help lull you to sleep.

Disney Syndrome or stupidity?

Every time I see a video like this
I wonder "Do these feckin' idiots not know what they're seeing?  Or do they just not care since there's glass there?"

In the long run, this "Let's pretend it's not racial violence" crap

is not doing anyone any favors.  It's not holding the guilty responsible, and it's showing a double-standard: anyone doubt that if a white mob attacked black people there's be screaming from all these clowns about racist violence?  But a black mob attacks whites...
In September 2014, hundreds of black people rampaged through the parking lot of a Kroger grocery store, destroying property and attacking clerks. On the video that went viral, the videographer exclaims with glee: “Hold on, they got a white dude,” she said. “They are going to fight. They are going to jack. They got a white dude.”

The violence was an assault, not a fight, that left one white clerk unconscious outside the store.

The night before, the daughter of a local talk show host witnessed a mob attack at a local carnival. The culprits? Large groups of black people. The incident never made the local press.

Within a month “the teens attack again,” said a reporter at the Channel 10 news station in October “This time the scene was caught on camera inside a Memphis apartment complex. Caught in the fight were a woman in a wheelchair and a months old baby.”
And the inevitable excuse:
“The Kroger attack? That’s what kids do,” said one black person to the station. “It’s fun. But to be honest, police make you want to do it.”
No, the cops are your excuse for doing it.  And for not holding these bastards to account.  So what will the excuse be when they turn on you?  Still going to blame the cops?

Of course they will.  And white people in general.  Because holding these black teenagers responsible for being violent little shits is unthinkable, because Black.

Not going to end well, folks.

So get rid of the whole damn organization

and let the airports do it.
Over the course of my six years with the TSA, the leveraging of rules and surveillance tools to abuse passengers was a daily checkpoint occurrence. Has the TSA screener searching your luggage suddenly decided to share with you the finer points of official bag-search procedure just as your final boarding call is being announced? There’s a good chance that he or she just doesn’t like you. Or in some cases, as we’ve seen, it may be that the screener finds you attractive and wants to use the TSA rules as an excuse to get his or her hands on you.
Add to that stealing peoples' stuff, get rid of the whole damn bunch.

And as Charles Krauthammer said over a decade ago, “To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.” Which is why Boing Boing would rather be trapped in PC purgatory with their fellow leftists than know that there’s someone on the right willing to defend them, as this round-up of tweets at illustrates.
Have fun storming each others’ castles, fellas — as you discover the hard way Jonathan Chait’s recent warning to his fellow leftists that PC was devouring them:

Board of Trustees Vice President Scott Svonkin: you're a sorry little control-freak hoplophobe, and you suck.
After six years of offering the non-credited yet popular NRA-based gun safety course, the Los Angeles Community College announced that the class has been dropped due to new restrictions set up by the school’s board of trustees.

The Board of Trustees Vice President Scott Svonkin, who helped to write the new resolution, told Campus Reform in an interview Monday that he felt the school had no business teaching firearms safety, but rather the facility should have the responsibility to “promote gun control.”
Little shit makes no bones about it: "I don't know anything about them, but they scare me, and I want to use my authority to try to make them go away."

Friday, April 17, 2015

The time for education has come

Study, at least; angles and curves and so forth

Part of why son didn't re-up a second time

Let's see - the military was sent into a hell hole to fight with their hands tied behind their backs, and then were pulled out so they could watch the areas they conquered by loss of their friends be over-run by maggot terrorists while the politicians crowed and crowed. And the politicians wonder why the soldier's morale is low?

The world is run by idiots that can't remember what happened yesterday
Actually, they can remember; they don't care.

And this:
Ok, this comment is completely biased as a vet who just spent 2 1/2 months in a VA hosp. and spoke at length to many recently discharged vets. They are uniformly p!ssed. The army is currently culling any and all combat vets they deem "not playing well in sandbox with others". You don't like the new "Rainbow " regs, you're out, point out readiness issues being covered up? Out. Tired of constant chickensh!t diversity classes/re-education? Out. The list is endless and breath taking in it's effect. Over 15k combat arms NCO's released from service since 2012 before ETS. Ditto junior officers. Breathe wrong and you're barred from re-enlistment. There is a truly fundamental transformation taking place under our noses, the warfighters are being replaced by petty bureaucrats and social diversity placeholders. Promotion boards are no longer based on merit, but more closely resemble EEOC hearings. This could be Obama's most lasting and deadly legacy, an Army that can no longer fight, much less win. This will not end well.
But most of the politicians don't care, because it won't be their ass on the line.

No, this won't end well.  The question is how much blood it will cost before some of this can get straightened out.

I'm remembering the father who called an admiral who showed up at the funeral about the idiot ROE his deceased son had written to him about, and the admiral offering "Well, it might get some people killed now, but it will pay off in the future!"
How the father kept from kicking the shit out of said admiral, I do not know.

And here we observe that most elusive species,

the .338 barrel, in a migratory setting
enroute to the final perch, where it will settle nicely into the upper.

Its associated organisms, the handguard and barrel nut, should be moving into this territory shortly.

On SJWs and language

How can I teach my students to write decently when the English language has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Academic-Industrial Complex? Our language used to belong to all its speakers and readers and writers. But in the 1970s and ’80s, arrogant ideologues began recasting English into heavy artillery to defend the borders of the New Feminist state. In consequence we have all got used to sentences where puffed-up words like “chairperson” and “humankind” strut and preen, where he-or-she’s keep bashing into surrounding phrases like bumper cars and related deformities blossom like blisters; they are all markers of an epoch-making victory of propaganda over common sense.
And when someone spouts "PRIVILEGE!" at you,
Call: “Check your privilege!”
Response: “What you call ‘privilege’ is just me being better than you.”

Apparently, telling the .gov not to loot what you worked your life to build is 'creating an aristocracy'. 

So "Now that you're dead, we're going to steal a third of your estate" is fairness, or something.

Hope! and Change!!
Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would be removing Cuba from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terror list as part of his push to normalize relations with the communist dictatorship. But just hours later, a terror group long fostered by Cuba — even today, the Castro brothers are harboring several wanted members of the group — murdered 10 Colombian soldiers and wounded 17 others in a terror attack on a military base.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

And with Holder and the VA on the job, why am I not surprised?

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee wants Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to explain why a Department of Justice gun ban list has a “mental defective” category consisting almost entirely of names belonging to military veterans and their dependents.
“According to the Congressional Research Service, as of June 1, 2012, 99.3% of all names reported to the NICS list’s ‘mental defective’ category were provided by the Veterans Administration (VA) even though reporting requirements apply to all federal agencies,” Mr. Grassley’s letter said.
...Mr. Grassley also noted that the VA’s listings are too loose for the federal background-check law’s standard — whether a person poses a threat to himself or others.

“Instead VA reports individuals to the gun ban list if an individual merely needs financial assistance managing VA benefits. Although the VA process is not designed to regulate firearm ownership, it results in veterans and their loved ones being barred from exercising their fundamental, Constitutionally-guaranteed Second Amendment rights,” he wrote.
Almost sounds like there's a plan to disarm as many vets as possible, doesn't it?

And, countering any 'conspiracy theory!' noise: if there WAS such a plan, just what would they do different?

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

And a bad story gets worse.
Now sources say that Bates, 73, received no firearm or field training before being assigned to the county's Violent Crimes Task Force and that supervisors actually falsified records to make it appear Bates had received the state-required training.

Sources within the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office told Tulsa World that they were instructed to give Bates credit for field training he never received and firearms certifications he didn't have when he applied as an advanced reserve deputy in 2007.
And worse:
At least three of reserve deputy Robert Bates’ supervisors were transferred after refusing to sign off on his state-required training, multiple sources speaking on condition of anonymity told the World.

[...] Additionally, Sheriff Stanley Glanz told a Tulsa radio station this week that Bates had been certified to use three weapons, including a revolver he fired at Harris. However, Glanz said the Sheriff’s Office has not been able to find the paperwork on those certifications.
If this is indeed the case, every bastard involved in faking the records for this guy need to be fired and prosecuted.  And sued(which I'm sure the family will take care of).  There is absolutely zero excuse for garbage like this.

This does NOT help with the 'public trust' thing, guys

An Arkansas lawyer currently involved in a police whistleblower case was in for a rude surprise when he received an external hard drive via Federal Express from a law enforcement attorney: It was stuffed with three different kinds of surveillance malware.
After the security consultant took a look at the hardware, he found it was set up to intercept Campbell’s passwords, take over control of his computer and allow for the installation of additional malware. The presence of this software wasn’t an accident, according to an affidavit on the case filed last week.

“The placement of these trojans, all in the same sub-folder and not in the root directory, means that [t]he trojans were not already on the external hard drive that was sent to Mr. Campbell, and were more likely placed in that folder intentionally with the goal of taking command of Mr. Campbell's computer while also stealing passwords to his accounts,” reads the affidavit, as quoted by Ars Technica.
This is a level of corruption that's almost a little amazing. 

And the battlefield just got more interesting

What we were able to find out about this thing is that it’s a laser weapon with output energies (that's output, not total power in the system) ranging from 75 kilowatts all the way up to 300 kilowatts. To put that in perspective, about a year ago we wrote about how Lockheed was using a portable fiber laser to shoot down rockets at a range of 1.5 kilometers using just 10 kilowatts of power. Suffice it to say, 300 kilowatts is rather a lot. The weight of the system is dependent on its output power and the number of shots you want, but General Atomics engineers say that they’ve gotten it down to just 4 kilograms per kilowatt.
So for 300 kw that's around 2700 pounds.  And small enough to be vehicle-portable.  If the power supply actually works, well, wire that sucker into the firefinder radar and you can shoot skeet with incoming missiles and shells.  And enemy aircraft or drones... assuming the hype is true, it's not a Slammers powergun, but it'll do.

Does not sound like the way to reassure people

that you're not up to something.
Sources in attendance in the Real County Courthouse told PJ Media that Pawlak said the military would be in Texas to train for “unconventional warfare suited to large land, low population areas.”  There would be no aircraft, he said, but there would be firing of blank ammunition and grenade simulators. He said that the participants would be clearly marked with orange arm bands on their left arms.

This contradicts earlier reports that participants in Jade Helm would be indistinguishable from the general population.
This part, not a big surprise; maybe someone had a rush of intelligence and realized that people in plain clothes and shooting 'blanks and grenade simulators' in a state
Worried about cartel smugglers and violence,
Worried about terrorists sneaking across the border, and
Where a lot of people are armed to the teeth
might not be the best of ideas.  It's this part that bothers me:
Others in attendance report that the citizens sought to ask questions and that county officials said no questions would be allowed from the floor.  Those in attendance were so angry and concerned that they refused to be silenced and shouted questions from the floor to Pawlak and to the Commissioners Court.
You'd think they'd WANT people to ask questions, if only to pretend(if you were pretending) to have some concern for local thoughts; saying "No questions, sit down and shut up" obviously isn't going to go over well.

Yeah, it's the National Enquirer, but you can't dismiss this

solely on that basis; remember John Edwards?

So, if true, the usual suspects will be out in full throat defending her, and any homosexual activists she's previously offended will be out with them(because lesbian), which most of them were going to do anyway. 

To me, the big problem here is it demonstrates just how sloppy and insecure that server of hers was, and how sloppy and insecure she was in using it.  I mean, come ON, if she can't keep personal and business stuff separate on it?  And it wasn't secure?  It's so bad she said something like "I can't be sure the personal stuff is separate, and I don't want anyone seeing any of that, so just delete all of it!  You think Holder is going to charge ME?"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Much like "I support the 2nd Amendment, but-"

No censor ever fails to say "I believe in free speech." In fact, here's a useful rule of thumb: if you are proposing a law or a rule, and you feel moved to defend it by saying "I believe in free speech, but . . . ." you are probably a censor.

On that idiot Garry Trudeau:
The issue is not just that it's ridiculous to call the world's second-largest religion an oppressed minority. It's not just that Trudeau and his ilk treat murdering people based on cartoons as something that is the moral responsibility of the cartoonist. The issue is that anti-blasphemy social and legal norms are a tool of oppression of people who are powerless, even by the finicky standards of Trudeau and the New York Times. The concept of blasphemy is used to persecute religious minorities, ethnic minorities, rights activists, and anyone else disfavored by the mullahs and the mob. It is used to protect power — the existing power structure of the mostly conservative, mostly traditional, mostly male-and-religious-dominated societies where the concept holds sway.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

This is an explanation for the Taurus QC problems

I hadn't thought of:
I would love to say I am surprised at the Taurus Rep reaction, but it would be a lie. Taurus, like many Latino-Based companies, still has not figured out that the US Market favors the consumer and suffer with the Take-It-Or-Leave-It attitude because consumers will gladly leave it and go to the competition.

And that is the concept that is hard to swallow to Latino business people: Competition. The Latin business model is one of oligopoly or downright monopoly and that affects both quality control and good prices.
I've known some people who had a Taurus and loved it, and at least an equal number of  "At least it goes 'bang' ".  The latter including a Tracker .41 Mag revolver with visible machining marks in the chambers(yes, all of them), and a Model 92 clone that had to have both the front and rear sights kicked way over to the sides to get it on target.  Combine that with all the "Guess what happened with this piece of crap" stories on gun blogs and forums, well, it does not give confidence.

Really too bad.  They've got lots of good stuff, and if they'd make sure it all left the factory in the condition it should, they'd be selling everything to everybody.

'Touching Special Areas' is indeed a correct meaning for TSA

A CBS4 investigation has learned that two Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport have been fired after they were discovered manipulating passenger screening systems to allow a male TSA employee to fondle the genital areas of attractive male passengers.
Although the TSA learned of the accusation on Nov. 18, 2014 via an anonymous tip from one of the agency’s own employees, reports show that it would be nearly three months before anything was done.
Yeah, not like this was anything important to check on.
According to the report, the TSA investigator then watched a male passenger enter the scanner at DIA “and observed (the female TSA agent) press the screening button for a female. The scanner alerted to an anomaly, and Higgins observed (the male TSA screener) conduct a pat down of the passenger’s front groin and buttocks area with the palm of his hands, which is contradictory to TSA searching policy.”
The good thing is that someone in the agency didn't like it and passed the word.  The bad:
THREE MONTHS to do anything about it.  Why?
And the big one: how many others?

Across the country other passengers have raised concerns over the years about TSA pat downs. But the recent case uncovered by CBS4 is more problematic for TSA since its own employee blew the whistle on the practice, a supervisor observed it happening, the agency fired the employees, and the female screener who was fired admitted to the fondling conspiracy.

When a politician includes a 'BUT' on a matter of rights,

there's a big damn problem.
"I respect the Second Amendment. I respect the rights of lawful gun owners to own guns, to use their guns, but I also believe that most lawful gun owners whom I have spoken with for many years across our country also want to be sure that we keep those guns out of the wrong hands..."
And the wrong hands are those of anyone she disapproves of.
"What I favor is what works in New York. You know, we have a set of rules in New York City and we have a totally different set of rules in the rest of the state. What might work in New York City is certainly not going to work in Montana. So, for the federal government to be having any kind of, you know, blanket rules that they're going to try to impose, I think doesn't make sense."
Yeah, your rights vary according to where you live; that's a GREAT idea.

From the People's Republic of MA, further proof that it's a place

civilized people should not live.
But after someone called to report that the siblings were walking alone, the children were picked up by police about 5 p.m. and, after waiting two and a half hours in a police patrol car, according to Meitiv, taken to a crisis center. The Meitivs, frantic that the children hadn’t returned home, weren’t notified, they said, until 8 p.m., when Child Protective Services called. The couple raced to CPS, but were kept from seeing their children for two hours.

The children were released to their parents about 10:30 p.m., Danielle Meitiv said in an interview, after signing papers saying they would not leave the children unsupervised until CPS follows up.
The cops involved and the 'Protective Services' assholes are a fine demonstration of nanny-state bullshit, done by people who can ruin lives.

You could not pay me enough to live there.

Judge Olu Stevens: one more jackass in a black robe.  Who should lose that black robe.  And, preferably, his license to practice law. 

Leftist journalists like Alix Bryan really don't like it when they're held to account, do they?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ok, the next version of the project updated

After the idea for a AR-10 in .30-30 fell through, I've been bouncing around what to do with that upper.  Finally decided on building it up in .338 Federal.

Added: assuming I read correctly, it's a low-profile DPMS receiver

Miracle of miracles, I found a barrel, so have that.  Next step is 'What handguard?'  I've been browsing around, and there are so many styles it's spooky, and you could loose hours looking at them.  Question for those with some knowledge:
If you were building a AR-10 for hunting and target shooting, what would you use?  Doesn't need/I don't want rails all over*.  I tend to think something with a flatter or oval bottom might be better.  Strong enough that you could put a sling swivel out there and not worry about the thing bending.

Any suggestions?

*Yeah, being able to clip a bipod on might be nice, which only requires a small length on the bottom.

Busy few days, (link fixed)

with little-to-no content; hope to get back on track soon.  After I get a bunch of stuff cleaned up and such.  For the moment, remember the clown who does the Doonesbury cartoons?  He's in on the "Those Charlie people shouldn't have been so nasty to those poor muslims" side:
Less than four months after Islamic fanatics stormed the Paris offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and butchered 12, while accepting the George Polk career award Friday, left-wing cartoonist Garry Trudeau blasted the dead with the claim that they had “wandered into the realm of hate speech.” He also added that “free speech… becomes its own kind of fanaticism.”

Without irony, after punching 12 of his dead colleagues, the creator of “Doonesbury” said that a cartoonist’s job is to “punch up” not down.
Screw their murders, they should've been more careful not to offend a protected species.

At the University of Michigan is a SJW(First Class, yet) named Zeinab Khalil who- well, go read it.
In a sense, she’s right. UM has indeed proven to be a hostile place for at least one Muslim student: Omar Mahmood, whose off-campus apartment was vandalized last December by a trio of women who pelted his door with eggs and left him hateful messages because they didn’t appreciate a satirical column he'd written mocking trigger warnings and microaggressions.

Who perpetrated this act of intimidation against a Muslim student? It was Khalil herself, according to Mahmood, whose account is supported by the testimony of other students, video footage, and emails obtained by Reason.

And now I must get to that 'cleanup and so forth' stuff for a while.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Attention, bitch in the red Chevy

Yes, YOU.  Do you by any chance remember what that 'turn signal wand' is for?  Or maybe that it's a good idea to signal before changing lanes?

Howzabout do you understand that jumping from an on ramp on which you're traveling maybe 55 in front of other vehicles doing 65 is a BAD EFFING IDEA?

And repeating said action after you're fully on the highway is also a BAD EFFING IDEA?

I need a brush guard.  With spikes.