Saturday, April 25, 2015

Very nice day today, so as the cap to it

I have a new set of findings to observe

Damn, I'm an Operator and didn't even know it!

Two men wanted in a string of Pittsburgh-area bank robberies may have had military or law enforcement training, FBI officials said.
The FBI said the robbers’ weapons-handling skills, including holstering their guns, show extreme precision beyond usual bank robbers.

Surveillance video from the robberies show the men holding their weapons with their fingers off the trigger and on the barrel of the gun (emphasis added-cb), a safety method taught to officers and military personnel.
Maybe they wiped my memories so I wouldn't remember the special training, and the mission?

The EffingBI: Experts At Work

Mentioned this before, but as a response to those insisting our ancestors mainly lived on veggies,

might point them here.  Williamson did a lot of research for his new book, and it includes
However, it's obvious from the evidence that vegetarianism is just a modern ideal. No matter how many believers bleat about it being "natural," it not only wasn't natural then, it was a complete myth. There just aren't plants in the temperate or boreal latitudes that you can gather for enough protein, fat and calories to stay alive. Even if you could, you won't find them in December. This is a world nothing like our own. No domesticated grains, no herded animals. Even modern "wild" berries are usually contaminated, and sweeter, because of cross-pollination with domestic breeds. I've had vegetarians insist we were mostly vegetarian at the time, but they're unable to name the plant species we allegedly derived our calories from, especially fat. I'll save you time: There are almost none. Gathering non-fruit comestibles is a net calorie loss and a waste of time.

Most of the Paleo diet people won't be happy either. There was a lot of meat, but most of it was stringy and lean. Humans need fat for brain development and to maintain the skin, among other organs. When you can't get gorged, winter-ready animals with a layer of fat to eat, you wind up eating brains, livers and kidneys. They also provide salt, minerals and flavor. Hunter gatherers cherish the organ meats for nutrition. You'll want a lot of fatty fish, too.

After a week of this diet, I was ready to kill someone for some french fries or a peanut butter sandwich. That ought to set the vegan types howling.

After the murders in the Aurora, CO theater, the Brady clowns got with the family of one of the dead and decided to sue some people for not being mindreaders(at long distance, yet).  They lost, bigtime, and it's costing them.
A federal judge ordered the parents of a Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting victim to pay court costs and attorney fees as a result of a lawsuit filed last year, and the defendants in the case say the family owes around a quarter of a million dollars.
Miguel has this from the decision:
Even if the defendants did not have immunity under the federal or state statutes, the Phillipses never showed any of the online stores knew or reasonably should have known about Holmes’ potential criminal acts or misuse, the judge said.
Additionally, the plaintiffs never alleged any individual defendant had knowledge of Holmes’ other online purchases or the firearms he bought offline, the judge said.
“There can be no question that Holmes’s deliberate, premeditated criminal acts were the predominant cause of plaintiffs’ daughter’s death,” Judge Matsch wrote, but “[n]either the Web nor the face-to-face sales of ammunition and other products to Holmes can plausibly constitute a substantial factor causing the deaths and injuries in this theater shooting.”
Miguel also wonders if the Brady clowns gave these people any idea of the consequences if they lost?  And what they'll do now?

And the CSGV, of course, is having fits.  Because feels, and this takes a weapon out of their hands. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

And now for the regularly-scheduled data dump

after which I'm crashing, while dreams of "Where the !($&! is that wrench?" dance in my head.

Just because

                                    When redlegs say 'Fuck you', they mean it.

Ladies, it's a small packet of data,

but here y'go

Mmmmm.... warp drive...

After watching the SpaceX rocket recently just try to land on a platform, you’d think this ability is years if not decades away. Yet the buzz on space websites is that NASA may have accidentally discovered a way to create a warp field. Wait, what?
Yes, lots of testing to be done, and it could turn out not to be what they think at any time.  But if it is...

In case you hadn't heard, Eric Holder II was confirmed the other day

as the 'new' AG, thanks to a handful of 'Republicans' led by that miserable shit McConnell:
Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Mitch McConnell (Ky.)

GOA has a 'We're disgusted' letter to send to McConnell, which I think is a waste of time; that bastard doesn't care.

Frat dirtbags who need acquaintance with a Cluebat™,

“They were being treated like the Vietnam veterans were treated,” said Linda Cope, the founder of the Warrior Beach Retreat.
Cope tells me the fraternity members were staying in the same resort – and caused a night of mayhem. The college kids made derogatory comments about the warriors’ wives, threw items off balconies and desecrated an American flag.

She also said one of the warriors and his service dog were spit on.
Cluebat™.  With spikes.

To their credit, the fraternity seems to be taking this very seriously, University of Florida as well.  Emory U, however,
Emory University, on the other hand, said it cannot confirm that any of their students were involved in the despicable behavior.

“If any members of our community are identified as being responsible, they will be held accountable for their actions by the university,” read a statement from the Georgia school.
Call it being cynical, I have to wonder if they'll actually do that.

Things that I trust more than Hillary Clinton:

* Mexican tap water
* A rattlesnake with a "pet me" sign
* OJ Simpson showing me his knife collection
* A fart when I have diarrhea
* An elevator ride with Ray Rice
* Taking pills offered by Bill Cosby
* Michael Jackson's Doctor
* An Obama Nuclear deal with Iran
* A Palestinian on a motorcycle
* Gas station Sushi
* A Jimmy Carter economic plan
* Brian Williams news reports
* Loch Ness monster sightings
* Prayers for peace from Al Sharpton
(stolen from Mr. Henick)

If this is correct, H&K really screwed the pooch on the G36.  Short version: heating from firing, and even from the sun hitting one side of the rifle for a while, can cause serious accuracy problems.  And it appears the wrong type plastic was used in some components.  And H&K may have forged acceptance marks.  That alone, if true, will cost them their ass.

The EPA: We lie according to our audience, but we lie.

Trust: it's what we no longer have in far too many.
A detective’s court testimony Monday revealed that Baltimore law enforcement is spying on residents at an incredible rate without a warrant — and doing their best to hide it. 

Detective Michael Dressel testified that Baltimore law enforcement have used “sting rays”–devices that can track personal cell phone data and location–without court orders, The Baltimore Sun reports. Police said they have used sting rays 4,300 more than times since 2007.

I find myself liking Eastwood:
“Everybody’s saying I threatened to kill Michael Moore,” Eastwood said, according to Variety. “That’s not true.”

After a pause, he added, “It isn’t a bad idea.”

I guess you could say one accomplishment of Hillary Clinton is this level of corruption; kind of amazing, actually.

Oh, and she doesn't like paying taxes.

No, carrying a knife of itself should NOT be reason

to arrest someone.  Let alone murder them.  They need to pay attention to this:
Reconsideration of knife bans began as early as the 1980s, when the Oregon Supreme Court found that “[i]t is not the design of the knife but the use to which it is put that determines its ‘offensive’ or ‘defensive’ character.”
Exactly.  Just like firearms.

And what the hell happened to Gray that so damaged his spine while in police custody?

This being the NYeffingTimes, you have the obligatory by closing hundreds of heavily polluting coal plants stuff, but they do actually report the slight problems with this EPA power grab:
If the proposed rule stands the way it is, there will be blackouts,” said Nick Akins, the chief executive of American Electric Power, an electric utility that supplies power in 11 Midwestern states.

This week, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, a utility industry group, issued a report concluding that, as written, the proposed climate change rules could pose “a significant reliability challenge” to the nation’s power supply.
Turbines built on windswept plains and solar panels built in sunny deserts will need new power lines to connect them to the grid, but siting, permitting and building such lines can take up to a decade.
No discussion of all the problems with those bird cuisinarts and land-covering panels, but having this source actually discuss some of the problems...

The solution?  Be like Californicated!
A report issued in February by the Analysis Group, a consulting firm based in Boston, concluded that there were ways for states to avoid blackouts and brownouts during the power transition. The report found, if states were to adopt interstate cap-and-trade plans, along the lines of the program in place in California, they could cut pollution while keeping the lights on.
Yeah, because Californicated is in GREAT shape...

Yes, it's the NYeffingTimes; yes, they try to paper over the horrendous problems; when it's bad enough that even they take notice, that tells you just how bad it is.

Meanwhile, at the most misnamed DHS,
Sources at the Department of Homeland Security report to PJ Media that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is reallocating significant resources away from a computer system — the “Electronic Immigration System” — to sending letters to all 9,000,000 green card holders urging them to naturalize prior to the 2016 election.
No wonder they're not worried about ISIS bases in Mexico, doing something would take money away from trying to influence the next election.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The project continues, Pic added

with the lower now fully assembled.  And dies have been obtained for producing ammo.  Interestingly, bullets of suitable diameter/weight seem available, but little in the way of loaded ammo.  Still looking for some of that.

Leigh, that clevis pin idea worked wonderfully, no problem at all installing the pivot pin.

Picture later; right now I'm for bed.

Added: here's how it looks
Yeah, that's an A2 stock; I find I like it better for some things than a adjustable.  This not being a tactical/home defense build, I prefer the length and feel of it better.  Rock River trigger, DPMS lower and other parts. 

After having watched son build/work on some AR firearms, I ought to be less worried about screwing something up here, but I'm not.  I do have a Claw upper-receiver block for assembling it, which should help.  I have a good scope, need to get some rings to mount it with.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

From the People's Republic of Maryland,

at the hands of the local Stasi:

Baltimore police released videos Monday showing the arrest of a man who died of a severe spinal injury suffered in police custody. Six officers have been suspended, but investigators say they still don’t know how it happened.

A week after the arrest of Freddie Gray, police said still don’t have any videos or other evidence explaining what happened to cause the “medical emergency” that an arresting officer said Gray suffered while being taken to the local police station, Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said.
Gee, whatever could have happened?

My first thought: did they play the 'drop a knee on his neck, needed or not, in the names of Control and Officer Safety' ?  SOMETHING damn sure happened to him, either then or in that van.

A good ruling

The Supreme Court said Tuesday that police may not extend an ordinary traffic stop to seek evidence of crimes unrelated to the offense that prompted officers to pull a vehicle over.
Now word of this needs to get all over.  To help stop the "Sir, you realize if you don't give me permission to search I can detain you for however long it takes for us to get a dog here?" bullshit.

In the crappile that is Wisconsin, don't forget the Democrat journalists who took part

in trashing lives.  Like the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Archer, French writes, “looked outside and saw a person who appeared to be a reporter. Someone had tipped him off.”
Supporters of the Democrat-launched political John Doe probes into conservatives have argued secrecy is key to its success, denouncing any leaks that undermine the prosecutors’ case. But Archer’s suspicion that a reporter was present was apparently right – and indicates that secrecy is a tactic rather than a principle: a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article published on the day of the raid, Sept. 14, 2011, indicates that a Journal Sentinel reporter arrived in time to see “about a dozen law enforcement officers, including FBI agents” raid Archer’s home.

Yeah, the brownshirts are back.  And if you call them that you're a racist homophobic woman-hating white bastard.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Trust the feds? The Department of Justice?

Justice Department officials have known for years that flawed forensic work might have led to the convictions of potentially innocent people, but prosecutors failed to notify defendants or their attorneys even in many cases they knew were troubled.

Officials started reviewing the cases in the 1990s after reports that sloppy work by examiners at the FBI lab was producing unreliable forensic evidence in court trials. Instead of releasing those findings, they made them available only to the prosecutors in the affected cases, according to documents and interviews with dozens of officials.
Well, of course!  If they let the defendants know, they might actually do something about it!  And that might damage the reputations of the prosecutors!
In one Texas case, Benjamin Herbert Boyle was executed in 1997, more than a year after the Justice Department began its review. Boyle would not have been eligible for the death penalty without the FBI’s flawed work, according to a prosecutor’s memo.

The case of a Maryland man serving a life sentence for a 1981 double killing is another in which federal and local law enforcement officials knew of forensic problems but never told the defendant. Attorneys for the man, John Norman Huffington, say they learned of potentially exculpatory Justice Department findings from The Washington Post. They are seeking a new trial.
A: Do not trust a fed.  Of any stripe.
B: Do not expect a damn thing to be done about crooked/corrupt feds; all these bastards still have jobs and still have their law licenses.
C: NEVER trust ANYTHING that comes from the EffingBI.

'Disgusting' just barely begins to cover it.

"Nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000," the newspaper reported, adding that "the cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death."

The article notes that the admissions from the FBI and Department of Justice "confirm long-suspected problems with subjective, pattern-based forensic techniques—like hair and bite-mark comparisons—that have contributed to wrongful convictions in more than one-quarter of 329 DNA-exoneration cases since 1989."
Never trust ANYTHING that comes out of a crime lab.  If you're being charged with something, demand a neutral lab retest everything.  From the Insty link where I found these,
When I was in college, I interned for a criminal defense attorney who told me that although most people, including defense lawyers, assumed that the FBI lab was a gold standard, he always sent stuff to an independent lab for verification, and half the time it came back with a different result from the FBI lab. He said he didn’t understand why more lawyers didn’t do that, since a different result in itself might produce reasonable doubt.

You expect ethical conduct from the Brady Center?

Earlier this week, the Brady Center's Legal Action Project attorneys Jonathan Lowy and Alla Lefkowitz withdrew from a Wisconsin lawsuit after inadmissible evidence was published on Brady’s website in violation of Wisconsin’s rules of professional conduct concerning trial publicity.

Automakers want to force people to come to them for service.  Because safety and copyright.

The proper response that comes to mind is "Kiss my ass."

Monday, April 20, 2015

The handguard has been chosen

Came with its own barrel nut, proprietary design
This is a Diamondhead VRS T-308L.  Free-floating, 13.5" long, fits over a low-profile gas block.  Instead of the standard 'torque the barrel nut to minimum, then add enough to line a hole up with the gas port in the receiver', this barrel nut uses a 1 3/8" wrench to tighten it down, and is low enough that there's no obstruction of the gas port.  Then the handguard(forend, whatever) slides over, two bolts go through it and cutouts in the nut, level it and tighten the bolts down.  Lots of good reviews, and it's not a tactical cheesegrater design.  I wanted something with a flatter bottom instead of round, and this feels good in the hand.  And you can add rails to it if you wish.  I think it'll work nicely.

Also have a gas block and tube, and a vise block for the receiver.  Waiting for the crowfoot wrench to come in, then I can hook it to the torque wrench and assemble this.

I've never built a AR before.  My LORD, the options...

'Progressives' and union thugs; this is what they do

Speaking both on and off the record, targets reflected on how many layers of Wisconsin government failed their fundamental constitutional duties — the prosecutors who launched the rogue investigations, the judge who gave the abuse judicial sanction, investigators who chose to taunt and intimidate during the raids, and those police who ultimately approved and executed aggressive search tactics on law-abiding, peaceful citizens.

For some of the families, the trauma of the raids, combined with the stress and anxiety of lengthy criminal investigations, has led to serious emotional repercussions. “Devastating” is how Anne describes the impact on her family. “Life-changing,” she says. “All in terrible ways.”

One of the victims said the cops 'seemed apologetic'.  Maybe, but that didn't stop them from doing this.
Anne also describes a new fear of the police: “I used to support the police, to believe they were here to protect us. Now, when I see an officer, I’ll cross the street. I’m afraid of them. I know what they’re capable of.” Cindy says, “I lock my doors and I close my shades. I don’t answer the door unless I am expecting someone. My heart races when I see a police car sitting in front of my house or following me in the car. The raid was so public. I’ve been harassed. My house has been vandalized. [She did not identify suspects.] I no longer feel safe, and I don’t think I ever will.”

Rachel talks about the effect on her children. “I tried to create a home where the kids always feel safe. Now they know they’re not. They know men with guns can come in their house, and there’s nothing we can do.” Every knock on the door brings anxiety. Every call to the house is screened. In the back of her mind is a single, unsettling thought: These people will never stop.
And every one of the sorry excuses for lawmen involved will bitch and whine of the public has a problem with what they did; they'll demand they be respected as 'protectors'.  Even when they're actually predators.

Screw all of these corrupt bastards.

This isn't good

A mysterious disease that kills patients within 24 hours has claimed at least 18 lives in a south-eastern Nigerian town, the government says.
Laboratory tests have so far ruled out Ebola or any other virus, Mr Akinmade added.
Something known in a slightly different form, or something new to us?

There is something ineffably Clintonesque in that: She declined the use of the customary limousine because she wanted to appear to share the lives and troubles of the ordinary people, so she rides around in a customized armored van, having spent a great deal of money — starting prices for such vehicles are comparable to those of Porsches — to avoid the appearance that she has a great deal of money. . . .

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Speaking of 'Trust these bastards? Why?',

remember all the intel seized when bin Laden was killed(that Biden opened his mouth and blabbed about)?
However, as Hayes explains, “the senior DIA official who ran the project, Colonel Derek Harvey, says the intelligence community has fully analyzed less than 10 percent of the collection. Top DIA officials were told directly to stop providing analyses based on the bin Laden documents.” Why? This information refuted Obama’s boast that al-Qaeda was “on the run.”    “The administration had decided to end the war on terror, and no amount of new intelligence about threats from al Qaeda was going to change their minds,” Hayes added. “So they chose ignorance.”
This doesn't just count as 'stupid', this is insane.

Despite NCIS’s disturbing then-five-year-old report, National Security Adviser Susan Rice notoriously claimed last June 1 that Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction.”

Far worse, Obama negotiated with terrorists and swapped Bergdahl for five Guantanamo detainees, namely top Taliban commanders whom the primitive Islamofascist group relentlessly demanded by name. Obama sent these mass murderers to Qatar for one year. Three of them reportedly have violated their terms of release by attempting to re-connect with the Taliban. Regardless, come June, all five may go wherever they want. Most likely, they will fly to Afghanistan and resume sending Americans home in boxes.

And the supposed 'degrade ISIS' strategy is just what was feared:
The problem, says retired four-star Army general Jack Keane, is “the most restrictive rules of engagement our pilots have ever been asked to execute.” 

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York explains that Obama “has ordered that civilian casualties — unavoidable in a bombing campaign — be kept to such an absolute minimum that military commanders have had to stay away from significant Islamic State targets.” 

When the Islamic State first emerged, it traversed Iraqi and Syrian deserts in pick-up trucks. A few days of relentless bombing would have reduced these maggots to cinders. Instead, Obama’s daintiness let them seize territory the size of Great Britain. The group now has infiltrated Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen, sealed an alliance with Boko Haram in Nigeria, and much more.

Know all the "Obama's secretly a muslim!" stuff?  I don't think so.  I could be wrong, but I doubt he has ANY devout religious belief(other than "I am the god!").  I do think he has such a sympathy for/tolerance for Islam that he's willing to tolerate damn near anything from muslims and make excuses for it, while holding the US and the west in general in contempt.  I think he joined Rev. Wrights' church not from devout belief, but because it was necessary for politics; also, Wrights' hatred of America fit very nicely with Obamas' beliefs.

So we've got a President who doesn't like this country and wants it damaged, made as powerless as possible.  and who'll tolerate- in some cases it would seem flatly encourage- muslim terrorists to act against us.  The Chinese term was 'interesting times'.

We're supposed to trust ANY of these bastards?

“If I had policies or directives that were contrary to the law, I would understand if they didn’t want to follow them. I would expect them to follow the law first,” Young said.
To that, Saldana replied, “And that’s where you and I probably have a fundamental disagreement.” (The exchange begins at the 1:25:30 mark in the video above.)
Dear Leaders' directives are more important than the law to his minions.  And they'll say it publicly.
Young asked Saldana if Obama’s comments concerned her in any way, given the implication that Obama was asking ICE to enforce his own directive, and not U.S. law.
“I’m trying to be honest with you, sir,” Saldana replied. “No.”
"Dear Leader gave his orders, you expect us to disobey them just because of the law?"

And get this defense:
She then equated Obama’s directive to any normal directive that a company or congressman might send out to their staffs. “I imagine you have staff that you expect to comply with your directives and your policies,” she said. “I imagine the typical employer in the United States has employees who they expect to follow their directives, their policies.”
If an employer told his employees "I don't care what the law says, do what I say", people like Obama and this clown would scream and demand investigations and jail; but if Obama says it...

The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.

Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.

Yeah, there are honest agents in the EffingBI.  Also in ATF; would you trust your life that the one you're dealing with is one of them?  After all that's come out?