Saturday, May 30, 2015

To my science-minded readers, it's disappointing

but I'm flat beat; tonights' data will have to be reviewed later.

Greaseless bearings?

No cage required?  That would be something.

Remember Rep. Carolyn Maloney(Dirtbag-NY)?

"I want you gun owners on a list and I don't care how I get it!" Maloney?   She's started another idea:
Rep. Maloney’s The Firearm Risk Protection Act would subject gun owners to a $10,000 fine if they ignored a mandate for liability insurance before obtaining a weapon, The Hill reported Friday.
Gee, I wonder how she plans to make sure all gun owners buy- oh yeah, the List.
Service members and law enforcement officers, however, would be exempt from the requirement.
Oh, of course they would!  How could they get the people they want to enforce this if they were subject to this?

And I wonder how much insurance she'll require people to buy?

"We don't want to ban guns(well, we do, but we can't), we just want to make owning them so difficult and expensive that you can't."

Friday, May 29, 2015

Something to maybe wash some of that last post out of your mood

It's helping mine, at least, to have something more cheerful to study

Is there anyone more brazen and corrupt than the Clintons?

The former president of the United States agreed to accept a lifetime achievement award at the June 2014 event after Ms. Nemcova offered a $500,000 contribution to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The donation, made late last year after the foundation sent the charity an invoice, amounted to almost a quarter of the evening’s net proceeds — enough to build 10 preschools in Indonesia.
“The Clinton Foundation had rejected the Happy Hearts Fund invitation more than once, until there was a thinly veiled solicitation and then the offer of an honorarium,” said the former executive director, Sue Veres Royal, who held that position at the time of the gala and was dismissed a few weeks later amid conflicts over the gala and other issues.
Ms. Nemcova then met with officers at the Clinton Foundation, Ms. Veres Royal said. Afterward, she said, “Petra called me and said we have to include an honorarium for him — that they don’t look at these things unless money is offered, and it has to be $500,000.”
Bill Clinton, remember, is the asshole who insisted he'd keep giving speeches in iffy deals for multiple hundreds-of-thousands because 'I've got to pay the bills!'  Because apparently the current $200-million-plus of their fortune won't cut it.


Chief Edward J. Hudak, Jr. of Coral Gables PD thinks this is proper conduct

“He took my handgun back to his car and ran it,” Oliva said. “When he came back I saw he had completely disassembled the weapon. He ordered me to pop my trunk.”
The officer, Oliva said,  dumped the gun parts into his trunk, and then pushed the rounds out of his magazine, one-by-one, into the trunk.
For the offense of having a carry permit.
Coral Gables Police Chief Edward J. Hudak, Jr. said his officer did nothing wrong.

“He saw the concealed firearms license, which led him to a heightened sense to know the driver was armed,” Hudak said. “Could there have been a more polite way to handle it? I would be more than happy to refer this to IA, and they would do an investigation from top to bottom before it comes to my level.”

The police chief said his officer was well within his rights and department policy.
Then your version of 'How to be a cop' needs serious revision.  You're an idiot, and a dangerous one.

Really?  You can't imagine a 'more polite way to handle it'?  Then you're not just an idiot, you're a fool.

Note to self: if in Florida, stay out of Coral Gables so as not to run afoul of what they consider good police work.

On the 'Green energy works in Europe!' front,

the response is 'Very expensively, and not very well.'
Europe used subsidies and mandates to promote renewables. Feed-in tariffs were enacted in most nations, providing a payment to homeowners and businesses for electricity fed into the grid from solar or wind facilities. Governments paid a fixed subsidy of four to ten times the wholesale electricity price, guaranteed for up to twenty years, for generated electricity.
The results of Europe’s green energy measures have been bizarre. Feed-in tariffs in Germany stimulated more than one million rooftop solar installations. But Germany is not exactly the sun belt. The latitude of central Germany is the same as Calgary, Canada. As a result, German solar installations generate electricity at less than ten percent of rated output. Over one million solar installations provide only six percent of Germany’s electricity and one percent of the nation’s energy. For this solar miracle, German citizens are obligated to pay over $400 billion in current and future payments to solar providers through higher electricity rates.
Europe has created an energy system where everyone loses. Consumers, industry, traditional power plants, and even renewable energy companies are now losing. Even though wholesale electricity prices are falling, consumer electricity prices have doubled over the last ten years due to large subsidy payments to renewable companies. Nations with the largest percentage of renewable energy also have the highest electricity prices. Citizens of Spain pay 23 eurocents per kilowatt-hour, three times the U.S. price, and citizens of Germany and Denmark pay more than 25 eurocents per kilowatt-hour, four times the U.S. price.
And there's more.  What a bloody waste.

Paper cartridges for revolvers


Doesn't this just give you ALL KINDS of confidence?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is paying a Washington law firm $1,000 an hour in taxpayer money to perform a corporate audit, despite its claim of being severely underfunded.

The IRS’ $2.2 million contract with big-money firm Quinn Emanuel has sparked a Senate Finance Committee investigation, with the committee’s chairman saying that the IRS “appears to violate federal law.”
No problem, they'll just change the law to suit!
“Only weeks after retaining the law firm, the Treasury Department and IRS issued a temporary regulation, without a notice and comment period, allowing third party contractors to take compulsory, sworn testimony in connection with an IRS investigation,” Hatch wrote. “The new, temporary regulation would allow private contractors — in this case, litigation attorneys billing taxpayers over $1,000 an hour, according to the contract — to question a witness under oath and ask the witness to clarify objections or assertions of privilege. It would also give these attorneys access to confidential taxpayer information while raising questions over how well that information is then protected from further disclosure. The temporary regulation was issued as a ‘clarification,’ despite the fact that it is an unprecedented expansion of the role of outside contractors in the examination process, and one that violates the IRC provisions…”
Yeah, I get the kind of warm feeling from that that you'd feel as a anaconda went to work.

I have no actual need for this,

but I still want one.  A borescope for ten bucks.

Son just got one of these for inspecting the cylinders of an engine, and says the image is very good.  And comes with a mirror so you can look at a right-angle to the camera.  7mm head, should fit in any .30-caliber or larger rifle bore.

Almost worth getting one just to see how it'd work in a gun bore

And every one of these bastards would insist they deserve our trust and support

Initially, Judge Goethals had ruled that the DA’s office was negligent in failing to turn exculpatory information over, finding that “the district attorney’s well-documented failures in this case, although disappointing, even disheartening to any interested member of this community, were negligent rather than malicious.” But that seems to have changed following further revelations of refusal to turn over evidence.
“From my perspective,” she says, “what really sets Orange County apart is the massive cover-up by both law enforcement and prosecutors—a cover-up that appears to have risen to the level of perjury and obstruction of justice. Law enforcement officers and prosecutors in Orange County have gone to such lengths to conceal their wide-ranging misconduct that they have effectively turned the criminal justice system on its head: dismissing charges and reducing sentences in extraordinarily serious cases, utterly failing to investigate unsolved crimes and many murders (by informants—in order to prevent that evidence from ever getting to defense lawyers), while simultaneously pushing forward where it would seem to make no sense (except that it conceals more bad acts by the state), as in the case of an innocent 14-year old boy who was wrongfully detained for two years.”
Anybody want to be whether any of them will actually be charged for the crimes they committed?

Why yes, I am rather cynical about this.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

And in our current "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!" to AlGore and the Warmenists,

A new study out of the United Kingdom predicts the Earth is about to go through a major climatic shift that could mean decades of cooler temperatures and fewer hurricanes hitting the United States.

Scientists at the University of Southampton predict that a cooling of the Atlantic Ocean could cool global temperatures a half a degree Celsius and may offer a “brief respite from the persistent rise of global temperatures,” according to their study.
Note that they can't turn loose of that nonexistent 'rise of global temperatures'.  Also, I have a question on this:
Researchers argue that a negative AMO will bring “drier summers in Britain and Ireland, accelerated sea-level rise along the northeast coast of the United States, and drought in the developing countries of the Sahel region,” according to the study’s press release. Interestingly enough, the study also predicts fewer hurricanes hitting the U.S.– a result of a cooler Atlantic.
Not being a genius, I do not get how the hell a cooler Atlantic will 'accelerate sea-level rise', especially in one freakin' region.

There is discussion of solar cycles affecting the climate(surprise!), and the piece ends with this:
McCarthy and his colleagues, however, argue there could be a reprieve from warming based on natural ocean cycles– not solar activity. The British scientists argue that weaker ocean currents are carrying less heat northward from the tropics.
Really?  Why, have the currents changed?

Ah well.  Expect loud screaming and denunciations from the usual suspects.

These (supposedly)well-meaning racists have done more damage to blacks in this country

than the friggin' Klan could ever have hoped to do.
Aaron Benner, a fourth grade teacher in the district, told EAGnews about how black students “are frequently not held accountable for their actions” due to “white privilege” training for teachers and administrators.

“As a black man I can say that they are hurting black kids,” Benner said. “I’ve never seen anything as idiotic as PEG. Everything we do, PEG is at the forefront.

“It’s so comical. PEG says shouting out in class is a black cultural norm, and being on time is a white cultural thing. It’s so demeaning, so condescending to black kids. If a white person were making claims like this, black people would be in an uproar.
Yes, they would.  But this bullshit is coming from the PC racists of the left, so it's all good to say black kids can't be on time, and can't have the discipline to not yell in class, and all the other bullshit.

And, of course, all the whites are racist and suffering from 'privilege'.
According to the source, the photo is from a training this year at Bruce Vento Elementary during a staff meeting.
It features a figure wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood with the question, “When do you wear the hood?”
The principal allegedly displayed the picture and “asked the staff to sit in silence and reflect on it for 3 to 4 minutes.”
The source refused to elaborate out of fear of retribution.

And this bullshit ain't cheap:
Last May, the Pioneer Press reported the St. Paul district had spent at least $1.2 million on such training from Pacific Educational Group, a San Francisco-based company that conducts similar trainings in school districts across America.

Last fall, the Star Tribune reported St. Paul schools inked a $246,500 contract with PEG for “equity” training – “$133,500 less than the agreement approved for 2013-14.”

When the people at the top don't actually want to win,

this is what you get.
U.S. military pilots carrying out the air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are voicing growing discontent over what they say are heavy-handed rules of engagement hindering them from striking targets.

They blame a bureaucracy that does not allow for quick decision-making. One Navy F-18 pilot who has flown missions against ISIS voiced his frustration to Fox News, saying: "There were times I had groups of ISIS fighters in my sights, but couldn't get clearance to engage.”
Of course the people in charge disagree
“We refute the idea that close air support strikes take 'an hour on average'. Depending on the how complex the target environment is, a strike could take place in less than 10 minutes or it could take much longer.
Right.  Sure.  Key phrase here:
"As our leaders have said, this is a long-term fight, and we will not alienate civilians, the Iraqi government or our coalition partners by striking targets indiscriminately."
Nobody except eh spokesweasels used the word 'indiscriminately'.  But it's a nice way to pretend you're reining in those hotshots who want to kill everything in sight.

A former U.S. Air Force general who led air campaigns over Iraq and Afghanistan also said today's pilots are being "micromanaged," and the process for ordering strikes is slow -- squandering valuable minutes and making it possible for the enemy to escape.

You're talking about hours in some cases, which by that time the particular tactical target left the area and or the aircraft has run out of fuel. These are excessive procedures that are handing our adversary an advantage,” said retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula, a former director of the Combined Air Operations Center in Afghanistan in 2001.
Cue 'You can't compare this to previous air campaigns!'  Yeah, because it makes this look pitiful.  I borrow from Tam:
Can you imagine Gen. "Pete" Quesada, whose IX Fighter Command carpeted northern France with dead Germans, putting out a press release to acknowledge the destruction of a guard shack? That is the inherent problem with the administration trying to convince the world that we're serious about ISIS. The world (ISIS included) knows what we look like when we're serious, and this ain't it.

One more friggin' progressive hypocrite

telling us how we should live.
The home’s new owner: Elizabeth Warren, today a Massachusetts senator who has built a political career on denouncing the sort of banking titans and financial sophisticates who make a buck off the little guy. Five months after purchasing Veo Vessels’ old home, Warren flipped the property, selling it for $115,000 more than she’d paid, according to Oklahoma County Property Assessor records.
One of those "It's only bad if someone else does it" things, I guess.

Hell, let's make it two progressive dirtbags:
Documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation indicate that the wife of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may have been able to use her clout to get away with loan fraud, nearly bankrupting the small college she was president of and collecting a sizable severance package in the process.
Because being a leftist and claiming "I'm for the Little Guy!" means you get to loot them without regret.

Why the difference? Why is the Angry Left so angry?

Some of the Federalist staff were discussing this, and we came up with a couple of possibilities.

Rich Cromwell quipped: “It’s the difference between dealing with those who are certain they’re following the edicts of the one true faith and dealing with Christians.” Heh.

It rained again early this morning, and we're now under a flash flood watch until SUNDAY...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Under the heading of 'Friggin' idiots with badges'

we have the Cleveland PD:
Cleveland police will stop hitting people on the head with their guns and document any time they unholster them, according to a consent decree between the U.S. Justice Department and Cleveland police released today.

The Justice Department found in a 21-month investigation that began in 2013 that Cleveland police routinely bash people on the head with their guns, sometimes accidentally firing them, according to a 58-page report released in December.
Just how many levels of fail can you count in this?

A difference between pistol and rifle primers Updated

Pistol primer on the left, both fired from a 1903A3 Springfield.

Update: Yes, I should've explained this further.  The pistol primers were used in some of the mouse-fart loads as an experiment; some have reported getting better accuracy with them than with rifle primers in such loads.

Generally pistol primers are a bit 'softer' in the cup than rifle, so the strike that left a nice round indent in a rifle primer left a BIG dent in the pistol primer.

No, I would not use a pistol primer in a full-power rifle load; that could lead to a real problem.

A variation on the very-light loads

I've read of some people getting very good results from the very light loads using pistol primers instead of rifle.  With regular loads that would be a big "NO!", but with these pressures are very low.  So, it needed trying.  All used 3.2 grains of Bullseye propellant, bullets seated to the same overall length as the previously-tried loads.

First in .303, with 160-grain spitzer
 100-grain wadcutter,
 100-grain semi-wadcutter
I think the vertical stringing of the SWC loads is on me.  All shot nice & tight, not strikingly more so than with rifle primers except for the wadcutters; those did group tighter.  Which could be I had a better day today, or actual improvement.

7.62x54r, with semi-wadcutter,
 160-grain spitzer
That one low-left with the SWC was a called flyer; good group otherwise.  It and the 160-grain spitzer not really better than rifle, but the wadcutter group is better.

.30-06 with 115-grain spitzer
 100-grain SWC
The SWC group is awful; either it doesn't like the pistol primer or I really screwed up.  So it ought to be tested again.  The wadcutter, on the other hand, is quite nice.

Indications are that all three rifles prefer the pistol primers with the wadcutter bullet; the others it's a toss-up.  One more variable: some stuff actually shot better in the .30-06 using a lighter charge, 3.0 of Bullseye, so ought to try that with the pistol primers as well.

At this point testing is really just tweaking things a bit to see if any improvement.  Both Unique and Bullseye make good light target/varmint loads with these light bullets.  And a little bit more propellant with a heavier bullet can be quite accurate with some rifles/bullets while giving more oomph on the target end.

This stuff is fun.

Neil Tyson is a scientist, and he spouts crap like this?

CHARLIE ROSE: And things like climate change.

TYSON: -on issues. And then you can know who is not telling the truth and who is, you can analyze it.

ROSE: Okay but my question is - are we, I mean do we have too many scientific deniers in our country or do we give too much prominence to those who want to look the other way on science?

TYSON: Yeah there are some of those. And dare I implicate some elements of journalism in this, because there’s your journalistic ethos - not to tell you what your ethos is - but as I understand it and it’s been told to me, the journalist’s obligation when writing a story is to give equal column space to all sides. Or half to one of each side. And if someone says the Earth is round and someone says the Earth is flat, at some point you’re going to make a judgement, “the Earth is flat” people, is just flat out wrong. I will not be giving them the attention. We’re wasting time and I’m not doing a service to, in my role of informing the public.
Got that?  Disagree with his pet belief and you're not just a 'warming denier', oh no, you're a 'SCIENCE DENIER'.
And journalists should not give the deniers any space for their argument, because that's like they're saying 'The earth is flat' and getting to spout it.

This asshat is just bloody wonderful, isn't he?

I've been reading one of Freeman Dysons' books.  Know what he thinks of this?
The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world we live in .
Among other things.  Wonder if Tyson will call him a flat-earth people whose views shouldn't receive any air time?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Whether it's about guns, or money, or books, or speech, the ultimate end is always the same:

Today's Telegraph (UK) news site contains an article adding fire to the war on cash: "How to End Boom and Bust: Make Cash Illegal" by Jim Leaviss, identified as being, "head of retail fixed interest at M&G Investments".

The gist of the article is that once all money is controlled by the world's governments, everything will be wonderful.  They'll have total control over all of us and all of our lives for once.  If people think they should save money, the governments can start charging us to keep it - a tax on savings called negative interest (currently in use in Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, the European Central Bank, and Australia).  Negative interest will make us spend if the alternative is watching our money evaporate.  Likewise, if we're spending too much, they'll be able to offer interest payments to incentivize us to save money.  If they want to steal calculate they need to confiscate money out of everyone's account, a  Cyprus Haircut, it's a simple as adjusting all the accounts at once.  If despite the negative interest rates being calculated to ensure everyone spends, the velocity of money isn't high enough, they can emulate the helicopter Ben or helicopter Janet fix easily by directly creating money out of nothing for your account.  It would make the scenario Jim Rickards described here drop dead easy
'Drop dead' is the proper response to Rickards, Leaviss, and every other control-freak bastard who wants to do this.
What could possibly go wrong?  I mean besides everything.

And then we have Comrade Sanders(Commie-VT).  Ignore the deodorant bullshit and get to the important part:
Sanders has advocated for returning the personal income tax rate to 90 percent for top earners, as it was in the 1950s. He brushed off the comments from businesses that have called his “revolution” for the transfer of wealth from the top earners to the middle class, similar to Nazi Germany.

“These people are so greedy, they’re so out of touch with reality,” Sanders said. “You know what? Sorry, you’re all going to have to pay your fair share of taxes.”
So, according to Comrade Sanders if you make 'too much' then the .gov taking nine-tenths of it is 'your fair share'.  Right.  Such encouragement to succeed.

And you actually want to keep most of what you work for?  GREEDY BASTARD!  Etc.

And now we come to the real, open 'control' part:
The New York Times reported that Sanders is fine with reducing economic growth if it reduces income inequality.
"We must all be made equally miserable, comrades!  That is only fair!"
Contrast that with this:
Sanders said he would not condemn Hillary Clinton for bringing in millions of dollars in speaking fees but said it would be hard for her to separate fighting for the middle class and fighting against corporate interests.
So 'the rich' and businesses are greedy bastards, but Hillary and Bill get a pass?  Their personal worth is something like $200 million+, but 'I won't condemn her for making all this money'?

Sanders, you're a hypocritical shit.

Six Seconds

Just go read.

Mississippi College in Clinton: how does it feel to know

you're going to be paying for his entire time in college, plus damages, if he decides to sue?
...his suspension came after he requested to meet with a different counselor in the school’s Office of Counseling and Disability Services. Rawls, who is diagnosed with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), was originally paired with a female counselor who wore traditional Muslim dress during his initial visit to the office.

“It’s not that I didn’t want to participate… I didn’t want to traumatize her and it wasn’t a good environment to be talking about [my disabilities] with that specific person,” Rawls said.
For which they suspended him, AND
...labeled him a threat to himself and other students.
A vet.  Diagnosed with PTSD.  And you did this to him.

You people suck.  I mean really suck.

'Eat what you want and die like a man', because the food police

are full of crap.
In comments recently submitted to USDA and HHS, the Academy supports the DGAC in its decision to drop dietary cholesterol from the nutrients of concern list and recommends it deemphasize saturated fat from nutrients of concern, given the lack of evidence connecting it with cardiovascular disease.  [Emphasis added - SiG]
Yes, the 'Eat the way we tell you or die!' crap is and was CRAP. 

And, on the 'scientific consensus' front,
The Academy also expresses concern over blanket sodium restriction recommendations in light of recent evidence of potential harm to the overall population. "There is a distinct and growing lack of scientific consensus on making a single sodium consumption recommendation for all Americans, owing to a growing body of research suggesting that the low sodium intake levels recommended by the DGAC are actually associated with increased mortality for healthy individuals," Connor said.  [emphasis added again - SiG] ["Connor" is Academy President Sonja L. Connor]
But- but just like Globular warmering THERE WAS A CONSENSUS once upon a time!  Whatever shall we do now?

Don't know about you, but I have sausage in the skillet.

Monday, May 25, 2015

I need to take a moment from today for this message:

President Erdogan:

Kiss our ass.

We actually still have something of a free press, and we don't give a crap whether or not you like what they say.
Erdogan spat back "Who are you? Could you say something like this to the US administration?"
Matter of fact, they can, you miserable little islamist pimple on the ass of mankind.

Sincerely, etc.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hmmm.... what's missing from these Memorial Day pics?

Oh yeah, troops.  But if they used troops, it might keep Obama from having his ass photographically kissed again.

The Democrat Party: "Worship Great Leader!"  Because who cares about the people at/who've been at the sharp end when- hell with it, I'm getting too pissed.

Yes, I missed the data dump last night;

something about 'bloody raining hard enough to float toads after drowning them' distracted me.
As in, so far this month, a little over 15" of rain this area.  Which is WAY over any previous recorded amount.

That bright thing in the sky actually peeked out for a bit late this afternoon, so I'm getting to it tonight, in a slightly better mood.

You may have heard something about an officer in Cleveland

being found 'not guilty' in two deaths.  And why might people be upset by that?
...ruled that although Brelo did fire lethal shots at Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams other officers also fired fatal shots, so he could not find beyond a reasonable doubt that Brelo’s bullets — and no others — killed Williams and Russell. Police officers fired 137 rounds at the car, including 49 by Officer Brelo.
I haven't seen anything on what sidearms they carry, so let's say something 9mm with a 17-round magazine... reloaded at least twice, then.  And I dug around and found a news story from the time of this mess:
Brelo, according to his account, climbed onto the trunk and then the top of a zone car and reloaded his gun, firing rounds into the Malibu. An Iraq war veteran, Brelo said he saw "the suspects moving and I could not understand why they are still moving, shooting at us. Even through Iraq, I never fired my weapon. I never have been so afraid in my life."
Except they weren't 'shooting at us'; there was no gun in the car.

God, what a mess.

If this is correct, then Deputy Charles Long and his

'We have a Mission' friends are just as bastard in court as they are playing Easy Company.
Short version: "It's not our fault!  Those people shouldn't have been breaking the law(they actually weren't but don't let that mess with our story)!"
The family filed a federal lawsuit for damages that ended last month in a settlement (paid for by taxpayers) not only totaling less than the amount of the infant’s medical bills, but split up between family members. Furthermore, the conditions of the settlement included restrictions on further litigation pursued by the family in order to ensure that taxpayers, not the individuals who almost killed an infant, will be responsible for any further payout.
Of course.  No matter how they screwed up, the officers must be protected.

'Disgusting' doesn't really cover this, does it?