Saturday, February 13, 2016

Yeah, yeah, Saturday;

there's data. 


Except when someone accuses them.  In which case they'll demand that 'until proven guilty' and 'beyond reasonable doubt' stuff.
The Tennessean reports that the unnamed accusers say the system used by public universities across the state
is unfair because it provides students accused of sexual assault the right to attorneys and to confront their accusers through cross-examination and an evidentiary hearing in front of an administrative law judge. The administrative law judge who hears the case is appointed by [Chancellor Jimmy] Cheek, the lawsuit says.
And they want a payoff, too:
The plaintiffs are seeking damages including reimbursement and pre-payment for all of their tuition and related expenses incurred as a consequence of the sexual assaults, as well as damages for deprivation of equal access to the educational benefits and opportunities provided by UT. They’re also seeking damages for emotional suffering. The lawsuit also is seeking an injunction that would force the state to stop using the administrative hearing process.
And a pony.  They forgot to demand the pony each.

And the end result is

it goes back to a previous court so they can try to decide what another judge actually meant...
A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a lower court ruling that kept a lid on a handful of documents related to a lawsuit from Congress over the Obama administration’s botched “Fast and Furious” operation.

More of that non-existent vote fraud we're not supposed to worry about.

Basically "We must have control over what people know,

and this is one way to increase that control."
The highest court in the European Union this week heard arguments which could impact the ability to link to content on the Internet.

Presiding over a case threatening the nature of the web as we know it, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) on Wednesday debated whether website hyperlinks to content which infringes copyright laws should be permitted.
“From a practical standpoint, this law would affect any news aggregator linking to and excerpting works from European content sources, not just EU based aggregators,” Reda wrote late last year.

“Each weblink would become a legal landmine and would allow press publishers to hold every single actor on the Internet liable,” said Reda.

From Californicated, we have another fine example of zero-tolerance stupidity.  Which includes this:
The high school pays a company to search its campus for contraband using drug-sniffing dogs.
These people are idiots.  "We must follow the rules, no matter what.  And we'll pay someone to LOOK for things to follow the rules about."

Friday, February 12, 2016

Frankly, I'm out of fancy intro,

so: "LOOK!  DATA!"

Yeah, I think dumbass needs more training.

The University of Texas at Austin police department issued a disorderly conduct citation to an outdoor preacher on Tuesday after students complained that his message had offended them. The preacher, who was standing just off campus, recorded his interaction with several university police officers, who explained that it was illegal for him to offend the students.
A university spokesperson confirmed that the citation was later “voided,” adding that the officer who originally responded to the complaint is currently in the training process.
Let's see, add 'illegal to offend students' to going off university property to issue a ticket?  Damn right they need more training, and it better include the limits of their jurisdiction and the 1st Amendment.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Looks like HockeyStick Mann really blew it

Massive counterclaims, in excess of $10 million, have just been filed against climate scientist Michael Mann after lawyers affirmed that the former golden boy of global warming alarmism had sensationally failed in his exasperating three-year bid to sue skeptic Canadian climatologist, Tim Ball. Door now wide open for criminal investigation into Climategate conspiracy.
The fact Mann refused to disclose his ‘hockey stick’ graph metadata in the British Columbia Supreme Court, as he is required to do under Canadian civil rules of procedure, constituted a fatal omission to comply, rendering his lawsuit unwinnable. As such, Dr Ball, by default, has substantiated his now famous assertion that Mann belongs “in the state pen, not Penn. State.”  In short, Mann failed to show he did not fake his tree ring proxy data for the past 1,000 years, so Ball’s assessment stands as fair comment. Moreover, many hundreds of papers in the field of paleoclimate temperature reconstructions that cite Mann’s work are likewise tainted, heaping more misery on the discredited UN’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) which has a knack of relying on such sub prime science.
This sounds like Mann & Co. are likely to lose their collective ass.  And it couldn't happen to nicer people.

The documents “had to be moved off electronically or

removed out of the secure site physically, then it had to be put onto an unclassified email system,” Flynn said. Someone who does this is completely irresponsible, but totally unaccountable and shows a streak of arrogance to the American public that is unworthy of anyone thinking they can run for President of the United States.”
“This is unbelievable,” Flynn said. “I don’t think anybody should be talking about her being potentially the next President of the United States.”
This from Obama’s former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.  But her supporters and most of the Democrats in Congress don't care; she's a Democrat, and a Clinton, so screw what she did.

And Flynn will probably be hearing from the IRS.

No mass bloodshed in Texas; Mommies Want and Bloomberg hardest-hit.
“I said before this became law that I thought it was going to be much ado about nothing, but I didn’t know it was going to be this much nothing.”

Mentioned that leaking pipe the other day; the water bill was bad, and I'm wondering how bad the gas bill is going to be.  Dammit.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Government-run health care means

you won't stay fired no matter what a slug you are.

Yes, there's a larger pattern: DHS and its fusion centers are

full of shit.  And pretend to care when called on their crap.
3. Is there a larger pattern here? It would be comforting to think this was just one poorly drafted document. But fusion centers across the country have a history of producing work with similar problems, including an infamous "strategic report" in Missouri that identified the Gadsden flag as "the most common symbol displayed by militia members and organizations." More broadly, a 2012 congressional investigation concluded that the centers' output was "oftentimes shoddy, rarely timely, sometimes endangering citizens' civil liberties and Privacy Act protections, occasionally taken from already-published public sources, and more often than not unrelated to terrorism." According to the congressional investigators, nearly a third of these reports weren't even circulated after they were written—sometimes because they contained no useful information, sometimes because they "overstepped legal boundaries."

Four years later, is this Finicum bulletin typical of the Utah agency's work? Is it typical of fusion centers in general? Is any sort of review process underway?
In the Holder/Lynch/Obama Department of 'Justice'?  Are you kidding?

Well, it's a start

The Supreme Court halted the EPA’s major anti-global warming initiative late Tuesday evening, dealing a major blow to President Obama’s hopes of overseeing a green energy transition in his final year in office. 

The 5-4 decision by the court puts the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation on hold while a lower appeals court hears states’ challenge to the rules.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

A little further CherryBalmz testing

Another 100 rounds of Remington .22 through the conversion, no hitches.

And it's very nice to be able to shoot right-handed again.

Sucks being treated like one of the commoners, doesn't it?

A New Jersey law is preventing some retired police officers from applying for and receiving a concealed carry permit. The law in question excludes retired public university police officers from its provisions, according to a report that was published last week.

New Jersey statute 2C:39-6 (I) lists only federal, state, county or municipal officers, sheriff’s officers, corrections officers, park police and county prosecutor investigators as eligible for a concealed carry permit, the Newark Star-Ledger reported. Although the law makes provisions specifically for any retired former “full-time member of a state law enforcement agency” to apply for and receive a permit, it remains unclear whether or not former public university police officers qualify under these provisions.
Ah, the horror of finding out your not the right kind of Only One to get special treatment.

Another reason(as if we needed any more) to get rid of DHS: the corruption.
The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday dismissed an ICE whistleblower it was secretly smearing to reporters after she testified before Congress about her troubles with the agency. 

Special Agent Taylor Johnson — who had a storied career until she irked Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid by objecting to a visa program for foreign investors tied to the senator’s son — says she declined to take a $100,000 severance package because it included a non-disclosure agreement. 

Gee, what a great use of taxpayer money that would have been. Pay a woman not to talk about what already got nationwide coverage when she talked about it before Congress.

And up in Washington: pass a stupid law, it gets ignored.  In part because a number of LE people have flatly said "I'm not going to enforce this."

Must be causing huge annoyance- at the least- to the people who pushed it.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Nothing joys up the day

like finding out you've got a water leak under the house, and have to call a plumber.

They got here fast, and fixed it, and the bill wasn't too painful, but still took the luster out of the day.
"Hey, want to see my new scope?  Looks just like this bill for the new pipe."

A demonstration of effect of 9mm and .45acp on a wild pig

'Insufficient' is a good word.

This is what happens when politicians in uniform are in charge

The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies.
“The climate does change over great periods of time, typically measured in millennia, though sometimes in centuries,” he said. “But the document mentions accounting for such down to the level of changes in ‘tactics, techniques and procedures’ as if reviewing how a squad conducts a patrol should be accorded the same level of importance and attention as determining whether the naval base at Norfolk, Virginia, might have to be relocated as sea levels rise over the next 100 years.”
Which also brings up: does Obama actually believe this crap, or is this just one more way to trash the US Military?

I found it all deeply dispiriting. “Racial understanding” sounds nice; it's always good to be understanding, right? Yet the logic of it strikes me as dire. It rehabilitates, in politically correct lingo, the belief that skin color is more important than what lies beneath.

Indeed, some university administrators now actively encourage their students to be color-conscious rather than colorblind.
Of course; progressives usually are racists.

Yeah, this IS what they think of us.
Terry Shumaker, former U.S. ambassador to Trinidad (I wonder what that gig cost him) and current abject minion in the service of Mrs. Clinton, quotes Herself telling an audience in New Hampshire: “Service is the rent we pay for living in this great country.”

There is a very old English word for people who are required to perform service as a rent for their existence, and that word is serf. Serfdom is a form of bondage.
With themselves as the benevolent lords controlling us.