Saturday, April 09, 2016

When Citizens Fight Back

Good information, go read it all.
To date, I have had 64 private citizen students — I am aware of — who have been involved in using a handgun in self-defense. Although not a huge number of data points, we clearly see the same things occurring over and over again in these incidents. A policeman would call this a clue. I believe this is the kind of data we ought to be basing our civilian training on. Generally, what works in a military battle overseas, or what works for police officers stateside — won’t work for Sam and Suzi Homemaker.

Thanks to Tam for pointing to this

Tab clearing

They can try changing the meaning of words, it won't change the reality.  It does help their little minions try to ignore it.

And Sanders and Clinton both would love to make the taxes even higher.

Yes, all the 'Meat and fat is bad, eat more grains and stuff!' thing is garbage.  But the Defenders of What We Believe don't want to give up.
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, in a 2008 analysis of all studies of the low-fat diet, found “no probable or convincing evidence” that a high level of dietary fat causes heart disease or cancer. Another landmark review, published in 2010, in the American Society for Nutrition, and authored by, among others, Ronald Krauss, a highly respected researcher and physician at the University of California, stated “there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD [coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease]”.

Many nutritionists refused to accept these conclusions. The journal that published Krauss’s review, wary of outrage among its readers, prefaced it with a rebuttal by a former right-hand man of Ancel Keys, which implied that since Krauss’s findings contradicted every national and international dietary recommendation, they must be flawed. The circular logic is symptomatic of a field with an unusually high propensity for ignoring evidence that does not fit its conventional wisdom.

And this:
People who regularly consume full-fat dairy products are less likely to develop diabetes than those who eat low-fat dairy products, according to new research published in the journal Circulation.

Idiots who can't tell a priest from someone in a KKK getup.  Products of Higher Education...

'Gender ideology' harms kids.  Who could've imagined, right?

Some of the American Indian legends of nasty creatures.

Gee, I wonder what she said that she didn't want the public to know about?

Friday, April 08, 2016

In a demonstration of my dedication to the task,

even through the aches, tired, and the indignity of a nose that's imitating a faucet with a bad seal, I have tonight's data

Wow, actual pictures of Revolutionary War veterans

Total of 14

This is definitely allergy/sinus crap, not the plague

And it's about the worse allergy/sinus crap I've ever had.  But at least I don't ache as bad today.  So, in the latest installment of "We're ATF, we don't have to follow rules",
The bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives came forward Thursday, admitting that a box spotted and removed from an SRP power pole on 21st and Glendale avenues belonged to them and was part of an ongoing investigation. 

ATF officials would not elaborate on the investigation and would not say if they were conducting surveillance in the area.
ATF tells ABC15 depending on the investigation and security they can put security measures in place without permission.

They say in this case they "acted within their bounds" but would not elaborate.
Translation: "We got away with it for a while, now leave us alone."

And if some lineman had been injured by the damn thing, they'd take no responsibility.  Because that's what they do.

Yes, Paradise police officer Patrick Feaster should've been prosecuted.  Yes, the decision to not prosecute was taken by many as 'He's got a badge, he can get away with ANYTHING."

Because that's exactly what happened.  He shot a man without justification, then spent vital minutes not bothering to mention he'd shot him, and from the video appeared he tried to find his expended brass(probably to hide it: 'No, I didn't shoot him!'), and still has his badge, and faced no real penalty.  Yeah, that's going to help your relations with the public.

Short version: Lots of the research on foods, especially that demonizing meat, fat, and real milk, is bullshit.  It always was, and lots of the research 'proving' it bad doesn't deserve the name.  For example,
The nutritional establishment wasn’t greatly discomfited by the absence of definitive proof, but by 1993 it found that it couldn’t evade another criticism: while a low-fat diet had been recommended to women, it had never been tested on them (a fact that is astonishing only if you are not a nutrition scientist). The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute decided to go all in, commissioning the largest controlled trial of diets ever undertaken. As well as addressing the other half of the population, the Women’s Health Initiative was expected to obliterate any lingering doubts about the ill-effects of fat.

It did nothing of the sort. At the end of the trial, it was found that women on the low-fat diet were no less likely than the control group to contract cancer or heart disease. This caused much consternation. The study’s principal researcher, unwilling to accept the implications of his own findings, remarked: “We are scratching our heads over some of these results.” A consensus quickly formed that the study – meticulously planned, lavishly funded, overseen by impressively credentialed researchers – must have been so flawed as to be meaningless. The field moved on, or rather did not.

I'd thought about hitting the outdoor range today, but the rifle ammo I wanted to test hasn't been loaded(something about not wanting to make it with somewhat blurry eyes and my nose running like a hose at intervals).  So I'll load it today and hope for nice weather one day next week.  In the meantime, I really ought to clean up the mess in the workroom.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

This may not be plague, but

it's still making my ass drag.

You'll have to entertain yourselves, I'm just trying to stay awake and moving a while longer.

Ronald T. Ritchie, you're a miserable little shit

and you deserve FAR more than- maybe- a little jail time and/or maybe a fine.

You got someone killed with your lies.  You deserve to be in prison.

I can only hope the family of the man you got killed sues you for everything you have, or ever will have.

Equipment report: priming tool

With the arthritis, using some priming tools has become difficult at times, so when I saw an ad on this new Lee tool, I was interested.  Very. 

Along with a lot of other people, as everyone from the Lee site to wherever I found it listed was 'out of stock', on and on.  Then I lucked into one about a week ago.

So far, I really like it.  Only used it on about a hundred cases(small rifle) so far, need to prime a lot more stuff, including large, to really try it out, but so far it's good.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Well, I'm either having a nasty allergy situation,

or I've got the plague.  Don't really feel feverish, but can't check because my thermometer is gone walkabout.

Speaking of plagues, we have Bernie Sanders and his "I think it will make us feel and look good, so screw the consequences, someday they'll thank us for it!" idiocy on free trade..
Ok, one of his idiocies.

Every stupid bastard on this drug task force should be fired.  And prosecuted for the property that's been lost(or stolen).  This is bullshit and dung beetle would turn its nose up at.

Steyn slowly rose and riposted, in a tone of withering contempt, “I wasn’t going to do funny stuff. I was going to be deadly serious. (But) I’m slightly amazed at Simon’s ability to get big laughs on gang rape.” Vigorous applause. He went on, “Mme Arbour scoffs at the ‘newfound feminists.’ I’m not much of a feminist, but I draw the line at a three year old … and a seven year old getting raped.” Vigorous applause.

About that 'Australian Model of Gun Control',

not as wonderful as the gun bigots like to paint it:
Clinton and Obama tout a 1996 "gun buyback" that was actually a compensated confiscation of self-loading rifles, self-loading shotguns, and pump-action shotguns in response to the Port Arthur mass shooting. The seizure took around 650,000 firearms out of civilian hands and tightened the rules on legal acquisition and ownership of weapons going forward.
And how did that actually work?
Other researchers agree. In a white paper on the results of gun control efforts around the world, Franz Csaszar, a professor of criminology at the University of Vienna, Austria, gives examples of large-scale non-compliance with the ban. He points out, "In Australia it is estimated that only about 20% of all banned self-loading rifles have been given up to the authorities."
Guy I know heard from a friend in Australia a few years back that when the confiscations happened, there were areas where, for a month or so, you couldn't find 6" PVC pipe; it'd all been bought up.  And most of it wasn't used for plumbing.

And the result of all this crap, as usual, is screwing with honest people and causing- maybe- minor difficulty to bad guys.
Just days ago, Australia's Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, and Michael Keenan, Minister for Justice, held a joint press conference to announce "We don't tolerate gun smuggling in Australia and we know Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are engaged in it. We have been keen to send the strongest possible message from Canberra that we're not going to tolerate people smuggling in guns or smuggling in gun parts. You'd appreciate that even one smuggled gun can do an enormous amount of damage."

When politicians announce that they don't tolerate something, it's a fair bet that the something is completely out of hand.

"Police admit they cannot eradicate a black market that is peddling illegal guns to criminals," the Adelaide Advertiser conceded a few years ago. "Motorcycle gang members and convicted criminals barred from buying guns in South Australia have no difficulty obtaining illegal firearms - including fully automatic weapons."
So, the result of all this is screwing with honest citizens, increasing control over them, and causing (maybe)slight difficulty to bad guys, and creating a new black market.  And don't forget the 'make it yourself' industry this created.

Yeah, the Australian and British models, just the thing we need to follow.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Being from Oklahoma, this part

must be pointed out:
Moving north across the Red River, Okies are an interesting example of what happens when you point fifty thousand people of varying backgrounds in the direction of two million acres of land and say “if you live on it, it’s yours.” Oklahoma has been the site of some of the worst droughts in American history, and Okie culture brings with it a healthy conviction that one can live through goddamn anything.

Tab clearing Link added

Yeah, those poor, put-upon muslims in Europe...

I need to find that form, 'Doc, list your qualifications to lecture me about firearms ownership and handling'.
Added: here's the form(pdf)

Being an adult is now a crime.  To some.

Two senior intelligence analysts at U.S. Central Command say the military has forced them out of their jobs because of their skeptical reporting on U.S.-backed rebel groups in Syria, three sources with knowledge of their claim told The Daily Beast. It’s the first known instance of possible reprisals against CENTCOM personnel after analysts accused their bosses of manipulating intelligence reports about the U.S.-led campaign against ISIS in order to paint a rosier picture of progress in the war. 

Monday, April 04, 2016

In lieu of anything that actually means something,

these, including a selection of Wirecutter's finest

If true, this would have to work hard to rise to the level of 'inexcusable',

it's far worse than that.  And every officer involved belongs in a cell.  Plus the fines.

And if it can be shown that their supervisors and chief knew they did crap like this, they belong in the cells next door.

And even if every word is true, the union and so forth will insist that 'this was all blown out of proportion' and such crap.  Because badges.

I'm not dead yet,

just that parts of me feel like it.  So some of today will be recovery time, in between catching up some other things.

Speaking of recovery and such, Chris & family can still use some help, 'cause the surgery isn't just expensive, it's really gonna suck.  If you've got a few dollars you can spare, this is a good place for it.

On the subject of minimum wage, now it's not "Raising it will not harm jobs!", now it's "So what?  If people lose some crappy jobs, what's the problem?"
“The $15 minimum wage sweeping the nation might kill jobs — and that’s okay,” read the headline gracing Washington Post WonkBlog journalist’s Lydia DePillis’ report on the unsatisfactory outcomes of a massive increase in the state-level minimum wage. She quotes a variety of liberal economic policy activists who are now hedging their bets. “For its advocates, the question isn’t whether minimum wage hikes will kill jobs, but rather how to help people who end up unemployed when they do,” DePillis reported. That is, “when” they become financially dependent on the federal safety net; not “if.” 
Tranlation: "Yes, it'll put people out of work; we don't care."
“Why shouldn’t we in fact accept job loss?” asks New School economics and urban policy professor David Howell, who’s about to publish a white paper on the subject. “What’s so bad about getting rid of crappy jobs, forcing employers to upgrade, and having a serious program to compensate anyone who is in the slightest way harmed by that?”
"We'll just blame the businesses, and demand they take care of those people."  'How?' would be a question with an interesting answer, since they keep trying to put businesses OUT of business...

I shall now leave you, while I attempt the aforementioned catching up