Saturday, June 04, 2016

Things to see, people to do,

- er, I think I got that backward.  Anyway, enjoy

What Drives Me Nuts About Superhero Shows

(Except DeadPool)
 We're in the same club, lady.

If you're looking at muzzle devices,

maybe want something special, might check this place out.  Some of this stuff:

Hey, she's been blaming and punishing victims for decades,

you expect her to stop now?
Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump is partly to blame for protests around his events, including violent clashes that broke out in San Jose on Thursday night.

Clinton told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead” Friday that while she condemns “all violence in our political arena,” it is up to Trump to also condemn violence and set a standard that both his supporters and those protesting against him should follow. 
She and her little buttmonkeys, like the mayor of San Jose: "Don't blame our followers, blame the people they attacked."

In Rhode Island there is an asshole named Fred Gralinski, an official with the Central Coventry Fire District, who said this:
“They look like a bunch of yahoos,” Gralinski said. “Like in the paper, like ISIS in Syria going to take over a city. I don’t think they need that big flag on the back of the truck. That’s not America to me. Those are a bunch of terrorists. So, I’m going to ask you to take the flag off that truck.”
Because firefighters had a US flag on their truck.

He even gives one of the standard non-apology 'apologies' for this:
Gralinksi, for his part, apologized for any “perceived disrespect” from his comments.
You called your own firefighters terrorists, there's no 'perceived' about the disrespect.

Friday, June 03, 2016

The skies have cleared, no more threat of flooding

(for now), but the mosquitoes are showing up; nice evening to be in here working data analysis.

About damned time

What will it take to produce honest and ethical conduct from our state and federal prosecutors? The Ninth Circuit has a suggestion. Perhaps a perjury prosecution will do it. In fact, that is exactly what should happen when prosecutors affirmatively lie.

This case, Baca v. Adams, involves a clear violation of the Supreme Court’s decision in Napue, which holds that prosecutors cannot put on perjured testimony, much less lie themselves. Unfortunately, as I’ve documented elsewhere, it happens far too often, when it should never happen at all.
A magistrate and the California Court of Appeal found that California deputy district attorney Spira lied under oath, testifying against a criminal defendant and in support of a lying “jailhouse snitch” who was placed on the witness stand in apparent subornation of perjury. Making matters worse, the California Attorney General fought “tooth and nail” to keep the transcript of the relevant hearing from the California Court of Appeal.

The Ninth Circuit is going to do something about it, including naming names–if the California Attorney General does not–and the court strongly suggests that the lying prosecutor himself be prosecuted for perjury. The entire video of the oral argument is available to watch here, and it begins to draw blood about 17 minutes into it. Be sure to watch until the end.
I'm watching the video.  The bastard defending the office and the prosecutors involved is trying every way he can to call 'lying under oath' something else.  'Mistaken', 'in error', anything he can think of.  And why there was no internal discipline?  "I don't know."

We do.  And we're sick of it.

Since I have some Green Dot to experiment with,

I'll experiment.

.30-06, from left to right 115-grain spitzer, 98-grain SWC, 150-grain flat-nose,
all over 5.0 grains.  For general practice any should work; for pest control or small game, I'm hoping the SWC and flat-nose work well.  We'll see.

So, you have two choices: the people who designed Obamacare

are effing idiots, or this is going exactly as they wanted.
This month, UnitedHealth – the largest U.S. insurer — announced that it would no longer sell exchange plans in New Jersey in 2017. It has now withdrawn from 27 states. Last year, UnitedHealth lost about $475 million on the exchanges; this year, it’s projecting $500 million in losses.

The story is similar for other insurers. Many have decided to abandon markets they have long served. That’s left people fewer options for coverage. And with less competition on the exchanges, the plans that remain have more freedom to hike premiums.

Obamacare is faltering. No matter who wins in November, the next president will face a genuine crisis of the current president’s making.

And it defies logic to attempt to correct this entirely predictable failure of government with “fixes” that give the federal government even more control over Americans’ healthcare.
Except that that's exactly what Obama and Sanders and Clinton want.  Control.

Journalistic integrity...

And this is a real pivotal moment in the film, it’s one of our main storylines. And I thought it was really important to stop down at this moment. And she’s asking the question of the group, but as a filmmaker, I wanted to ask the question of the audience. And, you know, I think the idea that the focus has been on this is very typical of gun lobby tactics. They’re trying to intimidate us; we won’t be intimidated.”

No way, said Segraves, in effect — noting that the backlash has come from outside the gun lobby. What about the false impression that these folks didn’t have an answer? he asked.

“I think it’s sad to say that these eight seconds didn’t give the VCDL a platform to speak. Their views are expressed repeatedly throughout the film; we know how they feel about background checks. They said it earlier in the film,” said Soechtig. “I also think Katie is held to a journalistic standard, but this is a film, and I’m a filmmaker and it was my decision to do so.”
Translation: "Screw you, I hate guns and people who own them, and I'll do anything I can to damage them.  Screw facts, too, I'm an Artist!."

'important to stop down'.  So she edited this to make it look like those people had no response, which was lying by omission.  She knows it, she doesn't care.  And Couric knew it, and approved it.

And throw this into the mix:
It is clear from the fraudulent way in which gun rights supporters were portrayed in the documentary, and the unlawful way in which firearms were obtained to support the documentary’s gun control theme, that neither truth nor the law were concerns of Ms. Soechtig or her staff in creating the film. 

Given this latest development, Ms. Soechtig, Katie Couric, and any other individual involved in this possible conspiracy should seek legal counsel immediately, as each could face criminal charges stemming from violations of federal firearm and conspiracy laws.
You or I, the feds would be looking at; chances of them actually doing anything about these clowns, just about zero.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Someday OU will write or call me and say "Your daughter went here,

you should give us money!"  I may use bits of this in the reply.
I’m sorry to hear that the university’s $750 million endowment has fallen in value to $500 million because of the recession and because your bank died. I’m also sorry to hear that you’re dealing with declining enrollment due to the fact that middle-class families are no longer willing or able to bet their homes on a $45,000-a-year higher education for their children. I really am.
You know, maybe if you wanted a little bit of money from me (and these days you’d get about $3), maybe you should send me a fancy color brochure admitting your role in the bubble economics that got us all into this mess.

For example, since 1987, higher education expenses have gone up 450 percent, while personal income in this country has gone up 87 percent, making tuition IMPOSSIBLE to afford without special financing. But, during this time, you were thriving because people could come up with the cash in two ways:
Go read the rest, it's worth it.

"Waah! They wouldn't let us riot and disrupt!

Screw you, commie.  And don't think that marching with lots of Mexican flags and chanting in Spanish helps you with anyone but Mexico and your little friends.

Californicated in action:
The first bill up was AB 1673, which will CRIMINALIZE the possession of unserialized firearms parts, authored by former police officer and current Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson).
According to Gipson, an 80% lower is equivalent to a “weapon of mass destruction.” Yep, an 80% lower is akin to a nuclear weapon.
Following that, AB 1664, which will BAN all firearms with a bullet button made it out 41-30.

It passed with such asinine statements made by the likes of Asm. Gipson, who stated that if you remove a bullet button, the gun becomes a fully automatic machine gun.
Liars and fools both, and they run the state.

He was released on his own recognizance, and welcomed by a cheering crowd.  But he's still facing charges.

They can molest children, and abuse people with medical problems, and steal your stuff, but the TSA can't keep this guy out of a job?  Really?
His mass executions and torturing of civilians in what has been called a genocide did not come up during a background check. Ali was deported from Canada due to his war crimes, but that didn’t come up in the TSA background check, either. But no worries, TSA is groping 6 year-olds and nuns and maintaining 3-hour security check lines — keeping you safe.

My, how Soviet of them.
Now here’s an interesting evolution: When the State Department was first pressed on why a tough question from Fox News correspondent James Rosen was missing from a Dec. 2, 2013, press briefing, a spokeswoman attributed the matter to a “glitch.” “There was a glitch in the State Department video,” said State’s Elizabeth Trudeau at a briefing in mid-May.
A different story issued today from the State Department’s podium. Asked about the situation, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs John Kirby said that an internal probe into the matter had revealed that a “specific request was made to excise” the video.
After Samuels’s story kicked up a Washington mediastorm, Rosen asked a colleague to check for the video of Psaki answering his question about diplomatic mendacity. The colleague came back with an eerie response: The exchange was gone from the videotape, replaced by a flash of white light. The gap was evident not only on the State Department website, but also on its YouTube page. State Department officials, in a series of briefings, struggled to explain the matter.
Ooh!(waves hand)  Ask me!

Still waiting.

Short version: Ordered something at Cabela's, '2-3 weeks is the time frame I give on these.'

Two weeks later, checking status: 'The order was accepted a little over a week ago, so it should be on the way.'

Three weeks, sent to their main office: 'Really?  Three weeks to get something from there to here(less than 700 miles) and it's still not here?'
Response: 'We're referring this to the manager at your store, you should be hearing from him.'
Me: 'That's nice, but unless someone at the store messed-up the order, this isn't a store problem, it's a company problem about shipping.'

That was yesterday.  No call as yet.  The weather's dreary, and this crap isn't helping.

I'll have to yell about something later,

right now I'm getting some things done between rain. 

Dad, down in southwest OK, says he's halfway expecting to see an alligator swimming through the yard.  And more rain's coming.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

One more celebritute,

showing "It's all about MEEEEE!"

Also, note she's wearing a shirt for Couric's faked-up 'documentary'.  Makes me wonder if she was wearing it before, or changed into it for the picture.

Ignore the unions and enviroweenes involved for the moment:

What is happening?” asks Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz when he arrives at his Nashville factory to question the officers. “We can’t tell you.” “What are you talking about, you can’t tell me, you can’t just come in and …” “We have a warrant!” Well, lemme see the warrant.” “We can’t show that to you because it’s sealed.”
That bullshit, by itself, should see every official involved fired.  And probably prosecuted for violating the 4th Amendment.*

The whole damned mess is disgusting.

*The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
If this "We have a warrant, but you can't see it, and can't tell you why we're raiding you" doesn't violate that, what does?

Maybe this is why they only found a few crocodiles:

this big bastard's been eating them.
Video captured a huge alligator roaming a Palmetto golf course earlier this month.

The gator is so large it hardly looks real. That’s why golfers noticed the massive creature and stopped what they were doing.

Officials at the Buffalo Creek Golf Course say this gator has been roaming the course for years. They even say he’s good for business since people want to catch a glimpse of the big boy.

Which will last until he gets annoyed, or decides "I want two-leg for lunch."

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Some very-light load testing

Yes, again.  The candidates today were the .30-30 on the left, and
7.62x54r on the right.  Both loaded with 98-grain cast-lead semi-wadcutters, courtesy of a RCBS mold.*  .30-30 loaded with 2.7 grains of Bullseye powder, and the 7.62x54r had five of Bullseye, and five of Green Dot.  I also loaded five .30-30 with 150-grain flat-point cast bullets over five grains of Green Dot, and five 115-grain cast spitzers, both of which I forgot to take pictures of.

Results at 30 yards.  .30-30 fired with a Winchester 94.  with semi-wadcutters

.30-30 with 115-grain spitzers

.30-30 with 150-grain flat-points

The semi-wadcutters and spitzers are on par with previous tries.  I think the 150-grain loads, with better light and/or a better rest, I could get better groups with.

7.62x54r fired from a Mosin Nagant 91/30.  With semi-wadcutters over Bullseye

and a surprise with the same bullet over Green Dot
Either I did a better job of aiming and squeezing, or this rifle prefers Green Dot.  More testing required.

Now I want to try some of the heavier bullets I tried in the past, but using Green Dot and see if any difference with those.

Remember those .357 loads with the paper-patched bullets?
I'm pretty sure the vertical stringing is my fault.  Also more testing needed.

Two things come to mind.  I'm wondering how both the .30-30 with full-power loads and that 150-grain bullet cast of pure lead and paper-patched, and the 162-grain semi-wadcutter in .357 cast of pure and patched, might do?  With the patch there shouldn't be any worries about leading, and that bullet should upset beautifully on game.  This is going to have to be tried.

*That mold is the single most pain-in-the-ass piece of casting gear I've ever used.  No idea why, but getting good bullets out of it is enough to enrage the Good Humor man.