Saturday, December 17, 2016

Damn, it's cold out there

Here's some data to stay warm with

A recipe that calls for more work

Last year I ran across this
and tried it.  Good, but needed a bit of spice.  Made one again a couple of days go, adding a bit of cinnamon; that went well.

Friend had a couple of suggestions, next time I make it I'll give them a try and report back.

Also a answer to "How effing 'special' can these snowflakes get?"

Speaking of a connected subject,
Fake news isn't going anywhere so long as there's distrust for legitimate media outlets.

When you can get fake news, delivered with a scolding for your not being sufficiently sensitive and caring, from the major media, why would you give much credence to their whining about- well, ANYONE without a journalism degree talking about things?

Told someone once that "These media weenies whining and screaming about Limbaugh having a big show brought it on themselves.  If people had believed that the news networks were giving them the whole story, as honestly as possible, Limbaugh would probably be sportscasting somewhere and very happy with the job.  But people found out that lost of the networks were slanting the news, only telling part of the story, sometimes flat-out lying; so a guy who says "This show is about what I think about things" and bringing up stuff that showed just how much the news was being twisted was a big hit."  And this is a continuation of that.  When their attempts to 'fix' things involves more of the same, what do they really expect people to think and do?

Which also connects with this post, summarized in this bit:
...Bernstein writes:
In short, many religious Christians of a traditionalist bent believed that liberals not only reduce their deeply held beliefs to bigotry, but want to run them out of their jobs, close down their stores and undermine their institutions. When I first posted about this on Facebook, I wrote that I hope liberals really enjoyed running Brendan Eich out of his job and closing down the Sweet Cakes bakery, because it cost them the Supreme Court. I’ll add now that I hope Verrilli enjoyed putting the fear of government into the God-fearing because it cost his party the election.
Amen. Asking orthodox Christians to vote for a candidate whose party has been so explicitly and proudly hostile to their most important values and deepest interests was ridiculous. The left brought all this on itself.
Yeah.  You keep crapping on people, calling them names, and making it plain you intend to use the power of the state to FORCE them to do what you want, how the hell are you surprised when they say "Screw you" and vote against you?

It's mid-20's out there now, heading for about 7 tonight.  I've got one thing I need to head out for this afternoon, then I'm staying in. 

Oh, did I mention the occasional spits of freezing rain?  It's nasty out there.

Not sure if passive-aggressive, or just chickenshit

"Well, IF I thought it were that bad, here's how I'D violently prevent Trump from taking power, but don't blame ME if someone follows my directions."

He starts with
I’d assemble armed resistance brigades in and around states that voted for Trump. I’d make sure the participants are well-trained in urban combat. I’d do drills. I’d ensure that secure communications have been established to enable inter-state coordination. I’d impart to participants that they should be prepared to face severe state punishment for their rebellious acts— perhaps even death.
Which is also where "Your side hates guns, hates the military, where you gonna get those 'well-trained urban combat' people?" comes in.

Probable answer: "The disaffected soldiers who see what a threat Trump is!", etc.  Yeah, that's gonna go over well.


Friday, December 16, 2016

I now have some stuff to take care of before the weather moves in,

but I did get the data arranged

Yeah, let's keep worrying about the Russians and ignore DHS

and whatever-the-hell they're up to.
ATLANTA - Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Aaron Diamant has learned two more states’ election agencies have confirmed suspected cyberattacks linked to the same U.S. Department of Homeland Security IP address as last month’s massive attack in Georgia.
In a letter this week, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told Kemp the department sourced the mid-November activity in Georgia to a federal contractor conducting what he called "normal" internet searches on the Secretary of State's website. But Kemp says there’s a problem with that answer.

“We haven't been able to recreate this the way they explained it to us,” Kemp said.

Kemp also told Diamant that DHS has yet to explain at least nine other suspected network scans linked to DHS IP addresses over the last year on or around important primary and presidential election dates. Kemp's call for answers is amplified now by the National Association of Secretaries of State, or NASS.
But let's keep having fits about what the Russians may have done.

"But it's for Green Energy, so who cares about some dead birds, right?"
The Obama administration on Wednesday finalized a rule that lets wind-energy companies operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years - even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.

Under the new rule, wind companies and other power providers will not face a penalty if they kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles, nearly four times the current limit. Deaths of the more rare golden eagles would be allowed without penalty so long as companies minimize losses by taking steps such as retrofitting power poles to reduce the risk of electrocution.

Because making it easier for women to defend themselves is bad.  For some idiot reason.
Liberal Canadian MP Patty Hajdu has spoken out against a law that would legalize pepper spray and mace, saying it “places the onus on women to defend themselves rather than addressing and preventing gender-based violence.”
These idiots actually believe that if you just hold enough classes, the bad guys won't do bad things anymore...  Read some of the supportive comments, it's amazing.

101st Airborne safe space, 1944

Battle of the Bulge began today, this shot is from 12/23.

Long way from weenies screaming "Microaggressions!", aren't they?

Sent in comments on the subject of forging BIG stuff

I may be wrong, but I'm thinking 'When people with skills are cheap, and better tools are expensive.'

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn is a lying bastard

“I can tell you anecdotally we’re seeing a number of shootings involving concealed-carry permit holders—many of whom have extensive criminal records.” Flynn said. “But I’m not allowed to tell you how many or whom, because the law has been carefully written to prevent analysis of that information.”
Slight problem with that, because- as in every other state-
In Wisconsin, you cannot get a concealed-carry permit if you have “an extensive criminal record”.

Standard procedure for leftists and gun bigots: problem's out of hand, blame the people who didn't do it.


Short version: "See what you made her do!

And how dare you actually INVESTIGATE a hate-crime report!"
The sister of Yasmin Seweid, the 18-year-old Muslim woman who lied about being harassed by a group of Donald Trump supporters on the New York City subway earlier this month, is blaming the media and the New York City police department for investigating the story.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
The story went viral, with news outlets reporting her allegations without questioning whether she may have been lying. Seweid also gave interviews to local news stations.

Seweid admitted on Wednesday that she made up the story so that she would not get in trouble for missing her curfew. She was arrested and charged with filing a false police report.

While Sara Seweid wrote on Facebook that she “is not excusing what my sister did,” she went on a lengthy diatribe in which she did just that. Seweid blamed the media for covering the story and blamed NYPD for investigating the hate crime claim.

The NYPD should have never been involved in the first place even if the incident did happen,” wrote Seweid, who has a “Deport Trump” bumper sticker posted on her Facebook account.
And if they hadn't, you'd be screaming that they didn't care how Muslims are treated, don't care about Womyn of Colour, etc.  You sorry twit.

“I know this isn’t the first time something like this happens so I really think people who are so concerned about how Muslims will be perceived in the media or how future hate crimes will be dealt with need to take a step back and think why muslim [women of color] have felt the need to do this. Its [sic] not for attention.”
Bullshit, that's EXACTLY what it's for.  Some hate-crime fakers try to excuse themselves with "I was trying to Raise Awareness of (fill in current SJB whining point)!", but it still all boils down to "Pay attention to me!"

Makes you wonder what the clowns running DHS are up to,

and trying to hide, doesn't it?
The Georgia Secretary of State's Office now confirms 10 separate cyberattacks on its network were all traced back to U.S. Department of Homeland Security addresses

In an exclusive interview, a visibly frustrated Secretary of State Brian Kemp confirmed the attacks of different levels on his agency's network over the last 10 months. He says they all traced back to DHS internet provider addresses.
Last week, the DHS confirmed the large Nov. 15 attack traced back to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection internet gateway. But Kemp says the DHS’ story about its source keeps changing.

"First it was an employee in Corpus Christi, and now it's a contractor in Georgia,” Kemp said.

Unsatisfied with the response he got from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson this week, Kemp fired off a letter Wednesday to loop in President-elect Donald Trump.

This is going to make things interesting:
Ray Rosas is a free man tonight after a jury of his peers found him not guilty of shooting three Corpus Christi police officers on February 19, 2015. On that day, early in the morning, CCPD executed a no-knock search warrant, forcing entry into the home without first knocking and announcing they were the police. 

A flash bang grenade was fired into Rosas’ bedroom, reportedly stunning the 47-year-old, who then opened fire on the intruders. Three officers were wounded; officers Steven Ruebelmann, Steven Brown, and Andrew Jordan. Police were looking for drugs and Rosas’ nephew, who they suspected to be a dealer. However, the unnamed nephew was not home at the time of the raid. 

Rosas spent nearly 2 years in jail awaiting trial, which concluded Tuesday with a Nueces County jury finding him not guilty. Rosas’ defense maintained, based on statements he made immediately following the shooting and later in jail that he did not know the men breaking into his home were police officers and there was no way he could’ve known, having been disoriented by the flash-bang stun grenade. “The case is so easy, this is a self-defense case,” said Rosas’ lawyer in closing arguments.
I cannot find the case this reminds me of a few years ago, officers throw a flash-bang into a home, charged in, and got shot by a guy thinking he was being robbed.  The prosecutor claimed "He should have known they were police!", which was answered by
"Why did they throw in the grenade?"
"It's to disorient the subject and reduce resistance."
"So you deliberately used something you knew would disorient them, but they're supposed to know it's the cops?"
Which resulted in the case being thrown out.

Keep using these idiot 'dynamic-entry raids' when they're not needed, people are going to keep getting hurt, and some are going to die.  Without need.  Unless you consider "We want to wear our ninja suits, throw grenades and kick doors" to be 'need'.

Speaking of LE, here's something on an ongoing problem I've yelled about before:
A small town in Indiana witnessed its entire police force resign recently amid accusations that council officials were making odd demands of dubious legality. 

The officers, who submitted their resignations Monday, hold Bunker Hill Town Council responsible, alleging that the city council asked cops to do things like background checks on local rivals, reports Fox 59.
Here you have officers who obeyed the law, and politicians threatening them for doing so.  Back when I worked in a LE field, we'd get calls about this regularly: the city manager, or mayor, or some agency official, calling the PD or SO and demanding they run people through the system, and when told "We can't do that", getting nasty.*  Often telling them "If they don't like it have them call us, and we'll tell them.  And have the audit people start an investigation if need be" would take care of it, other times they just tried again.

This crap is one reason I throw fits when someone starts another "We need a new database of 'X', because public safety."  Because I KNOW it'll be abused.

*Some officers get nasty with the dispatcher when they tried to run someone through the Interstate Identification Index without legal reason: "I have the badge, I say I need this, so do it!"  Which is also illegal as hell, but a lot of people think 'badge' means "I can do anything I want.  Because 'officer'."

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

"When I was your age I had to make do with iron sights

and a wood stock.  And we liked it!"

Kids today with their fancy crap...

Oleg says coming out early 2017

When you get to the BIG hammers, swages, rollers and stock

It's nice when a company takes care of its customers

Hornady, in this case.

Set of 8x57mm dies bought a good twenty years ago.  The decapping rod was damaged a short time ago, entirely my fault(ran it into what turned out to be a Berdan-primed case).  Searched around, couldn't find a replacement like it(smooth rod, newer are threaded).  Contacted them, "Can I get a replacement for this rod, or need to buy a whole new assembly?"

Response: "You have an older die set, we no longer make that rod, I'll send you an assembly that'll fit your die."

I like companies like this.

Well, if you can't count on the authorities to do something,

or people have come to believe they won't, people will start acting.  And not in ways the authorities will approve of.

The Energy Department is all upset about that letter from the President-Elect.
“My members are upset and have questions about what this means. These are all civil servants who do their jobs,” Tony Reardon, national president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said in a statement.

“They have no wish to be caught up in political winds — they are nonpartisan employees — scientists, engineers, statisticians, economists and financial experts — who were hired for their knowledge and they bring their talent and experience to the job every day,” he said, adding that the union “will do all it can to ensure that merit system rules are followed.”
If they've been acting within the rules, they are protected by that system; if they've been acting outside the rules, then they're not and shouldn't be.

Can you say "If we tell them what we've actually been doing, I'm in trouble!" ?

More of that non-existent vote fraud we're not supposed to worry about.
Detailed reports from the office of Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett show optical scanners at 248 of the city’s 662 precincts, or 37 percent, tabulated more ballots than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books. Voting irregularities in Detroit have spurred plans for an audit by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office, Elections Director Chris Thomas said Monday.
Overall, state records show 10.6 percent of the precincts in the 22 counties that began the retabulation process couldn’t be recounted because of state law that bars recounts for unbalanced precincts or ones with broken seals.
Gee, you'd think someone involved in the process had been playing games with the vote count or something.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A short range day,

which involved putting 100 rounds through the 15-22.  Which worked just fine, so hopefully it'll keep doing so.

Looking at that apparently-new bolt & carrier, got to thinking: I've read of a number of cases of these rifles having a OOB, so I'm wondering if, when a rifle comes in after one, they have a upgraded bolt that they count as 'repairing the extractor'?  This is complete speculation on my part, nothing I've heard anything about.

In any case, they paid for the shipping and repair, and it seems to be working as it should.

One of the most bigoted pieces of crap I've yet read

But don't worry, he's bigoted against those nasty non-coastal types who won't vote the right way, so it's all good.

It’s clear cultural fascism. Really, guy?  Have you looked in a mirror lately?

Elizabeth Warren Condemns the Wrong Man
She's a socialist and regularly condemns people for not having the Right Thoughts, you expect her to actually bother about facts?

When "Let's get rid of cash so we can properly control people and things" runs into reality, in India.
This law supposedly is aimed at income tax cheaters. Yet this is a nation in which 95% of the population does not file tax returns. Tax cheating? Really? And I am to understand that the best way to stop tax cheating is to annul 86% of the currency? Tell me more! 

 Sorry, but I cannot resist. This is the Indian government’s Modi Operandi. 

Some businesses have ground to a halt. Street vendors cannot buy or sell. Gasoline is unavailable in some regions. Some 400,000 trucks were stranded. 

Small businesses deal only in cash. All of them are suffering.

Another study saying " 'Don't eat fat' is a bad idea."
But a study published in a leading medical journal has found the opposite is true, with a diet full of natural fats improving the health of people taking part.

Professor Sherif Sultan, a heart specialist from the University of Ireland, said: “We urgently need to overturn current dietary guidelines.

"People should not be eating high carbohydrate diets as they have been told over the past decade.
“Instead our diets should be largely based on good quality high-fat foods. This will prevent the rising epidemic of Type 2 diabetes and reverse the growing numbers of people suffering weight-related heart problems.”

Monday, December 12, 2016

Short version from some priests of 'Higher' Education: "Actual free speech sucks,

because some people won't think and speak the way we want them to.  We must have only APPROVED-By-Us free speech."
Dear professors:

And fuck you, you nasty little Stalin wannabes.

Sincerely, etc.

The 15-22 has returned from its sojourn

in the PROM.  All the repair ticket shows is 'replaced extractor'; they either also did the damndest job of cleaning the bolt and carrier that I've ever seen, or those are new.

In any case, next day or two there will be range time, and we'll see how it does.

Demand a public apology for treating them as 'accused, so they're guilty',

the apology being just as loud as the condemnation, or sue their ass off.  They'll have earned it.

Socialism!  Is there anything it can't doeff-up?

The 15-22 is on the way back, I'm curious what the 'action taken' will be on the paperwork.

Every time some LEO wonders why they've lost so much support, point them to this

and similar cases and ask 'What do you expect?'  If your department is a good one that stomps all over officers who do such, that's excellent and you've probably got pretty good support; those who try to just make it go away, or insist "The officer is always right", well, you're gonna keep bleeding support like it's from a cut artery.

When a officer who's sworn to uphold the law and Constitution says shit like
I don’t have time to play this constitutional bull[****].
he's telling the world he's an oathbreaker who has no business wearing a badge.  When his department insists he did nothing wrong, that department is telling the public that it doesn't give a damn about its officers breaking the law and ethics.  They both need cleaning out.

When that officer- and, let us not forget, all the others involved- not only break into the house then and search, but then go back later, still without a warrant, and trash the place, they're telling you they don't give a damn about law, or right or wrong, they care about "I can do whatever I want, because badge."

That the lower courts said that that second warrantless search was justified is disgusting, and tells you how low the Constitution has fallen to far too many asshats in black robes.  That the DC court was 2-1 instead of unanimous is disgusting as well.

Officers and departments, you want to be respected and trusted?  DON'T DO SHIT LIKE THIS.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

After reading this, I really hope even more that Trump does gut a bunch of these agencies

Thus, a planned "celebration" of OCR's accomplishments at the Department of Education headquarters Thursday morning was really more of a funeral. If an alien from a more sensible planet had dropped in on the event, he would have noted tearful sniffling and prayerful entreaties to stay strong and keep the faith—and assumed something more than federal money and power had been lost.

In nearly eight years under the Obama administration, celebrants recounted, the office has issued 34 "policy guidance documents." These are edicts reinterpreting existing laws—new executive entanglements, made mandatory by funding incentives, that also serve a moral imperative.
So, who else has a problem with a big federal agency having this mindset?  And they actually believe this crap:
But in the minds and hearts of those who've carried them out, OCR's goals guided the nation toward the light of righteousness and salvation. There is no higher aim than theirs: to show every child the federal government believes in his or her ability to succeed. The message of federally-ordained disciplinary reforms is, in Secretary King's words, "We love you and we want you to be successful."
Your effing PARENTS and FAMILY are supposed to do that; not Big Brother. 
"The work of OCR," King told the audience, many of whom work at the civil rights office, "is just critical to the mission of schools to save lives." What he seems to have meant, but cannot say in a secular age, is that before federal education reforms save lives, they save souls: "That kind of [unconditionally loving] culture in a school … has been the difference for some kids between whether or not they drop out, whether or not they have the opportunity to graduate, or whether or not they stay connected to school or become disconnected and end up getting involved in violence."
That these morons think that's the mission of a school is a good indicator of just how "Big Brother Must Save You" these asshats are.

Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund, assured career bureaucrats they're doing "the Lord's work" and then issued a grandmotherly scold: "You're probably going to have some real bad days," she said—but, "You stay in place."
Gee, what happened to all that 'Separation of Church and State' these clowns always insist upon?  Or is that only important when it's someone else 'doing the Lord's work'?

There's more, all of it "We Are Here To Save The Childrens" crap.

Yeah, and the ongoing IRS corruption was/is just some 'rogue employees'

The Department of Homeland Security told members of congress Friday that a rogue federal employee may have been responsible for a November hack-attack that targeted the Georgia secretary of state’s system, LifeZette has learned.
Yeah.  A rogue employee could have the DHS network to attack this network.  And DHS has no idea who or why.  Right.
With few concrete answers from DHS so far, the aide said there is a lot of skepticism about the department's innocence in the attempted breach. “There’s a lot of mistrust at the moment,” the source told LifeZette.
Considering the IRS, and the EffingBI, and DHS past actions, why would anyone trust them?

So, according to the hoplophobes and gun bigots, it's both "Only the police should have guns!" and "The police are racists who like to shoot black people!"

So, if the cops are all racist murderers, why would you want any of them to have guns, let alone be the only people with them?

Uncomfortable history for leftists:
Leonard also brings to light an embarrassing truth: In the early 20th century, the progressive definition of the common good was thoroughly infused with scientific racism. Harvard economist William Z. Ripley, for example, was a recognized expert on both railroad regulation and the classification of European races by coloring, stature and "cephalic index," or head shape. At the University of Wisconsin, the red-hot center of progressive thought, leading social scientists turned out economic-reform proposals along with works parsing the racial characteristics -- and supposed natural inferiority -- of blacks, Chinese, and non-Teutonic European immigrants. (Present-day progressives somehow didn’t highlight this heritage when they were defending “the Wisconsin Idea” against the depredations of Republican Governor Scott Walker.)
While some socialists and conservatives also embraced them, Leonard argues, eugenics and scientific racism fit particularly well with progressive thought: “Eugenics was anti-individualistic; it promised efficiency; it required expertise, and it was founded on the authority of science.” Equally important, “biological ideas,” Leonard writes, gave progressive reformers “a conceptual scheme capable of accommodating the great contradiction at the heart of Progressive Era reform -- its view of the poor as victims deserving state uplift and as threats requiring state restraint.” They could feel sorry for impoverished Americans while trying to restrict their influence and limit their numbers.

Take political participation. Nowadays, people argue about whether stricter voter identification laws are good-government protections against fraud or discriminatory attempts to deter minority and low-income voters. A century ago, leading progressives happily embraced both goals. “Fewer voters among the lower classes was not a cost, it was a benefit of reform,” Leonard writes. After progressive reforms, including Jim Crow restrictions sold in part as anti-corruption measures, voter participation plummeted. In New York State, turnout dropped from 88 percent in 1900 to 55 percent in 1920, while national turnout fell from 80 percent in 1896 to 50 percent in 1924.

Stolen from Larry Correia on Bookface when some idiot pushed that cleaning out/getting rid of the Dept. of Education would mean 'Nobody gets educated!':
So much stupid in so little time. Let's unpack it.

1. How many people who went to public school went on to do exceedingly well? Lots. You are on the page of a guy who went to one of the shittiest K-8s you could get in America at the time, half of us could speak English, and half of those could read. And now I'm a millionaire.

And utterly irrelevant. Because the public school still sucked and failed. It could have been far better, but it wasn't. And I did great, but it turned out plenty of miserable failures that it didn't have to. The system let kids down.

That's the point, you mope.

And we are talking about getting rid of FedEd, not public school, I know public school made you slow witted, but try to keep up.

2. I don't want to tear the system down to make myself feel better. I want to tear the FedEd down because it is a 77 billion dollar money suck, that accomplishes jack shit. I pay for that bullshit and I'm not seeing a decent ROI.

Fuckers like you can't even say what DepEd even does, but you will come on here and bitch about literacy.

3. Nobody gives a shit about the popular vote, you fucking whine baby. I didn't even vote for Trump, but your whining disgusts me. Grow a pair, you fucking idiots.

Those of us who learned more than the pathetic amount of busy work tossed our way in public school understand what the EC is for.

4. Those voters won't eventually have the last laugh because you lost. Get over it.

Or you can just keep on being sanctimonious douches to everyone who disagrees with you (even when they didn't vote for Trump) so that you can lose harder more.

Who is laughing now?

A little on Trump choosing those generals for some positions:
... Most writers/pundits/broadcasters I talk to think that our soldiers are marginal losers, who probably entered the military because they couldn’t find anything “better” to do.

They are also inclined to believe that military leaders are less educated than the intellectual elite.  Many don’t know that all our commissioned military officers have college degrees,  and most of them have done post-graduate study at top colleges and universities.  Trump’s three nominees are cultured, well read, and thoughtful.  They are certainly more deeply engaged, intellectually and emotionally, than most of the civilians headed for Cabinet slots.  They know all about political correctness, for example, in very concrete ways, because the armed forces are the laboratories in which the PC theories of gender equality are most intensively tested.  When Marine officers debate whether women should serve in infantry units, it’s not just academic; people will live or die based on the decision.
Group I used to spend some time with had a lot of liberal/leftist members(mostly leftist), and when I mentioned sending books to son in Iraq they were surprised: "Why did he want books?"

They were actually surprised at troops wanting stuff to read.  They seemed a bit shocked to hear that there was a line: he'd finish one and hand it on, they'd finish and hand it on, continuing until they fell apart.  An awful lot of leftists seem to think the troops are a bunch of helots not allowed to think for themselves and with no interest in anything but eating, sleeping, and killing.