Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tonight I did not forget

so here 'tis

When you kill the business, you don't get ANY wage.

Consider San Francisco, an early adopter of the $15 wage. It’s now experiencing a restaurant die-off, minting jobless hash-slingers, cashiers, busboys, scullery engineers and line cooks as they get pink-slipped in increasing numbers. And the wage there hasn’t yet hit $15.

As the East Bay Times reported in January, at least 60 restaurants around the Bay Area had closed since September alone.

A recent study by Michael Luca at Harvard Business School and Dara Lee Luca at Mathematica Policy Research found that every $1 hike in the minimum wage brings a 14 percent increase in the likelihood of a 3.5-star restaurant on Yelp! closing. 
Which doesn't count all the other restaurants, little local places, that'll be killed.  But hey, I'm sure someone will tell us it's all because the greedy business owners just hated their employees.  And what better way to demonstrate that than to close the business that feeds you?

Hey, but they got the lie out there again, and that's what counts to them.

And this, children, is what happens when the people in charge actually want to win.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis instructed the U.S. military to abandon Obama administration procedures and start focusing on killing Islamic State fighters instead, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told Breaking Defense.

“When Secretary Mattis looked at our anti-ISIS campaign, he concluded that in some instances we were essentially just pushing the enemy from one location to another,” Dunford explained. “He asked me and the military chain-of-command to make a conscious effort not to allow ISIS fighters to just flee from one location to another, but rather to deliberately seek to ‘annihilate’ the enemy,” he continued.

Pardon me for putting this bluntly, but God damn.
Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez has been dismissed as a police officer after he was acquitted of manslaughter in the shooting death of black motorist Philando Castile.

The city of St. Anthony said Friday afternoon that the public "will be best served" if Yanez no longer works for the city.
No shit?

What the hell was in the minds of the jury, I don't know.  Murder a man, get away with that but you lose your job.  Yeah, that's punishment.

Yes, I forgot the data dump last night, so

Friday, June 16, 2017

One of the things Pruitt needs to do at the EPA: fire and prosecute

every one of the lying bastards involved in the Gold King mess.  Lies, perjury, arrogance, it's all there.

This is why I’m all for the people with the chronic conditions having full control over their medications. Those of us who are sensible about it and know our limits don’t deserve to be penalized because the wannabe-Darwin-winners managed to fuck something else up, and we don’t deserve to suffer because some idiot bloody wowser is afraid someone somewhere is using that medication to have a good time.

"Oh no, I don't want to encourage violence(I do, but I won't admit it publicy) by this!"
Devine said Republican policies to take away people’s healthcare, enact voter ID laws, and oppose gun regulations are his idea of “tyrannical government.”
So, according to this Democrat,
Wanting to prevent non-citizens from voting,
Protecting the 2nd Amendment, and
Not wanting the .gov in charge of health care
is 'tyrannical'.

Not real smart, is he?

Thursday, June 15, 2017


I like that, and it seems to cover things nicely.

Especially since, as noted in a Bookface thread, if a private citizen acts to protect someone else, we don't have qualified immunity to fall back on.  Or a union that'll pay the legal bills.

Moving on to a subject that does not make me want to load up a bag, leave home,

and never come back:

A while back, on my first EBR, I had one of these sights.  It's a basic red dot, nothing fancy about it but it works.  Since it sits so low, I added one of these risers*, which made it just about the perfect height for me.

In the time since that Bushnell has gone on to another mount and firearm, and that riser was just sitting around.  I remembered it, ordered another one, and today put them on the rifle that needed a higher mount, then put a pair of Millett medium rings on, and the scope is now sitting at about the perfect height for me.  And this makes it a quick-detach mount.

I love it when things work out.

*Ref UTG, a guy who's done a lot of QC work for some pretty big companies once told me that, at least on their Pro series, their QC was as good or better than most of the others.  At least on those things, I've found it to be so.

Saw a post today from someone I know

which basically said "The Republicans are responsible for everything."

Apparently the crap from the left doesn't even get a mention.

I am so freaking sick of this shit.

Stealing from the pickpocket in Casablanca: 'Asshats,

asshats everywhere!'
And just what did he delete?
Such wonderful, clear-thinking people.  Much like CNN:
Curiously, Darcy seemed uninterested in CNN’s inability to correct its own false reporting on the Alexandria shooting. CNN falsely reported early Thursday morning that the rifle used by the Alexandria shooter, an SKS chambered in 7.62×39, was “a Chinese-made AK variant.” This is demonstrably false, and it’s an error with significant implications given U.S. gun laws.
Instead of moving quickly to correct the egregious errors as a way to prove that CNN is serious about publishing facts instead of fiction, Darcy did the exact opposite.

“Not playing your game man, but have fun!” Darcy replied.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"Do NOT tell the commoners to defend themselves,

it will give them bad ideas!"  In the place where (formerly Great)Britain used to be.

Apparently gun control pays rather well.

Translation: "Lie. Lie about what you actually want to do, because despite what we claim most people don't want what we do."
Here's a hint: if '90% of people want universal background checks' were true, we'd have them.

Another 'comedian' lecturing us, starting with this:
“I’m enlightened, I’m progressive, and I feel like I was put on this earth to enact righteous change, AKA, I’m a 2017 comedian.”
which translates to "I'm going to shove my virtue in your face and demand you change to meet my demands!"  Response:

Speaking of full ESPN,
A group of Native American and indigenous activists are lobbying the United Nations to outlaw "cultural appropriation" across the globe.

Critics of "cultural appropriation" believe that people should not adopt ideas, art, food, clothing, or other elements of cultures they do not belong to.
So, are white people not to be allowed to eat at restaurants serving anything other than European food?  No medical research on folk medicines?

And what happens when someone tells a Person of Colour "You can't eat/drink/wear/use that, you're appropriating another culture!" ?

This level of stupid, I really have no words for.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I mentioned that Fiocci shotgun ammo the other day, (updated)

and picked up a box for testing.  Box looks like this,
ammo like this

Now, if someone's going to bitch that this isn't a full, in-depth test, then convince someone to give me a few boxes of this and something to compare it to and I'll do it.  Till then, this is what you get.
Also, no bitching about photography; Oleg Volk I ain't.

Ran down to H&H to try this stuff, taking it and a box of Winchester Ranger low recoil 00 buck to compare it to.  Both are labeled 'low recoil', and I've found the Winchester to be definitely lower than standard buckshot.  Winchester says theirs runs 1145fps; the Fiocci is labeled 1150, so you'd expect them to feel about the same.  And they did.
Added: this was with a pump shotgun with an 18" barrel, no choke.

Results at ten yards
 Top two targets are Winchester, lower Fiocci, and the big holes are from wads.  Pattern sizes are pretty close.

Second try
gave the same results.  As noted, recoil felt the same, and within the vagaries of me shooting this offhand had the same POA/POI.

Other observations:
They sounded different, the Fiocci having what I'd describe as a sharper report.
Fiocci definitely had more muzzle flash.  Nothing horrible, but noticeable.

Neither gives patterns like Federal Flitecontrol, so if you need that, get Federal.  If you want something that'll work just fine at down the hall or across the room distances, the Fiocci or Winchester should work just fine.  And the Fiocci comes in a box of ten for $5-7 depending on where you get it; that makes practice more affordable.

Thus ends this review.
 Update: from comments,
 If you ever see any, try the Herters loads sometime. I keep the Mrs' HD 12-ga stoked with their mini-buckshot shells. Fit six instead of five in a Mossberg 500 and while they are only 6-pellet they are 1200 fps and in the living room I think they will be just fine for a smaller-statured shooter. She says they are less recoil even than the Winchester 8-pellet reduced-recoil Ranger I keep in the bedroom gun. 
I haven't seen this ammo, so I can't comment on it; from this I think I need to find a box to try.

Also, if you haven't heard of them, Aguila makes some mini shotshells, both buckshot and slugs.  I've tried them, they're  low recoil.  Please note the warnings at the bottom of the Midway page: many(probably most) repeating shotguns will not feed these reliably without modifications, and they cannot be relied on to cycle the action of a semi-auto.