Saturday, December 23, 2017

'Another Saturday night, and' etc.*

And it's cold, and it's a holiday weekend.  Soon as I got done with some crap, I'm inside where it's warm and I can do something constructive in comfort.  Such as check into the new data.

Anyone actually surprised by this is either an idiot

or- well, there really is no 'or'.
By the end of Mr. Obama’s second term, according to sources who spoke anonymously with The Washington Times, the practices of leaking, ignoring and twisting intelligence for political gain were ingrained in how the administration conducted national security policy.

Those criticisms have resurfaced in the debate over whether overall intelligence fumbling by the Obama White House in its final months may have amplified the damage wrought by suspected Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election last year. 
One former senior intelligence official said the program was badly undermined because the White House was constantly leaking details of efforts to build a Free Syrian Army with cash, weapons and intelligence. 

“Obama had drawn a red line on Syria over chemical weapons, but then he didn’t do [expletive],” the former official told The Times. “The White House was facing a lot of political pressure to show they had policy for Syria, so they leaked the CIA’s covert action plan. They leaked it for purely political reasons, so they could say, ‘Look, look, we have a Syria strategy.’”

Diaries from Taxcutmaggedon

The tax-reduction bill has passed.
People are no longer forced to pay for Obamacare or pay a fine.  Hospitals have closed.  Doctors are asking a million dollars per hour for their services.
I’ve secured a supply of leeches and bird masks against the inevitable onset of the black plague.
Public transportation has closed all over town for lack of funds.
Heed the piteous cries of the poor screaming that as the tax bill was passed all food disappeared from their pantry.
I’d look up recipes on how to cook my neighbors, but I can’t be sure they’re organic and disease free.

Friday, December 22, 2017

A cold Friday night, maybe a bit nasty

in some places.  I'm inside, how 'bout you?

So, the UN voted that our recognition of Jerusalem

as the capital of Israel isn't valid.  Screw 'em.

And I wonder if they realize how much votes like this cause people- including people who previously gave at least some measure of respect to the UN- to call their congresscritters and ask "We're paying these dictators, thieves and socialists HOW MUCH to tell us we can't make a decision?"

Also, the EUnuchs are whining that us cutting our corporate tax rate is unfair because "Some companies might move there for the lower rates!"

Screw you bastards with the same old shovel handle as the UN.  You want to tax and regulate people to death, and the idea of them getting away from it scares hell out of you, because "We NEED their money to complete the grand socialist project!  Problem is, that's exactly why a bunch of people want to escape, and you can't stand it.

Much as I'm enjoying the oil ticks having fits because "We can't use our oil as a weapon anymore!", I'm looking forward to the EUnuchs crapping their pants as companies move offices to the US.

And now, in recognition of the season,

Thursday, December 21, 2017

From the report the honest BLM agent wrote about the Bundy case:

The investigation also indicated that on multiple occasions, former BLM Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC) Love specifically and purposely ignored U.S. Attorney’s Office and BLM civilian management direction and intent as well as Nevada State Official recommendations in order to command the most intrusive, oppressive, large scale, and militaristic trespass cattle impound possible. Additionally, this investigation also indicated excessive use of force, civil rights and policy violations. The investigation indicated that there was little doubt there was an improper cover-up in virtually every matter that a particular BLM SAC participated in, or oversaw and that the BLM SAC was immune from discipline and the consequences of his actions.
All in all, it is my assessment, and the investigation showed that the 2014 Gold Butte Trespass Cattle Impound was in part a punitive and ego-driven expedition by Senior BLM Law Enforcement Supervisor (former BLM Special Agent-in-Charge Dan Love) that was only in part focused on the intent of the associated Federal Court Orders and the mission of our agency (to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the multiple use and enjoyment of present and future generations).
So: the BLM Asshat-In-Charge apparently wanted to make sure the peasants knew that in the future they'd all bow down, and apparently knew he'd get away with breaking the law, and regulations.  And without a whistleblower who seems to actually give a crap, he probably would have.

To everyone who professed that all those ranchers and others hate BLM and the Forestry Service 'because greedy and uncaring!': oh, no, they have GOOD reason to hate those clowns.

How bad has the .gov screwed-up the Bundy case?

This badly.
A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the Bunkerville standoff case involving rancher Cliven Bundy and other defendants, finding that the federal government improperly withheld evidence.

“A mistrial in this case is the most suitable and only remedy available,” U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro said.
Navarro said video surveillance, maps and FBI interview information were willfully withheld by the prosecution in violation of due process required by the U.S. Constitution.

Considered collectively, she said, the evidence that was withheld was favorable to the defendants, and its untimely disclosure was prejudicial in that it “undermined the confidence of the outcome of the trial.”
About that EffingBI information,
In her ruling, Navarro cited case law that says illegal suppression of evidence occurs when the government fails to turn over information that was available not only to the prosecution, but to federal investigative agencies.

She said information and reports obtained and created by the FBI were available to prosecutors and should have been made available to the defense.
So, a new trial.  Which means, with this data, the defense is going to have a bunch of new questions for jurors, and the trial, and I'd imagine a number of the BLM and FBI clowns involved in this might find themselves on the stand and under oath, which might have some interesting results.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Well said, Mr. Blair

                                         Nothing to Lose But Your Brains

Said the ardent young socialist to the ABC, 'I was born when the Soviet Union still existed, but I have no memory of it and it doesn’t inform my politics at all.' It's frightening to realise how, even with a universe of fact and history just a click away, the stupid are determined to stay that way
It must be lovely to live in a world where history, even extremely recent history, does not inform your politics at all. Millions of dead peasants? I have no memory of it, so what the hell. Economic degradation, mass executions, planned famines? Can’t remember those either. And apparently I can’t look them up on this new-fangled interweb machine, despite all those “information” promises.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Two things from the idiots running Minneapolis

First, on cowardly chickenshit politicians:
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Wednesday that he does not yet have enough evidence to file charges against a Minneapolis police officer in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, blaming investigators who “haven’t done their job.”

Freeman made the comments during a union event after being confronted by activists, who recorded the interaction. They asked Freeman why it has taken so long for him to decide if Officer Mohamed Noor was justified in shooting and killing Damond on July 15.
In the six-minute video, the activists approach Freeman at the Wednesday event. After Freeman said he did not have the evidence to charge Noor, blaming investigators for not doing their job, one man said, “I don’t understand why this seems to be such a hard thing.”

“Fair question,” Freeman responded. “I have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, the moment he shot the gun he feared for his life, and he used force because he thought he was going to be killed. But he won’t answer my questions. … I can’t talk to her because she’s gone, and the other cop just gave us [expletive]. So guess what, I’ve gotta figure out angles of the shot, gun residues, reckless use of force experts. …
Translation: "Hey, don't blame me for  not making a decision, it's THEIR fault!"  And in that last paragraph, it sounds an awful lot like he's trying real hard to find a way to not indict the bastard, doesn't it?

Second, under the heading of 'PC at any cost',
The city of Minneapolis may fire its police psychology evaluator because his tests screened out too many minority candidates, despite already lowering psych evaluations far below the national standard

The July police shooting of Justine Damond triggered the city to scrutinize its psychological standards for police, with many claiming they’d become lax. Psychiatrist Thomas Gratzer has run psych testing for the Minneapolis police for the past five years, and in that time, he has eliminated four of the five tests used to determine whether a candidate is fit to be an officer, APM reported Thursday. Now, Gratzer is facing firing not for gutting his standard, but for screening out too many minorities.
Think about that: they're deliberately not screening applicants as they should.  Because 'not enough minorities pass'.  Which means they don't give a damn about unqualified cops, and the damage they do, so long as they can claim they're being all progressive and inclusive in hiring them...

'Tis the season, etc.

A: Tell me again how the left empowers women...

B: Why are these anti-2nd Amendment people such violent assholes?
"It's a fucking shame you weren't killed when that scumbag raped you, you fucking despicable, lying, lowlife, Right-Wing, Neo-Fascist CUNT!" That was the message Kimberly Corban found waiting for her on Facebook early last year.

It was sent by a man upset about her gun-rights advocacy. Violent, sexual harassment and threats like the one Corban received are a common experience for many female gun activists.

Speaking of anti-2A assholes, we have the actor and communist Ed Asner and his fellow traveler Ed Weinberger, who claim the US was founded on gun control...
I'll borrow Huffman's response:
They continue with claims that the individual rights conclusion of Heller decision was a completely new interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. They claim it ignored 200 years of precedent and historical context when all nine justices agreed it referred to an individual right. Yes, only five justices agreed that D.C. had infringed upon the right but all nine agreed the 2nd Amendment protected an individual right. Apparently a couple of people who are best known for their work on the television series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, a work of fiction, think they know constitutional law and history better than the nine justices on the U.S Supreme Court in 2008.

I know these Hollywood types can develop an exaggerated sense of self importance, but WOW, these guys are operating on a different plane of existence.

Because someone suffering in severe pain is FAR less important

than "Someone somewhere might misuse this stuff!"
To sum up, thus far, I had to drive across town in rush hour traffic to receive my precious permission slip because, due to federal regulations, doctors cannot simply call in a prescription for narcotics. The first nine pharmacies I went to were out of the drug because they may only receive X amount of narcotics at any given time.

Due to federal regulations, the soonest they could have the drug delivered to them would be three to four business days. And, due to yet more regulations, they cannot disclose over the phone whether or not they have any of the narcotics in stock, so a patient must go, in person, prescription in hand, to the pharmacy to find out if the prescription can even be filled. Once they filled it, in order for me to receive the medicine, I had to present a valid, state-issued photo ID.
I think I mentioned once being in an ER due to a metal rod getting stuck in my arm, and when they started to give me morphine I said "That doesn't work on me."  Nurse looked at me like I'd just asked for my drug of choice and a syringe to self-administer and asked how I knew that.  I explained, she gave it to me anyway.  And then was shocked when it didn't work, and wanted to give me MORE of it...

Yeah, I know some people get drugs for the purpose of getting high; that's not a good reason to keep people in pain from getting what they need.  And damned if we need some bureaucrat or agent at DEA deciding your doctor isn't giving you what/how much they approve of.

Monday, December 18, 2017

You may have noticed I like to try new cleaners and lubes

Well, short time ago ran across this stuff.  It was on sale, and hey, Research!  So picked up a bottle.  If you go by the website and what's on the bottle, it'll do everything but help you get a threesome at the bar tonight:
METCOR 57 GUN BORE CLEANER instantly cleans firearm bores to a “mirror finish” without creating a mess, noxious odors or excessive residue build-up. In just one application, this product cleans, lubricates, and protects your firearm’s bore and any other metal surface it contacts. This unique formulation dries instantly sealing the bore’s metal surface from moisture and humidity for long-term indoor storage.

There's zero instructions on the bottle, box, or website(that I can find).  So, basic test: take a rifle* fired with lubed semi-wadcutters, damp a nice white patch and push it through.

Second patch, push it through to the chamber, pull back to muzzle, then down and out.

Let it sit a few minutes, then a third patch down, up, then out.

The bore, I will say, is gleaming.  There wasn't much fouling, and it seems to have cleaned out what there was quite well.**

Upsides(so far):
No bad smell.
Seems to clean well.
Doesn't eat the nitrile gloves I wear.

Only one right now is the bottle has one of the squirt tops, which I halfway despise, as they tend to mist the whatever off to the sides to some extent. 

They also have Bore Shield, which also goes under Duck Hunter's Delight.
Metcor 71 Duck Hunter's Delight is a botanical-based, environmentally friendly, corrosion preventative. This product is formulated with bio-renewable and bio-sustainable resources and is both bio-degradable and is chemically neutral.  Metcor 71 Duck Hunter's Delight will protect all metal surfaces from moisture, high humidity and salt spray vapors. Metcor 71 Duck Hunter's Delight contains no petroleum oil or hazardous materials.
It being chilly and damp, I dug out a knife blade(hardened & tempered, not polished) to try it on.   Sanded it shiny with 220-grit paper, wiped it down with the stuff- a very light smell, not unpleasant- and I've got it sitting outside; we'll see how that goes.

*Rifle was a levergun in .45 Colt made available for this
**Not the most rigorous of testing methods, but it'll do

So it may well be "We want to them have guns, but

we really don't.  So we'll compromise."
A number of British police forces are considering arming their officers. The move comes in the wake of the UK suffering five high profile terror attack in 2017. Three regional police forces are reported to feel that the large areas they police mean that the current system of only specially trained firearms officers being armed limits their ability to respond to terrorism and serious crimes involving firearms.
Here's the part I'm referring to:
This paper laid out several options which are reported to be under consideration. These included allowing some uniformed officers to openly carry side arms while another would follow the Norwegian Police Service’s model with firearms being stored securely in patrol cars with access needing to be authorised by senior officers.
Because there's nothing so efficient as, during a terrorist attack, needing to contact a senior to get authorization to unlock the case/rack/whatever so you can do something...

Imagine some cop in the middle of an attack and there's no bloody TIME; do you follow the procedure, or unlock the damn thing(if you can), use it, and hope they don't hang you for violating the rule?

In a piece on 11 things a conservative should ask

on a first date:
Here’s a good way to find out. Offer to drive your date, in a Ford F-150 pick-up truck with no catalytic converter, to a local wood fire BBQ joint that advertises, “We have the best ribs and the biggest carbon footprint in town!”

If your date’s response is, “But that seems like a socially irresponsible earth-crime against Gaia,” go alone. If your date’s response is, “Let’s Uber instead so we can both drink lots of beer,” consider proposing marriage.

Prosecutors and cops who need to be fired- at the least- aren't unique to the US:
Now, the judge has called for an inquiry at the “very highest level” to understand why police failed to hand over critical evidence including 40,000 messages from the accuser to Mr Allan and friends.
Mr Allan’s lawyers had already sought access to the accusers’s telephone records and messages but their requests were denied on the basis there was nothing of interest in them.
Ignore all else wrong with this: how much time and money and manpower went into prosecuting this guy WHEN THEY KNEW HE WAS INNOCENT?  From the new prosecutor:
“There was a terrible failure in disclosure which was inexcusable,” he said. “There could have been a serious miscarriage of justice, which could have led to a very significant period of imprisonment and life on the sex offenders register. It appears the officer in the case has not reviewed the disk, which is quite appalling.”
A: There WAS a serious miscarriage of justice.
B: If you actually believe 'the officer has not reviewed the disk'... if he didn't then fire the bastard for being incompetent; if he did and lied about it, fire him for that.
But don't worry, they're carrying out an 'urgent assessment'.  I'm sure that'll make a big difference.

Portland was already on my list of cities I don't think you could pay me enough

to live in.  Now we find out the Mayor is a racist bastard; yeah, blame the black guy, you asshat.
On Thursday, Wheeler blamed his city’s wave of homelessness on the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, attacking Secretary Ben Carson for failing to “provide solutions.”
Let's see... YOU haven't told the cops to actually arrest people doing things like auto burglaries, crapping in store lobbies, and attacking people, YOU have no problem with 'protestors' closing down stores for daring to complain about it, YOU have basically- for years- told store owners and working people "Screw you, just suck it up and keep paying taxes; NOW you want to blame Ben Carson?

Hey, Portland, when all these businesses leave or just shut down, who do you think the Mayor & Friends will want to raise taxes on to fill the hole?