Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday, it's been a long one

Time to relax and work on your studies

General pic dump

She's going to catch hell for this

The movement that has popularized the term ‘toxic masculinity’ shares tools and conclusions with those who see signs of ‘white supremacy’ everywhere they look. Intersectionalists have in common with one another a particular rhetorical trick: Any claim made by a member of an historically oppressed group is unquestionably true. Questioning claims is, itself, an act of oppression.
This opens the door for anyone who is willing to lie to obtain power. If you cannot question claims, any claim can be made.

Thus: Racism is ubiquitous. And all men are toxic. I object—but objection is not allowed. Everyone who understands game theory knows how this game ends: Innocent people being vilified with false claims, and exposed to witch hunts. Sexual assault is real, but that does not mean that all claims of sexual assault are honest.

It is shocking that this bears saying, but there is a world of men who are smart and compassionate and eager to have vibrant, surprising conversations with other people, both men and women. The sex-specific toxicity that I have seen, when it has been obvious, has mostly been in the other court. All men are toxic and all women victims? No. Not in my name.

Maybe we need to now define 'Toxic Caring'.  For the idiots who care so much that they'll insult, belittle, threaten, and blame some particular group for everyone's problems.

"But this isn't a truth we want people to know!"

A contact out of the blue from a Berkeley undergrad named Daniel Kennard began to explain the mystery. A secret campaign had been organized to prevent reviews or further comment on the play, and a rave review had been spiked by an aging Berkeley leftist who prided himself on his involvement in the school's Free Speech campaigns of the mid-1960s. The group behind the attacks on the play falsely claimed that I and Phelim had been funded and supported by Chevron. They had used this slander to persuade editors that the play should be marked off as corporate PR and ignored.

Ironically, they had themselves received funding from one of the play's subjects and were obviously interested parties.

How had I gotten involved in all this?
Big mess.  Involving a bunch of environmentalists and some crooks.  And a lot of money.

Bike needed new front brake pads

Manual says "Push the caliper against the rotor to force the pistons back in."

The hell it does.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Ah, Friday,

hot and humid you are.  Which covers the data that came in, too

If we had a media worth a damn, this would be all over the news today

Second, Congressman Gohmert delivered a massive bombshell that went unacknowledged yesterday. While questioning the smirking FBI agent, Gohmert asked about a meeting Strzok attended with the the Intelligence Community's Inspector General's (ICIG) office where the FBI was informed that almost every single one of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails were being forwarded to an unspecified foreign agent. This discovery was made while examining Clinton's home-brewed bathroom server used to traffic all of her government communications, including classified material. Let me repeat that: all of the former United States secretary of state's emails (around 30,000 emails) were being forwarded to a foreign power. All the folks shrieking about imaginary foreign influence on Trump do not seem to care about this AT ALL.
Holy crap.  That is freaking HUGE.  And how many journalists reported on that?

But we can trust them for the news.  And trust the EffingBI.  Right.

And on that slimy bastard Strzok,
So we're all liars and maybe we are, but I'll tell you what convinced me -- besides an overwhelming amount of circumstantial evidence equivalent to the O.J. trial -- that Strzok was not just your garden variety prevaricator but an out-and-out conniving, evil S. O. B.: his smirk.

The shrinks call that "inappropriate affect" and it sure was. What the hell was this guy smirking about? Even in the remote possibility (oh, how remote) that his bias had no direct political and investigatory consequence, he had shamed himself, his family, and the FBI and its personnel tremendously, damaging the organization materially for years to come. And yet he was smirking.

In fact, he wasn't just smirking. He was fighting back as if he were the wounded party. One "useful idiot" on the Democratic side even said he deserved the Purple Heart.
There's been a lot of stir the past while about lifelong Democrats telling that party "Screw this and screw you" and walking away because of crap like this, and the Trump hysteria.  I hope they're paying attention to this.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Over at Madame Hoyt's place, from William Lehman, first on unions:

My dad was a teamster during the great Teamster strike of the early 70s. His team got along great with management, where happy with their pay and working conditions, and didn’t want to strike. But some big guys came down from Detroit in a couple Caddies, looked around and said “Dwayne, The union is all going on strike, youse gotta go on strike too.”

“But we don’t have anything we want to strike FOR.”

“Do it for youse families.”

“What do you mean by that?”

“How would youse feed your families if this place was to burn to the ground? If you was to be kicked out of da union, and your little boy was to get hurt bad, how would you pay medical expenses? Oh and youse guys gotta actually walk the picket line or youse don’t get your strike pay”

Then the goons in the caddies drove back to Detroit, and dad and the rest walked the picket lines. People who wildcatted that strike where hurt or killed… I remember one guy was hauling dynamite for the coal mines in KY. The sniper that shot his truck hit the load… It cratered the road.

Dad died in harness about 20 years ago. Mom got the princely sum of 28 bucks a month as survivor benefits until she remarried. Tell me why I should support the union?

And to the frothing "We want a revolution!" leftists:
Finally, I’m viewed by those aforementioned liberals as a rabid frothing at the mouth conservative. Well, I’m starting to feel like Marten L. King jr. on that. Because I hate to break it to the folks from both coasts, and the really big cities in between, (Denver, Austin, I’m looking at you here) but you folks really want to talk to me, because you DON’T want to talk to Malcom X.
I've met some Malcolm X types, and he's right: they really DON'T want to have to deal with them.

Short range report,

and there's lots of stuff to take care of today.

Two tests in particular:
First, on that .310 Cadet, using the 100-grain semi-wadcutter bullet, 15-1 alloy, over 7.0 grains of 2400, 50 yards
That's using cases 1.135" long.  Which, according to what I've read, is too long for many Cadets, but it works real well in this one.  Had five more of this load, and at 100 yards
The shooter called one as being off right after firing, I'd say that's the high-left.  For this little rifle, especially with this bullet, that's quite nice.

The other was this group at 100 with the .45-70
500-grain Lee bullet, 15-1, over 35.0 Blackhorn 209 with a .030" fiber wad under the bullet, Federal Large Rifle Magnum primer.  Previously had used .060 wads, but decided to try the thinner; will have to try this combo again.

"Of course I want to take their guns, I just don't have

the balls or integrity to say it outright."
"And I said, you know, people were getting up to go, to go get their lunch because it was a buffet, and I just said to her, I want you to know Cindy, I cannot say that."

When the woman pushed back on Cobb keeping quiet on how she feels about banning certain firearms, Cobb said coming out in favor of a gun ban would lead to her losing her bid against Republican incumbent Elise Stefanik.

"And she said, ‘Well, I want you to' and I said, ‘I won't win,'" Cobb said. "I said Moms Demand [Action] says, and Tricia Pleau said, ‘Do not say that you want an assault rifle ban because you will not win.'"
Which tells us that Mommies Want and some other groups know that "I want to ban the things!" is not a winning strategy in lots and lots of places.  But they're quite willing to tell their politicians to lie about it to get into office.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Special rules for Very Special Agents

An FBI agent charged with second-degree assault, after accidentally shooting and wounding a person while performing his dance moves, may still carry a gun on and off duty, a court in Denver has ruled. 
The change to Bishop's conditions for release from jail came as a result of the plea bargain Goddard and Denver District Attorney Office noted, refusing to disclose the details of the deal. The prosecution also did not disclose the result of the FBI agent's blood test, which would have revealed the level of Bishop's intoxication during the shooting but said that the test did not warrant additional charges against the man.
Plain old citizen involved in such a mess, I'll bet you this judge and DA would've wanted to hang them.  But Only Ones get special treatment.

Range day,

and I'm cooling off and rehydrating.  However, I think you'll enjoy this news of a big civil rights victory in the Defense Distributed case:
Significantly, the government expressly acknowledges that non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber – including modern semi-auto sporting rifles such as the popular AR-15 and similar firearms – are not inherently military. 

“Not only is this a First Amendment victory for free speech, it also is a devastating blow to the gun prohibition lobby,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “For years, anti-gunners have contended that modern semi-automatic sport-utility rifles are so-called ‘weapons of war,’ and with this settlement, the government has acknowledged they are nothing of the sort.
The Bloomberg/Schumer coalition asshats are going to lose their shit over this.

Monday, July 09, 2018

"Free Press? We do not allow that here."

In an apparent attempt to sweep under the rug a recent double homicide in Hamburg, Germany, authorities there censored the story. They also raided the apartments of a witness who filmed a video describing the murder, and a blogger who posted the video on YouTube.
Throw in it being a illegal immigrant who murdered a woman and child, nearly beheading the child, and you get "We cannot allow you to report this information, it damages the Preferred Narrative!"

Here in the US, we have this bullcrap:
An illegal alien who was released by a sanctuary city has received a small $280 fine after causing a car crash that left two law enforcement officers dead. 
Garza Palacios received a $280 fine for the deadly car crash, with prosecutors saying that the illegal alien’s killing of Cohen and Wolff did not constitute a “reckless disregard” for life, according to court records obtained by the Washington Post.
Past record:
Three years before the deadly car crash, Garza Palacios was arrested in Montgomery County. At the time, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency asked the sanctuary city to hold the illegal alien in prison until they could take him into custody. The sanctuary city refused and released Garza Palacios back into the public.

In 2015, the illegal alien pleaded guilty to drunk driving and was also arrested and convicted that same year for breaking the windows of 16 vehicles and starting a fire. Garza Palacios served four months in prison and was eventually released back into the public.
But don't worry, he's in for it now!
ICE officials say that the illegal alien has been taken into custody and is facing deportation after overstaying his visa which expired in 2009.
This sanctuary city bullshit needs to end.  And a bunch of politicians need to be behind bars for the laws they've violated and the lives destroyed.

And in France, we have "Police brutality!  Excessive force!  Burn the place down!"
Angry youths torched dozens of cars as police responded with tear gas in clashes which broke out in the Le Breil neighbourhood of Nantes just after midnight and ended around dawn.
'Angry youths', that sounds kind of familiar... 

And just what caused the awful cop to commit this heinous act?
Mr Fofana almost ran over two children and hit an officer as he reversed his car away from a police control point “at very high speed,” prompting another officer to open fire. He was hit in the neck and declared dead on arrival at hospital.
He was the subject of an arrest warrant issued in June last year for organised robbery, possession of stolen goods and criminal conspiracy.
Oh.  Nothing the cop should've been all upset about, right?

Sunday, July 08, 2018

It appears a reality may have made itself known to Hogg:

Crap on, threaten, insult and abuse people and it doesn't bring them around, it just pisses them off.

And trying to pretend "Oh, no I didn't mean THAT!" isn't going to work.