Friday, August 06, 2021

Ok, it's that last day of the week.*

and the PT the other day was... intense.  But helped.  So, in joyous celebration of a relative lack of pain,

*No, it's not, it's the day before.  Blogging while tired.

On this date the usual idiots are screaming and whining about the evils of using Fat Man and Little Boy to end the war with Japan.

I say they're idiots because they apparently never bothered to find out what the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy had been up to, and planned to do. Or they're not just idiots, they're fucking morons who don't care.

If you have any question of why this pisses me off, go look up the Rape of Nanking.  And the various massacres of US and British and Australian wounded, doctors, and nurses.  Then go look up Unit 731.

You might learn something.

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Yes, the 2nd Amendment still counts. In some ways more than it has in a long time. (link is fixed)

The basic theme of the article is that the inability or unwillingness (often under standdown orders from politicians) of law enforcement to protect life and property during the summer 2020 riots and looting in cities across the country undermines the claim of opponents of the right to keep and bear arms that individual firearms ownership is obsolete given the existence of modern police forces.

One contribution the article makes is to document the scope of the lawlessness last summer, which was largely ignored by the media. The article did not attempt to be comprehensive, but it may still be the most thorough discussion of the extent of the unrest, the lack of police response, and of efforts by citizens to protect themselves with firearms.

You'll love the idiot take from the two idiot professors from Duke and Yale who try to equate defending yourself from rioters as being 'coding racial justice protests as crimes'.

I think it was George Orwell said "There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them." 

And I'll bet these two think socialism is a wonderful idea, too.

The PT session this morning was rather... intense

If it helps it's worth it(and these people have been pretty good), but damn.

And now to try to get some of the crap done that needs doing.

Remember the lady in the park calling the cops on a guy? Which the media pushed as a racial incident?

Much of our media are untrustworthy assholes.
So when I encounter viral moments like the one involving the Coopers — the angel and the villain so neatly laid out, each person frozen in roles in a grand ideological narrative — my first instinct is to ask: What context am I missing here?

Here the answer was: an awful lot.

For starters, there was the Facebook post that Christian shared when he uploaded the original video, which his sister posted on Twitter in the hours after the encounter. In the post, Christian recorded his contemporaneous account of what happened in the moments before the camera started rolling. “Look, if you’re going to do what you want, I’m going to do what I want, but you’re not going to like it,” Christian recounted himself saying to Amy. He also shared that he’d pulled out “the dog treats I carry for just for [sic] such intransigence.”

I had read an embarrassing number of stories and social media takes about this brief conflict. Not a single one of them had mentioned this public Facebook post.

He threatened her, I thought, stunned. He says himself that he approached her — a woman alone in a wooded area. He tried to lure away her dog. How was this the first time I was reading these details? Had I just missed them in the other stories I’d read?

And it goes from there.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Now that I'm reading news again, I know why the Democrats want that POS 'infrastructure' bill shoved through

before people can actually read it; they're larding in every piece of control-freak bullshit possible.
Buried in the massive proposal—which is already longer than 2,700 pages—is a section titled, "ADVANCED IMPAIRED DRIVING TECHNOLOGY," which mandates new vehicles include "a system that … passively and accurately detect[s] whether the blood alcohol concentration of a driver of a motor vehicle is equal to or greater than the blood alcohol concentration" of .08, in which case the system would "prevent or limit motor vehicle operation." Automobile manufacturers would have a three-year grace period to comply with the regulation.

And, as usual, we have all the incestuous "You help me, and I'll pay you back" crap we've come to expect.
Intoxalock, a company that manufactures vehicle breathalyzers, has also spent heavily on lobbying in the past five years. It has spent more than $900,000 on lobbyists since 2017, according to the Center For Responsive Politics, including $40,000 to Crossroads Strategies in 2021. The firm boasts many employees who have worked in the federal government, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. Jason Gleason, executive vice president of Crossroads Strategies and one of the firm's numerous lobbyists working with Intoxalock, previously served as chief of staff for Rep. John Sarbanes (D., Md.) from 2009 to 2018. Gleason also served on the staff of former senator Paul Sarbanes (D., Md.) from 2001 until 2007.

Another couple of days dealing with how much stuff someone accumulates

over time.  All the "I can fix this later", "This might come in  handy", "I need to clean out all those old papers someday" things.  

Cleaning out the workshop is going to be difficult.

At least I didn't damage myself doing it.