Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, August 31, 2015

Felonious Reckless Eyeballing

Looking at a cop can get you pulled over and ticketed on a bullshit charge.

Especially if you're black.

Because you're not supposed to make eye contact with your betters, or some shit like that? What are they, a bunch of Travis Bickle wannabees?

That's why the Baltimore cops murdered Freddie Gray, so Mr. Felton may want to count himself lucky that the cop just didn't pull out his heater and shoot him dead. Like a cop did to Mr. DuBose.

Meanwhile, the cops are bemoaning that they aren't universally loved and adored.

Well, no shit, guys. Your chickens are coming home to roost.

Obama's Genius

He throws the far-right some bones to chew over and rant about from time to time.

Today, it's changing the name of some damn mountain in Alaska.

So the Right-Wing Noise Machine will get spun up over this for a bit, while the Administration works on something else.

Don't Make Book If You Cannot Cover Bets

That's some very old advice.

But it's advice that the State of Illinois is ignoring.

The winners are right: If you owed the state money, they'd come after you hammer-and-tong, and the excuse that "I'm over budget" would cut no ice with them.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Dear iPhone: Fuck You.

My iPhone now keeps asking whether I want to shut it off, when I'm using it for stuff.

And when I do shut it off, the fucking thing keeps restarting.

I've tried doing a hard reboot. I've tried doing that with the SIM card out. If it had been designed by normal people, I'd take the battery out. but it wasn't designed by normal people, it was designed by some rightfully-dead egomaniac.

Craptastic POS.

Mining the Range, a Followup

(The first post and comments.)

I chatted with one of the range owners recently. His research, at the time he researched and priced out building his range, was that the metal backstop ranges were more than twice as expensive to build. True, collecting and recycling the lead is simpler and doesn't require closing the range down, but it takes a very long time in operation to earn back the initial costs, compared to the costs of mining a rubber range.

Additionally, the metal backstop ranges can have a higher level of airborne lead, which requires larger air-handling systems to deal with. Some designs use an oil-water system to wet down the backstops to reduce the level of airborne lead. But then that fluid becomes hazardous waste.


A side-by-side comparison between my red-dot Ruger and my open-sighted Model 17 would indicate that on slow-fire, I'm giving up 15 points per relay by using the revolver. I did install the Pachmyer target grips and while they do the job, they certainly are of a cheaper grade than the ones from the `80s.

I had been shooting rapid fire with the first shot single-action and the subsequent ones double action. I think I'll not do that, as if I stay DA throughout, I won't be futzing with repositioning my trigger finger.

¡JEB!: Low Energy and Corrupt!

As Governor of Florida, little Johnny Ellis Bush arranged to have Lehman Brothers manage a goodly chunk of Florida's pension money. A few months after that deal was done, Johnny E. left office and went to work for, you guessed it, Lehman Brothers as a consultant. For which he was paid over a million smackers a year in order to help replenish the ol' coffers.

¡JEB! has made tens of millions of dollars based on his vast expertise of, what, exactly? Governor of one of the more fucked-up and corrupt states in the country? Or just for being a member of the Oligarchy?


A Respectful Note to the Dutch.

The next time that a very large group of armed Germans[1] comes to sojourn in your country, they can have the place.

This is why:

Yep, there's no antisemitism like good old European antisemitism.

If you drug-addled canal-slime can't tell the difference between Israel as a nation and the Jewish people as a religion, then fuck you, the bicycles you rode in on and everybody who looks like you. You're no better than the mouth-breathers who tar a billion Muslims with the actions of the Taliban and ISIL.[2]

I'd vow not to drink Heineken, but since I regard it as overrated Dutch horsepiss, that's no big sacrifice.
[1] Or Russians.
[2] Or all Christians, for the crimes of the pederast priests. Oh, wait, nobody does that.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

BUFFs and Water-Wagons!

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Selfie with Jake:

That lasted until it became too uncomfortable to have an internally-powered fur throw on my lap.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Because It's Friday

A steam-powered log-hauler, which, in the winter, was the first snowmobile.

Note that the guys in front are steering that beast. The cab crew has the throttle (and Johnson bar).


Mining the Range

If you shoot on an indoor range, you've probably never paid much attention to the backstop. You might have noticed that it is angled up and black.

That's rubber, made of shredded conveyor belts that have kevlar layers. The backstop is probably four feet thick. For a typical twelve-lane range, that's roughly two semi-trailers' worth of rubber.

And, after a few million rounds have gone downrange, the backstop has quite a bit of lead in it. If the lead is allowed to build up to excess, then there can be a risk of ricochets.

The backstop then needs to be cleaned, in a process that's called mining. A crew comes in with specialized equipment-- they scoop up all of the rubber and dump it into a couple of vibratory sifters. The rubber goes the side and the bullets fall out the bottom and into five-gallon buckets. (There's also air-handling equipment to keep the dust down.)

Once that's done, then they put the rubber back into place and the range is ready to go. If it's a range that has two sides to it with a separating wall down the middle, the miners will work on one side at night, when it's cooler, and the other side of the range can be open during the day.

When full, each of those buckets weighs about 250lbs. If the range is one where the owners have the mining done on a routine basis, the miners will extract between four and six tons of metal. Right now, that metal is then sold to recyclers for about forty cents a pound (it was up to almost a buck at one point).

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fuck the Rule of Law; Kentucky Edition

A gay couple was denied a marriage license for the third time in Kentucky on Thursday, after a Rowan county clerk refused to obey a federal court order telling her to comply with the law.

James Yates and William Smith Jr said that officials at Rowan County courthouse, led by clerk Kim Davis, refused to provide the couple with the paperwork for a marriage license on Thursday.
Both a Federal court and an appellate court have ordered those mouthbreathers in Kentucky to comply with the fucking law. But they refuse.

Betcherass that the Rowan County courts have no problems with issuing arrest orders for people who don't obey their rulings. But the County Clerk feels that she is entitled to rise above the law and do whatever the fuck she feels like. Because Jesus. Or something.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Russian Army Medical Service is Apparently Hideous

According to an article in Forbes, the Russian Army has had 2,000 soldiers killed and 3,200 disabled as a result of fighting in the Ukraine. - (H/T)

Outside of the failure of the Russians to keep the numbers secret (which they have tried to do), notice the ratio of invalids to killed: 1.6 to 1.

Direct comparisons may be hard to make, because it's not known how the Russians classify a casualty as an invalid.

But the Iraq and Afghan wars have claimed over 6,800 servicemen and women. The DoD claims over 35,000 were wounded. Almost a million have registered disability claims with the VA. That's out of a total of 2.5 million who served. Keep in mind that some of them made multiple deployments, as many as five times, which was almost unheard-of during Vietnam.

Chances also are that the VA will pay benefits when the Russian analogue will say "walk it off, tovarisch."

A Casual Observation About Prison

It's not too hard to find crap by people saying that "life is too easy in prison"; they complain about the cons being able to watch TV or work out in the gym or take classes or partake of nutritious meals or their eligibility for free medical and dental care.

But you never see any of those whiners then going off and robbing banks so they can enjoy the luxurious prison lifestyle.

No More Black Rifles at Wally-World

It's true. Wal-Mart claims "low sales".

It's bullshit, of course. I can point to one bit of proof: Wal-Mart still stocks and sells Mini-14s.

Anchor Babies

An article about the origin of the term and what's the practical effect of such a child.

For a guy who had a selling point that he could speak Spanish and had close ties to the Hispanic community, ol' Johnnie Bush seems to be determined to undermine his campaign over the issue.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Windows 10

(Image credit??)

When my Windows 7 boxes age out, I'll go to something else.

Our Most Excellent Big Brother

The FBI* has a place where they develop and test new ways to use biometrics to spy on you.

They call it, and this is no shit, "The Biometric Center of Excellence".

Indeed. Our Most Excellent Big Brother is working on new and improved ways to make sure that every move you make, outside of your bedroom**, is watched by the FBI,
* Motto: "A Century of Trashing Your Civil Liberties!"
** And inside it, if you're dumb enough to take your smartphone into your bedroom with you.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Why ¡JEB! Can't Get Any Traction

Scott Adams offers an explanation why The Donald is cleaning Johnny Bush's clock and why he will continue to do so.

Ths is just one small nugget:
Jeb Bush recently said that Trump was a Democrat longer than he was a Republican in the past decade. That sounds like a good zinger, right? It got a lot of press, just as Bush wanted. Does Bush win that round?


Mentioning Trump’s party change might have been a good thing to say before Trump was trouncing Bush in the polls and locking up the nomination. But today it sounds like Bush is telling independent voters that Trump is not a slave to any party. They love that. And independents will probably decide the election.

It would be hard to engineer a worse thing for Bush to say at this stage.
When it comes to trying to make the sale of whom to vote for, Johnny is using an Airsoft and Trump has brought a GAU-8.

Work Hard, Die Early

Millions of workers who put in lots of overtime may be upping their odds for a stroke, a new study contends. ... Analysis of data from 17 studies included nearly 529,000 men and women who were followed for an average of more than seven years. It found that those who worked 55 hours or more a week were one-third more likely to suffer a stroke than those who worked the standard number of hours.

And the longer hours people worked, the higher their stroke risk, the study found. Compared to those who worked a standard number of hours per week, the risk of stroke was 10 percent higher among those who worked 41 to 48 hours and 27 percent higher among those who worked 49 to 54 hours.
Workaholics, when you die, your kids, who barely knew you, can coast off of their lavish inheritance.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

Those baby Lears weren't quiet.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Range Report from the High Priestess of OLoMC


Keeping with the tenets of Our Most Holy Faith, I performed an act of religious devotion by participating in a Bullseye match this morning.

I shot the match with my Model 17. I shot 699-3x.

First off, the thinner Pachmyers that I used didn't feel right for an extended match. I'll have to get a set of full-sized target grips.

Second, the killer stage was slow fire. On two out of the three stages, I had one round miss the scoring rings. It's hard to score well when you toss away at least five points.

One other shooter was also using a S&W revolver, in his case, a Model 617. Like me, he was using Remington Goldens in his gun, as he said they shot the best.

The gouge that I had read elsewhere, that Model 17s like to be clean, was true. I hadn't cleaned it from the last few range trips and, by the end of the match, it took a bit of thumb-pressure to seat the cartridges.

I know I can shoot better.

Our Lady of Metallic Cartridges

John Oliver looks at the scammers who are masquerading as churches.

And, being astonished at how easy it was to meet the IRS guidelines for a church, he formed his own.

And so, I'm considering forming my own church: Our Lady of Metallic Cartridges. The lead prophet of the church shall be Rollin White. Other prophets shall be Horace Wesson, Daniel Smith, Samuel Colt, Eliphalet Remington, John Garand, John Pederson and, of course, John M. Browning- all praise the Trinity of Johns (can I get an amen?).

Every religion needs a devil. There are so many to choose from: Pete Shields. Sarah Brady, Michael Bloomberg, BATFE, Andrew Cuomo and, obviously, Gaston Glock.

I'll let you know where to send money.


A shelter cat just wants some attention.

Friday, August 21, 2015

John E. Bush Thinks the Government (and Hackers) Should Have Access to All of Your Shit.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that encryption makes it harder for law enforcement to track down “evildoers” — and called for a “much better, more cooperative relationship” with Apple, Google, and other tech companies that are building uncrackable private communication apps into their new products.
When it was pointed out to ¡JEB! that hackers would also be able to read unencrypted data (or encryption with back-doors), all he could do was to look not too stupid and say "good point".

It's not just emails or text messages, of course. Banking and financial data are all encrypted to try and keep it out of the hands of hackers. But that concept was apparently novel to ol' ¡JEB!.

At this point, it's beginning to look as though Chimpy was the smarter one.

Bravo, Marines!

A heavily armed gunman opened fire on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, injuring two people before being overpowered by two American soldiers who were on board.
They were apparently Marines and one was apparently seriously wounded.

Update: Not Marines; they were three guys who were friends dating back to middle school, plus one Brit. One a civilian, one an Air Force paramedic, and one a specialist of some flavor in the Oregon National Guard.

Because It's Friday; Marion Murray Ed.

Since Steamtown is at the site of an old DL&W roundhouse:

It Must Suck, Right Now, to be George Pataki

Pataki, right now, couldn't outpoll the Ebola virus, if it were running for office. He, Bobby Jindall, and Garry Gilmore* are stuck in the "who the hell is that guy" ranks, polling at or around zero support.**

So then some kid in Iowa launches a campaign under the name "Deeze Nuts" and he's polling around 9%.

Of course, the kid couldn't take office for another 20 years, but he's still kicking the shit out of Lindsey Graham and Martin O'Malley.
* OK, fine! Jim Gilmore.
** Other than a billionaire or two.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Third of a Century Later

That was then.

Now, if the war were to be refought, it might be a different story. The Brits have one helicopter carrier and no jets capable of operating from it. They have two LPDs, six DDGs and 13 FFGs.

In the Falklands War, they had two STOL carriers, two LPDs, eight DD/DDGs, fifteen FF/FFGs. They had more ships which, for one reason or another, weren't in the fight.

On the other hand, the British garrison in the Falklands before the war was tiny. That's not the case, now, and hasn't been since the end of the war.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Derp is Strong in Oklahoma

The Muskogee County sheriff said a member of the group guarding an Oktaha gun shop accidentally shot himself Tuesday.

Sheriff Charles Pearson said the man dropped his gun and a bullet hit him in the arm. The sheriff did not identify the man or offer any other details about what happened. ... "I saw several of those gentlemen out there yesterday," Pearson said. "The way they were holding their weapons, with the fingers on the triggers, you can tell a couple of these gentlemen have no idea about weapons safety. It's like the Clampetts have come to town."
And what he said.

"If You Wore Burkas, Our Weak-Willed Politicians Wouldn't Sexually Harass You!"

That is the subtext of the proposal by the Missouri lege to combat the problem of legislators hitting on young interns.
The Missouri legislature has been in crisis mode in recent months after two lawmakers resigned over allegations of sexually inappropriate conduct toward interns. Their colleagues are now trying to figure out how best to continue the intern program, and a top suggestion that has emerged is to mandate a "conservative" dress code to avoid tempting legislators into improper behavior.
I have a modest suggestion: Require that the Missouri legislators wear chastity belts and burkas.

Or some sort of device that would give them Taser-level electric shocks if they become aroused. Which might also cut down on their dealings with lobbyists.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Dear "Medical Community": Fuck Your Forms. (And You, Too.)

Every time I go in to see a doctor, I get handed a pack of forms to fill out. They want a complete medical history from me. Even if I've been going to them for years, they want the same information each time.

Well, fuck you guys.

When I go for my FAA-mandated flight physical, I have to fill out a medical history. But the FAA allows "previously reported, no change" as a response. That signals to the doctor "don't worry about it, we've already looked at this and we're good."

Why can't you fuckers do that? You've taken the information I provided in the past and put it into your computer system, so why don't you look at it?

One time, I went into the boob-x-ray place and they handed me a bunch of papers to fill out. Second time, I told them they had it all and they said: "oh, we had to replace our computer system, we need it all again." So I filled it out, again. The year after that, when I questioned the need to fill out a complete history for a third time, they gave me the same excuse and I told them "nice try, but no."

If I have to fill out a complete medical questionnaire each time, then shit, I might as well change doctors each time, as well.

That's why I'm giving you a bunch of forms back with my name on it and "NO CHANGE" scrawled across most of them. And as for your HIPPA release, I filled out one of those before, as well.

Fuck you and your forms.

That is all.

All Kinds of Wrong

It's quite real.

And maybe there's a job opening for a man with experience:

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Latest News About the Smallpox Epidemic!

Which is this: THERE ISN'T ONE!

Apparently, the anti-vaccine whackaloons have been putting up billboards. One of which prompted this bit of graffiti:

Easier to spray-paint "polio", but the point remains the same.

Affluenza, Swiss Style

So there's this spoiled-rotten Swiss kid. His dad gives him an allowance of ten large* a month.

Kid's also got fifteen cars. One of those cars is a Ferrari 458. Which the kid doesn't like. Because it's not new. So what's a poor little rich kid to do, especially when he's only got $30 million in property and he doesn't want to ask daddy for a newer Ferrari?

If you're guessing "pay a couple of his buddies to torch the car", you're right.
* A/k/a 10 AMUs.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

AT&T: "Reach Out and Wiretap Someone!"

AT&T essentially is a a corporate arm of the NSA. Oh, the NSA pays AT&T a boatload of money, but AT&T is so close to the NSA that the NSA regards them as partners, not just greedy contractors.

I wish I could say that I'm even a bit surprised, but I'm not. You can bet your ass that if an AT&T executive is ever arrested, he or she will want their full constitutional rights. But as for our constitutional rights, AT&T doesn't give a fuck.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

F-15s on the "Mach Loop":

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Billionaire Team Owners Want New Stadiums? Make Them Pay!

With the perennial financial shortages in our cities and states, with shitty schools and shittier roads, why the fuck are we spending taxpayer money on fucking professional sports teams which are owned by greedhead bilionaires?

Fuck those guys.

Fuck all of those guys!

Make them pay!


"You'll pay for this when we get home, chicka!"

Jake has respiratory issues. It doesn't seem to be asthma, for he's not responding to steroids, other than eating more food. Nothing shows in the lungs on X-rays. He's going on antibiotics, in case he may have a slight sinus infection.

But after that, it'll just be wait and see. An obstruction back in the pharynx would require borescoping to detect, a process that's somewhat invasive and requires heavy-duty anesthesia. If he has a growth back there, it wouldn't be minor surgery by specialists.

Jake is 19. I'm not putting him through that. I'll watch him and enjoy what time I have left with him. But if he gets to the point where breathing is laborious, or if he stops eating, then I'll take him for one last trip to the vet's office. (And when I said as much to the vet, he seemed to be relieved.)

This is horrible shit for me to be contemplating.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ratfucking for Fun and Profit

Sen. Claire McCaskill is pretty damn proud of manipulating the GOP into nominating Tea-partier Todd Akin to run against her in 2012:
In the aftermath of Claire McCaskill’s stunning 2012 re-election victory, I [Christopher Ave] had lunch with Missouri’s Democratic senator. I wanted to ask about her unusual tactics during the primary race.

So at our lunch, I asked her: Wasn’t it disingenuous to spend money telling Republican voters who to vote for — essentially pretending that you supported Akin?

McCaskill shot me a withering look.

“Am I supposed to apologize for winning?” she asked pointedly.
She's got a column in Politico in which she crows about persuading Republicans to vote for the candidate she most wanted to run against.

The ad:

Not that her strategy was a secret at the time. And when Akin's campaign ran off the rails with his "legitimate rape" comment, it was McCaskill who got the Democratic heavyweights to hold off from attacking Akin. At first. Until the deadline for him to withdraw as a candidate passed.

Then the gloves came off.

McCaskill's tactics paid off. She was thought to be the most vulnerable Democrat in the Senate in 2012. She won 59% of the vote.

But it's still not very common for a politician to openly brag about ratfucking the other guy.

What the Civil War Was About

Slavery. There was no other cause worth the fight.

All of the other excuses and justifications for the war, offered by the Confederates and the neo-Confederates, ever since 1866, are little more than a tissue of lies to cover over that they, their fathers and their ancestors fought to preserve, and expand, slavery. For the planters in the deep South wanted nothing more than to reopen the Middle Passage. In a dispute between the slaveowners, the ones further to the north were happy with the importation ban, as they made money from breeding slaves.

Some folks maintain that the CSA was anti-slavery, as the CSA did not legalize the importation of slaves. That's pretty much a false claim, as the CSA ban on the slave trade was a fig leaf to entice the British into either recognizing the CSA or, at least, not hindering them. The Brits allowed arms to be exported to the CSA and CSA raiders to be constructed and refit in British ports. A legal slave trade was anathema to the British, who had spent decades and much treasure in trying to stop it. Adopting a pro-slave trade law would have brought the British into active support of the Union.

But I digress.

The Civil War was about slavery. Arguments to the contrary are nothing more than revisionism, and pernicious revisionism, at that.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

More Gun Stuff

First, a contest for a training course at Gunsite, with airfare and lodging.

Second, when did the term for "handgun" or "pistol" (or any other firearm) become "platform": As in "the 1911 platform" or "the Glock platform"? Every time I read a reference to that, I am in danger of needing to see an ophthalmologist to correct excessive eyeroll.

Third, all of the cool kids are shooting their "platforms"* for 2,000 rounds before cleaning them. What's the point, really? Because if you were a real "operator",** you'd clean your weapons soon after the fight's done. Why would you want to go into the next day with a dirty, unmaintained weapon? Professionals take care of their tools, because they make a living with them and may have to depend on them to survive.

It's a great excuse to go to the range and burn through ammunition. Nothing wrong with that. But that's all it is.
* Do you now see how inane that sounds?
** Another stupid term.