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

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Making a Bet on the Election?

As I understand the current odds, the bookies in London are giving 1.33 to 1 odds on Clinton and 3 to 1 odds on Trump. The numbers bounce around on each, but those would seem to be the averages.

Kasich, who is dropping out now, was a 100 to 1 shot.

Did The Donald Just Shank the Tea Party?

I've read lots of stuff from conservatives, which bemoans the supposed fact that the Republicans haven't tried to elect a "true conservative" as President.

Well, now they have tried. And they couldn't even persuade their own voters to back him.

But they'll surely start wailing that The Donald didn't fight fair or some such nonsense, and that they still await the One True Conservative to pull the Sword of Reagan from the stone and thus restore whatever it is they think needs restoring.

Ballocks.

And So Began the Zombie Apocalypse

A biotech company in the U.S. has been granted ethical permission by the National Institutes of Health to use 20 brain-dead patients for what is sure to be a highly controversial study: From next year, they plan to stimulate their nervous systems in order to restart the brains. Bioquark is hoping that its part in the groundbreaking ReAnima project will reveal if people can at least partly be brought back from the dead. ... Injecting the brain with stem cells, giving the spinal cord infusions of beneficial chemicals, and nerve stimulation techniques – which have been shown to bring people out of comas – will all be tried out.
This sounds like one of those Fantastically Bad Ideas that comes up from time to time in a drunken "what if we" session.

Just because you can do something doesn't mean that you should do something. Bioquark is the scientific equivalent of the "open-carry asshats" who go to a fast-food joint whilst toting an AK.

To the people at Bioquark, I restate the plea of Oliver Cromwell: "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken."

2nd Amendment Musing on the Presidential Race

To cut to the chase: Forget about it. If the right to own weapons is your concern, then work on the state and congressional races.

Clinton is anti-gun. Despite her brief attempt to seem pro-gun in `08, I am confident that if Clinton could send Army squads to every home in the country to confiscate guns, she would do so in a nanosecond.

Trump is a fascist. He has no qualms about using the levers of government power when he sees a gain in it. That's why he's managed to enrich himself while his companies fail and why he's a big fan of taking people's homes for private corporations. I know of no indication that Trump has ever fired a gun, much less held one (outside of military school).

If Sanders were to win, he might be the best of an awful set of choices.

But that's unlikely, so it seems that if you're looking for a presidential candidate who will defend the Second Amendment while in office for the next four years, you're shit outta luck.

Which is why you should work to limit the damage by electing congressmen, senators, and state officials who are pro-gun.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Pollen is in the Air


Which essentially means that everyone is inhaling powdered plant jizz.

That is all.

You Stupid Fucking Bastard, CCW Edition

One churchgoer shot another over a dispute over who got to sit where.

If this story has it right, the situation was deescalated until some mouth-breathing Asshole with a CCW badge and a gun decided to play cop. The guy sitting where he wasn't supposed to ended up dead, the shooter is in jail.

Stupid idiot. The argument over who sat where wasn't his circus, but Asshole flashed a badge and drew his gun. The dead guy called him on not being a cop and threw a punch.

If the story is true, Asshole rightfully will be a guest of the state for many years to come. I'm kind of surprised that they haven't charged Asshole with impersonating a cop, but that'll probably come.

(H/T)

Doesn't Matter if They Release the "Saudi Papers" or Not.

By now, you're probably familiar with the brouhaha over whether the 28 redacted pages of the 9-11 Report should be released or not. The pages allegedly discuss the involvement of Saudi Arabia in funding the attacks. The CIA Director, among others, say that the pages are "inaccurate". The Saudis have threatened economic retaliation, maybe more over the prospect of being sued.

I suspect that it really doesn't matter. It's likely widely assumed that some of the officials in the Saudi government, or some of the royal family (which is very large) were funding al Qaeda. Saudi Arabia is a country that I would call a "frenemy", in that they have been active in spreading an intolerant Islamic sect around the world. Ideologically and theologically, the two countries should be enemies. Economically and geopolitically, well, that's a different story. Geopolitics is first over all (which is why we allied with the USSR during the Second World War/Great Patriotic War), with economics a close second (why we're nominally friends, at least for now, with China).

But yeah, I doubt that anyone truly believes that the Saudis didn't have a hand in the 9-11 attacks.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Hand-Wringing Over NATO

Such as this guy:
A new survey of German attitudes towards security paints a grim picture for Europe. According to the survey, a majority of Germans oppose assisting their neighbors in case of Russian attack. The results mirror those in other countries, and begs the question: Is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization dying?

The survey, conducted by the Program for the Future of Europe and the Polish Institute of Public Affairs, reported that more than half (57 percent) of Germans polled do not support sending the German military to defend other NATO members "such as Poland or the Baltic states." Only 31 percent of Germans believe their country should fulfill its treaty obligations and assist those countries if attacked.
Unlike the author of that opinion piece, Germans can apparently read a fucking map. The Baltic republics are almost completely cut off from western Europe by either Russia or by Belarus, which is effectively a Russian puppet. Resupplying the Baltics in the face of Russian opposition will be a tough endeavor.

The Germans probably don't see a strategic interest in defending the Baltics. Neither does anyone else with a lick of sense. Which, of course, rules out a lot of think-tankers and columnists.

SmartGuns: No, No, a Million Times No.

Jonathan Mossberg is among a small number of pioneers looking to build a safer gun. But unlike many others, he was in the gun business when he started down that path.

His family is renowned for its premier line of shotguns treasured by law enforcement, hunters and the military. Mossberg already has spent more than a decade working to develop - and someday bring to the market - a firearm that the wrong person cannot fire. It is intended to work without fail in the hands of its owner in a life-or-death situation.
If the Mossberg Company has a lick of sense, they'll pay Johnnie-boy a lot of money to change his last name to "Glock".

Both Colt and Smith & Wesson looked into this shit when the last Clinton was president and, as a result, they both were driven to their knees by the resulting consumer backlash. Because it isn't the Bloombergers and the Bradys and the Giffords who buy guns. It's people who are notoriously conservative when it comes to whiz-bang technological "improvements". And there is no way around this: The technology adds another failure point. Where's the watch? Where's the ring?

If it's a RFID setup, it can be jammed. The cops will love it the first time that some bad guy puts a high-powered jammer in his car and then, having disabled the cop's RFID-coded gun, leisurely pots him.

If it's DNA-coded, what happens if the cop has been in a struggle and has traces of somebody else-s blood on his hands?

Of course, if this stuff is mandated, there are a couple-hundred million guns, or more, that won't have the RFID chips/DNA readers and will be worth a lot more.

SmartGuns are weapons-grade stupid, all right. And so are their designers.

Correspondents' Dinner: The President Had Better Writers

You watch the President's remarks and Larry Wilmore's bit. And, if you do a little surfing, you'll find Wingnuts who are, oh, so offended by Wilmore's routine.

Which misses the crucial point: Wilmore's gravest sin at the Correspondents' Dinner was that he just wasn't funny. Most of his jokes were flatter than tires of airplanes in Corrosion Corner.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

Su-34s:


(H/T)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Bullseye

The local club had its first Bullseye match today. I shot the .22 portion with an iron-sighted 6" Model 17 and scored 766-5x. That was enough for second place; everyone else was using some flavor of Ruger/Volquartsen Mk II/III with optics. I had gotten in quite a bit of practice, primarily to get the timing down for shooting rapid-fire single-action style. And it paid off.

It was raining at the beginning of the match and maybe some other shooters stayed home, opting to roll back into bed or kick back with some coffee and the paper. Still, I got "into the money" with a revolver and iron sights, so I'm pretty happy with that.

Ancient Stupidity; Automotive Edition

(This post has been inspired by this one.)

Decades ago, we had relatives visiting. My uncle decided that he wanted to back his new car into the garage. He asked my brother to guide him into the garage-- probably because cars back then didn't have right-side mirrors and he had a car that was the size of a boat.

So my uncle backed his car in. My brother waved him on. (Probably should have mentioned that my brother was five years old.)

It probably went something like this:


Yes, my uncle smacked the garage with his new car.

My uncle was pissed off. My father was even more pissed off at my uncle, and asked, loudly and within earshot of everyone: "What kind of idiot asks a five-year old kid to help park his car?"

I don't remember how much damage was done to the garage or to the car. It was a very long time ago. But it was a memorable event.

And thanks, Murph, for reviving the memory.

Friday, April 29, 2016

"The Most Miserable Sonuvabitch on the Planet"

John Boehner had the right of it. Cruz is nothing more than a Mk1-Mod0 demagogue.
As Senator Ted Cruz of Texas seeks every possible edge to stop Donald J. Trump, he has seized on a once-obscure issue with a proven power to inflame conservatives: letting transgender women use women’s bathrooms.

Mr. Cruz mentions it constantly in Indiana, a state with many social conservatives that is all but a last stand for him in his fight to deprive Mr. Trump of the Republican presidential nomination.
Attacking a small, powerless subset of the population and demonizing them for political gain is about as despicable as it gets. This is the "Willie Horton" ad, three decades later. It'd be political suicide, these days, to go around insinuating that black men are being let out of prison so they can rape white women. So now it's "transgenders are going to rape your daughters in the shitter."

Right. And nobody gets at all upset about white pedophiles using the bathrooms in stadiums or shopping malls. Did you see anyone screaming about white Republican men using public bathrooms after Larry Craig was arrested? Were there any calls (other than snarky ones) to ban Republicans from using public bathrooms? Or Catholic priests?

Nope. There sure as hell wasn't.

This is rancid demagoguery. "Lucifer in the flesh" is understating the matter of the lack of character of Rafael T. Cruz.

Cruz is younger than I am. So what I plan to do is buy some high-quality vials, fill them with urine, and instruct my executor to pay someone to pour them on his grave.

Celebrate the Day


Because It's Friday

Until 4014 is out of the shop, this'll have to do.

Listen to Hutch for a Bit


Sort of suggested by the Bangor P.D., which ends their posts with variations of this:
The men and women of the Bangor, Maine Police Department urge folks to keep your hands to yourself, leave other people's things alone and try to be kind to one another.
Which is pretty damn good advice. Even if you're far away from Bangor.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Laugh About It, Shout About It, When You Get to Choose

Any way you look at it, you lose.
I think we got the two candidates we are going to see in November on Tuesday night. You don't vote for president with the candidates you want. You vote for president with the candidates you have.
I talked to a fairly hard-core conservative the other day who pretty much wished that President Obama could have a third term instead of either a President Trump or a President Hillary Clinton. That speaks volumes.

Look, Clinton has laid the groundwork for this for a long time. She began measuring the drapes for her general election run years ago. The one or two Democrats who might have been able to derail her never even tried. But her fragility as a candidate was laid bare by Bernie Sanders, who gave her a hard run and did it on a comparative shoestring. A stronger Democrat might have beaten her.

But on the GOP side: Jesus! They were given a gift, the single-most hated Democrat in the last quarter-century running as their opponent and what did they do? They came down to choosing between the two clowns who have even more negatives than Hillary and they're going with the one who is the most hated candidate since Hoover in `32, a man whose mentor at PR was Roy Cohen, a self-hating gay man who was probably the single most evil fucker in this country for decades.[1]

I've said it before: There are about 140 million people who are constitutionally qualified to be the president and it comes down to these two chuckleheads.
Because "Bailey's on your cereal" is amateur.

I don't know if my liver will stand it until 1/20/2021. Or 2025.
_______________________
[1] If there was anyone else in the country back then who had a faster slide into Hell than Cohen, other than maybe John Wayne Gacy, that worthy's name escapes me.

Seen on the Ramp

This monster was parked outside of an airport diner last weekend:



I think it's a Thrush. The windows don't look quite right for an Air Tractor. But that's just a wild guess.

Shorter McDonnell: "Bribery is Speech"

That's his pitch to avoid staying out of jail:
Facing an uphill fight to avoid a prison term for bribery, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is making a bold argument in the Supreme Court this week that buying access and influence with public officials is protected by the 1st Amendment.
This could be the case in which the Supremes say "sorry, we fucked up" and cut back on Citizens United. Or it could be the case where they just open the floodgates and legalize bribery once and for all.

In the second eventuality, it might be time to take out the mill files and sharpen up the pitchforks.

Boom-chucka-lucka-lucka; +30 years

Chernobyl Unit 4 blew up 30 years ago. The nearest city, Pripyat, home to 50,000 people, was hurriedly abandoned. A thousand square miles, home to 120,000 people, had to be evacuated and which may be uninhabitable for the next 20,000 years. By default, the "exclusion zone" has turned into a thriving wildlife park.

Monday, April 25, 2016

"We're the Treasury Department and Yes, We're That Incompetent."

Because redesigning a piece of paper in anything less than four years is hard.


We should cut them some slack; they're too busy papering over the financial crimes of the oligarchy.

Sorry, Goose, but It's Time to Strafe the Tower

A Norwegian fighter jet on a training exercise jet mistakenly machine-gunned a control tower with three officers inside, who survived unhurt, the military said Sunday.
To be fair, the tower in question seems to be a range-observation tower, not an airfield control tower. It's not as though the pilot was shooting up his home field.

One "you dumb shit" wipes out a thousand "attaboys".

The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend; GOP Edition

Ted Cruz and John Kasich have announced that their campaigns will cede certain states in an attempt to keep Donald Trump from reaching the 1,237 delegates he needs to clinch the Republican nomination.

In a pair of coordinated statements released on Sunday night, the Cruz and Kasich campaigns said that the Texan senator would concentrate his resources in Indiana while the Ohio governor would put all his effort into Oregon and New Mexico.
As you'll see at the bottom of the story, The Donald took to Twitter:
Wow, just announced that Lyin' Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!
That's pretty much the truth of it.

In other news, the Koch Brothers have apparently come up with a plan to make Hillary Clinton even more toxic to Democrats: They gave her a pseudo endorsement. Needless to say, Clinton wasn't overly pleased to receive any sort of public support, even tepid, from the Twins of Evil. Which she disavowed, also via Twitter.

ANZAC Day

It marks the landings at Gallipoli which, as I've blogged about before, were a disaster for the Allies.


They listened to Churchill then. Thank the Almighty that nobody listened to his "soft underbelly of Europe" strategic blathering in the next war.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Pesach

A day late (almost two).

Your Sunday Morning Jet Nosie

The T-33


The T-33 was developed from the P-80. It became apparent, early on, that giving piston aircraft pilots a cockpit and procedures brief and then turning them loose in a single-seat jet was a really bad idea. The T-33 was training American pilots into the 1960s and then served in various utility roles for another thirty years. It's served as a recon airplane, an attack airplane and, on occasion, reverted to its roots as a fighter.

Reportedly, the military versions had the ability to blow off the tip tanks if one refused to feed, as the imbalance that resulted was not survivable. The FAA took a dim view of that and demanded that civilian-operated T-33s disable that feature. The T-33's fuel system is supposed to shut off fuel from the other tank if one won't feed, but it's a good idea to watch out for it not working.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Gimmie Two Grants and Five Tubmans

As BadTux pointed out, Jackson was put on the $20 by the Republicans as a way to piss off Democrats. So this change is just fair play.

And this design would be fucking pisser:


It'd piss off the Right, which is seething over the idea of a non-white woman on the the one bill that the ATMs all spit out. It'd piss off Michael Bloomberg, Hillary Clinton and the rest of the hoplophobic Left. It'd piss off most of the Euros, too. Pierce Morgan and the rest of those snobs would be muttering into their tea.

It would be genius.

Friday, April 22, 2016

I Gave the Waitress a Tubman and Told Her to "Keep the Change".

The very best thing about the change from Jackson to Tubman on the $20 has been observing the butthurt of the conservatives.

It's almost as though the President is taking pleasure at finding new ways to poke at the sensitivities of the Right.

Anyway, when somebody says "that's political correctness", I hear it as "I don't have a good argument, so I'll just sling some mud about."

OK, So Maybe There is a Benefit to Global Warming

Technology giants including Facebook and Google face the prospect of their prestigious Silicon Valley headquarters becoming swamped by water as rising sea levels threaten to submerge much of the property development boom gripping San Francisco and the Bay Area. ... Without significant adaptation, Facebook’s new campus appears most at risk.
For Redmond, we'll have to hold out for an old-fashioned earthquake.

Because It's Friday

A steamroller.

Bailey's for Breakfast- RNC Style

Skipping to the climax of the bit, in case you're short of time:


The entire bit was pretty funny.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Shorter Gov. LePage: "So Die, Already."

Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a bill Wednesday that would allow pharmacists to dispense an anti-overdose drug without a prescription, saying that allowing addicts to keep naloxone on hand “serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.” ... “Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose,” LePage wrote, repeating a contention that has caused controversy before. “Creating a situation where an addict has a heroin needle in one hand and a shot of naloxone in the other produces a sense of normalcy and security around heroin use that serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.”
Gotta love those social conservatives: They're pro-life until humans start breathing air. Then they don't give a fuck about anyone.

How About This Radical Idea, WaPo: Shoot the Fucker!

The Washington Post's graphic on how to handle an active shooter situation your building.

Nowhere in the WaPo's world can it be contemplated that a reasonable response might be to try to shoot the fucker.

That's All We're Going to Hear About for the Rest of Today

Prince is dead.

Where There is Evil Political Fuckery Going on About Raping the Environment.....

.... you're almost sure to find the fingerprints of the Koch Brothers.
Billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch are channeling money into an Arizona-based organization that’s fighting a plan that would include a permanent ban on uranium mining around the Grand Canyon.

A proposal to declare the area around the Grand Canyon a national monument – Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument – calls for protecting 1.7m acres of land from uranium mining. A number of environmental groups and native tribes as well as the vast majority of Arizonans support the plan.

Still, a handful of Arizona Republicans and a major not-for-profit group are trying to block it. Much of the group’s efforts apparently are being funded by the Koch brothers, according to Greg Zimmerman of the Center for Western Priorities.
The Koch Brothers are against preserving anything for posterity, because posterity isn't putting any money in their pockets.

Basically, those two evil trolls hate government, unless the government is killing those people (or giving money to corporations). If the government announced that they had developed a cure for heart disease, the Koch Brothers would be screaming blue bloody murder about all of those unemployed cardiologists.

The Great Escape Murders

If you're a regular reader of this blog, it's probably a safe bet that, at one time or another, you've seen The Great Escape In the movie, the Germans murdered fifty captured escapees by machine-gunning them in a field.

The reality was different. The fifty were murdered by the Gestapo, either individually or in groups of two or three.

The RAF was not amused. After the war, they launched an investigation and manhunt for the killers. They caught quite a number of them. Seven were executed for other crimes. Fourteen of the killers were hung in early 1948. A few escaped the hangman when the British stopped hanging war criminals in 1948 and then, later that year, abandoned most prosecutions for such crimes.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Tour de France Motorcycle Race?

It's possible to rig out a bicycle with a nearly-undetectable motor.

I say "nearly", because the motor will show up on thermal imaging. Which the International Cycling Union refuses to use. Probably because, just like doping in the past, they don't want to know the truth.

Muwhahaha, Got Mine; Book Edition



Launch day!

I'll have to carve out a few hours where I can read it at a less-than-my-usual breakneck pace.

Wørd; Gunnie Edition

There is only one Truth. It gets expressed a lot of different ways, but it always boils down to "only hits count." How and where you make those hits (technique), why you should or should not make them (legal and moral issues), when you should start trying to make them (tactics and mindset), what you should use to make them (hardware/gear), and how you should prepare yourself to make them (software/training) is a huge gray area.
Or, as Wyatt Earp is purported to have said: "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything."

Sometimes, It Feels Like the Universe is Fucking With Me

Yeah, I know. The Universe is vast and it's not going to bother with shit like that. But it still feels like it.

I have made no secret about the fact that I have been having a hard time dealing with Jake's passing. Last night, I opted to sort of get lost in the fictional portrayals of other folks' lives and problems, so I began watching stuff from my DVR.

One of the shows was Madam Secretary. At the end of the episode, she got the news that her beloved horse, Buttercup, had cancer that had metastasized. There's only one choice and she made it, but she wanted to spend the last day with her horse. Yeah, that hurt.

It's not just Jake. Earth-Bound Mom is having some medical issues that have yet to be nailed down. It feels as though one of the anchors in my life is pulling loose and there is fuck-all to be done about it. I know that I should be thankful for the great gift I've had of having my mom in my life for so long, but that's not making it any easier.

I've got friends and family. I'll get through all of this.

“Throw Down Your Arms! Ye Villains, Ye Rebels.”-- Patriots' Day

That is the command that a British officer shouted to the Colonial militiamen at the Lexington town green at dawn on April 19th, 1775.

It was not obeyed. The war was on.

By the way, most colonials would have regarded themselves at the time as British citizens. Riding about, shouting "the British are coming" would have made no sense. The alarm was passed quietly.

My early childhood was lived in some of the towns where fighting took place. When people spoke of "the war", they were referring to either the Revolutionary War or World War II. That little brouhaha to the south in the middle of the 19th Century wasn't paid much attention.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Colt: Managed by Imbeciles

Sumdood did a side-by-side comparison of a Colt Python and a Smith 686, which had this line in it about the Python:
"I can’t imagine a world where the gun isn’t in production, and where a solid working gun becomes a collector’s item."
Yeah, well, the material for a doctoral dissertation (or six) in management ineptitude awaits somebody who can mine the Colt corporate archives for the last quarter of the 20th Century.

Oh, sure, you'll find lots of anti-unionists who blame the unions for Colt's decline. My experience has been that when management-labor relations are toxic, you can almost always trace that back to management. I'll bet that was true at Colt.

To say that Colt has almost a singular inability when it comes to innovation is like saying that it snows in Hartford, CT during the winter. But I've ranted about that before.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Soggy Ride?


It would seem, at least to me, that cutting the rear fender that far back on a road bike will result in a rather wet experience if there is any moisture on the road.

Note that Our Intrepid Rider has also removed the front fender. So he can get equally soaked on both sides, I guess.

If the cops take a good look at this machine, I don't expect they'll be overly impressed by the license plate that's affixed with zip-ties.

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

Mirage 2000:

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Caturday

This is the piece of cat furniture that Jake liked to lay in and look out the window. Before I moved and when Gracie was alive, she used it to get to the windowsill and to get to my bed.

The day after Jake passed, I gave it to the local shelter, where the cats there have put it to good use.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Caturday, Ripping the Scab Off Edition

Jake is back home.

De Plane! De Plane! De Sale! De Sale!


The airplane is being auctioned off tomorrow.

The Power of the Global Vampire Squid

Even Vladimir Putin doesn't want to cross them:
The Kremlin has apologized over Russian President Vladimir Putin's accusations that U.S. bank Goldman Sachs was behind one of the leading German papers that publicized the Panama Papers leak which drew links to Putin's associates.

Because It's Friday

Restoring a steam locomotive:

People So Dumb That They Ought to Be Watered Twice-Weekly; DoJ Edition

US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Barbara McQuade, who uttered this gobsmacking pit of stupidity:
"I think it would be reasonable to ban the import of open-source encryption software."
Jeebers. Good luck with that.

See, there is this thing called the "Internet", Babs. You may have heard of it. Our own government has spent large amounts of money developing software for people to use in order to evade the restrictions of overbearing governments. It's not as though code traveling on the Internet fills out customs declarations. Anyone with a modicum of computer skills can get the stuff.

And I'm not even touching First Amendment issues. Code is speech, at least one court has held that.

Still, Babs may get what she wants, if DiFi and her ilk have their way. They're pretty much a toxic mix of being both professionally paranoid and technologically illiterate, so unless the tech community stays on top of them and watches them as though they were jewel thieves at a damond expo, we'll get stuck with some pretty awful laws.

Because when it comes to freedom, there isn't a right or a liberty that DiFi and her pack of slavering security goons doesn't want to restrict. Except maybe the right to give money to politicians.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

UC Davis Has Money to Burn; Flushing the Memory Hole Edition

UC Davis spent $175,00 or so trying to disassociate itself and Chancellor "Chemical" Katehi from the Pepper Spray Cop.

You know, this guy:


Pepper Spray Cop was a UC-Davis white-shirt, Lt. John Pike.

Pepper Spray Cop later got $38,000 in worker's comp, because PTSD or some other such nonsense. Maybe he sprained his finger when he held down the button on his pepper-spray canister.

Glassless Gunning

After reading a blurb in a post by Massad Ayoob about the possibility of having to shoot in self-defense without glasses, I gave that a try at the range last night.

When I'm given an eye exam and they tell me to "take off your glasses and read the top line", I tell them "I can see that there's a chart." I'm likely somewhere around 20/400 without my specs.

So I ran a silhouette target out five yards and banged away with three cylinders-full from a K-22, no corrective lenses, just generic eyepro only. There wasn't too much point at trying to use the sights, so I just sort of directed the gun at the target and banged away about as fast as I could. The shots landed within the eight-ring in a grouping that one might call "minute of lunch plate".

Probably good enough for what I'd need.

Affluenza Asshole is Now an Adult (and That Other Asshole from Texas)

And so off he goes to jail for just a few days shy of two years, probably less time served.

In the meantime, having previously lambasted "New York values", the Canadian Usurper is busily campaigning in, you guessed it, New York City.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Shorter North Carolina: "We Still Hate Your Kind, But We Want Your Money."

The governor of North Carolina has tried to "fix" his hideous state's pro-discrimination" bill.

There is no "rich history of diversity" when your state rammed through a pro-discrimination bill in less time than it took Andy Cuomo to fast-track his gun-ban bill in New York. The legislators passed and the governor signed HB2 so fast that one would have thought that "LGBT people" was the name of a category 5 hurricane bearing down on the state.

Sorry, gov, but telling companies that they can still hire whom they want to and that the state's putrid hurray-for-discrimination laws don't apply to private companies is a piss-poor bone to toss.

Nobody's going to be fooled. As the legislatures of some states continue to make haterade their official state beverage, companies that believe that it is in their best interest to be all-inclusive and who believe that talent and ability are irrespective of gender or sexual identity will prefer to locate in places that support those ideals.

North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and the other states where the government listens to the Christian Taliban are swimming against the tide of history. Sooner or later, those states will be apologizing for their intolerance and begging for companies to consider doing business within their borders.