Sunday, April 20, 2014

More Bad News On The Ammo Front?

Here's the latest summary of NICS checksand it's showing an uncharacteristic jump for this time of year:

You don't normally see a big jump from Feb to March, but there we are, back to 2013 panic-level buying. And of course along with buying a gun, you need some ammo to go with. The industry is running 24/7 but is having trouble keeping up.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Journalism

I believe I mentioned before at some point that it has been observed that if you have a talent for observing and noting your observations, you might do well as a scientist. If you don't have the requisite doctorate, you might consider being a police detective. If you like the job description but have no talent for the observation and accurate recording, there's always journalism.

But why stop there. In the Anglosphere, it also helps if you have a good command of the English language, or failing that, an editor who does.
This from the Times, presumably of London. Found at Samizdata as a QOTD. This may well be an accurate description of a typical Member of Parliament, after all the editors didn't see fit to modify the statement, but as a flag-waving American I feel it my duty to defend our Congress and hold them up as nothing less than the equals of the Parliament any day of the week, and do page abuse on weekends.

We also have whole bureauocracies like that.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bullying

An elementary school in Lincoln NE has sent its students home with a list of 9 things to do or not do when you are afflicted with a bully.
Bottom line, let them get away with it and don't rat them out.

Now imagine that you see the school administration as the biggest bully in the school. Or perhaps the government. Stay loyal, citizens.

Stopping Big Brother

There's a bill currently circulating through the legislature to impose a statewide ban on the use of red light and speed cameras. The bill has bipartisan support, and the usual suspects are bringing in widows and orphans to no avail.

I found 4 articles in no time at all, none of which noted the bills number although one featured a link to SB 14-181.  

The cameras produce large amounts of revenue to the municipalities that use them but actual improvements in road safety are problematic:
Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates testified that T-bone accidents caused by drivers running red lights are down 25 percent since the cameras were installed, but the Aurora Sentinel reported that accidents involving motorists who were rear-ended when suddenly braking for a yellow light skyrocketed from 2005-2006 by 175 percent.
Just remind yourself, while sitting at a camera-controlled intersection, that every flash of the light represents about $100 to the city. Adds up fast. The bill is currently in the Senate and hasn't been to the House yet. It's an election year, so it might be a good dime to drop your Senator a line.

It has also been observed that increasing the duration of the yellow light makes for a dramatic drop in intersection accidents as well. There's a handy calculator at Political Calculations that any one can use. The speed of local traffic is a major factor in the formula. What do you bet, the yellow light times are normally calculated using the posted speed limit rather than what the traffic is actually doing, effectively reducing the yellow light times.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Another poll

Yeah, I know, those online polls by local newspapers are as close to worthless as not to matter, but still, I like the way this one is shaping up:

Do you think we need more laws placing restrictions on guns?
Yes. We need much stronger laws.5 %
Yes, but only a few common-sense changes.2 %
No. The laws are OK the way they are.6 %
No. We have too many laws, and most of them should be eliminated.87 %
Total number of votes 802
Poll results aren't scientific. Percentages may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding off.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Your Tax Bucks At Work

The FBI is visiting gun shops and listening to the customers in an attempt to ferrit out the dangerous ones. They make it abundantly clear who they're looking for:
“If you see some Middle Eastern guy come in, you don’t have to be so worried about that. What we’re really looking for are people talking about being sovereign such as sovereign citizens or people talking about big government,” the agent reportedly stated.
So to avoid suspicion, the new and universal greeting at your friendly local gun shop is now;
"Hi Fred! Durka durka, Muhammed jihad!".


You're welcome.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Letting Bygones Be Bygones

Mayor DeBlasio is disbanding a NYPD unit whose charter was to watch the Muslim community in New York. Sounds fair to me, after all what did Muslims ever do to New York?

Happy Tax Day

Here's a tax day quote about the folks that drive you to drink:
The Beer Institute points out that “taxes are the single most expensive ingredient in beer, costing more than labor and raw materials combined.” They cite an economic analysis that found “if all the taxes levied on the production, distribution, and retailing of beer are added up, they amount to more than 40% of the retail price” …
And they have a plan to make that number higher.

The very least the government could do for us would be to make booze tax free on April 15th in hopes we'd forget the screwing we're getting by November 4th.

Monday, April 14, 2014

QOTD - Education

One of the most important lessons kids learn in public schools is that school administrators are usually autocratic imbeciles.
of Boing Boing's observation

I figured that out early on, before there was more than one administrator per school. In my defense I felt that it was incumbent upon me to make sure those folks actually earned their salaries instead of being overpaid playground monitors.

Poly Sci 101

Rule #1: Do not become convinced your own propaganda is true. It can lead you to try stuff you really shouldn't.
Original pic is part of a tweet at Madmanjournal.

Thanks to Robert for the tip.

What If Washington Gets Nuked?

It could happen. First you wait to see if anyplace else got nuked, which might suggest a major nuclear war. In this case you should probably take cover.

If no place else is reporting any damage, I, for one, would break out a shot of the good stuff.

Here's a piece on the prospects from someone unfortunate enough to actually live there.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Productivity

Got an "urgent" e-mail from a lefty source that expressed outrage (of course) at:
President Obama has declared the 113th Congress the least productive in history — and the numbers back him up.
Complaining that the congress had passed only 23 public laws in its second session. To my mind, that was probably 22 too many, but at this stage we'll take the little rays of sunshine where we can find them. Write your congressanimal today and congratulate him or her on limiting the damage done this year to our lives, liberties and property.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Is In The Air

So it come down to which of these 3 tools
I'm likely to need/use in the next 5 days. As of right now, it looks like all of them. Right to left, today, tomorrow, Tuesday.

New Box II

I'm finding out a lot about my new box as I move along. First off is that any software installed on the old box (32bit) cannot be transferred to the new one (64bit). The fax and filing software that served my HP 5510 printer, for example, was never upgraded beyond Windows Vista. Thus while I can print, I can't scan and file anymore so my all-in-one is now a dumb printer. At least it prints.

Microsoft Photo Editor was also never produced in a 64-bit compatible version. I found references to sites that had such a thing, but none of them actually did. Yes, Picassa is vastly more powerful, but it's also more complicated. Oh well, I can (eventually) learn new tricks.

MozBackup works a treat if you're moving from one box to another and want to bring your Firefox and T-bird over with you. The drawback is that it loses your home page and sets back the last date of opening on some of the websites in your bookmarks. Resetting the home page is easy enough, and in my case I simply ast the comics to go to the last page and click back a couple days. I consider this a minor nuisance. WARNING: The download page will include some adware. When you set up to run the program, it will ask you if you want to try about 5 or 6 other items. hit the "SKIP ALL" button. The adware is not a virus, but acts like one and is about that difficult to remove if you let it get installed. MalwareBytes will remove it if you accidentally get stuck with it.

Friday, April 11, 2014

IRS Scandal

As scandals go this one seems to have better staying power, probably because it doesn't depent on the media to keep it alive. Rep Issa has a live one here and he just keeps reeling it in. Found this
over at Right Wing News. Eric Allie is the artist.

So what other kind did you expect me to be reading?

Lois Lerner would be on the ends of the strings, but whose hand is that? Hey! Rep Cummings! Those your cufflinks?