Friday, April 21, 2017

Antifa Calls For Arming Their Insurrectionists

Smarting from a defeat in Berkley where thugs armed with body armor, bats and bear spray were pushed back by Trump supporters, some of them are advocating for arming their people with firearms.

They are bitching a lot since the states in which they are the strongest also have the strictest gun laws.
Not getting disarmed is a big part of the problem, yes, but we need more than flags and bats. We need to take notes from the John Brown Gun Club and get firearms and training. I know getting firearms in states and cities we have a presence in is usually a hassle, but even handguns would help.
Interestingly in the posted dialog someone asks if using violence to silence opposing voices isn't a form of fascism. The reaction is priceless.

OBSERVATIONS: 1. When the police abdicate their responsibility, vigilantism looks like a reasonable and viable option. 
                               2. When an Antifa in Berkley was unmasked, his comrades couldn't tell him from the Trumpers and attached him with club, skateboard, and bear spray.

First Fix The Blame

Then consider fixing the problem. The NORKs are now blaming a string of missile failures on U.S. tampering with the missile flight software. Let me be the first to confirm their suspicions and point out that it gets even worse from here. If they succeed in finding the parts of the software that cause the missile to explode on the pad or shortly after launch, the next bug will be the one that directs the missile to land in Pyongyang.

Dear Mr Kim:
Sleep with one eye open
Gripping your pillow tight

Exit: light
Enter: night
Take my hand
We're off to never never land

Article here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blog Birthday

Apr 19th is this blogs 9th birthday.If I'd have known I was going to live this long, I'd have learned to write or something.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Robowars

Upcoming this week, Thursday, is the Robowars competition at which the 2 bots from the Jefferson County Open School where I've been advising will appear. The kids have one entry in the 120 lb class, and one in the 220 lb class.


120 lbs of pointy menace. The nose is elevated here to make working on the insides easier.
220 lbs of rolling death (we hope) with the Cthulhu fangs and spinning weapon awaiting installation.

Like a lot of projects these two were barely even mobile when they had to be loaded up and driven to CA for the competition. Hopefully the final assembly won't have too many bugs crop up. As it is the 120 lb machine when it was taken out for its first test drive, blew one of its motor controllers with no spares immediately available. I was told that one was ordered for next day delivery to the hotel where it will be installed.

At this point I'd guess the cause of the failure was grinding grit on the controller connectors. Seems the kids have to build these things in the wood shop and the 4-1/2" hand grinder is the tool of choice for all their metal cutting so there's plenty of grit on everything.
NOT a clean room.

Here's the 220 lb bots weapon installed:
That wheel is about 9 inches in dia, 1.5" thick, and gets spun up to 8000 rpm. The inserts are tool steel. Watch your fingers.

The show will be broadcast on one of the cable channels. Sorry, I don't know which one.


How Dumb Are They?

This is a dangerous question to ask, especially in a political scenario since the answer is frequently depressing but still, sometimes the entertainment value makes it worthwhile. Jazz Shaw at Hot Air is reporting that someone in the Trump circle is suggesting that Notorious RBG* might be talked into retiring if Trump promised to nominate Merrick Garland to replace her thus maintaining the balence of power on the Supreme court.

Don't know if Ginsburg is actually that gullible, but I suspect Trump is thinking that he could safely nominate Garland, fulfilling his end of the deal, knowing that the judiciary committee would never send the nomination out to the Senate. Which would "force" Trump to make another pick from his list of preferred nominees.

*The hip hop name for Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Political Alignments: Where do you stand?

The definitions are changing even as we watch. From the comments here in Samizdata:
“It is rather hazy what ‘left’ and ‘right’ mean in Britain or America these days . . . “
Our current President is a life-long left-liberal Democrat who is considered to be an outrageously conservative extreme-right Republican by our personal-freedom-hating elitist and moneyed left-wing liberal Democrats.
He won office by beating a far-left liberal who is clearly to the right of him on many issues.
Our leftists support a religion of men that kills gays and women when they’re done raping them. Our rightists support government confiscation of private property without due process.
Our leftists support the notion of undemocratic governmental rule by an unelected judiciary. Our rightists disagree strongly, unless they get to appoint the unelected judiciary.
What’s hazy about this?
Taking this as a starting point, lets try this:

Moderate: This is the position of the person speaking. Don't believe me? Just ask him.

Rightist: Generally anyone on the wrong side of the speaker.

Leftist: Anyone supporting the speaker, but perhaps a bit too enthusiastically.

Note that those last two are interchangeable depending on what sort of Moderate the speaker might be.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Too Much Government? Tell Them What To Get Rid Of

Here's the survey to end all surveys (well probably not) in which the Trump administration is asking the public which parts of government don't seem to be accomplishing anything beyond keeping bureaucrats employed.

Go here and work your way through the lists of departments and agencies, noting that there are 2 categories, elimination and reform. It may take a while as there are a LOT of departments and agencies, many of which you've probably never heard of. As a rule of thumb, if you have no idea what an agency actually does, and you can't puzzle out a useful function from its title, vote to dump it.

Remember that most regulatory departments are run by people friendly to the businesses being regulated and are run so as to make competition in that area more difficult. Protection for incumbents.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

USPS Moves To 20th Century

Now it seems there's a program to take the last scan of all postal mail before final delivery, and e-mail the picture to you in case you were wondering if you were going to get any mail today.

Just what I need, an e-mail showing the cover of every piece of junk mail that would normally show up in my mail box. By the time I see the e-mail picture, the stuff is already on it's way so I can't reply to dump it there and save the carrier the effort of putting it in my box.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring

Finally, it seems. No more freezes in the immediate future and the popcorn trees are fruiting:
O.K. they're plums, but they sure look like popcorn at this point don't they? D'Wife found some stuff, Hydrolyzed Collagen, that has done wonders for the arthritis, allowing me to add some 40 lbs to the weights on the mini-gym. Finally I get to add some strength. Up until I trip and fall, catching myself on my hands, fracturing my left wrist, which the doctor says will keep me in a cast for 6-8 weeks.

Hand doctors are the most conservative...

He may have a point. It hurts bad enough from the swelling that I somehow don't want to run out and test the repairs on my pistol.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Coveted General Nathan Bedford Forrest Award Goes To...

State Rep Joe "Pop pop" Salazar who initially rose to fame favoring a bill to insure that women on college campuses here would be unable to defend themselves from attacks by carrying a firearm.
His latest award-winning antic is to put forward legislation that would remove Columbus Day as a state holiday in Colorado.*

Normally days like this are a local excuse to drink some form of native booze and have a good time, the best known example of which is probably St. Patricks day when we all get to identify with Irish Catholics ane drink Guiness and Tully's. Columbus day has morphed into a multi-culti celebration when Italians and anyone who wants to join them parade in the street and drink wine while diverse other ethnicities parade along the sidewalks and protest the beginning of the end of a perfectly good stone age culture which included such festivities as slavery and human sacrifice.

Salazar is presumably aggrieved as he represents the native Hispanic culture that originally inhabited the island of Hispaniola. Rumor has it he would also like to be a Senator or maybe Governor and needs some more name recognition.

Hey Joe! I'm here to help. In recognition of your efforts to further divide your constituents long racial lines, here you are, nominated for the prestigious Nathan Bedford Forrest** award for furthering cross cultural harmony.



*To the credit of the Donks, the House leadership (D) has referred his bill to the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, AKA the Kill Committee.

**Founder and first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. To his credit he unsuccessfully tried to disband it after he grew critical of the Klan’s excessive violence. Ever a problem with movements that they all too often get taken over by extremists.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

When The Plan Comes Together

It is indeed a beautiful thing.
First Chuckie "Smirkin' Chimp" Schumer declares war on the Reps to the point that he demands all his flying monkeys in the Senate filibuster probably the best qualified nominee since I don't know when, which rather forces the R's hand:
Then the WSJ online comes up with this bit of doggeral:
Fili Busta Rhymes
There once was a nominee, Gorsuch,
Whose judicial philosophy bore such
Resemblance to Nino’s,
The Dems (not the RINOs)
Compelled us to nuke. There’ll be more such.
-- Myles Pollin
Reportedly the button gets pushed today, and Gorsuch gets confirmed tomorrow. Thanks Chuck for stiffening the GOP spines to the point that they'd actually do this.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Reloading Protection

Once bitten, twice shy, so in the aftermath of my Glock K-boom, here's my answer to inadvertent double charging.
Shown here mounted to the top of my Lee 1000 press, this is a quick and dirty device to find those doubles and warn me about them before they get into my gun. I could have spent more tome and made something more elegant, and maybe this summer I will. This is a bit clunky and bulky, but it works.
The Lee press has only 3 stations but I've found the priming part to be kind of spotty so I don't use it. This leaves 1 station open. Decapping and priming are handled separately so this setup does first powder dispensing, second powder checking, and third bullet insertion and seating.

The wood piece is a plunger that goes down through a powder dispenser die in a caliber I don't use. When the powder filled cartridge comes up it rises about 1/4" if it's correctly filled, and about 1/2" if it's gotten hit twice. Inside the plunger are 2 Lithium batteries and the wires from the bright blue LED seen hanging out the left side.

If the powder level is correct, nothing happens, but with an overcharge, the plunger goes up far enough that the bolt presses the led lead down onto the top of the battery stack illuminating the LED. The operators seating position is off to the left in this picture, and the LED is pointing pretty much right at my eye and trust me, this little baby is bright. The spring allows the device to catch anything from a little over to a lot over without jamming the press.

The drawback is that the device is bulky and takes up space that might be used for adjusting the powder reservoir.  There is no doubt in my mind that this thing could be made to fit entirely inside a die with little more than the LED poking out, but that's for Rev B. Meantime I'll suffer.

Coming Soon To A Gun Shop Near You

I can't see the traditional style of handguns and rifles completely disappearing, but fairly shortly I expect that most rifles will look a lot like this
or this
and semi-auto pistols will be some variant of this
with differing sizes of the block in front, but no change in length. This would likely be the result of passage of the Hearing Protection Act which would treat a loose suppressor the same as a single firearm. Given this, incorporating the suppressor into the gun would add nothing to the complexity of the purchase while selling a significant reduction in ear-damaging noise to the gun-buying public.With mass production, the cost delta should be minimal.

EU To Commit Suicide, Asks For Assistance

On the heels of the Brexit vote, the EU upper management has told Hungary and Poland to either accept more Muslim "refugees" or get out. Hungary and Poland, who have each independently decided that they don't really need another couple hundred thousand unproductive members of the army of the Ummah cluttering up their countries, have pointed out the relative stability each are enjoying compared to France, Belgium, or Sweden.

From my vantage, it looks to me like they would be well served to jump the sinking ship, possibly taking the rest of Eastern Europe with them, and join a free trade union with England to be named the Un-Islamic Union of Countries Who Will Not Be Bailing Out the PIGS.

On a possibly related note, I have it on excellent authority that the Colorado Muslims are planning to build a new mosque in the otherwise sleepy town of Golden, just West of me. Not just the biggest  mosque in the state, but possibly the biggest in the entire country. The existing mosque there serves about 500 parishioners but the new one is geared toward 10,000 or more. The Imam says that the balance are expected to be "refugees" which Colorado makes easy to import.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

New Puppy

My daughters BF got a puppy. Now daughters dog won't be lonesome.

Only problem is that daughters dog is the 12 year old heeler who has NO use at all for puppies at this point.
The sleeping puppy is 3 months old. Italian Mastiffs are very laid back dogs. What I expect will happen is that GSXR will treat him like a sheep and bully him all over the yard and Lurch will think it's great that the little dog is playing with him. Win-win.