Monday, May 23, 2016

Cinemark Lawsuit - Who Won?

The jury ruled that Cinemark could not be held liable in the mass shooting in Aurora that left 12 dead as they could not have been able to reasonably predict the actions of a madman.
Victims’ loss in a civil trial over whether an Aurora movie theater should have done more to prevent a mass shooting leaves them with dwindling options as they seek damages for their suffering.
Experts say the loss Thursday to Cinemark may also have hurt the chances of other survivors in the few remaining lawsuits stemming from the 2012 rampage.
The question of who needs to compensate the victims for their loss is unanswered although at $.25/hr, the shooter will be toiling in the prison system a good long time to cover much of that. Maybe it's just another rather large insurance claim and the price of a movie ticket will go up slightly to cover it.

I'm seeing the big winner in this as the anti-gun lobby as the judgement justifies the theater chain marking their venues as "no gun zones". This will keep theaters on the whack-o list of potential targets for the foreseeable future and without successful mass shootings, there can be little argument for gun bans.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Gun Fun - Technology

Last two shoots I've been to when picking up the brass I've noticed that S&B has some 9mm ammo that leaves the expended brass cleaner inside than mine is after lengthy exposure to the tumbler. In fact the fired brass looks like it has never been fired.

Questions: What are they using for powder, and when is this stuff going to hit the market for the rest of us?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sports Authority

Sports Authority as most know is closing up shop and liquidating. They used to be Gart Brothers which for a long time was the sporting goods store here in Denver. I remember going there and seeing paper barrels full of .30 carbines priced at $25/ea. That was then.

When they sold to the conglomerate, the new management policy was that they would not carry anything shooting related. No guns, no ammo, no targets, nothing. That's when I quit buying anything from them.

I don't know if this had anything to do with the chain's decline, but I'd like to think so. Refusing to sell guns in the Obama administration is like MacDonalds refusing to sell burgers during lunch.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Coal Fired Cars

Check out this tongue-in-cheek ad for the new Mercedes AA series over at Small Dead Animals.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

On Line Voting

And you thought voting by people of questionable provenience was a problem. Some 32 states allow online voting under one circumstance or another so think about the news reports following the upcoming elections:

"Final results are in and Hillary Clinton has won in New York,  California and 6 others while Donald Trump has carried Texas, Florida, and 8 other states. Unexpectedly some 32 states have been carried unanimously by Kim Jong-Un. As no one candidate has gotten the requisite 270 electoral votes, the contest now moves to the U.S. House where Mr. Kim is expected to garner only 10-15 votes, from some of the chambers more colorful members and a couple of @neverTrump, @NeverHillary die-hards."

Gun Win

The 9th circuit no less has ruled that the right to bear arms includes the right to buy and sell them tossing a county zoning ordinance that effectively banned gun sales throughout the county. If this case goes to the Supreme's, the 4-4 split would let the ruling stand and broadly suggest that similar ordinances in other locations (Cook Co, Il) might be unconstitutional.

On The Jobs Front

Hill says Bill will be her "Jobs Czar" in her potential administration. Jeez, the jokes just write themselves here don't they?

Bill will be attacking the unemployment problem by opening a national chain with locations in every town with more than 100,000 residents. This will be called "Big Bill's Bootie Bar"  and will be pretty much exactly what you've come to expect. Hiring will be done by dragging a Benjamin through the local trailer park with a maximum age limit of 25 and no minimum.

Hill's Attorney General has assured her that nothing that happens there rises to the level of a prosecutable criminal action so we needn't worry about anything. All records will be kept on a server securely located in an undisclosed, gender-neutral bathroom on an unspecified Caribbean island and the hard drive will be wiped every January 1st.

Operational costs will be claimed as business expenses for the Clinton Foundation

Monday, May 16, 2016

Gun Fun - American Marksman

American Marksman informs me that my score qualifies me for the regional competition to be held at my gun club, Colorado Rifle Club in June.

The contest is like a Steel Challenge stage with IDPA scoring for hits outside the "A" zone. Looks like a nice format for an indoor steel challenge match.

I checked the scores from the others and it looks like being competitive for the grand prize involves doing 3 strings of this stage in under 13 seconds, including penalties. Classes are available for juniors, women, and 2 men's groups, neither one of which is for geezers. With a bit of practice I'm sure I could improve my score but being currently about 3 times the top competitors, I think I'll pass.

Might be a good setup to use at GBR this year though.

I Was Right

Sixteen years ago when the EU was being put together, Europe was made up of a bunch of economically protected, socialist little dutchys. They figured out that combining themselves into one big economically protected socialist duchy would be better somehow and did so with no monetary controls to speak of.

I thought this sounded like a recipe for disaster delayed, and sure enough, here it is. No currency discipline, no border controls, and endless regulations that protect incumbents and stifle innovation.
 This video runs 71 minutes so don't watch if you can't spare the time, but it covers everything I thought wouldn't work. I found it to be well worth the time.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Scenes We'd Like To See

At the next Dem debate:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Party Not Winning, Asks Opponents Not To Run

I suppose if you want to get some face time in the papers and on NPR, this is one way to do it. A group has formed a PAC to try to discourage their political opponents from running for office so more of their people can get elected. No party name is given, so I'm anointing this group the Breakfast Party.
It's a question embedded in the name of the organization. The Can You Not PAC plans to discourage straight white men from running for office in Colorado's diverse districts. The hope is that will clear the lane from female, minority and LGBTQ candidates.
They are asking for less White Bread and crackers so as to make way for such breakfast staples as Fruits, Nuts and Flakes.

Best of luck with that. If you can't provide political leadership, you should at least provide political humor. Lord knows we need more humor. No word as to the amount of pharmaceuticals and/or alcohol that went in to the planning for this either.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cruz Drops Out

After taking a 19 point drubbing tonight, Ted Cruz has suspended his campaign. Cruz was my #4 pick from the 14 Republicans who jumped up figuring that the "inevitable" woman who had already lost to the worst president in the history of the country might be beatable. The possibility of multiple felony charges brought be the FBI and the NSA might help as well. As her closest advisor, she has the woman who married Anthony Wiener, complete with close family connections the the Muslim Brotherhood.

My first election was 1968. The Dem convention was a smashing success and if nothing else convinced me that I never wanted to live in Chicago. I voted 3rd party that year as the results were pretty much a forgone conclusion and from that election on I have been privileged to vote for a candidate exactly once. All other times I looked over the candidates and voted for the one I thought would do me the least damage. Sometimes my pick won but at this point I feel like the guy who won the demolition derby. Last car running but nothing you'd want to drive home.

You millennials out there; this is what you have to look forward to only for you it will happen much faster.

Monday, May 2, 2016

QOTD - Turn Of Phrase

Hill while out on the stump:
"I have a lot of experience dealing with men who sometimes get off the reservation in the way they behave,”
More like ignoring that behavior, but nevertheless, some Native Americans* from the Organization Of The Professionally Aggrieved became aggrieved and demanded an apology.

Valid point of course. She should have been speaking to her base and used the expression "Off the plantation" instead. Don't want to piss off the N.A. lobby, you might need to tap Elizabeth Warren for the Veep position.

Weekend Fun

I'm knackered and can barely stand up. The kids had a ball:
This moment was, comparatively, a lull which is how I managed to get in the picture. Off the view to the left is ihe remains of a 220 lb class robot with 3/16 steel bodywork looking like it had narrowly escaped the car crusher. They finished 4th overall in the fighting robot competition.

Note the crest of the Denver Mad Scientists Club with the motto "Summas Scientes, Noli Hic Domi Temptare"*  Extra credit if you can translate that.

Normally face painters don't interest me all that much as they seem to be limited to a bouquet of flowers or a cheesy unicorn. The one here was good:
I'm sorry i didn't get a pic of the tiger job, it was fantastic.

The show was primarily aimed at the kids so not so much the commercial booths aimed at the grown up Mad Scientists and inventors. Lots of interactive stuff.

*We are experts. Do not attempt this at home.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Weekend Fun - Technology

The S.T.E.A.M. fest will be held in Boulder at the county fairgrounds,  9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO this weekend featuring Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Art, and Making. This is along the lines of the ever popular Maker Faire and is intended to be highly interactive. Bring your kids or just bring your inner kid.

I'll be in Barn "A" with Trains, Automobiles, Hackers, Occulus Rift... etc. Look for the large flying foam darts and talking robot head.