Tuesday, November 25, 2014


About a hundred years ago the head of the U.S. patent office opined that just about everything that could be invented, had been invented. He was a bit premature in that assessment. From way back when, found at Theo Spark:
Pessimists like Peter here are always wrong. For example, where's the Oatmeal Bacon Stout?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Laser Weapon Watch

It even tells time.

Lerner E-Mails Found!

IRS Commissioner Koskinen it seems lied to congress about how they were lost and gone forever although he would be pleased if they wee ever found. Being pretty certain that they were safely stored with Jimmy Hoffa or something.

Koskinen may now be looking at perjury charges and Lerner may be looking at better than that unless she turns states witness.

Pass the popcorn.

Global Warming - The Science Behind It

A Rutgers researcher has advanced a theory that the current bitter cold is a result of the effects of global warming. She even has some fancy atmospheric science to back this up:
Here's the atmospheric physics behind the idea: Warm air expands, and naturally there is much more warm air at the equator than at the poles. Thus, the atmosphere is thicker at the equator, and the jet stream's motion is driven by the decline in atmospheric thickness as one moves in a poleward direction -- in effect, its atmospheric river flows "downhill," in Francis’s words. 
When I went to school, colder air was denser and warmer air was thinner. Pilots I know whose lives depend on knowing just how thick the air actually is, agree with me on this. Passing reference is made to a rather large typhoon (Nuri) that meandered all the way to the Bering Sea, up north of the jet streams usual path before dissipating. As far as I know, no one studied this very closely although it may well be that no one has published anything yet.

Keep an eye out for papers on the effect of typhoon Nuri on the jet stream.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Best idea yet for dealing with the expected troubles there: Make sure that everybody knows that the primary weapon will be the fire department. Think that sounds overly peaceful and non-violent?

Check the weather report there
Wednesday Hi 41, Lo 22

Thursday Hi 36, Lo 21

Friday Hi 39, Lo 39

Saturday Hi 57, lo 44 40% chance of rain

Sunday Hi 56, Lo 38, 50% chance of rain

Monday Hi 44, Lo 29, 30%
Tuesday Hi 37, Lo 25 22mph wind

Not a week I'd want to be out getting soaked.

Local gun stores are selling everything they've got but the next problem is that all these new gun owners haven't even fired their new toys yet. On top of that I suspect no one's got a real plan about how they could be best put to use. If you're protecting your store, being on the roof with a couple of helpers works to keep the rioters back but organizing your neighbors to be on the ground at either end of the block keeps them off your block in the first place.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Zip Guns

There are probably several reasons a person should have one or two zip guns in his collection. First off is that if your locale is of the sort that allows "gun buy-backs" one could easily turn $5 worth of plumbing supplies into $50-100 worth of groceries. A good return on your investment. Of course it won't do to lash together 5 or 10 slam-fire shotguns and ask for one coupon each. The event sponsors will figure out right away that you're gaming the system and turn you away empty-handed. Keep it to one, and put some effort into it. Make it look like someone actually meant to use it.

Second is that in the event your regular shooting irons are confiscated, you can gin one of these up and don't have to be completely defenseless.

The rare collectable classic is the WWII Liberator, a 45ACP zip gun manufactured in an actual factory and intended to be used once or twice to ease the transfer of a Mauser from a German to a Frenchman, then discarded. Today the things command premium prices.

In the '50s this
sort of thing was easily whipped up in high school shop class and used to settle some hash between Vinnie and Rocco in the alley behind the drug store in Brooklyn. Chambered in 1/4" pipe .38 spl, you got one shot, best taken up close and personal, then you tossed it in the dumpster and departed the scene. Reload time is right up there with revolutionary war muskets. Of course in the '50s, every kid past the 5th grade knew that the lower section of a car antenna would accept a .22 cartridge and .22 was vastly more economical if noticeably less lethal.

Make one of these and fire a blank or two through it and it will have that "air of authenticity" that will improve the odds of the buyback people actually giving you anything for it.

Of course the journey is as important as the destination, and if you're looking at a long, cold winter and need something to keep you from going stir-crazy, you could put a bit more effort into the job just to see how much time you can waste. Now here

is a 3-barreled version of the above. 3 hammers on a common trigger
and quick-reloading break action. I'd hold out for at least $200 for something like this. $150 if you let me shoot video from a safe distance while you fire it.

Why the Broncos Lost

I assume it was because someone warned them about the DEA sweeps of the locker rooms last weekend. Thus the Broncos, forwarned, left all their goodies at home.

The Chargers home team simply swallowed all of theirs.

Note on update: I'm not much of a sports fan.

Get Used To It

In a fully developed police state you'll see cops running about with drawn guns all the time so exposing kids to the phenomenon at an early age will help keep them calm when the cops rush into a classroom, grab a problem student/dissident, and rush out.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Learning About Guns

Now circulating around the web.

O.K. I'm impressed. It usually takes multiple shots to even seriously injure someone. Only Quigly was able to bag 3 in one shot. I also have the feeling that my leg is being pulled. Just a bit.

So I took a look at her Twitter feed and I believe she's genuinely anti-gun. I'm still not sure which should impress me more: Her vivid imagination or her disconnect from reality. Or am I talking about the same thing here?

Election Fun

In Michigan a man showed up at the polling place to vote and was told he couldn't because he was officially dead. He did manage to talk the election officials there into giving him a ballot and letting him vote.

Could have been worse. In Illinois, he would have been told he was dead but then been given a ballot even though he had already voted once.

Gun Sales Declining

The Wall St. Journal (paywall) is noting that the major gun companies including Colt (Sciens Capital Management), Smith & Wesson Holding Co., and Remington / Bushmaster (Cerberus Capital Management) are facing financial problems due to declining sales. Problems range from declining profits to potential default on some bonds.

It would seem that the worlds greatest gun salesman, BHO has lost his edge and even in the face of projected massive riots in St. Louis, sales this year will lag the preceeding year for the first time since
The flip side of this is that we may well see some nice Christmas discounts and even better post Christmas sales on firearms. The decreasing sales should, in theory, be accompanied by greater availability of ammo.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

QOTD - Next Election

Found at The Federalist:
Does Walker sizzle? Not exactly. Is he a particularly charismatic speaker? No, he isn’t. But does he sit upon a throne made of the skulls of his enemies? Yes, yes he does. The November 4 election proved that in a definitive fashion.
 I like Scott Walker. He has executive experience and a proven record of being able to deal with progs effectively.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bike To Work

Today's high was 4 degrees, a record. Tonight's low is to  be -9, another record. So what could be more fun and tree-huggingly green than
Riding your bike to work. Light snow? Not a problem. Slippery pavement? Hah! A friend of mine used to do this regularly and his only complaint was that on days like this the derailleur would pack up with ice and refuse to shift.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Anniversary!

I am informed by LinkedIn that I am celebrating my 1-year anniversary at work.

Pretty good for a 4-month temp gig eh?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Transportation - Winter

With the Polar Vortex scheduled to hit tomorrow, prepping the car is now required. For everyone here's a tip: If your car lives outdoors like mine does, put one of those 1500W under-the-desk heaters in the passenger foot well and run an extension cord back to a lamp timer in the nearest outlet. Set the timer to start about 1/2 hour before you plan to leave, and when you do, your car will be warm and frost free. Don't forget to unplug the heater and toss the end of the extension cord out of the car before backing out of the drive.

Several newer cars have power windows that need to roll down about 1/2" before the doors can be opened. This makes for a nice snug car but if the windows are covered with frozen water, they may not retract. I now have to carry a small scraper in my lunch bag to insure being able to get in to my Pretentious British Car. The heater trick will help in the morning. Not sure about getting home.