Sunday, July 14, 2019

Fun With Headlines

Haven't read the article so feel free to tell me I'm guessing wrong:
Pinkerton: Why the Democrats Would Rather Fight Each Other Than Trump
For the same underlying reason the Scots claim they never lost a battle: If both sides are Scottish, then the winner is always a Scot.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Fun With Cartoons

The comic strip Shoe is in reruns and has been for some time now. Included on the site, at no extra charge, is the work of an editorial cartoonist who seems to not view the president favorably. Usually his stuff has all the subtlety of an Antifa rally, but here's one that lends itself to multiple interpretations:

Imagine if you will, that President Harris has named Eric "Duke Nukem" Swalwell to be her Disarmament Czar. Imagine that he starts out near home base, in Alexandria VA, demanding complete and total disarmament of the citizens. Imagine that he is unhappy with the level of compliance from the citizens, and rolls out his trademark move. Imagine the reaction of the Never Trumpers, shown here in the foreground.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Suppressors - How Well Do They Work?

The folks at Ammo To Go have run some tests on suppressors with both pistols and rifles and published the results here. Spoiler: Rifles don't get noticeably louder or quieter with changes in barrel length, and everything gets about 25 dB quieter with a can. Nice, but only the .22s get below the hearing damage level.

While barrel length doesn't seem to make much difference on the rifles, I have noticed that shooting PCC class in IDPA that the pistol caliber carbines are enough quieter than the pistols that the shot timers sometimes have trouble hearing them. Add a can, and they could become quite user friendly. Alas, no PCCs were tested.

One might note that in the case of the Virginia office shooting, the use of a suppressor on a .45 cal pistol likely had no effect at all on any ones ability to hear the gun and locate the shooter.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Visit Colorful Colorado

This could work out. Fly in to DIA, arriving in the morning, and without leaving the airport, do a pub crawl, visiting no less than 6 micro breweries and sampling their wares, top it off with a nice Bacon Gooseburger (maybe at Chick Fil A?), then take a nice nap in a VIP lounge, and catch a late afternoon flight home with a bag full of souvenirs.

Could be a fun day.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Killing Geese

Not like they lay golden eggs or anything, just poop all over the place. As migratory* birds, they are protected so us peasants aren't allowed to thin the ever increasing herds ourselves. We'd even get a ticket if our dogs were to bag one on a walk, so the only check on the population is the coyotes and foxes who are woefully outnumbered.

Denver, being exempt from federal game laws, has decided to trap some geese and feed them to the growing homeless population as gooseburgers. Yummy, I guess. On the bright side, the homeless population should increase to accommodate the supply of geese, but on the down side, the homeless population will increase to match the numbers of geese and human poop will replace goose poop.

Not everyone has thought this all the way through, either:
Sure, killing geese gets rid of them in the short term, but they just come back, says Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of ecology and biology at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Yo! Prof! It's called a renewable resource! With a well staffed agency, led by some schmott fellow like you, at a nice 6-figure salary, we could manage the homeless and goose populations here to achieve a stable balance.

*They seem to have forgotten how this is supposed to be done and simply stay here pooping on golf courses and sidewalks all year round.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day

Best one around here in years. The firecrackers in my neighborhood sound like a major firefight and the street is hung with a really thick pall of powder smoke. A really noisy message being sent to all government agencies around here: It's independence day and instead of cowering indoors or in the back yard with sparklers, people are out front in the streets with the really colorful, noisy stuff.

A celebration of individual liberty and a big FU to the forces of darkness. Brings a smile to my face.

Gun Sales Still Strong

Here we are in the summer doldrums and the unusually high gun sales noted last month continues pretty much unabated. Could this be Trump waffling on silencers, the Pelosi House proposing massive gun control, or a reaction to Antifa getting the go-ahead from the Portland police? Or could there be something else going on?
Anyway:
We are now outselling the Hillary Panic of 2016. Harris is currently expected to get the nod from the Dems, and she has promised to begin confiscations in her first 100 days, the constitution be damned. Makes for a great stump speech but I don't think it would get very far in the real world.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Vox Calls For Armed Resistance

Vox is suggesting that it's time the left began arming themselves against the < insert insult here > right by way of being prepared to defend themselves.

James Hodgekinson was just a warm-up? All those cops the BLM people shot don't count either? Keep your CCW permit current and buy more ammo.

Will It Run 9 - Carbs

Mikuni carbs are fairly complex and the ones on the Virago are the worst I've seen. Someone took them apart at some point and had a couple of very small parts left over at the end. Idle mixture screws are normally a simple screw with a pointy end and a spring to hold it in place once you have (mis) adjusted it to your own personal preference.

I will note that my 84 Honda Sabre still has the anti-tamper covers from the factory installed on all 4 carbs and the engine runs fine. The Yamaha's screws are located deep down a hole where you might well not even notice them, then covered with a plug. They also include a washer and an O-ring along with the spring which must serve some fairly important purpose or they would not have been included. The O-ring and washer were the leftovers on both carbs.

The main jet needles have been through one model change and 2 revisions so I ordered 2 of the latest versions. Needles were ordered 6/23 from Omaha, and the o-rings 7/1 from Seattle. I can't wait to see which one gets here first.


Friday, June 28, 2019

The Democrat Platform

Things I've noticed over the years:

The Dems adopted the DFL platform which was pretty much the CPUSA platform back in the 30's. The abject failure of those ideas over the years has never been a reason to change, so they simply lie about what they plan to do. This results in the Dems winning elections whenever they can find a candidate with good hair and no voting record who can lie with a straight face. This election will be no different.

In the debates, which they presume the Reps will not be watching, they put forth what they want to do. So far we have
  • Tax increases.
  • Gun confiscations.
  • Slave reparations
  • Decriminalize illegal immigration.
  • No more deporting of illegal immigrants.
  • Abolish the private health insurance currently held by over 150 million Americans.
  • Give free health insurance to illegal immigrants.
I'm sure there will be more, but since they don't like to talk about it you'll have to follow their pontifications while they're on the stump but make no mistake, these items ARE the party platform whether they write them in officially or not. Note no mention of the debt. Oh well the Reps probably won't mention it either.

The SCOTUS has ruled that gerrymandering is strictly a state issue so look for lots of it post census. Some states have laws limiting this but you know no legislator worthy of his baksheeh would sponsor such a thing. Maybe a popular referendum if that's permitted.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

QOTD - Bernie

In an editorial in today's WSJ Bernie opines:
"His (Trumps) policies coddle fellow oligarchs while leaving ordinary people at the mercy of the free market."
And he wants to be president, assuring us that Socialism will work this time with himself at the wheel.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Best Idea Yet

Dave Burge has a suggestion for schools trying to figure out what to do now that Robert E. Lee Sr High is no longer PC. In an effort to help with the exorbitant cost of changing the signage and the mascot, here are some suggestions:

Bruce Lee Dragons 
Christopher Lee Vampires 
Brenda Lee Apologists 
Stan Lee Marvels 
Spike Lee Joints 
Stagger Lee Knives
 Sarah Lee Calories 
Tommy Lee Sextapes

Lee Van Cleef was also suggested and I will propose they become the Lee Van Cleef Badasses.
How about the Lee DeForest Tubes?

I'm sure there's more.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Apropos of Nothing

But possibly related to my impending geezerhood, I went out today for a medium length bike ride. 25-30 miles. There is a spot where University Blvd passes under I-25 where the sidewalk consists of a narrow strip of concrete with 6 inch curbs on either side of it, and includes a 90 degree turn at every spot where it proposes to cross a street. The streets it crosses are the on and off ramps to/from the freeway and the short bit (4x4 square) has the sharp turn to access it. On the other side, this is repeated, in one spot with a 120 degree right turn to be started before tour bike has completely cleared the off ramp. Off the concrete is a dropoff into the weeds which will require you to pick up your bike and place it back on the pavement.

I suppose I will recover from the scuffed knee eventually.

I have done rides like this 2 or 3 times this year already and had no real problems from them but today my knees are taking the rest of me to the Hague to be charged with crimes against humanity

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Gun Fun

Must be one of those specialty rounds for the 12 ga:
This post is a test.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Will It Run 8

Always something. Tried to take it over to a friends and only made it 2 miles before the engine died with a dead battery. Seems the voltage regulator was also kaput. Got a replacement which arrived NIB and 2 days earlier than predicted, put it in and the problems seemed to go away. NOTE: The VR has to dump about 6 Amps of current when the battery is fully charged and gets too hot to touch very quickly. Probably gets too hot to work shortly after. The original mount was a bracket on the rear of the engine case, right next to the exhaust collector can. Good thinking.

I built a new bracket with a big finned heat sink and mounted it on the opposite side from the exhaust system. This seems to be working. the regulator is running much cooler and the engine seems to like having a full shot of power to the ignition.

Side view
Rear view. Big fins. Lots of air.

Need to put 5 miles on it around the 'hood to prove it is now ready for prime time. The neighbors will be somewhat annoyed, but tough.