Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Western Civ in 5 minutes

Everything they refuse to teach you in college, or even in High School any more:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Local Politics

While attending a small rally for a local candidate for our House of Reps, I got to chat with some of the more senior reps who told me that unofficially our Governor and member of the Big 4 Colorado billionaires Club, Jared Polis, is positioning himself for a presidential run in 2024.

Swell. Early on candidates tend to move to the far ends of their parties in order to corral the votes necessary in the primaries. This may be is come conflict with the sitting members of his own party who currently control both chambers of the legislature. The legislature is controlled by Tom Steyer and the other 3 members of the aforementioned Big 4 who support rather extreme positions on everything. Guns, taxes, schools, immigration, the works. If the legislature continues to overreach, they run the risk of losing at least the Senate.

The House is a different story with all the Donks plugged in to their seats by the oligarchs with apostasy punishable by a well funded primary challenger. Primaries are comparatively cheap and in the general the union soldiers will dutifully harvest ballots for anyone with a D after their name.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Coronavirus Remedies

I call them remedies rather than cures since I suspect that most of these have the effect of suppressing the symptoms rather than actually eliminating the disease. Many of these have ethnic roots as well, so get ready for some cultural assimilation.

Remedy #1 An Irish remedy
This one involves gelatinous seaweed

The Red Seaweed of Chondrus crispus and Mastocarpus stellatus have been used for Centuries in Ireland to relieve sore throats, coughs and colds.
Need :
  • 25g of Carrageen / Irish Moss
  • 600ml (1 pint) of water
  • Lemon, sugar, honey – to taste to your own preferences
The traditional way to make this is to :
  • Soaked 25g of Carrageen / Irish Moss in a bowl of cold water for 15 mins.
  • Place soaked Carrageen / Irish Moss in a pan with 600ml (1 pint) of water.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 mins – the Carrageen / Irish Moss should break up into little pieces and the liquid thickens.
  • Strain the liquid through a sieve, making sure you get all the liquid through the sieve with the spoon.
  • Add Sugar, lemon, honey to taste – to your own taste.
  • Allow to cool and decant into a resealable jar/container.
  • This will keep in the fridge for approx 1 week.
  • Other flavours can be added to your own taste – ginger, vanilla essence, etc.

My own personal suggestion for flavoring would be Tullimore Dew. In moderation, of course.

Remedy #2. Another Irish remedy: One of my friends also has an Irish remedy which involves hanging your hat on a bedpost and taking a bottle of whisky to bed with you which you drink until you see two hats. I suspect that when you regain consciousness, the hangover will overwhelm any other problems you might have and you can get back to work just like any other Monday morning.

Remedy #3. A Welsh remedy.  I got this one off one of the news feeds I read. A Welshman, working in China came down with the dreaded Kung Flu and was by his account, at deaths door when he decided to try his national cure, a Honey Lemon Toddy. This involves 2 levels of prep, depending on how long you think you have to live I guess. The simple one at he link
  • 2 ounces scotch whiskey
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • hot water (to taste)
He says it saved his life. He also didn't say how many he took. I recommend 3 parts water to 1 part booze. I made mine using Tincup Rye whiskey and it was really smooth and tasty. Smooths the throat too. If you have a bit longer to live, have the ingredients, and remember where you put them, you can add a couple of cloves, some cinnamon stick, and just a hint of nutmeg.

Monday, February 10, 2020

New Coronavirus Masks

If it's the Kung Flu or something else, why not opt for something else?
Mask #1

Minimalist, for use in less infected areas
Mask #2

Maxi mask, includes 5 micron filters inside

Not to mention what it does to the ChiCom facial recognition software.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Democratic Approach

After hearing James O'Keefe's videos of Bernies people recently I'm beginning to get a feel for the party's approach to the upcoming elections.
His rep did assure us that Stalin's gulags were nowhere near as bad as the CIA has portrayed them.
Turning out the Antifa militias to turn out the vote also inspires this one:
Short, succinct, and to the point, no?

Having watched the Donks go from Russians! to Ukrainians! to He Dissed Us! to no avail, I'm thinking that sooner or later they're going to start thinking that assassination is the only remaining route to a 2020 victory.

Might be fun for Trump to invite Pelosi, Schimer, and Mutt&Jeff to the White house on some pretext or other and have them met at the back door by the TSA who will give them the full Bin Ladin screening welcome. Just so they understand where they stand with him in the D.C. food chain.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Hillary For V.P?

I believe she would jump at the prospect. After all if her party won, she would then be only one more heartbeat away from the presidency.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Medical Science Marches On

I have reported here on a technique for fighting cancers involving separating the victims T-cells out, reprogramming them to recognize certain cancers, in the case mentioned, leukemia, then putting them back into the patient where they ruthlessly attack and kill the cancer. An impressive trick which worked best on liquid cancers.

It now seems that a lab in Wales has discovered a naturally occurring t-cell that preferentially attacks cancerous cells, but is present only in modest numbers. They have cultured them and injected significant volumes into cancer patients and had some favorable results.
They reportedly discovered a new type of T-cell that carries a receptor that latches onto human cancers but ignores healthy cells.
In fact, the receptor is said to be capable of killing several cancers, including lung, skin, blood, colon, breast, bone, prostate, ovarian, kidney and cervical cancer.
They say that human trials could begin by the end of the year which by health care development standards is  blindingly fast. Since at this point the process involves using the patients own T-cells, the word "drug" does not appear in a description of the therapy so the FDA whose function is to insure that NOTHING gets to the market, in minimally involved.

Coincidentally, two political icons, one of the left, and one of the right, seem to be candidates for the treatment. Rush Limbaugh and Notorious RBG have between them supporters with enough money to outright buy Wales and establish the Limbaugh-Ginsburg Cancer Treatment Center.

What Happened In Iowa

Since no one actually seems to know, that means that my guesswork is equally valid as everyone elses so here goes:

It seems the APP software used in Iowa was written by the same people who wrote the ballot counting software that screwed Biden out of the nomination in 2016. My theory is that the "malware" built into the app had the function of removing votes from the Biden file and adding them to the Clinton file. In '16, this worked. This year the feature was still there, still carefully hidden, and still working except that this year, there was no Clinton file to write to, so the whole app crashed.

When some results finally get out, we will find Biden with very low vote counts and the rest of the field with about what we expected, percentage wise. Good thing, I suppose, that Hill wasn't on the ballot else we'd also see that she again won all the coin toss decisions.

These people want to micromanage your life too.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

What Trump Should Say

In the SOTU address Tuesday, pointedly looking over at the Clown Coup people:
"I'll have more flexibility after tomorrow."

Groundhog Day

Taking a cue from Tam who tells us that if your convertible doesn't see the shadow of its top:

If your motorcycle saw its shadow on the road today then it's a cue for an early spring. Mine did.

72 today declining to 30 with snow tonight, accumulating 5-6" Monday with a bit more on Tue and a low of 4 on Wed Morning. That groundhog had best get back in his hole. Winter Sucks!

UPDATE to add weather notes.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Reloading Limits

A question that regularly comes up is how many times can you reload range brass. Being the consummate cheapskate, I should be able to tell you but unfortunately I never marked any of my ammo in such a way as to be able to keep track of it. What I have found out is this:

The life of a casing unsurprisingly, depends on the material and the load. Brass casings with low power loads last a good long time, although less in a carbine where the pressures get higher. For fun I reloaded some aluminum casings and kept track of them. In a pistol they lasted 3-5 cycles before they began to split. In the carbine only 1-3. If you need ammo and have nothing else, this can serve, just keep in mind not for long. I've had some brand new aluminum ammo blow out in the carbine on the first shot.

I have 500 rds of ammo, loaded to very mild levels for use in the pistol which I rotate through and 300 rds also modest power, for the rifle.. This also makes keeping track of it difficult since I generally use about 80 rds at a match, reload that and refill the 100 rd box, then put it into the rotation. Thus the first 80 rds in each case have seen the most use, and the last 20 or so are probably still in pretty good shape.

I've been averaging about 3 boxes a month x 80 rds/box for the last 3 years, and I can tell you the stuff is overdue for retirement. The first clue is when you finish up a stage and the SO says “unload and show clear” and you can't get the bolt to extract the last cartridge from the chamber by pulling it back. There is likely nothing wrong with the extractor, just the cartridge is now so out of spec that it's been press fit into the chamber. Definitely time to retire that one. This implies that the brass has been through the gun once a month, for the last 3 years, minus a few canceled winter matches, or 25-35 times over its life. To be conservative, and using modestly powered loads, I would venture to say that 15 reloads is probably about it, after which you'll begin to have trouble extracting unfired rounds from the gun. I've not had any of the brass cartridges split on me, but this is masking the problem with overly reloaded brass. It works OK when you fire it and almost always gets ejected that way. When you start to see failure to eject or experience difficulty extracting an unfired round, this is a hint that your brass is in need of a trip to the scrapyard.

1000 rds of S&B .40 S&W from Lucky Gunner costs about what it would cost me to make if I had to buy everything, including the brass. If I keep my losses to a minimum, that's about 4 months supply. If I don't lose too much, I can reload it 10-15 times and get the price down to manageable levels, and not wind up shooting worn out ammo. Even adding in shipping and taxes (~20%) and limiting reloads to 10 times, I'm still not doing too bad.

Anyway, now you know.

Plodding Into The 21st Century

In the course of human events here at casa Billll, the kids decided that the wife's TV was in need of an upgrade. Not only the TV, but the furniture it sat on, which would have been too small for the new TV they were envisioning. They also figured that they could include us on future SILs family plan which would expand the available list of time wasters available.

The kids duly took the Wife out shopping to a furniture store where FSIL had some favors waiting and came back with a TV big enough to be watched from across the street. Call me an old fogy, but as a child, the TV was generally demonized as some kind of plot to produce fat, brain dead, kids who would be easy pickings for the onrushing hordes who were probably commies, and wanted our country and our TVs. Thus the admonition to “Go Play” with the word “outdoors” unspoken but clearly understood. The flickering screen was not called an entertainment center, but pretty universally “boob tube.” Oh yes, and back then that referred to the watchers rather than the programming.

They also noted that Wifey's phone was woefully out of date, and arranged to get her a new one. This seems to include new icons, new buttons, the discontinuation of tapping the icons, replaced by swiping them, and several other updates to the point that when the living room furniture had been rearranged to accommodate the new TV, very little in the way of operational training had been imparted. There also seemed to be no operating manual included. All updates were presupposed to be intuitive. Eventually we noticed that the owner needed to set up the phone so it would actually ring when called, something that was not automatically included. There is also some clever combination of swipes required just to answer a call, assuming you knew one was coming in. My daughter spent about 2 hours training d”wife on the phone, and left muttering that training time would come out of the time she would otherwise have spent finding us a nice nursing home. Also the remaining time before she started getting us installed in one.

Anyway, the old TV holder, some 5 ft wide, six feet tall, and 18 inches deep, and the bookshelf next to it had, over the years, become the resting place of every piece of detritus to float through the living room, and when it was replaced with a piece from the basement, 6-1/2 feet wide and 2 feet high, all the detritus got moved to the floor. Admittedly most of it should have been moved to a dumpster, but one was not immediately available and setup time was a-wastin'. The piece from the basement is ½ of a stackable assembly which served the same function as the now removed piece from upstairs, so it too was covered with “stuff” which now resides on the floor down there. Most of the downstairs stuff is of the same status as the upstairs stuff so the required dumpster is getting larger and more trips up and down the stairs are called for.

The new TV being installed, and the cables plugged in, it seemed that it wasn't giving us all the channels we had before. Much fussbudgeting and a visit from a technician later, it seems that although the TV was “smart” and “HD”, HD input was not asked for in the contract, so is not available. Cables from the box to the set must be the old RCA type and not the HDMI that came with the box upgrade. You would think that a “smart” TV would notice little stuff like this and put up a warning on the screen: “Yo! Dummies! Upgrade your contract or use the other cable set!” It also seems that due to better speakers, when the sound is good enough to be heard in the living room, it can also be heard anywhere in the house. I suggested some big styrofoam Corinthian columns, one on each side of the TV to deflect the sound away from the hallway, but this got vetoed. Even when I suggested a Temple frontage across the top with friezes and statuary of gods on top, say, Cthulhu and Aphrodite. Some people have no appreciation for the classics. All that's left now is the cleanup so I'm looking for a front loader that will fit through the doors.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Tomorrows News Today!

Riffing off the news that Washington is considering letting people vote by phone. What could go wrong?

So the 2020 elections will be a replay of 2016 with Trump winning the electoral college by a lop-sided margin while the popular vote will run Trump: 67M, Clinton 1.6Bn, with 1.54Bn of those votes coming from Washington.

 Mrs Clinton becomes the Dem party nominee when original nominee, Bernie Sanders, commits suicide by shooting himself twice in the head, and leaving the nomination to Mrs Clinton in the suicide note found pinned to his body.

This news from the Potsylvanian News Agency. Our motto: Tomorrows News Today!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

New Gun

Sort of. 9 years ago I got one of the  first Hi Point 4095 carbines to hit the market. I've been shooting the dickens out of it since to the point of using it exclusively for IDPA competitions to the tune of around 1000 rounds a year. December of last year it had a failure that the factory opined was probably terminal so I sent it back via Triple J Armory in Littleton.

Had rather a crush Tuesday with the new gun arriving around noon and the club having a scheduled match that evening. The shop had to log it into their inventory, me arriving at 2:30, and the BC and all taking to 3:30. I showed up with the red dot and the rest of the match gear and left the shop directly for the match with the parts in bags and boxes.

Arrive at ARPC at 4:15, assemble the gun with the sight, set up a target and get the sight more or less dialed in. It adjusts with an allen wrench and all I had was one that was pretty close to the right size. Hard to feel the clicks. I decided the lower group was close enough.

Helped with the stage setup and shot the thing. The gun worked great. Had one failure to feed from the brand new (really ought to take them apart and clean them before use) magazine, and one brain fart loading the wrong mag for the stage and coming up 1 round short (5 down). Finished the match in 4th overall but the fellow who finished 3rd was some 20 points ahead of me so the -5 didn't hurt my standing any.

From the look of those groups, the new gun is noticeably tighter than the old one so any complaints I had about looseness before can now be safely disregarded.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Bloomberg Program I Can Support

What? I hear you howl. Well yes. He has stated that he's willing to spend all of his not inconsiderable money to try to get rid of Trump. Fine then, as I think his odds of success are sufficiently small as not to worry me. If he bankrupts himself, he'll have nothing left over for his idiotic anti-gun crusade, so win-win, no?