Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bidenizing Chicago Voting

Voting is hard. You need to know the candidates, the issues, the questions, and the unintended consequences of everything on the ballot.

1 In an effort to make it easier, in Chicago, the voting machines have been Bidenized. Thus a voter can pound away at the touch screen and when ready, hits the "cast Vote" button, and all his mistakes are automatically corrected and the straight Dem ticket is selected.

No one told the president so he's still having trouble with it.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Losing Your Religion

The city of Coeur d'Aline, Idaho has an ordinance that seems to require anyone practicing any religion to remember that the first commandment refers to the official state religion of Secular Humanism or something. The ordinance requires anyone performing a marriage, for example, to perform whatever type of marriage the customers demand. Some seem to think this is an overreach on the part of the city council, no matter how exalted they may think themselves, but I thing there's an opportunity here.

Just think, if this were a federal statute, I could go to the Grand Islamic Mufti of the United States* and demand he perform a Jewish wedding between myself and a pig. And not just any pig, but a big hairy boar. If he refuses I could then sue in Federal court, have him jailed for 10 years or so, and demand title to his Mosque and its treasury. By the time he got out, the former mosque (now al-Porquis) would be nationally famous as the home of the best pork Barbeque in the country, kicking off with my jilted fiance.

Just thinking out loud.

*The only person in the U.S. who regularly makes pronouncements as to what or whom is or is not Islamic has been the President. Someone needs to remind him that if you're going to denounce someone, ISIS say, as un-islamic, this needs to be accompanied with a fatwa calling for some appropriate punishment, say massive carpet bombing or something.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

National Politics

Drudge has seen tomorrows NYT:
NYT SUNDAY: Confidential memo from Obama pollster predicts 'crushing Dem losses' if blacks not engaged in election... Developing...

I bet the story will be fascinating. Now if only someone with some stature in the black community would stand up and point out the emperors lack of clothing....

Update: Or if someone were to point out that the emperor plans to introduce a whole lot more competition for those jobs the perennially unemployed have been hoping for. 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to seek a vendor to produce as many as 34 million blank work permits and 'green cards' – the paperwork that authorizes illegal immigrants to live and work in the United States – as the White House prepares to issue an executive order after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. 

Colorado Politics

Heard from Ryan Call head of the Colorado Republican Committee this morning. He was positive sounding on Gardner and Coffman but less so on Beauprez, suggesting that unseating a sitting governor in this state would probably require an angry mob or an act of God. OTOH he expects all the races to be very close and decided by only a handful of votes so if the Republicans turn out in large numbers, it could happen. Of note was his mention of the amount of money the national Republicans had dropped and continue to drop on the Governors race. If they didn't think it would pay off they wouldn't be spending it. This in contrast to the Udall and Romanoff campaigns which have been effectively abandoned by the national Dems.

He was cautiously optimistic about the State Senate as we only need to flip one seat and not lose any of the existing ones, but somewhat less so about the House which would require flipping a lot of seats. That said then, it looks like we're stuck with all the gun laws, election fraud, and anti-business climate the Dems stuck us with last year at least for another 2 years.

In all the contested cases he expected the races to be very close.

Update: Colorado Peak Politics is reporting that Hick has suddenly remembered that he didn't like Obamacare very much. (Beauprez' odds just went up I bet.)

Econ 101

Capitalism is where free men freely exchange goods, services, or information with one another to the benefit of all.

Rent seeking is where a third party steps in and demands a percentage of the transaction in return for something that may or may not be of any benefit to the others. In a good case this may be  a mandatory quality standard that must be met. In a bad case it might just be a required insurance payment against accidental breakage of your kneecaps.

Crony capitalism is when the government mandates the bad case above. The law in question, proposed by the National Automobile Dealers Association would affect Elio as well as Tesla i Michigan. While it is acceptable for the states to act pretty much as they please unless the Fed.Gov objects and threatens to not give their tax monies back, this looks a lot like interference with interstate commerce and as such would be unconstitutional.

Gov. Snyder would do well to veto this.

Vote Fraud

By a 6-3 last-minute vote the US Supreme court has decided that the voter ID laws in Texas will be in full effect for the upcoming election. The vote was unofficial, but the 3 dissidents went so far as to release their dissents.

Justice Ruth went so far as to say:
"The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters," Ginsburg wrote in dissent.
Near as anyone can actually tell, most of the disfranchised are among those with disabilities, the most common of which is a lack of metabolism. Disembodied spirits are also significantly affected.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Battleground State

Got our ballots late last evening, filled them out this morning, and had them dropped off by noon. Now, all you pols can quit calling me begging for my vote. You either got it or not.

I suppose the ones begging for money will quit eventually. Like whenever they get their campaign debts completely paid off. Of course by then it'll be time to start raising money for the next campaign.

Heinlein said once that voting is a serious responsibility if you live in a society that allows it. To be a good citizen you should research the candidates and the questions thoroughly so as to make an informed decision. Alternatively you could find a well-meaning fool, ask how he or she intends to vote, and vote the opposite.

The problem with that approach is that the definition of "well-meaning fool" all too often just means someone from the other party. My advice to the politically befuddled is to vote against all the incumbents, vote to oust all the judges, and vote no on all the questions. You may find you've cast a few votes that you regret, but frankly not very many.

What could be a QOTD was spoken on the radio one morning last week by someone I can't identify. His suggestion viz questions was that any question that starts out with "Shall taxes be raised..." automatically disqualifies itself from a yes vote. Giving guns or money to the criminally irresponsible is always a bad idea, and the government certainly qualifies on that score.


Alox

I've never used Alox before although I'm told it makes shooting hard lead bullets a lot less messy in terms of lead fouling. I decided to give it a try so I bought a small bottle of the stuff, brought it home, and read the directions. Yes, I know it takes all the fun out of a process, but I'm willing to do it once before abandoning them.

It calls for putting a "small amount" on an indeterminate number of bullets, shaking them gently in a plastic container to distribute the stuff, then letting the bullets dry overnight on wax paper. Small amount is your call and plastic container is suggested to be an ice cream box. This means I get to make things up as I go along with just nebulous guidelines to work from. Just like real life.

In my version I put some 250-350 bullets (92 gr, 9mm) in a peanut butter container (3" high, 4" dia) along with enough Alox that if it had been toothpaste, I could have brushed my teeth 2-3 times. How's that for an accurate measurement? In lieu of shaking I put the jar, which has a screw-on lid, into my tumbler along with the walnut shell media and ran it for about 5 minutes. NOTE 1: I have a rotary tumbler. This trick may not work as well in a vibratory model. Then again it might if you leave a generous load of relatively soft media in to dampen the shaking. NOTE 2: Media on the outside, bullets on the inside of the jar.

Result: A big load of sticky bullets. I'm guessing that half the amount of Alox would have sufficed. OTOH the fellow who sold me the stuff suggested that the 4 oz bottle would be good for 1000 bullets. At this rate I'm guessing it will be good for closer to 10,000. Nice even coating too.

Observation: They call this stuff "liquid". It has nearly the same consistency as light bearing grease.

Next stop is the range with the chroney.

QOTD - Academia

Of course since everyone reads the blogfather daily, everyone has already seen this and has probably stopped nodding their heads by now. Still, when the administration seems to get a good deal of inspiration from the antics of a handful of whackadoodles, it's good to keep in mind that almost nobody grows a complete brain before the age of 25 and a notable percentage of the population never do.
Tip: When students go on about social justice, the proper response is to tell them you don’t care what they think, because they don’t know enough to have an intelligent opinion yet. If universities were run on this principle, the 3% of students responsible for 98% of the idiocy would no longer have their destructive impact. Also, it’s true: They don’t know enough to have an intelligent opinion, as demonstrated by the opinions they do have.
                                                                         Glenn Reynolds

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gun Bling

Black Dog Machine has a muzzle break for .223 caliber EBR's that is sculpted like a dragons head. Looks very spiff.

Makes you think about what other gargoyles might look good/imposing on the end of your heater. Somehow that picture of Al Gore
inspires me to see his head on the end of an AR. Which might be an improvement over seeing it on the end of a pike but it's a close call.

Maybe a yellow rubber ducky head or the wild woodpecker
The possibilities are endless.


You Might Live In A Battleground State If...

Your phone rings every 15 minutes with calls from Washington, Virginia, Michigan (?), points unknown, or even Colorado with numbers like 000-000-0000 calling you.

I have a pretty good caller I.D. box, and I don't answer calls from people like that.

The story here is that the DNCC has pulled funding from both Sen Udall and wannabe Rep Romanoff. The implication is that their own internal polling suggests that the money would be better spent on a race they have a shot at winning although hope always springs eternal. We have a brand new vote fraud institutionalization law which the Dems are expected to take full advantage of next month. Read the gory details here, but at this point it's their only hope.

Vote early, vote ofter, and vote other peoples ballots if you should find them lying about, say on the "not my mail" table in a large apartment building. A word of warning on that one: This year mail-in ballots will have the signature on the outside compared to the signature on file with the SOS with the registration of the person in question. The comparison is done by computer so no one knows how good the comparison needs to be to pass. I know my signature has a fair amount of variation to it from day to day.

It is legal to drop off up to 10 ballots at one of the drop boxes the counties will be providing as you are expected to be helpful to your family and neighbors avoiding the $.65 postage otherwise required. No one checks anything, just drive by and toss the envelopes. If the signature doesn't pass muster, well, no one will know who dropped it off.

The good news is that the counties keep track of who voted so when you turn in your ballot and it gets accepted, your name gets taken off the list of registered voters and added to the list of those who have voted and you stop getting nagging phone calls.

Just remember, since voters are sorted by party, in order to make sure you are recognized with the correct party, Republicans and unaffiliated voters should sign their ballot "First, MI, Last" and Democrats should sign their ballots LAST NAME FIRST to avoid confusion.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Maker Faire, PRC Edition

Some of this stuff is more professionally done than others, but they all show a good deal on inventiveness.
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it - Chinese Proverb
 This one is my personal favorite, closely edging out the cannons (six of them!) one fellow made to prevent the local government from visiting "urban renewal" on his house. The Chinese knockoffs of the Elio are already in pre-production

Monday, October 13, 2014

Science Marches Onward - Guns

When the thing gets too high tech, it's no longer Steampunk no matter how many gages and displays it has.
Go here to see more pics and a link to turning on the power.

Alas, so far no evidence that it actually shoots anything although it was suggested that it's set up for 7.62. There's a backpack that goes with it which looks to be the magazine.

The Next Gun Control Martyr

"Shotgun" Joe Biden says we need a new James Brady to energise the anti-gun movement. Since Gabby Giffords doesn't seem to be carrying the day, may I suggest that Mr. Biden go on a "fact-finding" walk through Furgeson, MO this Saturday night, without the Secret Service or his usual entourage.

I bet we'd have us a new poster boy by Sunday morning.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The End Of Days

Must surely be here. The local birdcage liner, Pravda On The Platte has actually endorsed a Republican in a closely contested race (Udall D-incumbent v Gardner R). This is something I've never seen the Pest do. Their usual MO is to endorse all the Dems in all races, contested or not, and endorse Republicans only if they are running unopposed. This allows them to claim to be bipartisan and not simply a tool of the DNC.

Along those lines, Udall says energy is his passion while staunchly opposing Keystone XL, and says jobs are important while endorsing another hike to the minimum wage. The Pest may have noticed that no one seems to be fooled by this and the polls are trending the wrong way for Udall whose only hope at this point is the Vote Fraud Act of 2013 and a 100+% turnout from the Denver-Boulder Axis of Evil.