Saturday, August 27, 2016

Gun Fun - Brag

Went to the Club Championship match today as the alternative was cancelled. This featured 6 stages:
1Air rifle bullseye. I learned last year not to bring my gun. I borrowes a $2000 pellet rifle and did pretty well.
2. Air pistol NRA Silhouette. Borrowed a fancy pistol and got 9/10 animals for best in club.
3. .22 pistol, bulls eye. I've done worse.
4. .22 rifle bullseye. 3 flyers didn't help.
5. American Marksman, .22 rifle. Did passably well.
6. Action pistol, .22 pistol. Did decently well there.

Result: 1st place in my division, and 3rd overall. 5 more points and I'd have been second. 30 more and I'd have won the whole thing. Must remember not to get in such a rush with the .22 bulls eye stages.

Tomorrow I go back and do IDPA with a Glock. Fun weekend.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Guns As Cigarettes

Sen C. Murphy is proposing that guns be regulated the same as cigarettes. Stuff like this has been proposed before along the lines of regulating guns like cars. This fell out of favor when people pointed out that a car purchased in Idaho and driven with a license from Arizona, was legal in Wash D.C.

The tobacco industry is currently a set of government run businesses. Every manufacturer must make and market his product the way the government dictates it be done. The dictionary definition of Fascism.

What happened was that the pols got elected pledging to "do something" about the curse of smoking but discovered that there was a lot of money to be made selling an addictive product to the public.
The result was the government becoming a partner to the tobacco companies and demanding a fixed amount of money every year to let them keep selling their product. Partners in the drug trade as it were. The cost to make and market a cigarette remains the same, the companies profit is the same percentage of the costs, and the protection money is added to the cost of a pack of smokes.

If the government thought tobacco was a real threat to the national health, they'd ban the stuff outright. Since there's big money in it, sales are allowed. Government bribing itself to look the other way.

Which brings us to taxation. If gun sales prove to be persistent, the government will not ban the product, but simply apply a tax to it same as cigarettes. For some reason taxing enumerated rights is acceptable, see Nat. Firearms Act of 34. A $200/ea tax on certain items was considered acceptable while poll taxes were not. Tell me, what's the difference? In todays dollars that was equivalent to about $2500 tax. The $1000/ea tax recently imposed on gun sales in Northern Marianas Islands looks cheap by comparison. It remains to be seen if this holds up. Depends on who gets to pick the next supreme court justice. Remember that the Heller ruling specifically stated that no rights were absolute, which implied that all rights are subject to "common sense regulation" which means that you don't actually have any except at the pleasure of the government.

Jump Starting A Brain

A doctor has developed a new technique for jump-starting a comatose brain. In my experience at jump starting stuff, I find a bit of starter fluid speeds the process along. Something appropriate to the item being started. Ether for internal combustion engines or coffee for humans. This one
seen here being supported in an upright position by an internal shaft, looks like she needs a fairly extreme approach. Based on past history I'd say to start with a stiff shot of Jack and a medium sized lightning bolt. Whatever they've been using to rejuvenate this corpse, it only seems to work for a limited time before she needs to go back into the tank of embalming fluid for a few more days.

The real life(?) version of Weekend At Bernie's

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Libertarian Takeover

No the Libertarians aren't taking over, just the opposite, The left has seemingly taken over the Libertarians. First we got irrefutable proof that the Lib VP knows nothing about guns but is on board with extreme regulation of them, then there's this:
“The five-shot rifle, that’s a standard military rifle; the problem is if you attach a clip to it so it can fire more shells and if you remove the pin so that it becomes an automatic weapon, and those are independent criminal offenses,” Weld said. “That is when they become, essentially a weapon of mass destruction. The problem with handguns probably is even worse than the problem of the AR15.”
Now we get this:
http://iotwreport.com/gary-johnson-backs-co2-fee-to-fight-global-warming/

Gary Johnson is supporting a carbon tax. Welds position shows what you have to do to get elected Governor in Massachusetts. Johnson must have gotten a big campaign contribution from the Clinton Foundation on the expectation that the Libertarians usually draw votes from Republicans. Bet they didn't expect that the gratitude would extend to taking the Dem platform positions though.

There you have it Dems, the Libertarians are endorsing both gun control and job-killing taxes and regulation. On top of that, neither of the Libertarian candidates are currently under federal investigation.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Art Of Persuasion

Time Magazine has an article by a social psychologist that says that liberals are somewhat more influenced by scientific research while conservatives are more influenced by their perceived  view of the mob.
“Our research shows that, in forming social judgments, both liberals and conservatives rely on consensus cues from a neutral ‘out-group,’ such as scientists, which often acts as a ‘gateway’ to shaping other key personal beliefs,” van der Linden said. “However, at the same time, a large body of social-psychological work, including our own, also finds that conservatives typically value adherence to social norms and social conformity more than liberals.”
Hence we see the liberal argument for climate change as "the science is settled" and the position for more gun control running to "95% of Americans favor stricter gun laws."

If the science were settled, no one would be doing any further research on the subject. If 90+% of Americans wanted more gun control, the legislation would get whooped through the legislatures with very little notice from the press or anyone else. Also no pol would ever lose his or her job for supporting it.

If as Scott Adams says, identity is the best persuader, the winning approach for the anti-greenies would be to paint the greens as cave-dwelling Luddites, and for us to associate the anti-gunners with the German gun control laws of 1938 and the subsequent Holocaust. Yes, I know, Godwins Law and all that, so how about Jim Crow and the Black Codes from the post civil war era. Might be a better fit as it's the same party trying to disarm its enemies now as it was then.

Raffle To Counter Bloomberg

Nevadans For State Gun Rights is raffling off an AR rifle to raise money to counter the Bloomberg- sponsored Q1 which would set up a statewide registry under the guise of universal background checks.

Nevadans For State Gun Rights is currently being outspent about 10:1 and in spite of opposition by the Governor, the Senate, and most of the Sheriffs in Nevada, the polls have it winning so click the link and give them a hand.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Drone Racing and Shooting

Went to a drone race Thursday as part of the entertainment. The little (about 9 in square) critters are fast, agile, and flown from remote seats using VR goggles. The venue was indoors at a place called the Glitter Dome which also features Roller Derby. Lighting was what you would expect from a nightclub with the volume turned up appropriately. 4 drones are raced at a time with scoring being the number of laps completed in 2 minutes. The course features aluminum pylons with moving concert lights attached, and cloth draped between the floor and ceiling in an artistic manner. The craft alternate between flying under the drapes and over them up near the ceiling. Here are 4 pilots ready to begin:

Teams are identified by color and the drones have similarly colored lights on them. As they pass by the "front straight" the infamous pedal air gun is poised to have a shot at them using "nerf" darts made from pipe insulation.
An audience member gets to pedal the gun and take as many shots as he or she can in the alloted 2 minutes. As it happened, the first shot in the first race took a drone down by hitting one of the cloth drapes and having the drone hit the dart as it was falling. This knocked a critical wire loose and grounded the drone for the duration of that heat. The rest of the evening went about as I had expected with several near misses and the drones taking themselves out by flying into the netting, the drapes, the walls, each other or whatever else was available.

In the last heat of the night the second hit on a drone happened, a good shot tagging the back side of one, giving it a bit of a speed boost but doing no damage. 2 total hits for the entire evening was about the high end of what I had expected. Both hits by the way were made by women. The audience seemed to be rooting for the gunners.

The pits looked a lot like the pits at a Critter Crunch robot fighting competition with dozens of nerds busily putting the finishing touches on their machines. Here there were a lot more laptops involved.
The indoor venue made for a very busy course with tight turns and lots of obstacles. Some of the pilots were good enough to give a trained fighter pilot cause to worry. There were cameras placed strategically around the course so there may be some You Tube video at some point showing drones racing, crashing, and getting hit by foam darts. Here's the course from a pilots POV:



 I'm seeing the next generation of fighter pilots flying from a hanger or a passenger plane a long ways from the actual battle space. The next generation of fighters will be limited only by the ultimate structural strength of the air frame.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Policy Debates

Scott Adams is doing the Lords work watching the candidates and their apologists and lawyers so we don't have to. The other night he watched the Clinton people on CNN (Clinton News Network) trying to explain away Trumps foreign policy speech. Here's the money quote from that:
I watched Clinton surrogates on CNN criticize Trump’s speech, and their criticisms were mostly these two:
1. All of Trump’s foreign policy ideas are crazy and uninformed.
2. Obama is already wisely doing all of those same things.
So vote for the crook, it's important, and click the link, RTWT and buy his book thus proving that dirty jobs can be remunerative.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Disproof First, Theory Second

Sometimes you find stuff like this, with a theory and it's disproof say in the same issue of a newspaper or even in a single editorial column. This one sets a record by publishing the disproof of a theory first and the theory second, 5 hours later. Here's the theory:

Conservatives Take Note: The Left Always 'Wins' Because They Can Disobey Laws They Don't Like

The example cited is the Mecklinburg school district although the lead picture is Hillary Clinton.

The disproof is from Pennsylvania where the states Attorney General has been busted for abusing her office to benefit her career.
‘Rising Democratic Star’ Kathleen Kane Convicted on 9 Criminal Charges
Mrs Kane was widely expected to move up to a U.S. Senate seat, but that's not happening, at least not right away. No word just yet on what she got, but I've heard that she has resigned her A.G. position.

I guess you don't get to rise above the law until you rise to some unspecified but fairly exalted position, apparently further up the food chain than State A.G. in PA but no lower than the school system administrators in N.C.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pest Control

I bet you thought this was going to be something about shooting marauding flying monkeys or some such. Bummer dudes, it's about Japanese Beetles.

The pests are attracted by anything with a fragrance, plus anything they land on and eat as their droppings have an odor that attracts more of them. First part of summer, the raspberries were protected by the Linden tree whose flowers attracted the beetles. It also appeared that eating linden flowers was bad for the bugs.

One of the neighborhood gardeners on the next block has chickens who think Japanese Beetles are a form of candy. He put the bait portion of a beetle trap into the top of a piece of PVC pipe, and hung it so the bottom ended at a partially covered tin pan. The beetles fly to the bait, fall down the pipe and  hit the tin pan with a "plink" . The pan is located in the chicken coop. It never requires any cleaning.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cooking The Books

BLS statistics frequently get revised as the complete data don't show up until after the reporting time frame. Quarterly growth rates are usually revised downward a point or two, but this is some sort of record:
Bureau of Labor Statistics yesterday reported a massive downward revision of the 1Q 2016 YoY real wage growth from +4.2% to -0.4% (a 4.6% swing).
This to lead into our seventh consecutive Summer Of Recovery from the Bush Recession.

I sure Hope this Changes pretty soon.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Bumper Sticker

A blow for truth in advertising and just to show you that I don't just favor Great Cthulhu:
Maybe if I added the H and arrow logo as the crossbar...

Print some of these out and offer them to your liberal friends.

Smart, Dumb, Lazy, Industrious

To get a PhD you have to write a thesis. To keep your job as a professor, you have to keep writing those things although once you get tenure it seems like you no longer have to defend them. Here's one that suggests that there's an inverse correlation between physical activity and intelligence. While it's true that there are a lot of jobs out there for which a strong back and a weak mind will qualify you, is it not also true that a sewing machine operator expends about the same energy as a desk jockey with a fancier desk.

" The researchers, led by Todd McElroy, then selected 30 'thinkers' and 30 'non-thinkers' from the pool of candidates. Over the next seven days both groups wore a device on their wrist which tracked their movements and activity levels, providing a constant stream of data on how physically active they were. Results showed the thinking group were far less active during the week than the non-thinkers.

Proving that people with desk jobs are somehow smarter than people with hammers or shovels. I think he's got it exactly backwards. Civilizations greatest advances were invented by inherently lazy people looking for some way to produce wealth without producing a commensurate amount of sweat. Being lazy is not a sign of high intelligence, everybody's lazy. Being smart allows you to be lazy without adversely affecting your economic status.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Drone Racing

That's right. Those Funkin Drones will be putting on an indoor drone race August 18th at the Glitter Dome. The exact details are still being worked out so if you want to race, you need to contact them. Details at the link. The event see

Glitter Dome
3600 Wynkoop St,
Denver, CO 80216

Extra added attraction: Some spectators will be allowed to use the infamous Pedal Air Gun, showcased on earlier pages here to launch Nerf darts at the passing aircraft. The race course will be enclosed inside of netting and the Pedal Gun barrel will be poked through the mesh. During a 2 minute heat, a quick person with a bit of assistance in loading should be able to get 4 shots off. My Nerf darts are 2 inches in diameter and 12 inches long. I judge it unlikely in the event of a hit that any craft would be more than moderately inconvenienced, but think of the entertainment value.

Live music and beer seem to be on the card as well so I'd recommend tucking some ear plugs into your shirt pocket, just in case ya know?

E-mails

With Dr. Amiris execution we now know that the Iranians have a copy of Hillarys e-mails. I'm guessing that the $400mil the prez gave them was not just for 4 hostages, but to insure that the e-mails wouldn't get released before the elections.

Which makes me wonder how much Hill will need to give them to keep them un-released after she gets into the white house.