Monday, May 22, 2017

Spirits and Sparks

Went to a thing called Spirits and Sparks featuring fire drums, fire music, a really nice French food truck, a DJ, and about 15-20 craft distillers making everything from traditional moonshine to some pretty good whiskys, rums, gin, vodka, and other stuff.



These pics were taken early, before the official opening. Once it got going the place was pretty full.
The Denver Mad Scientists Club provided a bit of the entertainment at our table

providing instant solutions to whatever problems you might have. We added a disclaimer at some point denying all responsibility for injuries, dismemberment, jailing, or whatever else might accompany implementation of our suggestions, but generally we provided some good solutions to everyday problems. That barrel on the table is a smoke ring generator that can toss a 12 in smoke ring all the way across the room. Smoke was provided by a generator on the right side, barely visible.

How's your Latin? Translate the motto on the sign and win 10 extra points. Click pix to enlarge.

All in all a fun event. I had no idea there were that many craft distillers along the front range. I had some coffee liqueur from  Black Canyon Distillery that was better than Baileys.


Politics As Usual - Stringing The Beads

So here's a political party that;
1.  In court, argues that the central committee DNC has the mandate to select the party's candidates no matter whom the constituents prefer.
2. Seems to have solved their leakage problem by assassinating the leaker.
3. Invites terrorist groups to strategy meetings to deny conservatives their 1st amendment rights.
4. Will probably pretend to be surprised when more and more conservatives complain of receiving death threats. Taking a cue from the Muslims who assure us that they want nothing but peace but can't be held responsible for the actions of a few extremists.

Makes you want to run right out and register as a Democrat if only to avoid the attention of the Brownshirts later. Convert or be vandalized you know.

Friday, May 19, 2017

High Risk Jobs

Not the job as such but the people you wind up hanging with in the process of doing it. There's a list out there of people who died under questionable circumstances while working near the Clintons for example. Some of the deaths are sketchier than others I'll be the first to note, but it totals in the 40's at last count. Here's 4 more:
Sorry for the fuzzy quality, but that's what I got. There's more here at Theo Spark.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Weekend Entertainment

As part of the Maker Faire this weekend, there's the part where the makers doing demos are craft distillers and brewers. There's also this:




Springtime In The Rockies

Remember that 1.75 inches of rain we were supposed to get starting last night and changing to snow around midnight tonight?
Here's the breakfast view this morning after I had knocked the snow off most of the plants. As of right now, it's still snowing. Should stop tomorrow sometime. Yes, I know it won't help, but it would be therapeutic to kill a warmerist right about now.

Committee

[kuh-mit-ee] n. A life form with 6 or more legs and no brain. See SMBC. And don't forget to click on the big red button at the bottom.

Why am I reminded of the current state of government in Washington?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

QOTD - Mathematics Is Oppressive

Having made most of my living by knowing simple math, I never thought it was all that oppressive or difficult, but then this is a journalist talking. She cites a new paper covering "intersectional mathematics". The lines quoted in the article read:
Mathematical ethics recognizes that, for centuries, mathematics has been used as a dehumanizing tool. Does one’s IQ fall on the lower half of the bell curve? Mathematics tells us that individual is intellectually lacking.

And here I thought that psychologists defined what constituted "intellectually lacking" and the math was only to figure out the degree to which you were afflicted.

The thing about mathematics is that it can be used by almost anybody to add a sometimes much needed patina of legitimacy to an otherwise completely hare-brained theory of anything from global warming/cooling to even suggesting an economic validity to a government budget request. As long as half of ones constituents fall on the wrong side of that bell curve, adding a few formulae to an otherwise dull Power Point presentation will fool 50% of the voters into thinking you're on to something. Include a bribe for one or two people who can see what you're doing and voila! you get your grant.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Springtime In The Rockies

That would be the day in mid May when you have to hurry to get the lawn mowed before the arrival of the snowstorm. Never put the snow blower away before June 1.
3-5 inches! Plus a tiny blip below freezing. It's a wonder anything grows at all around here. Looks like a good year for tree services removing broken limbs though. Most likely none of this will stick to the pavement and it'll all be gone in 24 hours.

On the medical front I got out of the cast today. My wrist is very stiff, atrophied, and about as sore as when I broke it. I get a removable brace for 3 weeks then some physical therapy. The doc says no pistol shooting for the 3 weeks so I guess I'll be learning the finer points of PCC a while longer.

IDPA Stage Design - PCC

And here I thought incorporating a PCC into an IDPA stage might be overstretching credibility, see below reference to Larry Correia. Here we are in Houston where a homeowner is attacked by a carload of miscreants and just happens to have a long gun handy.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

IDPA Stage Design

We had a stage at todays match the like of which I haven't seen in some time as it is shot completely from a prone position. The story is that you went out partying and awaken lying in a gutter to find yourself being used for target practice by the Gutter Gang whom you have to out shoot from your position horizontal in the gutter.

There are no negative outcomes for this scene. Either you kill all of them and the gunfire stops, or they kill you and the gunfire stops. Anyway the stage brought to mind a song variously ascribed to the WCTU or some pack of happy drunks:

THE PIG AND THE INEBRIATE
from SONGFEST by Best and Best


It was early last December, as near as I remember
I was walking down the street in tipsy pride
No one I was disturbing, as I lay down by the curbing
And a pig came up and lay down by my side


As I lay there in the gutter, thinking thoughts I cannot utter
A lady passing by was heard to say,
"You can tell a man who boozes by the company he chooses,"
And the pig got up and slowly walked away.

I know the tune, but I have no idea where else it may have been used so you'll have to come up with your own. It's a slow paced song of the sort that gives you plenty of time to remember the next word in each line.

UPDATE: Thanks to Dave, here's a link to the tune.

IDPA - Pistol Caliber Carbine

Picking up some hints and tips as I go along here.

First is that shooting an IDPA match at the relatively short distances they use, you are probably best served with Iron sights. This allows you to get on target rapidly and with a low sight line elevation, will hit where you're aiming. Second best is a red dot although these are generally higher up above the barrel. You need to either adjust it to hit the dot at 10-15 yards or set it for 25-35 and remember that at close range you need to aim high, that is put the dot at the top of the head to get a center of head hit. Third, a scope is a waste of time. Your field of view is too small to get from one target to the next without getting lost. It also will trnd to hit low if you zero it to any reasonable range.

Shooting around barricades while maintaining cover requires switching from a right hand hold to a left hand hold quickly and smoothly. For me the switch involves first moving the stock from right to left shoulder, then moving the right hand to the fore grip, then moving the left hand to the trigger. Don't forget to switch eyes too. Going back is the reverse. YMMV but whatever you use, you need to practice it until it's automatic.

Having one hand in a cast is not a common disability, but... incorporating the slide hold/release lever from their pistols to their carbines couldn't have been that difficult a job for the folks at Hi Point now could it?

Friday, May 12, 2017

IDPA - New Rules

According to the IDPA rules, stages must have some sort of cover story to go with them. This is a good idea as it lends motivation to the job of shooting all that cardboard while moving, ducking, hiding, reloading, etc, etc. Some of the stories come across as a bit forced, but then we can't all be Larry Correia. Still with the introduction of the PCC class, some of the stories become more than slightly weird. Of course a story that's built around a concealed carry gun may have some problems translating over to a rifle: "You are walking your dog through a sketchy neighborhood, when you round a corner and see a mugging taking place..." or "You are picking up some soda pop at the Stop-N-Rob, near the back of the store when a band of hoodlums bursts in to rob the place and takes some hostages..."

Add a carbine and things just don't sound the same. "You are mowing your lawn with your rifle slung over your back when a carload of zombies turns the corner and heads up your street..." Actually that sounds like something Mr. Correia might use to start a chapter.

The genuine use in this case goes:"You are at your local IDPA match, but have fractured your wrist earlier and are essentially unable to use your pistol with a cast on your left arm. Not wanting to shoot the entire match strong hand only, including the weak hand sections, you bring your carbine and proceed to deal with the zombies/miscreants/terrorists. The "dance steps" required to do this with a rifle are new to me so I'll be learning/inventing them as I go along.

The stupid cast comes off Tuesday, then I get to try to restore the strength that 7 weeks of inactivity have wrought.
My daughter liked the color and added the comment.

Breakfast

Try a Scottish omelette. Haggis, hash browns, egg, and jack cheese. Delicious.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Exercise

That which doesn't kill me... yeah, yeah. The approach matters. Last weekend was supposed to be 2 bike rides, one of 22 miles and one of 7 which all together would visit 4 craft breweries. This is like finding those health boost boxes in a Doom game. 29 total miles, 4 beers and half an hour rest at each stop.

Didn't happen. Instead we got 8 inches of snow which makes for dicey bicycling, even with snow tires.

This weekend I tried a makeup ride. By way of prep I had Mexican breakfast of 2 eggs, Chorizo, potatoes, and green chili topping. Your heart starts slowing down just reading the menu at El Tejado. 5 cups of coffee counteracts this. Leaving my house, 16 miles up to Great Divide Barrel Bar, 2 beers, and back. Worked out pretty good. I only needed 45 minutes of unconsciousness when I got home to resume normal functions.

Great Divide had only just opened when I got there so no crowds. The Roadie Grapefruit Radler really hit the spot, thirst quenching, refreshing, vitamin C and 4% ABV which is about all I want. The Velvet Yeti Nitro Stout is a nice main course as well at 6% ABV and very smooth.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Anticapitalism - Drinking

Colorado by any standard seems to fall in the middle of any sorting method. Average everything and our liquor laws are no exception. We retain about half of the prohibition regulations left over from the 20's and the purveyors of drink seem to control which ones.

A bill was recently introduced to allow our 140+ craft breweries and 50 or so craft distilleries to open 2 additional tap rooms each at locations remote from the originating facility. This has been shot down mostly through pressure from restaurants and bars who note that the tap rooms, which would feature only in-house products, wouldn't have to jump through as many hoops as the full-service places. Tap rooms for example don't have to serve food. Most of them have a food truck that visits the place and pizza and other delivery services advertise in them.

The Official Reason for killing this is that the expected 380(+/-) new businesses would require the services of 3 additional state employees at an aggregate cost of some $160K/yr. Like these places wouldn't generate $420/ea/yr in taxes.

When the right to conduct business is controlled by politicians, the first thing bought and sold is the politicians.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Glock Bulge Buster 2

I ran 200 cases using the rig shown 2 posts below and had 6 cases refuse to go through the die. Thinking about that it would seem that pushing the cases through this kind of resizing open end up might tend to force the bulge down without pushing it in plus balancing the cases on the pusher makes for a difficult time trying to hit the die mouth so I tried something different.
Note that the new pusher is nothing but a .38 super brass fitted normally into the shell holder. The open end of the shell is tapered from being pushed into the .40 shells placed over it.

The shells feed into the die much more easily and the bulge is forced the opposite direction from before eliminating the possibility of developing a wrinkle. Finished shells pop out the top of the die as before.

Like I said, I don't shoot 9mm from a Glock so I have no brass problems with this BUT it seems like doing this to your 9mm brass before doing the usual size-and-decap would probably reduce any Glock bulge to manageable proportions.

Monday, May 1, 2017

QOTD - Trump Derangement Syndrome

Found on Insty:

“You know, I’m honestly starting to think that Trump has actually driven a lot of people to madness.” Well, to be fair, most of them were close enough to walk.
                                                                  Second sentence from Glenn Reynolds
 Reminiscent of the classic reference to the $.50 cab ride.

May Day

Here we are again at that iconic holiday celebrated the world over for different reasons, some better than others. The older and more light-hearted version goes

Hurrah Hurray
The first of May
Outdoor f*****g
starts today.

Your climate may vary. This year around here while most of the 7-12" of snow we got 2 days ago has melted, the water saturating the ground is only a couple of degrees warmer than the remaining snow.

In the last 100 years or so May 1 has become an excuse to skip work and carry red banners denouncing the dehumanizing effects of working. By contrast, remember the successes of the capitalists, who recognize the humanizing effects of eating regularly and sleeping indoors, at the Battle of Berkley and the 2017 D.C. inauguration. Try this in consideration :
  
Hurrah Hurray
The first of May
Bash a Commies
head today.

Some of the participants in the inauguration are complaining that after dutifully following the lead of some shadowy Fearless Leader had gone out to beat people and break things, are finding themselves on the wrong end of federal anti-rioting charges, looking at 1-3 years in the Federal joint, and seem to  have been hung out to dry with no one in a position to order the justice department to stand down to help them.
“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”
H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: First Series
 Nice sentiment in the right context. Seems however that Mencken was unaware that a major religion had already incorporated this into their fundamental doctrine.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Glock Bulge Buster

Brass fired from Glocks frequently exhibits a bulge near the base which can cause problems later if the stuff isn't completely resized.

Roger's comment from the previous Glock post notes that:
When a case has a Glock bulge, it will commonly chamber almost all the way in, stopping a few thousandths of an inch before full chambering.
This can and does cause the barrel to fail to go up completely into battery,
This commonly causes misfires and off center (low) primer strikes because the case / barrel are not all the way up in full battery and alignment with the firing pin.

 Some resizers don't reach that far down the case, so Lee sells a kit called the Bulge Buster which consists of an elevated brass pusher and a small bin to catch the resized brass. You need the Lee final crimp die in your caliber with the internal bits removed for this.

Or if you have the die, remove the internals, put an improvised pusher made from an old steel .223 brass with an old 9mm steel brass on top,

 a small plastic tub with a 7/8" hole will catch the brass as it pops through the die.
This brass had already been decapped and sized so this operation addressed only the bulge. There was a great variation in bulge amount from one to the next with most brass passing through the die and staying above the smallest diameter. I did have one that seemed to have no bulge at all that came back out the bottom having encountered no resistance at all going up. 

I tested this batch in my barrel and found them all to drop fully down with no resistance. NOTE: This trick will NOT work on loaded cartridges. Drat! Remember to lube the cases before resizing.


Everybody Talks About The Weather...

Al Gore and Michael Mann assure us that they can actually do something about it but frankly I've got my doubts. Yesterday was in the upper 50's and generally nice. Today the high is to be 34 and I just measured 8-1/2" of heavy, wet Globull Warming on the grass in the back yard. What has hit the roads has been melting as fast as it comes down around here although not so much outside of town where I-70 has been closed in both directions due to accidents.

Good day to stay indoors unless you like this kind of weather. Notice here the large footprints I found going down my drive this morning. Compare to my own footprints following them.
He walked along the sidewalk, apparently preferring the snow to the concrete. Hard to see in this light, but it seems the Yeti is making a comeback in the 'burbs.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

It Can Always Be Worse

Here is an Instagram post of Rep. Chaffetz' foot following surgery to repair damage done when he fell off a ladder in his garage. From the look of it he was installing a turbo V-6 garage door opener at the top of a 20 foot ladder, and in the fall the engine landed on his foot.

If you look at the left hand picture, you'll notice a faint arc through the bone just above the ankle joint. That arc, only fainter, is what my wrist looked like when I went in. Recovery from removing the impressive collection of nuts and bolts from Rep. Chaffetz' foot is projected to be 4 weeks. Recovery for the shadowy fracture in my wrist is running 7 weeks but I guess the bone healing takes longer. He doesn't mentioned how long it was before he was able to put on normal socks and shoes again, but I imagine it was quite a while.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Glock K-boom, Rebuilding and testing

When I rebuilt my Glock after blowing it up, my original plan was to take it up to the range as soon as I got done with the Dentist. This plan didn't include breaking my wrist. It's now been about 4 weeks and the doc says I have 3 more weeks in the cast to go. Impatience won though and I tried out the new parts today. Here's what I learned:

1. Pulling the slide back with a left hand in a cast is very difficult.

2. I used to be able to shoot strong hand only passibly well. Now it seems I need some more practice. Shooting 2-handed borders on impossible, and weak hand, let's face it, isn't there.

3. The new barrel from Lone Wolf is very nice. It's also much fussier about the ammo I'm trying to feed it. I'm getting lots of failures to feed which I didn't get before. The cause I originally traced to insufficient final crimp, which seems to be back with the tighter barrel. I guess I get to re-crimp all my ammo.

4. I had been seeing some light strikes before, but much more now and noticeably off center so it looks like I need a new firing pin. I was beginning to suspect that problem before so I can't say I'm terribly surprised.

5. Trying to eject a lightly struck round from a tight-fitting barrel with a cast on your left hand is a waste of time. Change to an empty mag, use the rubber edge of the table against the side of the slide, and push. The stuck round pops right out.

6. Disassembling the gun with the fingers poking out of a cast and with limited flexure seems to be surprisingly difficult. I may need to make a tool to help pull the disassembly buttons down.

Gives me something to do during the impending snow storm. Mighty mountains from tiny molehills grow.

Marching Season

The militant wing of the DNC, Antifa, is making news all over the country, in Berzerkly where they vow to shut out any speech they don't like, and the mayor, who is a member, has promised his police will not interfere. In related news, one of the more violent Antifas has been identified as a professor at Berkley.

In Nashville, Antifa goes back to its roots as the communists version of Hitlers Brownshirts and Mussolini's Blackshirts and has a permit for a May Day march and rally. Some Gadsden Flag types have set up a counter rally in the same area. Be interesting to see how well or even if the Nashville cops keep the two groups apart. Nashville denizen Glenn Reynolds has noted that Amazon has some good deals on Hickory ax handles and heavy Texas style walking sticks.

Hippie reservation Portland has cancelled their spring Rose parade after the local Antifa announced it had some 200 soldiers prepared to rush the parade and forcibly remove the Multonah county Republicans if they attempt to participate. Once again, the Mayor doesn't seem to want to send his cops out against his constituents so the entire parade has been cancelled.

The Donks are aware that between 100 and 200 million people were murdered in the last century in attempts to prove that Socialism in one form or another was a viable system, and they want to make sure that those folk didn't die in vain, no matter how many more have to join them.

NOTE: Don't forget your home improvement projects. On your way to the rally, stop be Home Depot for one of these perhaps.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Springtime

Not much actually going on so here's some non-serious stuff.

A couple weeks back I remarked on a foot bridge being installed apparently leading into some fellow's back yard. Now it seems the curb and gutter was in the wrong place, and his back yard is being shortened.

Until we see water in the canal again, the footpath through the gulch and along the edge of the new chasm is how you cross the canal. More cement is anticipated on the far side at some point, maybe even a sidewalk.

Highline canal is lined with cottonwood trees, most of which are nearing the end of their usual life span of 110 years. Some have been decorated:
Loose pieces of bark aren't hard to find. Sometimes you get lucky and find unexpected stuff growing along the canal. Allium is not native AFAIK, but it's moving in.

Not much to see yet, but that dead puff ball on the upper left is from last year. When they bloom, that is a big blue ball, quite striking. Assuming that the canal maintenance folks don't just mow it down with the weeds.

In other news, I saw the hand doctors today who removed the cast on my wrist, took X-rays, assured me that everything was healing nicely, and then replaced the cast and told me to come back in 3 weeks. Geez, it might have been quicker to use stem cells to simply grow a new one. Under advances in Medical Technology, the old cast was black, but the new one is lime green. Hulk Smash! Still a damn nuisance.

A local Meetup group, Pedals and Pints, has a bike ride planned for the coming weekend. Great ride, 2 of them starting at Great Divide Barrel Bar and visiting 4 other craft breweries and a coffee house over the course of about 27 total miles. Allowing 30 minutes and a 4 oz sampler at each stop, this should be a fun and easy ride. Except for the weather. It's springtime in the Rockies and in the last 4 days, Weather Underground has gone from 4-8" to 1-3" and back to 5-8" of snow. If the weather and the rest of my schedule cooperates the P&P thing is a great way to waste a Saturday. I checked. There are about 65 craft breweries within bicycle range of my house. 'Tis a privilege to live in Colorado, as the local fishwrap used to proclaim.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Antifa Calls For Arming Their Insurrectionists

Smarting from a defeat in Berkley where thugs armed with body armor, bats and bear spray were pushed back by Trump supporters, some of them are advocating for arming their people with firearms.

They are bitching a lot since the states in which they are the strongest also have the strictest gun laws.
Not getting disarmed is a big part of the problem, yes, but we need more than flags and bats. We need to take notes from the John Brown Gun Club and get firearms and training. I know getting firearms in states and cities we have a presence in is usually a hassle, but even handguns would help.
Interestingly in the posted dialog someone asks if using violence to silence opposing voices isn't a form of fascism. The reaction is priceless.

OBSERVATIONS: 1. When the police abdicate their responsibility, vigilantism looks like a reasonable and viable option. 
                               2. When an Antifa in Berkley was unmasked, his comrades couldn't tell him from the Trumpers and attached him with club, skateboard, and bear spray.

First Fix The Blame

Then consider fixing the problem. The NORKs are now blaming a string of missile failures on U.S. tampering with the missile flight software. Let me be the first to confirm their suspicions and point out that it gets even worse from here. If they succeed in finding the parts of the software that cause the missile to explode on the pad or shortly after launch, the next bug will be the one that directs the missile to land in Pyongyang.

Dear Mr Kim:
Sleep with one eye open
Gripping your pillow tight

Exit: light
Enter: night
Take my hand
We're off to never never land

Article here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blog Birthday

Apr 19th is this blogs 9th birthday.If I'd have known I was going to live this long, I'd have learned to write or something.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Robowars

Upcoming this week, Thursday, is the Robowars competition at which the 2 bots from the Jefferson County Open School where I've been advising will appear. The kids have one entry in the 120 lb class, and one in the 220 lb class.


120 lbs of pointy menace. The nose is elevated here to make working on the insides easier.
220 lbs of rolling death (we hope) with the Cthulhu fangs and spinning weapon awaiting installation.

Like a lot of projects these two were barely even mobile when they had to be loaded up and driven to CA for the competition. Hopefully the final assembly won't have too many bugs crop up. As it is the 120 lb machine when it was taken out for its first test drive, blew one of its motor controllers with no spares immediately available. I was told that one was ordered for next day delivery to the hotel where it will be installed.

At this point I'd guess the cause of the failure was grinding grit on the controller connectors. Seems the kids have to build these things in the wood shop and the 4-1/2" hand grinder is the tool of choice for all their metal cutting so there's plenty of grit on everything.
NOT a clean room.

Here's the 220 lb bots weapon installed:
That wheel is about 9 inches in dia, 1.5" thick, and gets spun up to 8000 rpm. The inserts are tool steel. Watch your fingers.

The show will be broadcast on one of the cable channels. Sorry, I don't know which one.


How Dumb Are They?

This is a dangerous question to ask, especially in a political scenario since the answer is frequently depressing but still, sometimes the entertainment value makes it worthwhile. Jazz Shaw at Hot Air is reporting that someone in the Trump circle is suggesting that Notorious RBG* might be talked into retiring if Trump promised to nominate Merrick Garland to replace her thus maintaining the balence of power on the Supreme court.

Don't know if Ginsburg is actually that gullible, but I suspect Trump is thinking that he could safely nominate Garland, fulfilling his end of the deal, knowing that the judiciary committee would never send the nomination out to the Senate. Which would "force" Trump to make another pick from his list of preferred nominees.

*The hip hop name for Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Political Alignments: Where do you stand?

The definitions are changing even as we watch. From the comments here in Samizdata:
“It is rather hazy what ‘left’ and ‘right’ mean in Britain or America these days . . . “
Our current President is a life-long left-liberal Democrat who is considered to be an outrageously conservative extreme-right Republican by our personal-freedom-hating elitist and moneyed left-wing liberal Democrats.
He won office by beating a far-left liberal who is clearly to the right of him on many issues.
Our leftists support a religion of men that kills gays and women when they’re done raping them. Our rightists support government confiscation of private property without due process.
Our leftists support the notion of undemocratic governmental rule by an unelected judiciary. Our rightists disagree strongly, unless they get to appoint the unelected judiciary.
What’s hazy about this?
Taking this as a starting point, lets try this:

Moderate: This is the position of the person speaking. Don't believe me? Just ask him.

Rightist: Generally anyone on the wrong side of the speaker.

Leftist: Anyone supporting the speaker, but perhaps a bit too enthusiastically.

Note that those last two are interchangeable depending on what sort of Moderate the speaker might be.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Too Much Government? Tell Them What To Get Rid Of

Here's the survey to end all surveys (well probably not) in which the Trump administration is asking the public which parts of government don't seem to be accomplishing anything beyond keeping bureaucrats employed.

Go here and work your way through the lists of departments and agencies, noting that there are 2 categories, elimination and reform. It may take a while as there are a LOT of departments and agencies, many of which you've probably never heard of. As a rule of thumb, if you have no idea what an agency actually does, and you can't puzzle out a useful function from its title, vote to dump it.

Remember that most regulatory departments are run by people friendly to the businesses being regulated and are run so as to make competition in that area more difficult. Protection for incumbents.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

USPS Moves To 20th Century

Now it seems there's a program to take the last scan of all postal mail before final delivery, and e-mail the picture to you in case you were wondering if you were going to get any mail today.

Just what I need, an e-mail showing the cover of every piece of junk mail that would normally show up in my mail box. By the time I see the e-mail picture, the stuff is already on it's way so I can't reply to dump it there and save the carrier the effort of putting it in my box.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring

Finally, it seems. No more freezes in the immediate future and the popcorn trees are fruiting:
O.K. they're plums, but they sure look like popcorn at this point don't they? D'Wife found some stuff, Hydrolyzed Collagen, that has done wonders for the arthritis, allowing me to add some 40 lbs to the weights on the mini-gym. Finally I get to add some strength. Up until I trip and fall, catching myself on my hands, fracturing my left wrist, which the doctor says will keep me in a cast for 6-8 weeks.

Hand doctors are the most conservative...

He may have a point. It hurts bad enough from the swelling that I somehow don't want to run out and test the repairs on my pistol.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Coveted General Nathan Bedford Forrest Award Goes To...

State Rep Joe "Pop pop" Salazar who initially rose to fame favoring a bill to insure that women on college campuses here would be unable to defend themselves from attacks by carrying a firearm.
His latest award-winning antic is to put forward legislation that would remove Columbus Day as a state holiday in Colorado.*

Normally days like this are a local excuse to drink some form of native booze and have a good time, the best known example of which is probably St. Patricks day when we all get to identify with Irish Catholics ane drink Guiness and Tully's. Columbus day has morphed into a multi-culti celebration when Italians and anyone who wants to join them parade in the street and drink wine while diverse other ethnicities parade along the sidewalks and protest the beginning of the end of a perfectly good stone age culture which included such festivities as slavery and human sacrifice.

Salazar is presumably aggrieved as he represents the native Hispanic culture that originally inhabited the island of Hispaniola. Rumor has it he would also like to be a Senator or maybe Governor and needs some more name recognition.

Hey Joe! I'm here to help. In recognition of your efforts to further divide your constituents long racial lines, here you are, nominated for the prestigious Nathan Bedford Forrest** award for furthering cross cultural harmony.



*To the credit of the Donks, the House leadership (D) has referred his bill to the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, AKA the Kill Committee.

**Founder and first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. To his credit he unsuccessfully tried to disband it after he grew critical of the Klan’s excessive violence. Ever a problem with movements that they all too often get taken over by extremists.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

When The Plan Comes Together

It is indeed a beautiful thing.
First Chuckie "Smirkin' Chimp" Schumer declares war on the Reps to the point that he demands all his flying monkeys in the Senate filibuster probably the best qualified nominee since I don't know when, which rather forces the R's hand:
Then the WSJ online comes up with this bit of doggeral:
Fili Busta Rhymes
There once was a nominee, Gorsuch,
Whose judicial philosophy bore such
Resemblance to Nino’s,
The Dems (not the RINOs)
Compelled us to nuke. There’ll be more such.
-- Myles Pollin
Reportedly the button gets pushed today, and Gorsuch gets confirmed tomorrow. Thanks Chuck for stiffening the GOP spines to the point that they'd actually do this.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Reloading Protection

Once bitten, twice shy, so in the aftermath of my Glock K-boom, here's my answer to inadvertent double charging.
Shown here mounted to the top of my Lee 1000 press, this is a quick and dirty device to find those doubles and warn me about them before they get into my gun. I could have spent more tome and made something more elegant, and maybe this summer I will. This is a bit clunky and bulky, but it works.
The Lee press has only 3 stations but I've found the priming part to be kind of spotty so I don't use it. This leaves 1 station open. Decapping and priming are handled separately so this setup does first powder dispensing, second powder checking, and third bullet insertion and seating.

The wood piece is a plunger that goes down through a powder dispenser die in a caliber I don't use. When the powder filled cartridge comes up it rises about 1/4" if it's correctly filled, and about 1/2" if it's gotten hit twice. Inside the plunger are 2 Lithium batteries and the wires from the bright blue LED seen hanging out the left side.

If the powder level is correct, nothing happens, but with an overcharge, the plunger goes up far enough that the bolt presses the led lead down onto the top of the battery stack illuminating the LED. The operators seating position is off to the left in this picture, and the LED is pointing pretty much right at my eye and trust me, this little baby is bright. The spring allows the device to catch anything from a little over to a lot over without jamming the press.

The drawback is that the device is bulky and takes up space that might be used for adjusting the powder reservoir.  There is no doubt in my mind that this thing could be made to fit entirely inside a die with little more than the LED poking out, but that's for Rev B. Meantime I'll suffer.

Coming Soon To A Gun Shop Near You

I can't see the traditional style of handguns and rifles completely disappearing, but fairly shortly I expect that most rifles will look a lot like this
or this
and semi-auto pistols will be some variant of this
with differing sizes of the block in front, but no change in length. This would likely be the result of passage of the Hearing Protection Act which would treat a loose suppressor the same as a single firearm. Given this, incorporating the suppressor into the gun would add nothing to the complexity of the purchase while selling a significant reduction in ear-damaging noise to the gun-buying public.With mass production, the cost delta should be minimal.

EU To Commit Suicide, Asks For Assistance

On the heels of the Brexit vote, the EU upper management has told Hungary and Poland to either accept more Muslim "refugees" or get out. Hungary and Poland, who have each independently decided that they don't really need another couple hundred thousand unproductive members of the army of the Ummah cluttering up their countries, have pointed out the relative stability each are enjoying compared to France, Belgium, or Sweden.

From my vantage, it looks to me like they would be well served to jump the sinking ship, possibly taking the rest of Eastern Europe with them, and join a free trade union with England to be named the Un-Islamic Union of Countries Who Will Not Be Bailing Out the PIGS.

On a possibly related note, I have it on excellent authority that the Colorado Muslims are planning to build a new mosque in the otherwise sleepy town of Golden, just West of me. Not just the biggest  mosque in the state, but possibly the biggest in the entire country. The existing mosque there serves about 500 parishioners but the new one is geared toward 10,000 or more. The Imam says that the balance are expected to be "refugees" which Colorado makes easy to import.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

New Puppy

My daughters BF got a puppy. Now daughters dog won't be lonesome.

Only problem is that daughters dog is the 12 year old heeler who has NO use at all for puppies at this point.
The sleeping puppy is 3 months old. Italian Mastiffs are very laid back dogs. What I expect will happen is that GSXR will treat him like a sheep and bully him all over the yard and Lurch will think it's great that the little dog is playing with him. Win-win.

ATF New Technology Tracing Informants

The ATF has announced that it has adapted the technology that allows a small tattoo to monitor, for example, blood sugar in diabetics, to make tattoos RFID traceable across wide geographical areas. The addition of the tracing compounds to the tattoo ink will make it harder for the agency to misplace its informants, the bigger the tattoo, the wider the range. An informant with full-body tattoos will be satellite traceable anywhere in the country. Research is continuing to add flexible circuitry to the ink to make an informant a permanently wired infiltrator without the bulky and easily detectable boxes associated with the current "wires".





Update: Sorry this was late. Should have been up yesterday.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Headline Of The Month

So far, anyway. Found on Drudge:


BLITZ: CAR CARRYING SUPER BOWL TROPHY HITS DEER IN MAINE...
The trophies keep getting bigger and bigger. No mention of who was driving it.

Glock Mini K-Boom - Analysis

As a follow up, I've been reloading for quite some time now and the double charge I got last month was the first I've had. The equipment I use is pretty reliable and when something goes wrong in the process, it's pretty apparent. Still, I've added a station to the turret to check the powder level in each cartridge from here on out.

Looking at my shelf, I have some 500 rounds of .40 S&W sitting there and of course I have to wonder if there are any more surprises lurking in the boxes. The obvious solution is to weigh each cartridge which I started to do:
Sorry if my bench is a bit messy, but you can see the distribution of weights of a selection of loaded bullets. They range from 15.2 to 15.9 grams. The problem is that I only use 4 grains of powder per bullet which comes to .26 grams. The bullets are pretty consistent in weight (10.69 gram) with less than .1 gram between them and it's probably safe to say that the powder would normally be just as consistent. Over on the right is a small selection of primed cases which range from 4.5 grams to 4.9 grams, a variation about equal to 2 loads of powder. The sample size for the cases is too small to show the whole variation, but you can see the problem. I pulled one of the 15.9 rounds apart and discovered exactly 4 grains of powder, a consistent bullet, and a 5 gram case. Pulled a 15.2 gram cartridge and found 3.8 grains of powder, 10.6 grains of bullet, and 4.3 grains of brass. Obviously weighing the finished bullets is a waste of time as the brass varies over 2-1/2 shots of powder.

I suppose I could specialize in the PCC class at the matches for a while as the Hi Point is famously indestructible.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

State Of The Union

Found this one on Theo Spark, which is a daily read for me.
What's missing here is Chuck Smirkin' Chimp Schumer sawing at the rope with a knife on one end, and the 2 spies from Mad Magazine pouring gas on the rope and setting fire to the other.

As someone said, The miracle of the dancing bear is not how gracefully he dances, but that he dances at all.

Monday, March 27, 2017

What Government Does Well

There are 2 things that government does well:
1. Cause problems, and
2. Make them worse.

Both seem to require ever larger sums of money.

Know Your Enemy

Sometimes your enemy is a coldly calculating genius. Lex Luthor for example.

Sometimes your enemy is simply a street criminal. Any Thug'll Do.

Sometimes your enemy is organized stupidity.
And all too often Stupidity gets elected to high office.


"If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools." – Plato
This is why we write our representatives, and sometimes replace them. Just not nearly often enough.

Glock Mini k-boom

Not sure what caused this weather a barrel blockage or an over loaded round, but there it is. I was lined up on a target at the match, and BOOM I get a really sharp recoil, my mag self-ejects to the ground between my feet, and I've got powder stains on my hand. Here's the casing:
Blowed that sucker clean in two. Here's the lower:
That bent piece of metal with the shiny ends is the slide stop lever, now severely truncated. The Mag was ejected out the bottom and suffered the loss of some of the front of the housing so I need a new Mag and lever.
On the upper, the barrel seems to have taken no damage at all, but the ejector
and the plunger that holds it in place have completely disappeared. Could have been much worse but I guess the modest loads I'm using kept the damage to a minimum. There may be barrel damage as well;

This seems to be hairline cracks, one on each side of the barrel. Additional news as it develops.




Friday, March 24, 2017

Construction

The Highline Canal runs 71 miles and includes a lot of oddities. At one point they're putting in a new pedestrian bridge. This will supplant the pedestrian foot path running between the concrete and rocks and the storm drain outlet.

 
It looks like they originally intended for the road to cross the canal here but somehow never got around to installing the bridge. On the left side of the picture is a narrow paved stretch which currently serves as the spillway for the neighborhood behind it. Had the road been completed, the big hole on the left would have served the storm drain. Now look down the bridge:

 Note that the centerline of the bridge intersects the fence line of the property on the right. The property line is actually to the right of the bridge, but since the road was never completed to full width, this fellow just ran his fence down to the installed pavement. This has caused a lot of people to question the sanity of everyone involved with this project. If the fence has been there for 18 years or more, I'm told, the homeowner has a valid claim to the land and the county would have to pay him to move his fence back. More likely is that the concrete path will include a bit of a joggle and the fence will remain.



Transportation

There was a minor car show in dynamic uptown Littleton last weekend. Here are a couple of the entrys:
This fine example of 'Mercan Ahrn was my personal favorite. Now check out the engine bay, overflowing with ingenuity:
The fan shroud and overflow resevoir are frosting on the cake. Then there's this:
GSXR* the dog checks out a low rider. The truck was driven in and features air lifts for when you actually need to go somewhere. The exhaust routing is especially clever, no? Now return with us to those thrilling days of way back when:
The standard street rod setup when Sochiro Honda was selling motorized bicycles. I remember putting 3 of those strombergs on my fathers Rambler 6. It worked well briefly on the 5 bearing engine. As well there was some late model stuff, this one was a '68 I think:
Lotta cubic inches there.

*That's her name. Pronounced "Jixer". My daughter named her. Scroll down to her post to see why this makes perfect sense.





Thursday, March 23, 2017

Longevity Breakthrough!

Following this advice, simply download the picture below, print it out on nice photo paper, and hang it up over your work space.
Latest studies has suggested that staring at boobs will improve longevity in men. Staring at cute animals also seems to help so your call here.

Disclaimer: This is a completely P.C. image since the subject in the above picture is not human, but a robot so no actual women were exploited to lengthen your life.

UPDATE: Note that getting married is also helpful in extending your life. I might suggest however that combining the suggestions might not work. Example being trying to combine marriage and boob staring which runs the risk of actually shortening your life expectancy.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Morals And Ethics

I always found it interesting that the left was so uniformly adamantly opposed to displays of the 10 commandments on state capitol or courthouse grounds. Especially as the most corrupt politicians tended overwhelmingly to be Democrats. My take was that this sprung from Religion in general being the source of our morals and ethics, the left would of course see any moral or ethical guidelines springing from religion as creating a hostile work environment.

Here's a better explanation complete with optics:

Since their political philosophy is pretty much devoid of moral or ethical absolutes, to the left, the presence of the commandments on the building lawn is like showing a cross to a vampire.

Note also the love shown by the left toward Islam, the only major religion to include broad exceptions to every moral and ethical commandment.

Found here at Prager U.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Colorado House To Kill Mag Ban Repeal

Notwithstanding the repeal bill passing with a generous bipartisan majority in the Senate, garnering votes from Dem Senators who needed to improve their standing with the peasants, S-7 was sent to the House Kill Committee where after no doubt lengthy hearings it will be unceremoniously killed on a party line vote.

Interested parties should make an effort to attend the hearings and point out the essential uselessness of the law as it stands right now.

On Wednesday, March 22, the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing on Senate Bill 7.  Please contact members of the committee and strongly urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 7.
Sponsored by state Senator Vicki Marble, SB 7 would repeal the anti-self-defense 2013 law that limited the amount of ammunition a firearm magazine can hold.  Senate Bill 7 would allow law-abiding Coloradans to more effectively defend themselves and their loved ones and not be limited by a misguided law that criminals do not follow.  In February, the Colorado Senate passed Senate Bill 7 with a bipartisan 21-13 vote.
The Dems have reportedly been threatened with well funded primary opponents if they cross Mike Bloomberg on this or any other gun bill/law as the case may be. The Dems in the Senate are able to vote for this not because they've seen the light, but because they asr secure knowing that their brothers and sisters in the House will cover for them.

This is not to say that the fix is in since I vaguely remember bills being passed out of the Kill Committee in the past, but the odds are vanishingly small. So the game is rigged, but don't let that stop you. If you don't play, you can't win.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Divide Grows Deeper

Might be a problem, then again, might not. An employer who is not named, has added a 30 question quiz to the hurdles to employment at his business. His position:
I don’t want most people to work for my company.  No, seriously.  Most people suck.
I've noticed that myself. Not being in a position to hire anyone it hasn't made much difference except for my choices in the folks I hang out with, and I'm pretty easy going about that. You can see a sample of the questions he asks here. I have no idea what he does, but from the tone of the questions, I believe I'd make the cut.

Compare and contrast with New Belgium Brewery who preferentially hires leftys on the theory that there will be less conflict within the workforce when everyone thinks more or less the same way. I wonder how the Hillerazis and the Bernistas are getting along.

Then there's these guys. Alpha brewery in St Louis who produced this for a while:
I hear they've changed the name after finding that another microbrewery had beaten them to it, but they are keeping the label. They seem to favor sour beers.

QOTD - St Patricks

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, America. On behalf of Irish Americans everywhere, I invite all of you to share our cultural tradition of soda bread, corned beef, and drinking way too much, just as our Mexican-American brethren have watched Cinco De Mayo become de facto Drink Too Many Margaritas Day, our German-American friends have seen Oktoberfest become Drink Beer Outdoors Week, and our French-American brethren have seen Mardi Gras turn into Remove Your Top for Beads While Inebriated Week. Don’t let anyone tell you America is xenophobic; we’ve always been a big-hearted, joyous people willing to reach out and fully embrace any other culture’s annual excuse to drink.
Jim Geraghty, National Review
The divide and conquer thought process has been refined to the point of reducto ad absurdum by the left. This country is based on being a melting pot where everyone’s ideas are tossed in and the best ones are incorporated into the American culture. Identity politics assures everyone that they can never become an American no matter how long they and their family have lived here since to be an American, they would have to give up some bits of their culture from the “old country”. Winning elections based on this results in dividing the populace into ever diminishing groups until you think you can win an election based on aggrieved “minority” groups alone, which seems to have been the Clinton strategy in the last one.

This incidentally is a close copy of the Italian model in which members of Parliament are elected at large, and pretty close to every city block has its own political party. The advent of the internet has aggravated this by letting people with similar views contact one another and thus form parties big enough to place a member in office. No matter how looney.  Porn fans have 3 or 4 members last I looked.

At some point, as one pursues this, the question comes up among the constituents: Exactly how aggrieved do I have to be to vote for candidate X, and do I want to be associated with some of the really far-out whackadoodles. At this point the party of aggrievement may discover that the upper limit of suffering voters is lower than a majority at the polls.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Open Season! No Limits!

Here's your chance to get involved and really make a difference to the government. First go here and read what has got to be the most engaging Executive Order ever published. I defy anyone to find a better one. Example:
Section 1.  Purpose.  This order is intended to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the executive branch by directing the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director) to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies (as defined in section 551(1) of title 5, United States Code), components of agencies, and agency programs.
 Can you think of any part of the executive branch that no one would miss if it disappeared in a cloud of shredded red tape? Keep in mind that this includes some 15 bureaucracies that begin with the words "Department of..." and are represented on the presidents cabinet. Also note that rules promulgated by these agencies would remain in place unless repealed by the congress.
(b)  The Director shall publish a notice in the Federal Register inviting the public to suggest improvements in the organization and functioning of the executive branch and shall consider the suggestions when formulating the proposed plan described in subsection (c) of this section.
So you have been invited to the party. BYOC (Bring Your Own Chainsaw). Suggestions should include any legislation required to complete the job including stuff needing repeal. The current OMB Director is Mick Mulvaney. Here's a sample letter:


Dear Director Mulvaney:

 In accordance with E.O. of 13 Mar, 2017 I would like to propose that the Bureau of ATF&E be disbanded in its entirety, all its current functions be ceased and desisted, and all its personnel up to and including its director be immediately deported. To this end only 2 pieces of legislation should be required, to wit the repeal of the Gun Control Act of 1934 and the GCA of 1968.

   Regarding the deportations. As the employees of the BATFE are widely known to be the spawn of Satan, deportation to Hell would be most appropriate. The closest approximation to Hell being Detroit, we the people will consider their removal to any spot within the Detroit city limits as sufficient to the task.

Other agencies serving no obviously useful purpose include the Departments of Education, Energy, Commerce, HUD, Interior, Transportation, EPA, and Agriculture. Enforcement of any rules and regulations emanating from any of these departments can be handled by the Justice department who should be encouraged to petition the congress for repeal for any such as seem without saving virtue.

Thank you for your consideration
John Q Public 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Womens Day Off - Guest Post

I've seen a lot of commentary about the "Day Without Women" mostly observing that the real women all showed up for work. Here's my daughter's take on it from her FB page, used by permission:
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So like I said women's rights are important. I completely disagree with women taking the day off and not doing anything!! I never got my way when I was kid throwing a fit and doing nothing, so why would this work as a grown adult?! Instead I'll tell you what I can do and I encourage you to do the same! Maybe you have an inspiring story from your grandmother idk... I can work on cars, I went to school for this. I'm CO state certified for engine repair, brakes, and heating & air conditioning. I also went to school for a dental assistant. I took dental x-rays of up to 150 US ARMY people a day. ( probably why I'm kinda weird! Lol jk ) I have held many management positions, even at a bar once! I also ride motorcycles and sometimes paint them! I'm not a top Chef but I love to cook and I think it tastes damn good too! I'm also a very caring person who would do just about anything for my friends! Happy national women's day make what you desire of it!


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The joke goes that a world without men would last until the oil needed changing. All we'd have to do is lay low until the whiners went extinct.
Just put on your happy face...