Monday, November 29, 2021

Fun With Headlines - Waukesha

 CNN has a way with words, don't you think? Wayne Dupree found this tweet and made a copy before it could be removed:


/s/ Horrible, isn't it the way that rouge SUV rampaged through the parade, killing 6 and injuring 40+? On top of being the root cause of global warming, and probably masterminding the development of the Covid virus, the things are now engaged in mass murder. /s/

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Covid Vaccine - What Exactly Does It Do?

 Here's a piece from WND that suggests that the typical Covid vaccine which by no we know isn't actually a vaccine in the traditional sense, may do its thing at the expense of parts of the rest of your immune system.

Vaccinated people under age 60 are dying from all causes at twice the rate of the unvaccinated in the United Kingdom, according to data compiled by the British government.

"I don’t know how to explain this other than vaccine-caused mortality," wrote former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson on his Substack page.

Note the words "all causes" in there. I would hope that doesn't include things like death due to drunk driving accidents, but you never know. To me it suggests that some of the debilities resultant from getting the vax are a result of a degradation of the immune system, resulting in a higher death rate. 

As is usual with Covid related statistics, credibility should be very low, still... 

QOTD - Gun Law

 Found on Insty:



Friday, November 19, 2021

Fallout From Rittenhouse

 Not really unexpected, but as an example of the far left complaining about the verdict in the Rittenhouse trial. here's one by Cas Muddle (pen name) in which the poor traumatized fellow opines that the verdict gives right-wing vigilantes the right to hunt down and shoot innocent progressives.

He displays an impressive ignorance of the constitution, which rather tarnishes his creds as a journalist, by failing to note that under the Equal privileges' and immunities clause, if the conservatives are somehow granted the right to ruthlessly hunt down mostly peaceful protesters, then the same privilege would also apply to the left, giving them the right to drive by a Republican gathering, hose them down with bullets, then claim "self defense", should they get arrested.

This is the same M.O. used by Muslims who might stab an unbeliever to death, then, when they are convicted of murder, whine most piteously about oppression of practitioners of the one true faith.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The Royal Succession - American

 A friend of mine opined about our countries current leadership:

I sometimes wonder how long the people actually running things will keep him around. But then I read about how Harris is out of favor in the White House too. I suppose Biden will remain useful as a figurehead, but as time goes on, his public appearances will become more limited. 

As a sock puppet for Pelosi and Schumer, he's about reached his limit. When things begin to fail, as socialist programs do, he will be shuffled off to a nursing home and never heard from again. This is much like Peter the Great, who, when a program failed, announced that several of his ministers had been beheaded. This without telling anyone that he had appointed several heads of cabbage from his garden to ministerial posts for just that situation.

The Dems problem is that the black, female, gay, unborn whale they placed on the ticket to Hoover up a few more votes, is about as qualified to be president as one of Czar Peters cabbages. Having painted themselves into this corner, they first need to replace Kamel-toe with a somewhat more sentient cabbage first, then shuffle grandpa off to parts unknown, placing someone who may well have never even run for president in the Oval office.

One presumes that whomever is running Joe will be running his replacement for as long as necessary. I've seen rumors that Kammy may get appointed to the Supreme Court to get her off the succession list, but that even frightened the left. So think of a prestigious but meaningless job for the Veep so she can be replaced without the party having to admit she was nothing but a figurehead in the first place. Climate Minister perhaps, which would involve giving her a plane, a staff, and an itinerary of meeting with every head of state of no consequence to get her picture taken and sign a climate agreement that gives them a few million to use to improve the climate in their country. New air conditioning in the presidential palace, perhaps.

Her replacement: Pete Buttplug has been put forward, but seeing the job he did with the national supply chain, the reaction has been mostly giggles. Schiff and Nadler would no doubt be interested, but they've already cemented their reputations as pompous jerks and probably wouldn't help the party in 24. Hillary has also been suggested, most likely by people on her own staff.

Say! How about Gavin Newsom, the man who made California what it is today? He could be President by 2022!

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Vote Fraud? Maybe Not Quite

 In the NJ race for the State Senate, truck driver Durr famously beat long time incumbent Sweeney by 2000 votes. All the way up to someone "finding" some 12,000 more ballots that put Sweeney ahead. From a newsletter I get:

The race between Sweeney and Edward Durr was called late Thursday morning by the Associated Press. There were roughly 2,000 votes between them and 100% of precincts reporting. Durr led by 32,742 votes, or 51.8%, while Sweeney trailed with 30,444, or 48.2%.

“The results from Tuesday’s election continue to come in, for instance there were 12,000 ballots recently found in one county,” Sweeney said in an email, not naming the county. “While I am currently trailing in the race, we want to make sure every vote is counted. Our voters deserve that, and we will wait for the final results.”

It later transpired that those 12.000 votes came from a county that had already submitted an identical number of ballots, distributed in exactly the same proportions. It was rapidly discovered that they were the same ballots that had already been counted, and when removed, put Durr back where he was before. 

Note to Sweeney: Counting votes twice is NOT the same as a recount.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

NICS Checks - October, back to normal?

 NICS checks have gone down yet again as it would appear that the panic buying over the 2020-21 span has somehow sated the publics desire to provide some modicum of its own security:


At this point, one would expect to see a bit of an uptick in gun sales as the Christmas buying season is upon us. Of course I could be wrong, and the rapidly increasing inflation is transferring discretionary monies from firearms to groceries. Of course if Republicans start winning elections (don't laugh, it could happen!) the lefts militias might be re-released to burn down some city centers which might inspire another surge in gun sales. Who knows?

Monday, November 1, 2021

Fun With Headlines - Making Laws

Chancellor Bismark  (might) have remarked that making laws is much like making sausage in that it's best not to look too closely at the process. Here's an even better one:

Desperate Democrats Aren’t Making Sausage, They’re Dropping Live Pigs Into a Woodchipper

When you stop laughing, the rest of the article is here.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Medical Stuff

 I mentioned some Atrial Fibrillations to my doctor, and I am now fitted with a heart monitor. This is a small (2" high, 1" wide, 3/4" deep) sensor attached with high-strength, waterproof tape to the upper middle of my chest, and a semi-smart phone clipped to my belt. I get to wear this for 30 days. If the sensor company detects anything they think is abnormal, they will call me on my regular cell phone, attached to the other hip, and ask me what's up. If I detect anything I think they should know about, I can use the app on their phone to briefly describe it. All I need is an illuminated star on a hat to complete the Christmas tree similarity.

Could be worse. I had envisioned a complex bunch of wires and sensors, connected to a shoe-box sized device that would detect and report anything that happened to me and download a report on it to my medical file, located somewhere in North Korea.

Imagine this rig detecting something they interpret as a heart attack, and immediately responding with a jolt from the onboard defibrillator. Life saving, no? Imagine going out to an IDPA match wearing this thing, and having it interpret my first 2 shots on a stage as a heart attack. Imagine firing your first 2 shots on the first target, and having the defibrillator kick in as you line up on the second one, causing you to run the next 8 or 9 rounds off at 600 rpm. The good news I guess would be that when you empty your magazine, the machine would interpret this as successful treatment of the heart attack, and shut itself off. The bad news is that standard mag capacity for a pistol caliber carbine, such as I shoot, is 30 rounds. I suppose I would be grateful that no one makes a magazine for my gun bigger than 16 rounds.

Saturday, we will see if the sensor I'm wearing is affected by gunfire.

Doing Away With Colorados Income Tax?

 The Independence Institute is now promoting the idea of eliminating Colorados income tax, which is currently a flat rate of 4.5%. This is a modest rate nationally, and works out well as it's easy to calculate.

The other side of this argument is that states without an income tax somehow are more successful than states with one. Texas and Florida, for example, have no income tax. Nice, but they are also run by Republicans, which in the grand scheme of things seems to be a better indicator of a states success than the presence or absence of the income tax.

Look at one more thing here: TABOR. This feature in our constitution, says that the Colorado legislature cannot impose a tax or alter the rates of existing taxes without approval by the electorate. The legislature, and all lower lawmaking bodies know perfectly well how proposals to raise taxes fare when the public gets a voice in their imposition. The solution here is to call everything a "fee" and thus exempt it from scrutiny.

Now we all understand that governments need money. Those Trains, busses, windmills, and public housing for drug addicts don't build themselves, and all those people who don't want to work need to be supported by those who do, so we have taxes. Or fees.

Let's suppose this idea comes to fruition. The income tax revenues disappear, and must be replaced by fees. The fees will initially be modest, and will initially be insufficient, and so must be raised. Probably a lot. Of course if you find you can't afford $500/year for a license plate, you can always sell off your car and use public transportation. Harbor Freight also sells collapsible wagons which should help on your grocery store trips. Maybe RTD will update their vehicles to make getting them on and off easier. An increase in the public transit fee will pay for the upgrades which should be fully installed in no more than 5 years.

Hopefully, someone will amend the implementation to exclude motorbikes and cycles from fee increases, so the less affluent will still be able to afford to drive to whatever job they can find that are not conveniently located along a bus route. NOTE: A typical 20-30 minute commute by motor vehicle, typically takes about 1-1/2 hours by public transport. 

Not that I don't favor the idea of changing Colorados tax structure, I do. I just don't trust the people who would be in charge of making the changes.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Fun With Headlines - Armaments

 Here's one that's going around: From WND:

China rocks the world with missile that circled globe before dropping on target.

OK kiddies, here's a clue. Go on Wickipedia, and look up "Silbervogel" which the Nazis looked into back in 1942 as a method to bomb the U.S. by traveling at hypersonic speeds, bouncing off the stratosphere several times, and landing in Japan.

Terrifying new superweapon, indeed. Here's a bit more on that. Seems the thing still needs a bit of work:

The test went like this: China launched a rocket carrying what is known as a hypersonic glide vehicle. The missile circled the earth in a low orbit toward its target, which it missed by roughly 25 miles.

Notwithstanding that close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and nuclear weapons, 25 miles is generally considered a miss in the nuclear weapons department.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Celtic Metal

 Your head hasn't really been properly banged unless a bagpipe is involved, so go here for some semi-symphonic pieces by Antti Martikainen of Finland who has a knack for this sort of stuff.

In the comments you'll find references to other artists along similar lines.

A welcome break from politics.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Greenest Candidate In Europe

 Marine Le Pen has been consistently denounced by the leftist media in France for not endorsing any lefty positions, but now proposes an easy way to get France to zero carbon power production at probably the lowest cost in Europe by scrapping all wind and solar installations, and making the country fully nuclear.

Just imagine, a major European country, NOT dependent on Russia for its energy. Naturally the Greenies oppose this.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Gerrymandering In Colorado

 Here is a breakdown of our new congressional districts as submitted by the all new and certifiably neutral committee on redistricting:


This doesn't look all that bad. It seems to allocate 3 districts to Republicans, 3, 4, and 5, and 3 to the Dems, 1. 2. and 6, while leaving 7 and 8 quite competitive. Overall, this is better than I had expected. 

Worth noting is that the Dems have an easier time harvesting ballots, which is legal here, since large numbers of their constituents live communally in jails, institutions, and nursing homes.  What Republicans need is more candidates named Brandon, as the chant of "Let's Go, Brandon!" seems to be quite popular this year.

Not everyone is favorably impressed.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Posturing

 How do you, as an elected representative, make it look to your constituents like you're doing something useful, while assiduously supporting the status quo?

Posturing!

Was there any problem with the 2020 elections? Of course there was! 1: It was an election, 2: there was a lot at stake, and 3: the odds of getting caught were low. So yes, there was chicanery. So what? There's always some of that, but in 2020, it was so blatant, it was impossible to ignore. So what do we do? We investigate!

Oh yes! We Audit the dickens out of certain state elections, and discover all sorts of funny business going on, but we fail to do a complete investigation because some of the players simply refuse to comply with the investigators. Ex: Maricopa County, where the Dominion corp, supplier of the voting machines that famously changed vote totals at 2 AM on Nov 4th in several states, simply refused to let anyone evaluate their software on the grounds that it was a proprietary secret. Sure. Bernie Sanders' business plan was too. 

Now there's a call for widespread audits of the 2020 vote in multiple states, which, while probably a good idea, will likely be stalled by Secretaries of State who will have NO interest in anyone seeing how they got elected. Thus while some audits may be started, you can rest assured that none will be completed before the 2022 elections are over and in the bag. Thus we will all be assured that lack of convictions before the election is proof that no tomfoolery went on during the election, and everyone who got elected did so fairly, except perhaps a few whose results will need recounting until the right candidate is shown to be the winner.

Or am I just being overly cynical in my old age?