Friday, April 18, 2014

Ramp polishing

Really, could have skipped this; the only thing that would occasionally hang up was some handloads with flat-nosed bullets; and only when they were the top round in the mag and you were chambering them; when firing they never missed a beat. 

However, there were some small tooling marks on the ramp, so decided to smooth those out a bit.  So strip the frame, pad the vise jaws and set it at the appropriate angle so the ramp- indicated by arrow- is level.  Using JUST enough pressure to hold it steady.
Then find something of suitable diameter- in this case a Sharpie wrapped with 600-grit paper- to do the polishing, and a black marker to blacken the ramp; that way there's no question if you're keeping the angle true.

Blacken the ramp, and lightly work the abrasive, checking frequently to make sure you're centered and level.  Every time the black was gone, I'd mark it again.

Do this ONLY until the necessary amount of polishing is done; if you do this on one with deep tooling marks(no matter the make/caliber/whatever), ONLY polish the high points where the cartridge will actually contact; if you try to remove all the marks, you may cut deeply enough to screw with feeding.  I only had some light marks, so it took very little to make them go away*.

Do NOT chuck something in the dremel and start cutting.
Unless you're a pro on things like this I'd say do NOT use any powered equipment at all.
POLISH is the key: make the surface nice and smooth, don't remove a lot of material.
If you absolutely have to use a dremel, ONLY use a felt polishing wheel and buffing compound to clean up the surface.  And use a very damned light touch.  Screw up the angle of the ramp, or cut too deep, and you're screwed.  The only fixes I know for that are a new frame, or having someone mill out the ramp area and solder in a replacement ramp insert.
Oh, wait; you may be truly screwed, I just checked Brownell's and they show that insert discontinued.  So DON'T SCREW IT UP.

One more thing: if it's an aluminum frame, DO NOT POLISH THE RAMP.  AT ALL.  Aluminum is soft, and the hard anodizing on the frame is hard.  If you cut the anodizing off the ramp, every time a bullet bumps into it, it'll dent and/or wear.  The ramp won't last long.

Just to get one more whack on this horse, take a look at this page on The High Road; frames screwed-up by unneeded and/or too-much 'polishing'.  To borrow,
Although it's apparent that most of the "work" was done with a grinding wheel, and followed with a buffing wheel, I've seen the same damage done with a buffing wheel and jeweler's rouge alone. It just takes longer to destroy the ramp.

*Very happily.  I have a horror of the thought of cutting too deeply.

I wonder if the Jews will get little yellow stars

to wear on their clothes to show they've properly registered themselves?
A leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine calling for all Jews over 16 years old to register as Jews marred the Jewish community’s Passover festivities Monday (Passover eve), replacing them with feelings of concern. 

The leaflet demanded the city’s Jews supply a detailed list of all the property they own, or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportion and see their assets confiscated.
So Pushilin says he doesn't agree with the order, but acknowledges his men are in fact ordering Jews to register.

Apparently former Justice Stevens can't remember what he said before his current "Let's rewrite the 2nd Amendment to ban guns from the commoners" moment.
Actually, while we are discussing Stevens' reverence for the Miller decision, the Washington Examiner notes that at an October 2012 Brady Campaign-sponsored event, Stevens said this about the decision:
"[Miller] was generally understood to limiting the scope of the Second Amendment to the uses of arms that were related to military activities," Stevens said today during a question-and-answer session after a speech today with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence's Legal Action Project.
Now that would appear to indicate that Stevens is tacitly admitting that private ownership of "military-style" firearms -- like, say, "assault weapons" (and indeed fully-automatic firearms, grenade launchers, and more) is precisely what the Second Amendment protects -- and not, as we noted above, only in the context of membership in a government-sanctioned militia.

The Peoria Illinois PD and Mayor Jim Ardis: farging idiots and abusers of power.
Illinois police seized computers and mobile phones while raiding a house whose owner was suspected of parodying the town mayor on Twitter.

In all, five people following the Tuesday evening raid were taken to the Peoria Police Department station for questioning, local media report.
Mayor Jim Ardis, meet the Streisand Effect.  You disgusting little clown.

And Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard: ever hear of telling the Mayor "No, I will NOT raid a house because you're all butthurt" ?  Of course, that would take the balls to tell said politician 'No', which you apparently don't have.

This has the potential to be interesting; I can see Sec. John Effing Kerry blowing his lid at the idea of the Indian Reagan taking office.

Back to New Effing York: let's see if the systems up there- legal and bar- actually do anything about these corrupt bastards.
Charles Hynes:
In a sworn deposition, Hynes admitted that material witnesses were held in hotels overnight as “prisoners” — a controversial practice that he repeatedly denied during 2013’s reelection campaign.
Prosecutor Michael Vecchione:
The case against Collins imploded after key witness, Angel Santos, revealed in Brooklyn Federal Court in 2010 that the chief prosecutor, Michael Vecchione, had threatened to bash him over the head with a coffee table or charge him with perjury if he did not take the stand against Collins.
And every other dirtbag involved in this.
Federal Judge Dora Irizarrry tossed out the conviction citing “shameful” prosecutorial misconduct by prosecutors, including the failure to inform Collins’ trial lawyer that three key witnesses had recanted or been held prisoner in a hotel before taking the stand.

Paul Krugman is a bigoted idiot.  In detail.

First thought: I love a happy ending

A California deputy accidentally shot himself while trying to kill a dog that he said was threatening his life on Wednesday, but video captured by a local television station later showed the animal much smaller than reported and peacefully playing with children.

According to a Riverside County sheriff’s spokesperson, the deputy was serving an eviction notice at around 2 p.m. on Wednesday when a “large” dog tried to attack him, KCAL reported.

“A dog came at the deputy in an aggressive manner,” Deputy Armando Munoz said, according to The Press-Enterprise. “The deputy, (attempting to defend himself) pulled his service weapon, shot one round, and injured himself in the leg.”
Happily Deputy Finger-on-the-bang-switch managed not to pull it twice.

What makes it even funnier:
When KNBC film crews arrived on the scene later on Wednesday, they found a medium-sized pit bull — named “Precious” — confined to a pen, and calmly playing with several children. The dog’s owner admitted that it had been barking when the officer arrived.
Excuse me, I have to sit here giggling and snorting for a bit.

"Free speech? Why do we need that

messing up our enlightened society?"
  • At Westminster, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee declares that the BBC should seek ‘special clearance’ before it interviews climate sceptics, such as fringe wacko extremists like former Chancellor Nigel Lawson.
  • In Massachusetts, Brandeis University withdraws its offer of an honorary degree to a black feminist atheist human rights campaigner from Somalia.
  • In London, a multitude of liberal journalists and artists responsible for everything from Monty Python to Downton Abbey sign an open letter in favour of the first state restraints on the British press in three and a quarter centuries.
Scary as hell, isn't it?
‘What really bothered me is the whole idea that at a liberal arts college we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion.’ Yeah, who needs that? There speaks the voice of a generation: celebrate diversity by enforcing conformity.
"I didn't come to this college to hear other opinions, I came to here my own!"

Looks like the Border Patrol has joined the line of Organizations That Can Kiss My Ass.
In a letter dated April 16 and sent to Manuel Padilla, Jr., Chief Border Patrol Agent for the Tucson sector, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona describes agents at the Arivaca checkpoint threatening protesters with arrest, forcing them behind an arbitrary line at the edge of a "Border Patrol Enforcement Zone," refusing to identify themselves, cursing at the locals, and blocking their view of agents' activities.

Some of the agents' actions are incredibly petty, such as parking a running vehicle so that the exhaust vents directly at the protesters. Then when they move, agents set another running vehicle in front of them.
Other Arivacans report that agents at the checkpoint have told them, "You have no rights here," or that all community members are considered suspect simply by virtue of living in Arivaca.
'You have no rights here.'  Really?  That's what the BP has come to?  Screw you oathbreaking clowns.

Why are Democrats such nasty, violent people?

Apparently just inspecting the friggin' mascot head was too much work for the SS, so they threatened death instead.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It's a day or two early, but Science! never rests!

Or the data never stops.  Or something like that.

Reason #2 to get rid of the EPA: it's full of

lying, corrupt bastards using their authority to screw the country.
Seven months after being subpoenaed by Congress, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy conceded that her agency does not have -  and cannot produce - all of the scientific data used for decades to justify numerous rules and regulations under the Clean Air Act. 

In a March 7th letter to House Science, Space and Technology Committee chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), McCarthy admitted that EPA cannot produce all of the original data from the 1993 Harvard Six Cities Study (HSC) and the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) 1995 Cancer Prevention Study II, which is currently housed at New York University.
Note this bullshit:
However, despite “multiple interactions with the third party owners of the research data in an effort to obtain that data,” McCarthy wrote, some of the data subpoenaed by the committee “are not (and were not) in the possession, custody or control of the EPA, nor are they within the authority to obtain data that the agency identified.”
Translation: "We don't have the data, and we can't get it, and WE DID NOT HAVE IT."

And yet more lawyerly ways to try to avoid saying "We're lying shits":
“EPA has not withheld any data in our possession that is responsive to the subpoena,” McCarthy stated. “The EPA acknowledges, however, that the data provided are not sufficient in themselves to replicate the analyses in the epidemiological studies, nor would they allow for the one to one mapping of each pollutant and ecological variable to each subject.”
"We gave you what we HAD, but we couldn't give you all the data we said we had but actually didn't, so we're NOT lying and dodging.  Really!"

The frame mods, next step

Main thing I decided to do was undercut the trigger guard a bit and round that area.  Reasons being:
Caspian did a beautiful job making this frame, but it has some sharp corners in places I don't like, main one being the bottom of the trigger guard.  Lovely to look at, but tends to be quite uncomfortable to the middle finger when have a good high grip.  I've had the same problem on S&W M&P and Glock pistols, but in this case I own it and can mod it to my hearts' content.

Stripped the frame, taped the rail area and used some light cardboard on the vise jaws as well, and clamped it- VERY carefully, just enough pressure to hold- upside-down in the vise, then used a sharp half-round file, first cutting down right at the back of the guard just in front of the curve down into the grip(left arrow).

This is very much a 'file a bit, then try it' thing, both for getting enough to make it feel right and making damn sure I didn't cut too deep.  When it felt about right, moved both forward to blend it in(up to the right arrow), and started working on the sides to round them nicely.

Here's a closer shot from the side
and a bottom angle better showing the curves
At the point it felt pretty good I stopped filing, then wrapped some 220-grit abrasive cloth around the file and smoothed it all out, then used a strip of the same to shoeshine, both to remove marks and further smooth and blend.  Then cleaned it thoroughly and lubed and reassembled for shooting.

Result: MUCH more comfortable in my hand.  There are still some scratches I need to polish out, and if I get a chance later I'll bead-blast the frame, it should look like it was made that way originally.

Yes, it could've been undercut deeper; considering the CT grips, didn't think it would make much more difference.

Pictures of the ramp polishing will come when it's not so damp and chilly outside; my hands are feeling it.

Clinton kept Reno for fear she'd talk?

Wouldn't be surprising.
"Then he went into a meeting with her, and he told me that she begged and pleaded, saying that . . . she didn't want to be fired because if she were fired it would look like he was firing her over Waco... And I knew that what that meant was that she would tell the truth about what happened in Waco."

Attention Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association boss Patrick Lynch: if you think making sure you have the right damned address on a search warrant is ... technicalities — like if the premise is a single- or multiple-family dwelling — that are so insignificant that suppressing the evidence actually subverts justice and public safety.”, then you are a disgusting bastard who should have that badge removed from you.  Immediately.

God-DAMN, you actually think kicked in the door of a second-story unit that housed a family with no relation to Wiggins or his relatives, court papers state. After realizing that he lived in another unit, the cops headed downstairs where they found Wiggins trying to flee. is not a damned PROBLEM?  What if you'd wounded/crippled/killed one of that innocent family, you stupid bastard?  Would that just be another 'Eh, have to break eggs y'know' moment?

An Environmental Protection Agency official has entered the revolving door of cronyism by leaving the federal government to become an executive at a prominent environmental group. 

Lisa Garcia, former associate assistant administrator for environmental justice at the EPA, will become Earthjustice’s new vice president of litigation for health — a position created just for Garcia.
Why, you'd think she'd been working for/with them before or something.

Whyever might people be suspicious of Governor Howler

and associates?
New York isn’t saying how many gun owners refused to register by the April 15 deadline, partly because state police, given the lack of a central registry up until now, don’t really know. Some estimates put the total at about 1 million people.
Yeah, nothing there to bother people, is there.

You'll also notice a lot of 'so-called law-abiding' crap about people who have a problem with being told they have to say "Commissar may I" to be allowed to keep their property.

'Leftists think conservatives are evil, and conservatives think leftists are stupid.'  More evidence of who's right.

No, I haven't forgotten about taking pictures of the other frame work on the 1911; I just haven't done it yet.  Working on it tonight.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Detroit: a lot more dangerous for the bad guys,

and the cops have the right attitude about it:
"The citizens of Detroit are very tired of being bullied by these thugs, for lack of a better word," (police officer Jennifer)Moreno said. "They're defending themselves and their property and they have every right to do so."
"We've been very supportive of citizens that are arming themselves," said Moreno. "They are law-abiding citizens. These are the ones who are in their domain and inside their homes, and if you can't have peace at home, where can you?"
The usual suspects are seriously butthurt about this; screw 'em.

Never forget, the Democrats wanted Biden for Veep because of his 'great experience and wisdom'...

A Freehold short story

you get to read for free!

And damn...

All you really need to know about that clown

occupying the Oval Office:
Last year they picked up Democratic support from Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah and an amendment requiring combat pay for the survivors was added to the House version of the defense appropriations bill — before it was stripped out by Harry Reid’s Senate. You can imagine, then, why the survivors would think their last, best option would be to demand an explanation from Obama face to face — and why O, knowing that, would steer far clear. Disgraceful.
If he and the politicians in uniform had any sense of honor, this wouldn't have happened in the first place; but they don't.  Saying 'they should be ashamed' is useless, they have no shame.

WWU President Bruce Shepard, your job is supposed to be "Attract qualified students", NOT "How can we be politically-correct racists here at the university?"

CNN: The most asshole name in news(after MSNBC, at least).

Seems an actress named Kirsten Dunst actually said something along the lines of "What's wrong with a woman staying home with her kids?"  The idiot-level 'feminists' are crapping bricks of indignation and insulting her in every way they can come up with.  Thus proving these people are farging nutcases.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Yeah, them tracking gadgets work GREAT, don't they?

Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.

Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon, both registered sex offenders, were both wearing ankle bracelets when the women were assaulted and killed last fall and earlier this year, Anaheim police Chief Raul Quezada said at a news conference.

Yeah, all those Democrats are just HORRIBLY upset about the Koch brothers taking part in the political system...

Especially that slimy bastard Schumer.

And from the Sarah Brady paradise of Chicago,
At least 36 people were shot in Chicago, four of them fatally, in as many hours over the weekend, with more than half of the shootings occurring over a half-day period stretching into early Sunday.

Officers responded to at least 27 incidents, starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side involving an attack that left a 17-year-old girl dead and two other people wounded, police said. There were also fatal shootings in the South Shore neighborhood Friday night and the Washington Park neighborhood early Sunday, both on the South Side.
I'm sure that- somehow- this is the fault of the tea party, the 2nd Amendment and SYG laws...

Monday, April 14, 2014

'Disgrace' doesn't even BEGIN to cover this

In a stunning about-face, former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes admitted in a recent deposition that he did not believe a man exonerated for murder was guilty — even though one of his prosecutors insisted, as the man’s conviction was vacated, “We believe in this defendant’s guilt.”
Richardson was sent to federal court to defend the case in 2010 amid mounting evidence that his superior, Michael Vecchione — who originally tried the case — had committed prosecutorial misconduct by coercing and threatening witnesses to make them testify against Collins.

At the time, Brooklyn Federal Judge Dora Irizarry called the DA’s handling of the case “shameful.”

Hynes responded with a statement defending Vecchione and vowing there would be no internal investigation of the allegations of misconduct.
Miserable. Lying. Corrupt. Disgusting. Bastards.
But Hynes, who was voted out of office last November, was singing a different tune at the deposition, where he acknowledged that “someone involved in that case” failed to inform Collins’ defense lawyer that a key witness had recanted.
Sickening, corrupt, fucking BASTARD.
The Collins case is among dozens of questionable murder convictions during Hynes' 23 years in office that have come to light in recent years and drawn heavy criticism from three federal judges.

Chances of the bastards being disbarred: probably about zero, because the fucking lawyers and prosecutors will protect their own no matter what.
Chances of actual criminal prosecution: see above.
Chances of the sodding bastards having their immunity yanked so the damages have to come out of their own pockets: see above.

We're supposed to trust prosecutors WHY?  We're supposed to trust the system WHY?

So, a National Socialist sets out to kill Jews

and even says 'Hi, Hitler' on his way to the cop car, and yet everyone seems to be downplaying that; gee, wonder why...
What will our good friends at The Nation say now, when his very first sentence notes how inspired he is by the words of none other than Max Blumenthal, whose antisemitic and anti-Zionist book was released by the magazine’s own publishing house, Nation Books?
Oh my, oh my, what did he read?
Jew journalist Max Blumenthal exposes and explains this attempt by a foreign government Israel, to buy the presidential election for the neo-con, war-mongering republican establishment.

Like I’ve been saying, the kikes simply do not trust a lame-duck black president with the name Hussein. Jews fear his re-election, thus this jewish Super PAC to defeat him.

Since the DEA and cops apparently have no better use for their time

than screwing with people for going to a gardening store, I suggest budget cuts.  Let's start at 25%, and if that doesn't work go to 50%.

This Non-Violent Stuff'll Get You Killed

Professor Cobb currently teaches Africana Studies at Brown University in Rhode Island. Every once in a while, this book will remind you that Cobb’s politics are very markedly to the left, except on the issue of gun control. I suspect that more than a few of Cobb’s associates will be either scratching their heads or filled with fury.
Oh, I don't doubt that last.
I am hoping that those curious about the civil rights movement are going to realize the positives of gun ownership from this book. Indeed, Cobb makes the point that without widespread gun ownership, the civil rights movement would not have survived long enough to register voters. The KKK were domestic terrorists, and only force meeting force would restrain them, especially when they were also the local law enforcement agency.
Yep.  Nothing says "Stop trying to beat/lynch/rape us" like a high-velocity hole in the chest.

Well, MAIG is full of crooks, so why not other 'ban the guns' groups?

The article by News Times failed to report the fact that records from the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection show a long history of criminal behavior and that Neil Heslin is a felon. All of which means that Neil Heslin is not allowed per State and Federal law to purchase, own or possess any firearms. So often we find that the strongest critics of the right to bear arms are those people who cannot be trusted with firearms themselves.

In fact, despite multiple convictions for drunk driving and losing his license, Mr. Heslin continued to drive and was eventually charged with driving under suspension.
Another major issue left out of the reporting so far has been Heslin’s financial and civil issues. He has been sued several times for not paying his bills through his businesses and for not paying child support as well. Now, Mr. Heslin has found the employment he has needed for so long lobbying against the rights of the citizens of Connecticut and the rest of the country as well.
Apparently Connecticut Carry has been getting various threats for having let this information out; the gun bigots will happily work with crooks, but they don't want people to know about it.

Speaking of 'working with crooks' and protecting them,
The shocking scale of the Establishment cover-up of former Liberal MP Cyril Smith’s sickening sex abuse of boys is revealed today.

For four decades, the depraved 29st politician was free to prey on vulnerable children as young as eight.

Police received at least 144 complaints by victims of the predatory paedophile yet the authorities blocked any prosecution – allowing Smith brazenly to continue his abuse.

The Liberal Party even put his name forward for a knighthood in 1988 in spite of the rumours of his sordid activities swirling around Westminster.
Connected, from the gentleman at Belmont,
It is in some ways a whole lot easier to fight extremist gangs in dusty, far away African places. These mean, low-down, murderous critters whose life on earth is arguably a waste of oxygen are also in their way powerless villains, whose main sin is having no lobbyist in Washington to represent them. If they had it would already be politically incorrect to despise them. But one wonders whether low-rent thugs people like Kony are the truly dangerous men of this world when compared to those who hover, above reproach, in our most glittering circles, in the center of our most respected human rights organizations?

Joe Huffman notes a Brady Campaign gathering, and comments on their aims:
[I find the language used very interesting. “Thought leaders”? “Hone the skills needed to effectively engage…”? “Spreading our message”? 

We don’t want people to have their “thoughts led”. We want people think for themselves.
We don’t “hone our skills” to engage people. We arm ourselves with facts. 

We don’t “spread messages in congress”. We demand our congress critters obey the law and respect our rights. 

They think differently from me. Perhaps more different than I can think.—Joe]

Just how DID Harry Reid get so rich?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ayaan Hirsi Ali responds

to the Brandeis University cowardice.  It begins
“Yesterday Brandeis University decided to withdraw an honorary degree they were to confer upon me next month during their Commencement exercises. I wish to dissociate myself from the university’s statement, which implies that I was in any way consulted about this decision. On the contrary, I was completely shocked when President Frederick Lawrence called me—just a few hours before issuing a public statement—to say that such a decision had been made.

More on it here.  Brandeis is claiming "Why, we didn't know she said some of these things!  We can't give an honorary degree to her!"

I'm going with the worst-case myself: the chickenshits got heat from the usual suspects, and don't have the balls and integrity to stand up to it.

Recall on some Remington Model 700™ and Model Seven™ rifles with X-Mark Pro® (“XMP®”) triggers

Remington Arms Announces Voluntary Product Recall

April 11, 2014
Madison, N.C. - Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) today announced a voluntary recall of Model 700™ and Model Seven™ rifles with X-Mark Pro® (“XMP®”) triggers, manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014.

Senior Remington engineers determined that some Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with XMP triggers could, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge.

Remington’s investigation determined that some XMP triggers might have excess bonding agent used in the assembly process, which could cause an unintentional discharge. Therefore, Remington is recalling ALL affected products to fully inspect and clean the XMP triggers with a specialized process. Remington has advised customers to immediately cease use of recalled rifles and return them to Remington free of charge. The rifles will be inspected, specialty cleaned, tested, and returned as soon as possible. Do not attempt to diagnose or repair recalled rifles. Remington established a dedicated website and toll-free hotline to help consumers determine whether their Model 700 or Model Seven rifle(s) are subject to recall:

Toll-Free Hotline: 1-800-243-9700 (Prompt #3 then Prompt #1) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.
The website and hotline provide guidance on returning recalled rifles free of charge. “Remington takes safety extremely seriously,” said Teddy Novin, Director of Public Affairs and Communications. “While we have the utmost confidence in the design of the XMP trigger, we are undertaking this recall in the interest of customer safety, to remove any potential excess bonding agent applied in the assembly process. We have established significant safety and technical resources to determine which rifles are affected and to minimize any risks. Our goal is to have every recalled firearm inspected, specialty cleaned, tested and returned as soon as possible.”
“We’re putting our customers and their safety first by voluntarily recalling all potentially affected rifles. We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety,” Novin concluded.

Found thanks to Kevin

I worry about people

when they refuse to deal with a fact straight-on, but have to chase 'round the barn to say it's something it's not.

What brought this on was some show I had on in the background about people working with disabled animals and putting together prosthetics for them.  You keep hearing people say "I don't see a disabled pony, I see a pony that needed some help", or "This is not a disabled pig, it gets along quite well" and so forth.

Lady, the pony had a MISSING LEG; that IS disabled.  That the artificial leg lets it get around doesn't change that.
Dude, that pig was born with NO HIND LEGS; that IS disabled.  The fact that you put together a cart for its back end so it can get around is wonderful, but doesn't change the fact that it IS disabled; there's nothing disgraceful or horrible about noting that fact.

Reminds me of all the PC crap about how people who are deaf or crippled or whatever "...are NOT disabled, they're DIFFERENTLY-ABLED!"  Which is bullshit.  Dealt with well by Denny on one occasion when some well-meaning twit told him he was just 'differently-abled': I believe the statement was "Lady, I'm CRIPPLED; I can deal with it, why can't you?"

And the dirtbags want another end-run around the 2nd Amendment

using that 'sporting purposes' bullshit.  You'll notice they're also playing "We owe it to Mexico since these nasty guns the cartels use come from the US" crap.

Why is innovation so relatively low anymore?

Because idiots like ATF can change the rules on people at any time.
The original story was that since EP Armory filled in the fire control cavity after creating a firearm, the original creation of a firearm could not be reversed from it being designated as such. However, since it was determined by EP Armory that they didn't manufacture their 80% Lower in such a fashion, the ATF changed their tune as to why it was now a firearm. The utilization of a "biscuit" to designate where the fire control cavity should be not only creates a fire control cavity, but in itself creates a firearm.
This is such bullshit I'm amazed they're willing to put it on paper.

Speaking of lying bastards in initial agencies, BLM claimed it wanted those cattle and that annoying rancher gone because 'we must protect the desert tortoise!'; however, we fine that that slimy Harry Reid and family were involved, and it involved making them lots of money and screw the wildlife.
The Bureau of Land Management, whose Director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations.
“A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67 year-old rancher; they want his land,” journalist Dana Loesch wrote. “The tortoise wasn’t of concern when [U.S. Senator] Harry Reid worked with BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore.”

“Reid is accused of using the new BLM chief as a puppet to control Nevada land (already over 84% of which is owned by the federal government) and pay back special interests,” she added. “BLM has proven that they’ve a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development. Clearly these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area.”

“If only Clive Bundy were a big Reid donor.”
Yes, I posted on this last night; it just REALLY pisses me off.

More on the subject:
The fact that a U.S. Senator and the Governor are publicly coming out agains the feds is in my opinion a very big deal and may signal the beginning of a true fracturing in the social fabric. Something that I have been expecting for many years.
Heller said he heard from local officials, residents and the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association and remained “extremely concerned about the size of this closure and disruptions with access to roads, water and electrical infrastructure.”

The federal government has shut down a scenic but windswept area about half the size of the state of Delaware to round up about 900 cattle it says are trespassing.

Sandoval said he was most offended that armed federal officials have tried to corral people protesting the roundup into a fenced-in “First Amendment area” south of the resort city of Mesquite.

The site “tramples upon Nevadans’ fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution” and should be dismantled, Sandoval said.
It should never have been done in the first place.  This was pure "Keep the peasants out of the way and shut up as much as possible while we do this".  The fact that they did it so eagerly tells all we really need to know of what they actually think of the Constitution.

"We REALLY don't like you citizens taking video of our members on the job, so go away."
The Dallas Police Association, meanwhile, insists that dashboard cameras and planned body cameras are sufficient monitoring for cops and, according to the CBS affiliate, "are asking citizens to put their cameras away."

Citizens, who may be aware of police not interested in being monitored, should consider asking the union to fuck off.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Yes, it's late for the research project; having spent most of the morning in the attic

wrapping insulation around air pipes threw me off.  But did I forget?

I did not.

Harry Reid has to be one of the most vile and corrupt bastards

in government.
The Bureau of Land Management, whose Director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations.
In 2012, the New American reported that Harry Reid’s son, Rory Reid, was the chief representative for a Chinese energy firm planning to build a $5-billion solar plant on public land in Laughlin, Nevada.

And journalist Marcus Stern with Reuters also reported that Sen. Reid was heavily involved in the deal as well.

“[Reid] and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert,” he wrote. “Reid has been one of the project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project in Nevada.”

The CSGV: attempting to censor speakers

because it's hard to lie about what someone says when people hear it first-hand.
Branca also has received invitations to speak at law schools. He and I spoke at Cornell Law School at the invitation of the Cornell Law Second Amendment Club. Branca also has been invited to speak about the Zimmerman case and the law of self defense at Campbell University Law School and U.C. Berkeley Law School.

CSGV apparently feels that Branca’s views on the Zimmerman case should not be heard on law school campuses. CSGV has gone through Branca’s Twitter feed to find tweets CSGV characterizes as celebrating Martin’s death. Accordingly, CSGV has started urging others not to provide Branca “a platform”:
Because students actually hearing and debating things is bad.  When it's a subject CSGV doesn't want them to learn about, except from the CSGV.

"I want a bunch of you commoners(especially white ones) to DIE!

so we can prove to you that The Science Is Settled!"
Part of being a science communicator is hoping a natural disaster kills as many members of the audience as possible, as soon as possible, with as much media exposure as possible. As a communicator myself, I’d like nothing better than for thousands of middle-class white people to die in an extreme weather event—preferably one with global warming’s fingerprints on it—live on cable news. Tomorrow.

The hardest thing about communicating the deadliness of the climate problem is that it isn’t killing anyone. And just between us, let’s be honest: the average member of the public is a bit (how can I put it politely?) of a moron. It’s all well and good for the science to tell us global warming is a bigger threat than Fascism was, but Joe Q. Flyover doesn’t understand science. He wants evidence
Um, because evidence has nothing to do with science?  Beats me.

Such wonderful people are the warmenists, are they not?  Further evidence:
Cognitive scientist C. R. R. Kampen thinks the annihilation of a city of 150,000 people might just provide the teaching moment we need:
You see, consensus is so often only reached after a painful confrontation with evidence.

Knowing this, I hope against knowledge of her expected track that Cyclone Ita will wipe Cairns off the map. Because the sooner the lesson is learnt by early confrontation, the better one more population will be suited to anticipate and mitigate the vast weather and climate (+ related) disasters that lie in the immediate future and to lose all distractions on the way.
(Let me dispel, right up front, a common and perhaps forgivable misinterpretation of this family of argument: no, Dr Kampen doesn’t mean to suggest the destruction of a single city would be sufficient. That’s just a silly strawman. As a scientist himself, Kampen is acutely aware that a single data point, such as the deletion of Cairns, would not even be attributable to man-made global warming with any confidence—let alone would it prove the planet was worse off, taking all metrics into account, under BAU. What we’re talking about here is a possibility which, with luck, would start a conversation on climate action, not end one.)
And that mass disaster would be good, because GLOBULAR WARMENING!!  WE NEED A CONVERSATION!!!
Problem is, they don't want a conversation, they want surrender; "You must do whatever we decide is needed to Fight Globular Warmering, because nothing else will do!"

Looks like Gov. Howler has some worries on his mind

MORE worries.
With the April 15 deadline for gun registration under the SAFE Act fast approaching, estimates indicate over 90 percent of gun owners have yet to comply

Making matters worse for elected officials--and Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) in particular--is the fact that many law enforcement officers at various levels have openly stated that they will not enforce SAFE Act requirements.
Imagine that at a press conference: "Governor, how do the State Police feel about being ordered to jail people for this?  Especially since so many sheriffs will not cooperate?  And how many people are you willing to see in prison for this?"

Nice followup: "Has it been considered that if the State Police, and any sheriffs who are willing to enforce SAFE act, raid houses that someone is get going to get killed?"

In January of this year The Oneida Daily Dispatch reported that Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R-Pittsford) suggested that law enforcement is not going to be eager to go after those who refuse to comply: "The rank and file troopers don't want anything to do with it. [And] I don't know of a single sheriff upstate who is going to enforce it."

Nojay continued: "If you don't have the troopers and you don't have the sheriffs, who have you got? You've got Andrew Cuomo pounding on the table in Albany."
Wonder how the brass in the State Police are thinking about this?  There's always some people who'll do anything as long as they have orders to cover their ass; there's also a bunch of guys who A: don't think this is a good idea and B: wonder how they'll do if most of the local population is pissed at them for putting Mr. James and Ms. Jones in jail for not registering the gun they've owned for years.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Chances of BATFEIEIO actually going after these people:

Just about zero.  Same for Holder's DoJ.
Federal Air Marshal Service director Robert Bray is one of several officials being investigated in connection with the scheme, and his retirement is directly related to the investigation, reports

The probe is believed to involve the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and stems from whistleblower accusations against FAMS supervisor Danny Poulos. He is accused of using the agency’s license and connection with gun manufacturer Sig Sauer to collect and redistribute discounted or free guns for high-up TSA and FAMS officials’ personal use.

According to documents obtained by Fox, the director and former deputy director “received several firearms from [the supervisor] that included ‘special purchases’ such as long guns and assault rifles.”
The documents also claim the ongoing investigation “is being conducted quietly to keep Congress in the dark on the gross mismanagement and misdeeds that the FAMS senior management staff have perpetrated for several years.”

Homeland Security subcommittee chair Rep. Richard Hudson wrote a letter to TSA head John Pistole Thursday complaining Congress has not been properly notified of the investigation and expressed “grave concern” about the claims of misconduct, reports Fox News.
If he expects an actual answer from "I think flying is a privilege" Pistole...

Pretty good breakdown of the IRS corruption

And yes, a bunch of Democrats were/are right in the middle of it.
...Little noticed in the immediate aftermath of the IRS scandal was a letter sent May 23, 2013, by Carl Levin and (Republican) John McCain to the new acting director of the IRS disguised as an expression of outrage over IRS targeting. Artfully hidden within it was Mr. Levin's acknowledgment that his subcommittee on investigations had for a full year been corresponding and meeting with IRS staff (including Ms. Lerner) to ask "why it was not enforcing the 501(c)(4) statute."

What was said in the course of that year? How much specific information was demanded on conservative groups, and how many demands dispensed on how to handle them? Good questions.

In 2012, both the IRS and Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings were targeting the group True the Vote. We now have email showing contact between a Cummings staffer and the IRS over that organization. How much more contact was there? It's one thing to write a public letter calling on a regulator to act. It's another to haul the regulator in front of your committee, or have your staff correspond with or pressure said regulator, with regard to ongoing actions. That's a no-no.

One more entry in the "Only LE can be trusted to carry guns" log.
The latest statement conflicts with the sheriff's department's earlier statement about the incident, which claimed that the other man was not hit. The LASD has not said why it took so long to figure out that its deputies shot two people instead of one. Another deputy told CBS LA that Winkler and the other man "aggressed the deputies."

After shooting the two innocent men, deputies entered the apartment, found the actual suspect and arrested him. All four men involved ended up in the hospital.

In other news, my hummingbird feeder leaks; I'm off to get a new one. 

Why we're winning: it's fun

Hit the outdoor range the other day*, and after I'd been shooting a while a whole group showed up: family, including three people from Germany over visiting(Dad, Mom and daughter).  They set up a bench and started with a Savage .22 Mag rifle.  Reason I caught some of this is it was also a English practice time: the daughter asked something in German and was told "Use English!"

What she said was(right at the start) "It's been so long!" and either Grandpa or Uncle smiled and said "You'll remember it", and she did.  At the time I left Mom and the elders had gone down to the handgun range, and Dad & Daughter were happily shooting targets at 100 with the Savage.

You don't get that at a "I'm scared of guns and the troglodytes who use them!" screaming session.

Added: tried a 7.5x55 load, a 200-grain gas-checked bullet sized .311 over 16.0 of 2400 from the K31; shot a nice, tight group, around 2" at 100 yards.  Only had five(try it before load a bunch), so I'll be loading more of these for further trial.  Velocity was about 1550fps, and it dropped a LOT compared to the 150-grain cast(let alone factory ammo); I'll have to figure out the sight elevation change for this load.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Everyone involved. Sue them for all they have Link fixed

or ever will have.  Especially since the chances of there being any charges prosecuted against the bastards is just about zero.

I'll let you read the whole thing for the full Curtain of Blood effect, but I will borrow two pieces:
Fleming told his attorneys he had paid a bill for phone calls made from his Florida hotel room the night before Rush was killed, and he believed the receipt was in his pocket when police arrested him. But authorities told the defense he had no such receipt, according to Koss.

In the course of the investigation, the Conviction Review Unit found the receipt in police records, time stamped and dated -- solidifying Fleming's claim that he was in Florida at the time of the killing, according to the district attorney's office.

"This is proof of alibi that was basically purposely withheld," Koss said.
And on the 'witness' against him,
 A review unit search of police records years later came up with a timeline. The woman on probation was arrested with another woman on grand larceny charges and brought to the Brooklyn district attorney's office, where she gave a statement. Within the hour, the investigation found, charges against her were dropped.
Let's see, perjury, paying for fake testimony, hiding evidence, knowingly putting an innocent man in prison... fuck suing them, HANGING is too good for the bastards.

No wonder that bastard Cummings wanted the IRS hearings to end;

he didn't want this coming out.
The top Democrat on a House committee tasked with investigating the IRS scandal may have been involved in the targeting of a Texas-based conservative group, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) claimed on Wednesday.

Citing documents obtained last week, Issa suggested Wednesday that Rep. Elijah Cummings’ (D-Md.) seeming eagerness to end the IRS investigation may be due to the fact that the Maryland congressman’s office in August 2012 communicated with the IRS about True the Vote, a non-profit group dedicated to preventing voter fraud.

I'm calling bullshit on this:
“Our security force, based on limited information, made a high-risk traffic stop and believed that this vehicle was stolen based on the information they received,” said Cassie Barlow, 88th Airbase Wing Commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Really?  They 'believed' the vehicle was stolen?  Based on what?  Information from where?

Sounds like they really effed-up, and are trying very hard to come up with an excuse.

Well, look what else is coming out about Gov. Howler's bill:
Under the SAFE Act, the New York Department of Criminal Justice (NYDCJ), the overseer of the database, may declare a person ineligible to own or possess a weapon without any type of judicial process.

Furthermore, the suit argues that if the NYDCJ declares a person ineligible, “such a determination makes the person vulnerable to imminent seizure of all weapons, without a hearing or even an arrest warrant.”

Another reason for anyone successful to leave New Effing York

A change this month in New York's estate tax, which was billed as tax relief for the wealthy, contains a hidden wrinkle that could leave some multimillionaires with a much bigger surprise tax upon their death. Certain estates could even wind up with a tax rate of 164 percent on portions of their estates, according to one tax expert.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Everyone I know, it'd HAVE to be a group buy

Oh, all that ammo...

Also from Mr. Henick,
"They ran really fast up the driveway. They left a shoe behind - it's a Nike Air Jordan. ... They ran really fast, and you can tell something went down."
If they were that scared, it was probably going down their pants.

Brandeis University: PC-at-any-cost idiots, or cowards?

I'm going with a mix of both.
Brandeis University originally invited Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree at its spring commencement, and created a storm of controversy on its campus. It has now withdrawn that offer, and may have created a storm of controversy outside of its campus as well.
Yep; cowards and PC idiots both.

It appears Chicago decided to go the British route on crime numbers:

change them around and lie so the mayor and CoP look better.

And if a bunch of murder victims wind up being ignored?  Well, that's the price they pay for Mayor Rahm and Chief McCarthy.
Given the finding of homicide—and the corroborating evidence at the crime scene—the Chicago Police Department should have counted Groves’s death as a murder. And it did. Until December 18. On that day, the police report indicates, a lieutenant overseeing the Groves case reclassified the homicide investigation as a noncriminal death investigation. In his writeup, he cited the medical examiner’s “inability to determine a cause of death.”

That lieutenant was Denis Walsh—the same cop who had played a crucial role in the alleged cover-up in the 2004 killing of David Koschman, the 21-year-old who died after being punched by a nephew of former mayor Richard M. Daley. Walsh allegedly took the Koschman file home. For years, police officials said that it was lost. After the Sun-Times reported it missing, the file mysteriously reappeared.

But back to Tiara Groves. With the stroke of a computer key, she was airbrushed out of Chicago’s homicide statistics.

Socialist 'progressives' compared to actual liberals;

Socialist crapweasels lose.

"Why does the EPA have a SWAT team?"  Same reason the Dept. of Education does: because they can get away with it, it gives them more power, and because if you don't have one you're not one of the cool kids' groups.
There was a similar incident in California where a SWAT team burst into a man’s house and dragged him handcuffed to the front lawn on orders from the Department of Education to look for evidence his ex-wife had committed financial aid fraud.
A: IF these clowns were actual LE professionals, they'd have said "Hell no!" when told to raid for such a reason.  Bet the clowns refer to themselves as 'operators', too.
B: Every one of them, from the idiot who gave the order to the clowns who carried it out, should have been fired.  But not crap will happen to them.  Same goes for the EPA SWAT team in Alaska.

Speaking of people who should be fired and prosecuted, I present to you the SEC:
Two stories popped up last week that raise serious concerns about the way that the SEC tramples on the Constitution. The first is that in a hearing, SEC boss Mary Jo White was asked why the SEC is so resistant to ECPA reform and what's wrong with getting a warrant, and more or less admitted that it's standard practice for the SEC to not get a warrant, but to rely on loopholes in ECPA to get access to emails. Prior to this, many had assumed that this was just a desire of the SEC, not that they were regularly doing it. But White's answer makes it clear that the SEC views this practice -- which seems like it should be a clear 4th Amendment violations -- as standard operating procedure.
Meanwhile, concerning a separate issue, Mark Cuban and his lawyer published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal last week, discussing the SEC's totally bogus case against him for insider trading, which got tossed out by a lawyer. The key issue they discussed is how the SEC had exculpatory evidence that proved Cuban had done no wrong from back in 2004 -- and then did everything possible to avoid turning over that evidence, as is normally required in legal proceedings.

More 'liberal' attacks on unapproved speech:
Another incident of muzzling those without the proper worldview received less attention. Kickstarter, the nation's biggest crowd-funding site,refused to accept a film about convicted abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell unless descriptions of his crimes were removed.

After producers Phelim McAleer and his wife, Ann McElhinney, complained publicly, embarrassed Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler claimed on Twitter that the allegation was false. Strickler released an e-mail accepting the Gosnell film, but failed to mention that it was accepted only after the filmmakers withdrew in frustration. The producers released e-mails from Kickstarter demanding that references to stabbing babies and "similar language" be removed. The "acceptance letter" came March 28, the day after the producers withdrew their proposal.

Superintendent Charles Maranzano of Vernon Schools in New Jersey: I hope the family sues you for everything you have and ever will have.
“We never know what’s percolating in the minds of children,” he told the news station. “And when they demonstrate behaviors that raise red flags, we must do our duty.”
The kid was TWIRLING A PENCIL...

Judge, I'll believe you REALLY mean it when you act to have Teesdale disbarred and fired.  Until then, you're just throwing some words at another lawyer.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I shall try to do something about the mess around here.  And then take those pictures I promised.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

"You have to have a fully-equipped modern facility to make guns!"

Except you don't.

Past hits on the subject from Australia, and Brazil, and TaiwanLots more here.

You look through Yee's history,

he's a fair slimeball.  But he voted the right way to make the Democrat Party happy, so he stayed in office.  Over and over.

You'll note that he's suspended from the Senate with pay(can't be too harsh with him, after all).  And I guarantee that if someone finds an excuse for him, the Ds will jump right on it.  And most of the major media has been in the tank so long that not covering this doesn't even take any effort.

I swear, when it comes to raw milk co-ops and home schooling organizations, the government is like a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Robocop, but with matters of actual external security it's suddenly the love child of Inspector Clouseau and Colonel Klink.
Well, Tam, there are priorities, y'know; it's just that our overlords don't consider things like actual foreign threats as important to deal with as someone not doing all their paperwork for the various .gov agencies.

One more celebritute pushing a racist group, but it's ok because it's PC racism.
So what exactly do Five Percenters believe?

“The rationale is that the black man is God and created the universe, and is physically stronger and intellectually stronger and more righteous naturally,” says Michael Muhammad Knight, an author of two books on the radical group.

“Whiteness is weak and wicked and inferior — basically just an errant child who needs to be corrected.”

In other words, it's the Klan in black robes.  But the robe color makes it a Good Organization or something.

On the current 'The debate is over!' crap,
Today’s clerisy in some ways resembles the clerical First Estate in pre-revolutionary France, which, in the words of the historian Georges Lefebvre, “possessed a control over thought in the interests of the Church and king.” With today’s clerisy, notes essayist Joseph Bottum, “social and political ideas [are] elevated to the status of strange divinities ... born of the ancient religious hunger to perceive more in the world than just the give and take of ordinary human beings, but adapted to an age that piously congratulates itself on its escape from many of the strictures of ancient religion.”

The socialist version of dhimmi; interesting thought.  "Yes, you are allowed your beliefs, as long as you pay the tax."  Which is bullshit, but exactly what is being pushed by the socialists, especially ref Obamacare and the contraceptive/abortion mandate.

Monday, April 07, 2014

"Yes, my deputy is a pushy bastard who grabbed a camera

just because he didn't want to be on video; I don't care, and I'll defend him no matter what bullshit I have to say!"  And bullshit it is, especially when the deputy says “We don’t need you calling people,” just before he grabs the camera.

Well, Sheriff Scott, I hope someone you treat so sues the ass off you and your agency; maybe that'll get your attention.

Eric Holder wants to force people to use unreliable tech that will make your gun unusable when you need it; bit surprise, isn't it?  Especially when you read
The technology also seeks to allow remote disabling, called Wide Area Control, of firearms in certain areas, such as airports and schools.
Or anywhere else the authorities decide to use it.  Like a neighborhood.  Which means, since there will always be pre-requirement and illegally modified guns the bad guys will use, means honest citizens who use such crap will be disarmed.

Oh, and let's not forget the cops; THEY won't have to use the stuff.

Maybe we should just start calling them all National Socialists; so many of them seem to have this thing about Jews...

In celebration of surviving the weekend, I shall now study the latest data dump