Thursday, July 27, 2017

"People don't respect us anymore!"

Stop doing crap like this and it'll help a lot with that.
In addition to criticizing the cops for their comically inadequate investigation, Lucero faults them for conducting "an excessive, SWAT-style raid" that gratuitously exposed the Hartes and their two young children to the trauma and risk of having seven armed men storm into their home early in the morning and forcibly confine them to their living room for two and a half hours while conducting an increasingly desperate search for nonexistent evidence of a marijuana grow. The officers took this aggressive approach even though there was no reason to think the Hartes posed a threat to them. "Even more concerning," Lucero says, "the officers timed the raid for when the Hartes' children would be home but failed to create any safety plan in anticipation of risks to the children." They even rebuffed a neighbor's offer to look after the children during the search.

"The defendants in this case caused an unjustified governmental intrusion into the Hartes' home based on nothing more than junk science, an incompetent investigation, and a publicity stunt," Lucero writes. "The Fourth Amendment does not condone this conduct, and neither can I."
Bullshit 'investigation', "Let's do it for publicity!" attitude, and using a SWAT team for no damned reason other than "It'll look good on the news!"

Throw in quite likely lying about their tests on the tea leaves.

I hope every one of the clowns involved in this has their qualified immunity yanked so the penalties have to come out of their own damned pockets.

"How dare you mock us!

We may track you down for this hate speech!"

(formerly Great)Britain at its best.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Now let us speak of arrogant fools of a different type:

Globular Warmering "We can make the Earth whole again!" true believers
Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun's rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet.

Backers say the risky, often expensive projects are urgently needed to find ways of meeting the goals of the Paris climate deal to curb global warming that researchers blame for causing more heatwaves, downpours and rising sea levels.
Because even though their models are crap, they KNOW how to save everything.  Because they say so.  Etc.

Along with the general stupidity of screwing with systems far more complex than they seem able or willing to admit, there is(of course) money involved:
Among new ideas, Wurzbacher at Climeworks is sounding out investors on what he says is the first offer to capture and bury 50 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air, for $500 a tonne.

That might appeal to a company wanting to be on forefront of a new green technology, he said, even though it makes no apparent economic sense.
Translation: "Show how much you care!  Signal your virtue!  Give us money!"

Bleeping damned bullshit...

Ignore all else in this for the moment: THEY WENT


No excuse.  NONE.

Now throw in this:
"Bullet holes suggest they shot through the door," Wells said. 

Officers said Lopez came to the door pointing a gun at them. Those officers claim to have asked Lopez multiple times to drop the gun before they started shooting.

But, neighbors said they didn't hear anything like that.

"I didn't hear yelling," neighbor Nicholas Tramel said.
 If this is correct, then the bastards not only went to the wrong address and killed an innocent, they lied in their official reports.

I'm getting really damned sick of reading about cases like this.  And if the department pops up with an "Officer Safety trumps all" excuse, I may puke.

And while "Russia! Russia!" continues, most of the media ignores

the crooked Democrat IT aides.  And what they did.  And whatever the hell they might have been doing.

No telling what all there was in the past that we have no idea about.  People, things, civilizations...

Black lady finally gets a gun and carry permit; guess who has a REAL problem with it?

Ah, fresh news from the 'whatever the hell they might have done' department:
Fox News has learned that Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz plans to allow federal investigators to scan a laptop belonging to her as part of a complex probe into allegations of computer theft, over-billing and possible email hacking. 

U.S. Capitol Police have had the laptop for months and until now had been unable to get access. It's unclear why the Florida lawmaker and ousted Democratic National Committee chairwoman had been battling law enforcement over the computer; however, her counsel began negotiating this week with Capitol Police in connection with the probe.
'plans to allow', 'began negotiation with Capital Police'(y'know, the people she threatened for not giving the laptop to her?).  Such bullshit.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Gee, I wonder why Schultz didn't want to fire him?

Or the others?  Questions, questions...
Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s top information technology (IT) aide was arrested Monday attempting to board a flight to Pakistan after wiring $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to that country.

He attempted to leave the country hours after The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group revealed that he is the target of an FBI investigation, and the FBI apprehended him at the airport.
Makes you wonder: was she getting a percentage, being blackmailed, or a bit of both?

And we have the standard Democrat response to damn-near anything anymore: "RACISTS!"
Democratic members of Congress, including Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York, have suggested that police had framed the Pakistani-born brothers out of Islamophobia.
Yeah.  Sure.  Keep trying, asshat.


In a major defeat for the ethanol industry, senators of both parties joined forces late last week to sink a controversial bill that would’ve allowed gasoline with 15 percent ethanol to be sold year-round.
 The corn lobby doesn't need more subsidies, and we damned sure don't need this crap screwing with peoples' transportation.

Now we need to get rid of the subsidy entirely.  Don't worry about the corn growers, I hear there's still a demand for it in food.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Had a chance to shoot one of these a few days ago

Yes, like the one an Eastwood character carried.  It's made by Cimarron in .38 Special.

How'd it shoot?  Very well.  If you look closely at the top rear of the barrel you'll see a small sight dovetailed in, and it works quite nicely with that front brass to put shots on the target.

The one distraction is that, with no topstrap, some of the flash from the barrel/cylinder gap is vertical, and in a not-very-bright range it definitely got your attention.

No, I do not need another .38.  I want one anyway.

Well, hell, with crap like this coming to light

why WOULD you trust the system?
A Texas man is battling a court order that mandates he must pay tens of thousands in child support for a child whom he did not biologically father and whom he met only once.
This is utter bullshit.  And the woman should be prosecuted for fraud.  Or perjury.  Possibly both.

From the Dark and Fascist State of New Jersey.  With a side note from the People's Republic of Californicated.
New Jersey will consider allowing law enforcement officials to access the state's prescription drug monitoring database without a court order. 

The legislation, which was introduced Tuesday, is meant to combat the opioid crisis, but brings up questions of patient rights to privacy versus the government's ability to investigate so-called doctor shopping.

"Privacy?  What is this word, and why do you want people to die?"  etc.
In California, the Supreme Court ruled recently that the state Medical Board can dig through prescription drug records without a warrant or subpoena.
"Because we're saving you from yourselves, filthy peasants."

Remember those Democrat tech people

caught in shady doings?
Shortly after the criminal probe was revealed in February, Imran abruptly moved out of his longtime home on Hawkshead Drive in Lorton, Va., and listed it for rent on a website that connects landlords with military families.
One of the new tenants — a Marine Corps veteran married to a female Navy Officer — said he found “wireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy, laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner.”

The tenants called the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and, not long after, FBI agents arrived together with the Capitol Police to interview them and confiscate the equipment.
My, isn't that interesting?

Then throw in
Wasserman Schultz has demanded return of a laptop seized by the Capitol Police because it was purportedly used by Imran and was found hidden in a vacant office. The Florida Democrat used a Capitol Police budget hearing to threaten “consequences” for them if the laptop wasn’t returned. 

On Thursday it was reported that police have not examined its contents because of the invocation of the Constitution’s “Speech and Debate clause,” and after months of refusal, her lawyer is now “negotiating” access to the data on yet-to-be-determined terms.
Wasserman Schultz is in this up to her hairline, and has to be seriously worried to try this 'speech and debate' crap. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

You may have heard that in Minneapolis a cop killed a woman in great error

(to say the least).  With more coming out, looks like two things may be true:
This clown should never have been allowed to wear a badge, 
He's an idiot.

The officer, who is now suspended form the Minneapolis P.D., feels he has been 'thrown under the bus' by his Minneapolis police colleagues, the friend said. 

'He is aware that they normally come together at times like this and support each other with slogans like 'Blue Lives Matter'. 

 'But in this situation he has realized he is probably alone with his legal team and Somali police colleagues.
Speaking out of my ass here, but this sounds like he expected, based on usual behavior, that the other cops would have his back no matter what, and that them not doing so is based on his ethnic background, not his conduct.  Or whether he should've been there at all.  Hopping out in public with this crap sounds like setting up the 'It's all because RACISM!!' defense.

Since the victim was Australian, there's lots of yelling from there(appropriately), including bitching about guns in the US(No mention as to whether they plan on disarming their cops).  There's also the complications for the Usual Narrative people:
In both Oz and the US, the next stage of the story would be cherchez le cop - lots of reports of a redneck officer with a hair-trigger temper and various personal issues.

But there's a complicating factor. It's so complicating that The Washington Post finds itself running a 1,200-word story on the death of Justine Damond without a word about the copper who shot her - nothing about his background, record, habits, behavior. Not even his name.

Because his name is Mohamed Noor. As Tucker Carlson pointed out on Fox News the other night, the reason you know the officer's identity is significant is because the Post went to all that trouble not to mention it.

So: we've got a city run by politicians who seem to have their head so far up the 'PC at any cost' ass that they've lost even more brain cells due to oxygen deprivation, where there've been problems for years with immigrants who don't want to become American, and now this. 

'Messy' it is already, we'll see what comes next.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday evening, still hot and humid

so if you don't have somewhere to go, stay cool indoors.  Data to check over.

About that brass processing,

since I got the Lyman rotary tumbler here's what I do:
Get home, throw the brass into the old vibratory tumbler to clean powder residue and such.  Picked-up cases are sorted and run through separately.

Bottleneck cases such as .308 and .30-06 I lube and resize, then measure.  Any that require trimming are trimmed.  These are set aside until there's enough of them for a load in the rotary.

Straight-wall cases(.357 Mag, .45-70, .45 colt, etc.) are checked over.  Then, for most of them, I use a depriming die to punch out the primer, then set them aside until enough for the rotary.  They rarely need trimming; those that do get it now so they'll be ready to load.

Cases intended for general practice I take no special pains on.  Cases intended for serious shooting I sort by length, or pick a lot and trim them to exact length before loading.

That's my process.

Finally, some range notes

On Blackhorn 209:
Did some checking around, and decided to start with 33.0 grains under the 500-grain Lee bullet.  Three variations on this:
Resized cases*, wad under the bullet.
Resized cases, wad under bullet and about 1/4 sheet of toilet paper under that as filler,
Black powder cases, same filler.
All worked.  The group with resized cases and the filler grouped better than without filler; the black-prepped cases a bit better yet.  According to data gathered, I can safely increase the charge up to 35.0 grains**; that would eliminate the need(such as it is) for a filler, and I'm going to work up to it.

Velocity on those loads was very close to that given by the compressed charge of 2f black.  With, as noted a couple of days ago, no need to use a blow tube between shots, or wipe the bore every five-ten.  The wiping being a pain because you have to remove the tang sight so the cleaning rod can go in.

Some vertical stringing with some loads(couple of black and Blackhorn), which- until I can try them again- I'll have to blame on myself; the velocities were fairly consistent on the black, very on the Blackhorn, so almost certainly my fault.  If there were a simple way to put a scope on this rifle for load testing, I'd do it to eliminate such error as much as possible.

So that's the results on that.  Spent a little time after the shooting was done scrounging for brass, and I've got to finish processing that stuff.  And loading some other stuff.  And more .45-70 for next time.

*I only resize the first half-inch of the cases; that works the brass as little as necessary while providing consistent neck tension on bullets.
With cases intended for black, I don't resize at all; only flare the case mouth enough to allow the bullet to slide in cleanly.
Both of these work because the cases are being fired in one rifle, so don't have to worry about any chamber differences between different ones.


After the scandal involving the ejection of Jewish women carrying Star of David pride flags at Chicago’s Dyke March on June 28, a sister organization in the city has announced that it will follow suit by banning “Zionist displays” from its upcoming protest against sexual violence and “rape culture.”

The ban was announced this week on social media by the organizers of SlutWalk Chicago — part of an international protest movement that “fights rape culture, victim blaming, and slut shaming.” The Chicago event is set to take place on August 12.
Wonder when they'll start issuing their more devoted members some snazzy armbands?

"But lying under oath and submitting false documents and violating borders is different when WE do it!"

From Madam Hoyt:

Enter Marx and his “scientific socialism.”  It wasn’t.  And frankly, anyone who looked into Marx -- who not only didn’t know science from a hole in the ground, and who had many of the things he wrote about already wrong as judged by his contemporary economists -- would have known it wasn’t scientific.

But people wanted to believe it was possible, all the more so after WWI turned Europe into an abattoir and planted doubts about Western civilization.

Scene from the range

A bit more blunt than what the guy actually said, but I think covers it:
"No, you can't shoot your new AR.  Because while it does have a rail, you didn't put any sights on it.  And you're not allowed to shoot something without sights.

Also, what drew our attention to this is that you were rapid-firing said rifle.  Which is strictly against the rules you read and signed off on.

Refund?  Because you're a dumbass who brought in a rifle with no sights?  Really?"

This is about the third time I've seen this.  One guy had a brand-new AR variant chambered in .30-06, and wanted to try it out.  WITHOUT SIGHTS.  What the hell are these people thinking?

Friday, July 21, 2017