Monday, July 21, 2014

Dangerous New Computer Virus

It has spread slowly and has been named the Lerner Virus. It affects only computers that hold e-mails from Lois Lerner who is suspected of being the author of the malware. It seems to wait for queries for Lerner e-mails, then retroactively destroys the hard drive of the affected computer.

Interestingly it seems to be able to destroy hard drives as much as 3 years in the past. The time-traveling aspect of the virus is what separates it from most others.

Polling

The further away from an election, the faster and looser polling outfits get to play with the numbers. With the presidential elections  2-1/2 years out, one can predict anything at all and get paid for it. Boosting a candidate's ego for fun and profit is the name of the game. Here's a poll that has Hillary beating all (selected) Republican comers except Rand Paul in a presidential race:
To really make the Hildabeest feel good they should have included uber-rino John McCain in that poll

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fashion

D'Wife is heavily involved in the St. Andrews Society which is a support group for people afflicted with being Scottish. This is an entertaining bunch as the therapy seems to involve Dark beers and single malt Scotch. An elderly fellow had decided to donate a bunch of regalia to the society which would then auction it to raise money. He being a fairly shrimpy fellow, D'Wife insisted I try some of it on once we got home.

I admit I make a brave sight in a traditional shirt and doublet although the kilt was about 4 inches too long. Not my Tartan either. Quick show of hands: How many of you knew the Welch wore kilts and played bagpipes at one point?
I may have to bid on the shirts and doublet. Kilts are expensive and this tartan is not very common. We'll see.

Gun Show - Summer Doldrums

The ammo scalpers are still out in force at least with respect to .22 ammo although most everything else in easing back toward normalcy. The presidents ban on Kalashnikov rifles is having little or no effect as Romanian and Bulgarian copies are readily available.

My favorite target and tool vendor was a no-show as was his backup. They were replaced by 3 or 4 steel target vendors which does me no good at all. Reloading components were up another 10% across the board although I didn't see any shortages. The brass knuckle and butterfly knife vendor who held the table opposite ours has also disappeared.

The population of jewelry, food, and health product vendors is up noticeably.

My favorite conspiracy theorist today was convinced that the alleged move to equip the armed forces with a different pistol is a subterfuge to give all the Berettas to groups like the Post Office, Homeland Security, and the EPA. He was a bit fuzzy as to the purpose.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Slow Bloging

So are people generally behaving like nincompoops? Yes.
Are our elected leaders doing the same? Yes.

As Hamlet said:
To be, or not to be--that is the question:


Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them.
 
I favor the arms approach even if it's just singing in the wilderness. You got to have faith in humanity in spite of the historical experience. Still as Kipling remarked:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master,
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
 
 On the bright side, I've got the earliest crop of raspberries I've ever had. Probably means the ice age starts next month.
 
 

E-postal

I tried the Q-tip target last weekend in both versions, the plain white and the one with the stripe on the stick. The plain one reminded me of last years GBR where Lizzie (hi Lizzie!) shot the gumballs on the golf tees target in a cross wind. One side of the target came loose and was being blown over the rest of the paper so that the actual target was only visible about half the time. Lizzie found this challenging and shot the whole thing by first picking the gumball she wanted, then waiting for the wind to hide it and shooting through the back of the target.

She got a pretty respectable score, too.

Visibility on the white Q-tips is right up there with shooting the back side of the target. So next year I'm thinking of using a standard 5-bull target only requiring you to staple it up face down and shoot it from the back.

Or would that be a bit much?

Going to the Tanner tomorrow. .22 was down to .09/rd 2 months ago. What do you suppose it will be this weekend?

Shot the Q-tips with my daughter, who seldom gets out to shoot. I beat her with the pistol, but she edged me out with both rifles. I need more rifle time.


Impeachment?

Jimmy Fallon says this will never happen because no one wants President Biden. He makes a good point there but then says he wouldn't mind.

Makes sense. A president just as inept and clueless as Obama, but you can make fun of him without being called racist. Late-night comedy gold.

Hillary would love it. She who reportedly detests Obama, would run for president depicting all Republicans as racist bastards who politically lynched our dearly beloved first black president. Republicans, being the wussies they are would fail to run ads listing all the scandals that followed the Obama presidency and describing them as "all you need to know about the Democratic Party".

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watch Your Language

I've gotten some flack from the grammar Nazis about one thing or another over the last several years, including my sometime use of the "Oxford comma" which even people who disapprove of it will admit it's sometimes needed. Here's a helpful reminder:

 Weird Al is still one of my favorite artists.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Holder Advocates For Vote Fraud

It's how Democrats get elected, so why not? He also bashes opponents as racist for opposing anything his boss wants.

So here are some of those new racists. (scroll down, the link sucks).

Comics

Enough with the deep philosophy, here's a couple of comics. First there's False Positive, a Tales Of The Crypt done by Mike Walton. Click on the link and see if the other half lives in any sense of the word.

Second is Schiver Bureau, Steampunk Sherlock Holmes vs the Powers of Darkness in London of some indeterminate age featuring airships, and automobiles made by the Mad Max Auto Works of about 1935. A work in progress, it won't take long to get caught up.

Something to while away your no doubt copious spare time.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Squirrels

The critters seem to be largely under control around here as I've only gotten 8 in the last 3 weeks so the apple and plum futures continue to plummet in the face of decreasing scarcity.

OTOH, plans for the Billll's pipe and bucket squirrel trap have seen a setback as I just learned that in Conneticut at least,that
No person shall take or attempt to take any gray squirrel, rabbit or other fur-bearing animal protected by law by the use of … dynamite or other explosive compound, or by fire, smoke, brimstone, sulphur, gas or chemical ….
Which undermines my planned improvement to the trap that would include disposing of the dead squirrel to some location, TBD but certainly far, far away. I guess if you live in Connecticut, you have to dispose of them yourself.

Meantime, down in Georgia a raptor center there has 4 baby owls they need to feed and are soliciting local hunters for spare squirrels.

Gun Sales and Ammo

From the chart it looks like gun sales are back down to something like normal:
So in theory ammo production should be catching up. I'm still finding stories about people buying up Wal Mart's stock at 7:30 in the morning and trying to scalp it at the gun shows, but again, I'm seeing the gun show prices dropping as well.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Modest Proposal - QOTW

From a nationally renowned and highly respected law professor:
MY LAW REFORM PROPOSAL: When police trespass on your property to stop you videoing them, you should be allowed to kill them, put their heads on pikes as a warning to others, sell their organs to Chinese organleggers, and use the money to buy billboards mocking their superiors for lawlessness.
It’s a modest proposal, but it would probably reduce misconduct.
Shamelessly ripped from the pages of Instapundit.

Should you actually do this and subsequently find yourself in need of legal representation, I'm sure Mr. Reynolds will be happy to recommend someone with qualifications in this area.

Actually, if you do this and only need legal representation afterwords, you're doing well. The police get famously testy about mere civilians suggesting that their job performance might be less than perfect.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Imposing Religious Doctrine

For one religion to attempt to forcibly impose its doctrine on members of another faith is generally looked upon unfavorably as the first amendment defends the free exercise of religion. In the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby the Supreme Court essentially said that those who worship the government may not impose their theology on those who don't.

The ruling is narrowly limited to the imposition of government doctrine to specifically religious beliefs so modification of say Catholic doctrine is still exclusively the job of the Pope.

It leaves open the question of whether the practice of human sacrifice is exclusively the privilege of the federal government or if other religions may also practice it.

Colorado Gun Law - Could Be Worse, Could Be Massachusetts

A proposed new gun law in Mass is being hailed as a major improvement over it's original form. Seems to even buy a gun there you need to be vetted by the local authorities and issued a FOID card. The original law made issuing the card a "may issue" affair which everyone understands is a "may not" situation. The new, improved version makes the FOID card a "shall issue, unless" proposition which the Mass Gun Owners see as an improvement.
... which the licensing authority shall issue if it appears that the applicant is not a prohibited person.
But...
Notwithstanding other provisions of paragraph (1) to the contrary, the licensing authority may deny the application or renewal of a firearm identification card, or suspend or revoke a card issued under this section, if in the reasonable exercise of discretion, the licensing authority determines that the applicant or card holder is unsuitable to be issued or to continue to hold a firearm identification card.
All the details and a slick video describing the whole process is here at Bearing Arms. Watch the video, it covers the whole thing nicely.

Why am I left with the impression that the GOAL folks would think of it as "a great step forward for the 2A.." if they were taken to the camps in municipal buses instead of the traditional cattle cars. Massachusetts: Live free or there.