Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Colorado Politics

As of today, it looks like Sen Udall will be removed from the Senate, no representitaves will lose their jobs, and for Governor, depending on which poll you like, Bob Beauprez is up by 2-5 points. Certainly at this point Republicans have mailed in ballots faster than the Dems by a margin of about 4:3. Hickenlooper was supposed to have a comfortable shuffle to a second term, but somehow it's not working out. Here's some music to listen to on that topic:

The way it's shaping up it's going to take a major troop lift to get enough undocumented Democrats to the polls to save this one, but the Dems are nothing if not well organized.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Armageddon It

Yes, Armageddon it!

Political Illiteracy

Here's an idea that takes advantage of your constituent's ignorance. We have a candidate for state Treasurer who promised to stand up for women's reproductive rights. Not that the treasurers job has anything to do with that, but it's a powerful buzzword that resonates with low information voters.

Now we have a candidate for the State House who is running on a platform of protecting the Social Security and Medicare rights of seniors. Both of those are Federal programs and are not affected by dancing monkeys in any state legislature. Unless, of course, the state legislator is running a successful campaign for a Federal office which this one is not.

Why .22 Is So Hard To Find - Continued

When last we left our hero, his .22 had been misdelivered or something. FedEx had admitted to losing the shipment, and Target Sports is replacing it, signature required this time. Good customer service there.

For a bit, they even had the 1400 round buckets of .22 although that wasn't the best bargain on a $/rd basis. Keep checking.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hillary Disqualifies Herself

Anyone who knows this little about basic economics is disqualified from ever holding elective office.

Election Humor

Like everyone else I get humor of various sorts on a regular basis, most of which falls under the category of "funny once". Occationally I get one that appeals to me more deeply. This is one of those:
  Fred was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young ‘pullets,' and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs. He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced.
This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached them to his roosters.
Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing.
Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells.
Fred's favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but this morning he noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all!
When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.
To Fred's amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.
Fred was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Brisbane City Show and he became an overnight sensation among the judges. The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the "No Bell Piece Prize," but they also awarded him the "Pulletsurprise" as well.
Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the unsuspecting populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention.
Vote carefully in the next election, you can't always hear the bells.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bidenizing Chicago Voting

Voting is hard. You need to know the candidates, the issues, the questions, and the unintended consequences of everything on the ballot.

1 In an effort to make it easier, in Chicago, the voting machines have been Bidenized. Thus a voter can pound away at the touch screen and when ready, hits the "cast Vote" button, and all his mistakes are automatically corrected and the straight Dem ticket is selected.

No one told the president so he's still having trouble with it.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Losing Your Religion

The city of Coeur d'Aline, Idaho has an ordinance that seems to require anyone practicing any religion to remember that the first commandment refers to the official state religion of Secular Humanism or something. The ordinance requires anyone performing a marriage, for example, to perform whatever type of marriage the customers demand. Some seem to think this is an overreach on the part of the city council, no matter how exalted they may think themselves, but I thing there's an opportunity here.

Just think, if this were a federal statute, I could go to the Grand Islamic Mufti of the United States* and demand he perform a Jewish wedding between myself and a pig. And not just any pig, but a big hairy boar. If he refuses I could then sue in Federal court, have him jailed for 10 years or so, and demand title to his Mosque and its treasury. By the time he got out, the former mosque (now al-Porquis) would be nationally famous as the home of the best pork Barbeque in the country, kicking off with my jilted fiance.

Just thinking out loud.

*The only person in the U.S. who regularly makes pronouncements as to what or whom is or is not Islamic has been the President. Someone needs to remind him that if you're going to denounce someone, ISIS say, as un-islamic, this needs to be accompanied with a fatwa calling for some appropriate punishment, say massive carpet bombing or something.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

National Politics

Drudge has seen tomorrows NYT:
NYT SUNDAY: Confidential memo from Obama pollster predicts 'crushing Dem losses' if blacks not engaged in election... Developing...

I bet the story will be fascinating. Now if only someone with some stature in the black community would stand up and point out the emperors lack of clothing....

Update: Or if someone were to point out that the emperor plans to introduce a whole lot more competition for those jobs the perennially unemployed have been hoping for. 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to seek a vendor to produce as many as 34 million blank work permits and 'green cards' – the paperwork that authorizes illegal immigrants to live and work in the United States – as the White House prepares to issue an executive order after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. 

Colorado Politics

Heard from Ryan Call head of the Colorado Republican Committee this morning. He was positive sounding on Gardner and Coffman but less so on Beauprez, suggesting that unseating a sitting governor in this state would probably require an angry mob or an act of God. OTOH he expects all the races to be very close and decided by only a handful of votes so if the Republicans turn out in large numbers, it could happen. Of note was his mention of the amount of money the national Republicans had dropped and continue to drop on the Governors race. If they didn't think it would pay off they wouldn't be spending it. This in contrast to the Udall and Romanoff campaigns which have been effectively abandoned by the national Dems.

He was cautiously optimistic about the State Senate as we only need to flip one seat and not lose any of the existing ones, but somewhat less so about the House which would require flipping a lot of seats. That said then, it looks like we're stuck with all the gun laws, election fraud, and anti-business climate the Dems stuck us with last year at least for another 2 years.

In all the contested cases he expected the races to be very close.

Update: Colorado Peak Politics is reporting that Hick has suddenly remembered that he didn't like Obamacare very much. (Beauprez' odds just went up I bet.)

Econ 101

Capitalism is where free men freely exchange goods, services, or information with one another to the benefit of all.

Rent seeking is where a third party steps in and demands a percentage of the transaction in return for something that may or may not be of any benefit to the others. In a good case this may be  a mandatory quality standard that must be met. In a bad case it might just be a required insurance payment against accidental breakage of your kneecaps.

Crony capitalism is when the government mandates the bad case above. The law in question, proposed by the National Automobile Dealers Association would affect Elio as well as Tesla i Michigan. While it is acceptable for the states to act pretty much as they please unless the Fed.Gov objects and threatens to not give their tax monies back, this looks a lot like interference with interstate commerce and as such would be unconstitutional.

Gov. Snyder would do well to veto this.

Vote Fraud

By a 6-3 last-minute vote the US Supreme court has decided that the voter ID laws in Texas will be in full effect for the upcoming election. The vote was unofficial, but the 3 dissidents went so far as to release their dissents.

Justice Ruth went so far as to say:
"The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters," Ginsburg wrote in dissent.
Near as anyone can actually tell, most of the disfranchised are among those with disabilities, the most common of which is a lack of metabolism. Disembodied spirits are also significantly affected.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Battleground State

Got our ballots late last evening, filled them out this morning, and had them dropped off by noon. Now, all you pols can quit calling me begging for my vote. You either got it or not.

I suppose the ones begging for money will quit eventually. Like whenever they get their campaign debts completely paid off. Of course by then it'll be time to start raising money for the next campaign.

Heinlein said once that voting is a serious responsibility if you live in a society that allows it. To be a good citizen you should research the candidates and the questions thoroughly so as to make an informed decision. Alternatively you could find a well-meaning fool, ask how he or she intends to vote, and vote the opposite.

The problem with that approach is that the definition of "well-meaning fool" all too often just means someone from the other party. My advice to the politically befuddled is to vote against all the incumbents, vote to oust all the judges, and vote no on all the questions. You may find you've cast a few votes that you regret, but frankly not very many.

What could be a QOTD was spoken on the radio one morning last week by someone I can't identify. His suggestion viz questions was that any question that starts out with "Shall taxes be raised..." automatically disqualifies itself from a yes vote. Giving guns or money to the criminally irresponsible is always a bad idea, and the government certainly qualifies on that score.


I've never used Alox before although I'm told it makes shooting hard lead bullets a lot less messy in terms of lead fouling. I decided to give it a try so I bought a small bottle of the stuff, brought it home, and read the directions. Yes, I know it takes all the fun out of a process, but I'm willing to do it once before abandoning them.

It calls for putting a "small amount" on an indeterminate number of bullets, shaking them gently in a plastic container to distribute the stuff, then letting the bullets dry overnight on wax paper. Small amount is your call and plastic container is suggested to be an ice cream box. This means I get to make things up as I go along with just nebulous guidelines to work from. Just like real life.

In my version I put some 250-350 bullets (92 gr, 9mm) in a peanut butter container (3" high, 4" dia) along with enough Alox that if it had been toothpaste, I could have brushed my teeth 2-3 times. How's that for an accurate measurement? In lieu of shaking I put the jar, which has a screw-on lid, into my tumbler along with the walnut shell media and ran it for about 5 minutes. NOTE 1: I have a rotary tumbler. This trick may not work as well in a vibratory model. Then again it might if you leave a generous load of relatively soft media in to dampen the shaking. NOTE 2: Media on the outside, bullets on the inside of the jar.

Result: A big load of sticky bullets. I'm guessing that half the amount of Alox would have sufficed. OTOH the fellow who sold me the stuff suggested that the 4 oz bottle would be good for 1000 bullets. At this rate I'm guessing it will be good for closer to 10,000. Nice even coating too.

Observation: They call this stuff "liquid". It has nearly the same consistency as light bearing grease.

Next stop is the range with the chroney.

QOTD - Academia

Of course since everyone reads the blogfather daily, everyone has already seen this and has probably stopped nodding their heads by now. Still, when the administration seems to get a good deal of inspiration from the antics of a handful of whackadoodles, it's good to keep in mind that almost nobody grows a complete brain before the age of 25 and a notable percentage of the population never do.
Tip: When students go on about social justice, the proper response is to tell them you don’t care what they think, because they don’t know enough to have an intelligent opinion yet. If universities were run on this principle, the 3% of students responsible for 98% of the idiocy would no longer have their destructive impact. Also, it’s true: They don’t know enough to have an intelligent opinion, as demonstrated by the opinions they do have.
                                                                         Glenn Reynolds