Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Journalism: What They Need To Know, What You Need To Know

UNC Chapel Hill has decided that J-school majors don't need to know U.S. History or basic economics.

I'm guessing that it's so newly minted reporters won't disrupt politicians at their press conferences by bursting out laughing at inopportune moments.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Science Marches Onward

Scientists have announced that they have modified the DNA of Malaria carrying mosquitoes in such a way that they no longer carry Malaria. Not only that but the modification is transmitted through mating 90% of the time suggesting that the malaria-carrying mosquito could soon become extinct.

Probably shouldn't use that e-word. Once PETA hears about losing another species, the protests will fill the streets of the Ivy League universities of the American north-east. Probably not in India or Africa however where the disease kills about a million people a year, Rachael Carson's legacy.

All this otherwise good news should be tempered however by the nagging suspicion that the new "Franken-bugs" while no longer able to transmit Malaria, will probably transmit the Zombie virus and be unaffected by DEET. Happy camping.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tactical Operator Memo

Not all aggressors with guns are ISIS. Keep this in mind as some of them offer you the courtesy of identifying themselves. Take these bank robbers in Italy:
“On a lighter note, [Italy's] La Stampa daily reported that a gang of masked robbers had stormed into a bank shouting: ‘Relax, we are not Isis. It is only a hold-up.’”
So when you're walking down the street and some miscreant leaps out at you and says "I'm not ISIS, Gimmie what you got!" and what you got includes a standard magazine of say 9mm hollow points, show some professional courtesy and only give him 2 or 3 of them. He probably doesn't want more than that anyway.

In the same situation the thug leaps out and screams "Aloha Snackbar." feel free to give him as much of the contents of your magazine as you can spare considering that he may not be alone. It's only polite you know.

In the case of the bank robbery the disclaimer was probably a good idea as if the customers and employees thought they were ISIS they might also think that they were all doomed anyway which might inspire some of them to counter attack resulting in injury or death to one or more of the bank robbers.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Paris Massacre, It Could Have Been Worse

Got this in a newsletter I subscribe to. Seems the Paris Massacre has a couple things go wrong that kept the casualty count down. Firse we all know that the bombs intended for the soccer stadium didn't get in thanks to the stadium security. Secondly however, one of the attacks on a restaurant had a lower than expected casualty count thanks to 3 customers there from Columbia. Businessmen of course and in exactly the kind of business associated with Columbia. 
Last Friday various attacks occurred in Paris, leaving at least 129 people dead. At that time, at a restaurant in the city's 10th District, two armed suspects arrived, who began firing on the attendees. However, three people at the locale drew their weapons and killed the attackers, as reported by French media. Police agents detained the three individuals, who are natives of Colombia and are operatives of the Northern Cartel in that country. It is expected that they will be extradited to Colombia, where they will be tried accordingly. The Paris Police Department indicated that the identity of the three individuals will remain anonymous, due to security concerns.
 Bad luck for the jihadis to pick a restaurant with 3 armed narcotrafficantes in it. When the SHTF however any help is greatly appreciated. Too bad there weren't some of them at the club.

There are several links to stories at the link but 4 are in Spanish and one is in French. I guess that's why we have Google translate. No English language source has picked this up yet though.

4-Gun Match

As fallout from the 4-gun match in October, here's the updates:

With 10 shots per gun, one's absolute best score would be 400 points. All guns were shot standing and unsupported. I got 280 or so and finished 5th out of 7 in my class. As I don't shoot a lot of bullseye stuff except for the e-postal matches, while I'm disappointed in the scores I got, I can't say I'm terribly disappointed.

The class winner got 395 out of 400. This is only considered mediocre at the U.S. Olympic training camp. Still, I could have done better. To that end, I'm adding a couple of touches to my air rifle such as a closely adjustable rear sight and some ballast to the barrel to help stabilize it.

I tried the changes out today. They work, but it's obvious that my eyesight is now the limiting factor with the air rifle. Oh well, if I can get into the 300's I'll be happy. That and some more range time which my impending transition back to being retired should help.

Suspicious Activity

Nothing suspicious here. These guys were probably just planning to convert to Christianity.

Winning The Lottery

No, I didn't. I don't do that, I can do math. There is however a lesson here along the lines of Stalin's famous quote:"Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything."

Climate Scientists Denounce Climate Alarmism

At a conference in Texas where among other things the co-founder of Greenpeace denounced climate alarmism as "pure propaganda".

The picture one of them had barely showing Singapore clouded in haze is actually smoke from deliberately set fires. Slash and burn agriculture is still practiced in that part of the world.

November 2015 E-Postal match

Danno has all the details including the real link to the real color target so go there and get it.
Celebrating (?) his son getting his drivers license, we have an automotive-themed target:
Instructions are on the target except the part about liners on the free parking target which counts hits on the bold lines as a miss. Park your shots like you park your car, inside the lines.

The collision sign has drawn some comments. I didn't know it was either permitted or expected in Arizona, but I'll take it to be similar to the "deer crossing" signs you see everywhere else. My take was that the sign needed a small rectangular dot above the top of the car to represent the cell phone the otherwise oblivious pedestrian was texting on when he stepped out into the traffic.

This will be the last E-Postal until March when the glacial ice has retreated from the rest of the country

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Transportation - The Elio Moves One More Step Forward

So O.K. I'm a big fanboi. So sue me. Today they unveiled their P5 engineering pre-production prototype at the L.A. Auto Show. You can see the ceremony here including the answering of a few questions by C.E.O. Paul Elio. As I was noodling around the web I also found a CGI of one with a shark overlay.

The bad news from all of this is that the release date for production is now Q4-16. Since they now have over 47,000 pre-orders, I'm thinking it will be a long time before I get one. Oh Well, I can always build one myself.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Attacking The Gerrymander

The joke goes that the Dems are the Evil party and the Reps are the Stupid party. Sometimes they get together and write legislation that is both Evil and Stupid. This is called bipartisanship. So imagine my trepidation at the news that a bipartisan committee has proposed a constitutional amendment to turn gerrymandering redistricting over to an independent panel of 4 Dems, 4 Reps, and 4 unaffiliated people rather than making the process the unabashed partisan fiasco it is now.

The big problem I have is with the unaffiliated members. Who picks them, the governor? Who are they, party hacks who recently changed their registration from R or D to U? The result of this would be in effect no change at all. If it makes you feel any better, all their hearings would have to be open and public. At least it wouldn’t be too hard to see just how nonpartisan everyone was.

Map drawing would be done by professional cartographers so we can be assured of good graphics at least, and final approval would require 8 of the 12 members which wouldn’t be too hard if the 4 indies turned out to be aligned with one party or the other. The new districts are required to be competitive to some definition of competitive. No word on the compact and contiguous part yet.

Really there are computer programs capable of creating compact, contiguous, and competitive districts from the available data in a flash and if it were deemed necessary to include a “pigtail” to a district to account for terrain or city or county boundaries, that too can be arranged. Iowa has a similar law that amazingly got their boundaries drawn the last time without any lawsuits being filed over them at all. The big difference is that in Iowa, the legislature has to approve the result while in our proposed method, the committee approves its own work.

Update: The jury's still out as the committee has proposed putting forward the amendment but the actual wording hasn't been worked out yet.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Gun Control In 2016

From the Blaze, here's this:

President Barack Obama said in a recent interview that he hoped gun control will be a major issue in the 2016 election and regrets that he was unable  “to capture this moment” of the Sandy Hook shooting to pass more restrictive laws.

Now he has another chance after some 125 Frenchmen were killed in an act of "senseless gun violence" which no doubt could have been prevented by the addition of just a few more "common sense gun laws"  in France which by the way should also be passed here.

The proof of this approach will be when ISIS arrives in Washington DC to carry out their promised action only to find that most of the hardware they planned on using, guns and bombs, has already been banned there. Imagine their disappointment...

Vetting The Syrians

HRC has suggested we let in some 65,000 Syrian refugees assuring us that they will all be carefully vetted.

As a bipartisan suggestion, let's admit all vetted Syrians but let's turn the vetting process over to the IRS after telling them that all the Syrians are religious conservatives.

Me, I don't see any of them ever getting in.

People Of The Year

It was announced on Tuesday that President Obama will be on the cover of GQ's annual "Men of the Year" issue.
I suppose if Caitlin Jenner can be Woman Of The Year, then Obama can be Man Of The Year.

Remember when Journalism had standards?

Monday, November 16, 2015


“What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning or whatever other slogans they come up with that has no relationship to what is actually going to work to protect the American people and to protect the people in the region who are getting killed and to protect our allies and people like France. I’m too busy for that.”
Translation: Climate change needs my attention. You guys are on your own. As I said before, if things get ugly, I'm with the Muzzies.