Danger Will Robinson!

July 26th, 2016

AS you all know, M$ is desperately trying to get everyone to install Windows 10. First they were asking, and now they’re trying to force the “upgrade”. The latest stealth move they’ve been trying is through Windows Update, where they have, under a bland name, put the update thingy.

KB3035583 is the thing you need to look for.

M$ first tried this on or around 26May (YMMV), and the latest is 20July, although Update just tried to fool me into downloading it just as I was typing this up on this here machine.

What To Do:

Hie thee to Installed Updates. In the upper right-hand corner is a search bar that goes through the installed updates and search for KB3035583. Right-click to get the Uninstall option and go for it. That will take a minute or two, and then watch the Update function. Most of you should have the Updates set on manual (otherwise you’re likely reading the wrong blog. Just saying.) M$ will try again, and when you see KB3035583 listed for download and installation, right click and hit “Hide Update”. That will take care of things.

Oh, yeah: Bill Gates Sucks.

Various and Sundry Cat News

July 25th, 2016

About five days ago, I noticed a distinctive shape on the garage roof. Sure enough, it was a kitten (black with butterscotch splotches). Being the sucker that I am, I went back inside and grabbed some food for the little tyke. And being a cat, as soon as I got fairly close, it galloped off and I haven’t seen it since. Still, I continued to leave food out on the roof for it. I had thought that the kitten was eating it after dark because the dish was spotless when I returned the next afternoon. It might be a raccoon, but they don’t climb so well, or perhaps a possum (which I have seen on the garage roof). But then we return to the spotless dish thing, which suggests Cat Activity.

We have some cats wandering around outside. They’re not feral because they’re in good shape and have clean fur, so either they have careless humans who let them out, or they have established a network of suckers who look after them. There’s a longish haired black cat and a trio of orange cats (the Greater Orange Cat, the Lesser Orange Cat, and Agent Orange, which are my names for them) who I see regularly. So yesterday I see the Lesser Orange Cat saunter through the back yard, through the fence and around the other side of the garage. Less than a minute later, he’s on the roof and getting ready to chow down. That explains how the at food has been disappearing and why the dish is so clean when I return. Oh well. My plan for a third cat (and world domination!) has taken a setback. We’ll see if the kitten shows back up, but I’m not hopeful at this point.


FloCat has decided that the only place for her is on my lap. This is a change from when she would hang out for awhile and then leave.

Deathwalker has taken to hanging out on the chair that’s both next to my desk and right next to the doorway. This way he can demand skritches and attention any time I walk by. So he’s growing up. He hadn’t been chewing on me to the extent that both forearms had completely healed up (it’s been a month!!). Until last night: after the usual cuddles and stuff which has become traditional when I first lie down, he started to wander off towards the foot of the bed, then whirled around and pounced. Once again I have scratches and bite marks. Deathwalker is gonna death. Sigh.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

July 22nd, 2016


DADT carry is unsaid by Mr. Bracken, but the ordeal of being tried and likely convicted for permitless carry and/or ignoring a “Gun-Free Zone” restriction is far preferable to the alternative. Choose wisely, boys and girls: only the living get hauled into court.


July 22nd, 2016



July 21st, 2016

I’ve made no secret of my opinion of Black Lives Matter (BLM). Racists, bigots, Marxists, cynical exploiters of the race situation hardly begins to describe them. And then they do this:


Black Lives Matter activists occupied police union offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City on Wednesday morning for what protesters say is the unions’ role in defending police violence against minorities and opposing police reform legislation.

In D.C., activists with the local chapters of the Black Youth Project 100 and Black Lives Matter blocked the entrances to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) legislative headquarters and the nearby intersection.

Meanwhile, the New York City chapters of the BYP100 and Million Hoodies occupied the lobby of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, which represents New York City Police Department officers.

“When police officers kill us, they call their police union rep first, so the unions, especially the Fraternal Order of Police, are one of the main hindrances to keeping police accountable.”

With all the smart and dedicated people on our side, WHY THE HELL DIDN’T WE THINK OF THIS FIRST?

Jesus wept. Outmaneuvered and outthought by these guys.

What Took You Guys So Long?

July 21st, 2016


America’s largest shotgun manufacturer, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., decided not to expand in Connecticut. Sure it was founded there 1919 and still has its corporate headquarters in North Haven. But in 2013 Connecticut rushed through legislation to ban some of Mossberg’s popular products. As a result, Mossberg CEO, Iver Mossberg, says, “Investing in Texas was an easy decision. It’s a state that is not only committed to economic growth but also honors and respects the Second Amendment and the firearm freedoms it guarantees for our customers.”

That’s pretty much the whole article, but note this:

Mossberg follows Remington Arms, Kahr Arms, Les Baer Custom, Lewis Machine & Tool, American Tactical Imports, Ruger, Colt, Stag Arms, PTR Industries, Magpul, and Beretta in moving operations out of anti-gun states.

Heh. And that list doesn’t include the folks in the Free States that refuse to do business in anti-gun states. Not just companies either: there are at least dozens, if not hundreds of listings on GunBroker (both FFL01 and regular people) who refuse to have any truck with them as well.

What We’re Paying For

July 21st, 2016

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

-attributed to George Washington

I thought of this when The Woodpile Report linked to Bob Unruh’s (WND) recap of this story:


If at first you don’t succeed at harassing a farmer out of business, try again…and again…and again. That has been the tack the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Hopewell Township have taken since 2012 against Amish farmer and FTCLDF member Chris Zook. Four times either the Commonwealth or the Township have brought a court action for alleged violations of either the local zoning code or the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code against Zook; each time the farmer has emerged victorious, FTCLDF General Counsel Gary Cox has represented Zook.

And what vileness had the dastardly Zook perpetrated?

All four actions against the farmer have stemmed from Zook’s building of a new barn on his farm to replace the original one that had been destroyed in a 2011 fire. Hopewell Township issued Zook a permit to rebuild his barn, but both the Township and the Commonwealth objected to Zook using part of the barn as a retail store. Zook is a farmer member of Community Alliance for Responsible Eco-farming (CARE), a private food buyers club, and only sells products to CARE consumer members at his store.

Gasp! Shameless commerce without paying the baksheesh!!

Barns are exempt as agricultural buildings from the Pennsylvania construction code, but both the Township and the Commonwealth have contended that since there is a retail store in the barn, it is actually a commercial building subject to local zoning requirements and the Commonwealth Uniform Construction Code (having to comply with the construction code would cost Zook thousands). The courts have rejected this argument in each of the four actions.

In the latest action, Cumberland County District Court dismissed criminal charges against Zook in a July 5 hearing on the grounds that the Commonwealth failed to cite any specific provision of law that Zook had violated. Evidently the Commonwealth has run out of violations to accuse Zook of over the same set of facts. As Cox noted after the latest hearing, the claims and charges brought against Zook in all four cases have been frivolous in nature.

The Commonwealth can appeal this latest court decision but has not indicated yet whether it will do so.

You might think that cooler heads might prevail and point out that the court costs far exceed any money they might get from this Enemy Of The People, but you’re probably wrong. We can’t have mere citizens getting away with stuff like this, you know.

Some (many/most) of you will point out that you don’t live in Pennsylvania generally or nearby, specifically. Me neither. And the only reason that anyone knows about this is because going after the same guy for the same thing four times is noteworthy. Do you want to take a guess at how many times a Government has prevailed the first time or the Victim caved? (hint: you can’t count that high)

Look, we all are concerned about Gun Control/Confiscation, the militarization of the police, the increasingly vitriolic way that politics are being conducted, just to pick three. Oh, and government overreach, so that’s four. And you know what? None of that matters. There is a small group of us that has written and read literally millions of words about these things, and the vast majority of folks simply don’t care. Don’t ever forget that the Founders started a shooting war with the planet’s preeminent power over less. What I’m getting at is that the proverbial Straw will be something seemingly trivial, something we’ll all pretty much dismiss when it happens. Until afterwards.

Cat Pix!

July 19th, 2016

Everyone knows that the internet exists for porn and cat pictures. And since there isn’t (and won’t ever be) porn on this site, that means it’s time to post some new Pheline Photos!

All ur lap are belong to me

All ur lap are belong to me

That’s Florence, a/k/a FloCat. Yes, there are two cats living here, although Deathwalker gets most of the attention. She’s about 14 years old and her favorite pastime other than sleeping on my lap is slugging the Instrument of Death in the head when he pesters her (at least once daily). Persistent little bugger; you’d think he’d have learned by now to not mess with her.

And now to the Star of the show:


He’s not napping, he’s simply relaxing while considering more mischief.


July 19th, 2016

* Bill Gates Sucks (and yes, I’m well aware that Bill hasn’t been at M$ (Microsoft) for a long time. Enough of your pesky facts)

So, This:


For months Microsoft has been describing Windows 10 “as a service” and now we know why. Microsoft is going to introduce a monthly subscription fee for Windows 10 usage…

That cost will be $7 per user per month but the good news is it only applies to enterprises, for now. The new pricing tier will be called “Windows 10 Enterprise E3” and it means Windows has finally joined Office 365 and Azure as a subscription service.

But wait! There’s more!

The good news is Microsoft has gone on record to say it is not being passed down to consumers at this stage: “This new subscription model is not associated with our current upgrade offering or applicable to the Windows 10 consumer edition,” a Microsoft spokesperson told PC World.

Right. I’ve have a bridge in lower Manhattan I’d like to sell you. Cash, used non-sequential bills, please.

But in the meantime the rush is on for those who still want to upgrade to Windows 10 while it is free. The window for this closes on July 29th and Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro will then cost $119 and $199 respectively for consumers who didn’t upgrade.

Out of interest at the $7 per month enterprise rate, consumers would get 17 and 28 months use out of Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro respectively. This isn’t a great deal for Home users and shows a new consumer-focused pricing tier would likely need to be introduced to make it more appealing should Microsoft go down that path in future.

I’ve got Windows 7 running on everything here, I blocked all the “upgrade to Windows 10” stuff, including the back door stuff that M$ hid as “Updates”. I intend to keep using W7 until the support ends in 2020. After that? LINUX ALL THE WAY.

BGS, now and forever.

What Is This? I Don’t Even

July 17th, 2016

Sorry, kids. That’s the best title I could come up with. Normally a blog title just pops into my head as I’m about to write, but not this time.


Cleveland Police issued a desperate request to Ohio Governor John Kasich asking for the state’s open carry gun laws to be temporarily suspended citing safety concerns expected at the Republican Convention where New Black Panthers, white supremacists, and 20,000 Bikers for Trump pledge to arrive carrying AR-15s.

The head of the Cleveland police union urged Ohio Governor John Kasich to declare a state of emergency and move to suspend laws allowing the open carrying of firearms during the Republican National Convention, after the shooting of six police officers in Baton Rouge Louisiana.

The real problem here is my complete lack of surprise, and likely yours, too.

“I don’t care what the legal precedent is, I feel strongly that leadership needs to stand up and defend these police officers,” Steve Loomis, the head of the police union told Reuters in an interview.

What a shocker: given the choice between the Law and the Constitution versus the all-holy Officer Safety, of course ol’ Sparky here chooses the latter. And the coppers wonder why there are so many middle-class folks (which is where their mandate comes from, and not some law/charter) mistrust them and want them gone.

But here’s the part that had me flailing around for a title:

In a statement, Governor Kasich denied the request saying that “Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend constitutional rights as suggested by police union.”

Alright, who are you, and what have you done with the real John Kasich? For those who aren’t familiar, Kasich was a nine-term Congresscritter, where he was OK. He then spent a buncha time on FOX, where he was pretty good when it came to that Constitution stuff. Then he got himself elected Governor of Ohio, and immediately descended into statist hell.

Had he shown that kind of spine earlier, it’s entirely possible that we wouldn’t have to choose between the criminal and the shameless self-promoter this November. Not that Kasich v. Clinton would’ve been that great a choice, but certainly better than what we’re looking at right now.