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A Sign of Victory

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

…or at least a sure sign that Our Kind are winning:

The jacket isn’t the point (WalMart also sells a concealed carry vest as well). That the WalMartians are selling this is. It wasn’t that long ago that this sort of thing was banned from polite society. I really like this mainstreaming thing. I never quite understood why I needed to be defensive for the awful crime of exercising a Constitutionally affirmed universal human Right.

Remember, when someone wants to “have a discussion about gun control” with you, the proper response is “we’ve already had that conversation, and your side lost”. Mockery isn’t required, but will afford you bonus points.

PS: Yeah, I know: Rothco. Then there’s the part about your heater shifting around and then having trouble getting it out when needed. I probably won’t buy this for CC, but I’ve never once said I have too many pockets.

Maybe We’ve Gone a Little Too Far

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

“Ka-Bar Tactical Spork (Spoon Fork Knife) Tool 9909”

Really? You could grab a regular plastic spoon and some Krylon Fusion and paint it green, brown or black.

I’m waiting for the release of tactical toilet paper. I’m sure it’ll sell like hotcakes.

Oh wait:

Point, Proven

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

District attorneys’ offices across Louisiana are offering pre-trial diversion programs for traffic tickets, according to an investigation by The Lens. Under the programs, the fines associated with the tickets go directly to the DA’s office, and drivers can avoid having their tickets treated as moving violations and thus avoid higher insurance premiums.

The hustle reveals what a central role revenue-raising plays in policing.

Umm, no. This isn’t a revelation, but a confirmation of what many of us have suspected for years.

The fact that some moving violations can be downgraded so easily to non-moving violations suggests that they were not moving violations in the first place—that they were always primarily revenue-raising endeavors.

Gee, ya think?

Along with asset forfeiture, this is our devotion to law and order being exploited. I can already hear the tear-filled press conferences when people finally get fed up with this sort of stuff and simply start shooting when they see those familiar red and/or blue lights in their rear-view mirrors.

England’s Utility

Friday, July 28th, 2017

I’m not terribly interested in the linked piece; what I want to point out are the intro and outro blurbs that Professor Reynolds wrote when he posted:


ANSWER: BY NOT BEING TARRED AND FEATHERED WHEN THEY START TO OVERREACH. How Bureaucracies Creep Into Life-and-Death Medical Decisions.

Obviously good advice in general, but much trickier in detail. I guess the best example is firearms: we say “just what part of Shall Not Be Infringed don’t you understand?” and of course the answer is all of it. So if some Unstable Freaks In Black Robes ™ decide that somehow the plain text means something other than what it says and “we” (however you wish to define that) go down and literally tar and feather the idjits as thanks for their efforts, we all cheer and raise a cold one to the folks who are busy cleaning tar off their hands. But this won’t occur in a vacuum. OPFOR will see this (if for no other reason than we’ll broadcast this to the rooftops) pour encourager des autres, and when a Court makes a Constitutionally proper decision, those guys will get the same treatment, just from the other side.

Seriously, the best way to fix this is to have the fighting and bleeding happen somewhere else, which brings me to the outro:

From observing British culture today, I’ve noticed that even a modest threat of bombing or beheading seems to produce a much more cooperative mindset in the bureaucracy. I wonder how long it will be before others in British society pick up on this lesson and apply it.

This might very well be wishful thinking on the Good Professor’s part. Because of the closeness of our countries and cultures, it’s easy to project American values on people who are not American. Yes, we share a language, even if they speak it with a funny accent and maintain some weird spelling conventions. We honor many of the same cultural touchstones and historical markers. Some of us, including me, share DNA with the English, but they are not us.

Our differences are such that if/when the British population starts to revolt, it might well be over something that matters a great deal to the English but won’t translate well over here. And then there is the all too likely chance that those we most want to absorb and learn from this will simply Not Get It. Still, if either of us goes down that road, it’ll be much better if that happens on the other side of the Atlantic.

Please Take My Money!

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

A licensed proof of concept film bringing author John Ringo’s “Black Tide Rising” universe to life.

They better not screw it up.

Doin Et Rong

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Early Wednesday morning President Trump announced a new policy banning transgender people from serving in the military.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump tweeted. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”

Over the last 150 years we’ve gone from “He just wasn’t the same when he came back from the war” to “shell shock” and now we have PTSD. And this is with reasonably sane people going in, which is something you cannot say about somebody claiming Gender Dysphoria. Then there’s the money part: if someone wants to surgically and permanently disfigure their body, I say go for it, but not if I have to pay for it. And I’m sure I’m not alone in this opinion.

More from the article:

Trump will face a great deal of criticism for this decision, but he deserves praise for putting the military’s capacity to achieve victory ahead of “progressive” social programs.

This. A thousand times this. Expect armies of lefties having conniptions over this.

Afterthought: this might’ve been handled a bit better by having the DoD announce that you can do whatever you like to yourself, but it will be on your dime. Unfortunately, that option was taken away a mere twelve days ago:

Children, Playing With Matches

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Donald Trump made two things abundantly clear during a meeting with county sheriffs last February: He did not know what civil asset forfeiture was, and he wanted to see more of it. The president will get his wish thanks to a directive issued last week by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has a clearer idea of what civil forfeiture entails but is only slightly more sensitive to its potential for abuse.

That potential is built into the very concept of civil forfeiture, which allows police to take property allegedly tied to crime without charging the owner. Worse, law enforcement agencies get to keep revenue generated by forfeitures they initiate, which gives them a financial incentive to target people based on the assets they own rather than the threat they pose.

When I was a kid, it was thermonuclear war that was going to end us. Then, it was the towelheads. Plus the ongoing subtext of a fifth column: folks were angling to sell us out to the Ivans, or would take our guns, or reduce our Liberties to the point that they didn’t matter. And as usual, people’s imaginations fell short of possible reality.

So here we have something that bodes to tear apart the Republic as sure as any of the above theories. Except that asset forfeiture takes it from the theoretical to the certain. Consider this: some (literally) poor schlub has scrimped and saved in order to buy a house outright. He’s driving to the bank in order to close the deal on his dream house and he gets pulled over for one of those traffic offenses that only a cop can see. The cop, being bored, manipulates our guy into letting search his vehicle, where this sizable pile of cash is found. Our hero-in-blue announces (without a shred of probable cause, much less evidence) that he’s seizing this guy’s life saving because reasons. The guy then produces a weapon and shoots the cop dead on the spot. Now let’s amp this up a bit: our guy isn’t just sumd00d, but a beloved pastor, whose loyal flock immediately comes to his aid. Here’s a situation where an entire department gets killed before the Governor knows what happened and can call out the Guard. Going even further: the guy isn’t the pastor of some tiny, independent church, but is affiliated with one of the national-level churches, and all those folks get emails and texts letting them know what happened.

Within about forty-eight hours you have on one side every police force in the area, the state police, and the National Guard facing off against several hundred well-armed and quite pissed off citizens (Many of whom fire more rounds in a weekend trip to the range than most of the cops facing them fire in a year, by the way). Then the media shows up, providing the only bit of humor in this scenario where they frame this as some little-guy-standing-up-against-the-man without mentioning that these Little Guys are icky Christians. So now we’re in All Standoff All The Time mode on the news channels, and some unrelated people someplace else decides that with all the brouhaha, it’s time for a little payback while everyone’s attention is fixated on the original incident.

I haven’t mentioned this in quite awhile, but Americans are supposed to be hard to govern.

Feature, not a Bug.

And I’m sure you can imagine what happens next when a sizable number of Americans decide that they don’t want to be governed at all by anyone who isn’t nearby and responsive to their concerns.

The root problem here is Government Salami Slicing. Just as the various gummints took the better part of a century to reduce our gun rights, just as The War On (Some) Drugs has eviscerated the 4th Amendment, and the War On Oh Em Gee Terrorists looks to kill off the rest of the Bill Of Rights, they started off by mistreating folks that nobody cared about. And by the time people get concerned, there have been laws passed and case law established. The Government thinks that this matter has been settled when in fact most people have no idea this is going on.

Dig a Hole and Call the Preacher

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

The linked article is Apple-centric, so you might not want to click through. Anywhoo, at first I thought that Adobe was killing that hive of vulnerabilities immediately. Nope, Flash will hang on until 2020, which for me makes this pretty much a moot point, as by that time I’ll have killed off any sort of Microsoft operating system and gone to Linux (which is looking better all the time ™).

As it says in the article:

Killing Flash is a good thing. The Web will move to more open standards, allowing everyone to see content without using proprietary technologies. Flash had its day, but it’s time to move on.

Gotta Keep My Hand In

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

After all, it’s a day that ends in “y” isn’t it?

Just the first paragraph, because that’s all I need:

One of the most haunting facts about the Apollo program to land men on the moon, as Scientific America[n] noted a while back, is that the last three planned lunar missions, Apollo 18, Apollo 19, and Apollo 20 were canceled, even though the hardware to fly them had been built. The reasons for this cancellation included the desire to save money and equipment for the Skylab program and also the sense that further missions to the moon risked another accident such as Apollo 13, with potentially fatal consequences.

I had always thought that NA$A’s drift into a make-work program for people with advanced degrees happened over the course of the 70’s, but here we have evidence that the NASA of the 60’s had already devolved into the NA$A we know today by 1972.

For you kids who are just tuning in, Apollo I cost the lives of the entire flight crew. Apollo 13? Everybody made it home alive. Jeffersonian was kind enough to work up a spreadsheet on total NA$A deaths:

NASA death percentage(2)

As you can see, NA$A has a pretty good track record when it comes to not killing their astronauts (you should ignore the part where NA$A is currently trying to impose a safety limit (Deaths per Unit of Flight Time that they themselves couldn’t meet) when laying out guidelines for private companies to send people Out There). But here’s the thing, boys and girls: minimizing risk is one thing, trying to eliminate it altogether is another. Space is dangerous, and like it or not, people are going to die.

The other obvious lesson is keeping an eye on just who you hire to run the place. A link to Dr. Pournelle seems apt here: .

The military has a similar problem. You’ve got your warfighters and then you have a horde of pencil-pushers who are there to help run the place but have ended up running it to the detriment of the soldiery. NA$A has the same issue, but hopefully without the war part:

We can eets dem!

This is yet another reason why a giant, bloated, bureaucracy like NA$A has to die. When the folks who are actually in charge think that there’s some way to finagle their way to other places without loss, you have an agency that has lost sight of its’ core mission.


Monday, July 17th, 2017

I am Og, Son of Fire. My peoples have lived in the great Frozen since beyond my grandfather’s grandfather’s memory. In recent seasons, though, things have been changing. The Warm time has begun to arrive earlier and stay longer. There are fewer blizzards during the Cold time. Game is more plentiful; even Grog brought down an aurochs a few moons back.

On a fine and warm day, I gathered my spears and took a day’s walk to the Wall Of Mart. As always, there were many shiny things that Og doesn’t know how to use, but they are pretty to look at. Og found himself in the place where there are the items for daily life. There were still those bendy sticks that claim to be useful to catch fish. Everyone knows that you make a light spear to take fish! These people from the Mart tribe have quite the sense of humor. The collapsing caves were still there. Og doesn’t know how you’re supposed to stay dry in one, but this is likely another example of Mart humor.

Then Og saw them: behind the stone-you-can-see-through, they were there!

CCI Mini Mags, 40gr solid point

CCI Mini Mags, 36gr HP

CCI Stingers

CCI Subsonic

Winchester “X” (50 round box)

American Eagle (40 round box)

Lots of .22LR! Og may have to reconsider that the shaman is right. We just might be leaving the great Frozen for warmer times.

(WalMart, today, 17 July 2017)

Oh yeah, the price: $7.47/100 MiniMags, which is the old price from before Mr. Obama started messing with the market.