April 13th, 2017

It’s been seven long years, but the alleged triggerman suspected of shooting and killing Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in December 2010 with a U.S. government-supplied gun was apprehended in Mexico Wednesday.

BREAKING: Suspected triggerman in border agent’s murder which sparked Fast and Furious scandal arrested #FOXNewsUS
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 12, 2017

The suspect, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, allegedly used a gun from Operation Fast and Furious, the gun-running scheme set up under then-Attorney General Eric Holder. Under Operation Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) allowed criminals to buy guns in Phoenix-area gun shops with the purported intention of tracking them once they made their way into Mexico.

For those of you who rely/trust centrist or right-leaning news sites, here’s an example of why that’s a Bad Idea. “allowed criminals to buy guns in Phoenix-area gun shops with the purported intention of tracking them once they made their way into Mexico.”

No, no, a thousand times NO. F&F was an attack on the Second Amendment, using the lie that “90% of the guns used in Mexican crime come from American gun shops and gun shows”.

I guess that it’s a good thing that the murderer is going to face the music. And then I remember that none of the people who thought up F&F, none of the people who implemented it, and none of the people who covered it up have faced any consequence whatsoever.

Another Hero In Blue

April 13th, 2017

No excerpts, go and read the whole thing.

I’m going for a walk to calm down.

PS: Remember that this asshole is acting on our behalf and is being paid by us to act the way he did. (Jeez, now I’m PO’d all over again. Time for another walk.)

Maybe We Should Rethink This

April 13th, 2017

Inmates at a medium-security Ohio prison secretly assembled two functioning computers, hid them in the ceiling, and connected them to the Marion Correctional Institution’s network. The hard drives were loaded with pornography, a Windows proxy server, VPN, VOIP and anti-virus software, the Tor browser, password hacking and e-mail spamming tools, and the open source packet analyzer Wireshark.

That’s according to a new report (PDF) from the Ohio Office of the Inspector General, which concluded that the geeky inmates obtained the parts from an onsite computer skills and electronics recycling program. The agency’s IT department, according to the report, initially was alerted to a connected device, using a contractor’s stolen credentials, that had “exceeded a daily Internet usage threshold.” The computers were operational for about four months. After a three-week search, they were discovered above a training room closet in an area off limits to unsupervised inmates. Ultimately, the authorities traced cable from a networking switch to find the devices that were assembled with discarded computers from an Ohio aircraft parts company and an Ohio school district.

First off, criminals are gonna crime, so I’m not all that surprised. Then there’s the part about the people you’re holding being more adept at some things than are the people who are keeping them locked up.

This leads me to my point: prisons are state-run Time Out centers for the misbehaving. And being Government run, we have a one-size-fits-all paradigm going on. I’m not saying that we should scrap the prison system, because there are any number of miscreants that need to be locked away from the rest of us. However, I think that some attention should be paid to the individual inmate and then he/she should be assigned some work or task that keeps them so busy that they don’t have the time to cook up a scheme like this.

Then again, this is Government I’m talking about, so it’ll never happen. Look to see a repeat of this story in some other prison.


April 13th, 2017

(Bill Gates Sucks)

This isn’t new, I’m writing about this for those that might not know about it.

One of the issues surrounding Windows 10 is the data mining. M$ uploads pretty much everything the end user does, allegedly to “improve user experience” or somesuch nonsense.

That’s bad enough, but M$ has installed that “feature” on older OS disguised as an “Update”.

It’s called Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry and it runs during boot-up. Your biggest tell is your computer is booted up, but you cannot do anything, or opening up your email client or a web browser takes a long time.

There are two fixes for this, three actually (the third is to wipe your drive and install Linux, but I’ll assume you don’t want to do that yet):

1) Delete and hide the offending KB. Certainly killing-it-with-fire (not to mention salting the earth and poisoning the wells) will work, but recall the run up to the Windows 10 release: M$, in yet another mislabeled Update, installed most of the files needed to install 10 on your box. And for those who knew about it and deleted (and hid) it, M$ responded by installing it again. I don’t know if this is a problem, because I went with option 2.

2) Turn it off. The offending spyware is controlled through the Services window. Turning it off stops it from running while making Windows Update think that the thing is installed, because it is. It’s just not running. I haven’t had any problems since I did that.

Doing The Deed: input “Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry” along with your flavor of Windows (7, 8.1, etc.) into your browser, and a list of helpful links will appear that’ll walk you through the process. It takes longer to read the instructions than it does to do it, so it’s not at all complicated.

Linux is looking better all the time ™.

New Cat Video

April 10th, 2017

Along with the two Furry People inside, I started feeding a stray, whom I’ve named Agent Orange. Because no good deed goes unpunished, I now have three of them, all orange. I’ve just uploaded a fresh video that documents some of the drama that attends dinner time:

(The embed has been shrunken down to fit the page format. You can see it full size on YouTube.)

Hardware Upgrade

April 10th, 2017

I’ve finally gotten around to replacing the Cat5e Ethernet cables with Cat6. As well, I got a cable with a right-angled end that lets the cable run along the cabinet, which will hopefully make Deathwalker’s ability to interrupt the feed from the router much more difficult. No, I don’t actually believe that, but he’ll have to try harder.

Then it was time to coil up the old cable:

Me: No, it’s not string, it’s a cable
Me: It’s already dead
Me: [sigh] Fine.
Me: Can’t you kill it here?
Me: Well, yes, actually…
[watches cable disappear down the stairs and around the corner]
several minutes pass….BOING BOING BOING
Me: Thank you


So Much Winning

April 10th, 2017

Alright, I gotta tell you that I’m a coffee snob. How so, you ask? Sitting on my kitchen counter is both a small espresso machine and a grinder. Yep, I’m one of those people. So the antics of the Starbucks CEO was a gigantic pain. Not because *$ (get it? Star Bucks? Come on!) is the best stuff around (it isn’t) but their quality control and packaging is top notch. Y’see, coffee doesn’t age well, and getting into one of *$’s packages is like trying to open an MRE with wet hands. This means that the beans are extremely fresh. And now, I can go back to buying the stuff from the local market (you really didn’t think I would $pend the time/gasoline to actually go there, did you?)

When he (Howard Schulz) invoked that “Let’s Talk About Racism”, or whatever it was, I tsked a bit, but I don’t go to their stores, so I didn’t have to endure that. I held my nose and kept buying their coffee from the supermarket. The refugee thing? Dealbreaker. We all know the prevailing meme about barristas, but along with the archetypal blue-haired harpies with X-Studies degrees are actual, sensible young people (including high-schoolers) who are just getting started in the working world. Every refugee hired by *$ under that hare-brained scheme meant that a deserving individual wouldn’t get a chance. To H*ll with that: boycott.

The nail in Schultz’ coffin came in January. In response to Trump’s first travel order, the Leftist crybaby announced that Starbucks would preferentially hire refugees worldwide. Those rapists aren’t looking for work; they’re looking for white women to rape and liberal snowflakes to help them force Sharia law on the civilized world.

Delusional Leftist that he is, Schultz claimed the ensuing boycotts by Conservatives would have no effect. Wishful thinking.

As we previously reported, Starbucks lost 24% of its brand value.

Starbucks’ board took the hint. And as we noted last month, boycott-fueled sales’ decreases forced Schultz out. His replacement starts this month.

What’s more, to make amends with conservatives, Starbucks announced a HUGE expansion of their veteran hiring program on Wednesday. To date, they’ve hired more than 10,000 veterans and their spouses. Not only that, but due to the hiring program’s success, they will expand their goal to 25,000.

If only I could get one of the cats to get things going in the morning…

Let Me Sing For You

April 5th, 2017

The song of my people:


They’ve Already Done It Once

April 1st, 2017

On March 30, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) submitted a recommendation for the steps Japan should take to effectively respond to an ever-heightening missile threat from North Korea. The recommendations had three main parts: potential new acquisition of ballistic missile defense (BMD) assets to enhance existing BMD capability; exploration of acquiring “counter-attack” capability; and protection of exclusive economic zones (EEZ).

Out of the three recommendation, the second — exploration of “counter-attack” capability — attracted the biggest attention for its controversial nature. While the members of the study group — comprised mostly of former defense ministers, former deputy defense ministers, and former parliamentary vice ministers — emphasized that they do not intend to recommend Japan acquire “pre-emptive strike” capability,….

(LOL. This is from the guys who raised “pre-emptive strikes” to an art form – ed.)

…the senior members of Komeito, LDP’s ruling coalition partner, are already voicing concern that Japan’s move to acquire such “offensive” capability may contradict with “exclusively defense-oriented defense posture (senshu bouei),” one of the fundamental principles of Japan’s post-war defense policy.

Japan already has the maps, knows the terrain, and has extensive records from the last time they visited without proper visas. And as an American, I welcome the prospect of somebody else’s blood being spilt to fix a problem.

You’re not gonna like it when your citizens find out that real freedom is just a long walk away.

A: Never In A Million Years

March 30th, 2017

Q: Could NA$A design and then produce a spacecraft like this:

G’wan: click through and grab an eyeful of that beauty. They need to take care of the food issue, though. We’ll truly become spacefarers when we can eat tater tots wrapped in bacon. On Mars, made from locally sourced ingredients.