RIFLEMAN'S JOURNAL - JULY 2016
The World Sucks
THE GOP and NRA STAB US IN THE BACK, AGAIN.
A while back I made this bumper sticker:
AND THE WORLD KEEPS PROVING ME RIGHT.
This Just In: Treez iz raaaacist, yo.
AND THEY ALL HAVE EBT CARDS TOO
"...[N]o religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United StatesOH. WAIT.
But speaking of religion....
This is why I don't go to movie theaters anymore. They force you to be a helpless victim and then demand you pay for their court costs. That's really sick.
YES BURN IT ALL DOWN
In Lighter News
YOU CAN HAVE MY COOKIE DOUGH WHEN YOU PRY IT FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS I'm going to have to buy some with the next paycheck. I'm going to have to.
Working on last weekend's match videos. OpenShot still chokes and stutters and sometimes still de-synchs the audio and video, despite my salvaging the Proper Video Card from the previous computer, and likewise doubling this one's RAM. I'm having to use Kdenlive to chop source files, then insert those chunks into OpenShot for voiceovers and textovers. Or maybe I should be switching to Kdenlive after all. I'll try that with Stage One of the 3-Gun match - right now I'm trying to get the Speed Steel done.
"Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."
To which dot Codrea contrasts the Gaystapo and the "tolerant, inclusive" Muslims.
"Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim [that water prevents dehydration] and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month."
Speaking also of mass psychosis, this is what you get for your soul-crushing tuition debt.
And then you can't even get a job flipping burgers because FIFTEEN DOLLARS AN HOUR IS TOO DAMN HIGH.
The indoctrination starts early: "...[T]he K-8 school of 430 kids is separating whites in classes where they're made to feel awful about their 'whiteness,' and all the 'kids of color' in other rooms where they're taught to feel proud about their race and are rewarded with treats and other privileges." But they call us "racist". Burn the government-run schools. For the children.
So yesterday I linked news that US Navy officers would be promoted not for their merits but for their adherence to the cult of "climate" "change". Now I find the United States Marine Corps is evaluating their troops based not on their combat readiness or effectiveness but on "diversity". Who wants to join a military that puts politics above the lives of the troops? "Try, if you can, to explain how this is anything but a calculated attempt to hamstring and disarm the United States' military, in broad daylight and plain sight, and the fruit of an absolutely treasonous plan to assure that we never win any conflict from here on out."
Uppity in Occupied Colorado.
Blogbrother SMLE Fan has fluffy adorable DEATH.
In my fictional future history I have postulated the Cheap Energy Age. It is possible. Who's stopping it?
For the past week or more some trash, perhaps new neighbors, have been playing loud music at all hours right behind the generations-old slum I've lived in for twenty-two years. Finally having enough I went over and told them to turn it down and they threatened to call the police on me.
This is the world we live in now, where violent parasitic trash can violate decent people's rights and expect the government to back up whatever lies they tell. Obviously I'm not going to call the violent lying thieving sadistic sociopaths-with-badges, I'm seeing little moral or functional difference between one bucket of scum and another.
Now I suppose I'll have to take as many of the Einsatzgruppen with me as I can manage, when they swallow whatever lies are told about me and show up with three MRAPs and a helicopter....
All I ever wanted was to be left alone.
Now they'll probably throw something through my back window, or turn the noise all the way up at 3am. Why are people like that? Rude and thoughtless? Vindictive and deliberately cruel? And if you tell them to act like civilized human beings they get even worse? No conscience, no shame, no guilt, no sense of decency....
Maybe they should apply to be cops. That seems to be the kind of creature the various departments are looking for, these last many years.
Years ago I made this editorial cartoon:
AND I WAS RIGHT, AGAIN.
What are we celebrating this weekend?
It's not paranoia if there really is a concerted and deliberate effort to misinform everyone about everything. I attend gun shows and shooting matches. I know CBS is lying about "gun ownership drops to lowest in nearly 40 years", I'm always seeing new faces.
AND WE'RE NOT THE ONES HURTING PEOPLE.
Which segues to:
Show and chat every Sunday 1100PT.
It seems, the longer the source file from the digital camera, the more the audio and video get out of synch when processing in Linux video editors OpenShot and Kdenlive. So if I make more and shorter recordings, instead of a big long one to chop up, I should get better results. But that's not the kind of source files I have for last weekend's matches. That being said, the first part of Saturday's Speed Steel shoot is online.
and look at your country now.
It's not "racist" if immigrants really do bring plague.
Blogbrother SMLE Fan sends the sadness and failure that is Occupied California.
The remainder of last Saturday's Speed Steel Shoot is online. Now I begin editing the 3-Gun videos. Previously I had on-screen round-counters, just like an FPS game. Even with a real video card and double the system RAM, OpenShot chokes on it. I'll see what Kdenlive is capable of. Maybe a combination of the two will work, which is kinda what I was doing for the steel shoot. Ah, Kdenlive has frame advance, for synchronizing the round counter, something I can't find in OpenShot.
Meanwhile, all the rearranging to install the salvaged video card and RAM has broken the flimsy wires of the flimsy dollar-store microphone I was using for voiceovers, so there's a sticking point. ...Until I remember I have a laptop with a built-in microphone, so I install Audacity on that, make the recordings, connect to wifi from the main computer, and email the files to myself.
...Yes, Kdenlive is better than OpenShot, at least so far.
IT'S NOT "RACIST" IF IT'S TRUE.
UPPITY IN OCCUPIED COLORADO
Col. Kratman's latest column continues examining the best of us. -That's why civilians are often uncomfortable around military personnel. For the dumb ones, it's all the lies about baby-killing and knuckle-dragging and PTSD. People who think about it are uncomfortable around the military and especially combat veterans because we know we're not good enough to do what they do. Y'all give us an inferiority complex.
Kdenlive still has the audio/video desynching bug but I'm collecting tutorials from YouTube and if I'm careful I should be able to reduce the effects. I can separate the audio and video tracks from a single source file and slide them into the correct relative positions, but the more changes I make the more likely something is to get shifted. Cyberlink PowerDirector, in Windows, never, to my recollection, did such a thing. I speculate it might be a deeper issue with how Linux handles AV files, since two separate editing programs are doing it.
While you're waiting for 3-Gun match videos, here is a short video describing my current belt rig.
The "religion of peace" has a phone app for buying child sex slaves. The Usurper's hate-filled racist wife has a hashtag.
David Codrea has a YouTube Channel. That counts as the Social Media he's exhorting us to make use of.
For some reason it didn't look like it the first time I tried it, but Kdenlive is giving me most of the tools Cyberlink PowerDirector did before I abandoned the Gatesian Horror of Windows. I've uninstalled OpenShot. Kdenlive's textover functions leave much to be desired, compared to PowerDirector, but maybe I just haven't learned enough about it yet.
What if government
really is illegitimate?
And the bigoted cretins with
"Ready for Hillary" bumper stickers
don't even know any of this is happening
and will call us liars for pointing it out.
Because they don't want to know.
They don't want to know about Project Gunwalker either.
Speaking of bumper stickers, the next time you see one that says "I [heart] Obamacare", be amazed that such a drooling moron is operating a motor vehicle on public streets.
What have you done for the Cause?
By which I mean Battleground Nevada.
But in Tennessee, NRA is doing what for us?
And in Occupied California too.
While over in Occupied Rhode Island, there seems to be a lot of bootlicking going on.
Enemy driven back in Arizona... this time.
Beginning Death's Bright Day, the latest in David Drake's Leary/Mundy/RCN series.
Stage One of the 3-Gun match from the 26th is online. Video editing, especially with all those colored lines and the on-screen round counter, consists of hunnerds & hunnerds of fiddly little mouse movements. And I work for a living too.
In Kdenlive, I'm doing those things much the same way I was doing them in PowerDirector under Windows XP Pro. The colored lines are simply drawn over still photos (or frame captures) with Linux KolourPaint, which is a very close equivalent of MSPaint with some noticeable improvements. I end up with multiple versions of the photos and splice them into the timeline as appropriate. I use Audacity (Linux' answer to Sound Recorder, I guess) to record a voiceover. I use the Gedit text editor (Linux equivalent of Notepad) to write scripts for myself.
In this latest video you will see I had three cameras on my own run. Synchronizing them works the same way in any video editor: Select an event visible in all of them, like the muzzle blast from the first shot. (Or an event visible in camera A and camera B, then synchronize camera C with some event visible in either of those but not necessarily both.) Using the frame-advance feature (frames per second varies with the camera and file type), cut/split/"razor" the source file at that point, repeat for the next file, then slide that point into alignment in the work area (turning on the "snapping" function helps a great deal). Add video tracks to the work area as necessary so you can fling chunks of each source into "live" or muted/blinded tracks as desired. If I can figure out how to stream my desktop into a video file I might make a tutorial of that, someday.
The round counter uses the subtitle or captioning function, which in Kdenlive is, unless I'm missing something, less convenient and intuitive than PowerDirector but I did manage to make it work. Using the frame-advance function, tediously find every single shot and insert a title clip at every such point, trimming it for the next shot each time. The original soundtrack from the source file also helps, so you can hear slides dropping and magazines being ejected and shotshells scrunching into the tube. In PowerDirector I could cut, reuse and edit the same title thingy repeatedly, changing only the necessary digits, but unless I'm doing it wrong, Kdenlive requires me to create a new title clip for every piece of text I want to appear on screen. But the ancient Clipboard function helps reduce the workload. In PowerDirector the same text stayed in the same place, but in Kdenlive it's practicably impossible to click the mouse in the same place in the title work area every time you're forced to make a new title clip... but Kdenlive happily includes fields for X and Y coordinates which I can simply take note of the first time I have a chunk of text where I want it, and just type the damn numbers in for the next ones, and it looks like I actually know what the heck I'm doing.
It's the Jeffersonian and SMLE Fan Skype Show!
[12:28:56 PM] SMLE Fan: there seems to be, at times, a difference between the BANG audio and the BANG visual
[12:29:12 PM] Jeffersonian: Bug in Kdenlive, or perhaps Linux more generally
[12:29:18 PM] Jeffersonian: First couple runs
[12:29:24 PM] Jeffersonian: better synch as the video progresses
[12:29:32 PM] Jeffersonian: remember the screenshot I took of the editing process
[12:29:40 PM] Jeffersonian: all those bits
[12:29:44 PM] Jeffersonian: on all those tracks
[12:29:53 PM] Jeffersonian: HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF FIDDLY LITTLE MOUSE MOVEMENTS
[12:30:56 PM] SMLE Fan: and if you were a pimply-faced 15 yr old, you woulda figured it out instantly....but you're not, and have to learn the software....sigh
[12:37:59 PM] Jeffersonian: Oh I dunno about that. Last time I was in a temp agency office filling out a basic skills test, the pimples next to me were asking for a calculator for Very Basic Math.
[12:38:43 PM] SMLE Fan: different skill set
[12:39:28 PM] SMLE Fan: and yeah, the Culture seems to have abandoned certain forms of abstract reasoning training
[12:40:06 PM] SMLE Fan: which, if nothing else, means that we'll end up with stupid and pliable cannon fodder when the time comes
[12:40:34 PM] Jeffersonian: More like useless eaters
[12:40:47 PM] Jeffersonian: DEMANDING VEEEGAN MENUS
[12:41:06 PM] SMLE Fan: no, it'll be "old age and treachery defeating youth and enthusiasm' times elebenty
[12:42:12 PM] SMLE Fan: and so far as that veegan nonsense is concerned, all you need to do is identify that day's target as a tofu factory, and there will be no holding them back
[12:43:25 PM] Jeffersonian: heh
[12:44:53 PM] SMLE Fan: and the rest of the time, just give them a copy of Edible Plants of the Northwest...the truly stupid will eat something poisonous/noxious and that will take care of any useless eaters
[12:45:11 PM] Jeffersonian: DARWIN
[12:45:24 PM] SMLE Fan: TIMES ELEBENTY
[12:46:36 PM] SMLE Fan: don't forget the ones with the red and white checkered pattern on them, aka Purina Bear Chow
[12:46:58 PM] SMLE Fan: Purina Cougar Chow
[12:47:05 PM] SMLE Fan: Purina Wolf Chow
[12:47:09 PM] SMLE Fan: etc.
[12:48:55 PM] SMLE Fan: I'm enjoying too much....
[12:49:33 PM] SMLE Fan: but I cannot shake the image of them shaking and convulsing because the batteries on their iPads have run down
A couple years ago I wrote: "His helmet's visor showed the whole second wave all around him, exactly as planned, and there was their target, a Dictator-class battleship, B11 ITS Thurmond Richards, named for the last Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America and reviled in the same breath as Benedict Arnold and Barack Hussein Obama." OR MAYBE THIS GUY.
IMMIGRANTS CONTRIBUTING TO SOCIETY
Don't Go to College, Chapter MMMMDCCLXVIII.
So now a bunch of cops got shot in Dallas and the laaaaawwww and orrrrrrder conserrrrrrvatives are falling all over themselves to lick the boots that will obey Hillary's orders to kick them. Blogbrother SMLE Fan has a tactical and political analysis - there are many lessons, in both categories, for Our Kind to learn. "...[A] decent sense of justice would override the Blue Wall Of Silence, and that just doesn't happen." The shooter was not a white Republican NRA member but we will get blamed for it and we're going to have reasons to shoot cops too. As if we didn't already with Waco and Ruby Ridge and Jose Guerena and Erik Scott and Lavoy Finicum and and AND.... Most police "work" has always consisted of robbing peaceable citizens at government gunpoint and murdering any who resist. Police are not the good guys. Police are not heroes. Police are predators who view everyone else as prey. Police are the standing army the Founders warned us against and wrote the Second Amendment to combat.
By which I mean it's not paranoia if they really do want to take our guns. And who will be "just following orders" to enforce those "laws"?
Uppity in Florida and potentially an increment toward eventual Constitutional Carry.
Ian McCollum's column for Popular Mechanics examines the Kolibri.
Prohibition Will Always FAIL and there's always another way.
Gosh who could possibly have predicted that socialism would fail?
Michael G. sends the kind of people who don't want you able to defend yourself o' the 1980s.
Related, from April, who wants to join an Army that doesn't want soldiers able to defend themselves?
Bears repeating from March, it's not paranoia if they really do hate us and fantasize about murdering all of us.
"The Old Issue was published in 1899 but you could grind off the serial numbers and make it about the President and the federal alphabet agencies and it would fit at least as well." And I'm'a add that to my own Kipling page.
Nobody wants to come to our rescue. Prepare.
"Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort" and Tucson Tom sends two examples, from the Iran nuclear deal and the Federal Bureau of Declining to Investigate.
Not unrelated, remember when George W. Bush was a "dangerous loose-cannon cowboy" and Obama and Hillary would bring about a return to "smart diplomacy"?
IT WILL ALL COME CRASHING DOWN
GET OUT OF THE CITIES
The Appleseed Project posts an article on secrets of offhand shooting. I flinched real bad in my last CMP Garand match. See accompanying visual aid.
BUT THEY CALL US "RACIST". WHAT IF WE DECIDE WE FINALLY WILL BE?
I'm a delivery driver. I hate driving less than any other job I ever had. I don't like people though, so I never seriously considered driving for Uber or Lyft or the like. And now I never will.
Tell me again how the GOP and NRA will saaaave us.
Remember, peasant, real socialism has never been tried.
And "green" "energy" will reduce costs, too.
Some people use the words "socialist" and "fascist" as though they were different things.
Burn the colleges....
Stage Two of the 3-Gun match from the 26th is online.
Hey, remember when "liberals" were "tolerant", "inclusive", "open-minded" and "receptive to alternative viewpoints"?
Sometimes, in my courier work, I see a particular car with a bumper sticker that says "Keep the Internet open and free"... right next to an Obama sticker. Chickens voting for Col. Sanders.
Col. Kratman's latest column continues examining the best of us.
So I live in a run-down old place.
Recently my neighbor of 22 years was taken to a care home.
I haven't heard any such thing yet, but
I speculate the landlord will consider the place
no longer economically feasible and ask me to move out
rather than refurbish the place for a new tenant.
And this morning my car got wrecked,
sideswiped from behind. So now I can't work.
I haven't heard any such thing yet, but
my endlessly-reinforced pessimism speculates
the insurance company will find a way to not pay,
because I'm using my car for what amounts to
a glorified newspaper route, and "contract", or something.
So, the way my world works,
I'm about to be homeless
and incapable of independent travel.
A pessimist can only be pleasantly surprised.
Maybe I will be.
But that's not the way to bet.
But they call us "racist".
I don't want to play this game anymore.
The company put money in my bank account
with which to rent a car to continue working.
With taxes and all, $529.14 for seven workdays.
At the end of which time I may still not have a car of my own.
And then what happens?
If just one more thing goes wrong?
WITH MASSIVE VOTE FRAUD SAUCE.
See also Virginia governor McAuliffe restoring voting rights to convicted child-molesters. And that's the kind of person who doesn't want you able to defend yourself.
There aren't double standards, there are multiple standards. Which apparently change on every bureaucrat bigot's whim.
Speaking of immigrants contributing to society....
"If the Republican difference for gun owners is they'll stab you in the back instead of the guts, what's the advantage in voting for them?"
Speaking of stabbing from either side, Tennessee guts-n-stuffs their gun-free-zone responsibility act.
White NRA members don't rob gun stores. Blacks with Hillary bumper stickers rob gun stores. It's not "racist" if it's true.
Proud of being ignorant. That's really sick.
Spend bucks I can't really spare to get my damaged car towed back to the hovel.
Go back out after work to fill out an Accident Report Form at DMV.
Spend more bucks for cellphone airtime
for the endless talkery which will doubtless ensue.
Hope the "law" enforcement community doesn't
fabricate an excuse to rob, kidnap, and/or murder me
for the "crime" of not knowing how many boots to lick after being
the victim of a traffic accident for the first time in my life.
If one more thing goes wrong, I'll have
nowhere to go and nothing to get there with.
Europe's continental suicide continues.
"Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them...."
"Terrorists had no need to acquire guns, build bombs, or smuggle weapons through security checkpoints" BUT IT'S ALL, SOMEHOW, THE NRA'S FAULT?
And as if on cue:
Ian McCollum's column examines the Krummlauf.
Still working on match videos. Kdenlive still has an audio bug, wherein the more changes you make to the production timeline, the more likely the audio will stutter and jump and get out of synch. Doing more editing with less playing-to-see-if-that-worked may help.
All we ever wanted was to be left alone. Instead we get robbed at government gunpoint at every turn. And police wonder why people hate them.
And the hits keep coming.
Geico informs me that since I'm using my car
for a glorified newspaper route,
they won't be paying for damages.
After thousands of dollars in premiums
(required at government gunpoint)
over many years, I get nothing.
Obviously I won't be staying with Geico,
presuming I don't end up unemployed and homeless anyway.
What the hell do they think people use their cars FOR?
I told you something terrible was about to happen.
Because that's how my world works.
And what is the GOP doing? Stabbing us in the back constantly while vehemently opposing someone who might actually do something useful.
It's not "racist" if it's true.
Tell me again how "green" "energy" will lower costs.
Battleground Nevada. "Background checks" lead to registration and registration leads to confiscation.
SPACEX DOES IT AGAIN.
For many years, FIFI, operated by the Confederate Air Force, has been the only airworthy Boeing B-29 Superfortress in the world. Not anymore.
Really big data storage capacity. Working on it.
BlogBrother SMLE Fan has a kitteh pic.
Think about the kind of hypocritical frauds who don't want you able to defend yourself.
For further example.
But it's all, somehow, my fault?
Col. Kratman's latest column examines the Turkish "coup".
Speaking of Islam, internment camps for Japanese-Americans in the Second World War were... probably not... entirely... justified. Muslims in WW3, on the other hand....
And Europe's continental suicide continues.
It's the Jeffersonian and SMLE Fan Skype Show!
[12:33:46 PM] SMLE Fan: From looking at the news aggregators, the GOP convention seems to be going along quietly. THEY PROMISED ME RIOTS!! I WANT RIOTING!!!
[12:34:12 PM] Jeffersonian: just wait, the EBT-swipers aren't out of bed yet
[12:35:27 PM] SMLE Fan: true enough....but the more these overgrown children gather together to throw a tantrum, the more it backfires on them, and the best part is that they don't seem to get that
[12:37:49 PM] SMLE Fan: I'm especially waiting for the press conference from GOA after some violent counter-protest: "You ninnies have been moaning about 'gun violence' for decades. THIS is what gun violence looks like. Clean your house, or there will be more."
Remember, peasant, private citizens using personal firearms to prevent public shootings is a fantasy that never happens. Remember, peasant, never "take the 'law' into your own hands". You should wait for three hours for the police to put down their donuts and adjust their ninja suits and come to your rescue.
Normally I'd have a link here about
the anniversary of Apollo 11 but you know,
Donald Trump, instead of running for President,
should have been building hotel-casino-resorts in Luna City
twenty or more years ago, and
NA$A is why it didn't happen.
What have you done for the Cause? I'd like to pump Michael Vanderboegh full of some of those scienty-fictiony blood nanites.... :(
Astute Observation o' the Day: The Republican platform is highly flawed. The Democrat platform is high treason."
Remember when conservatives were so happy we'd got rid of Boneless Boehner and replaced him with Paul Ryan?
To which dot connect the Lairds of Fairfax stabbing Tennesseans in the back also.
Remember when "liberals" were champions of free speech?
But now they really do, in their own words, hate us and want us to die.
By remarkable coincidence, just last night on library disc I watched 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.
And now there are whinings that the Other Side will throw a coup if Trump is elected. As if the military would obey those orders. Much of the brass might, sure, but the grunts who signed up to serve their country because they love her? A long, long time ago, someone said, "Never give an order you know won't be obeyed." The problem is, too many of Their Kind don't know....
"Microsoft is going to introduce a monthly subscription fee for Windows 10 usage" and LINUX IS LOOKING BETTER ALL THE TIME. I can recommend Mint flavor, very similar in look and feel to WinXP, and I have very nearly all the same capabilities I had in Windows, and it's (nearly) all free for the downloading. The only things that might cost money in Linux are high-end games and custom applications. Mint comes with all the standard stuff you're likely to need, like Firefox, and an open-source equivalent of most of the big Microsoft applications (word processor, spreadsheet), which save in world-standard MS formats also. F*** BILL GATES AND ALL HIS EVIL MONOPOLIST KIND. And remember he doesn't want you able to defend yourself either.
And then the white people start shooting cops.
My fellow nerds have probably seen the YouTube animation already, but it's embedded in an article about SpaceX' upcoming (December-ish) attempt to LAND THREE ROCKETS AT ONCE. NA$A has never even tried to not throw away millions of dollars in first-stage hardware. SpaceX is running out of room to put it.
This is how it used to be. What changed? It wasn't US.
Blogbrother SMLE Fan has moar kitteh pics.
So much for Ted Cruz.
It's not paranoia if they really do want to use my own taxes to demonize and dehumanize me. And I'm stuck in this place with a wrecked car and a dead-end job and probably blacklisted from car insurance because I work for a living and the landlord will probably want me to move out of this place so he can burn it to the ground and I have nowhere else to go and no way to get there.
Speaking of not paranoia, I've been using the Opera browser for well over a decade and now it's evil.
Get out of the cities....
"Global" "Warming" MY ASS, Chapter MMMMDCCLXXXI.
Back here I postulated a minimum-government solution to crime and violence and yeah, it could work. I'd rather give that a try than have my taxes prop up whole herds of armed-robbers-and-serial-rapists-with-badges-and-immunity. That "cure" has long since become the disease.
Speaking of thugs with badges, some years ago I was upset at news that Mossberg had a limited Drug Enforcement Agency edition of a Model 500 shotgun. Which still bothers me. But comes now news they're leaving Occupied Connecticut after not quite a century.
Reader and frequent contributor Michael G. sends, "I saw the Mossberg story this morning at Instapundit, but when I followed the link to NRO, then from there to Forbes it was a two year old story about expanding manufacturing in Texas, not closing down their legacy plant in Connecticut or moving corporate headquarters. Unless NRO linked to the wrong story it isn't news, and it isn't that good. I hate to rain on hope when you are facing so many problems right now, but I figure you prefer painful truth to happy lies."
Bears repeating: "...Democrats are unlikely to talk Republicans out of gun ownership because it comes off as 'Put down your gun so I can shoot you.'"
Just the other day I linked an item which observed "No gun control law has ever resulted in reductions in violent crime" and Our Side has been right all along.
I guess this is Lighter: Goebbels FAIL
Still uppity in Occupied Colorado.
Scienty-fictiony supermetals. Working on it.
Hey remember when the "Environmental" "Protection" Agency murdered an entire river in Colorado? "Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials say they need to control a Colorado region because decades of mining there have destroyed a local creek's fish populations, but an internal report contradicts that claim." Michael G. snarks, 'It does give me an idea for a photo shop. Capture Ray Stantz and Walter Peck from the first Ghostbusters, superimpose them over a picture of the orange Animas river, and add the caption, "Everything was fine until dickless here breached containment."'
Tell me again how defensive gun use never happens. Tell me again why we NEED police. Every time there's a traffic accident the cops show up to rob the victims at government gunpoint. Every time there's a robbery or rape or assault the cops consider kidnapping any victim who dares defend themselves or their property and lecture everyone else to not resist the criminals. Every time there's a murder the cops show up to take notes after the victim is dead.
Society does not need police. Society does not need tens of thousands of unaccountable thugs who expect to get away with armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, and murder, under color of "law". The invention of police was one of the most terrible mistakes in human history and it is time to correct that mistake.
CMP Garands at Clark Rifles. Since I'm now unmotorized, having returned the rental yesterday, one of the other shooters gave me a ride.
Long course, 55 rounds. First, slow prone, 5 sighters (this club, lacking target pits, uses convertible sighters - fire all 25 and discard the lowest-scoring 5) and 20 for score in 25 minutes, resulting in an adequate 181/2X, helped greatly by that same fellow shooter spotting my first several rounds with a Better Spotting Scope:
Next, rapid prone, starting from standing, 10 rounds in 80 seconds, mandatory reload - the same fellow shooter was spotting again and confirmed my first two rounds, from the special 2-round match clip, were in the black, while the rest were high and right (except that one flyer to the left which may have been cross-fired - there was an eleventh hole (cross-fired by another shooter, probably the 7 low and left) and I patched the lowest-scoring one (the pale sticker in the 6 ring at 12-o'-clock) before taking the photo). I always blow my rapid-prone stage this way. Usually I blame my crappy position but now I know the first two are good and the rest aren't and maybe it is the clips. There is evidence of a different point of impact with the SLED, for example, vs. a loose round loaded into the chamber without going through a feed lip. This resulted in 75/0X:
Next was the second relay (best turnout for this match in years) doing the same slow- and rapid-prone, then the first relay's rapid-fire sitting, again 10 rounds in 80 seconds, supposedly starting from standing but there are some broke-down old guys in the lineup and I'm becoming one of them. One is allowed to start in position as long as someone else, who started from standing as they were supposed to, fires first. Despite preparatory stretching, loosening the belt, undoing the jeans button, and not having to cram myself into position from standing, my front sight was bouncing like an amusement park ride but somehow I ended up with a quite respectable 86/1X, which contradicts the theory that the clips are responsible for a different point of impact in a two-plus-eight rapid-fire stage (on the other hand I was trying to hold lower and left-er):
Finally, typically the worst stage for everyone, standing, 10 rounds in 10 minutes, sling not allowed as shooting aid, in which I got an unsurprising 69/0X:
At least I got them all on the paper. Final score 411/3X, 82.20%, which was okay I guess:
The batch of handloads - the last of a large enough number to be used in one match - had been made years ago with pulled GI surplus bullets, which may not have all been from the same factory. The rifle of course performed flawlessly as usual, but now that I have confirmation that the first two shots in rapid prone are good and the rest are bad, I have something to think about. Alas, I can't afford Proper Range Day Science like I used to. As for ammunition, I still have a "30-cal" can of Lake City 69-ish I got from Tucson Tom years ago, plus some corrosive Korean equivalent, plus some other corrosive stuff from one or two other countries, and I have components here in the hovel sufficient to make 500 rounds All The Same. If the universe ever stops pooping on me long enough to care about making them.
Borrowed a car.
MV Shambling Wreck II.
Hey remember when Google's slogan was "Don't be evil"?
Adding the State of Jefferson to my front and links pages. One of the chatroom Elves attended their latest meeting.
Oh yeah, Mr. E. gave me a hand-me-down MidwayUSA prone mat yesterday. Even in its used condition it is a Meaningful Improvement over the yoga mat I've been using for years, with non-slip patches for knees and elbows.
MASSIVE VOTE FRAUD and a point David Codrea has been trying to make for years.
Hypocricy on an industrial scale.
"Imagine if right-wing extremist neo-nazi skinheads had spent the last 8 months carrying out the same amount of terror that Islamists are responsible for. Do you think the media would try to hide the hateful ideology behind it?"
Explain to me, in small words, how this is the NRA's fault or mine.
Battleground Nevada. Washington and Oregon became Occupied Territory this exact same way. Nevada has a chance to prevent it.
Jobholding, taxpaying, Republican, white, NRA members are not the people shooting up nightclubs. We're just the ones getting blamed and punished for it.
The next time someone tells you the individual-rights interpretation of the Second Amendment is a new idea, smack them. Repeatedly. Until they shut up and go away.
Surfed across a thing today: "PLEASE READ BEFORE ORDERING: Standard capacity magazines can NOT be shipped to CA, NJ, NY, MA, MD, CO, and HI due to state law restrictions. Magazine orders placed with shipments to the locations listed above will not be shipped. We do not offer exemptions to Law Enforcement. The sale of these magazines may also be restricted by certain local jurisdictions. It is the responsibility of the customer to know and abide with local gun laws." So if I were buying a bunch of new magazines, I would buy them from Bravo Company.
Match results, 10th of 14. I know I can do better but I can't afford to practice because the universe keeps pooping on me.
Finished Drake's Death's Bright Day, very tasty with fully-developed characters and settings presented by a Good Storyteller. Beginning
The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF 2015, yet another Baen collection, including an entry from Drake.
Not unrelated, Europe's continental suicide accelerates.
And how is this the NRA's fault or mine? And how could the monster have run up such a score? Why didn't anyone (the presumably-non-disabled staff for example) even throw a chair at him?
Why does no one ever fight back?
And how does this make me "racist"?
To which dot connect, "Everybody goes on about how we need to have more women and minorities in starring roles, both in society and in movies. Until... wait for it... a strong new female superhero is an Israeli Jew."
What if it's not a paranoid conspiracy theory? What if the whole system really is that crooked?
Speaking of it not being paranoia if they really are out to get you, blogbrother SMLE Fan has advice for resisting Windows 10. ...My method is different....
So a couple weeks ago the Uber ride-sharing service was cramming bigotry down their customers' throats and now a (gay) Uber driver is threatening to shoot a (Republican) senator for not voting to take innocent people's guns away.
Col. Kratman's latest column continues examining the Turkish "coup", and provides instructions on how to perform one.
Speaking of coups....
The Right to Keep and Bear Arms includes knives. I demand jail time for any cop who ever confiscated an "illegal" knife.
Remember, peasant, defensive gun use is a fantasy that never happens. You should wait for the police to rescue you.
So my car is wrecked;
Geico, to whom I've paid thousands of dollars for years, is refusing to pay;
I haven't heard from the other driver's insurance yet;
the borrowed car will probably not be suitable in the long term;
there's a risk the landlord will have me move out so he can burn the hovel down,
and I haven't heard anything about that yet either;
and now the delivery job,
which required me to buy more insurance,
is changing policy again and requiring me
to input all deliveries as they happen,
via a smartphone I can't afford.
So I'm about to be jobless,
all at the same time.
Oh, and Comcast raised my internet bill by 50% too.
Because that's how my world works.
Think about the kind of people...
...who don't want you able to defend yourself...
...from them. (The example is graphic enough I'll even accept Toomey-Manchin-Chamberlain-Quisling-Gottlieb as a source.)
This doesn't go in Lighter News: KNOW YOUR WEAPON, Chapter MMMMDCCLXXXVII. Which is a point I've made before.
Ordered a f***ing smartphone,
one of those prepaid things which
supposedly won't be a constant monthly expense.
Enemy-of-the-State drone strike in 3, 2, 1....
With government subsidies, solar power gains a reputation as junk science and cronyism. Desert Hermit Joel, on the other hand, is doing real-world testing. Ebook available in sidebar.
It's the Jeffersonian and SMLE Fan Skype Show!
[1:25:46 PM] Jeffersonian: Made a delivery today
[1:25:57 PM] Jeffersonian: the thing that signed for it was wearing a pin
[1:26:01 PM] Jeffersonian: "Ask me about my pronouns"
[1:26:06 PM] Jeffersonian: I hate this place so much
[1:26:11 PM] SMLE Fan: jeez
[1:26:58 PM] SMLE Fan: haven't run into one of "those" yet, but that promises to be both entertaining and messy
[1:27:53 PM] SMLE Fan: there will be Nuclear-Level cisgender heteronormativity deployed
[1:28:37 PM] Jeffersonian: International Lord of Hate - Central Florida Minion
[1:30:13 PM] SMLE Fan: Florida's newest tourist attraction: the Crater of Bigotry and Foundry of Intolerance: where snowflakes go to melt!
[1:31:41 PM] SMLE Fan: don't forget to visit the Gift Shop: lighly used and scorched nose rings, single earrings, and Che t-shirts!
[1:32:18 PM] SMLE Fan: By special order, we can provide "Coexist" bumper stickers with .303 holes in them
[1:33:47 PM] SMLE Fan: and don't miss out on our BBQ joint: More-HAM-med's Mosque! The finest smoked and BBQ'd pork products around!
[1:34:34 PM] SMLE Fan: The only restaurant where you can shoot the pig in the morning, and eat it that evening!
[1:34:57 PM] SMLE Fan: I'd offer a 25% discount to open carriers
[1:35:37 PM] SMLE Fan: and the walls would have distance markers, you know, for holdover and things like that
Some weeks ago I observed the United States Navy actually did post a Gay Pride video on their YouTube channel. The mission of the United States Navy is no longer to protect the United States of America.
The next time some "feminist" calls you "Islamophobic", understand you are dealing with a suicidally insane person who is completely disconnected from reality.
Get out of the cities and avoid crowded places generally.
SpaceX tests a used rocket. Government can't do that at ten times the price.
Someone to vote for in Occupied Colorado.
Some people are still fighting in Occupied California.
Prohibition FAIL, Chapter MMMMDCCLXXXIX: All-y'all oughta know about 80% AR15 lower receivers. Glock pistols too now. Which I hate for various reasons but unregistered, man.
THE ALMIGHTY INTERNETS SHALL PROVIDE
Astute Observation o' the Day.
Courtroom combat in Occupied California. For what that's worth.
Immigrants Contributing to Society. Tell me again how that makes me "racist".
In my fictional future history I postulated the reinstitution of human slavery and wow, ahead of schedule. ...It might be amusing to see some pasty, underweight, EBT-swiping Obama-Bernie-voter with seventeen pronouns made to pick beets, but no, the precedent can't be allowed to be set....
Speaking of the future.
Here is your Badass o' the Week.
Somewhat related, even though the United States Navy is now a big tax-eating social-engineering organization instead of a military force, blogbrother SMLE Fan observes it's still the very best Navy in the history of Navies.
More Guns, Less Crime, Chapter MMMMDCCXC.
Aurora, Part 52, is online.
Radio news, NTSB whining that hot-air balloons don't have black boxes like airliners. So we can expect them to be required at government gunpoint in 3, 2, 1....
The way it used to be and there were no school shootings and police weren't serial child-rapists. We're not the ones who changed.
What if we don't need immigrants to contribute to society?
What if we don't need to buy oil from people who hate us and want to exterminate us?
MidWestReader sends range reports and technical observances:
"I got a package in the mail yesterday. I went to S&W's web page a few weeks back and spoke to one of their customer service guys in a chat room, and explained the malfunctions I was getting in the M&P. So he sent me a replacement recoil spring and guide. This one had green paint on it; the one in the gun when I got it had blue paint. The packaging said it was a recoil spring for an M&P in 357 SIG. The new recoil spring is noticeably much heavier than the old one. It's supposed to be a 17 pound spring, versus a nominal value of 15 pounds for the blue spring. It feels a lot heavier than that, but maybe the blue spring was badly worn.
"So I cleaned the M&P, lubed it with white lithium grease and a bit of synthetic heavy gear oil, put it back together, and went to the range this morning. It previously gave frequent problems with ammunition loaded in Winchester brass. I shot two 50 round boxes of Winchester white-box .40 through it--one box of FMJ, one box of the 180gr hollowpoint that they sell at Wal-Mart (tests posted online suggest it's a very good defense or carry round), with no problems at all. I also shot a 20 round box of 180gr Hydra-Shoks, likewise, with no problems.
"With the heavier recoil spring, recoil definitely feels very different. It's less of a push and more snappy. The muzzle is rising further and faster, but it's coming back down faster too.
"I have managed to dig out another couple of 20 round boxes of premium defensive ammo, one box of 155gr Silvertips (with which it malfunctioned very badly previously) and one box of Hornady 155gr XTP. These are stout loads, in both instances around 1200 ft/sec (compare 950-975 for 180gr bullets at the same pressure; I hypothesize that the bullets are so much shorter that they have much more room for powder--one does not often see lightweight bullets at the same pressure generating more momentum than heavy bullets. more kinetic energy, yes, but usually less momentum, not more, not from straight-wall cases at pistol pressures, anyway). I noticed previously when shooting both of these hot 155gr loads that recoil had an odd feel--as if there were two components to the rearward force, normal recoil and then also a noticeable "clank" when the slide came back to the rear of its travel and felt like it was smacking the steel frame insert pretty violently. We'll see if that continues to happen.
"A few more thoughts about the M1 Carbine. The carbines are very light, for a long gun, short and handy and better suited to housecleaning work than the Garand. For a lot of people they point very naturally. They have very good iron sights--assuming they're properly manufactured and properly assembled--come up to the eye quickly, and are quick and lively in the hand. These are all to the good. The early crossbolt type safety was immediately adjacent to the magazine release and operated in the same manner, with predictable results. The late flip-type manual safety is better but still awkward. M1 Carbine triggers tend to be somewhere between mediocre and horrid, out of the box, though a gunsmith can clean it up and smooth it quite nicely. The Carbine tends not to be terribly accurate, due possibly to using the same 1:10" twist rate for GI barrels as for most other US .30 caliber small arms going back to the Krag, which is tremendously too fast for the stubby little 110 grain bullets. 1:20" would be more appropriate but during the war this would have required a separate production line for barrel blanks for the M1 Carbine. 4 MOA is not as much of a handicap as it could be if the weapon were more powerful (one that will shoot 4 MOA consistently with any ammunition is a keeper; commercial reproductions with 1:20" barrels are often capable of 2.5 MOA or better). And such a lightweight rifle, with such a thin barrel, is not an especially suitable mount for a bayonet.
"The Carbine is extremely finicky about magazines, and the mag that works well in one may cause no end of stoppages in another Carbine. There are lots of surplus magazines floating around out there. There are large numbers of Taiwanese counterfeit 30rd M2 Carbine mags out there, marked "M2" in the space on the rear wall for a manufacturer's ID code, and since the 1990s lots and lots of Chinese counterfeit mags with copies of real manufacturer ID codes stamped on them, in quality ranging from extremely crude to good enough to fool a collector. They are soft metal, with poor springs and feed lips out of spec. They are not fixable and not worth the effort to tinker with, and there have been trainloads of them at every gunshow in the US since the early 1970s. The 30 round mags in general for the M1 Carbine are a cause of endless problems, actually, even the genuine GI ones are prone to problems in lots of guns, and if you ever find an M1 Carbine and 30 round mags that actually work in it, both the gun and the mags are keepers. Anyone relying on the M1 Carbine for self-defense should probably only use the 15 round mags, and test them for reliability beforehand.
"The .30 Carbine cartridge is a very high-pressure one, as such things go. It is loaded almost exactly like a magnum revolver cartridge, by which I mean that slightly compressed loads of H110 or W296 are the norm--and H110 was designed for the .30 Carbine in the first place. 2400 also works, as does Accurate #9 (also created specifically for this cartridge). The gas system is designed for powders in this burning range and no others. It is a high pressure round and it is loud, with lots of muzzle flash--after the war, the Ordnance Department came up with stamped sheet metal conical flash hiders that clamp onto the muzzle with a wing nut, to help mitigate this. 1900 ft/sec is typical muzzle velocity for the 110gr FMJ bullet, which sometimes yaws, at least in ballistic gelatin, and sometimes doesn't, and which is too short and stubby, and velocity much too low, for yawing to help much anyway. In an era before soft body armor it was probably adequate for the purpose for which it was created, but it isn't a whitetail deer hunting cartridge unless they're very small deer and ranges will be very close. Ammunition with softnose and hollowpoint bullets has been available in the caliber at least since the 1970s and in tests I've seen the bullets generally work as advertised--15" to 16" of penetration in calibrated 10% ballistic gelatin, with fair expansion, up to around .50 caliber in most instances, at least if distances are kept close. You could do an awful lot worse. The late Jim Cirillo, of the 1960s-70s NYPD "Stakeout Unit," was a fan of the M1 Carbine and seemed to feel that it worked better for head shots than a cut-down 12 gauge with slugs, which sometimes glanced off skulls.
"With a G1 ballistic coefficient of around 0.155, the bullet tends to drop below the speed of sound before the 200 meter mark, and thereafter sometimes loses stability due to turbulent transonic vacuum drag. This is probably another reason that even the 300 yard setting on the rear sight is excessively optimistic. It probably should have had a single 200m battlesight setting if not something shorter--3" high at 25m would be around 10" high at 110m, if I may mix the units a bit, dead on at 200m, and a hair over a foot low at 250m, at which point the bullet is falling out of the air like a mortar shell and it is perhaps not reasonable to expend ammunition at targets so distant with expectations of being able to do more than suppress. At 250m the 110gr bullet has lost about half the velocity and 75% of the energy with which it started, and it is probably unfair to ask it to penetrate sandbags and log bunker walls at such distances."
Still trying to slog my way through 3-Gun match videos from a month ago. Kdenlive is less unstable than OpenShot, but that doesn't mean it's stable. On the other hand it's free, and does most of what I was doing with PowerDirector, if in different ways, and it's not Windows.
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