RIFLEMAN'S JOURNAL - DECEMBER 2017
The World Sucks
Just as a faithful reader PayPals me a big fat donation,
which was going to cover the next electric bill,
one of my non-system hard drives - I still can't tell which,
because both of them seemed to wink in and out of system recognition
(pretty sure it's the 750Gb Seagate refurbished from FreeGeek
(NO MORE SEAGATES - EVER)) -
begins making That Horrible Clicking Noise.
Fortunately I had a brand-new-in-the-wrapper 1Tb sitting around for months, which I've now slapped in,
and a 1Tb portable, which together should barely contain All My Stuff.
But, having suffered (SEAGATE) drive failures before,
and being quite tired of the universe constantly pooping on me and my meager-but-precious Stuff,
I had to go and order another - an apparently-new 2Tb
(WESTERN by-gawd DIGITAL) recommended by blogbrother SMLE Fan.
Fortunately SMLE Fan sent me a link to one on eBay for little more than half the price
of a comparable product at Walmart or Amazon. That should arrive in a week.
Now I'll be up late watching progress bars creep across my screens,
hoping they actually finish.
Seriously, universe, f*** you.
On campus, calling for the extermination of people of a certain skin color is "not racist".
But it's "racist" to call a savage a savage.
In Old Media, disgusting lies and vicious hate. And they wonder why we keep buying more guns.
Same with "mainstream" "entertainment".
It's still not Republican NRA members going on foul-mouthed shooting rampages.
Years ago I made this cartoon about the effects of immigration on the workforce and then this happens. Which segues to:
"You're looking at the end of Europe." And the same thing here. Which segues to:
In Lighter News
More free Matt Bracken books soon.
EBT cards, the welfare system, the Free Stuff Army... "...[W]e have the wolf by the ear, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go." The situation is reversed from Jefferson's time - those who work for a living and pay taxes, at government gunpoint, on the wages they earn, are effectively slaves to the parasites who will burn everything down if the handouts stop coming.
By which I mean, Michael G. sends, "Nothing says 'anti fascist' like using violence to suppress speech you disagree with." You know those thugs have EBT cards. And so do their mothers in whose basements they live. Years ago someone else observed, they want to destroy the machine that's keeping them alive.
Immigrants Contributing to Society right here in this horrible place. What are the odds I've been on a city bus with this animal? And what are the odds he still has an EBT card full of my taxes? While I'm barely hanging on, doing work I hate for not enough money to pay the rent.
The place where Australia used to be. Not Lighter News because the Rabbi can now expect criminal charges of "assault" and "racism" and "Islamophobia" and so forth.
Michael G. sends, "A company wants to bring more water to California but the Obama administration put road blocks in their way. Now Trump administration removes the road blocks, so the California state government as well as sue-happy Green groups are trying to create new ones." While still complaining of "drought" and demanding more tax dollars. Remember that evil plot from the first Superman movie about detonating nukes in the San Andreas fault and causing California to slide into the Pacific? Would that be such a bad thing really?
Show and chat every Sunday 1100 Pacific Time.
MidWestReader sends range report: "Tried a S&W M&P 2.0 in .45 ACP. It points well and balances well and some may like the much more aggressive texturing on the frame. It is not fatiguing to shoot and was for me quite accurate. On the other hand the trigger is mediocre beyond having a perceptible reset. Also on close examination I am puzzled by an aspect of the magazine design. Double stack handgun mags tend to have a portion near the top where the mag tube is folded in on either side to help the cartridges transition from a double stack to a single feed position. On 9mm or .40 mags these folds are short. On the M&P .45 mag these folds go nearly the full length of the mag tube. One gets the impression this mag could have held 13-14 rounds if those folds were only on the top third, and that it's basically a singlestack mag with room for a couple extra cartridges at the very bottom of the tube. I wonder how this came about. I'm sure S&W's engineers would have made it higher capacity if they could have. Maybe it wasn't reliable until they did this? I don't know.
"Got to examine a used Beretta APX in 9mm. It points and balances well and the trigger is tolerable if not great--like a well broken in Glock trigger, I suppose. The gun itself is fugly even by striker-fired plastic gun standards, however. Gone are the Beretta 92's exposed barrel and sweeping Art Deco curves. The APX looks like the unholy offspring of an HK P30 and a Toblerone chocolate bar. It looks like something designed deliberately to be as aesthetically displeasing as possible."
Yeah, it looks like both those older hard drives need replacing.
Both were either refurbished or salvaged years ago. So ordering the new 2Tb was necessary.
At least this time I saved all my Stuff. I still have a couple Seagate Barracuda drives,
with that firmware timebomb that was in tech news a few years back,
with Stuff trapped on them which I fortunately don't actually need.
Presently I'm running Linux Mint 18, with an even older 80Gb (Seagate...) as the system drive,
and all my Stuff on physically separate drives so if the system drive, or the operating system, fails,
it doesn't affect more than a handful of my Stuff. Now I have a brand-new Western Digital 1Tb internal,
and temporarily, a WD 1Tb external I've had for a few years but rarely used,
and a new refurbished-but-with-excellent-reviews 2Tb WD internal on the way.
That should settle things for a while.
Until the next thing goes horribly and expensively wrong.
I'm sure there's some way, roundabout if necessary, to convert EBT funds to Amazon credit. I mean, you can get cash from ATMs with an EBT card, then go inside the same supermarket the ATM is bolted to the outside of, buy a prepaid credit card from the tower of gift-and-service cards, go to the customer service desk and load it with the cash. All of which is our taxes.
The GOPe is useless, Chapter MMMMMCCLXXXI. "If you were the GOP congressional leadership and WANTED to lose both the House and the Senate in 2018, how would you do it?" By backstabbing the millions of patriotic gunowners who put you there, that's how. More of us every cycle are staying home and cleaning our rifles on election day.
Because, of the Four Boxes, the first is banned, the second is stuffed, and the third is rigged.
Which segues to:
A few times I've said a military coup was not the worst thing I could imagine for this country. That statement may be in need of revision.
Hey even more poison-pill backstabbing, adding GUN REGISTRATION to concealed-carry reciprocity.
MASSIVE VOTE FRAUD
It's still not Republican NRA members and still nobody wants to talk about that.
The next time someone tells you how good that latest movie was....
The kind of people who don't want spouses able to defend themselves from their abusers....
Back here I was listening to a radio station in Kansas and aside from the brainwashing government-school PSAs they also had some encouraging veterans to seek assistance from a government agency known to hire incompetents and criminals. And other sociopaths who play video games or laugh out loud while our most honorable citizens die in agony.
Meanwhile in the place where Britain used to be (which also has that wonderful "single"-"payer" government-run "health" "care" system), Michael G. sends: “...[I]t was not the school’s common practice to provide soap for pupils’ hand-washing, toilet roll in the toilets or suitable drinking water.”
But restricting immigration is "racist".
The left really believes their own lies. They need to believe. Their world can't work any other way... and they're not capable of seeing that it doesn't work in the first place.
They are all delusional hypocrites. Like I said.
It's not "racist" if it's true.
I'm anti-prohibition, but my position on abortion shifted after the Planned Parenthood baby body parts for sale news came out, and these people are not shifting it back.
Years ago I wrote, "Sol continued the tour, showing off his own quarters in one entire section of the forward grav-ring. With the rings extended, this was accessed by a collapsible elevator car constructed of carbonan and other advanced materials, riding the cables down from the interface to the ring-section. Tina wondered aloud how her mother would feel, knowing a literal hairs'-breadth of material was all that stood between her entire family and hard vacuum. She snapped another holo." Years later I added, "...[T]ook shuttles to the planet's surface, erecting emergency shelters from ships' stores.... By stages, the pirates were removed from the ships and transferred to the second planet's surface and the habitats still being erected there. They were, in very-ancient pirate terms, marooned, without so much as a spacesuit, only life-support." Working on it.
Hey looks like one of the places I've been parking other people's cars at
doesn't want me to come back anymore. Not that I really liked that place anyway.
Gripping hand is, Even Less Income.
And then forcing you, at the point of a government gun, to use immature, unstable and unaffordable technologies...
...to comply with their hypocritical delusions.
Such as government running the schools.
Which are "...kind of perfect for mass shooters." Think about the kind of people who don't want you able to defend yourself.
Now think about the kind of less-than-humans who will not defend themselves.
Of which Michael G. sends an anniversary example.
On campus, refusing to ignore leftist political violence is, somehow, right-wing political violence.
And as if on cue.
Speaking of tax dollars, this is from nearly seven years ago but remains true: Real Space Enthusiasts Hate NA$A. A hundred, or a thousand, competitors to put tax-eating bureaucrats completely out of business. Faster, please.
Speaking of the benefits of free-market competition, the United States Concealed Carry Association provides legal defense for decent people who use firearms in self defense and are then persecuted by their government "protectors". The National Rifle Association came out with their own version, Carry Guard, and booted the competition from the NRA Annual Meeting. Comes now a new competitor.
Which segues to important self-defense action in Wyoming. What sick pervert invented the "duty to retreat"?
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ON THIS DAY
How my world works,
Hey look another big European war!
Student suspended for slandering white Republican NRA membersOH. WAIT.
Yeah, when I said a military coup would not be the worst thing for the country, that was in comparison to eight cursed years of the racist Marxist usurper. Now, I take it back.
Burn the government schools....
Michael G. sends the Baghdad Bob Moment o' the Day. And the Authorized Journalists really believe.
A while back I made this meme:
Earlier I opined on the same topic:
Michael G. sends
that very thing.
Don't go to college.
“Advocates for illegal immigrants are unrepentant after yesterday’s shocking acquittal on all homicide charges of an illegal-alien confessed killer.”
"They don't care if their citizens are dying on the streets."
And now I'm stuck in a sanctuary city too.
"In its current form, we absolutely oppose HR 38." "...[U]sing the recent tragedies in Las Vegas and Texas to attempt to create the largest federal gun database this country has ever seen." I too would rather lose reciprocity than "gain" gun registration, because the only reason to register is, eventually, to confiscate. "...[A]s long as the advocates of new restrictions appear to be operating in bad faith, we cannot give them any ground."
Speaking of bad faith, the Lairds of Fairfax have the gall to question the ideological purity of an outfit that actually has some.
So it looks like that Roy Moore thing really has been deliberately faked. Think about the kind of people who would do such a thing.
By which I mean, a few moons ago someone on the internet told the leftists, "You're not the Resistance, you're the Empire." Michael G. sends something that reminded me of that.
Remember, peasant, private citizens using personal firearms to defend themselves is a fantasy that never happens. And think about the kind of people who don't want you to.
Hey remember when Al Gore said "global" "warming" would cause all the polar bears to drown?
Which segues to, a hundred competitors to put the tax-eating social-engineering "global"-"warming"-data-faking bureaucrats of NA$A completely out of business. FASTER. PLEASE.
Nearly two decades ago I wrote "Robotic baggage carts followed travelers from ticket counter to gate to ship." That is an actual thing now.
Football, NASCAR, the Olympics, television, movies, even music and comic books... the left appears to be methodically and deliberately destroying every major entertainment institution in America by alienating the customers. Why? Did they really believe this backlash wouldn't happen, that theirs was the majority opinion, that all of us agreed with their bigoted delusions? Or is it part of some grand convoluted plan that would never occur to sane, decent people?
Immigrants, Contributing to Society....
"Gaystapo" isn't hyperbole either.
Still more RINO backstabbing and throwing still more of Our Kind under various busses in the mistaken belief it will protect others.
And then Quisling prags. Scroll to the comment from Kevin Starrett of OFF explaining the ideologically-pure position - which is mine also. And I'm sure the enemy is rejoicing in seeing us turn on each other, just as we do when they do the same....
Speaking of ideology, Michael G. sends, "Pay no attention to the mass graves behind the curtain: At SUNY Buffalo, posters announcing a talk on the victims of socialism were torn down or vandalized by campus leftists." Oh I'm sure the campus police will get right on investigating that....
WHAT'S THE DAMN DIFFERENCE ANYMORE?
Some time ago I wrote: "Someone from pre-Escape Terra couldn't tell by looking, but both vehicles were covered with photovoltaic panels masquerading as a glossy finish." That really is being worked on.
Michael G. sends, on campus in Occupied Colorado: "Become a certified eco-social justice leader at UC Boulder. Instead of earning a degree that makes you unable to support yourself, earn one that also makes other people unable to support themselves, and you."
Linked from that, hey remember when blacks and whites had separate drinking fountains?
Immigrants Contributing to Society....
The only good cop is a dead cop.
They all look the same to me.
They keep proving me right.
Col. Kratman returns to columnism.
Beginning 1636: The Vatican Sanction, the latest release in Eric Flint's 1632verse.
Okay, fellow otaku, what anime is this from?
Codrea connects dots between Project Gunwalker and the fabricated witch-hunt against Trump. It's all swamp, all the way down....
...And it always has been. Because at least some of them really believe they're "helping" or "protecting" people.
But it's not about "equal" "rights". It's about power and control. It's about destroying people.
Speaking of control, no, really, Obamacare for the internet.
To which dot connect our brave and noble allies, and anyone who does the right thing.
THERE'S NOTHING HOLDING IT UP and now I'm down to about eight minimum-wage hours a week and that's nowhere near enough.
An important and precedent-setting increment in Delaware. Connect to VCDL's previous work regarding national parks.
As a recovering comicoholic, and through the power of the almighty internets, I have been watching The Punisher, so far through eight of thirteen episodes. Just the other day I was complaining about entertainment generally and Marvel specifically, constantly pushing the total-control, nanny-state agenda, but this show might be something of an exception. (Or not.)
Michael G. and EuroReader M. identify yesterday's mystery anime as New Game.
Speaking of comic books and anime and such, I've been watching RWBY for quite some time. The first season, and much of the second, are light and comical and even silly, but then it turns dark and mature with ancient secrets and evil world-ending plots and girls getting their arms chopped off. Anyway the latest episode, released to YouTube just a couple days ago, has inevitably gone ghey... but in the specific case, she's aligned with the racist genocidal world-ending unhinged villains of the story. Hmm.
It's not "racist" to point out how they really do hate me and want me to die because of the color of my skin.
Several times in these pages I've linked some news item about some deranged social-justice fascists on campus and asked if you would trust your life to a bridge, or airplane, or piece of medical equipment designed and built by such mentally-ill bigots. Michael G. sends another example: "I want her to face the Roman test. Design and build a bridge, then sit in a boat anchored under it while a heavy load passes over it."
Meanwhile in this class-warfare place, "So Oregon's well to do know that private property rights work best in their immediate vicinity. But they still want to inflict liberalism on everyone else? That's the impression I get from this article."
RINO backstabbing on immigration....
No, really, NICS is gun registration. Or more accurately, gun-owner registration. However many lies are told by the creators and maintainers of the database.
So a couple months ago some nut massacred a bunch of people and the "solution" is to make everyone but the nuts even less able to defend themselves.
Incremental action in Ohio.
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Well, yeah, The Punisher is not the Libertarian Feel-Good Hit of the Season, among other things perpetuating sterotypes like all veterans have PTSD and can't be trusted, and a blatant Tim McVeigh ripoff character, also painted as retarded, conveniently linked to leftist entertainment's delusional stereotypes of NRA members. Well, it's not like I'm being chained to a seat in front of a screen with my eyelids taped open (...yet). "Shooting a senator over a political opinion... does that really sound like Frank Castle to you?" It sure doesn't, but it does sound like a Bernie Sanders supporter....
(Who has the balls to make a film adaptation of John Ross' Unintended Consequences? Now there's a project I would spend Powerball winnings on....)
The University of Wyoming(-of-all-places), where free speech goes to die.
Don't go to college.
Michael G. sends even more: "Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender. Typical behavior of an abuser, or a leftist. But I repeat myself."
Speaking of abusers, they're cruel to animals too.
To which dot connect, the other day, here in this horrible place, people marched in remembrance of Kate Steinle, who was murdered by an illegal immigrant, and Portland Police defended communists who attacked the marchers and arrested one of the victims for the "crime" of defending himself. Comes now, in Berkeley where such things are expected, a memorial for Kate Steinle is vandalized. Think about the kind of people who value illegal immigrants over the citizens they murder.
(Which reminds me, there are lots of homeless in Portland also.)
(And it's a sanctuary city too.)
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This gas block has:
a Picatinny rail at the SAME HEIGHT as the upper receiver rail;
and a bayonet lug;
and a conventional sling swivel;
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