04 July 2015

Not Legally Binding Document

In Congress, July 4, 1776. [239 years ago]

The unanimous Declaration of the united States of America,

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. --Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton




[Type this thing in manually sometime instead of copy pasting it. The stuff we put up with on a daily basis would have the founders shooting already. Any time someone calls you intolerant, remember we're tolerating far more than they were in 1776 and they literally called their suffering "the intolerable acts"!]

This is yet another day that's not about veterans (dead or alive) or soldiers. Those are Memorial Day, Veteran's Day and Armed Forces Day (respectively). Today is also not Flag Day, despite the prominent red-white-and-blue bunting.

Set off some fireworks, burn some questionable meat and reflect on what we've lost and could regain.

Never forget what those men signing that document were risking, and many of them gave nearly all.

Doomed

This just in, the F4F-2, widely deployed by our Naval forces in the Pacific Theater are unable to out maneuver Japanese A6M-5 aircraft in flight regimes that favor the enemy aircraft.

We are completely doomed in this theater and should sue for peace immediately as there is no hope whatsoever to attain any aerial victories against these nimble and untouchable foes.

Combined with the virtual eradication of Chennault's Flying Tigers there is no reason to continue to fight against the Imperial Juggernaut.

Or maybe an F-16D-40 beating an F-35A pre-production plane when specifically testing particular flight regimes and envelopes to explore the idea of changing the flight control laws isn't the end of the world?

03 July 2015

I Am Now Obamacovered!

Got my information packet and booklet explaining what the VA will cover.

I skimmed it.

Can't wait to start the tedious process to get my disability reassessed again.

Thanks for erasing all those records you fucking prick!

Designing a system that takes years to navigate and closing all unresolved cases older than a year?

How can I tell this was a government program?

Even more fun was learning that if I'd had a higher percentage, the reassessments were nearly automatic.

Have I ever mentioned that there's not a reputable lawyer I've spoken to who will represent me?

Because I have the honor of serving between the end of Vietnam and before the beginning of Gulf War I (Post Grenada and Panama too).

This also means no VFW, American Legion, etc...  All the heavyweight veterans orgs don't give two shits about Cold War Vets either (at least they sound sorry about their charters forbidding it).

I'd prolly not be near so bitter about it, but I know more than a couple "Vietnam Era" vets who did the exact same things as I did in Germany and came as close as I did to Vietnam while enlisted.  But the VA rolls over backwards and they're allowed to join up with the VFW.

Bad Form

Some has-been actor has said, "I am sorry that you took the racist thing I said at face value as racism. I will now explain that what I meant is not the plain, racist, meaning of what I said. In the course of the explanation it will become clear that I am not actually sorry and did, indeed, mean the racist thing I said at face value. It will also become clear that I am actually sorry people are upset that I am a racist rather than being sorry about being a racist."

I am getting so very sick of these non-apologies.

02 July 2015

Mount Soledad

I've posted from time to time on this thing.

Today I find that it's still going on!

When I last looked there was an order to destroy it.

Now we're back to stays and appeals and the Feds selling the land to the people who tried to buy it from San Diego but couldn't because the ACLU has decided that this cross WILL be destroyed.

If it's not on government land, there's no legal way to force that so the sale to a private owner must be blocked.

What a fucking waste of money and effort.

The Stakes

In my flag waving post...

What happened to Brendan Eich is exactly the wrong way to handle political disagreement.

What was announced is that if you disagree with the winners in a particular political issue on your own time with your own money your livelihood is at risk.

He was forced to resign for backing the losing side in the gay marriage debate.

Did he preach at work?  No.

Did he change any policies at Mozilla to make it unfriendly to homosexuals?  No.

He donated money in the course of peaceful political discourse.

And was excoriated for it when the donation list was made public.

I am unsatisfied about the circumstances surrounding the release of that list.

But knowing that your political donations can be made public and your donations to any given cause can be used as grounds for termination?  It's known as having a chilling effect on such donations.

As I am sure the people who leaked that list were well aware of.

Flag Waving

If I wave a Confederate Battle Flag, what am I saying?

Think hard about that.

The reason I say you should think hard on that is very rarely are the people waving or displaying these flags being asked what they are saying.

We sure are hearing from the people who've decided that waving said flag can only mean racism.  They communicate that anyone who says they're displaying that flag for reasons other than racism is lying about their motivations.

Good footing to start on.  "You there, lying racist!"

I've mentioned before that symbols are mutable.

It means that any symbol's meaning is very subjective.

Because there's a large group of people who find this flag racist, I'd normal say, "let's be polite about it and take them down."  The problem with the being polite "solution" is the Confederate Battle Flag is just the latest in the "everything is racism if you're white" parade.

I've mentioned this sort of thing before.  Somebody wants a race war.  I don't think it will end like they think.

We're rapidly getting to the point where not being a racist is no longer a defense to the charge of being a racist.  I am a racist because I am white is a racist accusation!

It will just be assumed that I am lying about it and I will be punished as if I had been a racist all along.

The most disturbing thing about the accusation of lying is that the reason it sticks.  They've made telling the truth criminal in some cases and career ending in others (just ask Brendan Eich).  It makes lying about your true thoughts and positions a matter of self defense!  What we're getting is worse than racism and thought police.  We're getting our freedom to peacefully object to political policy removed bit by bit.

Legal participation in the political process, as is your right as an American citizen is now grounds for termination should your political position be in opposition to... to...  it can be anything.  No it can't be anything, it's always the position of one side in these debates that causes it.

Compare the treatment of Brendan Eich to that of Irene Gallo in the social justice war camps to see what I mean.

Edit to add:

01 July 2015

Why

How come my M&P 9 seems all whizzer-shiny high-tech and modern when I put a light on it?


I think it might be the resemblance to Winona from Farscape.

No, it doesn't look a thing like it, it's a feel thing.

We're all about teh feels now, right?

Negative Percent Lower Kit


Lots of work to complete the lowers from this, but there's also a whole bunch in there!

Just Me I Am Sure

I'm reading Scalia's dissent to King v Burwell.

I am sure I am not the first person to notice...

The technicality where States were confused for the Machiavellian THE STATE could easily have been caught and made so clear that only an idiot would have gotten the intent wrong;

IF ONLY THE GODS BE DAMNED THING HAD BEEN READ IN FULL, DEBATED COMPLETELY AND THEN VOTED ON!

Rather than doing "we have to pass it to find out what's in it" and parliamentary procedure skulduggery where the Senate actually generated a bill where The Constitution (remember that document?) says bills of that type were supposed to originate from The House.

The original ruling, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, where it became a tax instead of a fine underscores the problem of it originating in the Senate!

Gay Rights

Something to consider when you're worried about "teh gheys"...

Once they're just people like the rest of is, they will now be free to vote conservatively if they want, and lots of my gay friends do!

Over and over I wonder...

What party do I turn to if I don't really care about abortion, support gay rights, state's rights, the nation-state model and property rights and oppose gun control the UN and the creeping nanny-state?

Whom do I vote for?

Hipster

Tam can't be a hipster.

In every photograph I've seen of her...

The glasses (if any) are for eye protection.

The gun burkha is not flannel.

No discernible beard at all on her neck.

Not once, despite her frustrating me a few times, have I ever had the urge to punch her in the neck or blast her with a fire hose.

Snark is not irony.

Supreme Court Are Lawyers

They're all lawyers, that's why they can't see the simple texts in front of them.

Row v Wade:

No power to do anything whatsoever in the text of the Constitution, Feds forbidden further by 9th and 10th.  States constrained by 14th.

No need of emanations or penumbras.

Gay Marriage:

Marriage is a religious ceremony.  1st Amendment means no Federal involvement, 14th means no states.  This also means that if the local Catholic priest won't tie your knot you've got no recourse.  It also means that there's no hard legal means to settle divorces, unless churches mandate the signing of a civil union as a condition of using their religious ritual.

Bigamy/Polyamory:

See gay marriage.

None of this is actually complicated, but just like simple laws become regulatory morass, stare decisis prevents simple rulings.

29 June 2015

Technology

Something that drove me a little nuts way back when I was playing Twilight: 2000 using the actual GDW rules was the scale of the maps.

I went to some effort to obtain genuine USGI Defense Mapping Agency maps of Poland in and around the areas depicted in the published adventures.

Those maps were lost... somewhere.

Because GURPS deals with real units and has stats for real guns, it's super easy to convert the setting from one set of rules to the other.

But I was back to the GDW maps.

The players never seemed to mind, happily.

I was bopping along today and remembered Google Maps...

Street View of Kalisz!

I can't say I am the first to notice how Google simplifies the mapping.

Anglave ran a Korean War with Magic campaign and he used Google Earth to good effect.  You could actually see why Task Force: Smith made their stand at that location.  It's the best ground for miles and with Google Earth you can get down to eye level and see the contours!

It figures that such advances happen as I no longer have much opportunity to game.

Dang it all!

360° Experience | Fighter Jet | Patrouille Suisse

Trip Trivia

Starting and ending in my driveway, I travelled 2,464.4 miles total.


For some stupid reason the trip odometers display a max of 2,000.


This counts the near hours in rush-hour Atlanta traffic going less than 5 mph because the rubber-neckers were gawking at a wreck that happened in the lanes going the opposite direction, about 400 miles of local driving in and around Indy, twenty minutes creeping just north of Chattanooga because someone had apparently jumped off an overpass and the entirety of Atlanta on the way home at about 30 mph because of the torrential rains.


Not bad for a 436 hp hatch-back!  When it was pure interstate mileage it was about 30.2 mpg.  All the stops and goes that lowered the average speed also lowered the average mileage.

Doubt

The original thought was sparked by reading about the recent Supreme Court decisions.

Notice that there was never any doubt about how the liberal judges were going to rule?  Notice there was lots of doubt, and articles written about that doubt concerning the position of the "conservative" judges?

Now expand that.

There are several things that Republican presidents and congressgrifters have done that displease me and I make note of them and try to remember at voting time.

I was recounting several of them recently for my host in Indiana.

It just occurred to me that I've never heard her or another liberally bent friend ever express a similar list for Democrats.

They sure are critical of Republicans, but nary a word about the other party's faults.

It's what we call a "tell".

28 June 2015

STEM

After my dalliance with psych, I had yet to tap into my Voc Rehab offer from the VA.

I accepted and got them to pay for a degree in Mechanical Drafting and Machine Design, an associates program at the local community college.

I love the work and I liked working with engineers.

I also heard some flabbergasting stories about how they came to get their degrees.

Something that came up over and over is something I experienced myself.  Before I decided on going into psych, I was planning on going Aerospace Engineering.

Why the change of major, especially when I was spending my own hard earned on tuition and living with my mom to save money?

Cut classes.

Simply put they are classes intended to cull the herd of prospects advancing farther into the programs.

The first such gateway class at Iowa State University was Engineering Calculus.  It's the same math that math majors were learning across the hall, but graded very differently.  On a curve so steep that calling it logarithmic is an insult to exponential (or vice versa).

It was also taught by a TA whose first language was not English, nor was his second or third.  It's more an act of defiance and perseverance to keep taking the class until you blow the curve and pass than an actual accomplishment in learning.  Couple this with the likelihood of never actually manually doing these calculations again and you start to think you're wasting your time.

I took it twice before I passed on the third try.  And it burned me out harder than I've ever burned out before.

I took a semester off to consider my options.  Then two.  Then the rest of they year.  I got a shitty job delivering pizzas.  Got a girlfriend.

Then I changed my major.

With my Business Admin degree now under my belt I see something striking about the cut class.  The university gets paid whether you pass or fail.  The bar for failure is higher for intendants going on one track than it is for any other.  They get paid and also don't have to expand the engineering college to accommodate more students!  The people who fail out or give up don't impact the number of successful engineering graduates.  They have no incentive to make it make more sense!

So next time you wonder why there's less interest in STEM, the gate keepers have set up a system where the smartest people can see it's a scam and say fuck it.  And people like me too.

Government?

We don't have a Constitutional Republic any more.

It's become like a giant home owners association.

Far more concerned that people are doing what they want without asking than living like YOU would like them to, and forcing them.

$18 Trillion National Debt?

Relax, I got this!


I'll be wanting to see some change too!

Vacation National Corvette Museum

The NCM is Mecca for Corvette owners.

Not much changes from year to year, but the differences are often worth catching.

They had the concept cars that led (or not) to various generations of Corvette on display.


This is not a 2011 Grand Sport!


The big news since the last time I was up there was the sink hole.

This is the '62 that'd fallen in...

That'll Zaino right out!
The dome is almost fixed.



They have special parking reserved for Corvettes by the main entrance.  I had a sad when I was the only Vette parked there.  When I was leaving I'd been joined by a C7 and a C5 towing a trailer.  I didn't take a picture of that because a trailer hitch on a 'Vette is abomination.


Vacation Downtown Indy

Over three days I visited several places around Indy.

Everything is below the cut just to keep this manageable.


The Corps Is Mother, The Corps Is Father!



Apparently, Indiana is the birthplace of The Psi Corps.

They're not even hiding it!

Vacation IMS

Also hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Forgot my Canon, so ended up using the Motox2g.

More Bugatti!




There are people who say there's no such thing as an SS Corvette.  There is one.

Maserati



To me, this is a fascinating study in packaging.


Because Harvey is a Harley Chick.


1903 Premier Special.


All about its engine.  That thing has a hemi in it!

Something is missing though...

Can't put my finger on it...
Oh yeah!  Where's the crankcase!?!?

Since everyone used a total loss oiling system anyways, having no crankcase isn't as bad as it seems.  If you click the link above you'll learn that it's missing the oiling lines.  The mechanic/co-driver worked a hand pump to move oil from a large tank to the moving surfaces.  Lots of steam ship engines were lubricated in a similar fashion, actually.


Chain driven rear axle.  You can kind of see the oil-pump in the mechanic's seat almost hidden behind the steering shaft.  You can imagine how covered in oil everyone must have been after the race, and the time period kind of dictates it's castor oil too.  Yummy!

Pics of the track from outside the museum.


Mini-Cooper on the track, The Precious in the parking lot.


Exiting the track.

Vacation IMA

I wandered up to Indy to see what there was to see.

Went to the Indianapolis Museum of Art to see the Bugatti.

1935 Bugatti Aerolithe

The really impressive part of this recreation of the car is they welded strips of the magnesium alloy together to make the complex curves because the original art of the forming was lost.

The no-flash photography rule did challenge my meager photographic skills.

More under the break!

26 June 2015

Why My Conservative Panties Are In A Bunch

The Supreme Court made another wrong decision.

It's happened before (Dredd Scott, Slaughterhouse), it will happen again.

With ACA the main reason I am upset that the cheater's technicality didn't kill it with the Supremes is two-fold.

First, they really had to do some circumlocutions to arrive at the decision.  If the law doesn't mean what it says, how the hell am I to abide by it as a citizen?  If the laws meaning can only be determined after a lengthy battle through the courts, that is not "rule of law" that's "rule of man" and it's unamerican.

Second.  They're clearly telling us citizens to get off our asses and elect a congress with a mandate for repeal and a president who'll sign it.

I am coming to believe that even if we do elect such, they will ignore the mandates of the people and continue on as before.  They don't even have the balls to stand up to a star chamber trade deal.

The staggering weight of "we're not voting ourselves out of this" suddenly crushes all of the hope and optimism I've ever had.

Fuck it, we're doomed.

I pray death will find me before the endgame really hits and hard.

Way back when I learned of how our government is supposed to work I thought that Americans would never become peasants and that we'd never be subjects to a ruling aristocracy.

I was wrong.

23 June 2015

Docking, Berthing And Mooring

Erin presented me with an idea for detailing the costs for berthing, docking and mooring based on ship's size.

The little black books were over simplistic, a ship is a ship, a berth is a berth.

GURPS: Traveller: Far Trader p. 66 has everything she was talking about, in detail.

SJ Games has already dropped the mic and walked off the stage.

C'est la vie.

22 June 2015

Hanging Out In Indy

I'm here for a few days and missed Tam by mere hours

Sad faces...

Did the Indy Museum of Art.  Saw the Bugati.  Saw lots more, fun place!

Today was the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Must be white trash tourist day.

Hanging and having a couple of brews at Sun King Brewing.

Just paying so that people would celebrate my demise

��!

18 June 2015

Again

I would like to point out, again, that it was not me who murdered anyone.

Because it was not me, again, nothing I owned was used to murder anyone.

Yet, for some reason I am being blamed, again, as if I had murdered someone.

Because am being blamed, an attempt will be made to punish me; again.

I Had It

Then I lost it.

The strands of a really good post just flew apart.

16 June 2015

Religious Idiots

If football (or any other sport really) were legally made a religion, would the fans behave any differently?

I am fed up with paying for the mechanism that's hurting so many children beginning in middle school.

I am fed up with the best paid public employee in the state being a college football coach.

I am fed up with the constant proselytizing of the faithful and their needing to know if I attended or watched services the game.

I am fed up with the knee-jerk defense of their Faith sport when you complain about the money it siphons away from higher education.

I am fed up with the malfeasance and fraud associated with college sports to give the appearance that they are not a drain on scarce university resources.

I am doubly fed up with the Faithful fans who believe the shell-game accounting methods that hide the parasitical nature of their religion sport.  Accounting methodology that'd get your ass sent to jail if you used them outside of government.

When I make the mistake of comparing their religion fan interest with more conventional religions I nearly always get the "well we all pay for churches because they're tax exempt."  Really?  I'm pretty sure that fallacy had a name in one of my econ books.

Because when you try to nail the jello of that argument to the wall you're going to find that the "tax supported" services are nearly all public utilities.  As if the church didn't pay directly for utilities used, just like you do.  It's an especially weak argument where I live because only the sewers are government owned.

And at any rate I can opt out of paying for a conventionally recognized religion, I simply don't put anything in the collection plate when I don't attend services.  Show me where I can opt out of paying for the football team of my local middle and high schools.

15 June 2015

Resonance

It might just be me, but I don't think it is...

One line from Zero Dark Thirty that scares the shit out of me.

"When you lie to me, I hurt you."

It was a real, "where are we heading here?" moment for me in that film.

Three Hours North Of Indy

I think I can do that.

Wednesday the 24th works best.

14 June 2015

Whom I Have Wronged

Someone I used to know searched their name and found themselves looking at their name on my blog.

They asked if I could change that.

Done!

The only thing I asked was if they had a preference for a name to replace theirs in the post.

It's good they had a nom de Thagsblog because I'm not very imaginative about such things when I'm not angry at the person.

That's why the Shitheel family has very creative names and others don't...

Their contact also gave me a chance to say I was sorry about how the friendship ended.

It started by my trying to make a joke in the comments to their blog.

It ended with comments from many people at several places going off on each other and a "please never contact me again," issued to me.

While I was upset and sad, I didn't try to contact them until they sent this request.  Nor will I make further attempts should they not wish me to.

I did not comport myself to the highest values of the regiment that day.  I wanted, more than to be right, more than to be their friend; I wanted to win the argument that fell from my lame joke.

Gods that was stupid.

My first (sadly not last) lesson that in a pissing contest, everyone gets covered in piss so it doesn't really matter who wins.  Also that I should shut my stupid pie hole before I stuff my size-tens in there.  Especially since there were likely more civil and intelligent ways to express my opinion once the fight had begun.

Not The Second

The NOAA assigned the A storm name (Ana) to a storm that formed before June 1st.

If the blob in The Gulf of Mexico forms up and is named Bill, while it will be the second named storm of the year, it will be the first named storm of the season.

That's because Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to November 30th.

I sometimes think they're overeager to assign names to get the global-warmering-increased-hurricane-activity-count higher.

Bad, Good and Great

The bad and good are detailed here.

The great is the pin they sent arrived yesterday.


As you can see the one that came with the gun is a bit short.

It was not broken off, as a couple of people have speculated.



Which pin is the short one?  Why ever the bad pin was too short, it was turned to this length.  My guess is that it was the end of the rod stock.


Ready to go shooting, assuming he ever gets something he can lock to keep it in.  Not that I mind him paying my extortionate storage fees....  BWAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

A Pattern

Remember back in November when I mentioned that The Lovely Harvey's car had been broken into and her carry piece stolen?

Turns out that several of her co-workers have experienced the same sort of theft from their cars at their homes.

We've updated the po-po on it, not sure what happens when the crimes are tied by everyone working in the same place but living across three different counties.  Prolly some sort of interdepartmental deal is already in place since our area is very intertwined.

Narrow View

Today while reading blogs on my laptop...

Crispy is a refurbed Lenovo T420s with a 1600 x 900 display.

My phone is a Motorola Moto X 2nd gen with a 1920 x 1080 display.

I held my phone up to what I was reading and noticed that the 5.2" display on my phone readily covered the portion of the blog I was actually reading on a 14" display...

Most of the left and right margins are wasted space on many blogs and chock full of ads on most commercial sites.

I sometimes wonder if the content is still living in SVGA with 800 x 600.

13 June 2015

Ten Years Man!

Ten years ago, today, I made my first post to Livejournal.

That's a long time to babble incoherently.

Plenty of time to pick up readers and alienate them too!

I hope I've done more of the former than the latter.

I've moved a lot of my posts from my Livejournal account to this one, go check the archives and marvel at how the writing gets worse over time and less articulate.

Too Cynical

Rob Bishop (R-UT) has introduced HR 2710.

It's about removing ATF's discretion over the meaning of sporting purposes, which has apparently never been defined by law.

I think I have officially been paying attention to politics too long.

All I can think is, "this is just to score some NRA A-rating cred for 2016 because it's sure to be vetoed, assuming the Senate passes it too."

Representative Bishop could be a staunch, constant, and unwavering supporter of gun rights for all I know, I've never looked into him.  But there's doubtlessly going to be support for this bill that's going to be given because they expect it to die in committee in the Senate or be vetoed.