16 July 2024

I Should Whine Like A Bitch And Rage

On my mortgage, I paid Primary Mortgage Insurance until we'd paid 20% of the note.

That's because property values were pretty flat when we were doing it.

Turns out a lot of folks are getting their PMI nuked because they own a lot more of their property than they expected thanks to property values going up.

This is where I'm supposed to condemn the people who benefit from something I don't and paid for.

Nope.

I am happy for them to have gotten over.

PS:

In case you're curious how this works...

You borrowed on a $90k house that's now valued at $180k, you own 50%.

The Picture Is Coalescing

It's an interesting vid on what might have been going on.

 

 

Tiny Shift

I was a little too excited to change out my lug nuts, apparently.

I removed all five lugs from the wheel before installing the new ones with the car flat on the ground.

The cone seat of the lug doesn't have the ass to lift the car and recenter the wheel, which will shift a little even if you don't see or hear it.

So I jacked up each corner and removed and reinstalled the new lugs with the wheel off the ground this time.

The vibration from the slight off center is now gone and I'm back to the tiny vibration from two tires being a tiny amount out of round.

Axel F

We watched Axel F the other night.

We enjoyed it a lot.

It's nostalgia based, but the call backs were lots of fun and we enjoyed them immensely.

We missed Ronny Cox, but all the other regulars were there.

Dunno The ROE

That picture of the counter-sniper team is showing them looking at the shooter.

Apparently the crowd had been yelling for law enforcement to come look at the shooter they'd spotted getting into position.

A police officer might have climbed up the shooter's ladder and got a good look down a muzzle before he dropped back under cover and got on the radio.

That gave the counter sniper team his rough location and it appears that they were forced to wait until something happened to shoot.  Which is probably why the shooter got taken out so quickly.

But it makes you wonder why the Secret Service wasn't already tackling Mr Trump as soon as the word got out that someone very suspicious was on that roof.

Pictures

Blogger has changed the interface for inserting photos using a hotlink.  The trick for solving it for Firefox appears to be allowing Blogger and Google to run their cookies.
 

So you get a picture from Fort DeSoto and one of the 12" Seacoast Model 1890 M1 mortars.

Sloped Roof?

You're really picking this excuse?

REALLY?

“That building in particular has a sloped roof at its highest point. And so, you know, there’s a safety factor that would be considered there that we wouldn’t want to put somebody up on a sloped roof,” 

-K. Cheatle

You mean like THIS sloped roof?

For fuck's sake.

No really.  FOR FUCK'S SAKE! 

It's not like that photo didn't get seen by nearly everyone who's heard about the shooting.

Mag List Availability

 Looks like I check every four years.

Amend2 30-round: Palmetto State Armory $10.99
ASC USGI Aluminum: GunMagWarehouse $12.99.
Brownells USGI Aluminum: Brownells $11.99.
C-Products Defense SS: Palmetto State Armory $14.99.
CAA MAG, CDMAG, MAG17: CAA Gear Up $9.00. <- Deeply discounted sold out in black.
Daniel Defense DD Magazine 32-round: Brownells $23.00.
D&H Tactical Aluminum: Bravo Company USA $12.95.
Elite Tactical Systems ETS Gen 2 30-round: GunMagWarehouse $13.49 with coupler, $8.99 without.
FAB Defense E-Lander:
FAB Defense Ultimag 30R: FAB Defense USA $19.99.
FN SCAR-16 magazine: Brownells $34.99.
Hera Arms H3 Gen 2: Midway $11.90.
Hexmag HX Series 2: Midway $11.99.
Hexmag HX CFC Series 2: Midway $15.99.
H&K High Reliability:
GunMagWarehouse $51.99
H&K 5.56mm Polymer:
Lancer L5 AWM: Midway $16.99 for opaque $4.99 for smoke and $10.74 for clear. <- Big sale!
Magpul D-60 Drum: Midway $108.97.
Magpul PMAG M2 MOE: Midway $9.99.
Magpul PMAG Gen M3: Brownells $12.07.
Mission First Tactical MFT Standard Cap.: Palmetto State Armory $9.99.
Mission First Tactical MFT Extreme Duty Window: Palmetto State Armory $15.99.
MWG IK-510, IK-520:
Okay Surefeed:
Okay Surefeed E2:

ProMag PM-30 Roller-Mag: Palmetto State Armory $15.99.
SureFire MAG5-60 60-round:
Tango Down ARC 30-round:
Troy Battlemag: Midway $13.04
X-Products X-15 Drum:
 

That's surprising how many companies products are flat unavailable now.

Or is it?

It's a tight market.

14 July 2024

I'll Just Say It

The sudden outpouring of "political violence has no place in our democracy" might just stem from the realization that at 130 yards the typical conservative American gun owner wouldn't have grazed an ear.

Remember, we were mocking the DC freeway shooter and the laughably short ranges.

Not that we're likely to do any assassinations.

We're not wired that way, and they kind of know that.

They're also aware of just how hard they're pressing and they're starting to realize that the Rheostat v Switch analogy is VERY apt.

D-60 Loading

Loading 60 rounds into a D-60 takes about 4 minutes using a StripLULA and loose rounds.  That includes taking pics.  I take about 2 minutes with stripper clips.  It's important to not force things and to make sure the little flapper is set to retain the last round of ten from the StripLULA.

It's a lot slower than loading a normal 30-rounder.

The D-60 is a windowed magazine.

From 10 to 39 rounds you see this:

From 40 to 59 rounds you see this:

With a full load of 60 you see this:

Unloading, using the StripLULA is easy.  There's surprisingly little pressure on the round and it slides right out.

I Think They Pop

The change from the factory lug nut to proper chrome plated is subtle, but significant.

Any car guy will spot it right away.

Google Broke It

Inserting pics into blogger just got more irritating.

They changed the interface for linking a url and it's broke in Firefox.

Works in Chromium.

Grrrrrrrr.

Lug Nut Day

Replaced the lug nuts on The Beast.

Before:

After:


Harvey says she can't tell the difference, but I can.


Taking Bets

Who wants to bet the shooter is aligned with Antifa or an adjacent organization that's been spewing hate the past 8+ years.

Think we can even get odds?

The media hid that it was a Bernie Bro as fast as they could at the Congressional Baseball Shooting; I expect more of the same.

13 July 2024

Pipe In The Conservatory

Someone has already said that it was an AR.

I reiterate:  Wasn't me, didn't do it.

What makes me worry about this is when I was wanting to watch Air Force One land in Des Moines with President Clinton, I noticed all the likely places to be shooting at the president were already taken by the secret service.

That included all the good places to watch the plane land, so I didn't get to see it until after it was parked.

It really makes me wonder whom was the shooter, I haven't found any news about that yet.  I note that they're being reported as dead.  I'm going to assume their social media and any manifestos are long gone by this point.

Switched

New lid switch installed and the washer ran a full cycle without drama.

No leaks.

It's fixed!

Happy dance!

Better Eat Your Wheaties

Valentine is, officially, the heaviest AR that I, or anyone I know, owns.

As pictured, she is 13.6 lb.

Yeah, I don't wanna lug that very far.

What happened to the light, handy, M16A1 I remember?  It's 9.6 lb. with that D-60 in it.

Oddly this might be an excellent configuration for post-hurricane defense where social distances are extended a little bit.

Not my first choice for home defense because it's ungainly inside.

Update: Olga is only 11.7 lb. as shown (she'd be 13.4 lb. with a D-60):


 

I guess now is a good time to talk about the D-60.

It's 2.8 lb. for 60-rounds.  A normal PMAG GenM3 is 1.1 for 30 and 2.2 for 60.

The normal PMAGs package better for carry too.

You can also buy about 8 normal PMAGs for the price of a single D-60.

Why would I want one past "it's neat!"?

If it's the initial magazine in the gun when the fight starts, you get to save some seconds reloading.  That's probably valuable.

Low-Speed High-Drag

When assessing the wisdom of going after someone who's low-speed and high-drag remember this:

The Warthog and BUFF are both such.

12 July 2024

It's Genetic

I have the Scottish resistance to getting into fights.

The Italian reluctance to take the fight to blood.

And the Japanese delicacy about how to treat an opponent once the game is afoot.

Plan accordingly.

Can We Talk About Prosecutorial Incompetence Now

Or is it simple corruption?

Alec Baldwin walks because the prosecution suppressed evidence.

I'm no fan of his, but... Good!

When the government lies, the accused should walk even if caught red handed.

Justice should be an unimpeachable neutral party in every case.

The accused should be putting all the weight needed on the scales, no additional thumbs necessary.

It Never Ends

Mission:  Find out why the washing machine was pissing like a drunk racehorse.

My first theory was the spring that centered the drum was broken loose from the cabinet and the spout was dumping water outside the drum.

It was.

With Marv precariously balancing the thing, I drilled a new hole for the spring and that was that!

Nope.

The fill hose, a nylon thing looking like a giant flexie soda straw was split.

$5 got an upgraded rubber version.

All fixed!

Nope.

It filled just fine without leaking, but it wouldn't agitate.

Lid switch thinks it's open at all times.

New switch will be here tomorrow.

Splash Of Red

Marv has painted his calipers!

 

Colored calipers are a time honored hot-rodder tradition.

And if you have rims where they can be seen, a flash of color really sets off the car.

11 July 2024

All Better

The locksmith got me into the car where I finished programming the RFA module and got all four of my fobs working.

Then I went a couple rounds figuring out why the remote start was not working and found that there's a setting in the dash to change under Security.

The results:


Keyfob Program

When you enable the remote start with OBDSynch, it resets all your keyfobs and the tire pressure system.

Two of my fobs will program through the normal procedure.  Two, including the new one with the remote start button, will not.  One of the two that isn't programming used to work.

There's a way to program them with the OBDSynch software, but I found that the module I'd just used to enable remote start was no longer accepting my purchase.

When I successfully programmed the first two fobs, it locked the doors.

When you close the door to get around it to log in to complain to the maker of the OBDSynch software...

When you had all the keys and fobs on the center console...

You are locked out of your car.

The sad thing is I'd read about people doing this.

I am now one of them.

AAA is on the case.


Wheels

Marv's new 9C3 has new shoes.

His are the other base Camaro wheel.

Like me, he got a scorching good deal.

While I'm giving him crap over how small his calipers are, the rotors on the front are the same diameter.

A splash of red paint will make those pop!

Mine, for comparison purposes:


 I need to get lug nuts more in keeping with the upgrade.

Know When To Eject

The guy I bought The Beast from is the same person whom I sold the Biscayne SS to.

From the litany of issues he's had since...

I got out from under that car just in time.

I feel bad for him, but I didn't misrepresent what he was getting and I've tried to help as much as I can with the "why did you do it this way?" questions from his mechanic.

BUT!

His current run of bad luck ain't my fault!

He replaced the drum brake rear axle for a disc brake unit and has had serial problems with the calipers falling off.

Last night his issue was the fourth of four tires of a particular brand blowing up.  I'd be looking at different brand and model tire after two of them bulged out.

10 July 2024

Rebuttal

I don't think he's intending to rebut John Stossel directly, but this article does the job of explaining why tariffs aren't unalloyed badness.

The globalism that Stossel is championing is the same centralization process that Wilder Wealthy and Wise is talking about.

Watch the vid then read the article at the link.


Rig For Red

 

The Beast all cleaned up and shiny for the car club meeting!

She's a pretty nice ten-footer.

09 July 2024

Blaming The Wrong Party

Another Boeing plane has lost a wheel on take-off.

The news is sure focusing on it being Boeing too.

The two incidents have something else in common: United Airlines.

I'm thinking it's more likely that UAL needs to have a lugnut-day than Boeing screwed up the design of the wheels.

Throw It Away?

Some egg product was mislabeled.  It contains dairy, but the label doesn't say so.

They say to throw it away.

I says to make note that it has dairy and use it.

If you don't have a dairy allergy, it's fine.

Throwing away perfectly good food because a small percentage of people can't eat it is fucking stupid.

Yes, that small percentage could have died if they'd gotten the mislabeled product; but for everyone else this is still perfectly edible.

Now that we're aware of the problem, we make sure that it doesn't go to the people who can't eat it and let those who can go ahead and scarf.

There has to be some needy person who could use it.

08 July 2024

No I Think Not

MRS Biden will be in town today to convince us veterans that we need to vote for the only thing about her that matters: Keeping her husband in office so she retains access to the perks of being Mrs The President.

Nah.

I rather like my chances with the felon.

Having to deal with the VA for three years of COVID bullshit in a state that only did it for about five months guaranteed that I'd not be voting Biden.

We vets didn't get good care from the Wu Ping Cough era and I, for one, remember.

Lego Star Wars Bounty Hunters

Because my Kenner action figure collection was missing 4-LOM and Zuckuss I was thrilled when they became available in LEGO.

L->R Top row:

Dengar, Bossk, Zuckuss, 4-LOM, IG-88, Din Jarin (original) Din Djarin (beskar), Boba Fett (BoBF), IG-11.

L->R Bottom row:

Jango Fett, Boba Fett (AotC), Boba Fett (ESB), Cad Bane, Todo 360, Fennec Shand, spare Din Djarins from other points in the story.

07 July 2024

Is It Time For You To Try A 20 Year Old TTRPG System?

Obviously, I say yes.  What are you waiting for?

Memba Dis

I am old enough to remember when 922(r) compliance was simply to use an American made receiver.

Inch pattern FAL kit?  American made with an Entrèprise receiver!

This was because ATF ruled that, since the registered component was the firearm, the origin of the receiver determined if the gun was domestic or imported.

With the proliferation of AK parts kits flooding the market, ATF promulgated the idea that, to be domestically made it had to have a certain percentage of US made parts, and just a majority of named components.  They made a list and you picked and chose from the list to make sure your parts kit was domestic enough to own.

The serialized part is the gun doesn't appear in law.

The list of components that count towards domesticity doesn't appear in law.

922(r) can be read to mean that you can't use ANY foreign made parts to make a gun that wouldn't be possible to import like that.

We're in an awkward place.

Because I Keep My Toe Dipped In The Hobby

Decent 7.5/10 rant.

Something Hasbro and a lot of pundits are forgetting is, unlike a video game, when the new version comes out it doesn't cripple or disable the previous version.

I can play 47 year old OG Little Black Book Traveller tomorrow.  It still works just like it did in 1977 despite there being four succeeding editions and versions by other companies.

Same same AD&D.

Even more fun, you don't even have to own the books right now!

DriveThruRPG has you covered!

The situation is somewhat underscored by my love of GURPS.  The 4th Edition I prefer came out in 2004.  There is no 5th edition.

The 3rd Edition (Revised) came out in 1994; and there is still a large community of people who've refused to move to 4e.

So many that Steve Jackson Games rebranded 3e(r) as GURPS Classic and they still publish nearly the entire 3e lineup in pdf format.

When my 47, 30 and 20 year old books still work; I don't need these companies to stay in business to play.

We should remind them of that.

Without Cheveron

922(r) compliance is going to get sporty.

The law says:

(r) It shall be unlawful for any person to assemble from imported parts any semiautomatic rifle or any shotgun which is identical to any rifle or shotgun prohibited from importation under section 925(d)(3) of this chapter as not being particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes except that this subsection shall not apply to—

(1) the assembly of any such rifle or shotgun for sale or distribution by a licensed manufacturer to the United States or any department or agency thereof or to any State or any department, agency, or political subdivision thereof; or
(2) the assembly of any such rifle or shotgun for the purposes of testing or experimentation authorized by the Attorney General.

 I don't see a list of parts or a minimum domestic content that changes it to American made instead of foreign made.

06 July 2024

Asking For A Friend?

An estranged friend texted me asking for advice on what kind of ammo to buy.

I gave the advice and then asked their SO what had prompted the sudden interest in ammo.

She's worried about politics.

Fair enough, but knowing her, she's worried about people like me and not people like her.

We know about Antifa and BLM being violent and burning shit down.

Is there something similar on the right side of the aisle?

Even threats of doing violence?

Real threats, not the normal blowhard kooks.

That Will Be Strange

For the first time in over seventy years people will be able to vote for an individual presidential candidate for a third time.

The most people have, normally, gotten was twice.  Election and immediate reelection.

Candidates that lost, typically, do not run again regardless of it being their first try or failing to be reelected.

If Trump wins, he's going to be just the second person to win a non-consecutive term in the White House; after Grover Cleveland.

05 July 2024

That's Not Good

CMP has suspended sales of M1911A1's and this appears to be why:

If you recently got a smoking deal on a USGI M1911A1...  You might wanna give them a call.

And, once again, stupid fucking law enforcement wonks:  You're looking for 98 specific stolen guns, serial numbers would go a long ways for someone who'd innocently bought one to get you closer to the thief.

And we know you know the serial numbers or you wouldn't know any were missing.

Lost On Me

I have significant hearing loss.

I have tinnitus.

I am upgrading the speakers in The Beast.

Despite my disabilities, I can hear the difference to a degree.  Cleaner sound is cleaner sound.

But something about this journey makes me laugh.

Videos of "how to" in my car with before and after results.

They do sound different.

Through my hearing loss.

Through my tinnitus.

Through the tinny little speakers on my laptop...

From the crappy little mic on their cell phone they're using to record the video for YouTube.

Through the sound compression from uploading to YouTube.

There's no way you're getting the full impression of what's changed, you just get that it sounds different.

I am not dissuaded.  The 3.5" coax speaker for the center channel should arrive today.

I'll order the other 4 in pairs here and there.  I'm in no rush.

04 July 2024

99% Of Facebook Car Group "Help Needed" Posts

"My car is doing something.  What's wrong?"

Kids, we need more information than that.

Most of the groups I'm in are cars that have significant diagnostic ability and a cheap, simple, scan-tool will tell us what trouble codes the engine is throwing.

More expensive scanners will also tell us what's wrong in other systems too.

Without those codes on a fully computer managed engine, we cannot help you.

Thanks in advance.

Not An Official Act

The President is likely not immune if they have SEAL Team Six snuff the Supreme Court.

He's only immune while performing official acts.

Acts that are sanctioned by the Constitution.

Commentators are getting absolute and presumed immunity confused.

Presumed is used the same way as "presumed innocent" here.

Happy Independence Day!

I'm getting as sick of people saying, "Happy Fourth of July" as I am of "Happy Holidays!"

It's Independence Day.

Saying "Happy Fourth of July" is like saying "Happy Eleventh of November!" or "Happy First Monday in September!"

It's not the name of the Gorram holiday.

So, be a rebel, call it Independence Day.

03 July 2024

Two Years And Some Change

I wondered how long it would take before Glock switches would change the semi-auto pistols into readily restored machine guns.

Cam Edwards speculates too.

AR15 News mentions Mr Edwards article in the attached video.

Though I think that "restored" requires that it had to have once been made as a machine gun and isn't any more.  Without Chevron to let them lawyerize the word "restored" to mean "converted" we might just skate.

I think that "once a machine gun always a machine gun" is very vulnerable now since they pulled that right out of their asses.



It's Not LIKE They Cannot Read

They really can't read.

The Democrat floating the theory that the president could order a SEAL hit on the supreme court and be immune is missing something very important.

Impeachment.  Impeachment can carry more punishment than simply removing them from office.

Wiping out an entire branch of the government would seem to meet the "high crime" section of the prerequisites, no?

One might also hope for the SEAL team to say, "These are unlawful orders, aren't they?"

Even if El Presidente is immune from criminal proceedings for ordering a hit on SCOTUS, the SEAL team is not.

It's definitely a constitutional crisis level of speculation.

All of the above ignores an important factor.

If the president orders a hit on the supremes and it is carried out; immunity from prosecution is likely the least of their worries because it will be a signal that "it is on."

Break out the Hawaiian shirts and cue the "Boogaloo It Is" soundtrack.

Kitty Détente

Shadow does not flee at the mere sight of Beeper being carried past her now.

She did seek the place she sleeps as a shelter when Beeper was placed on the other side of a glass door, though.

Once she'd sheltered there, I opened the door and Beeper is roaming the house with all the doors open.

I expect some fur to still fly, but this is feeling more like normal kitty politics than the "You will DIE!" stuff we had for a while.

Beeper is very neurotic about Shadow.

We theorize that she was kicked out of her previous home because she couldn't adapt to a new pet and she's still carrying the trauma of being abandoned.

Bear?  The Bear abides.

When Beeper and Shadow get too serious, he will utter a growl that sounds like a GAU-8 and the girls STOP.

Bear does not want justice.  Bear wants peace.

The Plot Thickens

That air carried Standard SM-6 I mentioned a month ago?

It's got a designation.  AIM-174B.  That's an air-to-air missile.  The one pictured is inert, no warhead, no motor; you can tell from the blue bands.  I think this one is for separation testing.

The War Zone has a whole article on it.

Phoenix 2.0?


Primed

Stumbled across this link in a debate about .45-55 being a rimfire round.

The internal primer just makes them look like rimfire rounds.

But read that link, it's fascinating.

We Fear Change

Basic poverty keeps me from being an early adopter.

This has saved me from a thing or three.

Occasionally, I'm just late to the party.

I'd have bought a Colt 2000 or a Remington R51 the day they hit the shelves if I'd had any money at the time.

Happily...

Well, the gun rags are all a quiver about this new Rost Martin RM1C.

It's a plastic framed striker fired 9mm.

Again.

How many is it now?

It looks like a screaming deal with a sub-$500 MSRP.

But so's a S&W SD9 2.0, it's sub $400.

I'm jaded.

I've watched the new hotness come and go too many times.

I got a S&W M&P because they were the hotness, just in time for all the gunwriters to switch back to Glocks.

Nothing wrong with either.

There's prolly nothing wrong with the RM1C.

But I can also remember when the P320 was teh hawtness.  Then they started going off on their own.  Bet the Army is happy they skipped field trials, huh?

But I want this new gun to make it.  We need more successful American companies, not fewer.

We don't need American companies importing rebranded foreign guns neither.

02 July 2024

Unnecessary Tech

I spent far too long trying to figure out why the shutter sound on my phone's camera wasn't working.

There's a switch for shutter sound that did nothing.

In the Multi-Volume tab there's a switch for "Auto-Mute" which "automatically mutes apps based on usage patterns."

What fucking usage pattern indicates that I want the shutter sound off when I have selected it to be on in the camera app?

I hate this trend of putting the settings for a single thing in 15 places.

01 July 2024

Practical

Going from regulation to law is going to make some interesting practical changes.

The law says that the FFL cannot sell to a prohibited person.

The law says that a prohibited person cannot purchase or possess a firearm.

The law says that NICS has to be done 922(t).

The laws don't say what information has to be collected from the buyer.

The law would be satisfied with attesting that, "I am not a prohibited person," and submitting to NICS.

Here's where the wheels come off.

The law doesn't tell us how to tell one person from another when we submit to NICS.

Congress punted this to the regulatory agencies to figure out.

Now that punt is invalid.

They've got some work to do if they wanna keep their intrusive threads in the purchase of firearms.

Deregulated

With Chevron repealed and the wave of lawsuits coming...

It removes a lot of power from being concentrated in and around DC.

I wonder if this will cause the people snuggled up to the Federal teat to seek other centers of power.

It'd warm the cockles of my heart to see them get real jobs.

I'm Old Enough

I am old enough to remember the attacks against President Reagan because of his age and presumed mental decline.

Accusations that Nancy was really in charge.  Or VP Bush.

Where are these voices now concerning President Biden?  Where are the accusations against Jill?  Or Kamala?

I can see them here and there, but they're different voices.

They are not skits on Saturday Night Live.

They are not full page editorials in Newspapers.

They are not given significant air time on shows like 20/20 or 60 Minutes (are those shows even still on?).

Never mind that Ronnie's decline happened after he left office, it didn't happen noticeably while he was still president.

I had my doubts about Joe back in 2020, but footage of him talking then compared to now is stark.

A case could be made that the people putting him forward to run are committing abuse of the elderly and infirm.  A felony in Florida.

It staggers the mind.

30 June 2024

Good!

"Against this backdrop, our coequal branches will be surprised to learn that the rule they thought long settled, and which remained unchallenged for half a century, is one that, according to the majority and the concurrence, my dissent just announced today. Unfortunately, that mistaken view means that the constitutionality of hundreds of statutes may now be in peril, and dozens of agencies could be stripped of their power to enforce laws enacted by Congress."

-S. Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America

Allow me to concur.

And dissent.

The Constitutionality of hundreds of statutes SHOULD be in peril.  It's been obvious to a lot of us for a long time, and we're not even lawyers.

I've talked before about how it shouldn't be possible for regulations to have the power of law because the executive branch is granted no legislative power.  Without that power, they cannot create what are laws in all but name.

Congress has no authority to grant these powers to the executive branch.

So any law that says to let the agency sort it out is unconstitutional.

I think we're going to see a lot of that sentence in the coming years.

I Only Just Put It Together

The heart of our increasingly Orewellian government is the administrative state.

The administrative state drew most of its power from the Chevron Deference decision.

In 1984.

Someone has a sense of humor.

29 June 2024

Doing The Maintenance

Gotta take 'em apart and give 'em some love every once and a while.

Doing Willard's Model 69 .44 Combat Magnum because I have the tools and a "clean" workspace.

Also done was the bear slayer, 329PD.

WARNING Light Is Indicated - Life Support

It's amazing how much difference 3 degrees makes in comfort.

AC is set to 76 and I woke up thinking, "it's a little warm in here."

Thermostat says 79 and the compressor is on.

Uh oh.

Check the drain line.  Clear.

Check the capacitor.  Good.

FUCK!

Call in The Man.

He gets here and checks the fuse panel.

We'd lost a fuse.

I should have checked that myself, dammit.

Beep Beep

 

I enabled the beep on lock feature with my OBDSync software today!

It's something I felt the car was missing for a long time and I'd gotten accustomed with from the Civic, The Precious, Moxie...

Next stop, remote start?  Handy in Florida's heat.

28 June 2024

Dear ATF

Now that Chevron is repealed, what does the law say about that 4473?

Or "once a machine gun always a machine gun?"

Is "redesigned" still synonymous with "repurposed?"

Is 5.45mm now smaller than .22 caliber?

Green Scam

I noticed that The Beast has SPID code FE9 and Marv's has NE1.

These are the codes for the emissions.

FE9 is Federal emissions standards. 

NE1 is basically the Northeast states that have adopted California's emissions standards.

YF5 is actual California emissions standards.

So I tried looking up what parts were different to conform to the California but not California states.

It's not PPV specific, but it sums up what I found succinctly.

As noted, all Corvettes are mechanically the same and meet 50 state federal emissions from the factory. However, that is not good enough for a new car registration in California. It must be ordered to meet California emissions and reflect that on the RPO codes. While it is ridiculous and simply bureaucratic red tape, it is what it is.

If your car does not have YF5 you will have a long, up hill battle to register a new car in California. If it is a used car and has more than 7,500 miles on it, it can be registered but will have to pass a smog check.

Emission Ordering Options:

FE9 FEDERAL EMISSIONS. Use for ordering vehicles that will be registered in all states except California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

YF5 CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS. Use for ordering vehicles that will be registered in California.

NE1 CT/MA/ME/NY/PA/RI/VT EMISSIONS. Use for ordering vehicles that will be registered in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island or Vermont.

The decal that people are referring to in the above posts looks like the one pictured below. This is a NE1 decal used for cars to be registered in the New England states. Notice that it specifically states California compliance on it as the New England states have adopted California emissions.

Yes, you're reading that right.  There's no actual differences in emissions between a Federal standards car and a California car. 

What that means is CARB is setting the national standard!

That's bullshit!

Road Trip!

Drove down near Miami to let Marv join the PPV Cult

(One of us!  One of us!  One of us!  One of us!  One of us!)

It was my first time down Alligator Alley and the nav tab on my driver's information center even showed it!

The mission was successful and this lovely creature followed Marv home.

The Beast is a '12 Caprice PPV 9C1.  Marv's is an '11 Caprice PPV 9C3.

What that means is he has a less, um, industrial interior.  He has carpet instead of rubber flooring and his shifter is straight out of a civilian car.  There are several, small, detail differences between '11 and '12-'13 too.

Trip deets:



26 June 2024

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

I'm having trouble with watching "news" on YouTube.

I click on the video based on the headline.

By the time they get to talking about the headlined information, I've zoned out and completely miss what I'd clicked on the video to see.

Never mind that, at least, 1/3 of the video is embedded advertising.

Remember When

Way back when...

I had a Springfield Armory USGI M1911A1.

I toyed with replacing the locking mainspring housing with a genuine USGI one because they were cheap and available.

They were still widely available when I started looking for a serrated, arched in blue for my .38 Super.

I had to settle for the plastic Colt housing for a long time before I found EGW's offering with a lanyard ring.

In the mean time, the parkerized USGI mainspring housings have evaporated.

Willard and I prefer the arched housing.  Manufacturers and gunwriters prefered flat, checkered housings.

So you're left hunting for a replacement.

You can now get serrated or checkered in matte or polished, blued or stainless.  Sometimes even with a lanyard ring.

But parkerized?  Nope.

Even Gunbroker is devoid.

Speaking Of Shower Improvements

 

When a shower curtain becomes unserviceable, I put Harvey on the case.

My only requirement is they be "fun."

My shower is in the garage, so it's not like we're having high-society seeing it when they visit.

Luxury Appointments

The accumulation of hard water deposits finally killed my shower head.

So I decided to try something different.

This is an experiment to see if I like the "rainfall" style.  This is a high pressure variation of the idea.

I've never had a butt washer wand before.

$30 from Amazon.

25 June 2024

They Should Teach That In School

There's two subjects that need to be mandatory in K-12 schooling.

And not just teaching it, but they need to be passed before the student advances a grade or graduates.

The first is civics.  Civics isn't even difficult, but the reason it's not taught is so the politicians can lead voters by the nose and convince them that it's not the citizens who're supposed to be running the show and not the government.

The second is basic finance.

That will also mean teaching them old fashioned math again too.

If every student entering college already had a 200 level understanding of personal finance, the student loan process would not catch so many unawares.

Plus, we could definitely state that the student understood what they were signing by pointing to their passing grade in high-school.

I'm even of the opinion that K-12 students have to show strong competency in the Three-R's BEFORE we teach them anything else.

Another thing that'd be great to see taught is critical thinking.  But no government run entity wants their subjects knowing that!

Let The Hate Flow Through You

I applied for and received a discharge of my student loan.

Contrary to the conservative narrative it was not a Biden policy initiative that granted the discharge.

It's a long running program for the victims of school based fraud to not be held accountable for the crimes of the institution.

A Reagan era program.

If your school was shut down by the Department of Education for cause, then you're eligible to have your loans discharged too.  You might even get back what you've already paid if you meet certain other requirements that I don't.

I'd paid a pittance to keep the loan out of delinquency; so this doesn't help the day to day finances much, but I do hope that the sudden shift in my debt to income ratio will cause my credit score to improve enough to make insurance cheaper.

Comment moderation is on full steam because people hate that these programs exist.

Tell your congress creatures, not me.

A-B-O-R-TION In The Summer Sun

The Dems are pulling out all the stops to scare teh wimmins about abortion bans if Trump is elected.

In lots of places, it's now much harder to get one.  Even a couple of near complete bans.

In other places it's just as easy as it ever was.

How did this happen?

When the Supreme Court nuked Roe v Wade they booted it back to the states to decide for themselves and they have been.

Democracy in action!

Actual democracy, not "Our Democracy," as the Democrats define it.

I don't see Trump toeing the religious fundamental line that is the underlying fuel for banning abortions.

It should also be noted, for Republican run states that have made it a lot harder, abortion bans aren't near as important or popular as you might think.  Likewise, abortion isn't as popular as Democrats think.

But the narrative being spun by the Democrats is effective and sways voters.

Neither side is all that interested in the middle ground that most people are thinking when they think about when an abortion should be legal.

This large group doesn't have a voice, and they're noticing.

Could lead to some interesting politics.

The Party

Something that the AD&D rules did well that GURPS never did at all was clearly define the roles for the party.

A dungeon crawl needed a cleric, fighter, magic-user and a thief.

Skipping one left a huge gap in capabilities and made everything far more difficult in a dungeon crawl.

If one recognizes the need for these roles to be filled, you can certainly make a GURPS character to fill them.

For some reason, getting the players to actually do it is like herding cats.  Being unconstrained by the rules to conform to the class norms tends to lead to characters that can do a little of each of the four required roles without being good enough at any of them to be of much use.

Jack of all trades master of none.

This problem comes up less in GURPS when the setting defines the roles; and aren't fantasy.

Space settings have no problem with one person being captain, navigator, security, gunner... etc.  Except the ship's engineer.  For some reason anyone who makes the engineer will play once and never bless the table again.

Military settings only have trouble with the officers and NCO's needing to spend points on rank and the associated skills.

Steampunk, Cliffhangers, Pirates... no problems with roles.

Fantasy where they need to emulate the D&D template... Chaos.

Even in throw-together multi-dimensional nexus worlds there's no problem with getting them to specialize.

It's a mystery.

It's Over For Another Year

If the hometown team didn't make it, we're willing to accept the other team in the state did.

Congratulations to the Florida Panthers and winning their very first Stanley Cup!

Rooting for the natural rivals to the hometown team is hard for lots of people.

Especially with uneven officiating and the Panthers being a rather dirty team using that lopsided application of the rules to eliminate the hometown team.

Still...

It wasn't the fucking Stars.  I ain't got a lot of forgiveness for how that team came about.

24 June 2024

Then Do It

Marv has caught the PPV bug from me.

We went an looked at a 2011 example today and the dealer was asking $10,300 and would come down to $10,000.

We started detailing all the little flaws and Marv offered $8,500.

They countered that they could fix those flaws and get $14k.

At this point I feigned a need to return home and since I was Marv's ride, he needed to come with.

I had two things to offer.  First was a different 9C3 for what he offered that just needs a back seat.

Second was, it would cost us a lot more than $4,000 to fix all the flaws;  Tell them you'll take it at $14k if they fix everything we find wrong.  I'll bet they balk.

He's still on the hunt.

23 June 2024

Oh No! Anyway...

Local rapper Julio Foolio was murdered in Tampa.

Apparently he was a member of a gang and they are at war with another gang.

It's a statistic, not a tragedy.

It is statistically unlikely that his killer looked much different from him.  Well, aside from the hair.

It wasn't a cop that killed him.

It wasn't a member of the KKK.

It was another black man.

Yet, we're going to be hearing about disarming everyone with a gun who wasn't there and didn't do it; aren't we?

22 June 2024

That Kind Of Fan

I'm drinking blue milk and eating light-side Oreo cookies and I still won't watch The Acolyte.

Fight me, Disney.

One D&D

6th Edition is going to be called One D&D?

I guess 7th will be D&D 360.

8th will be D&D Series X then 9th edition will be D&D Series S.

I have never been prouder of never playing past 2nd Edition and only reading 3-5 (in disbelief).

1939

The first commercially viable automatic transmission, the Hydra-Matic went on the market in 1939 in the Oldsmobile Series 60.

The first torque converter Dynaflow went out the door in a Buick in 1949.

The well loved Powerglide was introduced to Chevys in 1950.

So, yes, Anonymous Commenter, there were automatic transmissions in 1958 and they were available for the Stovebolt Six powered Biscayne.  For extra money.

But an auto got you a wide brake pedal instead of square brake and similar clutch pedals.

21 June 2024

Yelling At The Screen

And neither team is mine...

The Florida Panthers have gone from a 3-0 lead in the series to a 3-3 tie that will get settled on Monday night.

The Edmonton Oilers have done themselves well recovering from that deficit.

It's odd that I'm cheering the Panthers on when I'm a Lightning fan...

Disappointed Not Surprised

US v Rahimi came to the conclusion that I expected.

The 2nd Amendment doesn't protect your right to a weapon if you're under a domestic violence restraining order.

I'm OK with the idea that dangerous people should be barred the possession of arms.

However, most domestic violence restraining orders are issued in a manner that doesn't encompass what the founders were thinking about when they were talking about due process.

Same goes for red flag laws.

Both are guilty until proven innocent punishments and are entirely too subject to malicious actors.

I think there's a 5th and 14th amendment case against the entire idea of restraining orders and red flag laws.

Much of the problem with them is the refusal of the person who called in the law to actually press charges on the person they called about.

Frustrated police and advocacy groups then came up with things to punish the accused that didn't need the victim's assent.  In some ways this is smart, many victims don't understand the end-game of letting the accused off the hook.

But smart and constitutional aren't always aligned.  There's a process to align them, but our representatives keep thinking they can pass law rather than amend.

Slammed

I love the look of a car that's lowered down to the deck.

But just for looking at.

Owning one and dealing with it isn't for me.

The Precious was quite low and it was getting old.  The air dam hit every small rise and the bottom of the nose showed the scars of steep driveways and tall speed bumps.

She wasn't even as low as many people take it.

The Beast could stand to be about an inch lower for looks.  The problem is finding springs that do that.

Stock G8 GXP springs do it, but nobody upgrading to coil-overs or a lowering kit seems to have saved theirs.

The 2-2.5" lowering for a G8 is 3.5-4" on my car.  Too low for the tires and wheels I have, and I'm not super wide on the tires.

I'm still researching.

20 June 2024

Glaring Omission

Maybe I should say, "kids these days," too.

On page 38 of the June 2024 issue of Shooting Illustrated there's an article talking about guns that were, "released to much fanfare and market curiosity, only to crash and burn and end up in the dustbin of history."

It covers the Hudson H9, Remington R51 and CCF Raceframes.

There's nothing wrong with this list, except being at least one too short.

Where's the Colt 2000?

Virtually everything you could say about the R51 applies to the 2000.  Most especially the gunwriters getting examples that worked great and production models sucking harder than Kamala Harris vying for a promotion.

Perhaps the author is a little too young to remember?

I Am Not A Lawyer

I keep re-reading section 230 and I can't help but think we've already solved this problem; but lawyers broke the clear meaning and text of the law.

230 is supposed to hold the internet provider harmless from content published by their customers.

The way I read that is as long as you don't interfere with what the customer is publishing, you're a provider and not responsible for the content.

With what YouTube and others are doing with restrictions on publication, they're becoming editors and editors are part of publishing; so they have become liable through their actions.

Let's get this on!

Enforcing 230 like I've outlined would bring back a first amendment-like public square to the internet.

Within this framework one can even create space for content that children should not look at.

Negative Waves Have Prevailed

Donald Sutherland passed on.

88 is a good run.

19 June 2024

Why Can't I Celebrate?

There's black people who're saying they don't want us white people celebrating Juneteenth.

Why can't we?

If I were bitter and cynical I'd say:

We did all the fucking work.

We won the war.  If we hadn't, the troops wouldn't have made it to the far reaches of Texas by June 19th, or any other day.  Freedom would never have come.

We passed three Constitutional amendments to make sure the victory stuck.

But I'm merely disappointed.

This is really OUR day to celebrate.

I want you to prosper with your freedom and be happy.

So stop looking for shit to be pissed about and get to prospering already.

Bleeding

Normally you work your way from the caliper farthest from the master cylinder to the nearest.

The Beast goes from farthest from the ABS module to nearest.

RR inner

RR outer

LF inner

LF outer

LR inner

LR outer

RF inner

RF outer

Probably because the Zeta platform is primarily right hand drive and the abs module was next to the master down-under.

Oh, and notice that inner and outer?  I've never had fixed calipers before.  Normal floating calipers just have one bleeder.

Up Up Down Down Up Up Down Down

Flushed out Marv's brake lines on his Impala SS the old fashioned way!

We'd have used the pressure bleeder that JT generously loaned us, but...


Round fitting on a rectangular brake reservoir.

So I did a leg work out and Marv opened and closed the bleeder screws repeatedly until the fluid changed from nasty to clear.

What started this was Marv swapping a new rear into the car and the rear brakes being completely dry from the transfer.

To completely flush the system takes just more than a quart of DOT 4.

He reports that the pedal feels much better than before.  We put our heads together and we think he last did this... many years ago.  Too long really.  It's something that's easy to forget to do.

I think I might just do it on my cars before we return the bleeder.  I think I have a round cap on my reservoirs.

18 June 2024

Mercedes With A Temp Tag

There's been a murder near Tampa.

The deceased was driving a nearly new Mercedes.

I will speculate about motive.

Mercedes and New Tampa?

He was driving like an asshole and cut off the wrong person.

Don't make it right, but I can totally see it happening.

He Wanted It Known It Was His

 I bought this book as a group of six Andre Norton books.

I last read this book when I was in 9th grade, but that's not why I bothered posting about it.

Steve Wylie put his name in it in several places.

 

Steve made sure that, even if you ripped off the cover, there was still proof that it was HIS book.

Update:  Could it be THIS Steve Wylie?  That'd be kinda cool.

17 June 2024

I Guess It Depends On How Observant Huh

The think that stood out to me about Chuck Schumer's little Father's Day grilling photo op wasn't the temperature of the meat, but the cheese on it.

I thought Chuck was Jewish.

I thought that Jews weren't supposed to mix meat and dairy.

Chuck doesn't strike me as being all that orthodox, so prolly OK for his sub-branch of his religion.

Still.

However

"Foreigners committed 77% of solved rape cases in Paris in 2023, according to data from the Paris Police."

-Visegrad 24 on X

The way this is phrased, though, it could just mean that foreigners are bad at not getting caught and the native French are.

That's not 77% of rapes, but 77% of SOLVED rapes.

Now I want to see how many unsolved rapes Paris has and what percentage of them this 77% solved fits into.

Age

How do you figure the age of your car?

By some metrics, the oldest car in my fleet is also the youngest.

Moxie has the fewest miles on her, but is the oldest by model year.

Which is more important?  Miles or years?

16 June 2024

16 Years

It's been 16 years since I last spoke to my father.

He called to tell me that his mom, my grandma, had passed on.  A week after the funeral.

He did, however, let everyone in the family think that I'd refused to come.  That was nice.

Two years ago I did send him a birthday card for his 80th.

The ball really is in his court, but the pattern it's following is familiar.

Once he got a family with Wife #2, he didn't need family from Wife #1.

Reminding him we exist bugs him and pisses off Wife #2.

C'est la vie.

They've Never Driven It

Facebook Marketplace has the same search engine as Amazon for giving you results that are only tangentially related to what you're looking for.

A search for Caprice PPV yielded a hit on a 1958 Chevy Biscayne.

In decent shape with a bog standard 235 ci Stovebolt Six.

 

The ad said it had an automatic transmission.

The picture showed too many pedals for that.


 

I'm guessing that the three-on-the-tree is throwing them and they've never even started the motor.

Tree shifters look like column shifters to someone raised on automatics only.

It looked to be in decent shape for a good price.

14 June 2024

Maybe Pepperidge Farms

Remember when June was Men's Mental Health Awareness Month?

Oh It Makes Sense Now

I was sitting here trying to figure out how being a nut case conspiracy theorist amounted to defamation.

Finally read up on Mr Jones' case.  Read up meaning skimming news stories without exulting headlines.

He probably would have been exonerated if he'd listened to what the court ordered him to do.

Yeah, you don't blow off the judge repeatedly and expect to win.

He basically handed the plaintiffs a win by default and it wasn't the overwhelmingly strong case they'd filed under.

I did not subscribe to his theories about Sandy Hook, but would never have sought to silence him.  That kind of shit is best actively ignored.

Now a different group of prick has money and they're wearing the skins of their dead children to advance an anti-gun agenda.

Yay!

Those assholes have been running so many ads I can't skip on YouTube that I'm to the point of replying to the screen, "Good!" when they say, "my beloved baby died at Sandy Hook."

I was sad for them until the blamed me for their tragic loss.

The murderer (who isn't me or someone I hired) could have killed everyone he killed with a Sharps falling-block with the time given him by the police response.

The same sort of response that allowed Parkland to proceed until that shooter decided they were thirsty and head for McDonald's for a shake.

The same sort of response that kept help from getting unto the Ft Lauderdale airport to stop that shooter.

The same sort of response that listened to children being murdered in Uvalde, Texas.

The same sort of response that let the murderer in the Pulse nightclub to run themselves dry.

Nashville PD has the right of it when it come to responding.

But you can't sue the cops.  Yet, you have to sue someone.

Alex Jones is primarily guilty of having deep pockets and being foolish enough to ignore the instructions coming from the bench.  But he didn't kill those kids.

Even if he claimed that those kids didn't die and it was all a conspiracy to promote gun control.

Which after seeing how many wacky conspiracy theories have turned out to be true in the wake of Wu Ping Cough, Russian disinformation and Schrodinger's laptop...  Saying that any shooting might be a false flag to get gun control rolling again doesn't sound unreasonable even if have have to swing Occam's Razor HARD at it.

But Not In Florida

Bump stocks are legal in Free America.

But not in Florida.  Florida has a law that says they're illegal passed under the "It's totally not gun control because we say that it's not gun control what did you mean RINO gun control law" passed in the wake of Parkland.

It's ammo that can be used to get rid of that stupid feel-good-do-nothing tranche of gun control signed by the lich who is now our junior senator.

Aside: Justice Sotomayor, what if it's a Goose?

Cool

Enlisted folks get a nearly 20% pay raise.

Great!  Now do disability rates.

You broke 'em, you bought 'em.  That was the deal.

13 June 2024

Fascinating

How do you make an engine block from a block of aluminum?

You start with a block of aluminum and remove everything that doesn't contribute to a general sense of enginitity.


I Had A Theory

I was sitting here wondering why there's a hammer head on my warhammer.

Crushing damage in GURPS is objectively worse than impaling.

Especially when you give that impaling an armor divisor.

What's the purpose of that hammer head?

There's been some speculation that flanged maces were intended as weapon breakers.

Could that be the reason for the hammer face?

So I grabbed the GURPS books and went to see if it'd be effective.

Going against the typical arming sword broadsword...

It's -4 to hit that blade.

But let's say you hit.

A ST 12 warrior will do 2d cr with the hammer face.  2-12 points of damage  with an average of 7.

The sword has a DR of 6, HT and HP of 12.  Because it's treated as homogeneous, getting it down to 0 HP is enough to cause serious problems.  18 points to do it in one blow.

That's not going to happen unless a critical hit happens.

A flanged mace isn't really any better at this task...  It does 2d+1 cr.  3-13 points of damage with an average of 8.

It's probably too complicated for GURPS.  There's documented accounts of men breaking their sword over their thigh when they were surrendering.  The rules don't reflect this well.

Old Fashioned

First, like all of my fellow drinkers, thought of the cocktail when I put up that title.

But what I'm really on about is watching some YouTube about D&D.

One of them does cosplay stuff frequently and she's constantly doing character races and classes I don't recognize.

That makes sense because I stopped playing D&D in any form way back in... uh...  Thirty fucking years ago?

My concepts of what makes a fantasy setting are certainly anchored in the past.

And I don't care.

I'm open to the newer stuff, but I don't have a market.

I barely GURPS.

We Hate You And Want You To Be Unhappy

The people making the new Star Wars show, The Acolyte, keep telling me how much they dislike me for being straight white and male.

They are now baffled that I don't pay for the product they're making.

I'm willing to go pretty far out of my way to avoid paying people who hate me.

Push Back

Erin has mentioned the flak she's getting from trying to make the world a better place.

Considering that she's, specifically, advocating for LGBT pro-gun stuff; flak is to be expected.

But the way she's described it, doesn't sound like normal "icky guns" or "hate teh gheys" stuff.

I am wondering if she's being struck by the flak from people who don't really care about if someone is gay or not or if they're wearing the wrong clothes; but have been relentlessly hammered on by the LGBT movement that refuses to take the win until it's a massive loss.

The demands for inclusion and respect have gone well past reasonable.

People recognize when a bigot is hating them and they don't like it.  They push back.

That is hitting the reasonable LGBT people square in the jaw.

There's a huge swath of the LGBT movement that needs to understand that tolerate is the best they're going to get from a lot of people; but those people can be convinced to tolerate them.

Tolerate doesn't mean like.  It doesn't mean accept.  It, especially, does not mean, "put your interests ahead of mine."

Putting your interests ahead of mine is what a lot (all?) of the advocacy groups based on gender, race, and sex are after.

They dropped the veneer of wanting equality and are demanding to be in power over everyone else.

They're not happy with people not liking that.

People like Erin, who just want people like herself to be as safe as anyone else, are getting caught in the crossfire.  I can understand why she's depressed about it, getting shot by someone not even shooting at you is depressing.

Idle Speculation

This story makes me wonder.

If the heliosphere contracted enough to fuck weather on Earth, could that explain why Mars is so bleak now?

We keep finding that Mars had more water and a thicker atmosphere once, that kind of contraction would hit there first and lesser contractions could affect Mars without the same effects on Earth...

12 June 2024

Sooner Or Later

It will be later, but I think we might be inching up on it...

The Supreme Court is going to have to rule against the executive branch doing legislation.

The separation of powers is clear, and things are out of control because it's being ignored.

My 4473 example is just another time I'm mentioning it, but I've covered this philosophical ground before.

The way the founders were thinking was that if something was going to be illegal then Congress had to make it so, explicitly, and for them to vote on it.

That way, if The People didn't like it, they could readily identify the people causing the problem, vote them out and get someone who actually represented them.

Regulations, on the other hand, are promulgated by faceless bureaucrats that the voter has little to no chance of eliminating even if every elected official is to their liking.

It weren't supposed to be this way, but there's a distinct lack of movement towards fixing it.  But there is SOME movement.

Nuking Chevron deference will go a long way, and SCOTUS appears poised to do that.

Fingers crossed.

Con Frijoles

Pay attention to what he says about how chili used to have beans in Texas...


11 June 2024

Where Does The Law Say?

We're all getting familiar with 18 USC 922(g) thanks to Hunter Biden's trial.

He lied on the 4473.

And there's the rub.

It's illegal to sell to an addict under 922(d).  It's illegal for an addict to buy under 922(g).

There's no law saying that you have to fill out any specific form.

It would behoove the dealer to find out.

Regulation is why there's a 4473 and it's used as a standardized format for calling in the background check (there's definitely a law requiring that).

Ever listen to the dealer talking to the person on the background check side?

They don't go down the 922(g) checklist.  It's just name, address and SSN (if you gave it).

The background check isn't even using most of what you've attested to!

It could be boiled down to a single question, "Are you prohibited from buying or possessing a firearm under 18 USC 922(g)?"

That's what they're actually asking when you check yes or no in all those little boxes.

But there's no law requiring you attest to your innocence.

But fucking up that form is illegal.

Something wrong about that.

Mox Nix Conviction

Hunter got convicted of all three of the charges against him.

No shock, he was blatantly guilty.

Well, some shock; considering whom he is.

A lot of hay is being made about how much time these three felonies could bring.

Only a couple of places mentioning that the average sentence for this bundle is about a year.

Unless the judge decides to make an example out of him for whom he is, Hunter is probably going to spend less than six months behind bars.

Hardly worth the effort expended, to be honest.

Never mind that the laws he broke are, in my humble opinion, unconstitutional.  I shouldn't have to attest to my good character to exercise a right to own a gun and all the rest falls from trying to enforce this on the person filling out the 4473.

The real fun is his upcoming tax trial.  I have popcorn standing by.

Furthermore

A couple things about symbols.

First is they are mutable.  That means that their meaning can be changed and the meaning of them is subjective.  Swastikas and upside-down crosses are classic examples.

Second is, in a nation with freedom of speech, no symbol is sacrosanct.

If you don't want MY meaning of YOUR symbol to be applied to it, put it someplace outside the public square.

If you do put it in the public square, be braced to seeing it defaced and destroyed and to take it with a shrug.

Combining the first and second points...  In many cultures walking or stepping on a symbol is the ultimate form of disrespect for it.  Putting your symbol in a place meant to be walked on is saying, to them, that you've contempt for your own symbol by inviting people to tread upon it.

The people who don't understand that had to Google "mutable."

Felony Burn Out

A line I keep repeating, "Although I am a supporter of LGBT rights..."

Look, assholes, and it's the assholes of the LGBT community that are the problem here.

They're the ones who've captured the politicians to twist the laws that changes a counterpoint of one free speech to another into a felony.

Doing burnout on a pride flag is not a felonious act.

It is not malum in se.

It does no more damage to the road than painting.

But it's described as hate.

Kids, that flag painted on the road wasn't put there out of love.

It's there as a gigantic, "FUCK YOU!" to the people that the LGBT organizations hate.

Hate begets hate.

I'm personally aware of people who hate that flag painted on the road who've bought their gay neighbor a new 3x5 rainbow flag because the old one was getting ratty.

The burnout has less to do with hating LGBT than being pissed off at The State choosing sides against them.  Again.

And as an act of defiance against The State, it's protected speech.

You gotta let the KKK march in Skokie, you gotta let the rednecks do burnouts in an intersection painted like a pride flag.

By the way, if one can do ANYTHING they want to an American flag, then there cannot be a more restrictive rule for other flags.  Not that things making sense has ever bothered these idiots.

10 June 2024

The Other Brands

The 1974 Chevrolet police package car was, often, a Bel Air with a big-block 454.  Some departments went with the small-block 350.

The big block car made a sad 235 SAE net horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 360 ft-lb of torque at 2,800.

That'd drag its 4,552 lb. carcass down the 1/4 mile in 17.1 seconds at 83 miles an hour.  Flat out it'd go 121 miles an hour.

Mileage was 7/14.

The city patrol cars with the small block made 160 hp at 3,800 and 245 ft-lb at 2,400.

The lighter 4,277 lb. curb weight isn't enough to offset the loss of power and the 1/4 mile "flashes" by in a sedate 19.3 seconds at 74 miles an hour.  Top speed is just 106 miles an hour.

Mileage was 9/13.  Yes, worse than the big block on the highway, but better in town.

What about Ford?

The Ford Custom 500 Police Interceptor Special touted a 460 cubic inch engine making 260 horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 380 ft-lb. of torque at 2,700.

The would drag the 4,610 lb. car down the track in 16.3 seconds at 87 miles an hour.  Max speed is 129 miles per hour.

Mileage is 7/11.

09 June 2024

Fire In Space Ace Ace Ace Ace

I've seen people talking about a fire on the outside of the hull of a space ship in the new Star Wars: The Acolyte.

Fire needs fuel and oxygen.

Both are notoriously scarce in hard vacuum.

But the ship could be covered in stuff that's fuel, and it won't matter without oxygen.

I found the scene and it's a cheery little bonfire looking flame.

I can conceive of a couple of ways to get fire on the hull of a ship in space.

A hole in the hull expelling a fuel/oxygen mixture past an ignition source would do it.

There are several forms of self oxidizing chemicals which might burn in vacuum.  Hypergolic fuels, for example.

But none of the likely explanations for a fire outside the hull are going to look like a cheery bonfire.

Ugh.

I have to keep remembering that Star Wars is as much science fiction as Lord of the Rings.

The Saxon Is Beginning To Hate

h/t Bustedknuckles

Except the original poem isn't Saxons at all.  It's The English.

OG poem by Rudyard Kipling:

The Beginnings

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late
With long arrears to make good,
When the English began to hate.
 
They were not easily moved,
They were icy willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the English began to hate.
 
Their voices were even and low,
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show,
When the English began to hate.
 
It was not preached to the crowd,
It was not taught by the State.
No man spoke it aloud,
When the English began to hate.
 
It was not suddenly bred,
It will not swiftly abate,
Through the chill years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the English began to hate.
Like so much of his work, it's got a timeless quality and can readily be applied to the current situation.

Nostalgia Slayer

Moxie is a 2010 Chevy Equinox LT AWD.

The 2.4 liter (145.2 cu-in) 4-banger makes 182 hp @ 6,700 rpm and 172 ft-lb @ 4,900 rpm.

It's a dainty 3,985 lb.

It runs the 1/4 mile in 17.1 seconds at 81 miles per hour.

Yes, Virginia, it's faster than a police package '74 Monaco.

With 20/27 epa estimated miles per gallon no less.

The Equinox will top out before the Monaco at 117 mph vs 122 mph.

440 Cubic Inch Plant

 "It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas."

-E. Blues

The cop motor in a 1974 Dodge Monaco made 260 hp @ 4,000 rpm and 345 ft-lb at 3,200 rpm (SAE net).  8/12 miles per gallon.

Lugging around 4,449 lb. it did the 1/4 mile in 17.6 seconds at a whopping 82 miles per hour.

That's sure disappointing.

The second Bluesmobile, a 1990 Ford LTD Crown Victoria, used a 351 cu-in engine that made 180 hp @ 3,600 rpm and 285 ft-lb @ 2,400 rpm.  With a fuel economy of 13/19 mpg.

It tared at 3,858 lb. and ran the 1/4 in 17.4 sec at 80 mpg.

A 1996 9C1 Caprice's 350 cubic inch engine puts out 260 hp @ 5,000 rpm and 330 @ 2,400 rpm.  17/26 miles per gallon.

1/4 mile is 15.5 seconds at 89 miles per hour weighing 4,090 lb.

The Beast makes 355 hp @ 5,300 rpm and 384 ft-lb @ 4,400 rpm from a much smaller (and lighter) 364 cubic inch motor.  15/24 mpg.

The 1/4 mile goes by in 13.9 seconds a 101 miles an hour.  Curb weight is a svelte 4,162 lb.  (4,113 with Camaro rims).

This comparison is why I don't, generally, pine for the good old days.

07 June 2024

I Know Someone Who Shouldn't Read This

Starship can do something The Shuttle couldn't.

Fly with a wing burned off!

Too soon?

Remember, kids, the color of aviation humor is so black that a black hole looks bright and cheerful.

Odd disclaimer

Midway has a Bianchi magazine pouch for sale.

It's a bit spendy for my tastes, but...


 

Causes cancer in California AND you can't use Glock magazines in it?

That list of guns it fits are all single stacks, but the default compatibility is for a Beretta 92.

Having once been a collector of magazine pouches...  I don't think I've ever found a magazine pouch that would take a Beretta 92 magazine that wouldn't also take a Glock 17 mag.  In fact, the larger Glock 21 mags almost always also fit.

Which makes me wonder if Glock is fielding calls from customers who should be upset with Bianchi when their magazines don't fit the pouch.