Saturday, August 19, 2017

Beverage alert:

Put the drink down before reading THIS

Word.

Here. Worth the read.

What's next to be erased? 

62%

Yep, 62 percent feel that we should leave the damned Civil War monuments alone. 

Surprisingly, even 44% of Black people feel that the Statues and Memorials should not be torn down or moved. (Page 11 for those who want to skip ahead and check my numbers)

But, since all you Liberal assholes (but I repeat myself here) think that we should have Mob Rule, then I guess that means that we who oppose illegal immigration can form a mob and chase all those undocumented workers illegal people who have crossed our borders without government out of town on a rail.....I mean, mob rules and all that, right? We are gonna put the rules of law on hold for a while, right? Law and order don't matter because of FEELINGS and OUTRAGE and Fairness and Insults and past history and more FEELINGS. and just because....right? The will of the majority doesn't matter, it is only the angriest and loudest, right? Can we chase Muslims out of the country because a Muslim is more likely to go all Jihadi on his fellow citizens? (doesn't matter what the truth is here, it is all about FEELINGS and RAGE, and perceptions, right?)

'Cause that is the world you are seeking, right? Mob rules? Hate of the moment? Selective, unreasoned and emotional outage ginned up by some speaker of dubious credentials and with only a portion of the truth?

(And, since we are opening that door, don't be surprised when the next black person or Mexican or Pakistani is lynched....'Cause Mob Rule is now acceptable again....and not only accepted, but OK and excusable....right?)

Do you really want to open that can of slimy, smelly, squirming worms?


Odd, and he's black too...

Charles Barkley doesn't give a flying fuck about the Confederate statues ....They haven't bothered him on iota. Never has. Never in his whole life has it been an issue for him.

Odd, that, He is so oppressed by our society.

And he isn't gonna waste his time on the Nazis White Supremacists either.

Smart man, there. 

I am told by folks down there

That stuff like milk, pop, beer, snack foods and, in one place, gasoline are in short supply in the greater Carbondale area....This despite the merchants slightly raising prices, stocking more,  and arranging for extra deliveries of such items in advance in expectation of thousands of people arriving this weekend for the eclipse.

Apparently some folks are terribly upset that the merchants, private business all, failed to properly prepare for the event and have made their displeasure known, loudly.

Not everyone gets it.

If I still had stocks of milk and groceries and ice and beer and pop, I'd triple the prices for anyone who doesn't live in the community.


Proving, once again

What total fucking ignorant savages they are, the idiotic Mob which wants statues torn down because "Confederacy!", who have the historical knowledge of 4 year olds and who are also, apparently, illiterate, have trashed a statue of Joan of Arc with spray painted graffiti.

But then again, that seems to be the mold most Leftists made from, innit? Childish, emotional, whiney, immature, prone to outbursts, lacking self control, unwilling to educate themselves about the real issues, easily led and prone to mob action with poor impulse control....who were never properly spanked as children..... (I think that covers it....if I missed any other needed descriptions, please, let me know in comments) 

'Cause we all know that Joan was really a great leader of the Confederacy......

Friday, August 18, 2017

Probably one of the poorer moves

Steve Bannon gone from the Trump team.

I find this disturbing because he was one of Trump's advisors who inspired confidence.

We shall see. I still think when we as a nation hired TheDonald we made the best of the bad choices we were presented. Donald still scares me less than the Pantsuit still does. 

Interesting meme change:

So now it is a "Woman's Right to choose her own Reproductive Path". (using Government subsidized birth control and/or abortion)

Ok, I kinda get that. He body, her choice and all that.

But if that is the case, then she can't sue some dude for getting her pregnant either. He wants to choose his path too. And it is half his DNA.

(Yes, I am wearing my asbestos Underoos, Fire away)

This oughta turn out well

Group plans to tear down Confederate memorial in Houston.

Long way away from me (like an entire day's drive, 20+ hours), but I think If I were closer I'd be there, not to defend the Confederacy, but to defend the statue from vandalism....It is, after all, public property.

Especially since these folks are doing mob action. I hate that. Destruction of a symbol because of the "Hate Du Jour" is a Bad Idea.

It is, essentially, a symbolic Lynching.

So....

If we tear down  every statue that someone finds offensive, change the name of every park that is named after someone whose past is not on the approved list,,burn all the history books that don't tell the currently approved story of the country's past, and essentially go Whole Hog PC to satisfy the people who are pushing this purge....


Will that affect one black person's future? Will it fix the problems in the black community? Deal with the cultural issues that keep  many young black males from graduating, change the fact that great numbers of young black women have children BEFORE graduating, most black women raise their children without a father (or often leave them to be raised by their grandmothers...who are often unmarried themselves)....Will it keep the gang violence from happening in black neighborhoods? Will it keep the drug violence from the gangs from happening? Will it suddenly make the community HELP the police, instead of "I Din See Nuttin' "? Will it keep young blacks from going on rampages of fighting and orgies of stealing that makes every other race look at them suspiciously?

Will it help them find jobs that they cannot currently qualify for because those higher paying jobs require that one not have a criminal record and that you pass a drug screen? That you speak plain english?

Will pulling down all those statues fix any of that? Really? Will those issues change overnight because we banned the Confederate history, flag and monuments?

Will it right any of the wrongs that occurred 4 and 5 and 6 generations ago? Will it change any of the history?

WILL IT FIX ANYTHING?


Innit interesting:

How the Left and the Liberals (but I repeat myself) can only parrot the current meme and the current version of history?

No one can do any research. None of them can be be bothered to check if the current reason for the outrage of the day is actually accurate.

They just climb on that bandwagon and scream and hoot and REACT with the rest of the primates, secure in their belief that the crowd is always right. (or the State) and that their arbitrary and poorly thought out  actions (if they are thought at all) will be justified.

It is no wonder that they are opposed by mature, right thinking folks.

Are they too blind or too stupid to see they are being led? Herded like cattle by those who would stir their emotions to gain? Like 3 year olds? One would expect that children could be easily led, but these are  otherwise intelligent (if overly emotional) adults.

I find the reactions of some of my fellow citizens to be scary, in a  "1984" sort of way


Thursday, August 17, 2017

And we go to total foolishness:

Next up: Washington Memorial.

Sharpton wants the Thomas Jefferson Memorial to come down. 

Watch the video at the bottom. It is telling.

(Notice how the death of the two Troopers in a helicopter accident is blamed on the protests (and notice how Sharpton is led to say the things Charlie Rose wants him to say))

10 people

Shot in Chicago last night.

Even a 16 year old shot in the head at 4 PM.

A very Urban neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.

Guess those statues coming down didn't help.

Odd.

Just like making the Confederate Flag a hate symbol didn't fix things a few years ago...

Maybe it isn't the symbols that are the problem?


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Food for thought:

(It was supposed to be fiction)

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
― George Orwell, "1984"



Here's another hint for you folks:

Pulling down some statue isn't gonna make your life better.

Making good decisions will.

Don't have a record before you are 16. Girls, don't get pregnant before marriage. Do your kids a favor and only have kids with someone who can be a father Do yourself a favor and finsh high school first.

Be able to pass a drug test.

Learn to speak decent english. If you are white it will help. If you are a minority, and can pair that with passing a drug test, you can go far. Add in a high school diploma and you will find a lot of places doing their best to hire you.

The above will do lightyears more to advance blacks in our society than tearing down a statue or renaming a street.

But it is hard to get a crowd of minorities to self reflect, innit?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

They gonna charge her with a

'Hate Crime"?

I mean, it was racially motivated, right? Or does that only apply to white folks?

Police charge Takiyah Thompson in desecration of confederate memorial

Thompson said she helped take down the statue because she was tired of living in fear.
The monument was dedicated to “the boys in gray,” she said.
“It’s white supremacy. Plain and simple,” she said. “And it had to go”

Yeah, Ms Thompson, that's gonna fix all yer problems there.
I hope she rots in jail. And I hope they sue her for damages. Big money (although she likely has very little).




Like the Taliban:

Anyone remember the hue and cry when the Taliban dynamited the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan in 2001?

Yeah, that is the same way I feel about you folks who want to tear down monuments here in the US just because you disagree with what YOU think they stand for. 

Not just statues of Confederate Generals, but monuments to just plain old soldiers who ft for their homes. Few of them over had the wherewithal to own a slave. Just poor folks fighting for their homeland.

Yet you want to destroy 'em because to you, all things Confederate mean slave to your ignorant uneducated mind. Because some jackass whose knowledge you cannot judge says so.

I'm not from the South. Born and raised in the midwest. Yet your actions anger and disgust me.

Feel free to find someone from your culture's past that is worth raising a monument to. Gather enough donations and have a statue cast or a sculpture made. I will support space in a park for that, if you can find a figure worthy and can raise the cash.

(Hint: That is how those statues and monuments got there....people paid for 'em and donated them to the city or the park).

Otherwise you are no better than those seventh century savages in Afghanistan.






Monday, August 14, 2017

Damn Straight:

READ

Think.

Learn

Slippery Slope and all that.

You fuck with it, you won't like how it ends. Your kids will like it even less. 

Yep, so peaceful and law abiding....

So a bunch of folks from the Charlottesville rally couldn't just go home. Antifa, anti Fascist, anti Nazi....


That peaceful and law abiding group took to the streets of Durham and pulled a monument to Confederate soldiers down.

Vandalism.

And, oddly, no police officer saw nothin', even though this took place at the courthouse.
No arrests were made.
Can I pull down statues of MLK and Malcolm X because I disagree with what they stood for? (Hint, I dislike Malcolm X but respect the REAL MLK, not what the current legend of him is....and I wouldn't be that disrespectful any monument).

But if we are gonna have open season on monuments that some folks dislike.....



In related news:

Illinois hates Illinois nazis

And just because:










Kwestion:

If James A Fields is in custody, who deleted his Facebook account and Twitter feed?

I mean, do they have internet access in the Jailhouse? 

One wonders....

Did the Feds recruit him too?

Seems that they had him all the way...

Man accused of trying to detonate bomb filled van in OKC

Apparently they've been egging him on for months....

Wonder how many man hours they spent and how many dollars it cost? 

Double standards

Innit interesting that the Left and the Media (but I repeat myself) are all calling on TheDonald to repudiate the White Supremacist message....

But no one ever demanded that Barry the O repudiate the Antifa or Black Lives Matter actions? (Hint: He didn't....ever.)


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Challenge accepted:

I repudiate the message the White Supremacist assholes disseminate.

I don't agree with their actions.

Clear enough? 

Innit interesting....

When Black people get together and preach hate towards cops and whites, the politicians are silent. They are, oddly, even silent when there is violence and vandalism.

Yet when whites get together (such as in Charlotte VA) and protest, the politicians can't wait to trample each other to condemn such free speech.

Look: I dislike hate speech, from any source. But if we are gonna condemn such speech, then let us condemn ALL such speech. I do think that speech is a protected right, and if you are  I don't like it, then that is too bad. Even "Hate" speech is a protected right.

But if we are gonna condemn some "hate" speech, then let's be consistent, and condemn all speech wherein some portion of our population complains about and wishes death or damage to another portion.

If you were silent when the Antifa protests turned violent, then you have no reason to speak now, unless you are a hypocrite. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

On this day....

in 1981, IBM introduced it's first true PC (personal Computer). There had been others before it, but this one became a standard....and began the revolution that led to the hardware you are likely reading this page on today.

Open standards let this machine have lots of third party support,in both hardware and software, leading to a revolution in computing in offices and, eventually, homes. ...which led to the expansion of the DarpaNet and eventually the internet and WorldWideWeb.....

They were expensive: $1,565 (in 1981 dollars...$4200 dollars today) would got you 16K of RAM, a 4.77 MHz CPU, and DOS 1.0....and  cassette port. The single sided 5.25 inch floppy disk drive was optional, as was the 1 meg hard drive (available later).


This was the first step towards the world we know today...



Friday, August 11, 2017

Bad engineering

So, I got 3k miles on the new truck. Dodge Ram with the big Cummins diesel.

At 3k, I thought I'd change the oil and filter. Get the gasket edges and other shit that is trapped in the filter and all the assembly lube and other contaminants out of the crankcase and such. Fresh clean oil and a new filter make for a happy engine and all that....

I get 3 gallons of synthetic oil. (yeah, that is a lot of oil, but it is only changed every 15000 miles) a filter and the Geno's oil filter cap off tool....because the idiots at Dodge made no arrangements for an easy oil filter change. (On my old Dodge Truck, an '03, one slid under the truck, used a filter wrench like this and simply turned the oil filter off the truck....it dropped right down after being unscrewed. Nothing in the way... Took less than 30 seconds.

On this new truck, one must get to the oil filter from the wheeelwell and drop the filter to the A-arm, then put the cap on it, rotate it 90 degrees, and pull it out. Then fill the new filter, put the cap on it, put it back in the little space in the wheelwell, turn it upright, remove the cap, carefully put it up to the filter housing and screw it in. You can only see the bottom third of the filter so the replacement is all by feel.

Now this is difficult, but not hard.
Unless the oil filter was out on about 4 turns too tightly at the factory....likely by a gorilla. I had to use 2 oil filter wrenches to get it to turn that first two turns. And the filter was wrinkling enough that I was worried that it was gonna tear.

We won't talk about the fact that I had to use a wrench on a wrench to get the oil plug to turn the first turn. Again, factory torqued to  "11". It was so tight that the plug  was distorting the steel oil pan before it finally turned. (I was wondering if it was gonna tear out of the pan, actually).

On would think that the engineers could do better. The alternative is removing the entire air cleaner (8 bolts, 2 clips and some push in fasteners, plus two large hose clamps). One would have thought that for a $65,000 truck they could do a remote oil filter or something.

Now that I have done it, the filter is correctly tightened, and the oil pan plug is properly snug. Neither are OVERtightened. It won't be so bad next time. But a bit of decent engineering could ahve made it less bad.

I do have to say that the Geno's Garage tool is pretty nice, and a solution to a problem that shouldn't be there in the first place. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Next time, officer: WARRANT

So ICE tries to enter a restaurant to find a (supposed) illegal that works there.

Owner tells 'em to pound sand.
Armed ICE agents show up to search Michigan restaurant, owner refuses entry

Look: I am all for getting illegals to leave the country. All for hiring our citizens, not some other countries citizens.

All for the Rule of law, too.

I LOVE the fact that these officers were told to come back with a warrant though. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Go fuck yourself.

Army denies City Democrats DEMANDS to rename streets named for Confederates at Hamilton Army Base 

Enough is enough. I'm glad someone finally had the balls to say "no". 

except....

There is really no opioid  epidemic.

There are still folks who die from overdoses, yes.

But the rate is ~20/100000 or something like that. In the last 16 years, more than 183,000 Americans have died from overdoses related to prescription opioids.  A bit over 10,000 per year.....out of 326,709,838 people in the US.

Darwin at work, I say.




I doubt it amounts to much....

But Mazda claims they have developed the HCCI engine to a workable unit.

We shall see. It has been around for years. A diesel like engine that uses gasoline instead. The HCCI ( homogeneous charge compression ignition) engine has been a dream for many years. Sadly, it has failed even when attempted by Toyota and Honda....

And I predict now that it will NEVER meet emissions specs for the US unless someone comes to their senses at the EPA. They won't budge on NOX, and that is what makes diesels fail. (And modern diesels are cleaner in almost every respect than gasoline, and provide better than 35% mileage gains over gasoline, leaving even fewer of those pesky carbon compounds that (supposedly) cause (mythical) glowball warmenating).

But hey, it is a nice dream, if the EPA will let it pass and won't pull a Volkswagen or a Dodge on them.....

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The State:

Go HERE. Follow the link(s).

This is why I hate the idea of STATE. The idea that the State is always the arbiter of my (and your) fate. Why I don't trust the State. It is composed of people. People are imperfect. Sometimes they LIE in order to do the State's work. .

And the State protects it's minions.

Even to the Absurd. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

It could be

That no one cares..

Or that, after all the doomsayers predictions haven't come true ("The Sky Is Falling .....or, it will be tomorrow...or the day after that, maybe") No one believes 'em anymore.

Or maybe they see him for the FRAUD he is....

Either way, AlGore's new movie has BOMBED at the box office. Totally. Laid an enormous egg. Crashed and Burned. Augured in. Down in Flames. 

Tryin' Not to laugh here, Boss.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

5 years ago

Curiosity touched down on Mars....

And has been sending data back ever since.


5 years.

on a planned 2 year lifetime and mission.

For once, we got our money's worth from a Government project. (and NASA, at that!).


Heh




Climate data changes:

It would seem that there is a nefarious plot to make the climate data (in particular temperature data) look more like the Glowball Warming model than reality does.

In particular, it is reported that the temperature data in Australia is being manipulated by either raising the recorded high (and especially lows) or erasing the lowest of the lows altogether, leaving a temperature record that shows (what else?) a planet that is ever hotter....Even though the truth is just the opposite. Changing the data at the source of the measurement....


But the fact is that there isn't any money to be made telling everyone "Oops, our bad, nothing to see here, all is well....There is no Glowball Warmenating, we aren't all gonna die this year, and the earth won't flood". So these Climate "scientists" have to make something up to get further funding.

In other words, there is no climate change, so they gotta lie.

Anyone surprised?

Someone tell Borepatch.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

(AKA) It would seem that

Loretta Lynch is also Elizabeth Carlisle.

ETA: It is said that she was using an outside email address to get past the FOIA and government recordkeeping laws to do nefarious things via email.


There is no possibility of voter fraud:

Except that in 11 counties in California there are more voters than voting aged citizens.

and, of course, California refuses to give the Trump organization the voter data they asked for to combat voter fraud....

I can't wait until they check out Cook County in Illinois and most of Baltimore and Detroit....

(and St Louis, and 'Nawlins and......)