Monday, October 24, 2016

Calibration Error?

It seems that when you vote in Illinois, if you vote for a Republican, the machine records your vote for a Democrat.
Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library.
“I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”
The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.
We hear over and over again that voter fraud never happens, yet when we try to vote, it records a Democratic vote.
“This was a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine,” Scalzitti said. “When Mr. Moynihan used the touch-screen, it improperly assigned his votes due to improper calibration.”
Calibration error, my ass.  It was calibrated to record Dem votes regardless of the intent of the voter.

The guy responsible for calibrating this machine should be serving a federal prison sentence.  This is unconscionable, which is just about what I expect from Democrats.

With this sort of bullshit going on, Trump is right to not accept the result of any elecion, unless he wins it.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Silver Belly

Men's hats are made from the fur of beasts.  Normally rabbit, or beaver or some other fur-bearing animal.  This fur is made into felt and is fashioned into hats.  The quality of the fur, and the quality of the felt is graded in Xs.  The more Xs, the better the quality of the hat.

When I was a kid, our Sheriff's deputies wore a hat described as a "Silver Belly, 3X Stetson", a classic cowboy hat with a cattleman's brim.  Of course, today, Stetson isn't Stetson.  Neither is Resistol.  Once pround stand-alone companies, they're both owned by Hatco, out of Garland, TX.

Regardless, a good hat is a joy, and I had wanted a Silver Belly hat for a while.  Today, we walked into Boot Barn, a big retailer with a box store across the river.  Blue Eyed Belle was looking for a pair of boots for Zach.  It seems that 14 year old boys outgrow boots, and his toes were curling under.  Grandma decided the boy needed new boots, so I tagged along.

I"ve got a big old round head, and I was looking at hats, so the gal asked me what I was looking for.

"A Silver Belly, about a 5X in a 7 1/2 or 7 5/8" I replied.  Normally, they'll dig around, look at a bunch of hats, then tell me that they don't have any in stock.  It keeps me from buying hats, if they don't have what I'm looking for in stock.

I was considerably surprised when the gal, Peggy,  came out with a hat that met my specs.  It is marked as a Cody James hat, a house brand of Boot Barn, but a quick comparison showed that it's probably made by Hatco.  So, I put it on, and it fit.

So, the old man finally has a Silver Belly hat.  I think it looks good, and I've got a piece of large hat sabers from Cav-Hooah to put on it.

Oh!  Did I mention that Zach was looking for boots?  About the time that Peggy found my hat, I wandered back to the boot racks and Zach had picked out a pair of boots.

 Very patriotic, don't you think?  That's the ones he picked out, and his grandma took them up to the register.  It's not like we spoil that boy or anything.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

New Shooter

It's always great to introduce a new shooter to the sport, and we got to introduce one today.  He's not technically a new shooter, but he comes out of southern Mississippi to try his hand at the game.  He's an old soldier and currently an NRA firearms instructor.  We showed him how it was done, gave him a safety briefing, and turned him loose on the targets.  For his first time out, I believe that he did pretty well.

Blue Eyed Belle hit a personal best today, a 0.794.  Give Belle a round of applause, and welcome Dallas to the CFDA family.  I'm pretty sure that by the November shoot, he'll have an alias, a CFDA card, and we'll help him get equipped and teach him to hand-judge.

The Integrity of the Vote

Who remembers the election of 2000?  You remember, the one where the entire nation was treated to a discussion of hanging chads and shadow dimples in Florida while the nation waited to learn who was going to be our next President?  The election that wound up in the Supreme Court?  Yeah, that one.  I remember it clearly.  I was dating a gal who was a Gore supporter, and I was, of course, a Bush supporter.  She and I broke up in December, and no, it wasn't over the election.  But, that election is fixed in my memory for other reasons.

The next month I met Milady, the love of my life, at a Super Bowl party, and my life changed for the better.  But, I still remember the 2000 presidential election, and all voters should remember it.

I also recall a local race in a small Louisiana parish during the '90s.  It was for a local judgeship as I recall and as the ballots were counted, it became apparent that the votes were absolutely tied.  One vote mattered, but still, the votes were tied.  That election went to the courts as well, and it became clear during the hearings that each the local registrar of voters had been overwhelmed with registrants and had not completely vetted each voter.

Let's shift gears for a minute.  On July 4th, the day before Comey's Disgrace, Townhall published an article entitled You Owe Them Nothing - Not Respect, Not Loyalty, Not Obedience.  This was, of course, the day before Jim Comey went on national television and gave us stark proof that Hillary had violated multiple laws and even starker proof that he had sold his integrity and the integrity of the FBI.  I bookmarked it because I thought that I might use it later, and today is later.
There is one law for them, and another for us. Sanctuary cities? Obama’s immigration orders? If you conservatives can play by the rules and pass your laws, then we liberals will just not enforce them. You don’t get the benefit of the laws you like. We get the benefit of the ones we do, though. Not you. Too bad, rubes.
So if you are still obeying the law when you don’t absolutely have to, when there isn’t some government enforcer with a gun lurking right there to make you, aren’t you kind of a sucker?
Lots of people are in hysterics because Trump has said that he might not accept the results of the election, but I think that he's giving voice to the unspoken masses.  We've seen local elections come down to one or two votes and we know that the presidency isn't a nationwide election, but a series of statewide races.  We also know that thousands of illegal aliens in places like Pennsylvania and Virginia.

If it's close, and the election comes down to hanging chads (or the digital counterpart) in states where lots of aliens are voting, then Trump, and the rest of us, have every reason to not accept the legitimacy of the election.  Because we owe them nothing.  Not loyalty, not respect, not allegiance.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hillary's Toddlers

While I wasn't paying attention, it looks like Hillary Clinton descended into the realm of the farcical during the debate.  The woman understand nothing about guns, understand little about the law, and exposes her ignorance on both subjects when she tries to combine them.
“What the District of Columbia was trying to do was to protect toddlers from guns,” the Democratic candidate said about the decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.
 “So they wanted people with guns to safely store them, and the court didn’t accept that reasonable regulation. But they’ve accepted many others, so I see no conflict between saving people’s lives and defending the Second Amendment,” Mrs. Clinton said.
Her ignorance is appalling.  Heller wan't about toddlers.  No where in any of the opinions, concurring or dissenting, do we find that they addressed toddlers at all. That's what the gun-banners do; when they're losing the argument, they make things up out of whole cloth.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Winchester Revolver

Turning our eyes away from the depressing news cycle, we look toward more interesting topics, and as I normally do, I look for shooty goodness.  Today, we learn of a revolver that we never suspected that it even existed.  The Winchester revolver, Model of 1883.

As seen at They Made All Kinds.

I had never heard of a Winchester revolver, but the linked article claims that this one was made by Winchester prior to a gentlemen's agreement between Colt and Winchester.
Supposedly a 1884 meeting between Winchester and Colt, where Winchester showed Colt the new Winchester designed revolver and shortly after that both companies agreed to non-compete with each other, however they reserved the right to design and produced prototypes for patent work development. This "gentleman's agreement" has since been maintained with each company staying out of the other's respective sector of the firearms market.”
I had heard other stories and read claims that Winchester and Colt had agreed to stay within their respective market niches .

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Lethal Force

We go over to Tam's site and read about a police officer in New York who had to use lethal force against a woman wielding a baseball bat.
A sergeant entered the seventh-floor apartment and encountered the woman, who was armed with scissors, but he persuaded her to put them down, Nikunen said.
 So far, so good.  She put down the scissors.  Then things go south.
The woman grabbed a baseball bat and attempted to strike the sergeant, Nikunen said. The officer fired two shots, striking the woman in the torso, he said. She died of her injuries after being taken to Jacobi Medical Center.
Aw, hell.  Using a baseball bat is lethal force.  The officer responded with lethal force, and from the facts presented so far in the story, it appears to be reasonable.  Based on everything I've learned from 35 years as an officer, under existing case law, the officer did what he had to do.  It is regrettable,  as are all fatalities, but not improper.

The usual suspects are upset that the woman died.  But back to Tam's analysis, I can't disagree with her reasoning.
Look, y'all, if you see someone swinging a baseball bat at me and I'm not already shooting them, I'd be much obliged if you'd get to shooting them for me. I don't care if they're 16 or 66 or what bathroom they use or if they're white or black or a sort of tie-dyed color.
That's pretty much the way I feel.  A baseball bat is lethal force.

The Forgotten Voter

John Podhoretz writes an article over at Commentary Magazine, where he talks about the truly forgotten Republican voter.  The whole piece is worth the read, but he reveals the reasoning of a voter who is truly horrified at Trump's mid-October misogyny.

Like many reasonable, rational voters, I was also horrified at the revelations made in mid-October about the Republican candidate.  Podhoretz talks about one disaffected conservative, a woman named Glenn, who excoriated the Republicans in a series of tweets, and he condensed it thus:
It is not just the Republican Party but the conservative movement that has alienated her: “Various men in  the movement are writing it off as normal, confirming every stereotype the left has thrown at them. So I’m done…. And when it’s all said and done, all you’ll have left is the party The Left always accused you of being.”
I can empathize with her disillusionment.  Many of us are disillusioned. At the beginning of the primary season, I was interested, intrigued with the choices available to us.  A rich crowd of candidates, with differing viewpoints and opinions.  Trump captured a sizable portion of the electorate from the beginning,  I would have happily supported Ted Cruz, or Marco Rubio, or perhaps even Jeb Bush (although I detest political dynasties).  But, Trump seemed to capture the support of a large group of people who were tired of the same-old, same-old crop of pretenders.

On the Democratic side, we had Bernie Sanders, an avowed Socialist (who got rich being a socialist) and Hillary Clinton.  Ms. Clinton is, of course, the wife of a serial sex offender, a man who was impeached in office for lying about sexual improprieties.  We shouldn't, of course, visit the sins of Bill upon Hillary, but we note for the record (as my wife so recently brought up), but for the fact that she defended him and is still married to him.

Hillary herself, removed from the sins of her husband, is known for being power-hungry, elite, arrogant, and demonstrably criminal.Were it not for Comey's Disgrace, she would probably be indicted right now for a veritable litany of federal crimes.

If Trump is deplorable, Hillary is despicable.  And that leaves Mr. Podhoretz's forgotten voter with a horrible choice.  There are people who are horrified at the idea of a Trump presidency, but absolutely terrified of a Hillary presidency.  Apocalyptic fantasies are sprouting up everywhere.

Podhoretz tries to explain how the Democrats view Republicans.  It's an interesting view, and I hope that he's wrong.
Many Democrats and liberals, and most activist Democrats and liberals, do not understand this about Republicans and conservatives and do not accept it. They have always seen conservatism as “naked villainy with odd old ends stolen out of holy writ.”
 They believe that if you believe differently from them, you are seeking to do active harm to the country and to others and to humanity, because the policies you support are solely to your benefit. They believe you only want tax cuts and deregulation to enrich yourself, not because you want to free the economy from the government’s heavy and confiscatory hand. They believe you support efforts to prevent voter fraud not because you believe organized efforts have been made to steal elections but because you want to steal elections. And, most important, they believe you support a traditionalist view of life not because you believe it is the deepest reflection of natural law or God’s truth but because you want to privilege males and heterosexuals and seek to disempower women and those who pursue what used to be called “alternative lifestyles.”
If that's how Democrats view Republicans, then they need to get out more.  I, like many Republicans believe in less government, more freedom, less taxes, more private charity.  We believe that love is the answer, but that you should have a gun, just in case.  We believe that honest elections are in the best interest of the Republic, but that we should be vigilant to protect against fraud.

We believe that government has no money except what it takes from The People, and we don't really care what kind of "alternative lifestyle" you pursue, as long as you keep your hand out of my pocket.

I am the forgotten voter that Podhoretz laments, yet I don't hold the apocalyptic views of the lettered elite.  I believe deeply in several things.  I believe that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life, and that He will take care of His people.   I believe that government is not the answer, but is often the problem.  I believe in the basic goodness of people, but understand that there is evil in the world.

So, for me, the choice is clear.  Donald trump might be deplorable, but Hillary is despicable.  There is evil in this world and the Clinton family represents the worst of it.

The choice is horrible, but there it is.

GOP offices Firebombed, Vandalized

You may have seen the news earlier this week about a North Carolina GOP office that was firebombed.  To their eternal credit, a bunch of good-hearted Democrats started a fund to repair the office.  Yeah, I know.  Good-hearted Democrat sounds like an oxymoron, but it's not.  There are a few.

This morning we learn of an Indiana GOP office that was damaged by the age-old expedient of throwing a brick through a window.  And no, I'm not blaming Democrats in this incident, although it's safe to assume that the vandals were not Trump supporters.  The local Sheriff reports that there are plenty of complaints of campaign signs being stolen from residents yards.
Delaware County Sheriff Ray Dudley said that there have been numerous reports of campaign signs being stolen from yards in Yorktown and Mount Pleasant Township, according to Fox 59.
With twenty days left till the election, I suppose that this sort of activity, as deplorable as it is, is bound to happen.

What I've found interesting, locally, is the dearth of yard signs I see in the local area.  In a local campaign, the yards fill up with signs.  They sprout like spider lilies, but this year, the yards are fairly vacant.  Interesting.

Policy Proposals

Now, this I like.  From Fox News:
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday called for sweeping Washington reform including term limits for congressional lawmakers, telling supporters “it’s time to drain the swamp.”
I've been waiting for something like this for a couple of weeks.  Quit complaining and lay out some solid proposals.
 Under Trump's proposal, members of the House of Representatives would serve a maximum of six years, while Senators would be limited to 12 years in office.
He wants to re-institute a ban to prevent Executive Branch officials from lobbying the government for five years after they leave government service and to ensure the ban cannot be lifted by executive order. 
 Trump also wants Congress to institute its own five-year lobby ban for members and their staff.
And he wants to close “loopholes” that he says allow former congressional and Executive Branch officials to lobby while calling themselves consultants and advisers.
Trump is also calling for a lifetime ban on senior Executive Branch officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government and for Congress to pass campaign-finance reform to keep registered foreign lobbyists from raising money in U.S. elections.
It took him long enough to "get off the pot", but those are policy proposals I can get behind.

We know that Hillary represents the established Washington status quo.  It's time for Trump to realize that he's in a race and lay out policy proposals that We The People can get behind.  As much as I like my Congressman, I think that Congressional term limits are a good idea.  I've also long believed that lobbyists should be drawn, quartered, and hung on the steps of Congress.  (okay, that may be a little extreme, but you get my point.)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Voter Fraud

We're hearing a lot about voter fraud these days, mainly that it never happens.

But if it never happens, why is it so easy to get evidence that it's happening?

I've seen some strange things in small-town electoral politics, and I've seen local politicos brought down over vote-buying.  It happens.  Maybe not on a large enough scale to throw a national election, but certainly on a scale large enough to affect a Sheriff's race.  And yes, during the 1990s I was involved in a vote-buying investigation that got a local Sheriff convicted.  I'm not going to call his name, but I remember it.  (Hell, everybody in that area remembers it).

Vote fraud happens, trust me.  I've seen it.  Others uncover evidence of it fairly regularly.  Anyone who says it doesn't happen is either being obtuse, or disingenuous, or both.

Voter fraud is why voter ID laws are so important.  It doesn't stop it completely, but it certainly makes it harder to stuff a ballot box.

Fact Checking

Hat tip to Old NFO, and I'm going to leave this here so that we can find it later.

Hillary likes the Australian example, and thinks that it is worth considering.  Those are her words.  Worth Considering.

When all the spin is over, when it's all said and done, Hillary Clinton wants your guns.  It doesn't matter if you're a hunter, a collector, a recreational shooter, a Cowboy Fast Draw, or IPSC, or USPSA or SASS shooter.  Nor yet a skeet, trap, or sporting clays shooter.  Hillary wants your guns.

It doesn't matter that she's protected by the very guns, every day, that she wants to ban.  No, that doesn't matter at all.  If she gets her semi-auto ban, do you think that her protective detail is going to switch over to revolvers?  If she bans the modern sporting rifle, do you think her protective squad is going to switch over to lever rifles?  Oh, no, she's proven that she is above the law.  Much to Comey's disgrace, she now truly believes that the law doesn't apply to her or her staff.  Hillary ca do whatever-the-hell she wants to do, and

But, if you really want to know what Hillary thinks about guns, don't believe her campaign spin.  Listen to her words.

That should tell you everything that you need to know.  Hillary thinks that the Australian example is worth considering.

Comey's Disgrace

Jim Comey may be the most reviled director that the FBI has ever had.  Though I didn't realize it at the time, it appears that he's simply a political hack.  He's never been a cop, nor an investigator, nor a Special Agent with the bureau.  According to his Wiki page, he was a Deputy Attorney General for two years and a US Attorney for two years.  He's a lawyer, appointed by Obama to run the FBI.  

So much for his much-vaunted straight-shooter reputation.

As regular readers know, his July 5th whitewash of Clinton led many of us to sit stunned as the detailed her criminality, then failed to recommend prosecution.  

The fallout continues.  It appears that many senior agents in the FBI describe Comey as a hack
This is a big development. This means there are some great, traditional, honest people inside the FBI and DOJ who will not let this stand. They know that Comey is a dirty cop and they are disgusted. Inside the bureau I had a meeting today with a senior former FBI agent who told me this exact story. That people are starting to talk. They’re calling their former friends outside the bureau asking for help. We were asked, today, to provide legal representation for people inside the bureau and we agreed to do so. And, to former agents who want to come forward to talk.
 A Daily Caller article gets a little more blunt.
“Comey was never an investigator or special agent. The special agents are trained investigators and they are insulted that Comey included them in ‘collective we’ statements in his testimony to imply that the SAs agreed that there was nothing there to prosecute,” the second agent said. “All the trained investigators agree that there is a lot to prosecuted but he stood in the way.”
There you have it.  Comey stood in the way of the investigation.  At some point, a "reasonable prosecutor" might have to convene a grand jury and look at obstruction charges against Comey.