Thursday, October 18, 2018

Welcome to Portland

A little snark on a Thursday afternoon.

Heh!  I'm just sayin'.

Why Do We Care?

I'm not being flippant, I'm just a bit perplexed.  It seems that this Saudi guy walks in to the Saudi consulate in Turkey and disappears.  It's all over the news.  And, evidently, the White House is interested, and I'm trying to figure out why?

Sure, it's an interesting story, and there is lots of speculation, but the guy was not an American citizen, he wasn't in the US, and both Saudi and Turkey are ostensible US allies. 

I simply can't see any reason for official US government interest in this story, but I'm willing to be convinced.  Yeah, the speculation and rumor is that this guy was killed in the consulate, hacked into pieces, and disappeared forever.  It's a gruesome story, but it's half a world away, and doesn't affect a US citizen.  Why are we interested?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Army's New PT Test

Back in the '70s when I first put on a uniform, the Army had a five-event PT Test.  It required equipment, and a training area, and it was hard to schedule and to conduct.  The Army was "getting over" Vietnam, and trying to simplify things, and one of the things they simplified was the PT Test.  The new PT test consisted of sit-ups, push-ups and two-mile run.    It took no equipment or specialized training area.  A Commander could run it anywhere.

It seems that the Army is considering changing the PT Test.  You can read ll about it here.  Now, they want a six-event PT test that will require a pull-up bar and deadlift equipment.

Bad idea, Army.  You need a PT Test that measures the readiness of  soldier, but that does NOT require any specialized equipment.  Re-learn the KISS principle (Keep it simple, Stupid) and don't burden Commanders with extraneous nonsense.

More Democrat Sleaze

What is it about Democratic women, especially elected officials?  I've been highlighting lately the unbelievable amount of unethical, sleazy, behavior that the Democrat women in the US Sentate are capable of.

LIz Warren of course, the prototypical white woman, claiming Native status.

Clair McCaskill, lying to her constituents.

This morning it's Heidi Heitkamp, the Dem out of North Dakota, outing survivors without their permission.  And, listing some as survivors who weren't victimized.  All for cheap political points.
The misstep has led some women misidentified in the ad to decry the Democratic candidate and question how their names landed on the list, with one group of women saying they are seeking “a lawyer who will take our case” because the ad has “interfered with, or downright ruined, our lives.” …
This is despicable.  Simply horrific.  I understand that she's in a tight race, and I'd think that she wants to take the high road.  Instead, she's now in the middle of a political disaster of her own making.  Anyone who would do this to people doesn't deserve to be a US Senator, and I'm sure that the good people of North Dakota will do the right thing.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Screachy and Preachy

I've been watching this whole Liz Warren thing with glee.  It's hilarious.  She wanted to establish her bona-fides with a DNA test and instantly became the butt of right-wing mirth and left-wing disdain all within a 24 hour period.

Kellyanne Conaway summed it up n nicely.
“In a matter of minutes, she managed to alienate Native Americans, whom she claims as her own, and high-ranking Democrats, whom she would need to successfully run for president,” Conway said in an interview Tuesday. “We saw this in 2016, we don’t need another female candidate who has a causal relationship with the truth, can’t get her story straight, blames everybody else and is screechy and preachy to the electorate.”
 I laughed aloud at that paragraph.  So, to sum up.
Hillary is a known felon.
Claire McCaskill is a left-wing progressive mascaraing as a moderate.
Liz Warren just made a mockery our of affirmative action.
Lets not even talk about Rachel Dolezal.  She's as white as Liz Warren.

And, today, no one in the whole US is whiter than Liz Warren.  That's not a bad thing, necessarily, but she's not handling it real well.

Moderate Democrats

Moderate Democrats, like... for example, Claire McCaskill of Missouri.  She claims to be a moderate Democrat, but Project Veritas is on the case, and it shows that she supports a semi-auto rifle ban, open borders, and basically all of Obama's policies.  Claire will say anyting to get elected, as this video shows.

I especially like the part where the staffers say that Republicans can "Get over it" after she is elected.

Get over it, indeed.  I hope that all those staffers get over being unemployed after she is defeated.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Pocahontas Steps In It

If you've been watching the hilarious travails of the Senator from Massachusetts,  Elizabeth Warren, you know that she has claimed Native American ancestry.   President Trump dubbed her Pocahontas.

Well, she got a DNA test that showed that, basically, she's a white woman and there might.  Might.  Be a little native blood in there somewhere.  Probably not as much as the average American.  But, she continues to maintain her Native status.

Now, the Cherokee Nation is disclaiming her.
"It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven.”…
Several years ago, my sister did the research and found that we have an ancestor on the Dawes roll.  Does that make me Native American?  Not to my mind.  I have much more French, Spanish,  German, Scots-Irish, and just plain American blood running through me.

Warren should let it go.  I's not going to help her Presidential bid, and that's where this whole mockery is headed.  The Cherokees don't want her, and neither do the rest of us.

UPDATE**   John Hinderaker makes a good point{ This should be the death-knell of affirmtive action.
Here’s the point: Warren’s defense of her claim to being Native American is good for America. Because if Warren is an Indian, then so are most of the rest of us. And most of us are also African-American or Hispanic. If everyone is an Indian, then no one is an Indian. This logic is fatal to the whole corrupt affirmative action enterprise.

Maybe Next Week

Like most Cajuns, I've been jonesing for gumbo.  Thick, hearty gumbo.  But, the weather hasn't cooperated.  Too durned hot.  Gumbo is for cool weather, and we haven't had much of that yet.  However, the weather-weenies are telling me that I might see a break in the heat, long enough to put a pot of gumbo on.

Hopefully, this coming weekend it will cool down enough that I can make a pot.  Some say that gumbo is an "anytime" meal, but Belle and I like to wait for cool weather.

F-22s Destroyed

It seems that almost 10% of our F-22 fleet is damaged or destroyed because someone didn't think to get them out of the path of Hurricane Michael.  Yeah, really.
The US Air Force’s Tyndall Air Base in Florida has taken a direct hit. Many of its ultra-advanced F-22 Raptor stealth fighters have been caught on the ground.
Exactly how many of the $475 million aircraft were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Michael has not yet been revealed.
C'mon, guys.  Those things fly, or are supposed to.  IF a hurricane is coming, get them wheels-up and out of the danger zone.   Letting an advanced jet fighter get destroyed by weather is simply unacceptable. 

Someone's head needs to roll over this.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Lipsey's Special

Last week we talked about the Keith #5, a favorite revolver of Elmer Keith.  I linked to a video and you can go over and watch it.  It's a fascinating story about an iconic revolver.

None of us can afford a Keith #5.  It was a one-of-a-kind custom revolver that required the taleents of several gunsmiths, including the Colt factory.  But, it had several attributes that made it what it is.  A Colt Single Action Army in .44 Special, flat-top model with a ramp front ad adjustable rear sight.  It had an intriguing base pin of Keith's design and a custom grip that employed a Bisley top strap and a standard Colt trigger guard.  It was quite an iconic revolver.

In 2009 Lipsey's commissioned a run of revolvers from Ruger.  Basically a standard Blackhawk in .44 Special.  They sold like hotcakes and in 2010 Lipeey's commissioned another run, this  time with a flat top ad a Bisley grip frame.  Think of it as a Poor Man's #5.

My son knows my love for the .44 Special cartridge and he found one of those Lipsey's on the market.  He picked it up right and brought ti to me for an early Christmas present

It's a beautiful gun and well appreciated.  It has a ramp front adjustable rear, that lovely Bisley grip ad best of all, it's chambered in .44 Special.  It should be a perfect woods gun, especially when stoked with a cylinder of Skeeter's Load.  I had a hundred of those loaded and the boys wanted to shoot, so we went to second-son's place to burn a little powder.

We put five shots o paper to make sure that the sights were regulated, then I gave younger son the honor of first ringing the gong with it.  Watch the video below.

It's a shooter, all right, and I'm very happy with it.  Thanks, son.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Finally Friday

What a Friday.  On the way to work this morning, I stop to pick up breakfast, ad when I get back to the van, it won't start.  Battery is dead.  Well damn.  I found a redeck with jumper cables, ad made it to work.  When it was getting-off time, I got it started and headed home.  Got it i the driveway.  LIfe is good.

Jumped int he truck and headed back to town with two empty propane bottles.  Belle is having a party tomorrow and I need propane.  Looked at the gas gauge on the truck and decided to fill up on the way to town.  Put $40.00 worth of gas in the truck and went to the grocer who also sells propane..  Got  out of the truck, and smelled gasoline.  Looked down, and saw a steady  stream of gasoline spilling out t the parking lot.  Got down on my back and looked under the truck.  I've ot a hole i my gas tank.  Found a pencil inn the console, jammed it into the hole and duct-taped it into place.  Got the cylinders filled and started home.

Some asshole on Highway 28 ran a red light. and t-boned an innocent motorist.  Traffic shit-the-hell down.  Major loblolly on the highway.  No traffic moving at all.  I re-routed.  Took an alternate route.  Got the truck home, scratching my head about the hole in the tank.  Called my expert mechanic son.  He's thrilled I'm home.  Doesn't have to tow a truck off the road.  Scratching his head over fuel tank repair.  We'll figure it out.

Tomorrow is a club shoot, then a party for Belle's co-workers.  In the meantime, I need a battery for the van and a patch for a fuel tank.  The  van is important, the truck can wait a day or two.

In the near time, it's Happy Hour.  I'm home safe and all the vehicles are in the yard.    My weeked is going to be interesting as hell.

We're All Going To Die!

Well, yes we are, because death is endemic to the human condition.  No one has escaped it yet, in a worldly, physical sense. 

It seems that the left is blaming the devastation of Hurricane Michael on science deniers.  Yeah, really.
Victims of Hurricane Michael voted for climate deniers | John Abraham
 We know that climate change is making these storms stronger. The storms feed off of warm ocean waters, and those waters are much warmer now because of climate change. I have written about the science in more detail here and here. But basically, Michael strengthened because it passed over really warm waters. Waters that were hotter because of human-caused warming.
Dude!  It's a hurricane.  They called this one Michael to differentiate it from the other dozen that preceded it this year.  Folks in Florida know how to do hurricanes.  If you live in the deep South, your life is punctuated by hurricanes, and those hurricanes mark life events.  I remember Hurricane Audrey, which knocked our roof off in 1957.  I was three years old.  I remember Betsy in 1965, and Camille in 1969.  I could make a list, but you get the idea.  Of course, Katrina, Rita, and Gustav all affected my life, and recently, Harvey screwed-over the Texas coast.

Hurricanes aren't anything new, and the gloom-and-doom crowd needs to read their history.  A hurricane is weather, it's not climate.   While Michael was devastating, it's nothing new.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

One LOad

I think  that we can get it all in one load.

I ca remember cutting that much firewood to keep a house warm during a Louisiana winer.  Thankfully I don't have to do that anymore.

Slow News Thursday

Looking at the websites, it appears that the Democrats are still butt-hurt and the Republicans are hoping for a Kavanaugh bounce.  That's not news.

On my lunch hour, I went to Academy in town to look for some .44 Special ammo.  I have lots of Skeeter's Load, but I wanted some standard mouse-fart ammo.  No luck.  I guess that if I want mouse-fart ammo I'll have to load it myself.  But, all my .44 Special brass is loaded with Skeeter's load.

I did find some soft handgun cases on the rack, for less than $5.00 apiece.  I bought the three hanging there because we can never have enough handgun cases.  I also picked up a box of .38 Special +P ammo because the cartridges in my carry gun are probably 30 years old..  I'm sure that they would go BANG, but it's probably time for fresh carry ammo.

Not much to report today, it's just another slow news day.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


So, there's this gun coming, and from the pictures I've seen, it screams for ivory.  Nowadays, we can't get ivory in this country, so we settle for the next best thing.  Some kind of faux ivory made from synthetics.  It's going to be okay.  They look fine, and I won't have to run afoul of the import laws.

So, we're stuck with faux ivory.   I ordered a set from these fine people, and got a reply email today.  Words to the effect of "will be made to order and is estimated to take 1 day to 4 weeks."  They gave me the option to cancel, but this revolver is screaming for nice grips.  So I told them I'd wait.  It's no big hurry, and I like the way these grips look.

One day to four weeks?  In this time of instant gratification and two-day shipping we tend to lose patience when ordering stuff..  Patience is fine, and I'm okay with waiting.  I can remember a time when I'd order something by filling out an order form, putting it in the mail, knowing as sure as shooting that I wouldn't see my package for four weeks or longer.   This four week wait will give me time to start learning the gun before I switch grips.  And, they said "1 day to 4 weeks" so it might be here much earlier.  We'll see.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

More Socialistic Moon-Battery

It looks like New York is going to elect a died-in-the-wool socialist as one of their representatives. 
Lest we forget, barring some last-minute divine intervention, New York Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is on her way to an easy election victory next month and a seat in the House of Representatives.
One of the things she wants to do is abolish the Electoral College.  Good luck with that.  Her pie-in-the-sky idea is one we've heard before.  And the chances of it happening is just about zero.

You see, there are ways to amend the Constitution, and the most common way is to have two-thirds of both Houses of Congress approve it, then have three-fourths of the state legislatures approve it.   How does she intend to get thirty-eight (38) states to approve such a lame-brained idea?

Like most Democratic/Socialist ideas, this is a pipe dream of the left.  Simply, it ain't gonna happen.  New York needs a whole new political class.

Competing Polls

I'm putting this down just as a place marker.  It seems that on the Tuesday, four weeks from the midterms, there are competing polls, trying to take the pulse of the political climate.

Politico says that the House is in play.

Axios says that the GOP is set to make big gains in the election.

Of course, both may be right.  The GOP could lose the House and make gains in the Senate.  The idea here is not to get cocky, and don't get complacent.  We have to vote.  This is going to be a big election, both at the national level and locally.  This is going to be interesting.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Considering the Next One

Now that Justice Kavanaugh is sworn in, SCOTUS-watchers should consider the next chapter in this continuing drama.

Madam Justice Ginsburg might serve for many more years, and I certainly don't wish her any ill-will or trauma, but the simple fact is that she was born in 1933 and the actuarial tables are conspiring against her.  We do have a national referendum in five weeks, and if the adults turn out to vote, we might see a more solid Republican majority.

Lindsey Graham is certainly one of the adults in the room, and he has challenged Chuck Schumer (who needs to grow up) to pick a potential nominee from the list that President Trump has published.  That seems like an adult thing to do.  The President isn't keeping it a secret, and if  Schumer could act like an adult and take care of business, then maybe we will avoid all this nonsense next time.

The simple fact is that President Trump is liable to be privileged to nominate at least one more Justice.  Ginsburg could have done the honorable ting and stepped down during the Obama administration, but she didn't.  It becomes more apparent every day that Trump might pick her successor.  And, that's nobody's fault but hers.

Newtonian Politics

Simply stated, Newton's Third Law says that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  We see this played out in the natural world and the mechanical world.  Recoil, for instance, is one example.

Reflecting on the political world and the news cycle of he past weeks, I am reminded that this law might also play out in politics.  Culminating this weekend, in a wailing crescendo,  it showed the whole world just how reasonable and measured the Left can be. ( I jest here.  Surely you can recognize sarcasm.)  The absurd wailing and gnashing of teeth were as like unto a tantrum of toddlers who don't get their way. 

The November midterms are just five weeks away.  Hopefully the adults will turn out in droves to remind the Godless Democrats that we are still a nation of laws, the a person is innocent until proven guilty and that elections matter.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

The Unhinged Left


The next time someone tells you that you should be civil i your arguments with Democrats, show them this clip.

They sound unhinged.  This is the result of the past twenty or thirty years of trying to reason with people who don't understand civil discourse.  It's like listening to three-year-olds throwing a tantrum.  This is what happens when the unhinged left does't get its way.

These people don't want civil discourse, they want to be spanked and sent to bed.  It's sad,but true.

The Keith #5

The tale of American handgunning can't be told without Elmer Keith.  There are others, of course, but Keith tended to be a dominate voice in the 20th century and was instrumental in shaping onions about what constituted the perfect revolver.  He is best known for his work with bog bore magnum revolvers and is considered the father of the .44 Remington Magnum.

In his long-range work prior to the introduction of the .44 Magnum in 1955, Keith worked with the .44 Special cartridge for a number of reasons.   Basically, both calibers were chambered in the same gun and the cylinders were the same size.  The .44 Special had a smaller diameter , so there was more steel in the .44 cylinder than the .45, so the cartridge could be loaded to a higher pressure without running the risk of a burst cylinder.    Plus, the .44 Special brass had a stronger web than the balloon-head brass of the .45 Colt of the era.

Keith's work in this regard also focused on the revolver itself.  Better sights, a stronger base-pin latch, a different grip.  This work culminated in a gun that he called the #5.  In 2015,  Keith's #5 cane up for auction and Forgotten Weapons did a video on this remarkable revolver prior to the sale.  They tell the story better than I do, so I'll let them tell it.

I'm a big fan of the .44 Special, preferring it over the .44 Magnum.  While the magnum has its place,  and if you are enamored of it, by all means, use it.  Were I going up north, where I might encounter big bears, I might carry more than the .44 Special could provide, but for the little bears we have hereabouts ad the other fauna lurking around here, the .44 Special provides all the thump I think I"ll ever need from a belt-carried revolver.

In the .44 Special, I prefer Skeeter's Load.  Promulgated by the late, great Skeeter Skeltonn, it features a hard-cast 240 or 250 grain Keith bullet over 7.5 grains of Unique.  My research tells me that Skeeter found it in Elmer Keith's writings, which ties us back to Keith, but it was Skeeter who talked about the load.   What I like about it is that it has more thump than the standard .44 Special at 750 fps.  This load runs the bullet out at about 950 fps which makes it perfectly suitable for 95% of whatever you want a big bore handgun to do.

I tell you all this because my love affair with the .44 Special ain't over, and I'm about to open another chapter inn my infatuation with this cartridge.  More to come, soon.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Favorite Clips

One of my favorite clips from Clear and Present Danger.

I'm liable to watch movie clips on Saturday afternoon in lieu of football.

I Like Melania

I'm a huge fan of our First Lady, Melania Trump.  Elegant, refined, she seems to me to epitomize what a First Lady should be.  Belle is also a fan, comparing her to Jackie Kennedy.  The Trump-haters deplore her, of course, because she is the President's wife.  It turns out that she is in Kenya on a goodwill tour, and had the opportunity to tour a national park.  Sensibly, she decided to wear a hat to keep the sun off her head.  The left predictably went ape-shit.  From CNN:
Melania Trump's latest white hat evokes colonialist comparison
No, you imbeciles.  Hats make sense in many locations, and the location often determines which hat you wear.  The sun in equatorial Africa is murderous.  You want a hat that is lightweight, light colored, and stands off the head.  You want air to be able to circulate between the hat and the head, and you want that hat to be white, to reflect the sun.

I think that the hat is stylish, practical, and more importantly, I think that she is rocking it.  The pith hat makes perfect sense in that location, which is why it's been worn there for a hundred years or more.

But, the media losers gotta lose, and haters gotta hate.

Will The Court Have A Middle?

Justice Alana Kagan weighs in on the upcoming confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh by wondering if the Supreme Court will have a middle ground.  Go to the link for the analysis and video.

Her argument is that without a guy like Kennedy, who blows in the wind between the left and the right, it will be hard for the Court to find middle ground.  It's a self-serving argument where she is actually lamenting that Justices on the Court are predictable.  Yet, she is one o the more predictable.  It's fairly easy to say that she's utterly predictable.  As such, she could step up and find middle ground. 

My argument to her lamentation is that we already have an unpredictable middle in justice Roberts, who gave us Obamacare not once, but twice.  He should have gone ahead and joined with the predictable left when they legitimatized gay marriage. 

We'll see how Justice Kavanaugh opines on various topics in future cases, but I hold no great hope that anything conservative will come in the near future.  That part of his confirmation that actually focused on his judicial philosophy reveals that he believes in precedent ad stare decisis.  We won't see Roe overturned anytime soon.

Now, if Ginsburg would just do the honorable thing, we might actually be able to get a conservative Court.

Friday, October 05, 2018

Belief Is A Funny Thing

For the past couple of weeks (particularly the past couple of weeks), we've seen the signs.

I'd like to, I really would, but belief is a funny thing.  It requires evidence.  I have several beliefs that I hold dear.  For some I have evidence, for some I don't.  Those require faith.  I am a Christian, after all, and faith is the bedrock of my salvation.    I can testify to my faith, but non-believers will scoff. 

On the one hand, I've known some women (personally, not professionally) who would rather climb up a tree and lie to you than stand on the ground and tell the truth.  Three of them come to mind, and they were so toxic that I soon removed them from my social circle.  Their drama was simply so unrelenting, so hurtful, and so unbelievable that I quit associating with them.

I'm also a cop.  I've been a cop for 37 years. I've run a sex-offender unit and I have investigated claims.  Many of them proved true and we were able to obtain convictions.  Some of them did not prove true and we were unable to obtain convictions.  That's how the law works.  It is a hard thing to tell a survivor that while she may be sincere, her testimony compelling, her story heart-wrenching, that we simply cannot move forward.  We have no corroborating evidence.  Belief is one thing, proving it is something else.  Reasonable doubt is a tough standard, but it is the standard that has kept us civilized for hundreds of years.  Which brings us to the Kavanaugh conundrum.

In that case, there is no corroborating evidence, either testimonial or physical, so we must presume innocence.  Many have rightly pointed out that this is not a criminal inquiry, but that it is a job interview.    This argument is specious, because there are simply some questions that you can't ask in a job interview.

So, we're left with the political.  The Supreme Court is supposed to be above politics, (which is also a specious argument in my opinion) but the Senate is not.  The Senate is all about politics, and I feel that they correctly reflect the partisan mood of the country.  For better or worse, this is the Senate that we have today.  Is Kavanaugh the best pick?  Well, he's Trump's pick and that's what matters in this case.  Honestly, I don't know one thing about Brett Kavanaugh.  Supposedly, he's a good man, a solid conservative and has wide experience in the judiciary.  Can he serve credibly as a Justice?  We'll see.  I've been disappointed in the Supremes before.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Church In The Dirt

 Our church holds Prayer and Practice on Thursday nights, and I got there tonight just as the devotional was finishing up.

Young riders, on horseback, listening to the pastor preach a devotional.

Our pastor, Brother Herb, delivers the devotional on horseback.  I caught him, in this photo, either at the start or end of the prayer.

That's how we spend Thursday nights at the church.

The Big Nothing-Burger

Fox News is reporting that the FBI has forwarded their supplemental report to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The findings?  Nothing.
A source familiar with the supplemental report told Fox News it shows no evidence corroborating the allegations of sexual assault or misconduct against the nominee. Other specifics from the report were not immediately available, but Fox News is told the review included interviews with nine people, along with a sworn statement from another. This went beyond the original Senate request for interviews with four people, though the FBI did not dive into Kavanaugh's drinking habits in high school, one area of contention, because the Senate did not formally request the information.
Well, okay.  Confirm the guy, already.  I understand that the Senate has already voted for cloture, so the final vote should be almost immediate.

Personally, I think that this whole smear campaign has hurt Democrats more than it helped them.  It certainly hasn't done the MeToo movement any good.  Believe the survivor, but don't go off half-cocked.  Take a minute to review the details and see if the story makes any sense.  Not all "survivors" are believable.

The cruelest smear, though, is the newest one.  Can her be fair after what we've put him though?  Realy?  After smearing him, wrecking his family life, and trotting out wild accusations, you're worried that he might not listen to your arguments?

One thing I learned a ling time ago, as a rookie cop.  Don't piss off the Judge.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Screw Islam

It seems that the New York Times is complaining that we don't consider Islam a valid religion.
It’s a “disturbing trend,” says Asma T. Uddin, a Muslim attorney, in the New York Times: “In recent years, state lawmakers, lawyers and influential social commentators have been making the case that Muslims are not protected by the First Amendment. Why? Because, they argue, Islam is not a religion.”
It doesn't disturb me at all.  One family that runs the Exxon station down the road might be Islamic, but they may not be.  I don't know.  The women dress in Western clothing and seem quite comforable selling beer and Jack's Links sausage, so I'm not concerned that they are a problem.  If they were, we'd take our business elsewhere.

But sharia is a political system disguised as a religion.  They hate gays,, lesbians, transgendered, the whole LGBTQ EIEIEO crowd and would happily push them off buildings or hang them or whatever other bit of barbarity they can dream up.  Women have no rights, and are chattel.

I have a huge problem with sharia, which forms the backbone of the political arm of Islam.   Besides, I still have't gotten over the fact that they fly airplanes into buildings.

Remember what William Churchill said:
Winston Churchill 1899: “Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”
If the New York Times wants to live under Sharia, I think that they should try it for a while.  But, they'd better be ready to fire all the gays and women.  I'm just saying.


Much has been made of Dr. Blaey Ford's credibility.  I would submit three items that tend to work against her credibility.

1.  Fear of flying.  Much was made of this early last week, but testimony elicited shows that she flies regularly for fun and profit.
2.  The second front door on the home was put there not because she's claustrophobic, but she rents that room out to other practitioners or student/interns.
3.  She passed a polygraph, but she coaches others on how to game the polygraph test.

As I mentioned yesterday, she's demanding an FBI interview, and I suspect that she might get one.  She might consider, before speaking with the agents, taking the 5th amendment.  This might not be a job interview.  It might well be a criminal investigation.

Be careful what you pray for.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Ford's Lawyers Demand Interview

It seems that Dr. Ford's lawyers are demanding that the FBI interview her as part of the FBI background investigation.  Yeah, really
"It is inconceivable that the FBI could conduct a thorough investigation of Dr. Ford’s allegations without interviewing her, Judge Kavanaugh, or the witnesses we have identified in our letters to you," attorneys Debra Katz and Michael Bromwich wrote to top FBI officials in a letter obtained by POLITICO.
Katz is going to be interviewed soon enough, I'm sure, to testify as to who in Feinstein's office referred Ford to her firm.   I don't know why the FBI would want to interview Ford.  Her testimony is already on record, and from what I understand, an FBI background check doesn't carry a possible perjury charge, like testifying to the Senate does.

Katz should go pound sand.  She should know better than to make demands of the FBI.

Finally, the 21st Century

Finally, the 21st century might be turning out more like I expected.
For more than half a century, rockets have been the only way to go to space. But in the not-too-distant future, we may have another option for sending up people and payloads: a colossal elevator extending from Earth’s surface up to an altitude of 22,000 miles, where geosynchronous satellites orbit.
Imagine a huge cable, stretching from Earth's surface to a geosynchronous orbiting platform, with people and payloads traveling the cable, without rockets.
NASA says the basic concept of a space elevator is sound, and researchers around the world are optimistic that one can be built. 
Let's get after it, fellows!  (Then, get to work on my flying car.)

So, She Lied To Congress

Much has been made about the testimony of Dr. Ford being traumatized by the alleged event, even to the point of having two doors on the front of her home, so that she might always have an escape route.  Except that:
“The door was not an escape route but an entrance route,” said an attorney familiar with the ongoing congressional investigation. “It appears the real plan for the second front door was to rent out a separate room.”
Oh, really, but I thought she testified that she had the door added during a renovation over the wishes of her husband because she always wanted an additional exit route because of the trauma of the sexual assault.  Well, maybe not.
 Palo Alto city records show that a building permit for an additional room and exterior door was issued to Ford and her husband on Feb. 4, 2008 — more than four years before the May 2012 therapy session where, she says, she first identified Kavanaugh as her attacker.
So, she had not told her husband at the time the renovation occurred.    It looks like the whole double-front-door story was a lie.   And much was made about a legal assumption that if someone will lie about one thing, they'll lie about another thing, which throws the whole testimony into doubt.


Turning away from crass national politics we find a report from Bloomberg Economics that talks about the impact of $100 oil.
The good news is that Bloomberg Economics found that oil at $100 would mean less for global growth in 2018 than it did after the 2011 spike. That’s partly because economies are less reliant on energy and because the shale revolution cushioning the U.S.
Elasticity.  When the quantity demanded increases, the supply tends to increase and the equilibrium price floats on the new supply curve.   That's basic economic theory.  It's taught in most college classes in Eco 101.

Here's the deal with oil.  Oil companies exist to make a profit.   If it costs $XX.XX to take a barrel of oil from the ground, then if the price falls below t hat cost, t hey turn the pumps off and let the oil stay in the ground.  I know of at least one oil field that is sitting idle right now, not because it's dry, but because the price of oil is less than the cost to pump it out of the ground.

Right now, WTI spot prices are at $75.30 and Brent is running at about $84.90.  Let the price of oil rise to $100 and all across the US, pumps will whir to life and the supply curve will shift.  It's basic economics, and it's all based on equilibrium and elasticity of supply.

Monday, October 01, 2018

If You Don't Listen to Anything Else Today

Listen to Ben Shapiro.

The Democrats cannot be allowed to hold power.  They simply can't be trusted with it.

Not A Bad Gig

Searching around the internet today, I saw a reference to a GoFundMe for Dr. Blasey Ford.  So, I did a quick google.  Here's a screenshot.

If I'm reading that right, it's over a half-million dollars to fly across the country and testify to Congress.  Who says that there is no profit in victimhood? 

Just wow!

Fear of Flying

We've had the weekend to digest the ongoing drama of the testimony offered by Dr. Blasey Ford last week, and I admit that it was compelling.  What, to me, was compelling is her fear of flying.  Much was reported in the week prior that she didn't want to fly to Washington from her home on the west coast,  because she was afraid of flying.   She also testified that she has two front doors on her home because she doesn't want to feel trapped; she wants a way out.  I suppose (although I am no psychologist), that this is some form of claustrophobia.   Yet, she also testified that she flies for work and vacation.  This is inconsistent.

The other thing that bugs me is her attorneys.  The Senate reportedly offered to come to her to take her testimony in private and to respect her privacy.  During her testimony, I think that she was surprised that they had made the offer.  Her attorneys evidently wanted her to testify in public for the maximum political advantage.  I'm sure that one of the local bar associations will look into this matter.  They certainly did their client no favors, unless they were serving two clients simultaneously and decided to favor one over the other.

I'm hoping that by weeks end, we'll have a better idea of what the FBI finds, but I have no great optimism in that regard.  Hopefully, they will also investigate how Dr. Ford's story went from confidential to mass-media-viral.  There should be a price to be paid for that particular brouhaha, but again, I have no great optimism that regard either.  Dr. Ford was used publicly by her elected representatives for political gain, and that may be the biggest rape of all.

I'm disgusted at the whole lot of them.