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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The worst kind of terrorism


Let's be careful out there.

Kilted To Kick Cancer - Day 18: Kilted Motor Madness and a challenge to you!


Things are getting jiggy in Roswell, GA.  Yes, I rode the bike wearing the kilt.  Yes, it was (ahem) exciting.  The things we do for fund raising.

And so to the challenge.  There are 12 days left in the Kilted To Kick Cancer fund raiser.  Ambulance Driver said that as of a couple days ago Team Borepatch had raised over $1200 (the thanks go to those of you who have donated).  He also said that he'd like to see the (then) total of $5600 get doubled.  I agree.

And so my challenge to you, Dear Reader: if Team Borepatch breaks $2500 by September 30 then I will post video of me riding in a kilt.  There, I said it.  You might not want to watch (what has been seen cannot be unseen), but I will put my dignity on the line for the Cause.

Because it's not a good cause, it's a great cause.  Please click through to donate to this cause.  It's fully tax deductible, as a 501(c)3 charity.  The Donate link is here, and please select Team Borepatch.

And if you click through to read Brigid's post you'll see why she is also invested in this - her Dad is fighting that same fight right now.  She is so invested that she's made an enormously generous offer: the first twenty all donations of $50 or more via Team Borepatch will receive an autographed copy of her amazing The Book Of Barkley.

Note that I've modified the rules - all donations will get a copy of her outstanding book, because I'll buy them myself for her to sign.  So not only can you get a great read, not only can you support a great cause, but you'll help drive her rankings on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  And you can watch me riding in a kilt.  If you screw your courage to the sticking point.

Let's blow this away, everyone.  The Internet expects all readers to do their duty.


The most important thing you will see today

Old NFO has it.  Damn, that's amazing.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Heh

Top shelf snark:
Saying he’s fed up with cleaning toilets for a living, local janitor Sean Ritchie announced Wednesday that he’s putting down his mop for good to join the Navy.
At least he'll have regular work hours.

Mitt Romney Considers Running Again

Mitt can run, but if he's the GOP candidate, the Democrats will win again. His stand on the 2nd Amendment (and health care, "Homeland Security", taxes, and the role of government) makes him unacceptable. His legislation in Massachusetts, coupled with his answers in the second debate last time, decided it for me.

I voted for Gary Johnson. I could not pull the lever a man that wants to strip me of my liberties. The "lesser of the two evils" argument would not sell with me and with enough other conservatives and libertarians that Pr. Obama won a second term. Remember Paul Ryan? Remember the energy he brought? Even that couldn't carry Romney to the finish line.

There's two years to find a candidate. Gary Johnson is running again. Read his platform and ask yourself if you don't support his beliefs and ideas more than every candidate you ever supported for the Presidency.

So here's my hill on this issue. If the Republicans can do no better than Mitt Romney in 2016, they will have to convince someone else to vote for him. If they can get beyond themselves and consider a candidate that shares at least some of my values, I will reconsider.

Has anyone heard any news about Goober?

His heart surgery was two days ago.  If anyone has any news please ping me.

Crash likes my luggage rack

The luggage rack for the motorcycle showed up yesterday, and Crash the Wundercat couldn't be more thrilled.  He actually doesn't care about the rack, but the box it came in is his new most favoritist place every.


Ohai!

Kilted To Kick Cancer - Day 17: Going to the dogs

Well, to the dog park.  Wolfgang is rocking the kilt.


I'm a regular, and so people were happy to take my picture.  We had good conversations on the fundraiser which (hint, hint) is still going on.  Please click through to donate to this cause.  It's fully tax deductible, as a 501(c)3 charity.  The Donate link is here, and please select Team Borepatch.

And if you click through to read Brigid's post you'll see why she is also invested in this - her Dad is fighting that same fight right now.  She is so invested that she's made an enormously generous offer: the first twenty donations of $50 or more via Team Borepatch will receive an autographed copy of her amazing The Book Of Barkley.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fire

There's a reason the old command is "Fire!"


Barrel Length and Powder Burn Rate

We've talked about it. Here's an example.


Click to biggify. H/T to Miguel at gunfreezone.net

So what has Obamacare done for employment?

350,000 jobs lost:
Businesses are cutting jobs due to ObamaCare, according to surveys by several regional Federal Reserve Banks.

Health economist John Goodman noted that "three Federal Reserve Banks in Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta have surveyed the folks in their area and roughly one fifth of the employers are saying they cut back on employment.

“Roughly one fifth are saying they're moving from full time to part time,” Goodman added. “More than one in ten are saying they're doing more outsourcing - all this because of the new health care reform."

Doug Holtz-Eakin, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, said “for the smaller employers -- those that have between 20 and 49 employees -- you get a negative impact on jobs, you get a negative impact on wages in those jobs. What this means for small business as a whole is over $22 billion of earnings gone for their workers and 350,000 jobs."
Man, nobody could have seen that coming.  All the proof that you need that the GOP is the Stupid Party is that you don't have campaign ads 24/7 on this, featuring people who have been put out of work.  #GOPTooStupid2Live.

Outstanding overview of Global Warming for the layman

If you want to get a second opinion, then this is a very good starting point that will make you more knowledgeable than 95% of the people you will run across.  My opinion is that this is the most important thing you will see there:

The yellow band is the model predictions relied upon by the IPCC.  The black line is the observed temperatures as recorded by the RSS Satellite system.  Note that the observed temperatures have been outside the 5% - 95% confidence interval since the early 2000s.  At the same time, we see this:

Atmospheric carbon dioxide has been rising monatomically each year.  These two are what you whip out when some idiot sneers at you that everyone knows the Greenhouse Effect is settled science.  Personally, I find that sort of arrogance to be more than a little annoying.  A sweet reply of "Well then why do the satellite sensors report there's not been any warming for almost 20 years?  After all, the Greenhouse Effect is settled science."  The results of that are usually pretty gratifying, but then I'm a horrible denier-type person.

Kilted To Kick Cancer - Day 16: Cyclone

More specifically, the 1959 Cadillac Cyclone.



Yup - Harley Earl was here.  390 cubic inches of big block goodness and a bubble top.  It had an anti-crash radar system (really!) hidden in these cones.


From back when Detroit dreamed outsized dreams.  This month we're dreaming outsized dreams about beating prostate cancer.  There are two weeks left in the fundraiser.  Please click through to donate to this cause.  It's fully tax deductible, as a 501(c)3 charity.  The Donate link is here, and please select Team Borepatch.

And if you click through to read Brigid's post you'll see why she is also invested in this - her Dad is fighting that same fight right now.  She is so invested that she's made an enormously generous offer: the first twenty donations of $50 or more via Team Borepatch will receive an autographed copy of her amazing The Book Of Barkley.

Monday, September 15, 2014

So where's the pot of gold?


I was told that there was would be a pot of gold.


I believe that I shall send a strongly worded letter to the appropriate authorities.

Comcast says that if you use anonymity services that you're a criminal

Well OK, then:
Reports have surfaced (Via /r/darknetmarkets and another one submitted to us) that Comcast agents have contacted customers using Tor and instructed them to stop using the browser or risk termination of service. A Comcast agent named Jeremy allegedly called Tor an “illegal service.” The Comcast agent told its customer that such activity is against usage policies.

The Comcast agent then repeatedly asked the customer to tell him what sites he was accessing on the Tor browser. The customer refused to answer.

The next day the customer called Comcast and spoke to another agent named Kelly who reiterated that Comcast does not want its customers using Tor. The Comcast agent then allegedly told the customer:
Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal.
Are there any ISPs that aren't miserable Quisling bastards?

Kilted To Kick Cancer - Day 15: Nice shape!

This is so sweet I could feel myself getting a cavity just looking at it.


That's a 1935 Bugatti Type 575 Competition, designed by Jean Bugatti (son of founder Ettore.  One of these was recently discovered and sold at auction for 3.4 Million euros.  I guess collecting these is like collecting Picassos or Rembrants.


There are two weeks left in the fundraiser.  Please click through to donate to this cause.  It's fully tax deductible, as a 501(c)3 charity.  The Donate link is here, and please select Team Borepatch.

And if you click through to read Brigid's post you'll see why she is also invested in this - her Dad is fighting that same fight right now.  She is so invested that she's made an enormously generous offer: the first twenty donations of $50 or more via Team Borepatch will receive an autographed copy of her amazing The Book Of Barkley.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

This is what winning looks like


#1 Son and I shared some Newcastle Brown Ale.  The bottle cap made me laugh.

Ouch

So I've been off the grid, and my posting shows it.  I've been in training for a trip to Panama City Beach at the end of the month for the motorcycle rally.  I've done nearly 300 miles this weekend, which is good practice for the 350 or so miles to PCB.

Ouch.  I'm looking at an Ibuprofin cocktail ...

So heads up - anyone want to meet up in PCB at the rally?  It's between October 1 and 5.  Leave a comment if you think it could be a good time.  And how cool would this be, painted on the bike or a helmet (or a patch for a jacket)?


After a little self-pitying moaning, I'll get back to the regular blogging schedule.


Barrel Length and .45ACP

Tam has started posting again. Here's a range report on .45ACP and the effect of different barrel lengths on bullet velocity.

It's good to see the posts, but she has turned off comments. Even though I understand the reasons, it takes something away from a blog to not have the interaction that comments create.

You can load .45ACP specifically with a longer barrel in mind and see some increase in velocity, although it is not going to be that great. The case size is also a limit on how much pressure you can develop as the powder begins to burn.

The volume in a larger case, like a rifle cartridge, allows the pressure generated to have some place to begin it's expansion before the bullet has moved. Once the bullet is moving, the ongoing burn continues to generate pressure behind the bullet so that it continues to accelerate. In handgun cases, that volume isn't there. Trying to generate an ongoing pressure behind the bullet to take advantage of a longer barrel results in a dangerously high pressure in the early moments when the volume is limited.

This is what limits carbines in .45ACP to lower velocities even though they may have barrels of 16 or 18 inches. In some cases, the bullet velocity peaks in the barrel and begins to slow down before it exits, the powder having been consumed and no additional pressure being created. Here's a link to ballistic tables for various commercial .45ACP loads in barrels from 18" down to 2". It's the same sort of testing Tam was doing, taken to 11.

Ballistics by the Inch is a great resource on the effects of barrel length on handgun ammo and I am adding it to the sidebar.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

She Told Me To Get Out of the House

What a Saturday! She was having a group of friends over for lunch and a meeting. She told me to be gone and stay gone. Well, okay then.

I packed up early and went to the range. Took lunch with me. Shot some of mine, shot some other things. Had a lot of fun with some .22s that a friend had brought out. One of the most interesting and fun things I got to shoot was a Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22.



Built from the design phase as a .22, it's not an AR-15, but it looks, feels, and has controls like one. Shoots and cycles with standard .22 ammo. Plenty accurate and a good way to get rid of all the .22 ammo in your stockpile. I had seen them in the shops and at the shows. This was the first time I had gotten to shoot one.

I don't foresee getting one, but anytime one is available, I'll bring my own ammo.

Life, Death, and Barkley

I finished reading The Book of Barkley last night. It begins with a puppy. and it ends, as it must, with loss.  It is shot through with fine writing, wisdom, and love.

You can get a autographed copy by being one of the first 20 people to donate $50.00 to Kilted to Show My Bird Legs Kick Cancer. Be sure to select Team Borepatch.

Or just buy a copy.

The author is one of the best writers blogging today and if you are not taking the time to read her on-line efforts, you're missing something valuable. Her nom de plume is Brigid and she posts at Home on the Range. You should go now. She has cookies.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Kilted To Kick Cancer - Day 12: Back To The Future!

I missed yesterday's kilt picture with all the family drama.  But those of you who know me know that I'm nothing if not obstinate, and so it's back to the future!


That's a 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero, the only one of the cars that I'm been posting where I actually have a price tag.  This one was purchased in 2011 by the Petersen Automotive Museum for a cool €761.600 (around $850,000).  Yowzer.  The keen eyed among you will remember this car from Michael Jackson's 1988 film, Moonwalker.

But the car pr0n (and the kilt, err, pix) are just the surface trappings.  The fundraiser is the thing, and Justin at Kilted To Kick Cancer says that all y'all have donated over $3,500 so far (across all the teams)!  And there are still two and a half weeks to go.  It would be great if this year blew previous years away.

Please click through to donate to this cause.  It's fully tax deductible, as a 501(c)3 charity.  The Donate link is here, and please select Team Borepatch.

And if you click through to read Brigid's post you'll see why she is also invested in this - her Dad is fighting that same fight right now.  She is so invested that she's made an enormously generous offer: the first twenty donations of $50 or more via Team Borepatch will receive an autographed copy of her amazing The Book Of Barkley.


What does winning mean?

Great comments yesterday on my post, and on ASM826's post about conflict in the Middle East.  It's made me think long and hard on what it takes to actually win a conflict.

We did it in World War II, where we demolished the mythos of the Übermensch and the similar mythos of the Samurai.  We did this by destroying their will to fight, to support the fight, and to want to do it again.

The questions for the Middle East are:
  1. Who fights?
  2. Who supports these people?
  3. Who wants to keep doing it?
If we look at it this way, things get more complicated, and simpler.  The answers are:
  1. Lots and lots of people.  ISIS is only the latest of a long like of jihadis.  We can treat them as the Übermenschen or followers of Bushido.  In the short term, all we can do is kill them in bushel loads.
  2. Lots and lots of people, most importantly the royal houses of the Gulf States.  Not only do the royals not like us, but they have been keen to play the game of shipping their malcontent jihadis off to die fighting us, not at home.  It's no accident that 18 of the 20 9/11 hijackers were Saudi.  We will need to cause these people massive pain to get them to stop supporting the jihadis.
  3. Lots of people.  Large overlap with #2, but also includes Iran, most of Europe's Intelligentsia, Russia, China, and most of the geopolitical stage.  We will need to carefully analyze which of these we can peel off, and how to twist the arms of the others.
I posit that #1 is immediate and tactical, and actually air strikes may not be a bad approach - although we will need serious air power, not the pin pricks likely from the current Administration.

#2 is the most urgent strategic goal.  The approach we should take here is a list of demands for the Royal Houses - round up and kill these jihadis, throttle back on Wahabi exports, dry up the flow of money.  The "Or Else" is that we will (a) open public lands for oil fracking, aiming to drive the price of oil down to $70/bbl (lower than that it's not economic to extract the oil) and (b) withdraw entirely from the region.  No more protection from the US Military for the Royal Houses.

Whether this will work or not, there will be a lot of late night discussions in Riyadh and Qatar.  And in Moscow and elsewhere.

Europe likes to natter on about how we exercise "hard power" while they exercise "soft power".  Well OK, then.  Check out this soft power, biatches.

This game is about changing how people think, just like 1944-45 was about changing how people think.  We will never change that without changing how we think.  Whether the US Government is up to the task is a question for another day.