Friday, December 03, 2021

The Truth About the Alec Baldwin Shooting Finally Comes Out

Story.

Basically this is what happened. The gun is, from what I've read, an Italian-made copy of a Colt Peacemaker, which is a single-action revolver, which means that the hammer must be cocked with the thumb for each shot. The gun was designed in 1873 and has no safety device. Although the gun can hold 6 cartridges, experts carry them with only 5 cartridges loaded, and an empty chamber under the resting hammer, because the hammer rests directly on the primer of the cartridge if all 6 chambers are loaded, and the gun WILL FIRE if the hammer is struck a sharp blow. That is NOT what happened to Baldwin.

Baldwin was handed a loaded revolver, either fully loaded with 6 cartridges or safely loaded with only 5. The number of cartridges loaded in this case is not germane, because as part of filming the scene, Baldwin thumbed the hammer back without allowing it to lock into the fully cocked position, but let the hammer slip off of his thumb, at which point it fell forward under tension from the mainspring, and fired the cartridge in the chamber, which turned out to be a live round. On a Colt Peacemaker or clone, you do NOT have to bring the hammer to full cock to fire it - - just thumbing the hammer back far enough to cause the cylinder to rotate and bring a cartridge into position to fire will result in a fired cartridge if the hammer is slipped off the thumb. In point of historical fact, some gunfighters used to file the full-cock notch entire off their Peacemaker and fire it by slipping it off of the thumb. OR they would file the full-cock notch to create a "hair trigger," which means a trigger that is much lighter than normal. A gun that has this sort of "hair trigger" can go off by itself if the gun is dropped.

So Baldwin is not lying if he says he never touched the trigger; the gun can fire without the trigger ever being pulled. Just thumbing the hammer back and slipping it off of the thumb will fire the gun. Presumably Baldwin didn't know that. Probably 99 out of 100 people don't.

Having said this, though, Baldwin's liability is far less than the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, whose job it was to make sure no live rounds were on the set, and particularly not in the gun. She failed, and has admitted so. She'll be lucky to avoid jail.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Coin

I don't find old/foreign coins in the hotel cash drawer much any more, but tonight I found a 1943-P US nickel, made of 40% silver and known as a "war nickel" because nickels minted from 1943-1945 were all made of this silver alloy, actual nickel being needed for the war effort.

Don't know why coins are tougher to find these days, although I've seen YouTube channels where people buy up old rolled coins from banks and search them for these old coins, so maybe that has an effect; maybe coin counting machines are better at separating out unusual coins these days?

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

Best wishes to my readers on this holiday.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Brian Laundrie...

...committed suicide, according to a forensic anthropologist.

This goes a little way to redeeming him in my eyes. No, the suicide doesn't bring Gabby Petito back, but it allows her family closure, and sooner rather than later. It also saves the State and the taxpayers from paying for a trial and the expense of imprisoning him. He salvages some small amount of dignity by doing the right thing. All else is between himself and his God.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Congratulations To...

...Kyle Rittenhouse and his defense team.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Thoughts

I've said this many times: we need people to bell the cat. People willing to step up. Nathan Hales. And a 17-year-old boy did just that. If he avoids prison, or even if he doesn't, you'll know he's coming by the CLANG CLANG CLANG of his giant brass 'nads as he walks. He has nothing to prove to anyone.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Thoughts and Prayers...

...for Kyle Rittenhouse. The verdict should be announced sometime on Wednesday. If there's any justice left in this increasingly fascistic country, he should be acquitted.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Some Thoughts On Kyle Rittenhouse

I wonder how many of you have thought about the remainder of Kyle Rittenhouse's life. He's only 18 - - has all of his life before him. If he's found guilty, he will be branded a felon, with all the negative consequences that come with that - - prison worst of all, but loss of civil rights for an extended period and the likelihood of never having a good career. Even if he is acquitted of all charges, who will hire him, with the baggage that he carries? Employers will worry that Rittenhouse will be targeted by enemies, and some will worry that he's not inherently trustworthy to begin with because he intentionally went in harm's way and ended up killing two people and maiming a third.

There are plenty of people who view him as a hero, though, and would be willing to take him on - - but like others who have become national figures unintentionally - - Bernhard Goetz and George Zimmerman - - Rittenhouse will carry the Mark of Cain the rest of his days.

Saturday, November 06, 2021

The UK's Finest Actors Recite WWI Poetry























I remember trading emails with the late Christopher Hitchens about the War Poets on the occasion of Siegfried Sassoon's Military Cross being found in the poet's attic.

Friday, November 05, 2021

School Administrator Admits CRT Is Being Taught In Schools...

...and that teachers are instructed to lie about it if asked by parents.

You can bookmark the link so that if some communist asshole tries to deny it, the evidence is immediately available to refute him/her.

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

I Am Quite Happy...

...to have my prediction about the outcome of the Virginia Governor's election proven wrong.

It was dangerously close, however. I read a joke on the internet that the votes to put McAuliffe over the top, which had been printed in China, were stuck on a container ship outside the port of Los Angeles.

Monday, November 01, 2021

Virginia Governor's Race Prediction

I posted this on my Facebook page, and I wanted it here as well:

I'll go on record with my prediction for the Virginia Governor's race next Tuesday:

I believe Youngkin will lose to McAuliffe. Although Youngkin is leading and is beating the "margin of error," he isn't beating the margin of fraud. At one time I would have said the margin of fraud (that is, the margin required to defeat Democrat cheating) was 5%. After the 2020 presidential election, I think the margin of fraud is now 10%, or even 15%.

And I have heard no stories out of Virginia that election laws have been tightened up to prevent cheating. Just the opposite, in fact.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

I'm Lucky To Not Be At Work

Apparently American Airlines has had 1000 flights cancelled, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. My hotel takes distressed passengers in a limited way - - we have no airport shuttle, so everyone arriving from and returning to the airport has to take cabs (the airline vouchers the cab companies for payment). Because of the lack of a shuttle we only take a limited number of distressed passenger rooms - - typically ten per night. We've taken as many as 30 per night, but there just aren't enough cabs to service all those passengers, and the passengers tend to take out their frustrations on hotel staff for the lack of cabs.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Music That Makes Me Sob

Some music is so beautiful that it makes me weep. Mike Oldfield has written several pieces that can have me in tears, most recently this one, which is from his album Music Of the Spheres, and features the angelic voice of New Zealand's Hayley Westenra:

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Rittenhouse Hearing Update

Story.

Judge ruled that Rittenhouse's attackers may not be described as victims by the prosecution, but that they could be described as arsonists, rioters and looters by the defense. Pretty cool!

Monday, October 25, 2021

If You're A Fan of the Brother Cadfael Mystery Books...

...you might wish to check out this long YouTube video on the background history of England at the time, called "The Anarchy." It's a fun telling with some good animation of battles and skirmishes. To summarize it, Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was predeceased by his legitimate son (Henry had numerous bastards, but they couldn't inherit). So Henry secured promises from his vassals to acknowledge his daughter Matilda as queen of England after he died. One of them, Stephen of Blois, usurped the throne after Henry's death, and a civil war ensued that lasted over ten years, with the issue only being settled when Stephen agreed to adopt Henry's grandson Henry Plantagenet as his heir (Stephen's own son Eustace had predeceased him). This was acceptable to all parties, and when Stephen died, Henry Plantagenet became Henry II.

Rittenhouse Use of Force Hearing

Story.

Basically the prosecution wants all mitigating factors to be ruled inadmissable as evidence. They don't want the riot called a riot or the people Rittenhouse shot described as rioters, criminals or arsonists, and they particularly don't want the criminal records of the men Rittenhouse shot admitted as evidence.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

How Is Usurper Biden Handling This Situation?

2,000 Migrants Continue Walk Through Southern Mexico.

The caravan was confronted by Mexican police and just pushed them aside. How will Usurper Biden and his people handle it?

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Maher Speaks Truth On National Divorce/Civil War

"You want a real war, liberals? Really? You think you're going to win the 'I want you dead!' war? You're not. You're gonna lose. They have way more guns and they know how to use them. And with all due respect, no one can do hate like a right-wing conservative."

Took You Long Enough

Shelley’s eagle-owl shows its face in Atewa forest, Ghana, after 150 years.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Human Remains Found In Florida Confirmed To Be Brian Laundrie

Story.

Presumably he committed suicide and saved the State the cost of trying and imprisoning him. That's definitely Doing the Right Thing. It's probaby a better outcome for the parents of Gabby Petito, who now won't have to endure the publicity of a trial and the knowledge that their daughter's probable murderer lived while their daughter was dead. A life for a life. Probably the best outcome available.



Follow-up story.

My belief is that Laundrie's parents knew exactly where he was and even provided him the means of committing suicide, since it seems likely that is what has occurred. Not likely via a gun, since that would remain with the body unless later retrieved, but perhaps via sleeping pills or an opened vein. The Florida wildlife has seen to the destruction of most of the evidence, apparently.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Colin Powell, 1937-2021: R.I.P.

Story.

Powell was a moderate Republican during George W. Bush's term of office, which we see now was purely pandering, because after Bush left office Powell, more often than not, sided with the Left/Democrats, and was an Obama supporter/voter. By the time Trump was elected, Powell was one of those "conservatives" that the MSM would trot out to bash Republicans, and was a faithful dog at doing this. Totally a creature of the Deep State.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Must. Post. Daily.

Need to get back in the habit of posting daily. This is technically Sunday's post, even though Sunday will end in 20 minutes.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Gary Paulsen, 1939-2021: R.I.P.

NPR Obituary.

Paulsen wrote a fine series of outdoor survival books, beginning with Hatchet. My nephew brought that book home from school, and I read it, and found it a great book in the old-fashioned manner of Ernest Thompson Seton. I read a bunch of the sequels to Hatchet, although possibly not all of them. They impart essential survival skills in an easy-to-digest way, without being pedantic, boring or condescending. Fine books.

If You're a US Capital Policeman and You've Just Murdered a Trump Supporter...

...you can go give the Official US Capital Police Emotional Support Dog a hug and weep into its doggy fur.

Who Knew?

Minnetonka, the maker of moccasins, isn't owned by Native Americans.



You mean my Minnetonkas weren't softened by a squaw chewing on the leather? I"m devastated.

Remember Early In Trump's Term...

...when he identified a judge who ruled against one of his policies as an "Obama Judge?" And Chief Justice John Roberts got on his high horse and claimed that judges weren't owned by the presidents who appointed them, and they were all totally objective, just calling balls and strikes, and shouldn't have a presidential association attached to their names? And the MSM went wild and high-fived each other because Roberts (a George W. Bush appointee, BTW) rebuked Trump.



Well, here we are four years later. In just about any story where a federal judge plays a significant role, (s)he is almost always identified in the story as a President ________ appointee - - so you know whether to cheer them or jeer them, apparently.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Buck Fiden

Before the chants of "Fuck Joe Biden" and "Let's Go Brandon" became popular, I made a couple of memes, based on an anagram of Biden's name and the word "fuck," so I ended up with "Buck Fiden." I found a pic of Biden in a cowboy hat to complete the image:



It's All About My Big Sixteen-Inch...Guns

Yet another article proposing that the Iowa-Class battleships be brought out of mothballs and modernized.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Paddy Moloney, 1938-2021: R.I.P.

Paddy Moloney, the Uillean Piper and leader of the Irish roots band The Chieftains, has passed on at age 83.
A funny anecdote - - when my son was an infant, I used to play Mike Oldfield records all the time on the stereo. Two of them featured Uillean Pipe solos by Moloney. When the sound of the pipes began, my son would screw his face up and scream. Don't know why.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Filthy Traitors

Navy Nuclear Engineer and Wife Arrested in Counter-Espionage Raid.

Giving away the secrets of our nuclear submarines. The country they were spying for isn't even mentioned.

Monday, October 04, 2021

Scheller Wants An Angel

USMC Lieutenant-Colonel Stuart Scheller, who is in the brig awaiting court-martail for speaking out after the disastrous Afghanistan pull-out, has some harsh words for former President Trump and his family:



"President Trump. I was told by everyone to kiss the ring because of your following and power. I refuse. While I respect your foreign policy positions, I hate how you divided the country. I don’t need or want your help. You do not have the ability to pull US together. You may even win the next election. But your generation’s time is running out. Tell your son to stop tweeting about me. Your whole family knows nothing about US or our sacrifices. I could never work with you. I’d rather sit in jail and be released with a dishonorable than make compromises in my beliefs."


When that statement got lots of negative commentary, Col. Scheller doubled down:



"I’ve had such a strong reaction to my comments against President Trump I felt a follow up clarification was required. No, President Trump didn’t divide the country. But President Trump, in my humble opinion, is incapable of bringing us back together. Did he expose the corruption in the DOJ, media, and other places… yes. Was he the right person to expose the corruption at that time… maybe. Is he honest, accountable, and full of integrity… no. Would I want to work for a leader like that… no. I want a leader that will bring US together. Someone who has the courage to defend our country when called. My sons deserve that type of leader running the country in the future. That type of person is the only leader who I want in my corner. I respect all opinions. I’m not asking you to agree with me, but to at least consider my perspective. Much love."

In a famous debate between TV talk show host Phil Donahue and economist Milton Friedman, Friedman asked "Tell me, just where will you find these angels who will organize society for you? I don't even trust you to do that." In his second statement, Scheller is obviously looking for just such an angel. The problem is that such angels are in very short supply here on Earth where they are most needed, and so we must muddle along with lesser mortals.

Saturday, October 02, 2021

Blonde Rattlesnake?

Apparently so.

Two Cultures, One Country

A poll has found that 52% of Trump supporters favor seceding from the Union. Interestingly, 41% of Biden voters feel the same way. It makes one wonder how the percentages would look if Trump had won and Biden had lost - - would there be more support for secession among Biden voters than Trump voters in such a scenario?

Unfortunately there's no real provision in the Constitution for the Union to be broken up, other than perhaps the Article V "Convention of States." Given the Civil War precedent, it's unlikely that any president, current or future, would wish to go down in history as the person who allowed the Union to dissolve peacefully. And how would it even work? Presumably a vote would be taken to dissolve the federal government, allowing the individual states to resume sovereign power with the governors as heads of government. The various states could then form smaller unions as they see fit, or not. California, New York and Texas, for example, might wish to exist as separate nations rather than join with smaller states and have to compromise. It's difficult to see how the smallest states, such as Rhode Island and Delaware, could avoid being invaded and absorbed by larger neighbors.

A lot to ponder.

The Winner Brought a Knife To the Fistfight

In Schaumburg, IL, a Chicago suburb, two Usual Suspects engaged in what amounted to a duel, with the winner stabbing the loser to death.

The father of the dead combatant seems less concerned with his son's death than with the niceties not being observed, i.e., his son wasn't also armed with a knife.

It's very important in a duel to fix the terms beforehand, so both sides are sastified with the results of the duel. If you're willing for your son to be beaten to death with fists but not stabbed, you ensure that the duellists are not armed prior to starting the proceedings.

It's difficult to have any empathy for anyone involved in this stupidity.

Speaking of Dr. Fauci...

...he just announced that a pill successfully treats the coof.


The Coof Causes Restless Anal Syndrome...

and is treated with traquilizers.

Ain't that reassuring?

The Deplorables and Blacks Hate You, Dr. Fauci

And Fauci isn't having it.

Chipman Whining That He Was Left Twisting In the Wind By the Biden Administration

Story.

Friday, October 01, 2021

The FBI Is the KGB

Breaking: FBI Arrests Retired Green Beret Jeremy Brown for Attending Jan. 6 Protests and Standing Outside Capitol — AFTER HE REFUSED TO BE THEIR INFORMANT!

If the FBI, DHS, ATF or other federal police agencies knock on your door for a "friendly" visit seeking information/cooperation and you refuse to give it to them, you may be assured that they will return with a tactical team to take that information and haul you off to jail. Are you prepared for such an eventuality?

Should I Resurrect It?

It's been dead for years now, but Facebook is hardly a viable choice any longer, since they have imposed 30-day bans on my account for simply typing the word whore. And Blogger is still owned by Google, which gave up its "Don't Be Evil" motto long ago. Let's see if anyone replies, that might be an indication that the memory of the blog is still valued.