Still Waiting for Waco Justice

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:18:14 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Today is the twenty-fourth anniversary of when "Bill and his boys killed 82 people at Waco--22 of them innocent helpless little children."

I'm still waiting for Waco Justice.

So what's the normal way to execute war criminals? A firing squad of course. And we can very easily turn it into a fund raiser for the survivors and family of the victims. Sell $100 raffle tickets to choose the riflemen and riflewomen who off the scum. I'd pay that in an instant for a chance to put a bullet into one of these baby killers.

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Common Sense - An Anecdotal Tale of Two States

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:48:00 GMT  <== Humor ==>   <== Politics ==> 

IN CALIFORNIA

Jerry Brown, the Governor of California, is out enjoying a nature trail with his dog when a coyote jumps out of the brush and attacks the Governor's dog, then bites the Governor.

The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie "Bambi" and then realizes he should stop because the coyote is only doing what is natural.

He calls animal control and they capture the coyote and bill the state $200 for testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.

Governor Brown calls a veterinarian who collects the dead dog and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases.

The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and getting his bite wound treated.

The nature trail is shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is now free of dangerous animals.

The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a "coyote awareness program" for residents of the area.

The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.

The Governor's security agent is fired for not stopping the attack. The state spends $150,000 to hire and train a new agent with additional special training re the nature of coyotes.

PETA protests the coyote's relocation and files a $5 million suit against the state.

California's solutions to routine problems are always complex and expensive!

IN TEXAS

Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, is out enjoying a nature trail with his dog when a coyote jumps out of the brush and attacks his dog.

The Governor shoots the coyote with his state-issued pistol and continues to traverse the nature trail.

The Governor has spent 75 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.

The buzzards eat the dead coyote.

Texas' problems are resolved simply, quickly, and inexpensively!

This is unquestionably why California is broke and Texas is not.

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Quote

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 08 Apr 2017 12:30:01 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"Liberals show their 'compassion' by spending other peoples money; neocons show their 'courage' by sending other people to war." -- Joseph Sobran

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Cords

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:40:27 GMT  <== Hifi ==> 

I'm an amateur musician. I've played the trombone since fifth grade (1966). I've sung in choirs since Junior High School. I leave my trombone out on a stand, to encourage picking it up and playing along with the music.

My musicianship mostly shows, however, in that there's always recorded music playing while I work, and, since that became easy with my Apple Airpods, while walking and bicycling around town.

I had very good stereo equipment before the computer age, initially a Bryston Amp with B&W DM7 speakers, then, some smaller, but still really good components, including a top-of-the-line Sony CD player.

When I got a computer on my desk, I initially used cheap computer speakers and compressed music. Then I discovered that adding an external DAC (Digital-to-Analog converter), powered near-field monitor speakers, and CD-quality digitized music, got me back to the old component quality, but cheaper, smaller, and without the need to handle vinyl or CDs.

I played for a while with HD music, 96Khz/24-bit, but decided that I can't hear the difference between that and standard CD quality (44Khz/16-bit), so I save the money and disk space. Nowadays, I'm not convinced that 256K compressed music sounds any different to my aging ears than CD quality, so I'm buying a lot of new music from iTunes, instead of ripping Amazon CDs. I CAN hear the difference between the older 128K compression and CDs.

My setup today is ripped bits on my 27" iMac, driving a Geek Pulse DAC, going through a Schiit SYS switch (so that I can easily turn off the speakers when I want to listen through headphones), and a splitter cable to Swan M200MkIII powered monitors and a bottom-of-the-line Klipsch KW-100 sub-woofer.

Below is a photo of the wiring. The yellow cable is a fancy USB cable from Geek Pulse. I find it hard to believe that a fancy digital cable has an effect on sound quality, but they sent it to me for free with my DAC, so I use it. The black box to which the yellow cable connects is the DAC. The silver box on top of that is the Schiit switch. The fat red cables connect the DAC to the switch. The thin red cables connect the switch to the splitter, the RCA connectors for which are in the left foreground. The fat black cables out of the splitter go to the powered Swan speaker, and to the sub-woofer, which is under a table to the left of the white desk lamp. The black cable with the circular connector goes from the speaker in the photo to the other one, not pictured.

The little white plastic box is an Omron BP652 wrist blood pressure monitor.

The desk chair is a Herman Miller Aeron chair. I can sit in it for 10 hours straight, and never get even slightly uncomfortable because of the chair (though I badly need to move every couple of hours). Worth every dollar.

Click on the photo for a high-resolution version (3023x4031 pixels, 1.7 megabytes).

Cords
Cords

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Two Years in Vermont

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 01 Apr 2017 15:29:34 GMT  <== Personal ==> 

Today is the second anniversary of moving into my little apartment in Vermont. Still loving it here. Just returned from getting a two-week supply of vegetables from the farmers market. About to take my near-daily mile walk to the little coffee shop I frequent, for a black eye (coffee with two shots of espresso), and time with Angelica, the proprietress, and her two-year-old daughter, Brooklyn. Life is good.

The stuff in the upper photo below is what I took in my car from the house when my wife kicked me out. I lived with that for two weeks in my brother's house, while finding the apartment. I picked up a truckload more of stuff soon thereafter.

Stuff in New Apartment 150401
Stuff in New Apartment

Walmart Run 150401
Walmart Run to Outfit the Empty Place

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Mocker Switchback Review

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:07:41 GMT  <== Personal ==> 

Utilikilts redesigned their kilts. The new ones are called "Switchback", after their adjustable rear end, with stretch and velcro. I just got one, the Mocker Switchback, in Basil Twill. I posted the following review:

Got my first Mocker Switchback two days ago (Basil Twill). Love it!

I got my first Utilikilt in 2009, the old standard (now called "Spartan"). Bought one more every spring since then, except 2016, all Mockers except the first one and a black Workman. After kilt number three, I wore them in the warm months. After kilt number five, I found that cheap sweat pants kept me warm enough in the winter, and I ditched all the pants except those sweat pants, and some long johns to wear under them on the really cold days. This one makes kilt number eight.

One big problem with the old Mockers was that the pockets grew holes. I've taken two of them to the local seamstress for pocket repair. I predict that the new model will have no such problem. The pockets are made out of the same tough material as the rest of the kilt, and are sewed in place, instead of allowed to flap around inside.

I love that it actually SAYS "Mockers" on the back of the new kilt.

I miss the back pocket. Store my knife there. It fits on the back of a front pocket, but I don't like that as much.

I haven't yet tried the buttons that hold the front together.

Bottom line: You guys hit it out of the park with the new design. Bravo!

Mocker Switchback Basil Twill Mocker Switchback Rear View

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New Logo: Mountain Man Bill

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:54:36 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I got tired of the red words in the upper-left-hand corner, so I replaced them with an image of me in full mountain-man beard, which I cut off a few years back. Here's a bigger version:

Mountain Man

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The Obamacare Sucks Act of 2017

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:24:18 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

All this noise over repealing and replacing Obamacare. What Trump promised to do makes for a very short bill. Complete text:

The Obamacare Sucks Act of 2017

Public Laws 111-148, the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act", and 111-152, the "Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010", are hereby repealed in their entirety, effective immediately.

Of course, that should be followed closely by a complete repeal of the Social Security Act of 1935.

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The 2017 Darwin Award Winner

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:37:41 GMT  <== Humor ==> 

Received in email.

The Arizona Highway Patrol came upon a pile of smoldering metal embedded in the side of a cliff rising above the road at the apex of a curve. The wreckage resembled the site of an airplane crash, but it was a car. The type of car was unidentifiable at the scene. Police investigators finally pieced together the mystery. An amateur rocket scientist... had somehow gotten hold of a JATO bottle (Jet Assisted Take Off, actually a solid fuel rocket) that is used to give heavy military transport planes an extra 'push' for taking off from short airfields. He had driven his Chevy Impala out into the desert and found a long, straight stretch of road. He attached the JATO unit to the car, jumped in, got up some speed and fired off the JATO!

The facts as best as could be determined are that the operator of the 1967 Impala hit the JATO ignition at a distance of approximately 3.0 miles from the crash site. This was established by the scorched and melted asphalt at that location. The JATO, if operating properly, would have reached maximum thrust within 5 seconds, causing the Chevy to reach speeds well in excess of 350 mph and continuing at full power for an additional 20 -25 seconds. The driver, and soon to be pilot, would have experienced G-forces usually reserved for dog fighting F -14 jocks under full afterburners, causing him to become irrelevant for the remainder of the event. However, the automobile remained on the straight highway for about 2.5 miles (15-20 seconds) before the driver applied and completely melted the brakes, blowing the tires and leaving thick rubber marks on the road surface, then becoming airborne for an additional 1.4 miles and impacting the cliff face at a height of 125 feet leaving a blackened crater 3 feet deep in the rock. Most of the driver's remains were not recoverable. However, small fragments of bone, teeth and hair were extracted from the crater, and fingernail and bone shards were removed from a piece of debris believed to be a portion of the steering wheel.

Epilogue: It has been calculated that this moron attained a ground speed of approximately 420 mph, though much of his voyage was not actually on the ground.

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Joint Address Issues Survey

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:59:22 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

At David Codrea's prompting, I submitted answers to President Trump's Joint Address Issues Survey.

I long ago stopped believing that asking government agents for anything has any utility whatsoever. Except my own entertainment. So I had fun with it.

1) WHICH ACCOMPLISHMENT(S) DO YOU CONSIDER THE MOST SIGNIFICANT OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SO FAR?

I checked "Withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership", "Reviving key job-creating energy products such as the Keystone Pipeline", "Enacting regulatory reform to begin to dismantle Obama-era, job-killing regulations", "Negotiating with companies to bring thousands of jobs back to America", and "Nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court".

2) WHAT ISSUE(S) DO YOU THINK ARE MOST IMPORTANT FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION TO FOCUS ON?

I checked "Budget", "Taxes", "Reducing Regulations", and "Government Reform".

3) WHAT ARE YOUR IDEAS TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?

Separation of medicine and state. That means repeal and do NOT replace Obamacare, and eliminate the FDA, Medicare, and Medicaid. Spend enforcement efforts prosecuting fraud. You want to eliminate harmful regulations? That's a bunch of them.

Medicare and Medicaid will have to be ramped down slowly. The market will quickly replace the FDA.

End the war on some drug users. Completely. That means eliminate the DEA and ONDCP. And replace them with nothing.

That may be out of reach, given the typical insane conservative view on attempting to regulate morality, but do NOT enforce federal marijuana prohibition. Stupid. Useless. And contrary to the will of the people in states that have legalized it.

The state should not be in the business of protecting people from themselves. The war on some drug users causes great harm and helps nobody but the drug cartels, for whom it is a golden goose. Take away from organized crime the huge cash cow of prohibition. Take away from police departments the huge cash cow of asset forfeiture, armed robbery under color of law.

Cut income taxes. Preferably to zero, and eliminate the IRS, but the more you can cut, the better it will be. But do NOT think you can borrow or print to make up the difference. Budget cuts must accompany those tax cuts. HUGE budget cuts. Decimate the federal budget (cut it by 90%).

Don't get lazy about guns. "Shall not be infringed" brooks no exceptions. Make it so.

4) ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Note that I do not use illegal drugs. Been there. Done that. Over 30 years ago. Drug abuse is a self-correcting problem. Its consequences are sure, swift, severe, and absolutely fair. Abusers learn or die, exactly as it should be. If you think the government needs to do something, spend one percent of the current drug war budget on fact-based education, and on recovery programs, provided only for people who ASK for help. Until an addict WANTS to quit, nothing you do can help (except to love him, but that's not the government's job).

I resisted the urge to tell them what I really think about the drug war:

I believe that any narc who has ever arrested anyone for possession of a drug should be tried for kidnapping, and, if found guilty by a jury of his peers, hanged by the neck until dead. And every legislator or executive who ever proposed, voted for, or signed a law criminalizing the possession of any drug should be tried for conspiracy to commit mass kidnapping, also a capital offense.

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