Complete and total vindication of Donald Trump, and it means nothing to the political opposition

OK so the Mueller report says there was no collusion between any Americans and the Russians trying to mess with the election.  This reinforces the similar conclusion from the Senate’s investigation.  According to people who are willing to listen to investigators on both sides of the political aisle:

There was

never

any evidence that the Trump campaign was conspiring with Russian agents to interfere with the 2016 election.  There was never any evidence of it.

. . . except for the Steele dossier.  The Steele dossier, which was paid for by Clinton dollars and was full of literally false information.  Including known lies and a prank from 4chan idiots involving prostitutes and urine.  It was known by the FBI to be Clinton opposition research FAKE stories, the dossier.  Some people in the FBI tried to warn other people in the FBI that it was fake and they should be careful with it.  What did they do? they lied to the FISC to get their warrant, and lied again to renew it three times.

So we are interested in the truth, yes?  We are willing to spend ten-millions of dollars and employ dozens of people for years to find the truth, yes?  We don’t want criminal activity to go unpunished, n’est-ce pas?  If that is the case then the question should now properly shift to: why was this done?

Some of us have a pretty good idea of why.  But you’ll want me to take off my tinfoil hat before telling you.  It will sound like madness today.  Let the investigation be concluded and then you will find yourself so shocked at the depth and malignity of this scandal that you will hardly believe it could be real.

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So now the press corps will shift to mention of Obstruction of Justice by Don John Trump.  I will only remind you of the requirements for a case of obstruction of justice:

  1. There must have been a crime under investigation
  2. The investigation/trial process must have been obstructed somehow, or with corrupt intent someone intended to obstruct the process.

Donald Trump did not collluuuuuuuude with muhRussians to mess around in the election.  There was never a crime and everyone in the investigation knew that.  SO there cannot have been obstruction of justice.  Donald Trump actually took no action to impede the investigation (contrariwise, he co-operated (!) as stated by Messrs Mueller and Barr).  SO there cannot have been obstruction of justice.  The President is the absolute boss of the Department of Justice. He could literally have fired everyone and stopped the investigation.  He could have insisted his underlings stop or actually impede the investigation in various ways, and he never did.  The absolute worst you find in the Mueller report is that he was frustrated and wanted the investigation to stop but utterly failed to stop the investigation.  If words mean anything, then there was no obstruction of Justice by D.J.Trump.

Judge the quality of your chosen source of news accordingly.

Madness at Work!

Suddenly at 09:00, MO started talking about a Company Meeting. He agitated the whole room and got people walking toward the meeting room because it’s on the official company calandar. So I moseyed on up to the meetin’ room, even though there hadn’t been an announcement in the usual fashion. Nobody else was there. I went to FOG’s office to inquire:

VFD: MO is agitating for a company meeting right now because it’s on the calendar
FOG: LOL that’s just a reminder!
VFD: So there’s no company meeting right now?
FOG: No.

Good job all around, everyone.  Way to be.

Ralph Northam should not resign.

The governor of Virginia recently went on the record as being in favor of murdering infants which have been born alive. By pure, unsuspicious coincidence*, the next day or so pictures of his school yearbook emerged. He was either dressed as a Klansman or wearing blackface, decades ago, and thought it was amusing enough to put on his own self-decorated yearbook page.

The alleged scandal of his having been the kind of person who thinks this sort of thing is amusing has led to nearly-universal calls for his resignation from the governorship. Let me be clear:

Ralph Northam should not resign.

What he did is arguably in poor taste, but we have had other people (notable comedians included) dress in blackface much more recently with zero “outrage” and no calls for apology or resignation. The people who know him best these days, say that he hasn’t a racist bone in his body. There is no evidence he was actively malicious in his costumery. The people of Virginia (and everybody else) should be willing to allow that college students sometimes do stupid things, and let this slide.

What they should NOT forgive, is his position on abortion which somehow includes support of infanticide. THAT is what should rightfully (in a sane world) sink his prospect at re-election.

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A bit of political analysis, pure speculation on my part, follows. Bear in mind that 2019 is an election year in Virginia. The Lieutenant Governor of Virginia is accused of actions 14 years ago including a sexual assault against a fellow attendee of the Democratic Party’s National Convention. So there is pressure on him to resign. The Attorney General of Virginia publicly called for Governor Northam to resign some days ago, over the blackface pictures. Now he has come out and admitted that he, too, appeared in blackface costume at a party in the previous century. There are calls for him to resign also. If all three of these resign, then you will have a trio of Democrats out of the way and the next in line of succession in Virginia is a Republican, because the R team holds a slight majority in the legislature of Virginia.

If the beseiged Democrat leadership of the State resigns, then the next election season is much less ugly. You would not have to face (as a Virginian) the D party’s entire leadership having “huge scandals” in their past, which could lead to disgust and D voters staying home. This would lead to a solid R government in Virginia. If they do not resign, then the election is going to be predictably ugly and the R party has better odds in their favor. Little wonder then, that the D party is calling en masse for the resignations of these three men.

*The comments on the murder of small children alone should be enough to sink Northam in the next election. The more conspiracy-minded among us are at least willing to grant the possiblity that the blackface “controversy” arose as a Democrat-planted distraction from the Democratic Party’s willingness to entertain the idea of legalizing murder of small children. The Governor showed the party’s true colors, and this is unacceptable. Gotta lie to ’em a little while longer, don’cha know. It just won’t do to let the idiot voters know we are in favor of killing children any time up until they learn algebra…they’re not quite ready for that, yet!

Shame on you, New York.

The State of New York just passed a bill into law. In the Senate, it passed to a prolonged standing ovation.  The bill

  • removes protection for infants born alive
  • allows abortions in the third trimester, including
  • allows abortion up to the due date
  • permits non-physicians to perform abortion procedures.

This is not about protecting the health of a mother.  Not up to your due date and some jackass with a coat hanger kills the baby.  This is 100% about convenience-murder.  ‘member when people used to argue that abortion procedures should be legal so the thing could be done safely by a doctor? Pepe farm members.

http://gothamist.com/2019/01/23/reproductive_health_act_ny.php

And then, not to be outdone, in Virginia they are talking about a bill which has the support of the Governor, which allows murder of a child which has been delivered and is alive on her own.  Legislation is morality written down.  The States of New York and Virginia have lost their moral compasses.

https://www.independentsentinel.com/va-governors-view-of-aborting-babies-born-alive-will-blow-your-mind/

It looks like it’s time to remind everyone of some first principles

Travis County Joint General and Special Elections Voter Guide for November 6, 2018

As usual, this is me publishing the notes I make for myself, to make my life easier in the future and help out anyone else who might trip over this little blog by accident looking for some help making their decisions.

These are only the races where I live.  In other places there are other races, so check https://www.votetravis.com/vexpress/display.do to see what will be on your own ballot.

Straight party: this is stupid. You won’t be able to do this any more, but this time you
still can. Consider your candidates as individuals.

United States Senator
Please vote for Ted Cruz. This isn’t even a question. He has been doing outstanding work and should be kept in place. Especially when the next-closest challenger is an anti-gun leftist.

District 17, US Representative
Bill Flores REP – Please re-elect Congressman Flores. He is a solid conservative, so worth a vote over the other two right there. Plus he is in the R party, which means not being categorically against Don Trump. That’s enough to put him over the top.
Rick Kennedy DEM – wants to crush us financially (with the best of intentions) by giving away free pennies from heaven in the form of single-payer health care. That is enough to disqualify him. Also he is a global warmenist, is against our Southern Border Wall, and is otherwise a Democrat. If you like Trump’s agenda, and I do, then a Democrat is exactly the opposite of what we need in Congress today.
Peter Churchman LIB – I applaud him for trying to “be the change” he wanted to see in our government. I don’t like him being against President Trump, and I don’t like him trying to take power away from POTUS to mobilize our military. Otherwise he seems like a fairly solid conservative-leaning Libertarian, which means he is better than any Democrat. But he will lose and most of his votes will be “spoilers” from the Republican side. Vote for who you want, but I’m not voting for Churchman.

Governor
Greg Abbott REP – Please re-elect Governor Abbott! He’s been killing it so far and shows no signs of turning wobbly/squishy on us.
Lupe Valdez DEM – literally an insane person. No thank you.
Mark Jay Tippetts LIB – Small government: good. Current immigration situation is
heartbreaking and we need to be more compassionate: bad. The pure libertarian solution to immigration sounds an awful lot like open borders at a time when we should be building the Southern Border Wall and making people turn around and go be *compassionate* wherever they came from.

Liutenant Governor
Dan Patrick REP – To be clear, this is not my favorite Republican ever. But he *is* a solid conservative, and pretty effective at ramming a legislative agenda I like down the throats of his opponents, which is basically what a Lt. Governor does here. So keep him for now. No, the politically-motivated indictments don’t bother me at all.
Mike Collier DEM – approximately a typical Democrat. He wants to ruin us financially (with the best of intentions!). He wants to make it harder for law-abiding citizens to be armed, and he wants to make it easier to take away your guns (but again, with the best of intentions!). Wants to reduce corruption in government by . . . setting up a committee
wheeeeee
Kerry Douglas Mckennon LIB – if we had sensible people in government, the Libertarian Party ticket would get my vote. We don’t. We have libtards on the other side of the aisle, and we need people who will be *nationalistic* in the face of Democrats having minds “so open their brains fell out”. I like most of McKennon’s stances on the Issues with just a few exceptions that would not prevent me voting for him happily if there were not a better candidate: He is in favor of recreational drug use, against the death penalty, and against police enforcing traffic laws. He is soft on immigration which (again) wouldn’t be a problem in a different political climate than we have today.

Attorney General
Ken Paxton REP – I’ve picked Paxton both by default and because he is a decent guy for the job.
Justin Nelson DEM – the top of his campaign is attacking the other guy for being *accused* of wrongdoing, and the bottom is typical Democrat talking points. No thanks.
Michael Ray Harris LIB – if I don’t find your campaign on an internet search, you don’t get my vote. In 2018 this counts as not even trying to win a race.

Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar REP – I am going to push the button for Hegar this year. I said in 2014 that he seemed to be trying to run for *any* office as a Conservative. I haven’t heard anything bad that I can remember about him since then . . . but I was leaning toward Ben Sanders then and I think I still might be. But Hegar has been there doing it.
https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2018/09/14/recommend-glenn-hegar-texas-comptroller
Joi Chevalier DEM – a Bernie Sanders supporter and member of various racist groups . . . two strikes and she’s out.
Ben Sanders LIB – possibly a good candidate for Congress in a different, less-polarized
political climate.

Commissioner of the General Land Office
Once again, I am going to abstain from voting in this race due to lack of a candidate I can support.
George P. Bush REP – No more Bushes.  For any office.  The family is banned.
Miguel Suazo DEM – hey he’s running because he doesn’t like what Bush did in a couple of cases. . . sounds good so far! . . . against school choice for parents…going to try to save us from *climate change*…and he’s gonna improve us with (handwaving) BLOCKCHAIN technology!  oookay thanks for playing.
Matt Pina LIB – appears to have no relevant experience

Commissioner of Agriculture
Sid Miller REP – I think I will hold my nose a bit and Keep him in this position. He sometimes comes out with slightly whacky statements, but it seems like the main campaigning point against him is that he is an embarrassment to people who don’t like his style…which rhymes with the main complaint against Don Trump.
Kim Olson DEM – maybe I’m too tired to process it, maybe her campaign material all reads like a robot spent too much time on wikipedia.  Either way it’s oddly bizarre for a political campaign.  She seems to have her heart in the right place (in a big-government sort of way) though and I won’t pitch a fit if she beats out Miller.  Unless she goes completely off the rails. Oh, and this seems like a strange reason to be running for office: https://www.reddit.com/r/TexasPolitics/comments/82pdlo/i_am_kim_olson_candidate_for_texas_commissioner/dvdh9ai/ – and the same “here’s two of three” or “here’s 4 of 3” kind of responses are seen elsewhere online. It’s strange to me.
Richard Carpenter LIB – wants to tap aquifers as a solution to water shortage, vs. making more reservoirs?! and that’s all I learned in my internet research.  Several pages with the same article basically.

Railroad Commissioner
Christi Craddick REP – As in previous years, this is not a solid *for* Craddick . . . but then- attorney General Abbot said she was a great choice, a few years back.  Her issues statements sound good to me.  The principal argument against her seems to be that she is involved with the oil/gas industry, which seems like not a demerit to me.
Roman McAllen DEM – I don’t think I need to go much further than an article I read that endorsed him over his primary election opponent, which described him as “an intellectual” (which is fine) who does not “have a professional history in the energy industry” which is less fine.  And then they followed it with “neither of these Democrats seems deeply involved in the issues facing the railroad commission.” ok thanks for playing.
Mike Wright LIB – once again, a thin campaign from a Libertarian who will lose.  If you want to see more third party action and don’t like either of the other candidates, this is a race where you could vote for the L party, on general principle.

Place 2, Justice, Supreme Court
Jimmy Blacklock REP – I’ll vote for Justice Blacklock.  Ok so he’s new to judgin’, but he’s the incumbent and I don’t like to remove an incumbent judge. And look who he’s up against.
Steven Kirkland DEM – an unabashed homosexual.  Someone whose brain is so far gone as to think this is okay, on the supreme Court?  Yeah, nah.

Place 4, Justice, Supreme Court
I don’t like my judges to be making ideological statements about their own convictions, and here is a race where we have two of them doing it.  One is the incumbent, and my philosophy is to keep incumbent judges in place unless they go nuts, which I don’t see that Devine has done.
John Devine REP – I will be voting for Devine but I expect he may lose a close race. We’ll see.  The main campaign point against him is that he took a politically-incorrect stand on a ruling, and made a technical point that would have granted review to a lawsuit.  Not a huge problem for me.
R.K. Sandill DEM – if he were coming in to replace a retiring judge, that would be ok with me, but here we have a decent incumbent, so let’s keep the incumbent. I also won’t be upset if he wins, unless he goes nuts.

Place 6, Justice, Supreme Court
Jeff Brown REP – I have endorsed him before and do it again now.  But this time I post a different article with a ringing endorsement of him than the last one: https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2018/10/09/recommend-jeff-brown-texas-supreme-court-place-6 . . . previously, I said of him, “not only is he currently on this job, with no notable complaints, he’s also the only candidate with any Supreme Court judgin’ experience at all.  (This guy.  http://www.texaspatriotspac.com/election-breakdown-2014-texas-supreme-court-justice-place-6)”
Kathy Cheng DEM – the front page of her website is a list of endorsements by racist groups.  And she’s not a Texan.  No thanks.

Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals
Sharon Keller REP – As usual, I give heavy weight to incumbency.  I think I could be okay with Judge Jackson taking this race and I almost expect her to do.  Keller got a lot of bad press for one of the thousands of cases over which she presided, and did her finances wrong and paid a fine for it.  And she’s the incumbent and should probably be kept in place.
Maria T. (Terri) Jackson DEM – Seems like a reasonable sort and a qualified candidate.  If you can’t stand the idea of Keller, go for Jackson.  I don’t like a few of the groups that have endorsed her, but oh well.
William Bryan Strange III LIB – I remain unconvinced from his online presence and amount of campaign material I found, that this person actually exists.  Once again, Libertarian party, with feeling! You have to do more than get on the ballot, in order to be elected!

Place 7, Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals
Barbara Parker Hervey REP  – I quote myself: “Please vote for Judge Hervey” I mean, you could vote against Franklin if you like but Hervey has earned a “for” vote.  TMW even the Houston Chronicle endorses a Republican judge https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/recommendations/article/criminal-appeals-barbara-hervey-ramona-franklin-13323217.php
Ramona Franklin DEM – she’s got a touch of the crazyeyes, which has been a reliable indicator for me so far.  Also belongs to a racist organization (but with the best of intentions, surely)

Place 8, Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals
Michelle Slaughter REP – Please vote for Judge Slaughter. She is very highly qualified and it’s hard to find any marks against her.
Mark Ash LIB -previously ran twice with basically no campagin?  He’s not a judge, and she is apparently a good one.

District 14, State Senator
George W. Hindman REP – with a genuine Republican on the ballot, this is a no-brainer.
Kirk Watson DEM  – last election, I abstained from voting for lack of a good candidate.  At the time, I said : “As I said last time: “not the worst Democrat out there, but still somewhat typical. I’m not a Democrat” He is a moderate-left with typical Democrat policy positions with which I disagree.”
Micah M. Verlander LIB – oh look a Libertarian who isn’t running an active campaign. This is my surprised face.  No campaign, no vote. Next.

District 46, State Representative
Gabriel Nila REP –  He gets a not-the-other-guy vote, very gently holding my nose.  I’m not sure he is actually a Republican but he’s sheets better in the slim amount of information available online than Cole.
Sheryl Cole DEM – She was on the Austin on the City Council when the Austin City Council was a disaster for Austin, so look for her to win on name recognition and be a disaster for Austin in the Congress.  If you like what the D party is about this year, vote for her because she’s one that touts the party line
Kevin Ludlow LIB – his website with his name on it has recent blog postings, and calls him a *FORMER* candidate for Congress.  If he’s not running, he can’t get my vote.  In addition, he doesn’t like the idea of a Child Protective Services program OR corporal punishment.  Has supported “homosexual marriage” and is pro-abortion. That, and the traditional Libertarian desire for open borders and to legalize drugs, will hopefully sink his campaign…well, what little chance he had in this district, anyway.

Place 2, Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals District
Cindy Olson Bourland REP – Vote for Bourland. She is not only a qualified candidate but the incumbent. Keep incumbent judges in place unless they go off the rails.
Edward Smith DEM  – not a judge, strike 1, a methodist, strike 2, and on the D party ballot strike 3.  He seems nice enough and I could maybe go for him

Place 3, Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals District
Scott Field REP – I endorsed him in 2012 and I endorse him in 2018. Please re-elect Justice Field
Chari Kelly DEM – a non-judge vs. an incumbent who’s not messing it all up? Once again: no thank you.

Place 5, Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals District
David Puryear REP – Please keep Puryear on the court for six muryear. Pun intended. Again.
Thomas J. Baker DEm – seems like a nice enough guy, but choosing a not-a-judge vs an experienced incumbent? Nah.

Place 6, Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals District
Michael “Mike” Toth REP – He’s the incumbent – barely. For a couple of months. Vs. a
lifetime of judgin’ from Triana.
Gisela D. Triana DEM – I am going to push the button for Triana this time. She seems pretty qualified TBH and if she loses it’s only because of the D by her name. Judges shouldn’t have to register as party-affiliated, I think.

There’s a whole lot of judge and clerk positions with Democrats running unopposed. Come on, Libertarians, you can’t even get on the ballot?

County Clerk
Dana DeBeauvoir DEM – In light of the alternative, it’s yet another vote in favor of
DeBeauvoir. Again.
Erica Lockwood LIB – Oh look, a Libertarian who is apparently not campaigning! What a
surprise!

Precinct No.2, Justice of the Peace
Chris Soileau REP – campaigning so hard, you would think he’s a Libertarian – which is to say, apparently not campaigning at all. You gotta try harder than this, Chris.
Randall Slagle DEM – I think I’ll be voting for Slagle this time. He is currently doing the
job. My philosophy with judges is to let them be unless they are crazy.
Christopher David LIB – campaigning only slightly harder than Soileau.

Austin Community College District Annexation Election
Proposition A, Austin Community College District
Approving the annexation by the Austin Community College District of the following territory: the territory in Pflugerville Independent School District that is no tcurrently included in the boundaries of the Austin Community College District, and authorizing the imposition of an ad valorem tax for junior college purposes, which is currently set at a rate of $0.1048 per $100 valuation of taxable property

Please vote AGAINST this proposition!
Why? Am I against education?
People, my own Darling Wife is a current student at ACC. I went to ACC. All of the
anklebiters are likely going to at least start off going to ACC. I am very much in favor of
Austin Community College! But allow me to quote from a press release from Pflugerville
Residents for Responsible Taxation:

“The tax, pushed as a “savings” for the fewer than 250 Pflugerville residents who attend ACC, would cost city taxpayers up to an estimated $13 million per year based on current property values and ACC tax rate. Even at $10 million per year, it will cost Pflugerville $40,000 per student to reduce their tuition from $361 to $85 per credit hour. It would be far cheaper for PfISD to just directly pay for those students living in Pflugerville…”

So the choice is: pay ten-thousands of dollars per student more than it costs for them to pay out of pocket, and subject Pflugerville ratepayers to the whims of a taxing district in
another city, mostly for the benefit of the citizens of that other city; and the rate has
doubled through the years…or have the students pay their own few-thousand-dollars more per student worth of tuition fees. Hmmm…

If this annexation does not go through, it will cost me, personally, more in tuition fees in
the next 15 years, than it would cost me in property taxes, if the annexation is approved.
And I’m against the annexation because it is a stupid misuse of the tax dollars of my fellow citizens.

City of Pflugerville Bond Election
Prop. A, City of Pflugerville
The issuance of $21,100,000 tax bonds for street improvements to Colorado Sand Drive, Kelly Lane, Old Austin Hutto Road, and East Pflugerville Parkway
Please vote FOR this bond issuance. This is exactly the sort of bond that makes sense: building things that will last many decades, and are an infrastructure improvement that we can afford without really paying more in taxes than we are already paying

Pflugerville Independent School District Bond Election
Proposition A, Pflugerville ISD
The issuance of $322,000,000 bonds for school buildings, school sites, school buses, and the levying of the tax in payment thereof
It’s a big number but I am going FOR this bond as well. Shockingly this is supposed to not  raise our taxes…

Proposition B, Pflugerville ISD
Approving the ad valorem tax rate of $1.52 per $100 valuation in the Pflugerville Independent School District for the current year, a rate that is $0.02 higher per $100 valuation than the school district rollback tax rate, for the purpose of maintenance and operations, (including a maintenance and operations component of the ad valorem tax rate equal to $1.06 per $100 valuation, a rate that is $0.02 higher than the current maintenance and operations tax rate)
Vote FOR this as well. This is worded strangely, but it is a *reduction* in the current tax
rate. Due to rising property values, people are still going to pay more in taxes, but at
least it won’t be as much as it would be otherwise.

From the “Duh, me” category: Arctic sea ice vs. temperature, a sudden realization

People who are paying attention to Watts Up With That will perhaps have beaten me to this realization, but it just occurred to me and although it seems rather obvious in retrospect, I made a spiffy visualization that I felt like sharing.

Ok so we’re supposed to panic about the loss of area of arctic sea ice, right? The poor polar bears and their fraudulently-claimed-as-dying photographs, a dEaTH SpiRaL of shrinking summer ice extents, etc., right?  Except that the sea ice seems to have not got the memo, and it has pretty much stabilized for the last decade: 

ok, cool, but we’re still going to die from the global warming though right?

Yeah not so much on that, too.  The number to watch is the temperature anomaly reported by the University of Huntsville at Alabama.  The UAH temperature record is more-or-less a straight recording of the global temperature, without shenanigans like parking temperature monitoring stations at the end of a runway, or putting the thermometer in a box painted brown such as have been producing some of the recent RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE headlines.  UAH shows a gradual increase from the start of the record, a sharp increase during the El Nino event in 1998, and then it’s pretty much flat after that as well.  Dig it: 

I saw the NOAA sea ice chart and noticed there’s a knee right around 1998.  Then I remembered the super El Nino that seemingly shifted the temperature of the world right around the same time, and the hamsters got on the wheel and started running . . . and I decided to see for myself what these charts look like, overlaid.

So I flipped the Annual Sea Ice Extent chart, stretched it to overlay the scale of time, and stretched it again to overlay the extent with UAH’s global temperature anomaly.  I shouldn’t have been surprised that the match was pretty much bang-on, but I was a little.  Behold: UAH 6.0 temperature vs. NOAA Sea Ice Extent:

Maybe I stretched it a little too much vertically, but you get the idea: One might be forgiven for thinking that these numbers have something to do with each other!  Anyway, if my hunch plays out and we get some global cooling because of the low solar activity in the next (looks at wristwatch) year or three or ten, the Arctic sea ice should start to rebound nicely, and we’ll end up back in the gray area on this chart:

at which point, either we’ll be feasting on headlines about anything but this news of global significance, or if it is reported, the USA will be ignored as a world leader in the reduction of CO2 emissions on a fairly frequent basis (Paris Accord withdrawal notwithstanding) and the role of Sol in the temperature of the Earth will be staunchly ignored.

We’ll see, I guess.

Precision Connector dimensions and compatibility, 1.85mm, 2.4mm, 2.92mm, 3.5mm, SMA

This post is for me. These are my notes for myself – but maybe you will get some use out of it. It has been a problem for me, to distinguish these connectors from each other. I couldn’t find a compilation of dimension and compatibility data anywhere online, so I went and made one myself.  Most of the drawings are from Pasternack’s catalog. The pictures are from random internet searches.

These connectors are generally for use at different frequencies, and just because they can mate with each other does not mean they should be used together. Mix-and-match connections can lead to degraded performance, especially at high frequencies.  The main physical danger to the connectors is from damaged connectors -especially SMA- being tightened on a different connector.  If you just want to pass a few GHz and don’t care too much about signal quality, finger-tighten the shells and go ahead and cross-connect to your heart’s content.

What is your obligation?

If you hear that someone is kidnapping and torturing children on a routine basis, what is your obligation? The police refuse to step in, and you live nearby to where this is happening.  Are you not obliged to help the poor dear children by any means necessary, including violence at the risk of your own life?

So when we have leftarded useful idiots with hyperbolic rhetoric on the television, radio and social media channels . . . when we have elected officials, even Congresscritters, saying this must be handled by people confronting public officials in person . . . what will be the inevitable result?

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This is the current story-of-the-week. The press corps is agitating for people to be upset about things Donald Trump himself, personally is doing to these children. This is preferable to you hearing about all the good news coming from all over the world as a result of the actions of Don J. Trump. Look here, it’s outrageous! Nevermind:

  • B.H. Obama was President when the exact same things were going on
  • the only people separated from their children are the ones who intentionally come illegally (vs. the regular way of applying for assylum at a legal point of entry)
  • some of the “parents” are kidnappers and/or child sex traffickers; some of them are also human smugglers
  • the vast majority of “children” in federal custody came here unaccompanied, including e.g. a 4 year-old with his mom’s phone number (in Guatemala or wherever) in magic marker on his shirt…including a 12 year-old girl who was sent with the “plan B” pill because the parents knew she would be raped as a regular part of the journey
  • Mexico could give these “assylum seeking migrants” assylum, if that’s what they were actually seeking
  • the “children” who are 14, 15, 16, and 17 years old in USA are considered grown-ass adults in South America, and many of them made the trek to USA to work for wages, not seeking refuge
  • this “family separation” business is all in accordance with established law and approved by the entire court system in USA

. . . no, never you mind all that. Be outraged specifically and only please at the Trump administration for being literally worse than Hitler, tearing children from the arms of their parents and putting them in cages!

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What will be the inevitable result?  Someone is going to be killed. Mark my words, some borderline-insane leftist is going to supersize their news feed with self-selected hatred of this legitimate exercise of law enforcement, and go a’killing. It goes without saying that peoples’ lives will be ruined. 525 or so “protesters” were arrested for causing a disturbance at a federal building the other day. These people now have a criminal record.

Note that the politicians ginning up their useful idiots care zero percent what happens to them. The press corps, of course, is all for their arrests – they can get some more advertising revenue by covering the story they have almost caused to happen by their own efforts.

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Those 500 people were all women. Excuse me for being so sexist as to notice and to wonder: where are their husbands?