ClimateGate Scientists Acquitted!

. . . or something. Well, it makes for a dandy headline, anyway.

Money quote from the article at Yahoo (emphasis mine):

Lawmakers stressed that their report — which was written after only a single day of oral testimony — did not cover all the issues and would not be as in-depth as the two other inquiries into the e-mail scandal that are still pending.

Willis said the lawmakers had been in a rush to publish something before Britain’s next national election, which is widely expected in just over a month’s time.

“Clearly we would have liked to spend more time of this,” he said, before adding jokingly: “We had to get something out before we were sent packing.”

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Meet The New Boss . . .

Obama to allow drilling for oil off the East coast of the United States, and open up 2/3 of the off-limits areas in the Gulf of Mexico for more drilling as well.

You know, like the other guy wanted to do. That “W” fellow, whose fault everything is.

The fun part will be if he allows drilling for oil only as part of the Cap and Trade bill, and when the bill becomes law you find out (oopsy!) it doesn’t allow for any actual drilling to take place.

Quote of the Day 03/30/2010

. . . maybe I’m just a white guy with a fantastic tan . . . –LTC Allen West (on the Laura Ingraham show today)

(regarding the ubiquitous-in-the-leftist-media accusation that anyone who opposes Obama’s agenda must just be a racist)

For those who aren’t up with the times, here is a photo of the good Colonel, in living color (that’s racist!)

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FDA Trying To Increase Federal Budget Deficit!

The new Socialist Healthcare law has a tax on things only white people do the use of tanning beds. This is supposed to offset the brazillion dollars Obamacare will cost if it isn’t repealed.

The radio news said the FDA is looking to ban the use of tanning beds by persons under 18 years of age. Nevermind any therapeutic benefits they might derive from tanning bed use, and nevermind that your children should be out getting some sun instead of using tanning beds in the first place.

The FDA, by banning the use of tanning beds by minor persons, will be adding to the already-crushing deficits imposed on the united States by Obamacare. This is going to end up as footnote #421 in the Wikipedia entry for “unintended consequences.”

Student Loan "Reform" Is A Vicious Cycle

Rewind to The Beginning. You want to have an institution of higher learning for the betterment of mankind, and to let people get closer to God* in an institutional setting. You put together the best and brightest minds of your day and charge students a fee for admission. You get more and more students, who are all paying tuition fees, and you can-and-have to hire more professors and expand your facilities. You have to have increased costs. This leads to:

College is expensive. You get a loan. Everyone else gets a loan. The college has lots of money to buy expensive stuff. They get more expensive stuff and people keep paying, so tuition goes up.

College is so expensive you need a loan you can’t afford. The government will give you money (Pell grants) or guarantee your loan. Then the college will have a bigger revenue stream, buy more fancy stuff and hire more (expensive) professors, and raise tuition.

Now -as of last week- the government will be giving you more money for college (as part of the new Socialist Medicine law) and making the loans per se instead of guaranteeing them. This will lead once again to higher education costs for all.

The student loan reform is billed as a way to make college more affordable. This is a headfake, and it works because you went to government schools. If you don’t want to go to the government for a loan or a private bank for a more-expensive loan, you are going to be even farther away from being able to afford “higher” education.

Fast Forward to the Socialist utopia they want, and it will be so expensive to go to college they will just rob EVERYONE at gunpoint to pay for it, as they currently do for primary and secondary school “education.” Then, you see, post-secondary education will be “free.”

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*That’s right, closer to God. You’d be surprised how many hudreds-of-years-old colleges and universities in the United States started off as religious or partially-religious schools. You’d be surprised because they’ve mostly banned God on campus anymore.

If You Can Read This, Thank A Particle Physicist

I told my wife to congratulate the German living next to me in Texas who (somehow) works on the Large Hadron Collider straddling Switzerland and France.

They fired that puppy up and smashed them some atoms real fast-like. I’m fairly certain it wasn’t up to full power to-day, but they had her all the way up to 7TEV, which is 3x-ish higher-charged than the nearest competitor. That would be (particle collider enthusiasts will please excuse the simplification) something like 7,000,000,000 volts of atoms-go-fast power. Your computer is powered by just over 12 volts inside.

According to the radio news on the way home from work today, the world was not swallowed up in the black holes formed by two colliding atoms, and the stars were apparently not thrown so badly out of alignment that you would notice.

Ruger MkIII 22/45 Magazine "Safety" Delete

I still haven’t decided on a .22 handgun for a training tool in my new shooter classes (see “Let Me Take You Shooting” on the right side of the page). The Ruger MkIII 22/45 is a strong contender due to a reputation for quality, combined with a price point that might see me getting one this Buy-A-Gun Day. The only problem is that it comes with a lawyer key lock in the gun itself. I don’t see lots of reports of these breaking, however, so it can’t be THAT bad (unlike with Taurus revolvers rendering themselves inoperable)

Anyhow, one thing I can’t stand in a semi-auto arm is a magazine disconnector “safety” that prevents firing the weapon without a magazine properly installed.

Fortunately for the tinkerer who realizes gun safety lies between the ears, there is a fix. Rip out the new “safety” parts and replace them with a bushing or washers to take their place.

The elegant way to do this is to replace the MkIII hammer bushing with a MkII hammer bushing.

There are also a couple of rimfire enthusiasts who produce a replacement bushing that will work.

The cheap/free method is to use washers in place of the removed “safety” pieces, to take up the empty room so everything will still work properly. I don’t understand why you would use stainless or plain steel instead of brass washers for this, but I haven’t been there or done that yet.

Of course, you will need to know how to detail strip the piece, so it is handy to have instructions with lots of pictures for that while you study up on the project.

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ETA:

It will also need a Loaded Chamber Indicator filler/replacement (also available premade if you want to pay for it).

And a blast shield is definitely in order as well.

Pre-Existing Coverage: Not So Much.

You know how those mean-ol’ health insurance companies keep denying health insurance policies (and claims) based on pre-existing conditions? And you know how President Obama said he was going to make that unpossible?

Well, it turns out they will have basically the same out as they do now, even when Obamacare kicks in full-force.

The Congressional Staffers who wrote (and exempted themselves from) this law, seem to have been well and truly bought-and-paid-for by the special interest lobbyists, or else they are incompetent to a staggering degree. Obama of course never read the bill and this week is going about campaigning for it, blissfully ignorant that one of the major selling points he was trying to use, is (apparently, reportedly) completely false.

Is this the change you were hoping for?

Hutaree Is Not A Christian Code Word.

Freeman’s Pro Tip: Anytime someone claiming to possess knowledge available only to a few persons of (their own) high rank/ability/position/whatever wants you to do something extremely odd, you need to consider the potential that you are dealing with a cult. This cat said there was a special language only a privileged few people know. This is known in “normal person” language as a HUGE RED FLAG. It is a definite sign that you need to get professional help or professional law enforcement officers, or both, involved with the person in question, AND get as far away from them as you can.

The Hutare were planning on hastening the Lord’s return by murdering policemen and then, apparently, they planned to go out in a blaze of glory.

So that this is very clear: the Bible condones death for various crimes, and even (in circumstances no longer met anywhere in the world) revenge killings by the family of a slain person. It specifically enjoins Christians against cold-blooded murder which is what these people where planning. Just like with the Spanish Inquisition, if you do something and claim it’s because you’re a Christian, but it goes against the teachings of Christ himself, you’re acting on your own initiative.

These cats are not a “Christian Militia.” They are CRAZY PEOPLE.

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P.S. if you plan to kill people for no good reason, you might want to make sure one of your co-conspirators is not an FBI plant.

Russia Attacked (again) By the Religion Of Peace

Yahoo/AP spins it thusly, and the Faithful agree:

Russia was arresting the worst of the worst, leaders of the islamic militancy in Russia. They deserved to have two women blow themselves up in the subway under the old KGB headquarters. They had it coming to them for attacking the Religion of Peace, don’t you see? It’s only payback!

Well, okay maybe they don’t come right out and phrase it that way, but that’s the perpetual excuse. It’s not the islamists’ fault, it’s always a payback for some perceived wrong done to them. You know, in the 20-ish places where there are shooting wars in the world. It’s the neighbors’ fault, not the muslims’!

Please join in my prayer that Russia will have the political will to do it hard to the muslims in Russia, unlike the tooooolerant treatment they get in the West.