Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GET OFF MY BEACH

I didn't buy all this new beachfront land in New Mexico just so some jackass could come along and try to stop the tide from coming in and raising all boats and spoiling my retirement plans. I figure a couple more years of Global Warming and I'll be enjoying this view of my backyard. So, if you don't mind, please leave off messing with the tides in my name. After a miserable day like today, I plan to enjoy some global warming.


I never really liked Norfolk or the Tidewater Region anyway.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WILL NOBODY RID US OF THIS TURBULENT IDIOT?

It beggars the imagination that Nevada has repeatedly returned this contemptible idiot to represent it in the Senate:
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hasn't been very vocal about the cattle battle showdown in recent days, but says "it's not over."
Reid tells News4's Samantha Boatman his take on the so-called cattle battle in southern Las Vegas. "Well, it's not over. We can't have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it's not over," Reid said.
How could he reach his current position as Senate Majority Leader and not know/recognize that he and his pal Obama only obey the laws they want to. They're the ones that made it perfectly plain that Americans only have to obey the law if they feel like it.

It's sad to think that not one single 'lawman' will resign rather than assault the ranch later this week and trample on the Constitution. Now we know why all the Feds were buying billions of rounds of ammo for the last 4 years and now they're going to find out why the people insisted on keeping their guns.

HAVOC HE SAID

Seriously, you better arm yourself.


Havoc!

By the by, John Kerry is just the brainy man to conspire with Obama to let slip that we won't fight for X. When another Red Army crosses yet another frontier it will be the follow-on Republican administration and Congress that investigates and wonders how such brainy dudes could have let another ally go under. It will be, "who lost China" and the lame explanation about how Korea failed to make it into the American sphere when the smartest guy in the State Department left it on the table for the communists to pick up, all over again.

Monday, April 14, 2014

TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE EARLY TOMORROW MORNING

From our friends at the York County Astronomy fanciers:


As usual with stellar phenomena here in MetroParkCentralis, we expect complete and total-soul-destroying cloud coverage from one horizon to the next. Dammit!

With rain.

SMALL ALPINE VILLAGE MISSING ITS LITTLE SHEPHERD BOY


Nailed it. The constant cries of racism grow a little shrill. We stopped paying attention ages ago.

THE FALL OF THE WHITE STAR SHIP TITANIC

Lost at Sea this night in 1912

SEVEN SCORE AND NINE YEARS AGO

President Abraham Lincoln was killed 149 years ago on 14 April 1864. He was in almost every way the best President this country ever had. It is almost impossible to imagine how different the world would be today if he had not been shot just as he started his second term. Reconstruction was never part of his plan for the Nation United.

I think this would have outraged him no end. I like it.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, “GETTYSBURG ADDRESS” (19 NOVEMBER 1863)

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate-we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
 -----
I would that we remain one nation with a government of the people, by the people and for the people but I'm beginning to have my doubts.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

TSUNAMI WARNING BUOYS

Whenever I see one of these on Drudge:
I check it out at the National Data Buoy Center. It's one of the things our government did well and I was once a tiny cog in the corporate machine that sold these buoys to Australia and some other Pacific rim countries. Did you know they're putting actual cameras on the buoys so you can see what the ocean looks like in the middle of nowhere?





The buoys are an apt but succinct description of life at sea. The batteries only last a few years before they need to be replaced which means a ship has to visit each buoy every couple of years to swap out the batteries and every so often to refurbish the buoy and replace the batteries located on the bottom of the sea in 20,000 feet of water.

So like anything else, if you want one of these buoys to work all the time, you need to buy at least two and be willing to pay $50,000/day to send a working ship out there that can service the buoys for you. As you click on the various DART buoys at the website you can see where some of them have gone dark. It's like finding your sentries asleep at their posts with the enemy just over there, waiting.

THE BUNKERVILLE INCIDENT

Everybody must be familiar by now with the latest goon approach to law enforcement out in the west, which, like law enforcement in general, has taken a "shoot 'em up" approach to justice found in most third world countries which do not know the rule of law or the rights of man. You know, places where due process is something that happens to wheat flour and not a right guaranteed by our Constitution.

As I watch the events in Bunkerville through the periscope of the internet I am struck by the new approach the federal government took in this matter and in Waco which share so many parallels. It is the federal government that is bypassing law enforcement by sending in regulators with the power of law enforcement to squash dissent and kill those that get in the way.

If you think back to an earlier time, the presidents didn't order the Army/Feds to deploy into cities in the United States to enforce American's civil rights against the people there. The presidents deployed the Army and FBI to those cities to crush the local police who were busy violating American's civil rights.

It says something entirely wrong when the federal government moves militarily against people for no other reason than because the government has the power. Very often, power alone is not enough to guarantee the outcome in these little dust-ups. Our history, as all history, is rife with examples of what happens when a government overreaches. John Brown lost a battle that day in the Shenandoah Valley but what he wanted was accomplished within a few years in the bloodiest war in our nation's history. The federal government was on the wrong side at Harper's Ferry when they marched in to suppress rebellion. They had to do it then but they missed the opportunities to end it without bloodshed. It is instructive to note that the two federal officers in charge at Harper's Ferry were Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee and Lieutenant J.E.B. Stuart.

In my opinion, it is just a matter of time now until the country reaches a point where the Army has to be called in again. Not to keep the peace, as they have done since the founding of the country, but to suppress rebellion. It's a sad state of affairs when you have militarized the police to the point where they think they can rule by decree because they believe they have the big guns and law on their side and yet it is the police that requires the Army to intervene after the police have goaded the people into shooting them.

It's hard to believe nowadays that American Presidents ordered the Army to suppress the police in those southern states that believed that might made right and that law was a tool lawmakers and politicians could use to bash enemies of the state.


We had two flavors of Anti-Submarine Rockets (ASROC). There was the atomic bomb tipped version and an ordinary high explosive torpedo ASROC. In this movie, the Bedford Incident, both sides went nuclear because of a mistake in an intense heavily armed environment. Waco was not a one off. It is what police have been arming themselves for ever since Waco and MOVE ON in Philadelphia. There is an old expression that charges that a man who goes looking for a fight will always find one. We're just days away from the 40th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State when a lot of people were looking for a fight.

America would be far better served, all of us, if the regulators and bureaucrats did not have their own police and their own courts of the star chamber and had to use actual law enforcement agencies such as the local police and sheriffs to enforce the law rather than taking it into their own hands.  Coercion and compulsion are not supposed to be virtues in a democratic state. Resisting tyranny is.

UPDATE: Oh sure, not even an hour after I post this, the feds call it a day and go home, they say.

SOCIAL UNREST SWEEPS THE NORTH COAST

In my little town we have a unique arrangement where the city requires that the residents pay to maintain the sidewalks that run in front of their houses. A city assessor will come around every few years and mark the old limestone sandstone slabs that need replacement because they have become cracked and broken over the years. The city then sends a team to dig them up and replace them and will, at your request, leave you the limestone sandstone for your own garden or whatever. Then they send you the bill.

My neighbor isn't real happy with the process and his dramatic protest has taken the following form:


Yep, the city team came six months ago and pulled out a perfect unblemished limestone sandstone block from his sidewalk and conveniently left it right in front of the new slab they poured in its place. Then they billed him $400.00.

The slab isn't going anywhere anytime soon. It lays there as a mute protest against the Man.

Friday, April 11, 2014

BEING THERE POT REALITY

Anybody who has worked with the scions of our gifted age will recognize the frustration that surely must have flowed in both directions at conversations like these: A major explaining to two of his junior officers at NORAD (North American Defense Command) in Colorado that, "yes, Colorado has legalized pot, but no, you cannot legally consume it in any way, shape, form, or fashion or you lose your job and go to jail."

"Why?"

"What?"

"They passed a law sir that says we can legally buy it here so why can't we smoke it or eat it?"

"Look you little twit! It's against federal law and federal law supersedes state and local laws!"

"Well that's not what they taught us at legal school where we were told that we had to meet State air and water purity laws and regulations even on military installations using military hardware! They said State law trumped federal law on issues like that and isn't this an air purity issue?"

Then there is the equal frustration of the master sergeant explaining the same concept to two or maybe three of his young airmen that they cannot legally consume pot even though the great state of Colorado has made it legal within the state. I'm not sure if the young airmen could be more demonstrably obtuse then lieutenants but I'd have paid money to see those conversations because you just know they happened all over Colorado and not just in the military.

There is nothing that can brighten up a day like dealing with such clever people. I feel some pity for the teachers who never really know when the obtuseness is an act or simple innocent questioning, but out in the world, we can tell when our leg is getting pulled and when we're dealing with the real genuine authentic dimwit. And, even if we're wrong, they're still dimwits.

I think it was easier back when up was up and down was down and when the friction in war that Clausewitz referred to was purely man-made with none of the interesting friction that gets introduced by adding grit, sand paper, metal shavings, and drugs into the mix. 

I know that nobody of the current force really quite gets that aspect of old sailor stories. Everything back in the day was a hundred times easier before we got modernized. It was Admiral Arleigh Burke who said, "going to sea used to be fun and then they gave us radios." I had that and Curt's Corollary posted on my office door at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, "going to sea used to be fun and then they gave us computer networks." 

That was kind of untrue. I was definitely of the Arleigh Burke school during all my days afloat. My first ship was a flagship and didn't have a single computer on it when I reported aboard. My second ship was a destroyer with a tactical data system that couldn't network the fire control systems with the air search radar systems. My third ship was commissioned a week before Admiral Arleigh Burke became Chief of Naval Operations and the fourth ship was commissioned 2 weeks after he became CNO. The only computers they had were unique to a very specific type of navigation system. Unless you were in a mine field, you wouldn't know we had even one computer onboard.

It really took the introduction of INMARSAT and POT lines to make life afloat as unendurable as life in a hole in the ground in North Dakota in midwinter.

Still, nobody can reshape reality for us like the young.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

BAD BOOKS TO LEEWARD

I just found myself cuing up the next book and then I noticed that it was by a man for whom I have great professional distaste. After a moment of reflection I decided he could join the other crappy books I've thrown over the rail into the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Back in the days when any reading material was precious to me, throwing books into the sea was a real testament to how awful they were. I don't remember their names but this one, I know him. He probably deserves to be eaten by sharks.


As terrible as they were, their consumption won't harm fish or other marine life and they're probably easier to swallow with a little salt anyway.

XP MUST DIE THIS DAY

You know it really is a hoot to listen to all the 'technologists' bleat about the vulnerabilities that we're sure to fall heir to because we and 25% of all other computer users, continue to operate computers with Windows XP. Sure it's 12 years old but what does it tell a reasonable person when you say your 12 year old computer, running a 12 year old operating system, runs JUST FINE DAMMIT!

I'll tell you what it tells a 'technologist' and a computer/software vendor, "you screwed up and actually sold your customer a working product that didn't need you to come back in 2 years and sell them something that actually worked." You can bet the technologists and Microsoft won't make that mistake again. Look at all the crap Microsoft has spawned since 2001 that is lost to history now while XP lives on.

In regard to the alleged security problems that will bury us XP users, please. Last month we upgraded our Apple stuff for urgent security concerns having to do with SSL and this week we get the news that many of the internet's servers are vulnerable to easy exploitation of their SSL. In short, those operating the latest equipment and newest operating systems using the highest tech, are just as vulnerable to data theft and penetration as people running XP.

Dell, Microsoft, sincerely, thanks for colluding to sell me a wonderful computer and operating system that work just fine 12 years after I bought them. I can honestly say, I didn't think you had it in you.

PUTIN AND THE MIGHTY OBAMA PUNCH

The guy just standing there in the ring is Putin.

the-punk-prophet:

dink-182:

What

This is quite possibly my favourite gif I have ever seen


Hahahahaha this is LITTERALY the best gif ever! (For me)

Obama has that effect on a lot of foreign leaders.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

TIME COVERS THE TRUTH

It's hard to believe that anybody used to take Time Magazine seriously as a reliable source of news. It and Newsweek used to be widely read by those on the high seas and the borderlands where real news was not just hard to come by, it was impossible. We took it with a grain of salt but we still thought they had some newsworthy things to impart.


Did somebody at Time magazine really think the taliban had been on vacation for the last 12 years? The armed forces of the United States didn't spend all that time and effort fighting shadows in Afghanistan or building roads, bridges, hydro-electric plants, schools and hospitals. The taliban was there and it will always be there.

Taliban aren't people. Taliban is a religion.

The thing that few Americans know is that when we no longer give the taliban a target to fight in their own back yard, they will have to go abroad in search of somebody else to murder, rape and mutilate. For our purposes, and strictly from our point of view, that is too bad. If you really wanted to see the desert playgrounds in abu Dhabi and Dubai, you should book a tour now, before the taliban get there and turn them into another hell on earth. They don't much like playgrounds, music, dancing, gambling, girls, women, electricity, or civilization as we know it. They're not afraid to cut your head off to prove how sincere they are about their religion.

I wonder how all those reporters and journalists at Time failed to notice the taliban for all these years.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

PLAYING VAST AND LOOSE WITH THE LAW

If the Justice Department has a vast amount of discretion about which laws it prosecutes, surely I have the same discretion with regard to which laws I choose to obey.
In testimony Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee, Obama’s top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder, claimed “a vast amount” of prosecutorial discretion in how the Justice Department enforces federal laws.
“I do think that the policy pronouncements that I’ve made in the recent months are consistent with the law and also are consistent with good law enforcement,” Holder said.
It's not a matter of fairness, it's discretionary law.

I swear it's like all these Obama guys went to 6 years of Evil School.

METRICS RULE

Measures of performance are what we come up with when we want to examine a process and make it more efficient. In the navy, our higher commands would order us to produce metrics as if they mattered to anybody. My favorite useless metric of all time was something the Air Force called Effects Based Operations. They obsessed like the most rabid weasel you ever saw about metrics that could be used to determine how effective your operations were. When we tried to point out that we were pretty much a static surveillance and security outfit that really didn't have any means to quantify our success except possibly by pointing to a total absence of attacks, we were informed by the most dour and humorless generals on the planet that our head wasn't in the game. It wasn't a game to us.

When the goal truly is process improvement and efficiency it does help to have meaningful metrics. The good folks at FEDEX and UPS came up with a splendid process that they could use to track any package in their network in near real time. They could follow it every inch of the way. Somebody very clever suggested that they let their customers have access to the package movement information. It seemed like a good idea and it did show that both delivery systems were doing a superb job of moving material and getting it where it was sent quickly and efficiently.

A USPS Railway Mail Car when efficiency mattered
The data and the tracking were already there. The information was useful to both shipper and customer and the numbers showed solid performance and good value for the money. You know what happened after that, right? Yes, some bureaucrat decided that the "data" implied good value and integrated the same sort of package tracking in the Unites States Postal Service.



The problem came when the Post Office bureaucrat decided the USPS was in the same business as UPS and FEDEX and chose to provide the customer insight into the USPS process for moving packages. But the Post Office doesn't care about return on investment, shareholder value, earned value management or customer loyalty. I'm not sure what the Post Office perceives as valuable but I know that moving things from point a to point b doesn't fall anywhere near their top 10 list of things the Post Office cares about.
Rural mail delivery screams efficiency
Evidently, the USPS can hire but not fire people. It can hire letter carriers but not clerks. It can buy property but not sell property. It can open post offices but not close post offices. It cannot lay redundant employees off. It has to go to Congress every year to get billions of dollars to stay afloat long enough to pay all post office pensions (forever). Actual timely delivery of the mail or packages doesn't even come within shouting distance of their priorities.

So all that was a lead-in for an old post from elsewhere on the net. I thought it was interesting. His conclusion is wrong in that inefficiency and speed have almost nothing to do with the modern Post Office going broke. That's politics.

Ripped from Watts Up With That

 

Monday, April 7, 2014

PREDICTABLY EVIL

We thought they'd wait a bit for the dust to settle and the blood to seep into the ground before they commented. They didn't let us down and were quite predictable.
We are glad the story ends with a significant chance for change. The Human Rights Campaign welcomes the opportunity to turn a corner and work with Mozilla on the tenets of equality just as we have for hundreds of other major businesses.
Isn't it fascinating that all the totalitarian socialists act and look the same? You cannot wedge a hydrogen atom between their combined answer to those that challenge their ideology. You, of course, are expected and required to be tolerant; or die trying. Stamp out heresy Now! [for the children!]

STRIKING A POSE

I'm thinking.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

NUCLEAR WEAPONS POISED IN FALKLANDS

I'm sure they'll learn to neither confirm nor deny the presence of nuclear weapons. It's the safest course of action. Always leave the bad guys guessing and it's not like you're going to sail the Falklands into Auckland for liberty now are you?


How bad must it be now in Argentina that the orcs running the place want to provoke a popular war with England over the Falkland Islands, again? They stole all the country's money, all of the people's money and all their investor's money and now they are grasping at anything to stay afloat.

The Royal Navy isn't even a pale shadow of what it was when Task Force Corporate launched to reclaim the Falklands. It will be an interesting little war and now we can watch it unfold and go to hell in real time on the internets.

The trouble I'm having, is figuring out how exactly Kerry and Obama are going to totally screw it up and get both sides shooting at us. I know they can do it. I have faith in them.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

REALITY DRESSES YOU FUNNY

I'm more amused than angry at the Mozilla Auto-da Fe so I get a kick out of reading the comments on their web site:
 "Goodbye! I am deleting Firefox from all of my machines due to your intolerance of Brendan Eich's opinions. He is well within his rights as a free American to hold whatever view he believes AND perform a job diligently. If you cannot abide that he has views you disagree with I cannot abide you, or any other though-Nazis. It was good while it lasted."
"myself nor my family nor our businesses will continue to use your browser as long as you allow bullies to affect your business decisions like who remains your CEO. Making a donation to a cause whatever political leanings it implies should not dictate your job opportunities or allow others to persecute them for their website"
Uh, guys? Mozilla gives it away. I'm not sure holding your breath until they reform will work.

A QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED

Roger Simon asked the question but I stole the image  at American Digest:


The answer, sadly, is no. I haven't noticed any silencing. In fact, I spend a lot more time now with people who earnestly believe in the majesty and awesomeness of democrats. They are completely convinced that Obamacare is the very best possible thing that could have been done to America and they don't really see any problems with any of his other policies, lies or executions.

It's rather annoying.

Friday, April 4, 2014

DRONE SCHOOL

Sadly, this is the state of American journalism today. Breitbart.com of all media does this:

Even if the Pennsylvania National Guard has some very small soldiers, the "journalists" should know that nobody mans drones. Words mean things. To quote the immortal Mark Twain: "In addition to these large rules, there are some little ones. These require that the author shall:
12. Say what he is proposing to say, not merely come near it.
13. Use the right word, not its second cousin.
14. Eschew surplusage.
15. Not omit necessary details.
16. Avoid slovenliness of form.
17. Use good grammar.
18. Employ a simple and straightforward style."

A RICH FANTASY LAND OF DREAMERS

There have been any number of attempts to make a negotiable currency. All but one of them have been created by governments who started from the same premise. The currency they created was based on the value of the currency itself. In other words, it started out as gold and silver and slowly went downhill from there. The gold led to silver which led to debased valueless metals which led to paper backed by gold, then paper backed by silver, then paper backed by the full faith and credit of government which led to paper backed by nothing at all.

A consortium of governments got together and created currency out of shared principles and a little bit of arm twisting and coercion. The ones that spring right to mind are the dollar and the euro. As these freely negotiable currencies are backed only by the faith and credit of massive continental regimes which are on the brink of economic collapse, an optimist of extraordinary caliber created a cyber currency that traded among like minded believers. It's not actually backed by anything but governments everywhere desperately want to get control and ownership of it because it competes with the debased currencies they preside over and has value outside the system they created.


Who would have thought that in this day and age some guy could just come up with his own currency and get it adopted around the world almost overnight? Oh well, some people persist in believing that there is some detectable difference between the two dollars shown above.

YOU CAN FEEL THE HATE

An American was hounded out of his job because he engaged in politics. Poor bastard didn't get the memo that the progressive liberal left is made up of intolerant and vicious thugs. You'd have thought anybody who saw what the left did in Germany, Russia, Cuba, Eastern Europe, and Venezuela would have understood that the only law they abide by is their own.

I've got enormous contempt for Mozilla who still proudly have this at the top of their web page:


If they think this was good and ethical behavior or in anyway admirable, they're wrong.

I think he should have stayed and fought to the bitter end but the haters probably threatened his family. It's what they do.

This was not a good day for America. This would have been a banner bad day in a Banana Republic. How did we let the Haters win and why do they always win here in these contests of will? These people's actions always bring the image of "The Last Jew in Vinnitsa" to mind because they think and act the same way and with the same passion for waging evil.

What is it with people that they refuse to allow anybody to disagree with them?