Friday, April 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton's "Woman Cards"

From Weasel Zippers

False Empowerment

Hillary, loves to pander and almost always fails at it. She tried to take the subway and was clueless about how the metro card worked, and she tried to pander to blacks as well. However, not only is this card sexist, it is also hypocritical as she helped a rapist walk free.

Also, by wanting to ban guns, she wants to disempower women.

Real Empowerment

The "Smart" Gun Push

Fox News

The Obama administration is locked and loaded for a fresh push on gun control initiatives – reportedly moving to advocate for so-called "smart gun" technology as early as Friday, despite concerns from the gun lobby.
Politico reports President Obama is set to release findings on the technology from a multi-agency review, and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett was previewing the material to a select set of groups on Thursday. 
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed to reporters that the administration would be making an announcement on Friday, without going into detail. 
“We'll have more that we can talk about tomorrow," he said. "… Under discussion was exploring what kind of technology could be effectively used to make guns safer. So this is something that that a variety of federal agencies have reviewed and they'll have some findings to share.”
“Smart-gun” technology overhauls guns so they can only be fired by authorized users. The multi-agency review was ordered as part of Obama’s Jan. 4 executive action on guns.

Beyond all the fluff about guns being "smarter" and "safer," this would turn a mechanically simple device into a rube goldberg machine. Computerized guns will at some point in the future have a disable feature built into them, which is probably the real goal behind this.

However, this push will fail because criminals will just use "dumb" guns to commit their crimes, and law abiding citizens will defend themselves with "dumb" guns for reasons of reliability.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

30 Years Ago Today


On April 26th, 1986, Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded. It was caused by a combination of a test gone wrong and the design of the reactor, and its effects amplified as a result of Soviet policy.


About 7% reactor's heat is produced by the decay of fission products, even when there is no fission occurring. Though this is small, it is still enough that an inactive core still needed to be actively cooled by water pumps. The reactor had diesel generators to operate the water pumps, but the time it took for the generators to to fully rev up was between 60 and 75 seconds, long enough to be considered a hazard.

It was thought that the residual energy of the steam turbine could be utilized to bridge the gap, and three tests were run - one in 1982, another in 1984, and the third in 1985 - by cutting off the flow of steam to the turbine, but these ended in failure despite numerous modifications. The test procedure required that the reactor's thermal output would gradually be reduced from 3,200 megawatts to 700 megawatts before the steam was shut off. On April 25th, a fourth test was to be done, but was postponed at 4:00 PM when a regional power plant in Ukraine shut down. Despite this, preparations for the test were still carried out, which included the shutting down of an emergency cooling system.

At 11:04 PM that evening, the go-ahead was given to resume shutting down of the reactor, but instead of the gradual shutdown that was planned, the control rods were inserted rapidly, leading to a buildup of Xenon-135, a "poison" that inhibits the nuclear reaction, causing a greater than expected power drop. Control rods were removed to compensate.

The test began at 1:23:04 AM. Shift supervisor Alexander Akimov opposed the test, but his objections were overridden by Anatoly Dylatov, Vice Chief Engineer (who would serve five years in prison as a result of his role in the disaster). As the turbines wound down, so did power to the pumps. At 1:23:40 AM, the reactor was "Scrammed" and the control rods were inserted into the core. The control rods were tipped with graphite, which increased fissioning in the core, and displaced the neutron-absorbing water, compounding a problem caused by steam voids (bubbles) in the water. Both fuel and control rods fractured under the intense heat, stopping them at 1/3rd their way into the core. The water inside the core boiled with explosive force, and the tips of the rods, made of graphite, ignited in the intense heat. A second, more powerful explosion occurred three seconds later, caused either by a runaway chain reaction in the nuclear fuel or the production of hydrogen. The explosions threw radioactive material into the air, while the fires sent more up in the smoke.

The firefighters were not informed of the radiation danger, though even when it became known, some decided to "kamikaze" themselves. The population of nearby Pripyat however were not warned and the city was evacuated until 11AM that morning, when illness struck some of the residents. Despite the policy of Glastnost, the Soviet government maintained a tight restriction on the media, and the disaster was not admitted to the outside world until two days later, radioactive fallout from Chernobyl set off radiation alarms in Sweden. In fact, Reactor 1 of the Chernobyl complex suffered a partial meltdown in 1982 that itself was not publicly known until 1985.

The Elephant's Foot, made of previously molten fuel and concrete

31 people died directly from the radiation, mostly firefighters sent to extinguish the fire, and at least 4,000 cases of cancer are believed to be attributed to it. The cost of cleanup was a major factor in the fall of the Soviet government.

Though there has been an exclusion zone around the reactor complex ever since the disaster, the other three reactors continued to operate for years after the disaster. Reactor 2 operated until 1991 when it was decommissioned after a fire, while reactor 3 was decommissioned in 1996 and the final reactor shut down in 2000.

Though the exclusion zone remains uninhabited by people, life has returned.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Heavy Metal Monday

Sci-fi theme tonight.

The Toilet War

The economy is shrinking, the border is open to criminals, China, North Korea and Iran are getting antsy, and the government is using all of these things as justification to suppress the rights of the people. Despite this the regressive left and the religious right are quite obsessed over who can use what restroom, turning it into a national issue.

This and many other social issues are something that property owners, local communities and states should decide.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Kirsten Gillibrand scolds Bernie over guns, makes the stupidest argument

Gun Control
From Breitbart

Gillibrand wants the debate over gun control to be refashioned into a “women’s issue,” instead of a complicated dispute related to hunting or the Second Amendment.
Gillibrand criticizes male involvement in the gun-control debate. Politico reports:
This debate is relegated to the men. It’s about hunting? It has nothing to do with hunting,” [Gillibrand] said. “Nothing in this debate has to do with hunting, and nothing in this debate has to do with the Second Amendment rights. Nothing. … I think — I see the world in the lens of women’s issues. I’m making everything a woman’s issue. I want guns to be a woman’s issue.
She suggests Sanders’ maleness prevents him from relating to mothers who have lost loved ones to gun crime. She also states that he “doesn’t have the sensitivity he needs to the horror that is happening in these families,” adding, “I just don’t think he’s fully getting how horrible it is for these families.”

I love it when the regressives eat their own (Bernie is a fellow gun grabber). However, Gillibrand is absolutely wrong to think that women are victimized by guns. The truth is exactly the opposite, with women being a major driver of gun sales. For all their talk about empowering women, feminists sure don't want women to be empowered with the ultimate equalizer: firearms.

Loader Royale

HT FreeNorthCarolina

An argument between construction workers escalated into a demolition derby-style clash of heavy machinery that left at least two bulldozers flipped over in a street, say police in northern China.
In a video taken on Saturday, several bulldozers are seen ramming each other while passenger cars speed away from the cloud of dust.
The video shows one driver running unhurt out of his toppled bulldozer, a fast-moving type of vehicle also known as a wheel loader, while another bulldozer tries to lift it back up.
The construction workers were from two companies competing for business, Xu Feng, a local government spokesman in Hebei province’s Xingtang county, said on Monday. He said he couldn’t disclose details about arrests or injuries until an investigation was concluded.
China needs Common Sense Assault Front End Loader laws, and a 5-day waiting period for all Assault Front End Loaders.

The Gungrabbers Hate the Poor


From Americans for Tax Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A $1,000 per gun tax should serve as a “role model” for states, according to the governor of the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands, which imposed the $1,000 gun tax earlier this month. An idea first endorsed by Hillary Clinton in 1993, steep gun taxes have now taken hold in Cook County, Ill. the city of Seattle, and now a U.S. territory.
As reported by the Saipan Tribune:
The administration of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres defended the CNMI’s new gun control laws on Friday as a law that could be “a role model” for other U.S. states and jurisdictions facing seemingly uncontrolled and continued gun violence.
The administration was responding to queries regarding its position on recent reports that the a legal challenge to the new law, Public law 19-42, was likely, particularly over a provision that assesses a $1,000 excise tax on pistols.
The threat of such a tax serving as a role model for other politicians to impose is not an idle one. Consider the following:
Seattle Gun and Ammunition Tax: On Jan. 1, 2016, Seattle’s $25 per gun tax took effect, as did a two cent to five cent tax per round of ammunition. The new taxes have already forced at least one major gun dealer to leave the city.
Cook County, Ill. Gun and Ammunition Tax: On June 1, 2016, Cook County’s new ammunition tax takes effect, at a rate of one cent to five cents per round of ammunition. The ammo tax comes on top of the existing gun tax regime of $25 per gun.
Hillary Clinton’s 25% Gun Tax Endorsement: In passionate testimony to the Senate Finance Committee in 1993, Hillary Clinton gave her strong personal endorsement to a new national 25% sales tax on guns and endorsed a steep increase in the gun dealer fee, to $2,500. "I am speaking personally, but I feel very strongly about that,” said Clinton at the conclusion of her endorsement.
Neither Hillary or the rest of the regressives can claim to represent the poor, while pricing firearms out of their reach.

Meanwhile, booming sales of firearms have been creating jobs.

Of course, if Marianas-like tax became law nationally, there would still be job growth related to firearms... in the black market.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Two things are Infinite...

Hillary Clinton
HT Irish

HT Eatgrueldog

...The universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.

-Albert Einstein

Heavy Metal Monday

The Colorado Lawmakers who Voted to Scrap Election are Cruz Delegates

Ted Cruz

From Breitbart

Social media posts, along with Cruz’s campaign website, reveal that
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
supporters in the Colorado Republican Party were responsible for crushing an effort to give Colorado the ability to vote in a state primary.

In May of 2015, four Colorado Senate Republicans killed an initiative “to create a presidential primary in 2016,” reported the Denver Post. “Under the bill, Colorado would have held a presidential primary in March that ran parallel with the state’s complicated caucus system… when it came before the Senate Appropriations Committee, four Republicans voted to kill the bill with three Democrats supporting it.”
The four Republicans who voted against the initiative were Sen. Kevin Grantham, Sen. Kent Lambert, Sen. Laura Woods, and Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg.
On Cruz’s campaign website, Sens. Woods, Grantham, and Lambert are all listed as Cruz supporters and as declared members of Cruz’s “Colorado Leadership team.”

Conflicte of Interest, COI

“I am honored to have the support of so many courageous conservatives in Colorado,” Cruz said about his so-called leadership team in early April. “With our incredible team we are in a very strong position for this weekend’s assemblies in Colorado.”
Sen. Grantham is even an official Cruz delegate and Sen. Lambert is an alternate Cruz delegate.
At the time, the editors of the Denver Post seemed perplexed by Grantham’s decision not to support the primary election initiative. In a May 2015 editorial titled, “Colorado GOP flubs chance for 2016 presidential primary,” the editors write: “What? Grantham was a sponsor of the bill. If he thought the bill made enough sense to put his name on it, why wouldn’t he think it should be passed out of committee?”
The editors go on to suggest that Party leaders may have had “other agendas that remain undisclosed” for rejecting a primary election of the people. The editors write: an “opportunity to move Colorado out of its antiquated presidential caucuses has been lost through miscommunication, timidity or, perhaps, because of other agendas that remain undisclosed.” They continue, “The caucuses guarantee lackluster voter participation and the disproportionate influence of activists on both ends of the political spectrum who are not representative of the parties’ mainstream. Some romanticize the caucus system as the purest form of grass-roots democracy, but that’s only accurate if your idea of democracy involves excruciatingly low turnout — by design.”

Ted went further, claiming that a similar voterless victory in Wyoming was a "grassroots victory," either mockingly or sarcastically.

There is no constitutional restriction on parties or their rules, so technically, they can get away with it. Both parties are changing them - against the will of the people - to run the elites' favored candidates. While the country may not be pure democracy, the vote of the people is still supposed to count. Being a delegate was supposed to be an honorary position, representative of the people. Between shifting the goal posts and the use of Trojan Horse Delegates (and on the Democratic side, Supderdelegates), it just makes the case that parties should be abolished (see The Dangers of Political Parties).

Friday, April 15, 2016

Sexy Danish Ad [NSFW]

I got nothing else to post today. Nudity starts at about 50 seconds in.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Ted Cruz's [Failed] Case to Ban Sex Toys

No Sex Allowed, Politics, Sex

As Solicitor General, Ted Cruz defended a state ban on the sale of sex toys. On behalf of then state Attorney General Greg Abbot, he wrote 76 page long brief defending the ban to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, calling on a federal court to uphold the law.

The brief insisted that Texas, in order to protect "public morals," had  "police-power interests" in "discouraging prurient interests in sexual gratification, combating the commercial sale of sex, and protecting minors." There was a  "government" interest, it maintained, in "discouraging…autonomous sex." The brief compared the use of sex toys to "hiring a willing prostitute or engaging in consensual bigamy," and it equated advertising these products with the commercial promotion of prostitution. In perhaps the most noticeable line of the brief, Cruz's office declared, "There is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one's genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship." That is, the pursuit of such happiness had no constitutional standing. And the brief argued there was no "right to promote dildos, vibrators, and other obscene devices." The plaintiffs, it noted, were "free to engage in unfettered noncommercial speech touting the uses of obscene devices," but not speech designed to generate the sale of these items.

The 5th Circuit struck his case down, ruling that Texans have a right to be free of government intrusion. He lost, however, he has revealed himself to be neither impartial - by padding the case with his moral views - or a small government conservative.

On top of that, there was and still is more important things for the government to worry about than what consenting adults do in the privacy of their own homes, such as illegal immigration and the potential of Islamic Jihadists crossing the border.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Dangers of Political Parties

Lately there has been a lot of controversy over political delegates and the rules of how they are assigned. Both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump and supporters have accused the system of being rigged against them, while supporters of Ted sCruz and sHillary Clinton - as well as the party leaders - have claimed that the parties can "do what they want."

The parties modify their own rules on a regular basis, with Colorado recently becoming infamous for selecting delegates based on an incredibly rushed process, and without any popular vote to weigh against.

However, the Constitution made no provision for political parties. The founders did not envision a United States divided between and under the control of political parties. In fact, George Washington warned of the dangers of political parties in his farewell speech.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight,) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.
There is an opinion, that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the Government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of Liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in Governments of a Monarchical cast, Patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in Governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And, there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

I do not see how he could be wrong. Parties, like any other group, can be corrupted and co-opted by foreign or business interests that have goals contrary to the rights of the people. The establishments of both parties are fighting hard to maintain the status quo. Bernie Sanders's policies are certainly unworkable on their face, and it is not known if Donald Trump can (or would) keep his promises, but maintaining the status quo is not a solution to the nation's problems either.

The party system should be abolished, and there should be a single standard for the delegation process.  Candidates should stand or fall on their own merits, and not on the whims of a party's (and donor's) interests.

The likelyhood of such a reformation is virtually nil, because the powers that be would not benefit. Many Americans would not accept it either, because there are people on both the left and right who see parties - and by extension government - as a vector to enforce THEIR morals on others.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pakistani Policeman Shows Court How Grenades Work: Injuries Result

They blow up so fast
KARACHI (Staff Report) – A hand grenade exploded inside courtroom in Karachi’s Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) after a judge asked a police constable if he knew how grenades worked. The constable, instead of explaining his expertise in weapons and grenade handling to the judge, opted to demonstrate practically by promptly pulling out the pin from the grenade.
This resulted in a loud explosion, injuring three including the constable and a court clerk.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Heavy Metal Monday: Iron Maiden Special

I saw Iron Maiden at the Tacoma Dome tonight. Awesome show, and the support band Raven Age was very good too.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The GOP Steals Colorado

#TedsCruzSexScandal may have tapered off, but ultimately it will not matter, for the GOP has openly handed Teddy sCruz a "victory" in Colorado, without even a single vote being cast.

The media of both the left and the socially conservative right have been spinning this "electioneering," creating a narrative that delegates are representatives of the party and not the people. It appears that the rules have been changed, but even this has been rationalized, because it is quite evident that the party is moving the goal posts to suit its agenda.

However, evidence is surfacing that Trump's delegates have been removed, while sCruz delegates have been listed twice.

Why would the GOP do this? Why would they not swallow their pride and embrace the candidate that is favored, both by the popular vote and the delegates? The only possible explanation is that the GOP is dropping the facade that they are a genuine opposition party.

Friday, April 8, 2016

New Jersey man faces jail over Trump flag

From NBC New York via Gateway Pundit

A New Jersey man who’s been flying Donald Trump’s campaign flag in front of his home since February could face up to a $2,000 fine or jail time when he faces a judge in the case.
Joe Hornick has been flying Trump’s “Make America Great Again” flag outside his West Long Branch home on a busy corner near the Monmouth University campus for months.
But he got a ticket recently citing him for illegally posting political signage more than 30 days before an election. The New Jersey presidential primary isn’t until June 7.
“I’m not a football fan, I’m not a sports fan, but I’m surely a Donald Trump fan,” he told NBC 4 New York.

I looked up laws pertaining to political just to see if any local entity had the "right" to regulate political signs, and found this bit of text.

New Jersey. The state Legislature passed legislation in
2003 protecting homeowners’ and tenants’ rights to display U.S. flags,
yellow ribbons, and signs supporting U.S. troops. Sec. 45:22A-48.1 of
the New Jersey Statutes says a homeowners’ association may not adopt or
enforce rules prohibiting the display of the U.S. flag, yellow ribbons,
or signs unless the display “threatens public safety, restricts
necessary maintenance activities, interferes with the property rights of
another, or is conducted in a manner inconsistent with the rules and
customs deemed the property manner to display the flag.”

Regardless of how one may feel about Trump or the election, this is supposed to be a free country with a 1st Amendment. In New Jersey at least, it seems to have fallen by the wayside.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Rule 5: Joanna Pacula

Joanna Pacula is an actress from  Tomaszów Lubelski, Poland. After acting in theater for a year, Joanna made a move to film. After being stranded in Paris due to martial law in Poland, Joanna emigrated to the USA and got her first major US role in the 1983 movie Gorky Park, which she is still best known for.

She is also well known for the swinging/S&M movie Husbands and Lovers and the made for TV movie Escape from Sobibor where she played Gertrude "Luka" Poppert Schonborn, one of the Jews who escaped that extermination camp.

She is also made an appearance in the TV show Monk, in the episode Mr. Monk Falls in Love as Adrian Monk's prime suspect/love interest.

Joanna has also appeared in the music video of Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Update to Progressive Prudes

While updating No So Free Love: Progressive Prudes to follow the same format as my Lise Meitner article, I looked around to see if there was any new developments in the progressives' war on consensual sex, and found an interesting article on PJ Media. I have updated my article accordingly.

Ted Cruz: Flip Flopper on the 2nd Amendment?

Donald Trump gets a lot of accusations of being a flipflopper. Certainly it is true that he supported an "assault" weapons ban in 1999 and has never explained his conversion, nor is there any solid evidence that his views have genuinely changed to favor the 2nd. However, I do not believe any politician (other than Ron Paul or possibly Rand Paul) is ever going to "support" the 2nd Amendment without some type of infringement. I simply want to point out that Ted Cruz is quite possibly no exception to the popular rule of "you can own guns - with certain conditions," since the current narrative is that he is the "true conservative."

In a video from Fox, Ellen Ratner has pointed out Ted's self-contradictory statements of the 2nd Amendment's role as a check against tyranny, and more importantly, the media's ignorance of this.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Ted Cruz: The Plot Thickens

Ted Cruz has been quite shady over the past few weeks. When asked about the allegations of his affairs, Carly Fiorina - who he has had given 500,000 dollars to - stepped in an answered for him. Carly is not so much as denying for him as in engaging in standard gaslighting and deflection strategies.

A former official for Ted's campaign says Amanda Carpenter came up with the plan to rob Ben Carson of his delegates.

Bill Still reports on a Ted Cruz insider, a professional, long-time political operative, who found the dirty tricks of the Cruz campaign and what he described as a “Jonestown” cultish system as being just too much. He’s blowing the whistle on the dirtiest campaign he’s ever had the misfortune to be associated with. After 24 years in the business, the Cruz campaign is the first that was so dirty he had to quit, washing his hands, so to speak, of its filth.
The veracity of the whistleblower was verified by a copy of his offer of employment from the Cruz campaign as well as a copy of a pay stub.
Most damaging to the image of “Mr. Religion,” Ted Cruz, the insider reveals that the plot to rob Ben Carson of his delegates was actually hatched two weeks prior to the Iowa caucus, by Amanda Carpenter, reportedly one of his romantic liaisons and a reporter at CNN.

A few days ago, what may have been Ted Cruz's phone number showed up one of DC Madam's call records. These are from over a decade ago, but if this information is accurate, it certainly shows that he is not as socially conservative as he would like to claim. There are more records still to come with the possible lifting of the gag order on the rest of the call records (bring your eye cleaner: Rachel Mancow in the video at the link).