It’s just a tactic

Last week, you may have read Thirdpower’s post on the Yahoo article claiming that the NRA is illegally splitting donations amongst their various legislative organizations.

I read about the hit piece the day before when it spread like wildfire among the various progressive websites I visit. If I wasn’t putting in 55 hours a week at the new job right now, you’d have read this post the same day as his.

What you have here is no serious allegation. Just as you know these allegations are bullshit, so does Alan Berlow, the author of the hit piece. And so does anyone who understands that you cannot track your monetary donation once you have given them to an organization.

What Berlow describes in his claims is that he, effectively, attached an RFID tracking chip to every penny he donated to the NRA and watched as those pennies were split up amongst the NRA’s various orgs.

Of course, that is impossible, which is how you can tell he is lying.

But that is not the point of his allegations. Because the people who want to believe that this would actually be possible don’t care if he is lying. The people who support Berlow need the hatred of the NRA to be kept nice and toasty warm, lest these true believing progressives slip into apathy towards the NRA, or, heaven forbid, listen to an argument against gun control with their minds and not their hearts.

The NYT lie that the NRA banned all loaded and functional firearms at their convention was corrected so quickly and precisely that it made the hoplophobic bigots look stoopid (yes, with two O’s). This was shown to be a lie, which had the possibility to expose more leftist/progressive lies about the NRA, so they needed a bigger lie that made the NRA look so powerful, they could flaunt election finance laws without worry of reprocussion.

“How powerful is the NRA? So powerful they don’t even worry about the FEC coming down on them.”

This will be the new eevviil. To, of course, be tacked onto the old eevviill that the NRA makes money off of dead children.

It’s recognizable when you read how the leftosphere builds hate against both individuals and groups. They try to pile it on faster than it can be debunked. And when they can’t, they make one up so big, with an explanation that needs to be laid out in paragraphs instead of sentences, that will be swallowed hook, line, and sinker by the kool-aid drinkers that you’ll never get it out.

Even if one of the true believers walks into NRA headquarters with a gun and kills someone or multiple someones. Which is the unspoken goal.

This is how they believe the nation “Will finally have a serious talk about guns.”

Hit the comments sections of any leftist/progressive article about the NRA. Once you get past the ignorance of firearms and the Markley’s law types, you’ll find exactly what they want to happen.

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So

Get your mathematics hats on and give this a read.

There is a “myth” that the economy of the United States chugged along at least in part due to higher taxes on the wealthy in the past. First, this myth, like so many about creating prosperity, ignores that U.S. growth came after two world wars wiped out most of our competitors. Second, the implication is that “the rich” were actually paying 90 percent taxes at some point in history. That’s never been the case.

Yes, it’s over four years old, and gets to feeling like TL;DR material rather quickly, but before next year’s election, you’re going to hear this myth a lot. Better to be prepared.

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Get your free ice creams while they’re hot — er, while they exist

Linoge is closing down his venerable Walls of the City blog, so be quick and download from it what you wish to refer to, reread, and enjoy in the future, and do it quickly, because in June it’s all going away.

And there’s lots of good stuff there.

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This could prove interesting

In case you haven’t been following the issue, anti-death penalty activists have been pressuring pharmaceutical companies to stop selling the products use to preform lethal injections executions to states that still have the death penalty on the books.

Essentially, states cannot buy items like sodium pentathol from anywhere, foreign or domestic. This is why the last few executions by lethal injection have been botched and made the news a few weeks back. States were mixing up their own lethal cocktails, some of which really make you wonder who taught chemistry to the person doing the mixing.

Of course, the anti-death penalty activists refuse to accept any of the blame for these botched executions, even though the blame stems directly from their actions.

But the Sooner State has a better idea, in case the case in front of the SCOTUS goes against them:

Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin signed into law a bill that approves the use of nitrogen gas for executions in the state. The method, which would effectively asphyxiate death row inmates by forcing them to breathe pure nitrogen through a gas mask, is meant to be the primary alternative to lethal injection, The Washington Post reports.

Fallin and other supporters of the procedure say it’s pain-free and effective, noting that the nitrogen would render inmates unconscious within ten seconds and kill them in minutes. It’s also cheap: state representatives say the method only requires a nitrogen tank and a gas mask, but financial analysts say its impossible to give precise figures, the Post reports.

If Oklahoma does get to use nitrogen, I am sure that the activists will go after pressurised gas supplies in short order. If they succeed there, they will then go after rope manufacturers.

The activists already belong to groups that go after manufacturers of ammunition and electricity, so probably not much change there.

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Et tu, Diamond Crown?

I was, for a few days, mightily depressed — but not surprised, nowadays — that a premium cigar from an established maker would have such shoddy quality control as to let this hideous misspelling go out to the public: 

  

Then I found out that it’s intentional and my hope for this generation was restored. All hail!

It is a very nice cigar.

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Making Stuff Up: Part 43081

Mother Jones magazine got together with some bigots and aimed for the sky

In collaboration with Miller, Mother Jones crunched data from 2012 and found that the annual cost of gun violence in America exceeds $229 billion. Direct costs account for $8.6 billion—including long-term prison costs for people who commit assault and homicide using guns, which at $5.2 billion a year is the largest direct expense. Even before accounting for the more intangible costs of the violence, in other words, the average cost to taxpayers for a single gun homicide in America is nearly $400,000. And we pay for 32 of them every single day.

Indirect costs amount to at least $221 billion, about $169 billion of which comes from what researchers consider to be the impact on victims’ quality of life. Victims’ lost wages, which account for $49 billion annually, are the other major factor. Miller’s calculation for indirect costs, based on jury awards, values the average “statistical life” harmed by gun violence at about $6.2 million. That’s toward the lower end of the range for this analytical method, which is used widely by industry and government. (The EPA, for example, currently values a statistical life at $7.9 million, and the DOT uses $9.2 million.)

Our investigation also begins to illuminate the economic toll for individual states. Louisiana has the highest gun homicide rate in the nation, with costs per capita of more than $1,300. Wyoming has a small population but the highest overall rate of gun deaths—including the nation’s highest suicide rate—with costs working out to about $1,400 per resident. Among the four most populous states, the costs per capita in the gun rights strongholds of Florida and Texas outpace those in more strictly regulated California and New York. Hawaii and Massachusetts, with their relatively low gun ownership rates and tight gun laws, have the lowest gun death rates, and costs per capita roughly a fifth as much as those of the states that pay the most.

Those are some big numbers. But these are progressives, and math is hard. So they told a huge lie with made up numbers to make sure it impressed their readers.

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Surviving

My first full week at the new job is done and I would say that I’m doing well.

They aren’t really giving me much feedback other than to give me more things to weld up, and to train me on more of their equipment, like the overhead cranes. So I have that going for me.

I put in 55 hours this week so far (9 Mon, 10’s Tue-Fri, and likely another 6 or so today) and have been asked to give 5-10 hour days next week with another voluntary 6 or so Saturday.

People who say that they don’t believe earning a paycheck helps you mentally have probably never worked for a paycheck.

On Wednesday we completed the Big Bertha project that I mentioned previously (with a pause on Monday & Tuesday for some “quick get it out the door” work). Here it is again, this time standing.

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No one here is still quite sure what they’re going to do with it, but we reinforced the crap out of the 1x12x18 I-beam, so whatever they’re going to put into it must be very heavy. These weight over 5K each.

Anyway, I’m starting a new project today reinforcing more pieces of I-beam and will try to get some pics while no one is watching.

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Happy

   

 My first MOA Maximum handgun, handcrafted by Rich Mertz himself, fulfilling a very long-held dream….


   

16″ barrel sans brake, .260 Remington. Should have enough retained velocity at 700 yards to explode a boomer — we’ll see. Prior owner shown above with deer. Some of you may recognize him from Handgun Hunter magazine, and elsewhere. I’m almost as stoked about owning this gun as I am about Sgt. Bierkle’s.

(Oh yeah, here is the Boomershoot Bierkle Fireball video, in glorious slow motion).

It’s been a while since I did any specialty pistols posts. Here’s a roundup of clicky goodness. And a video.

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Just feel guilty already, whitey

So now, some of the folks who thought “teachable moments” were just the best thing evar, are now tired of teaching your racist ass how hard their lives are because you are racist.

The problem with those teachable moments is that the same people always end up doing all the teaching. In matters of race (and sex, disability, gender and sexuality, but let’s stick to race right now), the marginalized are tasked with being educators. That is, people of color (POC), are expected to be patient and polite racial and cultural ambassadors who provide white people new to this whole “thinking critically about race” thing with a “way in.” The role entails charitably and unselfishly engaging questions, assertions and doubts from white people who’ve previously done precious little thinking about racism and privilege, but often have quite a bit to say on the topic.

When POC refuse to take on this dual role of spokesperson and resource library, they’re often accused of having shirked an assumed responsibility. The idea seems to be that we’ve missed an opportunity, that it’s our duty to hold white people’s hands and educate them, that we’re condemning some poor white person to a continued life of ignorance.

How about we just do away with these teachable moments and stop worrying about how hard some people think their lives are because they see themselves as victims and just get on with our own lives?

If they’d just stop making people worry about how racist they might be, these folks wouldn’t be asking to be told how racist something seems.

These “ambassadors” actively put themselves into the lives of others and are now complaining that it is too much work to explain things they think are wrong.

There, problem solved.

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Well, it is a big event

With the NRA convention happening in Nashville, you know the progressive hoplophobes had to partake in the festivities “for the children”.

In one day, the Crooks and Liars blog posted three NRA convention pieces:

Here they use their rewritten history to cry about AlGore losing in 2000 because his gun control stance turned off even the people in his home state.

A little later they twisted Wayne LaPierre’s single mention in a 10 minute speech about how we don’t need another demographically symbolic chief executive to mean that he hates women.

Then, around lunch time, they took Ted Cruz’s invite to go shooting with him to make assassination suggestions.

Don’t bother scrolling into the comments section. Yesterday was Markley’s Law Monday, so the progressives partook and there are pages and pages of short pecker jokes.

In reality, they are simply jealous that no event on any politically active topic could draw 70,000 actual living citizens, let alone voters.

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