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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Drunk, stupid, or just in from Colorado?

My money is on drunk, since that's the talk in Washington:



But hey, she's completely credible, worthy of respect. At least we sent Boehner packing.

My milkshake's better than yours

Gun-control freak Rep. Val Demins, D-Fla., apparently believes that different rules apply to members of Congress when it comes to Constitutional rights. The former police chief of Orlando once had her duty pistol stolen from her unlocked vehicle and was officially reprimanded. Naturally, this has done nothing to cool her gun-control ardor, naturally directed at responsible, legal gun owners.

When she posted on her Facebook page about her anti-Second Amendment stance, she got a little pushback, and her response was informative:
When a commenter asked Demings if they ever found her stolen handgun and suggested that she be more responsible with her own firearms before talking about gun control for others, Demings offered a peculiar reply:
Screenshot via Facebook
Different how? I missed that part in the Constitution. Of course, this is how liberal Democrats think -- they are born to rule, and you are born to serve. So shut the fuck up because their rights are different than yours. Obviously, you have not considered the awesome transcendence of  Rep. Deming's First Amendment rights:



Sometimes you just have to stand up and say, "NO!"

If we want to cut the environmental impact of livestock, switching to insects and imitation meat products is our best bet, according to a new report.
The inevitability of turning to insects to feed the world's growing population has been looming for a while. And now we finally have some data on how much this shift would actually help the planet.
No. Just no. What the fuck is wrong with these people? These Malthusian assholes have been predicting worldwide famine ever since Mathus himself in the 1800s. He was wrong then, and these assholes are wrong now. Paul Ehrlich, a favorite of President Shithead -- excuse me, Obama -- was famously wrong about all of his predictions about how the world was going to run out of this and that and that overpopulation would cause mass starvation worldwide. You want to eat bugs instead of steak? You first.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

DAMN that oppressive wood paneling

The University of Michigan apparently is planning to renovate the Michigan Union building, a 100-year-old landmark on campus that houses, among other things, many student organizations' offices. Naturally, the university asked for student input on the renovation. Naturally, campus libtard snowflakes being who they are, the university received some truly bizarre bullshit input:
Anna Wibbelman, former president of Building a Better Michigan, an organization that voices student concerns about university development, stated at a student government meeting in late March that “minority students felt marginalized by quiet, imposing masculine paneling” found throughout the 100-year-old building, the meeting’s minutes state.
 The building, dubbed by campus officials as “one of the University of Michigan’s most recognizable landmarks,” is set to undergo a massive, $85.2 million renovation project, and as part of that process architects have sought the input and advice of students.
From the people who need safe spaces from ideas that differ from their own, I guess this is no surprise, really. Still, it is a little difficult to believe that wood fucking paneling is oppressing people somehow. How delicate are these losers, and how do they expect to survive in a world that is, let's face, just fucking full of wood fucking paneling? And why is it that only minority students feel oppressed by "masculine paneling?" Or is it just women? And how can you tell the paneling is masculine? And why did you even devote any effort to making that determination?

Apparently, this level of snowflakeness is too much, even for a properly liberal university like Michigan:
Asked to weigh in on Wibbelman’s comments, campus spokesman Rick Fitzgerald stated in an email to The College Fix that “concern about the paneling is not something that has been brought forward to the university as a concern from students, who have been involved with developing this project for several years and through dozens of meetings. Students certainly have expressed a desire that the renovation assures a welcoming, inviting, and student-oriented building. It is their building.”
“There is a significant presence of wood paneling on the interior of the building and we expect most, if not all of it, will remain after the renovation,” he said.
Thank God for that dose of sanity, I suppose.

Caseless ammo on the horizon?

Yes, caseless ammo has been around for a couple decades, but it always has been experimental, at least as far as combat use is concerned. The problem has always been durability -- while caseless ammo weighs far less than a round with a brass casing containing the primer, the powder and the bullet, as it does away with the casing, caseless ammo has so far failed to pass the test when it comes to the banging around that comes with carrying ammo into combat and using it there.

There is a possibility those problems have been  -- or at least are being -- overcome:
The U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army agree they may have finally found a caseless ammunition design that will work reliably in combat and be much (37 percent) lighter than conventional 5.56mm ammo. Caseless ammo is not a new concept but you need the right materials and right design to make it work. It’s all a matter of getting the right tech and the right design.
The effort is driven by the need to reduce the amount of weight soldiers and Marines carry into combat. Combat loads, including pack, body armor, weapon and ammunitition, typically weigh 70 pounds or more for a patrol of any duration  Efforts to reduce the weight of food and shelter elements continue, but gains there are incremental. No one has found a way to reduce the weight of water. That leaves body armor, weapons and munitions. Kevlar doesn't weigh much, and many soldiers and Marines already decline to insert  the "chicken plates" -- heavy ceramic plates intended to be inserted to protect the chest and back from heavier caliber ammunition than the Kevlar is designed to stop -- because of the weight factor.

Which brings us back to the weight of the weapon and its ammunition. The Army has been working on it for several years:
Meanwhile the U.S. Army completed development of a new LSAT (Lightweight Small Arms Technology) 5.56mm machine-gun in 2012. But this new machine-gun was tested using two types of lightweight ammo and it wasn’t until now that one of those lightweight ammo designs reached the point where it was ready for combat testing. The LSAT machine-gun weighs 4.27 kg (9.4 pounds) compared to 8 kg for the current M249. Moreover, the ammo for the new machine-gun is 37 percent lighter as well. Thus the new machine-gun, with 1,000 rounds of ammo, weighs 13.9 kg (30.6 pounds), which is 40 percent less than an M249 with a thousand rounds. Moreover, the new ammo takes up twelve percent less space. Developers are working on caseless 5.56mm ammo that will take up 40 percent less space.
The problem with caseless ammo always has been that it doesn't hold up well under combat conditions. Without a brass case, propellant has a disturbing tendency to separate from the bullet under rough handling. That pretty much renders caseless ammo useless. It would appear that Army testing may have resolved those problems:
In early 2012 eight LSAT machine-guns and 100,000 rounds of the telescoped ammo were delivered for army troops to actually use and passed field tests. At this point it became possible to use the same technology for a new assault rifle. While LSAT passed muster with the troops and the realities of use in a combat zone by 2012 most of the fighting was over. The new machine-gun will be much appreciated by infantry operating in Afghanistan, where the machine-gunner is often lugging his weapon and all that ammo up steep hills. But back home there was less enthusiasm, and money, for a new generation of assault rifle and light machine-gun.
The ammo used in the test is not caseless - "telescoped ammo" basically has a plastic case. Nonetheless, plastic weighs less than brass, and apparently caseless ammo is making progress. The guys toting the ammo into combat will doubtless appreciate the effort.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Miss USA commits blasphemy, liberals demand excommunication

Newly selected Miss USA Kara McCullough, who competed as Miss District of Columbia, has put liberals in a frenzy with her comments during the pageant about health care:
An African-American nuclear chemist from Washington, DC, won the 2017 edition of Miss USA on Sunday night after telling the audience about her conservative political viewpoints.
Kára McCullough, a 25-year-old nuclear chemist who works for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, told the audience how she doesn't necessarily view herself as a feminist and said that health care is a privilege and not a right.
She also won plaudits for wearing her hair natural and curly throughout the competition.
Apparently being African-American and holding conservative views (even if this is the only conservative view she holds -- I don't know) is unacceptable:
McCullough’s remarks set off an instant Twitter debate over the polarizing issue with Republican attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare serving as a backdrop.
“Miss DC was my fav but ... not after that answer,” wrote Twitter user Charlsley Carey. “Everyone has a right to health care.”
Liberals, apparently, do not understand what a "right" is. But we knew that. In any event I'm sure it didn't hurt Ms. McCullough's performance that she is smoking fucking hot:


She's also a nuclear scientist and, since she was born in Naples and grew up in Virginia Beach, I'm going to guess she's a Navy brat. All in all, not a bad package.

And, as Real Clear Politics points out, Ms. McCullough tends to highlight the difference between conservatives and progressives. Conservatives deal with the real world and try to be consistent. Progressives, not so much:
NBC's Peter Alexander grills Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Cali.) for her displeasure at President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey after she had announced in January that he has lost all credibility after attending a classified briefing conducted by the now-former director.
In March, Waters issued a press release that read Comey "advanced Russia's misinformation campaign."
"I do not necessarily support the president's decision," Waters said. " I think that if the president would have fired him when he first came in, he would not have to be in a position now where he is trying to make up a story about why. It does not meet the smell test."However, in the interview Wednesday on MSNBC, asked if she would be okay with a hypothetical President Hillary Clinton dismissing Comey from his position, Waters said yes.
This sort of inanity prompted Real Clear Politics to give us this juxtaposition:

Works for me.

Tom Brady has a sense of humor

I don't want to like him. But he makes it hard. Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots and owner of more Super Bowl rings than any other quarterback in NFL history, will be on the cover of the football video game Madden 18. Many previous coverboys have suffered serious, even career-ending injuries, giving rise to the belief in the "Madden Curse." Brady is having none of it in this video on Facebook.

Wish I could embed the video. And I hope Tom is wrong, so my beloved Packers can stroll on through to the Lombardi Trophy.