November 30, 2008
Diffused Responsibility and the Mumbai Massacre
There's a very good post about the apparent failure of police to act aggressively to stop the Muslim slaughter of innocents in the Massacre at Mumbai.
What's interesting is how willing people are to continue to propose and accept a centralized solution to a distributed problem. For instance, there is apparently a proposal now for creating a new global anti-terror taskforce. This is a horrible idea. They'd be stuck on the airport in a thunderstorm in London while innocents were slaughtered. This is a supremely bad idea.
My thoughts are that, in general, what we need is a distributed solution to a distributed problem. Namely, if the terrorists can pop up anywhere and start shooting people, then everyone has to be prepared to defend themselves.
As far as police are concerned, in general, their main concern is that they go home at the end of their shift. If you watch the show COPS, you'll actually see them saying this every so often. It's a job to them. A paycheck. And there's no real reward for heroism or valor when you're working for public sector. So they punch the clock for their shift, and if they have to cower behind their squad cars for hours like they did at Colombine or Virgina Tech or San Ysidro, then so be it.
One of the things I did not see mentioned in the article is diffused responsibility. "Diffused Responsibility" is a social phenomenon that applies to groups of people. What it means in a nutshell is that the cops all think, "If no other cops are shooting, then who am I to open fire?" and "If no one else is charging into the building after an active shooter, then why should I?"
Muslim terrorists are a nasty, global problem and they're not going to go away any time soon. The only thing you can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
At the end of the day, you are responsible for your own security. You and you alone. If you think the police are going to protect you, then you are sadly mistaken. When seconds count, the police are just minutes away. ;)
November 28, 2008
Feds Roll Out New Dollar Coin
I love this. The feds are so stupd that they're trying to roll out a new PC dollar coin. There's apparently some mandate that coins have more Indians on them, for whatever reason. So they're rolling out a new dollar coin. Again. This comes on the heels of of the failed Eisenhower dollar coin, the failed Susan B. Anthony dollar coin, and the failed Sacagawea dollar coin.
This is the same government that is demanding a business plan from U.S. automakers and anointing an "auto tsar". I can't wait to see what type of cars the feds will roll out once they take over Detroit.
They'll be reintroducing the Pacer, the Edsel, and the Pinto. Heehee. I can't wait. It's going to be fun to be a communist, komrade.
November 21, 2008
Zeno's Cake Paradox
At any given office party, the last piece of cake will be cut in half an infinite number of times.
This is done to avoid being the last person to take a piece of cake and having to clean up the mess.
November 20, 2008
20 Years Ago
November 18, 2008
How Obama Got Elected
If you voted for Obama, you're at best, an idiot. At worst, a socialist. Spread the wealth, commies.
November 17, 2008
You can see Rob Kiser's pictures of Aluminum Overcast from June 7, 2008 here.
UPDATE: There are only fourteen B-17s capable of flight left in the world. Two others that occasionally visit Colorado are Sentimental Journey and Liberty Belle. A few more pictures of Aluminum Overcast are in the extended entry below.
November 16, 2008
Tomorrow Never Comes Until It's Too Late
The soundtrack to this video is the "Mos Def" remix of "Six Days" by "DJ Shadow". It's from "The Fast and the Furious - Tokyo Drift" soundtrack.
I Love You The Goldest
'63 Lemans Tempest Sells for $226K
"The eBay auction for this 1963 Pontiac LeMans Tempest started out innocently enough. Obtained after owner died. Appears to have original interior but no motor, no transmission. Body has a little rust and some dents. There's stuff in the trunk, but no key to open it. Opening bid nine days ago was a mere $500. After one week, eBay seller 123ecklin will pocket $226,521 before auction fees. What happened between Day 1 and Day 9 is an amazing story."
Jen's New Assault Rifle
I had a tree-hugger's kid in my truck yesterday and she was so excited about "President Obama". I had to point out to her that he is not, in fact, the president. He is the "President Elect". I'm sure that all of these brainwashed socialist children have missed that, but he is not the president.
On a related note, Jennifer has been on me for some time to get her an assault rifle. With the election of "The One", it doesn't take a genius to figure out that now is the time to buy.
I've been tire-kicking AR-15's since shortly before the election. Since the election, however, the assault rifles have been flying off the shelves. The gun stores can't keep AR-15's in stock and the manufactures can't produce them fast enough.
The gun shows are more like 3 ring circuses and the people aren't buying old carbines or 12 gauges. They're buying AR-15's with bayonet lugs, collapsible stocks, detachable magazines, and flash suppressors.
Here, Jennifer poses with her shiny new AR-15 A3 with bayonet lug, collapsible stock, 30 round detachable magazine, and Izzy flash suppressor. God what a country. :)
Update: More on the post-election run on guns: Guns Scare Journalists.
November 14, 2008
Red State Blue State
Click on the image above for a high-resolution version.
I say it's time for another revolution. Who's with me?
Update: I love this map from Kim.
November 13, 2008
Libtards Fail T-Shirt Test
Catherine Vogt, 14, recently wore a "McCain Girl" shirt to school on one day, and an "Obama Girl" shirt the following day. Guess which one got her death threats from the other students?
Jennifer's Wish List
November 12, 2008
Hottest October on Record Was a September
OMG this is funny. The tree-hugger global-warming alarmists have been choking on their own bile for the last 8 years as the global temperature has fallen. But now, finally, a dramatic 2-d color graph showing that October was the warmest October ever in Asia. Only the temperatures they used for October are really from September. And they're so stupid they missed that somehow. Because they're scientists, right? And they'd never deliberately mislead us, would they? Hahaha. Nice try tree-huggers. Thank God for the internet.
November 11, 2008
Wile E. Coyote
I saw a gray animal trotting through a patch of dormant mountain grass and at first, I thought it was a gray fox. But upon closer inspection, it was a coyote. I don't see a lot of them up here, for whatever reason. I think they're actually more common down the hill. The photo isn't great, but he was running in low light and even with the ISO at 1600, it's hard to capture a crisp image. If he would come out earlier, I could get a better shot. Maybe I'll get a 'wounded rabbit' call and try to get him out in the daylight.
Here's a good article on the mortgage collapse by the guy who wrote Liar's Poker...
All Gave Some. Some Gave All.
Jennifer's class attended the local Veteran's Day memorial in town. Her class goes to the memorial every year that Veteran's Day falls on a school day, but it's been a few years since that happened. This year, the principal called the local VFW post and the school was invited to attend the memorial at 11:11 on November 11th.
I showed up early, before the kids got there. The vets were setting up and I showed up with my camera, wearing a hand knit Alpaca hat from Peru and a Vietnam field jacket and said, "Is this where the Obama rally is supposed to be? I'm the press photographer." They looked at me real hard and then when I started laughing, they started laughing and we all laughed because, what else can you do, really?
A couple of old vets showed up and forgot to bring their legs with them. I made an executive decision and moved some chairs around so they could get their wheel chairs front and center because, if these guys don't qualify for a front row seat, who does?
November 9, 2008
Removing Spore DRM
I've seen enough articles on Slashdot about Spore's DRM that I finally decided to uninstall it and get their crappy DRM off of my PC. I followed an article on Tom's Hardware called Securom uninstallation instructions for Windows XP SP2.
I'm not 100% sure what flavor of Securom I had. I think it claimed to be version 7.01. But all of the stuff in the article worked, except for the "uaservice7 /remove" command. That one didn't do anything for me.
After I got through that document, I turned on System Restore on all of my drives, created a System Restore Point, and backed up my Registry. (Better late than never.)
Then, I ran a generic scan of my Registry for embedded Nulls using my new little RegDelNull utility:
regdelnull hklm -s
It found a lot of occurrences from InProcServer32. I let it delete them. Who knows what they are. I Googled it, but I never could really figure out whether they were malicious or not.
I should probably go ahead and run Rootkit Revealer.
We went back to Lake Evergreen today for a late season canoe trip. You can tell it's getting late in the season when you have to break the ice with your paddle to go anywhere. The lake was only about half-frozen by the time we launched the canoe. By the end of the day, all of the ice had melted, but Jennifer and Allie really liked canoeing through the ice. It wasn't thick - only a few millimeters I would think. But it makes a loud noise when the canoe scrapes across it. We chased "swimmy things" (muskrats) and fed the ducks and caught a couple of trout. The temperature was about 50 degrees F, but when the sun was out, it was actually pretty nice.
November 8, 2008
Timmy Watching Slinky
Timmy perched on the deck rail watching Slinky from a safe distance.
Record Market Crash In A Presidential Election Week
You wanted change? You got it. "YES WE CAN" cause a record post-election market collapse by promising to raise personal and corporate income taxes. But hey, if you want to fund business through the U.S. Treasury instead of the stock market, then who needs a stock market anyway?
November 7, 2008
Obama Drives Gun Sales Sky High
Now that the gun grabbers are in office, gun sales are setting new records. Obama says he'll protect our gun rights, but the smart money says otherwise.
In Colorado, would-be gun buyers set a one-day record last Saturday with the highest number of background check requests in a 24-hour period, according to figures from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
"Clinton was the best gun salesman the gun manufacturers ever had," said Rick Gray, owner of the Accuracy Gun Shop in Las Vegas. "Obama's going to be right up there with him."
Barack No Student of History
Maybe when Barack was doing drugs, he should have been studying his history books.
"It's almost as if Obama wants to repeat the mistakes of Herbert Hoover," McTague wrote. "During the Great Depression, Hoover raised the top marginal rate to 63% from 25% and hiked corporate taxes, too, says Michael Aronstein, chief investment strategist at Oscar Gruss & Son in New York. The moves siphoned needed investment capital out of the markets and into the hands of bureaucrats, delaying the turnaround."
Lawn Signs Conquer America
"Over the past two years, I have developed a growing fascination with lawn signs. Not the ones advertising politicians or plumbers, but the ones advertising websites. Dating websites.
These signs are so prevalent in my area that I decided to launch a private investigation into who was behind them and just how far they stretched. What I found started in my small home town and led me all the way to the secret guerilla marketing infrastructure of a multimillion-dollar company..."
November 6, 2008
Obama Was Born in Mombasa, Kenya
Barack Obama is not a natural born U.S. citizen, and therefore not eligible to be the President of the United States. Barack Obama was born in Mombasa, Kenya.
"We can now confirm that Mr Barack Hussein Obama, the US President-Elect was born in Mombasa, Kenya. Charming his way to the US Presidency, Mr Obama made it. Now is the time to come clean about his birth place and citizenship by birth. This thing will not go away, he has to deal with it now so that the people suing him may leave him to concentrate in politics. The American people has the right to know his real identity. Probably they will forgive and let him govern. If they were to remove him, it is now known fact that it is possible for a black man to conquer America. You have made your point. Now tell them the truth. Obama must remember that if he does not do it, the truth will be revealed by others and the Michelle Obama tape also says a lot."
Obama Vows to Replace Wall Street Bull with Bear
Responding to the historic post-election market collapse, Obama announced today that he would seek to reign in the stock traffickers of the New York Stock Exchange and replace the Wall Street Bull with a Wall Street Bear.
"For too long, America has operated as an Imperialist country...has suffered from the perils of the free market economy," observed Obama. "What we need today is not the greed of Wall Street, but the compassion of Main Street."
His speech was repeatedly interrupted by the hypnotic chants of his disciples. "Yes We Can! Yes We Can!"
Obama went on to denounce the 7,000 pound brass statue as, "The embodiment of greed and divisiveness...the dividing line between the 'haves' and the 'have-nots'...and an embarrassment to disenfranchised people across the globe." He promised to drastically curtail speculation and profiteering on the stock exchange and to remove the bull, immediately upon taking office.
The bull is scheduled to be smelted in a hybrid solar-electric furnace and replaced with an environmentally friendly aluminum bear, made entirely from the recycled needles of Portland drug addicts.
Atlas Hope and Change
This is something Robert Racansky thought up. He played around with it some and then I added a few touches. My understanding is that this is an original idea of Robert's, so this is arguably an original work of art, assuming you ignore the fact that we pirated the Farnese Atlas and Obama's logo.
Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are
Obama Continues To Work His Magic
I can't help but notice that the DJIA is down another 5% (400 points) on top of yesterday's record shattering post-election drop. What - you mean tax increases and wealth redistribution aren't what Wall Street was hoping for? Come on - look what it did for the Soviet Union.
Senator Joe McCarthy must be spinning in his grave like a top.
You wanted change? You got it. ;)
Update: Apparently I'm not the only one to make the connection.
"It's a bit late for investors to notice that pretty much everything Barack Obama wants to do will hurt the economy. Today, the stock market plummeted around five percent on Obama's election."
Update 2: For those of you playing the home game, the market fell 10% in 2 days since the lib-tards voted in "The One". Doh!
November 5, 2008
"Roll Your Own" AR-15
Here's a hand video that explains how to build your own AR-15 before Obama makes good on his promise to ban the sale and transfer of all semi-automatic firearms.
Obama Supporters Wave Hammer and Sickle
My neighbors said Obama's not a communist. I beg to differ, but this video makes it patently obvious that some of his supporters are as Red as they come.
U.S. Stocks Post Biggest Post-Election Drop on Economic Concern
Hmm. So, the homeless and the housewives thought big fat tax increases and wealth redistribution was the best way to go, but the stock market doesn't see that as such a good move? I'm shocked.
November 4, 2008
Let's Socialize, Komrade!
Bill Ayers was the head of the terrorist group known as the Weather Underground. He's been in the news a lot recently because he's one of Obama's best friends. (Yes, tree huggers - it's true. Obama kicked off his first campaign in the guy's living room. Have a seat.)
But what I think is funny about him is that he's a dead ringer for Tim - one of my college roommates. So, without further ado, I present to the world Tim Ayers.
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes).
If you don't understand the reference, see the two videos in the extended entry below.
November 3, 2008
Before You Vote...
This is a Democratic Red Fox(Vuples Democratis) looking for a handout at dusk to take back to her crack den.
To shoot these photos, I panned with the fox as she was trotting in low light. It's not an easy shot to get, but if it works right, the effect is that everything is blurred out except for the fox, making the subject stand out from the background. The Canon L-Series EF 100-400mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM lens has a special setting for this shot, so the Image Stabilization only functions along the vertical axis, allowing the image to blur along the horizontal axis.
Johnny, the big deer, is living in some government-subsidized housing in the woods behind my house these days. I didn't take any shots of him tonight, however, as it was cold and dark by the time I returned from the farm.
Here's Your Change
Person of the Week
Why Isn't Detroit A Paradise?
When I went to Detroit in January of 1995, I was shocked. i had no idea that places like that existed in the United States. An entire city had been burned and abandoned. Entire subdivisions were left to revert to grasslands, to be repopulated by deer and wild pheasants. Today, it remains the grossest city in the United States. A city so riddled with crime that the police are afraid to stop at red lights at night. A city so morally corrupt that the mayor was recently sent to prison.
I found this article very insightful, as it was the first time I ever saw an explanation for the demise of that area, as it was once the most productive region on earth.
Obama has no concept of business as a creative and experimental endeavor. On some deep unconscious level, he assumes that material wealth is something akin to a natural phenomenon for which no group of humans can take credit. Therefore, he sees distribution as the only serious economic issue and ignores how politics interferes with the actual process of wealth creation.
We may soon be living in a repeat of '70s and looking back at the years 1984-2007 as a golden era.
November 2, 2008
The Left's Big Blunder
Oh, I love this. This guy lays out the Left's plan to overestimate the amount of support for the Dimocrat, and why the plan is ultimately a flawed approach. Includes scads of psychological experiments and effects, including the Clever Hans Effect, the Asch Experiments, and the Bradley Effect. A brilliant and informative expose.
Zo on health care, energy, taxes, pretty much everything
The Daily Deer
I went up to George's today to shoot some. I didn't run into George and I didn't see the fox. I sat up there for a bit and then drove back down to my house, where I almost ran into "Johnny." This is the biggest deer around here, so far as I know, anyway. He was eating crabapples off of the ground beneath my crabapple tree. This guy is so fat I think he could hibernate if he wanted to. The last three photos are of a different buck I saw up at George's. The bucks appear to be entering rut, as they're starting to aggressively rub and scrape, and they're sniffing the air to see if the does are in heat.
Obama: I'll Make Energy Prices Skyrocket
In another clip from the same January 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle in which Barack Obama promised to bankrupt anyone foolish enough to build coal-burning power plants, he also made an interesting admission about his entire energy plan. Obama told the editors that his policies would make energy prices "skyrocket" as the energy industry passed along the exorbitant costs of his cap-and-trade policy.
Notice to my sister: Thanks for, yet again, creating a secret family calendar and not contacting me for photos. Thanks for ignoring my emails. Thanks for being so aloof, distant, and obtuse when I tried to reach out this year by planning a visit, phoning, and emailing you.
Thanks for running me down to Michelle and adding fuel to the fire as my marriage imploded. Thanks for going behind my back to get my daughter to visit you. What I don't understand is why you want to see her. If you hate me so much, why the affection for her? It doesn't follow.
Be that as it may. You will never see my daughter again. Or at least until she turns 19. She can't leave the state without my permission. And if you try to come and see her, then we'll get the courts involved.
You are dead to me.
November 1, 2008
Democrats Vote on Wednesday
Due to the heavier than usual expected turnout at the polls this year, Republicans will vote on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008. Democrats will vote on Wednesday, November 5th. Please only vote on the correct day as otherwise the lines will be so long that everyone won't be able to vote.
Male Downy Woodpecker(Picoides pubescens) on a Ponderosa Pine stump.
Another Woman Driver
Last night, while the kids were getting all sugared up, the adults were sitting around drinking. Somehow, we started talking about the women drivers and I mentioned the incident in Carl and Ruby's field this summer. Two women, trying their absolute best to operate a motor vehicle, in broad daylight, and ideal weather conditions, managed to lose control of their vehicle, leave the road, run through his fence. They ended up smack-dab in the middle of Carl's pasture. No other vehicles or animals were involved.
And then tonight, after I went up to shoot some animals on George's farm, I was coming down the hill and found Tom hooking up his ATV to some woman's car and I was like "Weren't we just talking about this last night?"
"Yes we were," he replied.
Robert A. Heinlein
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded -- here and there, now and then -- are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as "bad luck."
- Robert A. Heinlein