Wednesday, 31 August 2016

09:43 – Barbara is off to the gym, library, and supermarket. Colin is sitting at the front door barking every few minutes. He’s been barkish for a couple of days. I’m trying to rename him Spartan, both after Amy’s favorite horse on Heartland and because, of course, he lives with us in Sparta.

I get some really interesting email. This morning, there was a message in my inbox with the subject line “ninhydrin question”. I just assumed it was from someone doing a forensic lab course. Nope, it was from a young Dutch artist. She’s interested in using ninhydrin to develop latent fingerprints on cloth for an artwork she intends to create. I sent her a pretty detailed response and wished her the best of luck.

We’re having friends staying with us over the holiday weekend, so Barbara is doing the White Tornado thing today and tomorrow. She’s down in Winston all day Friday running errands, so she needs to get everything done by tomorrow. That includes getting me to move all of my clutter out of the living areas upstairs and the guest bedrooms downstairs. I’ll be fine as long as she doesn’t open any closets.




61 thoughts on “Wednesday, 31 August 2016”

  1. I see you’re using Mrs. OFD’s method of White Tornado house cleaning; make one room absolutely pristine by moving all the crap that was in it to another room and then saying “Voila!” In your case, the closets, I guess.

    Windy and raining most of the night, and scattered showers today; looks like I’ll be working on stuff inside, mostly. We need LOTS more rain, steady, all day and all night, for about a week, maybe two weeks.

  2. That’s not Barbara’s method; that’s my method. I’ve always used 3D storage organization, which Barbara says is just my fancy way of saying I stack shit in piles.

  3. There’s no point to me buying ammo since I’ve lost every one of my gus accidentally in deep water.

  4. Another Libturdian Utopia means of grabbing guns without actually grabbing them. Next up, any projectile moving faster than 100mph will be labeled a National Security Threat.

    I have to stop going to Bass Pro. Another gLock fell in the basket. I was relieve when it fell in Lake Mead on the way back. When the res runs dry, the bottom will be littered with gLocks.

  5. Fortunately they’re plastic, completely plastic, and undetectable by xray, so they’ll be fine, right?? I think a congressman told me so….

    n

  6. Probably “Dirty” Harry Reid. I hope he dies soon after retirement. Bury him in his hometown of Search Light. On all the property he stole from us.

  7. I guess those who put off buying guns and ammo are now SOL.

  8. If I was tRump, I wouldn’t be going to mExico. A perfect place for the Klinton Krime Family to snuff him.

  9. Could happen any freaking time:

    “Earth just had a ‘close shave’ with a 180ft asteroid – and no one saw it coming

    Astronomers in Brazil discovered asteroid 2016 QA2 on Saturday
    Asteroid thought to be between 80 and 180ft wide (25 and 55m)
    The rock passed to within 50,000 miles of Earth just a day later
    That’s less than a quarter of the distance between Earth and the moon

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3766867/Earth-just-close-shave-180ft-asteroid-no-one-saw-coming.html

  10. The rock passed to within 50,000 miles of Earth just a day later.

    If you think that’s a big deal, what about the near miss by Apophis in 2029. It will pass closer to earth than geosynchronous satellites. It’s also much larger than the asteroid from yesterday’s near miss.

  11. Shit.

    Now I gotta worry not only about rising ammo prices but a fucking asteroid smacking into Retroville here.

  12. As to the election, yeah; if the Klinton Krime family can’t get in solely through voting machine fraud and tampering and hacking, or the Electoral College scams, or something similar but more or less appearing legal, I have no doubt they’d go to the terminate-with-extreme-prejudice option. We’re at that stage now, where they don’t really care what we think and if it means taking out Trump completely, they’ll fucking do it.

    It’s fast becoming a gigantic banana republic.

  13. Another Libturdian Utopia means of grabbing guns without actually grabbing them.

    Thirty years ago that stupid fuck Daniel Drunken Shithead Moynihan repeatedly pushed a bill for a 10,000% tax on ammo. The “constitutional scholar’s” reasoning rationalization was that the 2A protects arms, but doesn’t say a word about ammunition.

    Next up, any projectile moving faster than 100mph will be labeled a National Security Threat.

    Reasonable enough. Semi-auto handguns have already been declared to be weapons of mass destruction by some asshole prosecutors. That’s made it past grand jury at least a couple times, but I don’t think any of those charges resulted in convictions. Hope not, anyway. And it’s just a matter of time either way.

  14. Hey kids! Get yer ammo. Like RIGHT NOW.

    You can even buy ammo online from places like this if you live in one of the approximately 45 states that believe in the US Constitution. You just can’t buy guns online unless you want to pick them up at the local FFL.

  15. “You can even buy ammo online from places like this if you live in one of the approximately 45 states that believe in the US Constitution. You just can’t buy guns online unless you want to pick them up at the local FFL.”

    I dunno how many state gummints actually believe in the U.S. Constitution but I take your point. You CAN buy guns online if you have a Fed Curio and Relic License, which I do, but they’re generally gonna be older Cold War and earlier firearms. They still work great, though, with the occasional piece needing a little bit of TLC and really basic repair. Also, sorta related, Cabela’s will now sell guns online, and yeah, you gotta pick them up from your local FFL person.

    “Thirty years ago that stupid fuck Daniel Drunken Shithead Moynihan…”

    Haha, lol; the wife and MIL knew the Moynihans when wife was a little kid. He took her home one time when she got out in the night or something and was wandering around the ‘hood. They also knew and were friends with the Berrigan brothers.

    Then she married me, a wacky rightwing ‘Nam vet and gun nut and ex-cop. They say that opposites attract….I have more in common with G. Gordon Liddy and Fred Reed than I do with their pals, the Moynihans, Berrigans and Kennedys.

  16. I have more in common with G. Gordon Liddy and Fred Reed than I do with their pals, the Moynihans, Berrigans and Kennedys.

    Isn’t Lurch in there somewhere on your side?

  17. Lurch is a distant relative, thanks to mingling of colonials several centuries ago. I’m also related to the Folger, Macy and Starbucks families and a Mayflower descendant. BFD.

  18. I just had a horrible thought. When Killary, The Heroine of Tripoli, The Beast of Benghazi is crowned Queen Canklesore The First, she can appoint BJ Bubba Klinton to about any political post she/he wants. SoS, SecDef, AG. How about Ambassador to Saudi Arabia? He could set up his own rape-room just like the Mooslim royal scum. No one would ever know and he would be out of Cankles’ hair for eight years.

    I may not sleep tonight.

  19. I just realized why Cankles wears those ugly tent-like pant suits. She’s gone full lesbian. Her clothes are absolutely hideous.

  20. I’m also related to the Folger, Macy and Starbucks families and a Mayflower descendant. BFD.

    Why you so po’ bro’. You’ve got race horse lineage.*

    *homage to Lurch.

  21. Lurch is a distant relative, thanks to mingling of colonials several centuries ago. I’m also related to the Folger, Macy and Starbucks families and a Mayflower descendant. BFD.

    Maybe Lurch will give you some free ketchup.

  22. I never paid much attention to genealogy. My mother’s family supposedly went back to the early 1600’s on both sides. Her mother was a Bradford, as in Bradford, PA and Governor Bradford of the Mayflower colony. She married a Fulkerson, who traced his ancestry to Dirk Volkertson of New Amsterdam. My dad’s mother said her ancestry in the US dated to before the Revolution.

    I never bothered to verify any of this because (a) who cares?, and (b) I suspect I wouldn’t have much liked many of my ancestors. Anyway, I’m descended from Gaius Julius Caesar, and what could be better than that?

  23. Also, sorta related, Cabela’s will now sell guns online, and yeah, you gotta pick them up from your local FFL person.

    Ordering online and picking up from Cabela’s is also an option. Although I don’t know where the background check comes into play. There are two Cabelas within 30 minutes of my house, so I’m not really interested in paying an FFL to save a trip to the nearest Cabelas.

  24. “…she can appoint BJ Bubba Klinton to about any political post she/he wants.”

    Not a huge worry; he’s not long for this world. Clearly in even worse shape than her, medically speaking. I’m guessing HIV/Syph and something else. At a certain point in life, not even the billions will save your sorry ass, you piece of subhuman treasonous shit.

    “I just realized why Cankles wears those ugly tent-like pant suits. She’s gone full lesbian. Her clothes are absolutely hideous.”

    Hideous wardrobe for a hideous beast. There are, in fact, lesbians out there, in terrific shape who wear nice stuff. Cankles is just a hideous creature, period.

    “You’ve got race horse lineage.”

    Oh, it goes back further than that; to the Dudleys of the Tudor period, among others; 1400s so far and counting. (backward). This doesn’t mean a whole lot when my branch of the family obviously forked off somewhere along the line and became middle- and working-class stiffs on the Islands and around eastern MA, usually on what they now call the “South Coast” and the area around Ipswich, Haverhill and Salisbury. It’s all “built-out” now and a fucking commercial nightmare.

    “Maybe Lurch will give you some free ketchup.”

    I’ll work a deal with him; I’ll provide excellent foreign policy advice in return for a small beachfront property on one of his islands, just off the Cape Cod elbow to the west. We can have Baby James Taylor over for sing-alongs and suchlike, and I’ll invite one of my pals up from Delaware, who was a brown-water Navy vet just like Vinegar John.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7RPCFfudmU

    Incidentally, my hair right now is longer than his in this vid, lol. Not. One. Gray. Hair.

  25. “I never bothered to verify any of this because (a) who cares?, and (b) I suspect I wouldn’t have much liked many of my ancestors. Anyway, I’m descended from Gaius Julius Caesar, and what could be better than that?”

    It’s just a minor amusement for me, getting a kick out of having Pilgrim and Puritan ancestors when I’m a hardcore papist. Also, without my ancestors, there wouldn’t be shit here. lol. Better than being descended from ol’ General Julius would be being descended from the Rothschilds or Rockefellers, lol.

    “Although I don’t know where the background check comes into play. There are two Cabelas within 30 minutes of my house, so I’m not really interested in paying an FFL to save a trip to the nearest Cabelas.”

    They’ll do the background call when you go to pick the stuff up at the store. Takes all of a couple of minutes, normally. Have your ID with you, of course. And I have no idea, but there may be some kinda additional fee, and they should make that clear when you’re ordering online.

  26. They’ll do the background call when you go to pick the stuff up at the store. Takes all of a couple of minutes, normally. Have your ID with you, of course. And I have no idea, but there may be some kinda additional fee, and they should make that clear when you’re ordering online.

    Thanks, I knew there was something in the law about three days. I went and looked it up online. The FBI has up to three days to provide an answer, and if they don’t answer within three days, the sale can proceed.

  27. Incidentally, my hair right now is longer than his in this vid, lol. Not. One. Gray. Hair.

    You can have some of mine. Since I buzz my head, you really can’t tell. I’d grow a beard, but I’d look like some skinhead freak fuck.

  28. The new NV “Fast Firearms Transfer” background check is innertubes based. 5-10 minutes and you are processed. It’s $25 a pop, so buy a wheelbarrow full of guns at a time to save $$$, ’cause it’s $25 *every* time. Convenient, fast and probably sets Libturdians hair on fire since you can go in and buy a gun, “clip”, bullets in literally 30 minutes. Then off to the nearest McDonald’s to murder someone like in North Las Vegas a day ago. If your background check passes, that is.

  29. My ancestry goes back millions of years. I don’t know all their names, but don’t much care. From one perspective, history began when my ancestors reached the United States. From a more important perspective, the world began when I achieved consciousness. “Steve woke up, and that point everything was different.”

  30. lol! Cankles is ripping tRump for going to Mexico, just a photo op, from the photo op queen.

    Press conferences this year: tRump = 16 Cankles = 0
    Trip to Louisiana for flood assistance: tRump = 1 Cankles = 0
    Celebuturd fund raisers: tRump = 0 Cankles = numerous
    Lesbian encounters: tRump = 0 Cankles = numerous

    Way to go Cankles! You got my vote

  31. My favorite distant ancestor is the Breton pirate who raided south western England in 1402, probably after loot and slaves to sell to the Berber states. I like the geneology my grandmother came up with whether true or not. His genes must not have bred true since I don’t have any records of any politicians in the line since 1402.

    My wife got into the DAR by tracing her descent from an Colonial soldier from 1777 through 1779, then went to Canada where he was drafted into the British militia and fought on that side till the end. He had the gall to apply for and get benefits from the U.S. later.

  32. My ancestry goes back millions of years. I don’t know all their names, but don’t much care. From one perspective, history began when my ancestors reached the United States. From a more important perspective, the world began when I achieved consciousness. “Steve woke up, and that point everything was different.”

    +1

  33. My wife’s ancestry includes two accused witches in Salem. (Both convicted. One was hung, the other was outcast.)

    Explains one of her sisters.

  34. “My wife’s ancestry includes two accused witches in Salem. (Both convicted. One was hung, the other was outcast.)”

    My ancestors were in the area then, and had been for half a century already. None involved with the witchcraft mess that I know of. Accused witch Rebecca Nurse’s house still stands in what is now Danvers, formerly Salem, and there’s a small graveyard out back where three of the accused witches are buried.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_of_the_Salem_witch_trials#Convicted_and_executed

  35. My Mom’s side of the family are Quakers and include one family that ran a stop on the underground railroad. My Dad’s side mostly showed up around the time of the Civil War from Prussia. One of my dad’s great uncles(?) was Sheriff of a small town in IL and shot a bank robber dead on Main St. between WWI and WWII.

  36. See? Family history/genealogy can be informative, fun and entertaining!

    One of my early ancestors in Maffachufetts took in three Quakers during a bad rain storm and then got jammed up for it with the local asshole Puritan authorities afterward. They fined him 30 shillings and he got pissed off and sailed for Nantucket in an open boat in 1659 with some other blokes and they landed at Madaket, on the western end of the island and were helped that first year by the local First Nations tribe. First Euro settlers on Nantucket. Two of those three Quakers he took in were later hanged in Boston.

    Another ancestor, a Quaker on the island, contributed money for G. Washington’s troops at Valley Forge.

    Speaking of Maffachufetts, my ancestors must be spinning in their graves by now, actually for quite a few decades, but this latest atrocity really takes the cake:

    http://weaponsman.com/?p=34618

    This bitch just does whatever she wants, and who is to say her nay, when the Chief National Administrator also does anything HE wants?

  37. Yo, I done said da same ting!

    Basic: EDC handgun/s w/spare mags, lotsa ammo, spare parts, and training of whatever kind one can afford and manage. Shotgun/s for home defense plus ammo and training. Learn how to disassemble, clean, and reassemble both. Get other household members up to speed on them.

    Longer term: Think about a semi-auto rifle, either AR or AK plus ammo and training.

    Consider reloading supplies and blackpowder options. Also consider older firearms in decent condition via gun shows or J&G Sales or similar (see current issues of Firearms News, formerly Shotgun News). Like Mosin-Nagant, Mauser K98, Tokarev and Makarov pistols (usually Czech or Polish), Turkish .45ACP, etc.

    And consider lever- and bolt-action “hunting” rifles for “legit” purposes in your AO.

  38. My mother was really into geneology. I have a moving box full of material that she collected. I keep thinking that I ought to be interested, but somehow, I’m not. Better to look forward than to look back.

    SteveF writes: “Steve woke up, and that point everything was different.”

    Sort of the “anthropic principle” on an individual level?

  39. My mother was really into geneology. I have a moving box full of material that she collected. I keep thinking that I ought to be interested, but somehow, I’m not. Better to look forward than to look back.

    I’m not particularly obsessed with genealogy. I’m thinking of a way to personalize history for my daughter. Sadly, we are reaching the time where it’s time to ask some relatives about history while they (and their minds) are still here. Until I saw James Burke’s Connections, I never really had much interest in history. Now I have more of an interest in history than I did. I also think medical history can be interesting. I’m not obsessed with the past, I just realize now that it can be a tool to help me understand where we are and where we are going.

  40. I keep getting Cabela’s and Gander Mountain confused. There is one Cabela’s about an hour away. There are three or four Gander Mountain stores closer than that. At least both seem to be more gun friendly than Dick’s.

  41. My favorite relative is Peleg Nye; a Cape Cod man who was swallowed by a whale and lived. I drew a rendition of the event when I was a child and found it preserved in the family genealogy when my great aunt passed.

    I just googled him and see there is a recent book on the event: “Peleg Nye: The Jonah of Cape Cod”.

  42. Our Gander Mountains have a Gun! Superstore! and advertise the “largest selection.”

    Never been in one. Dick’s are anti-gun dicks.

    I usually stop at Academy Sports and Outdoor (regional chain) where they have a pretty good gun counter, and a whole shooting section. Their prices are good too. I buy ammo at the chains, where their bulk buying power helps pricing and availability, and corporate policy prevents gouging. I buy guns (you know, if I bought guns) from my local mom and pop. My buddy has very low markup, and I’m feeding him and his wife, and employing several in the community. The profit stays in my community too.

    nick

  43. Never been in one. Dick’s are anti-gun dicks.

    Yes, they are. Dick’s bought out a smaller chain called Galyan’s some time ago. So briefly Dick’s sold some guns they don’t normally sell just to get rid of them. It was the only time I’ve seen anything other than the most basic of long guns in a Dick’s store. I’ve gradually come to avoid the place.

    I’d much rather shop at Cabela’s or Gander Mountain.

  44. There are lots of little gun places around. Unlike Nick, I don’t know any of them. I probably should get to know some of them, but I don’t really feel like shopping for a place to shop for guns.

  45. Hmmm. I had no problem with the Dick’s in Winston-Salem. Two years ago, I bought two tactical shotguns, two .22 rifles, and an AR-15 there, along with a few thousand rounds of ammo. Unfortunately, I accidentally dropped all of those in a deep lake on the way home.

  46. @dave, then shop with one of the online stores, and take delivery at the nearest and cheapest FFL transfer agent. I’m pretty sure all the big online stores will offer several potential FFLs near you at checkout, and I’ve seen them sorted by cost and closeness.

    This is a good way to find a shop near you, and check it out, while getting a good deal online. The shop makes a couple of bucks on the transfer fee (typ between $15 and $45) and they get you physically in the store to maybe pickup some ammo or accessories or come back for a purchase later.

    If they suck, you’ve only given them a minimal amount of money for the transfer and BG check, and you know not to patronize them in the future.

    nick

  47. I did that shopping for a gun shop caper over the past several years up here and gradually wound down to two places; one older guy out on the islands (former cop long ago in Oakland, CA), and another store out in the sticks to our northeast, very close to the Quebec border. The guy on the island has consistently had the best discounts and we usually chat about stuff for a while, too.

    Ammo I get from luckygunner.com, who also have a pretty interesting set of videos and a blog site, and usually prices as good as or better than the surplus ammo site.

    For parts, tools, and associated stuff I go online to Brownell’s, Midway, and Midsouth.

    Training is via local NRA-run classes at the range here or other sites in adjoining states, plus Sheepdog Society and Kyle Lamb videos, and books, of course.

    Quite frankly I’m not as up-to-speed on pistols, shotguns and rifles as I would like to be, as I was a machine-gunner during my time working for Uncle, and as a cop only did the annual (revolver) qualification and went out occasionally to shoot with colleagues and friends at square range stationary targets. All of that was 30-45 years ago.

    So I’m working on it accordingly.

  48. “Anyway, I’m descended from Gaius Julius Caesar, and what could be better than that?”

    Marcus Tullius Cicero and/or Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus would be 10^100^100 times better.

    You know Gaius Julius Caesar sacrificed 100 Border Collie puppies after being told to do so by a cat priestess in a dream.

  49. Cicero was an Optimate, the ancient equivalent of our current ruling class. Caesar was one of the Populares, AKA Normals.

  50. Dave Hardy wrote:

    “It’s just a minor amusement for me, getting a kick out of having Pilgrim and Puritan ancestors when I’m a hardcore papist idolator.”

    There, fixed that for you… 🙂

  51. RBT wrote:

    “Two years ago, I bought two tactical shotguns, two .22 rifles, and an AR-15 there, along with a few thousand rounds of ammo. Unfortunately, I accidentally dropped all of those in a deep lake on the way home.”

    I appreciate your carelessness. Last year I made a visit to NC for a spot of fishing. My line kept draging on something and I ended up pulling out all those guns. Wondered whose they were… 🙂

    Don’t worry, they’ve found a new home.

  52. “Don’t worry, they’ve found a new home.”

    Yeah, a temporary home. Any minute now the local Oz communists will be dropping by to pick them up and charge you with not turning them in immediately.

  53. RBT wrote:

    “Cicero was an Optimate, the ancient equivalent of our current ruling class. Caesar was one of the Populares, AKA Normals.”

    Cicero was a New Man who just believed in bringing back the old republic, being an uncorruptable provincial governor, and trying miscreants like Verres and Catalina. He was my sort of politician.

    Caesar was a war criminal and helped set up the empire. If he’s your sort of guy then you are a non-constitutional monarchist. Brutus did well to kill him. If Caesar was alive today he’d be a mooslem.

    All hail Marcus Tullius Cicero!

    All hail Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus!

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