July 28th, 2009

#1650: Jalopy FIRST, politics SECOND

Yesterday I seperated the engine and transmission which will be put into the jalopy in order to get at clutch and flywheel.

I could probably just clean it up, reassemble it, and call it good. It looks beautiful.

There's plenty of friction material left on the clutch disk. There's no ridge between the worn and non-worn parts of the flywheel. The metal has some spots of surface rust but no pitting; drag a fingernail across it and it doesn't catch. There are two very minor concentric scratches in the flywheel which--again--do not catch a fingernail.

When I try turning the throwout bearing, it's smooth as glass.

So I posted a couple of pics on the Fiero forum, and the concensus seems to be "clean it with brake cleaner, hit it with some 400 grit, clean it again, and you're good to go."

I'll probably just do that, then. It's not like it's worn or anything.

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I'm not going to bother with linking to the story, but apparently AT&T blocked 4chan for a while because there were DDoS attacks coming from 4chan IPs. Fair enough. They could have said something....

Anyway 4chan gets DDoSed a lot, itself.

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Soft jihad at a high school in Dearborn. Muslim kid converts to Christianity...Christian coach is forced out by muslim principal. What's the principal's name? Imad Fadlallah.

Jesus. (So to speak.)

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This article asks if the state which delivered the Presidency to Kennedy in 1962 is "the most corrupt".

I'd laugh if it wasn't such a tragedy. HELL YES ILLINOIS IS THE MOST CORRUPT STATE. WTF, this is where Chicago is! Why do you even need to ask the damn question?

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I have been instructed, by my fiancee, to include this comment:

Obama has done one good thing: he has not favored black people. He has not handed out goodies based on racial preferences.

Are you satisfied now?

She said "Yes".

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So Farah, over at WND, keeps pounding the eligibility question.

Boortz and Ann Coulter and others think it's a non-issue. I don't know what to think about it, myself. If Obama would just present the damn long form birth certificate, all of this would go away.

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So: the Congressional Budget Office is saying things which the Office of Management and Budget does not like.

"The OMB-CBO Throwdown".

OMB=Obama's budget office. CBO=Congress' budget office.

There is some disagreement--to put it nicely--between the two as to what Obamacare will cost and how much money it will (or won't, as the case may be) save if implemented. CBO's figures are not exactly complimentary (or complementary, come to think of it) to the plan.

There is no doubt that Obama wants this plan. He's got his "legacy building" front-loaded, especially since he knows he's not going to be able to socialize medicine after the mid-term elections.

There is also no doubt that Congressional Democrats are between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, they also want to socialize medicine. On the other hand, though, the House of Representatives faces re-election every two years, and 2010 is an election year. If they can't get it done this year they won't be able to do it. (Absent massive election fraud, the party of the sitting President always loses seats in the midterm elections.)

The Democrats can't agree on what the plan should look like, they've got no time to fix the problems, and they have a President who is desperately trying to ramrod something through. And so the administration is leaning heavily on what is supposed to be an independent agency.

If Bush had done it, there would have been a throng of liberals in the streets with effigies, torches, pitchforks, tar, and feathers.

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So prominent Democrats Dodd and Conrad lied. This is a surprise? I mean, their lips were moving and everything.
Despite their denials, influential Democratic Sens. Kent Conrad and Chris Dodd were told from the start they were getting VIP mortgage discounts from one of the nation’s largest lenders, the official who handled their loans has told Congress in secret testimony.
First, a wisecrack: so much for "secret".

Second, if these guys knew in advance that they were getting sweetheart deals, it makes them look bad, doesn't it? (I mean, to anyone who's not a Democrat, anyway.) They said they didn't know they were getting sweetheart deals, but they were told up front that they were, and so they are liars. Right?

Mainstream media: *yawn*, let us know when it's Republicans who did it.

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I was going to link two pieces from Scipio today, but to hell with it. JUST GO READ HIM EVERY DAY DAMN IT.

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PDB endorses Peter Schiff for Senator, and I agree 100%. This is the guy who people laughed at when he predicted every single economic issue that has arisen in the past three years. People laughed--and now his predictions have come, or are coming, true.

So the Fungus also endorses Peter Schiff. I wish he could be Sarah Palin's VP.

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Health care is not a "humam right".

Health care is a commodity, like eggs and bread and steel and computer chips. It requires that some person take time and effort to produce it. It's a "service", rather than a "good", but a service is still a commodity which is economically scarce and which must be produced.

The linked post explains what this means in clear detail.

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Disproportionate response:
Consider small-time inventor and entrepreneur Krister Evertson, who will testify at today's hearing. Krister never had so much as a traffic ticket before he was run off the road near his mother's home in Wasilla, Alaska, by SWAT-armored federal agents in large black SUVs training automatic weapons on him.
His crime? He legally sold some sodium to someone, and "...he forgot to put a federally mandated safety sticker on the UPS package he sent to the lawful purchaser."

I guess we really do live in a police state. *sigh*

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Here's the Fiero forum post on the jalopy clutch.

#1651: Seized.

Note to self: in the future, when storing an engine, put several squirts of oil into the cylinders and turn it over a few times, then place the entire engine inside a plastic bag.

Today I got the spare engine up on the engine stand so I could take care of some things that need taking care of before the thing goes into the red car. While I was out at the hardware store buying the required nuts and bolts, I stopped at Advance Auto and ordered the clutch kit.

The oil pan gasket leaks. I removed it and it turns out the thing uses an O-ring, so there's nothing I can really do about it except to make sure that I re-torque the pan bolts correctly.

I wanted to check some other things, like the timing belt and such. And I wanted to clean and detail the engine a bit. All of this is much easier when the engine is up at waist height rather than sitting on the floor.

Anyway, so I pulled the spark plugs and tried turning the crank, and it ABSOLUTELY WOULD NOT MOVE.

I said many bad words.

I put my 15" Craftsman breaker bar between the flywheel bolts and hung off it. The damn thing was bending and still the crank WOULD. NOT. TURN.

I said many more bad words. I was repeating myself a lot.

I grabbed a hunk of wood and the BFH and--using the wood as a drift--applied BFH to a connecting rod. The wood split.

I didn't want to use steel; I have this brass shaft collar which is meant to take a 1.5" shaft, and which I use as a drift, but of course I couldn't fricking find the goddamned thing. I ended up taking 20 minutes to disassemble the pile that was my workbench and learned that it was nowhere near there. It wasn't in the toolbox.

Turns out it was in a cat litter box on the other side of the garage, for reasons which are beyond my comprehension. It should have been on the bench; why the F-ING F S F P F HELL iI put it in that box...never mind.

Applied drift to connecting rod, applied BFH to drift, and I had to pound the damn thing to unstick the pistons.

End result: the "simple" engine swap I had been planning now includes removing the cylinder head, honing the cylinders, and installing new piston rings. And bottom end bearings because I have no idea WTF hitting the connecting rods may have done to the babbits, which are made of soft material for obvious reasons.

(I tried to limit the application of force to the connecting rod bolts, but God knows how good a job I did of that. Replacing the bearings is cheap insurance.)

None of this is really all that difficult; mainly it's just making the engine swap more expensive and time-consuming. I'm going to have to buy a new head gasket, new cylinder head bolts--these are "torque-to-yield" which can only be used once--new bottom-end bearings, and new piston rings. For tools I'm going to need a bottle-brush hone of the right size, a piston ring compressor (to install the pistons into the cylinders), and possibly a torque/angle gauge. I may buy a new torque wrench to ensure I get the right torque on the cylinder head bolts, too; I have no idea how well-calibrated my present unit is.

All of this could have been avoided if I had only stored the damn engine correctly. Well, live and learn, right?

#1653: An excellent examination of the health care issue.

"The New Third Rail".

I'm not going to comment; just assume I've cut-and-pasted all my previous comments about the stupidity of socializing medicine.

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Definition of fascism:
As an economic system, fascism is socialism with a capitalist veneer. The word derives from fasces, the Roman symbol of collectivism and power: a tied bundle of rods with a protruding ax. In its day (the 1920s and 1930s), fascism was seen as the happy medium between boom-and-bust-prone liberal capitalism, with its alleged class conflict, wasteful competition, and profit-oriented egoism, and revolutionary Marxism, with its violent and socially divisive persecution of the bourgeoisie. Fascism substituted the particularity of nationalism and racialism--"blood and soil"--for the internationalism of both classical liberalism and Marxism.
I've said it time and again, dang it. "Nazi" is short for (translated) "National Socialist".

...and Obamacare is fascism.