March 10th, 2010

#1976: Man arrested for legally buying guns

After being placed on administrative leave a guy in Oregon bought three guns in a perfectly legal fashion. He was then treated to a visit by a SWAT team and "placed in protective custody".

Understand this: no crime was committed. Yet:
Police seized the recently purchased firearms, as well as another .45-caliber Heckler & Koch handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun. Police are holding the weapons for safekeeping, but no criminal charges have been filed.
Emphasis mine.

So: for the "crime" of legally buying weapons after hollering at his boss, this guy has been arrested and had his legally obtained firearms confiscated by the police. No charges have been filed and the man in question is forced to be "mentally evaluated" at a hospital.

And you think we live in a free country?

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Sean Penn does not understand the concept of freedom of expression. He wants people who call Hugo Chavez a dictator to be put in jail.

Here Sean Penn displays the hatred communists have for those who disagree with them:
"Every day, this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it, and accept it" said Penn, winner of two Best Actor Academy Awards. "And this is mainstream media, who should -- truly, there should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies."

It was just the beginning of a busy weekend for Penn. When asked on CBS' "Sunday Morning" about those who question his motives for his humanitarian work in Haiti, he said:

"Do I hope that those people die screaming of rectal cancer? Yeah. You know, but I'm not going to spend a lot of energy on it."
Emphasis mine.

If Sean Penn loves Hugo Chavez so damn much, why doesn't that useless fuckwit move to Venezuela?

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The liberal media are aghast: young voters no longer like Obama. They're not supposed to think about it; they're supposed to uncritically support the Democrats! (You know, the way the media people do.)

"This year only 35 percent of young Democratic voters say they'll turn out in November." That's because the youngsters don't care as much about voting as their elders do.

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Obama gave himself a "B" but 63% of the American people give him an "F".

"F" is short for FAIL. It's why the system goes "A", "B", "C", "D"...and jumps to "F" instead of going to "E".

In 2000, the buzzword was "gravitas". George W. Bush didn't have it; he'd been governor of the second-largest state for a couple of terms but that didn't match to Al Gore being VP for eight years. (Everyone knows that occupying a largely ceremonial federal office for eight years confers a lot more experience than actually being the man in charge of a large state.) George W. Bush was not qualified for the Presidency because he had no experience in federal government.

In 2008, the issue of "gravitas" was completely ignored by the media. This issue which had been of critical importance eight years earlier simply did not matter in 2008. Obama's complete lack of executive experience, his dearth of federal-level experience--having been a US Senator for less than two years--these things didn't matter, they didn't mean Obama was unqualified for the Presidency. Besides, Obama had plenty of executive experience: he was running his campaign, wasn't he?

How's that "hope and change" working out for ya?

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Before the accelerator problem, before the brake problem, Toyota had the problem with rusty Tundra frames.

The comment left by "littleYodaPickup" is pretty good.

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Naturally Illinois is one of the 14 states which is not considering a measure to allow residents to opt out of ObamaCare. *sigh*

You guys really want me to move back to Iowa, don't you?

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I've gotten this spam e-mail three times now. Maybe the spam filter at my ISP forgot I identified the first instance as spam:
Dear Counsel,

My name is Ms AKEMI KOBAYASHI. I was married to my ex husband Newberg KOBAYASHI (who lives in your jurisdiction)for 7 yrs and in July 2009, We mutually agreed under a Collaborative Participation Law Agreement to go our separate ways. Newberg had agreed to pay me $914,000.00 under terms of the agreement so that I can settle down and to his credit; he has paid me $104,000.00 but with an outstanding balance of $810,000.00.I am hereby seeking your legal assistance in collecting the balance or helping me enforce the agreement, and have him honor the agreement inentirety.

I will be providing further information upon your request. I believe that one of the reasons he has refused to pay is because I have re-married. I understand that been remarried does not automatically void the agreement. Prior to our separation due to irreconcilable differences, we were married for 23yrs of which by his instruction, I was a full time house wife to carter for our four children. Please get back to me if this is a case you can undertake. Let me know if you require consultation fee before you advice or look at the evidence, I am hereby seeking your firm to assist in collecting. the balance from him. He has agreed already to pay me the balance but it is my belief that a Law firm like yours is needed to help me collect payment from my ex-husband or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.

If you are unable to take this case, please be so kind as to refer me to a reputable law firm or individual practitioner that I will be able to work with.

Thank you

AKEMI
Okay, first: I AM NOT A LAWYER and neither is my first name "Counsel".

Second: "Newberg"? "Newberg Kobayashi"? That takes the cake for unique names, let me tell you.

Third: if you really need a lawyer in my "jurisdiction" why don't you, I don't know, look in the freaking yellow pages? There are all sorts of ways one can find a lawyer in any part of the country, and all you need to do is actually to look for one. You can't hardly throw a small, yappy dog without hitting a lawyer these days.

Someone buy Ms. Kobayashi a chihuahua and tell her to stop spamming my e-mail account.

#1977: Spark plugs! SPARK PLUGS!!!

Yeah, I worked on the jalopy some more today.

First: I took the throttle body off the old engine and put it on the new one. Theory: stumbling was caused by bad throttle position sensor.

Result: no change.

...there was a lot of black sludgy oil behind the throttle plate on that thing. Jesus. For an engine to spit oil out the intake--never mind. There's a label on the IAC that says "do not clean" but there's no way I was going to leave all that shit behind the damn throttle plate, to get sucked into my freshly-rebuilt engine. It says there's a special coating inside the throat; I figured that meant "do not clean WITH CHEMICALS". I hope I'm right.

Anyway.

Second: I went to the parts store and after spending 'way too much time dealing with < rahm emmanuel > a fucking retard < /rahm emmanuel > I got the plugs I wanted: AutoLite 5144.

They wanted me to pay $4 apiece for spark plugs. NO F-ING WAY. Gimme the cheap ones; that's all I need. (Hell, the cheap ones worked fine in the old engine.)

I put new $1.79 AutoLite 5144 resistor spark plugs into the holes vacated by the platinum plugs I replaced in around 1999. They didn't have more than 50,000 miles on them and they looked great when I pulled 'em. Still, having eliminated just about goddamned everything else I figured $8 worth of spark plugs was worth a shot.

Result: NO STUMBLING.

The throttle response of the engine is still not what I'd like; it's still stumbling when I open the throttle too quickly. But the engine sat there and idled as smooth as you please with one stumble in about a ten-minute period.

Okay, here is a basic tip for those of you who wish to replace your own engines: ALWAYS REPLACE THE GODDAMNED SPARK PLUGS EVEN IF YOU THINK THEY'RE IN GOOD CONDITION BECAUSE YOU'LL BE TEARING YOUR HAIR OUT OVER IT LATER; I CAN ASSURE YOU OF THAT!

*sigh*

...there is still the matter of the mystery hose. I have its port capped, but somewhere in the engine compartment there is a fitting to which this hose is meant to connect. I am thinking the remaining stumbling issue is due to that port being open to ambient pressure rather than manifold vacuum.

But as I said, during yesterday's work the "CHECK ENGINE" light never illuminated. And I cannot find anything the mystery hose can reach which is missing a connection.

I had a feeling that there was some incredibly simple thing I was missing, some petty tiny detail I'd overlooked. Spark plugs. Jesus.

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This sounds extra-Constitutional to me. How can the House of Representatives just decide that the Senate bill passed in the House without putting it to a vote?

What the fuck, can we just "deem" that McCain won the election in 2008? How about, can we "deem" theres a law saying the President can be booted unceremoniously from office if U6 rises above 16%?

If Republicans had a majority and tried to pass something the Democrats didn't like with this kind of bullshit, the screaming would be audible on fucking Pluto.

(Via Michelle Malkin.)

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Mark Steyn is great. But explaining physics is not his strong point and I had to think about what he was writing in order to figure out WTF is going on in Australia.

It seems that people are installing some kind of foil insulation down there as part of some kind of government program. And apparently the insulation installations in several homes have electrocuted several people.

...ground?

Look: if you construct a huge flat electrical conductor and you don't ground it, the thing's going to build up a hellacious charge of electricity, and sooner or later that electricity will seek a ground. If you're in the way, it's not going to notice. Or care.

One electrician (!) was electrocuted while the thing was still being installed. It doesn't take a very long time to build up a huge charge when you're essentially building a giant fucking capacitor.

Stupid, stupid econazis. *sigh*

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I had a beautiful day for my work outside, too. It's 70° F outside and I have the windows open.

Such a spate of warm weather is not unusual for early March around here. The temps will drop again and it'll be cold and wet and miserable before the weather warms up again. But this breaks the cabin fever and reminds us that winter is not forever.