Posts by Myrddin

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  • Why did the caravan pick San Diego?

    12/16/2018 2:56:23 PM PST · 37 of 40
    Myrddin to frog in a pot
    I had a 3 month contract in the Greenwood Village area near Denver in 2000. The closest food I can procure on foot was a McDonald's. Removing my car to drive meant paying another round of parking. The McDonald's was 100% Spanish speakers behind the counter. A picture menu with English to point at what you wanted and hold up fingers for the number desired if you could not express yourself in Spanish. One visit and done. I got what I wanted as a consequence of minimal Spanish proficiency from living in San Diego. The area had as many Spanish monoglots as San Diego. Only the weather and elevation was different.
  • Judge rules deputy had duty to protect Parkland students, refuses to toss lawsuit

    12/12/2018 9:04:10 PM PST · 58 of 59
    Myrddin to jazusamo
    Federal court decision:
    "A state cannot impose a license, tax or fee on a constitutionally protected right."
    Murdock vs.Pennsylvania 319 US 105 (1942)

    For those who rely on law and common sense, the possession of firearms is clearly "a constitutionally protected right". Regardless of this truth, most states require a citizen to pay a "fee" (registration or background check "fee") in order to obtain a "license" (concealed carry "license") before keeping and/or bearing a firearm. And, a federal and/or state "tax" (firearms and ammunition sales "tax" or machine gun "tax" collected by the BATF) is always levied at the time of firearm transaction.

    Criminals can not be compelled to register guns. The U. S. Supreme Court determined,
    "...that a felon who has a gun cannot be compelled to complete such forms, because it violates the Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination. That's right, registration -- not in your case of course but in the case of a criminal -- is a self-indictment of a crime, and is therefore prohibited."
    Haynes vs United States (1968).

    In 1856, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled,
    "Local law enforcement has no duty to protect individuals but only a general duty to enforce the laws."<
    South vs. Maryland, 59 US (HOW) 396, 15 L. Ed. 433 (1856).

    A U. S. Federal Appeals Court declared in 1982,
    "There is no constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen."<
    Bowers vs. devot, U. S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit 686 F. 2d 616 (1982).

    The U.S. Supreme Court declared,
    "The Constitution does not impose a duty on the state and local governments to protect citizens from criminal harm."
    DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services, 489 U.S. 189, 109 S. Ct. 998, 103 L. Ed. 2d 249 (1989)

    "The purpose of the Second Amendment is to restrain the federal government from regulating the possession of arms where such regulation would interfere with the preservation or efficiency of the militia."
    U.S. v. Hale, 978 F.2d 1016 (8th Cir.1992)

  • Boy Scouts of America may declare bankruptcy

    12/12/2018 8:00:07 PM PST · 158 of 206
    Myrddin to detective
    Shortly after I earned my Eagle Scout award in April 1972, there was a shift in the way various ranks and merit badges were earned. I didn't really like what I was seeing. The Scouts in San Diego were under constant attack by the gays over the camp and pool facilities in Balboa Park. It was maintained by the Scouts, open to the public, but the gays didn't like not having access to the Scouts. They chipped away at the national level to get gays into Scouts. The last straw was changing Boy Scouts into Scouts and admitting girls. That lead to the LDS church dropping Scouts as the primary program for boys in the church. A huge part of the membership left with that withdrawal. It was all self-inflicted. The program as it was in 1970 was just fine. Caving in to the gays and girls made it no longer a suitable program.

    My middle son joined at a Catholic church sponsored troop in Mira Mesa. I knew some of the leaders from my employment at PacBell. My son moved so fast that he had earned First Class before the troop managed to schedule a Court of Honor. The scoutmaster suggested he should "slow down" and "mature". Huge mistake. He dropped the Scouts. Academics and the high school band took the place of Scout activity. AP classes (scoring 5 on all exams) and finishing with a 4.33 GPA was a fair trade for dumping Scouts. Off to USMC boot camp, service in Kuwait/Iraq, then home. He has degrees in business and physics now and earns an adequate living as a real estate broker. His Class A CDL provides additional income.

  • Top 10 Reasons You Should Own An AR-15

    12/12/2018 3:24:38 PM PST · 82 of 131
    Myrddin to Mariner
    I should retrofit mine. I like the rifle otherwise.
  • Top 10 Reasons You Should Own An AR-15

    12/12/2018 3:22:59 PM PST · 81 of 131
    Myrddin to yefragetuwrabrumuy

    AR 15 piston conversion kit

  • Top 10 Reasons You Should Own An AR-15

    12/12/2018 3:21:04 PM PST · 80 of 131
    Myrddin to yefragetuwrabrumuy
  • Top 10 Reasons You Should Own An AR-15

    12/12/2018 3:10:49 PM PST · 77 of 131
    Myrddin to Mariner
    I like the mini-14 as well. My primary complaint is the barrel is too light and tends to string shots vertically as it heats up. The tactical version in 300BLK is outstanding.
  • Top 10 Reasons You Should Own An AR-15

    12/12/2018 3:08:26 PM PST · 76 of 131
    Myrddin to SVTCobra03
    You do know that AR’s can be configured in 7.62.

    300BLK is 7.62. There are 7.62x39 barrels as well. 300BLK shares the same bolt and magazine as 5.56. The 7.62x39 needs a different bolt and magazines. I favor the 6.5 Grendel in an AR. Different barrel, bolt, mags. Great round.

  • Top 10 Reasons You Should Own An AR-15

    12/12/2018 3:03:58 PM PST · 75 of 131
    Myrddin to detective

    The AR-15 predates the M-16 version with select fire. It’s a great general purpose design with lots of commodity support.

  • Start prepping! Electric grid ‘prime target’ of terrorists, ‘profound threat,’ says DHS

    12/11/2018 8:54:22 AM PST · 74 of 111
    Myrddin to RinaseaofDs
    There are non-nuclear, tactical EMP devices that use a conventional explosive to drive a magnetic armature to create a pulse in a low altitude deployment. Some were used in the activity over Kosovo during the Clinton years. The tactical stuff is very limited compared to a high altitude nuclear weapon tuned for maximum gamma production to enhance the Compton Effect. The latter is a wide area impact. The closest actual detonation with similar effects was Starfish Prime. I was living in Honolulu when that test occurred. My parents wouldn't let me stay up to watch the flash.
  • Start prepping! Electric grid ‘prime target’ of terrorists, ‘profound threat,’ says DHS

    12/11/2018 8:28:07 AM PST · 69 of 111
    Myrddin to Truthoverpower
  • Start prepping! Electric grid ‘prime target’ of terrorists, ‘profound threat,’ says DHS

    12/11/2018 8:20:02 AM PST · 67 of 111
    Myrddin to D Rider
    Or people are screwed.

    Multi-story buildings, high rise especially, need electrical power to pump water up the structure to provide water and functional sewer. HVAC is also electricity dependent. A high rise becomes uninhabitable with stuff that should have gone down the toilet and a horrific odor. Elevators are also a no-go absent electricity. Lighting is gone.

  • Why 150,000 doctors, others wrote to oppose Trump’s proposed change in immigration rule

    12/08/2018 10:20:33 PM PST · 22 of 42
    Myrddin to artichokegrower
    Non-citizens are not eligible for that assistance. If they attempt it, they have violated the terms of their presence. Deport to country of origin.
  • Trump shrugs off future debt crisis: ‘I won’t be here’

    12/05/2018 9:15:10 PM PST · 58 of 130
    Myrddin to Hugin
    Some of us baby boomers have already started doing our part to reduce the future debt by dying off.

    At 62, I'm still putting in 55 to 70 hours a week. I worked straight through the Thanksgiving weekend leaving me in a quandary to use Christmas, Thanksgiving and two floating holidays before Dec 28th (or lose them) while still working outrageous hours. Friday, my PTO will be paid down from 480 hours to 360 with a new corporate "cap" of 400 hours. The company has pocketed, without compensation, all of my earned PTO hours for the last 3 years. You're maxxed out. No accrual, no pay for hours earned in lieu of accrual. The annual "ethics" training rings hollow. I'll have 27 years with the company on Sunday. I plan to work to 30 years. That will be age 65. My company subsidized healthcare will have been stripped and Medicare shoved down my throat.

    The looming Medicare strikes a poor chord. A colleague and friend that worked with me daily for 10 years was forced to Medicare. He had been getting pretty good care for his battle with melanoma. That care was yanked at the end of 2009. I attended his funeral in January 2010.

    As for reducing the future debt by dying off...not so fast. I'm a net tax payer. I've never collected penny of benefits. If I die before I retire, the feds immediately lose about $55,000 in tax revenue I'm generating. The state loses about $18,000. The insurance companies miss out on $20,000. That's all effortless income for the government that is going to evaporate.

  • Trump shrugs off future debt crisis: ‘I won’t be here’

    12/05/2018 9:00:29 PM PST · 45 of 130
    Myrddin to goldstategop
    Macron is inflicting pain in pursuit of a socialist hoax designed to crush modern western civilization built on cheap energy supplies. Adding to the pain, that money is handed to turd world nations to squander.
  • Split 3rd Circuit Upholds NJ's Ban on Large-Capacity Gun Magazines

    12/05/2018 7:26:27 PM PST · 30 of 54
    Myrddin to Chainmail
    Where do stripper clips fit in an M1? Or even an M1 carbine?

    M1 carbine has variable size magazines. The "hold open" on empty relies on the follower in the magazine. My rifle had no mags at purchase. Hunting around town, I found 5 rd and 10 rd mags. One with the "hold open" follower. If the bolt face has a fitment for a stripper clip, you can push them in from the top. My SKS has a bolt like that. The magazine is fixed. Most of the laws are written around the capacity of removable magazines that can be quickly exchanged.

  • UC San Diego starts referring to Latinos and Latinas as Latinx in key cultural shift

    12/03/2018 12:37:35 PM PST · 28 of 31
    Myrddin to brownsfan
    Let's really confuse them. Russian has 5 genders (the language, not the humans that speak it). English/German have 3 (masculine, feminine, neutral) e.g. he, she, it. Ditto for Welsh.
  • US takes another hit on biofuel blending mandates

    12/02/2018 7:12:08 PM PST · 39 of 44
    Myrddin to rktman

    Only ethanol free in my vehicles. My 2015 F150 often breaks 32 MPG on a fresh tank from Pocatello to Idaho Falls at 55 MPH max. Doing 80 MPH on I-15 drops to 21 MPG.
    All the motorcycles get ethanol free.

  • Russia hackers continuing to probe the U.S. power grid

    11/29/2018 6:21:47 PM PST · 20 of 22
    Myrddin to hadaclueonce
    No, I meant 750,000 volts on the transmission line. My brother-in-law installed many 750 kV lines at SDG&E before shifting to work for the transit district. The transformers used in that operation similar to the device here

    315 mega volt ampere (MVA), 765 kilovolt (kV) generator step up transformer (GSU
  • Russia hackers continuing to probe the U.S. power grid

    11/29/2018 1:24:01 PM PST · 8 of 22
    Myrddin to litehaus
    The big 750KV transformers are 3 years ARO before shipping. Most require very special shipping via ship, rail and huge trucks. A .308 round top and bottom would empty the oil and burn a transformer very quickly. A solar EMP (Carrington style) would take out most northern tier transformers and we don't have a set of backups manufactured to replace them.