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2018-03-16 12:31 by Karl Denninger
in Editorial , 313 references
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I call enough on the astroturf.

I call enough on Ohio as a state which should have immediately prosecuted the principal and superintendent of this district.

A high school student in Hilliard, Ohio, didn’t want to pick sides in the contentious gun debate surrounding Wednesday’s “National Walkout,” so he stayed in class instead of joining the largely anti-gun protest or an alternative “study hall.”

Hilliard Davidson High School senior Jacob Shoemaker was then reportedly slapped with a suspension.

The only way he could have been suspended is if the school formally endorsed the walkout.

That is, if it was an official and mandatory school activity and therefore he could be ordered to attend it.

Since that is clearly the case as the student was suspended this is a clear unlawful act, as the student in question has the same right to refuse to speak under the 1st Amendment as does anyone else.

The school effectively compelled his political speech, along with the others in said school.

These "walkouts" were not "spontaneous" at all; they were engineered by the schools and the students used as pawns in a political game.

Everyone involved needs to be indicted and jailed for this outrageous violation of the First Amendment and, failing that, **** you Ohio.

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2018-03-16 11:15 by Karl Denninger
in Corruption , 77 references
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Refer here to form 4473, which anyone who's ever bought a gun is familiar with.

Specifically, question 11(b).

Now read this:

The FBI has removed thousands of people who are wanted by authorities from a criminal background check database that stops them purchasing weapons.

The law enforcement agency moved in February to narrow its definition of a “fugitive from justice.” That definition now only applies to wanted people who have crossed states lines, The Washington Post reported.

That's question 11(d), but it doesn't matter because in order to be a fugitive from justice you must have been indicted or under an information (formal accusation) of a crime and be evading prosecution or have been convicted and are evading punishment.  In other words you can't be a fugitive unless you've been charged or convicted, and if you're charged or convicted you are already a prohibited person!

So under exactly what authority would the FBI remove such people from the system?


Why is it that the FBI -- and everyone personally involved in this including Trump's AG and FBI director is not charged with intentionally enabling the delivery of firearms to prohibited persons since it is not possible to be a fugitive from justice unless you have been charged with a criminal offense or convicted of one and if you have then whether you crossed a state line to evade prosecution is immaterial as you're prohibited under one of the other sections.

NICS is blatantly unconstitutional but if we are going to play "pretend Constitution" then can we at least expect the FBI and rest of the government to actually do so?  Apparently not.

When does the stupid stop and when do government employees that blatantly and outrageously violate the law face indictment themselves?

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2018-03-16 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in 2ndAmendment , 230 references
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At the door of the local Bass Pro:  "Concealed carry welcome"

Inside, in the hunting and shooting section: A full rack of black rifles of various types.

What did I do?  Buy something.

Dicks Sporting Goods? **** them.

REI?  **** them double.

End of discussion.

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2018-03-15 20:16 by Karl Denninger
in Flash , 299 references
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I'm sure you have heard about the pedestrian bridge collapse at FIU today.  There are several people dead; somewhere between 6 and 10 according to Reuters.  (Update 19:38: Reuters now says 4 dead...)

Have a look at the picture in that link.  Or if you prefer, the time-lapse here.

Then look here.

Notice anything missing?  Like, perhaps, the center tower and supports coming from it to the deck?

(Ed: It appears the tower is indeed there.  The support cables, however, nope -- and no shoring under it.)

Who signed off on that thing?  Let me guess -- it was the "feels" -- sort of like all the "students" at Parkland and who walked out of class?

Bridge design is more science than art.  It's based on these things called facts, just like the facts on the millions of "ugly black rifles" in the US and the fact that only about 100 people are year are murdered with them.

See, when you ignore facts and go with feels, you make bad policy, don't actually solve problems or trample people's rights without justification.

You also, it appears, frequently and directly get people killed  -- and maybe -- just maybe -- in this case it's because supports are missing all in the name of "feels" and "quick construction" because we don't want to "block roads" instead of facts.

I have some direct experience with this sort of crap in Florida.  We have a feels electrical inspector here in our county.  He didn't actually look at a job I'm aware of and it was done wrong because he feels the (licensed, I might add) contractor who did it is "good."

Well, it was done wrong and with a little bad luck could have killed me -- for REAL.

Fortunately I did look, I do know how a panel is supposed to be wired and I fixed it and then called Mr. Inspector since his wet ink signature was on the "inspection" report and read him the riot act.  He admitted on the phone to me that he never actually removed the panelboard cover and looked.  That was 10+ years ago.

Gee, that sort of **** sounds just like what occurred at Parkland when nobody bothered to arrest someone who had committed at least two apparent felonies before the fact that were known to the cops.  But we can't remove that panelboard cover and read the cops the riot act kill their pensions and jobs or even indict them because, well, that wouldn't go with the feels!  Indeed we have to put a bunch of cops all around Mr. FeelsGuard's house so he doesn't have to answer questions, never mind that just one Mr. Feels was allocated to the school -- and he refused to do his job because he was Mr. Feels.

NO!  We can't raise Holy Hell about that.  Instead we have to turn what appears to be a ridiculous amount of gross negligence, political patronage and cowardice spanning years into a political polemic then whine, scream and walk out of class!  NO!  We can't arrest either of two county Sheriffs who didn't arrest the shooter when they had not one but at least two and maybe somewhere around 40 reasons to do so!  Hell, we gotta pay Mr. Feels' pension and benefits instead too -- for the rest of his life!  And the result of all this is.... 17 dead.

Now heh, man, this time around let's leave out the supports until we can get around to it!  It'll all be ok -- it sure feels good that we got that bridge up nice and fast and with no traffic disruption and no temporary shoring up in the middle of the road!  Heh, look at my feels!


Heh, where's the ****ing pylon cables that the nice design plan shows quite clearly in that illustration?  Did you forget a little something while being all concerned about the feels, may I ask?

Yeah, I know, this is supposition on the bridge so far (as was pointed out in The Bar first.)  Maybe there was a design change and the pylon really wasn't needed any more, or the cables.  Maybe everything was re-validated as to stresses and moments and lever arms and all that after the design change.  Maybe there was no need for temporary shoring.  Not sure exactly how that all works out as I don't have the material specs, the prints or the load calcs, but heh, I'm not the civil engineer who signed off on the plans.  Will we find out, may I ask, who that was?  There WAS someone who did all that and signed off on it as built, not "as dreamed".... right?

The Parkland part is not supposition though and by the way this is why those who subscribe to "the feels" should not be employable -- anywhere, ever, period.  Oh, and add to that Mr. "Feels" who stood outside and listened to kids be slaughtered has now had the video of him doing so released......


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2018-03-15 11:30 by Karl Denninger
in POTD , 134 references

.... setting into the notch in the tree.


Is it Hawking's black hole?  I don't know.... but it's something to contemplate with this hanging on your wall.  Email for pricing and more info -- available now and, like all her pieces, it's an original.

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