sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Mysterious IRS

In most actions brought by the US Government against its citizens, there is a preponderance of evidence burden placed on the government. That means that the government is required to show beyond reasonable doubt that: (1) a crime was committed; and (2) that a particular person committed the crime.

USC Title 26 (Internal Revenue Code), which is 4 million words long - 7 times as long as the Bible (source)*, reverses that situation, requiring citizens to show beyond reasonable doubt that they did not commit a crime. The burden is not on the government, but on the average citizen.
*Mark Luscombe, a principal federal tax analyst for CCH, said the publisher’s version of the tax code is 5,036 pages.
Which brings to mind the question: "Did Lois Learner's dog eat the homework?" If that had been your defense at an IRS proceeding, you would have ended up in jail. Not so when the IRS is on the ropes before Congress. 
(Fox News) The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing "backup tapes" -- despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes had been recycled.  
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before a House oversight subcommittee, stressed that he does not know "how they found them" or "whether there's anything on them or not." But he said the inspector general's office advised him the investigators are reviewing tapes to see if they contain any "recoverable" material.  
The revelation is significant because the IRS claimed, when the agency first told Congress about the missing emails, that backup tapes "no longer exist because they have been recycled." 
"It is unbelievable that we cannot get a simple, straight answer from the IRS about this hard drive," House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., said in a statement Tuesday.

It's a very good thing that the Obama Administration has the mainstream media on their side. If it was a Republican Administration, NBC/CBS/ABC/CNN would be all over this.

The Obama Administration used its power to attack American citizens using the Internal Revenue Service. If it goes back to Obama he'll be impeached. So there was a hard drive crash without a back up and the "dog ate the homework". In that light, it makes sense. It also explains Obama's ceaseless fund raising to retain the US Senate in November. Harry Reid can block an impeachment if he's majority leader. If it's Mitch McConnell, the story plays out differently.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SA 17 (Grizzly) Seems to Work

NATO calls it the SA-17 Grizzly. The Russians named it the Buk (Means Beech tree) M2, and it downed the Malaysian airliner loaded with people last week. This week, they accounted for two Ukranian SU-25 fighter jets. 
(Fox News) More here.
SU-27 Flanker
What does that tell us? It suggests that the system not only works against slow flying commercial aviation lumbering along at 400 knots at 35K ft along a flight plan route, but they'll also shoot down one of the better Russian made front line fighters. Does the SU-27 look a bit like a US made F-15 to you?

The Buk M2 won't work well on stealth aircraft, but the Russians are hopeful that will be solved with the introduction of their Buk M3. Either system requires an initial radar lock to launch.

The Buk M2e (pictured here) mounts an impressive phased array radar tracking system. (NIIP 9S36 Passive ESA Engagement Radar) This makes it very difficult to launch an anti-radiation missile preemptively at the Buk M2 before it can get its shots off.

Then again, if you're shooting down unarmed civilian airliners, you need not fear any retaliation in the form of a HARM (AGM-88E) riding your own radar beam down to your location.

These missile systems are in play in Ukraine as Russia, which claims not to be arming their fifth column army, is moving ahead with their military annexation of Eastern Ukraine. Didn't President Obama draw a red line somewhere over there? 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Random Little Pranks (The Bean Counter)

The more precise and grandiose the title, the more up tight, self important and annoying the bean counter is.

About 10 years ago. I was dealing with IBM on an issue and one of their white shirts gave me a hard time. I worked for the government at the time and there was no need to be so impossibly puffed up with me. Naturally I prevailed but there at IBM, they seemed to stuff the same shirt as many bean counters that I've had to deal with from time to time. There is nobody easier to get to than people like Person X because they are SO important. (middle management on the way up)

Over the Labor Day weekend, a friend and I changed the names on the assigned parking placards at the IBM HQ in Los Angeles. We moved the order of the names, eliminated names and added new people (random names, most of them sounding red-dot Indian, South Asian and Chinese). I was there on Tuesday morning when the white shirts and suits showed up at work. O-M-G. 

The principal target (Person X) sat down next his BMW, florid faced, back to the tire, and couldn't get up. He had difficulty breathing. Eventually he barfed. I thought that he might stroke out in front of me...which would have been taking things too far on my part. It was bedlam as people received the news by driving into the parking garage and trying to find a place to park. Some seemed elated at being promoted, others, seemed sadder by demotion and again, others - namely the guy who f-ed with me, were fired and replaced by Phoc Yieu Thieu from the Vietnam office.

Fast forward about 3 months. Person X (who barfed next to his BMW) was scheduled to take an important client out to dinner. I knew about this in advance because I knew the client. Client was a legitimate client of IBM from a very important company, so that is what made it work. Client was an old Navy Buddy of mine, and he had a very hot wife. They showed up, dressed to the 9's got into the back of the car with Person X and his double-chin chubby, whining, self-conscious, frumpy wife. Client sat down and his wife produced a large black dildo asking what that was doing in the back of the car - and made a scene. God love her. Client said that he had difficulty holding it together but pulled it off. 

Imagine that you are Person X in that situation. Hot wife threw the dildo between him and double-chin, chubby wife in a fit of "righteous anger", invoking the name of God in her condemnation of Person X and the chubby wife.

Naturally the dinner was cut short. 

Client, client's hot wife and I went out for a separately planned dinner afterward and she laughed until she cried. She is a good sport and has a wicked sense of humor.

I lost track of Person X, but shortly after the incident, he changed his employment. I'm sure he's counting beans somewhere.

The moral of this story is that you should pick your enemies carefully.

At the request of our fellow blogger, Jenny, this will be an ongoing series.

Real Friendship forged with blood and salt water...

Re-Naming Massachusetts

The Washington Redskins controversy is being taken to a new level as US States named for Native American tribes are now under fire. Massachusetts is likely one of the first dominoes to fall as the liberal bastion that it is. 

If the Kennedy family wasn't almost all dead (see: curse) I'm sure that simply naming the state "KENNEDY" would be on the table. Nobody is mentioning that these days. Is it politically incorrect? I have some difficulty keeping track of what is and what is not politically incorrect.

Utah will go next, possibly reverting to the name DESERET, which was the name given to the state by the first white settlers. USGOV changed it to Utah when it became an official territory and the name stuck when it was admitted to the union. Has racism no bounds?

The most blatantly offensive state is Indiana. I'm not sure what to re-name it, maybe CARDINAL after the state bird, but it's possible that senior Catholic officials or the City of St. Louis would have something to say about that.

It's a long list. Connecticut, Delaware, Minnesota, both Dakotas, Wyoming, and so forth. All those names are out. We must find something more politically acceptable. I think that simply using the state bird's name makes sense except that North Dakota and Wyoming both have the same state bird - the Meadowlark. This could get confusing. Delaware's state bird, the Blue Hen (chicken) makes perfect sense. Minnesota's state bird, the Loon -- again, makes perfect sense.

I read something really interesting a couple of days ago, it was titled, “The U.S. Military’s Ongoing Slur of Native Americans,” Everyone knows that the US Army is racist for naming their helicopter fleet, weapons systems, and mission code words after indigenous American equipment, tribes, and individual chieftains. One Boston University Professor has already started the charge to get rid of every Native American name in the Department of Defense. If he wins his PC war, the US Army will rename its helicopters (all of which have Indian names) from Blackhawk to Transporter, Kiowa to Whirlybird, and Apache to Insane Platform of Hovering Death.

Monday, July 21, 2014

General Rant

As we're in the midst of yet another "summer of recovery" there is not much happy economic news on the horizon since the economy contracted 3% in the first quarter of 2014. The second quarter showed 2% growth so we're at -1% growth so far this year.

(Rasmussen Polling) More Americans than ever say they owe more money than they did last year, and they’re more pessimistic about their future interest rates. 
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 34% of American Adults now owe more money than they did last year, up from 32% last month and the highest finding in regular surveying since April 2009. Slightly fewer (31%) owe less now, while 33% say they owe about the same amount as they did last year. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
As Hillary Clinton's hopes for a presidential ascendency become less sure in the minds of progressives, they have shifted their love to Elizabeth "Fake Indian" Warren. And I'm not sure which presidential hopeful is less sincere and less qualified to do -- just about anything. There is California's 85 year old governor Jerry Brown, who has run for the presidency every bit as often as Joe (Slow Joe) Biden has -- what about him as an alternative? Governor Moonbeam is every bit as incompetent as Warren or Clinton. Or Biden...who may end up winning the nomination of his party.

Arab-Israeli Conflict

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Virginia City

This is certainly not a Sunday sermonette. Virginia City, NV is a tourist trap these days, but I drifted through it this past week and enjoyed myself all the same. And it made me think of the song (below)

Nerd Facts: Virginia City, Nevada is the largest federally designated Historical District in America. It is maintained in its original condition, as it was in the boom days of the 1870s, when the Comstock Lode made it the West's premier mining metropolis.

I just like the song and Western anachronisms. If I had lived in the Old West would I have been a gunfighter? Likely if I was white. If I had been red, I would have taken scalps. If I'd been Chinese, I would have run a laundry. Life is just like that.

I can't see myself as a pilgrim, sod buster or feather merchant. Even today, which is why I spent my life as a gunfighter. Things haven't changed. Creds make it legal.

Who gives a Puck?

We've got a nice virtual model of the HexPuck that can make it almost feel like you are holding it in your hand.

To make it work:

(1) You need to print out the picture (above) on regular white paper and then set the paper on a flat surface.

(2) Download a free APP from either Google or the Apple store called "AUGMENT".

(3) When you have the APP running, point your phone or i-pad at the printed model and check it out in "augmented reality".

Let me know what you think.