Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Facts ... Damn Facts

Cockroach Riot: Brought to You by None Other Than

... the usual suspects:

Now the media, humiliated yet again, riot. Ezra Klein of Vox.com asked, with the legal insight of a mentally malfunctioning goldfish, whether Michael Brown had an advocate in the grand jury hearing (the answer: that’s not how grand juries work). Fellow non-lawyer Chris Hayes of MSNBC lamented that the grand jury procedure was “so far removed from normal criminal procedure it’s unrecognizable.” The New York Daily News considered this obscene first mock-up headline: “Killer Cop Goes Free.”

With the media breathlessly covering the riots they helped to stoke in Ferguson, rioters set the city aflame. Shots were fired; protesters threw batteries, rocks and bottles; stores were looted. The media feigned head-shaking rue. Meanwhile, President Obama explained that Americans who ignored all the evidence to convict Wilson were reacting in “understandable” fashion – because, as always, evidence means nothing the left when in conflict with feelings and perception of victimhood.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Slow Jagged Decline

... that they won't be able to hide:

Things You Could Never Say on National Television

A few years ago Rudy would never have used this argument. Thanks to the New Media it's now fashionable to speak the truth, we've been cured of politically correct speech.  The left is slowing losing one of its most potent weapons ... control of what can, and can't, be said.

The Reich Stuff

For those who watch CNBC, Robert Reich is a familiar figure ... generally because he's a punching bag for much smarter people, be they hedge fund managers, economics commentators, bankers, or other economists. As a result I got a chuckle out of CTVs introduction to him in a recent piece they did.
A prominent U.S. political economist says Canada is moving toward American-style inequality, and believes austerity economics and tax cuts for corporations are making the problem worse.

Robert Reich, the secretary of labor during Bill Clinton’s presidency, now writes extensively on income equality and was in Canada this week speaking at an event for the Broadbent Institute.
Poor Robert has convinced himself that Canada and the USA are on parallel courses ... he obviously has no idea that while America's middle class is descending, Canada's is ascendent. And, while the USA is slowly losing its global economic ranking in virtually every single metric, Canada holds steady near the top dozen or so.

But, CTV journalists know the obvious (as expressed so elegantly by Jonathan Gruber), that low brow voters tend to herd to the left side of the aisle, and will take most anything uttered by "prominent" leftists as gospel, so they trot out the likes of Reich to push the Canadian left adgenda.  After all, what better way to stir up the "folks" than to bash the wealthy and suggest more spoils for the cockroaches.

The reality is, that in a global economy that has sputtered along since 2008, Canada has more than held her own.  What's even more impressive, is that while many European countries have held their own since 2008, it's come through massive increases in public debt, while Canada has grown with comparatively little federal debt expansion. Furthermore, Canada boasts an expanding middle class. In the context of a weak global economy this is an impressive feat.  
A new study shows Canada’s middle class as a world leader in income, but before we get too excited it’s worth noting we are just leading a shrinking class around the globe.

An analysis by the New York Times, using data from LIS which runs the Luxembourg Income Study Database, found that as of 2010 Canada after-tax middle-class income earners had passed their U.S. counterparts after being well behind in 2000. The study shows median per capital income in Canada even ahead of countries like Norway or The Netherlands.

“What the story shows is relative to middle class Americans, Canadians did better,” said Craig Alexander, chief economist with Toronto-Dominion Bank.
Robert Reich's America, on the other hand, has the lowest labor participation rate in decades, has a steadily increasing number of people living in poverty, and a shrinking middle class. But, can we expect an intellectually lazy Clinton era hack like Reich to know this?  So lazy between the ears is he, in fact, that Reich is bashing on CTV the United States of Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton ... two people at whose feet he worships.  Since Obama took over, the gap between rich and all the others has never grown so rapidly.

The fact is, that Canada is one of the few first world countries with a growing middle class.  How long that lasts with Ontario's skid into the left ditch remains to be seen.  For now though, Canada's two most conservative provinces keep churning out middle class jobs at a rate so fast that they struggle to fill openings.  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Climate Terror: A Diminishing Threat

Here is a graph comparing CO2 emissions, the alleged climate danger, to the number of climate-related deaths, which reflects actual climate danger to humans. It’s striking—as CO2 emissions rise, climate-related deaths plunge.

Cato ...

Fascist Magic

Remington 700 Classic in 35 Whelen

I'm a fan of modern tack-driving rifles, especially the various composite stocks firmed up with bedded actions, pillars, and free floated barrels which deliver shot after shot of accuracy in all manner of conditions. That's why I've surprised myself to have a new favorite rifle which is anything but "modern".

A while back I purchased a Remington 700 Classic in 35 Whelen. The rifle was likely first sold in 1988, the year the classic delivered 35 Whelens to the shooting public. Classics were sold for a number of years chambered in only one caliber for that year. 1988 was the year of the Whelen.

I've read that the 1988 Classic was one of the best sellers; but who knows if that's true. Nevertheless, it was notable in that it was one the few attempts by any major manufacturer to popularize the 35 Whelen. The attempt by Remington had very modest success. It seems that the magnum craze was just getting up to steam, and most hunters who wanted the horsepower of the Whelen opted for brutes like the 338 Win. Mag.

I first heard of the 35 Whelen over a decade ago when a hunting client of mine brought a customized Remington 700 in 35 Whelen to my hunting camp. I found the concept of the cartridge fascinating, and never quite forgot about it. You can find some history on the cartridge here, and here.

At the time I was the owner of a 7mm Remington Magnum, and over the years since I've hunted with a few 7mm Rem. Mags, a 30-06, a 338 Win. Magnum, and 300 Winchester Magnum. I've harvested a good number of big game animals, at a variety of ranges from point blank range to 400 yards, and have found that "any of the above" are adequate for just about any North American big game animal. The trick is recognizing the limits of your rifle; spending money on good bullets, and above all, knowing your own limits.

A few years ago I remembered that 35 Whelen, and I began to read about the cartridge. The more I read, the more interested I got. That interest culminated in the purchase of the rifle mentioned above. It took a bit of metal polish and a new hinge plate to get the Remington shine back. I topped the rifle with a 2.5 X 10 X 40 Nikon Prostaff 5.

I'm not a reloader, so I had to rely on factory ammunition. I decided to go with Nosler's 225 grain Trophy Grade Accubonds which, to put it mildly, hurt the wallet, but I wanted to give the old-timer a good chance.  I've also tried a number of other factory loads.

Shooting the Whelen, and hunting with it, started a love affair. The 700 Classic has a 22 inch barrel with 1:16 twist. This combo limits the rifle to bullets 250 grains or less for accuracy reasons, but I'm not heading to Africa anytime soon, so it's all I really need. My first surprise was that the Whelen is accurate, even with the old style stock. Out of a cold barrel groups with just about any ammunition are sub-minute of angle. Typical of any rifle stock in the Classic line, any barrel heating begins to alter shots, so the accuracy of my particular rifle is limited to 3 shot groups; cold. The Nosler rounds gave me a point blank range of 250 yards (2" high @ 100; 2.5" low @ 250) I decided that I'd limit any hunting shots to 350 yards, where a top of the shoulders hold over would put me right in the boiler room, and the 225 Accubonds would still be delivering plenty of punch. I should mention that I consider 350 yard shots on big game long; and that if taking such a shot I'd have to have good conditions as far as rest, wind, animal position, etc.

To my great surprise, despite the light weight of the Remington, the recoil was very mild when compared to my muzzle-breaked Sako 338 Winchester Magnum or my Weatherby 300 Winchester Magnum. (both significantly more expensive rifles) Most interestingly, the Whelen was spitting out 225 Grain Noslers just slightly slower than my Sako was shooting 225 Grain bullets of the same manufacturer. The 22 inch barrel and small light stock made it an incredibly pointable and comfortable rifle to carry.

So, how does the Whelen do in the field? My particular rifle has a nice light feel to it, especially when compared to my 338 Sako or 300 Win. wby in wood Sporter stock. The scope combo makes it particularly handy in the woods, where acquiring a target is instantaneous and the 4 inches of eye clearance keeps the scope miles from my brow.

The Whelen has taken an elk and 2 moose; and believe me, no tracking was needed. Because of the manageable recoil all three critters were framed in the scope when they took the impact. I watched all three go down on impact; through the scope. I'll never forget the first moose. He was coming to the call and we both spotted each other at the same time. Through the scope I could clearly see his flared nostrils and wide eyes ... it was an "oh crap!" moment on his part. I saw the muzzle flash and impact all at once and saw the swamp donkey drop as if all four legs had suddenly been removed from under him.

So, here I am, an admirer of modern tack drivers, but in love with an old non-floated, non-bedded, walnut stocked wildcat. The moose cutlets we fried up this weekend were pretty good too.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Classy Cannucks

... and just a reminder that right after the terrorist attacks in Canada this fall, Americans honored Canada at an NHL hockey game where no Canadian team was playing:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My New Favorite Rifle Cartridge

Brought to us by Col. Townsend Whelen:

The .35 Whelen is still standing there, as good as it ever was, even though I would venture to say that a shocking number of American hunters have never even heard of it. It was this country’s first and perhaps best attempt to design an international cartridge, not only for North American elk, moose, bear, boar and bison, but also for Africa’s big antelope and other plains game including the eland which is the size of a horse, and the big cats of all continents, counting the tiger before he retired from the game and the jaguar before he left the Amazon and headed north to the Rio Grande. The actual fact is, the .35 Whelen has been used quite successfully on Cape buffalo and elephant as well.

So far, my Whelen has had a good first season.