Shotgun hold-up FAIL

It would appear that this would-be thief followed Biden’s advice and bought a shotgun. Apparently, he didn’t realize that you don’t need to be 2 inches from your targeted victim for it to be effective.

You know, it’s bad enough to be made to look foolish by having your weapon knocked away but to have it completely stripped from you in a flash? This is one criminal who should have taken advantage of one of those cash for guns programs. At least he would have walked away with a few bucks.

A tribute to friends

My five year anniversary blogging is fast approaching so I thought I would pay a little tribute to those who have helped, contributed, commented or just been a friend along the way.

I hail from the great state of Michigan. Unfortunately, Detroit has been the posterchild for failed leftist policies over the last half-century and in the Motor City, Times have never been worse. Should you blog with a lean toward the Right, Michigan can be a lonely place and even make you ask, Wy Blog? Truth is, even in a socialist utopia, we need a Sentry. Journalists in the internet age see themselves as guardians over the Asylum, Watchers if you will.

All is not lost here in Michigan. The U of M wolverines made it to the final game of the big dance. Along the way as reported in the Gainesville Daley, Gator fans were extremely disappointed to see their team get beaten badly. U of M had a great showing in Texas, Conservative News outlets reported. The highlight of the season had to be the progression of That Mr. G Guy, Mitch McGary.

Spellchek covers a wide variety of topics, however, if it’s Political, Realities dictate that the content could be considered far right, a Conservative Hideout if you will. The Constitution around these parts is revered. It is our foundation, the tradition, the Classic, Liberal activists intent on reinterpreting it be damned.

This blog, as well as all of the friends linked here, do their level best to overcome the low-information voter. To educate and spread the word, even to the drones, the blind followers, the Mind Numbed, Robots that they are. Many are simply ignorant. Too many aren’t and still ignore reality. It isn’t that we are any smarter than they are. In fact, we are No One Of Any Importance. We just tell the truth.

Maybe someday they’ll make a movie about our efforts. A David and Goliath story. The blogger revolution and how it saved America! Lots of patriotic themes and lessons from the Founders. The movie poster should be plastered with reds and whites, and if I were the Director, Blue would be everywhere.

There you go. I think I linked all those featured on my header without stretching too much. I appreciate all of you as well as many others that have helped to keep Spellchek going over the years. It’s good to have friends.

Can inducing a stroke be the cure for liberalism?

Liberalism is a disease. It is an affliction that doesn’t happen by chance, it is the direct result of indoctrination via academia or some other external influence, generally in our youth. The good news is that much like some physical diseases such as asthma, we can simply outgrow it as we age. Thus we tend to see many younger liberals finally see the light and convert to conservatism later in life. Unfortunately, the bad news is that irreparable damage may have already occurred to our rights and the American way of life along the way.

I ask the question in the title of this post not out of curiosity for I have actually witnessed this phenomenon. Yes, it’s true! Well, sort of.

What I witnessed was not an induced stroke. It was a stroke that happened to a brother-in-law of mine due to years of heavy drug use. So in a way, it was induced, just not proactively as a cure for liberalism.

However, that’s just what the result seems to have been. My brother-in-law, let’s call him Lefty for purposes of this story, was a died-in-the-wool democrat for the many years I have known him. A union worker in the sheet metal trades, he was also a union steward. Lefty fit the standard description of a liberal democrat.

His American made cars always had some sort of barrage of bumper stickers promoting “buy union” or “buy American” alongside whatever democrat candidates were running for office. Of course, he’s been an advocate of all things Obama and refuses to watch Fox News. Needless to say, politics were avoided at all family functions as much as possible in order to avoid resurrecting the Hatfield-McCoy type of family division.

We also had to stick to the standard Ford-Chevy battles we here in the midwest have had ingrained in us for many a decade. Should you try to convince Lefty that the most American made car you can buy is a Toyota, he would launch into a tirade that I’m surprised never induced a stroke on the spot.

At any rate, Lefty suffered a heart attack some years ago that left his heart functioning at only 15% of its capacity. I didn’t believe anyone could survive such an event, but he did. He never worked again as he never fully recovered and remains today on long-term disability. Fortunately for Lefty, the union benefits package is substantial and he has managed to get along OK with relatively inexpensive drug costs and the like.

Some in the family speculate that Lefty returned to dabbling in drug use. To this day, I still don’t know if this is true, however, he had a stroke some 6 months ago which really surprised everyone as we thought he had put all of his health issues behind him.

This brings us to the amazing transformation. Lefty has recovered for the most part from the stroke. The doctors tell us it’s an on-going process due to the fact that he is rewiring his brain. He actually has an improved long-term memory now recalling things he had long forgotten. His short-term memory is not good at all. He has some problems with his peripheral vision but just last week was able to pass the test and resume driving.

By far the most astonishing change has been his politics. He is no longer a liberal. He’s like a little kid that just discovered some secret that no one else knows and can’t wait to tell everyone. Gone are all the bumper stickers. Now, he’ll never drive a Toyota, but that’s OK by me. We can now discuss such a wide variety of topics that were always off-limits before. He hasn’t seen the light on everything yet, but he’s well on his way.

Scientists tell us that the right part of the brain controls speech and emotions and the left side controls movement and logic. Clearly, that doesn’t equate to politics as the left is all based upon emotion and the right utilizes critical thinking. However, in the case of Lefty, the evidence shows that the brain can actually rewire itself and correct this small oversight the Good Lord apparently never saw coming.

Now, I would never want the liability to suggest that we should encourage all liberals to head down to their local pharmacy and see if they can purchase just such an inducement drug, but if they should happen to take it upon themselves to do so…well, you get the idea. Hey, you never know, it may even be covered under Obamacare!

Open-source may drive down the cost of 3D printers significantly

If you’re a regular reader of Spellchek, you’ve seen the post on 3D printers and how they’ll make any limits on magazine sizes irrelevant. Not just magazine clips, soon you’ll see entire weapons printed out directly from consumers home printer. The sky will be the limit on what one can reproduce.

Of course, cost is a limiting factor. High-end printers run in the thousands. But even that is quickly changing thanks to open-source technology. Open-source can be both hardware and software. A staff member at Michigan Tech University is working hard to overcome that cost barrier.

How about using recycled milk jugs along with open-source hardware/software to bring the cost down to just a few hundred dollars?

Using free software downloaded from sites like Thingiverse, which now holds over 54,000 open-source designs, 3D printers make all manner of objects by laying down thin layers of plastic in a specific pattern. While high-end printers can cost many thousands of dollars, simpler open-source units run between $250 and $500 — and can be used to make parts for other 3D printers, driving the cost down ever further.

“One impediment to even more widespread use has been the cost of filament,” says Pearce, an associate professor of materials science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering. Though vastly less expensive than most manufactured products, the plastic filament that 3D printers transform into useful objects isn’t free.

Milk jugs, on the other hand, are a costly nuisance, either to recycle or to bury in a landfill. But if you could turn them into plastic filament, Pearce reasoned, you could solve the disposal problem and drive down the cost of 3D printing even more.

Take a look around the house. Just imagine all the stuff you could copy. I could waste a serious amount of time on one of these.