Democracy Dies in Derpness


WaPo has published an extremely inaccurate opinion piece about the recent Virginia Beach shooting and suppressors for firearms. In her essay, Juliette Kayyem makes the ridiculously false claim that “a suppressed gunshot can sound like a chair scraping on the floor.” It appears that she’s seen too many Hollywood movies in which the sound of suppressed gunfire on films’ soundtracks were special effects added during postproduction and recordings of real gunfire and that she has little (on no) experience with real world suppressed firearms.

(BTW, based on my experience being involved in the development of theatre sound equipment when I was VP of Engineering at JBL, I doubt that many theatre sound systems can reproduce the sound of gunfire as loud as the actual muzzle blast without being damaged.)

When Hiram Percy Maxim began marketing exhaust quieting devices for internal combustion engines and firearms over a hundred years ago, his brand name for them was Silencer. That name stuck as a generic term in Europe for engines and worldwide for firearms. In North America, we call them mufflers on engines. The generic technical term of art for them is suppressors.

A suppressor is what we engineers call an acoustical low-pass filter. It permits exhaust gas to flow through (in the case of firearm suppressor to provide thrust for the bullet) but tends to reduce the level of high-frequency components in the impulse of the exhaust. If a suppressor worked “perfectly,” there would be nothing in the exhaust except a steady, non-varying flow of exhaust gas, but in order to become more effective at low frequencies, the suppressor must become larger to allow it to attenuate longer wavelength sounds.

An unmuffled engine on a lawn mower is roughly as loud as a series of gunshots, and the size of a lawn mower muffler is roughly the same as a suppressor that can be handled on the muzzle of a firearm. The Gentle Reader should not be surprised that suppressed firearms are typically about as loud as lawn mowers. My lawn mower is noticeable louder than a chair scraping across the floor.

While I’m on the Pro-Second-Amendment side of the gun control debate, I do recognize that there are reasonable points to be made on both sides of the gun control debate. Thus, neither side should have to resort to provably false claims.

Truth is a stronger foundation than a lie.

Democracy Dies in Derpness.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The TKPOTD from four years ago today dealt with a Team Kimberlin example of the truth of this couplet by Walter Scott—

Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!

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I’ve been reviewing some of the posts and comments and tweets by various Team Kimberlin sock puppets as background for a … well, let’s leave it at I’ve been reviewing their stuff.

On 1 March, 2013, Brett Kimberlin was photographed stalking Aaron Walker’s wife in the parking lot of the Howard County District Courthouse. That afternoon, he published pictures he made of the Walkers at Breitbart Unmasked. This comment was made to that post.TT20130301Texas Tim is a sock puppet ID it appears Kimberlin has used from time to time. There are several flat-out lies in that comment. First, Aaron did not report an “altercation.” The report was of Kimberlin stalking Mrs. Walker by walking around her car, moving his car into a slot facing hers, and photographing her. Second, Aaron never accused Kimberlin of following him. Third, there was no report made of Kimberlin putting anything on the Walker’s car, certainly not a GPS locator. BTW, if there had been a GPS locator on the Walker’s car, it would have been turned over to the Howard County Police as evidence.

The bit about the GPS locator is telling. The courthouse incident occurred just about the same time that Kimberlin did install a GPS locator on the Justice Through Music Project SUV that his estranged wife was then driving.

Proverbs 28:1

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The Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin had so many different scams and false narratives going that he couldn’t keep track of them all.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Something that you’ll find in almost statement from any member of Team Kimberlin is one or more misused words. Five years ago today this post titled You Keep Using Those Words … cited several examples.

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… I do not think they mean what you think they mean.

Perjury. Extortion. Reasonable Belief. Harassment. These are words with well defined meanings in law. Regardless of the apparent likeness, the Cabin Boy™ is not Humpty Dumpty, and he cannot bend these words to fit his imagination. He can rant on Twitter and his blog all he wants. It won’t change the law, and it won’t change the facts.

While I will still probably take note of Schmalfeldt’s nonsense and offer occasional corrections, the Gentle Reader should understand that my real engagement with the issues relating to the Cabin Boy’s™ behavior has been and still is with the appropriate authorities. I’m not in a position to say any more than that for now. The Gentle Reader may draw his own conclusions about things based on what has and has not happened.

Meanwhile, I’ve had enough of the Cabin Boy for today, and there’s still spring cleaning that needs to be done around stately Hoge Manor.

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Lying liars gotta lie?

Stupid is as stupid does?

I believe we can embrace the power of AND in this case.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


27 March, 2015, would normally have been a day that an episode of BLOGSMOKE would have been presented, but a special edition of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign was run instead.

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Blogsmoke will not be presented this evening so that we may present this special episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign.Johnny Atsign Logo 2

ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—

SOUND: Skype rings once.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) Hey, Johnny, it’s Bob Bailey. How ya’ doin’?

JOHNNY: Pretty well. It’s good to hear from you again. What’s up?

BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) I see that you’ve been working on that matter dealing with The Grouch. Have you seen his latest court filing?

JOHNNY: It’s just popped up in my email. I haven’t opened it yet.

BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) Read it, and after you stop laughing, give me a call. I may have an intriguing lead for you.

MUSIC: Theme up and under.

ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …

JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!

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