Monthly Archives: April 2014

Go, Go, Orpo!

Supreme Court: Pennsylvania cops no longer need a warrant to search citizens’ vehicles

In an unrelated story, the remains of what is believed to be the corpse of Lee Greenwood were rinsed earlier today from the output gate of an industrial shredder in a scrapyard near Bethlehem. Investigators had no comment when asked if the victim was singing when he either entered or was placed into the machine.

lee greenwood spiffy flag jacket grrrrr

US Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Objection To NDAA Indefinite Detention Provisions

NCRenegade sends.


It Is Time To Choose Our Side

Well past time, actually.

Ehr kumt.

Why, Oh Why, Oh Why, Oh…

Are there 30 MRAPS going to Ohio?

From a reader:

CA, this is the MRAP the Marion City PD received this morning in Ohio. The county Sheriff reportedly got one too. It is apparently part of an order of 30 to the Buckeye state. Supposedly for use in drug raids. Oh happy day.

This related article claims 39 Ohio agencies will get their own very special Tonka Toy.

Things that make you go “Hmmm…”


UPDATE 1245EDT 30 APR 2014: More:

After a casual conversation with the police secretary I learned the following. The dept has been on a waiting list for a while and we’re just called and told their number was up and if they got a guy to the meet they could have one free of charge. She thinks it’s great because the swat team will be so safe now on drug raids. She said they have reams of Intel on drugs operations in the city and it’s very dangerous for the guys. She said the sheriff’s unit is older and smaller and that they’ve had it a while. The dept is 43 officers, 10 are swat. She told me that given the guys from Detroit and Chicago running operations in town that I should be very scared. This MRAP will be something everyone will be thankful for when the cops have to use it. Good to know.

TL Davis: Request To Those At Bunkerville

TL sends:

…The question, from those on the ground at Bunkerville: Is there need for replacements? Please, respond only with accurate, primary or at worst secondary but reliable sources.

I am with you if needed/wanted.

Leave your input at TL’s place, please.

Battlefield USA: “Patriots, you better unfuck yourselves, or surely, we will all be FUCKED.”

monkey fucking a football

As Bill Nye taught us: Local, local, local.

Start small.

Have a BBQ.

Go to a BBQ.

Eat pork.

Meet your ideological kin.

Forget about 100% alignment.

Look for things in common.

It’s not all about you – so drop the anatomy-swinging and look for ways to help in your AO – even a little bit.

Don’t be paralyzed into inaction and uselessness by the reality of .gov infiltrators.

Think auxiliary.

Make assessments.

Sort the talkers from the doers.

Start building trust – if only just a little bit at first.

Make friends.

Tempus fugit.

30 April 1975

Never forget.

sat cong

ARRL Field Day 2014

Flyer with details.


There’s a reason to practice off-the-grid comms while it is still a drill.


ZH: Air Games

How long is the fuse?

Time alone will tell.

Resistance: The ‘Incredibly Stupid One’ At The Hanoi Hilton

H/t to Maggie’s Farm for this wonderful true story of implacable resistance.

If you are not inspired, you are already dead.


JC Dodge: “I’m Up – He Sees Me – I’m Down!”


Can you move safely in field conditions while delivering suppressive fire with your rifle?

Tempus fugit.

Another From Tesla’s Kid: The War On Coal

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From a reader, apropos of this just-announced decision from the Supremes; more analysis here:

EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, No. 12-1182

War on Coal

I actually stumbled into the information on the BLM and solar. I wasn’t really looking for it, but I could connect the dots and figure out how it integrated and what the long term goal was/is.

So let’s talk now about the War on Coal. I present this not as an expert on coal plants, on environmental regulation, or the history behind them.

Just someone who can put it together.

If I had but one sentence that I could plant in your mind it is this:

Environmental Control is not about the environment – it’s about control.

Just the same as “Gun Control”.

For decades, coal plants were built and there were few, if any, back-end pollution controls. Same for cars and trucks. To me, one of the prettiest sights in the world is a thick cloud of black smoke from a locomotive engine or that beautiful Kenworth in ‘Smokey and The Bandit’.

The Clean Air Act was the camel’s nose in the tent. Utilities started installing electrostatic precipitators to capture a great deal of particulates and prevent them from being put into the atmosphere. They worked with ways to better control the combustion process and the mixture of air and pulverized coal that were burned. And then in 1999, something happened. The Clinton administration launched a lawsuit against basically every coal fired power generator accusing them of violating New Source Review (NSR) clauses in the Clean Air Act. The idea behind NSR is that if you make really big improvements to your plant, then you are supposed to likewise improve the environmental controls on your plant to the best available technology.

I had some hopes at the time that when a Republican president got into office, this lawsuit would be dropped and common sense might prevail. Silly me. George Bush did nothing to slow or stop this lawsuit and so it proceeded. And it was a dark cloud hanging over all of coal fired generation. When you consider the cost of compliance, the fines, and penalties, NSR had the potential to kill coal.

From about 1999 forward, coal fired plants began adding on a number of environmental controls. For example, Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCRs) – basically like the catalytic converter on your car. Some plants then made a fuel switch to use Powder River Basin (PRB) coal which primarily comes from the area around Gillette, Wyoming. The advantage to PRB coal is that it has a much lower sulfur content and can help you meet compliance requirements with respect to sulfur dioxide (SOX). The disadvantages are that you can really only get it from one place, you have to pay transport it from Wyoming to wherever your plant is in the Eastern US (a problem that’s even worse because rail is your only option and they know it.), even better is that there are only a few rail lines they use. Even better is that PRB coal can spontaneously combust much easier than eastern (Appalachian or Illinois Basin) coal.

Utilities installed Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) or “scrubbers” designed to remove NOX from flue gas. Unlike a simple catalytic converter or SCR added onto the back end of the plant, a scrubber is basically a chemical plant added to the back end of the existing coal plant. One of the hidden costs of the scrubber is that it consumes a ton of power to run. At one plant I know of, I think the station service load from the scrubber alone is something like 7% of the total output of the plant. And those are megawatts that you’ll never get back. Some scrubbers will produce gypsum as a byproduct of the chemical reaction which can be sold for use as drywall. Some unfortunate utilities probably had gypsum sales incorporated into their business model for the scrubbers. This hasn’t worked well for two reasons:

One, the economy has gone all Mugabe on us.

Two, you guessed it – the potential for lawsuits over drywall that might include gypsum created using coal plant flue gas.

The latest craze is for Baghouses, Activated Carbon Injection, or Bromine Injection to capture mercury from flue gasses. To put this in perspective, the amount of mercury captured is about the size of a sugar cube per ton of coal.

All told, some utilities spent as much on environmental controls as they did for the original construction of the plant itself.

But the war on coal is not just fought over stack emissions. It is also fought at the mine mouth-which no doubt helps to put miners in tiny coal mining communities in the hills of Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia out of a job. (I’m less familiar with these regulations, but you could go look them up and find the outcomes for yourself.)

The war on coal is also fought at the water’s edge. Water is key because nearly all power plants of any size use a steam turbine to turn a generator. Most of them also use cooling towers to condense that steam back to liquid form and therefore must draw a lot of water from whatever body of water they are near. Remember this phrase, “316b”. The EPA is looking to require industrial facilities to use enormous screens to prevent drawing in poor helpless, defenseless baby desert tortoise-like fish and wildlife that may or may not be endangered.

The war on coal is also fought at the ash pile. Coal fired plants produce ash from the bottom of their boilers. In December of 2008, the Kingston Steam Plant had what might be considered the Three Mile Island of ash pile accidents. You can look up the stories and results for yourself. In regulatory space, what we all knew was coming was a new tsunami of regulation. The potential exists for the EPA to declare coal combustion byproducts (CCBs) as hazardous waste. If they do this, then might mean that all coal fired plants would have to dig up all of that ash, then store it somewhere that it would be “safe”. Which may mean transporting it to somewhere that it would be safe. Which would mean transporting hazardous waste. Even better, many utilities sold their drier, higher quality ash (commonly called top ash) to places that mixed concrete. So if all those CCBs are hazardous waste – which is a largely arbitrary call by the EPA, then would it mean that all that concrete would have to be dug up and buried somewhere else? Again, consider how many roads are made with concrete. Consider that there’s probably a century of coal ash piled up at some plants and consider what this would cost. Thank you so much, TVA and Kingston Steam Plant for providing the EPA one more thing they could do.

The war on coal is very long on environmental regulations. All those serve to increase the cost of compliance and by extension, the cost/kWh for electricity generated at coal plants.

But the war on coal is not limited to just the environmental control aspect. Consider what has been happening in the last several years with respect to natural gas. In the world of natural gas, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has allowed us to get to an enormous quantity of gas that previously was inaccessible or impossible to get.

Some background: Electricity generated from coal plants was always cheaper than electricity generated from natural gas. Why? Because the cost of compliance was low for both, coal was cheaper than natural gas on fuel costs, and much more abundant than natural gas. For this reason, coal plants were traditionally built to be baseloaded (Run at or near 100% all the time) units. Natural gas units were combustion turbine (think jet engine with a generator on the other end of the shaft) or combined cycle units (jet engine with heat recovery steam generator to increase output and thermal efficiency) and they were designed to run as “peaking” units. When the price of power was high enough, you run the peakers.

The relationship between coal and natural gas prices became inverted somewhere around 2009 and suddenly, the combined cycle units-originally designed as peaking units were running all the time, non-stop. Meanwhile, the coal units-designed to be baseloaded sat on reserve shutdown. Even better is that many of those coal units which had already applied the latest and greatest technologies at a cost of billions (which again increased their cost/kWh to generate electricity) were now put on reserve shutdown.

Think about it – you just spent billions to put environmental controls on these units and now they hardly run. At one high-end coal plant where these controls were installed, they are projecting a capacity factor of somewhere around ~25% for the next decade. In other words, they might run 3 months out of the year. And if that’s happening at the Cadillac, flagship coal units, what do you think is happening at the older units where the age and output simply could not provide enough benefit to offset the cost of those controls? Right, they’re toast. You need only look at the news releases in state after state to see how many coal units are being closed.

Consider also that once the old “clunker” coal plants are gone, the Cadillacs of coal will be the only remaining targets left in the war on coal. Utilities have been closing the older coal plants-feeding them to the alligator in an effort to satisfy the appetite of that alligator and hopefully prevent the Cadillacs from being eaten also. Seems like Winston Churchill had a quote about that or something…

Right now, natural gas is doing great. But when enough coal units are retired, the EPA will begin to destroy natural gas as well. Bank on it. As an aside, a key difference in natural gas and coal is that you cannot easily stockpile natural gas.

With respect to wind and solar, where did all of this come from? Those two power sources were never cost-effective enough to warrant development on a large scale. Ah, but if you drive the cost of compliance up for coal-then by comparison to coal, it becomes more economical. Subsidies help too. So do ridiculous mandates for renewable energy in utilities’ portfolios.

It would be really easy at this point to simply blame the government for all our ills in the war on coal. But I’m going to tell you something that may jolt you. When it comes to onerous environmental regulation, utilities are only now starting to raise any serious protest. It’s true. For the last decade or so, they had absolutely no problem in spending billions on back-end controls to control this pollutant or that molecule.


There are two types of money in the budget – Operations and Maintenance (O&M) and Capital. Capital dollars are used to build new plants, back-end controls, transmission lines, etc. In order to get that capital, regulated utilities can go to the state public service commission (or equivalent) with the project that needs to be implemented. They’ll present an overall scope, schedule, and cost-which will be passed along to the ratepayers over long term-like 20-30 years. The beauty of capital spending is that once you have completed the asset and placed it into service, you can roll those costs into the rate base for your customers, thereby increasing your revenues.

Oh, and increasing your power bills.

So for many utilities, even the huge cost of the back-end environmental controls hasn’t been a really big problem until the coal/gas cost inversion that we’re in right now. Though they should have fought this crap tooth and nail 25 years ago, they went along with it. They “worked closely” with the regulators so that they could get some certainty about where the regulation was heading and thus, where they needed to be heading with their environmental controls programs. So long as they had decent relationships with the PSCs, they could get the SCRs, the FGDs, and the Baghouses approved without a lot of trouble.

I perceive that right now though, many utilities are in big trouble. Remember how I told you that even some Cadillac coal plants are looking at capacity factors of ~25% over the next decade? That’s if nothing else gets worse. But remember also that CCBs (ash) and 316b (water) have yet to be finalized.

So rest assured, it will get worse for coal.

What happens when those utilities figure out that sacrificing the clunker coal units wasn’t enough to satisfy the appetite of the alligator?

What happens when they have to sacrifice even the Cadillacs that they just poured billions into (and have not yet fully recovered their investment)?


Why. . . it’s almost like it’s part of an intentional scheme to crash an entire industry and set the stage for more government oversight/regulation/intrusion/control.


Lessons to be learned for future situations:

The Bundy Affair – Oathkeepers vs. Militia – Part I

The Bundy Affair – Oathkeepers vs. Militia – Part II

Those interested in aiding the remaining folks at the Bundy Ranch can act on the info below:

…Some of the specific articles necessary to continuing and building our logistical capabilities include but are not limited to:

· Non-perishable food items; entrees, snacks, granola bars, energy bars, meal replacement shakes, etc..
· Bottled water
· Toiletries; wet-wipes, toilet paper, toothbrushes and paste, etc..
· Night-vision
· Thermal optics
· Communications; HAM radios, HAM base-stations, coaxial cable and connectors, etc..
· Fuel cards, pre-paid credit cards, or cash for fuel reimbursement and expenditures
· Ammunition; 5.56mm x 45mm; NATO (.223 Cal.); 7.62mm x 39mm; 7.62mm x 51mm NATO (.308 Win.); .45 ACP; .40 S&W; 9mm NATO Pistol; 7.62mm x 54mm, etc.
· Batteries; AA, AAA, 2032, Lithium, etc..

Please address any donations or care packages to:

The Militia Effort (or individual/unit/organization you desire to support specifically at your discretion)

C/O: The Bundy Ranch
P.O. Box 7175
Bunkerville, NV 89007

Focus on helping the boots on the ground.

Let the internecine squabbles tar the participants.


UPDATE 2300EDT 29 APRIL 2014: Oathkeepers responds.

The Churchill Bust


Daily Mail (UK)



And yes – I know:


And yet…

You are kidding yourself if you do not believe that Islam will be yet another facet of the polygonal battlespace here in North America.

The combined heresies of transnational socialism and its inbred ally, Islam, must be extirpated.

And “extirpated” is a deliberate word choice.

Sic semper tyrannis.



Her hair has been shorn
Her face cut and bruised
Her flowing gown torn
The beauty once in her eyes
Drone strikes
Warrant less searches
Roadblocks and pat downs
Eaves dropping
Secret eyes and ears
Always listening
Always watching
Be careful what you do
Or they may come after you
Swat teams and armored cars
Men clad in black
Weapons at the ready
Waiting to attack
They have her now
Cold shackles hold her hands
Her breath is low and shallow
Seems that death
Is now at hand

TL Davis: The Blood Of Patriots

…To be a law-abiding citizen is utterly stupid. Claiming to be law-abiding is to agree to oppression and tyranny; it is to accept and even endorse subjugation to arbitrary laws. It is, in this age, unconstitutional. The federal government has discarded the Constitution, ridiculed it, mocked it and labeled those abiding by the Constitution as terrorists…

Read it all.

The game is afoot, friends.

Act accordingly.

On Power And Politics

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Tesla’s Kid sends:

BLM APPROVES 51 RENEWABLE PROJECTS ON PUBLIC LANDS. Solar Industry Magazine (4/24, Caley) reports on an “approval spree” by the Bureau of Land Management that has resulted in 51 renewable energy projects being approved for construction on public lands since 2009. The approvals are in pursuit of a goal of approving 20 gigawatts of such projects by 2020 in line with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Mentioned are the Ocotillo Sol Solar Project, which will supply San Diego Gas & Electric with electricity, the 300-megawatt Stateline solar farm project, and the 250-megawatt Silver State South solar project. To receive BLM approval, each of these projects had to reduce its footprint and acquire land for habitat preservation.

You can get to the article without a subscription.

In the article, more interesting stuff:

On April 7, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved the Ocotillo Sol Solar Project, a 20 MW photovoltaic project that will be located on 100 acres of public land in Imperial County, Calif. Ocotillo is the 51st approved renewable energy project that is to be built on public lands – the latest in an approval spree that the BLM began in 2009.

Before 2009, there were no solar projects authorized on public lands. As part of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution and increase renewable energy in the U.S., the BLM has a goal to approve 20 GW of renewable energy production on public lands by 2020.

Uh huh. No word about how many GW have already been approved-or how many are still to come. This might give some indication as to how many other projects might be in the pipeline as well and/or where they are located.

“We provide opportunities for public input on these projects,” says Ray Brady, manager of the national renewable energy coordination office for the BLM.

I think they got some of that a couple of weeks ago in Bunkerville…

What the H does the BLM have to do with energy!? Don’t we already have a Department of Energy? Perhaps one agency is not needed.

The first, the 300 MW Stateline solar farm project, will be built in San Bernardino County, Calif., on approximately 1,685 acres of public land located two miles south of the California-Nevada border. First Solar agreed to reduce Stateline’s footprint by more than 20% “to avoid and minimize project impacts,” according to a BLM press release. Also, to protect the threatened desert tortoise, the BLM is expanding the nearby Ivanpah Desert Wildlife Management Area by more than 20,000 acres and requiring that the developer protect three times the area that the project will disturb.

The second, the 250 MW Silver State South solar project, will be located near Primm, Nev., on approximately 2,400 acres of public land. The Silver State South design was reduced by 100 MW, and mitigation measures will include soil stabilization to prevent erosion and polluted runoff. First Solar must set aside $3.6 million for desert tortoise mitigation and $3.5 million for studies to guide future efforts to protect the desert tortoise in the project area.

“Very few of these projects are sited in the desert tortoise’s critical habitat, but they do impact the desert tortoise to some extent,” Brady says. “We are focusing our conservation and mitigation funds on trying to improve critical habitat for the desert tortoise.”

So . . . wouldn’t this be simply letting the private sector provide for the protection of the desert tortoise? (The same desert tortoises that BLM was killing earlier because they didn’t have any more funds to keep them at the Desert Tortoise Homeless Shelter and Casino? So if they didn’t have money to save the tortoise, where did the money come from for the operation at the Bundy Ranch. Maybe from some Chinese solar executives?)

Doesn’t this violate the inviolable principle that only the government can protect the wildlife on public lands by keeping evil greedy capitalist man off of that land? Some private business enterprises are more equal than others.

So why the sudden interest in all these solar plants? Because our government is hinting at a “renewables mandate” that a certain percentage of all power be generated by approved renewable sources. Which is an absolute boon for places like Nevada-home of the Reid Dynasty.

21 projects the BLM has approved have been in Nevada. That’s approaching half of the 51 projects listed. I’m sure that’s just coincidence. Isn’t it convenient that the BLM has been able to put all but one rancher out of business in Clark County, NV?

Look at the land that these projects are consuming. I come up with 294,554 acres of public land that has been yielded to commercial development for renewable energy having a potential output of 13930 MW. That’s 0.047 MW per acre if anyone’s counting. And remember, the wind and solar power is only intermittently available.

One of the big hitters in terms of land grab is the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project in Carbon County, Wyoming. 102,207 acres. If you look at the map, it actually may be two separate pieces of land with Chokecherry being 102,207 acres and the Sierra Madre being 118,552 acres-which isn’t listed in the table.

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Now Carbon County is NOT where the EPA just executed a land grab for the Wind River Indian Reservation. That was over in neighboring Riverton, WY-Fremont County. I’m sure it’s just pure coincidence that two enormous federal land grabs are happening at the same time in neighboring counties.

In the fact sheet for the Chokecherry site, there is this blurb:

A SMART, COLLABORATIVE PROCESS: In April 2009, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) committed to helping the nation reach its clean energy future by guaranteeing coordinated processing, full environmental analysis and public review for specific renewable energy projects where the companies involved had demonstrated they were ready to advance to the formal environmental review and public participation process.

Does anybody in fossil, hydro, or nuclear have anything resembling this relationship with the EPA, NRC, etc.? “Guaranteeing coordinated processing.” Because we can’t print or say that we’ll guarantee an outcome explicitly, but we can always make that implicit.

And how convenient that the same administration that is trying to kill off Yucca Mountain (also in Nevada) – which is a direct attack against nuclear power, is trying to replace it with 21 (and counting) BLM sponsored, renewable energy projects in Nevada.

I’m sure that’s just coincidence.

You could put up the “” logo on the BLM raid at the Bundy ranch and it would be nearly 100% true.

So let me see if I understand:


1) If dust forms on (or is directed towards) solar panels, they will need to be cleaned by personnel in order to return to full generation capacity.


2) If some no-account sidewindin’ SOB places 3-5 .30 rounds (mix of ball and AP) into both the mast cap and the nacelle aft of the mast of each windmill, badness and major repairs (also requiring personnel) will ensue.


3) APIT rocks.

Do I understand yet?


Sparks31 Sends

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Thanks for this useful reference work; dropboxed here.

Got scanner?

Now That’s A Bunkerville!

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Oh, you thought you wouldn’t be taking indirect fires?

Didn’t count on arty units staying loyal to the regime, did you?

Or PLA peacekeepers?



Actually, Old Boy, I’m An Armor Enthusiast – Not A Bloody Tankspotter

George Patton’s kid sister sends.


For your collection.


That you’ve had since you were a kid.


Back in school.