[UPDATE]Cell Phone Help: Suggestions Wanted

Anyone have a recommendation for a reasonably priced pre-paid phone company that isn’t Tracfone or Straight Talk (owned by Tracfone)?

I’m having problems again with Tracfone. And once again, it started with them screwing up transferring an old phone number to a new phone. This time they managed to brick the new phone.

UPDATE: Last time I had Tracfone trouble, after a month and a half them screwing me around, Tracfone suddenly was able to quickly fix their problem once I filed Public Service Commission and Federal Trade Commission complaints. I’m not waiting that long this time.

I just filed PSC, FTC, and Georgia Attorney General complaints, and gave Tracfone the report numbers.

TZP Column: New ATF FFL Rule Drops


Engaged In The Business: The Shoe Drops
The ATF’s rule redefining “engaged in the business,” and who must have a Federal Firearms License, has been released, but not yet formally published in the Federal Register. The Zelman Partisans has been warning you about this since 2022.

The rule document is 466 pages. Most of that is hundreds of pages of “responses” to public comment that amount to “We disagree,” and “tough shit.” The part where they claim that requiring everyone to have an FFL is BRUEN-compliant, because the feds briefly banned the export of cannons and gunpowder in 1794 is a classic.
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TZP Column: Gun-Free Home Schools


Gun-Free Missouri Home Schools?
I received an alert sent out by Missouri First, regarding Missouri Senate Bill 727.

I’ll grant that 571.030(10) does state:

(10) Carries a firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, or any other weapon readily capable of lethal use into any school…

But is that definitive? Does “any school” really mean home schools?

571.030(1) is both a little more general and specific.
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You Never Know…

Time was, I’d look at a report like this, and the 4/1 date, and merely assume it’s another April Fools Day attempt.

Rachel Levine Declares For WNBA Draft

But the world has gotten so nuts — “the first shemale admiral in government” part at least is accurate — that it’s getting tough to tell for sure.

But I’ll go with satire, because that guy doesn’t look athletic enough to play a single quarter without dropping dead from a heart attack.

[Updated] Artificial Stupidity

I decided to spend some time with AI bots today, inspired by the the way they botched descriptions of Boomershoot. I wanted to see what they could do with The Zelman Partisans. It didn’t go well.

So then I asked the Artificial Stupidity Gab AI to “tell me about Carl ‘Bear’ Bussjaeger.” After multiple corrections, including forcing it to admit that I didn’t die in childhood in 1973, it decided that this is me:

Carl “Bear” Bussjaeger is a prolific writer and artist known for his works in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Born on June 17, 1911, in Berlin, Germany, he immigrated to the United States and joined the White Death, a Finnish volunteer unit during the Winter War, in 1939. After the war, he returned to the United States and began his writing career. Bussjaeger has published numerous novels, short stories, and articles in various genres. His works often feature themes of adventure, exploration, and the supernatural. He has received critical acclaim for his unique storytelling style and vivid imagination. Carl “Bear” Bussjaeger is still alive and continues to write and create art, inspiring readers and artists around the world.

I’m fairly sure that’s a blend of myself (sorta), my grandfather, and some distant German-born cousin.

Critical acclaim? I wish; I might’ve kept on writing fiction.

Bear this in mind when you discover that your healthcare provider is using “AI” to evaluate your medical state. Yes, multiple companies are starting to do that.

Added: It occurs to me that Gab AI is showing a type of bias I’ve seen elsewhere. I repeatedly corrected the bot on time and place of birth, and specifically told it that the Winter War soldier was the wrong person. I corrected it on writing genres. And other bits.

And yet it still insisted on sticking with that first narrative it had created.

Very much like arguing gun control with a leftist getting her info from Everytown. Twitter idiot was whining about the “boyfriend” loophole. I pointed out that the loophole she described didn’t exist.

She insisted. I cited US Code.

She insisted. I cited her state law.

She still insisted her “boyfriend loophole” existed.And cited something she re4ad once at Everytown

I was giving her citations and quotes directly from federal and state laws, but she insisted I was wrong because Everytown.

Kinda like this AI, right? It got a wrong idea and can’t give it up no matter the facts.

SCOTUS Bench Warrants

It’s well past time for ’em.

Whiplash: Supreme Court decision put on pause by appeals court
Late Tuesday night, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals restored the temporary hold on a Texas immigration law that just yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that Texas could enforce. The appeals court will hold a hearing on Wednesday.

Why do we even have a Supreme Court, if the lower courts are just going to ignore it anyway?

Californicated Election

This looks a bit odd… if this is a clean election.

Thanks To Mail-In Voting, California Still Counting Ballots Two Weeks After Election
As of this article’s publication, unofficial election results show that 95 percent of votes have been tabulated in California’s Democrat presidential primary, versus 93 percent in the Republican contest. In the state’s Senate primary, 92 percent of votes have been finalized, with many ballots in several congressional races also still awaiting tabulation.

Seems odd that the percentages don’t quite match. But it gets better. That story links to CNN’s (yeah, I do know) election results page, which is being updated in pseudo-real time. Here’s a screenshot. Note the percentages of ballots counted.

The first one is a special election primary for a congressional district seat; 81% in.

The second is the statewide Dim presidential primary; 95%.

One little district can only get 81% in, but statewide they already have 95%? A suspicious type might suspect that the little district votes are legitimately trickling in, while the Dims pre-stuffed the ballots for senile Gropin’ Joe.

Southeast Georgia Health Systems. Again.

I’ve now acquired another story of how bad our local “hospital” is.

Yesterday, my sister had a medical scare (turned out not to be the heart attack we thought). She had me call her daughter to take her down to a hospital in Jacksonville I was going to do it, but I think she wanted the time with her daughter, just in case).

So my niece jumped in her car and raced to the house; speeding, of course.

And of course she got pulled over by the police.

Ma’am, were you aware that you were speeding?

Of course!, she replied.

What is so important that you have to speed?

I have to take my mother to the emergency room in Jacksonville.

Why not call 911?

If I call 911, they’ll take her to Southeast Georgia Health.

At which point the officer said, That’s a good reason. No ticket. Go. Go get your mother to the hospital.

Even the cops know how bad the local “hospital” is, and consider avoiding it justification for speeding.

The APE Project to to end “systemic pain racism.”

There’s an unfortunate acronym.

Woke Ad From Advil Tackles ‘Pain Equity’ to Address ‘Systemic Pain Racism’
The marketing geniuses at Advil, apparently taking a page out of Bud Light’s playbook, launched the Advil Pain Equity Project to end “systemic pain racism.”

The company, owned by Pfizer, launched the project last fall with ads sharing personal stories.
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The sources of pain bias in the US date back hundreds of years and are deeply rooted in racism.

What about ageism? Col. Cooper once said something to the effect that, Past a certain age, if you wake up in the morning and nothing hurts, you’re probably dead.

That’s been the case for me since my little broken hip adventure. The surgeon had to go into the muscle twice, in different areas, and those muscles have never been the same since. But I can walk, so it’s all good.