Friday, December 2, 2016

Yeah...No.

So....will the Rockefeller Children stop their Carbon Intensive lifestyle?

Live in a 1 room apartment? Walk to work? Stop jetting about the country?

Will they push their friends to do the same? ??
Stop living in well lighted homes with lots of space that requires heating and cooling? Stop driving (or being driven) around in large cars, taking unnecessary trips to and from? Stop going on weekends to their other homes (which are heated and lighted even when they aren't in residence)?

Are they gonna preach to their friends to stop jetting to exotic locations for vacations?

Nope, they instead go after the company that makes it all possible....That provides the fuel to make their lifestyle happen....

Rockefeller descendants speak out against company to which they owe their prosperity.

(One wonders....did those clothes they were wearing in that interview come from locally sourced fibers? ...didn't look like it.....And how did they get from home to the interview??? Did they walk?)

I'll stat thinking Global Warming might be an issue when the folks who say it is start ACTING like it is...

One might think there was a book deal in the works, for all the media attention in the Right Circles....

Their vote counted

And one of theirs cancelled one of yours...

Have you ever noticed that these Hillary voters are afraid?

Afraid of.....Something?

Racism......Klansmen (even though that was Democrats).....Discrimination by race or sexuality (perceived or otherwise)....Something bad to be Done in  The Future by those terrible Trump Voters....

No one knows where they get their information, really. It spreads via rumor, and facebook, and twitter. Passed down from one uninformed person to another uninformed person....no one ever questions anything...either the source or the veracity of the rumor itself....

They, apparently, have no knowledge about how our country works...how laws are made, how limits on politicians keep 'em from becoming despots (Although the Republican House and Senate DID let barry run sorta wild there)

Nor do they have the guts or ability nor the internal strength to DO something to protect themselves from these perceived future terrible things....

Those who didn't vote for Obama quietly waited and armed and prepared ourselves for the worst....we hoped it wouldn't happen, and waited patiently for the end of those 8 years....


These SJW Ex Hillary voters are gathering in groups to perpetrate the lies being spread about TheDonald and his racist homophobic gun toting, bible thumping deporting monsters supporters that will ship every islamic homosexual Democrat voting vegetarian off to a camp in eastern Slobovia or something.....

No one is willing to DO anything about it, besides sit together and tremble in fear while comforting each other.

And that, my friends, is why I have hope for the future of this country....

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Something to think about:

Go HERE to see it.

Ask yourself why?


B Spends a day at the beach...

I kinda brought it on myself, I guess:


See, I had Tuesday available, it was gonna be fairly warm for the end of November. The capstan I had seen on the beach was....irritating me.

 I had contacted several Lake Michigan shipwreck organizations and done some other research. Not much info was available. Folks knew of the wreck, some had seen the wooden ribs when the lake was low (It is fairly high right now and nothing is visible) but no one had any knowledge of any iron pieces on the wreck site.

So, Tuesday, I borrowed a pipe locator poker and off I go to the beach. Arriving about 10 AM, the temp is 46 or so, the wind is off the lake (making for a fairly warm breeze) at about 15 MPH.

I park the car, get the shovel, the poker and my backpack with measuring tape and camera and water and compass and such and off I go.

3/8 of a mile to the beach, 2 miles to the stream (Which was running high enough that I had to take off my boots and wade)  and then another 1/4 mile or so to the (approximate) location.

(Since there had been storms and 4-6 foot waves the days before, I had hopes that Ma Nature would have smiled upon me and uncovered the thing (it happens)....She didn't. If anything there was another 6 inches of sand over the area.)

I  marked the area that my sightings from the previous trip said I should be looking at....this gave me an area about 50 foot (E/W) by 12 foot (N/S) to work in. I marked the area edges, and then consulted the photos I had taken. Sadly, Ma Nature had only left me one landmark from the pictures...(who would have thought a 70 foot tree with full branch crown buried half it's length in the sand would have moved?)  and marked another area as well. The two overlapped in an area about 30 foot by 5 foot.

I took the poker that I had carried for 2+ miles and began poking in the sand. Right off, I hit something. "Cool!" I said to myself...."Right at the start!"

 Not so much....the sand was easily penetrated. Not so much the "shingle" underneath (which was the layer that had the iron item in it) The poker was useless.

Shit. Well, I had walked all this way, so I began using the "Mexican Backhoe" that I had brought along.....digging trenches about 5' long and about a foot apart....LOTS of sand moved. There was about 2-2.5 feet of sand to get to the "shingle" then another foot into that....Each trench backfilling its predecessor....

I was on my 5th or 6th trench and stopped to take a break when a woman walked up. Now I'm not sure where she came from, as I had been keeping an eye on the approach from the stream side (to the west) and the park on the east side is closed (For bullshit reasons) by the National Park folks.

She asked what I was doing in a very snotty voice, implying that I was doing something wrong.

(and here is where I screwed up, I think)..."Gotta have someplace to put the bodies" I answered.

She looked at me and left without a word. Walking back to the "Closed" park...

I took a drink of water and got back to work.

About 2 hours later, as I was beginning to tire and had realized that this method of search was probably futile,  I heard a shout. It was a National Park Ranger. He walked up and politely enquired as to what I was doing.  I explained that I was looking for an artifact that I had found in a previous visit.

"Not hiding bodies?" He asked. (I guess she called) Yeah, Like I am gonna drag bodies (plural) two miles from Central Beach to here to bury em....on the beach. Not in the marsh a hundred feet from the road....

"Nope... Yer welcome to check" I offered him the shovel. He was still suspicious

"There isn't any shipwreck here" he stated.

"There is, somewhere close here ...We might well be standing on it right now " I replied.

"I've been a ranger here for 12 years, and I am telling you, there isn't any shipwreck here!"

"You must not get out on the beach much, Bud, cause there is a shipwreck here. . It gets buried and unburied about every 5 years or so. It was visible about 4 years ago.....I've been coming here since I was about 12, so in the past 40 years I might have seen JUST a bit more than you"...."Look it up on the DNR site if you don't believe me....look for unknown #3...."

He decided than to be all asshole cop-like.

"I could charge you with "defacing public property."

"For digging holes on the beach? You gonna charge every kid that builds a sandcastle too? Oh, and By The Way, Jack, you don't have jurisdiction on the beach. That is State of Indiana, not Federal. You get to the top of the bluff, more or less. Not sure exactly where the line is, but I am SURE we are not on Federal jurisdiction.  Call a DNR officer if you want to charge me. Now get out of my way"

(I was angry and not being diplomatic anymore, which didn't help things)Why do some cops have the attitude that if it is outside of their experience it Must Be Wrong?

"Lemme see some ID".

"No"

"No?"

"No"

"You are required to show ID when asked by Law Enforcement ...The law says so".

"Nope. The law says I must identify myself when asked..... Not show ID".  I stated my name. 'I have complied with the law"

He hemmed and hawed and I began shoveling again. (I was tired and about to give up on my search until Ranger Boy chose to be all officious. I dug another 5 trenches before he left....I asked him for a ride back to my car, but he told me to walk out the way I came....which was cool.

By now, I had moved several tons of wet sand. I was tired. I gathered my stuff and left. Walked back to the car, picking up trash along the way... Got almost an entire Menard's bag of assorted trash.

I get to the parking lot, and Ranger Roger is there with a DNR officer.... UhOh.

The DNR guy was polite, asked me what I was looking for, etc. Kinda pushy, but polite. Implies that I have done something wrong.. We talk. I put things into the back of the car. I open the front door and start to lean in.

"Don't do that!" they both say.

"Why not?"

"You could be reaching for a weapon".
(I actually kept my mouth shut here, instead of saying "If I wanted to shoot you, Ranger Boy would be dead (and buried) on the beach, and you, DNR-boy, would be bleeding out right now...") I smiled and instead said. "Just reaching for my coffee".... Held up the thermos cup....."If you are accusing me...?" They assured me that they were just being cautious "for all our safety"...

So Ranger Boy was sure that I had done something wrong, and wanted DNR boy to charge me with "defacing the beach" since there "There is no shipwreck there".

"Actually", DNR officer says,"there is" He asked me exactly where I was looking and I gave him the best answer I could. "yep, that's about right" he told Ranger Boy.

Ranger told me he was gonna search my car. I said "No. Get a warrant....I'll wait"...and locked the door.

He then told me to leave.  I was tempted to stay just to prove a point, but didn't want to push it.

I left. He followed me back to Rt 12. I drove exactly 5 MPH under the speed limit so he wouldn't be able to give me any hassle.



I gotta learn not to smart off to people.

Or just shut the fuck up.

I may never find the object, either.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

So Trump sez.....

That burning a flag (A US Flag) "should have  consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”

Yeah, I disagree. Strongly.

Thank God we have laws. And he can't make that happen.

The press is pointing out how this has been ruled Unconstitutional.  They are right, at least according to the Supreme Court. So Trump really only has an opinion.

If only the press had paid attention to the Constitution this past 8 years....

Update: BorePatch has another point 

Update 2: Joe has a great point as well

Update 3: So Does Ms. X

Monday, November 28, 2016

An Observation:

You can't go back....

At least not to the beach....


So a week and 3 days ago, I was on the beach just west of Michigan City, Indiana, just outside of what was, before the Federal Parks Department closed it for no good reason, Mt Baldy Park....

There I found, buried in the beach sand, at the edge of the wave line, (OK, really Midwest Chick saw it first) a large chunk of cast iron, likely a windlass or capstan.

Now, there is an old shipwreck in the area (Probably "unknown #3")... Old. like 1850's? ....before the turn of the century....over the years the ribs of the ship get covered and uncovered by sand. I have been there when the wooden ribs were visible, and this is in the same general area....And there is no documentation of any iron windlass or other large iron parts on the wreck....

I took careful sightings and measurements from fixed landmarks and from other beach detritus for closer locating...., and returned with a shovel and a camera to document it 10 days later....Of course, only after we had had large winds(and therefore waves) and a lot of rain....

No dice. The sand was at least 2 foot deeper than it was before. The three large oak trees washed up on shore that were part of my reference marks...one was moved, the other two were gone. With my sightings, I would guess that I was within 10 feet of the place....but with the sand being deeper by at least 2 feet at that area, and with my close reference marks gone or moved, I was unable to locate the item to document it.

Mother Nature teases us sometimes...revealing for a short time her treasures, then hiding them again.

I will go back, and I will find the item. But for now, it is a mystery. The beach I left is not the beach I returned to...nor will it be the beach to which I return next time.

So it is with other places in our life. Once we leave, they are gone. We can return to the same location, but the place is different. The people are new, or changed.....it isn't the same..... Familiar, yet different.....For you aren't the same person as he or she who left, and the place has moved on, evolving and becoming what it is today....different that it was yesterday. And not what it will be tomorrow.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Gotta feel sorry for the Left

Ok, not really.

But first Hillary loses to Trump. Damages their calm....


Then Fidel kicks the Bucket.

What Next for the Left?

I'ts enough to get them to retreat again to their Safe Spaces.

One more might make them stay there....

Or you could form your own.....

"We don’t need white people leading the Democratic Party right now."


So, again, we see that to a significantly loud number of black people, all that matters is race.

Color, if you will.

Not philosophy, certainly not ability, just race.

And, again, who is the racist here?

If she and her supporters believe that strongly, then they could, of course, form their own party....say the Black Lives Matter party.

Or just call it the "Darkies" for short. Or just the Black Party...Or something like that. I really don't care.

Here is the rub though.....they need WHITE PEOPLE'S money. There aren't enough black people who will give even a dollar. Not enough folks that care enough. Who likely won't vote, but certainly won't give any money to run the party nor do the ad campaigns even if they found a candidate. And nobody wants to work for free, even to achieve their goals......So they want to take over the DNC....

They need white folks money and organization to get what they want.....

But that has been the way things have worked since the Civil Rights Movement, isn't it?


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Will anyone really grieve?

Castro dead.

Fidel, that is.

Not that he has mattered for the past 10 years or so.....The media says I am supposed to care, but my Give-A-Shit meter just won't move off the peg....


Now, will the irritating bunch of "refugees" in Miami finally go home?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Another viewpoint on black Friday

I may well have to rethink my stance on staying away from the crowds of frenzied, creaming, psychotic shoppers clutching credit/debit cards in their sweaty little hands and running towards their "deals".

The one reason to shop on Black Friday....

Do you know this man?




45 years ago, he left a plane mid flight with $200K and a parachute.

No one knows if he survived.

Yes, I am talking about Dan (D.B.) Cooper

We will likely never know the whole story.

In order to stay un-incarcerated

I shall avoid all retail establishments today and for the weekend.

'Twas pointed out that I can stand the crowds in a gunshow , why not Black Friday Sales?

I think it is because of behavior....Gunshow crowds are, for the most part, well behaved, orderly, and polite. Not so with the post Thanksgiving shoppers.





Thursday, November 24, 2016

I laughed.



Via FaceBook:


"Who wants to dress up in Bear costumes and go tear apart the tents of the people camping outside Best Buy for Black Friday?"




If I had a bear costume, I might try it....



Happy Thanksgiving

I have much to be thankful for this year. Too much to list, in fact.

I sincerely  hope you do as well.

And if you are missing out of being with family, friends, or loved ones because you are on duty in some foreign land, or standing a post here in the US, or are Law Enforcement/First Responder duty, or are forced to work in some Service job...I thank you for your service.






Monday, November 21, 2016

Did they wise up?

And realize that they weren't actually helping their students?

Or did they just get tired of the derision from the rest of the world?

(or maybe the students didn't use the "self care rooms" for some reason?)

University of Michigan cancels plan to help students 'cope' with Trump using coloring books, Play-Doh and bubbles

Whomever thought this shit up needs their ass kicked....


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Bill Penzey thinks you are a racist.

Y'know...the owner of Penzey's spices.....

"Since I ask you to read my emails, I feel it's only right that I read each of your replies. In sifting through those replies it was clear that, though not intended, a good number of people seemed to sincerely believe that in my statement I was calling all Republicans racists. In the emails of those Republicans who voted for someone other than the party's nominee, I sensed genuine pain at having the strength of character to not go along with what was happening, but nonetheless be grouped in with those who were. I apologize for writing something that caused you pain; that is not the person I want to be. You are your party's future, and you deserve my admiration and respect, and your country's as well.

For the rest of you, you just voted for an openly racist candidate for the presidency of the United States of America. In your defense, most of you did so without thinking of the consequences of your candidate's racism, because for most of you the heartbreaking destruction racism causes has never been anything you or your loved ones have had to experience. But the thing is elections have their consequences. This is no longer sixty years ago. Whether any of us like it or not, for the next four years the 80% of this country who did not just vote for an openly racist candidate are going to treat you like you are the kind of person who would vote for an openly racist candidate.

You can get angry at everyone else for treating you like you just did the thing you just did, or you can take responsibility for your actions and begin to make amends. If you are lucky and younger family members are still coming over for Thanksgiving, before it's too late, take a moment and honestly think about how your actions must look through their eyes. Simply saying "I never thought he'd win" might be enough. But if you have the means, leaving a receipt from a sizable donation to the ACLU or the SPLC accidentally laying around where you carve the turkey, might go over even better.

Or, just do what you do best and volunteer. Through our customers' support, we've given away a lot of our Penzeys Pepper, the Pepper with heart. More often than not, those we meet cooking and serving food to feed those in need are Republicans. You really are a good bunch, but you just committed the biggest act of racism in American history since Wallace stood in the schoolhouse doorway 53 years ago. Make this right. Take ownership for what you have done and begin the pathway forward."

I (used to) spend a lot at their stores and/or online.
Brigid and I have both recommended their products. I can't speak for her, but I won't recommend them anymore. I won't buy from them anymore.

My letter to him today:

I reference the letter you sent to your customers regarding our voting choices. 

I am offended by your call that I am a racist. You make broad statements without any knowledge about that which you speak. You have no knowledge about me, my opinions, my attitudes towards my fellow citizens (of any race) nor my attitudes towards race relations nor how we should interact..... Your statements are insulting and show you are misinformed.

We may well have differing opinions about politics, but I don't see where voting for a candidate that you oppose makes me a racist. While you have the right to your opinion, I too have a right to have MY opinion. I cared very little about your choice of vote, until you chose to label me a racist because my political choice differed than yours. I support your right to state your opinion. I will choose to state mine by choosing to do business elsewhere.

I have been a customer of Penzey's for over 15 years......until now. Penzeys was always my first choice for spice purchases. I had found that your products were of first quality and the Penzey's name a guarantee of that quality. Sadly, I will no longer do business with your company. There are other vendors of spices, and your insulting statements have made me choose to purchase elsewhere from this point forward. While the loss of my business may not affect your bottom line greatly, you can consider the fact that the loss of approximately 1400 dollars in business (last year) will benefit those other spice vendors that don't allow politics to affect their relationships with their customers....who don't insult those with other views than yours. 

I chose to vote for Donald Trump as the best (or at least "Least Bad") of the poor choices available to me this election season. I don't believe his policies will be "racist", but rather fair for all. Perhaps you should widen your circle of friends and actually meet some of those Republican Trump voters and learn about them and their reasons for voting the way they did....Leave the echo chamber of your anti-Trump acquaintances and actually meet some of those folks with opposing views and broaden your horizons a bit. You might learn something. 

I am saddened that you feel that fully half (not 80%) of your customers are racist and that you chose to denigrate us....and moreso that our business is of so little value that you felt comfortable enough to insult us in your public letter to your customers. While I respect your right to a private opinion, I will not do business with someone who chooses to insult me in public. Again, there are other vendors who are wisely choosing to keep their personal thoughts private and not insult their potential customers. They will gain my business that your hateful screed lost you.

Sincerely, 

Name redacted
Valparaiso, Indiana

Fuck 'em. There are other choices. And if only 20% of the people chose Trump, then we'd not be having this discussion, would we? 

Everyone has the right to free speech. Free speech, however, is not without consequences. 
Remember this when choosing a spice vendor. 



Saturday, November 19, 2016

In the strangest places.

Selling raffle tickets at the Crown Point gunshow.

Up walks Tam.

Color me surprised.


A worthy cause

and a raffle.

Might be your lucky day to help a Marine.

Or just do a good deed.

Link to info on a good fundraiser.

Spare a few bucks?

And remember, the UN now controls the Internet....

" Internet ‘Disruptive’ Force that Has to Be ‘Contained, Managed, and Steered’ by Government"



"German Chancellor Merkel, who is presently deciding whether to run 
for a historic fourth term on the strength of her pro-migrant policies
which have seen her lauded with praise by President Obama, moved 
to address populism in her joint address.

Calling the surge of interest in right-wing politics a “wave” that “engulfs 
us,” Ms. Merkel noted the sentiment “seems to come from the United 
States,” but in an oblique reference to President-Elect Donald Trump 
said it was an issue she was dealing with in Europe, too. 

She said: “Look at the European parliament. There are a lot of people 
who are looking for simplistic solutions and are preaching simplistic 
solutions which are very unfriendly policies. We have them here 
in Europe, too, we have them in Germany too.”

Apparently blaming this rising populism — politics that are popular 
with voters — on the internet, the German chancellor implied
the internet would have to be subject to restrictive censorship laws 
as were enacted by many European nations to stem the disruptive effect 
of the printing press.,......."

Read the rest at the link

Be afraid, They are out to control what you hear, see, and read in an attempt to control what you think.

They almost had us in the 70's and 80's....they controlled the press and the radio (mostly) and the TV.... and therefore the information....Until the rise of the internet in the 90's.

Now, they want to fix that too....

Friday, November 18, 2016

So yer afraid:

Yeah, you. The Muslim person....The Hispanic ....The Black dude (or woman).

You claim (or the Media claims, anyway) that you are afraid (of something) because Trump was elected as our next president.

You (or the media claims) are afraid of racism. Because (or so the Media claims) Trump was elected by racist white people.

Well, first of all, It is White people who are the majority in this country. Had we elected Hillary Clinton (A white woman) there would still have been a majority of white people voting to elect her. Where, exactly, is the racism?

Second, if we were all so racist, we'd not put up with your antics.

Muslim threats muslim attacks...self radicalized, etc.....Muslim attempts to change our society to suit your religious and cultural lifestyle would have long since engendered violence. But somehow, it hasn't. We ARE growing tired of it, but we aren't doing anything, and haven't.

Hispanics.....The press tells us that you claim you are afraid....of what, exactly, they don't tell us....But afraid, nonetheless..... Here is the thing....if we, as the majority of the people in this country...yes, us whites,...If we were inclined to do violence, or to somehow oppress you, we could easily have done so in the recent past....but we haven't. We have put up with your support of people that are illegal immigrants over those who are legal and welcomed immigrants. (You support race over country, which I personally find offensive) yet we haven't terrorized you or harmed you, or done anything to you.

And you black people. We haven't done anything to you. We could, but we don't, because we are (generally) decent people. W e haven't killed or lynched anyone, not even those "Black Lives Matter" folks that threaten us and insult us and riot and break things and stop traffic and such. Who state on video that they want to kill or harm White people. Who is the racist there?

See, all of you. your forget one thing. We are decent law abiding citizens. We obey the law. We don't kill people, we don't lynch people, we don't do any of the things the press implies (but doesn't say) you are afraid of.

We could....But we don't. Never forget, we are the majority, and many of us are armed....And know how to say "hello" from hundreds of yards away. We also own pistols for close work, and we practice....We don't spray bullets from a car in drive by shootings and hit innocents. We hit where we aim. I figure about 3 weeks, realistically.

But if we haven't done anything by now, then you can rest assured that until you up your game and piss us off a great deal more, you are probably safe. Unlike you, we see that there are lots of folks  who aren't looking for trouble. Oddly enough, we can see past the filter of race and culture and can see the individual. You are the ones grouping by race, not us.

But rest assured, if we should decide to do so, we could choose to finish the job the press claims we want to do. Since we are decent people, we won't.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A hunnerd and foty fyve years ago

The NRA was born.





I am proud to be carrying on the traditions as an NRA instructor.




If nothing else, the NRA frightens many Senators and Congressmen enough to be cautious in what gun related legislation they pass.


Pretty much this whole article is a lie

And it is pretty far out there, even for Slate.

"There's no such thing as a good Trump voter"

I guess they read Goebbels (Hitler's Propaganda Minister) "If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes Truth".

May have also been Lenin...Google says both.

The sad part is that a large number of Muslims and Hispanics and a greater percentage of Black People actually believe this. (But then again, a significant number of Blacks are uncomfortable driving into rural Indiana, believing that there is a KKK member behind every stalk of corn.....Which there isn't)