Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Today

Is John Moses Browning's birthday.

Nearly every semi-automatic pistol sold today owes him for the operating mechanism it uses.

One wonders what he could do today in design with modern materials and metal manufacturing techniques....back then his designs were limited to "Start with a hunk of good quality steel (which wasn't that great by today's standards) and carve away everything that doesn't look like a gun part".

With today's steels, metals, manufacturing techniques, and modern polymers? What might he create?


An excellent ad:





An interesting point about the NRA

You should read it.

HERE

It would seem that there is no place for Wayne LaPierre in the NRA bylaws.

Found via Uncle


I wonder how long before they regret it?

Seems that there is a movement by Black Americans to help (or at least convince) other black people to move from the US to Somewhere Else because "Reasons". (The reason given is "In response to the recent rise in racism and the 2016 election, Blaxit has returned. We have built their civilization thanklessly, now it's time to build our own")

On the one hand, I would think that the standard of living in Angola could be pretty high if you have any reasonable amount of saving in US dollars.....But I doubt that it is a great place to live, when one looks at the crime stats and such. There may be opportunities for skilled workers in those countries, but there are just as many opportunities of you have skills here in the US.

And, despite what they claim, there are still better protections here in the us than anywhere else.

I hear they are accepting donations too, if that interests you....

(http://www.officialblaxit.org)

Monday, January 22, 2018

Panic

So it is 2140 local.

"I think I'm gonna stop drinking coffee"

She looks up in alarm "Do you REALLY think that's a good idea? Someone might die."

"I mean for the evening"

Visibly relaxing "Oh, good". 

Funny how that works, Ain't it?

If it is a WHITE girl going with a Black man, then they seem to be OK with it.
So why not this way?  Malia is a Big Girl, she gets to make her own decisions.

(Hint: I really don't see the issue either way, if she's happy with her boyfriend, then what's the big deal????)

Seems that Racism is raising it's ugly head....only it isn't WHITE racists.

Read the comments in the article

So how many folks are gonna go to jail?

It seems that the NSA had a court order to preserve the data.

And didn't do it.

“NSA senior management is fully aware of this failure, and the Agency is committed to taking swift action to respond to the loss of this data.”

It was a mistake...and oversight.

I don't care.

Every person involved, every single one, should get jail time. Starting at Michael S Rodgers, and every deputy of his, manager, employee and any other person who was involved in the decision to cull the data. Each and every one gets criminal felony penalties for destruction of evidence and conspiracy to hide or destroy evidence. Loss of pension and position. Be barred from ever working for the Federal Government again, or holding a position where they might handle sensitive data. But jail time, and not in "Club Fed".

If I were doing the sentencing, I'd add in a good horsewhippin' as well. 

Question:

How did the Illegal Immigrant movement somehow gain such power over the Democratic Party that they are, in effect, saying"Fuck YOU" to the rest of their constituents over illegal immigration?

What hold do these folks have? They can't vote (yet, anyway, at least not legally)....so why does the DNC pander to their wishes? It is, really a significant part of why Trump got to the position he did. He was the only one who called it on Illegals.

So why does the DNC-type folks cling to this as their cause? Why do they say "fuck you" to to their rest of their constituents?

Inquiring minds and all that....

Interestin'

Very, very interestin' indeed:

Read this story. It ain't unpossible.

(http://claytonecramer.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-formation-of-confederation-of.html)

Just in case you don't know

Who your Congressmen and representatives are, you can find them here:

Who is my Representative?

I urge you to call and let 'em know what you think about this government shutdown. I am told that a call carries more weight than an email.

And, oddly, most Senate and Congressional Representative offices are still open during this shutdown.

(It ain't over, only pushed down the road a few weeks, so Make Those Calls!)

Of course even the NSA

Conveniently "loses" data when it is convenient .....

especially when it hinders an investigation of them.

There is, apparently, no integrity left in our Government agencies. (Not that any of us expected much). The sad part is, we (and out politicians) are allowing them to get away with it. 

Pretty sure they could ask the NSA

It is likely that THEY have the missing texts.

FBI "Fails to Preserve" 5 months of texts between anti Trump agents.

Funny how that happens innit?

Any credibility the FBI has left is rapidly vaporizing. 

Looks like things are kicking off "Hot" in Sweden:

Seems that the Muslim "youths" have formed gangs and are now actively taking on the police in Malmo and other cities. (Up 'til now they've been fighting each other, mostly). Seems that the public transport folks won't stop at certain train stations anymore, and there are something like 55 areas where even the police find to be "No Go" zones.

Apparently, the Swedes are considering bringing in their Army to deal with the issue......which is not good. The army is going to use a hatchet, not a scalpel. Likely to get really ugly.

The Swedes have taken nearly twice as many migrants per unit of native population as anyone else. Apparently they are starting to regret that.

I think that they, along with France, Germany, and Norway will soon learn the negatives of such actions.


Odd that you aren't hearing any of this from CNN or any of the other media, innit?

Poor misunderstood Muslim Children refugees......

Sunday, January 21, 2018

One wonders:

Just how long the "government Shutdown" would last if, since there is no funding for parts of the Government, we included the salaries of the Congressional and Senatorial aides and the Congressmen and Senators themselves. I'd bet that they'd get their shit together fairly quickly when their staff started whining

I mean, if we simply stopped paying the bar tab for the legislators they'd likely see it in a different light.....And I don't mean just the DNC folks.

Lying liars

and their Democratic lies:

Charges that this shutdown is the fault of Republicans, or that Democrats haven’t been part of the negotiations leading to the spending bill they rejected, are not true. Instead what’s obvious is that Democrats methodically engineered a situation where the government could shut down over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

And the thing is, they GOT what they wanted on DACA, just not that AND no border security.

I think most of us are OK with the DACA folks, and the DREAMers getting some sort of accommodation for their status, we JUST WANT THE CONTINUED ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION TO STOP.

And the Democrats don't want that (and to be honest some of the RNC boys don't either). They'd prefer to use DACA to hide the fact that they won't see a penny spent on a border wall or other EFFECTIVE security.
They DNC folks would rather shut down the Federal Government (for whatever level of shutdown one might achieve) and cause great strife to our military and many government workers rather than play straight. And,at the end of the day, they don't care about those citizens they claim to represent at the expense of some illegal immigrant they've never heard of, who might someday vote  for them (or whose children might vote).

At the end of the day, we want a secure border. The rest is workable, but the lack of border security is irritating. 

The truth about the shithole outrage:

Can be found HERE

Which was stolen from HERE.

Or you can watch it right here:



(and for those of you in Central Texas, the above way is one good way to show attribution) 

And this is why gun registration.....

Is a Bad Thing.

They know that some folks have guns, they have a list.  In fact they have that list because folks took their time to register. Because "Safety".

So now those folks get a letter that says "If you have this device on the gun you registered, you had better turn it in (for no compensation) or face fines or prison or both".

Expect next that there will be mandatory inspections. Why not? They banned an item that was once legal,,,,

Then, soon, because they have that list, the next letter: You firearms is now banned and therefore you must turn it in as well. Because "Assault Rifle" Again: for "safety".

And what are you gonna do about it? You gonna die for an AR? How about a Bump Stock? How about when they say anything with a magazine that holds more than 5 rounds? 2 rounds? Only single shot? Only shotguns? Where is the line?  And remember, they have a list, so they know....and with "universal background checks" they know if you sold it to someone else....or bought one from someone else.....And they know where to come to take it.

They won't come for you all at once, but they will nibble about the edges, first.

All because they "registered" that gun for "safety".

Think about it.

A final thought: If you think it's time to bury 'em, it is really time to dig 'em up and USE THEM. 

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2018/01/robert-farago/massachusetts-surrender-your-bump-stocktrigger-crank-by-may-2-or-go-to-prison/






A thought:

There are two types of people in this world.
1) Those that can extrapolate from incomplete data

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Top. Men. (link fixed)

Security in Ohare and other Chicago airports is airtight.

For a given level of airtight, that is:

She did it AGAIN: Woman gets past TSA without a ticket and boards flight from Ohare to London. Is returned when she can't get past Customs and Immigration 'cause she has no passport.

Layers and layers of Security. Top. Men are working to keep us safe. (did you know that having a High School diploma isn't a requirement to be a TSA agent?)

I feel much safer now. At least our airlines are secure...

For some odd reason, Google seems to be breaking the links to articles lately.
Perhaps I should post direct copy/paste links at the bottom of my postings? 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-serial-stowaway-london-flight-court-20180120-story.html


One year ago today:

Hillary Clinton did not become President.

And that doesn't suck. 

Gunshow!

Will be at the Crown Point gunshow today.

Selling raffle tickets.

(And I will, of course, offer a reward for lost BMW keys) .

Get your tickets from me! I sold 2 of the 3 winners the last two years. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

It would seem to me

That if the Congress and Senate feel that shutting down the government (by not funding it) is that trivial, then they also believe that most of the Government is not really needed.

I mean, if they can shut it down that easily, then they must not think much of all those departments, eh? 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

And they breed

Went to the bank Wed.

Withdrew $200....

Asked for small bills.

The teller said "They are all the same size".  And she held up a $1 and a $100. Sure enough, they were the same size.

I asked for twenties. Easier that way.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Amazin', innit?

So....when you let folks (or corporations) keep their profits (or at least more of them) then they choose to invest in the United States, instead of keeping those profits out of the reach of the greedy bureaucrats at the US Treasury, and the Federal Government in general..


Apple to repatriate $252.3 billion (yes, with a "B") and pay a one time tax payment of $38 billion (again, with a "B")...and will create approximately 20,000 jobs here in the US...and will spend about $30 billion (there's that "B" again) in the US. 

Lots of money and lots of jobs, and lots of investment.....which equates to lots of construction jobs and other jobs when they spend that $30 Billion dollars over the next five years.....

And all 'cause now the US isn't taking too much of their money. Strange, that....

That's a Big snapper:

No, I mean a REALLY big snapper.

Apparently the cold in Arkansas is causing the wildlife to do strange things to survive.


Where Dick Durbin admits he's a traitor

He'd rather represent foreign invaders (not immigrants) than the people who elected him to represent their interests.

If the DNC (or RNC) would run anyone who didn't appear to be less smart than the south end of a northbound horse against him, they could replace him.

But then again, the DNC wants all these new voters, don't they? 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Think it's cold where you are?

Wimp. Pussy.

THIS IS REALLY fargin' COLD

There is no way I would live there. Maybe if you kept me in prison.

But -88 F is just too cold.
Screw that.

Ninth Circle and all that. 

Pretty much the way I see it too:

They are testing their systems for when it gets real. I think he is right. Once is happenstance twice is coincidence(maybe). If there is a third time.....


If you don't have some preparations in place, think hard about getting some. A few weeks of food and some water will go a long way towards giving you more options than most folks. Even a few flats of cans of beans and a few pounds of rice will go very far, and they buy you the most important thing in a crisis: The time to consider your situation and plan for what is next. Most people will not have that luxury because they are stupid. Don't be them.

And, if you are smart, a plan for, and the tools to, defend your stash from those folks who are unable or unwilling to plan ahead. 

Proving how disconnected they are

Seems that the Lincoln Navigator has been named the 2019 Truck of the Year.

Have ya seen the thing?

It ain't a truck, it is a glorified (if nicely outfittted) SUV/Station Wagon. Lots of nice goodies, but not a truck. An expensive and somewhat capable luxury car that rides poorly.

Shows the difference between the city folks and real folks. Folks who think Style is more important that, you know, function.


Monday, January 15, 2018

It occurred to me today:

That the Rev. Martin Luther King would likely be very disappointed in what the Black rights/Civil Rights movement has become, and the general attitudes of black people in general and especially the ends pf the spectrum....powerful and wealthy, and poor and undeducated, have become.

He'd likely be ashamed of the movement and his people today.

And lets not get into what the CULTURE has morphed into.

Yeah, I'm white and yeah, I know the above makes me "Raciss"...but at least I can both pronounce and spell "Racist" correctly.

If this offends you, then you are a part of the problem. 

One would think she'd choose better:

So, in preparation for the move, I was helping my brother on Thursday....and as happens to people who use their hands, I took a chunk out of the edge of one finger with a chisel that slipped. Not a big deal, a bit of blood and a curse and all good. Except this was right at a joint, so despite the fact that I clot quickly, it kept breaking open.

Being as it was a new house, no one living there yet, no bandaids, so a bit of paper toweling and some of his finest Scotch 33 tape (only the good stuff , not Jap Wrap) and I'm not bleeding all over his new floor anymore. We finish that job and move to another.

Later that day, I leave to go to a Dentist appointment.

The dental assistant, a nice young lady, asks what is up with my stylish tape on my hand?

I explained how I got the tape, and why.

"My boyfriend would not be able to keep working if that happened to him, he can't take blood, he'd have to go home" She said. "He'd never just tape it up and keep on working...He's not very tough"

I (probably wisely) refrained from pointing out that she needed to find a more manly boyfriend, (seeing as how she would soon be probing onside my mouth with sharp objects....) Perhaps one with a set of cojones putting some testosterone in his blood.....

But seriously, WTF? Why do women go with, and stay with, such wimpy men? One would think she'd want someone tough enough to deal with a very minor injury, and manly enough to suck it up and keep working.

Perhaps he's "sensitive to her needs" or something?

Why would women, seemingly intelligent, want such a wimp? I thought they'd want tough manly men, not pussified ones.
Or is this the new Millennial womanhood? "I am Woman, hear me squeek."  Mates as weak and soft as they are? Raising children to be as weak as they?


Wow

MLK day is actually being celebrated on.....MLK day! It is, actually his birthday on the day it is celebrated instead of kinda-sorta close to that day.....

Usually it is just whatever Monday is closest so that Government employees and leeches (but I repeat myself) get a three day weekend......Which always seemed to me to weaken the impact and import of the holiday and doesn't really honor the person that the holiday is supposed to honor.

Pick the day, and celebrate it when it actually happens. Or not. But the holiday isn't just another excuse for a three day weekend. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

At 5:30 AM it got real.... Solo time:

That's when I woke up and realized that today was the day that I solo;

First time in a week that I could fly (the eather in NW Indiana isn't always cooperative in winter)
It was cold (-5 F) and calm. Like perfectly calm.

So at 7 AM they unlocked the doors and I preflighted the plane. The last user had overtightened the oil cap, but other than that, the plane was good. (I loosened it using a pair of pliers from my toolbox ...oil level was good).

Then a quick flight check with the Chief Instructor. 2 stalls, some slow flight, an engine out procedure, and a landing...then another landing. First one was flat, second one was a go around (my choice) and then a really smooth landing. Touched down as the stall horn went off, exactly where I wanted.

Taxi back to the barn, turn around, he got out, and I taxied back to the hold short line for 18.

Now it REALLY got real. No one next to me. No safety net.

and I called for departure on 18 on CTAF, and warned everyone:

"Look out above,
Watch out below:
Y'all better be ready,
Here I go. "

and with that, I did my first ever solo takeoff .
Around the pattern....
And landing.

Was OK, the second landing was better than the first, and then a third one which was ok.

Then back to the barn and parked it.

Like most first times, it went too fast...

Maybe video later if I can get it off the camera.

ETA: Can't seem to get any good clips from the GoPro, so none at this time.

And yes, I did transmit that. Figured I'd better warn everyone.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

I'll be damned

Everyone showed up to help with the move. Plus some brought their kids or whatever.

If it is possible to have too much help, today was that situation.

Moving an entire household took LESS than 3 hours.

We spent the rest of the time putting beds and such back together and unpacking shit.


Moving day:

Today is moving day for my brother.

Let us hope that all the 14 people that promised to help actually show up.

2 LARGE trailers, 1 medium. 10 miles.

If everyone shows up, maybe 3 hours. If not....

And I got a phase check tomorrow at 7 AM. If the weather holds, I will fly.

Hope I can walk.... 

Friday, January 12, 2018

So TSA agents are not only bullies and cowards

They are, apparently, also totally STUPID.

Via Wirecutter:

This Sorority Girl Tried To Show Some School Spirit And Accidentally Pissed Off The TSA

Hassled, searched and reprimanded for a hand gesture. 

Hit him

Good point

Joe asks:

"We all know many of you who are now in the throes of vapor swoons over this comment secretly call those Third World shitholes..."shitholes". 
Your outrage is that Trump said it.
No? How many of you are saving up your cash to take a dream vacation to Haiti or El Salvador or Uganda?
That is what I thought."

And right there is the issue. If (and it is unlikely) those folks most outraged have ever been to any of those places referred to as Shitholes (if that is what was said), then they went from an airport to a resort (where it was inexpensive because labor was cheap) and likely never saw any of the country. And I doubt that any of them have ever visited Hati or any other true shithole. 


Odd, that:

Make it worthwhile for a company to stay or return to the US, and they do.....

Fiat Chrysler will move Ram Heavy Duty truck manufacturing back to Michigan from Mexico.

"FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne says the company should adjust its manufacturing footprint to reflect “improvement in the U.S. business environment.”"

MAGA and all that. But, at the end of it all, the economic policies make it worthwhile to bring that production back to the US.

A long time ago I did work for a subcontractor  that made wiring harness testers for Ford. The Ford folks hated the fact that they had production in Mexico....the workers sucked, the plant was shit and they wished they could afford to move the pant back. But they couldn't, due to Clinton policies. Bush didn't fix that, and neither did Clinton.

Economic policy dictates where Big Business (and the small businesses that supply and support them) locate.

Now, look what is happening

AAAAND this is why

Puerto Rico was a shithole even before the hurricane devastated what they had.

And why half the island is still without power.

One wonders, were they planning on selling the supplies and equipment for profit?
(The Governor, of course,  is investigating )

Note that half the powerline workers are (or WERE) waiting on parts and pieces so they can get the job done.

The problem (as we see once again) with Puerto Rico is the Puerto Ricans....and their Government.

Via Elmtree Forge

Thursday, January 11, 2018

CBS can't use the word "Shithole" in their reporting

Seems that the fainting flowers at CBS are afraid to use the word that President TheDonald used to describe some third world countries from which many immigrants are coming.....In particular African countries, El Salvador and Hati. "Shithole"...which adequately and somewhat accurately describes  portions of some of those countries....The thing that gets me is that that is exactly what they mean when they say "Third World" but when they can bias their coverage and (breathlessly) NOT say the word in order to twist what he said....

Note: he was asking WHY we should protect immigration numbers from these countries and not promote immigration from places like Norway....Which to their minds, means "White", rather than "First World".

And why shouldn't we promote immigration from places where people are literate, clean, disease free, skilled and whose values closely approximate those of the US? Why should we "protect" immigration from places where the population hates OUR culture, where diseases are rampant, where there are few (or no) skills, where the immigrants fail to assimilate and dislike and do not want to learn the culture of the US?

The bias of the media becomes ever more plain. 

Thank you Barry

(and the DNC).

I no longer have the same Doctor.

My health insurance cost has gone up by a factor of five:
Yet.....
My deductible has gone from $500 per year to 5 times that.
I no longer have vision insurance.
I have less access to care than I did before your wonderful "Affordable Health Care Act".

I know of NO ONE who is better off now than they were then. No one. Not even the "Poor" people. Even they have lost out in this.

So, from the Heart of my Bottom, I would like to say Thanks, you assholes.


RightSpeak

So when, exactly, are laws upheld?

So if your actions are illegal, but "correct" in the political hysteria climate....and fits the prejudices of the DA.....One can get away with breaking the law.

Durham DA will not pursue Felony charges in toppling of statue

Does this mean that I can start trashing statues of MLK? (No, I wouldn't, even if I could)

(One wonders if RACE had a role to play here? 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

It occurs to me

That Oprah's embracing of the "#MeeToo/TimesUp movement will prevent her from being elected President. Not because she is necessarily anti male, but because of what the #Movement will morph into.

Ultimately, it will become a monster from which nearly every woman (except the man hating Feminists) will distance herself. But by then, it will be too late for Oprah.

We shall see. 

Yup

So, I'm still waiting:

When will there be charges posted against the Federal Prosecutors in the Bundy Trial? Why are they not currently disbarred? (or in proceedings for such?)

How about those FBI who willfully chose to lie under oath? Why aren't they charged? Under suspension as well?

Any supervisors of those agents and prosecutors should have all their Emails subpoenaed to determine if they were aware of the malfeasance....and if they were involved. Did they condone or order the behavior? How about their bosses?

We should be working our way up the chain of management to root out this rot....Gut them if we need to. Ultimately, the agencies need cleansing....That this behavior happened at all, for any reason, shows that.

So much for oaths. So much for "Sworn" officers. So much for the "Fidelity", "Integrity" parts of the FBI motto.
So now we have 2 instances of the FBI lying and subverting investigations. Manufacturing and/or withholding evidence.....failing their oaths.

I have known a fair number of FBI agents. They may have been foolish, uneducated, idiotic, shortsighted and just plain dumb sometimes....But the ones I knew were honest, at least. The New FBI? I cannot say....I do know that whatever they say I will not believe without corroborating evidence. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Here's a hint:

All you assholes who think a tax cut for nearly everyone is a Bad Idea:

Fuck you. If you want more money in the treasury, feel free to write a check.

Feel free to reduce your lifestyle and level of living to the subsistence level.

Then write a check for the difference between your needs and your income.

Make it out to "US Treasury".

Until you do that, shut up.


An....interesting.....viewpoint....

So I had the occasion to talk about the "SWAT" shooting (that I posted about here) with an ex cop.

His take: "Dude didn't obey orders, so the shooting is justified".

I pointed out that dude had no idea what was going on, and WAS ON HIS FRONT PORCH..... that some folks he couldn't identify (maybe) shouted at him from across the street....that he was at least 30 yards (more like 60) away from the cops that had cover.

His take: If a cop tells you to do something, you'd better do it so you don't get shot".

I pointed out that it wasn't like a cop was, you know, on the porch...in uniform, giving the orders.

His response: "I don't know, I haven't seen the video".

I then asked, if he hadn't seen the video, how could he judge?

"Doesn't matter, it just matters what the cop on the scene thought. If he thought the dude was a threat, then the shooting was justified."

I pretty much pulled back from the conversation at that point, 'cause it wasn't gonna go anywhere.....

His parting shot? "If you see a cop at 2 am in your bedroom, you'd better do what he says or you could get shot....and that is justified too."

I refrained from pointing out that ANYONE in my bedroom uninvited at 2 AM is probably also gonna get shot...I also refrained from asking him who he, or any cop, was that they thought they were justified in giving me orders?

But if cops really think this way, or even a significant fraction (by "significant", I mean like more than 2%)  of them do, how can we be safe around them? If all they need to be "justified" (at least in their minds) to use deadly force is that they think anyone is a threat, then how can we let them interact with the rest of us? I, as a concealed carry holder have much more stringent rules than that for using deadly force, shouldn't the "trained professionals" have at least as stringent rules of engagement?

More importantly, should we allow officers with that mindset to, you know, police the rest of us?