Wednesday, September 20, 2017

1.4 more

Fog this AM, but it burned off by 9, so I showed up at quarter to 10 and preflighted the 172. When my instructor showed at 5 'til, we had a short instruction period and then we took off on Runway 18 and flew south.

More stalls, (the 172 is harder to stall than the 150 and better behaved when it does) both power off and power on, then S-turns, which were kinda hard to do because the wind was variable and gusting. I got it right at the end, but the wind was causing me issues for most of the turns.

One approach with a go around and then one landing. I still need more practice taxiing.

I am, however, getting more comfortable and some stuff, like holding altitude and heading is easier and more automatic now. Less thinking, as it were.

I think I am getting this, if slowly. 

Yup



That pretty much covers it.

Now go forth and do better in the next election(s).

And please, stop giving Hillary any credence.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SO who benefits?

Chicago (thank GOD I don't live there, but I do get their TV and radio) has a Beverage Tax. Something like a penny per ounce of sweetened soda...or sports drink. Or Tea. Or any beverage that uses sweetener.

The tax was sold as a way to reduce obesity. But now that folks are bitching complaining about their increased soda cost to their local Councilpersonages demanding a repeal of the tax,  there is a concerted push to convince folks that the hotfoot they are getting is, after all, in their best interest....all "paid for by none other than Michael Bloomberg". Which I find odd, 'cause he isn't (AFAICT) a part of the Chicago Political Machine....and he is spending HUGE money buying ad time on radio, TV Newspapers, billboards, etc.

What is he getting out of it. Where is his payoff payback? He's investing tens of millions, and I doubt that is is just because he really thinks that the tax will really prevent heart disease, kidney disease, obesity, diabetes and halitosis.

Is this just Social Engineering? I mean, the Cook County politicians never met a tax they didn't like, and they need the money so they can keep lining the pockets of their friends and relatives the City from going broke.....Without it, they will have to lay off something like 1 in 5 useless workers...All of whom vote.

But how/where does Michael Bloomberg come to this party?

So what does she wear?


I mean, if cotton causes her to freak out, does she only wear artificial fibers?

Or does she wear jeans? T-shirts. Does she sleep only on bamboo sheets. Rayon? Nylon? Does she wear blouses and shirts made from any natural fiber like linen?
'Cause linen and cotton were picked by slaves...In her world cotton is offensive, and I am sure linen would be too if she knew what it looked like.
How about leather shoes and belts and jackets? Slaves raised cattle too.

So,  again, is she wearing and using only rayon, nylon and polyester?

Or is it only cotton.... 'cause she was raised and educated that slaves picked cotton....and she is trying so desperately to find something to be offended by?

At some point someone needs to just bitch-slap these folks.

Monday, September 18, 2017

1.4 and stalls

Stalls are FUN! Easy too.

No landing yet, but did several smoother descents and one approach.

I'm getting much smoother with the controls and some things are becoming automatic. Seems as if my workload is decreasing.

Starting to really like this.

ETA: Oh, and I made my first radio call on Unicom today.


Odd, that

So in St Louis there are protests over the acquittal of a police officer for shooting a black dude. Now, the community waited since 2011 for "justice". It does appear that there was evidence planting and some other shennanigans. But Anthony Smith was no angel either, so there is room for doubt both ways, really.

The protests there,  as protests do, turned violent. Yet the organizers claim that THEY are peaceful and that the violence was perpetrated by “a group of agitators"....And the media is pushing this story.

Of course, when it was right leaning protestors, the entire group was castigated for violence, even though it also was blamed on an outside group of agitators....but that was given no credence by the left leaning media.


Hmmmm

So my oak and walnut trees are CARPETING my lawn with nuts. I mean, so many acorns that it is sometimes difficult to walk, like walking on marbles in the grass.

According to the old men, those who (supposedly) have forgotten more that I know, this presages a very cold winter. Which makes sense since the previous winter was unusually warm. (or last year was just a surge of glowbal warmenizing. (although we didn't set any records that year)).  This fits with what my Dad's Dad always told me prior to his passing. (and the older I get, the smarter he seems)

Nature finds balance,  I think this gonna be a really cold winter. And I think that the deer and the skwirelz and the other forest denizens will need those acorns and walnuts hidden in the snow.

You heard it here first. Plan accordingly. Or not. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

"Tired of your shit there, son"

So Grandpa gets tired of having a standoff at his house: He gets a ladder and climbs up and pushes the dude causing the standoff off the roof.

One wonders why the cops couldn't have climbed the same ladder or gotten one from the fire department and simply done the same? Or arrested the dude on the roof?


Didja ever notice:

That, when a Leftist is losing the argument in a conversation regarding immigration, crime rates, poverty, or racial quotas in workforce, or other stuff where race is a factor..

That they ALWAYS fall back to calling the other side a "Racist".....even when it is obviously not true? (sometimes directly and sometimes in thinly veiled hints that shows their cowardice)

I mean, if you disagree that illegal immigrants should be allowed to come over the border any time choose and that they should immediately get Free Shit like welfare, food stamps, ObamaCare and other state benefits.....You must be a racist....Even if you are hispanic in heritage.
If you think the Wall is  a flawed, but acceptable part of the counter to illegal immigration, not perfect, but indeed, a part of the overall solution....then you Must also be a racist.

If you point out that in (most)larger cities (and many smaller ones), crime is nearly 80% black crime (much of it black on black), yet there are only 22% blacks in the population and tossing large amounts of (government) money at the problem doesn't seem to help and hasn't for 50 years... you are a racist.

If you think that Affirmative Action demeans black people because it says that they are somehow lesser, and cannot compete on their own merits, then you are, somehow, a racist.

If you point out that a black person (and to a lesser extent, a hispanic person) with an education, who speaks decent english, and who doesn't have (much of) a criminal record can go VERY far in life......who will have opportunities that white folks would not, merely based on the color of their skin....Then you are a racist...because it is unfair to expect those folks to not have records or speak decent english....or get an education.

If you point out that NO ONE in your ancestry has ever owned a slave, yet you are being blamed for slavery, that marks you as a racist.

And the folks, the leftist, the ones that brand you a racist, are (generally) white. Yet they don't apply those same criteria to themselves, nor the folks who talk like, and vote like them. Sadly, this overuse of "Racist" waters down the epithet that it once was, and when it is used against REAL racists, no one even bothers to care.

At least it makes it easy to tell when they are losing the  argument and got nothing else.


Izzit me?

Or is the news Media showing all the crowds protesting in St Louis composed of mostly white girls and a few white men with a smattering of black faces? Chicago media was nearly exclusively videos like this.

Murphy said the same thing about protests in New Orleans.

Not saying the protests aren't for a good cause...(Maybe they are, and maybe they aren't there is doubt either way, but the folks killed by police weren't choirboys) but you'd think, since it is Black Lives Matter, that there would be a majority of black folks instead of young white girls....

Friday, September 15, 2017

add 1.4

to my logbook. This time in a C150.

Oddly, I had issues taxiing this time. I found the 150 hard to steer. Maybe 'cause it is a higher time airframe and  a bit worn. I dunno.

My takeoff was good, even with a LOT less power to climb with. My climb out was good.  I got straight and level down. Turns, (level,climbing and descending) were OK. I got the concept, now I just need practice.

Pracicing descents was ok. it was windy, and I fought the changing wind a bit.

Landing? Nope. I got behind as we descended and was chasing the damned thing. Ended up giving up and going around and letting my instructor do the landing. He bounced. Twice. The gusts were straight out of 180, but they were on and off. I didn't feel too bad that I had to go around.

Monday is 30% chance of precipitation, so maybe I will and maybe I won't. We shall see. 

interstellar Kamikaze




Likely, as you read this, the Cassini probe is beginning (or, has ended, depending) it's final portion of its mission, diving into  the atmosphere of Saturn.

Just shy of 20 years....and everything (mostly) still works. Pretty good engineering for a VERY harsh environment.

And, despite the protests, it hasn't polluted the earth with Plutonium 238.

Instead, it has increased our knowledge about our solar system immensely.










Thursday, September 14, 2017

And again

Fog, this time.....


and there were no afternoon slots available for aircraft. Except the Baron, and I am not ready for dual.

The Forecast for tomorrow is much better. So there is that.


Liberal women have issues

Probably because of lack of a Daddy.

"Help, I can't stop hooking up with Trump Supporters!"

Perhaps she should stop hooking up so much? I mean, yeah, she can do what she wants, and I am all for women of questionable virtue and all....But damn, this one has issues. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

1.1 Hours

Of heavier than air flight.


Yep, I started private pilot school yesterday.

I got a lot of work to do. Lots of things to learn. And unlearn.

Turns were ok.... for some reason a coordinated turn is easy for me. Straight and level, I have issues. I tend to climb slightly.

But hey, one hour and 6 minutes. Lots more to do.

It was fun. And I learned a fair bit.

I wasn't the great car driver I am today the first time I tried that, either.

Thanks to StinsonGal and Aaron and others who inspired me to get off my ass and do this.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Question:

I know it is racist and all;

And maybe it is just media bias in that they only show the one kind and all.

But in all the hurricane aftermath coverage, it appears that there are no Asian looters. No Hispanic looters. No White looters.

Odd that.

How come only the Black folks get their portion of  "15 minutes of fame"?

I think it is terrible that they won't show all the other looters in Florida. Those folks deserve their fame too.


16

Today is the 16th anniversary.
Yep, 16 years.

I haven't forgotten.

Have you?

How many folks that you know HAVE forgotten?
How many think we still are not at war?  Think that the folks high in the culture of and governments of counties where the state is Islam still want us all dead because we are "unbelievers"? Still think that the fundamentalists still don't want our country to be a part of their Caliphate?
How many still think that most Muslims are moderate? That they don't want to colonize the US? To bring Sharia law to this country?

Sadly, many folks that I know all think that we aren't at war, that the Caliphate is a myth.....That most Muslims are moderate. That Sharia law can coexist with our laws. That one can be a good, practicing Muslim and still obey the laws of the United States.  That our Constitution can coexist with Islam.

It just isn't so. And I know many Muslims, some of whom ARE moderate. Nice folks. Decent people (by their own lights)....But they are Muslims first, Americans second. Their values are NOT ours. And if you are an unbeliever, then they have NO regard for you....Period.

And remember, it isn't Bhuddist monks who do suicide attacks. It isn't (generally) Irish terrorists who target children to blow them up. It isn't Basque separatists that explode themselves in crowded markets. It isn't Hindus who drive car bombs full of propane and gasoline into stores full of innocents. It isn't Black Lives Matter folks who use their grievances to destroy themselves while taking tens or hundreds with them. It isn't South Africans Christian that make pressure cooker bombs and plant them in crowds... 'tis only those touched by the stain of Islam.









Sunday, September 10, 2017

Can you help?

Got a few bucks you can spare? One of our own is hurtin'. Harvey did him a bad one.

Read HERE.

Not a fan of GoFundMe. But if that is your way, his account is HERE.

Soon as he sends me an address, he's gettin' a check from me.

If you can, toss a few bucks his way.


ETA 7:06. My check is, literally, in the mailbox at this time. 

But I don't see the minefield....

Before you donate

To the Red Cross.......You might, perhaps. maybe, just possibly want to read this:

Houston city councilman begs people not to donate to Red Cross.

(Not a surprise to anyone who bothers to do some research, but just in case you haven't bothered....)


Saturday, September 9, 2017

It is interesting

How the Liberals like to re-write history. And how they fight when losing an argument.

The Democrats were always for black people. Always.
In fact, it isn't true. The Dems were for Whites and accused the Republicans of being led by and dominated by blacks....even as late as 1970.

But the current meme is that the Dems are the champions of blacks and all Republicans are racist. And it seems that most of their believers actually believe it, despite the historical record.
Of course, the opposite is true. But the media lets the Democratic meme play loudly and often. Especially when the Republican just wants to cut off freebies for lazy folks who simply take advantage of the system.

And when you point the truth out to (some) Liberals, they try to twist what you say, and eventually retreat to "Racist!" even when evidence would show otherwise. But accusing someone of being racist is the last "defense" of a liberal when they know they are losing.




I think I see part of the problem:

Was talking the other day with a middle aged white guy. He couldn't wait to discuss the ills of the world while we waited.

I was ok with that, until I figured out that he had opinions about things that he had no experience on.

He'd never worked at a professional job. But he had an opinion on how that should work. How folks should be treated, how the corporate world should work, and how folks who made more money that him should be taxed.

He'd (obviously) never met anyone of a different race or economic class  (except in passing), and seemed to think that Hispanics were nice folks who were great gardeners, Asians were nice folks period, and Black people were all like the folks he saw on TV commercials. And he had an opinion how to help em all, even though he didn't actually, you know, KNOW anyone of another color or economic class.


Friday, September 8, 2017

This Just In:

Tell all your liberal neighbors:


There is gonna be an announcement by Ivana Trump (His First Wife) about her proof of High Crimes by Trump. She claims it will be enough for impeachment.

She's gonna spill it all on the waterfront in Miami. On Sunday. Anyone there gets TWO votes next election. Busses are standing by. 

Please note: Conservatives are NOT invited. 

That is all.


ETA: More like that (and better executed) here


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

So the Left says:

That we cannot punish those DACA children because of something their Parents did years ago...

OK.

But then why are whites being punished for something that happened GENERATIONS ago.....

Slavery.
Jim Crow.

Please, enlighten me.

So...

If you get trapped by, have your household possessions damaged by flooding from, or are killed by the effects of hurricane Irma, I have absolutely zero sympathy.

Projections now put Irma as travelling essentially straight through the center of Florida. If you are in that cone of possible paths, you have at least 4 days to prepare.

And, of course, leave the areas.

And if you have a decent hurricane shelter and haven't prepared yet, well, I don't feel too bad if you have to pay extra for water and other supplies if you are panic buying.

But I am a cruel, heartless, mean, prepping conservative, so take that into account.




Tuesday, September 5, 2017

'Tis interesting:

A whole bunch of Leftists claim that Breitbart isn't a good source for news.....But that the Washington Post and the New York (Or LA) Times is....

Odd, that.

I'll donate

To HIS Legal Defense Fund.

Sadly, I can't find one.


What would you do if you were attacked by a mob of Antifa Leftists?  (I'd likely try not to be there, but if and when, then what? )

ETA: Here is a donation page. (you'll have to select the right category...."Mike Strickland Donation")

Lessons not learned

Or, maybe, a significant portion of our population is just plain STUPID. I dunno. It happens every time there is a hurricane, or, in the northern states, every time there is a call for a winter storm (except up north, it is food rather than water, so everyone buys french toast fixin's)


So, despite YEARS of experience as to what happens when a hurricane hits a major US population center....and even more experience as to the needed supplies and what comes to be in short supply immediately before a hurricane, folks in Florida are just now deciding to ramp up their hurricane preps......and running into supply chain issues.

Seems that water is nearly nonexistent. Same same no prep/low prep foods. Same batteries and diapers. And gasoline (although the gasoline issue is exacerbated somewhat by the hurricane Harvey caused shutdown of some of the refineries that supply the South, so I'll give 'em a pass on that, sorta)

How friggin' hard is it to have a gallon of water per person per day for say 5 days in preps? I mean, lets say a family of five. That is 25 gallons of water to be stored. Yes, I get that it is bulky and heavy, but to have it can, literally, be a lifesaver. It isn't like it needs any more storage care than a brick, short term, so why doesn't everyone in an area where hurricanes are common have some water stored?

Food, also. Really canned/freeze dried/MRE etc is about as stable as lumber is for storage. Keep it dry and, in the short term (like 2+ years) the food is good and safe to eat, if not tasty.

I'm not talking long term preps like some of us have, but simple short term preps for a natural disaster. It isn't hard to get a few 5 gallon cans and rotate them every 3-6 months to keep your gas fresh. I do it, and trust me, if there is a lazier man than me, I haven't found one...

Or do these multitudes think that it is the responsibility of the "government" or "FEMA" to save their asses? Supply them with Food and Water in the immediate aftermath of a hurricane, where there is no power, few (if any) passable roads, and the first responders themselves may need help? Or do they fail to realize that they have many fellow citizens who think like them, all of whom will choose, at the last minute, to "stock up" just in case?