Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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?




Monday, January 8, 2018

Have ya noticed????

How there are lots of articles lately trying to whitewash the past actions of the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (and explosives now too)) and how now they are unable to do their (self defined) job because they are terribly underfunded and all?

Someone who wasn't paying attention might think that the ATF has some pull with some folks in the Media and is trying to keep the agency from disappearing altogether or something...or at least gain funding.


'Bout time:

Cliven Bundy walks free as federal judge dismisses Bundy Ranch standoff case

I never did see what they though he had done wrong, except defy the Feds.

Now, when will we see charges against the Federal lawyers for Malfeasance and Prosecutorial Misconduct?

(And then those Federal officers who threatened all those protesters with firearms?)


Sunday, January 7, 2018

You'd never be able

to sleep, nor would you ever not have to have your head on a swivel.

I'd find a way to finish you. And it wouldn't be quick,

Man wrongly taken into custody, forced to take antipsychotic drugs, attorney says

Found at Elmtree Forge


I've known some this tough

And yes, you'd better believe that they were nobody to mess with.

Some little old ladies are just that kind of bad-ass even when they are old.

Nearly 100 year old woman huntress bags a deer. She turns 100 on Tuesday.




420??

Joe is absolutely right.

If the Feds wanna say they can regulate pot, then why don't they regulate the sales (and availability) of booze? Why can i buy it here in Indiana in a bar, but not in a package store on Sunday? Hows come I can buy it in Illinois on a Sunday but not in Indiana? How about county to county in Kaintuky? Some places you can buy it, some places you can't. States rights mean something.

The way I see it, the Feds can prevent inter-state commerce, but not in-state commerce. This is, again, a States Rights issue.

And, as stated in the linked commentary, the best way for the GOP type folks to retain power is to let this go....to allow the STATES to make their choice.

But, realize that one cannot have the Feds stay out of pot and booze, and yet require Federal reciprocal carry rights.  Pick one way or the other.



He's got a point:

If you don’t feel the need to carry a gun because you believe the government will keep you safe, why do you care if I or anyone else decides to Carry a gun? If anyone tries to harm you, the government will stop it right? 🤷🏾‍♂️ Where Is your faith in government?

Colion Noir @MrColionNoir

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Seen on Facebook:

It is rumored that it is so cold in Massachusetts that Elizabeth Warren now claims to be an Eskimo. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

And why didn't we hear about this "investigation" during the election:

Who ordered the investigation stopped? Why?

The FBI has been investigating the Clinton Foundation for months, reviving a probe that was dialed back during the 2016 campaign amid tensions between Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents about the politically charged case, according to people familiar with the matter.

Why did they stop investigating "dial back" during the presidential campaign?

Why are we only now hearing about this investigation, rather than during the campaign?
One wonders why it was stopped...Did the FBI think the case about the classified emails/Unsecured server would put her away (It should have, she WAS guilty, and folks have gone to prison for lesser failures with classified info)??? Or did someone...say a guy with big ears who lives in a pale house near a swamp, order Comey and his minions to stop? Perhaps it happened after another "chance meeting" with Loretta Lynch or something. One wonders what leverage the Clintons had over the higher ups in the Justice department.....Were they afraid of being "Fostered"? I cannot find any other reason as to why they would have stopped it.

I still want to know where the press was regarding this investigation before the election, and who ordered them to keep it quiet.

And I want to know why the FBI agents kept it quiet too? They talk about every other investigation, why keep mum on this one?


Weather is screwing with me...But I am getting there nonetheless.

So I was supposed to fly Wednesday. Nope. snow squalls all day, bad viz. So, no flying. It was, of course, clear and nice at my house, 9 miles away....

Same same today. Clear and sunny at my home, viz in excess of 10 miles, unlimited ceiling. But to the east, Lake Effect snow. Viz 1/2 to 3/4, ceiling at 1700. So no flaying at 10 AM.

So I cancelled flying at 10. At 3 pm, it was awesome clear and smooth and no clouds or haze. I went up and did stalls and steep turns and slow flight and then some some landings. Winds 310 at 12 gusting 22.... So runway 27. First approach, wind gust picked me up a quarter mile off the end of the runway. I chose to go around, even though I could have used some more of the 7000 foot runway to set down. Trying to learn to make good decisions.

Second landing was a bit flat, but not too bad. The wind dropped me at the last minute, but I was correcting for it and was prepared for it. I'm actually not having to THINK about it, I am just doing the corrections.

3rd landing was just about perfect.
4th was perhaps the best I've ever done. Just touched on the upwind wheel and then the downwind. If you'd had a cup of coffee it wouldn't have spilled. Didn't even squawk the tires, just a rumble to show I was down.

5th was smooth, but not as smooth as the 4th one.


Taxi back and call it good.
0.9 for the day.

I did learn how much fun a snow covered taxiway can be though.


Gonna do it again today. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Not ready for prime time.

So all these folks pushing for electric cars: You know, Coal powered cars.

I actually took the time to look at electric cars: Not the expensive Teslas, but the Leafs and the Bolts and the Mitsubishi IMiEV (I tried to get some specs on the Fords, but their web pages either won't load or go to an error page...I finally gave up, so I can't comment on them).

I thought , Hey, much (90+%) of the time we go less than a hundred miles in a day, total, so why not check them out? Might save us a bit of cash, fuel wise, and we'd still have the other car for those longer trips......And the truck to carry anything heavy, long or large.

Ultimately, it comes to this: One can get a small (very small) car for about $30,000 after incentives....government rebates, power company rebates, etc. About $10K off the actual price. One with not a whole lot of features...(the features are available, but at a higher cost...like $5-$7 K more). Less room than most cars, even less cargo capacity. Performance that is not bad, but not great. Of course, the Bolt has a backup camera washer jet that is kinda cool, but not enough to offset the other negatives....

Charge time is more than overnight for most cars from full to empty; at least 6 hours for a half full battery, which only gives you about 100 miles range, tops.

So one gets a smaller car, with less performance, long refuel times, at a cost that is about 25% higher than an equivalent (or even nicer) gasoline fueled car....And a gas or diesel car can be refueled to full 250+ mile range in 10 minutes or so...

And in addition to that inconvenience, one must drive the car for about 45,000 miles to make up the difference in cost....yep, 45,000 miles to break even cost wise. And that isn't figuring any resale value (which seems to be much less for full electric cars). And that isn't counting the cost of the home charger and installation, either, nor the cost of the actual electricity to charge the car.

So:

More money, less car, less range, less convenience, for no monetary savings for at least 4 years for the average person (12K miles per year)...Not counting depreciation and resale losses.

Why should we buy these cars the "green" folks want us to? Less (much less), for more money?

And they are still coal powered cars! Somehow their CO2 savings calculations never take that into account. most of your electrical power still comes from burning a hydrocarbon of some kind....


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Thinking out loud here:

Now, up front, I gotta say that I know, and have known, a lot of cops who were and/or are good people, decent police officers and good examples of what a cop should be. This is not directed towards them nor those who are like them.....although, they do allow the bad ones to wear the same uniforms, so I can't tell them apart.......And in most incidents, I have been inclined to give cops the benefit of the doubt when it comes to second guessing their actions....

But......


What would happen, if each time a cop shot an innocent......and got away with it.....I'm not meaning where there is any way to give the cop the benefit of the doubt, but like the last two incidences I posted where a cop shot a man for doing nothing....where the cops were so concerned about their safety that they couldn't use a reasonable set of tactics to secure the person ....

What if....?

What if people of the family of the person slain by the cops were to exact revenge?....Say my brother is shot in a similar incident...... Say he was the dude on the porch in the last SWATting incident....and say the cop(s) get clean away with it in a hearing because they claim it was a "furtive movement" or  "appeared to reach for the waist" or somesuch....
And then, say, I were to resolve the issue by revenging my brother's death (Not saying I would, and not suggesting that people should either) ...from up close on the street, or from 600 or more yards away. (I have the skills for either method of revenge, and enough ways to probably prevent incarceration, should it come to that....as do many of my acquaintances).
If enough of us started doing that: taking cops who killed innocents from the gene pool entirely or at least out of circulation............would the cops start thinking twice if they got got put in prison by the courts or if the rest of us started taking them out? (In the olden days, apparently,  one could hire such work out, if one knew the right people....) Would the cops begin spending a few moments deciding to actually do their jobs rather than shoot first so that all cops get to "go home safe" at night? (even though being a cop isn't in the top 20 of dangerous professions, BTW....and "Going Home Safe" isn't a part of their job description)You really should read the article at that link. Or would these folks who took the job as a cop because they thought it would be easy and would give them power over their fellow citizens find another profession?

Seriously: how do we ENcourage good behavior and DIScourage the referenced bad behavior.....
Wwhat happened to cops I knew when I was growing up that weren't so pants pissing afraid of everyone that they just shot people instead of, you know, doing their jobs?? Why aren't those "GOOD" cops doing something to get these deadly dangerous cops out of their departments?

If cops get to shoot people because they are afraid of them, next time a cop makes an intimidating or threatening movement near me, do I get to shoot him or her preemptively?




The forecast was wrong

It were actually -14 F last night.

Which is, really, a pretty significant amount of error.