Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New year

May 2014 bring you happiness, prosperity, freedoms, and satisfaction. 


Monday, December 30, 2013

White Privilege

(for which I will no doubt be called (yet again) a racist....so be it)




So there is a lot of talk lately about "white privilege....You know, that supposed advantage that some of us have because we are white (Caucasian), as opposed to brown (Hispanic) or black (Negro) in ancestry.

I guess it is true. Many of the people I see who are successful have been white. However, many other successful people aren't white.

Some of those people who aren't white overcame a lot of prejudices to succeed, obstacles that I did not have. But they also didn't make excuses for their failures, but capitalized on their successes. Some used all of the benefits that a guilty feeling society gave them over whites..."set asides", "quotas", low interest loans to start a business, etc. But they succeeded because of who they were. Are there barriers to success if you are a "minority"? Perhaps. There are also positives to that, however...In many cases a "minority" will get preferences that a "white" person will not. But some people, somehow, succeed despite all of the barriers to success, be they white black, or brown.

Most of the successful people did have the same advantage that I had: A family that imbued them with a work ethic, that taught them how to behave in society.....They are polite, respectful of others, they can speak English, they graduated high school..... they didn't become a parent at 17....They didn't get arrested for drug possession as a teenager.....they weren't running with a bad crowd at 16. Didn't grow up in a culture dominated by thugs-like men and whore-like women as heroes and role models. Learned to see beyond the immediate, and to look to the future and plan for it.

And that, my friends, is where the "white privilege" is..... It is being raised by a decent set of parents...not one who is absent, or in prison.....Knowing who your father is, where he is, and having him as a part of your life....to guide them and to teach them how to be a successful part of society.

Now, I guess that being white helps, as white people tend to have families moreso than blacks and hispanics. For that, you can blame the white liberals in the 60's and 70's for deciding that black people (and eventually Hispanics) were unable to take care of themselves, and therefore the State had to do so....even if it meant that in doing so, it would destroy the culture that was, if repressed, quite successful and decent.

And, sadly, having damaged the Black culture and societal structure, and then the Hispanic family structure and society, they have been working at the White society for the past 10 years.  And they are succeeding there as well.

But realize: success is not a black/white/Hispanic thing. It is a culture thing....with its roots based in FAMILY. And PARENTING. Learning t be successful in our society means learning a set of rules of behavior....

There are many people out there, black, white, and hispanic who are never going to be successful because they don't know how to succeed and likely never will learn...their families never taught them how to. There are many others whose FAMILY has taught/is teaching them to succeed, at least in some measure, because they have class, and a culture of success, not of blaming others for their failure. But the first group will fail to succeed... Because our government and the liberal do-gooders taught their parents (or grandparents) it was easier to let the State feed and clothe and house you, and in doing so destroy the societal structure that enables success, so there is no culture of success to pass to their children. They don't know how!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

These people are sheep

Standing in line to register guns that are "bad" because of cosmetic features. 

Not yet banned, but "we need to know where they are" so that they won't be used to ....?

Lining up to tell the State which houses to come to when confiscation (inevitably) happens.

Me? I'd bury 'em until I could move out of state. Or give them to an out of state friend for safekeeping until I could move.

I'd not stand in line to make myself a target of State investigations...

Sheeple.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Got cash?

If you don't, then think of this:

Chase customers who shopped at Target had their accounts limited  to $100 cash withdrawals from ATM's and $300 purchases until they went to a Chase location and got new cards issued to them.

Now, to begin with, if you use  a debit card that is linked to your main checking account for daily purchases then you are an idiot. Better to either use a secondary account for debit card purchases and transfer money into that account when needed, or better yet, use credit cards for purchases and pay the bills monthly. Ideally, you should have more than one credit card. If someone gets your credit card account number and maxes out your card, at worst you use another form of payment until the card is re-issued and your account is credited. Not so if they get your ATM card information and cleans out your checking account.....Yeah, you'll get your money back eventually (maybe), but it will take a while, and what do you purchase gas for your car and food for your family with in the meantime? What do you pay your mortgage payment (or rent) with while the system works it's way to getting you your money back?

And you should have a stash of cash available for times when you cannot access your account. At least two weeks worth of normal spending.... because, at a whim, the banks or the feds can cut your account off....Credit cards too.

Think I am kidding? Chase did it to their customers with no notice when they limited folks after the Target data breach. At a whim, they changed the rules, limiting the amount of money...money OWNED BY THEIR DEPOSITORS...that could be spent until new cards could be issued.

Now, I understand that Chase had to make a hard decision here. Their potential liability was HUGE. Someone got into Target's computers and had card numbers, magnetic stripe info, and PIN numbers....info that could allow them to duplicate cards and make "legitimate" withdrawals and purchases....money that Chase would eventually have to replace when it was proven that those were  fraudulent purchases. I don't blame them for making the decision that they did.

But what if the Feds chose to do that? Or if Chase (or YOUR) financial institution chose to cut you off entirely?

They can do that, you know. All it takes is a judge's signature...or a vindictive IRS agent. Or a bank that is in financial trouble.

Have a stash. And use credit cards rather than debit cards. Or at least use a card that isn't linked to your main checking account.

Me, I use credit cards. Easier and more convenient.  And I have a stash as part of my SHTF plan.

You should too.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

2 different versions of reality?

Go read this article. Apparently the author is from some semi-parallel universe.

Take the time to red the comments. about 1/3 of the commenters only know the talking points put out by the DNC folks denigrating the Tea Party. Some of them think that it is a right for the "Government" to take from the "rich" and transfer that wealth to the poor. That people have a right to health care and to free shit especially if they are black or brown....and it is ok to take that from others who have worked for it.

It would seem that there are two versions of reality at play here....the one that I see, wherein the Tea Party folks care mostly about the spiraling increases in the deficit and want to see that cut back, and the other viewpoint, which is that we must give people whatever they cry for at someone else's expense.

The fact that some people protest increased government growth (and spending) must make us racist because that spending is apparently primarily given to black and brown people (which I doubt).

The point is that I am somewhat scared not only because the author is apparently living in a somewhat distorted view of what I see as reality but also because more than 1/3 of the commenters seem to see the world in much the same way as she does.

Scary

Santa was delayed

Next time, you fools, don't wait until the last friggin' minute to order. There could be delays in shipping

Sorry little Tommy and young Suzy, Mommy and Daddy were too busy to order your gift until the last minute and you didn't get your dolly or your Blaster for Christmas.

I am trying to find some empathy for these folks, but really, the Christmas Holiday has been scheduled for several hundred years and if you didn't realize until the last moment that you had to buy presents for your loved ones until 2 days before, well, that is a reflection upon you.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Good Deed indeed

Didn't know this, and of course, the media doesn't bother to tell us because they have a bias.

But luckily we have the internet to tell us about it.

I know where I am going to be buying my wreaths from this point on.

Worth reading. 


On the other hand: THIS IS CRAP.

Cultures:

Respect.


There is a muslim family that runs a convenience store where I buy lottery tickets and smokes every Mon/Wed/Fri.

I think they are Palestinian, or at least the father was 30 years ago when he came to the US. He and his sons are now quite Americanized, still holding onto their culture, but yet very western in their views.

And both the father and one of his sons surprised me yesterday by warmly wishing me a "Merry Christmas". (Not "Happy Holidays")

I was surprised. "But you are Muslim" I said.

"Yep. We are. But you, my friend, are Christian" came the reply..."So, Merry Christmas".

I was, frankly, touched. Nice people there.

Hey

Amidst the gift giving, the food, the drinks, the laughter and the over-indulgence and excesses....


Please, remember what the day of Christmas is celebrating.

It isn't a commercial holiday, nor is is a mid winter festival (although many would change it to be one).

It is a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of the Christ child.

And nothing can change that.

And while you are enjoying your cup of Christmas Cheer with your friends or family, take a moment to think about all those who cannot be with their family...your soldiers overseas, the policemen and firemen who are standing guard for you at home, and the other workers doing their jobs so you can enjoy your Christmas celebrations in warmth and  comfort and peace.


Beauty

Footprints in the snow

Here.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Traditions:

Normally, my family gets together on Christmas Eve and has a dinner, then we do Christmas Morning for the breakfast and then a gift exchange, followed by a sybaritic meal. If people are unable to make it on Christmas Eve or Christmas day, we make it up later in the year or early January

This year, we did the gift exchange a few days early....It was good to see my brother and all, but it was odd.

And this year, there will be no gathering on Christmas Day.

But we did have a gathering and a meal on Christmas Eve, And the fellowship was good....and warming, and fulfilling and helps regenerate my sense of belonging.

Traditions, even fractured ones, are good.

Monday, December 23, 2013

No, you are lucky I didn't shoot YOU, asshole.

"You're lucky I didn't fucking shoot you".

See, this is an example of cops with the wrong attitude.

He fails to realize that HE was the one in the wrong. He was the one trespassing.

Hope this never happens at my house. I'd not open the door unarmed (probably wouldn't open the door at all, but rather call 911 and let the police come and investigate the trespassing police), but if I did....likely for one of us the ending wouldn't be good.

Mikhaik Kalashnikov has passed

94 years old.

I own several examples of his design.

"I invented it for the protection of the Motherland. I have no regrets and bear no responsibility for how politicians have used it,"

Indeed.

via: Freeholder

Elves, who kew?

And I thought we had it difficult building what with wetlands and Snail Darters and spotted owls and such...

Seems that in Iceland, there are issues with elf habitat.


Interesting observation:

In a conversation I overheard:

#1 "I am really getting tired of Obama"

#2 "yeah, I know what you mean"

#1 "We should invite him to visit Dallas"

I passed an entire drink through my nose

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

An interesting point:

It was said today at lunch that the militant homosexuals have the same playbook as the militant Islamics:

     Fight any slander or possible percieved slander by attacking anyone who disagrees with you.

     Then attack the people who associate with them.

     Scream loudly about persecution and being damaged by words and cultures which disagree with  
     your viewpoint.

     Complain about a lack of willingness to understand and intolerance, while displaying same to all
     the world to see.


     Get a lot of time on the media because you are screaming louder than anyone else.

So far, it seems to work for both the gays and the Islamics.

Of course, the media helps 'em both by giving them a platform.



A note:

If you want to protest the whole A&E kefluffle about Robertson's comments by buying some of his families products, be aware:

"Duck Dynasty" is a brand owned by A&E, and all profits from the sale of "Duck Dynasty" merchandise goes to A&E, not the Robersons.

"Duck Commander", on other hand, is a brand owned by the Robertson family, and A&E sees nothing from sales of "Dcuck Commander" brand items.

It's a free country, and you can buy whatever you wish, but protesting by buying Duck Dynasty items is an exercise in failure.


Truth

You can find it here. This is true of over 90% of the drivers in the US.

Via


Friday, December 20, 2013

On Ducks:

Why is it that less than 2% of our population gets so much attention from the media when they raise their voices in disapproval?

And why is it that they expect everyone to accept their views, but fail to accept any one else's when there is disagreement with their views??

If people who disagreed with the homosexual lifestyle were half as vocal and vehement in their objections as the gay folks then they (the gays) would be in hiding again.

I actually don't care one way or another, except for the inconsistency


One upmanship:

nothing like Badasses trying to one up each other.




Take that Van Damme!

(for the real (and impressive) split done in real life, not CGI, go HERE and start at about 4:05)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I wonder what the story is behind this:




Stolen from Voices in My Head

I think it is testing to see how much they can get away with

'Cause this keeps happening. 

As far as I can tell, the feds are either hiring totally incompetent people to run these checkpoints or they are testing to see how many people can be herded sheeplike into giving DNA sample and even blood samples because the "checkpoint" is manned by people dressed like and acting like policement, and because "real" police are directing traffic.

Yes, I am sure that they told each and every person diverted into the checkpoint that the stop and subsequent sampling was "voluntary". I bet that there were signs and such making sure that everyone knew that there was no issue of you refused....

Is it? Are most people going to think it is voluntary when a person wearing a uniform asks you in an intimidating manner to open your mouth and takes a cheek swab? Or in a stern manner tells you that they are going to take a blood sample?

Yeah, you and I might not be willing to give up such samples, but Joe the "low informatin voter" might not be sure that he CAN refuse without being arrested...and Suzy Homemaker will likely be too afraid to resist, even if she is aware that there is no legal reason for the search.

Two things if this happens to you:

"warrant"

"am I free to go now?" 

followed by:

"Lawyer".





Goodby, Uncle Lar

Larry Lujack, the WLS DJ, died yesterday.

I grew up listening to him on WLS...listening to his "Animal Stories" and the music he played.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

SO I get this email from

Comrade Karl (He of the hats). (one of which I proudly won)

In it, he links this post and suggests that it reminds him of me...

Do you think he is right? 


I wasn't planning to vote for him anyway...

I can't verify this, so.....

But if true, then this puts Senator Marco Rubio well into the "Just plain fucking no way" category.

Rubio takes $10K Obamacare subsidy for insurance paid to him because he is a Senator.

perhaps he thought no one would notice his hypocrisy?

Hat Tip: Fat in Indiana

Monday, December 16, 2013

From a good day to a bad day in an instant:

So you are on your way home from you wedding reception... driving down a snowy 2 lane highway and you see a car in the ditch up ahead...

You stop to help.

Then your life is over, and your new wife is a widow.

Be safe out there. You never know when it's gonna come at you.




Sunday, December 15, 2013

Guess that they really don't need my support:

SO the Republicans...Not, BTW, Conservatives, have made a deal with the Devil in order to prevent sequestration cuts from happening early next year.

Yeah, like that will help our Republic.

No real spending cuts, just paper trimmings of the mythical future spendings.

I was gonna buy a new gun in January and put it on my Visa card, but I changed my mind......did I cut $650 from my budget? Not the way I look at it. Nor will Visa see it that way either.

The GOP leadership may well have had good reasons to do what they did, but they have not articulated those reasons to me. And until they do, and as long as that weasel Boehner exists as Speaker of the House and gets to rant about how Conservatives and Tea Party types are making his job harder, the GOP will get Zero support from me.

Yes, I understand that the budget is always a compromise, and that there has to be give and take on both sides. But perhaps they need to learn how to negotiate. Capitulation without getting something in return isn't negotiating....it is surrender. You have not negotiated, you have turned your back to the opposition and bent over and raised your skirt.  And you want to compromise on Illegal Immigration/Amnesty as well?

I see no real cuts in government, only cuts in future growth that may or may not ever really happen.  I don't see the deficit being slashed, nor do I see the debt being reduced. All I really see is smoke and mirrors and lies and deceit. And above all, I see more funding for Nanny State government programs and zero reductions in the welfare state/entitlements" that are choking this country and our culture to death. We already saw the cuts in Military spending, but not the cuts on the other side.

So I say this to the GOP and to the Republican candidates: No more choosing the lesser of the two weasels evils. I no longer believe that you will actually fix things....No more support in any way. You'll get nothing from me unil you begin REPRESENTING me and my kind. I'll not vote for, nor support, nor allow your campaign to use my property for election signage, nor in any way help you to prevail against your only-slightly-worse opponents as I have in the past... I may well do all I can to oppose you where possible. For you have abused my trust and chosen to sup with the devil.

And that, for me, puts you beyond the pale.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fortuitous timing:



If you are a gun control advocate that is:

School shooting in Centennial Colorado:

WTF is it with suburbs of Denver? Must be the overwhelming amounts of liberals there or something.

So interesting that this happened JUST BEFORE the "anniversary" of Newtown...isn't it?  Coinicidences seem to be piling up.

The sad part is that for many, it will tug at their heartstrings and make them want to Do Something to Stop It. And few will suspect that they are being manipulated.

ETA: goes very well with THIS observation about news reporting from yesterday.




Thursday, December 12, 2013

Shades of Vince Foster

Loretta Fuddy, the person who approved the release of Barry's Birth Certificate was the only fatality in a plane crash on Wed.

All other passengers received only "non life threatening injuries and survived.

INteresting, Innit?

My bad


ETA: (9:22 pm) I am informed by people I trust and who really DO know what they are talking about that this was likely a heart attack caused by exertion after the crash or a similar issue. older person, overweight and not in good shape...not what it looks like at first glance. 

My bad. Sorry



Shaping opinions

Taking a moment today to watch the national news (Hey, it was on and I was in the same room as a TV for a few minutes) I couldn't help but notice that there were SEVERAL stories about "Gun Death Tragedies" and how these could be prevented with more legislation, especially "in the wake of the Newtown Tragedy that happened nearly a year ago".

The left is really trying to ramp up the rhetoric prior to the one year "anniversary" of the event.

But, really while children (or any) gun deaths are a tragedy (I learned from NBC that over 175 children were killed in accidental shootings when children found their parents unsecured firearms, so we need some king of legislation to prevent this, and that somehow it would have prevented Newtown, can't you feel your heart beating?) one would ask, why not start looking at other causes of deaths for children?

The bias and shaping of opinion is so obvious. The fact that this is used in a major news media (even if it is NBC) is scary to me...not because they use it, but that they think that it will work on enough voters that they will run such a biased story and they think that they can get away with it(or that the obvious bias won't matter to the population they are serving, which is even more scary.


No brain at all today

Too tired. 6 hours sleep in 72.

Must be I am getting old. Can't function well on 2 hours of sleep a day anymore.

Read the folks on the left...they are smarter and more erudite than me anyway.

more later when I can get 6 or more in a row.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wonder why they want to leave???

So it seems that a subset of the population of Baton Rouge La. wants to form their own city...so they can have their own school district (the official reason).

But one wonders...they are the more affluent section of the greater Baton Rouge municipality...they pay a higher amount of taxes, they are majority white, and likely are tired of paying more for less....More taxes for less school, etc.

The rest of the greater Baton Rouge civic leaders, of course, oppose this move. They don't want the loss of revenue that the creation of the new city will cause.

Because the proposed new city will be majority white the entire move is, of course, racist. How dare these white folk not want to waste their money on crappy schools and crappy services? How dare they? These folks have all the money and they don't want to share it....How unfair.

Of course it isn't "White Flight" it is middle class flight....

I expect to see more and more of this.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Beverage alert:

Put down the beverage.














Swallow.







go HERE.

Two lessons here



1. Don't hang out with people who are stupid and put your life in danger:

2. Always follow (and insist that those around you) follow the Four Rules.

else things like this tragedy can happen.

Sad. But ultimately preventable.

Buying votes

Yer government spent 10,500,000,000 dollars to buy the votes of union members at GM and subsidiaries.

That is $10.5 Billion dollars to keep them working and keep their union benefits. And, of course, to keep the support of the UAW and other autoworkers unions (and their members).

In selling this stock (at a loss, of course) they also removed all controls over what GM pays it's executives. So they can count on that campaign support as well for the DNC types.

I really have no issue with them buying votes....but I do when it is (partially) my (borrowed from the chinese) money they are doing it with. I'd rather have seen them allow GM to buy it back at the price that we paid for it over a few years (plus interest, of course) than take a loss like this.

SO:

Where were all these folks who are currently lining up to get their faces in front of the worlds cameras praise Nelson Mandela when he was alive?

Why didn't we hear anything about how good a man he was/freedom fighter/reformed terrorist saint/inspiration to us all, etc. BEFORE he died?

(This is not meant to denigrate Mr. Mandela, but rather to show the hypocrisy of the rest of them.)


Monday, December 9, 2013

Principal John Horton apparently grew up without testicles

'cause otherwise his treatment of a 10 year old boy under his supervision would not have made national news because he would have understood that 10 year old boys will, after all, act like boys.  Or maybe he grew up in a "Progressive" household wherein his mommy saw no need for a male except to donate sperm, so he is a beta type feminized version of male animal.

The feminization of our schools is getting out of hand. Drugging boys so they will act more like girls at that age is insane. And a principal not being able to deal with a situation like this when reported to him by a female teacher shows he is lacking in both leadership attributes and testosterone. "Zero Tolerance" is not meant for such situations, and it is applied wrongly here.

If we train all the boy/man behavior out of boys, then who will the women mate with in the next generation? They are already complaining that there are not enough decent men out there. Yet their sisters in the teaching profession (and I include the above mentioned principal in that group) are making even fewer boys that will turn into men for their daughters....



Sunday, December 8, 2013

Play stupid games

Win stupid prizes:

So Serial Liar Dayna Morales has been fired from her job where she (allegedly) lied about the tip left to her by a couple in which thre was no money, but a denigration of her lifestyle. (which leads to the question: Hw did they know she was gay?...They might have suspected, bur really).

All I can say is: Good.

Question: anyone really understand the motivation for lying or (if actually true, which I doubt) making the whole incident public? Other than turning over a "victim" card, what did what really accomplish? Is she still stuck in her high school days where she was picked on because she was "different" and can't accept the fact that in 2013, no one cares?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

We interrupt your day

So you can remember what people heard on their radio this day, so long a go:



Remember those who gave their all this day in 1942 1941.

and all those who did so after in the defense of their country.


I'll be damned

It would seem that, if there is enough publicity, that even a police officer can be fired if his behavior is bad enough, and enough people can see it.

Remember officer Elias Montoya? Yeah, he's the guy that shot at a minivan full of kids after the mom driving it refused to submit to the orders of one of Montoya's fellow officers.

SHOT AT A VAN FULL OF KIDS BECAUSE THE DRIVER WOULDN'T FOLLOW ORDERS. Not a reason to use deadly force.Had this been you or me, we'd have been in jail for misuse of deadly force...maybe attempted murder.

He got suspended while they waited to see if things would cool down...which they didn't. 

But at least he got fired. It is a start. Accountability for Police officers is as (or more) important as accountability for regular citizens.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Blame someone else

It is obviously not the fault of the police that POLICE bullets from POLICE guns fired by the hands of the POLICEMEN after being removed from the holsters worn on the belts of their POLICE uniforms struck and injured 2 passersby

Nope it must be the fault of the person that the POLICE were shooting at (and whom they missed).

This sort of thing happens all the time to a lesser degree across the United States all the time, wherein police screw the pooch make mistakes and blame it on someone else. 




Victims

Y'know, my grandfather (who was prejudiced, and somewhat a bigot), always said that the welfare system and the fact that people told black people that they were victims and they didn't have to strive that came about in the '60's would destroy the black race and culture in the United States.

The older and more experienced I get, the smarter he appears to be.

And here, we have the same observation. The same observation that it is culture, not race ,that holds people back. That the culture of victimhood does more to keep people at a level, rather than any other factor.

My grandfather wasn't born rich, or successful. He didn't die that way either. But all the time that I knew him he was comfortable. He owned a house, in a good neighborhood, and he didn't lack for most things...Cars, equipment, etc. If he wanted something, or wanted to take a vaction or a trip for fun, he could do so, as long as it wasn't too extravagant. He was, in my opinion, the embodiment of the American Dream..... But he instilled in my Father and in me the belief that if you weren't lazy and didn't make stupid decisions that you could succeed and thrive in the United States. If not get rich, you could live a good, comfortable existence and you could live well, but you had to work at it, and overcome obstacles and keep trying.

He was right when he told me that, and he is right today, 20+ years later.

People find their own level. If we tell them that they cannot succeed, a significant portion won't even try....especially when we make their life comfortable enough that they have no incentive to do so.

HT: Irons in the Fire


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Mandela Dead

And the liberals will go NUTS over gushing about his memory.

"He was beloved around the world"

He was a thug, and he was beloved only by liberals.

He may have been a brave man with a lot of guts to oppose the South African government, but worthy of such worship? No.

My wealth is in Brass and Lead....

and when you want it, I'll give it to you.....

Seems that once again the IMF and other friends of Barry seem to think that a way to reset part of the socialist government's debt is to "tax" all of the "wealth" held by the "wealthy" and "rich". 

After the "haircut" that the average investor in Cyprus banks got a while back I really don't see how these folks will be stopped should they try to take a significant "contribution" of you money wealth.

So if you were smart enough to choose wealthy parents...those who either inherited wealth or, you know, Stole it from the terribly deserving poor by stealing the sweat of their labors earned it or if you are a person who saved and paid off your house and incurred as little debt as possible during your life, you will be punished taxed on what you have.

Is it me, or do the socialists liberals not understand the parable of the Ant and the Grasshopper? Or do they just not care?




For FREE

Seems that IBM (who no doubt had a profit motive in the mix somewhere, but still...) was willing to build the Obamacare website FOR FREE and was turned down.

Instead, Barry and Michelle enriched one of their friends to the tune of AT LEAST $600 million dollars.

Wonder what sort of "arrangement" they have when his term is done?

It is, after all, the "Chicago Way".

I'll drink to that!

Today is the anniversary of the END OF PROHIBITION....an interesting experiment in controlling peoples lives, and their reactions to that attempted control.

80 years ago, our ancestors were once again able to (legally) buy and consume alcohol. Not that any of them who had wished to do so the day before wouldn't have been able to do so.

Prohibition didn't do much to stop people from consuming (and abusing) booze, much like the current "war on Drugs" hasn't done much to stop people from gaining access to illegal substances to impair the mental processes. Nor like the highly restrictive firearms laws in "Blue" cities that really don't do much to keep firearms from the folks who want them.

What Prohibition DID do was make fortunes for those willing to supply a demand, legal or not. Joe Kennedy became rich bootlegging booze. Prior to the 18th amendment,  there was no real "Organized Crime"...there were folks such as Capone, but until there was a market for illegal booze (and the enormous profits from supplying it), he really was just a small time hood. Same in many larger cities. The biggest thug organized the smuggling (and distribution)of liquor, and gained money and power.

Think the banning of anything today will be any different? Maybe if we made drugs more illegaler or something then those folks would stop smuggling them over our borders.

Today, reflect on the fact that no one could stop the flow of a relatively bulky and heavy commodity, booze, from coming onto our shores, and being transported along our highways to customers willing to pay top dollar for a (sometimes) inferior product.

Now think guns or drugs.




Know a cop?

If you do, then you NEED to show this video to him or her.

With the increasingly harsh tactics that police are being trained for, and the ever increasing militarization of the police, added to the ever increasing attempts of the State to increase it's power over it's citizens, then the message contained in this 7+ minute video, and the questions asked in it are VERY important.



There may be those of you who think that there is a line that most policemen will not cross.....if so, you probably don't interact with police men very much. They hold you, as a citizen, a non-policeman, in contempt. They feel that they are the order givers and YOU are the order takers. The feel that the perks which we allow them are somehow their right, and the Constitution is, at best, a hindrance or obstacle to their job. They are a part of a group that follows orders from their superiors, and they do so without thinking as to the why, or the lawfulness (or not) of those orders.

The erosion of rights, and the growing power of the police has happened slowly. Like "boiling a frog", it happens slowly enough that the frog fails to notice until too late. The attitude of the police has slowly degenerated into something we, as citizens, no longer respect. We cannot look at them as guardians of the people, but rather as guardians and mindless minions of the state. Your safety and security comes after theirs and after they follow their orders. If it is convenient for them.

Cops just want to go home safe at night. Most are good people, bit they follow orders and the Constitution and the rules of law are not first and foremost in their minds. Keeping their job by following orders and earning a living while staying safe is. They really, deep down care little about those whom they have sworn to "serve and protect" (if they even have that as a motto anymore...many no longer do). They really see you, the law abiding citizen, and just above the lowlifes they deal with every day. To them, you fall into one of three categories....Cops, Citizens, and scumbags. When they interact with you, you are a scumbag until they determine you are a citizen. But if it is convenient for them, or if it makes an issue go away, or if they are bored, or if they just feel like it, they will treat you as a scumbag. The contempt that they hold for non-cops is terrible. 

Show this to the police officers you may know. Get them to decide for themselves where the line is. Now, before it is too late for them.

Hattip Bob Owens

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Now this is funny

Go here. See how they actually fixed Healthcare.gov

Ht: Rich

ETA: Since it isn't obvious, Try signing up.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Healthcare.gov

Is greatly improved....


It now only takes seconds to get your error messages instead of minutes.

So I gotta ask:

Since only 80% 20% * of the Black Friday weekend protesters at Wal-Marts across the country were actual, you know, WalMart employees, and the rest of 'em were paid protestors (paid by the Unions??) Did the Unions pay them Actors Guild Scale rates?

Enquiring minds and all that....

*(I stand corrected)
Via Peter, we find even more Banana Republic stuff.

Jesus, I wonder if the rest of us conservative gun bloggers have to fear an IRS audit? Or anyone else who disagrees with Barry and is bold enough to speak out?

Of course, these might be just the IRS doing it's job...randomly....like it is supposed to. Sure....that must be it. Like the targeting of the conservative non-profit groups. Yeah.

This is, truly an embarrassment as well as a travesty. I am embarrassed that this sort of thing is done  by our president (or his administration) so blatantly. And It is a travesty that the rest of the Government has not got the balls to put a stop to it. This IS like what I was told the Bananna republics were like in the '70's. 



Obama voters*

at work:

A 76-year-old woman killed in a shootout was targeted because of large sums of money she carried in connection to a business she worked at, the Anderson County sheriff says.


Targeted an old lady for the money she carried home (several thousand dollars, apparently).


Big failure in the victim selection process. Not all 76 year old ladies are meek. Some are armed.

BTW, why aren't the perpetrators being charged with racial violence? Black on white crime doesn't count? Only when it is a white man killing a black teenager?
 **Can we expect JJ and "Rev" Sharpton to speak out against this soon?

*(now we don't KNOW that they are Obama voters....but I'll give you 10-1 odds that they are....if they even (actually)voted)
**(I'll give you the same odds that they won't say anything at all)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

True Dat

Heard at the gunshow:


"While it is true that white men can't jump, we can shoot"


This should frighten you

It is starting to be shown all over the internet.


32 privacy destroying technologies that are systematically transforming America into a giant prison.

 And you all thought I was just paranoid...especially about your cell hone being a spying tool. Add the phone to the rest of these technologies and you realize that you have very little privacy, should anyone care.



Big Brother is real....and growing bigger and stronger...His eyes and tentacles are ever reaching. 



 

Funshow today

Went to a Gunshow yesterday.....and I actually walked out without spending a dime.

MC, on the other hand, spend way too much on some knives she had ordered from one of the vendors. (which was the reason we went).

Ran into some friends, and "wasted" the whole rest of the day there and in surrounding areas. Food and drinks and conversation and such.

High point of the day? Meeting one of my students from last week, gun shopping with her husband. Got introduced and thanked again, by both of them.

Was a good , if not terribly productive day. Relaxing. Today's gonna be a bitch catching up though.




Saturday, November 30, 2013

Battlespace preparation:

Yeah, I think this is a bit of "Battlespace Preparation" for later.

Term limits for Presidents?

Goes along with the whole "Ignoring the Constitution" thing. 

I doubt that it'll fly, but I think that they are trying to see just what they can get away with.


Friday, November 29, 2013

OK, so i'm not the only one:


Forbes sees the danger as well...(read BOTH pages).

We are were a nation of laws. If Barry Obama can ignore and set aside laws which he finds distasteful or inconvenient, can you and I not do the same? Can id decide which laws are valid and which are not based on my agreement with them?

This is a usurpation of power...Where will it ultimately lead? If he can get away with usurping the Constitutional powers reserved to the House and Senate, can he then go farther, having set a precedent, and refuse to step down at the end of his second term? (I realize that this is unlikely, but if can do one, then he can do the other).

If the Constitution is no barrier or obstacle to, or limitation upon, any single man's power, what is? What limits are there? Can he then restrict voting? Prevent elections? Set aside vote counts? incarcerate those who disagree with him just because he wishes to even though they have broken no laws?

The Constitution is all that stands between us and the tyranny we see happening in other counties, both third and first world. ANY erosion of that bulwark is dangerous and precedent setting.

Enough is enough. This must stop. Immediately. This isn't about politics. It is about Constitutional law. I call upon our legislators and our Courts to stop this. Right now.

We have an imperfect Republic, but it is ours...and it works. It has made the United States the best country, the place where freedom loving people have striven to come to, for 237 years....

But can we keep it?


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Thursday, November 28, 2013

What are you thankful for?

Actually, that should read: "For what are you thankful?" (that tip to Gretchen G, my first college engrish teacher...)






All joking aside, I have much to be thankful for.

I hope you can immediately come up with a list as long as mine.

If not, then you need to realize that if you are celebrating this holiday, then you are likely a citizen of the US....and while this country has many issues, it is still the place that many others in the world wish they could come to, and which many spend all their fortunes to get to...

This is, despite the continued erosion of our freedoms and incredible growth of government regulations in the past few years, still one of the freest places in the world, with a set of laws which protect the freedoms we have. (so far, anyway).

Few people in this country really starve. They might not eat the types of foods they wish to, or the best for them, but they get enough calories to survive, nearly every mealtime....and that makes them better off than a significant portion of the world's population.

For the most part, we don't have to fear the police, unlike many in this world.

The shining silver beacon of this country may be a bit tarnished lately, but it still shines brighter than almost any other country.

And I (and likely you) are privileged to live here.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

So how do we reign him in? Without Civil War, I mean....

Congress isn't doing it...

The courts aren't doing it.

How do we reign in this out of control despot that ignores our Constitution and our way of governing?

When is enough, enough? When will we stop it?

Why have we, as citizens been afraid to try and stop him? Wyy do we let him get away with breaking the rules set forth in the Constitution and usurping powers reserved for the Congress and Senate? Why do the houses of Congress allow this?

Even major mainstream publications are asking this.

You should be asking this too. of your friends and neighbors....

Everyone should be afraid of this. Liberal and Conservative alike. The destruction of the Constitution is a really bad idea, no matter whose agenda is moved forwards in the doing so.

Barry wants you to talk about Obamacare at Thanksgiving

No, really, he does. He wants you to have a Happy Thanksgiving

This will likely make people like your Brother-in-Law (who likely doesn't want to be there with your family anyway) very happy with you....which isn't a Bad Thing if he is a progressive, but will not make him very happy if his a a Conservative.

Of course, you could go all the way (Hey, if yer gonna make an already irritated Brother-In-Law go nuts, you might as well go all the way.....) and tell him that he HAS to take a double serving of cranberries even if he doesn't like them, cover them with gravy even if he doesn't want to (rules are rules, even when they make no sense), and charge him for the privilege. Say a hundred bucks. If he wants more, make it $150....explain that the "rich" need to pay their fair share.....

Then, of course, to really end the evening well, give him the entire DNC treatment: take 1/3 of everything he puts on his plate as a 'Tax" (this also includes his liquor) and give it to someone else...preferably someone he doesn't know. maybe a homeless guy waiting outside,,,

 Charge him 60% of his dessert as a "luxury". Even more if he wants a second helping

Only do this, of course, if you are brave....or at someone else's house.  


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

This is a kind a cool site:

Old Parked Cars

Just in case you didn't see it:

You should go HERE .

Follow and read the links.

All of them.

Find out what the NSA really wants to do.....

If you aren't angry by the time you are done, then you are truly a sheep.
Never say anything on the telephone or in any electronic communication that you don't want overheard, copied and possibly disseminated to others.

Ever.

If you don't wish to be tracked: Leave your cell phone at home....Not turn it off, but leave it at home.

If you use a burn phone (I don't, not worth the trouble)), NEVER have it on at the same time as your main phone...if possible, never have them in the same area. Keep them a mile or more apart.

You can consider email, encrypted or not, to be as private as a postcard.

The only reasonably secure communications are those done face to face, far from any electronic devices.  Like in the middle of a field or a cabin in the woods.

I really don't have much to hide, so I don't worry about that which I cannot control. But if you do, or if you have communications you wish to be private, then never use any electronic form of communication.

It's that simple.




Monday, November 25, 2013

Interesting:

Seems that the official report on the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School is being delayed.

Oddly, the State Police are witholding the evidence that they have from the state Prosecutor.

Isn't that interesting?

add this to the fact that the school was razed, and that none of us have seen any photos, video stills, or videos from the school on the day that Adam Lanza supposedly went on his spree......Despite the fact that the school had just installed a half million dollar surveillance system.

Not one photo, not one second of video, not a single video still.

I, and others, find that odd. Don't you?

Now if Adam Lanza or the school principal were running for office as a Republican.....



Sunday, November 24, 2013

I almost forgot

Today is DB Cooper day

I doubt that he made it, but if he did my hat is off to him.

That $200,000 in 1971 would equal $1,153,773.87 today.

Hope he enjoyed it.

So can anyone explain?

Can anyone explain to me exactly what happened in the deal with Iran regarding their nuclear program?

As far as I can see in the reports, there are no guarantees, no methods to keep them from enriching uranium. No destruction of the equipment that they already have to make bomb grade material.

And for giving us *nothing but promises* that we have little way to enforce, they get access to all that money we had tied up that they couldn't use, and for a promise to do nothing for 6 months, we remove some trade sanctions.  We all know how much their promises are worth.

I'll predict now that in 6 months they will have violated the terms of the "agreement" and will have resumed enriching uranium to beyond the 5% enrichment level needed to make reactor fuel, and will be moving towards 90% bomb grade levels....and all of those centrifuges will be operating again.

But they'll have 6 or 7 BILLION dollars more to play with.

And we and the rest of the world will have nothing. Except the fear that Jihadist madmen are a few steps closer to having easily transportable weapons of mass destruction.

Thanks Mr Kerry. Good negotiating.

You ass.


2.221% vs 13.08%

Or, to put it another way, 1 in 45W vs 1 in 8B

WTF am I talking about?

That is the percentage or ratio of people on welfare. 1 in 8 black people are on welfare, vs 1 in 45 white people.

Now, make no mistake, there are nearly as many white people on welfare as black people. But there are a lot more white people in this country, so as a percentage, the difference is if not frightening, at least impressive....and significant.....and, at least to me, frightening.


Read. Read the whole thing.

Draw your own conclusions.

I figured that since nearly everything I do, say or point out shows that I am a racist (according to some) that I have no reason not to post this observation.

I'd like to know, however, why pointing out failures, or bad behavior, or lack of class or adherence to the social contracts and such like is racist. Why expecting people, no matter what their race, to behave and to try to excel is racist. Why expecting the best from people is racist....Why not making excuses for them is racist.

Why?

Isn't it even more racist and condescending to expect that people with an African ancestry can't be civilized? That they can't compete in the economic and social market? Isn't lowered expectations for some racial groups even more racist and demeaning? To say that because you are darker than me you should be coddled and that we should make excuses for your behavior because we can't expect you to be civilized because you have an excess of melanin compared to others in this country?

Oh, and taking the raw numbers at their face value, the total number of PEOPLE on welfare is frightening. And it doesn't reflect well on our current government and their policies either.






Saturday, November 23, 2013

Why we will never be friends:

So yesterday I had a business acquaintance ask me what I was doing Saturday (today) morning...

I replied that I was teaching an NRA course at my local range.

"I hear you can make a LOT of money doing that" he said.

"Nope, we do it for a very low price...the cost of the course materials only... and the instructors work for free."

"Why waste a Saturday if you don't get paid?" he asked.

I left as soon as I could. Not worth the time to explain to him that by teaching others for only the cost of the materials, I am paying back all those people who took the time 20-30-40 years ago to teach me, and set my feet on the path I walk today.

He'd not understand that I still owe a debt to some of those people....many of whom are dead of old age by now ...So all I can do is pay it forward....continue the legacy. Honor their time by investing my own in the future.

He'll not understand. And that is why he and I will never be friends.




*ETA: 24 new shooters and 3 old men who showed up looking for entertainment.  Class was 50 50 men and women, more or less. Several mother/daughter groups.

About half will take more training, most learned that firearms aren't evil, bad,or dangerous all by themselves.I think everyone enjoyed themselves. A fair percentage will end up owning a firearm.

 24 "New Shooter Grins".... I got paid. And I paid it forward.

Yeah.... another wasted Saturday.




Friday, November 22, 2013

Since I am a racist and all

I'll point this out.

Seems that some people are getting the message. It isn't whites doing it to blacks. It is blacks doing it to whites and blacks, but especially whites.

Why isn't this a hate crime? Targeting someone because of the color of their skin. If a white person targets a black or hispanic or asian due to their race, then it is a race crime. As it should be. But if it is a black person on a white person, somehow the hate/race crime part is overlooked. Why is that?

Ignoring the issue doesn't make it go away.

Read....Follow the link.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

An idea:

If the RNC and their folks want to undo Obamacare, then they REALLY need to consider using this:


The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again by jpierrev

In a commercial for each of their people who will be running against a Democrat in every race.

With a bit of creative work and editing and the proper voice over message, the signature line "We wont get fooled again!" could be used over and over and over to totally destroy the credibility of the democrats when it comes to promises made about Obamacare.

Spend the money .......drive the message home that they lied to their constituents and that they didn't have the health and welfare of those who vote for them (and whom they are supposed to represent) at heart, but rather Party politics and loyalty.

Play it loudly and often. "We Wont Get Fooled Again!"

Soon, people will remember the message every time the song is played on the radio. It'll play better than "hope and Change" if you do it right.

The WHO is a band that crosses a generation. Nearly everyone has heard them, and they are all potential voters.

Hey, It's gotta work better that the past few RNC attempts.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I am thankful

That the bad weather around here spared my area....my family and friends and such.

Power outages and tree limbs were the extent of any damage for anyone I know.


And for that, I am thankful.

Say a prayer for those folks in the Midwest who lost homes. Be thankful for the fact that yours is intact.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Question:



If the Prez is willing to Ignore laws that are voted on in a Constitutional manner by both houses and signed into law by him, then why should any of the rest of us bother to obey ANY law?

I mean, why bother to obey speed limits? Follow the rules of the EPA?

Why should we pay taxes?

Few, if any of us like any of these laws either. They are (nearly) as unpopular as Obamacare is. If he can tell us (illegally) to ignore the Obamacare Insurance laws, then why can't we ignore any other unpopular laws?


Not an abuse of power....

The IRS is above that...right? Non political and all that.....?

I find it interesting that the bastards think they can get away with this.

Harassing those who helped Scott Walker break the Unions

It would appear

That procrastination sometimes pays off.

Having had a (somewhat painful) pinched nerve in my neck, I had been putting of vacuuming the leaves from the many trees in my yard off of my lawn. Generally I have to do it several times as the leaves inconveniently fail to fall all at once.This year I haven't even tried to start the vacuum, much less moved a single leaf yet. They were getting.....thick.

However, the 7+ MPH winds (with gusts above that!!!) seem to have dislodged the last of the leaves from the trees very well.

Plus the wind was strong enough that a significant portion of them, even though wet, moved to my useless waste of oxygen neighbors yard.

Procrastinate!!! (later)


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Why is it?

That any time someone criticizes a person of color who is in a position of power that it is always racism?

Currently, Oprah Winfrey claims that “There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs. And that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African American. There’s no question about that and it’s the kind of thing nobody ever says but everybody’s thinking it.”

(video HERE)

This sort of excuse-making happens all the time. Anyone who criticizes the performance or decisions  of a "Person of Color" , be they in a leadership position in either government or private business, must, by definition, be a racist.

Yet when white people in similar positions are criticized, no matter the race of the person doing the criticism, it is merely facing reality...

The implication is, of course, that black people cannot be racist....which does not fit with my observations in this society. If anything, I have found that most black people cannot look beyond the color of skin. A higher percentage of caucasians, if anything, look past the skin color and see instead the person beneath, and judge accordingly. This is not to say that all do...sadly, more than enough see only a black man. Nor do all black men see only white skin.

This is not an either-or thing. Rather, there are shades, as it were, of gray...Some on both sides are racist, others are less so. Few of us are not at all racist.

But to excuse all criticism as racist is disingenuous To disregard all criticism as racist is to make excuses rather than face reality that your performance may be lacking. IF you make excuses, you cannot improve.

Thus we have Oprah making excuses for the failure of Obama on so many levels.  It could not be that he is simply not up to the job. But there are many who will not (or cannot?) face this, but instead make excuses. It must , therefore, be racism. I find that sad.

The sad part is that there are so many capable folks who happen to be darker than me who are extraordinarily capable...who could have advanced the view of black people as capable. But they are not (nor likely wish to be) President.  They have better things to do with their lives.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Didja know I was a racist? I didn't

Until today, I didn't know that I was a racist.

See, I got this call where this woman asked if I would participate in a telephone survey. I said that I really didn't have the time, but she was persistant. She told me that it wouldn't take much time at all and would really help her out as she had a quota.

"All I gotta do is axe you 10 questions" She said

"ASK" I replied.

Long pause.

"What" she said

"ASK. Ay Ess Kay". I replied. "Not axe....An axe is what you chop trees down with...You can't axe a question. You ASK them".

She got silent for a minute, then another voice came on the line. Her supervisor.

Who told me that my "Mocking" of the first girls use of words was racist.

I hung up .

Apparently I am supposed to feel bad. Or something.


See:

So, a week or so after the Philippines were hit by Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan, the world powers are beginning the process of bringing relief to the beleaguered islands of the Philippines and the Filipinos whose homes were destroyed. But they have had to wait a week.

A week is, no doubt for them, an extremely long time...But really, when one considers the scope of the relief effort, and the distances involved, it is really a remarkably fast response time. Tons of food, and bottled water. Thousands of troops. Logistics...Finding a place to send the supplies..... Bringing in soldiers to move the food, water and shelter...... Providing security (and food and shelter) for those folks and the supplies that they are bringing and distributing. (Hungry people with hungry children aren't terribly logical or law abiding..... The veneer of civilization and society is very thin at the best of times..When things get pear-shaped, it may disappear entirely).

Now, if your home is gone, wiped out by the storm,  just plain isn't there anymore...that is one thing....But this is a perfect example of what I preach so often: HAVE SOME FOOD AND A SOURCE OF DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE FOR EMERGENCIES!. I'd bet that most of the folks who are demanding food and water had the ability to store some food and water (or a water filter)  in their homes, and most of those homes, while possibly damaged, are not destroyed. Had there been food and water stored there, most of it would have survived.

How handy would some canned food, (and a can opener) and a water filter be for those folks right now? Even the poorest person could save 1 can a month and have a decent stash of food after a year...after 2, or 3 years they would have enough under their bed or in a closet to keep them going, if not happy for a long time.

Now, again, if your home isn't there anymore then things are different. But that is NOT the case for most.

Most are near starving and dehydrated because they chose not to plan ahead and their normal distribution systems have broken down or just don't exist anymore.

Think things will be much different in the US? See also:Katrina.

Plan ahead a bit. be the Ant rather than the Grasshopper. Yes, if something very bad happens in the US or in nearly any first or second world country, aid will come. But plan to survive until it does. It may well take a while to get there. Say...a week or two.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Show this to all your friends.

Especially the liberal ones who believe that the answer is always Big Government.....and/or a Democrat solution.

I'm talking about HealhSherpa. Written by THREE GUYS. And it works for 34 states (others coming soon). And it is as easy to use as any E-commerce site. Not like Healthcare.gov. Try it. You'll see.

Nothing Government does is done well. Nothing.  There is no motivation to do better. Ever.

Found via Borepatch

If you like your plan (and it hasn't been canceled) you can keep it for a while longer

So he put off an unpopular portion of the law

For 1 year. If the insurance companies choose to re-instate the
plans that were cancelled because they didn't meet the new Obamacare standards.

Then we are back to where we were yesterday. No fix, only a dleay

Of course, by then, the elections will be over....And nothing will really be fixed. This is, (pardon the pun) a Band-Aid at best. The whole thing is (sadly) a joke.

How is it that The "WON" is able to arbitrarily set aside or delay portions of a law? How is it that the Congress allows him to do this? (Much less the press and the people).  This is, by definition, Tyrrany.

If the President can arbitrarily change or delay any law, then we no longer have the rule of law as mandated by the Constitution.   And if he can change one law by Fiat, then he can change another. Your laws which protect and define your way of life are there only at his whim.

If the law is bad, then repeal it or change the bad portion. (not that I believe that the PPAFC can actually ever be fixed) according to the Constitution. Not by Fiat.

(let us not forget that the Supremes have decided that the non compliance fees for Obamacre are a Tax....and that all laws regarding taxes MUST originate in the house....which didn't happen).

I just hope that the Republicans (Spit!) are smart enough to not touch this ever bubbling mess. Don't try to fix it, don't help, nothing. Let the DNC and Barry get their hands dirty....after all, they own it.


Thought for the day:

Governments, like diapers, should be changed regularly and often...for the same reasons.

Damn

Just plain Damn.

Read

Via Paul

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Decent people in need




Will do terrible things to survive.

How thin the veneer of civilization. 

There are those who will steral food and water to survive or feed their children, which I can understand...

But looting the rest of the things, like TV's and other appliances?

Think things will be civilized if TSHTF? Think again.

Just wait until things have gone on for 6-10 days. When people will kill for food.

Think of what it would be like if there was no aid coming....unlike now when 30+ countries are sending food and relief supplies.

Plan ahead for such an eventuality. If you live in a large (or medium) city, plan a way to not be there after things go wonky. If you live outside of a city, plan to have a way to keep what you have.

Or else be like the shopkeeper in the article, who stood there with a gun in his hand, unwilling to defend his property by using deadly force.

Plan, decide, or face the consequences.

Wishful thinking?

Forbes doesn't think so.


I do, however. We are stuck in this mess until we start over with a better kind of lowlife congressmen and senators (which ain't gonna happen until wew change the way we allow people to vote....

But Forbes (or at least the columnist) thinks we have a chance.

We shall see

I'd like to think

that I could be this honest and all that.

But I dunno.

$98K?

Tax free....no one knows? And legal? I mean he bought the desk.....

Damn, but I'd be tempted.....

Probably best that I never have that challenge. Not sure if I'd pass it or not.

I hear it's warm down there though./....

Christmas is coming

So I gotta ask a favor:

If you order Christmas presents through Amazon, will you take the time to do it via the link from my page over there on the left side:

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If you do so, I earn a commission, at no cost to you.


Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Miracle drug?


HEH

From an email: (one of those FWFWFWFWFWFWFW things. I opened it accidentally when I was deleting all those multiply forwarded emails that have been around the wen a half million times...


So, Barry: About that "Affordable Care Act:

Since you feel that the law doesn't do what you promised us it would (and assuming that you weren't lying to us then just to get re-elected) then you really don't know what the "Affordable Care Act" will do....do you?

I mean, setting aside "We have to pass it to find out whats in it" and all that other shit...

Since you really don't know the ramifications of the enactment of this piece of legislation, and since you can't even make a computer program and website work....

Shouldn't we repeal or at least put on hold the entire thing until we DO know how it will affect all the citizens of the United States? Especially those who are paying the bill for the rest?

Or are you a liar? A lying scumbag socialist who wants to destroy the healthcare industry?

I make it 50-50 either way.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans day.

While I have a LOT to say.....the thanks that my life in this country is, for the most part, lived in (relative) freedom....that I don't have to fear for my life (or, so far, my government) and that I don't speak German, or Japanese or Russian (or have to, because they run my country)....That I really have little to fear from Jihadists or Communists or Fascists:

It is likely that others in the Blogosphere will say it better and more eloquently. They will use better words and phrases, and will do so with greater literary talent than I have.

So just let me say, from my heart:


Thank you.

It is because of your and your comrades service...and sometimes sacrifice...that the first paragraph of this post is true. We, as a nation often forget that. We fail to appreciate the folks who prepare for war, yet hope that it never comes.

In WWII the women (who stayed home) proudly bore triangles with stars lapel pins and flew Service Flags for each family member who was serving. That tradition somehow died and we, as a nation have lost something since.

But please, allow me, living the good life because of you and those who served before you, to express my gratitude for your service.

If it were you or me..

or anyone who isn't Law Enforcement, there'd be a fine and likely jail time.

Failure to Secure a high capacity firearm is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. 

No charges have yet been filed. But $20K of the taxpayers money was spent to recover the weapons.

Cops....like you and me and other citizens...., only better and more privileged.


Failure to secure a large capacity firearm is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/11/20000_reward_to_be_paid_out_in_fbi_rifle_theft_case#sthash.wFUXsi7P.dpuf
Failure to secure a large capacity firearm is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/11/20000_reward_to_be_paid_out_in_fbi_rifle_theft_case#sthash.wFUXsi7P.dpuf

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cuteness overload of the day

Real life Calvin and Hobbes. 


 


Happy Birthday

Marines!

Today is the day of their founding...

Got a buck to spare?

A fellow blogger has had a bit of an issue:












And could, no doubt use a bit of our help .

Details HERE.

I'm gonna toss a few buck his way, and urge you to do the same if you have a few to spare.

Hey, the difference between dinner at home instead of out will make a difference.

This could be any of us.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Justice

Heh,

WHile the police were following proceedure, someone's family decided that they could do a better job.


And DID.

Nice work.

And the best part? No charges.

Comparisons:

Yeah, you really should read this.

Not quite the same thing, but still...


Friday, November 8, 2013

Good to see:

Remember those folks who trashed the Wal-Mart in Louisiana when the EBT system went down? Where the management felt it was best for the safety of the store and employees to just let them charge whatever they wanted on their card since they couldn't check the balances?

And those folks are finally going to get some consequences for their theft.

Good. More like this.

Some people think they are entitled to whatever they can grab/steal. They fail to realize that it, rather, a gift.

Were it up to me, I'd cut 'em off from any state aid. Period. Abusing the gift of society should be punished. At worst, it is a lesson for the rest. Behave or starve.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

If this were me....

Then I think I'd have to hope that the cop had left town by the time I got released.

Else there might be another body.

Now I wasn't there, and I have no dog in this hunt. But to tazer, handcuff and then tazer the dude again for trying to enter the burning house is just plain wrong. If dude wanted to enter the burning home, that is his right. Not the cops decision to make.

Were I Ryan Miller, I'd be having an off the book discussion with the cop(s). After I had calmed down.

Or my sweet girl Vera might whisper in his ear from far away. Say 250 yds.

"Revenge is a dish best served cold" and all that......


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

It is sad

When even the greatest incompetent loser calls you

an incompetent loser.

I expect that Carter is glad that the Democrats have found someone to supplant him as worst president.

Barry:

Y'know, I always thought you were a liar...I mean, really, you ARE a politician, after all. Most politicians are liars, to one extent or another....My Grandfather told me that I could always tell when a politician was lying.....look to see if his lips are moving. And I have found that more or less this is true.

But you, sir, take the cake. There are lies and then there are LIES.

We expected to have you lie about some things...small lies.

But you have lied about many BIG things:

The role you and the rest of your white house advisors played in the capture/killing of BinLaden,

Benghazi: Can we really say enough about the series of lies there?

Of course, the latest one: You can keep your health care insurance plan if you like it.....Yeah, that ranks right up there with some of the things I told girls when I was 18....*
IfYaKnowWhat IMean...Hehehe


I figure you lied when you took your oath,,,Twice: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." You sure failed to keep that oath, didntcha?

So when you come out with your next version of your Gun Control effort....I should believe you when you say you don't want to take guns away from law abiding citizens such as myself?

Sure, I will.





*("I wont...".oh hell you figure it out)


Monday, November 4, 2013

I've been saying it for a while

But Peter's article really shows the facts.

Sometimes I wonder if I should  cash out my IRA (or a portion of it) and pay off the house....which is really the only thing appreciating in value in my current portfolio. 

Stocks and bonds are flat, or at best barely keeping up with inflation.

Ditto my IRA money. Not making huge gains so compounding of small interest isn't resulting in real gains....

Ditto savings.

I think that my guns and ammo will be worth more very soon, but I'll likely not be willing to sell at any price......

Same with prepped foods and other supplies for when things get pear shaped....

Alternatively, Maybe I should go as deep in debt as my cash flow allows....and pay off today's dollar amount loans in a few years with dollars that are worth significantly less... 

Thoughts?


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Wet, windy and cold

And yet, strangely, 14 members showed up for the scheduled work party to replace the fence around the range that the county totally screwed up when they re-did the drainage ditch that passes through the range property.

Leaving aside the question of competence of the engineers at the Porter County Drainage board engineering offices and subsequent execution of the so-called engineering plans, the range needed a new fence...the old one had been destroyed and strange kids and dogs were wandering into the not so safe zones downrange....

And the kids (and adults) on the four wheelers were causing damage.

Since local laws precluded my suggested solution (*stringing of tight piano wires (painted black) at about 40" height* to discourage trespassing), fence materials were procured and a time was set for installation.

Then we got nearly 3" of rain the night before. Ground kinda skwishy...

Yet, surprisingly, 14 (nearly 10% of the members!) people showed up to erect the fence.

The outdoor range is now somewhat more secure than it was Friday.

It is nice working with MEN, not overgrown children. People who know how to work, take orders, needing no supervision nor coordination and brought their own basic tools and gloves and such, but were instead able to organize themselves to get a job done.

Of course, driving the Kubota loader home 3 miles in 40 degree weather wearing wet shoes was a bitch at the end of a long cold wet day. Now I gotta get caught up on all the other shit I should have been doing this weekend.  Winter be coming and I are running out o time



*(apparently the local Po-Po frown upon such measures against trespassers....? who knew? )

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Start Now.

It would seem to me that, with the current dissatisfaction of Obamacare and the rates and conditions that have become onerous to many, and are, in fact, becoming ever more onerous as we learn more about things), that NOW is the time for the GOP to begin their campaign to show how this is, nearly 100 percent, a Democratic creation and mess. Have spots all over the media showing that we were LIED to by our leaders.

Point out that "everyone" (especially these 13!) knew that the statement by Barry and his sycophants that "if you like you plan you can keep it" and "the average person will save $2500 yearly" was a LIE......and each and every one of them knew it. And that they kept saying it to support the socialist (and yes, use that word) agenda of their Party.

They knew that the statements were untrue, and that they were lying to the American people......Just so they could shove a socialist program down the throats (or, more appropriately, up the asses) of the productive citizens of this country.

Show that they lied. Show that the statements uttered by the mouthpieces of Barry and especially the leaders of the DNC and Democratic Party in the House and Senate were lies....and that they KNEW that they were lies. That they knew that they were lying to their supporters and constituents.

Start now, and pound that message home. Over and over and over. Show the opposition supporting and stating those lies. Show them lying to the American public. Spend the money now to set the stage for later.

And show also that the carve-outs for unions and other special interest groups give them a financial advantage. Show that they made grand exemptions for their greatest supporters. Show that they have exempted DNC supporters from the law that they expect everyone else to obey......

It's not that I want the RNC and their people in charge. I dream that the the entire lot of them (D and R) expire in a Tom Clancy like incident......(just kidding) and have the country start over with new lowlifes in office. Not that I would ever advocate for such a thing (I like the Capitol too much to want that to happen)...

Failing that,, however, I'd like the lesser of the two evils to have the power.

And they can do it, if they use this wisely. IF they start now. Battlespace preparation and all that.


But they won't.

Kudos

Years ago, I tried an SOG Twitch XL. I liked the Tanto style, and have carried them for years. For someone who does maintenance, they are great...one hand open, one hand closed. Great for people who often need to strip a wire or scrape a gasket and such in confined areas or who needs the other hand to hold something else while using the knife.

Notice I said "them". That is because, no matter who the maker is, I damage a knife at least every 4 months ago. I USE them...for me, a knife like this is a tool, not a weapon. (at least as it's primary purpose....After all, a frying pan or a golf club or even an old Western Electric phone can be used as a weapon in a pinch, but that is not their normal, everyday use...).

So far, this year, I have broken 2. One of them was (possibly) abuse....using it for something for which it wasn't designed....The other was a broken spring.

SOG has a "no questions repair or replace" policy, and thus far has always honored it. They never give me any hassle as long as there are no obvious signs of abuse. They just fix the knife and ship it back to me at their cost. I've never sent them a knife with a broken blade, so I am not sure how they'd handle that.

Now, I am sure that many of you are going to tell me that "brand XXXX" is better and won't break. Maybe you are right, but I haven't found this to be true. Cheap, expensive, it doesn't seem to matter to me, they all break in the type of use I have them for. This isn't a post about the relative merits and durability of one brand of knife over another. I've tried many, and none hold up to me and the work I do with them.

What the point of this post IS about is a company that honors it's warranties....and provides good customer service. And SOG does that. And does it well. Generally their turnaround time is about 10-12 days, from me dropping off the item at my post office to me getting a box back with the repaired knives inside. The knives are sharpened and ready to use.

And, really, you can't ask for more than that.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Under seige....again

Last time it was 2000 Mexicans under the command of Generalissimo Lopez de Santa Anna. The defenders there may have lost the war, but they succeeded in winning the battle......

Today, 177 years later, it is the UN...and the liberals in our own government.

Seems that the UN wants to control the Alamo and other Spanish missions in San Antonio as "World Heritage Sites". 

I think the real Texans would object. Hell, I object, and I am only a Texan by ancestry (also a Mexican by ancestry, but still....) and the blue flag of the UN might suffer repeated (and violent) mischief.I think I could be convinced to help with that sort of thing....

If the Obama Administration doesn't tell the UN to go pound sand then that will be yet another small trickle in the coming landslide that will end in Revolution...At the least, it will help move the Republic of Texas towards withdrawing from the US....As is their right in the documents signed when they joined the Union of States.

If they did that, then I think I'd move there.


Monday, October 28, 2013

I guess that I missed a memo or something.....

Isn't the original task of the National Security Agency SUPPOSED to be spying on other governments?
Tapping their phones, reading their emails, bugging their apartments....all that sort of stuff. That is the original mission....Innit? When did that change...Did I miss the memo???

AFAIK, there was nothing in the original mission of the NSA about spying on US citizens inside the borders of this country..

So there is outrage! over the fact that someone was listening in on other countries leaders cell phone conversations....Like anyone with half a brain couldn't expect that....


But there is nothing in the press about the outrage that the NSA is spying on US citizens constantly....and without a warrant (except from the sooper-seekret rubber-stamp FISA court that no one ever gets to review).


Protip: Never say anything on any phone...wired or not, that you would be embarrassed by (or go to jail over) if the wrong person heard it. Never write anything in an email (or snail mail, for that matter) that would be bad for you if the wrong person (or government agency) found out about it.

Anything else is just fooling yourself.