Thursday, March 31, 2016

The cops can steal from travelers again

Feds reinstate "Equitable Sharing"

This means that local and county and State cops and departments can easily resume confiscating cash from anyone who is pulled over and searched.....and it becomes a FEDERAL case,....But they get as much as 70% of the stolen property.

It is known as Civil Asset Forfeiture. THe cops can take your money or property and you have to prove where it came from....Not that they have to prove that it is ill gotten gains. You are, in essence guilty until proven innocent. ANd to prove your innocence, you get to go up against a Federal Prosecutor.

This, in the days of old, was known as Highway Robbery.

Heh

No, seriously.


Go HERE


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I figure about 60 days

Is what it will take to pay this off....maybe 90 days tops....

In ammo savings alone....... I mean, I live 7 minutes (4 miles) from the pistol range, so gas isn't an issue....but still.

Recoil laser trainer. 

CO2 powered. Kinda pricey, but....

WANT want WANT.

I've worn out 2 .45ACP LaserLytes in the past 3 years......

Seriously, I spend a bit over a $150 a month on pistol ammo, even with reloading my own.

Not sure how much the CO2 will cost. (or how many shots one gets per recharge) I could recharge with C25 or argon from the welding bottles though, which would make it cheap......

Monday, March 28, 2016

How soon til it happens to the US?

First Cyprus, then Greece, Europe in general (especially Western Europe).

Now the Canadian Government is planning Bail Ins for large depositors.

Seems like the more free stuff the government gives it's citizens, the sooner they have to resort to shenanigans like this to pay the debts.

Odd that.

One wonders though, if you have worked all your life, made good decisions, maybe good investments or sold a house for profit,:

Where does one put his money where it can be safe?

Large safes? Coffee cans buried in the yard by moonlight?

Seriously, if the banks aren't safe, and might give you a 20+% haircut, where do you put your money? Swiss accounts? Large safes? Where is it safe?

Just Cant Be

Seems that there were shots fired at the US Capitol Visitors Center......Impossible. It is a Gun Free Zone. We all know those signs and laws work.


Also, seems that the FEDS were somehow able to hack the San Bernardino terrorist's IPhone. Despite them saying that only Apple could do it.

Odd that.

Questions Re: Brussels:

How many times just prior to the bombing did the "authorities" tell people that "there is no credible threat"...Just like we hear here in the United States?

How is it that the Police in and around Brussels were able to know who to arrest immediately after the bombing at the airport?  And in France and Germany as well.....("Round up all the usual suspects").....If they knew who these people were, and they were able to break up an attack in the "late planning stages" then why were these people at large?

If the landlord where these folks rented an apartment was aware that the tenants were "odd" and used a  fake name and that the apartment had a lot of chemical smells and liquids that leaked through the ceiling of the apartment below (according to CBS news) that smelled of chemicals.....Why didn't he bother to report it to the cops? Lessee here: Paid cash, put a fake name on the mailbox, chemical smells, lots of Islamic visitors coming and going......Nah, nothing to see here folks, move along......

(I figure, from the descriptions given, that they were making "Mother of Satan"....TATP. Not for the timid. It isn't stable....and it is...energetic. Don't ask me how I know.)


Things I learned this weekend:

I bought a scale from Amazon.

One like This One.

(Of course, I hadda get a chain so I could hang it from the bucket, and a swivel so that I wouldn't damage the scale with a live load, but hey, even guys get to accessorize, right?)

Now, my small tractor will pick up about 1950 lbs at the end of the bucket if the conditions are right, and I move a lot of things, so I wanted to find out how much, exactly, some of those things weigh.

I learned that the bucket for the backhoe (which I can sorta pick up and scoot, but barely) weighs about 268 lbs.

I learned that the wedges of wood that I pick up and put on the splitter weigh from 140-230 lbs. I can carry those...mostly.

The pieces that I cannot quite pick up weigh in around 320 lbs.

The big 35" rounds from which I make the above pieces weigh in from 550 to 780 lbs.

The plate that I made for the boom so I could pick things up higher weighs about 172 lbs. No wonder I have issues moving it....The Bush Hog (that I cannot move by myself at all) weighs 694 lbs.

I learned that the log tongs I made a year ago twist at about 1750 lbs. ( now I gotta spend time with the press to make 'em flat again, but hey, I hadda find out, right?)

Now, at least, I know.

I had thought that I was weaker than that, actually. No wonder my knees hurt after splitting wood.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Remember this next time the Muslims say you have to accommodate their religion

Blast kills over 50 in Lahore Easter Celebration

On EASTER.

Respect other religions.....

"Religion of peace" and all that.

May be true for some, but how do we separate them?

How do we know that average nice guy who is a Muslim won't suddenly suffer from Sudden Jihad Syndrome? It HAS happened here, and it will again.

Ar you willing to risk your children and family?

(I find it sad, because I know many seemingly decent people who are muslim......?)

I am all for letting people practice their religion as they see fit (as long as it fits our Constitution and harms no one) but it has to be a two way street....and with Islam, it doesn't seem to be any way but their version of Islam. In fact, Muslims are the largest killers of Muslims...because the muslims they kill practice a different version of the "Religion of Peace".

Heh

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

For the love of all that is holy

PLEASE, PLEASE, learn the difference (and the proper usage) between"Brake" and "Break"....especially when referring to things firearm related. Even more so if you are advertising or otherwise trying to sell me a product.

Ferinstance:

It is a "Thumb BREAK holster"....

And it is a "Muzzle Brake" on the end of the barrel.
Break and Brake are not interchangeable. Just because spellcheck passes it does not mean it is the right usage. Look up the definitions if you are unsure.

That is all

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Soft targets

So everyone is (again) all "On Alert"..watching for terror attacks.

But we are stupid.

In a few weeks, we will be just as complacent as we were on Monday. Not paying attention. Not bothering. Not caring. Who won on "Survivor" or whatever will be the hot topic, along with the latest news from the elections.

Right now, there are men with badges dressed in black with masks covering their faces in many public spaces, showing a military-like presence....intimidatingly carrying AR rifles. Some folks find that comforting. I find it amusing. Firstly, because in a week or two, they will be gone. Secondly because if they need those rifles today, then they will need them next week or next month or sometime in the future....but they won't be carrying them then, not when the next attack happens.  Thirdly, because a rifle isn't much good against a suicide bomber in a crowded area. What, except for comforting our more rabbit-like citizens, are they doing? If there is a good reason to carry a rifle TODAY, then there is a good reason to carry them everywhere, every day. They (the officers) look intimidating and warlike, but really, what good are they doing? (Let us  not, at this time, bother with the fact that the face masks are for NIGHTTIME operations, to hide their white faces, not for daytime use) What good is a menacing presence in some spaces doing to enhance our security? Are all those men doing anything besides menacing the population and getting the citizens used to an armed presence in their public spaces?

And the people lining up to have their bags searched....Really? Why, if the bombers want to inflict damage and bloodshed and pain and terror would they not choose to detonate them in the non secure (but crowded) areas in front of a checkpoint? They will still kill and wound many. People will still die. Terror will still occur. People will still be afraid.... It matters little where the bomb goes off.....

If the terrorists are patient, they know that next week they will have another chance, in another area, and that they will be as unimpeded as they were on Monday. They play a long game, not a short one....Chess or Go, rather than checkers, as the West does.

So what, exactly, besides giving the police a bunch of overtime, are they accomplishing?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Fixing the EPA 's fixes



So I have these new red plastic "water" cans. Oddly, some folks use 'em as fuel cans, don't know why. I use 'em for, of course, water.... These are the ones that the EPA "fixed" the design on several years ago...

They suck......It  takes about 7 minutes to completely empty one.....They have the new design "venting" spout. Which means that the can can't empty very fast because the "venting"spout really doesn't work well.

Amazon to the rescue. 

These things install easily with just a 31/64 drill bit (and a drill) and a hammer to make 'em snap into place.

Pouring "water" is much easier, less splashing, happens faster (5 gallons in like 3 minutes) , and, surprise surprise, less splashing or spillage (and therefore evaporation) than before.

You will like these for all modern red, blue and yellow "water" cans. Fixes the EPA "fix".

(check your local laws...these might not be legal to use on cans used for fuels....always follow the law)


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

I know most are peace loving and all that...But here is the thing:


The followers of the "religion of Peace" seem to be the only ones who are blowing things (and people)  up, (now that the IRA has faded, anyway)....


I am over 50 years old (get off my lawn!) and as far back as I can remember, with the exception of the Irish it has been the followers of Mohammad that have done the hijackings, the kidnaps and the terror......And the Irish tried very hard not to hurt anyone....calling ahead to make sure that no one was around when the bombs went off. .

These terrorists don't do their work in a vacuum, by themselves. The Irish had people helping them, and hiding them, and stashing their equipment, and FUNDING them.

Same thing with these terrorists of Islam. Someone is paying their bills. Someone in Brussels hid them, fed them, aided them and allowed them to do the work that it took to plan and execute this attack. 'twasn't done in a vacuum. Someone FUNDED this attack, with funds to live, funds to make and buy the equipment necessary.

They went to a Mosque,....where?. Who knew? Who delivered packages? Who helped?

Until the rest of the Muslims stop hiding these people, start reporting them, they will always be pariahs. Always suspect. Never trusted.

My prayers go out to the victims of the attacks today.




Sunday, March 20, 2016

They say more arrests soon for people carrying firearms at the Bundy Ranch debacle.

HERE is the story.

Now, if those people were legally carrying the firearms, and not trespassing, what charges can be brought? If they never threatened the newly minted mercenaries freshly badged contractors that were dressed as Federal Agents, then under what laws are any arrests valid?

I'd like to know.

(I heard stories that the agents were watching the crowd through their scopes (which were still mounted to the AR's) and some of the crowd were scoping them back, but still, I doubt that meets even the criteria of menacing)

We shall see. It may be that this is just a tactic to make the rest of us remember and be cautious next time...

HT for the link goes to Irish

ETA: What happens when someone decides not to go quietly? All it takes is one Patriot to decide to change the odds for the next guy....."Shorten the stack", as it were...Then what?

Or are we all gonna watch it happen and do nothing? What can we do,  if and when?


Where are the riots? (doesn't matter)

I mean, a young black boy was killed. Gunned down in the evening just a few blocks from his home....

Gunned down in cold blood. He (really) was an honor student, with a great future (really!) in front of him.

Sadly, for the Black Lives Matter folks, he wasn't killed by a white cop. Or even by a white man (Supposition, but there are few white people in that part of Chicago at night that aren't cops....).

But seriously though...a young man, 16 years old, is dead. Shot by someone (this time not a cop though)...Where are the protests? The rioting? The screaming, fulminating hatred by the Black Lives Matter folks? Where is Jesse (the Reverend) Jackson? Where is Barry Obama? Where are all the other Black leaders who raised so much hell when a black criminal was shot by police? Where are they now?

Or do Black lives shot by other Blacks of no matter? Or is it because they can't make news and gain power with incidents like this???

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Y'know...

I don't care who you are, Man or Woman, no matter your ethnicity, when your belly laps over the waistband of your pants that far, you are FAT. Not "Heavy", not "Big Boned", not "plump", nor "Rubenesque"...

Yer fat. Look in the mirror. Exercise and diet. Stop snacking, skip the beer. Face reality...

And no, your personality isn't gonna make up for it.

And when the Tump folks get tired of the shit

Shit like THIS....and decide to fight back....

"Violence By Protesters In Utah Against Trump Rally"

Will the headlines be as neutral and will the media treat them fairly?


Stop laughing.

Sad:

Even CBS news admits that the GOP wants to "Take down Trump".

Think about this. The Party leadership wants to stop the front runner because he isn't their first choice....(He isn't mine either, to  be honest)...So the Party no longer represents the bulk of it's supporters. It won't support, and is ACTIVELY WORKING AGAINST, the current pick of the majority of it's voters.

And they wonder why I hang up on 'em when they call for donations.

I wonder, sometimes, how many of these professional protesters are paid for by the GOP rather than the DNC?

Thursday, March 17, 2016

DoYa buy things from amazon?

I do, and now they have Amazon Smile...which lets you donate a small commission to the charity of your choice.

This month, my charity is RWVA...Appleseed. Good basic marksmanship classes. Plus a bit of history.

Last month was Second Amendment Foundation.

If yer buying via Amazon (and I spend a hundred $ or so each month) ...why not? Costs you nothing and puts a bit of cash where you think it'll do some good.

just sign in using your Amazon logon and password and select your charity.

Slaves


So today, on the day that we are all just a wee bit Irish (some more than others mind you)..

Happy St Patricks Day.

We should all clamor for Reparations.

After all, the Irish were the first slaves here in America.










Wednesday, March 16, 2016

What if the KKK

Had promised mayhem 8 years ago if Barry Obama was elected....

Can you imagine the hue and cry from.....well, everyone? Especially the black groups and their white supporters?

"Dear white people if Trump wins young niggas such as myself are fully hell bent on inciting riots everywhere we go. Just so you know."

Bring it, Tyrone. More of us than of you. We armed. We practice.....A lot... We won't put up with the shit you pulled in St Louis and Baltimore. Most of the mayors won;t let you riot. Neither will the rest of the non-black citizens let you destroy their neighborhoods.

Words are cheap.Once you leave your neighborhoods you will find the burning and looting more difficult. More costly.

We don't care about your sense of entitlement.

(There is this to think about here too.....Opposing views: One young man felt he could take whatever he wanted. One woman though differently.)

"You have to understand… how he going to get his money to have clothes to go to school? You have to look at it from his point-of-view.”

Election

Yesterday, I was asked who I favor for the upcoming primary election:

Now, this person knows full well that it ain't gonna be Bernie or Hillary.

Knew that Rubio would be dropping out soon (happened Tuesday evening, actually)

So that really only leaves Cruz and the Donald.

I pointed out that picking the best of them was like trying to find the clean end of a turd.

Dude one table over blew an entire 4 Oz of coffee through his left nostril.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Hey, it's a start.

Chaffetz wants to take guns away from BLM and Forest Service agents.

While I do think that SOME of these personnel have a need and a reason to carry a firearm, most don't.

If they need to do law enforcement things, then they should get law enforcement support.

Much like the Department of Education fielding a SWAT team, there is overreach...not only are they redundant, they are wasting our money on both personnel and training and equipment.  Some agents of the government actually do need to be armed. This does not mean all do.

FAA inspectors seldom have need for a firearm. Same Same Fisheries agents. Same Dept of Energy.

Not sure where the BLM folks fall. I did think that hiring contractors for the Bundy ranch thing a few years ago was kinda stupid. Was more a job for the Sheriff or the State Police.

I can never see the BLM or the Forest Service or Parks Department needing a subgun.


Monday, March 14, 2016

I'd be embarassed

If I had to HIRE SOMEONE TO ASSEMBLE MY NEW GRILL OR PLAYGROUND SET. 

I mean, it can be difficult, and sometimes irritating, but it ain't rocket surgery or anything.

Are people really that useless today?

Of course

(Democratic) NC Sheriff wants Trump charged with "inciting a riot". 

Yeah, it is all Trumps fault.

Look: If you don't have Free Speech for everyone, but only for those with whom you agree, then you don't have free speech, period.

Question:

Next time a leftist or a communist (yeah, I know, redundant) wants to speak, do we conservatives get to shout and riot and defy the police to keep 'em from speaking? Will the Mayor of Chicago keep the police on a leash and prevent them from enforcing the rule of law as was done in Chicago over the Trump incident on Friday? Or will the standards change again and will we be arrested for disturbing the peace? Will the press ignore it if we buss in hundreds of paid protesters and provide them all with shirts and signs?


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How about the next time some Allah Ackbar! type wants to speak in a mosque? Can we shout and protest (and employ violence) in order to keep him from preaching violence against the infidel? Or will the Powers decide that that is again protected free speech (as it should be) and arrest people who protest?



On today

I would like to wish you all a Happy Pi Day.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Who is behind it?

"CBS Sunday Morning" had a REALLY biased "story on the "Proliferation" of guns in America.

Biased "experts" telling us about the history of guns in America and their "influence" on our culture.

Real stories about people defending themselves.....Totally biased coverage. Using things like, when telling the story saying "And she claims that" when telling the story, in tones implying disbelief.

Look: I don't care if you do an Op-Ed about anything. Don't, however, disguise propaganda as news.

Thing is, I doubt that it changed anyone's mind. Didn't influence anyone one way or another, really. The haters still hate, and the gun people are still gun people.

All it did was erode (further) the Media's credibility....and make me wonder who is behind it.


Especially wonder who is behind it.

Friday, March 11, 2016

It's a start

The housecleaning at the Wounded Warrior Project has begun.

CBS is claiming responsibility for bringing the Scandal to light, but we all know it was the Blogosphere that began the brouhaha.

At least it has begun. No more fundraising efforts wasted to provide a lavish lifestyle to some execs rather than help Veterans.

Now if they can only recover some of the funds and use them properly.


'Tis primary season in Chicago

And while I live in Indiana, our television stations are Chicago based.

I expect the Attack Ads every election season, that is part of the Chicago way.  Aimed at the low information voter and the Party Faithful, they are mean spirited...."So and so is a terrible person, they eat children and hate puppies and rainbows"

I didn't expect the Trump attack ads though. Not in the primary.

On "poor" and the "Wage Gap".



most disadvantaged have a car, a television, a cell phone and plenty to eat. What they now bleat about is income disparity, completely ignoring the truth that capitalism, while perhaps increasing the gap between the richest and poorest, has managed to increase the absolute wealth of everyone.

But that isn't what the Liberal/Progressives want:

The Iron Lady said it best:










Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Careful:

If you have too much ammo, or too many rifles, you might be arrested....

(around here, "he was a beginner" and "underprepared"....and certainly needed more ammo....)

But in New York, he was, apparently, a serious threat.....although I doubt any of the charges stick, seeing as all the guns were legal. And Smokeless powder is a propellant, not an explosive. At best they will get him for "improper storage".

I believe I will call him "Sir"

'Cause he is, apparently one Bad Ass Motherfucker.

Stabbing victim pulls knife out of own neck, kills terroristYonatan Azarihab, who was collecting money for charity, hospitalized in moderate condition after Petah Tikva attack

His attacker died a few minutes later.

Bad.
Ass.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Northward

Today, I saw a flock of sandhill cranes flying northward.

A sure sign of spring.

Geese are one thing, Young robin scouts another.

Sandhill cranes are certain signs.

Herons soon.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Reunited

"I'll take you home".  Army Veteran Julio Munoz is reunited with his dog, Ben,  that he served in Afghanistan with.

Read it.  Dusty in here, ain't it?

The dogs adoptive family did the right thing. I am sure that it was hard on them. Kudos to the family for making the hard, but right, decision.

K2 Solutions and the Pentagon should be beaten, then tarred and feathered....then really punished. Anyone in that chain who has made the decision to give the dogs up for adoption without offering them to their handlers first needs to lose their job (or funding) and be barred from such positions of authority for life.




Say "Hi" to Ron

Nancy Reagan passed.
Age 94.





Peace.



Saturday, March 5, 2016

Contraste:



"The duties of the Senate are set forth in the US Constitution....Nowhere in that document does it state that the Senate has a duty to give Presidential appointees a vote".
     Harry Reid, 2005

Yet now:

"We have that nasty Constitution that says that they are OBLIGATED to hold hearings and OBLIGATED to vote. "
     Harry Reid, 2016.



Odd what 11 years (and a shift in political power) does to people's understanding of things, innit?

Friday, March 4, 2016

Guess what these were for?

Spring offensive?

or maybe just for "fun".

A Turkish citizen, a Swede and a man from Serbia have been arrested after a massive shipment of grenades and automatic weapons destined for Sweden was uncovered.

A Serbian, a Turk (and Finn), and a "Swede"....(Betcha he's a recent immigrant, or child of immigrants....And I'll be that he speaks Arabic and isn't a Lutheran or a follower of Odin..)


Thursday, March 3, 2016

2 to 5

That's the odds I give for the winners in the upcoming clash between the "Soldiers of Odin" and the "Soldiers of Allah".

First of all, there is LOTS of bluster in nearly any Islamic group of males, and very little fight.. (although those that DO fight are somewhat competent and fairly fearless, I am told). Little organization, and not much education. Plus they aren't gonna get much support flying the ISIS flag.

Second, the Soldiers of Odin have the home turf advantage. Likely better weapons. More support from the populace. Plus Viking Blood and all that.

This shall be interesting.... I bet it happens sooner rather than later. That's what happens when someone invades rather than assimilating.

Gonna happen here sometime too...different invaders, but no less anger.


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Is it a farce?

You heard it here first....

Picture this:

Trump gets no help from the RNC bosses.

Trump gets support from voters.

Trump still gets no support from RNC. Splits with the Republican Party....

Goes third party.

Fragments the Republican/Conservative voting block.

(See also: Ross Perot in 1992..Which gave us William Clinton)

Leaving us with........Hillary Clinton.

Interesting, ain't it?

One wonders.

This is what you get

When the requirements for the job don't even include a High School Diploma or GED.

You get the Lowest Common Denominator.

These people are too stupid to be in charge of security.....or work the line at Arby's...

TSA stops woman for gun shaped HEELS.

Plastic shoes with gun shaped heels.

If they can't tell the difference between plastic shoes and real firearms, then they really shouldn't be allowed to have badges. .....They might well damage themselves badly pinning them on.