Saturday, October 21, 2017

Nope, I didn't

Crash the plane, per the email question. Just been busy, so no posting.

Did fly Thursday, landings and a bit of airplane handling. Flew north, turned back and forth between two points, then turned the 172 using only ailerons (hard to not use the rudders after being trained to do coordinated flight) then again using only the ailerons. then only rudders, then ailerons only.

Then back to the airport. Landings. wind was 300 at 6-10 knots, so I got a bit more crosswind landing on runway 27. I'm getting better. And more confident.



Spent Thursday afternoon and Friday rebuilding the verandah at the range with a bunch of other guys. Went well. It's nice working with men who come to WORK, and bring their own equipment and tools and are prepared for the  task. Folks who take direction, but really need none.

This morning, however, my diet is pretty much Ibuprofen, I haven't walked purlins nor fastened a metal roof in a lot of years, and am feeling it today.

Today, more firewood. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Not even an inch.

Think Bump Stocks are a toy for rednecks who just like to turn money into noise and smoke and we should sacrifice 'em to make the Gun Grabbers happy?

You really need to read this then. 

Crosswinds.

Yesterday, I did crosswind landings.

I prefer to slip than to crab, I think. I find it a lot easier at the end.

5 good ones, and one where we miscommunicated and I thought I was stopping but was told to go around. So I rushed and applied power and took off accidentally with flaps. Which I chose not to change until I was at a few hundred feet of altitude. First time taking off with flaps. Came right off the runway in 50 degree weather and 800 foot field elevation with all those flaps. Lots of lift, and lots more drag.

Plus I gotta start my turns sooner. I over shot my base to Final turn twice 'cause of the wind.

And on the climb out at about 500 ft AGL, Bob pulled my hand on the throttle back just a bit, just enough to change the engine note. "Ok, engine failure. what now?"

"Straight ahead over the railroad tracks" says I .."Nice field there".

"What if a train comes?"

"Then we are screwed," I answered. " We will hit it".  "First ever midair with a train....."I laughed. So did he.

Went around and landed again.

I need some practice, but I can do this. I finally realized that the runways are (generally) a lot longer (and most are wider) than I need, so there is lots of time and lots of space to land on.

Didn't fly today, the winds were 200 10 knots gusting to 28. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Nice

Took the Palmetto State Armory AR-10 out to the range today for the first time.

I didn't need one, but had been thinking about building an AR-10 as a project, and PSA had 'em on sale. Full lowers for $159, and stainless steel uppers in .308 for $399. Free shipping too.... Hoo-Ray!!, an AR-10 for under $600.

And, while I dithered, the asshole of Vegas did his thing.....and I decided to, as it were, pull the trigger ...'Cause I figured there might be a run on 'em as folks stocked up just in case the RNC boys and the NRA kinda chose to knuckle under to the DNC/Bloomberg folks.

I got all the stuff a bit over a week ago, but only got to the range today. What with my normal stuff, the rush to finish splitting wood before winter, the whole flying/Ground School/Study thing, I've been busy.

And besides, when it is good range weather, it's good shooting weather, and when it ain't good for one, it ain't good for the other.

Anyway, got out to the range today. The range was all being used at 50 yards, so that is the distance I had to use, unless I wanted to wait 'til everyone else left.

All I had on it were some older pop up back up peep sights for an AR that I didn't like, but they did the job for testing.

A bit over 40 rounds, 5 at a time. Best group at 50 yards was 4 touching and one flyer about an inch to the left. Not bad for a 10 knot wind with gusts to 25.

Now I gotta find some decent glass. I'd really like to find a 4-16 x 50 MOA dot first focal plane with fine crosshairs and an empty 4 MOA diamond in the middle. I have one on my stainless heavy barrel .223 Wylde upper that is the best scope I've ever had, great FOV, great glass, great eye relief, but alas it has no name on it and I got it at a gunshow, used, so I have no idea who made it. Never seen one like it since, but I'd love to have another. Easy to measure distances with, large enough FOV for decent holdovers without having to adjust zero, just a great scope. It might move to this upper.....maybe.

Anyway, I'm happy. not bad for $559.00 for a decent AR-10. I'll likely spend as much or more for decent glass for this rifle as I spent ON the rifle.

Now I gotta stock up on some powder and 150 G .308 bullets.


Question for the ladies:

So, does a man wearing makeup and a dress make a woman?

'Cause a woman wearing mans jeans and workboots and a flannel shirt doesn't make a man.

Yet, oddly, we allow folks with Gender Confusion (mostly men) to use the term "her" when they are feeling feminine that day....or just feel like wearing a dress. Or whatever that day makes them feel like a girl.

But seriously, what makes one a woman? At what point is a man still a man even if he chooses to "identify" as a woman? How do you define it?

At what point are you willing to let them be in a locker room with you?

Seriously. I'm trying to ask the hard questions.

If a man, who self identifies as a woman (that day) is wearing a dress and makeup....is that a woman?

How about if (s)he decides to get some kind of hormone therapy? Is (s)he now a woman?

How about if they have surgery to alter their genitalia? Are they now a woman?

What makes a woman a woman? Lack of male genitalia? Breasts? Ovaries? Lack of testes?

At what point are you willing to let them into a locker room with you and your prepubescent daughter?

How do you define a woman? VS a man playing dress up?

Please, be specific. 

Someone dares say it:

"America doesn't have a problem with guns, but the "Third World" portion of America does have a gun problem"

You really should click the link and read, as they say, the whole thing.


Monday, October 16, 2017

He's right:

Except that, if history is any guide, he will fold at the first sign of unhappiness from his opponents and give up on doing the hard things, much less the right ones.

He's a weasel without a backbone. Or he just postures but has really sold himself cheap....I can't tell which.

Rand Paul: Congress needs to be 'the boldest we can' with tax reform to compete with other countries

So far, this year, Mr. Paul has exceeded my expectations, if only because I had none for him.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Note for CP:

Email me, please.

TheMiddleOfTheRight at Geemail dot Kom.

Thanks


Who did he piss off?

While I don't know Harvey Weinstein, and until a few days ago, had never heard of him, I gotta ask:

Who did he piss off?

Apparently his use of the "casting couch" was well known, and all those women who went to him for his access willingly chose to do so. As far as I can tell, he NEVER forced anyone to fall upon that couch. Apparently they chose to pay that price in an attempt to gain stardom.

Plus, he'd been using that tactic for more than 20 years....And, apparently everyone in the business knew it.

I find it hard to believe that he is the only man (or woman) to use their power like that.

Why, suddenly, is the fact that he did so, something of a terrible revelation? Apparently it was an "open secret" until a few days ago, then it became something else.....

It looks like he is being "Cosby'd" to me. Someone is mad at him and is going to take him down.

So why now? Why are they going after him NOW?

Why not earlier, or 5 years ago....or 3? Or even last year, before the election?

Why now? Who gains? 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The nose of the tent under the camel.....

So, here we have a VERY broadly (and poorly) written ban on "bump stocks or "any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle."....

and it is, indeed, the opening for further Gun Control.

Make no mistake, I have no need for a bump stock. I've seen and used one. It is merely for the most part, a way to turn expensive ammunition into smoke and noise downrange. One cannot be accurate when using a bump stock (I can't, anyway). nor do I think any of the other toys mentioned in this bill are useful for a marksman.

Having said that, this is the opening wedge. Especially since it is a "bipartisan" bill.

Let us not forget that the ATF(e) has stated that Bump Stocks are legal. No one can prevent someone else from choosing to use something legal in an illegal manner. Nor were Bump Stocks the only way that killing large numbers of people can be accomplished. 

6

Yesterday was better weather.

Flew to another small airport, about 20 miles away. Wind there was 170 at 8 so I landed on 20.

5 times. All decent landings. Lots of room for improvement, but good ones nonetheless.

Flew home, did one go around because we thought there was an animal on the runway, then a full stop landing.

I'm much happier with my progress than I was a week ago.

I do find the 172 to be much heavier in pitch than the 150.




Friday, October 13, 2017

No father

Or, at least, no father figure.

All those Moms didn't need a man in their life (except to pay the bills and donate sperm).

Home improvement stores are running out of customers: Need classes and "clinics" to teach Millenials how to do things like pound nails and replace hinges.

I knew how to do most things like that, if not well, at least safely and by age 15. Most of my friends (those whose parents weren't divorced, and even some of those whose parents were) could do so as well. I had a Dad. Mom chose well.

Lots of 30 somethings and 40 somethings are adequate at "man" tasks....they can build a wall, fix a door, weld, run pipe, wire and outlet, do drywall, etc. Hell, lots of women learned. Not so today....

20 somethings can't do any of the above, cause no one taught 'em how. No dads to teach 'em. Some men can't even change a tire. (or open a car with the keys locked inside)

Blame their moms.

(I should point out that Dad never taught me now to "pick a paint color" though. He (like me) saw the world in 8 bit color)


ETA: Apparently (according to comments) I am wrong, at least partially.

It may be that many millenials are simply unwilling to learn. But I do know that none of the ones that have learned to do things didn't have fathers...they all learned from Dad how to do man things. I know of very few that can do man things who lived without a father.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Prolly no flying today, either

Didn't yesterday, visibility was less than 3 miles and the ceilings were at about 600.

Pretty much the same today.

But, I am scheduled for 10 AM, and if the weather screws me, apparently there is a backup plan for filling in some holes in my knowledge.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wow, a leftist reporter who can think clearly

Not many of those around:

"I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise."

Of course, most of us who handle firearms on a regular basis already knew that, but to see it in print from a leftist rag is kinda shocking.

And I found it at the Freeholder, who is worth reading when he posts.

(this is how a responsible blogger gives credit when he steals another bloggers thunder, for those of you who fail to give credit four sources, BTW)

NFL folds

SO the NFL (Not the teams, nor the players, but the National Football League itself) has folded regarding the "protests" at the National Anthem at the start of the games.

Apparently, the loss of revenue did what good sense couldn't.

Huffpo has the letter (with commentary).

'Bout fuckin' time.


Now contrast the above with this.

(terrible singing, mind you, but the heart is there)


Have you read this?

Woodpile Report.

Worth a read.

If I could find a way to stop supporting the NRA and to still be a member of my range (it is a requirement for membership) I would quit them...and never return as a member of the NRA....I would.

Ruck 'em. They betrayed every member.


And one bit of justice

Detective who abused his power and arrested nurse who refused his orders fired.

Now she needs to sue him personally for false arrest and abuse of power, plus assault, kidnapping, etc.

And everyone in the chain of command that authorized his actions as well. Not the city, the individuals.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Still must be Trump's fault

According to sources it would seem that there is enough evidence for the US attorney to investigate some of the Puerto Rican Mayors who are hoarding supplies for "those who voted for them", and who weren't delivering aid supplies to those who didn't vote for 'em. 

Still, however, it must be Trump's fault that third world people act like third world people in a third world society.

And yes, it IS still a third world society. If you think otherwise, you've either never been there or you've never left the tourist resort you stayed at.

Found via Wirecutter

"Still 3 million Americans without power"

'cept they aren't Americans.

They are Puerto Ricans.

Not the same thing.

And they don't want to pay taxes, but they want to take our aid and live under our protection. They have no military, no national guard, and yet they still haven't got enough money to even take care of themselves BEFORE the hurricane, much less after.

And now it is Trumps fault that there is still debris is the streets. It should have been cleaned up by the US, apparently. The Puerto Rican's won't take responsibility for their own homes? 

Coverage by CBS starts from incorrect premises and devolves from there....



And, again, a good thing screwed up by the courts

Seems the courts have decided that movie theaters MUST provide sign language interpreters for deaf patrons. 

Yep, the courts (federal) have decided that the theaters must provide a way for deaf people to get the full movie experience (how they gonna experience the music? The other sound effects?) and that the cost of the interpreter(s) must be borne by the theater.

While I am all for the ADA as it was intended, at some point it has (generally caused by the courts, but not always) gone off the rails.

This is but one example. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

As asked:

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National boycott of the NFL for Sunday November 12th, Veterans Day Weekend. Boycott all football telecast, all fans, all ticket holders, stay away from attending any games, let them play to empty stadiums. 
Pass this post along to all your friends and family. Honor our military, some of whom come home with the American Flag draped over their coffin.  
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I quit watching at the first "Kneeling" this year, when the owners and NFL management chose to let it happen. 

Y'all are grownups and do what you want. But I think that if you dislike the kneeling, you should tell the advertisers about it. Hit the NFL in the wallet. No ad revenue means less dollars for spoiled players. 


Landings

So Mike, my flight instructor, apparently up and quit.

No big deal, I have a guy named Bob. Older guy, really knows his shit.

Did a call to get a weather brief, and our destination airport was clearing, but not yet VFR. We chose to go there and see what the conditions were.

We flew from VPZ to OXI . Weather was clear and we did some landings. I learned a LOT more, and did 3. There was, again, ZERO wind, so I did some good landings with no complications.

Then did 3 more at VPZ. Again, much smoother.

I think I'm gonna do better with Bob than I was with Mike.

Only issue is he's old enough to have trouble getting into the 150's, so we are gonna go to the 172 (and stay there). But that costs a bit more. Still, I am happier. I think he's gonna teach me more, and better, than Mike.

Wednesday, if we fly, it should be windier, so we shall see how I do in landings with winds. 

Yep, been my observations

in parts of the South Side of Chicago as well.

READ THIS.

“One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.” ― Thomas Sowell



Sunday, October 8, 2017

Y'know

These psychotically anti Trump haters are starting to be just as bad as the psychotically Anti Barry the O haters were for the past 8 years. And it took just about as long for them to get on my nerves.

Fer gods sake folks, GET A GRIP!.

(if you aren't sure if this applies to you, then it probably does)

Friday, October 6, 2017

How about "NO"?

Trump on Puerto Rico debt: 'We will have to wipe that out'

Yeah, no, why destroy the savings of all the folks that own some of Puerto Rico's debt instruments.


You know that if you wipe out the debts, they'll just do it again. It isn't like they've tried to balance their budget over the past 10 years, much less reduce their debt load.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

NRA: Giving up your rights

And waffling...

Again.

Are you surprised? I'm not

(FAIRFAX, VA) - The National Rifle Association today issued the following statement: 

"In the aftermath of the evil and senseless attack in Las Vegas, the American people are looking for answers as to how future tragedies can be prevented.  Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control.  Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks.  This is a fact that has been proven time and again in countries across the world.  In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.  The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.  In an increasingly dangerous world, the NRA remains focused on our mission: strengthening Americans' Second Amendment freedom to defend themselves, their families and their communities.  To that end, on behalf of our five million members across the country, we urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence."

I don't own, nor do I have a need for, a Bump Stock. Having said that, it isn't about NEED. I have no use for one, they seem like an easy and quick way to turn money into smoke and noise. Waste of ammo, cause it is hard to hit anything after the first shot. But some folks like 'em and don't hurt anyone using them.

Had this dude in Vegas used one of his 2 planes and crashed into the crowd, it would have killed more folks,and injured many more. Had he bought a large truck and used it to run folks down, it would have resulted in a similar tragedy.

He used a gun, modified with a LEGAL, ATF approved item, to spray bullets down on a large group of people.

Would regulating these items out of existence have prevented the tragedy? Nope. Would it have lessened it? Maybe, but doubtful.

I am disgusted that the NRA is so quickly willing to cave on something like this. It isn't what I give them my yearly dues to do. It isn't what I expect them to do as a "gun rights" organization.

I am disgusted by their actions and the thought process that led to those actions.

ETA: And so far, for the past 12 hours, their "feedback" page has a runtime error, so I can't connect to them (and they probably don't care) about this matter. 

Failure in Manliness

So I'm at Ground School. (6 PM to 8 PM) and at the end of the class, one of the instructors found that she had locked her keys in the car.

I go outside and find these 20 Somethings trying to see inside the car with the flashlight apps on their phones.

"What's up" sez I?

"Locked her keys in the car" came the answer.

I take the (actual) flashlight out of my pocket and look through the widshield. Sure enough there are the keys. The window is down about a half inch and I can see that the car has electric locks.

"No problem," I say, "someone go inside and see if you can find a hangar"

One of the 20 Something trots off and I go to my truck, open it, toss my bag inside, open the center console and pull out a headlamp, open the toolbox in the back and pull out a pair of pliers.

I get back to the car and the kid runs up  as I am putting on the headlamp. Hands me a hangar.
A white plastic hangar.

Dude, Seriously? Headdesk. Facepalm. If I'd have had both hands free it woulda been a double facepalm.

Sigh.

"No, a wire hangar"

"Oh!" I can see he hadn't thought it through until now.

Runs back inside, returns with a WIRE hangar.

I untwist it, straighten it and they all look at me as if I am some kind of shaman or magician as I slide the hangar into the car and pull the little tab marked "lock" and the doors all go "click!".

She thanked me and they all disperse. I put the pliers back and the headlamp back and started the truck and drove home.

If these young men are the future, we, as a culture, are DOOMED,


Truth:

She: "He's a good person, even if he is a highly intelligent, mostly in control psychopath.".

Me, to myself:  "yeah, true, but that describes many of my friends".


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

3!

1 Good, 1 Meh, 1 Better.

Weather was marginal when I left the house at 0900. scattered at 1800, overcast 2400. It improved when I got to the airport at 0945.

Preflighted the plane, then a quick briefing, a stop at the desk for a hood, and we taxied to the end of 27 and did the run up.

Wind was 240 at 10. Scattered at 2000 ceiling at 2400.

A good takeoff, and departed to the north. Climbed to 2400 just so I could see what it was like, then descended to 2000 and I put on the hood. (damned thing didn't fit very well).

Flew simulated instruments for about a half hour at 1800. It wasn't too hard to hold level flight, but straight  was a bit of a challenge. I kept drifting 'cause of the wind. Smaller control inputs helped.  But I got that figured out and we flew a bit instruments only, then turned back south and found the airport.

Entered the pattern and flew a good approach. Wind was 260 at 11, steady.

I flew a good final and did a good landing. Without the wind gusting, I did OK and so we did another takeoff and went around again. Good approach, but I wandered a bit after the flare and didn't stay as straight as I should have (gotta pay attention to the rudder!) once on the ground. (hey, it's a wide runway, why not use all of it?) Took off and went around twice discussing what I did wrong. There was another plane that entered the pattern  close in front of me, so I went long before turning base and then I was low. Intercepted the glide path lights at about 1500 and flew a good final approach and a decent (much better!) landing.

Full stop.

Taxied off the runway and to the ramp.

Without the gusts, I could pay attention to the actual approach and flare. I finally got it right. More than once, in fact.

I'm much happier today. Gotta pay more attention to the pattern altitudes and speeds, and I need a LOT more landings.
But this time, Ma Nature chose to smile upon me and give me less complicated landing conditions to deal with. I'm still overcontrolling, but not as much, and I'm much happier with myself.

1.5 and 3 landings.

I'm beginning to think I can do this. 

Nope, no agenda:

"Democrats had a surge of hope"

A direct quote from CBS about Gun Control.

And their coverage has been as if every gun owner had rolled in offal, the facial expressions, the choice of words, the way questions are asked to form the answer...."There is no way for the ATF to know when a person purchases multiple rifles".

"The state of Nevada doesn't require licenses or registration so a person can have as many as they want".

And the kicker:

"This is good news for Gun Control... the Silencer legislation is dead".
Scary thought process to enable anyone to say that


Thought for the day:

Temporary poverty vs Permanent poverty.

It is my opinion that most folks who live in "poverty" (note that the definition changes often) generally do so by choices they make. Many tines over and over. It is a culture, a thought process, and a lack of learning....a failure to connect behavior now with results later.

I employed many folks with the "poverty mindset"...."cant pay the rent, but look at my new tattoo"......"Car needs tires and I can't afford 'em....hey, are you gonna meet us at the bar on Friday night"? Etc etc, wash/rinse/ repeat.

My father says that "Poverty is a state of mind".  The older I get, the smarter he seems.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Man, that's harsh

HERE.

you'll smile. 

As we figured:

I thought the rate of fire was low for an Auto.

Gunman had "Bump Stock" (warning, autoplay video)

Still doesn't answer the other questions though.


Since we haven't heard

on the news media at all about Stephen Paddock's political affiliation, one has to wonder: Is he a leftist? I mean, if he had posted anything Pro-Trump, even once, the media would have found it and would be waving it in our faces right now...

So is he a DNC supporter and they just aren't saying anything about it?

Or is there simply nothing to report: He has no Social Media footprint and no one knows?

Either is possible. I do believe that if he leaned Right they'd have told us about it already. 

1.3

Back in the 150. Think i'm gonna stay there.

Flew for about 20 min refamiliarizing myself with the type.

Then did several simulated landings above a road. Wind was at 190 at 10 gusting to 18.

Was a warning about drone activity 1.5 miles north of runway 18.

Entered the pattern. Did ok there. Was turning base when I saw the helicopter.   About 1000 feet AGL, and about 1 mile off the end of the runway, maybe less. Wasn't happy, it startled me. Kinda in my way. No position calls from them and I admit, it shook me up. Then after we avoided 'em, a belated call warning about helicopter activity. Not sure if it was the helicopters making the call or someone else. But I went around the pattern instead of trying to land that time. I did complain on CTAF that they should have announced themselves when I called my intentions. Yes, I know it is my responsibility to avoid collisions. Still.

They moved north. Seems they were searching for some lost kids.

Entering the pattern again got a warning call about ANOTHER helicopter. Then someone else complained on CTAF that they should announce their positions as they moved around since they were close to the active runway.... Anyway, I saw him, and he was not in my way, so I did a decent approach, but fought the wind. And a gust blew me off the runway centerline just before landing.

Go around. Shit. Again.

Next time, they were both back. We left the pattern to the east and flew a few circles around a point for practice 'til the cop choppers called that they were clear of the pattern.

Then again, a nice approach and a failed landing as again, the wind blew me far off the centerline. I was overcontrolling at the end of the approach.

Go around.

We asked, and the cops were gonna be there for a while, so did another circuit then decided to cut it short.  Mike did the landing. He too had to fight the gusts but kept it close to the centerline to land.

I need a decent day with not too much wind to do a landing or 6 and get myself more confident.

I can FLY ok, I'm comfortable doing that, and I am ok with wind once at an altitude... I can take off. I'm getting better at taxiing...I can do approaches.The last 50-75 feet are a bitch.

I gotta get this landing shit together. 

Very good questions:

Read 'em HERE.

I have wondered about most of these.

I have no answers, and likely won't ever get 'em.

But it does make one wonder.....WHY? Somethin' doesn't add up.

Link found HERE, although I check the Report a few times a week anyway. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Tom Petty?

Supposedly dead?


ETA: Apparently true

Whoah

Las Vegas shooting.

Early reports say the gunman shot from a hotel window. (Other say there were several shooters, so we really don't know). Sniper(s) from above at the crowd at the concert.

50 dead, 200 injured. Suspect is named as Stephen Paddock.



Prayers for the folks there.

ETA: AAAND the Gun Control propaganda has already started. Plus "Fully Automatic Weapons"!!! and "Any Assault Weapon is easily converted" (which is bullshit).

But they cannot help but dance in the blood of the victims, can they?


ETA2: something odd about this. A 60+ year old from an ASSISTED LIVING facility did this? 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

An example:

Of the real reason why we need the Second Amendment.

Borepatch shows one good one.

The police can be stormtroopers in Spain, as there is really no right to own firearms, and everything must be licensed and each license is difficult to obtain.

Therefore the police can run amok and few can stop them. The "citizens" have no real way to fight back.


They can do that here in the US too.....once. Then the citizens can take the offensive if the need arises.

Let us hope we never get to that point here. 

Bummer

No more of those books that the Left and (most of) our government think we should not have access to.

Seems that Paladin Press has fallen on hard times and will close after 40+ years of publishing. So long to the "most dangerous publisher in the world".

If there is something of theirs you were thinking about buying, do it now. There will be no more orders after Nov 28th.

One wonders what some of those guys at the gunshows will sell now?


Yep

Read this.

I cannot agree any more.

How oppressed are you? 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Just so you know:

Today, in 1960, was the day TheFlintstones was first broadcast.

This was the first animated show ever to be broadcast in prime time.

And generation of kids watched it in reruns for DECADES.


Lack of communication

Didja ever notice that some folks (CoughLeftistsCough) hear what they *think* you said rather than what you actually said? And no matter how carefully you phrase something, they hear it through the filter of their preconceptions.

Even after you carefully repeat your statement, then carefully rephrase it?

How do you communicate with folks like that? When they cannot overcome their biases to actually hear what you said (or wrote).

(Yes, I am referring to CP and others)


Friday, September 29, 2017

And can't we all say that about our jobs?

 "I’m really good at it, and I really like it. And it’s heartbreaking to me it doesn’t pay what I feel it should.” Read that again: It isn't fair that I can't get paid what I want for what I want to do...

My heart bleeds for her. We'd all like to make more money at what we do.

We all gotta make choices. Sometimes it means doing what we gotta rather than what we want to do as a career. If what we want to do doesn't pay enough, the we gotta find something that does. One does not have to be an academic.



Like I said:

Puerto Rico's issues are cause by Puerto Rico's government.

Much like Hurricanes Katrina, the planning, response post hurricane and recovery was, to a large extent, helped or hindered  by the local and state government's competence (or lack, in some cases) (compare the recovery of Louisiana to Mississippi ferinstance).

Puerto Rico's government has, apparently no competetence.

The aid is there, the containers are piling up by the thousands, but there are no cleared roads to take it anywhere....and there is no plan as to where to take it. No one knows what is needed, or where, and no one has planned clearing of any routes to those locations that they haven't planned, nor have they arranged any method of transportation to get it there.

The failures here are not those of George Bush Trump, but of (again) the liberal government officials. It ain't like this is the first time a hurricane has hit the island. What damage will happen, and where, and how much aid and where (and how) to distribute it should be an easy plan to make, really.   

Leftists:

Especially ones with Trump Derangement Syndrome.

I find it sad.

And while the double standard is terrible, the worse part is that the books would have been an asset to the library, but were rejected for political reasons....and just plain spite. 

'Cause (quite bluntly) they usually stay in the South Side of Chicago.....

"We don't typically see incidents like this," Smith said. "This would be very unusual for Six Flags."

9 young outstanding citizens beat 12 year old boy and his parents at amusement park.

Wanna guess the melanin content of the parties involved?

 A gang of animals, really. Don't know civilized behavior. Likely raised by Grandma. Prolly no Dad at all.

Yeah, again, I know, I'm a racist for pointing this out. Stopped caring what y'all call me a while back.

This sort of shit doesn't happen in county fairs in rural Kansas or Indiana or Oklahoma or other Red cities though. Only at or near bigger cities. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Still pushing it

The "Russian interference" Meme....Now with FaceBook.

And yet, Facebook itself has done much to influence elections....Unfairly, in my opinion. And we haven't seen any disclosure as to who else bought ads for or against candidates in any of the races in 2016...

Does George Soros get to do ads for or against a candidate? If so, why are his ads different than the "Russian" ads? How about the socialist Michael Bloomberg? How abut all the 'Pacs(s) that have poorly defined (if at all) funding sources?

Yes, free speech applies. They are American Citizens. I got that. But still, why are they OK and some vaguely "Russian" ads not? 

Prototypes

Border wall sections going up.

I think this is a Good Thing.

No more platitudes about "Border Security". No more lies about "Committed to our nations security" or "Stop illegal immigration". No more wasted money on high-Tech solutions that don't really stop anyone.

I have, for years, said we either needed to get serious about our border or need to stop wasting money on border control and our Border Patrol
Look like Donnie is finally getting serious.

'Bout time.

Hugh Hefner

News reports he has passed at the age of 91.

By all reports, he had a good, fun life.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SCARY.

Socialist are growing in power:

What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be. I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. Unfortunately, what stands in the way of that is hundreds of years of history that have elevated property rights and wealth to the point that that’s the reality that calls the tune on a lot of development.


These are the words of the Mayor of New York City.

If he gets his way, the city will be broke again in 5 years, and people will be fleeing.

In 10 years, it will be like Caracas.


Well,

Today was both harder and easier than I expected.


The day started at 0700 well below minimums, but the forecast was for better weather at 10.

They were right.

Clear to 7000 but with a wind at 330 at 7 knots. Cool.

Did the preflight, found water, drained a bit more, found just a trace of water, called the hangar guy, he drained a LOT more, we let it settle, no water. OK!.

Takeoff was pretty good, we flew south and did some turns. The wind made it a bit harder to do 'em smoothly, but I managed. S-turns with the wind weren't too bad, but then the gusts started. 7 knots gusting to 27. I still made a decent s-turn both starting to the left and to the right, although my altitude control could have been better. I now see why this is a skill I need to master.

Turns around a point were ok, but could have been better. I kept my distances fairly well, but the gust made that a LOT harder than it should have been. Again, my altitude control sucked. I was up and down around the circle, gaining and losing about 200 feet. We also did some practice approaches flying with a road as a simulated runway from 3000' to about 1500 feet. Again, the wind made me work to keep my course. This was the first time I felt like I was fighting to maintain my course.

Then we did some pattern work, The gusts were more frequent. and my approach was ok, but my course control as I flew over the runway at 100' was...lacking. Again, I was fighting the gusts. Mike decided to do the landing and demonstrated a crosswind landing on runway 36, with the wind at 320. I understand the concept but need some practice to maintain my heading like that.

My taxiing continues to improve. One thing I did was to hold onto the dash with my left hand so I didn't start to try to steer with my hand instead of my feet...until I needed aileron to fight the wind.
I'm also figuring out when to use the nosewheel and when to use the brakes to steer, and when to blend them.

1.5 hours.





And it begins

The backlash against the NFL.

Good.

I may have to go buy a suit. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Didja notice?

Months ago: A white kid goes to a black church and shoots some worshippers and we get all sorts of coverage on the media and then a condemnation of all things Confederate because in ONE Facebook post he was wearing something with a Confederate flag on it....

Days ago: We get a (black) Sudanese immigrant who posted several posts Pro Jihad and then goes and shoots several people in a (mostly) white church and the press does all it can to bury the incident at all, and COMPLETELY ignores the pro Jihadi pats of his Social Media...and does their best to downplay the fact that he is an immigrant.

Odd that, Innit?


A pozitive developement

In the NFL debacle.

Seems that enough fans have requested refunds from DirecTV Sunday Ticket that the company has made it a policy to refund the money of subscribers who wish to cancel their subscription over the NFL anthem idiocy.

Good.
Hit the NFL folks where they will feel it most:
In the bank account. They'll notice than. Betcha they change their tune when their revenues drop by 30%.





Y'know....

A thought occurred to me.....(yes, it happens, sometimes even twice in a week).

If Colin Kapernick had simply waited a year, he'd be on a contract and making somewhere north of $20 million a year.

And he could have taken a great deal of that money and used it to actually DO something to improve the situation of young black men. Maybe teach 'em a trade or teach 'em how not to look like a Yo and get the attention of police or something. I dunno.


I do know that he could have made a greater difference had he been a player in the NFL than he is now....which is nothing. He now has zero effect on the situation he was protesting. He hasn't fixed a thing, and now never will.

And had he taken that path his adoptive (white) mother who raised him with the best of everything wouldn't hate him and be embarrassed by him now.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Double standards.....

Rightspeak is ok, badspeak is not:

Just a few short days ago  the Leftists were all for shutting down free speech when the National Socialists were doing their stupidity......


Yet today, we are supposed to support Free Speech 'cause this time it is for a Good Cause or something  when the NFL idiots did their little tantrum.

And the Leftists aren't even smart enough to realize the irony. 

Interesting:

Ordering the players to stand and respect the Anthem is a BadThing. .

But ordering the players to stay inside the locker room in a half-hearted, half-assed, cowardly display of not taking a stand is ok.
Double standards of the leftists. 

Question:

So the assholes NFL players (and, by their support, the owners, managers, and NFL management) think that it is OK to protest the (perceived) bad treatment of some black me by officers: To wit the deaths when resisting arrest or otherwise failing to comply with lawful orders.....In other words, instead of taking their lumps when caught, they run, fight, kick, resist, scream, spit, struggle and endanger the officers who are arresting them.  
Perhaps they are right, and some officers target young black me. Or it could be that young black men make themselves a target by their actions and how and where they drive. Not part of my point here.

Are these National police? Are they Federal cops?

Nope most of the cops who interact with the groups that they claim (although statistics don't bear it out) are disproportionally killing black men are LOCAL cops.

So why are they disrespecting a National symbol? Hating on their country? Why not blame their local government? You know, the one that they have the power to elect or replace? 

Just a thought:

The Steelers player with the biggest balls is Alejandro Villanueva.

He did what he thought was right, and went against his teammate's wishes.

I respect him for that.

Make no mistake, I think his teammates are cowards. Either stand, or kneel, but don't hide. Next time, make your position known.




Should count as two

Landings, that is. Glad that wasn't MY aircraft today.

Still no wind, so still no turns around a point. Today we did some reviews of skills I had learned previously and then just flew. I am getting better, smoother, and am learning more about flying. Climbs, descents, turns. All getting smoother and my power management is better.

Then some patterns.

My first landing today was a very smooth touch and go. If I could do it like that every time, I'd be happy.

The second one....not so much.

Approach was good, but I flared about 20 feet too high I was 10 feet off the runway when the stall horn went off and I ran out of airspeed....And bounced. Hard. then sideways, then hard on the runway. I didn't damage the aircraft, but, as I said, I'm glad it was someone else's plane. Pretty sure I know what I did wrong.

7.7 hours, 3 (or 4, depending) landings.




SO all these players

Each making MILLIONS of dollars.

And they disrespect the flag and country which makes their success possible.

Ok, they have that right. Yep, they do. I disagree with their actions, yet I support their right to do such asinine things.

They protest the "inequalities" of the treatment of blacks. The barriers to success.....and other undefined unfairness

Yeah, maybe there is something there.. Maybe. But cops go to folks where there is more likelihood of a bust. If one looks like a thug, then one gets treated like a thug. Having a police record is a barrier to success.

But, (and here is the point of this post) how many of those million dollar salary earning players who are protesting are spending any of their personal fortunes or their time helping the blacks in their community to succeed and get ahead? How many are teaching how to succeed and (most especially) how not to fail?

'Cause they could make a HUGE difference, if they could be bothered to actually, you know, DO something, rather than a disrespectful kneel. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

All for free speech

Seriously. I support the rights of those NFL players who wish to make a statement. If they want to join the trend and oppose the white man (who is the source of most of the funds that pay their salaries) and disrespect the Anthem and the Flag and the country for which they stand.....They have every right.

And I will begin telling the advertisers who give money to the TV stations and networks that if they advertise on NFL games that I will find competing products. And when this begins to hurt the TV revenue, then maybe the dollars spent on the broadcast rights will drop.

and maybe, just maybe, that, along with the reduced revenue from ticket sales will get the NFL teams attention.

I would like to see each and every one of those idiot players (and managers, and other team members) who fail to stand and either salute or in some other way respect our Anthem and our flag be fired, or suspended or otherwise negatively impacted.

I think the fact that Kapernick is unable to find a job is a fitting end to his childish actions.

I'd like to see this happen to each and every one of his co-conspirators.

And until it does, except to find out advertisers, I'll not watch.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some e-mails to write to some companies.


AAAND once again,

Puerto Rico wants the US to bail them out post hurricane.

Which I wouldn't think would be a bad idea, except that the cittizens pay no Federal Income Tax.

And, of course, they have a government that is broke, and nearly bankrupt, so they have no money to pay for their own fixes after Hurricane Irma.
They can't pay their own bills. They can't help themselves.

Now, I am all for humanitarian aid, but rebuilding? Fuck That. Let 'em rebuild their own country. The only time they want US intervention and laws is when they need help.




Saturday, September 23, 2017

Gunshow

Dunes Rifle and Pistol club is having their fall gunshow. in Valparaiso Indiana.

See me there. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

About that "end of the world" thing:

Yeah, maybe not so much:

Man who claimed the world would end on Sept 23 2017 says "NeverMind".

Huh, Imagine that.

"Prick"

So today there was NO wind. Zero. Calm.

So no Turns around a Point, no S-Turns. Kinda woulda been pointless.

So, instead, I got briefed on how to deal with an Engine Out Situation.

Then I took off and flew south to the "Practice Area"  and we went over the procedures again.

Then Mike demonstrated.

My turn.

3K feet (~2200 AGL) gives (more or less) 3.5 miles of glide.

Pull power back.

Pick a field
navigate towards it while:

Do you checks. Fuel, mags, etc.

Make your radio call.

Set up for landing.

Lots of time. And yet not much either.

So I did it twice. THought I was comfortable,

Did some stalls. Power Off and Power On.

Started back to the airport. Was about 3 miles away, just ready to make my first radio call when the power went away.

Mike says: "you have just lost your engine".

I looked over at him while trimming for 65 KIAS. "Prick".

And chose a (soybean) field.
Did the procedure.

and realized as I began my approach that the field I had chosen had a linear sprinkler across it.

Fuck. That woulda been bad.

But, I added power, climbed to 1700' and entered the pattern and did a really nice landing.

Plus, my Taxiing is better. Still needs work, but better.

He says I'm the first student to call him bad names, ever.




Oh, Jesus,

Are we really supposed to think that this isn't a propaganda campaign? That the News Media isn't conspiring to set or change public opinion? That they aren't a propaganda arm of the DNC?

Zuckerberg is gonna show us ads that "might have" had "Russian influence".

This a day after the media gave Hillary a tour so she could give us her version of how she thinks the election should have gone.

And the nighttime talk shows all had either Hillary on their show or had commentary....and said shows got commentary on the morning news shows so there was even MORE coverage.

It is, all about the meme.

And since the "Russian influence" meme died, they are trying to resurrect it.

And the News Media wonders why they have no credibility anymore.

Hillary seems to be like a Zombie. No matter what you shoot her with, she still gets up and comes at you again.
Perhaps someone needs to shoot her in the head. I am told that is the only way to kill Zombies.


Now, to clear my head of this propaganda, as soon as the fog lifts, I'm gonna go fly.




Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pretty much today

Pretty much, today is the day that they gotta find you if you are trapped by debris from the earthquake in Mexico.

Yes, some folks like longer, but, statistically, if they don't find you today, alive, then they will find you later, dead.

Say a prayer for all those folks in Mexico.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

1.4 more

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

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

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

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

I think I am getting this, if slowly. 

Yup



That pretty much covers it.

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

And please, stop giving Hillary any credence.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SO who benefits?

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

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

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

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

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

So what does she wear?


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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

1.4 and stalls

Stalls are FUN! Easy too.

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

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

Starting to really like this.

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


Odd, that

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

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

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


Hmmmm

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

"Tired of your shit there, son"

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

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


Didja ever notice:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Izzit me?

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

Murphy said the same thing about protests in New Orleans.

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

Friday, September 15, 2017

add 1.4

to my logbook. This time in a C150.

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

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

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

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

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

interstellar Kamikaze




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

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

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

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










Thursday, September 14, 2017

And again

Fog, this time.....


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

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


Liberal women have issues

Probably because of lack of a Daddy.

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

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

1.1 Hours

Of heavier than air flight.


Yep, I started private pilot school yesterday.

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

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

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

It was fun. And I learned a fair bit.

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

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


Monday, September 11, 2017

Question:

I know it is racist and all;

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

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

Odd that.

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

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


16

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

I haven't forgotten.

Have you?

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

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

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

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









Sunday, September 10, 2017

Can you help?

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

Read HERE.

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

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

If you can, toss a few bucks his way.


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

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

Before you donate

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

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

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


Saturday, September 9, 2017

It is interesting

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

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

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

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




I think I see part of the problem:

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

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

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

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


Friday, September 8, 2017

This Just In:

Tell all your liberal neighbors:


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

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

Please note: Conservatives are NOT invited. 

That is all.


ETA: More like that (and better executed) here


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

So the Left says:

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

OK.

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

Slavery.
Jim Crow.

Please, enlighten me.

So...

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

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

And, of course, leave the areas.

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

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




Tuesday, September 5, 2017

'Tis interesting:

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

Odd, that.

I'll donate

To HIS Legal Defense Fund.

Sadly, I can't find one.


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

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

Lessons not learned

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


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

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

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

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

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

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




Monday, September 4, 2017

Saturday, September 2, 2017

What about the other officers?

So by now I am sure you've see, read or heard on media the story of the Utah nurse who was arrested for following the policy of the hospital she worked at (and the LAW, BTW) regarding a blood sample and an unconscious man under her care.

Now, the officer who arrested her is on Administrative leave. Which is something, if not the answer.

A couple of points that no one else is bringing up:

There were other officers on the scene (watch the video). They didn't stop Det. Jeff Payne from arresting her. In fact, in some versions of the video, one helped.

A further point here is that the man from whom the detective wanted blood drawn was an innocent bystander in an accident resulting from a police chase. He was injured when the fugitive ran into the semi he was driving and said semi burst into flame. Why did they need a sample of his blood?

And why aren't the other police officers in the hospital who witnessed what was, at the core of it, an assault and illegal detention and kidnapping of a nurse? They stood by and did nothing. Why? And why aren't they also on unpaid leave?

Respec Mah Autoriteh!




Friday, September 1, 2017

Just as bad as New Orleans:

Seems that the City of Houston has been collecting MILLIONS of dollars in taxes to pay for Flood Control projects. They called it a "rain tax"....

Except that they haven't spent a nickel on any flood control.  

Spent a lot of money from those taxes, mind you. Just not on flood control.

And here we have flooded streets and neighborhoods and such in Houston.

Odd, that.


Plus they didn't draw down the reservoirs before the expected 30+ inches of rainfall. So when they had to release some water, they ADDED to the flooding.

Interesting, innit. Always cities with Democrats for mayors that have all these issues. Not all the cites run by Democrats for years have these issues, but most of them. Not to say that Republican run cites don't have problems, but there does seem to be a pattern with Democrats ruling cities that then sink into decline.....




As I said earlier (only this time with a picture)





Found at Daily Timewaster. Not sure where he got it from. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Market price

So a bunch of some folks in the greater Houston area are all upset that prices for food, water, gasoline etc have gone up in price.....Hotel rooms too.....

"Gouging" .

Fuck That. Pricing for motel rooms has ALWAYS been a market based thing. Trust me, much of the time the property makes very little profit as a motel during the week. Weekend pricing/special event pricing is ALWAYS higher

Gasoline? Ever notice that that pricing varies weekend to weekday and then is even higher on special holidays? Labor day? Memorial day? Independence day? Yep, Market Based Pricing.

Same with some food items.

Same with....surprise! Plywood in an area about to be impacted by a hurricane.

Snow shovels after a blizzard.

No discounts on generators after an ice storm.

But folks are angry because some dude is selling his hotel rooms, in an area where folks are willing to pay a LOT right now for a dry bed and a hot shower, for a higher price. Don't wanna pay $300 per night for that dry bed and a private room to shower in? Don't. No one is forcing you to do so. You can stay in a shelter with other displaced folks and be treated like cattle FOR FREE... I will bet that the dude is having to clean rooms himself or pay (or house and feed his staff and their families ) a lot to get staff to clean rooms and operate his motel for those guests.

Or the guy who owns a gas station has decided that his gas is worth $10/gallon. He's likely having issues with his staff 'cause they are flooded too....But he is open. Hey, it is his gas. Don't like the price? Don't buy it.

Bottled water for $75 per case? Go find your own clean drinking water. You could have stockpiled a couple of cases that would be fine (and cheaper) if you'd bother to prep a bit ahead. The store owner has it, and it is his to sell at whatever price he chooses to sell it for. Don't like the price? Buy it somewhere else. Or next time, learn from this lesson and stock a few cases of water at your home. (Or buy a Berkey water filter so you can purify your own).

Either way, if you need it (or want it, in the case of a motel room or gasoline), and someone has it, then you can either pay their price or choose not to. If their price is too high, then no one will purchase it, and they will have to lower it. IF someone will pay it, then that is the market price. When I own something it is I who chooses at what price to sell it. Not the buyer, and certainly not the Government.

Complaining about "gouging" is just whining because you were too fucking stupid to prep or plan properly.




Cannot understand:

I cannot understand the thought processes of people who, even when faced with the wrath of Mother Nature (for which they maybe, perhaps, might have tried to prepare a little) Can abandon their pets.

My household pets are like family....

I'd put them down before I would abandon them. Anything else is cruel and heartless. Leave your pet in a flood? At best it drowns quickly.  At worst, it starves slowly. Leaving your pets to this fate is inhumane.

All those who did so are unworthy of their animals love.


Monday, August 28, 2017

question:

So, folks who should have evacuated in Houston and surrounding areas didn't. Foolish, as we know what hurricanes do in that area, lots of history, so the areas that are now flooded have flooded before. No surprises, really.

Yes, this was pretty serious rain. But.

My question is this: The "Cajun Navy" came to help people stranded and in need of rescue. They are, as far as I can tell composed nearly exclusively of white men. And, as  far as I can see, they are rescuing folks without regard to the color of their skin, gender (real and perceived and identified) economic status, immigration status, etc.

It also appears that the other rescuers are nearly all men, and mostly white.


Where is Black Lives Matter in this? Are they doing any organized effort to help? Or are they only good for violent protests where the cops are held back? Are THEY rescuing anyone? Even Black People? Or is that up to those hated white folks?

Same with Antifa....Are they helping in any way?

Yeah, didn't think so.