Sunday, December 17, 2017

Now THAT was exciting.

Went up today, for pattern work. Did 8 decent landings, just not all in a row. 2 bad, 2 go arounds mixed in there.

The highlight of the day was when I had just done a Go Around after a bounce. Climbed out, did a call for crosswind, then left downwind runway 18. Then called the base. Hear another call "Arrow XXXX is base runway 18......". Which is where I was.. Called and asked him to specify his position...Immediately. . "Base,18".  I looked but couldn't find him, and hadn't heard any other  position calls for him.  My instructor heard the same thing and looked and couldn't find him. Heads on a swivel looking....

Then his instructor came on and called CROSSWIND 18.  He'd just departed the runway with a call about a Cessna departing, so I am not sure WTF was going on (Cessna is like an Arrow, right???). He was, however behind me in the pattern.


Kinda skary for me and my instructor there, for a few.

You'll notice that they don't show

The "normal" light photos of the area..... At least not current ones....
Just the "false color" infrared.

Wonder why that is.??? Perhaps they hadda use Infrared because they could barely tell in "Normal" imaging that anything had been there?

And, of course, one must realize that this is a VERY small area out of how many MILLIONS of acres? about 6 soccer fields out of 13 Million acres.

Hit piece by the Noo Yawk Thymes on one experimental well drilled in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 30 years ago. 

It may possibly have inconvenienced one Caribou. Maybe. for 5 minutes. 

I remember the terrible cries that the Alaskan Pipeline would destroy the Caribou herds and such. Didn't happen.  Was gonna kill the Tundra. Didn't happen. Destroy the wildlife. Didn't happen.

But environmentalists will believe anything if it sounds like it could be bad....and is presented to them in a manner that tugs their heartstrings. 

When the enviromentalists start walking to work, and using only wool and cotton (picked by hand, and carded and woven without mechanical means) for clothing, and stop using any synthetic fibers (produced from oil) and eating only food that is grown, picked and transported by muscle power, not electrical or oil based energy,.....and when they stop flying from coast to coast, and stop using anything made of or using plastics (including their Apple products) and drinking their organically grown coffees that are transported in ships that use oil for propulsion (and trucks too) then they can talk to me about the environmental impact of sites such as the above. Until then they are hypocrites. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Remember this?

I bet it makes you smile as soon as you see it.

I'm off to the gunshew to sell raffle tickets for the next gun giveaway.

Last two years I sold two of the three winners.

2 of them to bloggers right here in the sidebar.

Enhance your chances. Buy from me!

Friday, December 15, 2017


Didn't make the trip to the class D airport today. The conditions were as forecast.

Stayed and did more pattern work. And did 3 landings the right way. "Do that every time". Greased all three. Even with the crosswind. I think I am understanding better the energy at roundout.

Then did some stall and slow flight practice.

Then did one more and back to the barn. Got blown off the centerline a bit at the end, but not too far before correcting.

Finally, some progress.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

I'd get mad, but what's the use?

'Twon't change nuthin'.....

Seems lately when it is clear, it is windy with fierce gusts. And when it ain't windy and gusty, it is snowing or foggy with terrible visibility.

Therefore not much flying taking place. Hard to learn to land with 15 knot winds GUSTING TO 35....

or IFR conditions. .

Now, after we had cancelled due to snow and 1-1.5 mile, then the snow cleared up 3 hours later and it was light and variable winds and 10 mile visibility...of course, my instructor wasn't available then....I checked.


Tomorrow I am scheduled to fly again. TAF currently says:
FM150900 26009KT P6SM BKN025
  FM151400 28015G22KT P6SM SCT025 BKN040

And I am supposed to fly at noon (1800Z). 


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Except when there is a metal detector

Or a scanner, like at airports

So innunedo won the day

So lies, mudslinging, and innuendo sufficed to change an election.

The press colluded with the DNC to damage Moore.

Not too much, just enough that Jones won.

Odd, I thought that "Collusion" was bad. Or is it only when russians can be accused of it.....and Republicans.

(Not sure if the accusations against Moire are true or false. The timing of them was suspicious, plus the payments to the accusers damaged the credibility.)

But the election was swayed and the voters of Alabama once again showed their intelligence....and they got the Senator they deserve.

Yes, that last was sarcasm.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It is a shame

That SIG doesn't sell the M17 (actually I'd prefer the M18) version of the 320.

I might have bought myself a Christmas present if they had.

I'm old school. I want a manual safety.

I currently carry a Para 3" LDA for daily carry. Love it. But, sadly, it is wearing out. I'm shooting it less, as I cannot get parts (Remington promised to support the platform when they bought Para, but no, they really don't). If Para was still in business, I'd buy another, but I have to find a daily carry where I can get parts for the pistol. . There are lots of "true" 1911 actions out there, but few make a compact that is truly reliable. Not even the vaunted Kimber is really reliable. (to be fair, the Paras went back to the factory 3 or 4 times until I was satisfied).

I have a full size 250 that is a great pistol (but too big for carry, really), and have shot about a hunnerd rounds through a 320 at the range, but I still want at least at thumb safety on my carry gun. (I'd like to see a grip safety too). I don't care for the tabbed trigger safety. Yes, I know they are great. Don't care. Hate the brake being on the gas pedal. It would seem that most of the "AD while reholstering" issues are from Glocks or other similar triggers. Few from 1911 type systems.

Yep, I'm a 1911 guy, but a full 5 inch 1911 is harder to carry concealed. Plus heavy. The 4" versions don't gain much in weight loss or concealability. Plus they are not common (or reliable) in .357 SIG, which is a caliber that interests me.

So I guess I wait for SIG to choose to offer a safety on the 320. Or for someone else to do so. No I won't ever go back to the XD. Reasons. Never ever buy a Springfield gun again.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Not just some poor downtrodden folks (Link works)

You can help only the APPROVED people. ?

'Cause other wise we will fuck up your business so bad you'll never recover.
Then shoot the corpse.

How dare you help, you know, just anybody?

At what point do decent folks get out the axe handles and the Louisville sluggers and the 5 irons and just go to town on these SJW assholes? Seriously.

ETA: Mostly the link works, if not, copy/paste then it seems to.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Probably true

Check out this restaurant:

People are so stupid, and gullible.

"Turnabout is fair play" and all that

So it would seem that the Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife wanted to do a survey of amphibians on some land belonging to Larry and Amanda Anderson.

Yeah, Gotta love that. I'da just said "no". But some folks are poets.

Here is most of their response:

Dear Mr. Niemela:

Thank you for your inquiry regarding accessing our property to survey for the yellow-legged frog. We may be able to help you out with this matter.

We have divided our 2.26 acres into 75 equal survey units with a draw tag for each unit. Application fees are only $8.00 per unit after you purchase the “Frog Survey License” ($120.00 resident / $180.00 Non-Resident). You will also need to obtain a “Frog Habitat” parking permit ($10.00 per vehicle). You will also need an “Invasive Species” stamp ($15.00 for the first vehicle and $5.00 for each add’l vehicle) You will also want to register at the Check Station to have your vehicle inspected for non-native plant life prior to entering our property. There is also a Day Use fee, $5.00 per vehicle.

If you are successful in the Draw you will be notified two weeks in advance so you can make necessary plans and purchase your “Creek Habitat” stamp. ($18.00 Resident / $140.00 Non-Resident). Survey units open between 8am and 3pm but you cannot commence survey until 9am and must cease all survey activity by 1pm.

Survey Gear can only include a net with a 2″ diameter made of 100% organic cotton netting with no longer than an 18″ handle, non-weighted and no deeper than 6′ from net frame to bottom of net. Handles can only be made of BPA-free plastics or wooden handles. After 1pm you can use a net with a 3″ diameter if you purchase the “Frog Net Endorsement” ($75.00 Resident / $250 Non-Resident). Any frogs captured that are released will need to be released with an approved release device back into the environment unharmed.
As of June 1, we are offering draw tags for our “Premium Survey” units and application is again only $8.00 per application. However, all fees can be waived if you can verify Native Indian Tribal rights and status.

You will also need to provide evidence of successful completion of “Frog Surveys and You” comprehensive course on frog identification, safe handling practices, and self-defense strategies for frog attacks. This course is offered online through an accredited program for a nominal fee of $750.00.

Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you. Otherwise, we decline your access to our property but appreciate your inquiry.

Larry & Amanda Anderson

No word on the ODFW response to that. 


This Sexual Harassment witch hunt is going to backfire on you ladies.

I'm not talking the Matt Lauers or the H. Weinsteins (although Weinstein appears to have paid his debts to the women who used him for advancement with sex...they got movies and screen tests and such,,, See also Uma Thurman in "Kill Bill"), I'm talking all the other "Mee Too" whines from women against every man they can find to complain about. Just so those women can feel like part of the victimhood club.

I guarantee that every man is evaluating this...Every single one.

The lesson he is learning today is that every single joke can have consequences, even 30 or 30 years down the line. Even if HE didn't mean it in a naughty connotation, it is how the WOMAN perceives it that matters. No matter how innocent the remark, it is how she takes it that matters. Like "Coded Racism" even if you have to look for it, it is there. If she is looking for it.

If he mistakes interest from a woman, and asks her out to lunch to see where it might go, and he is wrong, it might come back to haunt him when he is successful later in life.

If she declines, but doesn't say "no" (I can't today") (which isn't, BTW, "No") and he asks again a week or so later, then she might write it down and use it against him 15 or 20 years down the road. Especially if another woman suggests that she was "harassed" by him also.

And it is a fact that women are attracted to power and money and flirt with those men who have it. Even if they aren't serious about it. And he will be required to know when she is and when she isn't. And if she is, and he isn't interested, that can come back and haunt him too......'Cause "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned".

So, the lesson being learned here is that women are unable to defend themselves (and aren't strong enough to say "No"), but rather will fester resentment and hate for years. And when she gets the chance, she will do her best to drive a stake through his heart, especially if she can find a sister or two to help her .

And, the real lesson is that it is best to not to hire women, or interact with them in the workplace. Ever. So women, who are just starting to become part of higher level management and higher level engineering and such, mentored by men, will suffer. Because they won't ever get a chance. Attorneys, managers, financiers, engineers, bankers, etc. They will not be let into the club, won't ever interact with men (or will have fewer opportunities to network  and be mentored) and will, ultimately, be hurt because the women in the previous generation couldn't say "no, I won't go out with you"....or couldn't say "if you ever touch me again, I will break your balls" or "I don't find that joke funny, please be more considerate next time"....or who couldn't go to the police when something worse happened.....Or just couldn't deal with life and interactions with people, especially males, in the workplace. Because they were cowards and Fragile Flowers. ( Real Women know how to handle things and still be ladies and engender respect...not so these women)

So, ultimately, women in the next generation, who are just now entering the workplace, will have fewer chances to advance, grow, learn and gain skills.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A point about the shooting:

The one 2 below this one. You know, the one about the SWAT cops in Mesa AZ killing a scared kid they forced to CRAWL down a hotel hallway for the crime of......something.
Turns out it he was innocent of any wrongdoing except not obeying fast enough.

And so they killed an innocent young man. Shot him 5 times at close range. For no reason.

Yet at the time of the shooting, there was no rioting by white people.
They didn't burn down their neighborhoods. They didn't loot the stores in their neighborhood. They didn't trash their neighborhoods.

Odd that. If the kid had been black, I guess the entire city would have burned. (See also Baltimore, St Louis, and other inner cities).

This kid was innocent. Maybe that is it. No riots unless you have a record of arrest a yard long. And, of course, are black.

Must be something different about white people. Something wrong. For some reason, we don't riot. Not at the time of the police crime, nor at the end of the trial.

I will say, however, that it would be best if I never come face to face with ex-Mesa police officer Philip Mitchell Brailsford. I don't think it would end well.

One wonders

Would she have gotten off with probation if SHE had been white and her victim black?

Teen who livestreamed beating and torture of mentally disabled white kid gets PROBATION.

Is it any wonder the South Side of Chicago is a hellhole? They don't even punish for crimes of this magnitude.

They go after other races (except, perhaps Hispanic people and Muslims (yes, I know Muslim is not a race)) for lesser crimes than this as Aggravated Hate Crimes.....Getting longer/stronger punishment. Why probation here?

Where is Justice?

We don't need cops like this

Seems a jury found his actions justified. 

I cannot see how. 
(WARNING: Graphic scene of a man being shot to death by cops)

There were a LOT of ways the cops could have handled this that were better....that would have resulted in the kid being restrained, the cops all being safe, and the kid not being shot in the hotel hallway following the (stupid) instructions to crawl forward. They couldn't handcuff him where he was laying? Or did they just have to prove who was in charge and the situation simply got away from them?

I see manslaughter. I see murder, really. Plain and simple, I see a cop shooting someone for no valid reason.

If the cops can't do better than this, then there really isn't any reason to interact with them except shooting, if only to save your life. If they are that stupidly deadly, then really, why not?

Were I on that jury, the cop would not have walked free. No matter what other evidence or testimony might have been provided, the cop with the camera and the rifle shot a kid in, essentially, cold blood. Every other cop on the scene was complicit in his death as well.

Being a cop can be dangerous. But that does not excuse this behavior.

Not to police officers: If, as a cop, you are that afraid, then find another profession.

(Is it something in the water in Arizona that makes cops psychotically overreact? Or are they trained to like shooting people and leave them to die?)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Good point

It's true though......


"I was gonna go to the range today, but it was cold and windy"

"You think when it is time to go hunting blue helmets that it will always be a sunny day?"

I just kept walkin' past. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017


If History can be a guide:

Since National Carry Reciprocity is coming up for a vote (which I actually oppose, because I believe it violates the 10th amendment), I fully expect a mass shooting or two to take place in either a school or a venue where firearms are prohibited.

Police response will, predictably, be slow and uncoordinated.

You can pretty much expect it to happen.

Yes, there are folks vile enough to kill people to make their agenda happen.

Never, ever, forget

Pearl Harbor.

Never forget the Japanese treachery.

The Army's bureaucratic idiocy.

The failures of incompetence by the diplomats.

The Navy's failure to remember that they were supposed to be ready to fight a war.

Never forget.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Collateral Damage

Now, make no mistake, one has to wonder why these women waited so long to come forward.....And, if it was that terrible an experience, why did these women wait so long? Some of them worked for YEARS after the alleged incident. I mean, leaving all those other women at risk and all....

Having said that, seems that the DNC sexual harassment push against Conservatives has, again, netted one of their own.

My brother (a liberal) asked me "why they only found democrats that were harassers". I said because the press had been doing their jobs and rooting out and cleansing the Republicans for many years, but had allowed the DNC folks a free pass time after time. Until now, that is. At the slightest hint of impropriety, they swarmed after any conservative, but they left the liberals alone. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Whoda thunk it?

Russians cheated at olympics. 
Doping of athletes and a further cheating of drug testing.

Shocking. Truly shocking.

This is my shocked face.

dunno if it is true or not

(via Wirecutter)

(And I am not a big fan of forced reciprocity, believing, as I do, in the 10th).

But it seems like the sort of shenanigans that our politicians play.

Reciprocity bill is really a gun control bill.

I dunno. Might be worth you taking the time to check yourself and make those calls to your Senators.

Trust NO politician. Ever.


Why is it only Conservative type folks who get in trouble for "lying to Federal Investigators" and/or Congress, and not DNC types?

I mean, if lying under oath were valid reasons for incarceration, Hillary,  Huma,  and all their minions would be in jail so far that they'd have to pipe in daylight.


So I had to travel all the last half of the week last week, so no flying.

Then Monday, it was 18 gusting 28 (Pretty much a perfect crosswind to all runways, both at my local airport and the others around us), so we passed.

Today, 25 gusting 48. So not today either.

The only good news is that these winds have moved most of the leaves off the trees. So, when it warms up a bit, I can do the last leaf clean-up of the year.

Probably another 6 tons of leaves. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

And, maybe they ARE draining the swamp

Seems the DOJ is investigating the upper tiers of the FBI.

Maybe, we shall see. I appears that there is a LOT of rot in the FBI, at the upper levels. One does not make a movement. But it is, at least, a start. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Lying to the FBI is a crime

So why, when the FBI lies to the public, is that not a crime?

Why aren't each individual associated with this coverup not under indictment? Why are they still in positions of power at the FBI?

Why aren't the folks responsible for the witch hunt for the whistleblower also under indictment?

Above all, why are the folks responsible for the failure of the FBI to maintain it's integrity still a part of the FBI? They violated their oaths as Federal employees and as FBI agents. Ultimately, they have destroyed the FBI's integrity and reputation. I can no longer believe anything the FBI tells me, nor can I find anything they say, about anyone or about any investigation to be credible.

(and it isn't limited to the FBI...the Secret Service and the IRS are in the same boat....None of them as an agency, have any integrity.). The fact that each FBI agent (as well as the others) is still employed (by choice) with these agencies tells me that every FBI agent still working sees their association and position with the agency as merely a job, and each one of those agents has no integrity any more either. They are simply following orders. We saw this at Ruby Ridge, where the US Marshalls and the FBI HRT never questioned their orders, and again, at Waco, where, again, the agents (both FBI and US Marshalls as well as ATF) simply did what they were told.

Any agent who chooses to still be employed with any of these agencies no longer has any integrity nor any credibility in my eyes. Once, Duty and Honor mattered. No more.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Cool. they passed a tax bill

Now, y'all gotta do a matching spending bill that cuts spending by at least 10%.

And I liked Democratic complaint: "How can you pass a bill you haven't read?"   Really? Go back 8 years to find out how that happens.

Friday, December 1, 2017

There are some folks

Who just need Bitch Slapped.

And the only thing keeping them from getting what they deserve is the law.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

6 tons of leaves

Yeah, that is what I took off the lawn last weekend. (seriously, at least 6 tons with the leaf vacuum and the leaf blower....The vacuum holds about 1800 pounds per load and I took 8 loads of leaves to the dumping area).

Yet, to look at the yard today, I didn't do anything at all.

I LOVE having giant oaks, but not at this time of year. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

One wonders

Chicago area Representative Luis Guiteierrez won't seek reelection.

Odd, that. He pretty much is guaranteed a job, enjoying great support from the Chicago political machine and having a district that is chock a block full of (and gerrymandered to make sure of that) progressive liberals and hispanics who LOVE his policies of wanting open borders and other liberal policies  that benefit Hispanics. (Plus he's anti Trump). He pretty much had a job for life.

Yet, suddenly, he chooses to "not run for reelection".

One wonders what dirt (and who has it) on him. 


A different experience when aviatin'.

Landings weren't a biggie. I had no issues on the approach or touchdown (other than my normal flare issues, which are getting better). Everyone told me how hard it was, landing at night,  but I didn't find it any more difficult than a daytime landing.

Flying without the ground reference was a bit more challenging, but that is what they make altimeters and artificial horizons for. Really that wasn't an far. I (generally) don't get vertigo as long as I have a horizon reference, at least so far in my life. If on a boat, as long as I stay on deck I'm fine. It is below deck where my eyes and inner ear disagree that I get vertigo and the resultant nausea. Really, as long as I have even a glass of water to give me a horizon, I'm ok. Other than having to use the field as a reference instead of landmarks (which I should be doing anyway, right?) I had no issues in the pattern.

My only real challenge was the fact that 04N is down with a Nav light issue (again), so I was in 3HA, which, while  a 172S, is a Garmin 1000 instrument panel, as opposed to Steam Gauges. I don't like the altimeter and airspeed tape display, and if I had the panel brightness to where it didn't interfere with my night vision, it caused issues in reading the two tapes. If I had it bright enough to be able to clearly read the two tapes for altimeter and airspeed (kinda important), I caused issues with my night vision. This may not be an issue during the day, but it is at night.

I think I prefer the steam gauges. Easier and faster to scan, and easier for an old guy to read.
When I buy my own plane, I don't think that a Garmin panel is gonna be a selling point.

6 more landing. 2 flat, 4 good (one really smooth, and not by simple chance). I'm getting there.

I think the night landings actually helped. Better perspective.

I won't get to fly again until Monday, so we will see what else I learned and what I forgot.


2 truths


Monday, November 27, 2017

Remember those 4 young black kids?

who beat and kidnapped and tortured the mentally disabled white kid on Facebook while screaming racial epithets ...back in January? The ones that were charged with torture, kidnapping and hate crimes?

Well, according to reports, the racial charges have been quietly dropped. No more "Hate Crime". Just aggravated kidnapping and ransom.

Care to take bets as to how this would have been handled if the races had been reversed? If a group of white kids had done this to a back man or kid?

Look, I think racially motivated crimes are terrible, no matter what the mix. Black/white. black/hispanic, Hispanic/white, White/black, etc. All bad. Any racially motivated crime deserves extra punishment. (Or at least special scrutiny come sentencing, at a minimum)
But lets keep it equal. No special privileges for folks just because they are poor black kids. (Nor rich white kids either).

These kids, by their own actions of the video, did this, in part, because of race. That should matter, if only 'cause it matters in other cases.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The media must be biased

They must be censoring the stories of white folks going apeshit and fighting and brawling and otherwise acting uncivilized at the Black Friday sales........

I mean, every single one of the stories shows black people acting like animals, never white folks, or asians. Come to think of it, I didn't see and hispanics either. Nor muslims nor Hindus.

Odd. Why don't they show those others brawling and fighting?

Must be the same conspiracy that only shows the Muslims as mass murderers with a religious motivation.

Or, we could accept that they are showing us what is the only thing that is happening, and that the other races aren't acting like animals in a crowd. That the other races act like civilized people. 

'tis interesting

There are those who claim to actually believe the accusations against Roy Moore.

And a great deal of those women say they believe the accusers because there are more than one.

Yet those same folks, oddly enough, failed to believe (actually attacked the accusers) those women who accused William Jefferson Clinton of his assaults....Even though there were more than one accuser.

I don't know if the accusers of Roy Moore are real or made up by the Post newspaper organization. I do know that they paid for the accusers to come forward and "Tell their Story" (I don't know for sure that William Clinton's accusers were telling the truth either, BTW). But I do know that there is a double standard in how the Media chooses to cover these stories. How they are slanted and how they are reported (if they are reported at all). Was William Clinton guilty? Probably. Did he get away with it because he was approved of by the media establishment? Likely.

And there is the rub. Moore's accusers lack credibility, but are being given a platform for their accusations. Clinton's accusers did not lack credibility, but were pretty much denied a platform for their stories to be heard.

Friday, November 24, 2017


I received my Student Pilot card from the FAA/DOT.

Oddly, the picture on it looks like Orville Wright.


Gotta love people, ya know?

I especially like the Whole "Set an example" bit. Great advice for folks who wish to judge others.


What a terrible coincidence:

"He said authorities have no reason to believe Suiter’s killing was connected to his pending testimony." (watch the video, he even keeps a straight face)

(And yet)

"Davis also said that Suiter is believed to have been killed with his own service weapon, which was fired at close range, and that there was evidence of a struggle before the shooting."

Axxidents happen., yah know.
"Snitches get stitches".

Does anyone believe that cops are immune to large amounts of money? I mean, thery are human, after all. Plus, this is Baltimore. Always honest cops in cities like that, right? I mean, it isn't like LA (Rampart) or N' awlins or Philly or something, ya know? 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Be safe, enjoy the time you are spending with Friends or Family (may you have the option).

And for those standing a post or taking the duty somewhere away from said friends and family, you have my respect and thanks.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

54 years ago

The US President was shot and killed by a Magic Bullet fired by Lee Harvey Oswald, who was later killed by Jack Ruby.  

There are those who believe that the whole thing happened in the manner accepted by the Warren Commission. Then again there are those who still believe that Santa Claus lives at the north pole and brings eggs to kids every year at Easter or somesuch too.

I still wonder who had him killed, and why....and how they got so many folks to believe that the story that was postulated was, in fact, the Real and Honest (tm) Truth. (And part of me REALLY wants to know how they did it, just as an intellectual exercise)

Then again, I see all these folks in power get away with so many things, and the Media and the Law Enforcement folks just let 'em....and eventually we good sheep citizens forget about it enough to let things go back to Business as Usual.

But if you believe that Oswald did it (or at least all of it) then you either haven't bothered to look at the details or know nothing about ballistics or even basic physics.

But then again, that is most of the folks who watch the news, innit? 

In conversation in the car today:

"If the folks in front of me knew what thoughts were going through mu head right now, they'd be driving better or get out of my way"

Just sayin'. 

Depends on how you define it, I suppose

"Sixty percent of women have "experienced sexual harassment"".

Then again, 28 percent of "modern" women thing a wink by a male towards them is harassment. Or commenting on her appearance is harassment (depends though, on who is doing the comment,, innit ladies....If it is the "right" guy, the one you were trying to garner interest from, then it is ok, right girls?).

Oddly,  most older women don't think that much of that is harassment. Of course, real ladies know how to handle such things, it is only the Millenials and the last half of the Baby Boomer women who can't handle a wink or a compliment. Real Women know how to shut it down before it starts, but there are few Real Women left in this world.

This shit is getting out of hand.

Ladies, I think it is time you grew up a bit. For at least the past 20 years, you've had the upper hand when it came to complaining to HR.  If you didn't do anything about it then, then it must not have been that bad....

Seriously. Grow.The.Fuck.Up. Y'all aren't 9 years old, stop acting like you are. If it is "I am woman, hear me Roar" then learn to deal with male attention. Else men are gonna think that those chauvinists and religious fundamentalist are correct, and you shouldn't be let out without a keeper until you are married ('cause, apparently, y'all are too frail to deal with an unshielded world alone), and then, once married,  you are your husband's problem. What happened to "women are equal to men"? Either you are, or you ain't, ladies.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Trying to figure out why I should care

The Media keeps telling me I should...that I should care that Charles Manson is dead. I cannot figure out why.

I care more for the squirrel dead on the road than this. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017


So years ago, I had a waffle maker that made wonderful, crispy, fairly  thin, yet fluffy waffles. It had 2  square plates that were removable for washing. They were extremely hard surface. And no, as this was a late 50's era wafflemaker (I bought it at thrift shop in the early 90's), they were not nonstick nor were they stainless or otherwise rust resistant.

And there is the rub.
I had never done more than clean em with a washrag and soapy water, then rinsed and dried with a towel and then put back into the wafflemaker proper and briefly turned it on so as to heat the plates, and then spritz a bit of bacon grease or other oil to keep 'em from rusting......They required bit more care that a teflon lined plate, but not much...

And they made really, really excellent crispy waffles.

So my cousin comes to live with me after a really bad domestic issue in another part of the country. She's afraid he ex is gonna track her down and kill her when he gets out of she asks if she can stay with me for a while.

Sure, why not, I got a spare room. If he shows up half a country away, I think it shows intent, so no worries about defending the homestead and all that. So she moves in. And, of course, as women are wont to do when they move in, began cleaning my bachelor pad......

Now my cousin had, as part of the domestic issue, a significant head injury and was on several medications that kept her....functional, but had odd side effects, some of which were that she failed to connect cause and effect sometimes.

Like in the case of the wafflemaker.

First off, in an attempt to "clean" the plates, she SCRUBBED OFF THE SEASONING (which should be a legal excuse for a particularly heinous murder, IMO) but then, to compound the issue, took the waffle iron plates and RAN THEM THROUGH THE DISHWASHER....twice. (She meant well, she really did).. See, they rusted the first time through, so she scrubbed 'em and ran them through again.

Thus the demise of the wafflemaker. The plates, once pitted by rust, would not release a waffle, once one was made upon them. Simply too much mechanical "bite" no matter how much oil one used. I even left the waffle on the plate and let it burn, hoping the carbon would fill in the holes....nope, no joy.

Which sucked, 'cause my Mirro brand wafflemaker made waffles that people praised. Stuff of legends and all that. Crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside.

I've scoured Ebay for a working replacement, searched thrift shops, etc. No joy.

I've purchased many new wafflemakers, and while some are good (most are crap) none get hot enough to make that crispy texture. Cheap ones, mid range, incredibly expensive joy. Domestic, imported, european, cheap Chinese....not what I am seeking. None of them seem to get hot enough to make crispy waffleses. I've bought used "Vintage"  ones from EBay, and some do a ok job (Some are as pitted as the old wafflemaker)  , but few last, as they are all 50+ years old and then have to get shipped and I think the vibration kills 'em, so they break quickly. . I've bought commercial ones, cheap ones, expensive ones and everything in between. NONE of the new ones get as hot as the "vintage ones", and they just don't make good waffles.

So, to the BLEG:

Anyone got a suggestion for a (NEW) wafflemaker that meets my specs? I'd prefer square rather than round, but if I can find one that gets hot enough to make crispy waffles rather than the soft ones, I'd buy it. Prefer thin waffles rather than thick as well, but CRISPY instead of soft is the key. I'm tired of spending bucks on used crappy Ebay irons that are pitted and don't work or don't last , or new ones that don't heat properly (but most of those I can return)...

Cause I miss me my crispy thin waffles on Sunday morning. 

Yet, they cannot connect cause and effect here

Read this NYTimes article.

Notice anything missing?

Like the cause of the cost changes? Like the reason it costs so much more? Like the fact these poor folks listed in the article are subsidizing those other, "less Fortunate" folks, who make bad decisions and have little to show for them? You know, the "poor"...The ones that can't afford health insurance but can afford the latest fashions....Cant pay for birth control, but sport a brand new Tattoo that cost what a used car does? You know, the "poor".....The ones that get tons of Free Shit. Now with Free Health Insurance.

Notice that the article fails to mention the fact that most insurers are pulling out of areas where they have to eat much of the cost of insurance, despite the Federal subsidies through the "Affordable" Care Act because they have to offer plans and they just can't make a profit to offset the risk?

I mean, yes the NYT is a shill for Dems, and yes, the ACA was a DNC creation, and yes, it does make some folks get less expensive health care insurance to the detriment of others, and yes, costs are rising just like the ObamaCare opponents said they would.....

But the Times fails to mention all that, just how bad it is for folks who, you know, work and make good decisions in life. You know, the productives, not the Free Shit Army.

Welcome, my friends to Socialism.... the Show That Never Ends. How do ya like it so far? 

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Was installing lights at the range Friday, and one of the guys helping me brought his new pistol, a Rock Island Arms/Armscor double stack 1911 in .22TCM.

Interesting cartridge. Almost no recoil, but a lot of flash. 2800FPM velocity with the 40 g bullet.

I'm not sure what it is good for, but it is a neat cartridge. Fun to shoot. If they'd make it with low-flash powder, it'd be great. I could have a lot of fun with one of their single-stack models. I bet it is a bitch to reload for though.

I mean, a 1911 with a .22 barrel with the round moving at warp speed. What's not to like?

I always wanted a 1911 in .357 Sig or .400 Cor-Bon. This might have to go on that list of "When I have money to burn" as well.

If you get the chance, try one.

"cause it worked so well in Europe.....

Federal Reserve president says country needs more immigration to save economy

You really need to read the above link. Immigrants are the economic answer. Unless you let them destroy your country like the EU has....

Swimming pools, too

Public ones, at least...


Organized shooting....Same.

Spending time on the beach....Same Same.

Seems that anything that requires groups to be outdoors are Racist and "too white". 

I think, however, that it is not that they are exclusive of minorities, (especially blacks) but that they choose not to participate because it is too different from their cultural norms as to how to recreate.

No one ever mentions the fact that it requires folks to want to participate in such activities. My experience hasn't been that folks of color are barred from, nor are they discouraged from, participating, but that they simply choose not to.

As an aside: Despite available scholarships (free ride, at that), my flight school's only black students are foreign exchange students from the local University. No locals, despite the great employment opportunity for African American commercial pilots. Pretty much all local African American s have to do is show up and do the coursework.....Yet no takers. Odd, that. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Either gonna be a cold winter, or a warm one.

The Buffalo News can't seem to decide if it is gonna be a warm one or a cold one.

Remember, these are the people taking money to tell us they can assuredly forecast the climate 20 or 50 years from now....And that we are all either gonna die by drowning (gonna happen soon, forecasts say as much as 30 a few years!) as the sea level will soon rise and inundate us, or we will all die from drought. Those rainy years and cold spells are just "weather", the drought and warm spells are "climate"). Or long as the research funding continues, anyway.

7 G 21

Yeah, 7 knots, occasional gust 21.

But out of 160/170, so I chose to try today. I have a runway at 18, so it wasn't too bad.

MUCH better timing on roundout. I still need to flare more, as I tend to land flat, or at least not fully on the mains ....

Or, I balloon, so there is that.

My slips are ok, the gusts caught me a time or two, but I stayed on the runway. 18 is 75 feet wide.

The one gust was kinda interesting. I landed, was on the mains, the gust hit, I was airborne, I landed again, and the gust hit again and I got real light....but I did bring the nosewheel down and stayed on centerline, mostly. Flaps up and around again.

Progress is slower than I like, but it is forward progress.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Better landings

So at least I'm not beating up the aircraft. Not good, smooth landings, but at least they are getting better.

I figured out part of my problem.

The seat wasn't always at the same height. Which makes a significant difference in perspective when using the cowling as a reference. Therefore every time I got into the aircraft, my perspective changed according to who had used the plane before me. I only noticed because whoever used it just before me had cranked the seat all the way to the floor. I now realize that the seat had been at slightly different heights each and every time I got in.

I think I will start raising the seat all the way then crank it down 5 turns, so that I ensure my perspective at the roundout is the same every flight.

Now it is just learning the finesse in control to be smooth.

I thank each and every one of you who commented or offered advice via Email. Your help and suggestions were invaluable and has helped immensely. 

Innit interesting

How the DNC types seem to think that there is any credibility to all these "ladies" coming out of the woodwork JUST BEFORE an election that they are (currently) destined to lose.....and all these "ladies" are accusing Mr Moore of an action that occurred 40 years ago....and, oddly, none of them could, or did, say anything until now? Where have they been for the past 35-40 years?

Are you able to see a pattern here? Character assassination is now a preferred tactic of the Democrats.

Are you that gullible that you think these women have any credibility? Seriously?

Judge Bork
Clarence Thomas

How many others that roused the ire of the apparatchiks  of the DNC?  Or were simply in the way of their candidate?
Or simply said things that the folks in power didn't like...
(See also, Bill Cosby).

I wasn't sure what to think at first, but at this point, I doubt that I would believe any woman unless she had photos or video and a certified transcript.

ETA: (06:55 11/15) apparently others are noticing this too

Monday, November 13, 2017


wind 260 at 4-8 knots. About as calm as it gets here this time of year.

Better on the roundout, still overcorrecting though.

But 5 good 2 marginal. Unassisted.

More tomorrow  (Tuesday). Wind is supposed to be 180 at 14.

If the ceiling is high enough.  Might not be.


Yeah, here is the truth.


Of course, few women want to admit it. They chose Womyn's Studeez because it was easy, and chose to NOT go STEM because, lets face it, engineeering or Chemistry or Physics or other STEM shit is really Really hard (I know, I am an engineer). If the math doesn't get ya, then the math will get you. Or the physics, or the Thermogoddamics will, or the calculus, or the Diffy Calc.

So they take the easy way, where they can be with their sisters and study with a coffee or a glass of wine and bitch about the Patriarchy.

And then they find that their degree won't even qualify them for a job at a Starbucks. While their brothers with a STEM degree start at $75K a year and go up from there.

But it is, of course, the White Male Patriarchy that is keeping them down. Every time.


Dodge Demon heads to dealers.

840 HP

Hell yes. America!

Stuff like this is why many other cultures hate us.

Fuck 'em.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

1 million

I turned a million pageviews this year yesterday.

Thanks for your support. 


I gotta say, the NRA could take some real lessons in how to treat their members from AOPA.

Contacting them was easy. Getting to the right department was even easier. Getting linked into the appropriate webpage was easier yet once the person I spoke to told me how to get there.

No bullshit, no issues, and folks who wanted to help.

They have the NRA beat all to hell in service to their members.

The AOPA is to it's members what the NRA promises, but fails, to be.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Thank you to all veterans, for your service.

I really don't care what you did , thank you for your service.

Some of us appreciate it.

For the rest y'all, Remember Veterans Day , mmkay? Say "thanks".  

Well, shit

So I am set to fly at 2 (1400). Got lots of good advice from several folks to try.

I get the call at 1 pm: "Hey, we got an issue.....04N has lost both mags and is deadlined until at least Saturday".

Bummer. And the other 2 Garmin equipped (which I hate) 172's are both booked.

"We can put you in a 150, if you want". I confer with my CFI, and we decide not to go that route.

So no flying until Monday.

I was all feeling sorry for myself, until I found out that the issue cropped up when a dude was trying to start the plane for a checkride. And there was another checkride scheduled after that.

All I lost was some pattern work.

Still, 'twas a bummer.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Gone, but not forgotten

42 years ago today, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank. 7:10 PM.

I knew a dude whose older brother was lost on the Fitz.

He hated Gordon Lightfoot.

I'm thinkin' I gotta go to the bank...

and get a whole shitload of 20's and do THIS, then turn 'em in for more.




Say "Happy Birthday" to each Marine you know.

Just FYI. They've been protecting your country since 1775

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I am told there comes a time when you just "get it"

Sadly, I have not found that time yet.

I still can't land for shit.

Fly? Yep. Airmanship? Getting there, but am adequate right now.

Correcting for wind? Easy Peasy.

Navigating? Not that hard, really.

Pilotage? Meh, a breeze.

Pattern? Not that difficult.

Not beating the plane up trying to return to the ground? Yeah, That's a challenge still.

Were it not for landings, I'd have soloed by now.

Of the 31 landings I have done, 2 were good by skill, 5 more were adequate due to skill. The others were hard, or drifting, or not centered, or too fast, too early, too late, too hard, etc. Any other good ones were, at best, luck.

Tomorrow promises steady winds at 8 from the east. I shall try again to get my "Aha" moment.

Remind me never to buy a plane that has been owned by a flight school.  

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Not dead

Just bizzy.

Plus, I got nothing to say.

Go read the folks on the left. They are smarter and more insightful than me anyway. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Antifa "day of rage" fail

Seems to have been a "Fizzle".

Rumor has it that it was because the new IPhone was released the day before, and the Antifa participants were too busy figuring out the new features on their new phones to participate in their special day.

Just FYI

I shop at both Home Depot and Menards. Often, Menards has an 11% rebate, which makes their pricing somewhat more competitive...However, also, often the quality of Menards products is....lacking compared to items sold at Home Depot.

Did you know that Home Depot will price match? And that Home Depot will give you an 11% rebate that matches the rebates offered by Menards?

Yep. It is true. If the Menards in your area is offering an 11% (or any) rebate, then the local Home Depot will do the same.

And, the best part? You can apply for it online.


No paper form and finding an envelope and a stamp.  The rebate come faster, and on a gift card rather than a paper form like Menards.

One wonders why the Home Depot folks don't advertise this...they lose business to Menards every time there is that (well advertised) 11% rebate at their competitor. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

He fails to realize

That it ain't the Amish...

It isn't the Jews
It isn't the Bhuddists

Not Koreans
Nor Thailanders
Nor Canadians (except recent immigrants)
It isn't the South Africans
It isn't the Australians (except recent immigrants)

'Taint the Russians (except those from predominantly Muslim Countries)
It's not the Hindus
Not the Chinese (except those from Muslim areas)

Not the Latinos
Not, mostly Christians (in all their various flavors)

Nor the Native peoples from North America, nor even the poor Mexicans who are invading the US....

It is one group that does this. Not all of them, but predominantly from one group. Islam. (I am just glad they all seem to be so terribly inept, so they aren't able to kill more of my countrymen, of whatever culture/race/religion)

Yet the mayor of New York wants, somehow, to vet people so this sort of attack like the one perpetrated on 1/1/17 in his city doesn't happen again......but he doesn't want to hurt anyone's feeling, either:
“There should be very, very careful vetting of anyone where there is an indication of concern, but not because of their religion or not because of their country of origin,” he said.

And he is hungry for an Omelette, but he doesn't wanna break any eggs either.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NY is lucky

Terrorist Driver (Won't name him again) could have used the materials available at the Home Depot where he rented the truck to ......Fortify, as it were, the front end of the truck,,,,which would have allowed him to do much more damage for a longer time.

It isn't like he was gonna get his damage deposit back anyway.

A drill, a set of bits, some 4 x 4's and some carriage bolts and an hour or so would have made the front of the truck much more substantial.

It's a good thing he either couldn't do it or didn't think of this.

(I'm posting this only because I think the likelihood of a Jihadist/AlohaSnackbar type being a follower of my blog is very low, and if they are, then they are smart enough that they've already considered this)

I'd tell em to go somewhere else to worship.

So some folks feel unsafe because of a plaque.

Fuckin' Snowflakes.

Fuck 'em.

It is history.

“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome," leaders said, a reference to the fact that Washington was a slaveholder.

Christ, what has our society become? Is it all Goodspeak/Badspeak that runs our society anymore?
Y'know, George Orwell wasn't supposed to be a prophet. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Rhymes with "Aloha Snackbar"

So folks have finally figured out that a truck, with lots of mass and an engine with lots of power, can be used as a weapon. (Not that anyone who has driven a truck like that hasn't figured that out).

Sadly, it was used on a bike path in Central Park in New York.

Amazingly only 6 dead.

It would appear that the terror that has happened in Europe has indeed come here, even if on a smaller scale. Plus the dude did cry "Aloha Snackbar!".....or something which sounded like that.

I expect to see calls for limits on horsepower on trucks. No one needs 400 horsepower in normal use . There is no sporting use for 400 horsepower 6000 pound trucks. Drivers of such trucks should be specially trained and licensed. Nobody needs that kind of horsepower to haul 2 x 4's or drywall.

(Please note that in New York this is a BIG TRUCK. In "Flyover Country" this is normal truck, driven daily for farm or construction use.....or just because we like 'em).  And, oddly, few of those thousands of trucks go on a rampage. It is, of course, the user, not the tool.

My thoughts and prayers for the victims and those affected by this.

ETA: the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov is reported to be from Uzbekisan. His photo makes him look like a fundamentalist.

I am surprised that they admitted that it was terror and that it was a muslim, especially so quickly. 

Well, that was interesting:

I had to go to a court today, to testify as to someone's whereabouts in a murder case from 4 years ago.

Sitting, waiting, outside the courtroom for 2 hours was...interesting.

I, being white, was in the minority. Being a male...dressed well, also made me a minority. Hell, having shaved that week did so.....

Lots of nice people there though, (I listened to a lot of stories waiting) most of whom just got crossed up because they can't follow the rules of society, or have impulse issues. Most were willing to do what was necessary to stay out of trouble, they just COULDN'T do it.

Things like show up at court, pay their fines, register their car, stay sober, not steal, etc. Couldn't afford their car registration, but had $300 sneakers. (Sneakers in court?)

Some took the time to dress well, or at least try. Some ladies wore what was obviously their best attire, even though it was not suited for a courtroom, but more for a club....At least they tried.

Lots of men who obviously didn't bother. Weren't willing to try and impress the judge at all. I look better than that when I am working in the yard. I wondered, for a while if it was just because it was Halloween....

And, as I said, I was a minority, race wise. Only folks who looked like me were the clerks and attorneys.

Yes, I know, pointing this out makes me a racist.

And security was a joke. If you can smuggle a cell phone in (and there were LOTS of those), you can smuggle a fairly big knife or a small pistol. Ask me how I know.....

Monday, October 30, 2017

Not today

Winds 270 @14 gusting 34.

Not good for landing practice, really. Not even though it was straight down the runway. Not until I can do a decent non gusting landings.

Which, sadly, I can't....yet.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

I wonder if he is still waiting for clearance?

So, at a towered airport (Class D).

Call for clearance, get it.... am on 1 mile final. Tower warns another aircraft to HOLD SHORT like 4 times on a taxiway leading to a crossing runway. I approach, do a touch and go, and depart to the right. He's still being held. 3 other aircraft call for clearance to land, she gives permission and they do so...Dude is still waiting to taxi. Another aircraft is cleared in and he is STILL waiting.

I think he pissed off the controller. She sounded angry when talking to him.

I departed the area and switched frequencies and he was still waiting as I did so. At least 12 minutes.

I wonder if he ever got clearance to move? Or if he ran out of fuel waiting......?

I learned a very valuable lesson there:
Don't piss off the controller. 

While supplies last......

The Anthology is here!!!

Available now!

Click HERE to go to the Amazon page for Kindle. You can find the Dead Tree Version HERE

Yes, I am one of the authors.

And it is my first published story. I am humbled to be included with these authors.

I'm all jazzed to hell and gone.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Just a hint:

If you are selling an accessory, say an auxiliary light for trucks, one might think that providing SOME sort of dimensions, or (even better) a basic mechanical drawing of the exterior of the light case would be a big part of the information one should provide on the website.....or, failing that, a link to said drawings wherein one could find out if the item is of a size and depth that would work.....

It's not like such a bit of information would take up that much server space, nor would it be difficult to put into a website along with all the pretty pictures....

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Must not have paid 'em off....

So now the NAACP is suggesting a "Travel Warning" for American Airlines to all black passengers.

Cites "Troubling Trend" of incidents with black passengers.

Do you believe that American is prejudiced? That they would dare have a coporate policy to discriminate?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Moar landings

Plus, my first touch and go at a towered airport. (class D).
I am learning how important airspeed is at touchdown, as I was cautioned by a commentor several posts back.

But I'm learning, if slowly.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

2 years, $500+ BILLION Samolians

That is what the audit of the Obama HUD shows.

$500 billion in 2016.

$3.4 billion in 2015.

So bad even the auditors aren't sure WTF is going on. 

All that money, unaccounted for because of terrible accounting practices.

No one is sure exactly what was done, or where they money went.

If I had done my business accounting using these methods, the IRS would own the business next audit.

Being Federal employees though, I doubt that there is an accountability though....

The war on (some) terror

Soon, it will have consequences for real Americans.

One must now have proper papers to travel, at least via air:

They were previously allowed to use mere driving licenses. 
But residents of some US states may soon require additional ID, such as passports, if they wish to embark on air travel - even if just domestically.
That's the new procedure on the horizon for people from states that have not yet introduced the standards required by the 2005 Real ID Act, which demands stricter regulations for state-issued IDs.
The states that haven't yet fallen into line each now have a grace period of three months to meet the revised criteria. 
This deadline expires on 22 January 2018

Over half the states don't yet have 'acceptable" standards.

If flying after 22 Jan 2018, be aware and plan accordingly. Oughta be interesting on and after that day at the TSA chcekpoints.


I am fully aware that 44 degrees F isn't that cold.

And yes, I understand that in 3 or 4 months, I will dream about days this warm.

Nonetheless, today (and, to a lesser extent, yesterday) is a cold,wet, damp, dreary, just plain chilly day.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

I like it

Kinda nice when you are making an approach, short final, and the VASI comes on suddenly and there are two red and two white.

Just sayin'

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. 


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


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 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.


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. 


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:

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.