I am the extremist your Government warned you about....
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So when the black population "Voted ("Call me Barry") Obama into office",
And thus, the Black population had a Black man as President...
And when they had a majority of Democrats in the House and Senate.....
Just where were those elected leaders when it came to "Reparations"?
Why did they spend all their time and political capital on socialist programs like Obamacare and increased illegal immigration instead of reparations?
So, on Thursday, the forecast for Saturday was 64 degrees(f) and rain. 100 percent chance of rain Friday night, 90 percent chance of rain from 6 AM to 10 AM, and then partial clearing after noon.
So, on Thursday evening, we cancelled the work party we had planned for the range,...spring cleanup and moving about 15 yards of dirt. The ground was already wet and even a small amount of rain would have made the job miserable and slippery and even dangerous....
Friday evening, the forecast was an 80% chance of rain in the evening and the early hours of Saturday and possible clearing in the morning. Still a high of 64(f).
Saturday dawned bright and clear. No rain Friday evening nor on Saturday morning. In fact, there was no rain at all from Thursday until Early morning Sunday.
So much for forecast accuracy. Oh, and the high was 77 (f).
If the weather forecasters can't be accurate for weather 24-48 hours in advance, then how can their climate models be accurate in 50-100 years? In 100-200 years?
Yes, I know weather is not climate, but if one cannot model for short term with any accuracy, how can one model for the long term?
SO there is a big broughaha about Census questions;
In particular, about a question as to whether the respondent is a US citizen.
I think it is because the DNC types don't want anyone to know how many non citizens are there,
They claim that they are afraid that the non citizens won't respond to the census at all, and therefore the assets and tax money and, most especially, congressional seats, would therefore not be allocated properly.....(point here: are congressional seats supposed to be allocated by number of citizens or by number of population? Same same tax money and/or other assets.....)
There are many other questions on the Census...and the Census folks claim that it is a law that one answer those questions....but I know of no one who has ever been charged or fined or in any way punished for not answering the census questions...
I have always put the number of people and their genders and nothing else on the form sent to my household....
But riddle me this???Why should Non-Citizens get any representation?? Why should people who are in the country illegally get any assets allocated to their areas?
So I have a friend who works with a person.
That person is darker in skin tone than we are (not that that is hard, as we are as pale as Canadian college kids on Spring Break...but I digress)
It was pointed out to my friend that there are subtle "Microagressions" everywhere....
The symbols on the traffic lights.
How, you might ask, would a traffic light be racist? (I was ignorant about this as well....Read on)
It would seem that they are racist because the traffic lights in common use here in Northwest Indiana have a white figure to tell you to walk and an orangeish hand to tell you not to walk....This was changed, apparently, many years ago to make it easier for blind visually impaired (there I go again with Microagression) people to more easily see the difference and thus not get run over by cars, trucks and busses....But, again, I digress.
Seems that it is perceived by (some) black people that "Its a WHITE hand that tells you to go but it is BLACK (Brown? Orange?) hand that stops you"....which is, somehow, racist.
What a wonderful country we live in that this is the largest complaint....
One can find discrimination and/or racism anywhere, apparently, if you look hard enough and have an ambiguous enough definition....
Or at least not so muddy that work cannot be done because the tractor can't be driven over the grass without getting mired in the mud.
Spent yesterday servicing the big Bush Hog mower. It had been on the far side of the soft part of the yard, and had been sitting since last fall.
Greased the u-joints on the driveshaft, oiled the blade pivots and the coupler, checked the level in the gearbox. Spent a half hour putting a proper edge profile on the swinging blades with a flap disc.
Mowing and wholesale mayhem on tall grass today....while I can.
Yet, oddly, despite the DNC types claiming that the threat of tariffs wouldn't get any results, and that it was just gonna cost the US purchaser more....and that We (the US) needed Mexican made parts and produce more than Mexico needed the US....
Not only did Mexico choose to start closing their southern border to Central American migrants heading to the US (they already were closed to migrants intending to stay in Mexico....where the immigration laws are even harsher than those in the US) they also began investigating the sources of funds for those "Migrant Caravans"...
The margin of savings when one considers the poorer productivity, increased transportation costs and other issues with production in Mexico for goods produced in Mexico but used in the US mean that the 10% (and soon higher) tariffs would make the savings in labor be nearly nonexistent at the user or consumption end....therefore there would be no reason to continue production in Mexico for many companies......a truism which was, no doubt, communicated by many US companies who source goods and assemblies from our southern neighbor instead of produce them here in the US.
And Mexico desperately needs the money. So they capitulated.
So yeah, those threats from Trump of Tariffs on Mexican goods DID work..... and worked well, indeed. Odd, how when one plays for good, and a leader with balls is in place, and one who puts the good of the country first, how things get done
To threaten tariffs on Mexican produced goods and services unless Mexico did something to stem the flow of invaders to our country through Mexico.....(Hell, if they'd just not FACILITATE their passage, it would be good...)
It wouldn't work...
The Mexican's didn't have the manpower to do anything about it.
It was impossible to stem the flow
I would wager, with pretty long odds, that those men that dropped on D-Day would find only disgust with the reporters commenting on their bravery 75 years later...that they would like to discuss the reporter's politics, the policies those reporters promote, and the fact that those self same reporters show only disgust towards the current crop of military men and women.
I'd bet that they think that the reporters are not the kind of people they risked their lives for, and that the "journalists" are trying and helping to destroy the country for which they fought.
Seems that the state had to find some way to pay for all that "Deferred Maintenance" on all the roads...some of that maintenance delayed for decades....since the state has diverted all those millions and millions of dollars that were collected from roads to social programs and to simply pay for the bloated government payrolls.
How long before this tax money is diverted and they have to add (again) yet another tax to pay for the deferred road and bridge repair? They CLAIM it can't be diverted, but this is, after all, Illinois....
What good little Socialists the Government of Illinois are...
So we flew, MC and I, along with my parents, to Champaign, Illinois for some badly needed Chinese food at her favorite restaurant.
Pulled the 182 out of the hangar
Time to get there: 44 minutes. (We had a nice tailwind going south)....Ground speed 154 knots for a while.
Got a Crew Car, had the FBO put in 25 gallons of 100LL and we were off to the Chinese place for some chow. Beef with Broccoli for me (over Fried Rice) and my Dad had Chicken and Mushrooms. Mom had some LoMein and MC had (of course) Crispy Fried Tofu (her favorite).
lots and lots of food...yes, we took some home.
Some shopping on the way back for some odds and ends at the International Market for some odd and strange foods and snacks (Octopus Balls, anyone??? (sorry, no pics)), and orange Kit Kats, Green Tea KitKats, strange flavors of Japanese Pop Rocks (and other stuff like that) not available elsewhere, and some more shopping at the Junque Store Consignment shop. Then we returned to the airport, preflighted the plane, loaded up, started the engine and we were off.
A quick conversation with Clearance, then switched frequencies to Ground, then a taxi, a runup then switched to Tower, (all the same dude) and we were given clearance to depart on Runway 32 with a right turn on course at 3000 or below.
Switched when told to to Departure (a different dude) then climbed to 3500 and tried there. (Pretty turbulent). Handed off to Chicago Approach and then we told 'em we were gonna climb to 5500 to find some smoother air. Not much smoother there (a bit less sharp), but less headwind.
At 3500, I could not let the Autopilot (George) fly, as it couldn't handle the turbulence...kept trimming up and down and trying to maintain a heading...I as afraid we'd burn out a trim motor....(Up/down/up down/up down/up/down.....) At 5500, "George" could handle the flying...less turbulence and steady(er) winds. So I let him fly for a while. What with the headwind, the ground speed wasn't as good, but we still made over 110 knots.
Since I wasn't flying, I had time to look down. Gotta feel sorry for the farmers. Many (2/5) of the fields still have either standing water or water just below the surface. I don't see how they are gonna get a crop in the ground anytime soon.
I'd think we'd have to have a week or more without rain before these fields could be planted
Soon enough, it was time to start the descent to my home airport. "Slow down to Go down"...so a bit of power reduction and a bit of trim and we descended from 5500 to 3500....made our "10 mile out" call on CTAF, then a slower descent to 2500 and a 5 mile out call. Did a base leg entry to the runway and fought the thermal on final. 16 gusting 24, so a bit fast. A gentle bounce on touchdown (just a bit too fast but there were gusty winds on final so there is that........and we were near gross for the density altitude also (That extra 350 lbs makes a HUGE difference in the sink rate)) and we turned off and called "Clear of the Active". ...I don't feel too bad as the dude with the TBM who landed right after me did the same bounce and had the same struggle on short final.
Taxiied back to the hangar, did the shutdown procedure, opened the hangar doors and put the plane away.
0.7 and one, and 1.1 and one...as Aaron likes to say
A good day spent with MC and my parents.
Being able to go to lunch 100 miles away and back in a day is why I learned to fly.
But.....do you want to find out what could happen if Ebola is let loose in the US?
At the end of the day, it is a perfect example of why we need border security....and while the Southern border is the biggest issue and the weakest link, the other borders are weak as well and need to be secured.