Saturday, August 24, 2019

AAANND here a good point:

Saw this over at The Feral Irishman's blog:


And it is a damned good point,



I mean, that's a pretty big house there...unless you REALLY want to live as far from Michelle as you can and still keep up appearances.

Funny how Barry doesn't live up to his own preaching, innit?  (but few leftists do, really).

Not that Barry gives a shit what any of us think...he's not President anymore, can't run again, and he's  done sold his soul during those 8 years and he's reaping his (earthly) rewards in the time he has left. $135 Million....One wonders how much of our money he spent to get those paybacks now that he isn't President any more. 

Friday, August 23, 2019

One wonders:

So Barry and Michelle Obama are buying a mansion on Martha's Vineyard.

Good for them. I'm happy for them.

But one wonders, where did they get the cash to do so? I mean, 15 MILLION dollars is a lot of scratch....like a whole lot. And the utilities alone are gonna be a whole lot of money each month. Plus upkeep, maintenance, taxes, staff, etc.

Where did they get the money for the purchase and where is the income stream coming from for the residual cost per month? It's gotta be another half million dollars a year just to keep the thing going.

Where is that coming from, much less the 15 MILLION clams it took to make the purchase?
(According to the experts, Barry and Michelle are worth over $130 Million....all from "Book Deals and Speaking Engagements". In 3 years they have earned 130 MILLION bucks. Good work when you can get it, I guess.) 


ETA: One wonders why Barry would be buying beachfront land ON AN ISLAND....since he told us if we didn't spend all that government (taxpayer) money on Solar Cells and other Green Initiatives pout forth by his cronies the icecaps were gonna melt in a few years and flood all the seafronts and Raise the Sea Level by tens of feet or more......Wouldn't that put his mansion underwater?

Or was that where he got some of his money? From grateful beneficiaries of his policies? Perhaps they are the ones paying him the Big Bucks for the "Speaking Engagements" ?

I would think that if he believed his story about melting the icecaps he would have bought land in the mountains....

Or, perhaps, he was just lying when he said all that about Global Warming Climate Change....

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Why you should NEVER allow the Feds to disarm you:

27 years ago, the siege that became known as "Ruby Ridge" began.

Federal Marshals, out of control and acting on flawed information from the ATF (go figure), killed Sammy Weaver and laid siege to the home of Randy Weaver and his family until the FBI became involved.

During the resulting siege, a sniper from the Hostage Rescue Team "accidentally" killed Vicki Weaver while she was holding their infant son. The son was not harmed. The shot was against the Rules of Engagement, but Lon Horiuchi, the sniper, was acquitted in Federal court....He should have been convicted of Murder.
No one, not a single agent, was fired for the debacle. No one was convicted of murder either. No one lost their pension, and several were promoted.
The Agents of the State were held blameless for their actions. Repeat: No one was in any way censured for the whole debacle,

Armed citizens are the only barrier to the State and it's minions choosing to do the same thing to the rest of us should we become the target of their choice.

Never give up your defense. Ever.

And despite the Taxpayers paying a large settlement to the Weaver family members for the actions of their employees, the fact is that a family lost a mother and a son. I once met Randy Weaver. He was, then, a broken man. No one can fix the damage done to him. And yet the Agents of the FBI, the US Marshals Service, and the F-Troop ATF agents all skated on their crimes. No one was called to account for this debacle.

I sincerely hope this never happens again. But without the means to see that it doesn't, to defend against out-of-control Law Enforcement, it will happen, sooner or later.
Never give up your means of defense, your means to at least fight back.

Armed men are Citizens, unarmed men are Serfs. Choose which you will be.


I guess Wayne need a new wardrobe

Seems that Wayne needs more money.

He told me so in a Email that he sent me from the NRA.

It had a "Personal" video from him telling me all about how, with my help, the NRA can "continue the Fight"  and without me (and my money) they might fail.

Fuck That.

Not a DIME until Wayne La Pierre is gone from the NRA.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

But do it for the "Environment" !

I do love it when an urban apartment dweller tells me that because I don't sort my trash for recycling  I am a terrible person who is destroying the environment and causing global warming climate change.

This from a person who drives (when there are public transportation options available...IE trains) over 50 miles every day (each way) to get to work, who lives in an apartment and cares for zero greenspace.

He seems to feel that sorting trash for (energy wasting) recycling efforts somehow offsets several acres of greenspace (which I own and maintain as habitat) with significant tree and other vegetation growth, that is close to where I need to be...my average daily (or less) round trip is less than 25 miles.

But hey, Greenie "Holier than thou" or something.

I offered to bring him my (average) 5 cubic foot of sortable trash each week in order that he could sort it..... I mean, "If you really think it is that big of a deal, and will make all that much difference, I can toss a bag or two into the back of my pickup and deliver it to you every couple of days.... it isn't out of my way or anything"... He declined.

I LOVE exposing liberal hypocrisy.

And, as has been pointed out, even though it often makes no sense energy wise or monetarily (which equates to energy, really) recycling is (often) a religious expiation

Monday, August 19, 2019

After 22 hours

The 16 year old girl was found.....in Arkansas.

So she was well beyond the scope of the local-to-home Amber Alert at the time the Alert was sent. 

Apparently unharmed, she is on her way home.

And thousands of disgruntled people have now turned off their Amber Alert function on their phone so they aren't awoken at 5:50 AM on a Sunday next time.....

I think I'm gonna give it a bit more time. Perhaps the cops will get their heads out of their asses. I doubt it, but "hope springs eternal". 

No one yet knows if this is a case of "Running away with her boyfriend" or an actual abduction either. Either way, it was a 16 year old "Princess" and a 22 year old man, so....

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Kinda missing the concept:

So at 5:33 AM  today I get an "Amber Alert" on my phone.

OK, I get that. Be on the lookout for XXX vehicle with plate number ABCxxyy. Timely info could lead to a quick resolution of the issue....

Then later this morning, I find out that this is for a 17 year old girl who "may" have been abducted 18 hours before from an area about 15 miles from my home.

Firstly, this isn't what the "Amber Alert" system is for....it is supposed to be used for more timely stuff like child abductions that have JUST HAPPENED, not for something that happened 18 hours earlier.
Second, waking people up early on a Sunday for stuff that happened 18 hours before is likely to cause them to turn the Amber Alert feature "OFF". Had this been put out at 3 in the afternoon for something that may have happened at noon or 1 pm, it might have made sense. Finding someone who MAY have been abducted and putting an alert out for the abductors vehicle makes sense. Putting the Amber Alert out at 5:30 in the morning is obviously not a great response time nor is it likely to result in finding the abductor 18 hours after he has fled.
I'd bet that nearly everyone that got the alert simply turned it off and went back to sleep. I was already awake, but it even irritated me at the timing. A part of me thought about turning the feature off since the authorities obviously can't use common sense, but I didn't, as the next one might be an alert where I could actually help....

One wonders about the intelligence and cognitive skills of the people in Law Enforcement who make these decisions. (Not meant to be a slam on cops in general, just SOME of their folks who do boneheaded stuff like the above)....If the dude has left the area, then there is no reason to be waking anyone up because he is long gone....18 hours worth of gone. If he's holed up close by, I doubt he's moving at 5:30 AM. Shoulda put the Amber Alert out within the hour of the abduction

Friday, August 16, 2019

Absolutely.....of course

Epstien's death was a suicide.

And Oswald acted alone.
Jack Ruby acted in the best interest of Jackie.

Vince Foster was a suicide.

Bigfoot lives with the Loch Ness Monster.

Am I missing any?

(for those of you too young to know what the other references are, use Google)

Meeting night at the range

Once a month we have a meeting at the range to discuss range business and improvements, induct new members and decide if we are gonna spend any of the dues money on projects and schedule work parties to fix or improve things.

Some meetings are boring, some are more entertaining, some are slow paced, some are quick. Usually cordial, once in a while one is contentious.

This meeting, one member who wants something done and wants it right away (but expects others to do the work) was asked what he was gonna pay to have it done since HE never volunteered to do any work nor any fundraising. 'Twas a priceless moment.

It would seem that even among (mostly conservative) gun owners there are Liberal type folks who think that they can spend the work, money and effort of others...and feel that their needs and wants should be paid for with the effort of others.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Odd, that

Seems that a bunch of Americans were hired recently after applying to the positions "vacated"  by all those illegals arrested in Mississippi at the Koch poultry plant last week.

Funny. I was told that those illegals only "do the jobs that Americans won't do" and don't compete with US Citizens for jobs.

Apparently that isn't true.


Aaaand, there ya go

Seems that the guards assigned to Epstein were "Sleeping" at the time of his untimely death. Both of them. Both guards. At the same time.

Oddly, they also "falsified reports" as to when and how they did their inspections (if any).

Funny how that happened, innit? And funny how his roommate "posted Bail" the day before, leaving him alone in the room....

Next, I expect to hear that the video cameras (if any) were "temporarily non functional" or "under repair".

Either way, a major and important witness is dead. Conveniently. Too conveniently for me to believe it is just incompetence.

One can expect that those guards will shortly be killed in a rouge alligator attack on the streets of greater New York. (the smartest thing they could do is promise to talk in return for protection....and hope that those protectors could not be bought...Either way, I wouldn't place any bets on their long term survival). 





Monday, August 12, 2019

Incompetence?

I am informed that Epstein was not in the custody of the New York Penal System, but rather in Federal custody.

And that he wasn't on "Suicide Watch".

Again: Why no Suicide Watch? Why no monitoring?

And who ordered that the precautions be lifted?

Someone, at best, screwed up. At worst, they helped silence a potential witness...one that could embarrass or ruin many highly placed men (and, if rumors are true, women). I find it hard to believe that this was simply someone making a mistake in judgement. Not with such a high profile client. This wasn't random nor do I believe it was simple incompetence.

Who will be fired? Who will lose their position and pension?

The big question is which prison employee will die in a terrible car accident or under strange circumstances in the next few months?

Someone, somewhere, has the answers. If they are not silenced, then will they talk to try and save their own lives?

I used the term "Arkancide" earlier. However, if half the rumors about Epstein are based in even a semblance of  fact, then there are MANY people besides the Little Rock power couple that had an interest in Epstein's silence.

If nothing else, those officials in charge should be fired and punished for their incompetence, and investigated (especially financially) for involvement.....




Sunday, August 11, 2019

Agreed:


Non Breaking News of interest:

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (I thought he was in a Manhattan Jail???) Jeffrey Epstein was NOT on suicide watch....He had been taken off only just the week prior....

If not on suicide watch, why not? He had attempted suicide only weeks before.

One wonders if suddenly, in the very near future, some New York jail officials will suddenly become oxygen starved, or fall from tall buildings, or have terrible manhole accidents, etc.


You know what I mean. Gotta trim those loose ends.

Watch for it. 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The sad part is that it might be true:

THIS

And even sadder is that they are likely gonna get away with it.
(I especially like the third one)

To be fair, there are a LOT of folks (allegedly) as likely to have benefited from Epsteins's inability to testify. Some of them as powerful (and even MORE wealthy) than the Clintons. Lots of folks here is the States and (reportedly) even more abroad.

ETA: as stated in comments on SCC: "Dead Pedophiles (and panderers) tell no tales". 

And just like that, Bill Clinton's problem went away.....

along with, of course, the problem of many other rich and powerful people.

Accused sex trafficker and wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein found dead by suicide in Manhattan jail

Suicide.

Yeah.

Like Vince Foster.

Suicide.

Right.

One wonders what information would have come out at Epstein's trial?

The correct term is "Arkancide". Funny how that happens to a guy on suicide watch, innit?

Strange. 

I wish they'd give us some numbers..

But apparently there is something going on in Russia......Radiation levels are high and people are dead.

But no numbers as to what the radiation levels are.

It isn't a reactor incident as far as we know, but still...

Friday, August 9, 2019

Gun control

Y;know, what with the Media push, the timing (coincidence?I think not) and the fact that TWO men, at more or less the same time chose to commit mass murder.... And that the media campaign was so well planned and ready to use..

I cannot help but wonder if this is a planned attempt to get more gun control....
In fact, Australian style gun control...Essentially confiscation.

And I cannot help but wonder if the folks that want this gun control are willing to kill a bunch of people to get that gun control.

It is frightening to me that I can even consider this.

And even more frightening that I may be correct. 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Y'know...

If Trump can't make some headway on the Border Wall, he's gonna lose about 1/3 of his supporters.

And if he allows these last two shootings to push him into signing some DNC type "Common Sense Gun Control" measure, he's gonna lose another 1/3 of his supporters.

He's already forgotten his promise to repeal BarryCare.

So I fully expect that we will have a DNC type for our next presided coming up.

'cause unlike Liberals, folks like us kinda expect results and punish betrayal.

I remember having lunch with Tam a few years ago and we were discussing the voting choices. Trump or Hillary:

Her words then: "You gonna vote for the New York Democrat or the New York Democrat?
To date, she's been correct.

So far, Donnie hasn't done much that he has promised, and if he betrays the Second Amendment folks, he'll lose for sure. 

Knife control

Seems there was a stabbing spree in Orange County Ca. 

4 dead, others injured.

All the dead were Hispanic.

The stabber, of course, must have been a Trump supporter....Hating on Hispanics because Trump.

Of course, he too was Hispanic. But that doesn't matter.

Maybe there was another motive. Perhaps he was just insane.

I wonder how they will spin this...or if they will just ignore it 'cause it doesn't fit their meme.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Chicago: Bang Bang

So despite the outcry about "racism" and "terror" in the incidents in El Paso and Dayton, (which were tragedies), there is no national news about the 52 (yes, fifty two)  people shot in the greater South Side of Chicago....

Fifty two people shot.

In one incident, HUNDREDS of rounds were fired.

Yet no national news. Why?

I guess that the Media just expects the folks in the South Side to behave that way.

Of course, despite the outcry  that the Po-lice "Must Do Something", no one in the communities are working with the CPD to identify and convict the perpetrators....


Toxic masculinity

So in order to find something to discuss about the terrible shootings in both El Paso and Dayton, the CBS news is discussing the heroes during those incidents.

Despite trying hard (I am sure), they were only able to come up with men who did heroic things in an attempt to save the lives of others. 

No woman, no flagrantly gay men, no lesbians, no transgendered folks (at least none who identified themselves as such)...And I am sure that the Media tried very hard to find someone.
Only men who risked themselves for the lives of others...often strangers.

Look: This was a tragedy. These folks perpetrating these attacks are whacked, deserve to be killed like rabid dogs, and (obviously) are mentally deranged.

I'm not trying to denigrate those other people here....those who took cover or ran did the normal thing....the wise thing. Those, however, who tried to save others, are heroes. And so far, I haven't seen anything but men being hailed as heroes in these incidents. Why is that?


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Sometimes news, sometimes not

18 in Texas, more in Ohio

And the Media is having a field day.

Yet there were 12 people shot in Chicago's South Side (just stannin on the conna mindin' my own bidness....(well after midnight))....and no one in the Media even noticed because it was a normal Saturday night in Chicago...5 in one incident, and 7 in another a few miles away.

Why the big deal for the shootings, isolated incidents, in the other two areas of the country when this sort of thing happens in Chicago nearly every weekend?

One wonders. Is the Media simply ignoring the shootings in Chicago because they are "normal" or because they are in areas that are majority black and this is just what the (mostly white) leftist journalists expect from a bunch of "Darkies"? Why isn't the weekly group shooting incidents news?
I'm thinking racism here.



And, oddly, "Moms Demand Action" had a "spontaneous protest" in Washington DC  Saturday evening...complete with pre-printed signs decrying gun violence.....what a strange coincidence....

Saturday, August 3, 2019

I could learn to like flying one:

Well, that was a surprise.

So the Collings Foundation came to a nearby local airport. There was the B-17 (Nine o Nine), the B-24 (Witchcraft), the P-40 , a B-25 (Tondelayo), a Grumman "Hellcat" , and then of course, there was a TF-51 Mustang (Toulouse Nuts).

We toured the B-17 bomber, and the Mitchell, and then MC pushed me in the direction of the table where they have people sign up for the Bomber rides.
I have been on those rides before, and while they are pretty neat, I didn't want to spend the (large) dollars to fly on one again. But I was willing to shell out the bucks if she wanted another ride in the B-24...
Nope, She wanted me to sign the papers to fly in the P-51, which she had previously paid for and which was ready for me....
Now, I'm cheap frugal.....I would never pay for such a ride for myself, and she knew this. So she bought it for me.
She paid for a half hour ride. Pretty serious $$. But "No Refunds"....so I accepted the gift and signed the papers and walked to the plane.

I had help strapping in, and got the preflight briefing on how to release the seat straps if needed and how to bail out and what to pull if I needed the parachute that was strapped to me.  I got a basic preflight briefing on where we would be going and what we would be doing....





But, it seems, as luck would have it, that they had decided to do a formation flight with the P-40 and the Hellcat. So the pilot of the P-51 asked if I would mind waiting while they started the other two aircraft and they took off. (duh, of course I objected I agreed to wait.....)

So we watched, and waited while they fired up, first the -40, then the Hellcat, then we fired up the Mustang and taxiied to the end of  Rwy 9 and lined up and took off.

Acceleration on takeoff is jet-like....in about 3 seconds, the tail comes up and about 5 seconds later,  we climbed out to enter a pattern for the airfield.
The P-40 joined up, then the Hellcat.
P-40 on the left

Hellcat on the right side
We orbited for a few passes, then the -40 broke off,




 We flew with the Hellcat for a few more minutes, then the Hellcat peeled off. (sorry, no picture)

"Are you ready?" asked my pilot...

"Of course" I replied.

We climbed to 9500 feet, and did some aerobatics. first a roll, then a 4 point, then a barrel roll. Some lazy eights, then a cuban....

Then he offered to let me fly.

While the sight picture is different (the cowling is about 6 times longer than that of my 182), and there is an illusion with the cockpit rail which makes the backseater want to raise the nose,  it only took me a minute to find what level flight looked like. I held straight and level for a minute, then tried out the controls, pitching up and down, banking left and right, yawing a bit.
The P-51 aircraft is easy to control. Trimmed out, it flew with very little effort. I did a turn to the left, then one to the right. Ron (the pilot) urged a steeper turn. I did...45 degrees...."No, steeper"...So I did, pitching at 60 degrees. "no, steeper". So I did...nearly 90 degrees.....it is easy to do when one has about 1200 HP to keep the airplane flying.

I did some real turns, pulling better than 3 g's. Put the nose on  the horizon, bank, and PULL it through. It's hard to do when one is used to a Cessna 182...flying like that would pull the wings off of my airplane..... But I soon overcame my caution and had a lot of fun,...Now I know, and truly understand,  the term "Yanking and Banking"....... "you aren't using the controls enough, Don't be nice.. Fly this plane".  So I did. It was FUN!.
That is a REALLY fun airplane to fly. With a bit of practice I think I could learn to be pretty smooth....

"Do a roll". Huh? "Do_A_Roll!". Ok, so I did. The first one wasn't as smooth, as I let up on the left aileron too early so I didn't end up wings level..., but the next ones were pretty good, first to the left, then to the right. Pretty easy, actually.  My 4 point rolls were shaky, ...I'd never done those before, but the second set was better...Again, horsepower makes it easy to do. (I'm used to 230 HP in a 2900 lb gross weight airplane at 130 knots, not 1200 HP in a 9000 lb aircraft at 250 MPH...the difference is significant......way more energy and WAY more recovery). Cubans are fun to do when the airplane is designed to be "Yanked and Banked"....

Basically, with Ron's encouragement, I was allowed to play with this airplane. It's like being given the keys to a GT road racer and being told to play with it, only in three dimensions..(and yes, I've raced some high performance cars...the comparison is close).

Too soon, it was time to return....I flew the route back, and the pattern (250 MPH!...In the Pattern!!!) until the final turn and then Ron took over for the final and landing....

We touched down and he taxiied back...

And before I knew it, It was over.

Not many pictures, because I was TOTALLY surprised and unprepared for the whole experience...and I was engrossed in the flying...pictures came last... Had I known, there would have been a GoPro with me....But it was a surprise....

But it was great! Fun, exciting, Hands on, Interactive. 4.5 G's. Noisy. Gobs of horsepower.... A real blast.  A great experience.

I'm kind of a lucky guy. It was a great surprise and a great gift.

I really want a P-51 in my Christmas stocking....(and a large checkbook for fuel and maintenance)...

And I got 0.9 hours of P-51 Mustang flight instruction time in my logbook...

I don't really think a non pilot can appreciate and understand what this aircraft is, or what it can do....I am sure that they enjoy the flight, but as a pilot, I can REALLY appreciate this plane.

Thanks, MC!

Friday, August 2, 2019

I agree

Peter's post sums it up.

Wayne LaPierre (and many others) HAVE TO GO.

It is beyond time.

I've felt this way for more than a few years, and what with all the "Shenanigans" (as Peter Puts it) it is beyond time.

While we still have an NRA.

Time for the Board (and the members) to get it together and do what is necessary.

Get rid of the current management and clean house.

I join the others in calling for a housecleaning of the NRA.