Yeah, my club has a Pistol Safety course today, so I gotta go do my instructor thing.
It is work, but the reward is the "New Shooter Smile" on their faces as they learn that they can do this.
Worth the time, if you ask me.
Did a 2.5 hour lesson this morning, then took an acquaintance up to get his plane from where it had been undergoing emergency repairs.
Left my home airport and flew a few minutes to pick him up at KMGC, then we flew to KFFX via KLWA.
A 1 hour flight that would have taken 3+ hours to drive (plus return).
Called South Bend approach for flight following, they passed me off to Great Lakes approach then I landed at KFFX (Fremont, Michigan) and taxiied to the mechanic's shop.
My friend paid his bill while I taxiied out and left. His turbo arrow is not appreciably faster than my naturally aspirated 182. I left 15 minutes before him, but he landed only 7 minutes behind me. We both flew at 8500 feet on the return trip. (Had we gone higher he'd have passed me, as the 192 cannot maintain full power past about 7500 feet because the air is just to thin...the turbo makes up for that at altitudes).
2.4 hours of flying and 2 landings. It was severe VFR all the way.
We fueled up both aircraft and I flew back to my home airport.
Seems that Aaron had a good day of flying as well.
I gotta say that 5 hours of flying in one day is a lot, really.
Notice how the Media is going on and on about the fact that Donald Trump won't promise a "Peaceful change of leadership"? If the election results are in doubt?
Forget the fact that he hasn't lost the election yet, nor that there may well be some malfeasance in the election process itself....
We all remember the debacle of the 2000 Florida election mess...."Keep counting until Gore is the winner!"
One thing I HAVENT heard from the Democrats (or the Media) is a promise from Team DNC that THEY will abide by the results of the election if they lose. In fact, I have been hearing all sorts of things...that they plan (already) a court challenge unless Slow Joe wins.
Odd double standard, that. If Trump wins, then they feel it is OK to fight the results. If Kamala and Joe win, then Trump should just step aside like a good boy.
Where is THEIR promise to gracefully bow out if the election doesn't go the way they want it to?
Odd that they have one standard for Trump and another standard for their candidate, innit?
But Califronia is gonna mandate that by 2035 there be no "gas powered" cars and trucks sold in the state....including hybrids.
How are they gonna make this work? They are shutting down generating plants in the state.....and they cannot purchase enough power from out of the state when demand is high as it is....
How are they gonna power all those electric charging stations? They can't power the state right now as it is.
I fully expect riots tonight, tomorrow, Friday and Saturday. (apparently so do most Louisville downtown merchants) I bet that most metro police departments are prying for rain over the weekend. If I were a business owner in a city of any size at all...and one where there is a sizeable number of black people, I'd be boarding up my windows as well....'cause one can expect that there will be riots.
Innocent or guilty, Breonna Taylor and Kenneth Walker had the right to live in peace. The No Knock raid was poorly executed (and should not have been a No-Knock raid anyway). The officers, even IF they felt justified in shooting, failed to identify their targets and essentially just sprayed bullets around.
While I cannot see any racism here, I can see that they officers and the system failed to act responsibly. Were in a non-police gun owning private citizen, they'd surely be charged for such reckless behavior. As should be the cops in this incident.
Having said that, rioting isn't gonna change things, nor will it help. But that is what we have come to expect of inner city black people today....I mean, it has happened about every 4 years (sometimes more often) for most of my lifetime.
Expect more riots in the upcoming days. Try to stay out of inner cities. If you see a crowd of people, go another way. or turn around quickly. Try to be home soon after dark if you live in an urban area. Expect protests that then turn into riots, looting and burning.
It is the "new Normal"
After all, it is an election year...and the Dems need the black vote so they keep 'em riled up so they won't vote for Trump, despite the Dems record of broken promises.
So Cindy McCain, the widow of John McCain just could not help but step into the ring to trash Donald Trump.
I understand that she dislikes Trump because he would not say nice things about her late husband,
But seriously? This is being a harpy.
Nothing like the vitriol that an old lady can bring. They can hate better than anyone. I'm sure she thinks she is hurting Donnie, but all she is doing is showing us what a bitch she is. At the end, her endorement won't make one iota of difference.
The Democrat Machine is gonna oppose the Supreme Court Nominee no matter what....even before the person is nominated.
The RNC Machine is gonna support the nominee no knowing who he or she is....
Neither side knows who the nominee is gonna be, neither side has anything to vote for...or against. They don't know the positions, the philosophy, or the history of the nominee.
One side is pledging to support the nominee, whoever she or he is, simply because they want to get a "Conservative" on the court.
The other side wants to oppose her or him simply because the choice is being made by Trump, and they will oppose him no matter what.
Neither side is covering themselves with glory or showing any integrity here.
Again, I am disgusted. Why not wait and find out if they can find something to like or dislike? Anyone who is already on a Circuit Court should already be qualified to be a Supreme. If not, they are likely unqualified for the position they currently have.
We really need a better class of elected officials.
especially Aaron, although anyone with anyone with a legal opinion can chime in....
Can the "authorities" legally prevent me from voting if I show up at a polling place without a mask?
I can't find any argument for or against it in Indiana's code.
I'm tempted to find out. Just 'cause I am an agitator.
So the CDC does a 180 on their view of the method of infection of Covid-19....then removes it.
I toldya there was no "science" behind the 6 foot "Social Distancing" rule.
Now we have evidence that there wasn't.
And, of course, if aerosols aren't the main method of transmission, then we are back to "Do masks really do anything?"
(yes, they do keep large droplets from spraying onto that person next to you, but are they really effective? I mean, we were told that the "Science was settled" about the 6 foot too....and now we know that that is bullshit....will they flip=flop about the masks too?)
I mean, so far, according to the CDC, masks are not effective, except that they are, except that they aren't, unless you are in a crowd that is protesting (when they aren't needed) unless it is a right-leaning protest, when they are effective and required....Now we have the whole 6 foot rule in doubt....Are we really getting any value out of the money we spend on the CDC? Or are they just making pronouncements and hoping for the best?
So last time, when the positions were reversed, it was one side saying that the nomination (and subsequent acceptance) of the next Supreme Court Justice should wait until after the election.
Essentially, both sides have started parroting the other's arguments from when they were on the other side.
Does no politician have any principles? No integrity?
Naive of me, perhaps, but I do expect some minimal level of integrity out of my politicians.
Not so today though.
Sad. And disgusting.
All for some power and leverage.
All you folks celebrating the death of Ruth Bader Gisnburg...
Y'all have no class.
She was an old lady who earned her post on the Supreme Court of the United States.
I disagreed with most of her decisions. Still...she was a well educated lady who did serve the country as a Judge and did it with honor, and while I (or you) may disagree with her decisions, that does not make her evil nor entirely wrong.
I too wish that someone else had been in her position, and that she had retired much earlier.
And, at the end, she died of cancer, not a good or painless way to go.
If yer cheering her death, then you are showing what an ass you are. Just as bad as those antifa assholes who were outside the hospital where those ambushed cops were being treated chanting "We hope you die".
If you got nothing good to say about her, then say nothing.
Seems that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed.
While not unexpected, it gives rise to a really big issue.....Can Trump get a Supreme Court pick past the Congress before the election?
One can hope. Oughta make for some interesting bloviation by the media and some interesting fireworks by our politicians.
My condolences to Ms. Ginsburg's family.
But last night, at the monthly meeting, my gun club members gave me a lifetime membership and an award plaque for service and leadership.
I was floored. Seriously. So much so that I could not form words to say "thank you" properly for a while.
I'm not sure that I deserve it, but they all seem to think that I have given outstanding service. I just try and keep the club going, and pay it forward with work and by doing classes for new shooters and such. After all, I get to use the club that others before me built.... Keeping the tradition going so that the club and the facilities will be there for the next generation. I didn't think that I was doing anything special...... But the other members all congratulated me and felt that I have earned the reward.
It was pretty cool.
A REALLY nice ending to a day that didn't start well.
Instead, get off yer lazy ass, go down to the polling place on Nov 3 (Nov 5 if yer voting for Biden) and do your civic duty like an adult.
Anything else is subject to higher rates of fraud, rejection, and ballots arriving late.
Unless of course, you are in Chicago.,...and deceased....Special procedures are in place for you to vote by mail.
They just want to see football.
They are tired of Social Justice Posturing, tired of symbolism, and just tired of the bullshit.
So when the Texans and the Chiefs did their stupid posturing, the fans BOOED them. Fans that had paid to be there and see the game.
The left, as seen in the link, is losing it's MIND over the fact that fans would not support such Social Justice Posturing.
Does the NFL really think that this will end well?
I can never forgive....Not only the terrorists themselves, but the oil rich individuals that fund them, and governments that provide such groups with safe harbor....
Not just for the deaths of my countrymen, the insult to my country, but for the destruction of my freedoms that their acts engendered....the last more than anything else.
I won;t ever forget, nor will I forgive.
Black Lives Matter!!!!
Except that in Chicago over the weekend, Black people killed 10 other black people....and shot 41 others on the South Side.
That is more in one weekend than the cops killed this year.....
But Black Lives Matter...when the killing is done by police and when it gives and excuse to riot. loot, and steal.
When it is black people killing other black people it doesn't matter....
Only the one for Breonna Taylor has any real validity.
The sad part is that were it not for the false memes and faux outrage for the the others "deaths by police"...(I mean the George Floyd incident and the Jacob Blake incident and all the previous ones where the outrage was carefully manufactured), she'd likely get some real justice.
Of course, Justice is not what the folks that fomented this want, is it?
ETA: Divemedic has some other viewpoints ...see comments
So we went to see MC's sister yesterday. Normally a 3 1/2 hour drive, even with our modern interstate system, but only a 1.2 hour flight.
A quick preflight (I keep the plane ready to go most of the time, but still, do things the right way and one can prevent issues in the air) and a check of the weather via 1-800-WXBrief, and we were off. A quick stop at VPZ for fuel (less than a total,of 15 minutes from pattern to departure), and we were on our way. Called for flight following from South Bend and settled in on course. It was a nice flight. Smooth. A layer of clouds at 3500 feet, but we found a hole and went up to 5500 for the trip up to KLAN. 133 knots ground speed. The forecast was for clear skies at KLAN and that is what we found. We got a "Straight In" approach and landing. Really helpful controllers at South Bend approach and Great Lakes approach. The Lansing folks were bored, but were professional.
We spent a few hours, had some lunch, walked around the river area, and before I knew it we were back at the airport ready for departure.
Took off, turned on course, and climbed to 6500 feet. Over the southern edge of Great Lakes airspace, we hand to climb to 8500 for the cloud layer to stay VFR, but that was no big deal. We had good ground speed too...148 knots . Did see a (I think) Stearman biplane going the opposite way at 9500 feet with a Sonex as an escort. Had to be cold in the Stearman....our OAT was 42 F...he had to be cold.
A gentle descent at the airport of arrival, and a decent landing with the wind at 4 nearly straight down the runway.
2 and a half hours of flight time rather than 7 hours of driving. Makes for easy visits. Less tiring too.
It's what I learned to fly for. I'd have been doing more except for the Covid Lockdowns, but hey, I got to enjoy it yesterday.
While I think that rural areas won't have the issue as much as urban areas, it doesn't take much to interrupt the steady flow and delivery of electrical power...a few hours by a few people each with a chainsaw could cause cause havoc. A few people willing to poke some holes in the casings of large large transformers to let out the coolant oil ,or take down a couple of steel towers for high tension supply lines can do long term damage..More importantly, it takes even less effort to cause enough fear among the utility workers that they will refuse to repair any damage unless guarded by police or other security.
There are people willing to do that sort of damage to cause mayhem and panic and add to the civil unrest.
Not many city services will work without electricity...In a city, will you have water? If in a high rise, can you get up and down to your apartment? Cool or heat that apartment?
If in the 'Burbs or in a small town or a rural location...Do you have a method of powering your home (or at least the most important portions of it)? Generators or solar? Can you live without electricity if not? DO you need electrical power to run your heating system?
Refrigerators? Do you have an electric stove (if so, you might wanna plan an alternate means of cooking). Can you live without power? Do you need refrigeration to keep your medication from spoiling? Do you meed power to make your well work? CAN YOU EVEN OPEN YOUR GARAGE WITHOUT POWER (Most can, but not all). How much of your life needs electricity? Can you live without it?
If you have a generator.....do you have fuel for it? How much? For how long can you deal without utility power Have you done a realistic assessment of how much you will need to run a standby generator to deal with the minimum time you will need power? (Hint: It is likely more than you realize.. say 4 hours a day, minimum, times say 2 gallons an hour, for say 2 weeks....do you have a hundred (plus) gallons stored?)...If you have a generator powered by natural gas, remember that, while the gas lines are underground and less vulnerable to mischief, the valving is often above ground, and the pumping stations are also easily accessible (and vulnerable) to someone determined to do them harm....Don't plan for there being uninterrupted natural gas if someone should decide to mess with that service as well.
Can you heat your home if there are disruptions to the piped gas supply?? (even if you do have electricity via a generator and fuel for it).
If you do have a generator, have you serviced it recently? Gas is only one part of running a generator....oil fuel and air filters, possibly oil filters...And oil. Have you enough oil to change it after the recommended runtime? Some portable generators require an oil change after as little as 50 hours....Do you have a spare spark plug? If a portable, do you have a means of securing the generator OUTSIDE your home when it is running? (they've been known to walk off, so have a chain or cable to keep it in your possession).
If you live on propane, it might be a god idea to have your tank filled just before the election as well. Having a full tank of propane just before the winter is a good idea anyway, but especially THIS winter, what with the election and all. Depending on where you live, it may be that the propane delivery trucks may not leave the yard for a week or 3 due to protests.
But this Daniel Prude story that just popped in the Mainstream Media (and, oddly, on ALL networks at the same time???) is a pretty good example of collusion.
Seems that back in March, in Rochester, New York Mr Prude was all messed up and high on PCP. Cops found him naked in the street. He was spitting and had other issues. He was restrained with handcuffs and his head covered with a "spit hood" to protect the officers.
His death days later was ruled a homicide "caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.”". (In other words he aspirated his own vomit while handcuffed)
Now, I'm not a doctor. and I don't know any other details about this case. I do find it interesting that days after his arrest, after his demise in the hospital, that a medical examiner was able to find a reason to blame the fact that police restrained a spitting, struggling man high on PCP for his death.
I also find it interesting that, as the Jacob Blake mess dies down in Kenosha and in the national media that the same media (again, all at the same time) started up with this story from MONTHS ago. Strange, innit? I guess they felt that they had to have something to keep the Black people riled up enough to vote DNC.
And innit strange, despite the fact that they keep telling us about how black men are being systematically murdered daily by racist cops, that the only story they can come up with to keep the heal on the bubbling pot of race relations is a story from March? A story about a man who died
with a lethal dose of PCP in his system while having a "mental health crisis" running around naked in the streets in the snow?
What with the wholesale killing of innocent black men by the cops one would thing they'd not have to go back nearly half a year to find an injustice to fan the flames with.
And if you can't see the careful manipulation of public opinion in all of this, then you are either blind or stupid.
ETA: Notice that "black" is capitalized in the headline.....
You've read part one.....where I discussed medication and food and other supplies and mentioned Social Unrest.
Plan accordingly when it comes to your food supply and other stuff you can put aside for if and when. Food, paper products, gasoline....ammunition.
Lets talk about food. You should already have a 90 day supply of staples in your home, just on general principles. If you don't , start VERY soon acquiring those items. If you do have that stash, however, it might be a good time to add to those. Make sure you have checked your preps, looked for holes in your preps, and fill those holes. Perhaps take the time to extend those from 90 to 180 days. Remember, most grocery distribution warehouses are in larger (and often Blue) cities. Expect that to be where the unrest is. It doesn't take many people to block the roads leading to those warehouses.
Might even be worthwhile to add some to your freezer preps. While it could be that there will be enough social unrest to make a reliable electricity supply unsure, having food in your freezer might not be a bad idea. Frozen vegetables aren't that expensive and can contribute to you overall health. If you lose a hundred dollars worth of frozen food because your power goes out, at least you can eat some of it for a day or three before it spoils......
Paper products are shelf stable....So stock up when you find 'em (if you can find em). Maybe don't clear the shelves, but have a 90+ day supply. Be a little greedy. Caned food is easy to store, under beds, bottoms of closets, behind other things on shelves. It is shelf stable for years and you can hide it or stack it anywhere. Be smart, stock the canned foods that you already eat (again, if you can find 'em).
Maybe buy an extra couple of gas cans......and fill them a week or two before the election. Buy some gas stabilizer perhaps (I like Pri-G stabilizer but there are others). Make sure you have enough to meet your basic needs for a few months. Again, in lots of places, the refineries/tank farms are in places near larger cities, where the
protests riots are likely...or where such riots might block the roads leading to the tank farm. Plan for limited supplies for a month or two.
Ammunition: At this point, of you don't have it, yer likely not gonna find any. But if you do, buy it. You might need to use it to keep your preps or defend your home. Ammo doesn't spoil. Expensive ammo is still better than no ammo.
It is a shame that we have allowed a small minority of leftists and anarchists to challenge and disrupt our way of life....but the Blue governments in many cities, probably sympathetic to their cause, have indeed allowed them to flourish...so we have to deal with them until the rest of our citizens demand that it stop...or take action to stop the anarchists themselves.
Some stupid fucker decided to vandalize the Elvis memorial at Graceland with Black Lives Matter and other graffiti.
This, of course, did a lot to garner sympathy with the rest of the people for the BLM cause.
for any of the people dead at any of the recent "Protests".
I mean, did ya think it was gonna be all hosannas and welcoming arms? Have a beer and let's sit and talk out or differences?
Aaron J. Danielson was killed in Portland. He came to an area and had to know that it was dangerous. He was looking for a fight and found one.
Same same Kyle Rittenhouse. He may be a kid, and he may not have intended to be chased by the Mob and have to defend himself and shoot and kill 2 men and wound another, but he should have been smarter (even as a 17 year old) than to be alone in that crowd. Stayed where he was until morning. He didn't. He found more than he bargained for, but he should have been smarter.
Same thing with the three lowlifes he shot. They weren't there to hand out flyers.
"Don't want none, don't bring none".
The best way to not get shot is to not be where there is trouble.
All those folks were where smart people weren't. Most of them went looking for trouble. They may have found more trouble than they planned to find, but they were's innocent, either.
You know, those shortages that we had of all sorts of stuff since around March, when the States put us on "Lockdown" for
2 weeks to Flatten the Curve 3 months to "contain the CoronaVirus.... (which, oddly, didn't do much, but hey, don't criticize because Shut Up)?
Remember when one could not find Terlet paper, nor paper towels, nor flour nor rice nor a whole shitload of canned goods? When milk and cheese and many fresh meats were hard to find) or non existent) in your grocery stores?
Now, I got a prediction for you....
I'm not sure yet who is gonna win the election this fall. But it is coming up quickly. Nov 3 will be here before we know it. I expect things to get....sporty....if Donald Trump wins. (Or if the DNC cheats blatantly enough that us non-DNC folks won't accept the "result"...and that is possible, sadly)....Very sporty. We have all sorts of people who are barely civilized at best and who have been emboldened by the inaction of the police in response to protests for
Black Lives Matter because of the wholesale slaughter of Completely Innocent black men who were just minding their own business when the cops showed up....Or whatever the meme of the day pushed by the News Media and the DNC is in order to foment a race war and pass that off as an excuse for Social Unrest. If it looks like Trump will win, one can expect the Media and the DNC (but I repeat myself) to change their propaganda target to false election results and point finger to claims of fraud (oddly though, the majority of fraud in previous elections was DNC based, but that won't matter) and one can expect some even larger and more managed protests, likely well-choreographed across the country....and for longer than a few days, can have a larger impact of our way of life than you might have thought about...
Real interruptions of both utilities and our supply chain could happen is someone, say someone with access to a large group of people who wish for anarchy, planned for chaos....
The point I am making is that the organization is in place.....the BLM "protests" are not spontaneous, but rather organized....fairly well organized. IF the folks organizing this hate and turmoil and "Social Unrest" can organize such things with only a few days (or hours, in some cases) notice, what can we expect if/when Trump wins?
You'd better prepare. Expect days, if not weeks, of supply chain issues....Plan and stock accordingly. A few days of riots widely scattered across the country are one thing.....,massive (and planned and choreographed) riots across the country are another. Widespread civil unrest will cause a great deal of supply chain issues, especially in some areas.
Do you need maintenance medication? Blood pressure, Thyroid, Diabetes, Arthritis....any of these or others? Stuff you take every day? Substances that you need in order to stay healthy? Perhaps you should talk to your doctor. See if he or she can give you a 90 day subscription for that (or those) medications. Have them filled about 10 days or so before the election. If you do "Pharmacy by Mail" then plan accordingly. EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR IT YOURSELF. But make sure you have at least a 90 day supply of any medication you require to live or to make your life bearable.