Friday, April 19, 2019


Today was the day when some colonists chose to stand and fight their government over control....When that Government wanted to take control of the Colonists means of defying the heavy hand of government......And when a government learned what can happen when a pissed off citizenry with arms has had enough. There are those that say (with good reason) that that day, 244 years ago, was the real beginning of the United States of America.  (one wonders what those folks might think of the current residents of those lands today, what they have become....I think they'd spit on those resident of Massachusetts today) (look up the battles of Concord and Lexington if you aren't sure what I am talking about)

Also, 26 years ago today, we have the anniversary of the day when our Government went berserk in middle Texas and killed 76 men, women, and children who were holed up and simply resisting arrest. Killed 'em with fire and gas.
And when that happened, the rest of the citizens sat around and watched it on TV.
And we didn't hunt down and kill those responsible because the folks they killed were a bit strange and were portrayed by the Media as Religious Extremists.
So we watched our Government and their employees kill those folks AND LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT.
After all, Janet Reno is still breathing.....which is a shame, really. As are her commanders on the scene. A further shame. You and I and our fellow citizens watched 'em commit murder on live TV.

And you know......

If it doesn't happen this time, I am sure that soon (like a generation or three, at most) it will happen eventually.

I  mean, is there anyone who didn't think, even for a moment, that the fire was just possibly a bit of arson by a proponent of a different religion?

There is a history of building Mosques on the sites of Churches (and vice versa).

Monday, April 15, 2019

Too soon to tell

And we may never know.
(And it may be that even if there is a connection, the "authorities" won't tell us)

Notre Dame Cathedral may be total loss.

The cathedral holds no special significance to me, I'm not a very devout Christian, The artworks, however, are priceless. The Stained Glass and murals are irreplaceable, as are other artifacts.

And there is this to consider:
Twelve French Churches vandalized in past week

At least one is definitely arson. Perhaps, now, another as well.
And perhaps it is just an accident.

But there is the fact that to some other religions, religious icons or artworks not of their religion are anathema and should be destroyed...


Another lesson on Saturday

More instrument stuff....Partial panel this time.

1.7 hours. and it was stressful. I was wiped out at the end of it.

Plus intersections. Having 2 VOR's is a nice thing.
As is an autopilot while finding the intersection and VOR info. Plus my first approach using the GNS430.

One landing only 'cause 2 chicks had a stuck mike and we ALL had to listen to the coaching while they did 3 touch and goes..NORDO....and then chattered all the way to out of radio range. No excuse for that, I am sure there are 2 radios in that 172....
(Hint: If you think your radio is broken, stop the lesson and either land and have it looked at or stop the lesson and return to your home airport...and turn it off if you think it is't working!). If they would have broadcast a tail number (they didn't 'cause they thought their radio was broken, so no position calls, nothing) I'd have found out who owned the aircraft and called or something and given them an earful. No excuses for that.

So I only did one landing 'cause there wasn't any way for anyone else to hear me...

The endless chatter slightly marred what was otherwise a great flight.

A great crosswind landing and the stall horn came on JUST as the mains touched. Not even a chirp, just a rumble. I wish I could do that every time.

Filled up the tanks and put it away.

1.7 and one.

It appears, after checking the records for 20+ hours of flight, that I am burning 11.6 GPH in cruise flight and 13.4 GPH in pattern work and climb out.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

You should read this:

Some, at least, understand....

I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of Democratic candidates calling for policies to “fix” the so-called injustices of capitalism. I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook’s, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me. We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought. We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful. Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow. Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, “An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity.”Never saw American prosperity. Let that sink in. When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I’ve ever heard in my 26 years on this earth.

Read the rest

There is hope. 

Friday, April 12, 2019

Why don't they want those folks?

I fail to see the objection that these folks have to the suggestion that CBP/ICE should deliver the criminals apprehended at the southern border to Sanctuary Cities for a release to await the adjudication of their case. 

What, exactly, are the objections? Since Sanctuary Cities "welcome immigrants with open arms" why should they object? Since they claim that these illegal immigrants are a net gain to the economy, why should they not want thousands of that sort of people to be delivered to their cities? Since they claim that these people are more law abiding than the average American Citizen, one would think that they would have no objection?

Or is it that these "progressives" are lying? That they know that these folks are a net drain on the communities where they reside....That they commit crimes at about 3 times that of the average American Citizen.....that they are, in the end, detrimental to the localities where they congregate? 

I fail to see why delivering illegal border crossers to these cities should be met with claims that the Trump Administration is "Targeting" these cities. If they don't want these people, then why do they support the rest of the country having to absorb them? Or do they just want us to take our "Fair Share" of the problems they wish to inflict upon the country instead of taking that burden themselves?

Put up or shut up, Liberals. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Back laterer


BTW: Why does every test pattern have an indian in a ceremonial  headdress on it?

Monday, April 8, 2019

Closed...for 4 days

Over what? a half cc of mercury? If even that much?

How many man hours over a "broken mercury thermometer"?

How many dollars wasted?

Really, this is totally stupid and unnecessary.

Chicago school loses for cleanup after broken mercury thermometer

If these folks don't know enough to determine a reasonable response, they shouldn't be in the positions of authority they are in. 

Sunday, April 7, 2019


So I went to a seminar today.

We were gonna fly to the seminar, but the forecast on called for clear skies at our departure time (which they were), but ceilings getting very low, down to 1100 feet at our return time and winds 220 7 gusting 22, with a high probability of showers.

So we drove. Met at the airport and carpooled.

One of the topics was on aviation weather and the much improved forecasting for weather .....increased reliability for said forecasts. Hah.

As we departed our home airport, after getting back to our cars, the ASOS said "skies clear and winds calm".  Not even close to the forecast.

Sadly,we drove an extra hour each way when the weather was excellent for flying. Pretty much perfect, in fact.

It's still perfect an hour later. Broken at 6000...170 at 8. No, 3 pilots didn't misread the forecast. We are getting the weather they promised.....8 hours late.

So much for forecasts.

And we are supposed to believe that these folks can predict the climate 50 and 100 years into the future when they can't predict weather 8 hours into the future?

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Isn't this discrimination by gender??

Discrimination is discrimination.

If it wrong one way, then the reverse is also wrong.

I mean, choosing NOT to hire someone simply because they are male....

And announcing it.

Bad enough that there is a 7 year record of not hiring any males for members of her coaching staff.....

But to announce this in a news interview....

Premeditated gender discrimination. Because male.

I smell lawsuits. 

38 new hunters

Did a Hunter Ed class today

38 young men and women. Hopefully, some of what we taught them sticks with them, and they will be safe hunters, considerate of their game, considerate of property owners, and help conserve our animals for future harvest.

A pretty nice bunch of youngsters, really. Respectful, but eager to learn.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Some people

Just need to be beaten daily for the rest of their lives for the pain they cause others

"it's not him!"

So some cheesball shows up and claims to be a kid from the greater Chicago area who was kidnapped (or who disappeared) 7 years earlier.

Turns out it isn't him, but some asshole who, for some reason, claimed to be Timothy Pitzen.

Imagine the joy his family must have felt, upon learning that Timothy had surfaced.

Now imagine the pain they must feel, having the old would reopened when they are informed that this asshole isn't Timothy.

This asshole (I won't use his name) should be beaten daily for the rest of his life for this. With barbed wire. Dipped in vinegar. And salt.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Good advice:


Well, that was challenging

So yesterday was my first Instrument Flight lesson.

Took off at 15Z runway 18 headed south ish to the "practice" area.

put on the foggles and did a slow climb to 3500ft at a heading of 240. Not a big deal.

2 minute turn at that altitude. Easy Peasy.

Climbed at 500FPM from 3500 to 4000 at a steady 90 knots. Not a an issue.

Turning while climbing at a steady airspeed and a standard rate turn.
Yeah, that's an issue.

integrating it all was tough. like juggleing cats while standing on a beachball.

2 out of three? Ok, three out of three? Gonna take some practice.

Plus, I never realized how much those small visual cues....the sight of the ground in my peripheral vision.....were a part of my flying.

And we won't even talk about my scan. It broke down when I had to do turns AND climbs AND at a constant speed. Really easy to fixate.

1.2 hours simulated instrument time.  and it was WORK.

Gonna take some more practice and some more time. Lots more work.

One landing with a nearly perfect 45 crosswind. 12 gusting 22. 'Twasn't bad, but could have been better.  Saved the brakes and rolled out to the end.

Put it back in the barn.

Hopefully, more on Friday.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Depends, of course, on your viewpoint:

Was talking with an acquaintance (not a friend) about some stuff, and one of the subjects was the FBI and the fact that they haven't been trustworthy for MANY years, not just the recent debacle with Trump and the "Collusion" farce.

"Since I graduated High school (likely before, but I wasn't paying attention before that), The FBI has been a joke as far as the Fidelity and Integrity part of their motto. See also: the debacle with Randy Weaver"

"Weaver was a racist" (nice diversion there)

"No, Weaver was a "Separatist" big difference. Still, the FBI was pretty bad, even back then."

"He chose to live away from black people. That makes him a racist" (doesn't wanna talk about the FBI)

"Oh, so YOU are a racist, then, also?"

"How can you say that?"

"You too are a separatist.....You live in a VERY "white" area. What, 3% "African American"? Yet not 15 miles away is an area with much higher black and latino population. Like 25%. Go another 10 miles and you are in an area that is 80+% black. And it is closer to where you work. Cheaper property values there too.... Yet you choose to live in an area that is, essentially, all white , a longer commute and cost more to live.....Why is that?...Don't wanna live with the crime, the rudeness, or deal with the cultural issues? Or is it some other reason that you don't live near many black people?...Are YOU racist?"

So the subject was changed...sharply. But made him think.

Odd, innit, how people cry "racist" and such, yet separate themselves if only by the simple method of cost of housing...and then claim they are "holier that thou".

SJW types really irritate me.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Saturday, March 30, 2019

question for Amazon:


Do y'all vet your Prime delivery people? Or do you just hire the first folks that come in the door? Recruit them in bus stations and rehab clinics? Some government program for unsocialized whacked out individuals?

I mean, really. I get a different person every time that y'all don't use Fed-Ex or UPS or USPS which is about 3/4 of the time lately....and they're scary derelict looking folks.  And they obviously Just Don't Care.....Or, perhaps their workload is such that they feel that it is OK to just toss the package out of the Prime Delivery van onto the middle of the driveway (and my driveway is only 100 ft long).

There is no method on your website I can find to report such behavior, nor give feedback on your drivers. I'd rather you used one of the other three carriers. 

At this rate, I'm gonna have to seriously consider not ordering from you and look hard at your competitors. And I have been a customer for (literally) 20 years. 

Friday, March 29, 2019

'27 Chrysler update:

Pretty, ain't it?

Yeah, that's not the one I am working on. Mine needs some work to look like that.

I was asked for an update with pictures, so this is gonna be pic heavy.

This is the one I am trying to resurrect:

Yes, my garage is.....cluttered. 

Good, solid body. Paint is rough though. Doors close firmly and latch. Trunk as well. Wooden wheels are tight and not rotted, but need some TLC. Tires hold air. Drivetrain is loose, it rolls easily. Running boards are solid, as is the frame.

Engine runs and is tight. Carb is now clean and operable. Carb is NOT correct, but apparently many of these cars were retrofitted from the Carter to the bronze Stromberg that is on the car, apparently due to corrosion in the zinc body of the original Carter carb.

 New plug wires (of course)...filed the points flat and installed a new fan belt...can't find the right condenser (or the exact points), but the one that is on the distributor is good. . Surprisingly, Gates had a listing for the belt and I got the belt one day after ordering it.

Note: Automotive engineers back then were just as bad as today's engineers...some things are just a pain to work on or are unnecessarily complicated when they don't have to be. If there was a Haynes manual for this car every procedure forward of the firewall would start with "remove radiator and support rods".

New manifold gasket and the manifold bolts that snapped are drilled out and new threads tapped. No exhaust leaks now.

Carb is cleaned and put back together. It works well now that the varnish is gone.

I found all the parts to the vacuum tank fuel pump in the trunk, but can't make it work. (that is the round thing on the firewall at the upper right in the picture above).

I did make a new gasket for the top, but there are too many worn/dried out parts in it, so I am gonna send it in to a rebuilder
Yes, it looks weird, but that is what the gasket that was on it looked like. Offset and one hole at the edge of the gasket.

(for an explanation of how this canister works as a fuel pump, go HERE... It is a kinda Rube Goldberg-ish, but apparently they work well when complete and in spec (which this one is not!)). I have a low pressure electric ordered in the meantime. 2 psi MIGHT be too much for this carb, have to see. 

So, it starts and runs when the starter motor decides to work. I pulled the starter and switch out and took it to a rebuilder. Should have it back on Saturday. Hand cranking is dangerous! 

When running, it has decent oil pressure and doesn't smoke. I changed the oil and cleaned the pickup screen. Have to see how long that oil stays is already getting dark after about an hour of runtime. Lots of Gunk in the crankcase. Haven't gotten to check the generator, but those are easy to work on, as is the voltage regulator, so not a worry there. 

I'm still not happy with the distributor. That's the next project. Lots of play in it and it has skipped time once again. Something isn't put together correctly. I'm trying to find an exploded view before I pull it apart.  I can time it and the engine will start and run...then suddenly after 3 or 4 or 10 or 15 minutes it will backfire and die and the timing will be off by about 20 degrees. Someone else was in the distributor and it's associated drive before I bought the car, so I don't know what they did or if it is put back together properly. The drive gears are sharp and not worn, on both the distributor and the cam. I painted the distributor gear with a Sharpie, and the engagement is good. I dunno. More research before taking it apart though. It's been about 20 years since I rebuilt a distributor. And it isn't like I can order another one from AutoZone if I screw it up. 

I got about 5 gallons of evil smelling varnish old gas out of the tank, and flushed it with new(ish) gas (Thanks to my brother for his help there). Left some good gas in the tank to soak the bottom.  Lot of icky stuff in there. Probably gonna have to coat the inside of the tank after I get all the varnish out.

After that will be trying to get the clutch to move on the splines. I think it is just rust in the splines. Having said that, I will have to see if there is a cover or inspection plate to let me look, or, if need be, I can easily drop the driveshaft and pull the trans. 

The brakes, including the parking brake, now work. The radiator holds water and so does the block, so I got that going for me. 

One step forward, three steps back. Everytime I fix one thing, I find more yet to fix, or an issue that was masked by the thing I fixed.  And the distributor is just plain pissing me off. 

Lots of work, but it keeps me out of the bars.