Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Abortion protests

Didja notice that the signs held up by these "grassroots" protesters are professionally printed?

Odd, that, when we are told by the media that these are not professionally organized, that this is "Just a spontaneous protest by concerned women"

More holding practice

This is turning out to be harder than I thought it would....

Winds at 3000 feet were pretty stout from south to north. And my hold was east to west.

My hold wasn't the nice oval that it is supposed to be. Nor were the legs each the same length. more like a teardrop. Gotta work on that.

Having said that, My approaches to 2 different airports were pretty nice. But not what they need to be.

My straight and level flying on instruments isn't too bad, nor are my climbs and turns...my navigation is pretty decent too. But the holds are a bitch.

This IFR flying is difficult sometimes....But practice will improve that, I think.

like learning to shoot well, practice and a decent teacher are the key.



Monday, May 20, 2019

I cannot help

but wonder how many times David Begnaud got his ass kicked in High School or at whatever College he attended....I mean, wedgies or locked in a locker or faced in the toilet or other sorts of Bad Things in humiliation because of his looks and mannerisms.

I mean, he's obviously someone's boifriend who is a player at CBS.....
And he's just kinda weasely and creepy.

But hey, however he got there, whatever he had to do to get his job at CBS,  I am sure he makes more money monthly than I do yearly.


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Shocker!

Criminals lie.

Desperate people will use children as tools.

People who do illegal things have no morals about lying.

Illegal boarder crossers lie and cheat....

Such a shocker.

Nearly one third of illegal border crossers with children claiming asylum are NO RELATION to the children with them.

This is my Shocked face. 

Toldya so....

Seems that women are finding that that #MeeToo movement is hurting their chances to advance in business....and now women say that that is unfair and now men need to "Step Up".

Those terrible, mean, insensitive, uncaring men won't meet with them one on one, won't take them to lunches or dinners for mentoring, won't travel with them....Just to protect themselves from accusations....

Odd, that. Being accused of rape, or attempted rape, or other sexual improprieties scares men. Frightens them that they could lose their careers, reputations, and incomes...

And who can blame them?

Women are reaping what they sowed. 

And Congratulations

To my Niece. Who is now a Nurse.

Lots of hard work, lots of dedication. And more hard work.

And graduated with a degree that will be useful to her for the rest of her life.

An actual, degree that will provide her with a job.

Some smart young ladies in my family there.







Saturday, May 18, 2019

But....that's not what they told us!

So it would seem that there are FEWER racist incidents and fewer racist comments since Trump was elected....not more as we were told.

Odd, isn't it? How often the Media and the Democrats LIE about things Trump.

But then again, the Media is, mostly, just spokespersons for the Democrats and repeaters of Democrat propaganda.

Are there still racists out there? Yes. Lots....too many. Both sides. Black Racism is still prevalent, and Latino racism, while still out there, si simply less strident. White racism gets more press, but there isn't more now than there was then...it is simply what the press chooses to cover (and, more importantly, what the press chooses NOT to cover to hide and to influence public opinion.....).


Friday, May 17, 2019

Another nail in the coffin

of Chicago.

Hospitals will be forced to give more free care.

Wanna bet that this will increase the number of hospitals closing in Chicago? It certainly isn't gonna induce anyone to open another state-of-the-art hospitals...

And why should anyone pay for water now? Mayor Lightfoot claims that she will immediately stop water service shutoffs for non-payment. 

So who is gonna pay for the water system? Upkeep and replacement and upgrades? in 20 years Chicago's water system will be worse that Flint Michigan's.

The only thing that Lightfoot had over her opponent was that she wasn't part of the Chicago Machine...But she is a socialist who has no clue how to run a city.

Chicago had little choice....A socialist who will destroy the city or a Machine Politician who would loot it.

Expect Chicago to move more towards the Baltimore model in the next 4 years. the "Rich" will move to the surrounding areas and Chicago will end up with only the poor and the indigent....And business areas will soon move elsewhere too, as crime increases....Just like the current South Side issues.


Which is it?

You can't pick and choose here, folks:

Either the Tenth Amendment is valid, or it isn't.

Pick one or the other.

If y'all get Sanctuary Cities and legal marijuana in your state, in violation of Federal laws, then Alabama gets to ban abortion in their state. Those laws were voted on and passed by the legally elected representatives of the citizens of Alabama.

Since in other states the Tenth is in force, then it is in force with this law too....like it or not. Just because Roe V Wade and abortion is a court ruling that is near and dear to the hearts of Democrats and Liberals doesn't make it any more special or sacred than any other law.

You can't Cherry Pick which federal laws are subject to the Tenth and which aren't. Either the Federal laws trump the States or they don't.

If Marijuana is legal in Colorado despite Federal Law saying it isn't....then Roe V Wade can't be enforced in Alabama either. If Democrat run cities can be Sanctuaries for Illegal Immigrants, then Alabama can ban abortions in that state. 

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

I'm a big Tenth Amendment kid of guy. The Feds have limits on the laws they can have and enforce. While I am not a fan of abortion, I believe that  Roe V Wade should have been passed back to the States and the Supremes should not have ruled upon it or even heard the case.

The Democrats, however, wish to pick and choose where the Tenth is applied. Can't have that.

Pick one or the other.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Not quite what we have been led to believe....

Seems that there is another viewpoint of the way the NRA operates:

According to Colonel West, the vote for officers didn't go exactly the way that it was portrayed.

Nor is the Board unanimous in it's support of Wayne LaPierre.

I, for one, will not give the NRA a dime until he is removed....and further, until there is fiscal (and other) reform within the NRA.

I've been unhappy with the NRA for a long time....their performance, their finances, and their failures. They may well be the loudest voice that we, as gun owners have, but the board has hijacked the organization.....and the Board has failed the members.

And I voted, but I wonder if they even count them. This is the second year that I had to call the NRA to get my ballot....it wasn't in my monthly magazine. That, in itself, was a hassle.







Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Lock up yer daughterz....

The Weiner is loose!

I expect the games to begin shortly. 

Holds and ILS

Did some holds today. Harder than I thought they'd be. Flying the intersections was easy compared to the last time.  The Hold was somewhat difficult. It'll be easier next time.

But the ILS approach and the actual landing were fun.

It was kinda neat to take off the Foggles at the Decision Height and be right where I should have been
There was, effectively, no wind to correct for, and so all I had to do was fly my needles and pay attention to airspeed and my landing checklist. Did a nearly perfect touchdown on 27.

But I am tired. Lots of stress today.

1.5 and 2.



Tim Conway:

Has passed.

I think his best ever sketch was the Elephant Story.

It is one of the funniest sketches of all time:



One wonders how they could actually do anything, what with that bunch of excellent comedians....They must have hurt from laughing so hard.

He will be missed. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Intersections.....and getting lost

So I flew an IFR lesson on Saturday. Flew VOR bearings and then intersections. It was going pretty well....for a while.

Then I made my mistake and tuned the wrong VOR...# 1 instead of #2 nav radio..........followed the bearings on the needles toward the wrong VOR radial and thus an incorrect heading.

Since I was paying attention to the time, I realized (eventually) that I had flown past the point in space and time where I should have found my intersection. 15 miles should have taken 10 minutes at a speed of 90 knots...I had been flying the bearing for 16.

Took a minute to figure out that I was flying the needles towards a bearing that WASN'T my intersection.

My instructor smiled. She knew what I had done, and let me do it so I'd learn.

Then, she told me to figure out where I was using only the two VOR's.
Which I did right the first time,  only took me about 3 minutes to figure out.
Then I had to figure out how to fly to the original intersection that I should have been going to before my fuckup.

'Twas an interesting lesson in navigation. And an interesting lesson in what not to do to prevent the very predicament that I was in.

Apparently, it is a mistake everyone makes...at least once.

Hopefully, this is my one time.

1.8 and 2, as Aaron puts it

Was supposed to take my Dad somewhere today, but the ceilings were too low. I decided that since conditions were WAAAY below my personal minimums, he'd have to wait. I didn't want to disappoint him, but wasn't gonna fly into rain with a 900 foot ceiling and hope that things improved before I got there.

Another IFR lesson tomorrow so I can be less dependent on clear and sunny skies.....eventually.

My goal is Instrument pilot by August and a twin rating shortly after....maybe then a faster and bigger airplane.

I gotta hit the books a bit more though.






Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

Y'all might not know it, 'cause we don't always show it, but we appreciate you very much.


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Congratulations Dr. Niece!

There is a Doctor in the family...another one, actually, as this is the second niece that I have that has earned her Doctorate.....

And, again, like the first niece Doctor, not a useless Doctorate in French underwater basketweaving literature history,  but one which will allow her to have a profession, earn a great living (she will start at a salary that, adjusted for inflation, is TWICE what I started at as an engineer many years ago). Little to no debt, and real, in demand, productive job skills.

I am proud of her and her accomplishment. It didn't come easy, but she succeeded.

This is the American dream.  Both of my Grandfathers were hard working, but not extremely well educated. Working class. Now we have 2 Doctors in the family, and another niece to graduate with a degree in Nursing in a week or so....and another one graduating as a Doctor 3 years out.
Hard work and intelligence, combined with a society that fosters upward mobility for those that are willing to earn it can lead to great things.

I am very proud today. 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Awesome(r) deal:

An entire AR for $260

(I have found that most "blemishes" are hard to notice on PSA items. I can guarantee they will not affect the functionality of the piece)

PSA must really be overstocked.

But hey, a decent AR kit for less than three hunnerd bucks?

Ain't America Great? 

only $0.30 per round

For Lake City XM855 62 G green tip Steel penetrator.

Of course, you gotta buy the whole barrel of 12,500 rounds.

You oughta get free shipping with that, but nope.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Screaming deal alert:

Palmetto State Armory has lowers on sale for $29.99.  Deal good 'til noon on Wed.

I have used them in 4 builds and they are decent lowers.

A decent price for a good lower.

As they say,: "buy 'em cheap and stack it deep"

2020 elections are coming sooner than you think.


ETA: Sold out!




Monday, May 6, 2019

Yeah, she can tell me

So Ocasio-Cortez (and now Mayor DeBlasio as well) thinks she can tell me how to live my life to keep "The Environment" healthy.



I live in the country. I own land that harbors HUNDREDS of trees, and acres of grass.....all those acres of green leaf sequester carbon.....

I heat my home with wood (at least about 85% of my heat comes from wood....I do have a gas furnace for those lazy days)....all the rest is "Renewable" energy....

I live in a place where my commute, such as it is, is fairly short. 

My "Carbon Footprint" approaches zero....in fact, it is quite possibly in some months, a negative number....

She lives in a city, flies thousands of miles monthly, and is shepherd to zero plants. I would wager her "carbon footprint" is nearly 100 times as high as mine.

Yet she (with absolutely no education or qualifications, mind you (Or even, possibly, the IQ to comprehend that which she would lecture me)) believes that she is qualified to lecture me on "Protecting the Environment".....

Odd, innit, how these people want others to change their lives and lifestyles, but yet live high carbon lifestyles themselves.....


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Happy more or less made up holiday day (in the US)

While it IS a holiday in Puebla, Cinco De Mayo isn't, as many people think, Mexican Independence Day.
It is the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla.

It isn't a holiday in most other parts of Mexico besides the State of Puebla.

It wasn't anything in the US until some bar owners promoted it in the LA basin where there were a lot of Mexican workers to have some celebration to sell more beer in the US.

Most people aren't even sure where Puebla is, or really care.

More white people party on 5 May than Mexicans.



But hey, Viva Mexico!

Friday, May 3, 2019

The power of internet people

So I commented below that I needed a distributor drive gear for the '27 Chrysler.

And someone commented and pointed to a gear set that was available at, believe it or not, JCWhitney.

and, while that ISN'T the correct gear, I called the listed manufacturer, who didn't have the right gear, but suggested a third party, who pointed me to a fourth, who gave me the number of a FIFTH party, who ACTUALLY HAD THE GEAR.

It'll be here Monday or Tuesday.

Many thanks to commenter "Knucklehead" for the help.