Saturday, October 31, 2015

Mebbe we should try that here:

Starting with General Motors and other "Bailed Out" businesses (like a lot of banks and other financial institutions) that are "too big to fail" where the bail out had cost the government (and thus we taxpayers) money....

Seems that the government in Iceland has not only jailed some major players (26 of 'em, in fact) in their banking industry for their role in the 2008 banking crisis, but is also taking over the assets of the banks involved...and selling them at a profit and distributing those assets to the taxpayers that had to fund their failures. If only we could do that here is the US....or at least hold these CEO's responsible and under the gun until the bailouts have been repaid in full.

Seems to me that it should be the above, or burning at the stake....

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Send good wishes: Old NFO is laid up post surgery.

Send him a "get well soon" Email.

Something entertaining, maybe.

OldNFO at the geemail dot Kom.

Tell him B from MiddleOfTheRight sent ya.

For those in Northern Indana

Or willing to travel to Nothern Indiana for a decent collectors gunshow (not much Tupperware nor Evil Black Rifles...but many military rifles and other collectibles) Then be aware that the Nappannee Gunshow is this Saturday.

Apparently, they have rebuilt the exhibit hall that collapsed due to snow last spring.

Find the intersection of Rt 6 and Rt 31. Go east  about 15 miles. Find Tomahawk Trail, turn north...look for the parked buggies and enter the gunshow.

Standard gunshow rules apply.

If you are hungry, the restaurant just south of the gunshow has an excellent breakfast buffet for like $8.00. All you can eat bacon, sassage, biscuits (and gravy!) eggs, pancakes, french toast etc.

Plus all you can eat bacon.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

An armed society will ultimately always end up a polite one...

Seems that the Austrians are choosing to arm themselves in defense of their way of life and to protect themselves from the growing threat of the Middle Eastern immigrants flooding their country and terrorizing the Austrian citizens.

Apparently shotguns are nearly sold out. While not the best choice for a defensive weapon, they are legal in Austria, easy to get (require no permit), and better than nothing.


Allison McKenzie was in the family apartment in Edinburgh.

The 17 year old was looking in the mirror in the family room one afternoon and wistfully cupping her young small breasts.

"I wish they were bigger like Colleen McDougals" she whispered.

At that very moment, her father Angus McKenzie and her mother, Louise were passing by.

Angus said heartily, "Och aye Lassie, if ya want 'em to grow bigger, take a piece of paper and gently rub it between them. Do this at least one or twice daily. Trust me, they'll grow".

Both Allison and Louise looked at him strangely.

"Aye lassies, trust me, it is a secret every man learns. Once or more daily,...and it'll happen. Some things men learn and women never see, even though it's right in front of  them. Men know such things....Just as women have their lore, so do men."

The two women looked skeptical, but the moment passed and everyone went on about their business that day.

Young Allison, however, did not forget, and she tried Angus's secret cure. Every day, she took a piece of tissue and rubbed it between her breasts, morning and nighttime,

She did this for months.

Again, in the family room, she was examining herself critically, "Father, she said, I don't think your "secret" worked. Me breasts haven't gotten any bigger. Not one tiny bit. I'm thinkin' that you said that just to make me feel better. Or perhaps you were lyin'"

Angus looked up from where he and Louise were watching the telly at the other end of the room.

"Strange, it worked so well on yer Mother's arse...."

Angus will be buried in Edinburgh cemetery on Thursday....

Monday, October 26, 2015

Thought for the week:

“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Government paycheck=Get out of jail free card

Especially when the lawbreaking is approved at the highest levels of government....Like maybe Barry O and his associates...

Dept Of Justice will not bring charges against IRS officials who improperly targeted Conservative Groups. 

"The probe found "substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints. But poor management is not a crime," Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik said in the letter."

If not a crime, then "Poor Management" should be grounds for dismissal at the very least.

But nothing will happen, at least not with the DOJ controlled by Barry O...

I should be going to a gunshow

Seein' as how the Indy 1500 is this weekend.

But I don't have the bucks to get what I want, and it likely wouldn't be available there anyway ..

And my gun budget will be tight for the next few months...

and, to tell the truth, I am not that motivated anyway...

Maybe next time.

Saturday, October 24, 2015


One of my favorite actresses has passed.

Maureen Ohara passes on. She lived to the ripe old age of 95.

She will always be a beauty in my minds eye.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

well, shit.

So yesterday was the day I did maintenance on the tractor. 200  hour interval oil change,....Simple, right?

Drain oil,
replace drain plugs (there are two on this tractor)
unscrew old filter cartridge,
put new oil filter cartridge on
add oil,

All accomplished yesterday. Simple. 25 minutes, and that long only because the oil takes forever to drain from the tiny drain hole.

I used the tractor to haul several things yesterday, after the oil change. no issues. All chores accomplished at low throttle setting (say 1500 RPM). That is important to the story, so pay attention.

Today, I went to push some partly rotten railroad ties out of their depressions in the ground preparatory to replacing them with new timbers.

Had to rev the tractor up a bit to push and lift at the same time. Closer to three thousand RPM.

First tie went fine.It rolled out of the ground and all was good. Repositioned the tractor over about 8 feet and pushed on the second tie. Odd gurgling sounds came from the front of the tractor. I looked and saw engine oil spraying from around the oil filter.

Shut the tractor off most ricky-tic. Don't think I hurt the engine.

Pull the side panel off and yep, there is oil dripping from the mess where it had sprayed from the point where the filter meets the engine block.

Go and get the filter wrench and figured I would give it a turn or two.....maybe I didn't get it tight enough (this engine needs the filter hand tight plus 2 turns). The filter was tight, but as I tightened it some more it felt....funny.

Decided to take the filter off to see what is what.

The gasket had split... no longer a round shaped flat gasket, it was instead a single long piece....

Maybe I wrinkled it when I put it on, but I don't think so. I had oiled it when I replaced the filter, and had screwed it on hand tight before getting the filter wrench on it.

Pull dipstick. Bone dry.

Now, the tractor is sitting across the driveway. Blocking everything from coming or going.
And I don't have any extra 10W-40 motor oil.
And no spare filter. Shit Shit

I do have the old oil, but God Himself only knows what contaminants are in the bottom of the oil drain pan. Don't wanna use that.

I do have about 2 quarts of 0W-20 for the Prius, and about a quart and a half of 15W-40 for the truck. (I don't stock a lot of oil, as my vehicles don't use any at all...yet) Cool, thats enough to get me out of the driveway at idle, at least.

So I root around in the garbage for the old oil filter and use that gasket to replace the brand new (but damaged) filter gasket on the new filter.

So now I gotta go and get the right oil. Off to the auto parts store for 7 quarts of Mobil 1 synthetic oil. Another $40 I gotta spend, but hey...

On the way home, I stop and pick up the high pressure trans oil filter from the Kubota dealer(used to be a Kubota only part, and they know it $$$. They were out on Monday when I stopped to get one, but promised that they would have one on Wed or Thursday.

Dude hands me the filter, which looked wrong to me. I questioned him and he said "New design, looks different, but it IS the right filter".

Should a gone with my gut and pushed it, but I didn't.

Get back home, change the oil a second time and then pull the old trans filter off. This requires a hammer and a punch to get it to turn (and tighten also). Hammer the old filter off, and the new filter isn't the right one...won't even thread.

I'm not that upset. We all make mistakes. Not happy, but not mad.

So I change my shirt, get my wallet and keys, and put the "new" filter back in the box after wiping my oily handprints off of it,  put old filter in a plastic bag and go back to the Kubota dealer.

Dude (different dude) at the counter says "How can I help you?" I explain my issue. "That isn't the right filter" he says, looking at the two. (duh)

So he looks up the old filter number and pulls a new one off the shelf...which looks exactly like the filter I brought in just off the tractor....Which is what I asked for originally, on the first trip..

"That'll be $74.68 he says.

"Cool. What about this filter, which cost $$54 and change? I ask as I push it across the counter to him

"No returns once the plastic is open." he says

"Hey, your guy sold me the wrong filter!" I pointed out. "I even questioned him about were working with another customer when I was in here the first had to have heard"

"I can give you credit if you have a receipt" he states.

"I don't. But I can go home and get it. ...But if I do that then one of you is gonna eat it when I get back"  I stated.

"I can make an exception today" he smiled "But I am gonna have to charge you a 20% restocking fee"

"No". I stated flatly. "Not a chance...Call the police"


"Call. The. Police"


"Might as well get them on the way."..I smiled at him..."We are gonna need 'em ...either you or me is gonna go to jail today"

"Um... lemme see what I can do.,..."

So it ended up the difference was $20.18...I paid it gladly. Next time I will buy my WIX equivalent filters through Amazon. Cheaper and easier...Had I known that WIX is now making a replacement I wouldn't have bothered to go to the dealer...and the WIX filter is cheaper too.

At least it was the right filter this time.

I didn't get a whole lot done today.


Info Bleg:

What caliber/gauge/choke is best for drones??.

Srsly. Suggestions are welcomed. Height above ground is 40-100 feet generally below 70 ft. . Quadcopter.

I'm beginning to think I should have taken up wingshooting or skeet so's I'd be better for the drone that is irritating me some days over my homestead...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Diversity, no matter what

So it would seem that some administrator at a middle school in California (where else? I think that California government is a stain on the American landscape and often wonder if the country would be better off if we fenced the California border off and let them be their own country) felt that she had to have Diversity in the student government at all costs....So she (chose to attempt to void the elections, which elected Asians, Whites, and mixed race students...and no Black or Latino students or "English Learners"....

Is there any wonder that the education system is so fucked up? These are the people that are school administrators..And she will probably keep her job, desite sendiung a bad message to the children under her care.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fer the love of all that is Holy

It is a muzzle BRAKE, not BREAK.

One might expect people unfamiliar with the terminology of firearms to make this mistake (but not really) but firearms and component/accessory manufacturers?

Still a warrior

While kids today are taught to Hide Under Your Desk...Men of a previous generation were taught differently.

75 year old man subdues 19 year old intent on harming children with knives. 

Now, he took damage closing with a knife in the hands of an attacker. Yes. But he succeeded in his mission.

If our paths should ever cross..I'd buy him a beer. Or 6.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

A good feeling

Today, for the first time in nearly 20 years, I was able to fully concentrate upon a task of my own choosing.

No worries about having someone from my business call me for advice or help or a crisis.

No one needing an answer to a stupid question.

In fact, I left my phone where it couldn't hear it and just dug a trench with the backhoe...I didn't even check the damned thing. I SO wish that I had been allowed to sell out about 8 years ago. I'd be in better health and in a better frame of mind.

But the road back started today.

It was good.

Friday, October 16, 2015


SO some kid gets pulled over....maybe a good stop, maybe not. Pulled over for flashing the cop top point out his brights were on?

But when he gets smart with the officer, AND THEN FIGHTS WITH THE OFFICER, he ends up shot. Ventilated 7 times. (after being tazed and other attempts to subdue him, mind you).

Watch the video. The family is making a big deal out of this, filing a wrongful death suit...I think the cop was in the right.

As Murph points out so often, sometimes you are better to comply and file a complaint later. Sadly, this was one of those times.

Thursday, October 15, 2015


Sometimes it may well be that they are really watching you....

I often wonder if the tinfoil hat folks are there talking so loudly just to make us discount the reality hidden in their message....

Friday, October 9, 2015

Yeah, really dusty....

Look at this. 

Hug your shorter lived family members today.

Remember those who are gone.

This is how Schmoo went out, in a similar manner.

Found HERE

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


I find it amusing when (generally) women do something "symbolic" in support of something...

Say, they all wear pink for Breast Cancer (how, exactly, does that help?) or everyone in an office wears blue to support a comrade who is in the hospital (this does, what, to help?)...

But this from Legal insurrection about a campaign by 4Chan shows the idiocy in an extreme...shows how some people will follow a movement no matter how idiotic it may be...Especially Feminists. Because Patriarchy...Because Rape.... Urine Helps....

Originally found on Cold Fury.

Monday, October 5, 2015


CNN lied to everybody watching.

on the left, the real image of the Oregon killer. On the right, the image they gave their audience...

Only white men kill people in large quantities with guns , you know.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Them blue helmets make nice targets...

When and if Loretta Lunch gets her way....


Once, on a bet, I proved to a friend that I could hit a helmet (military surplus, and yes, I spray painted it powder blue for fun) at 500 yards....I did it 8 out of 10 times. (once my flinch and once a gust of wind, I think). I believe I can turn in a similar performance today...

Lots of folks can shoot better than I can.....and have better rifles too.

Saturday, October 3, 2015


As a day, may not have been the worst day I ever had at work in the pat 19 years..

But it ranks right up there in the top 10.