Wednesday, October 31, 2018

If ya got a minute

I and my family (and especially my Dad and Mom) could use your prayers or good thoughts for my Dad,

Today is the day for his heart valve replacement.

Supposed to be all but "routine" and all, but heart surgery.

So whatever good energy you can send his and her way would be appreciated.



Monday, October 29, 2018


Made an offer on a decent 182P today. We shall see. I have verbal acceptance, but nothing in writing.

Also did some pattern work. 3 landings and a go around. There was only a 45 minute window to rent a 172 today, and the following week is gonna be too busy for me to be able to fly. The three landings were decent, and the wind gust caused me to weathervane at about 5 feet before landing, so I saved the tires and went around instead of skidding sideways.

As Aaron puts it, 0.6 and 3. (and 9/10, but that doesn't really count)

Sunday, October 28, 2018

This morning

My prayers are for the victims and families of the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Apparently, they didn't garner enough sympathy in the US

Or, perhaps, they didn't get the  liberal and undecided  voter base as energized as Soros and the DNC thought they would.

So, apparently, someone pulled the funding for transport and Food and Water and other logistics...

And, oddly, the Migrant Convoy has splintered...with about a third of them turning back, a third staying in shelters along the southern Mexican border, and a third still undecided. 

Probably most of 'em don't wanna continue now that they aren't getting paid without any food/water/sanitation/transport provided...

I'da whacked it with a hammer


But they simply turned it off and then back on again.

Apparently, it worked though. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

As I said:

Some Suspected Mail Bombs Were Not Capable of Exploding

Pretty inept, whoever the perpetrator was....If they wanted to do more than scare people and make a big HuHu.

I still hope that whoever he or she is, they catch him and incarcerate him for a long time.

ETA: Apparently a suspect in Custody....and (and this is significant!) they used his cell phone to track him down. (For good or for bad, having a cell phone in your name destroys your privacy. Even a burner phone, once you take it home, can be linked to you. If it is co-located while  turned on with your "normal" phone, it becomes linked to you, especially if you drive with both phones powered up.  So don't do illegal shit , and the authorities won't have a reason to use your phone to track you)


Seen on a car near a police station in Indiana:
Wasn't a Police car, as far as I can tell.

Kinda macabre, but still, pretty cool.
I may have to get one for the front of my truck though.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Why some women come in second

This woman tried being assertive....and, oddly enough, people LISTENED to her, and took her as....await for it....A LEADER....Odd how that works. She gave direction rather than asking for a consensus...she made statements that left no room for prevarication, she gave FIRM timelines...and, guess what? People treated her as they would any leader.

She, of course, claims it is "Entitled White male "swagger"" that made it all work for her....not, the fact that she was decisive, didn't try to reach a "Consensus",  wasn't "inclusive" didn't try to make sure everyone was satisfied...didn't take excuses, didn't give extended deadlines, just, like any real leader, expected results and was, like any real leader, firm and clear and gave orders.....and expected those orders to be followed. In  other words, she acted like a boss and got treated like a boss. Like a leader.

Her story is a perfect example why women are "underrepresented in leadership roles"...why so few are top bosses. Why they are fewer in upper management. (Hint, it has everything to do with timidity, and culture of women and failure to take charge, and little to do with your actual physical gender).

Act like a leader, and people will follow. Act like most women do and they won't. Assertive behavior works.

Re: mail bombs

Does anyone think that these are real? That they are anything but either really poor amateurish attempts to make bombs, or (more likely) to make something that LOOKS like a bomb? (Or at least the type of thing that looks like a bomb as seen in the movies.

PVC? Hard to get any decent pressure to make ....well, either you understand or you don't. I'm not gonna give any clues. Coiled wires leading to a box from the ends? Yeah, it looks like a movie version of a "bomb"...meant to be seen and identified when the package was X-rayed. I'm surprised they didn't write "Bomb" on the side in bright red marker just to make sure that it would be identified properly.

Plus of course the "timer" as means of detonation. I'm surprised they didn't use a "Baby Ben" alarm clock (kids, ask your parents).....

Plus, of course, those 6 stamps...even though the packages were delivered by a courier, not the USPS.

But hey, it makes for good press don't it? Lots of pictures and something for the Talking heads to talk about. And, of course, a mostly uneducated audience to believe.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

I tried

I tried to give "FBI" on CBS one more chance......but I hadda stop watching.

THis one was about Nuclear Power plants....and the errors to make the plot work were....huge.

Plus, I think the intelligence level of the target audience is about 85...with a 9th grade education.

(and, the writing sucked and the acting was....marginal)

As an engineer with some small level of technical training (but a broad, if not deep, level of knowledge), I find shows like this.... poorly written and (obviously) done without a technical consultant of any be painful to watch. 

But, seriously, if this "New! Hit! Series!!" is aimed at a mainstream audience (or, God help us, a new Millennial audience) then we, as a nation, are circling the rim.

I think I'm gonna have to change my routine and find something else to do on Tuesday nights..,

Monday, October 22, 2018

Short field practice:

Spozed to be winds of less than 10 knots for when I had scheduled the airplane.

and they were....but the occasional (mostly not too "Occasional" though) gusts to 24 made me rethink that.  On the other hand, it ain't like I will never encounter gusty wind conditions...But I didn't wanna waste my money and not learn anything.

However, in the end, I went up with an instructor and (mostly) hit my marks.... Crosswind shortfield landings in gusty conditions are a challenge though.


Buying a used airplane is kinda like shopping for used craigslist/want ads....only a LOT more expensive and with even more deceptive advertising and creatively done photographs. The dealers are just as much liars as the private individuals...

It might well be worth going through a broker and paying him/her a fee to find what I am looking for.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Gotta wonder:

So I was watching TV Tuesday evening, and happened to catch the opening scenes of the "New Hit Series!" on CBS...."FBI".

The scene was about a shooter. A sniper. In NYC.

And the character's speculations about the gun used tell me that they believe that most of their audience has never held a rifle and has never read a gun magazine.

Are the majority of Americans that truly ignorant of rifles in general?

Or is it just writing by east coast urbanites trying to explain the plot details to themselves?

Some of that "Civility" they were talking about:

Try this sort of shit in the  "Red" states.

See how well that works for ya.

Be sure you are enrolled in ObamaCare first though.

I doubt the outcome will be what you want, though.

This time, however, everything was peaceful....'cause it stopped when there was no support from others. I expect, however, that at some point that will change.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

I hate Emoji's

and I think they are one of the stupidest things the cell phone industry has come up with. They are a poor and childish embellishment to a basic communication.

I am only slightly less derisive of those who use them regularly in their conversations via text.

Most of us aren't 7th grade girls, we shouldn't act like it.

Time to Grow Up. Act your age, 

Welcome to the blogroll!

So... Garry, from Thomas Whispered is now a part of my blogroll.

Go over and check him out.

I'd post more, but I'm planning on being out all day looking at junk used airplanes

Friday, October 19, 2018

I really hate folks who falsely advertise products on the web.

It's not like I'm not gonna see those flaws when I come to buy it.

Waste of my time, and theirs.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ANd stuff like this is exactly why some folks need their asses beaten. wants little known (even on campus)  "Clarence Thomas Building" renamed because "Some students feel unsafe because of the name".

I sincerely hope that the campus administration tells 'em to go pound sand. 

The Cherokees don't care

But Lizzy Warren keeps pushing it, cause she knows we all know she was lying about her connection to the indian nations just to get special treatment at the university... a

She did (finally) take a DNA test...which was, as we expected, inconclusive anyway..
(ETA: Apparently she is less indian than the average white American citizen)

And the Cherokee nation stated:

"A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person's ancestors were indigenous to North or South America. Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is prove. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage."

- Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr.



Truth HERE.

But not to Liberals.

Words mean something here in my world.

But to liberals they are only tools (much like the liberals themselves) to help their Party get what it wants. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

It never happens..

Women never lie. 

Especially about "sexual assault".

Never. Ever. And they always deserve to be believed.


groped. By a 9 year old.


I hope they charge her.  Especially for claiming to be a police officer.

Was there a racial component here?

WOMAN  forced to apologize after accusing a 9-year-old boy of sexual assault. But CCTV footage proved something else.

Women like this harm the credibility of women who have truly been assaulted.

Much less Ms Ford's testimony and the harm it has done to real victims. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Why no arrests?

Why can't the Portland police arrest anyone for this anarchy and civil disobedience? Yeah, standing aside and letting them fight might be entertaining, and later breaking up the fight with pepperball rounds is no doubt fun, but why even allow this sort of shit to happen?

Note: Both sides come looking for a fight. Neither gets my sympathy. It is just plain wrong.
Their behavior chases decent people off the streets and makes the city and the police look like incompetent idiots.

And, at the end of the day, no matter what your motivation, you are acting like a criminal. And you should be treated that way.

Most boys grow out of such behavior about 16 years of age. These morons, obviously didn't.

Y'all that call your self part of the Right? Get off my side.
You morons on the left? you aren't doing your side any favors with your behavior.

I think they all need a bit of 1968 Chicago riot behavior modification lessons. Perhaps some of the old "Hickory Shampoo" applied liberally to both sides would temper their ardor for a fight.

Well, that was cool

I didn't know there were any in the area. Was a bit north of the intersection of US 41 and US 30 in NW Indiana on Saturday and, while waiting at a stoplight, I watched a Bald Eagle fly circles over the marsh to the east of US 41.

I was unaware that there were any Bald Eagles in the area.

Perhaps the DDT issues have helped make a comeback? I dunno

I grew up about 20 miles to the east of there, and this is the first time I have ever seen a Bald Eagle in NW Indiana. And I am over 50 years old.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Your call, Hillary

"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,”

Ok,, sister, then lets open the ball:
Here are some of the things YOUR party stands for that I find objectionable.

Statism over individualism.

Ever increasing restrictions on rights, rather than freedom.

More and more groups gaining privileged status over the mainstream.

Sociologist government policies.

Ever increasing governmental agencies, who set rules and regulations with no legislative oversight. 

Increasing dependence on government paid for by the productive people in this country.

More and more "Social Safety Nets" paid for with taxes, instead of those taxes going to infrastructure, and military as is Constitutional.  

Less and less attention paid to our Constitution and to the restrictions it imposes upon Government. 

Entire government agencies which don't produce anything. 

Tax and monetary policies which punish success and hard work, encourage failure and laziness, reward stupidity and penalize intelligence.

An ever increasing percentage of urban dwellers(encouraged by your party and their policies) who produce nothing, but whose very existence is paid for by my side's work. 

Ever increasing ILLEGAL immigration.

More and more (and more blatant) voter fraud. 


I can make a longer list of "things I stand for, things I care about" that your philosophy and your party condone ...that I find offensive and objectionable. But so far, at least, MY side has retained "civility" about our disagreements.

Wanna lose "Civility"? We can go there. You won't like it. So far it has been the Ballot Box rather than the Ammo Box. .....But that can change if Civility is gonna go away.
How "uncivil" do y'all wanna get? Y'all wanna destroy that which I stand for and care  about...can I get all Uncivil too?

Do you really want the gloves to come off? The only thing keeping you and yours alive and fed and housed and/or out of prison is "Civility" and the rule of law. Take that protection away and you won't like how it ends.

We have hard working people with a work ethic, who are well able to take care of themselves....who can think for themselves, are intelligent and skilled...who simply buckle down and move forward when life gets tough.....who plan ahead....Who are polite and decent and law abiding and moral.
 You have a bunch of  spoiled lazy people who can't figure out which bathroom to use and have to be led to get them to do anything and who weep and demand help when life gets difficult...who can't really DO anything...and have the attention span of a chipmunk and the intelligence of asparagus.....and who can't think ahead farther than their next meal....who are rude and already uncivil and who don't generally follow laws of society.
Which side do ya think will win if we get rid of "civility"?

So do you REALLY want to get rid of "Civility"? So far, that' "civility" is what's keeping you and yours safe.

Acute flaccid myelitis

Seems to be popping up in larger cities.

It started, apparently, in Minneapolis. Which took in HUGE numbers of Somalis and other Eastern Africans.

And, oddly, the disease is MUCH more common in East Africa than anywhere else. (still rare, but MUCH less so).

Now, correlation is not causation. Be aware of that. But still, it is likely that the vector for the disease is the population that has moved from a location where it is more common to a place where it is rare....almost unheard of. It could be Global Warming, or Bush's fault, but I doubt it....

And it seems to be appearing in many "sanctuary cities" as well. Might just be the larger number of immigrants, might just be statistical noise.

But I doubt that the reason why matters to those children who are US citizens who are now in Iron Lungs or under care to relearn how to move their limbs. I doubt that they care that the DNC got to feel good by resettling a bunch of Somalis in places where they would not assimilate.

Hope and Change, ya know.  I bet little Suzy Whitebread who caught it at school will be in favor of immigration when she grows up...If she lives.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

I think it is a damned good question:

If the Republicans can band together to confirm Kavanaugh, WHY CAN'T THEY GET TOGETHER AND REPEAL OBAMACARE??

Because the Insurance companies have bought and paid for some of our finest politicians I'm not sure why they can't do it....


It is happening

I expect that women are gonna next complain that this isn't fair either....that the relationships and deals that are made outside of the formal office environment, and the mentoring that occurs after hours that they will lose out on are valuable parts of business and that they are being treated unfairly by being excluded...

But if I were still in business, I'd never be anywhere with a woman that was not my wife or girlfriend for fear of being accused....and found guilty simply because "she said so and women deserve to be believed" or whatever the current catchphrase of the feminists is.

Mike Pence won't do dinner or anything else with a woman...unless his wife is with him.....He looks smarter now than a few months ago, doesn't he? 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Needed to clear my head, so since there was an hour where there was a rental plane available, I chose to do some pattern work. I hadn't flown since 9/27 either. when one is new at this game, it is easy to get rusty

Wind was varying 180 to 210, 12 gusting 20. No one in the pattern when I started.

Taxiied out and did the run up at the threshold of 18, took off, entered the pattern and did a crosswind landing on 18. Not my best one, but adequate.

Later, rinse, repeat. 5 times.

By then the pattern was full of airplanes,  spaced almost too close for my comfort. Planes arriving every minute or so. Congested for an uncontrolled airport. Plus there were 6 planes stacked up waiting for departure and complaining that no one would let them out. I landed and taxiied out to the end of 18 and parked the plane back at the flight school.

0.7 and 5.

And focusing on the pattern procedures and the landings cleared my head tremendously.

I really need my own aircraft though. 

One wonders

What leverage was used to push her out?

Nikki Haley Reigns as US Ambassador to the United Nations.

I liked this lady. She kicked ass. Made the rest of the UN pantywaists realize that there was a "new sheriff in town" and the US wasn't gonna be pushed around like it was during Barry's terms. She was making changes in the UN's mismanaged and shortsighted profit centers programs that wasted money too.


So the pushbar and adapter and such for Ed's 182 is finished, and it fits and works really well.

The adapter bolted right up to the tractor. Fit the first time.

The hitch adapter for the pushbar is the right height. And he can pull one pin and take it off when he mows the grass.

The pushbar itself handles the grades up the ramp and into the hangar and is the proper length.

The paint looks decent enough having come from a rattle can of Rustoleum .

I did have to anneal the spring bar at the point of the new weld so it wouldn't crack like it did (which was why we used it in this application) before. (you can see the new blue pushbar in the background)

It handles the change in elevation from the hangar to the ramp as planned.

Not too shabby for a napkin sketch and a bunch of scrap. The only parts not made from scrap are the pin for the pivot, the lynch pin to hold the pivot assembly together and the reused (broken) pushbar assembly. Oh, and the four 3/8" x 1" carriage bolts and the nuts and washers.
All the rest was from my scrap bin.

Took about an hour to figure out what, exactly, I was making and sketch that, about an hour to search out the bits and pieces, an hour to cut, fit, and tack together, and another hour to actually weld it, smooth it and round corners with a hand grinder, and another hour of actual time to prime and paint (took all day for the painting, but I was doing other chores so I could come back after the primer and each coat and paint it again). Since he won't let me pay even for the gas for the two hours (at 12 gallons an hour) I have spent flying it, I figure I am still WAY ahead of the game.....But Ed is happy with his new pushbar. He seems to feel it is a fair trade.

(click to embiggenize)

Hopefully, he won't fall this winter trying to push his plane back into the hangar by himself. Bad idea for an 80 year old man to fall at night at an airport, much less in the wintertime temps. He could be out there 'til morning. 


If our justice system was as good as it should be, ALL of our judges, Liberal or Conservative, male or female, religious or agnostic, Muslim, Christian, Jewish....Catholic or Protestant....Wiccan or Bhuddist, would be interchangeable.

It really shouldn't matter.....

Because our justices, Circuit or Supreme (or any of the lower courts) would adjudicate from the letter of the LAW, not from their beliefs.

No Liberal (or, to a much lesser, but still there, and still wrong) or Conservative or religious "Legislation from the Bench".

No human is perfect. None of us can be entirely objective. But if a judge at that level cannot be impartial, and set aside his or her feelings and judge cases based upon LAW, and the Constitution, then they should not be a judge at all ...especially at that level.

In fact, if our justice system had decent judges, we should be able to take any Federal Circuit Court judge's name and any Court of Appeals judge's name and put them in a hat and pick one.....and get a decent judge that was qualified for the Supreme level.

Sadly, we don't have that.

We have political animals, and biased judges and those who Legislate from the Bench....and who play politics.
And those judges are failing in their oaths. 

Monday, October 8, 2018


I fully expect

That Ms Ford will now disappear back to wherever the Democrats dug her out of, only with a pocket full of cash and other prizes (Plus the GoFundMe which is reputed to be near $1 million) and that the Dems will dump any contact with her...She will be abandoned, having done the job they used her for.

Unless, of course, she meets Vince Foster. 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

I find it disturbing

That the military and our government are just now realizing that this is a problem....that the manufacturing base that is so necessary to fight a war (which, hopefully we don't have to do again) of any large scale no longer exists in this country Raw materials are one thing, the ABILITY to manufacture things from those raw materials is another.... ...and we don't control many of the sources of raw materials, anyway.

Should large scale conflict happen, especially with the Chinese, how long can we wage war without the electronics and other products that the CHINESE exclusively produce? Yes, the Japanese and the Malaysians and the Singaporese can take up some of that slack, but they are in, essentially, the Chinese backyard. How long will they last? Even if they do, how will we transport those components they produce (and we DON'T) from them to us?

Global manufacturing is a great long as everyone is at peace. But the military is about defending the citizens of this country and taking the fight to the enemy should that be required....and they need the tools with which to do so

How much of that manufacturing...of chips, other electronics, exotic smelting and refining, chemical processes, etc has left our country because of taxes and, especially, our environmental regulations? How much because our trade practices made it easier and cheaper to outsource? How do we get enough back under our control and security to make us able to defend ourselves (much less wage offensive war) for an extended period?

"every Blade of Grass" is, indeed, a thing. But that only works so well, for so long.  Real weapons of war take more infrastructure and more manufacturing. Remember: In WWII, the real reason the US (and it's allies supplied by the US) was the ability to produce more weapons and tools of war faster than the opponents...More ships, more guns, more ammunition, more fighter planes, more of the tools of war for soldiers to use. We OUT-MANUFACTURED our enemies as much as beat them man to man. At the end of the day, no matter how valiant the fighter is, he needs guns, and food, and clothing, and the other tools of war to wage war. An empty rifle is just a club, and a fighter jet without missiles is just a fast plane. ...a submarine without torpedoes is just a boat that submerges.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Pretty much the truth:

Roberta has it in a nutshell.


All this hoorah hasn't really changed much. I doubt if it influenced any votes one way or another. The Dems weren't gonna vote for Kavanaugh no matter what.

For folks who think the way the DNC tells them to support the Democrat party , Kavanaugh is the Devil. For those with a working brain, there is doubt of that. 

Big trial in Chicago

Coming to a culmination.

Some cop shot some black teenager who was high on PCP and wandering the streets terrorizing people.

Cop drove up to the scene and in less than a minute, shot the teenager 17 times. Teenager was carrying a knife. I don't see where the cop had reason to shoot at all, but I wasn't there. But he was black, so the professional agitators have something to work with....

I'm glad I don't have to decide this murder charge. Look up LaQuan McDonald.

But the city, both the police AND THE BUSINESSES are girding for protest, riots, and looting. Schools (public and private) have contingency plans for closing as soon as the verdict is announced.... Same same businesses...not just retail, but manufacturing has shutdown plans, or, if they can't shutdown, have plans for limited operations with their staff staying....Behind secure fences and locked doors. They expect riots or other unrest....They are realists.

It'll happen no matter what the verdict is. Bet on it.

And it won't be folks from the north side. Southsiders...Bet on it. One officer I know says that they are praying for heavy rain the day of, and the day after, the verdict is announced. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Women always deserve to be believed

And they don't lie about things like that.

Except when they do. Which is, I think, more often that one might think.

SOME women lie abut many things. Somme act as if they are still in 7th grade.

But don't tell the #MeeeTOO!movement. It might undermine their credibility.

Via Kenny

Does this lack of news surprise you?

I mean, you don't hear much about this on the Liberal media, do ya?

Seems that Kanye West pissed off the entire SNL crowd as well as the managers of the show. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Most interesting:

Another viewpoint on the Kavanaugh debacle.

He might well be right, however.

Gonna have to give that some cogitation though. 

classic fascism:

But they claim that the Conservatives are the fascists...

Yet it is nearly always the DNC supporters that do these things.

Really classy folks. 

The really sad part

about this whole attempt at obfuscation and delay until after the midterm electons deamnd for an FBI investigation is that we are expecting the FBI to do an impartial investigation, without letting politics interfere......which, sadly, we can no longer believe might happen....not since the whole pre election failure of the FBI to do any real investigation on Hillary Clinton, and the post election antics (supported by FBI management) of Peter Strozk and his compatriots and other incidents that have thrown the while Fidelity,Bravery, INTEGRITY, motto of the FBI into doubt.

Neither side will ever believe, at least not in your or my lifetime, that there is any reason to believe that the FBI will be impartial in any evidence gathering about such a politically charged allegation with such powerful consequences.

I have known several FBI agents. Most were not the sharpest knives in the drawer....not steely eyed lawmen, but they were honest, decent, thorough investigators, who ferreted out and reported FACTS.

Sadly, not so anymore. Those agents have retired years ago, and I have no doubt that they were embarrassed by the actions of the current FBI agents (and, apparently, FBI management) in the events before and after the election of 2016. 

Will either side be willing to believe that the investigation onto Kavanaugh and Ford was conducted without an agenda? I can't honestly say that it will be.

What say you? 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

In a just world

Kavanaugh could sue Ms Ford for Defamation and win such an award for her trashing him with unproven (and likely unprovable) statements.

Jury awards ex-Army colonel 8.4 million dollars from blogger who defamed him. 

The parallels of the two cases are many.

One can hope. I mean her GoFundMe is at or near a million bucks.

Monday, October 1, 2018

A most interesting point


Interesting, Innit? 

Just to stir trouble:

Forget Chevy vs Ford (Dodge, actually, is the correct answer, BTW)

Forget GLOCK Vs 1911 (Y'all know my answer to that one).

The real question we have here today, the one that matters,  the one that chooses where you stand, what your lifestyle is, the one that makes us all take sides in life and choose our friends and all that....The one that defines WHO YOU ARE and WHAT YOU STAND FOR....:

Creamy or Crunchy peanut butter? Smooth or chunky?

I'm withholding revealing my choice at this time, but please, feel free to say your preference in comments.