Saturday, December 26, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I was at my favorite crack store the other day and this was in the used firearms cabinet. Yup, it had to come home with me... It is a baby 1911-similar pistol from Colt, chambered in .380 ACP. I had no idea that it existed and this is just stupidly cool, in my whacked little brain pan.
Introducing the Mustang Pocketlite from Colt. I saw it, fooled with it, inspected it and had to bring it home. It cleaned up easily, just a little gunk on the bolt face and in the barrel. Other than some real minor wear marks, it looks new. It has already put a couple hydra-shok hollow points down range. I am just tickled that it came home with me today.
As with everything else, when I get around to some range time... blah, blah, blah. I am just happy that it is clean and safe.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I haven't run across this before, the crimp is not fully closed. I found it when I was arming the Strategic Twelve Gauge of DoomTM --more on that later. I plan to disassemble this one and attempt to find the root cause. Perhaps wad not seated properly, perhaps double charge of shot, etc... If I puzzle it out, will relate here.
I emptied the shot from the improperly crimped round and counted eight pellets. After removing the shot, I noticed that the wad was inserted into the case unevenly. After pressing it into place, I reloaded the shot and was able to press the crimp closed.
I chose to weigh this shell with its four box mates and the results are as follows...
--I have no idea why there is such a large gap between this text and the data tables and between each data table. My html is mighty dated and rusty, but the following should have worked pretty well - any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Apologies for the large gaps in the post, it looks dreadful, but I do not know how to fix it and the searches so far have yielded no answers.
|Round||Crimp Status||#1 (g)||#2 (g)||#3 (g)||Avg (g)||Ind Stdv|
The weighing cycle was Round one to five repeated three times and the values recorded. The Avg (g) is the average of #1 (g) to #3 (g) for each round. The Avg (g) is the MS Excel function average and the Ind Stdv is the MS Excel function stdevp, yes, I know that a population of three is about useless in talking of standard deviations. I used it to show that, for the three measurements taken, the deviation is essentially the same and therefore the instrument yields repeatable results. I have certified standard weights that I could have used to prove this, but for the purposes of this blog... Lab Suiter, please... I am just not going there.
The improperly crimped one certainly seems to weigh more than its brethren, but this one has been handled (by me) to a much larger extent than the rest and it is possible that I have altered the mass inadvertently by too much touching. And maybe, it just weighs a bit more. The point being that I did not handle each of these with tongs or gloves.
The point of this exercise was to determine whether this shell might have been double charged. I believe, reviewing the data at hand, that there is little to no danger of this possibility.
|Pop Stdv||Pop Avg||+3 stdev||-3 stdev|
|Pro Cri Stdv||Pro Cri Avg||+3 stdev||-3 stdev|
The Pop Stdv is the MS Excel function stdevp used on the entire data set. The Pop Avg is the MS Excel function average used on the entire data set. +3 and -3 stdev is the Avg +/- 3 stdv. The Pro Cri Stdv is the MS Excel function stdevp used on the properly crimped data set and the Pro Cri Avg is the MS Excel function average used on the properly crimped data set.
Data gathered using an Ohaus (uncalibrated since move) Adventurer (Model AR-3130). Left uncalibrated as the actual value was unimportant, the difference in each member of the population was.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I am thankful for the good health that I enjoy.
I am thankful for the good friends and family that I treasure.
I am thankful for the job that I fuss about.
I am thankful for the full refrigerator, freezers and pantry that sometimes look empty even though they be full and the roof that under which they reside.
I am thankful that I live in the United States of America as there is no other home for me.
I am thankful for many other things that come and go throughout the year, but rarely say so.
In the spirit of the holidays, thank you God for all that you provide.
Apologies for the somewhat shaky pictures...
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I went to my favorite crack store (Simmons Sporting Goods) to pick up some feed in support of the 19 November festivities. Somehow, by Friday afternoon, I had ended up trading my Browning (BAR Safari in .338 Winchester Magnum) and its ammunition for a Weatherby (Mark V Accumark in .300 Weatherby Magnum) and a Walther (PK 380 in .380 ACP) and rounds for each. It never fails, they always have something that has to come home with me.
The offerings (Part I). 160 rounds of various .338 Win Mag.
The offerings (Part II). Browning BAR Safari (.338 Win Mag).
The acquisitions (Part I). Weatherby Accumark (.300 Wby Mag), Walther PK 380 (.380 ACP), 20 rounds of 150 grain partition .300 Wby Mag and 120 rounds of 90 grain low recoil hydra-shok hollow point .380 ACP.
The acquisitions (Part II). 200 rounds of 95 grain full metal jacket .380 ACP from Lucky Gunner. More ammunition is still on the way for the Weatherby.
The Weatherby was a trade in; so, the Bushnell scope sitting on it was part of the deal. I think the sun shade can looks goofy, but it certainly helped when I pointed it toward the West yesterday. It cleaned up very easily and appears to not have been fired much at all. If it has, it really doesn't show it.
The Walther had a bunch of gunk on it (unsurprisingly as it was new), but it cleaned up pretty easily as well. The internal finish isn't the greatest, but what can one expect of a $320 pistol... it cycles properly and goes bang properly and that is pretty much all that is important on a firearm like this.
I don't much care for the need of a tool for disassembly and the recoil spring / rod assembly is a bit difficult to replace. Minor gripes at best. And, the real point of this purchase was to have a firearm based somewhere between .22 LR / WMR and 9mm Parabellum / .38 Special / .357 Magnum. This, because my Momma is considering taking up a bit of shooting. I wanted to have a robust range of arms for her to fool with. I am still considering a .25 or a .32 to stick into the arms list as well... probably not, but am still thinking on it.
I didn't really want to go to .380 ACP and get into the search for that ammunition as well, but priced right and the pistol certainly seems sturdy... after one cleaning and nine rounds. ;) Oh yeah, the slide pull is amazingly soft. I will take a few more pictures the next time I have it out and apart after the next range (backyard) trip and put it up as a separate post.
They have both been cleaned and test fired. If I ever get off of my duff and get back to the rifle range, I will print a couple targets from the Weatherby and put them up here as well.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
My elected representative, Artur Davis (D) - Tuscaloosa was one of the 39 Democrats who voted against. Thank you Mr. Davis.
Follow either of the links above and check on your elected representatives... just to see if you feel represented.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
And... greetings from Indiana once again. This photo taken of the buggies at the Meijer in Merrillville. And no, my country @ss has not seen a cup holder on a buggy yet. And yes, it is called a buggy.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Near as I can figure, this is the one "rebuking" congress critter Wilson for calling Mao a liar. It is the only one that I see from today that I think it might be. If that be true, then it is unfortunate that Artur Davis, my representative, voted for whatever it is that this thing is.
Clicking on the Issue (744) doesn't allow me to read anything about it... So, as of this moment, I am just guessing. And yes, with the history of donkey and elephant calling each other names, I think this is political grandstanding.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Manfred Rommel answering the question: "What did Rommel think of Hitler?".
Excerpted from The Warrior Series / Special: Erwin Rommel joins a Conspiracy to Kill Hitler, Episode 1: Original Air Date 24 November 2003 - The History Channel.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Everyone, say hello to Molle. Molle say hello to everyone. And yes, it was Molly... but with my background and inclinations... MOLLE just seemed mo' right. ;)
I could not be happier with her. I could not be much less happy with whom I got her from. All I will say is... God bless him for getting her off of the street(s) and I am very happy to have her home with me. She will be fine in a few months and is, so far, the sweetest and smartest of them all... of course. ;)
She looks to be a Shepherd mix, maybe mixed with chow chow and maybe shar pei and maybe who knows. The pictures that I have seen tend to make me think shar pei, but the black underside of her tongue makes me wonder. Oh well, long nose, floppy but perky ears... already monikered with the Bat Dog... actually... Stinky Ol' Bat Dog for now. She was just spayed last Monday and smellz like DOGZ. And, the poor girl has a serious case of the sarcoptic mange and the ears show it... actually even worse than the tail. So, there she is. Molle the stinky ol' bat dog. I do love her so.
More to come.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
God rest your soul Shifty Powers.
H/T Firehand @ Irons in the Fire
H/T Kaveman @ Days of Our Trailers
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan". All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.
As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D!
No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
It could not be any simpler than that.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
MSNBC: "What a tax on benefits may mean"
Excerpt: "The tax exclusion for the value of workers' health benefits represents one of the most substantial sources of funding for comprehensive health overhaul efforts, many economists say."
Congress wants to tax us on our health insurance benefit to pay for universal health care. Morons. Sorry... individuals.
If you have the time, give it a read.
It is a story about how a few Christians (of US origin) got shipped back to the US for having the audacity to show up to do some missionary work. Amazing how far wrong the laws have gone.
Monday, July 6, 2009
First, THANK YOU, to James @ Hell in a Handbasket for bringing this up to start with and then directing all the traffic to this site. Second, THANK YOU, to all of you who have commented and e-mailed about the topic. I have learned that I don't know Jack about audio... oh well, what can you expect from a metallurgist?
Starting around 13:00 on my back veranda (also discussed as the 25 Backyard Range of Doom™), the gear is assembled.
The meter and the forms... note the spiffy Aluminum clipboard.
The firearms, ammunition and ever-present mobile phone.
All of the above are placed ever-so-professionally upon the top of my Weber.
First off, load six rounds of 180 grain Remington Jacketed Soft Point into each firearm.
Second, paw the Ruger and set up with it in my right hand and the meter in my left hand held against the left side of the grip and as near vertical as I can manage.
Third, draw the hammer back, take aim and squeeze trigger.
Fourth, look at the meter and be confused by the 41 dB it is showing.
Fifth, realize that I did not set the "hold max" feature on the meter and have no idea what the loudest noise it recorded was.
Sixth, reset in the position noted in the second step.
Seventh, repeat the hammer draw, take aim and maintain strict trigger finger discipline.
Eighth, set the "hold max" feature. Set now so as to not record the cocking action.
Tenth, place the firearm on the Weber and record the data point.
Repeat four more times with only one more of the did not set the "hold max" feature. Repeat six more times as I did not believe the data and I blew it on two data points.
Repeat six more times with the meter being moved to near my left ear.
Next, grab the Desert Eagle and repeat the above steps and add a put safety on/off step for near grip and near left ear data collection.
Next, get reminded why I don't shoot 180 grain ammunition in the Desert Eagle. Yeah, the book even says 240 grain minimum, anything less will not cycle the firearm properly... guess what? It means it.
A classic extractor did not eject the shell and attempted a double feed.
A bit clearer view of the double feed.
Now, repeat the above, without the forget to set the "hold max" feature and without the double feed, using 240 grain Hornady Jacketed Hollow Point eXtreme Terminal Performance ammunition.
All worked well here except that I forgot the Desert Eagle doesn't like Hornady either. The Hornady ammunition is just a bit longer and you can only fit four to five rounds into the magazine before the bottom one sticks. Once one is stuck, plan on monkeying with it for awhile to get the stuck one to drop back out. So, I did these six round sequences a whopping three rounds at a time.
All of the "equipment" except the glasses lined up.
All of the data is posted here. Yes, I am too lazy to copy and paste the data from a failed experiment to here. ;)
So, after a fair bit of discussion and reading, I have come to the realization that the meter is very likely the root of all evil (insufficient range of measurement and insufficient sampling rate) here in this failed experiment. And, now I have to determine what my next course of action will be.
Things that I did notice during this experiment.
1. I noticed that the data was ridiculously out of range for what I "know" to be true, but I kept on collecting data because it was fun. :)
2. The Ruger is shooting high. I wonder if that is because I am shooting one-handed where I would normally shoot with two? If so, why did I not see the same phenomenon while shooting the Desert Eagle? And, I am the first to admit that I normally fire both of these with both hands... on deck, as it were.
3. The meter showed around 50 dB at the hammer draw on the Ruger and at the safety disengage on the Desert Eagle.
4. I have never before continued to collect data when I "knew" it was incorrect, but it was fun. :)
5. The Desert Eagle is a fussy little... critter. But, I knew that anyway and it is still one of my favorites, nix that, it is my favorite and if I could conceal it, I would carry it. It is fiercely dependable when fed the proper diet.
Research the topic more thoroughly, ascertain the correct equipment, develop an appropriate procedure and try again. I am now more curious than ever. As always, input is always & absolutely welcome here at the Rewst.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Ruger Super Blackhawk 7.5" barrel (#1 & #2 held meter next to the grip, #3 held the meter near my left ear).
#1: -, 87.3, 67.3, 68.6, 84.9, -
#2: 66.6, 71.7, 88.8, 67.7, 68.7, 66.9
#3: 67.3, 68.0, 67.1, 67.4, 67.3, 66.2
Desert Eagle Mk VII 6" barrel (#1 held meter next to the grip, #2 held the meter near my left ear).
#1: 88.7, 68.7, 87.3, 86.6, 86.5, 86.3
#2: 66.8, 67.8, 67.7, 69.0, 85.7, 66.9
.44 Magnum Hornady 240 grain JHP XTP (did not have enough 300 grain to complete the test).
Ruger Super Blackhawk 7.5" barrel (#1 held meter next to the grip, #2 held the meter near my left ear).
#1: 67.7, 68.6, 68.4, 86.6, 68.1, 67.8
#2: 67.7, 66.9, 67.3, 68.2, 67.7, 65.6
Desert Eagle Mk VII 6" barrel (#1 held meter next to the grip, #2 held the meter near my left ear).
#1: 69.4, 68.3, 86.6, 68.6, 68.0, 68.1
#2: 68.3, 67.9, 66.7, 67.5, 67.5, 67.1
A. #1 in the Remington 180 grain has two missed data points due to not setting "hold max" feature on the meter.
B. Some discussion in the e-mail centered around the 40ms sampling and that it might not be sufficient to capture the report at its loudest. It would appear that is the case as the meter never even reached 90 decibels.
C. I added to the test by firing six rounds with the meter held next to the grip and an additional six with the meter held near my left ear. This was done in hopes of learning something about the location of the "ear" vs. the noise level experienced.
D. I will be compiling this in a better format and with what few pictures (none shooting) were taken.
E. I will be doing some research on how best to accurately measure the report of the firearms and will try this again... hopefully soon.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
If anyone sees something that I have forgotten / overlooked, please let me know. Also, this is a multi-use form that I will use when I get my "Box O' Truth"-esque shooting station set up.
You might note that I have chosen two different loads to perform the testing with. The first is 180 grain Remington JSP and the last is 300 grain Hornady JHP XTP. These were chosen because they cover the range of .44 Remington Magnum ammunition that I own. Well, I have some 305 grain Corbon, but at $2.50 per round, I chose to not use it here. Yeah, I know, cheap *&!!**~!%.
Notes about the calculations: the average is the Microsoft Excel 2007 =average() formula and the standard deviation is the Microsoft Excel 2007 =stdev() formula.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Change Change Change!!!!!!!!!!
Not long ago I read a joke ... It said all the politicians running for president are promising change to the American people.
We send them billions and billions of tax dollars and they send us the change. Funny? Not really; there is too much truth in it to be funny. That got me to thinking ... They all promise change. How about if they run on a promise of restoration rather than change. A restoration that would take us back in time to a place where things ran better, smoother and life was more enjoyable. Change? That, in truth, is what they have been giving us all along.
We used to have a strong dollar ... Politicians changed that.
Life used to be sacred ... Politicians changed that.
Marriage used to be sacred ... Politicians are changing that.
We used to be respected around the world ... Politicians changed that.
We used to have a strong manufacturing economy ... Politicians changed that.
We used to have lower tax structures ... Politicians changed that.
We used to enjoy more freedoms ... Politicians changed that.
We used to be a large exporter of American made goods ... Politicians changed that.
We used to be an openly Christian nation .... Politicians changed that.
We used to teach patriotism in schools ... Politicians changed that.
We used to educate children in schools ... Politicians changed that.
We used to enjoy freedom of speech ... Politicians changed that.
We used to enforce LEGAL citizenship ... Politicians changed that.
We used to have affordable food & gas prices ... Politicians changed that, too... and one could go on and on with this list.
What hasn't been changed, politicians are promising to change that as well if you will elect them.
When, oh when, is America going to sit back with open eyes and look at what we once were and where we have come and say, enough is enough?
The trouble is, America 's youthful voters today don't know of the great America that existed forty and fifty years ago. They see the world as if it has always existed, as it is now. When will we wake up? Tomorrow may be too late.
When will America realize .... Politicians are what is wrong with America?
Today, I borrowed a decibel meter (Extech Instruments 407730) from work and will use it some time this weekend to see if a revolver (.44 magnum Super Blackhawk) is louder than an autoloader (.44 magnum Desert Eagle Mk VII). I chose these two because they are the only pair that I have that fits the design criteria of the experiment.
1. The firearms must be able to chamber and fire the same ammunition.
2. They must both be of similar size (e.g. medium frame or full size, etc).
3. The meter will be held in my left hand next to the grip and facing me.
4. Six (because the Ruger holds six) rounds will be fired in each firearm.
5. An average for each firearm will be calculated as well as a standard deviation for each population.
Also, the following are true...
a. This means that I will be shooting one-handed. -- So what.
b. The meter is multi-directional. -- It does not matter which way it is facing.
c. I chose this configuration to make the location of the meter firearm specific, not user specific. -- As in, my ears are probably farther away than some folks'.
d. I have not calibrated the meter. -- I am comparing one firearm immediately to another, it does not matter to me.
If anyone has anything to add, I will probably be at it Saturday and am open to suggestions on how to better the experiment. Also, engineer, not artist... so, the pictures will be amateurish at best.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
THINGS THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO SAY WHEN DRUNK:
THINGS THAT ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO SAY WHEN DRUNK:
3. Passive-aggressive disorder
THINGS THAT ARE DOWNRIGHT IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY WHEN DRUNK:
1. No thanks, I'm married.
2. Nope, no more booze for me!
3. Sorry, but you're not really my type.
4. Taco Bell? No thanks, I'm not hungry.
5. Good evening, officer. Isn't it lovely out tonight?
6. Oh, I couldn't! No one wants to hear me sing karaoke.
7. I'm not interested in fighting you.
8. Thank you, but I won't make any attempt to dance, I have no coordination. I'd hate to look like a fool!
9. Where is the nearest bathroom? I refuse to pee in this parking lot or on the side of the road.
10. I must be going home now, as I have to work in the morning.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
John Lott's Website: The names of the eight Republicans who voted for the cap & trade bill in the House last night
Miserable... rotten... oh, you get the idea.
Iran. I Ran. IR an. IRA n. --North Korea, Pakistan, etc--
Yes, the treatment of the people by their leadership is... I don't really have a word for it... despicable (but that is weak). Yes, bullies of the world do this. Yes, I have never much cared for bullies. And, herein lies the problem.
For all that lives in my soul, I would (and have) protect(ed) those who cannot protect themselves. But, I will not even ponder on it for those who will not protect themselves.
For my coin, we butt out of Iran, much farther (as in the removal of nuclear weapons and technology, then butt out) in Pakistan via Afghanistan (now that we have helped to destabilize both) and tell N. Ko to watch what happens and no, China won't save you this time. All meaning... Leave us be... Period. If the citizens of those lands want regime change (and they don't, not by their own labor anyway), let them organize and begin the battle. Then, if it suits us, we can lend aid. Seems that is how it was done in the 1700s anyway. The only reasons for intervention (as I see it) are as follows and this applies to any foreign state...
1. Attack us directly. See how that works out for you.
2. Attack an ally. See item 1.
3. Make a global menace of yourself on the scale of atomic weapons. See item 1.
We are not on this Earth to be the nanny for the rest of it. First, it is presumptuous. Second, it is arrogant. Third, it just pisses them off anyway. Why do we think that our Wonderful Way of Life™ fits anywhere else in the world?
The innertoob, teewee, etc will always be able to find enough angry people to fill the camera lens... on any topic. So, as long as we let the "leaders of the world" and the "media" guide our foreign policy... we will always be the asshat of the world.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Please allow me to start by saying that I truly appreciate all that the Legion does and what it stands for. The what it stands for is why I am writing this mail. On page 27 near the bottom of the right hand column, in the story titled The WAR Next Door written by Jay Stuller, there is a quote attributed to Dianne Feinstein. It is the same “90% of the firearms found at Mexican crime scenes originated in the US” quote. How is it that this lie came to be printed in our magazine?
If I should get a response, I will most happily post it.
So, Jihad Watch has a piece that talks about CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) distributing 100,000 korans to American "leaders". I reckon proselytizing is a one way street to these folks. Can one imagine what would happen if Bibles were distributed to a muslim population?
Monday, June 22, 2009
Robbie Knievel is at it again.
Robbie Knievel (son of Evil Knievel) has an event at the Ford Center this weekend in Beaumont, Texas. He's going to try to jump over 1,000 Obama supporters with a bulldozer.
I have 4 extra tickets if anybody wants them. Should be a good time.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
In all the time that I have been reading this magazine, I do not ever recall a time where it was not a Democrat on one side and a Republicrat on the other. This issue, two Democrats talking about stem cells.
Again, not a big deal... just don't remember seeing it before.
There is a story titled "The WAR Next Door" written by Jay Stuller appearing on pages 24 through 28. In the subsection titled 'Fear, Loathing and a Little Help From Up North.' (p.27), the following quotation is made...
"It's unacceptable to have 90 percent of the guns that are picked up in Mexico and are used to shoot judges, police officers, mayors, kidnap innocent people and do terrible things come from the United States," says Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Why... is... this... LIE being repeated? In fact, if this story, talking about the internal strife in Mexico and its possibility for becoming a failed state, were to aim a little closer at the nail head, it may want to talk more about the illicit military arms that are making their way into Mexico and a little less about the illicit civilian arms.
Yes, illicit arms are a real problem in Mexico. Yes, some fraction of them are purchased by "straw buyers" in the US and moved across the border. If there is an outcry for all of the other sources to quit it (like from the US .gov to the MX .gov and then toted off to gangland with the deserters), I would surely like to hear it. As for the illegal transfer of US civilian arms to Mexico... build that fence, man that fence, arm that fence and outfit that fence with enhanced tunnel locating hardware.
As for this sort of thing showing up in the American Legion magazine... unconscionable is the only word that I can come up with.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al:
We have stuck together since the late 1950's, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has run its course. Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.
Here is a model separation agreement:
Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.
We don't like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU. Since you hate guns and war, we'll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military. You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell (You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them).
We'll keep the capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street. You can have your beloved homeless, homeboys, hippies and illegal aliens. We'll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO's and rednecks. We'll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood.
You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we'll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us. You can have the peaceniks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we'll help provide them security.
We'll keep our Judeo-Christian values.. You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N.. but we will no longer be paying the bill.
We'll keep the SUVs, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Subaru station wagon you can find.
You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors. We'll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right. We'll keep The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the National Anthem. I'm sure you'll be happy to substitute Imagine, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, Kum Ba Ya or We Are the World.
We'll practice trickle down economics and you can give trickle up poverty your best shot. Since it often so offends you, we'll keep our history, our name and our flag.
Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to other like minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I'll bet you ANWAR which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.
Law Student and an American
P.S. Also, please take Barbara Streisand & Jane Fonda with you.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
GLENN: I got a letter from a woman in Arizona. She writes an open letter to our nation's leadership: I'm a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any political party or representative in Washington represents my views or works to pursue the issues important to me. There must be someone. Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me that you are there and that you're willing to fight for our Constitution as it was written. Please stand up now. You might ask yourself what my views and issues are that I would horribly feel so disenfranchised by both major political parties. What kind of nut job am I? Will you please tell me?
Well, these are briefly my views and issues for which I seek representation:
One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I'm not a racist. This isn't to be confused with legal immigration.
Two, the TARP bill, I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it. We told you no, but you did it anyway. I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal.
Three: Czars, I want the circumvention of our checks and balances stopped immediately. Fire the czars. No more czars. Government officials answer to the process, not to the president. Stop trampling on our Constitution and honor it.
Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There is more to say.
Five, universal health care. I will not be rushed into another expensive decision. Don't you dare try to pass this in the middle of the night and then go on break. Slow down!
Six, growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. Shrink it down. Mind your own business. You have enough to take care of with your real obligations. Why don't you start there.
Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory escrow fees contributed to them every time on every real estate deal that closes. Stop the funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending impartial audits and investigations. I do not trust them with taking the census over with our taxpayer money. I don't trust them with our taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before taxpayers get any more involved with them. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, hello. Stop protecting your political buddies. You work for us, the people. Investigate.
Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have because they gave me jobs. That is the only redistribution of wealth that I will support. I never got a job from a poor person. Why do you want me to hate my employers? Why what do you have against shareholders making a profit?
Nine, charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves.
Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Sink or swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we'll be better off just getting into it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful. Have you ever ripped off a Band Aid? We will pull together. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us the chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us.
Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how about it? Let's have it. Let's say we give the buzzwords a rest and have some straight honest talk. Please try please stop manipulating and trying to appease me with clever wording. I am not the idiot you obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.
Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now.
Take a breath. Listen to the people. Let's just slow down and get some input from some non politicians on the subject. Stop making everything an emergency. Stop speed reading our bills into law.
I am not an activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant or a violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent. I work. I'm busy. I'm busy. I am busy, and I am tired. I thought we elected competent people to take care of the business of government so that we could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals, cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be responsible contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same all while living in the home of the free and land of the brave.
I entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the checks and balances to keep from getting far off course. What happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think I find humor in the hiring of a speed reader to unintelligently ramble all through a bill that you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not. It is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face. I am not laughing at your arrogance. Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision about my own life and how I would live it but you should expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our children. We did not want the TARP bill. We said no. We would repeal it if we could. I am sure that we still cannot. There is such urgency and recklessness in all of the recent spending.
From my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back.
You have forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot afford to spend on you to bring our concerns to Washington. Our president often knows all the right buzzword is unsustainable. Well, no kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group cost to come up with that word? We don't want your overpriced words. Stop treating us like we're morons.
We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented. You think we're so busy with our lives that we will never come for you?
We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work , pay taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone and we are now looking up at you. You have awakened us, the patriotic spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great. They may surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be hundreds more that could not come.
Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of office. We have cancelled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We didn't ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us who will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution.
Democrat, Republican, independent, libertarian. Understand this. We don't care.
Political parties are meaningless to us. Patriotic Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution and that is all that matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have brought shame to us.
If you are not representing the wants and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to them. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you.
If you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole damn congress if need be, one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are coming.
We the people are coming.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Got to love that the remaining yard work is on the West side of the house, away from the tree line... very poor planning on my part.
Gratefully, the Spring yard work is almost done. There is a little blueberry picking, a little blackberry picking, a few peaches and some garden veg -tomatoes, chilies and bush beans are on and the bells, pumpkin, cucumber and squash are in flower. Add this on to the weekly mowing regimen and that will be about all I have left from July to near the end of September. :)
Unless of course we count about a half mile of new 4 strand barbed wire fence, a few gates, a half acre of trees to clear (with stumps and roots to pull), prep for the faux-orchard and a bunch of edging, stairs and water diversion. Heck, might as well toss in the deck addition, the fire pit modification and the trailer(s) parking pad out back. I believe that the sweat started just typing all that work. ;)
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams and a tough U.S. Marine Corporal were captured by terrorists in Iraq. The leader of the terrorists told them he'd grant each of them one last request before they were beheaded and dragged naked through the streets.
Katie Couric said, 'Well, I'm a Southerner, so I'd like one last plate of fried chicken.'
The leader nodded to an underling who left and returned with the chicken. Couric ate it all and said, 'Now I can die content.'
Charlie Gibson said, 'I'm living in' New York , so I'd like to hear the song, The Moon and Me, one last time.'
The terrorist leader nodded to another terrorist who had studied the Western world and knew the music. He returned with some rag-tag musicians and played the song.
Gibson was satisfied.
Brian Williams said, 'I'm a reporter to the end. I want to take out my tape recorder and describe the scene here and what's about to happen. Maybe, someday, someone will hear it and know that I was on the job till the end.'
The leader directed an aide to hand over the tape recorder and Williams dictated his comments.
He then said, 'Now I can die happy.'
The leader turned and asked, 'And now, Mr. U.S. Marine, what is your final wish?
'Kick me in the ass,' said the Marine.
'What?' asked the leader, 'Will you mock us in your last hour?'
'No, I'm NOT kidding. I want you to kick me in the ass,' insisted the Marine.
So the leader shoved him into the yard and kicked him in the ass. The Marine went sprawling, but rolled to his knees, pulled out a 9 mm pistol hidden from inside his Recon cammies and shot the leader dead. In the resulting confusion, he emptied his sidearm on six terrorists, then with his Ka-bar knife he slashed the throat of one, and with an AK-47, which he took, sprayed the rest of the terrorists killing another 11.
In a flash, all of them were either dead or fleeing for their lives.
As the Marine was untying Couric, Gibson, and Williams, they asked him, 'Why didn't you just shoot them all in the first place? Why did you ask him to kick you in the ass?'
'What?' replied the Marine, 'and have you three assholes report that I was the aggressor....?'
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Carpets are clean, kitchen is clean and more items are dust free than dust laden. :)
With nearly four inches of rain in the last three days, there will be no watering requirements in the yard for the near future. :)
E-mail and blog reading is caught up for the first time in who knows how long. :)
My office only looks like one major disaster instead of the several it has resembled since before going on vacation a couple of weeks ago. :) :)
Oh yeah, and the napping to the thunderstorms has been most excellent. ;)
Friday, June 5, 2009
And, because I have to. To all my current and prior military brethren... I am sooooo sorry that you are stuck with your current C-in-C, just (IMHO) be more wary of who stands behind him (don't mean the handlers, I mean Biden, Pelosi, et al). And to my patriot (and occasional Threeper) brethren, patience is a virtue, don't allow patience to override good sense... and never, NEVER provocate until it is really ON. Last, there is no real hope in negotiation (especially from a position of weakness)... peace through superior firepower is the human way (yes, we, as humans, suck and we are the TOP of the current evolutionary ladder)... Just sayin'.
I truly hope to have some meaningful and useful stuff for posting by July. Maybe pictures of the landscaping and an itemized review of the 'Bama legistlative process will suffice... doubt it, but hope springs eternal without the stinking change. And, by the way, tonight's short backyard session with some .44 Mag and the Desert Eagle Mk VII was tremendously therapeutic.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I slack for a day and all of a sudden they get busy with it.
Bills on the Senate Schedule for Legislative Day 28 (07 May 2009)
HB225 - Seizure of Firearms During Emergencies - as passed by the House
The substitution appears to make punctuation and verbiage changes to the effect of changing communications to telecommunications on lines 2 & 3 from page 9.
Read 2nd Time in 2nd House - 16 Apr 2009
- Committee Action: (10 Yea v. 0 Nay) / 1st Substitution
HB432 - Privacy of Pistol Permit Holders - as passed by the House
The substitution appears to effect a verbiage change on the order of changing or when compelled by a court order or subpoena to or in response to a court order or subpoena on lines 18 & 19 from page 3.
Read 2nd Time in 2nd House - 16 Apr 2009
- Committee Action: (6 Yea v. 0 Nay) / 1st Substitution
SB124 - Hospital Reporting of Gunshot & Stab Wounds - original version
- Committee Action: (5 Yea v. 0 Nay)
Read Second Time in House of Origin - 12 Feb 2009
SB407 - Storage of Firearms in a Motor Vehicle - with one substitution
The substitution appears to do the following: substantially change the original to read much more like the House's companion bill (HB 362).
- Committee Action: (7 Yea v. 0 Nay w/2 Abstain) / 1st Substitution
Read Second Time in House of Origin - 12 Mar 2009
SB475 - Expungement of Record when Not Guilty or Pardoned - with three amendments
Amendment 1: Page 27, line 27 delete who and insert for other than law enforcement purposes intentionally
Page 28, after line 3, insert new Section 12 and renumber subsequent sections accordingly
Section 13. Nothing in this act shall prohibit a law enforcement agency, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, or a prosecuting attorney from maintaining an investigative file up to 10 years following an order of expungement. The file may include evidence, photographs, exhibits, or any other information in document or electronic form.
Amendment 2: Page 12, after line 12, insert a new subparagraph 52 as follows and renumber subsequent subparagraphs accordingly: 52. Sexual abuse in the second degree as proscribed by Section 13A-6-67, Code of Alabama 1975.
Page 16, line 24 after "in," insert the following: subdivision (20) of
Page 17, line 6, after "subdivision" delete the figure "21" and insert in lieu thereof the following: (20)
Page 27, lines 9-15, delete Section 9 in its entirety and renumber subsequent sections accordingly.
Page 27, line 25, after "individual" insert the following: that is not a law enforcement official or criminal justice agency official
Page 28, after line 3, insert the following: Section 12. Nothing in this act shall prohibit a law enforcement or criminal justice agency or official or a prosecuting authority from maintaining an investigative file, which may include evidence, photographs, exhibits, or information in documentary or electronic form. The expunged information shall be kept confidential, shall be exempt from disclosure under Section 36-12-40, Code of Alabama 1975, and may only be used for law enforcement purposes.
Amendment 3: Page 16, line 21, after "area" insert the following: or have any conviction for operation of a vehicle for which a commercial driver's license was required.
Page 20, line 6, after "a." delete "Six hundred dollars ($600)" and insert in lieu thereof the following: Five hundred dollars ($500)
Page 20, line 8, after "b." delete "Two hundred dollars ($200)" and insert in lieu thereof the following: One hundred dollars ($100)
Page 20, after line 14, insert the following: One hundred dollars ($100) to the Department of Public Safety
Page 20, line 19, after "a." delete "Four hundred fifty dollars ($450)" and insert in lieu thereof the following: Three hundred dollars ($300)
Page 20, after line 27, insert the following: e. Seventy-five dollars ($75) to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center. f. Seventy-five dollars ($75) to the Department of Public Safety.
Page 21, line 6, after "a." delete "Three hundred dollars ($300)" and insert in lieu thereof the following: Two hundred dollars ($200)
Page 21, after line 14, insert the following: e. One hundred dollars ($100) to the Department of Public Safety.
Read 2nd Time in House of Origin
- Committee Action: (5 Yea v. 2 Nay w/ 4 Abstain) / 3 Amendments
HB225 - Seizure of Firearms During Emergencies - No Change
Read 2nd Time in 2nd House - 16 Apr 2009
- Committee Action: (10 Yea v. 0 Nay) / 1st Substitution
HB302 - Hospital Reporting of Gunshot & Stab Wounds - No Change
Pending Committee Action in House of Origin
HB362 - Storage of Firearms in a Motor Vehicle - Updated
Pending Committee Action in 2nd House - 06 May 2009
HB432 - Privacy of Pistol Permit Holders - No Change
Read 2nd Time in 2nd House - 16 Apr 2009
- Committee Action: (6 Yea v. 0 Nay) / 1st Substitution
HB528 - Explosive Devices, WMD, etc... - Updated
Passed by House of Origin - 06 May 2009
HB680 - Amdt to Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act - Updated
Passed by House of Origin - 06 May 2009
SB124 - Hospital Reporting of Gunshot & Stab Wounds - No Change
Read 2nd Time in House of Origin - 12 Feb 2009
SB296 - Seizure of Firearms During Emergencies - No Change
Read 2nd Time in 2nd House - 09 Apr 2009
- Pending third reading on Day 20 (14 Apr 2009)
SB310 - Concealed Carry on Campus - No Change
Pending Committee Action in House of Origin
SB407 - Storage of Firearms in a Motor Vehicle - Updated
Carried Over (2 substitutes & 2 amendments offered)- 06 May 2009
SB475 - Expungement of Record when Not Guilty or Pardoned - No Change
Read 2nd Time in House of Origin
- Committee Action: (5 Yea v. 2 Nay w/ 4 Abstain) / 3 Amendments