Friday, February 28, 2014

Bullshit

As you can imagine, this pisses me clear the fuck off.



School Can Ban American Flag Shirts Over Safety Concerns, Federal Court Rules




SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court says high school officials in Northern California acted appropriately when they ordered students wearing American flag T-shirts to turn the garments inside out during the Mexican heritage celebration Cinco de Mayo.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that officials' concerns of racial violence outweighed students' freedom of expression rights.

snip

Lets just cut to the chase here and go straight to the money quote from these Nanny sonsabitches;

The court said schools have wide latitude in curbing certain civil rights to ensure campus safety.

Now that we have once again been told when and where we can have our rights by some fucking cocksuckers in the government, let's see what their reasoning is for this particularly infuriating decision.

Officials at a Northern California high school acted appropriately when they ordered students wearing American flag T-shirts to turn the garments inside out during the Mexican independence celebration Cinco de Mayo, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the officials' concerns of racial violence outweighed students' freedom of expression rights. Administrators feared the American-flag shirts would enflame the passions of Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday. Live Oak High School, in the San Jose suburb of Morgan Hill, had a history of problems between white and Latino students on that day.

Now we can divine the weasel factor here.

"Our role is not to second-guess the decision to have a Cinco de Mayo celebration or the precautions put in place to avoid violence," Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote for the panel. The past events "made it reasonable for school officials to proceed as though the threat of a potentially violent disturbance was real," she wrote.

You see, the fucking school could take care of this problem by remembering exactly what fucking country they are in to begin with and act like responsible AMERICANS, but no.


This shit ain't over yet though.

William Becker, one of the lawyers representing the students, said he plans to ask a special 11-judge panel of the appeals court to rehear the case. Becker said he would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court if he loses again.

"The 9th Circuit upheld the rights of Mexican students celebrating a holiday of another country over U.S. student proudly supporting this country," Becker said.

It's the same damn thing as trying to fly the flag of Mexico over the Stars and Stripes in my opinion.

Do you see this problem come St. Patrick's Day anywhere?
Anyone?
Bueller?

Fuck no ya don't.

Somebody needs to get their fucking priorities straight here.
A whole bunch of somebodies apparently.

Assholes.



Thursday, February 27, 2014

Jeff Gordon Punks A Mouthy Blogger

Remember the Jeff Gordon video where he takes a car salesman out for the ride of his life?

Some dude from Jalopnik started running his yap that it was all fake.

Here is round two,

Jeff Gordon's Revenge.

I laughed when the dude started screaming,I just wish they had found a way to catch some serious air.



I'm not a big Jeff Gordon fan but I can give props where they are due and that was funny shit.

A Rare Talent

Wait for it........






This is about all the energy I want to spend on Blogging right now, I'm still beat from last night.

Come on Friday!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Into The Abyss

Say Hello To My Friends

The ones on the sidebar.
I just got home from a 13 1/2 hour day and I am whupped.
I am going to bed and when I get up I am going right back to work.

If I am lucky, I will have time to at least link to something but I'm not holding my breath.

Thanks fer stopping by.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Photography Hint, It's All About The Lighting

Whoops!


Filed under Unintentional Hilarity.

Poof! All Your Bitcoins Are Belong To Us

Holy crap!

I think it's a reasonable thing to say that I am DAMN glad I don't have one thin dime invested in those things.



Bitcoin's Mt. Gox Shuts Down, Loses $409,200,000 Dollars -- Recovery Steps and Taking Your Tax Losses
Mt. Gox’s shutdown is circulating like wildfire. Its repercussions are being felt throughout the world. Mt. Gox was the most public and well-known brand that represented Bitcoin’s exchange market. The company’s shutdown is rumored to be caused by a “hack” or “security breach” that resulted in a loss up to 744,000 BTC or $409,200,000 Dollars. (Based on the approximate value just hours ago from Coindesk.com) This is truly an unfortunate event that has caused the international community to shake its trust in Bitcoin as evidenced by the massive price drop. This is par the course, when a pillar in the community falls in such a funeral pyre. The best parallel would be the Bear Stearns’ failure during the 2008 global financial crisis. Hopefully, Bitcoin won’t follow in the financial system’s footsteps post-Bear Stearns.

Here is a handy chart that illustrates what happened to the value of a Bitcoin yesterday.


Basically, if you had a bunch of those, they are either gone or worth one hell of a lot less.



409 million dollars worth disappeared yesterday,causing panic and the price crashed.


I'm thinking this is a damn good instructional moment here for me personally.

I need to get some intangible currency. I can certainly imagine waking up some day in the not too distant future to find out that a roll of toilet paper will do me more good than a fist full of dollar bills. I certainly don't trust the banking system even though I use it.

I don't know of any employers who pay in cash and still withhold taxes and such.
They either pay by paper check or electronic deposit.

I actually had someone gift me some Bitcoins several years ago when they first came out but I had no freakin' clue about what to do with them. They had absolutely no value to me.
I put 'em in some electronic wallet thingy and then promptly lost the location and password for it.
Writing it down didn't do me a bit of good either because that's back when I was hittin' the bottle really hard and I know that info got tossed. They didn't cost me anything and I'm not out anything the way I see it.

There are a whole bunch of people out there right now who just found out the hard way what imaginary money is really worth.

Even worthless paper money is good for starting fires if it has no other value.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Another Monday

Have some coffee and get your heart beating again.


From the bang it like a screen door in a hurricane department,



Something tells me Jennifer Love Hewitt can be a nasty girl.

Caught With His Hand In The Cookie Jar

Ooooh, I'm sure the Federales will not be pleased to see this one. A former police chief selling off those military freebies for fun and profit.
He must have seen the ATF get away with Fast and Furious and figured he was one of "The Ones" and could get away with it too.

Bad former cop, no doughnut.


Ex-police chief indicted in fraudulent $4M scheme



LUBBOCK, Texas—A former Central Texas police chief has been indicted by federal prosecutors, who say he sold and pawned $4 million worth of equipment, including a machine gun, he fraudulently obtained through a federal program.

Federal prosecutors said Friday in a news release that former Rising Star police Chief William Jason Kelcy was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in Lubbock on charges that include theft of government property. He is also accused of trying to sell a Thompson Ramo Wooldridge M14 machine gun.

Kelcy, 41, served as chief in Rising Star, about 50 miles southeast of Abilene, from 2009 to 2013. His department participated in a program that transferred excess Department of Defense property to local law enforcement agencies.

The program, administered throughout the state by the Texas Department of Public Safety, was designed to increase the quality and quantity of equipment for law enforcement agencies.

Authorities say Kelcy forwarded the equipment to other law enforcement agencies, officers and private citizens with no law enforcement responsibilities.

Kathy Colvin, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Dallas, said she could not release information on how federal authorities discovered the alleged activity by Kelcy.

I'm thinking he wasn't so good at math and the numbers didn't add up.

Either that or they popped someone with some of the illicit gear and they ratted his ass out.
That would be awesome in my book.

Either way this guy is going up the river.

Some Very Welcome Good News

That miserable bastard Piers Morgan is about to become unemployed.



Good riddance pal, I hope you go somewhere far, far away where ignorant people are in need of a new jerk to kick around.

Morgan frankly conceded that the ratings for his show made the end inevitable, in a conversation with the Times’ media critic, David Carr. “It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” he said, adding that although there had been times when the show connected in terms of audience, slow news days were problematic.

“Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it,” he said. “That’s run its course and Jeff and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me.”

Fill material in a swamp works for me.

Zoomie Has Outdone Himself. Problem With Tyranny? There's An App For That.

Damn that guy is good.

I'll give ya a teaser but then you have to go see the rest over at Zoomie's place.


See the rest of the goodies here.

John Wayne Is My Hero!

Nice shootin' there Pard, he needed killin'.

Poetic Justice

Those Aholes at Google have been pushing that GOOGLE+ privacy intrusion scam they came up with real hard lately.

I got rid of it a long time ago but I still use Google for all kinds of stuff because I'm lazy.

My main Email is with GMail and I just got a damn notice from 'em hawking that Google+ crap again.

I sent the email from Google into the SPAM folder Google provides with their Gmail service.

The irony is delicious.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Wait For It

A little more emphatic warning next time eh?




I can laugh, I've seen my feet fly up in front of my face as I went over backwards firing a .308 that I couldn't even hold up straight once. I had no idea the thing was going to kick like that but the jerk who owned it did. Should have shot the damn thing from a rest, but no.


I had the sling wrapped around my left wrist and was doing little figure eights with the front sight the damn thing was so heavy.


When the sight got in the middle I pulled the trigger.


I weighed all of a hundred twenty five pounds and it knocked me on my ass five feet backwards.

I hit what I was aiming at though.

I was aiming at the lock cylinder on the drivers door of a junked out 71 Chrysler, about twenty five feet away.
It cut it right in half, top to bottom.
The top half just disappeared.
It went clear through the car and blew a hole out the other side as big as a half dollar.

Sometimes I Feel Like An Ass

Or two.





Caturday V2.0 Damn Cats Edition

I dunno WTF has gotten into my cat Baby lately but she is looking to get some fucking flying lessons again here real quick.

About a week ago the clingy brain damaged little shit decided that my laptop keyboard looked like a good place to start taking naps on while Daddy is out having a smoke.

( A remarkable resemblance, looks almost exactly like her)

I usually set the damn thing down on the floor, still open, when I go have a smoke because of all the damn wires and shit hooked to it and it goes to sleep when I shut the lid.

Last week I came back in to sit down and the little shit is laying on the keyboard and rubbing her chin all over the edge of the monitor.
Happy as a clam at high tide.

I shooed her off and picked it up.

Sure as shit, there were about 200 new Firefox windows opened up.
The entire screen was a cascade of open tiles.

It took me a while to clean that up.

She has done this a few times now, it just started out of the blue.
Just completely fucks things up.

I thought I got smart and would set it down with the mouse inside and close the lid so she couldn't get to the damn keyboard.

I would still catch her rubbing her chin all over it, she gets into it so much she starts drooling.

Ick.

Sick bitch.

So today I set it down again without thinking, right in the middle of a Blog post.

Damnit.

I come back and this thing is so fucked up I had to restart it.
The blog post screen was one long string of characters and locked clear the hell up.

Then I can't get online.
It took me twenty minutes to figure out she somehow managed to turn the wireless off.
The little icon was good but nothing would connect.
It said it was connected to an unknown WIFI but wouldn't let me connect to the house WIFI.

She is one stubborn cat, has been since she was tiny.
I started to walk away and she went right to it to start her little game. I stopped and told her NO!

She looked all butt hurt and sat there for at least three whole seconds before she starts in again.
I yelled NO again and got the same results.

My wife hates it but I trained this fucking cat years ago the hard way.

She would get into the garbage and up on the counters all the time.
Used to piss me clear off.

It didn't matter what I did, she would just do it again.


Until I started throwing my hat at her, Goldfinger style.



Grab it by the bill and spin it while throwing. It takes a while but I got good at it.

I have drilled the little bitch from across the room from my recliner while she is at a dead run before. A little lead time and calculate the curve because it is spinning.

It doesn't hurt the cat,just scares 'em.


Like I said, she is stubborn so this took repeating.


About fifty times.


Now she is deathly afraid of the thing.



Good.



All I have to do now is reach my hand to my forehead, hat on or not, and she is outta here looking for cover.

Tell me you can't train a fucking cat.



Next time she goes to fuck with my lap top and I see her, I will tell her NO one more time. then the hat is coming off.





Caturday, I Thought Rocky Was A Flying Squirrel Edition

OK, I'll compromise, Rocky is a squirrelly cat.



I'll give it an 8.9 for style but he didn't stick the landing.

After seeing that, I want to ask a question.

Have you EVER seen a cat skeleton up in a tree?

Me neither.

Friday, February 21, 2014

It's A Nice Benefit

One small bonus of working swing shift is the fact that I don't even own an alarm clock.

I wake up naturally every day.

No blaring music, no screaming alarm, I get to sleep until I wake up.

I can't tell you how nice that is.

For years I struggled to get woke up enough to get my ass to work, I am definitely not a morning person.

They say hate is a strong word but it fits my parameters for describing how I feel about alarm clocks.

Hate those sonsabitches.


I usually get home about eleven thirty, screw around on the computer until three or four in the morning, go fall down and crash and wake up anywhere from ten to noon.

lately it's been noon.

Don't ya hate me?


I also normally work my homesick ass off so I am pretty beat when I get home too though.

The wife is going to her sisters house tonight to get our taxes done and watch movies all night, then Sunday is going back to where she used to live for a retirement party for a preacher.

That means I am not going to work Sunday for once.

That also means I just may get to watch the Daytona 500 without a bunch of distractions.

That's a win in my book.


Y'all have a nice day now.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Incoming!!






Indiana Passes Law Authorizing "Reasonable Force" Against "Public Servants" During "Unlawful Entries".

This ought to tighten up a few assholes.
Mainly the the ones with badges.


I put those words in the title in quotes for a reason.
Reasonable force can and has included deadly force.
I'm no damn lawyer so I'm not going to try and put any spin on what the law actually says.

Maybe, just maybe though, there will be a bit more attention paid to details such as making damn sure they have the right address before the SWAT team goes around kicking doors down and shooting anything that moves.

I think we can all agree that's a good thing.

The law states:

(i) A person is justified in using reasonable force against a public servant if the person reasonably believes the force is necessary to:
(1) protect the person or a third person from what the person reasonably believes to be the imminent use of unlawful force;
(2) prevent or terminate the public servant’s unlawful entry of or attack on the person’s dwelling, curtilage, or occupied motor vehicle; or
(3) prevent or terminate the public servant’s unlawful trespass on or criminal interference with property lawfully in the person’s possession, lawfully in possession of a member of the person’s immediate family, or belonging to a person whose property the person has authority to protect.


Cue the plaintive wailing of the Door Kickers and Dog Shooters Association;

“If I pull over a car and I walk up to it and the guy shoots me, he’s going to say, ‘Well, he was trying to illegally enter my property,’ ” said Joseph Hubbard, 40, president of Jeffersonville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 100. “Somebody is going get away with killing a cop because of this law.”

Gee, don't ya just hate it when you have to start acting in a professional manner and like, follow the laws all of a sudden after you are so used to just kicking ass and taking names later with zero worries about consequences?

Cry me a river.

I believe this should slam the brakes on a whole bunch of the run away ,out of control police behavior we have been seeing on the increase the last few years.


An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.

Robert A. Heinlein

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bob Owens Does Basic Math For Connecticut Politicians.

This is a good piece,I like what Mr. Owens has to say here.

Connecticut’s anti-gun politicians (in both parties) and the media are beside themselves in a quivering rage.


Though they passed a blatantly unconstitutional law requiring citizens to register both their “modern muskets” and the standard-capacity magazines associated with such firearms, the response of the citizenry has been an overwhelming refusal to comply.

No one knows for sure precisely how many firearms labeled “assault weapons” by the state exist in Connecticut and so a precise estimate is impossible to obtain, but the most common estimate is that a minimum of 86-percent of citizens did not register their semi-automatic firearms as required by law, and that figure may be as high as nine in 10. Standard-capacity magazines are also required to be registered with the state under the same law, and non-compliance there may be even higher, in excess of 95-percent.

Predictably, the state and it’s big government supporters are stunned.

Connecticut politicians have become so adjusted to docile citizens compliantly forfeiting their rights to more government intrusion that they simply assumed a law setting up the registration of firearms for their eventual confiscation would be obeyed without question.

They’re now scrambling for what they would term “an appropriate response.”

Behind closed doors, we can assume that they are fuming, and would like nothing more than to arrest each and every gun-owning scofflaw within the state at gunpoint, with an appropriate show of overwhelming police presence at each. To date, they’re limited to the potential threat of sending out a strongly worded letter, but have balked at even talking that step.

Why?

Do you want to know why?
Go read the rest and see Bob crunch some numbers.

The results should explain why these gun grabbing pukes are quivering in impotent rage.

Good.

These New 3D Games Get More Realistic Every Day

Someone Actually Reads This Blog!

I had a very pleasant surprise the other day that was completely unexpected.

As I was going through my Emails, I found one addressed to me from someone that I didn't recognize right away but I didn't just automatically send it to the trash bin.

I decided to open it and then the light bulb came on.

It was from a reader of this Blog who comments occasionally.

For privacy reasons, that persons identity will stay between me, them and the fucking NSA.

The real surprise was that they mentioned that would be coming into town and was wondering if we could meet up as they would like to meet me!

Quite the shock, I didn't know what to think. Sounded reasonable enough so what the hell?


We exchanged Emails and decided on a suitable location and time.

Of course the weather was crappy but I jumped in my rig and took off across town Saturday afternoon.

Sure enough,found 'em right away.

One hell of a nice guy!

I invited him to lunch and after a false start we found a place close by that actually had indoor seating, the first choice didn't.

We didn't have a whole lot of time so we didn't have a chance to really delve into too much but
we had a nice little chat and found out we actually had several things in common.

We talked about our common interests and some about the current situation we find ourselves in regarding our country going down the shitter at high velocity.

I see we are both on the same wave length and I was just tickled to actually meet someone who is.

It's not as common as I would like.

It's unfortunate that he doesn't live close by but he does have a connection here that gives him a reason to be in town occasionally.

I am looking forward to hooking up again and picking up the conversation where we left off.

A real nice guy and he has some hard to find real world skills that could be in great demand at some point in the future.


The web tightens.
I keep hearing about tribe and I find it isn't that damn easy finding folks who are on the same page around here. Apparently he has the same issue where he is at.


I don't know anyone around here and really don't want to know anyone around this immediate area because this neighborhood is right on the edge of a ghetto. Don't get me wrong, it's all a working mans Blue Collar neighborhood on my street and up the hill.
Go down the hill two blocks and it's a whole nuther story though.

The good news is that it is very encouraging to actually meet another Patriot, finally.



If anyone else has the opportunity to be in the area and would like to meet for lunch, my Email is available by looking at my profile.

Just be aware that I work swing shift six days a week so Saturday is generally the best for me.

I am still kind of in shock to meet a real person who reads this Hot Mess of a Blog though...... and actually admits it!







Monday, February 17, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

This Warms The Cockles Of My Black Little Heart

If I had more room in my garage I think I would start making torches by the truck load, we're going to need 'em.



Even though this is Portland, home of the weird and proud of it, I gotta give 'em points for style.

Excessive homelessness is a symptom of the economic disaster currently underway and Portland has been going round and round with this issue for many years now.
The city would allocate a place for a homeless camp and then bad things would happen and they would close it.
For years now they have been playing cat and mouse with this issue and last year it got so bad they were sleeping in front of City Hall, blocking foot traffic.

Can't be having that you know.
Then the Mayor got his knickers in a bunch and sent in the cops and here we are, yet again, except this time they decided to get a better visual to send their message.



Angry Residents Wave Pitchforks, Torches In Protest Of Mayor's Crackdown On Homelessness


A group of fired-up activists in Portland, Ore., who were tired of seeing homeless people being mistreated staged the kind of protest that will be difficult for the mayor to ignore.

An estimated 4,000 people sleep on the streets of Portland, Ore., on any given night and, since last summer, life has become increasingly difficult for them.

So, a group of protesters descended upon Portland City Hall on Tuesday night carrying pitchforks and torches to "shame the mayor into action," organizer Jessie Sponberg told The Oregonian.



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A group of fired-up activists in Portland, Ore., who were tired of seeing homeless people being mistreated staged the kind of protest that will be difficult for the mayor to ignore.

An estimated 4,000 people sleep on the streets of Portland, Ore., on any given night and, since last summer, life has become increasingly difficult for them.

So, a group of protesters descended upon Portland City Hall on Tuesday night carrying pitchforks and torches to "shame the mayor into action," organizer Jessie Sponberg told The Oregonian.

Portland appears to be gearing up to revive a bill that would allow police to rouse homeless people sitting on sidewalks, The Oregonian reported at the end of last year. In July, Mayor Charlie Hales launched an effort to clear out homeless campsites, according to the Portland Mercury.

Sweeping campsites often exacerbates the situation for people living on the streets because the police discard homeless people’s few possessions, which may include their only warm clothing and blankets, advocates noted in a Change.org petition.

But Hales told The Oregonian in August that he plans on balancing the crackdown on homeless camps with increasing funding for overnight shelters. But he didn’t commit to a spending figure.

"This is not about homelessness," the mayor told the paper about the anti-camping law. "It's about lawlessness."

Hordes of advocates have continued to voice their concerns about the extensive measures, but Film the Police Portland -- a grassroots advocacy group -- took their protest beyond just handing out petitions.

The group of about 50 protesters set up shop at City Hall on Tuesday, waving pitchforks and torches. They turned the surrounding gardens into a cemetery scene to signify the number of homeless people who have frozen to death, Sponberg wrote on his Facebook page.

The current Mayor needs to realize that this issue is not going to be swept under the rug and ignored yet again and should find a more permanent solution.
There have been many good ideas floated over the years but it always comes down to money.

Seems to be a circle here, that's why the homeless people are there in the first place.

What Impulse Control?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

I'll Go With "C" For The Win

Indisposed

No post last night, I had a long hard week and had to really bust ass again last night.

When I got home, my lovely wife had plans for me other than playing on the internet.

Not being a complete dumbass, I decided to capitulate just this one time in the interest of marital harmony.



Seein's how I have had about two hours of uninterrupted sleep and have no clue why I woke up a bit ago, I'm going back to bed now.

Later.

Friday, February 14, 2014

It's Valentines Day

Sorry, I didn't get you any flowers.





Pizza MRE's Are Coming!!

They call it the Holy Grail of MRE's.

A slice of pizza that can be stored for up to 3 years and still be edible.

Hey, I've eaten petrified pizza before, this can't be any worse.


NATICK, Mass. (AP) — They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers — a pizza that can stay on the shelf for up to three years and still remain good to eat.

Soldiers have been asking for pizza since lightweight individual field rations — known as meals ready to eat, or MREs — replaced canned food in 1981 for soldiers in combat zones or areas where field kitchens cannot be set up.

Researchers at a U.S. military lab in Massachusetts are closing in on a recipe that doesn't require any refrigeration or freezing.

"You can basically take the pizza, leave it on the counter, packaged, for three years and it'd still be edible," said Michelle Richardson, a food scientist at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.
Pizza is one of the most requested items when soldiers are asked every year what they'd like to see in their rations, said Richardson, who has spent nearly two years developing the recipe in a large kitchen full of commercial equipment.


Read the rest of the article to see how they finally figured it out and what real people who have tried it are saying.

Bypassing Congress



'That's the good thing about being president, I can do anything I want'


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ninth Circuit strikes California’s restrictive rule against licensed carry of handguns

This oughtta make Wirecutter and several million other gun enthusiasts very happy.

Even though to me, "Shall Not Be Infringed" seems to be plain freakin' English that doesn't need interpretation, there are apparently a great number of people who can't seem to grasp the concept.

The Ninth Circuit just helped the illiterate bastards out.



By David Kopel
February 13 at 1:17 pm

The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Peruta v. San Diego, released minutes ago, affirms the right of law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for lawful protection in public.

California law has a process for applying for a permit to carry a handgun for protection in public, with requirements for safety training, a background check, and so on. These requirements were not challenged. The statute also requires that the applicant have “good cause,” which was interpreted by San Diego County to mean that the applicant is faced with current specific threats. (Not all California counties have this narrow interpretation.) The Ninth Circuit, in a 2-1 opinion written by Judge O’Scannlain, ruled that Peruta was entitled to Summary Judgement, because the “good cause” provision violates the Second Amendment.

The Court ruled that a government may specify what mode of carrying to allow (open or concealed), but a government may not make it impossible for the vast majority of Californians to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

There is more in Mr. Kopel's article at the link above.

My thanks to The Liberty Zone for being on top of this and posting about the decision just minutes after it's announcement.

Good job Nicki!

Market Saturation In The Gun Industry?

It seems the panic buying spree as the result of the Sandy Hook massacre and the resulting fear of tighter gun controls might have finally peaked and is starting to taper off according to a story linked to by Bearing Arms.

The article quotes a Bloomberg article a bit but comes to the same conclusion that I did.
Although gun buyers may have reached the point that they feel somewhat comfortable about supplies, ammo is still a whole 'nuther story.

From the Bloomberg piece;
Americans, apparently, may finally have enough guns and ammunition.

Cabela’s (CAB), a chain of outdoor stores that specialize in hunting and fishing equipment, said this morning the firearms market is cooling drastically.

Sales at Cabela’s stores open more than one year plummeted 10.1 percent in the recent quarter, primarily because of sluggish firearms sales and a “much sharper than expected” decline in ammunition buying, says Chief Executive Tommy Millner. Excluding guns and ammo, same-store sales were down only 3.5 percent for the retailer, which is based in Sidney, Neb.


The thinning crowd of gun buyers should not have been a surprise. In October, Cabela’s warned that the market was cooling “significantly.” FBI background checks, a leading indicator of firearm demand, have also been dropping. Federal applications to make a gun purchase last month were one-third fewer than a year ago.

From Bearing Arms, the part I agree with;

While firearms are durable goods, ammunition is expendable, and the supply is in need of constant replenishment. Now that we have more guns on the market than ever before—and more shooters—the demand for ammunition is still high, and the cycle of speculation and hoarding continues, especially for harder to find cartridges in less common calibers and rimfire cartridges.

Things should return to normal for most centerfire cartridges over the next 6-9 months as long as there are no more panic-induced buying sprees. The rimfire market? Well, I’m pretty sure you didn’t want to shoot that .22LR until 2016, anyway.

There is of course much more at both places.

I see ammunition acquisition as still being a major concern for quite some time into the future and believe we will never again see the inexpensive costs per round we enjoyed before December 2012.

This'll Keep You Busy

Damn things.
It isn't like I live to be peering down my nose through my glasses trying to spot things all the time.

It's bad enough at work with these damn Bi-focals.

Here is one of those spot the sniper pics. The answer will be below it.

Then I am going to link to a site with a bunch more that aren't so easy.

Good luck.


Here's the answer,


Here is the link to a few more of the hateful things.


The finger of blame points to FARK for this time waster.


The Truth Hurts

Yeah, it's a day early, I want you to know how I feel about the whole fucking deal and Mr. Lewis Black pretty much takes the words right outta my mouth.

Happy Valentines Day.

Uh huh.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Smile At The Camera

They can watch an entire city and focus one of 65 cameras down to the point they can see the cell phone in your hand, 24/7, from 3 miles up.

I wonder if one of the former Soviet Union countries has any spare SAM missiles on Craigslist?

One new drone with the ARGUS technology has the capabilities of 100 Predator drones and you can guaran-fucking-tee there is one coming to a city near you.


New drone technology "equivalent to the capabilities of 100 Predator drones"


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As DARPA describes the project:

The Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance (ARGUS) program developed airborne sensor systems that provide a persistent, real-time, high-resolution, wide-area, day-night video surveillance capability. The ARGUS Infrared System (ARGUS-IR) uses an advanced infrared (IR) composite focal plane array (FPA) sensor. The nighttime persistent capability provided by ARGUS-IR combined with the daytime capability provided by the ARGUS Imaging System (ARGUS-IS) enables 24-hour day/night surveillance. ARGUS-IR's wide-area, high-update-rate, high-resolution imaging capability enables detection and tracking of dismounts as well as vehicles.

The ARGUS system can simultaneously view an area of 15 square miles from an altitude of 17,500 ft. While never losing track of the greater image, ARGUS can allow users to open up dozens of zoomable sub-windows and track individual vehicles and people anywhere in the city-wide field of view. It can spot objects as small as six-inches wide.

"There's actually enough resolution to be able to see the people waving their arms or walking around; what kind of clothes they are wearing," said Antonaides, pointing out a bird flying in the air several miles below the camera.

The system is capable of streaming a million terabytes of HD video every day, which is the equivalent of 5,000 hours of high definition footage. This immense trove of data is capable of being stored in perpetuity, so that the government can "rewind" the video and view things that have gone on under the drone days or weeks earlier.

"If we had our choice, we would like ARGUS to be over the same area, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week," said Antonaides.

The technology is intended for unmanned drones, but has also been outfitted on Blackhawk helicopters.

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What to Expect from ARGUS

The government remains tight-lipped about where ARGUS is deployed. It has certainly been applied overseas in America's unending global war against people who don't like foreign governments intervening in their countries. As we have witnessed, most wartime gadgets are perfected on foreign populations, and ultimately make their way back to the USA to be used against the citizens.

The government has big plans for its nearly billion dollar project. It continues to pour money into the system to integrate things like infrared vision and other advanced imaging features.

In the near future - as more of these platforms are deployed - it would be a fair assumption that every major U.S. city could be monitored and recorded from above nearly continuously, by ARGUS and other varieties of drones.

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ARGUS, with the capability of opening up 65 independent close-up surveillance windows within its greater image, gives the government the potential to set up a formidable surveillance dragnet from above. The drone operators could set-up dedicated windows to monitor a targeted individual's home, workplace, all his friends' homes, all his relatives' homes, and all of his favorite hangouts, if so desired.

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Besides simply spying on Americans' every movement, the drones may take on other roles in law enforcement, with many dangerous implications. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says that it would be legal for an armed government to target and kill Americans on U.S. soil in an "extraordinary circumstance."

In case you have been living in a cave without news for the last ten years, they have been practicing these capabilities in places like Pakistan and Yemen for years now.

Go read the whole article.

Too Tired To Boogy

Yet another late night at work.

I am thinking there may be a short vacation in my near future and they can flog the shit out of some other flunky for a while.

In the mean time,




Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday Already?

I lose track.





Fuckin' Commies

Obama care explained easily

To insure the uninsured, we first make the insured uninsured, and then
make them pay more to be insured again, so the original uninsured can be
insured for free.


Hope this explains it.

Some Serious Ass Kicking

The video and the tune.
Crank it and enjoy.

Monday, February 10, 2014

We Can't Catch A Break!

The alternate title would be, Oh, the humanity!

A major fire broke out yesterday at a Winchester Ammunition plant in East Alton IL.

Thankfully I guess, it was in a storage unit and not the main manufacturing plant.

Video and story here, thanks go to AngryMike for the heads up.

Alternative storage can always be leased and it sucks that they lost a bunch of inventory but thank goodness the actual processing facility escaped damage.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Which is good because this pretty much sums it up.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

First One On The Right

That's a nice ass.
Dayum.

They Must Have Looked Under The Couch Cushions



"We don't have the money..."

(I wonder where the power lines went?)




Tattered American flag concerns residents in North Houston

HOUSTON -- The Kenswick subdivision, just north of Bush Airport, is getting a lot of attention for all the wrong reasons.

The American flag that flies above the entrance was in shambles. A concerned viewer e-mailed us about it.

The HOA said it didn’t have the money to replace the flag, and residents were upset.

“It’s very disrespectful,” said Shirley Carlson.

After KHOU started investigating, the flag was replaced Friday evening.

My emphasis.

Fuckin' assholes got called on their bullshit and got a dose of public opinion. Like every other weasel motherfucker, a little negative publicity and they all of a sudden announce they can make it happen after all.

Someone needed a good slap upside the head for not handling it before it got that bad anyways.

No Tow Vehicle? No Problem! Let's Go Camping!

Gotta love it.

I Love The Smell Of Sawdust

Mixed with Chanel #9.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Here It Comes Again

More fucking snow today and freezing rain tomorrow.
Thank God I ain't working tomorrow!

I pulled my rig inside the nice warm and dry production building after work last night and put the cable chains on.

I ain't stupid.
The snow had drifted up two feet on both sides of my car.

I had to plow through another two foot berm just to get inside.

I took my sweet assed time coming home but had no problems.They had de-iced one lane of the big hill leading up to my street turn off and I just putted right on up.


I am wondering who will and who won't be in today with more of that fucking white shit coming.


My supervisor chickened out and bailed out four hours early, another co worker who commutes fifty miles one way never did make it in yesterday and there I was driving that vintage El Camino.

Not exactly the best option for driving in the snow and ice.

He called and said it took him 3 hours to go 5 miles on the major North South I-5 freeway and stupid bastards were abandoning their cars on the side of the road and walking.

Fucking MORONS!


In light of us here and all the rest of you dealing with this crap, it is time for that internet classic, "A Southerner Moves North".

The first time I read this years ago I was laughing so hard that tears were running down my face.

Now I can identify....
"Jan.10 5:00 P.M. It’s starting to snow. The first of the season and the first one we’ve seen in years. The wife and I took our hot buttered rum and sat by the picture window, watching the soft flakes drift down, clinging to the trees and covering the ground. It was beautiful!

Jan. 11 We awoke to a lovely blanket of crystal white snow covering the landscape. What a fantastic sight. Every tree and shrub covered with a beautiful white mantle. I shoveled snow for the first time ever and loved it. I did both our driveway and our sidewalk. Later a city snowplow came along and accidently covered up our driveway with compacted snow from the street. The driver smiled and waved. I waved back and shoveled it again.

Jan. 12 It snowed an additional 5 inches last night, and the temperature has dropped to around 11 degrees. Several limbs on the trees and shrubs snapped due to the weight of the snow. I shoveled our driveway again. Shortly afterwards, the snowplow came by and did his trick again. Much of the snow is now brownish-gray.

Jan. 13 Warmed up enough during the day to create some slush which soon became ice when the temperature dropped again. Bought snow tires for both cars. Fell on my ass in the driveway. $145 to a chiropractor, but nothing was broken. More snow and ice expected.

Jan. 14 Still cold. Sold the wife’s car and bought a 4×4 in order to get her to work. Slid into a guardrail anyway and did a considerable amount of damage to the right rear quarter-panel.Luckily the liquor store was on the way home so I bought four cases of whiskey, just in case. Had another 8 inches of the white shit last night. Both vehicles covered in salt and crud. More shoveling in store for me today. That goddamn snowplow came by twice today.

Jan. 15 2 degrees outside. More fuckin’ snow. Not a tree or shrub on our property that hasn’t been damaged. Power was off most of the night. Tried to keep from freezing to death with candles and a kerosene heater, which tipped over and nearly burned the house down. I managed to put the flames out, but suffered second degree burns on my hands and lost all my eyelashes and eyebrows. Car slid on ice on way to emergency room and was totalled.

Jan.16 Goddamn mother fuckin’ white shit keeps on coming down. Have to put on all the clothes we own just to get to the fuckin’ mailbox. If I ever catch the son-of-a-bitch that drives the snowplow, I’ll chew open his chest and rip out his heart! I think he hides around the corner and waits for me to open our driveway again! Power still off. Toilet froze and part of the roof has started to cave in.

Jan.17 Six goddamn more fuckin’ inches of fuckin’ snow and fuckin’ sleet and fuckin’ ice and God knows what other kind of white fuckin’ shit fell last night. I wounded the motherfuckin' snowplow asshole with an ice axe, but he got away.


If I can still move later I should be able to follow the blood trail and finish him off. Wife left me. Car won’t start. I think I’m going snow blind. I can’t move my toes. I haven’t seen the sun in weeks. More snow predicted. Wind chill -22 fuckin’ degrees. I’m moving back to South Carolina!" Unknown Southerner






Y'all have a nice day now and thanks fer stopping by.


Update;

A fine ending to a bust my ass week.

I just got home from a 14 hour day, it's now 5 AM.

It didn't snow much overnite but there is a sheet of ice under what there is.

What is usually a 20 minute drive home took an hour.

I think it's safe to say it will be later in the afternoon before I get up to post anything.



That's One Way To Stop Using Credit Cards

It would make signing the receipts interesting though.


Bank of America sends credit card offer to ‘Lisa Is A Slut McIntire’



It's been nearly a decade, but a foul-mouthed prankster has finally had their day.

A credit card offer sent by Bank of America is creating quite a stir after it was addressed to a "Lisa Is a Slut McIntire."

It's been nearly a decade, but a foul-mouthed prankster has finally had their day.

A credit card offer sent by Bank of America is creating quite a stir after it was addressed to a "Lisa Is a Slut McIntire."


The freelance California writer immediately looped in Bank of America and the Golden Key International Honour Society which appeared to be partnering with the bank on the offer.

McIntire wrote that a Golden Key executive went through her entire account and determined that the name change took place between 2004 and 2008.



"So it's possible that I've been sluttin' it up in a honor society's database for almost 10 years," McIntire wrote. "They haven't been able to pinpoint how 'Is A Slut' became my middle name, but they're still investigating."



I'd be surprised if this was just a random thing.
I'm betting someone knew this lady and decided to have a little fun.
It just took ten years for the punchline to land.

There also probably wasn't enough space to add ignorant either.



There Is Still Hope For Angel!

Pay attention here dear.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Great

I woke up late and found the boy sitting in the front room, again.

I asked him what the fuck he was doing home.

He told me to look outside.

It's fucking snowing.

Yay.

I live on a hill with one way out and have to go to work.
It's not supposed to stop snowing until after I get off work tonight so there will be an accumulation.
Better yet, it's not supposed to get above freezing until Monday.

Every weather forecast I saw said the snow wouldn't be here until tomorrow night at the earliest.

It must be nice to get paid big bucks to be wrong all the time.

Robert commented on my last post and told me to quit whining.
It was -8 at the time and the high was supposed to be 8 above zero where he is at.

I'm sorry.

That sucks big time.

Unfortunately now I have to go to work and we shall see how it works getting back home.

I am going to go throw my Get Home Bag back in my rig and dig out my insulated coveralls.

There is no point being another stupid fuck who isn't prepared.

Just To Remind You

Somewhere on this planet, the sun is shining and it is nice and warm.


Unlike what the hell our weather is going to be for the next several days, it isn't going to get above freezing until Monday!
It is either going to snow Friday/Saturday or we are going to get blasted with freezing rain.

I hate that miserable shit.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Why Not?

It can't get much worse than it is already. Someone should start recruiting at Ringling Brothers and just get it over with.

'American Idol' favorite Clay Aiken announces run for Congress


From “American Idol” to Congress? Clay Aiken hopes so.

The former “Idol” runner-up has formally announced his run for Congress as a Democrat in his native North Carolina. (And yes, we are just as confused as you are.)

Aiken officially launched his campaign for the seat held by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers on Wednesday, and he’s already issued a campaign video.

There is more at the link but I am already depressed that this is what our country has come to.

He even has that greasy weasel politician look down pat already.



When I see some useless fuck with his sleeves rolled up like that the air raid sirens in my head start going off.



Racy

The car looks fast too.

Hey! We've Made The Big Time!

You know how you always see or hear about all these damn shootings all over the place but they are always somewhere way the heck away?

Now I can say that we have had TWO in TWO DAYS!!. Both of which were less than five miles from here, one about two miles, actually. Neither of these were Gang Banger shootings either, one was a pissed off worker that shot his boss and himself and the other was some lady went bang bang at the local Veterans Affairs campus. I'm so proud.

Jesus.

Even the Damn Huffington Post took notice!

I keep saying I want to get the hell out of here.

It's getting way too much like a big city around here for this country boy.

It looks like I am flat going to have to get serious and tell the wife that we are moving this Summer after school is out so I don't have to listen to that B.S. argument. I need to see how badly Uncle Sam is going to screw me on taxes first.

I also see that I am going to have to do the legwork.

The wife is adamant about staying in Vancouver and I am just as adamant that I have had enough of the crime here.

I do the legwork, we move to where I find a place we can afford to live. Something that isn't too far out but I AM going to get away from this whole end of town.

It's getting to be hazardous to live around here.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I'm Sure The TSA Is Hiring

Can you believe this?

This asshat had 120 complaints against him before they finally fired his ass!



King Co. Sheriff fires deputy who threatened Stranger reporter

SEATTLE -- A sergeant who racked up more than 100 complaints during his tenure with the King County Sheriff's Office has been fired by Sheriff John Urquhart.

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More than 20 of those allegations were sustained, and Urquhart said the majority concern courtesy, use of force and conduct unbecoming.
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On July 30, Stranger reporter Dominic Holden was taking pictures of officers questioning a man on the street when Saulet threatened to arrest him.

Saulet was placed on paid leave while county officials investigated the claims. On January 30, Urquhart notified Saulet that he was fired, effective Monday.

"Suffice it to say, in my judgement, the evidence shows that (i) you abused your authority in your dealings with Mr. Holden on July 30, and (ii) thereafter, rather than be accountable, you attempted to recast events in a light more favorable to you," Urquhart said in his letter to Saulet.

Urquhart went on to say that Saulet's actions in dealing with Holden played into "some of the most basic fears among some citizens, which is that a police officer may indiscriminately exercise his or her personal power in violation of their rights."

Be on the lookout for this thug the next time you go to SeaTac, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if he didn't fit right in with the rest of those TSA goons.


Maybe that reporter dude can sue the pants off the puke.

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