Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I'm off...

I'm always a little off, but I'm headed to the wilds of Pennsyltucky for three weeks or so to work an outage. That's what I do now. It's hard to leave the Love Of My Life at home, but we got to make the donuts.

If this turns out well, and that would be a pleasant change, she will give it up and go with me. On vacation permanently!

I don't know what facilities will be available to me, so blogging may be in fits and spurts till I get back.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Ok, now I'm a Road Whore (contract tech)

I am setting up for my first contract job. Hopefully I will be able to keep a running list of jobs and contracts for a while. The pay is crazy, as I expect the hours and work will be. I haven't been the "new guy" for quite a while. I will be in Pennsylvania Thursday for a few days. If I can find some WIFI there I will have some time to post.

I'll take some gun Pics along for posts, and I will always have enough memories to fill a couple of books. I wouldn't be too surprised to find a story or two while I'm there.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Hard to believe

I just checked the ego meter, looks like 10K soon, who ever you turn out to be you can pick the subject of the next post.

A new career

This Monday I retired, somewhat against my will. I haven't liked my job for years, probably not due to the reasons most expect. I have found, much to my surprise, that I will not have to move into the poor house.

I am however going to start a new career. I'm not sure what that will be just yet. Any help or suggestions will be gratefully entertained.

Bloggers are very prevalent, and I think intelligent,( except the kos kids), someone, some where,has an answer.


Welcome, I hope the words meet your approval.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Whose Flag is it anyway?

I went to buy an American Flag yesterday, and found a display of US flags labeled in Spanish. I don't know how to feel about that. If the majority of our hard working neighbors from the south showed any inclination to become Americans, or learn the most common language spoken in this country, it probably wouldn't be so weird.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Boredom waiting for the storm

Some random comments as I sit here, waiting for a “subtropical depression” to come ashore.

Can they divide that weather hair any finer? It’s going to rain and the wind will blow, but not too bad. In case you’ve never been in a tropical cyclone, all those high wind speeds are a considerable height above the ground.

To the less intelligent lady who “fully respects” Mike Nifong, because he “tried to do the right thing”, are you totally nuts? Would you be so generous if he was trying to railroad your children or you by lying and covering up what he was bound by law to deliver to the defense? I’m thinking not!

Shock: kids smarter than chimps
Ok, go down to the local super store and try that in the toy department. The humans might pick things quicker, but I bet their manners aren’t as good, and they make more noise.

Federal Court Favors Illegal Immigrant Tuition Break
But a federal judge in Topeka ruled in 2005 that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the legal challenge because they failed to demonstrate that the law had harmed them.

Now that’s just stupid! If I’m living on a limited income, and it precludes me going to school, when a lower tuition would allow me to attend, and student loans would be lower, so I wouldn’t be buried in debt for as long, and some other group gets a special break, then brother I’m hurt!

A federal appeals court has ruled against a group of American college students challenging a Kansas law that grants cheaper in-state tuition to illegal immigrants because they attended high school in the state.

I guess because you have cheated the system the first time that makes it OK to do it again, and you get a discount! What the hell is that idiot thinking, Oh, sorry, I forgot a liberal judge, he was emoting, not thinking.

N.J. Illegal Immigrant Sanctuary Protects Murderer

Dozens of cities across the nation have proudly become illegal immigrant sanctuaries, but officials in one municipality are pondering the status after a Peruvian man with a felony record massacred three college-bound students.
Had authorities in Newark New Jersey contacted federal immigration officials after illegal alien Jose Carranza’s first felony indictment last year he would have been deported and therefore prevented from murdering three innocent youngsters in a schoolyard this month.
Instead Carranza was released on bail, despite being charged with raping a 5-year-old girl and aggravated assault and weapons violations. This week he was charged with the gruesome execution-style murders of three college-bound students, ages 18 to 20.
The shootings evidently pushed Newark authorities to violate their sanctuary policy and contact federal immigration officials who had not been previously informed about Carranza’s crime spree. If they had, Carranza would have placed in removal proceedings after his first felony arrest in October 2006.
Does this mean we can prosecute them for criminal negligence?

D.C. Day Laborer Center To Open This Month

ICE take note, this is as productive as shooting over a baited field! It’s not illegal though!

Official “HillRaiser’’ Norman Hsu has been a fugitive from the law since the early 1990s when he accepted a three-year prison sentence in California for grand theft but instead disappeared. Hsu received the jail time for cheating investors out of $1 million to purportedly operate a business that never existed.

Is that like White Water?

Thanks in part to her husband’s $10 million speech income Hillary Clinton’s latest Congressional disclosure report illustrates an astonishing financial transformation since the couple left the White House in 2001 burdened with millions of dollars in legal fees.
The disclosures (posted on Judicial Watch’s website) reveal how the former president made more than $10 million last year delivering speeches worldwide at corporate retreats, trade group gatherings and motivational seminars.
In 2006, Bill received an average of about $180,000 a speech and he collected nearly half a million dollars for a single talk to a London financial forum in the latter part of the year.
The Clintons’ assets are worth up to $50 million and Hillary is one of the wealthiest members of Congress running for president although she lags behind Republican Mitt Romney, a former venture capitalist who is worth between $190 and $250 million.
More than $3 million of the Clintons’ earnings came from a company (InfoUSA) being federally investigated for selling databases of sick and unsuspecting elderly to scam artists. The company’s owner, a wealthy entrepreneur named Vinod Gupta, has donated millions to Bill and Hillary’s campaigns and last year paid the former president $3.3 million worth of “consulting contracts” as well as $900,000 in travel expenses.

Is it just me or does this sound like payouts to a figure head for a scam, or one scam artist paying another for tips? I can't imagine how far I could travel on 900K, who are they kidding?

Friday, September 7, 2007

The Swiss are leading the way...

But far more dramatically, it has announced its intention to lay before parliament a law allowing the entire family of a criminal under the age of 18 to be deported as soon as sentence is passed.

I guess thats not going to tear any family apart, yathink?

Rudy is a Liberal Dragon

GLENN: Right. But isn't illegal immigration a crime in and of itself?
GLENN: Aren't you saying --
GIULIANI: Glenn --
GLENN: You're protecting criminals by saying that being treated as a criminal is unfair. GIULIANI: Glenn, it's not a crime. I know that's very hard for people to understand, but it's not a federal crime.
GLENN: It's a misdemeanor but if you've been nailed, it is a crime. If you've been nailed, ship back and come back, it is a crime.
GIULIANI: Glenn, being an illegal immigrant, the 400,000 were not prosecuted for crimes by the federal government, nor could they be. I was U.S. attorney in the southern district of New York. So believe me, I know this. In fact, when you throw an immigrant out of the country, it's not a criminal proceeding. It's a civil proceeding.
GLENN: Is it --
GIULIANI: One of the things that congress wanted to do a year ago is to make it a crime, which indicates that it isn't.
GLENN: Should it be?
GIULIANI: Should it be? No, it shouldn't be because the government wouldn't be able to prosecute it. We couldn't prosecute 12 million people. We have only 2 million people in jail right now for all the crimes that are committed in the country, 2.5 million. If you were to make it a crime, you would have to take the resources of the criminal justice system and increase it by about 6. In other words, you'd have to take all the 800,000 police, and who knows how many police we would have to have.

This is not the attitude I want in a Chief Executive! There are just too many bad guys, so we just have to condone it and let them go! Have these people ever heard of working on a job until it's done? The cliche is "Rome wasn't built in a day", no kidding! First you secure the borders, then you start work on reducing the numbers of people who disregard all laws except the one that protects them just now. Come on Rudy man up, or girl up if that would help, show some spine!

From a Glenn Beck interview/ ht to Drudge

Bean salad

I tried some Carolina Caviar the other day, It was OK, but field peas aren't my favorite, so I mixed up this.

1 regular can of Garbanzos
1regular can of peas and carrots
1 regular can of whole kernel corn
A handful of chopped olives with pimento
enough Mayo to coat every thing
A hand full of three cheese mix (grated)
Salt and pepper to taste.
A generous shot of Tomato Bacon salad dressing

Drain everything, dump it in a bowl, add the remaining ingredients, fold together. Serve cold.

I would show you a colorful photo, but we ate it all.

The real classic.

This is an 1898 Chilean Mauser in 7X57, it was a gift (?) that has a little history. This weapon in its general classification of 1898 Mauser is probably one of the most numerous in the world. I obviously don't know how many were produced world wide, does anyone? It does seem though it should be up there with the AK's.

The rifle has been fired only once while in my possession. The previous owners were somewhat more active.

One my best friends got it from his Dad, who I believe got it from his youngest son. Both of these people are certifiably nuts. The one has killed at least five people and the other was convinced, before his death, that the Russians were poisoning the water supply in Valdese NC.

I am certain the Russians neither know nor care that Valdese exists. The old man lived on "the hill" in town and considered all the animals in the woods his "pets". The animals had the same attitude as the Russians regarding the old man. One day the old man heard a shot in the woods near his house, assuming correctly that some one was hunting, the old man decided to protect them by driving the hunters away. He promptly fired a full magazine of 7mm soft points toward the noise. I suspect the hunter soiled himself and ran, I know I would! Probably some murderous twelve year old.

On another occasion my friend was visiting the old man. It was icy cold winter, in the middle of the night, when the old man's dog started barking. The dog hated everyone and everything, so the barking was because someone was outside. The old man didn't want to get out of his warm bed, so he just shot through the wall. The dog shut up, the visitor recalled an appointment elsewhere, and everyone else went back to sleep. When he got up the next morning the old man whittled a peg to fill the bullet hole and nailed a tin can lid over the outside hole. I've seen the lid.

The rifle came into my possession one night, fairly late, when my friend came to my door with his arms full of guns and a sad look on his face. He asked me if I would keep them for him, I said I would, I suppose the puzzled look asked "why?" for me. He had been going through some rough times, and said he had been thinking of using them on himself. He just wanted the temptation out of his reach.

I've had them since then.

Ok,,, I'm a nuke ,,,,what did you expect

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Thursday, September 6, 2007

This one is for the memories

My Dad always loved a Springfield 1903A3. It was the first weapon he qualified with in the Army, and I believe the rifle he carried on D-Day. He used to tell of breaking marbles with his at a distance I found hard to believe, but I've seen him shoot and wouldn't want to lay heavy cash on it. This one I found in a pawn shop. The sights are military peep in the rear, and sporter ramp in the front. The barrel is a hunter profile with a funny looking thing threaded into the front. Flash suppressor maybe? If you know please let me know.

This action is actually the better 1903, the A3 changed to a cheaper ladder type rear sight.The classic 30-06 round fits the chamber. The stock is an after market job with white caps, which are not ivory. I've fired it a few times, you really wouldn't want me to shoot at you with it, but not enough to say if the sights are truly zeroed in.

This is the classic rifleman's weapon. Years ago shooters would come to Camp Perry and draw a weapon, scrub the comsmoline out of the barrel and proceed to shoot 1000 yard bulls eyes with iron sights and issued ammo. They had to use some after market micrometer adjusters for the sights, but I can forgive them that because they were using iron sights instead of a scope.

The action is a direct rip off of the Mauser, close enough to incur a lawsuit for patent infringement that Mauser won.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

A litle comment on the N. Korean Dragon

Anyone who thinks the psychopathic adolescent who runs the country (Korea not this one) will keep his word and stop producing nukes, or stop selling the technology, is fooling themselves.
The Koreans have survived between the Japanese and China for a couple of thousand years. They have done so by murder and blackmail. They are double dealers of the highest order. They are also good candidates for the toughest sons of unwed parents on the planet.
This political regime is about to change, ours, not theirs. They know this. They can make any deal that benefits them and then, renege on it like every other time!
If they actually shut down their facilities, it will because they have no more use for them, or they can't maintain them anyway.
I consider it a telling comment on their country, when the sanctions chosen are directly targeted on their leader. Wine and radio controlled cars for cats sake!

If there could be only one.......

I have fired a lot of weapons in a lot of calibers, and this one has caught my attention like no other. This is a Marlin 783 in .22 WMR. It has a tubular magazine, and a micro groove barrel. It's topped with the only Marlin scope I have ever seen. The scope is a 3x to 9x by20 with a 3/4 inch tube. The scope was originally put on my .22 over 40 years ago. Most things just don't last that long or work so well.
I think the .22 WMR needs a little more scope, but we'll see.
I was so impressed with the power of this little rifle that I decided to own one after one hunting trip, and some one else was using it! Three of us were hunting squirrels down on the river, and one of the guys had one of these rifles. The rest of us used shotguns for conservation of meat and running shots that were the norm. We split up and stalked separately for a while. Each of us got several shots with varying success. At the end of the day I was the only one that cared to clean the kill, we would not waste them, so I took them home.
The rifle was devastating to small game. The 37 grain bullet leaves the muzzle at 2120 fps, and at 100 yards still moves faster than a standard .22 at the muzzle. The 154 ft/lbs of energy is unimpressive compared to a lot of calibers, but this is a .22 for goodness sakes.
The shot that clenched the deal, entered the skin over the shoulder of the squirrel, and never penetrated the flesh, it did break the spine from the shock. I cleaned it, and I still couldn't believe it.
If I could only own one caliber of weapon, it would be a .22 WMR. No recoil, effectively, light weight, chambered in rifles and pistols. The ammo is not as widely available as it once was, but what is? The round from a six inch barrel equals the .38 special in energy. I'm thinking a combo of rifle and pistol chambered for the same calibre would be worth having. If they were in stainless they would last forever.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The first one

This was my first rifle, a Sears single shot made by Winchester. It now bears the cheapest .22 scope made, and doesn't get much use. I will say, however when I was twelve, the barrel never cooled off. It was, and is, the most reliable firearm I have ever owned. I learned to shoot carefully and attended to the basics religiously. Some of my contemporaries would take two boxes of ammo, that's a hundred rounds people, and bring home nothing. I'm sure those little semi auto rifles were a lot of fun, but I like game dinners. I have gone hunting with two bullets, and brought home two squirrels.

I think my Dad may have paid twenty five dollars for it.

I will keep this one until my son wants it, or someday his son.

If you don't think it's intelligent design.....

There is some debate about intelligent design, which should now be over.

Think not?

Go down to the Nip an Tuck salon.

Out prances a Blond by choice, with a face lift, nose job, blue contacts, boob job, tummy tuck, liposuction in too many places to mention, butt implants, sprayed on tan, tattooed eyeliner and who knows what else.

She jumps into the sports car with her personal trainer, provided by her sugar daddy, and it's off to the gym.

The price tag proves it's not by chance or natural selection, so it must be intelligent design.

Why Daddies are a little nuts

Our youngest is getting married. This is the most important day of her life, she will be in the spotlight. Actually I think she will BE the spotlight, and the rest of us will wither and fade from her light. All eyes should be, and doubtless will be on her. I went with her to try on dresses yesterday, it only took four tries, she only let me see those few.

Her father has never gone with her to buy one of those important dresses, prom or formal, either for college or high school. I my considered opinion that is incredibly foolish. Those are such important moments that he has let slip by.

If anyone has the words, tell me how stupid is that?
This picture is not "The Dress", I don't want dunder head to see it too soon.

Monday on Virginia Beach

A walk on the beach to limber up, just a beautiful morning. Clouds surf and sun. Brighter than it looks. Warm and breezy.

Rock and Roll half Marathon

The Love of my life and I finished the race close to each other this Sunday. I ran the race with her until I was sure she would be able to finish, and then I went on ahead a little.

Up to this point in my life, if anyone made me run 13.1 miles, about half way there, we would have to stop and scuffle, 'cause I have never gone that far. We are laying plans to do it again. This time I ran her pace, because I wanted to run with her. That was my commitment and what I did.

It was a great bonding experience.

The youngest completed the course, mostly walking, but ahead of a lot of people.

I and seventeen thousand people have a medal, and a memory.

The overall winners are professional runners who use this as a tune up for another race. They finished in 1:02 hrs.


The greatest champions were the afflicted ,who completed the course on walkers, even though getting one foot in front of the other, for just one step, is more of a battle than some of us faced doing the entire race.