Saturday, August 27, 2011

Emergency/survival notes: saw test

Yeah, I mean those wire saws that come in versions ranging from 'cheap piece of crap that can't pop a balloon' to 'can be used to cut through jail bars' (like the one Chuck Yeager used) quality. There's a gun show this weekend and Dad came up for it. While there ran across a table carrying these:
That's right, it's Commando! and everything! In any case...
No visible teeth to it, it's a braided-wire saw
hooked to two big rings using heavy swivels. Doesn't feel very sharp, so wasn't sure how well it'd work. So, to the yard.

I've got a piece of oak pruned from a tree, about 1.5" diameter and thoroughly seasoned, hard as hell. So clamped it in the vise
hooked my thumbs through the rings and started sawing. It took about three minutes(yes, I forgot to find my watch to time it accurately) to cut through by this method; hooking it to a flexed piece of branch to make a bow saw would probably work a bit faster, but it did indeed slice through.

Second test, had a piece of 1x2 handy, which is a fairly soft wood, and tried it; took maybe 30 seconds to slice through.

So this appears to be a pretty good quality saw for cutting wood, and will coil up small enough to make for easy packing/storage. After I regain strength I'll try to find a piece of metal more suitable for a test than most of what I've got out back and give that a try.

Added: Mattexian noted in comments that it's best to use a branch to make it a bow saw: flex the branch and hook the loops at the ends. In fact, the back of the package shows just that; didn't have anything immediately available that fit the bill so did it the quick & dirty way

I noted, in a post a couple of weeks ago, a moron named Phillips

who seems to think the tea party here is the same as the thugs rioting, burning, thieving and murdering in England. I said he was a moron in order to keep the language polite.

I just got a comment on it from someone claiming to be the moron Phillips. Among other things he can't spell('Wendy' is not the same as 'Windy', idiot), and apparently lacks the brain cells to figure why Windy might name him the Moron Phillips(no, I don't think anyone would or could mistake you for a Mormon). It included a threat(maybe promise from his point of view) that the anarchists 'will be coming out from the shadows to liberate you very soon indeed'.

Slight problem with that: this ain't England, we have the right of self-defense, we have the right to arms, and we don't consider a bunch of idiot thugs burning and raping and murdering to be 'liberating'. In fact, there are an awful lot of people who'd consider such a situation to be a target-rich environment.

A bunch of progressive/commie/Democrat politicians and PC morons might make excuses for you; the rest of us won't. We'll call you what you are, and if you attack us, our homes, we'll defend ourselves. And(outside of places like PROM) we'll not fear our government for having done so. So piss off.

This story counts for two points:

First, what kind of damage even an unfocused knife attack can do.

Second, just what damage a determined sort can do even when sliced up and hemorrhaging all over the place.

More on the idiotic armed raid at Gibson Guitars

UPDATE: What a coincidence! CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican Donor. And their Democratic-donating competitor, Martin, uses the same wood but wasn’t raided. Well, when you’ve got a President who jokes about tax audits as revenge for a personal slight, it’s hard not to be suspicious, isn’t it?

More on the idiotic act and the wide-ranging powers it gives the feds here:
If you are the lucky owner of a 1920s Martin guitar, it may well be made, in part, of Brazilian rosewood. Cross an international border with an instrument made of that now-restricted wood, and you better have correct and complete documentation proving the age of the instrument. Otherwise, you could lose it to a zealous customs agent—not to mention face fines and prosecution.

John Thomas, a law professor at Quinnipiac University and a blues and ragtime guitarist, says "there's a lot of anxiety, and it's well justified." Once upon a time, he would have taken one of his vintage guitars on his travels. Now, "I don't go out of the country with a wooden guitar."

The tangled intersection of international laws is enforced through a thicket of paperwork. Recent revisions to 1900's Lacey Act require that anyone crossing the U.S. border declare every bit of flora or fauna being brought into the country. One is under "strict liability" to fill out the paperwork—and without any mistakes.

It's not enough to know that the body of your old guitar is made of spruce and maple: What's the bridge made of? If it's ebony, do you have the paperwork to show when and where that wood was harvested and when and where it was made into a bridge? Is the nut holding the strings at the guitar's headstock bone, or could it be ivory? "Even if you have no knowledge—despite Herculean efforts to obtain it—that some piece of your guitar, no matter how small, was obtained illegally, you lose your guitar forever," Prof. Thomas has written. "Oh, and you'll be fined $250 for that false (or missing) information in your Lacey Act Import Declaration."
Note that there doesn't have to be anything 'illegally obtained' on the instrument: it could simply be that you can't prove to some TSA-level idiot that the instrument is old enough that the Act doesn't affect it.

One more case of good intentions crossbreeding with the Law of Unintended Consequences and producing a monster.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Emergency/survival notes: firestarter test

Not long ago I linked to a method of storing/carrying the cotton ball/petroleum jelly firestarters I hadn't seen before: fire straws. Very good idea, and I made some up to try.

And today I remembered to actually take one out and actually try it, using a magnesium block/striker to light it.
First thing: you need something with an edge to cut it open(ever tried to twist a straw apart?) You might be able to beat one between two rocks to shear it open, I'll try that later.
Second: I'd had this one
sitting around for a while, including in a hot area; no leakage of the jelly. I nipped it open in the middle and just pulled one side partway out, stubbed it like I was putting out a cigarette to fluff it a bit, and hit it with sparks; lit right off.
I was curious as to how it'd continue; as it burned the straw melted/burned along the top and the cotton continued burning nicely.

I forgot my watch so no exact time; I'd say this had been burning for about three minutes when I put it out. Three minutes of heat to light your tinder or kindling... that's enough to dry out damp stuff and get it started.

A head shot doesn't always mean what people think it does

and Tam has some info on why. Which reminded me of something:

Used to know a guy who worked through college pulling late shifts in the ER. Had an ambulance pull in one night with two passengers: one passed out from drink, and his slightly less-drunk friend who had a big chef's knife driven straight down through the top of his head. Still conscious, just felt an ache. The knife had gone between the hemispheres and done remarkably little damage. After the exam they let him go to sleep until a surgeon could get in to set up for taking it out.

Happy ending, until his friend- dumped in the other bed in the room- woke up, saw his friend, thought "What did I do?!?" and tried to take the knife out...

New blog(to me) with lots of gun & accessory tests

Average Joe's Handgun Reviews. Pistols, holsters, ammo, including a holster idea I'd not seen before, the Versa Carry. Interesting idea. The one drawback I really see(lots of arguments at the post) is having the pistol pressed against your side; in warm weather that means sweaty skin and either rust or the residue on/getting into the pistol; not as much a concern if you have a shirt or undershirt between it and your skin.

Looking through it, I found that somebody had the same idea I did about the Model M and carried it out:
Damn, that looks good.

By the way: any company out there who wants someone to play withtry out your stuff, get hold of me(hey, Robb's not the only one who can ask... and I'm just looking for to- ah, stuff to try out, not a sponsorship...)

Well, I'd say another factor in this

is people have found out just what a racket the diamond racket is; and they're not willing to play along any more just because deBeers says "You should spend three months pay on your wedding ring."

These folks have some hurricane prep tips; looks like good information.

Hey, dumbass: despite the words and actions of a bunch of PC-at-any-price idiots WE do not go by sharia; your ass is there because you attempted mass murder. Also, attacking the guards is going to get your dumb ass flattened, no matter what your religion; deal with it.

AG Holder stacks the Justice Department with left-wing squirrels; this is my shocked face...

Climate models will have to be revised, confirms CERN in supporting literature (pdf):
“[I]t is clear that the treatment of aerosol formation in climate models will need to be substantially revised, since all models assume that nucleation is caused by these vapours [sulphuric acid and ammonia] and water alone.
It may be too strong to say that this finding rubbishes previous climate models that didn’t take cosmic ray effects into account. But not by a whole lot, since the models don’t account for cosmic rays. One thing is for sure: Humanity cannot do a thing about cosmic rays or their influence on the atmosphere.
Globular Warmenists hardest hit.

So Officer Harless has even MORE of a record of acting like a badge-heavy jackass; if the Canton PD doesn't do something serious about this clown, we'll know they don't really care about those silly things like professionalism and civil rights and such.

Jeez, there's a lot out there today. And I've got laundry and such to do. Plus, a front came through and it's actually kind of nice outside, so see you later.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

God-damn. Holder has no problem running guns into Mexico,

but he has a real problem with guitar makers who aren't actually breaking the law.
“The Federal Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. has suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Department’s interpretation of a law in India. (If the same wood from the same tree was finished by Indian workers, the material would be legal.) This action was taken without the support and consent of the government in India.”
I repeat: God-damn. Voter intimidation by the Black Panthers? Throw the case out. Working with BATFEIEIO to run guns to Mexico and get a bunch of people killed? No problem, just try to cover it up. And he's got time for this shit?

First, the idiots working for United need to get some brain cells;

Policeman: "Sir, were you looking at a book of airplanes?"

Me: "Yes sir I was. I'm a musician for money, but for fun I study old aircraft and build models of them, and the book I was reading was of Polish Aircraft from 1946."

Policeman: "Would you please go get that book so that i can see it?"
After a couple of minutes he says, "Why, this is all Snoopy Red Baron stuff..."

Me: "Yes sir, actually the triplane you see is Italian, from 1921 a little after World War 1...."

Policeman: "No problem here then, you can go on back on to the plane, sorry to inconvenience you....and have a nice flight."

An hour delay because the crew panicked over a friggin' aviation history book... Second, Mr. Vance needs to drop the 'racial' crap.

I can't help thinking that the people who wigged out over the VA quake the other day would go nuts if they spent a day in Lawton with no warning: when the redlegs at Fort Sill start firing some of the big stuff, you can hear and feel it all over town.

Speaking of quakes,
“A couple of things keep me up at night,” Paul Stockton, the Defense Department’s senior homeland security official, told the Aspen Security Forum last month. A quake, like the one simulated in National Level Exercise 11, is chief among the sleep-takers. “It’s so much bigger than anything we’ve faced — way beyond Hurricane Katrina.”

National Level Exercise 11, or NLE 11, was, in essence, a replay of a disaster that happened 200 years earlier. On Dec. 16, 1811, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake hit the New Madrid fault line, which lies on the border region of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. It’s by far the largest earthquake ever to strike the United States east of the Rockies.
They're calling it 7.7; stuff I've read in the past put it as 8.something; don't know if they've just revised, or if there's some real disagreement on it.

Damn. That's kind of hard to see.

Contrast the above with that miserable little shit Alex Baldwin. Who isn't fit to clean up Hawkeye's crap.

Hmmm... I think I'd go with the UtiliKilt; the traditional is a bit warm for this time of year.

Althouse has a link to a sink of PC anti-man attitude

that posts a question. Said question by itself tells you what kind of idiots we're dealing with out there:

Leaving aside the insane notion that there should be anything more to “manliness” than either a) being able to produce human-ovum-fertilizing substances or else b) deciding that your genitals either are or ought to be male, what is there, exactly, that makes Rick Perry more “manly” than Bruce Springsteen, or Conan O’Brien, or the late Fred Rogers, or for that matter the female-bodied but impeccably masculine Sinclair Sexsmith?

Just effing wonderful, isn't it?

Well, it seems that Nanny Bloomberg doesn't have room for first responders, either,

at his 9/11 event. I'm going to borrow some words:
But now — understanding all of that — we read that New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not inviting First Responders to observe the tenth anniversary of this day of death and sacrifice, at Ground Zero.

And we read, also that Mayor Bloomberg’s guest list is empty of any clergy, as well.

There will be no prayers at his little shindig. Heaven, forbid.

Apparently, there’s just not enough room for all the First Responders who want to be there, because there are so many important people who must be there! They cannot be denied their photo-op, and their speechifying, and their postures and poses, even though most of them were not even in office on that dreadful day.

No, Michael Bloomberg’s Super Colossal, Low-Salt 9/11 Memorial and Networking Event is a big-ticket item for the the ones who can be tapped, later, for their money or their influence — the most important sorts of people.

And of course, some of the families of the dead will be allowed in. One does need them for the pictures, after all.
Bloomberg’s priorities are all wrong. He’s thinking like a Baron — or no, he’s not really thinking at all; he’s being pragmatic: mustn’t let the help get get too much recognition, get too full of themselves — they might start getting uppity and making demands on milords purse and time. Mustn’t let the damn clergy murmur their vulgar prayers, or next we’ll have tent-revivalists cluttering up the fairgrounds and making such spectacles of themselves.

The big crowds for New Years Eve, or for the big parades, are alright, he thinks, but this is not for the riff-raff. Let’s just keep the invite list confined to those who know how to dress and how to behave, and which fork to use, and when.

You know…all those consequential (and so very, very smart) people who — ten years into this — have not managed to fill the still-exposed, gaping holes in the downtown ground.

Added, now that I've calmed down some:
So, with whatever excuse, he refuses any clergy. Bad. Not inviting any of the cops and firemen and EMTs? Bloomberg, you're a fucking dirtbag. That's not a proper description, but it's the best I can do right now for a rancid sack of hypocritical shit like you.
Know what I'd like to see? Clergy of every description show up and dare the bastard to have them thrown out or arrested. With live streaming video. He'd claim they were 'desecrating the moment' or something, but considering he's been in charge while PC assholes have prevented rebuilding the buildings, fuck him.

After listeninig to Sheriff Joe's latest effort in language use,

we need someone with better audio skills than I to create a new theme for him:
"M-I-C, K-E-Y,

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I'll only say this:

Fuck Bloomberg. With a sandpaper-coated dildo. A big one.

I could wish Perry was more willing to followup with

something like "Kiss my ass, I'm not backing down", but I guess that's a bit much to ask for.

I'd say it's a good illustration of the enemy, but we knew that already; it's also another illustration of 'scare the infidels and they'll do what you want'.

Another part of the price we pay for illegal aliens running around

with zero consequence. For them, anyway.
A man charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter is an illegal alien who only a few weeks ago was arrested on another alcohol-related charge, officials say.
According to reports, Castillo was arrested July 30 after an off-duty Washington County deputy reported he was driving erratically.

Castillo was subsequently arrested by a Brenham police officer and charged with driving under the influence by a minor, a Class C misdemeanor.

He was released after posting bail.

Chief Deputy Mike Herzog said it’s doubtful that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were contacted about Castillo’s arrest and illegal alien status.

“At that time, ICE was only taking Class B and above (offenders),” Herzog said. “This was a Class C misdemeanor.”
And, of course, the bastard breaking the law in being here illegally isn't counted at fucking ALL...

Now THAT'S a commercial!

More over at BRM

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

This is one of those people Obama and the 'immigration amnestyreform idiots

want to protect: people who commit the assaults and manslaughter that Americans don't.
Milford police arrested Guaman in 2008 on charges of assault and battery on a police officer and at least one public employee and of breaking and entering, according to the police and the Worcester district attorney’s office. The case was continued without a finding for one year. Police said he also faced a few minor traffic charges dating to 2007, but the district attorney’s office could not confirm that information.

1: Illegally here
2: Arrested
3: CONTINUED WITHOUT A FINDING??? are you fucking serious??
MILFORD - Nicolas Guaman, accused of dragging a motorcyclist for a quarter of a mile after a collision, showed not a flicker of emotion when police told him the motorcyclist was dead, a document filed in court yesterday showed.

Hey, why should he care? It was just some lousy gringo, and they don't count. Not even to the authorities, it seems, or they'd have done something about this piece of shit 'way back.

(yeah, I'm stealing Robb's meter, too)

I've always, far back as I can remember, been fascinated with weather

And one of the things I learned long ago what that forecasting it is almost as much art as science(still), and that(still) almost anything they tell you more than 48 hours ahead is pretty much guesswork.

Case in point: our current hurricane. Earlier the Weather Nerd had this post on it; just ran across this update on the possible tracks:
On balance, however, the 5pm advisory is arguably bad news. Yes, Irene has weakened, and yes, wind shear may keep her intensity down a bit, at least for a while. But there’s still a good chance she’ll get to major hurricane status as she approaches the coast. And meanwhile, the track forecast just got a little scarier.

Remember what I said about this morning’s “one fairly clear piece of good news,” that the nightmare scenario painted last night by Weather Channel hurricane expert Bryan Norcross — that Irene might start to “recurve” off to sea, but then its recurvature would stall, and it would temporarily shift course back to the “left” (i.e., north or north-northwest), possibly toward New Jersey or New York harbor — no longer appeared to be in play? Well, the NHC just dumped a bucket of cold water on that “good news”:


A complicated business, of the most vital kind. One of the things I think a lot of the "We should go back to old ways" morons forget is that it wasn't that long ago that a storm like this would hit with, at best, a day or two of warning; and that only if people read the signs correctly.

Well, Rep. Wilson(RWPP-FL), if you consider me the enemy

then I know I'm on the side of Right.

Screw you, you race-baiting leftist twinkie.

Earthquake in Virginia

just a minute ago; possibly a whole bunch of vets all rolling over in their graves at once?

Well, let's see, I wonder if this group was inspired by Al Gore

A package bomb that injured two professors at a university here this month is the latest in a string of attacks by a new terror group inspired by the Unabomber. Its violent actions have put campuses across Mexico on alert and caused nanotechnology researchers worldwide to take precautions with their mail.

I mentioned once before that someone should ask Carville why he's so unhappy with Louisiana's situation, since he wanted Obama in the White House and got his wish? Well, we're all looking at Obama's skyrocketing energy prices and Louisiana is one of the states taking primary hits on jobs because of it:
Ten oil rigs have left the Gulf of Mexico since the Obama Administration imposed a moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling in May 2010 and others could follow soon, a detailed July 2011 report from Sen. David Vitter’s (R-La.) office shows.

...The rigs have left the Gulf for locations in Egypt, Congo, French Guiana, Liberia, Nigeria and Brazil.(Remember Obama giving Brazil billions of our money to help them do the kind of drilling he opposes here?)

It gets worse.

Several of the remaining rigs could be relocating soon, according to the report. These include the Paul Romano, the Ocean Monarch and the Saratoga. Moreover, eight other rigs that were planned for the Gulf have been detoured away, Don Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA), points out.

“When you have companies that would be spending hundreds of millions of dollars, or some cases, billions of dollars, they need certainty,” Briggs explained. “We don’t have that now and I don’t expect that we will anytime soon. We will be in a deteriorating position until this changes.”

If I were at an embassy, and I looked out at this kind of demonstration, I'd be warning the people back home to get ready for war. Because these people intend to kill every Jew. Everywhere. Starting with Israel.

What? The PRC is not our friend? Really?

If you live in Florida or elsewhere along the possible strike zones, I hope you're prepping, just in case.

And that's it this morning; I'm just not feeling it. And I'm tired and have some crap to take care of anyway.[/morning bitch]

Monday, August 22, 2011

Never forget, this is what the CSGV and Joyce Foundation and Brady group

want here:
The weapons were held legally by registered gun owners, but police intelligence revealed 20 had "connections to family or associates who were persons of interest to the Acer Taskforce team".

Officers simultaneously hit 21 properties at 8am to ensure the licence holders were complying with all conditions.
"Complying with all conditions." Which doesn't matter, because they planned to seize-hell, call it what it is- steal this property when they set out.
"Had connections to family or associates". Which could mean someone you know down the street, or at work, or at a club.
Any excuse works for stealing your property because the almighty Government doesn't like you having it.
And, since you're an honest citizen and registered your guns, they know you've got them. And what they are.

Ok, this one really IS in Britain

In a sane world, no one would dream of building power sources whose cost is 22 times greater than that of vastly more efficient competitors. But the Government feels compelled to do just this because it sees it as the only way to meet our commitment to the EU that within nine years Britain must generate nearly a third of its electricity from “renewable” sources, six times more than we do at present. Madness is far too polite a word. –-Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph, 21 August 2011

This WUWT post is all links to Brit news sources on just how idiotic the windfarm mess is. Scary as hell.

A fine example of selective enforcement

PC law enforcement: as in, if you're a protected species you can commit assault and nothing happens to you

Originally thought was in Britain, it's in Toronto; how I missed that, I don't know

You have to wonder: what cause some idiot to think of a tampon

as a alcohol-delivery system?

Found by this guy, who apparently looks for some really weird stuff

Grease test, first results

After posting on this grease, I did some thinking about what might be the fastest way to test for some result I could actually identify, as opposed to "It feels slippery" or something, and had an idea: use this
This being my Ciener .22 conversion for my compact 1911. I picked this up a few years back and it’s been great. Does have its quirks, main one being that the only ammo I’ve used that will always(barring a light load) cycle the action has been the Remington Golden Bullet bulk-pack. Federal 36-grain HP bulk-pack will feed perfectly, so will Centurion 40-grain solids, but- especially the first round or two, when magazine spring pressure is highest- it wasn’t unusual to have the slide only partially cycle; sometimes ejecting the empty but not going far enough back to pick up the next round, sometimes not ejecting the empty. Did this consistently, whatever lube I used not seeming to make any difference(I’ve been using Tetra grease on the .45 rails, and tried it and Strike Hold and Corrosion X on the conversion slide rails) So, I thought, I’ll thoroughly clean all the previous lube off the thing and lube it with this SFL-0 grease, then try it with some different ammo and see if any difference in operation.

So I wiped all the lube off I could, then used brake cleaner to flush the slide as clean as possible, then(starting with clean rails on the 1911 frame) put a dab of Lubriplate in each slide rail and on the disconnecter and hammer-cocking areas, then worked the slide back & forth to distribute it evenly.

Second idea: the Hi Standard Sport King .22
Same problem, the Federal consistently failed to fully cycle the slide(not every round by any means, but almost always a couple of times in each magazine, sometimes more)*. So prepped it the same way. And this morning hit the range.

With the conversion, surprisingly good. I put eight magazines through it of Federal(ten rounds each) and three of Centurion; no failures to cycle with Centurion and a grand total of two with the Federal 36-grain: one when it failed to chamber the second round(first mag), one midway through the fourth magazine. I was very pleasantly surprised.

With the Hi Standard, similar results: fewer failures to cycle with these two brands.

Looked the rails over after got home, and it appears the grease stayed right where it was supposed to, no sign of it traveling anywhere it shouldn't. This is a very light grease so I'd wondered about that, but so far no problem. I'll note had lubed the .45 rails with it and it's been carried some in this upper 90's-100's weather, and no sign of the stuff flowing out of place. And it didn't appear any dirtier than the other stuff I've tried.

The .38 revolver I lubed with it functioned very smoothly, but it always has. The only way I can think to test this would be to have some kind of scale to register how many pounds to cycle the action: test it with oil or Tetra or whatever, then scrub and relube with this stuff and try it again. Maybe someday I'll get ambitious enough to build a test rig for this.

The results on the .22's are promising. I'll try them again over time, see if get similar results.

I mentioned in the first post that you can only get the small(14oz.) can of the SFL-0 from Lubriplate. If you live in a area that stays pretty hot you might want a somewhat thicker stuff; I found the SFL-1 grease in 14oz cartridges at Amazon, cost + shipping is slightly less than the can of -0.

*I've tried some other brands/loads over time in both. A few had a different-enough bullet shape that the Hi Standard mags- as-is- wouldn't feed them properly; others had the same 'not enough oomph' problem. And no, can't remember all of them offhand. I'll note that the HS is pretty picky about what it feeds, and since had some that did work reliably didn't want to screw with the magazine lips.

Among the reasons psychiatry is falling further into disrepute

with many:
Controversy has erupted over a Baltimore conference this week organized by, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization described by the Daily Caller as “a group of pro-pedophile mental health professionals and sympathetic activists.” The Aug. 17 conference was aimed at de-stigmatizing pedophila and especially at removing pedophilia from the list of mental disorders in the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual.Link
News to B4UAct and the APA: if you clowns are thinking that wanting to screw children is NOT a mental disorder...

Well, there was a Taser involved,

but I don't think you can blame it for the death.
As paramedics were transporting the man to the hospital, they discovered a baggie with a foreign substance inside lodged in his throat. 37 year old Montaleto McKissick was pronounced dead at Presbyterian Hospital. "I really don't want to speculate on what it was. We'll know that soon enough and hopefully by tomorrow morning I'll be able to tell you guys with some certainty what that was. But I do know that there was certainly a plastic baggie that contained a substance that was blocking this person's airway," said Stewart.

I do have to wonder, was the substance foreign to the baggie, or... I know, I'm weird, tell me something I don't know.

So DHS has all the actual terrorist threats under control

so they have time to pull crap like this:
Donald Jack Phillis, left with brain damage following a 2002 beating during a robbery in Oklahoma City was frustrated because his VA appointed payee was late in making his payments for rent and phone use. He attempted to call the VA in Muskogee and received four voice mails. On the 5th call, he reached a woman and muttered about his constitutional rights, then said, "What am I supposed to do? Go to Ziggy Z's and buy an anarchist cookbook?"

That's all. He didn't threaten to kill anyone. He didn't make any threats about a bomb. But it wasn't long before two Homeland Security agents accompanied by five Oklahoma City police officers were at his apartment door. He was cited with two misdemeanors, making a terroristic threat and harassing the VA. In late July, he went to Oklahoma City federal court where a magistrate decided the charges should be dismissed. But, Phillis is under a Homeland Security threat that should he ever again call the VA, he will go to prison
I'll further note that unless they had some damn good reason to need those five OCPD officers, there was probably something useful they could have been doing instead of providing muscle and a show for the DHS clowns.

I won't speak for the moment of the idiot at the VA office who decided to call in the guy as a 'terroristic threatener' in the first place.

There's a town called Grandfield in southwest OK

that just set a new record: 87 consecutive days of 100 degrees or higher.

This summer has kinda sucked, weather-wise.

Non-electric lighting

Some good information at Survival Blog. Some stuff on making lamps, lantern info and such.

Also, a prep list for hurricane country. I'll note that some of this stuff would work very well as general 'start of the season' prep for spring and winter storm seasons in much of the country.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

In the continuing low-level hostilities between the Army,

Marines and Navy...

I know I posted on Al Gore getting, ah, 'overly excited' a few days back, but I just ran across a place I'd not seen before where his screaming is taken apart, bit by bit.

Just in case you didn't know, Al Sharpton is a lying, racist, Jew-hating piece of shit.

Mark Steyn takes on Bill Clinton, Obama on the idiocy that's grown to surround the Oval Office placeholder and some of the idiotic overreach and lack of thought by many federal agencies and employees:
“I’ll work every day to try to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your life as I can.”

This will be grand news to Schylar Capo, eleven years old, of Virginia, who made the mistake of rescuing a woodpecker from the jaws of a cat and nursing him back to health for a couple of days, and for her pains, was visited by a federal Fish & Wildlife gauleiter (with accompanying state troopers) who charged her with illegal transportation of a protected species and issued her a $535 fine. If the federal child-abuser has that much time on his hands, he should have charged the cat, who was illegally transporting the protected species from his gullet to his intestine

Something on Gunwalker and the socialists in our government:
And it is here that we return to the fundamental inalienable right: the right to self-defense. Those who acknowledge no such right also universally oppose the implementation of that right or the means by which it might be implemented. In short, they do not recognize the Second Amendment and oppose private ownership of firearms. The only legitimate use of force they recognize is that of the state, and that wielded by groups of “the people” acting in support of their policies, groups who will fill campaign coffers or at least reliably vote for them, groups such as unions or even criminals.

The anti-gun beliefs of Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder are well-known and extensively documented. And as Hans A. von Spakovsky and J. Christian Adams have recently documented, the Holder DOJ is feverishly working to pack the Justice Department with lawyers who certainly share their beliefs in this and every other transformational socialist endeavor.

The lives of the individuals harmed by Gunwalker mean nothing to statists, for they recognize no right to self-defense, inalienable or man-bestowed. If they recognize no such right, each human life has only that value the state is willing to recognize at any given moment. The lives of the Mexican law enforcement officers and civilians are worth nothing to the Obama administration, which hid Gunwalker not only from Mexican authorities but from ATF agents in Mexico.

And now the Obama administration has revealed its assessment of the value of the life of a Border Patrol officer: Zero. Agent Terry is of no value, for the crime was committed not against him, but the state, which in its wisdom and mercy is far more concerned with protecting feckless bureaucrats and politicians than American citizens.
Think that's a bit strong? Remember the words of ATF supervisor Voth: "If you are going to make an omelet, you need to scramble some eggs." And eggs are cheap, of little value.

On the subject of critters, some people just want to die.

What? Actual scientists who don't go with the 'consensus' on AGW? Wow!

The other day I posted that question on Facebook:
"If you think you have a right to force me to pay for your health care, then why don't you have a right to force me to pick your cotton?"
Couple of people brought up roads, informed me that gov-controlled healthcare is 'moral and good', etc., but they did not even try to answer the question. It's like they don't like giving the answer or something...

Confederate Yankee has some more information on the Erik Scott killing

Starting with this, followed by this and this.
Be advised, a Disgust and a RCOB warning is in effect; it's- 'amazing' is one word, so is 'disgusting'.

I think the civil suit is going to tear LVPD a new anal orifice. Without anesthetic.

"If you think you have a right to force me to pay for your health care,

then why don't you have a right to force me to pick your cotton?"
A most excellent question, indeed!

And from the site of the one who asked,
Did take the liberty of modifying your sentiment for use as a tag line on several forums, to wit-
“You have the right to force me to pay for the feeding, clothing, housing, education, and medical treatment of yourself and your children when i have the RIGHT TO FORCE YOU TO PICK MY COTTON.” After which I quote Section 1 of the 13th Amendment.

A moment of realization

I’m going to have to admit to a certain bit of dumbassery here. Couple of days ago I was listening to something on radio while doing laundry, and they made some mention of Obama’s past associations making him a bad person to be calling other people terrorists and hostage-takers and such, which made me think of his good friends Ayers and Dohrn. And for some reason that brought up the thought someone expressed long ago that ‘the difference between them and us is we mostly just want to be left alone’.

Know that feeling when something really hits you? I mean, you knew it before, intellectually, but you didn’t really KNOW it inside, and then that realization hits you, almost like being punched in the gut?

THEY CANNOT LEAVE US ALONE. Not that they choose not to, they CAN’T. They really are the True Believers, and if they leave us alone we won’t do what they’ve decided is best for us. Or, to put it more properly, what they’ve decided is best for the world, and those of us who won’t go along, well,

“You will be reeducated into the proper way of thinking, or we will kill you.”

THAT is their true belief of what needs to be done. And so they cannot leave us- or anyone else- alone. Not in our private lives, not in our food, not in our political beliefs, how we raise children or pets or anything else. They have to control what we own, how we use it, when and how much we use it. They have to control what we say lest we say something unapproved, they have to control what goes in books lest we read or write something improper, they have to change our records of history so they can control, as much as they can, our past(“We’re going to have to make sacrifices, we’re going to have to change our conversation, we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history and we’re going to have to move to a different place.”). Because our past isn't what they want it to have been, and if we actually pay attention to it we won't get the lessons they WANT us to.

Same as when I fully realized what the 'gun control' movement wanted: scared hell out of me, and then pissed me off bigtime.

Yeah, I should have known this down in my gut before; I do now.