Saturday, June 15, 2013

Buffalo Grove, IL: "We'll just say what we WANT to be true

and try to make law based on that!"
Also known as the "We'll lie our collective ass off in the name of controlling people."

Also from Thirdpower, another Democrat blowing the racist dog-whistle.
"I know it’s partially about me being a Latina and being in this position of authority,” said Giron.
We're left wondering if she actually believes this crap, or if she just considers calling people 'racist' is her standard method of dealing with voters who won't kiss her ass.

Carefully ignored is the fact that three other Hispanics, both Republican and Democrat, male and female, opposed a number of gun bills this session.
Republican Latina Clarice Navarro opposed all the gun bills.

Democrat Latinos Ed Vigil and Leroy Garcia opposed the Mag Ban, and Vigil also opposed the background check bill.

No recall campaigns have been initiated against any of those Hispanic politicians.
Not that such inconvenient facts got in the way of Giron shamelessly playing the race card.
I'm wondering how being called a racist, or having friends/family called such, is going to sit with people on the fence?

So, your opinion: how much of Obama wanting us in war in Syria is actual thinking it a Good Thing, and how much is it "Let's distract people from the IRS and NSA and Holder lying"?
Especially since, if he does start handing out weapons, it'll in many cases be to people who are either al Qaeda or sympathetic to?

Friday, June 14, 2013

Some of the very first vikings,

from an earlier date than previously believed.
...A recent discovery on a remote Baltic island is beginning to change that. Two ships filled with slain warriors uncovered on the Estonian island of Saaremaa may help archaeologists and historians understand how the Vikings’ warships evolved from short-range, rowed craft to sailing ships; where the first warriors came from; and how their battle tactics developed. “We all agree these burials are Scandinavian in origin,” says Marge Konsa, an archaeologist at the University of Tartu. “This is our first taste of the Viking era.”

Pointed to by Michael Williamson on the Book of Face.

Attention Slayton, Texas PD:

Arresting someone for asking to see the warrant YOU DON'T HAVE is not a wise course of action.

Why doesn't the Gang of asshole politicians8 like the Cornyn amendment?  Because they have a soft spot for illegal aliens who drive drunk.
...a good deal of the Democratic opposition to John Cornyn’s proposed amendment to the Gang of 8 bill has nothing to do with border security. It has to do with DUIs. Specifically, Cornyn’s amendment would bar illegal immigrants with misdemeanor DUI convictions from ”probationary” legal status, which is the immediate legalization offered by Marco Rubio, et al, to most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants now living in the U.S.. For the pro-amnesty side, the exclusion of DUI offenders is apparently a deal-killer. There must be a lot of them!

 The EffingBI: "We must listen in on EVERYONE(except the people actually planning terrorism) in order to stop terrorists!"
Surprisingly, Mueller claimed he wasn’t aware that the mosque that the Boston bombing suspects attended, the Islamic Society of Boston, was founded by a convicted supporter of terrorism.

Due to this and other reasons, Gohmert argued not enough was done to prevent the attack as the suspects’ radical Islamic ties were overlooked.

Decide for yourself whether or not that is a man with Alzheimer’s – but never forget this.  Before they hated Sarah Palin, or Dick Cheney, or Donald Rumsfeld, or Condoleeza Rice, or George W Bush, the Left hated Ronald Wilson Reagan.  They hated and feared him – and not least for the way that he destroyed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in eight short years.  It’s not even that he did it; it’s that he did it so apparently effortlessly.  Reagan made his opponents look like chumps – which they were; I was on the other side during that decade, so I have some familiarity with the type – and he will not be forgiven for that until after his last opponent is dead in his bed of old age.

So the Brit NHS is so wonderful...
The facts are indeed dismal. Two thirds of NHS patients now have to wait 48 hours or more for a GP’s appointment and it is a rarity to find a local surgery open outside ordinary people’s working hours.

As a crisis of cash, bad management — and even the threat of entire hospital closures — engulfs our once-proud state health service, the sick are turning to casualty departments in desperation, and in increasing numbers, finding them over-stretched with waiting times of four hours for one in every 18 patients. 

In a few alarming cases, the particularly vulnerable sick and old have died in ambulances waiting outside in queues.

A further problem for NHS patients is the waiting time to see a hospital specialist, because an appointment has to be authorised through a GP. The result? Some cancer sufferers don’t start treatment for two months after they first visit their doctor with suspected symptoms.

So this trip won't cost quite as much, since

they won't have to buy new rifles for the protection detail.
The president and first lady had also planned to take a Tanzanian safari as part of the trip, which would have required the president’s special counterassault team to carry sniper rifles with high-caliber rounds that could neutralize cheetahs, lions or other animals if they became a threat, according to the planning document. 

But officials said Thursday that the safari had been canceled in favor of a trip to Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner.
Cheetahs... CHEETAHS? Are they effing SERIOUS?

And yeah, I can see a bunch of Secret Service guys carrying .375 H&H or .416 Jefferies rifles to protect the 'safari'...

Yeah, I know, sniper rifles with high-caliber rounds; remember, it IS the WP.

Does ANYBODY in the cursed-by-deity 'Justice' Department

know about ANYTHING?
To our knowledge, the Justice Department has never compromised Ms. Attkisson’s computers, or otherwise sought any information from or concerning any telephone, computer, or other media device she may own or use.

And just how many written-by-lawyers-weasel-word escape hatches can you spot in that?

It's Flag Day

and I need to get mine put out.

Remember Jay Dobyns?  The trial just started.
Dobyns has gained legions of supporters from his book and his public criticisms in recent years of the ATF's Operation Fast and Furious. For me, one of the most persuasive parts of his case is that some of the same ATF managers he's accusing of malfeasance were also behind the notorious Fast and Furious gun-smuggling investigation.

Also, how is it possible the arson of his home remains unsolved? If Dobyns actually did it, the government needs to put him behind bars. If not, someone tried to kill a federal agent's family, which should have made it an urgent case to solve.

'Worse than Nixon' just begins to cover it

...When Nixon tried to sic the IRS on a few powerful political enemies, the IRS told him to take a hike. When Obama’s courtiers tried to sic the IRS on thousands of ordinary American citizens, the agency went along, and very enthusiastically. This is a scale of depravity hitherto unknown to the tax authorities of the United States, and for that reason alone they should be disarmed and disbanded — and rebuilt from scratch with far more circumscribed powers.
Holder had another great contribution to the epitaph of the Republic this week. He went on TV to explain that he didn’t really regard Fox News’s James Rosen as a “co-conspirator” but had to pretend he did to the judge in order to get the judge to cough up the warrant. So rest easy, America! Your chief law officer was telling the truth when he said he hadn’t lied to Congress because in fact he’d been lying when he said he told the truth to the judge.

If you lie to one of Holder’s minions, you go to jail: They tossed Martha Stewart in the slammer for being insufficiently truthful to a low-level employee of the attorney general’s. But the attorney general can apparently lie willy-nilly to judges and/or Congress.
And most of Congress seems to be either too in-the-tank or too cowardly to do anything about it.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

"Good news for the bears; global warming true believers

hardest hit."
“Rather than being proven victims of Arctic sea ice in a ‘death spiral’ due to global warming, when they finally present the data, biologists have to admit that they cannot actually tell the difference between a polar bear population that is so large that it can no longer increase and one that is suffering a population decline because of reduced sea ice,” Crockford added.

Attention Mr. Choudary, there's something you should know:

 The internets is FOREVAH!!!
On Monday, The Sun published pictures of the radical Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary partying while in college at Southhampton University, and now he wants these pictures removed from the Internet. Little does he know that folks don’t much care what radical preachers want.

Miserable, corrupt, dirtbag politicians who don't want to live under the rules

they demand for others.

Hey, you expect the Attorney General to obey the law or something?
The Oklahoma lawmaker pointed out that DOJ has been ignoring congressional caps on their conference spending. “[T]he Senate approved an amendment to the FY 2008 appropriations bill to cap DOJ conference spending at $15 million,” he reminded Holder. “Still, DOJ spent $47.8 million in 2008 on conferences, more than three times the amount authorized by Congress.  Conference spending at DOJ peaked in 2010, when the department spent more than $90 million on conferences.”

Clapper, you're a damned liar.  And Alexander, why the hell should we trust a word coming out of your mouth?  Especially when in contains stuff like this:
“Has the intelligence community kept track of how many times phone records obtained through section 215 of the Patriot Act were critical to the discovery and disruption of terrorist threats?” the senator asked the NSA chief.

Alexander said he hopes to get those figures within the next week. Leahy noted he couldn’t answer that question for the Intelligence Committee in a briefing yesterday.
(You mean to tell me that, KNOWING the question would come, he didn't have it ready?  Really?)
“It’s dozens of terrorist events that these have helped prevent, from my perspective,” Alexander said.
And just what the hell is your 'perspective' on this?

Note that Mikulski tried to keep anyone from asking about all this; I wonder why...

It appears that Joshua High School principal Mick Cochran needs a new job.  One not touching on schools or education.

It is a constant amazement to me what shit people will put in themselves for the sake of getting high.

You KNOW somebody is going to ask "Why?", and this is your answer?

Alexander sidestepped the question, saying the Department of Justice was responsible for outlining the legal authorities under which the agency could request such data. He pledged, though, that he would make an effort to provide that explanation to the committee.

"I will work hard to do that, and if I can't do that, I will come back to you and tell you why," he said.
If he
Had a brain in his head, and/or
Actually intended to answer,
he'd have had the information ready.  And, especially after the "We saved New York with this!" claim fell apart, saying the call-tracking program had helped prevent “dozens” of terrorist attacks ain't gonna cut it unless you can show the data.  Which, for some reason, I doubt they can.

And while they're at it, they can explain this:
That’s right, the government’s sweeping surveillance of our most private communications excludes the jihad factories where homegrown terrorists are radicalized. 

Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations without high-level approval from a special oversight body at the Justice Department dubbed the Sensitive Operations Review Committee. 

Who makes up this body, and how do they decide requests? Nobody knows; the names of the chairman, members and staff are kept secret.

And just because

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

But it's all ok, because "Obama!"

What they are trying to say is that disclosure of metadata—the details about phone calls, without the actual voice—isn't a big deal, not something for Americans to get upset about if the government knows. Let's take a closer look at what they are saying:
  • They know you rang a phone sex service at 2:24 am and spoke for 18 minutes. But they don't know what you talked about.
  • They know you called the suicide prevention hotline from the Golden Gate Bridge. But the topic of the call remains a secret.
  • They know you spoke with an HIV testing service, then your doctor, then your health insurance company in the same hour. But they don't know what was discussed.
  • They know you received a call from the local NRA office while it was having a campaign against gun legislation, and then called your senators and congressional representatives immediately after. But the content of those calls remains safe from government intrusion.
  • They know you called a gynecologist, spoke for a half hour, and then called the local Planned Parenthood's number later that day. But nobody knows what you spoke about.
Sorry, your phone records—oops, "so-called metadata"—can reveal a lot more about the content of your calls than the government is implying.

Among the reasons I considered Lautenberg a asshole gun-grabbing politician was his 'domestic violence and we take away your 2nd Amendment rights' crap.  Which led to garbage like this:
A longtime gun owner who recently had his permit revoked over a 1971 Halloween egg fight was the inspiration for an amendment to the state's new gun law.
The letter referred to a misdemeanor charge for the egg fight, for which Gorham paid a $10 fine when he was 19.

They need to stop being nice to Jones and demand answers.  Clear, full answers.  Or tell him to forget it and to leave.
Jones deferred on several questions, citing privacy rules or claiming a lack of knowledge, and Republicans noted more than once that they did not receive the answers they were asking for. Much of the questioning about ATF practices focused on a near-complete lack of prosecutions of felons “lying and trying” to buy guns after Jones brought up the number of prohibited purchases he claims were stopped by the National Instant Check System. Another line of questioning resulting in incomplete responses centered on what repercussions those ATF officials involved in Fast and Furious “gunwalking” have faced, especially in light of some at least temporarily enjoying sweetheart deals. 
For reasons presently left unsaid, the prospect of criminal prosecutions appears to encompass territory that no Republican has so far dared to even mention, let alone lead a serious scouting expedition into. It would seem fair for interested citizens to ask why not, if the GOP leadership is discouraging that, and if so, why.
I don't know if Boehner & Co. are trying to play nice(which would be idiotic) or if they're scared of being called names because Jones is black(also idiotic, if they do kick them in the ass with it).

Al Franken is a miserable little two-faced socialist(not exactly a surprise, is it?).
And speaking of miserable little two-faced politicians,
On Special Report with Bret Baier, a video of Joe Biden from May 12, 2006 was discussed. In this video, Biden told us to not trust a president who spys.

Why would Lerner want to take the 5th?  Crap like this:
"Before Lois Lerner (photo right) took us before the federal judge, her last offer was for me to promise to never run for office again. That was always part of their demands," Salvi said. "Before that last offer, another FEC representative that reported to Lerner wanted $200,000 and a promise not to run."

Knowing his $1.1 million campaign loan to himself was legal, Salvi rejected the initial settlement offer from FEC attorney Colleen Sealander. In later conversations, Sealander lowered the amount to $100,000, then $40,000, but always with the additional promise to never run for office again.

"Every time we talked, I refused the offer, and Colleen said she'd have to check with someone," Salvi said. "I finally told her I'd like to talk to whomever she reported. That's when I got a call from Lois Lerner."

Screw Staples

They decided they didn't want nasty gun  businesses to enter their contest("But please keep spending your money with us"), and when it blew up in their face they now want to play "We'll change the rules for next time; so keep giving us your money."


“I actually think it’s probably a mistake to call for a special counsel – actually what it’s called now – because they’re appointed by Eric Holder and that’s really the fox guarding the hen house,” Cornyn, Senate minority whip, told PJ Media on Capitol Hill.

“No accountability, and just rife with conflicts of interest.”
Well, those are Holder's strong points.
And yeah, either dump the IRS completely, or cut it to a minimum and set flat 'no bullshit, break these and go to jail' rules.

Democrats: "We don't care what he's accused of, just give him the position and we'll worry about those investigations later."
Bad in any case; with someone intended to head the BATFE, that's another NO.

And just because:

Did some dry-fire practice last night,

and it's working nice and slick with the PDB CLP recipe.  I'm going to leave it uncleaned for a while, see how it holds up.

Also going to pick something I shoot whenever can and let it get REALLY dirty, then clean it with this stuff.

Remington Golden Bullets have become a pain.  They(mostly) go bang, but noticed the other day that extracting them from the K-22 was VERY stiff.  And no, wasn't just dirty, as put in some Federals and they popped right out after firing.  Add to that a number of misfires, and that a couple of semi-auto pistols and a rifle I've tried them in don't even like to feed them, and they're a problem.  Supply troubles ease off, I'm going to use these up and replace them with other brands.

Found thanks to Tam, Daddy Bear has opinions on the excuses/defenses for the NSA spying:
The collection is broad in scope because more narrow collection would limit our ability to screen for and identify terrorism related communications. Acquiring this information allows us to make connections related to terrorist activities over time. The FISA Court specifically approved this method of collection as lawful, subject to stringent restrictions. — That’s the point, jackass.  Your ability to collect information on our citizens is supposed to be limited, and it’s not supposed to be easy.  If you believe that someone is a terrorist, then get a warrant specifically for that person, and do your damn job.  And don’t insult me by talking about how you went through FISA on this and they were OK with your methods.  FISA is not much more than a rubber stamp on your efforts.  I’ve seen reports that they reject about 1% of the warrant requests you all make, and if these latest revelations show what they approve of, just how horrendous are the ones they reject?
Read it all.  He's pissed at the politicians involved, and the professionals in the intelligence field going along with it.

"We finally got that briefing the President said we'd already had, but they wouldn't answer some of the questions."

And now I'm going to edge and mow before the temps get nasty.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

From the Dark and Fascist State of New Jersey:

The measure would allow cops — without a warrant — to thumb through a cell phone to determine if a driver was talking or texting when an accident occurred. It requires officers to have "reasonable grounds" to believe the law was broken.

Also from the D&FSoNJ, I hope she gets both ears, the tail and the balls of the clowns responsible.

Dear Officer Friendly:

Hell no.
Sincerely, etc.
Gun distributors are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Maryland law states that gun buyers should not have to wait more than seven days to receive a firearm, while Maryland police are requesting as much as 10 weeks to process the background checks.

From James, what a 8mm rifle bullet does to a S&W barrel.

(some bits added to this part)
On the CLP tryout, it did a nice job of cleaning out the barrel & chambers; not the most strenuous test, thanks to modern ammunition most anythings does on .22s.
Speaking of which, if you've never seen one, here's a mostly-disassembled S&W K-frame revolver
Here you see the frame & barrel, sideplate, trigger unit, hammer unit, cylinder latch & thumbpiece, mainspring, trigger rebound slide & spring, hammer block, cylinder crane and cylinder unit.

'Mostly-disassembled' because
Did not remove the firing pin & spring from the frame
Did not remove the ejector rod/extractor assembly from the cylinder
Did not disassemble the trigger and hammer units
Did not remove the cylinder lock from the frame.
The trigger and hammer units, you only fully disassemble if they actually REQUIRE it for work/repair.  The hammer, for instance has
Mainspring stirrup and pin
Sear and pin and spring
In this case the firing pin is mounted in the frame; in a lot of them it's pinned into the hammer and properly referred to as the hammer nose.  In any case, that's a number of small parts I leave the hell alone unless they REQUIRE something be done.  Since they're all working, if it was really nasty I'd flush them out with brake cleaner and a brush, then lube.

The trigger group has the trigger and five other parts, including a spring; and I'm not messing with removing them unless actually needed.

The units were cleaned out as needed, and everything wiped clean with the CLP and left overnight*.  Just wiped them down, added a dab of CLP where needed and reassembled.  Feels nice & smooth, as it should.  I'll do some dry-fire practice, and the range next time I can, and see if it stays that way.

This pistol wasn't real dirty, but it was the dirtiest available; I've always been pretty much a 'if you shoot it, clean it' sort, so nothing gets very bad before it gets taken care of.  I need to let something go a while and get seriously dirty, then try this stuff on it.

*because I ran out of time, not due to horrible/nasty/'let it soak' condition

Yeah, all just another mistake, I'm sure

A bipartisan group of 24 senators has sent a letter to the EPA, demanding that the agency explain why it leaked the names and personal information of more than 80,000 farmers and ranchers to left-wing organizations. In April, the EPA admitted the information had leaked in a story broken by
Considering the EPA, anybody who claims they don't know why they'd do this is either a liar or a fool.

Which somehow fits in with this: you can't buy the same "I'm stuffed-up" meds you used to, and the ones you can buy you're treated like you just asked for morphine, but
The Obama administration will stop trying to limit sales of emergency contraception pills, making the morning-after pill available to women of all ages without a prescription.

And don't think you can count on doctor-patient confidentiality; that doesn't count anymore.
And note that the police in Illinois don't seem to give a damn about that troublesome 4th Amendment crap, either.

Something I tend to think another effect(NOT a side-effect) of the NSA spying on everybody:
For the most part, this website has gone quiet since the beginning of the year. The Grapevine thread which used to be very active has had no posts since March. The Fast and Furious page has had nothing except a cartoon since February, The ATF-EEO violations thread has had nothing since January. 
I'm sure veiled and not so veiled threats have been made to ATF Special Agents that they are to keep their mouths shut if they want to keep their badge. I do realize that correlation isn't causation but I don't think CUATF going quiet is just happenstance. While I do think ATF needs a permanent director, I don't think B. Todd Jones is the person for the job.
And how might they know just who to threaten, I wonder?
On the subject of ATF and Jones being pushed for director,
The Senate Judiciary Committee will soon hold hearings regarding B. Todd Jones, Barrack Obama’s nominee to become the next Director of ATF. By any rational measure, Jones has been a pathetic disgrace and utter failure as ATF's Acting Director. He represents exactly what is wrong with the Bureau; a profound lack of integrity, transparency and competence, shameless cronyism, vicious protection of the ATF management "good `ol boy club", and institutionalized corruption. His confirmation as Director will only ensure that what was once one of the world's greatest law enforcement agencies will contine to decline and fail in its primary mission. If anything, Jones should be summarily fired, if not prosecuted for his breathtaking malfeasance as Acting Director.

While it is certainly true that ATF desperately needs a permanent Director, can't we do better than this? In a nation of over 300 million people, can't we find someone who actually has the basic integrity, commitment to justice, and elemental competence to finally put an end to the embarrassing plague of disgusting corruption and managerial stupidity that has paralyzed the Bureau for far too many years?
A list of their problems with Jones follows; it's, ah, 'extensive' is a good word.

After the range the other day, as extraction on some ammo was getting sticky on the K-22, I broke it down to give it a serious cleaning with the PDB home-brew CLP.  I'll put it back together later and see how it feels.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Seems Rubio is a standard-issue lying

politician.  Selling us out for votes(he hopes).

Yes, I went to the range.  Yes, it helped.  No, the hand/wrist are not all the way back up to snuff; that's going to take a while, I fear.
And the range had some Federal .22 AutoMatch ammo in, so got a box.

Snork... And for the record, cops down here only shoot at Yankees that might be armed. At everybody else, they ask what they carry, compare notes and lately share info on where to get ammo at a decent price..

"We can't say who illegally leaked your information

because the law protects them."
Can you say 'Coverup to protect the guilty'?  I knew you could.

"A few low-level agents' my ass" #47:
The heart of the effort to target tea-party and other conservative groups, we are learning, occurred in Washington, and that is likely why five D.C.-based IRS officials who are connected to the targeting have retired, resigned, been replaced, or been put on administrative leave, since news of the scandal broke in mid May. They include Holly Paz, who last week, according to an IRS source, was replaced as director of Rulings and Agreements, the division that oversaw the targeting of conservative groups; Washington lawyer Carter Hull, who is accused of micromanaging the processing of tea-party cases, and who, according to IRS sources, requested his retirement package on March 12; the commissioner of the agency’s Tax Exempt and Government Entities division, Joseph Grant, who retired on June 3; former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who resigned days after news of the scandal broke; and the director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations division, Lois Lerner, who was placed on administrative leave only after refusing to tender her resignation, according to Iowa’s Chuck Grassley. All five are or were based in the IRS’s headquarters on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.

The President of Chile just owned Obama.
I'll bet that if he'd speak, he'd tell you "I did it to show what I think of him; that I could take his chair and he'd do nothing."

Three felonies a day.  Without trying or knowing.  Add that to the current 'We know what you're doing/where/with who' crap...

What is it with some of these clowns and Jews?  Do the evil nasty Joooooos make them all damp in the panties or something?

The rules of etiquette and public ceremony George Washington tried to live by.

Ever heard of Doggerland?

I hadn't.  Interesting finds on changes at the end of the last ice age.

Another sock-puppet anti-gun page.  And Bruce Holbert is a damned liar.

That's all I've got right now.  I need some range therapy.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Amazing what all can get done when you decide "Screw the interwebs"

for a few days.  Family stuff, and well done.

Little while ago(not this weekend) I made a trip to visit someone in Texas I hadn't seen in far too long.  Afterward I wrote up a short "Here's how it went", so to make up for not bitching and screaming about things the last couple of days, I'll throw it in.

600 miles total.  Almost exactly, in fact, 599.6 by my odometer.   Almost all highway.  Overall mileage 47 mpg.  Be it noted that I spent most of those highway miles between 70-80, NOT including
the tieup in Moore(both ways),
the two tieups in Fort Worth(southbound),
and the rain.
About those tieups:
If there’d been a way to go around Moore, I’d have done it; however, trying to take streets would’ve gone through/right by areas hammered by the tornado where it would’ve been worse.  So I-35 it was.  Which led to remembering something my daughter occasionally says: “Sometimes I hate people.”

Understand that the highway department cleared 35 fast as they could; it IS an interstate highway, plus it was needed for transport into and out of the disaster area.  So all lanes were open, and there were big “No slowing in this area” signs, but.  All the slowdown in the stretch where the storm had crossed, where the damage was visible, was from idiots slowing down to look.  And once one idiot does that and slows the flow, it’s a chain-reaction that screws things up for-bloody-ever.  So it was.

Once south of there(literally ‘just south’; soon as cars passed the damage area they sped up) things went back to normal speed.  So I was able to stay up at normal cruising till just north of Fort Worth- with a stop for gas and water in Ardmore- where two things coincided: it started raining, and a construction area. The rain, no big deal; stopped under an overpass long enough to put on the rainsuit(as Og notes, Frog Toggs are great).  The construction...

Is there something about people in Fort Worth that makes them react to ‘construction’ signs by slowing down no matter what?  Was it the rain? Because the construction was that the shoulders were closed.
That’s it.
No lanes closed, no accidents, traffic reduced to stop & go for more than a mile by closed shoulders.

Got through that and things sped up, until the approach to downtown Fort Worth... if I worked in that area I’d either find different hours to work or some way other than highways to get around, because it was as bad as the construction area without the excuse of construction.  Except this went on for a longer distance.

Second good note: the Michelin Pilot Road 3 tires I put on a few months ago work quite well on wet pavement. Which was a damn good thing for multiple reasons, including reducing some of the stress of being caught in the middle of that mess in rain.

Just before the southern edge of Fort Worth the rain had ended, or passed just north of, or whatever.  And at that point I really needed to get off and stretch a bit, so found a gas station and refueled, took off the suit and sucked down a bottle of water before continuing south.

If you’re not familiar with roads in this region, there’s not a lot of curves to enjoy, it’s plains and low rolling hills, but you can cover a lot of territory on them.  Counting the slowdowns, it only took about 4.5 hours, including stops, to cover 300 miles.  Yeah, that’s speeding a good piece of the way, though it’s less speeding than ‘keeping up with traffic flow’; almost NOBODY was doing the speed limit(and who the hell decided 65 was the max safe speed on long stretches of mostly straight road in good condition, anyway?)  Then, a ways south of FW it changed to 75, which meant 80 did a nice job of keeping up with traffic.  Long as you stay in the outside lane so as to not trouble the people in a hurry.

Third good  note: that gelpad I picked up last year is nice, as I don’t have enough of my padding located in the suitable parts of my ass for long distances.

Notables of Waco on this trip: Good visit with someone I hadn’t seen in quite a while. There’s a Mexican restaurant called Ninfa’s with damn good food.  The Waco zoo is small, but nicely done, and I’m told they have land to expand onto and are fairly constantly improving things. Reminds me a lot of the OKC zoo about twenty years ago, and that’s a good thing.  And stopped by to check out a place called the Gun Laundry; a small selection of rifles and pistols for sale, but the primary business is cleaning, using a ultrasonic tank for the bulk of it: prices for types of firearms listed inside.

Then back up to Oklahoma.
Return trip, take out the rain(except for the sprinkle in Waco just as I stopped for gas, causing a certain amount of “Dammit, not again!”) and the bloody-awful mess in Fort Worth and it’s about the same.  Fort Worth was so much better because of it being a Sunday; so a couple of slow spots(slow in this case meaning ‘down to 55’) but otherwise clear; MUCH less stressful than heavy/nasty/awful Friday traffic in rain, too.

Stopped at Cabela’s just north of Fort Worth to look around a bit.  Lots of ammo, long as you’re not looking for .308/7.62, .223/5.56, .45, 9mm, etc.  Just before I left they brought out two just-arrived cases of Remington .22 bulk-pack and one of some new Winchester varmint stuff. Which were disappearing very quickly, as they were the ONLY .22 ammo in the place.  And I finally saw a couple of boxes of the new Speer .30 Carbine with Gold Dot softpoints: 20-round box for $35.  No, I did not get a box to try.  They had an empty space marked as Hornady .30 Carbine with FTX bullet; I’d like to try that stuff, too, though spending $70 for forty rounds of 'try it out' is a bit much for me(hint hint, anybody want me to test the stuff?)  Looking over the reloading gear, anything in the usual calibers was gone, brass and bullets both.  Primers were all marked ‘out of stock’, and powder was ‘Ask one of our associates if in stock’.

Yes, still screwed-up traffic in Moore.  Did notice that, on the northbound side, someone had taken a piece of plywood and put up a ‘house for sale’ sign.  Then home, with the Security Staff announcing “You’re back!  We haven’t been able to check p-mail for DAYS!!  And feed us!” 

An that is your short & simple travelogue.