Sunday, March 26, 2017

Paging Speaker Ryan...

Sent by a friend regarding last week's ugly health care bill debacle in the House of Representatives:
"Mr. Ryan, you continue with your mantra, that the GOP is now a governing party not an opposition party. These are words that apply to you. You failed to develop a plan that embraced market capitalism and you did not involve the GOP conservatives in the early phases of drafting your plan. You tried to force this plan through, adopted a few changes, but mostly continued with big-government ideas and much of Obamacare's essential elements. The failure to govern is on the GOP leadership. And the failure to uphold the repeal promise with an actual repeal of most of Obamacare is also on the GOP leadership. These troubling circumstances could have been avoided."
~ Mark Levin, 3/24/17 
I personally suspect many in the GOP establishment, perhaps Speaker Ryan himself, is pleased to have thrown a stumbling block in front of President Trump and his agenda.

GOP momentum has been crushed by internal division, by Ryan's exclusionary games within House Republicans.  Stalemate, both within the Republican Party, and with the Democrats, becomes order of the day.

Status quo is here to stay unless President Trump finds the means and will to blast things wide open like he did on the campaign trail last year.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cash strapped consumers

People today have been so propagandized with consumerism, many are no longer able to determine the difference between needs and wants.

Spending on frivolity is likely a key reason why so many consumers would have trouble raising cash to deal with a real emergency.
About a third of consumers say they would have trouble coming up with an emergency $2,000, according to a new study released Monday.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Deep state, Trump trends, and crashing firearms pricing...

A regular listener says this week's Don and Doug was one of our better shows.

Don offers perspective on how the so-called deep state has come to lean hard to the left.

Last 45 minutes of the program, we get into the hows and whys behind the rapid drop in some modern retail firearm prices - and what some of the ramifications may be of an apparent gun glut.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The age old question...

How much ammo is enough ammo?

Ol' Remus shares some ciphering:
Is 1,000 rounds for your battle rifle enough for a Mad Max collapse? Let's do some fifth grade arithmetic. Twenty rounds a week is 1,040 rounds a year. Or say a hundred rounds a month, which is 1,200 rounds a year. About the same. Figure three years and it comes to 3,120 to 3,600 rounds. Call it 3,000 rounds. So, 1,000 rounds seems low. If it's too much you end up with a surplus and bragging rights. If it's not enough you end up dead. Or you may end up dead with a surplus. 
Look at it another way, a Mad Max collapse with extra Mad. One firefight a month using 160 rounds each, which is 8 twenty-round magazines, comes to 1,920 rounds per year. Let's be optimistic and assume you can survive thirty six gun battles—thirty five sure, but thirty six? Figuring three years it totals 5,760 rounds. 
If the premises are reasonable, and who knows if they are, a stash of 3,000 to 6,000 rounds would be about right. More than you have? Cheer up, it's a near certainty something other than gunfire will get you anyway.

The "leak" that played well for Trump

Tuesday was a strange night for MSNBC.

The cable news channel likely had a ratings bonanza, reporting it had a copy of a Trump tax return.

But the "leak" seems to have worked in Trump's favor, showing he paid a higher tax rate in '05 than Barack Obama in 2015.

There's also this I saw on Twitter:


Also likely working in Trump's favor, the "leak" likely threw audience that might nornmally watch CNN into MSNBC's pocket. CNN's the cable news outfit that's seems to be trying hardest to be a deliberate thorn in Trump's side.

It may be a couple days before we know how much of a hit CNN took Tuesday night, it seems Neilsen's fast-turn ratings system has had issues in recent days.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tread wear

Had trouble scaling a hillside the other day. Next day, same hillside seemed much less challenging in a new pair of hiking shoes. 

In suburbia, I can wear a pair of shoes until the soles are about slick. 

In the mountains, I notice I sometimes have trouble keeping sure footing once soles are only 50 percent gone.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Seriously?

Says here folks in places like NYC are paying up to $90k a year to make sure they have an escape boat waiting if civilization goes into collapse mode.

What are the chances the assets will still be in place - or in the same hands - in a collapse situation?

What means will be available to enforce such contracts.

Lawyers? Courts?

Gimme a break.


Friday, March 10, 2017

LIght posting

I guess you could say I'v been busy further immersing myself in the local economy and community.

Thoroughly enjoying the many things the mountains have to offer.

May even end up building a new business up here.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Bear Box

My first attempt at a "bear box."

You don't put a bear in it. It's where you put the trash can so bears don't make a mess of things.

Lumber's gotten expensive. Took about $75 worth to put this together, plus another fifteen bucks for a "wet wood" saw blade. Screws, another seven or eight bucks, plus another half box I had on hand.

Still, it comes in about $60 less than I've seen pre-assembled similar sized boxes.

And by building it myself, I could take in pieces to where I needed to place it. These things are a bear to move around once put together.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Marches, blood, even death

Ever hear a former U.S. attorney general talk like this?

Loretta Lynch: “It has been people, individuals who have banded together, ordinary people who simply saw what needed to be done and came together and supported those ideals who have made the difference. They’ve marched, they’ve bled and yes, some of them died. This is hard. Every good thing is. We have done this before. We can do this again.”

Is Lynch beseeching lawful portest in a effort to confront government policies and a presidential administration she does not like? Or has she, and the Senate Democrats who published her video, crossed the line into attempting to incite insurrection?


Reports of Trump wiretaps hiding in plain sight?

When President Trump tweet on Saturday the idea that he or Trump Tower were wiretapped by the Obama administration, most media reported he did so "without offering any evidence."





In reality, the idea of Trump or his team being wiretapped or being subject to some other kind of electronic surveillance has received significant coverage in so-called mainstream media. 

In January, the New York Times suggested FISA warrants targeting the Trump team were likely, part of a "sophisticated investigation" targeting the Trump organization.


The Times wasn't alone. 

The UK Guardian, which now says Trump cited no evidence,  previously reported of possible FISA warrants targeting the Trump organization.

The Guardian has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The Fisa court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus. According to one report, the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October, but that has not been confirmed, and it is not clear whether any warrant led to a full investigation.


HeatStreet reported FISA warrants targeting the Trump camp in November.

Two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed to Heat Street that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia.

National Review, leaning right, has also expressed concern national security assets were used to play political games, specifically raising the issue or FISA warrants.

For Trump to raise the allegation of being "wiretapped" now isn't what's suspicious. It's that he's waite so long to make it an issue. 

Gotta wonder what new information the Trump team has turned up after being in the White House a month and a half to supplement these media reports.

The possibility of the Obama administation wiretapping Trump has been hiding in plain sight ever since Obama, Biden, Clinton and others said intelligence agencies had evidence of Russia "interference."