Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Practice your Second Amendment rights...

But what's the Second Amendment without the "keep and bear arms" part?

Quick update.

It's off to reeducation camp for the Rev. Mosteller.

More "hope and change"?

Scratch the "hope" if you're a U.S. citizen,

National Review notes:
It appears that the president aims to unilaterally overhaul a critical visa program to usher in a flood of cheap foreign labor, crowding thousands of American workers out of their jobs and potentially discouraging many more from reentering the workplace.
Obama continues to stack the deck against America's middle class, despite his claims that he's its champion.

Anti-gun lawsuit fails

A lawsuit filed in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings has been dismissed. Two ammo sellers who were defendants have been awarded attorneys fees.

Eleanor Roosevelt was a pistol packin' mama

Or was it a pistol packin' granny?

For those who may doubt the authenticity, even HuffPo vouches for it.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Back in the saddle, so to speak

Picked up a new budget-minded entry level laptop today.

The one I've been using died precisely three years after its month of manufacture over the weekend.

While I had access to my better and beefier desktop, I've become accustomed to web surfing and blogging on a laptop.

Guess what I'm saying is, I only had limited contact and did limited reading the past few days.

I also spent a day pressure washing the deck and doing some paint touch up around the house exterior.

I should be back to posting on a regular schedule soon. Once I figure out some of these Windows 8 quirks.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Meanwhile, in Europe...

A journalist and former campaign aide to Iran's president defects.

How's he assess nuclear talks underway in Switzerland?

From the UK Telegraph:
In his television interview, Mr Mottaghi also gave succour to western critics of the proposed nuclear deal, which has seen the White House pursue a more conciliatory line with Tehran than some of America’s European allies in the negotiating team, comprising the five permanent members of the UN security council and Germany. 
“The US negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” he said.

Montana transitioning into a secret police state?

Over at Sipsey Street, Mike Vanderboegh notes:
Montana House Bill 633 will require members of the media to obtain a $100 permit and a release waiver to film or photograph police officers or face a fine of $500.
And yes, the bill is progressing through the Montana legislature.

More on Jade Helm

The UK Daily Mail recaps some of the blog and other media coverage on the upcoming military training exercise in the southwestern U.S. to be called Jade Helm 15.

Among circumstances noted by the Daily Mail:
The Houston Chronicle reports that, among the planned exercises, soldiers will attempt to operate undetected among civilian populations. 
Residents, in turn, will be asked to report suspicious activity in order to gauge the effectiveness of the soldiers.
Here's where claims by the military that the exercise is designed to better equip soldiers for overseas deployment shows a credibility gap.

Seems to me,  it should easier for American soldiers to operate on American terrain  and undetected among an American population, than it would be to operate on foreign turf, where a foreign presence and cultural differences would set them apart.

So much for the argument of "realistic" training.

Want realistic training? Find a region near where troops might actually be deployed, a place where the native population is culturally similar. Go practice there.

Regardless of intent, to know there's a military exercise planned in six or seven states where the training scenario is to put down an insurgency, and the tactics involve moving and operating active duty forces undetected is a bit unnerving.

Yes, military exercises on civilian turf are nothing new in America. But the scope and scale is widening at the same time the executive branch of the government has chosen to go in some very rogue directions, bypassing constitutional limits or checks and balances.

Can't say I blame those who find this whole Jade Helm 15 thing a bit unnerving.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Army defends Jade Helm 15

So, the Army says it's not training to put down a stateside rebellion. 

Maybe not.

Maybe it's just a grand indulgence in government waste, when the money spent could be better used deploying troops to fight real enemies overseas.

Is this how Armageddon gets started?

Today's Don and Doug program was a good one, if I do say so myself.

Levels of government insanity, reckless, and betrayal appear to be at unprecedented levels.

How much time do we have left before something big blows up... or civilization simply crumbles?

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Locked out

It didn't just happen on the Germanwings flight.

Stilton Jarlsberg at Hope n' Change Cartoons notes the intentional isolation of Obama and his rogue executive branch.
We feel the descent in the pits of our stomachs. We hear the shake and rattle of structures stressed beyond their limits. We don't know where we're going anymore, but do know it isn't good. And above all, we feel helpless because Barack Obama has locked us out.

The Germanwings descent took eight minutes before the crash.

Obama's been given eight years, time enough to deliver descent in a more gradual manner as to not alert or alarm most the masses until it's too late.

But unless someone pulls up on the yoke, breaks us free from intentional decline and begins a reversal, where will America be 22 months from now?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

High minimum wage off to a rocky start

Prices rise, businesses close, some workers take home less.

It's what's happened in places like San Francisco and Oakland, CA after a mandatory higher minimum wage kicked in.

The 15 dollar minimum wage is a biz buster where it's being applied.

And yet progressives want it nationally.

So I have to ask, what's their real agenda?

Show me your papers...

Sounds like NYC's gonna start checking IDs to make sure preschoolers are of legal (apple juice) drinking age. 

As I've been saying to some time now, America's no longer a land of the free or home of the brave.

Land of the regulated, home of the compliant seems much more accurate.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Wider military presence in North Georgia mountains

Mike Vanderboegh at Sipsey Street takes note of an article in a recent newsletter from Georgia ForestWatch:

"Expanding military training activities in Cooper Creek"

The U.S. military seems to be deploying troops in more and more places, covering wider and wider areas.

All passed off as "training", of course.

Obamacare, Obamanet... Is Obamanuke next?

Remember the Nancy Pelosi line about Obamacare?

Went something like: "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it."

Years later, we're still trying to figure out how bad that sucker really is.

More recently, there was Net Neutrality, the FCC's grab, pushed by President Obama, to regulate the Internet.

Democrats on the Federal Communications Commission pushed it through, and it was weeks later before the public was allowed to see the text.

And once they got a look at what had been done, many of Net Neutrality's biggest fans began to catch on that they'd been snookered.

Now? Obama and his tea are doing their best to cut a deal with Iran over its nuclear programs.

And The Weekly Standard reports the State Department is being quite up front, it has no plans to loop us in as this thing progresses. Yet another one where we're being told don't expect to see what's in the deal until it's signed and otherwise sown up.

Bad deals done in back rooms.

It's become the benchmark and legacy of the Obama administration.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

More domestic military exercises

Tanks in the streets and martial law?

Well, maybe no tanks, but...

A whopping big domestic deployment military training exercise is apparently planned later this summer, one with operations planned in at least several states.

A document posted online (I first saw it linked on Drudge) is short on describing the exercise scenario, but the map is interesting.

From: Request to Conduct Realistic Training Jade Helm 15
U.S. Army Special Operations Command
If the doc is authentic and accurate, looks to me like DoD might be prepping for some kind of Aztlan uprising by reconquistas.  Or maybe some kind of all-out assault on the U.S. by Mexican cartels and paramilitary.

But those are just guesses on my part.

If the Pentagon's prepping to wage war against irregular or occupying forces along our southwestern border region, seems like it might be a good idea for Washington to finally take action to tighten up security along our now porous border. It's well past time to get more picky about who's allowed to cross.

Update: Don and I plan to discuss Jade Helm 15 on Friday's webcast.

Go ahead and chuck that Coke or beer can on that hot fire...

Got a tip from a chimney sweep the other day.

During fireplace season, toss an crumpled aluminum can or two onto burning fires.

Heated aluminum will release magnesium. Magnesium degrades creosote, thereby reducing buildup in your fireplace and chimney.

Went to check it out on the Internet, and found several posts or articles detailing the benefit.

Here's just one.

Persecuting Israel

It seems President Obama is angry with Israeli voters for not delivering the regime change he wanted.

Obama is now said to be considering retaliation against Israel via the UN.
According to several administration officials, the Obama administration is now seriously considering agreeing to the passage of a United Nations Security Council resolution "embodying the principles of a two-state solution that would include Israel’s 1967 borders with Palestine and mutually agreed swaps of territory," according to The New York Times.
The Obama administration continues to willfully erode and degrade America's long standing ally relationship with Israel.

Obama's vindictive position on Israel might be interpreted to line up with end times prophesy where Israel must stand alone against enemies.

Obama wants mandatory voting

Seriously, this guy Obama really, really, really doesn't like how things are supposed to work in America.

Sounds to me like he wants the masses of uninformed sheeple marched to the polls, forced to cast votes in elections. 

This is the same guy who has a wife telling black voters not the think for themselves, that they have to vote Democrat.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Simple math

Checking out at a big box store yesterday, my purchases rang up at $16.04.

I handed the clerk a twenty, and he punched the payment into the register. Then he got a worried look on his face.

After maybe a three second pause, he reaches for the register next to his, and starts punching in data.
A look of relief comes to his face.

He then disbursed my $3.98 in change.

As I walked out of the store, my receipt supported of my suspicion.

The cashier had accidentally punched in my payment as $16.04 rather than a twenty, and he apparently had no idea how to figure how much I was due back without resorting to electronic intervention.

Move over Americans, wage-cutting immigrants want your jobs

 Via Breitbart:
Massive layoffs are being spearheaded by the multi-billion dollar Southern California Edison utilities company, which is terminating scores of American IT workers and replacing them with immigrant IT workers, from a slew of foreign counties, who are willing to work for far less compensation. These immigrants are in the U.S. on an H-1B visa program.
And it's not just Breitbart picking up on the Edison games.

LA Times had the story a month ago.

Meanwhile, out west in Seattle...

Minimum wage rises to $15 an hour...

And restaurants are closing.

Building Utopia is harder than it looks to a political base that's economically illiterate.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Still around, but kinda pricey these days

Every build plastic scale models as a kid?

Airplanes, cars, military vehicles, ships. As a kid growing up in the '60s and '70s, I built and collected a pretty wide variety.

So, tonight in a craft store, I saw similar model kits on the shelves.

Glad to see these kits are still around, but posted prices pretty much blew me away.

How much longer can these games go on?

If money still had real value, would they be giving it away? 

Fundamental Transformation

Al Sharpton and Obama's DoJ gang rode into Ferguson, Missouri promising social justice and other fundamental changes. 

What they've accomplished appears to be stirring an exodus from the city. 

If he could only see us now...

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the rights of the people by the gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." - James Madison

Vlad's back

No coup. Maybe no flu.

Where ever he's been for the past 10 days, Russia's Putin has reappeared, and is sending his navy into the Arctic in a big way.

Many conspiracy theories being spouted over the weekend... but where ever he was for 10 days, Vlad Putin's returned to the public light.

The BBC notes:
Commenting on the rumours about his health, Mr Putin said "things would be boring without gossip", RIA Novosti news agency reported. 
Earlier, Mr Putin ordered Russia's navy on to a state of full combat readiness in the Arctic. 
Russia says the navy drills involve 56 warships, planes and 38,000 personnel.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Old school comms

Hadn't done one of these since about 1977, but I did a CB install on my 2000 Ford Ranger Friday night.

I actually have a two meter transceiver I was going to put in the Ranger, but got an itch to do a CB install first. I put the antenna on the tool box even though half the world says that's a no-no.

An aluminum truck mirror mount worked well on the box. The second half clamp is inside the box. Because tool boxes are notorious for being poorly grounded (thus the naysayers), I went ahead and and ran two grounding straps from the antenna mount down to the metal bed ties covered by the box.

Antenna cable got routed under the box, then out over the front of the bed, and down into a structural column on the bed's front left. I made a couple of loops in good places where the cable could be secured, then it was over to the bottom of the cab, and up through the bottom of the rear passenger side door. Squeezed the R58 cable under the floor door trim (without remova)l then up under the glove box area to complete the run to the cab front center.

Eighteen feet of cable made for a nice run, just a wee bit to spare.

Got nearly flat SWR readings using an '80s era original Cobra 19 after initial antenna adjustments. But a newer Uniden 980SSB shows in the range of 1 to 1.5 on both its internal meter and the Radio Shack external one I used with the Cobra.

For now, the Uniden's sitting on the truck floor which puts controls within easy reach of the driver. My thinking is to fashion a verticle rack with some scrap angle iron, something I can pick up and move to the minivan I sometimes drive. I'm thinking that two meter radio I have can piggyback on rack as well when the comms accessorizing gets to the next phase.

And I sort of cheated getting power to this rig. I have one of those Ford trucks where the cigarette lighter clip on the dash bezel broke years ago. So took the bezel loose, fished out the lighter and wires, and repurposed the circuit for CB, splicing in just behind the bezel.  I also found a round switch at an auto parts store that fits in the old lighter hole, giving me a power kill switch and an LED light that glows when power's on to the radio.

I'd planned to pick up a junker CB AM/SSB radio for the truck, and I still might. But I'm really liking the Uniden, which I originally intended as a base.  The 980SSB has a channel scan function I really like. Going back to click, click, click manual scanning might be tough to do. I want to work a few more contacts and spend more time with the Uniden before doing a more thorough review.

For two meters, I'll have to run DC power straight from the battery. More of a chore than I want to bite into right now.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

CB rules have changed

FCC rules for Citizens Band radio have changed over the years.

Most notably, no license is required like it was back in the CB craze days of the 1970s.

At the same time, new parts have been added to FCC Part 95, Subpart D...

According to a CB Service Rules guide I received with a new radio, CB usage now comes with environmental restrictions under SS95.406(B):
If your CB station will be constructed in an environmentally sensitive site, or will be operated in such a manner to raise environmental problems, under SS1.1307 of this chapter, you must provide an environmental assessment, as set forth in SS1.1311 of this chapter, and undergo the environmental review, SS1312 of this chapter before commencement of construction.
Wouldn't want that new 4-watt CB station doing any harm to rare bugs or plants, now would we?

Makes me wonder.

What kind of environmental restrictions might the FCC put on the Internet now that its grabbed regulatory control? Any chance people living in "environmentally sensitive" locations may someday be required to conduct a study and undergo environmental review before having a burrowed cable run to their house?

Monday, March 9, 2015

C'mon. Is this really racism?

Did you see the story on CNN blasting Ferguson, Missouri code enforcement for "stealing" a woman's car from beside her house?

From CNN:
Loistine Hoskin cared for her old car as a sentimental possession, missing a tire while parked beside her home, until one day the city ticketed her for having a "derelict vehicle in driveway." 
A tow truck took it away in 2009.
CNN's report seems to contend the owner being cited and fined for code violations is evidence of racial targeting of African Americans by city officials in Ferguson.

But is it?

Since CNN seemed outraged about a woman's "derelict" three-wheeled car being seized from her yard in 2009 (after notice of it being a code violation) let's go west, and look at an example of a local California county's code.

How does Sacramento County, California handle an inoperable, dismantled, or wrecked vehicle on private property?
It is unlawful to park or store, or permit others to park or store, automotive vehicles and trailers without current registration or in an inoperable condition on any lot in any residential, interim-residential, interim-estate, recreation, agricultural, interim-agricultural, or agricultural-residential zone unless they are stored in a fully enclosed building. 
Sacramento County's website also says.:
What are the Sacramento County Abatement Procedures?
The procedures are as follows:  
1. A complaint is received
2. An Officer investigates the complaint
a. If there is no violation, the case is closed
b. If the vehicle is gone on arrival, the case is closed
c. If the vehicle is abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, unregistered, or appears to have been parked for more than 72 hours, the vehicle is posted with a notice of intent to abate (remove).
3. Upon re-inspection:
a. If the vehicle is brought into voluntary compliance, the case is closed
b. If the vehicle has not been brought into compliance, the vehicle may be towed and fees imposed
c. If the vehicle poses a threat to safety, the vehicle can be immediately towed. 
Sacramento County explains its rationale...
The presence, accumulation and storage of abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative vehicles creates conditions likely to reduce the value of real property in the area, promote blight and deterioration, attract crime, create a fire hazard, act as harborage for rodents and insects, and is injurious to the public peace, health, safety and general welfare. 
A derelict vehicle in violation of code can also be cause for cancellation of homeowner's insurance, or for an insurer not to pay if damage or injury result from the vehicle being in non-compliance.

CNN looks exceedingly stupid for piling on Ferguson for "stealing" a lady's car, and for allowing the owner's claim that she "took it to work everyday" to go unchallenged. Yes, this is the same car that CNN also reports was missing a tire.

Meanwhile, if the Department of Justice is making a big deal over code enforcement over things like derelict vehicles, or  fallen trees on a residential property, how long before code enforcement in nearly every other community in America come under DOJ scrutiny?

Once again, they assume you're stupid

The White House now says Barack Obama communicated with Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, through Clinton's private email account... The same private email account Barack Obama says he didn't know Clinton had until recent media reports.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Actions speak louder than words

Little more than a week after Iran used cruise missiles to blow up a life-size mock-up of a U.S. aircraft carrier, Wolf Blitzer on CNN wonders aloud if Iran's use of "death to America" is just a slogan.

And cable news wonders why it's losing viewers?

Seasonally adjusted deceptions

Every wonder how seasonally adjusted "jobs numbers" from the government vary when contrasted with unmolested stats?

The Wall Street Journal provides a peek:
The U.S. economy lost more than 2.7 million jobs between the middle of December and the middle of January, but the big news from the January jobs report was that the economy added 275,000 jobs during the same period.
The so-called seasonally adjusted numbers, as applied today, seem nothing more than a tool used by government to cheer lead a sluggish economy, a means to keep the people from realize how poorly our economy performs in its current over-regulated and government-adjusted state.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Popular Mechanics evolves with times

My list might be a little different that the one at Popular Mechanics, but what's important is that more people are beginning to assess what they'll need when the next phase of the unraveling gets here.

DC's Snow Day Rebellion

What happens when government imposes excessive rules and regs?

People just ignore them. 

Folks in DC are no exception. 

From sledding to snowball fights, dozens of children and their parents took to Capitol Hill Thursday afternoon to protest a controversial sledding ban.  
Capitol Police have refused to lift the sledding ban, but some parents organized a “sled in” on the west lawn of the Capitol to put a spotlight on the unpopular rule.  
The snow day provided ample opportunity for the children and their parents to challenge the sledding ban.  

There's a quote widely attributed to Winston Churchill. 

"If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law." 

American bureaucracy exceeded any practical limit long ago. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Innovation often triggers a few raised eyebrows

And an adapted vending machine in Pennsylvania is said to be doing just that:

From BeaverCountian.com:
A vending machine operated by a candidate for Beaver County Sheriff that distributes firearms ammunition is raising some eyebrows. The machine is installed inside of the Beaver Valley Rifle & Pistol Club, offering both rifle and handgun ammunition and operating in the same fashion as vending machines commonly used to sell snack foods.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Gabby's back....

Look who shows up in DC peddling gun control while the GOP wallows in surrender sauce.

Bibi was exploited by disingenuous Republicans

My congressman spoke from the House floor immediately following the Netanyahu address. 

Grieves me to say, today's GOP has stooped low enough to exploit excitement over the Israeli prime minister's address to slip through DHS funding that includes money to move ahead on executive action amnesty.

So, my letter to Congressman Woodall;

Using an address to Congress by the Israeli prime minister to distract from a fast moving push to fund Obama's executive amnesty is beyond shameful. 
You seem more than complicit with this action. As you appeared on the House floor following Netanyahu, you promised transparently, yet you deflected to some marginal bill about passenger rail reform. Lessons of history make it ironic that you chose now to express concern that America pass reform to get our trains running on time. 
We have entered a dark era in American history, one that's pushed forward by a Congress full of members who shirk their oath to uphold the Constitution.  
You should be ashamed at the way the GOP has sold out for cheap perks promised to the elites as part of Obama's fundamental transformation.  
Today's action may escape immediate notice by most Americans. But it will be common knowledge on election day 2016.

Worse than cowards

It appears to me John Boehner and the GOP leadership are using Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress as a distraction.

While we're cheering Netanyahu, Boehner's busy engineering surrend to Obama on executive amnesty.

Watching the Republican Party leaders use Netanyahu in this way is unforgivable.

How many traitors can be recruited with a $400,000 media push?

Republican complicity with Obama's unconstitutional power grab is no longer in the shadows. 

John Lewis fails to meet the challenge

Last month, Atlanta Congressman John Lewis said he and other black members of Congress would skip today's speech by Benjamin Netanyahu because it was "legislative overreach" for the House Speaker to invite the Israeli prime minister.

Lewis is afraid Congress is infringing on Obama's territory?

Gimme a break.

Have we heard Lewis criticize Obama's replacing legislation with executive orders on things like immigration amnesty?

Has Lewis dared to speak up as the White House ponders bypassing Congress, and looks at enacting new taxation by the stroke of Obama's pen?

I suspect John Lewis is no longer up to the intellectual challenge of serving on Congress.

Democrats expect Boehner to cave on executive amnesty

Unclear, however, whether they have a promise in writing or even one verbally expressed.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Intriguing report as Netanyahu heads to Washington

What would the status of Obama's presidency be today if he had ordered U.S. forces to shoot down Israeli military planes last year?

There's a report that says he indeed gave Israel such a warning if it moved to target Iranian nuke facilities.

Yes, the report has only indirect sourcing. Yet it seems in line with the way Obama and John Kerry see and treat Israel, so I find it intriguing.

How would American military personnel have responded if given such an order?

How would Americans have reacted had cable news suddenly started airing reports of Obama-ordered forces shooting down Israeli jets to protect Iran?

Brings to mind another matter. What's Benjamin Netanyahu going to say once he's in DC?

I've never seen the kind of counter push the White House is dishing out before a speech is even given. It's almost like the White House knows Netanyahu has information gravely detrimental to the administration.

I guess the big question is, how far will Bibi go in laying his cards on the table at this particular time?

Goodbye World - a review

Watched an interesting apocalyptic tale on Netflix last night.

You might call Goodbye World a prepper movie, and it does have good points in that direction.

In the story, as the country come under a massive cyber attack, a band of friends reunite at the mountain home of two members of their old college crowd who have chosen a back-to-basics life.

Theatrical poster via Wikipedia
No, this isn't a prepper manual movie, but here are some of the lessons I took away from it:

  • Not all preppers are politically conservative. Nor will those be who seek out the help from prepper friends when an unraveling starts.
  • You're not necessarily nuts if you have a store room full of supplies like food and medicine.
  • Not all preppers are 40 or older.
  • Excessive use of alcohol or recreational drugs can be detrimental to group effectiveness and cohesion. This is true if done individually, but especially so in group settings.
  • The best laid plans of prepping can be quickly undone if a means of resisting those who would take your preps is not cooked into your plans. This is story where most the members seem appalled at possession of firearms, but... 
The characters here are solidly bent to the political left, know that going in. The story's set in northern California, so politically left is the norm. Adult themes of sex, drinking and smoking weed are woven into the story line, This probably isn't one to watch with the kiddies.

Not badly acted, and well produced for what it is. Critics mostly panned the film, but I'm not sure if it was the film itself they panned, or if their reception was jaded by resistance to the story line, by personal denial of what the world might quickly become if the virtual trappings of their lives were suddenly stripped away.

Any apocalyptic flick that has potential to get people 40 and younger thinking "what if" is probably a good thing. This one strikes me as better than most in being able to penetrate a scoffing youthful mindset, and sow a few mental seeds that bad things can happen on a society-wide scale, and that today's high tech society is perhaps especially vulnerable to a rapid unraveling.