Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Post

I wish each and all a better and preferably a prosperous New Year.

Nothing much else to say at this juncture. Stay Safe tonight.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Clear skys, quiet out, D.C. is sleeping.

Over at Western Rifle Shooters Association is a post that leaves me chilled.
At the same time though, new music for me to enjoy(new to me anyway) and I have been an admirer of Mark Knopfler for years.

Been doing some of that recently.

One thing that I did get to do over Christmas at my dads was stretch out the PSL.
One fine rifle. I had a tinge of doubt on the accuracy seeing how the receiver is of stamped steel similar to the AK. We took her and the SKS up in the hills to a mine reclamation for some range time. Very impressed. My Dad and my cousin were too. Of course my dad wasn't at all impressed with the SKS. LOL He likes something that can reach out (IE the PSL) and the SKS was a toy to him. He nick named it the Pea shooter on the way down.

Still, shooting across from one ridge line to the other, the PSL did VERY well. My cousin ranged it at 372 yards. The target was a Large block of soft sandstone with a dark surface about 12" across. After 10 rounds, there was a lighter surface remaining. The Steel core rounds are pretty impressive. I took a couple of Pics but with my camera all you can see is a ridge with some rocks on it.
Luckily for me, the scope mount is proprietary to the Rifle. Both my dad and cousin really liked the set up of the scope with its built in Range finder. Its a bit busy when you first look through it, but once you get the hang of it, becomes quite intuitive. It is calibrated in Meters but that turns into a simple conversion in your head. Bullet drop is already calculated in for a 150gr bullet so dialing in is fast. If it were mounted with Rings, They would have done everything they could to talk me out of it.

All in all, was a good Christmas this year. No major drama, other than the .GOV being what it is. Got to get some quality time with my dad whom I don't see nearly often enough. Managed to completely hurt myself on some damned fine Hill Folk Cooking(more than enough to feed a platoon for three days, and it kept coming) including some homegrown Ham, not that stuff you get in the store. Can't wait to get back there again.(hopefully to stay soon)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Mery Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Good woods time was had and I have a better mental shape to start heading into the New Year with.

I hope all had good times with their families, Ate way too much food and regretted it, and Shared at least good Solid Hugs with those you love.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Quick note then headed to the woods for Christmas

The rat bastards passed that POS bill at 7:13 AM with a vote of 60-39. ON CHRISTMAS EVE WHILE THE MAJORITY OF THE U.S. WAS ASLEEP!

Nothing more to report till I get back from my dads house. I need woods time.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Let the Adventure begin.

Started working on 'Renovating' the Van today. Prepping walls and ceiling for Insulation. I don't want any rust starting up on the inside of the walls after I put this insulation in so I am cleaning up any Scratches and stuff and painting with rust-o-leum. With the weather being so cold I am going to give that a day or two to cure, then start on the insulation. I am going to be using that board style polyurethane stuff with a Silvered backing on it.
I found a pretty good site for "vandwellers" and it has a 'store' that has better prices than I am finding elsewhere. Still I do shop around as I have to stretch every dime as far as possible. My key areas that I am working on are basics like cooking and power for comfort/communications. The cooking I have a solution for that is fairly inexpensive and functional. Heating will be either propane or something similar. With the size of the van and good insulation it shouldn't take too much to keep comfortable. I am worried about ventilation but that 'store' has a solution there too. I only have to make some cuts for it that are going to have to be sealed up but that's what this project is about. My comfort for the road, and not doing it twice.

I won't be doing the solar thing just yet(unless I hit the lottery or some other wild miracle LOL) but I will be making 'reserve power' in the shape of Two Optima blue tops tagged into the vehicle electrics separated by a disconnect so I am not draining the Vans battery while idle. There will also be an "Edison" hookup for a charger that I am adding inline when House current will be available to me. (note: I always crack up when I here house current referred to as Edison current. He wanted to make things all DC and it was Tesla that made AC what it is today. Still, trends continue, most times without reason.)

One aspect that I am trying to maintain is 'stealth'. I want to keep that Contractor/Cargo van look as much as possible. I figure that I will be bothered less if I look like a work truck. I am even thinking about bolting a ladder to the rack for 'camouflage'. Granted I am setting up the rear under the bunk with Tool storage and the battery compartment, so its not a stretch to call it a work truck. I am going to have to consider how to store firearms though. I don't want them to be obvious, but I don't want to leave them behind either. I am down to three at this time. I have been pairing down on everything and that leaves me with my SKS, the PSL and one handgun. Obviously the Handgun will be more accessible than the rifles on a daily basis. Still, how to hide them in the open so to speak.

OK, its late, I am tired, and I am rambling. Will post more later and have pictures to boot. Probably after Christmas. So till then, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with those you care the most about. If you have lost someone in your life, think of them in fondness and warmth and know they would do the same for you. God bless.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Wisdom of My Ancestors.

H/T to Theo for this one.

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

It's the Bill of Rights day.

218 years ago, the Bill of Rights was ratified.
Kevin Baker at The Smallest Minority has a few things to say on the subject. I agree with many of his points and disagree on some. I won't go into them today since there are other things that are taking up my time.

To those that have been following me, My Brother in Law passed away today at 10AM. This is after a year and half battle with a very aggressive form of Bone cancer. It's not like the ending wasn't expected but the loss is very real. I will be posting more here in the near future, as I have personally told some of you out there. now that his passing will free up some of my time.

I am starting the renovation of a Cargo Van into a mini-RV and I will record that process as best as possible for any that are interested in it. That will begin next week or the week there after.
Till then, I hope that all have a wonderful holiday, and that your world is full of joy for the next few weeks.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

apologies on the lack of posts.

I am still on Death watch with my Sister at Hospice. Things aren't improving, then again, that's why we are at Hospice, not a regular hospital.

Between that, the Holiday season, taking care of pets in various parts of the city(we live about 12 miles apart) and trying to keep the other machinery of our lives working, I have been a rather busy boy.

Sadly the last of this years gun shows are this weekend and next. I don't see me making it to either one of them. C'est la Vie. Maybe I will be able to make the first couple of next year. That may be when the deals are out instead of just before Christmas. All I really need is ammo(can never have too much in my opinion) though I have a hankering to get a newer 1911. Of all the pistols I have owned or shot, I keep coming back to that brilliant piece of engineering. All of the bells and whistles that the others have and yet Browning got it right 100 years ago. I would be curious to see what that man could have came up with if he had access to all of the newer composite materials that we have now.
Probably a 1911.
Like me though, I want nothing fancy. Parkerized finish, standard parts, no flashy grips. I may go with ambidextrous safety but that is more for ease of use on my weak side than anything else.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Now thats funny.

H/T to Theo

Couldn't resist it.

Back up and running

Being a bit of a computer geek helps loads when it comes to issues of the 'puter type. I am still on the borrowed laptop but have it indefinitely so went ahead and used it to dig all of my information out of the old hard drive. For those that have the will power to learn a little about white-rooming information THIS is an indespensible tool to have in your arsenal. I have used it to recover information from a laptop that had burned up before. I was able to recover about 75% of the information from that hard drive. That was an interesting recovery as I had to pack that Drive in dryice to keep it cool enough to not lock up while pulling off the data to a seperate external drive.

I was able to recover all of the information from my harddrive since it was not the problem with my last laptop. Seems that I am not the only one having 'puter issues either. Mike V seems to have had a major failure too. Granted the way they are making computers today they are nearly disposable pieces of gear. Unfortunately the information we pass around on them isn't so disposable. Hopefully he faithfully backed up his stuff elsewhere. I really want to finish reading his E-novel Absolved. Hermit seems to have had an issue lately too though not directly on his unit, but in the cloud by big brother.

I always work offline when setting up a post on the blog. I don't know what others are doing but that seems to work for me. I also have several thumbdrives that I use while I am working (each dependent upon what I am working on) that I continously back up to. I also have a 500GB external harddrive that is my backup of key information. Key in this case is all of my music and video's, family pictures and personal documentation that I can't lose (taxes etc)

Sadly the technology is also my Achilles heel. I can go for some time without Net access without panic, but it is rather short since nearly all of my banking and bill paying is done via the net. I really need to finish paying off some of these bills so that I can cut some more ties that anchor me down: not just in place but in life. I remember a time when I didn't realize that the net was so expansive. When I actually did things in the real world. LOL The worst part of it is, I can't remember what some of those things were. At least I haven't become so technology dependent that I don't pick up a REAL book occasionally and read by turning pages instead of the scroll bar.

Well, once I am back up to speed on things and have a more 'friendly' setup in this PC, I will post more, but Nothing about Tiger Woods, I haven't a care in the world about the mess that boy put his cock into. His business, not mine.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Never Forget.

And I did. No Excuses even on a death watch in Hospice. There are probably some of those old soldiers there too.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

'Puter issues. slow posting

Sorry for the lack of posts.
Woke up Tuesday morning to a dead laptop. Power supply was fine as was the battery but the motherboard crapped out, no blinky lights, no flashing cursor, nada, zip, finato! Been working with a borrowed laptop and had to dig into the old harddrive to find some of the more recent passwords and whatnot to get back to my favorite sites. I have backups but only on files like pictures, music, etc; nothing like documents for me. That will soon change.

I will be back posting here on a regular basis here shortly.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Job: A Comedy of Justice

A comedy of Justice or just some higher power showing a sense of humor?(and that was the premise of the book)

I find it funny that my ex handed me that particular book when we first met as my 'introduction' to Heinlein. I became a voracious fan of him quite quickly even though this was one of my least favorite books by him.

Maybe that's because it hits too close to home in some ways. I am not whining here, but there comes a point where one only wants peace of mind. You can only handle disaster after disaster for so long before your soul starts to show scar tissue.

I guess thats why I want to build my house away from all of the drama of life and people and settle in. Nothing big, simple things to maintain, a small garden capable of supporting one or two people with enough livestock to accomplish the same. A small workshop for my creative side and somewhere to go shooting to keep my hand in the art of the gun.(never know when some others may want to take your peace away)

I won't go into details but I have found that alone, I have comfort. When I start interacting with others on a daily basis is when things start to get uncomfortable. Maybe I am the loner that I was labeled as in School. I know that I tend to work best when left to my own efforts. I can work as a team member but I have always been more effective solo than in a team effort. Granted there are times where everyone needs to interact as a group and I am capable of that; I just prefer to not have to deal with Politics and diplomacy in that situation.

My Ex gave me my wings by forcing my hand last year. I haven't used them yet and for that I am at fault. Its time to fly again.

More forthcoming as I figure out how to stretch these damned wings out and try to get some wind under them.

Addendum: I don't remember who this quote is from yet it sums up the above quite well.

The more I learn about people the more I like my dog.

Monday, November 30, 2009

OhMyGod! Can it get any more interesting?

As I posted earlier, I have been helping my sister through a rough spot in her life as her husband is in Hospice now. Its been a rather stressful weekend to start. Now here it is Sunday night, I am getting ready to jump in the shower when my door buzzer starts going nuts.

A guy from the neighborhood is buzzing everybody in my building, letting us know that the abandoned building next to us is on fire. I quickly get dressed and run out to see how far along it is(minus shoes and a jacket like a dimwit. In such a rush I even left my swiss army knife and my wallet) About that time, the firetrucks arrive and I am cut off from my place completely.

Cincinnati Fire Department is quite capable of their jobs, I will say that. They managed to take that fire down to a smoulder in less than an hour. It was a bit exasperating to me that once the fire was under control that I wasn't allowed to get back to my place for another hour and a half, Then I was told I was allowed to run in and get basics (jacket and shoes so they said) and get out as they were planning on doing a demo of the vacant building to keep it from coming down on the other houses. I understand that they were looking out for our safety but Seeing as I was being put out on the street for the night, it was a bit much to ask me to only grab 'basics'. Least to say, the look on the Firechiefs face as I walked by him with ammo cans, Rifle cases, and a Bugout Bag, was classic. I mumbled 'just the basics' as I walked by him in the most serious voice I could muster. (which was actually quite hard as I was choking back laughter as it looked like he had swallowed his own gonads)

I would like to think that the coming days will settle down some.

I know that when I go home tomorrow, I am going to have one VERY ticked off cat to deal with too. He was out and about when all of this went down and the couple of times I saw him trying to get to the house he looked quite ticked off. LOL Poor cat hadn't a clue that his world could get that interesting that quickly.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wondering what can make a person give up.

My brother in law was diagnosed with cancer a little over one year ago. This weekend he ended up in the ER for pain due to that cancer. Today I find out that he is going to be stopping treatments and wants to stay at home until the end. He only wants the pain to subside.

He is one day younger than me.

Don't get me wrong on this, I can understand that everyone has a point where enough is enough. I get that. I just have to wonder if this is giving up or giving in. And there is a difference.
I have some pretty deep thoughts on this myself since it is hitting so close to home here. I don't know if I could have gone through the things he has. Personally if I were to receive the news that he did, I would probably go out and live out my days doing those things that I have always dreamed about instead of trying to extend my life out further. That is very much a personal issue though and I don't really have anyone that is close to me that would suffer if I were to 'up and away' for any extended periods either.

In some ways I wonder if I am full of crap too. Situations change and people still confound me with how they aren't really all that predictable. Just when you think you know someone, they turn around and you realize that they aren't all that you thought they were OR they end up being far more than you expected.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to all

Remember that there is always something to give thanks for. Being alive is the greatest gift and that alone is reason to give thanks for.

Remember those overseas and currently deploying overseas that are unable to be with their families today and give thanks that they are able and willing to sacrifice for us.

Remember those that came before us and have given freely so that we are able to give thanks in our own ways.

Remember to give thanks for being able to make choices, even when those choices are hard.

Now go get fat and happy on whatever form of Thanksgiving fare you are partaking of and forget about all of the crap in the world for one day.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Diogenes has a silly morning.

So I am walking through the big chain store doing some Grocery shopping, soaking up Pre-Thanksgiving food deals when I happen across a Kiosk like setup with Plano Shotgun/Rifle cases for $10. I pull one out and look at it; its about a $10 product but something to keep the Toys from getting beat up in transit. About the right size for an SKS or PSL(sans scope), "hmmm, not a bad price" methinks.

Then I start looking at the front cover of it. Woodland scene with whitetailish looking creature, and elk, Turkey's, and some Grouse.

"Hey, this is all shotgunners targets, Where are the Liberals?" I mumble out loud, immediatly getting a clerk standing nearby to about blow his coffee all over the aisle.

Someone got humor out of it. LOL

Monday, November 23, 2009

Gun Rights 4 US linky.

GR4U has a great article on today.

More power to the dealer that has this out side of his business. He brings up some very valid points in his dialogue too.

Washington Rebel has a good one too.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gelled thoughts on Saturday night.

I watched C-Span for 3 hours leading up to the vote for cloture on the Healthcare reform bill. Several thoughts kept coming to mind while watching it but I held off making any reports until I had a chance to let things come together in my own head.
One of the first things that I came up with should be rather obvious. That is a lot of hot air coming out of that particular house on the hill. If we had a way of tapping that and converting it into mechanical energy, we could solve many of the energy issues that have been on the front page lately.(and no I don't buy into that whole climate warming thing. Momma earth is doing what she has done since before we showed our monkey faces on this rock)

Second thing I noticed is how shallow the majority of the republican party is. Mr. McCain is the worst in my book. Lots of talking points, but the more I listened the more I realized that EVERY SINGLE ONE was straight from Limbaugh, or Beck or Hannity. That man hasn't an original idea of his own to bring forward. Every fiscal argument was straight from the CBO and he completely missed the biggest one of all: That the United States Government is F*@KIN BROKE. No real loss as he has that reputation of being good at quotes and a stuffed shirt anyway, but while watching I was wishing for some other Republican to go over and just jaw jack the bastard and tell him to shut up and sit down.
Mitch McConnel came through with flying colors. He managed to get the points I just mentioned across quite clearly. His delivery was quite dry but then when you are alluding to financial collapse of a superpower, you need to be more than a little dispassionate and detached.

Something else I noted. The divide between reality and emotional MeMes is HUGE. There isn't an aisle to reach across in either the Senate or the House anymore. Its a Ginormous RIFT, and its getting wider every day. For the most part, every republican brought forward fiscal arguments of why we can't afford this crap. Most even pointed out that there are other reforms that can take place that either cost nothing or very little that can go into effect immediately.

Every, and I mean EVERY democrat only brought forward emotional Feel good crap, basically pleading that we need to do this as Americans are dying in the streets. Or they would point out how the Republicrats have railroaded these legislations into the dirt at every turn. Watching them I felt I was watching the Freshman debate team discussing how to get better lunches in school. Not one of these people had a rational basis for this legislation and most went so far as pulling up specific cases of dire situtations to illustrate the "horror in America".

One Republican stood out all night in my eyes though. Sen Kyl he only spoke for about 5 minutes but what he had to say summed up my thoughts rather nicely.
There are 535 of us up here on the hill trying to say that we know better than the 300+ million americans on the street. That is just plain Arrogant. The hubris I see on this hill is why we aren't trusted anymore.
That isn't a direct qoute( I could probably look it up but its Sunday morning and I feel lazy) but is pretty close to what was said. He nailed it though.

At the end of it they passed cloture 60-39, This pushes the bill forward but its not passed yet. We still have some say for whatever that is worth. I for one no longer have any reason to think that they will listen to us. Leviathan has started flexing and its only a matter of time before the sleeping giant flexes back or folds up in a fetal ball.
I don't want to say the latter will happen but I look into history and have seen great people fall for no reason other than surrender for desire to be left alone. Unfortunately, that never happens.

I keep saying be ready to go Galt. Keep your powder dry, etc etc.
I would say keep an eye on your wallet but they already have the means to empty that for you before you ever see it.

There really is only one way to fight back non-violently at this point. A tax revolt. Every working person going into HR and re-writing your W2 for 0 deductions. Its not like you aren't paying your taxes, you just aren't giving it on loan to the government in payments. Its hard for the Government to keep going on credit they don't have. If we cut that credit at the root, even for one month, they will panic. I don't see it happening as that requires resolve of EVERY SINGLE TAXPAYER. To get that many people on one side of the fence is impossible in this country.

So where does that leave us?

Friday, November 20, 2009

We shall see how the reps really view us shortly.

Tomorrow the senate is having a special session on the healthcare reform bill.

I tend to think that this is another sneak through like they did in the House two weeks ago. I have issues with the bill but I have further issues with the way that they are pushing this through in the dead of night. There isn't anyway that these people have read this bill. They have intentionally not included themselves in it, opting to maintain their own insurance policies. The whole mess stinks.

Some would have arguments for this to pass as they see nothing but the good intentions in it. Having done much research on it and reading posts from those across the pond in and in the great white north, I fear what is coming at this country. The economy can't handle the amount that is being proposed to fund this mess and they are saying that there is a way to reduce the funding needed. I have issues with that statement on two points.
  1. When has the government EVER been under budget on ANYTHING?
  2. The only way to reduce costs would be to limit services. Who gets the shaft in this case?
I freely admit that I don't have insurance at this point and it isn't necessarily by choice but I have had insurance in the past and paid a premium for it. As it stands now I have access to a doctor that accepts cash(therefore I am not being a burden on society) and if need arises where I would need hospitalization, I would honorably accept the debt incurred. I don't expect the general population to support me and find it offensive that others feel that is an entitlement. The area that I live in is loaded with those that feel that the rest of the world OWES THEM, usually without a reason.

My fears with this are compounding daily. First and foremost if this passes I lose my doctor. He WILL retire from his practice and won't sign on as a public servant. Another reason is the threat of Legal Action that has been readily admitted to by Pelosi. No insurance and unwilling to sign up for the 'public option' warrants a year and 25,000.00 fine for individuals, first offense. How is my not wanting to sign up for government assistance a crime? The allusions there go all the way back to George Orwell for me.

The fact that there is a 48% approval of this bill by the populace shows to me that this country is sick, and getting sicker. Whatever disease we have we picked up from the Brits. They have become progressively socialist since 1947. It is to the point that there is more emigration by natural born citizens of Britain to other countries than ever before in history. The social base in Britain is more immigrants than nationals. The Tax base is failing as they become more and more socialist, eventually there won't be a tax base, I wonder what they will do when NO ONE is making anything to tax but the welfare recipients? Seems like a never ending spiral of slavery to me.

I am going to get off here for the night and go read a book. A piece of fiction too, I need the escape tonight. I will be on watching the Den of Thieves on C-Span tomorrow. I want to know how much sooner I have until I am forced to go Galt.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I can't say it any better.

(follow this comic here) Like her or not, she is the thorn in the paw of power right now. One to watch over the next couple of years as she is going to pull some of the real People out of the woodwork to make a difference.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

H/T to Stormbringer.

Back in the running,

I may be the most stubborn person I know when it comes to "broken tools". My truck is not only my transportation but also a tool.(and storage, Home away from home, etc etc)

Well today, rain and all, I worked out what the issue was and fixed the problem. Funny thing, now I am listening for the next break. The Beastie has 200+ thousand miles on her and I know that its only a matter of time before something else breaks. That's just a fact. Luckily there isn't much on this truck that I can't fix myself.

So the fix was something completely simple as it always is. I replaced the ignition module (tested bad) and the pick-up coil (also tested bad) and started getting spark. Still a crank no start situation so I kept looking at the problem to see "WTF?"
That's when I found that one of the leads to my Multimeter was bad.

I went back through the module and Pickup coils that I had removed and they now tested good with the new lead. Lesson learned: Always check your equipment before use. Funny how even after all of these years that one little detail will creep up and bite you every once in awhile.

I didn't pull the new units since they were in place, and with the mileage of the truck, I would rather the insurance of newer parts. I did box the old parts though and put them in the work box "just in case" later down the road.

You are probably barking at me right now to state what the real problem was. I'm getting to that.

Rotor button under the cap.

That was it.

All of my issues I fixed were real issues but they were not the problem. I went ahead and replaced the entire secondary ignition. Cap, Rotor, Wire set, and plugs. To say the least, I was slightly embarrassed by that, having worked on cars for 15 years, I know to check the simple stuff first. Still with the way things were going on Sunday, I found a couple of issues that did need attention and those are now taken care of. I now have a rock solid ignition system all the way back to the Computer(which didn't need replaced) and many of the 'redneck wiring' issues are now corrected properly and sealed against foul weather. Each time I get under the hood of this truck, it gains in reliability. That's not a bad thing.

I am happy to learn that the engine only has about 40,000 miles on it though. While I was at the parts store, I asked about the original owners purchases using his phone number.(he told me to use it for warranty purposes so I am not being sneaky.) He had a Jasper engine put in about 3 years ago. That in my book is a double plus.

Thanks to all that supported me in during the breakdown period and helping me recover the truck back to the homestead.

Message to Hermit. Hang on to that diesel. That is one rock solid piece of machinary with Survival capabilities. Gasoline is going to be hard to get at some point but diesel can be made from all kinds of vegetable oils.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Friday the 13th, belated

Friday went by like no ones business, no weird incidents, normal day. I am not superstitious but the events of sunday leave me wondering if maybe I should be.

Went to pick up a truck cap for the Beastie and that was a normal enough thing. It was the way the truck started acting up that left me wondering if maybe I should have best stayed in bed. Intermittent misfires, coughing and chugging, then running fine. This kept up off and on. Couldn't find anything out of the ordinary and kept on trucking. Picked up the cap and headed home, 4 miles and then,


No running engine, no power, cranks over just fine, no spark. On the side of the road, trying to diagnose the issue, arrange a pick-up through my sister via Cell 'just in case' I am not successful, hoping for a samaritan to give me a jump as my battery is failing from the hazard lights running while I am under the hood tracing wires to insure thats not the issue, etc etc.
Make the arrangements for a pick-up and T-box is on the way. Managed to get someone to help push the truck off the road into a small driveway off the road, so thats a plus. Then the call comes. T-box ran into a spot of trouble himself. Leaves my issue looking pretty damned good to. His truck caught fire midway to where I was at. My rescue has been holed and sunk by good ole Murphey and his crew.

They say no good deed will go unpunished. They say TANSTAAFL (there ain't no such thing as a free lunch). They say many things but this was beyond the pale for a Sunday. OOF!

Well on a good note: That truck cap looks mighty fine on my truck. She almost looks respectable now. LOL! And I don't have to order new NRA stickers for it as the original owner was an NRA guy too. WOOT

Well here it is, Monday evening. The truck is now firmly ensconced in front of the house awaiting me and my tools to finish the diagnosis of the issue ( wiring needs straightened out and I believe the computer was fried due to a short at the firewall I found. Not a big deal as the computer is only about $90 and readily available.) Time consuming and frustrating but not the end of the world, or the life of this truck. She may have 200k on the box but she has always been a runner for me. This is just a little tick in the life of a marvelous peice of machinery.

Obviously I will need a range day after all of this is straightened out. Kinda like a chiropractor or pshychiatrist appointment; My rehabilitation is cheaper though.

One thing I noted from all of this though. We are in a very self centered and paranoid culture now. People see someone on the side of the road and won't stop "cause everyone has a cell phone now" and "we don't know them so I ain't stopping" attitudes. That and you never really know what you are dealing with in this Lawsuit Era. I can attest to that fact and I am not condemming those that didn't stop as I have been on both sides of that fence. Its only very disheartening that we have come so far in this world from the caves and yet our humanity is slipping back to prior times of dog eat dog. One reason I have made it my business to be multi-talented is the facts I have presented here. I found that there really isn't anyone but yourself, and immediate family that you can rely on.(and in some cases not even the last though my family isn't one of those) Unless you are in a military unit where the Esprit de Corps is trained in, and its everyone together or you all fall together; there really isn't anyone in this world you can count of for anything but yourself. Maybe I am becoming more pessimistic in my age but I don't think it would be hard to prove me wrong: Only no one has yet.

I know that there has been a string of this thought line on other blogs I read and I didn't want to add to the mix that has been building but there it is. It tends to be hard to not write about things that hit you in the face on a day to day basis. I am fortunate for now to be 'self employed' as a contractor to the guy I work for. I may not have the income I am used to but I don't have to deal with 'interoffice politics' or any of that other shallow pond water they try to sell as refreshing drinks in the corporate world anymore. (and to be quite honest, haven't the slightest desire to go back to that crap either. Would want to crack skulls over it, and that's not all that conducive to promotions or raises.)

So on that note, remember all, Murphey is a bastard disguised as a well layed out plan. His buddies are there to make sure you don't enjoy your day. And even through it all, something positive is taking place, even if you don't see it for its worth at the time. In my case, I now have an added layer of security for the tools in my truck, it looks good, and I will have found and corrected any of the issues to further make sure I have reliable transportation (at least till she finds something else to break. Those are getting further apart though lol)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Range day after post.

Rifles are cleaned and put up. Magazines reloaded and stored. Hands don't smell like powder or gun oil. Time for the post report.

First up. Romanian PSL

I have some Soft point ammo from when I had the Mosin. I don't want it to go to waste so I figured I would try it (against recommendations) and see how it does.

I was very impressed. Little change in the recoil aspect and WOW are those things tight. The wind was a factor today and while I shouldn't give that as an excuse, if you have ever been in Ohio you know how quickly wind can change direction. I was trying to stay on it with the dials but gave up and started using Kentucky windage. Still, if you look closely at that pattern, you will count 4 holes. Just amazing for cheap ammo.

Next was 5 rounds of the Chech Milsurp that I have. I was spacing these out about 20 minutes apart for the barrel to cool down. I wanted as close to a cold gun as possible, just to see what I can expect out of what ammo. Here is the result of that.(again, the wind sucked or blew I should say.)

The Next 15 rounds were the Chech Milsurp and I wanted to see how bad if at all this barrel strings shots. These were fired about 10 seconds apart in strings of 5. In between strings I waited a full minute.
Sadly that is about what I expected from the way I have seen this barrel whip around in slow motion video. The drop was from the barrel being warm and you can see the way the rounds spread out laterally (and yes there are more holes there but I was flipping the target board over between runs. All were recorded after sessions.)

One thing about this rifle that irks me though it shouldn't is the metric aspect. One click is 10cm at 100m. that boils down to about 3 1/2 inches at 100 yards. I am constantly doing this calculation in my head (and one reason why I gave up trying to adjust the windage). I would really like to get her out to a longer range to see what she can do but that just isn't doable here. (I will stop whining about that now. ) Once I started using Kentucky windage though I started hitting closer to center more consistently. I always have been more of an instinctive shooter (one reason I prefer iron sights.) and with the graduations on the reticle its pretty easy to do on the fly. (one tickmark for 4 inches is much easier than 3.5)

I didn't take any pics of the shooting that I did with the SKS since I was really only shooting her to have fun. Still, a 12" target at 100yards and everything was in the black. She is running a Techsites, rear aperture with a narrow front post. The rear aperture opens the sight picture up 10" from the original sights so in comparison she is quite accurate to other SKS's that I have shot. This is a rifle I would happily take hunting so long as I didn't have to shoot over 100 yards with her. She hits hard enough at that distance to take down a blackbear and recoil is mild enough that follow ups are a breeze. Hollowpoint ammo is pretty easy to acquire for this gun too(I have 500 rounds of it now).

Maybe one day. (need somewhere to store the meat first.)

Back in the Game.

I find it amazing that something so simple as a double shot of vodka mixed with some of my Dad's honey, a super hot shower and a good nights rest and I am back up and running today.

Don't have a clue what hit me but it wasn't good. I didn't have any cold symptoms at all. No sinus drainage, no phlegm in the lungs. Just PAIN.

Seriously, it felt like I had been in a knock down drag out the night before. I haven't felt like that since I was in a bar fight while in the Philippines.

Since I hadn't anything else to do, I took the SKS to the range today. I haven't had her out in several months and felt like having some fun. She is a blast to shoot. It far too easy to put a hundred rounds downrange with that rifle. I did get in some quality practice with my offhand position(standing for those that don't know). I don't care how good you are, that position is NOT easy. I was able to hit paper. That at this point is pretty good in my eyes. I need to get back out and start walking more, get back in some shape that I have slipped on. I may not be overweight but I am not in the greatest shape either. I noticed after a few rounds that my heartbeat was really making a difference in shot placement. My breathing was all off too. The good thing about using the SKS for this, I am familiar enough with her(like an extension of my arm) that I know its not the rifle: Any stray rounds are on me completely.

Well time to clean the old girl, get the smell of gunpowder out of my nose(even though I like that smell) and maybe take a walk. I may call the kid and have her go with too. She needs to get out more. (evil dad grin)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kicked in the ribs. lite post tonight.

Woke up last night about 3:30am drenched in sweat and feeling like someone had been kicking me in the kidneys. Least to say I didn't get much more sleep last night. Been dozing off and on all day. No cold symptoms but hardcore aches and pains. Not one part of me doesn't feel like crap.
To be honest, I feel like I have been in a fight, even my face hurts.

So I won't be posting anything other than a word out to the other vets in the world.

Stay safe, and thank you for your service, no matter in war or not. You signed on to make that sacrifice whether or not it was asked of you.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Happy Birthday. To all of the Devil Dogs in the World

We are 234 years old today. OORAH!

I am only going to link some articles today. Going to be lazy and go work on the truck.

Sipsey Street recognizes the Event
Dedicated_Dad has some things to say, well worth reading.
GR4US relates a Boortz presentation that I completely agree with.(Punishment should be cruel in my opinion. What better deterrent)

These are only some of the reads I do daily. Feel free to check em out. You may find something you like.

As for the whole Cruel and Unusual punishment article. I think this is one of the more twisted up sentences in the Constitution. The lawyers played that card out to the point that the Criminals are now more protected than the victims. (read Heinlein's Starship Troopers for a more detailed debate on that view along with other moral and ethics issues that I find relevant to events of our times. RAH nailed it in that book in my opinion.)

I will be back tomorrow. Not much going on in my world at present but the world doesn't wait for Diogenes.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Leviathan flexes

Last night at 11:15pm the House of Congress voted by slim majority for H.R.3962. Final vote was 220-215. One Republicrat voted for this, 39 Dems voted against. Other wise it was pretty much strictly party vs. party.

This is now up to the Senate to kill on the floor.

If this monstrosity goes through we can start mopping the floors with the remains of whatever future Our children would have had. These "representatives" have sold our futures and the futures of our children and their children to a soulless Government that won't give one iota of care for humanity but demand the highest price.

I won't go into specifics here as the bill is openly displayed on If you have the wherewithal to muddle through all 1992 pages of Pelosi's landmark, feel free. I have read enough of it to realize that it will strip from us freedoms that we take for granted and is going to take them at the whims of a 'panel' put into place by bureaucrats, not professional health caretakers. This is one step closer to putting us all in a socialist country similar to that of England. If you have any questions of how bad that place has become, consider that they have been immigrating here for years due to the loss of freedoms that they have been suffering.

I just wonder what happened to this country? What happened to the CAN DO attitude that was prevalent in my parents age. I inherited it. It seems that the common attitude is now DO IT FOR ME. People seem to WANT taken care of instead of respecting themselves.
To Quote the Founders,
"Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have. "(quote has been attributed to Jefferson and Crockett)

I see another quote that sums up the rest of this post though.
"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader."
Samuel Adams, 1779

That pretty much sums up why we are where we are now. I guess that also describes why some parts of this country still exhibit "Conservative Principles" while others most assuredly do not.

I don't even attempt to prognosticate the future of this country, I haven't a clue where we are headed. I so see that there may be violence in the future once people realize to what extent they have been robbed. Once people start receiving visits from the IRS (the enforcement arm of this "health care bill") there will be trouble. To what extent I won't even guess. I can only hope that it happens quickly before the American people are completely subdued.

I am going to the range.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

In the news.

Fort Hood was the scene of another shooting today. At present,12 dead and 31 wounded.
When I first heard about this I had the thought that said individuals that did the shooting were Combat vets and having some issues. Not so much now. It seems that the one shooter that was killed(there were three total last report) was an Army Major with a Muslim name. One of the sites that I go to has a facebook page of him listed(I don't do facebook so I wasn't able to see the page) and supposedly all of his friends there are also Muslim.

Coordinated attack. Army Personnel. Muslim. Could this be an infiltration team?
Our media is reporting(via Washington reports) that Al Queda is a defunct group. I am not so sure anymore. A group with the cell setup that they had doesn't just die off. Its going to have cells that operate long after the core group is removed. There doesn't have to be a communications network like we have in our organized military. Cells are given a set of parameters to follow then let go to operate as needed. No follow up. This isn't a military group made up of enlisted people and career officers. This is a group built around an Ideology. One that inspires its followers to eliminate themselves in the cause of it. There isn't a middle ground with these people. Its do or die and sometimes, more than frequently, Do and Die. They aren't worried "about getting home" because they firmly believe that in dying for the cause they are going to heaven with honors.

Fanatical is only the tip of the iceberg with these mentalities.

I worry thought that the administration, the DHS and the NSA are going to spin this against the troops we currently have. Restricting them even further. The same rules apply here that the Bradyites have been using for years. Restrict access to arms and "problem solved".

Wrong answer.

I bet when it comes down to it the weapons used at Fort Hood will be found to be 1) untraceable or 2) stolen weapons that were purchased off the street(or in Mexico). Even if they are found to be legally obtained, the situation won't be any different. There isn't anyway of knowing if someone buying a handgun/rifle/shotgun is going to use it in an illegal manner. NO WAY TO KNOW. You can understandably restrict those that have broken laws before but it won't stop a determined individual from obtaining a weapon. From my standpoint it seems that its much easier to obtain a weapon illegally than through the legal hoops. The Laws only restrict the law abiding, not the law breaking. Like my dad says," Locks only keep honest people, honest. They won't stop a thief." Same analogy applies here.

These guys attacked soldiers of the United States on Federal Land. Motives are unknown at this point but I would like to think that the Base General is ballsy enough to waterboard the two shooters and get ALL of the information about what really went down. Obama may not like the way things get done but I think in this case the Military needs to step up. Our weaselly president needs to let them do what they need to do so that we can put a stop to this crap, once and for all.

Addendum: Shooter is not dead, in custody in a hospital. Is a Muslim, and a U.S. citizen. Seems this guy was something of a loose cannon that was gaining the attention of the FBI. Messy situation for all at this point. This is another situation that I will be watching. I doubt that this administration can spin it up to justify further encroachment on our rights: I wouldn't put if past them though.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

My morning wake up call.

I woke up to read this from Ron Paul this morning. Here is the key quote in my perspective.
What is more likely happening is a repeat of the Great Depression. We might have up to a year or so of an economy growing just slightly above stagnation, followed by a drop in growth worse than anything we have seen in the past two years. As the housing market fails to return to any sense of normalcy, commercial real estate begins to collapse and manufacturers produce goods that cannot be purchased by debt-strapped consumers, the economy will falter. That will go on until we come to our senses and end this wasteful government spending.

If you are a prepper, Keep on prepping. If not, you should start. And if you are a zombie, well, when you start getting hungry, don't come looking for those that thought about something other than the newest video game or latest fashion. We will be strong from lack of hunger and we will be well armed. 9and probably more than a little unsympathetic. )

Addendum: Heard the local and state races tended to be RED yesterday. I think the Socialist agenda of the Whitehouse is starting to backfire on them. Still not good enough in my opinion but then I am only one person out here in the wilds of Urban America.
My plans to go Galt are still strong(though morphing somewhat due to finances) Simplifying my life is the ultimate goal.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A good read in Memory of an event I remember

but didn't fully grasp at the time.
Twenty years later

A key quote from the article.
"My daughter’s hamster (a pet white mouse) has food, water, shelter and even medical care, and a cage full of fun curly tubes. The hamster responds by constantly trying to chew his way to freedom. I think we all understand what freedom is, and it is not a gilded cage."

These are the lessons that I want to instill in my daughter and granddaughter.

These are trying times for people that understand freedom and the responsibilities that go with it. Its especially trying when you realize just how impotent a position you have in the political spectrum (IE NONE) One vote in a sea of votes seems insignificant. The majority is a sea of deluded individuals hearing the siren song of a nanny state that promises the same promises Marx and Lenin sang. They don't see that Freedom and Liberty aren't free. They are only reacting to pretty words but don't see the lies underneath. The chains of slavery are many and all too easily chosen when the alternative is Laborious and rife with struggle. Those that have came up in the world from nothing know what I am talking about. The Free market enterprises are reflections of the Freedoms our Founders envisioned while writing the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution was the compromise of the Statist's and the Anarchists. It wasn't perfect but no compromise is. Still it worked for at least one Century before being manipulated. Since the Civil War Our Freedoms have been under near constant assault by the Socialist/Communist factions. They are starting to win, at least in the diplomatic sector. They haven't won the minds of the people yet.(Many, not all)

Remember those that escaped Slavery in our lifetime on November 9th. Remember why they strove to leave "an Idyllic Workers Paradise" at the risk of life and limb. Then get on the phone or the e-mail and let your representatives know that you DO NOT want a repeat of that on our shores. As it stands right now, that is our recourse. Soon enough it may not be that simple.

And now for something completely different.

A few years back I was checking out 'cheap living' alternatives and ran across some obscure post for making quick and cheap meals. (I would link it but that particular server seems offline now. My shortcut doesn't work)

To wit, very simply this is simple but healthy foods that require you to not have much desire for gourmet tastes. Simply Rice, wheat, barley, oats what have you.
It requires a Thermos hot water and patience. LOL something that I am usually short on. I made some Oats last night before heading to bed and this morning they were done perfectly. Tonight I am trying my hand at some rice. I am going a little bit further with it as I added a tablespoon of Lemon juice and some cilantro (Ala Chipotle style) and I am going to cook up some meats to go with it.

Really simple and something that can be purchased fairly cheaply. I picked up a back of whole oats (10lb bag) for $4.50. With proper storage this will probably keep me fed for a year ( with the other items) 2/3cup dry stuff makes a full 3 cups of wet. thats three meals if I am not picky about an expansive diet. And its full of good carbs, Fiber and vitamins. No chemicals that I am aware of that I didn't add in(salt being the only thing). Pretty good texture and damned good flavor (unlike the stuff I had been eating that was so processed I couldn't taste the oats, only the 'flavoring') I am going to run with this for a week and see how I feel. I know I need to start eating better; living alone has really dampened my urge to cook properly. That and having little to no counter space but thats another story all together. The downside of living in an Efficiency.

Ok My rambling is over. Back to the grind.

Monday, November 2, 2009

An argument AGAINST universal Healthcare.

I recieved the call last night around 2 A.M.

" This had better be good." (me)
" How about I am vomiting blood,, Good enough?" (daughter)
" On my way" (me) Click.

I get there, little argument about going to the E.R. but she concedes and leaves, leaving me to sit the Dog and Granbehbie.

She doesn't have insurance so she went the University Hospital E.R. here locally.

Bill out the door. $0 $8 parking.

They couldn't find anything though. Granted she has ulcers and I personally think one flared up on her but I am not a doctor. Still for not being insured, she was covered.

And The FEDGOV wants to take over even more control of a system that really needs to be less controlled. I have heard the arguments of lower costs, but that fails when you show that the reason the costs are so high is because of Federal mandates on services. The reason there are drugs available overseas for Cancer that aren't available here is because of Federal Mandate( the FDA specifically) There are more arguments that can go around but the fact is, THE SYSTEM WORKS even with all of the crap that they throw at it. NOW they are trying to take the private sector out of the equation all together(and they will see a sharp decline in Doctors in the process) leaving people like my daughter, my dad, heck, myself; Screwed.

They say that everyone has a line in the sand. This one is mine. A couple of reasons for that. There is a stipulation in the bill for an ID system. This isn't the National ID that has been proposed in the past but its so close as to be its twin. There are many aspects of that, that leave me speechless. The most important being the image of SS asking "Papers, please" in the old war films. Not really keen on that becoming possible here(though we really aren't that far from it with our Drivers License's) The other is the proposal that they can find me 'unfit' for gun ownership through a board of "elected officials". These people won't be doctors and WILL work for the Government. Think they won't have a bias against people that are opinionated AND armed?

There are other proposals coming down the pike like Cap and Trade, Illegal immigrant Amnesty, and the Value Added Tax. Every single one of these proposals cedes a little more state power to the FedGov. Each one opens up even more loopholes allowing more trepidations on "We the People". Each one also calls for more taxes from those that actually pay taxes, to be distributed to those 'in need'. Not sure about where you live but here where I live, those in need aren't seeing it and the ones that are haven't a clue how to use it properly. I don't know how many times a week a see some welfare case buying junk food at the convenience store on the food stamp program card. I don't know how many of them have video consoles in their houses but I know of more than a few that have Video consoles in their SUV's.(gas guzzling monsters with High dollar rims. And these people are on WELFARE????)

I guess I am trying to alliterate that there is a growing rift in this country.(like this isn't touched upon daily by the Conservative broadcasters) The rift isn't about the Have's and Have-not's anymore. Its about the Producers and the Users. Go ahead progressives: Tax the hell out of the Producers. If they have the means they will leave for better climes elsewhere in the world(like most of our manufacturing has already) If not, they will give up eventually and either go Galt, or go on the dole. I am already making my plans to go Galt. I can't swallow my pride enough to 'give up'.

No matter what, if the Progressives continue making headway, there will be trouble in this country. When and where, I haven't a clue. Sadly though its not a question of "IF" anymore. They will cross a line and someone will be there to push back. When that happens things will escalate VERY quickly.

OK I am done ranting for the night. GO VOTE TOMORROW if there are elections in your state.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

No range day. :-(

Not really that sad about it. Hunting season is open and being a Sunday, Clear skies, and cool, every shotgunner out there is going to be at the range setting up. I would be lucky to get a lane.

So what do I do?

I tear apart a Russian scope and replace the illuminator for the reticule. The PSOP scope that comes with the PSL was originally illuminated with Tritium vials. Unfortunately these degrade over time(that whole half-life thing with radioactive materials) and no longer light up enough to light the reticule. I was checking out another site where a guy was trying to replace them and saw how the layout on the scope was. I felt confident enough to give it a go but decided to NOT use Tritium. Several reasons for this, 1) Hard to come by 20) Expensive. Instead I went to Radio shack, picked up 2 LED's for $1.50 (part #276-026 if you want to emulate this mod.) I had everything else in stock. I drilled a 1/8" hole into the cover of the tritium vials after removing them. I then epoxied in the LED and led the wires out of the housing. Before reassembly I tested the reticule by closing up the house and turning off all the lights. ITS BRIGHT! I can actually use this during daylight hours and it offers enough lighting offset to compensate for dark backgrounds. Its really intended for low lighting such as you get at sunset or sunrise: it is not for night work. Typically though if I were to use this for hunting, those are the hours that I will be more inclined to see my quarry.
I will make arrangements to go to the range to verify my zero again but it seems like everything reassembled dead on. The reticule isn't part of the elevation/windage prism so I think that it will still be on target. The biggest thing was making sure it was still horizontal to the rifle.
I was going to post pictures of the Mod but my camera really sucks for closeup detail pictures. Everything is so blurry that a picture in this case is only worth one word; Crap.

Kind of itchy to get to the range now. LOL I am such a gungeek.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Others can say what I feel better than I sometimes.

Walk with me in Hell.

Go read please. It may enlighten some to how I walk in my world. Its been nearly 20 years but I still find myself doing threat assessment of people around me.

Little hope for our society, Nothing is sacred.

I am working on my truck today as she is being finicky with it being cold. Fuel issues and I haven't quite worked out exactly what is going on but that's not the point of this post.

While I was out working I went to get a wrench from the small tool kit I keep in the cab of the truck. This isn't an expensive kit when it comes to tools but its not cheap either. Well, its not there. I haven't found anything else missing yet but the fact that it's gone REALLY PISSES ME OFF! There are far too many people that seem to think unprotected property is fair game. This is the second time that my truck has been ripped off in this neighborhood this month. Third time since I moved here. I park right in front of my apartment and under a street light but that isn't enough.

I really don't have much of a leg to stand on since I do leave my truck unlocked. I would rather replace a small item then try to replace another window. My insurance won't cover items in the truck and my deductible makes it so that would be replacing a window out of pocket anyway.

It just bothers me that there are so many dishonest people in this world that haven't any regard for anothers property. Even though this JERK made off with tools I know he/she isn't going to use them. He/she is going to turn around and sell them for a few bucks to buy a fix. Someone is going to be happy with the purchase at my expense.

I can't wait to bail on this town. Leave these vultures to pick amongst themselves and whine about 'not getting a fair shake'.

Friday, October 30, 2009


Phone interview today. Hope to hear something a little more solid soon.

Could use something steady for once. Some say the economy is growing, I think its illusory numbers generated by Economists trying to keep the 'good feelings' afloat nationwide. People know we are in trouble but in denial. The numbers can't be denied when you really look at the big picture. Anyone with experience balancing a checkbook should know that we are bleeding cash faster than we are generating it. Its hard to generate anything when 90% of our economy is based on service industries and not manufacturing. Even 'Intelligent Properties' like Programs, Operating systems, etc are enough IF we have enough of them. Biggest problem is we outsourced so many of these things in the last 10 years we would have a hard time bringing them back to our shores.

Back to the original point of this post. Job hunt. Have been sending out 3-4 resumes a day for the last 4 months and today is only the second call I have received. Least to say I am not holding my breath on this one but it did give me hope. I like being a carpenter but the work really isn't steady enough to count on. One of the points of trying to move and build is to become self sufficient. I have enough skills to manufacture items given a workshop and enough internet savvy to generate a small income from that. I would have the property to raise a garden, areas for hunting in the right season, and family around to keep me company. If I could get my daughter to face reality and move with me I could also help raise the Granbehbie and educate her the way the schools aren't.(she would be the Tomboy, truckdriving wrench wielding, gunshooting envy of all the boys. Just gotta get by Grandpa and Mom. LOL)
Maybe I am pipe dreaming here. Its enough to help me hold out a little longer in a town I despise though. I know My chances of getting ahead are here first and foremost, FOR NOW. Once I hit a point though I will be making that move faster than you can scare a cat. I only fear getting caught in this town when things start getting rough. Getting out could be hairy at that point.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

An Exercise in Futility.

Arguing with Liberals is like herding cats, counting sandgrains, or teaching pigs to sing. Frustrating is only the icing on that cake.

I am refering to a fisk that I did today on IrateNation. 'Liberal and Proud of it" went off the handle again last night and I spent half of the day while working thinking about it. When I came home I ripped into his post and while not scathing I did get a little hostile by my standards. I really shouldn't let stupidity get to me the way it does. Maybe its the fact that I see so many that are so willing to give their lives to the Nanny State without a whimper. So many potentially good people being swallowed up in this mess and not one TRIED to make it on their own principles.

I see the stories of Ayn Rand coming to life in front of my eyes. While we aren't so bad as George Orwell predicted I think that is more a matter of self-preventing prophecy. Tell it so horrible that no one wants to even toe that pathway. Still in many ways we aren't that far from that future if people continue ignoring the basic Premises of Freedom and Liberty. I expand upon these things as much as possible to as many will give me an ear(to the point of my daughter being sick of hearing it some days.)(though she has made poppa proud by quoting me on occasion :-D) To say the least, in a liberal town, I have few friends. No regrets about it as I don't need friends like that when the SHTF. Far too many are going to be clamoring for escape from the mess they voted for. Elections have consequences as they say. We are starting to see the cumulative effects of several elections coming to fruition.

Work seems to be coming back on line some, will know more here in the next day or two. If Not then I will be searching starting monday which means fewer posts unless I get a Support position where I will be online. Haven't been to many of those posting though, will see.

Addendum: Seems I am not the only one.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Support our troops.

This is getting a lot of hits in the Blog-o-sphere but I am gonna post it anyway.

These are the guys that are there doing the dirty work that Our politicians wash their hands of. These are the people that will do what is needed when the time comes no matter what that need is.

These are the people that just want to come home in one piece upright and breathing.

I have been there, I know.

Semper Fi

A little something to think about.

If you wonder why I have gone on about owning rifles and handguns(one, why are you reading this? 2. Why aren't you getting your own?) I would suggest a little history lesson.

Kevin over at the Smallest Minority posted a great article on it today. I am a regular reader of his blog but I fell into this one through another link today. This is one of my main reads that I hit every day among a few others. Since not everyone posts daily sometimes I miss a piece; usually though someone else will link it. Aren't the interwebs great?!

Do read, Do your homework, Make up your own mind.

Are we ready for what is coming?

I am not sure we are as a nation though I know that there are those that are ready. I am working on it.

day at home.

Boss is in court today trying to get some nasty people out of one of his apartments. (and by nasty I mean NASTY, bedbug nasty kind of people. Ick!) So we are 'taking the day off'. HA! Like Diogenes ever just sits around.(well sometimes but pretty frikin rare)
Started off the day by putting new shoes on the beastie. Now have a parking brake again. Kinda let that one slide while I was messing with the axles and what not. Was really starting to weigh on my mind though.

So I ended up doing some sitting in front of the PC and messing with VLC and my clips from the range. Using slow motion I was able to diagnose an issue that I wasn't aware of while shooting the 'Dragunov'. A flinch. Nothing to be ashamed of, I know. It is something that I want to correct though. Now I think this one is because I am adjusting to having 1) A scope and 2) that funky eye relief cover on the scope. I have read that others have had issues adjusting to this style of scope and while watching in the slow motion you can see me flinch right as the eye cover hits my face. Its not like this piece can do any harm but getting anything right in the eye socket will make people flinch. I may have to video myself more if only to record my shooting so that I can fix little issues like this. Another tool to use to better myself. (guess I am gonna have to get over being camera shy eh?) It was interesting to note how little the rifle actually rises in recoil though. Much faster recoveries are possible with recoil that manageable. Way cool.

Monday, October 26, 2009

You grab the work where you can get it.

That seems to be the theme of my life. Guess that's one of the reasons I have so many skill sets. Well that and the fact that I am the eternal student, constantly trying to learn something new in life.

Today was framing.

Tomorrow is some demolition and duct work.

Still viewing R.V.'s and Campers. Won't be long now in the grand scheme of things.

Little new in the political world that isn't already up in arms at this point. I see internal conflicts growing on the hill that encourage me. Palin is opening up the gates on a sea of independents with her open backing of an indy in Upstate New York. Things come 2010 election cycle could be rather interesting to say the least. Heck, I would rather a congress and senate so full of parties that nothing gets accomplished than the mess we are witnessing now. Things should move slow when it comes to the lives of 300+ million people(especially when the decision today reflects upon even more in the future.) IF we can fill the seats with 5 or 6 broad parties we would have to re-examine the infrastructure of things like majority and minority seats, yet that could be a good thing. I think it would more correctly represent the divisions that I am seeing within the country. Having a Hockey mom in the presidential seat would also more correctly represent the country too(my opinion and fully capable of being shot down in flames I know.) To date within my life I haven't really seen ONE person in that position that represents AMERICAN LIFE on average. Reagan was the closest in his values but even he was not so middle classed as the majority of the rest of the nation. The current head of state may be from a simple background but he sure didn't stay there NOR does he seem to remember his roots that much. Look at how he is absorbing taxpayer money for living expenses and jerking around more than actually doing his job. (how many games of golf has he played since taking office? Yet we still are waiting on word of what to do in Afghanistan?)
I think I am going to leave it at that for now before I start going down a road that only keeps me up all night.

Different note though, Caleb (whom I will meet one of these days, among others) had a little incident with some Starbucks. Glad to hear that the worst of it was some spilled coffee. Made me do some thinking about work environments more though. Guess My little .22 should be enough in a pinch but You can bet that I will carry more than one mag for it "just in case".

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Going mobile: the continueing saga.

Have a bite on a towable camper. Not sure about it as I am waiting on pictures from the owner but Hope that this is the ticket. If not there are more out there going up for sale all the time (reflections of a tanking economy me-thinks.)

Will post more as I become aware of it.

Addendum: Unfortunately this has fallen through through outside circumstances. Keep moving Marine, the world isn't waiting on you.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Range trip.

Went again today to the range to finish what I started yesterday. LOL When I get there I realize that my camera is still attached to the PC from uploading Pix. So no pictures for you today.

I did get the final Sight in done on the 'Dragunov' and am quite pleased with the results of that. I won't say I was hitting any clover leafs at 100yds but I did shoot out the center of the target with only 10 rounds. That pretty much means that I am going to hit what I am shooting at. So long as the calibration of the scope is spot on, I would be comfortable going longer ranges with this rifle. Unfortunately I haven't any long range courses nearby available to me to use. Laters I will but till then I know that if I need it this rifle will do the job.

I also took the Marlin 60 with me to set the scope on that one. If you have never shot a .22 semi-auto rifle, You should. These things are fun to shoot, cheap to feed, and did I mention fun? The scope I put on it came from my Air rifle that I have that I never use that much. Its great for running off vermin in the neighborhood but I wouldn't want to bet my life on it. Its a damned fine gun for squirrel but slow follow up as its a break barrel model. The .22 in comparison seems closer to full auto in follow up. As fast as you pull the trigger is as fast as the rounds leave the barrel. I sighted in at 25yds for the .22 and in one magazine had shot the center out of the target completely. I was able to stick my thumb through the hole left behind. Way more fun than I should have been allowed to have on a Thursday morning by myself. LOL Squirrels be warned, I's packin heat!

One thing I do on a daily basis is listen to talk radio. On the way to the range I was listening to Glenn Beck and on the way home Limbaugh.
The level of fascism continues to grow it seems. The last couple of weeks I have been laying off the talk radio as I was starting to get more than a little depressed at the shape of things. The stuff they were talking about is stuff that while it Doesn't concern me directly the implications down the road scare the living hell out of me. I don't want to fight in a war but the way things are looking that seems the only way that we are going to get out of this mess. Bill Whittle of 3XE had the idea, instead of bailing out all of the companies and enacting more legislation why not as a nation pay each of the members of the DC group $1 million to Just Resign. No questions, or pursuit of legal issues: Just go away. Then we hold our own elections for new faces. Nice pipe dream but I don't ever see it happening. The fact that we could get a fresh start for less than a billion dollars would be nice but we are too deep into it now. They started this mess and the whole party has to play the tune until its finished. I only hope we are still around to witness the resurrection of America.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Range report (addendum)

Now that is some muzzle flash!

maybe not the most 'unobtrusive' weapon at night. LOL

Range report (partially RTWT)

Early morning call to get to the range before everybody and their dog showed up. First time out with the 'Dragunov' and I was feeling my oats this morning. New rifles always make me a bit giddy at first. That initial break in where you and the rifle get to know each other in ways that can't be explained in words. LOL

Well at 9 A.M. I didn't get a whole lot of shooting done. Fact of the matter is that I didn't get much shooting done before 10:30. The sun was climbing over the berm and we couldn't see our targets AT ALL until it had gained some altitude. Unfortunately I wasn't able to stay much past 11 A.M. since I had promised my kid that I would watch Granbehbie while she went to school today.

Still I did get in some good shoot time. I started on the 100yd line and realized in about 5 rounds that I needed to move things to the 50 to get on paper. The scope was that far off. I didn't want to blow alot of rounds down range without a spotter. Cease fire and move my dope to the 50 yd range.

Here is where I used the Iron sights to get on paper to align the scope and at least get close.

Here are the first 10 rounds with the scope. You can see where I was walking the impact down from where it was hitting about 5" high and left. I ended up getting it in the 9 ring then moved to the 100 yard line.

Here is what I came up with there. I am not going to say much about it as at first I am not even sure I was on paper. I didn't get to dial it in all the way here as I ran out of time and had to pack it up. I will return soon and get this beastie dialed in the way I like. Having seen the grouping at 50 I KNOW I can make this rifle dance to my tune out to some Seriously long distances.

Now I don't normally post stupid (IMO) videos of myself but I had a request for a video of me shooting. I don't normally do video and don't even have a video editor on my PC so its rough. For those that don't know. I am VERY camera shy. I don't have that vanity in my life so any video of me is going to be quite short and you may not even see that much of me at all.

Political Front.

Not much that I want to cover here though I do want to show my motivating force against the forces of Socialism and those that would like to see the United States to become the Communist Republic of America.

I can't think of a better reason to fight for the Constitution and what this country is SUPPOSED to be.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Rifle report. Romanian PSL-54C

This is not a C&R rifle like the other that I have or have had. This rifle has been called incorrectly a Dragunov which was a Russian rifle based upon the SVT-40 from WWII. This Rifle is based upon the Kalashnikov rifle using the same round as the SVT, Mosin-Nagant, and the Dragunov. Some state that this is a sniper rifle. Not so, this is more of a designated marksmen rifle by U.S. Military standards. More accurate than the Main Battle Rifles (the AK) and harder hitting out to further distances but not really sniper quality. Still for what it is, this should be a fine competition rifle or a long range hunter.

Ballistically speaking this round is something of a cross between the .308 and the .30-06. Good long range, hard hitting and rather adaptable by varying loads and bullet weight. This particular rifle is very happy with a lighter bullet. The heavier bullets that I was shooting in the Mosin tend to tear apart the action due to excessive recoil in the gas tube. Luckily the rounds it does like are readily available and fairly inexpensive. I can pick up a case of 880 rounds for about $150. Try that with the AR platform.

First perceptions from when I picked it up.

HEAVY. even with the light barrel this thing weighs in at 10 pounds unloaded.
SIMPLE. Being based upon the AK platform, the operations of this rifle are simple. The Safety is the standard setup, takedown can be done without any tools, parts fit together 'just tight enough'.
NICE. Somehow the layout seems better thought out than that of the AK-47's that I have handled in the past. Maybe its the fact that this one is not a refurb but a new receiver. I don't have enough AK experience to say one way or the other, this is just a feeling I get from it.

I really like the layout for the Scope. This is a Romanian version of the Russian SVD scope. Here is what the Reticle looks like.Click to embiggen and read my notes. It looks busy but once you know the layout rapid range finding should be a breeze. The scope itself is calibrated to the military loads for this rifle and dialing is very easy once range is known.

Here is the 'kit' it comes with.
There is quite a bit of stuff here. (and no, the ammo is what I already had.) Everything functions the way it should and none of this is of 'issued' surplus. Everything is tight and clean (well once I cleaned all of the cosmoline off of it. lol) Even the leather on the armsbag had to be oiled and worked in since it has never been used.

RANGE TRIP! Will post more on that when I return tomorrow.

Friday, October 16, 2009

It's official.

My boss just asked me over to talk. Things really are hurting him right now. Banks not loaning money etc. He isn't broke but he is hurting and so we as a group are taking a backseat while things stabilize. I will be able to get a few days here and there but not what I was. While this is disappointing its not a surprise. I saw the writing on the wall a few weeks ago and then had is mildly confirmed by my landlord(his partner) a couple of days ago. Full confirmation tonight to say the least.

So where does this leave Diogenes?

I have thought about getting a parttime job at a local car parts place but that would remove me from the roles of the unemployed. Not that I would mind coming off the roles but,, Well maybe its time to stop scamming the .Gov and actually work for my money. It would have been nice to keep the train rolling long enough to get an RV out of the fun but I am a realist when it comes to getting by. I will figure something out.

Still looking for that special deal when it comes to an RV/Camper. I don't need much. Somewhere to get out of the weather to cook/crap and snooze. Other than that I wouldn't mind being outside as much as possible. Heck, if I do find something I will probably only be moving it about 300 miles and then parking it for a couple of years while I build my house. Park it on a pad and build a little deck next to it so that I can sit outside and read or plink the squirrels. LOL It wouldn't be that much different than where I am now except for lower crime rates and fewer people to deal with. (those go pretty much hand in hand don't they?) I would have my tools on the truck same as I do now so work wouldn't be an issue As long as the RV/Camper is set up in a permanent position I should be able to get an address listed for the property.

Lots more research in my future I see. Funny how I stay flexible enough that even little things like this don't get me down. So plans need to change enough to extend my time in this armpit of a town. Oh well. I have been here for the last 17 years, one more isn't going to kill me. Even if I don't get an RV, I am always ready to roll if the conditions call for it.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Going 4X4 Part 1.3

Well after a 5 hour endeavor with Dan and lots of greasy fingers and cursing(I think that the cars like verbal abuse LOL) I now have the Tahoe axles in place. I still have some detail stuff to take care of, like hooking up the P-brake lines and some wiring that needs repaired but currently the S-10 is up and running and I have engaged the 4X4 package to insure that things are working properly.

Next up is either an RV or Tow Camper.

Looking but I don't have the funds yet so I don't see that happening anytime soon. My boss is running low on funds and hours are getting cut.(yet one more way the 'stimulus' is stimulating me.) I am the only person getting hours at this moment due to my transportation status and the fact that I provide my own tools. ON THAT NOTE: I am noting parallels to Ayn Rands book "Atlas shrugged". Many people in the service industry just not caring that much anymore. Attitudes and pessimism abound. People aren't giving like they would if the returns were better. There isn't any one thing I can really put my finger on to illustrate this but I feel it daily. Every once in awhile you run across a shining star that hasn't been infected with the poison yet and your day is lit up for a short time. Yet for the most part there is a growing illness in this country. Like guys expecting work but not investing in the tools to do the job. Or working at such a pace to draw out the work indefinitely instead of doing a bangup job and getting kudos for it towards the next piece of work. Even I have noted that this poison is affecting me in some ways. I have the hardest time working with anyone from this area anymore. My boss has gone out of his way to give me solo projects because I hammer them out quick with minimal fuss(usually over materials but thats another story.) and he knows that the work is done right. I have been bouncing around to his many different properties doing maintenance stuff and security improvements because he knows that I won't dicker with the tenants and the job is done when I am packing up my tools, not dragged out to the next day. In some ways this is a positive since I know that he will keep coming back to me with work. In others though it hurts me since I am getting things done so timely that I am not getting a full week out of what he has. I guess its better to have some work and struggle than no work and begging.

Can't wait to get that trailer and get out of this dying town.

Itching to get to a range too. It has been a few weeks since I shot something.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Going 4X4 Part 1.2

To start the story off, I picked up a Chevy S-10 earlier this year to replace the Honda that was my Daughters car. For $500.00 I picked up this beast that was far more redneck than myself. LOL

Well the guy I had bought her from had "done some work" on her that was not really up to my levels of perfection. He had replaced the rear axle on her (and did that well enough) but with the wrong Gear ratios. This throws the whole system out of whack. Wrong speed indications are the least of those issues. (the speedo reads 45 when I am doing 55-60) I haven't even began to figure out the fuel economy to any finite degree because of that. Worst of it though is I am hauling around about 400 lbs of useless metal in the transfer case and front axle because I can't engage the 4X4 due to mismatched axles.

Not anymore.

I now have the axles out of the Tahoe (matched pair) ready to install in my truck. I will still have the Speedo issues but I can live with that: that's what GPS is for. It will really be nice to have working 4X4 during the hated winter season around here.
On that note though. I think that I have taken every single working part that I could off of that Tahoe and installed it or am ready to install it on my little truck. Pretty good deal for a vehicle I received for a song. Easily one of the best things that has happened to me in the last 2 years.

I am still being surprised by my little truck on a daily basis though. For being 22 years old with 200,000 miles on her, she still gets up everyday and does her job. She has done things that I would never thought possible (towing the Tahoe for one) and now that the 4X4 package is being fixed I can see her doing even more. Going to be an interesting winter to say the least.