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.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sometimes ya have to wonder.

I freely admit I am a child of the late 80's and early 90's. I grew up listening to 'HairBands' and metal.

Today while going through my collection I ran across an album I hadn't listened to in a few years. I sat and listened to the lyrics again. Funny how predictive it was then. Guess things really haven't changed for the better in 15-20 years.

Here are the lyrics for one of the songs.

Artist: Queensryche
Album: Operation Mindcrime
Title: Revolution Calling

For a price i'd do about anything
Except pull the trigger
For that i'd need a pretty good cause
Then i heard of dr. x
The man with the cure
Just watch the television
Yeah, you'll see there's something going on

Got no love for politicians
Or that crazy scene in d.c.
It's just a power mad town
But the time is ripe for changes
There's a growing feeling
That taking a chance on a new kind of vision is due

I used to trust the media
To tell me the truth, tell us the truth
But now i've seen the payoffs
Everywhere i look
Who do you trust when everyone's a crook?

Revolution calling
Revolution calling
Revolution calling you
[there's a] revolution calling
Revolution calling
Gotta make a change
Gotta push, gotta push it on through

I'm tired of all this bullshit
They keep selling me on t.v.
About the communist plan
And all the shady preachers
Begging for my cash
Swiss bank accounts while giving their
Secretaries the slam

They're all in penthouse now
Or playboy magazine, million dollar stories to tell
I guess warhol wasn't wrong
Fame fifteen minutes long
Everyone's using everybody, making the sale

I used to think
That only america's way, way was right
But now the holy dollar rules everybody's lives
Gotta make a million doesn't matter who dies

Revolution calling
Revolution calling
Revolution calling you
[there's a] revolution calling
Revolution calling
Gotta make a change
Gotta push, gotta push it on through

I used to trust the media
To tell me the truth, tell us the truth
But now i've seen the payoffs
Everywhere i look
Who do you trust when everyone's a crook?

Revolution calling
Revolution calling
Revolution calling you
[there's a] revolution calling
Revolution calling
Gotta make a change
Gotta push, gotta push it on through

Makes me wonder when we will see resolution to all of this crap. I would hope in my lifetime and not that of my grandchildren.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Going Mobile (part 2)

Been looking into a camper or RV on Craigslist. Nothing fancy but something that I can either tow with my truck or tow my truck with. I am not even that concerned about condition so long as its complete, with a head. During my looking and research into campers and rv's and the like, I have ran into some Truly interesting reading material from a group called "vandwellers".

At one point my sis and her husband would take off for the summer and triapse around the country in a little RV. These people do it 24/7 and even make a living doing it by hosting camp sites on Federal land(among other jobs).

Interesting to me.

Where I become conflicted is with wanting a garden and having my Grandbehbie growing up. I really would like a yard where I could grow my own food and have a workshop. Still the allure of not having a permanent address is quite appealing. Especially with all of the current events in our increasingly facist Federal government. Much harder to track down a "Right Wing Extremist" if they don't have any ties to a permanent address. (and yes I have been looking into that little detail too. Like how to maintain licensing and insurance on the 'hicles while not living with an address. tricky but doable) The freedom to up and move on a whim is VERY inticing. Now if there were someway that I could convince my daughter to come along with the baby I could have the best of both worlds. Freedom to roam and the ability to protect and educate my family. (my holding back on my freedom of being single again is because I 1) want to see my grandbehbie growing up and 2) I want to help educate her the way I know is right and not the way the public schools do now.

Time enough to decide and make sure that No matter what why I go I am making the right choice.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A little delimma

I am teaching a new shooter and have a slight problem. This is something outside of my experience and I am kind of hoping that someone stumbles across this blog that may have an answer (Google isn't cutting the mustard on this one.)

The problem is Eye dominance. He is a right handed shooter but left eye dominant. No problems with his pistol shooting but he wants to learn rifle shooting too. Normally I would try to teach him to shoot left handed since his dominant eye is the left but that presents a problem too. He fights the position and ends up switching back to struggling with the right. His form is fine but he is trying to sight in with his left eye and that puts the bridge of his nose right into the butt of the rifle.

We haven't taken him to the range yet for rifle since I am not that comfortable with his form. We have been working with him on dryfire exercises till I feel confident that he isn't going to walk away completely frustrated or with a broken nose.

I will continue looking online but I am hoping that someone has had a similar situation and can help out.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My take on the news.

I have been listening to both sides of the story as best as possible for the last couple of months. The talk radio seems to carry the story better since they aren't 'spinning' the story. Seems to me that the people that want the truth tend to be able to handle it better than those that just want the next movie listing or traffic report.

Still when you are seeing several major powers coming together to 'find' a better way of transacting business for Energy supplies; Well you have to watch what the FedGov's response is. So far what we are seeing is the basic ineptitude of a deer in headlights. No response from the hill other than some denials of the facts(like our unemployment rates. Spin that all you want. The street shows a different story)




Thats my take on it.

Anyone care to refute it? I could use some good news.

Guess I plan on making the hump to Dayton in two weeks to pick up more ammo. We may not see these plans pan out for another year or two but I think that when the PTB in other countries start to make the move, the rest are going to follow suit so fast the Dollar is going to crash, hard. It will hit so hard as to leave a crater.(right where the Federal treasury is today)

So how is that Hope and Change working for you? I know it sucks in this neck of the woods. We sure are getting the change and HOPING that it isn't going to blow up TOO soon. I still have preparations in the works. Not to say that I can't up and leave at the drop of the first sign of trouble but comfort levels may not be where I would like to have them.

Rule 1) Be prepared to leave your bags on the dock when the SHTF.
Rule 2) All sales are final.

On a good note though; Having free rein to get my work done this week while the boss is out of town is a good thing. Lowered stress levels to say the least. I will be picking up the Dragunov soon. My daughter has a car again( so I don't have to chauffeur her around and cut into my working hours.)(down side though, I don't see my granbehbie as much. Prolly for the better right now as she keeps giving me all of these damned colds. LOL)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Gun show.

Either we are starting to see (finally) people calming down from the Presidential elections OR people are really hurting for money. BG Gun show in Sharonville today was REALLY slow for a gun show today. I did note that ammo, reloading supplies, and various high demand weapons are starting to become readily available again. I went today to sell Trisha, my Russian blond in 7.62X54r. I didn't sell her but I managed to get a different deal made. I received a lot of attention but no one was biting at the price I was asking. I had all of the original parts with her(other than the bolt even though that was only modified) along with a couple of accessories. There were a couple of College kids there that were looking for a Mosin and I was really looking to unload a rifle I haven't any need for. They had a mid 70's Marlin 60 that they were trying to sell. Neither of us were going to get our asking price it seemed and we just did an even swap across the board.

Now I don't need a .22LR semi-auto anymore than I need a Mosin Nagant. The logic I had while doing the deal was this: .22LR is cheap as hell to feed, I can get in more trigger time with .22 even if I am not shooting my 'big guns', and we all know that quality trigger time equates to better shooting no matter the bore. That and I am lazy and don't want to deal with a bolt action all the time. LOL.

So here is the new addition.

I took it out in a field near the river just to check it over real quick. (didn't feel up to a range trip. Damned colds) 20 rounds without a hitch. The last 10 in rapid fire mode and not one hiccup. When I go to the range I will check accuracy but from what I can tell she is spot on at 25 yards.

Here is the other addition I mentioned in a former post. This Pistol is just plain fun as hell to shoot. These are cheap to say the least. The 5" barrel in the pick comes with the extended mag and that only runs $25 for the 'kit'. The regular magazines are $11/each but it does come with one.
Again; quality trigger time on the cheap. 100 rounds of .22LR is running about $6-7 right now and I can find the 'value packs' of 550 for about $20. Don't know about you but that's some cheap shooting.(considering I shoot cheap milsurp stuff the rest of the time, LOL I am such a scrooge)

The Dragunov will be paid off soon. I had been hoping to sell Trisha to make a payment on the Dragunov but to no avail. No one wanted a 72Y.O. bolt action Com Bloc weapon. Well someone did but they were in the same boat as me. I received something I can use and they now have what they were looking for. Guess it worked out for both parties.

Oh side note same subject. Online I can find 880 rnd cases of the 54r for about $225. One of the vendors up there had several cases of the hungarian liteball(147gr) for $165. That's a hella deal on that ammo (now). AK ammo (7.62X39) is still up there but not nearly as bad as the AR stuff.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Update on Sept 12th post

I made the comment that my little truck could pull a house in that post.

She has.

Monday of this week we had a Demolition of a two car garage. Stucturally the garage was fine other than roofing issues that deemed it unsafe by the local .GOV agencies that condemned it to gaining a horizontal stature.

We went around using Saw-z-all's and Sledge hammers to weaken the base of the garage then afixed a tow line to various points internally out to the tow hitch of my little truck. First pull dragged the garage 5 feet before the mount point in the garage broke loose. I don't know who installed the Hitch on my truck but they weren't messing around one little bit. This thing is a piece of angle Iron 4" a side welded to the frame of the truck. It sits in a bracket made of 1/4" steel that is bolted into the frame using 10(!) 9.8 type bolts and welded in place. The bumper looks like ass with all of the rust on it but that hitch isn't even remotely in use by the bumper. LOL I was more worried about cracking the frame of the truck than losing the hitch.

Long story short. I used my little truck to pull down a house. And I never used the low gears to do it. If I had I may have been able to pull that thing to the street. lol.

Seasonal blahs.

How is it that I just beat a cold not two weeks ago and now here comes number two. This goofy ass weather that we are having here at the end of the Glacier Moraines is really getting under my skin. Usually we see this level of fall weather going into November. Seeing how it is in the 40s most days now I can see either a really WET winter or we are going to get snowed in a lot. I know the past 4-5 winters have been quite mild with one or two serious squalls that wrap up quickly: I guess we are due for a serious ass kickin winter.

Guess that means I need to crank up the movement on getting the truck winter ready.

Damned cold, kickin my butt though.