Saturday, March 17, 2018

Who needs the geographic coordinates of your front door?

When we can geo-locate every outdoor picture on the Internet?

It's getting hard to have a reasonable conspiracy theory these days; government is so far ahead of the tinfoil hat brigade that there's no catching up.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Let there be light

As usual, I found this while I was looking at other things on the Intertubz. The Humphrey Gas Light.

I remember similar lights in old travel trailers when I was a kid. I don't know what models were available back then, but today there are a variety of models, colors and accessories that should allow you to adapt these for just about any use. The immediate uses I see is for off-grid lighting or emergency lighting. If you were building or retrofitting a house or a building, it wouldn't be much trouble to pipe in propane to various locations and install some of these for future use.


This week's Woodpile Report is a dandy. Yes, you ought to read it yourself, but I'm going to toss out a few items that I liked in particular.

I'm not sure if you've kept up with the information drops by or even heard of the Internet entity known as "Q". In certain parts of the Internet, there is much speculation on the information being dropped--some of it is pretty much conspiracy theory on steroids. But what if it isn't, and Q is really someone or a group of people who are in the know of doings so dark that they make the average conspiracy theorist look tame?

Illinois moves toward gun confiscation: a bill introduced in Illinois would attempt to force, probably unsuccessfully if history is any indicator, 18-20 year olds to surrender legally owned "assault rifles". Lawsuits are likely being prepped in the event of the passage of this affront on the Constitution, but frankly I won't give them much chance of success, given there is already a national prohibition of the purchase of handguns by 18-20 year olds. I still contend we should raise the age of majority to 21 and allow the Democrats to put their money where their mouths are.

Washington State "extreme risk protection order" law is actually used, by the book, Intertubz loses it's mind. The Raconteur Report rolls out some  information on why this is not the end of the world for gun rights and why it may actually be a good thing. I'm willing to let the court case work itself out before calling for everyone to go to the mattresses.

Young socialists in expensive locals are willing to pay old socialist big bucks to be miserable, as long as it's a comfortable misery. At least that's how I understand it.

We need to try socialism again, harder, because Trump. Or Whiteness, or some such BS. Personally, I think we need to try a complete societal breakdown. At least we might be able to get away with shooting the damn socialists without legal repercussions.

I'll stop here, before I just re-link the who thing.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Big government killed free checking; Amazon may save it

(Via Claire Wolfe)

An interesting tale of how a checking account came to cost a bank $349/year to provide, why they can't make money off checking accounts any longer and how Amazon may change that dynamic.

Once again, an over-reaching government screwed things up for everyone. A healthy dose of unintended consequences didn't help. Who couldn't have seen those coming?

A little something from Miguel

(Via Michael Bane on Facebook)

Miguel has harsh yet true words for those who oppose the "Fix NICS" bill and the NRA haters.

He's right. The people who want to kill these things need to be forced to eat the entire shit sandwich the next time we have another school shootathon and the liberals finally get their wet dream gun ban. If we won't clean our own house, eventually, they're going to get the opportunity to do it for us, and we won't like it.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Cycling, anyone?

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned that I've taken up cycling as an enjoyable way to get some exercise. I may go into some depth about it as the weather gets better, which I hope is soon. It's supposed to snow tomorrow--not much, but it's March and we should have seen the last of Old Man Winter for the most part. Life in North Carolina.

At any rate, I've subscribed to a few cycling email newsletters, and this was in one of them. 8 On-the-Road Bike Repairs You Need to Know. Being of the prepper nature I had already thought through a tool kit for my bike, and I have most of these skills from my old high speed, low drag days when I road biked. However, there are a couple of tricks in there that I didn't know about. Very cool.

Like rust, gun grabbers never sleep

Here is is, straight from the horse's...mouth. They want them all, folks. AR-15s, your old Marlin Glenfield, great-grandpa's shotgun. They want them all. They will use whatever pretense they can use to get them. "This is merely the beginning."

When gun grabbers tell you something like this, you'd better take them at their word. They're not done yet.

Understand that there is no politician, no political party, that we can trust to stand by us in this fight. The latest assault on our rights in Florida was passed by a Republican controlled legislature and signed by a Republican governor (who happens to be a transplant from gun ban happy Illinois). Politicians blow wherever the wind blows them. Right now, the wind is not blowing from our direction. That needs to change.

There are things we can do as individuals to make this change. It's important to write, email and call your elected critters at every level when you get the word they are considering legislation that will curtail your rights. I just got an email from our state gun rights group on a move by a local municipality that would shut down one of the biggest gun shows in the state. You bet I'm letting those worthies know that I'm not happy with that idea.

You should be a member of the NRA. While there are a lot of gun owners who piss and moan about the NRA not being pure enough or asking for money too often or whatever, the NRA is suing in federal court to overturn the Florida law. Things like this cost money, and I'm going to drop some coin into some of the NRA's various online cups to help support the fight. I'd much rather the fight take place in a court room than on my front porch.

Speaking of the NRA, if you aren't a member, why? Because you were once and they asked you for money? They called you on the phone or sent you mail? Like I said, fighting for your rights costs money. Lobbying in DC and 50 state capitals isn't cheap and if you want it done well, you don't do it on the cheap. You hire professionals and you give them the best tools of the trade, and that includes money. We gun owners supply the money. You don't want phone calls, just tell them and they'll stop. You don't want the mail, simply toss it.

And please, for the love of John Moses Browning, don't tell me about Gun Owners of America and the rest. Sure, they're doing good works, but the NRA is the 800 pound gorilla. With something like 6 million members, when they knock on doors, the doors open. We need to give them more members so they can say they represent 8 million, 10 million, 20 million voters, because nothing gets a politician's attention like the possibility of being an unemployed politician.

Way too many people thought they could relax when Trump won the presidency. They've spent the last year plus kicked back and doing jack for gun rights. Well guess what? The other side hasn't been kicked back--they've been organizing and waiting for the right time to make another mad dash for gun bans. 17 dead kids in Florida was their right time. They're on the move and moving hard and fast. Get off your butt and start fighting back.