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Tuesday, June 5. 2007
Candidates for the Darwin Awards?
As they say, There is no cure for stupid.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 10:45 | Comments (38) | Trackbacks (0)
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Darwin Award to all those Americans that don't believe that it's the Seconf Amendment that keeps us free.
"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not."
~ Thomas Jefferson
(This is why Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton
want gun control so badly! )
FIREARMS REFRESHER COURSE
1. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
2. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
3. Colt: The original point and click interface.
4. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.
5. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?
6. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
7. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
8. If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.
9. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
10. The United States Constitution (c)1791. All Rights Reserved.
11. What part of "shall not be infringed" do you not understand?
12. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.
13. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
14. Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians.
15. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.
16. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
17. 911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.
18. Assault is a behavior, not a device.
19. Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.
20. If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.
21. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.
22. You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.
23. Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don't make more.
24. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.
25. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.
IF YOU AGREE, PASS THIS "REFRESHER" ON TO TEN FREE CITIZENS.
No one's gonna get MY guns, regardless of whatever laws a future congress may pass. Just sayin', just promisin'.
Amen Buddy .. you been do'in OK?
I've spent too much time fuss'in with DR,Trish,Ash , and a few others over at EB so I just won't be go'in back there..not worth hearing the bull shit.
There's little doubt in my mind that 2164 and DR, better known as Rex Wager, Scottsdale ,AZ, are in a good backchannel mode working on some business things in Costa Rico Which is fine it just makes it easier for 2164 to parrot Rex ..no complaints that's the way the world works.
Anyway, hope all is well with you and yours.
For me, there comes a point where a sane person has to leave off this blogging business and go do rational stuff - like rebuild your deck, or checker a gunstock, or go fishin' or plant tomatoes or get the family together, stuff like that.
I'm mov'in back to my other pursuits. Like you said above..more rational and productive...lately I've been preparing the Montana place (on paper) to be off grid even though we are on the grid....if a few power grids get knocked out by the crazies, a whole bunch of hell is gonna break loose.
I bought this guys book which is great and recommend his sight for daily reading....I only thought I knew some stuff..this guy and his contrubutors KNOW.
Thanks. I see I have some of the books he lists, so I like him already.
Montana...yippee yi yo ti yay, git along little dogies. Dammit, I was born 100 years late--oh for life in the Olde West! yes i know barbers pulled the teeth.
We may get a piece of ground next state over in Idaho on which we can build a shack. Someplace where I can shoot a turkey now and then and dip a line in a creek. At this point we are just in the lookie-loo and doodling stages. But I think you still can do it successfully.
Skookum...take a look at Thompson Falls Montana..believe it or not it has some of the mildest weather in Montana..
look at the "land" the property has great views with city power etc..plus it's right on the Clark Fork River and not too far from Spokane.
My place is down near Helena, east at a place named Townsend ..it's on the Missouri but I may also buy a piece of Thompson Falls..I went up there last summer..small community but has the necessities and it's beautiful.
"...it has some of the mildest weather in Montana"
meaning, winter is only 11 months long and it never gets much colder than the North Pole.
Are you on Canyon Ferry Lake?
And Thompson Falls should be nice - you are in the rain shadow of the mountains. I don't know if they keep 2 as well plowed as 90 though.
you get the laff in a couple months when it's so hot down here a fried egg can cook you on the sidewalk.
I grew up in Southern Cal, so I know the drill. Don't mind it actually. Used to go camping out east of Barstow on the margins of the Mojave. That was when I was young and stupid. As opposed to old and stupid.
Whew --Mojave, where you can become walking human dried jerky.
Lost Dutchman, they say. And some galleon that was drug overland filled with gold doubloons, and buried "somewhere in the Mojave".
You know, I read someplace that the miners making by far the most money were the guys who opened the gravel pits making aggregates for the building of Los Angeles. That and Boraxo.
Ha--remember "20 Mule Team Borax" ? jeez, i'm older'n God....
You bet I do. You could send away for a 20 Mule Team plastic model with a few box tops or labels. I put one together (with Dad's help) when I was about eight or so. It had the mule team, the two borax wagons, and the little water tank wagon brining up the rear. There is still a 20 Mule Team Road out by Edwards Air Force Base.
damn--didn't know there was a toy I coulda got. I just remember the whiplash craaack in the old grainy black & white tv commercials. wanted to grow up and get me one o them loud bullwhips and wreak havoc in the neighborhood, LOL.
Around that time, the kid across the street got a bullwhip for his birthday. I pestered my parents to no end to buy me one, but the answer was "No" with a capital N. They were probably pretty expensive, too. But I did get one of those model rockets you filled with water, pumped like a madman, and released. They went up about three stories and came down via parachute. It would sometimes land on a roof, in which case you had to climb up a phone pole and jump to the roof, grab the rocket, then jump back to the phone pole and climb back down. It is a miracle we survived childhood. Statistically, we should all be dead.
On the east end of Canyon Ferry on the south side. Have BLM land on my left and a 50' deep canyon on my right.
I'm upslope about 2 miles and can see Canyon Ferry and the Missouri River..there's a spot within 1/2 mile where Lewis and Clark (mentioned in their journals) camped.
I have a neighbor down the slope and to the right about a mile away. No trees, didn't want then particularly due to fire hazard. Figure I'll set up a firing range into the BLM land since there's a nice hill there.
However if I can get the wife up to Thompson Falls or Big Fork I'd do it. There are still some affordable agerage in Montana. It was funny when we bought the realtor was feel'in us out, see'n what kinda folks we we..we'll he's a former Marine and I was in the Corps so that was good. His wife was a teacher and mine is(3 more years she gets a 100k bonus)
But even my father-in-law in ontana says Idaho is grand and easily worth a look. I just wanted a place that didn't have traffic cause I wnt to drive my toy...
Google Image Result for http://home.comcast.net/~stalker-v6/images/Black.jpg
In the building stage but this is what the result will be..has a 3.8 turbo V6 .. 0-60 in 4.0 top end around 145-150. whoooppeeee
I've already got my "circuit " picked out..in fact several where there's practicall zero traffic...just that deer I'll hit at 120mph ..bye bye Habu.....hey ya can't live forever.
Skook...it's called a StalkerV6 by Bruton..made in FL..totally bolt together...just gooogle stalker v6...yeah it's another Loyus 7 type. If I had the wifes permission I'd get an Ariel Atom ..seen one? UN-F'ing REAL
and watch this youtube
this machine has no peer.
That youtube is throaty--couldn't get the jpg from google images to come up, tho.
I saw the Ariel Atom in CAR magazine a few years back. I agree. Can you get them here?
Skook, yeah you can get them here..just fork over the approx. $40,000US and you've got youself one helluva ride....or for about $22,000 you can get the Stalker V6 turbo, and save the diiference for the funeral party your loved ones will throw in your honor!!!
I'll be flying out West real soon and I am feeling a bit ambivalent about it today. Upstate NY is the best, especially in June. It is so nice here this morning. Lush and green with a soft blue sky rimmed with the big fluffy clouds that one rarely sees in the arid West.
Skook, one of my favorite towns in Idaho is Sandpoint. It has mild weather and is on a very beautiful lake, Lake Pend Oreille. There is good fishing and good skiing and lots of old mines to explore. It has been recently discovered though and the inflow of city people who want an active retirement has pushed the real estate market up but compared to Seattle it is still a bargain.
Also, BD, in regards to dams, did you know Idaho has a seaport? Lewiston, Idaho has a port that can handle ocean going ships. It is something weird to see those big ships on a landscape that features a sea of prairie grass. The four dams that make Lewiston a seaport might be removed fairly soon though. I think the supreme court has ruled they violate the EPA.
"One-quarter of America's feed grain and thirty-five percent of its wheat move down these rivers, which have been engineered for freight only since the mid-1970s and which still have plenty of capacity for expansion."
The following story is a little bit dated but it is still a good read and it describes the dilema of the riverboat men versus the environmentalists.
Well, Clarkston WA and Lewiston ID are at the head of river navigation on the Snake River. In other words, towboats with grain and other commodities can only take their barges up that far. Oceangoing ships commonly don't move further upriver than Portland and Vancouver WA. But the barges are very important to the competitiveness of grain, hay, and potato growers shipping to Pacific Rim markets. They are a competitive alternative to rail, which in most cases has a local monopoly, and are much less expensive than truck when moving product to the ocean ports of the lower Columbia.
Thanks for the correction Skook. I am still not sure I get the big picture. Is the grain offloaded from the barges and then reloaded to cargo ships in Portland and Van?
Not to be a panic striken survivalist but the book on that blog lists all of the things that cease to function once POWER goes out. The power companies have back-up for about 30 hours...but depending on the scope and severity of attack it would probably take longer...look at New Orleans since Kartrina..just like in Apollo 13...without power we can't do anything.
Law and order will soon break down as dry good become more scarce. The criminal element will begin to pillage those unprotected.
The mentioned natural pathways (major arteries ) that will be initially used by the bad guys..if you live on one you're ground zero. Say a band of five or six armed thugs show up...who ya gonna call...oops powers out. So being on a pathway or right in town is not good.
His book is well worth the investment. Maybe it will never happen but in todays word...hmmmm...I just read last night that the second most used name in England last year for newborn boys was ...Nigel..nope ..Mohammad. Expectations are that it will be #1 this year.
Buddy, this is the central problem facing emergency planners in a just-in-time economy. How do you provide a buffer in a society that no longer believes in buffers? Who is better off in a disaster, a young woman living in an apartment where her refrigerator contains three Lean Cuisines and a carton of cherry tomatoes, or her grandmother with a pantry of goods she canned herself? Actually, it is not an unambiguous answer, since transportation advances make it possible that a modern city dweller could get resupplied much more quickly than a person of 75 years ago, if the systems were in place. The trouble is that government doesn't know how to do what Wal-Mart does everyday.
Which is why Wal-Mart did much better that the gov post-Katrina. And I guess the 'just-in-time' philosophy though making sense in daily affairs does have its drawbacks. Might be nice to have dispersed MRE's around the country, similar to the 'strategic oil reserves'. Better than nothing it would be.
Actually, that is done now. The trick is knowing demand, and improving the efficiency of "the last mile."