27 July 2013

Saturday Night Video

I'm still not completely sure I understand this song to this day...

so anyway, this has always been one of my favorite "Steve Winwood" related songs
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20 July 2013

Saturday Night Video

this one's for realz...

so anyway, no music tonight, except for the sweet, sweet symphony of American Exceptionalism (of which I can not get enough).

44 years ago today, we landed on the Moon.  Today, we can't even get to orbit without asking Vladimir Putin for a solid.

We should have had boots on the ground on Mars fifteen years ago.  That's what a "Great Society" will get you, not the fucked up LBJ version left us with.

Bah.  Anyhoo, experience some American Exceptioinalism.  We once knew how to get shit done:

I was six and three quarters years old at the time.  It left a mark

I still get goose-bumps watching this. Neal Armstrong has shed this mortal coil, but Buzz Aldrin can still kick your ass, and Michael Collins would still be there to beat you silly and fuck you stoopid.

Maybe it's just me, but I think we need more "old school" smacking down of the "new school".

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13 July 2013

Saturday Night Video

Take me across the water...

so anyway, I've always dug this song deep:
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07 July 2013

Notes from the week of 01JUL13

it was a strange week...

so anyway, excessive turmoil in my personal life seriously compromised my blogging this week; such is life.  If you know me in real life and I have your cell phone number, don't be surprised if I call you up and ask for help moving a mattress (I promise, there are no couches or pool tables to be moved.)

I started the week with the disturbing realization that unless we do something to stop the machine, Hillary Rodham Clinton will be elected President of the United States in 2016.  I make a half-assed attempt at blogging the important stuff and harassing those unfortunate enough to be pumping gas within earshot.  What are you doin'?

I actually did read The Declaration of Independence, aloud on Thursday.  Truer word have yet to be spoken...

Legal Insurrection sheds light on why Republicans wont self-identify as Republicans.  I tend to vote Republican (the lesser of two evils argument), call me out as as Republican and I will kick your ass

Related, The Common Sense Show, via The Western Rifles Shooters Association

Tahrir Square, mid-week

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06 July 2013

Saturday Night Video

Twin Spin style....

so anyway, if you were born between, say 1961 and 1965, this was part of the soundtrack of your high school years:
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05 July 2013

Recoil Therapy

I has a happy.....

so anyway, I managed to get some range time in late this afternoon, long gun style.  I had planned on shooting the Ruger as well, but I was having too much fun with the SKS.  We'll get to that in a minute.

First of, the venue.  Island Lake Recreation Area, one of the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources not quite "State" parks. (42°30'52.55" N 83°40'34.07" W for my fellow Google™ Earth freaks).  It is spectacular.

$10 buys you all day access to the range

The range(s) are operated by a private outfit, but I haven't drilled down deep enough yet to provide any 411.  I'll get back to you on that.

The Island Lake Shooting Range is very professionally run, with one small caveat.  I show up in the clubhouse (there's no other word that describes it) with my shooter's bag full of shooter's shit and a SKS slung over my shoulder.*  Tits McGorgeous signs me in and takes my money.  Did I mention that I had a SKS openly slung on my shoulder?  I did?  Good, we can move forward.

So, I get down to the firing line to be told by the Range Officer that my rifle must be in a case to enter the range.  OK, "his" range, his rules.  But don't you think that Tits McGorgeous could have mentioned that shit (that my rifle had to be encased) when she checked me in?  The front desk should know the rules.

Speaking of range rules, their policy is six rounds at a time.  I showed up with a collection of magazines that hold considerably more that six rounds.  I spent a fair amount of time emptying ex-cap mags and loading stripper clips in six round increments.  Next time, I'll set the rifle up with the stock 10 rd box magazine and load out the stripper clips with 6 rd each

Anyhoo, mild inconvenience, overall, a great range experience.  I know now.

Second, I shot a lot better today with the SKS.  I had forgotten what a laugh-riot the SKS is to shoot.  I was having so much fun, half way through my second reload, I get tapped on the shoulder by the Range Officer and told to reduce my rate of fire.

 I'm still not posting any targets, but 50% of my hits.were in the black at 50 yards using iron sights.  Most of the slop was my lack of recent hands on run-time with the rifle (I hadn't shot it in years), and I still haven't figured out the eyesight thing.  Part of it was environmental: I was dressed for the air conditioned office, now I was outdoors, in direst sunlight, on an 83°, very humid afternoon and sweating like a pig.  Remember, kids: dress for success...

The other lesson that I quickly re-learned about the SKS is that the metal parts on the fore end (especially the gas tube) get really freakin' hot really fast.  I'll be adding a leather glove for my left hand to my range bag.

more soon

* In retrospect, I should have knowd.  The reason I left the case in the car is that as I was unpacking my stuff from the trunk of the Mighty Commuter-Mobile, there were a couple of shot-gunners returning from the range carrying uncased shotguns.  They opened their trunks, re-cased their shotguns.  I was thinking "good idea, why mess with taking the case when I can just sling my rifle.  One less thing to mess with on the range."

Turns out I choose poorly.  Still, Tits McGorgeous should have said something.

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04 July 2013

In Congress, Jully 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. — The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free system of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislature, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

John Hancock

Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
Geo. Walton

Wm. Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
Edward Rutledge
Thos. Heyward, Junr.
Thomas Lynch, Junr.
Arthur Middleton

Samuel Chase
Wm. Paca
Thos. Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Th. Jefferson
Benja. Harrison
Thos. Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Robt. Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benja. Franklin
John Morton
Geo. Clymer
Jas. Smith
Geo. Taylor
James Wilson
Geo. Ross
Caesar Rodney
Geo. Read
Tho. Mckean

Wm. Floyd
Phil. Livingston
Frans. Lewis
Lewis Morris
Richd. Stockton
Jno. Witherspoon
Fras. Hopkinson
John Hart
Abra. Clark

Josiah Bartlett
Wm. Whipple
Saml. Adams
John Adams
Robt. Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Step. Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
Wm. Williams
Oliver Wolcott
Matthew Thornton

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01 July 2013

A disturbing realization

and the sooner you realize it, the better...

so anyway, I have some really bad news.  You better pour yourself a stiff drink...and bring the bottle back with you.  I really wish I did not have to tell you this, and I wish it wasn't so, but as much as it pains me to say it, you need to know.

Hillary Rodham Clinton will be elected President of the United States of America in 2016.

This is as certain as Gravity and the Laws of Thermodynamics.

Here's how the whole thing is going to play out:  shortly after the 2014 mid-term elections, Vice President Biden* will leave office.  How or why doesn't really matter, be it scandal or health issues, he'll be gone.

(If you're reading this here at SSP, chances are good that you have more than a passing familiarity with The Constitution, and you know what happens next.)

With Biden out, TFG can nominate anyone he chooses to be VP, to be confirmed by the Senate.  TFG nominates HRC to be VP; and her confirmation is all but guaranteed.  You can almost hear John McCain's speech from the well of the Senate about the "lifetime of service by his dear friend HRC" (I just threw up in my mouth a little).  The sixty votes to confirm HRC as VP are not to be doubted.

Here's the part that requires a willful suspension of dis-belief: after HRC is confirmed and sworn in, TFG starts to fade away.  He'll play a lot more golf, take a lot more vacations, make a few speeches; he'll generally go "low-profile".

HRC will become the new face of the administration and to the LIV and the Gimme Free Shit brigade, all the largess from Capitol City will be by her graces.  Can you say "Hillary Phone"?

So after nearly two years of dolin' out freebies and looking like she runs the government, she's running for President.  It will almost be a re-election campaign.

As for her VP choice; it becomes three dimension chess at that point.  There are those that have suggested that HRC will pick some RINO as a running mate (the stable is full of them: Christie, Rubio, Murkowski, Collins, Snowe, McCain...the list goes on and on) to give the appearance of bi-partaniship.  I doubt it.  Bi-partisanship keeps both parties viable.  The prod-tards' end goal is to have single party, communist rule.

Are you starting to see why it is so important that conservatives take the Senate and retain the House in 2014?

We need to be constantly working to make this happen.  There are nineteen Democrat Senators up for election in 2014; one of "my" Senators (Carl Levin) has already announced his retirement and will not be seeking re-election; I'm sure there are others who will take that path as well.  Here's the list:

Mark Begich AK
Mark Pryor AR
Mark Udall CO
Chris Coons DE
Dick Durbin IL
Tom Harkin IA
Mary Landrieu LA
Mo Cowan MA
Carl Levin MI
Al Franken MN
Max Baucus MT
Jeanne Shaheen NH
Tom Udall NM
Kay Hagan NC
Jeff Merkley OR
Jack Reed RI
Tim Johnson SD
Mark Warner VA
Jay Rockefeller WV

Seriously, the names you readily recognize reads lise the who's who of prog-tardism.  Senator Al Franken?  Really? Really?

Find out who is running against these socialist prog-tards (BIRM) and do what you can to support the conservative candidate however you can.  As of today, there is only 491 days until the 2014 mid-term elections.

Four hundred ninety one days.  That's not much time, considering the task at hand.  We conservatives have to "infiltrate and educate" the LIVs and wake them up.

*Biden has Presidential aspirations of his own, but he doesn't have a machine.  The Clinton's have a machine, and TFG has the Chicago machine.  Biden is bringing a spork to a game of thermonuclear war.

more soon

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