Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Kenneth Adamson



We have lost Uncle Ken. He was a preacher man; I knew of no one who walked closer to God.
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Kenneth Adamson
May 21, 1925 - March 29, 2009

Visitations:
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 from 4 - 8 PMLeppert Mortuary, Smith Carmel Chapel (Carmel, Indiana)

Services:
Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 1:00 PMLeppert Mortuary, Smith Carmel Chapel

Cemetery Location: Summit Lawn Cemetery

Kenneth Adamson, 83, of Westfield, passed away March 29, 2009. He was born on May 21, 1925 in Brownsville, PA. Ken retired from the Marion County Health Department. He also pastored local churches for a several years. He was a veteran of the US Navy during World War II. He was preceded in death by several brothers; one sister and daughter, Valerie. Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years; Thelma; two children, Lydia (Dennis) Vandevender and Timothy Adamson; four grandchildren, Evan and Trevor Vandevender and Joshua and Jarryd Jeffries. Family and friends will gather on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 from 4-8 p.m. in Leppert Mortuary, Smith Carmel Chapel where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 2nd at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow in the Summit Lawn Cemetery. Please visit www.leppertmortuary.com where you may sign the guest book or share a memory.




Monday, March 30, 2009

I'm a Gun Owner, and I VOTE!


Tuesday April 7 is yet another election day here in Illinois. Taking advantage of the early voting provisions, I cast my votes today. Yeah, I am a gun owner and I vote, and I am proud of it. Sometimes I cynically believe that I am the sole gun owner in this area who votes. In spite of the added opportunities offered by early voting, the projections say that voter turnout for this election will be very light, as usual. Face it, everyone loves to bitch and pontificate but relatively few people register to vote, and few of the registered voters bother to vote.

The only incumbent to receive my vote was the PRO GUN (Democratic Party) Mayor of Waukegan, tough old Dick Hyde. It goes to show that not all Democrats are bad. In Illinois, pro gun does not necessarily follow party lines. For instance, former Illinois Governor George Ryan (currently in prison) was an anti gun Republican. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (hopefully soon to be in prison) was an anti gun Democrat.

This election was just for local stuff, school boards, township officials, etc. In an advisory referendum, I also voted FOR the controversial extension of Route 53. This issue alone should bring people out in droves. Everyone has an opinion on it pro or con and everyone loves to preach about it, but to get off their fat assess and make it to the polls is just too much trouble. Bah!

For what it is worth, once again I have done my duty. I voted. I count.

Click here to find voting dates and details for your state.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Pharmaceuticals in Fish

Study: Range of pharmaceuticals in fish across US

The Associated Press
By MARTHA MENDOZA

Fish caught near wastewater treatment plants serving five major U.S. cities had residues of pharmaceuticals in them, including medicines used to treat high cholesterol, allergies, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder and depression, researchers reported Wednesday.

Findings from this first nationwide study of human drugs in fish tissue have prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to significantly expand similar ongoing research to more than 150 different locations.

"The average person hopefully will see this type of a study and see the importance of us thinking about water that we use every day, where does it come from, where does it go to? We need to understand this is a limited resource and we need to learn a lot more about our impacts on it," said study co-author Bryan Brooks, a Baylor University researcher and professor who has published more than a dozen studies related to pharmaceuticals in the environment.

A person would have to eat hundreds of thousands of fish dinners to get even a single therapeutic dose, Brooks said. But researchers including Brooks have found that even extremely diluted concentrations of pharmaceutical residues can harm fish, frogs and other aquatic species because of their constant exposure to contaminated water.

The research was published online Wednesday by the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and also was presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Salt Lake City.

Brooks and his colleague Kevin Chambliss tested fish caught in rivers where wastewater treatment plants release treated sewage in Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Orlando, Fla. For comparison, they also tested fish from New Mexico's pristine Gila River Wilderness Area, an area isolated from human sources of pollution.

Earlier research has confirmed that fish absorb medicines because the rivers they live in are contaminated with traces of drugs that are not removed in sewage treatment plants. Much of the contamination comes from the unmetabolized residues of pharmaceuticals that people have taken and excreted; unused medications dumped down the drain also contribute to the problem.

The researchers, whose work was funded by a $150,000 EPA grant, tested fish for 24 different pharmaceuticals, as well as 12 chemicals found in personal care products.
They found trace concentrations of seven drugs and two soap scent chemicals in fish at all five of the urban river sites. The amounts varied, but some of the fish had combinations of many of the compounds in their livers.

The researchers didn't detect anything in the reference fish caught in rural New Mexico.

In an ongoing investigation, The Associated Press has reported trace concentrations of pharmaceuticals have been detected in drinking water provided to at least 46 million Americans.

The EPA has called for additional studies about the impact on humans of long-term consumption of minute amounts of medicines in their drinking water, especially in unknown combinations. Limited laboratory studies have shown that human cells failed to grow or took unusual shapes when exposed to combinations of some pharmaceuticals found in drinking water.

"This pilot study is one important way that EPA is increasing its scientific knowledge about the occurrence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment," said EPA spokeswoman Suzanne Rudzinski. She said the completed and expanded EPA sampling for pharmaceuticals and other compounds in fish and surface water is part of the agency's National Rivers and Stream Assessment
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Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Entry for March 26, 2009


The voices in my head wonder why this was emailed to me ... three times ... ?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

RGuns



Today I took an afternoon drive from Waukegan, IL to Carpentersville, IL to visit
RGuns, a decent little gun store with a nice selection of goodies and a small, friendly staff. I picked up two boxes of old 7.63 Mauser cartridges to accessorize my old C96 broomhandle, along with a couple of surplus ammo cans that are becoming harder to find. I almost made it back out the door with my wallet mostly intact when I heard a pistol calling my name. In the display case was a brand new, matt stainless steel, Colt government model in .38 Super. The price was extraordinarily reasonable, especially considering that the “run on guns” still is underway. I have not bought a factory new Colt pistol in many years and was surprised at how much their quality has improved. The price was around $200 less than I have seen the same pistol listed at other stores, so naturally I just had to have it. The Colt is now paid for; after the mandatory Illinois waiting period of three days I will return to Carpentersville to pick it up.

That should just about do it. This will be my last gun purchase forever and ever. So help me John Moses Browning, no more guns for me!

RGuns does a brisk internet business selling ammunition; like most ammo vendors, orders are backlogged. I honestly do not remember if they had any evil black rifles left on the rack. Visit their website, or give them a call and ask if they have what you are looking for. If you are in northern Illinois, pay them a visit some afternoon.




Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom.



Today was a beautiful first day of spring. Happy Birthday, Mom. Your five sons miss you very much.

The above photo is from July of 1969. Her roses will bloom again this year. They are something to see, but they will never be as beautiful as she was.

Life goes on, but it will never be the same without her.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Entry for March 18, 2009

Just finished my third week of doctor prescribed diet and exercise; I am getting too weak to type … must have pizza … send help soon … cannot last much longer.

I started this program at 215 pounds … this morning I weighed in a 220 pounds; I am absorbing calories from the air I breathe and the water I drink. At this rate, I will be 260 pounds by July. Must have real food … must have bacon … will settle for breadcrumbs soaked in bacon grease. What is that I smell? Mmmmm … cat food …

The results of this diet warrant drastic action … there is only one way out … self-liposuction. Does a shopvac work for liposuction in the wet mode or the dry mode? Where did I put my caping knife …? The vac has a 5-gallon container … should be enough … I hope …


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Credit Card Companies Are Predators



I hate credit card companies. Our lawmakers allow them to prey on us with impunity. Click here to read how credit card companies are now lowering credit limits to BELOW EXISTING BALANCES. Many of these companies are the same ones our politicians are bailing out with OUR TAX DOLLARS!

It has been many years since I carried a balance on any of my credit cards. I pay credit card companies ZERO every year in interest and fees, ZERO, nothing, zilch. In fact, I just cashed my rewards check from one of my cards to the tune of just over $275; they pay me! So you can see, I am not disgruntled because I allowed them to abuse me, I am disgruntled because our lawmakers allow them to abuse us.

Do NOT believe credit card companies are on your side. They want you to pay late so they can raise your interest rates and so they can charge you penalties. Credit card companies are predators. Get your card balances to zero, and vow never again to give a dime to the thieves. The best investment you can ever make is never to carry a credit card balance.


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Colt Agent .38 Special



One revolver that I regularly put in the rotation of various pocket guns I carry around the house is a
Parkerized post 1972 Colt Agent, which is a variant of the light, alloy frame Colt Cobra, which in turn is a variant of the carbon steel frame Colt Detective Special. The fit and finish of the later Agents often was not very good, but their factory action and lockup were the same good quality you would find on any other Colt revolver. Sadly, Colt no longer makes any of the aforementioned revolvers.

Gun stores and the internet are full of “experts” on Colt revolvers. If you want to read the truth as to whether or not Colt revolvers are delicate or will readily lose their timing,
click here to read what a REAL gunsmith, Grant Cunningham, has to say about it.

The original short grips on my Agent were far too small for my hand; there was no way I could shoot the revolver comfortably or accurately. I substituted a smooth set of walnut Cobra style grips, further enhanced by adding a
Tyler T-Grip. This combination is still just a bit too small for my hand, but it is as big as I can go and still keep the revolver hidden in my pants pocket. A well-worn but ever-durable Kramer pocket holster is my preferred carry for the Colt Agent. A quality pocket holster will keep your gun positioned where you want it and protect the trigger from an itchy finger. Negligently lighting off a round in your trousers could profoundly alter your future.

Other than the grips, the only remedial action taken on my Agent was to remove the razor sharp edges from the hammer. My goodness, I wish I could find knives that held an edge so well! A person could have field dressed a moose with that hammer. It took a couple of hours of careful work with a diamond whetstone for me to make that hammer less than lethal.

My preferred practice load is
Federal AE38K 130 grain FMJ, which has roughly the same recoil and point of aim as my preferred carry load, the standard pressure Federal P38M 125 Grain Nyclad hollowpoint. As to why I choose not to shoot +P loads in this alloy frame Colt, click here for more of the expertise and wisdom of Grant Cunningham.


Monday, March 9, 2009

Argentine Sistema Colt Model 1927


Xavier has a great post on the Sistema 1927, perhaps the best I have read. It includes a nice story on the ethics of gun haggling.

My Sistema 1927 was made in 1951. I picked it up for around $250 several years ago. At first, I thought the barrel was shot smooth, but it turned out that a buildup of lead hid the rifling. A great deal of scrubbing with lead solvent and wire brushes salvaged the barrel. Cosmoline is a bear to remove, so the pistol was completely stripped, soaked in solvent, and scrubbed. A worn slide-stop was replaced, as were the cracked grips. A new firing pin spring and a new recoil spring made it complete.



Thursday, March 5, 2009

Smith & Wesson Model 66-3



I have always liked K-frame Smith & Wesson revolvers, although it was the opinion of many that the
.357 magnum load was a bit much for the design. The S&W Model 19 was a favorite of many lawmen and of many civilian enthusiasts; the S&W Model 66 is the stainless steel version of the Model 19. The 66-3 designation indicates design tweaks to delay development of cylinder end-shake, and of the elimination of the recessed cylinder.

So far, my old revolver is still tight and there is no sign of stress on the forcing-cone or of flame cutting to the top-strap from my occasional use of magnum loads. I usually practice with
.38 Special cartridges, and the 158-grain +P semi-wadcutter hollowpoints are my choice for home defense. This long barreled revolver is very fast and accurate with the .38 Special cartridges.

I haven’t cared to research what year my 6’’ S&W Model 66-3 left the factory. When I acquired it, it had gone through more than a couple of previous owners. The trigger may not be what it came with from the factory, and there is a gun-vice gouge on the frame from a bad gunsmith. The
Pachmayr grips fit my hand perfectly. I don’t fancy it to be a concealed carry choice, but it sure makes a darn good belt-gun with the Uncle Mike’s holster shown in the photo. The reload wallet contains twelve .357 magnum cartridges, six are Remington 125-grain full power loads (Remington used to sell a 125-grain reduced power load years ago), and six are 110-grain Winchester loads.

Click here for R.K. Campbell’s review; “Smith & Wessons Best Pistol”

Click here for Xavier’s review of the S&W Model 19


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Shooting at the Smoke N Gun



Listening to the Waukegan Police frequency, I just heard there was a shooting at the Smoke N Gun (gun and tobacco store) on Washington Street. From what I gathered so far, an employee had to fire three shots into someone for some reason. Further, an employee also may be injured. Police and rescue are on the scene. Flight for life is on the way.

UPDATE: Flight for Life has left with the victim (police referred to him as the offender). For the rest of the story, I will probably have to wait and read it in the papers.
UPDATE:
March 4, 2009
NEWS-SUN PRESS SERVICES
Three suspects are in custody and an employee injured during a shooting at the Smoke 'N Gun store in Waukegan early Wednesday afternoon.

Details are sketchy at the moment, but police say the incident happened at about 1:30pm when an unidentified employee of the gun shop located at 2010 Washington St. shot one of the suspects. The suspect was later taken to a nearby hospital by Flight for Life.

The employee suffered unknown injuries and was taken to Vista West where his condition is unknown. Police are still at the scene of the shooting but have reopened Washington Street to traffic.
UPDATE:
March 4, 2009
BY FRANK ABDERHOLDEN fabderholden@scn1.com
Three offenders were in custody after an incident at Schrank's Smoke'N Gun in Waukegan that ended with one offender being shot three times and flown by Flight for Life to a nearby hospital. An employee was also being treated at another area hospital.

Waukegan Police Chief William Biang said they couldn't say if the three were actually trying to hold-up the gun shop frequented by many Lake County police officers or if there was some other crime like shoplifting going on.
"We have it all on tape and we are still trying to determine what happened," he said.

Two men who didn't want to be identified had an appointment to sell or trade some guns, but couldn't because of the dozen police vehicles and ambulance at the shop at 2010 Washington St.

"If we had come 15 minutes earlier we would have been in there," said one man. They were both amazed anyone would try anything in the store because employees openly carry weapons and the manager of the store is a marksman who teaches shooting classes.

The incident occurred around 1:45 p.m. with police radio traffic describing that someone was shot three times inside the store and an employee was holding an offender at gunpoint. Police at the scene confirmed that information.

Biang said the shooting was in close quarters and he did not know if the employee was hit by a slug from his own gun or only suffered muzzle burns. "We don't have all the specific details," he said.

Two men outside the store were taken into custody. Biang said they had been inside the store with the other suspect at one point and that was why they were taken onto custody.

Washington Street was shut down for about a half an hour and nearby Waukegan High School was put on lock down where no students or teachers were allowed to leave the building.

Police had told the school to put "Code White" into effect, which means everyone stays put, said Biang, but the school instead issued a "Code Red" which is for when a gunman is inside the school. Either way, students were not able to leave the building.
UPDATE:
According to WBBM Radio (click here for printed report at their website) a man went behind the counter of the gun store and was confronted by an employee, there was an altercation and the employee shot the man twice in the chest and once in the leg. Police say they have reviewed the security video and said it appears that the man was trying to rob the gun store.


Monday, March 2, 2009

Springfield Armory M6 Scout




The Springfield Armory M6 Scout is an interesting superposed rifle / shotgun survival arm. The rifle barrel on mine is chambered for the .22 Long Rifle instead of the .22 Hornet. The lower barrel is the standard .410 bore shotgun. The M6 Scout has been out of production since March of 2008.

Based on the
M6 Aircrew Survival Weapon, the Springfield Armory version has longer barrels (18.5’’) to make it legal for civilians. There is a flip-top cover on the gunstock where both .22 and .410 cartridges are stored.

The optional lockable plastic carrying case is designed to carry the disassembled M6 along with some ammunition. I have crammed a few extra items in; a cleaning kit, spray oil, and storm-proof matches. It conveniently stows in the trunk of a car or cuddy of a boat. The case IS NOT waterproof. A disassembled M6 Scout readily fits into a camper’s bedroll or a hiker's backpack.


CLICK HERE to read how The Fishing Musician is preparing his M6 Scout for serious contingencies.