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The Preacher said, "My advice to you is to get yourself a gun and learn how to use it."
To all y'all,
The year 2017 has been and will continue to be extraordinarily CHALLENGING and BUSY for me. Blog entries will likely be even more infrequent than usual until all projects and issues are completed or resolved.
Thanks for stopping by. I really do appreciated it.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
On separate occasions I’ve run into three people this year sporting IWB holstered handguns in northern Illinois, all at local malls, two getting out of cars with Wisconsin plates and a third walking out of a store so I had no idea where he was from. When I pointed out to all three that their shirts had ridden up over their iron (or plastic), they each looked nervously indignant and blathered, “It’s okay, I’ve gots me a permit.” Not wishing to contradict well-heeled folks, I just smiled, gave a thumbs-up and went about my business.
Unless you happen to be an active or retired peace officer covered by LEOSA, your Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota, or wherever permit does not mean squat anywhere in Illinois. If caught and you survive what could be an engaging encounter with our gang-crime-seasoned constabulary, the initial charge is a Class 4 FELONY. If convicted of a FELONY, you not only stand to lose your home state permit, you could also lose your right to own firearms altogether. CLICK HERE to read about an Indiana couple trying to conceal-carry a handgun into the Six Flags theme park in Gurnee, Illinois. If you have a charming personality and loads of money to pay for a top-notch barrister, you MAY be able to wiggle your way to a misdemeanor plea deal, but that is a bet you may not wish to place.
If you have objections to Illinois having no provisions to honor your concealed carry permit, boycott Illinois and let our Governor know that your vacation and shopping dollars are going elsewhere, or be sure and bring your lawyer along for the ride.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
With an advertised 22.8-year life expectancy (at 3-hours per day), this “light bulb” might just last longer than I will. However, I have been using CFL lamps for many years and can testify that their advertised life expectancy and the empirical were vastly different. To say the least, I am just a bit skeptical of the hype about LED life expectancy. I did notice quite a savings in energy cost over the years by switching from incandescent bulbs to CFLs and I am optimistic that the LEDs will prove equal in that respect.
At a sale price of $14.97, I decided to try only one LED. It first went into a kitchen ceiling fixture but my wife did not like the color of the light it produced; she and I both prefer the color of the light from the “daylight” CFL lamps. This LED emits a light that has the same sepia “soft white” hue that you would expect from a normal incandescent bulb or a normal spectrum CFL lamp. Therefore, I moved the LED into the vanity fixture in the downstairs bathroom where we are not so discriminating.
I may hold off buying any more LED “bulbs” for household lighting until the technology can (hopefully) bring down the price a bit more and produce a color of light that is a bit more cheery.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Welcome to Chicago, if you survive, we hope you’ll come back real soon and give us another chance to rub you out.
Chicago is the perfect breeding and feeding ground for criminals. Illinois law does not let honest citizens carry weapons of any sort for protection. Illinois releases felons from prison early because of budget problems. Chicago police are short handed because of budget problems.
My ever-humble advice is to keep your tourism money out of Illinois (especially Chicago) and to go visit somewhere safe.
Dear dumbass knife wielding white-guys in Florida,
While ATMs are usually easy pickings due to their low traffic and often-remote locations, guys in pickup trucks are somewhat more likely to be ornery and carry handguns than are little old bespectacled ladies in sedans.
Targeting me for robbery at an ATM is a waste of your God given talents; I never have and never will possess an ATM card.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
That is very strange for northern Illinois in mid-November.
Well, I’d say that the many nights this fall when the plants weathered temperatures in the mid twenties Fahrenheit rules out climate change having anything to do with their longevity. The freezing temperatures burned off the flowers but the plants still look hearty. To my knowledge, petunias were never a frost tolerant planting so I did some research for clues as to why these plants were so durable and came up with a possibility.
In 2004, researchers came up with a way to make petunias tolerate temperatures as low as twenty degrees Fahrenheit by splicing in the gene of a cold-tolerant weed. The plight of gardeners was not their motivation; the growers that supply all the garden centers could save millions of dollars in pre-season energy costs.
Being as it is now eight years later, my guess is that this (or similar) research now has frost resistant petunias on the market and I have a crop of them hanging on until the bitter end.
(Photos below are from early July)
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Once again, the FBI fails to live up to their Hollywood image.
A 15-agent FBI Swat Team stages an early-morning no-knock search-warrant raid on a Maryland home. Once inside, one agent spots an 18-year-old female standing outside her bedroom door and shouts, “She has a gun!” She survives the ensuing gunfire, all of which was from the FBI Agent(s); neither she nor any of the other occupants of the house were armed.
Thank goodness their shooting skills suck as much as their reflex-judgment. I believe at least one Swat Team member deserves dismissal with prejudice and that federal lawmakers should investigate this incident. Yes, I believe that the onus is on law enforcement officers not to screw up, and I am interested in voting for major-party politicians who share that belief.
HERE is a second source for the story if you are interested.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The full story is HERE at The Seattle Times.
Judging from the spread of the bullet holes in the dummies, our FBI agents don’t shoot any better than I do (and my shooting sucks). Let’s hope that each agent was practicing from a substantial distance with his or her Seecamp hidey pistol, using his or her weak side hand, while swinging upside down from a rope. THEN I’d opine that their gun slinging was mighty fine.
Monday, November 12, 2012
I know the title of this post sounds more than a little silly, but from experience I learned to maintain a stock of no less than a two-year supply of the tall kitchen garbage bags, 1,000 or so t-shirt style plastic shopping bags, along with a couple of boxes of the large, heavy-duty, contractor style bags. If panic buying before an impending catastrophic storm does not strip your local retailers’ shelves of garbage bags along with the food, water, batteries, toilet paper, etc., it is likely the supply will be gone shortly after the calamity. From what we learned from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, we cannot expect FEMA, under any President’s administration, to be sending in timely emergency shipments of anything. The highly volunteer Red Cross does a much better job than FEMA does, but it is impossible for any organization to be 100% prepared for disasters of such magnitude. Your larder, planning, and skills may be all that gets you (and your needy neighbors) through.
What I have found firsthand is that plastic bags keep things dry during a storm and are vital to have for the cleanup afterwards (or for tossing together essentials and sentimental items for a hasty evacuation). With some strategic slicing here and there, the larger sized bags become makeshift raincoats for your ill-prepared neighbors.
An overabundance of bags is handy to have for reasons other than catastrophic weather events; they work great if you are moving to a new home. A few years back there was an extended work stoppage by our regional refuse haulers. When our curb-cans were full, we used the larger bags to store the smaller bags of household waste until they settled the labor dispute.
Friday, November 9, 2012
This unflattering post will reappear as the lead entry of this obscure little blog site each time AT&T sales ignores my NO SOLICITORS sign and knocks on my door. I am sick to death of AT&T. Once or twice a year, since a little before the “do not call list” put limits on AT&T’s ability to invade the privacy of our home via telemarketers, AT&T sends door-to-door sales to my house. They always begin by saying (I am paraphrasing) “we are here to inform you of the work we will be doing in your backyard easement during cable upgrade.” THAT is a LIE! The underground cables in our neighborhood have NEVER been updated and never will be. The cables are state of the art. I know this because I have asked many of the AT&T repairmen. That opening statement by AT&T sales (I was told) gets AT&T Corporation legally around most NO SOLICITOR ordinances. The salesman then asks who my cable provider is, etc., which is when I get cranky with them.
If EVER I do choose to subscribe to a cable service, it WILL NOT BE AT&T. Further, I am so pissed off with AT&T that the next time I need to replace our family cell phones, I AM SWITCHING FROM AT&T TO ANOTHER PROVIDER. After that, if AT&T continues to bully their way passed my NO SOLICITORS sign, I will switch my home phone and DSL to another vendor.
Go ahead, AT&T. Keep on sending those asshole salesmen to my door and, for better or for worse, I will continue to give you all kinds of free online advertising.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
From his sanctuary at a major hospital, Jesse Jackson Jr. is negotiating a plea deal with the feds.
Why is this news coming out AFTER the election? There are no secrets in politics. There is more than a little “look of impropriety” by the press and federal officials on this.
Political Corruption has not always been the equal opportunity employer that it is today; it once was the exclusive pastureland for male, white criminals of all political affiliations. It is heartwarming to see that evil no longer practices bigotry.
I will wait in vain for an official statement from the Democratic Party expressing their righteous indignation and outrage over the behavior of this august member. Regrettably, the most that we can expect will be the unarguable dodges that “Democrats are no more corrupt than the Republicans.” Crime on our streets is quite understandable; people mimic the behavior of our elected officials. Laws are made to be broken; rules are for fools. The code of piracy is simple; the only shame is in being caught.
The citizens of the USA had HOPE for CHANGE long before this current administration and it does not look like CHANGE will be here anytime soon. Neither of the two major parties will measure up to that task until voters hold their elected officials accountable each and every election day.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
CLICKETY HERE to read about how a Chicago elections judge, wearing a Romney cap no less, gave voters extra paper ballots.
CLICKETY HERE to read about scary Philadelphia militant white supremacists standing vigil by a polling place entrance, and CLICKETY HERE to read how a Pennsylvania Judge ordered the reinstatement of a Democrat election monitor forcibly ejected by Republicans.
Damn you Republicans! Damn you to hell! Where were those U.N. Election Observers when we needed them?
Since I was born during the waning months of his presidency, I have no memory of Harry Truman. Subsequent administrations did leave memories, many of them profound. Which president will I nominate as the biggest economic control freak failure of them all? Richard Nixon with his “wage / price controls.” Who was the most ineffective and uninspiring? Jimmy Carter.
I guess what I am hinting at is that whoever wins this election probably won’t rock my world any more than did those who have gone before. Once the tally sheets are in, I will shrug my shoulders and continue to sail my charted course whether the weather be fair or foul.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
“Law” is just a hollow word during desperate times. Yes, I have been through such situations on more than a few occasions during my tenancy on this earth. It is tough and trying. It brings out the best in many people while bringing out the worst in others.
Non-profit organizations, and the Local, State, and Federal Governments, cannot do it all. Prepare beforehand. Have supplies. Have a plan. During any emergency, and during disaster recovery, there is a good chance you will be on your own. Learn how to survive beforehand. Include plans and provisions to save your pets.