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More “Nanny State” Unconstitutional Bravo Sierra

From Reuters and Fox News:

WASHINGTON — U.S. schools with vending machines that sell candy and soda to students could soon find the government requiring healthier options to combat childhood obesity under a bill introduced on Thursday by two senators.

Am I the only one wondering how these Senators came up with the idea that it’s OK for the federal government to do this??? I mean really, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot :x

Keep this sort of thing up and we won’t even have states.

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Picture(s) A Day – 30 April 2009

I felt like going for a short drive after work today. I had to go pick up some more food for Ziva, but why not stop by the airport on the way, right :wink: ?

30 April 2009 - Star Spangled Cessna 150

30 April 2009 - Star Spangled Cessna 150

West Air Aviation owns this star spangled Cessna 150 and it’s the cheapest to rent at somewhere around $60 per hour. Still, figure you need about 40 hours of flight time for your pilot’s license and you’ll probably want something a bit bigger that runs about $120 per hour. Plus instructor. And ground school. I still like it :)

30 April 2009 - Vision Air

30 April 2009 - Vision Air

These aircraft belong to Vision Air and are used for sightseeing flights down to the Grand Canyon. No, I wouldn’t mind one of those if it were free :wink:

30 April 2009 - Sixty year old rosy boa

30 April 2009 - Sixty year old rosy boa

This snake is the store’s pet and not for sale. Sixty years old and still going strong :D

30 April 2009 - Albino western diamondback rattlesnake

30 April 2009 - Albino western diamondback rattlesnake

Yes, he can see me both visually and by sensing my body heat. And yes, the eyes were moving to track me as I moved.

30 April 2009 - Albino western diamondback rattlesnake

30 April 2009 - Albino western diamondback rattlesnake

No, I don’t want to keep these guys. I don’t have the money or the space and I sure don’t want to try to do so in an apartment :shock: I still think they’re just way cool 8)

30 April 2009 - Indian motorcycle

30 April 2009 - Indian motorcycle

Again, you never really know what you’ll find when you’re out and about :) I’m pretty sure this is a newer production Indian motorcycle and not one of the collectible ones. You have to admit that it’s got style 8)

Have fun everyone and thanks for stopping by :)

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Picture A Day – 29 April 2009

29 April 2009 - Subtle differences

29 April 2009 - Subtle differences

No, it’s not the greatest, but it’s what I got yesterday. The picture, not one of the Jeeps. I wouldn’t mind the jeep :wink:

I just thought it was nice to have the round and square headlight versions next to each other – differences in style from differences in year. But you can still tell they’re both Jeeps 8)

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Home Decor I Wish I Could Afford

Now those are cool!

Now those are cool!

I found these at Sporty’s Pilot Shop today. I get their email updates with new products and while I’ve seen these before it still reminded me of how much I’d love to have one or two of ‘em :)

With Light in the Spinner
Enjoy functional aviation any place in your home with our Warbird Ceiling Fans. Choose from the 52” four bladed P-51 Mustang Glamorous Glen, 42” two bladed F4U Corsair, 48” three bladed P-40 Tiger Shark and 42” two bladed Sopwith Camel. Integrated light kit included uses one 60 watt candelabra bulb (not included). Fan features a quiet yet powerful, reversible high-output motor with low, medium and high speed control. Each propeller blade has been precisely balanced. So well made they have a 25 year manufacturer’s warranty.

Ordering Instructions
1. please specify aircraft

Price: $249.00

I think I’ll have to pass at this time, though. That $249 price tag is more expensive than all but one of my rifles :shock:

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Ready to Defend – UPDATE

Can you guess what I did when I got home yesterday? That’s OK – I’m a bit unpredictable so I wouldn’t expect people to be able to guess this one.

The first thing I did when I got in my apartment yesterday was to grab my AK-47, make sure the magazine is full, chamber a round, set the safety to on, and top off the magazine again to make sure I have a full 30 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. The bayonet’s fixed, too.

After the AK-47 was confirmed ready, I made sure my 9mm and .22 Magnum pistols are all set to go. They were and are.

Now that the primary weapons have been confirmed ready, I made sure that ammo for each of my military bolt guns is next to its corresponding rifle – in stripper clips and chargers for quick loading. I just realized something – I need to fix bayonets on those rifles when I get home.

So why am I bringing the Parrothead Jeff arms collection to such a heightened state of readiness? Well, I noticed a little slip of folded paper in the edge of my door when I got home. Normally these little papers announce an apartment complex picnic or something. This one was different. This notice was left to inform me that there was a home invasion at about 1030 hours yesterday morning in one of our apartments. The tenant was injured. Police have been notified. No further details.

My apartment complex is really very nice and very quiet. I like it. This just goes to show that bad stuff can happen anywhere.

I figure it’s much better to be ready to defend myself than to become a victim. I pray that nothing happens and if it does that I don’t have to fire. I hope that the sight of an armed resident who is ready to defend himself is enough to make the person turn and leave. If that fails, I am ready to defend myself.

UPDATE!

I just went to the apartment office on my lunch and found out more. It appears that the offender was a younger hispanic male who went straight to the 18 year old daughter’s bedroom so they think he knew her. I’m still not taking chances – what if some bad guy goes to the wrong apartment???

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I’m Hosed

Yep, it looks like I may very well be hosed. Screwed. Done.

The trouble is money. Again.

I ended the last pay period with about $100 in the bank. I just got paid and it’s only about $1,100. Rent and utilities is about $800. I haven’t paid insurance yet – that’s $130. That means I’m down to about $170 right off the bat.

$170 ain’t much, but then consider that I’ve got to come up with $300 to $400 for car registration by the end of the month…

I may just have to see about selling a rifle right when I really don’t want to.

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Daily Fail – PAY ATTENTION!!!

This reporter’s lucky he didn’t get hit!

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Plane Pr0n – Korean War Style

F-86 Sabre Jet at Aviation Nation 2007

F-86 Sabre Jet at Aviation Nation 2007

Today we look back to the “forgotten war” – Korea. Above we see the North American F-86 Sabre Jet. This was America’s best fighter during the Korean war. It was slower in a climb than its adversary the MiG-15 and couldn’t fly quite as high, but it was also faster in a dive and posessed a radar ranging, automatically adjusting gunsight which made it far easier to score hits even with the first rounds fired. The F-86 held a 12 to 1 advantage over the MiG in victories to losses during the war. This F-86 belongs to the Planes of Fame aviation museum in Chino, California

MiG-15 at Aviation Nation 2007

MiG-15 at Aviation Nation 2007

The F-86 Sabre’s adversary was the MiG-15, codenamed “Fagot” by Nato. A very maneuverable and light fighter, it was a worthy opponent for an F-86 if flown by a well trained pilot. The MiG-15 is a very simple aircraft designed to be easy to maintain. It has no hydraulic system and instead uses compressed air for braking as hydraulic fluid could freeze in the cold winters of Siberia. Because of the lack of a boosted hydraulic system, the MiG is very difficult to control at high speeds. Even with its simplicity, the MiG-15 is a great fighter jet and a welcome sight at airshows. This MiG-15 belongs to the Planes of Fame museum in Chino, California.

Make sure to click on the pictures to see them full size :)

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Daily Fail – Safety FAIL

Future organ donor on film :shock:

I don’t know how I failed to schedule this :P but here’s a second dose for today :)

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Daily Fail – How not to interact with police

He really has no idea just how big he screwed up here :shock:

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