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Atlas Shrugs Shining A Light – Government Injecting Politics Into Public Schools

We all start to let our guard down from time to time.  We become complacent.  It’s human nature.

I admit that I’ve been this way in the past, especially regarding politicians.  I was naïve in my hopes that our current President and his merry band of misbehaving delinquents would have learned from the outrage over the kids singing the Obama songs in 2008 & 2009.  Yeah, I was wrong.

From Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs:

ATLAS EXCLUSIVE: Obama Organizing in High School

An Atlas reader, Chuck, has a student in the eleventh grade in an Ohio High School. Her government class passed out this propaganda recruiting paper so students could sign up as interns for Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA is the former mybarackobama.com site.)

Obama is using our public school system to recruit for his Alinsky-inspired private army. Organizing for America is (and I quote) recruiting in our high schools to “build on the movement that elected President Obama by empowering students across the country to help us bring about our agenda” …………of national socialism.

I find this truly disgusting in the way it was perpetrated and believe it should be taken as a reminder that we can’t relax our vigilance.  And yes, it’s yet another reason that I plan on home schooling my kids in a rural setting if I have any.

Go, read the whole thing, and then read the comments.

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Senator Graham – Pass Cap & Tax Because Congress Needs A Win

If there’s an illustrated dictionary with the term RINO (Republican In Name Only) in it, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Senator Lindsey Graham as the visual aid for that entry.

From the National Journal:

Graham: Congress Needs A Win On Climate Policy

Amy Harder
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 3:52 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said today that skeptical Republicans and Democrats should throw their support behind climate change legislation not only because it’s good for the economy and the environment, but because Congress desperately needs a win under its belt.

“We tried immigration. It’s hard. And we failed. We tried Social Security. It’s hard. And we failed. We tried health care. It’s really hard. And it looks like we’re going to have to start over again,” Graham somberly told a luncheon audience of energy and climate advocates on the Hill. “On the energy, climate change front, I don’t want to add that to the list. There is no reason in my mind that the Republican Party and the Democratic Party can’t come together.”

Dude, in case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a good reason for not “coming together” on these issues.  IT WOULD BE WRONG.  Do a bit more research, think about how it would affect business, and then consider that President Obama himself said, “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”  That’s not what we as a Nation or as Citizens want or need.

Really, you should consider changing a few things about yourself if you’re going to adopt and promote ideas like this.  Changing your party affiliation would be a start.  I mean if you really don’t want to be re-elected and don’t want to resign, you could always just start sending lewd text messages to staffers or something.  I’m sure that would do the trick.  At least it wouldn’t hurt the country as much as this load of fertilizer.

And really, the whole climate change is getting seriously worn out and busted.  People in large numbers are realizing that they’ve been lied to for quite a while and they don’t like it.  With damaging leaks like the ones discussed over at Lex’s place coming more frequently, they’re realizing that the only thing heating up is their frustration and anger over the way they’ve been treated.  Dragging this issue out at a luncheon ain’t gonna score you any cool points.

I’m just tryin’ to help out here.

Hat tip to Weasel Zippers & Lex

PS – Be sure to stop by Weasel Zippers to see one of the all-time best illustrations on a blog entry ever 8)

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A Close-Up On the Gun

29U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Alonzo, of the 177th Field Artillery Regiment, 172nd Brigade, allows an Iraqi police officer to look at his M-4 carbine assault rifle at a post in Hayy, Iraq. Light-enhancing combat rifle sights made by Trijicon for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan carry an ID number on them like the one pictured above (top center): “ACOG4X32JN8:12″ – which reads as “Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight, 4×32, John 8:12″, referring to a Bible verse with the last six characters. That verse is “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life'”. After concerns were raised about about whether the inscriptions break a government rule that bars proselytizing by American troops, Trijicon has now announced that it will no longer imprint the verses on the sides of scopes intended for the U.S. military. (AP Photo/Staff Sgt. Rasheen A. Douglas, Defense Department) #

From The Big Picture, boston.com

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Morning in The Antelope Valley





My winter mornings are like this. We have haze due to the rainwater that is in the low areas along the roads and in Rogers Dry? Lake. But there is still some snow on the Tehachapi Mountains. These were taken at about 0700 on 30 January.

Enjoy!

And for Kath, it was about 34 degrees outside!

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Picture(s) A Day – 29 January 2010

I’ll be working today (30 January) and tomorrow, so I needed to get some rest yesterday.  It wasn’t the easiest day at work yesterday and I’ve seldom felt just as worn out as I did last night.  But at least I got to go do something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while :)

29 January 2010 - Big moon risin' over the desert mountains

29 January 2010 - Big moon risin' over the desert mountains

I wish the pic was better, but that’s what you get when you’re tryig to drive and get something like this at the same time.  I’ve never seen such a large full moon rising over the mountains as this one last night :)

29 January 2010 - Very nice sunset

29 January 2010 - Very nice sunset

Aside from a remarkable moonrise, you really should’ve seen this sunset for yourself 8)

29 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - Ruger LCR

29 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - Ruger LCR

Immediately after work last night, I headed on over to New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms.  Yes, I put down a deposit on a brand new Kel-Tec PF-9 and I still can’t believe the pricing :shock:  Prices are subject to change, but I was quoted $260 for the version with the blued slide or $272 for the one with the flat black parkerized slide.  I said I’d take which ever came in first and laid down $100 to hold it :mrgreen:  For some contrast, I’ve seen some of the parkerized versions on gunbroker.com listed at $350!

The gun you see above is the Ruger LCR (Lightweight Compact Revolver) which lives up to its name and has received some great reviews since its recent introduction.  It weighs only 13 ounces and can carry five rounds of 38 Special +P ammo.  I did seriously consider the LCR, but decided to go with the PF-9 for its slim profile, higher round count, and lower price.  I didn’t get the price while I was at the store, but you can call ‘em if you’re interested or just head over to Gallery of Guns.

While I was at the shop, my friend and co-worker Uli ordered a gun through them via Gallery of Guns and then came down to check out a few things :)  We had a nice chat with Adam who actually owns Infinite Arms and he offered me a deal that I’m still trying to figure out a way to finance.  They’re doing a group buy on .22 suppressors and the deal is unbelievably good :twisted:  Yes, it’s all legal, so no, I wouldn’t earn a stay in Club Fed :wink:

29 January 2010 - Look at what followed me home :P

29 January 2010 - Look at what followed me home :P

Adam also gave me a couple of free product samples while I was at the store as well.  No, I didn’t get any free ammo :P  What I did get was two 8oz exploding targets from Star Targets :mrgreen:  Those are going to be FUN out in the desert :twisted:   Star Targets are similar to Tannerite, but are supposed to be a bit bigger bang for your buck.  I can’t wait to try them out!!!

The ammo had just come in and all of it is priced incredibly reasonably.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, Adam is fast becoming one of my favorite guys here in Las Vegas :)  Thanks again, Adam!!!

Yeah, I seriously like this store 8)  Check ‘em out on the internet – Infinite ArmsNew Frontier Armory

Have fun and stay tuned – more will surely be coming up in the future :mrgreen:

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Good Morning!!

Yes, it’s snowing at the beach in N.C.
No, darn it, I am not there.

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MAJOR VOICE AND DATA OUTAGE IN SO-CAL

I don’t know what the cause of the trouble is, but something like 28 T3 circuits are down hard.  It happened rather suddenly.

A T3 circuit is 28 T1 circuits.  A T1 circuit is 24 phone lines.  These aren’t directly feeding customers – they’re the links over the network that makes up a city’s information infrastructure.

More when I know more…

UPDATE

It looks to be coming back up, but no idea of the cause.  Oh yeah, it was three OC-48 circuits.

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Pennies — Wait, No, It’s $$$$ From Heaven

Let’s see if I can follow along on this one!

Exciting news for sure — a meteorite fell from the sky in Virginia on Jan. 18th.  The half pound rock was estimated to have been falling at approximately 200 mph when it hit the roof of the doctor’s office in Lorton, Virginia!! 

Thankfully no one was hurt when it crashed into the empty Examining Room No. 2, where the rock cracked into three pieces as it gouged the floor. 

The doctors gave it to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and, in return, Smithsonian officials planned to give them $5,000 in appreciation, upon which the doctors said they planned for the money to go to relief efforts in Haiti. 

Ok, hold it right there!  Money??  Uh-oh.  There’s money involved now.  

So now the landlords who own the building say, Oh, no, that’s our rock.    According to the Washington Post, “Museum officials said the landlords informed them midday Thursday that they were coming to take the stone out of the Smithsonian by sundown.” 

But now the doctors have  a lawyer who has sent a letter to the Smithsonian “barring them releasing the stone, pending resolution of ownership.”

The Mutlu brothers, who are the landlords — honest, that’s their name —  say “it is evident that ownership is tied to the landowner”.

Oink, oink, greedy, greedy is what I say seems evident.

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Picture(s) A Day – 27 January 2010

NO OVERTIME YESTERDAY :D !!!

Still, I needed to get some sleep, but I wanted to get these pics posted so I’m going minimalist with the time I have on my breaks :)  We had rain most of the day yesterday in Las Vegas, but it didn’t affect us too much at work.  Instead, it gave some nice texture to the sky 8)

27 January 2010 - Evening light on the mountains and a rainbow

27 January 2010 - Evening light on the mountains and a rainbow

27 January 2010 - Clouds on the mountains

27 January 2010 - Clouds on the mountains

27 January 2010 - Clouds off to the west

27 January 2010 - Clouds off to the west

But I wasn’t just out and about to look at the clouds :P  No, I was on my way to New Frontier Armory in the northern part of the Las Vegas valley :D

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - Cool AR-15 rifles

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - Cool AR-15 rifles

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - Cool AR-15 rifles

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - Cool AR-15 rifles

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - AK-47s are still affordable

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - AK-47s are still affordable

These folks are very professional, very knowledgeable, and they also have the lowest prices in town :)  I’m seriously considering selling or trading my AK-47 to get an AR-15, especially after seeing these prices.  Yes, I still love AKs, but they are HEAVY.

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - Great poster :)

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - Great poster :)

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - Love the shirts :D

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - Love the shirts :D

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - They've got cool gear, too 8)

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - They've got cool gear, too 8)

It’s not all guns – they’ve got plenty of camping/survival gear, too :)

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - Now, THAT's what I like to see!!!

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - Now, THAT's what I like to see!!!

Now this is what I call awesome :D  I’ve been to many gun stores that don’t allow customers to carry their firearms while they shop.  Not this one.  These guys stand by their principles :)

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - This is one great gun store :wink:

27 January 2010 - New Frontier Armory - This is one great gun store :wink:

If you missed the link above, here’s one you can’t miss :P  Check these guys out – they’re the real deal when it comes to good products and (so far) excellent customer service!

I also did a couple of stitched panoramas as well.  Just thought y’all might like those :wink:

27 January 2010 - Panorama - Clouds on the mountain

27 January 2010 - Panorama - Clouds on the mountain

27 January 2010 - Panorama - Evening north of Las Vegas

27 January 2010 - Panorama - Evening north of Las Vegas

Well, that’s about it for now so have a great day :mrgreen:

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New Hogjaw Video – Ain’t Ever Gonna Win

Cruising through my RSS subscriptions tonight, I found that Notes From The Resistance just posted the video for Gitsum and I figured I’d go check out Hogjaw’s page on MySpace and see what the guys are up to :) Aside from lots of time in the studio recording their next album, “Ironwood,” they’re scheduled to play a gig in Prescott on 12 February. Hmmm… I have quite a bit of vacation time saved up and I can probably afford the gas… Yeah, I’m thinking I’ll try to make it down there for the show :wink: Hogjaw truly rocks, especially live and I really do want one of those Gitsum shirts :D

I also wound up navigating around their videos and found one I hadn’t seen before for one of the songs for Ironwood that was filmed at a performance at the famous Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles. It’s Hogjaw as I think of ‘em now – live and raw on stage 8)


HOGJAW “ain’t ever gonna win” (without a little bit of sin) LIVE

HOGJAW | MySpace Music Videos

I love the song and the video, but I also have to post the video for Gitsum while I’m at it – it’s just too good to pass up an opportunity to post it again :twisted:

One other thing from their page – Ironwood is due out in March so I only have two more months to wait :mrgreen:

Keep on rockin’ guys 8)

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