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Picture A Day – 29 September 2010

29 September 2010 - Great stuff on this truck 8)

29 September 2010 - Great stuff on this truck 8)

I saw this truck on the road during my lunch break and just had to share it with y’all :)  The guy driving it had quite a bit of white hair and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d bought it new or not long after it was new.  The signs say “Dump Harry Reid” and “Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.”  The other decals are an American flag and an advertisement for the United States Army.  I don’t think you can get too much more down-home and down to earth American than this good ol’ boy :wink:

Have a great day everyone :mrgreen:

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Picture(s) A Day(s) – 26 and 27 September 2010

It’s getting late, so I’m going to keep this short but I wanted to get these pics posted and get some posts up on the blog for a change :wink:

26 September 2010 - Cindy's Christmas present to me - a nicely painted table to lay my guns on :)

26 September 2010 - Cindy's Christmas present to me - a nicely painted table to lay my guns on :)

Rather than sit around the apartment for the entire weekend, I actually got out with friends and went shooting in the desert 8)  This type of thing is exactly why Cindy gave me the Christmas present she did.  Working at a hardware store, she can get this type of table very inexpensively.  Being rather crafty, I think she did a great job of painting the “Shooter Jack” on this table that’s also on my favorite shirt :)  This design was created by Matt Bracken and I got the shirt at Life, Liberty, Etc. in case you want one yourself :wink:

26 September 2010 - My new table loaded up with guns and ammo 8)

26 September 2010 - My new table loaded up with guns and ammo 8)

About that table – It worked perfectly :D  I can’t thank Cindy enough for this.  Going out to the desert, I’d have to just lay the guns in the back of the HHR in the past and this works much better.  It’s plenty sturdy enough to take all this weight and makes the day much more enjoyable.

26 September 2010 - Panorama - Looking downrange from my table full of guns

26 September 2010 - Panorama - Looking downrange from my table full of guns

I’ve taken a few pics of the firing line before, but I wanted to give y’all a bit better idea of what it looks like to us.  The raised berm in front of the table is the actual “official” firing line – you have to step up to that point to shoot.  We’re all range safety officers and I’ve never seen anyone be truly stupid when shooting.  It’s just safer and more enjoyable when we don’t have to worry about someone shooting slightly behind us.

It was a bit dark later on and I didn’t get pictures of it, but Infinite Arms joined in the fun around sundown :)  Of course, there were a few machine guns, but the system I finally got to try for the first time was an FN FNP-45 pistol with a Silencerco 45 Osprey :D  It’s about $2,000 worth of gun and silencer and it was awesome!  I swear I could hear the springs working when the slide worked under recoil.  From a short distance to the side, you could actually hear the subsonic rounds passing through the air!  Way cool!

We also had a new firearms dealer in town – Battle Born Arms was in attendance and brought some really fun guns as well 8)  I didn’t have too much ammo, but I did get some time on their Sterling submachine gun which was very much appreciated :)  The owners seem to be really nice guys and you’ll probably see quite a bit more of them around this blog in the near future :wink:

27 September 2010 - A shell casing from a Cetme G3 .308 machine gun on my wiper at lunch

27 September 2010 - A shell casing from a Cetme G3 .308 machine gun on my wiper at lunch

We didn’t leave the desert until about 2100 hours and it was pretty dark by then as you can imagine.  Someone earlier in the evening had been firing a full-auto Cetme G3 battle rifle which was one of the guns that Battle Born Arms brought to our little outing.  That’s a beast of a gun and it throws spent casings well away from the shooter.  This casing traveled about 20 yards or so before coming to rest on my windshield wiper and I didn’t notice it until I was going through the drive through at lunch today.  I just thought it was funny to find it there :P

So that’s it for tonight.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the pics :)  Have a great day everyone :mrgreen:

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History Lesson on Social Security

“Borrowed” from Chuck Z. at the outstanding From My Position…………………..On The Way.

Just in case some of you didn’t know this.
People need a little history lesson on what’s what and it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat or Republican.Facts are Facts.  Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the message, NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION, was removed.

Franklin Roosevelt, (Six worst letters in American History are FDR and TVA) a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. He promised:

1.) That participation in the Program would be completely voluntary, (No longer Voluntary)
2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual incomes into the Program, (Now 7.65% on the first $90,000)
3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year, (No longer tax deductible)
4.) That the money the participants put into the independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather than into the general operating fund, and therefore, would only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other Government program, and, Under Johnson (ack, spit) the money was moved to The General Fund and Spent.
5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.  (Under Clinton and  Gore it went up to 85% of your Social Security can be taxed)

Since many have paid into FICA for years and are receiving a Social Security check every month –and then finding that they are getting taxed on 85% of the money they paid to the Federal government to ‘put away’ — you may be interested in the following:

Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the general fund so that Congress could spend it?
A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically controlled House and Senate.

Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?
A: The Democratic Party.

Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?
A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore (ManBearPig) casting the’tie-breaking’ deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the US

Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?
A: That’s right!  Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party.

Immigrants move into this country, and at age 65, begin to receive Social Security payments! The Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even though they might have never paid a dime into it!

Then, after violating the original contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away!

And the worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it!
–Chuck

Betcha didn’t know that one, eh boys and girls!
And I was brought up to be a “good democrat?” Yeah. Right.
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New Sidebar Section – Businesses We Support

I finally got around to doing something I’ve meant to do for quite a while which is to have a separate section in the sidebar for the businesses I support.  Until now they’ve been lumped in with the causes I support and I thought it would be the right thing to do to keep them separate.  I say that these are businesses that I support because I haven’t run ‘em by Kath and Glenn yet :wink:

[UPDATE]  I’ve finally had the chance to discuss it with Kath and Glenn and the new section is now Businesses We Support.

In the interest of full disclosure, only one business asked if I would mind adding something to my blog which was Silencerco and I’m happy to do so because they make a good product and they’re good people.  Infinite Arms, New Frontier Armory, Ranger Up, and Life, Liberty, Etc. are there because I like ‘em, they’re good people, and they have great stuff.  None of these businesses has offered me any form of compensation for this and all but Silencerco had no idea they’d be up there.  Of course, I’m going to email ‘em shortly to let ‘em know about it :D

For those not familiar with these businesses, I’ll give a quick rundown of who they are and what they do :)

  • Infinite Arms is a Class 07 FFL/SOT and dealer in Las Vegas.  Manufacturing and dealing in firearms is what they do.  The Class 07 FFL/SOT designator means that Infinite Arms can legally manufacture and sell many NFA items (firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act of 1934) such as short barreled rifles (SBR), short barreled shotguns (SBS), Any Other Weapons (AOW), and suppressors.  They can also manufacture machine guns, but those can only be sold to law enforcement agencies, military agencies, and approved foreign governmental agencies.  They can also manufacture normal, non NFA firearms as well.  Infinite Arms has great prices across the board and incredible customer service.  They buy, sell, consign, and trade in just about any legal type of firearm you can think of.  Infinite Arms is a great partner in the local shooting community helping to organize local shoots and bringing fun firearms for us to try our hand with that most of us would otherwise not have the chance to experience.  They don’t charge for the use of the firearm, only for the ammunition and even then only the normal price as seen in the store.  If you have any questions, you can give them a call at 702-920-0804 any day but Tuesday and Thursday between 1000 and 1800 Pacific time.  Infinite Arms is also on Facebook if you’re on that site as well.
  • New Frontier Armory is a Class 03 FFL/SOT which means that while they can’t manufacture NFA items, they can legally deal in them.  Of course, they can also deal in your more normal, every day, non-NFA firearms as well.  They’re collocated with Infinite Arms at 150 E. Centennial Pkwy #110 in the city of North Las Vegas.  Just go to the intersection of North Fifth and Centennial and look for the shopping center with Buffalo Wild Wings.  As with Infinite Arms, New Frontier Armory has great customer service, very low prices, and if they don’t have what you want in stock, they’ll do everything they can to get it for you.  I purchased my Kel-Tec PF-9 from them earlier this year and I can’t say enough good about them.  You might want to check out the New Frontier Armory page on Facebook as well. [UPDATE]  Thanks to a kind word from Guido, I’ve been made aware that New Frontier Armory has a blog – click here to check it out :)
  • Silencerco is based in Utah and makes some of the best suppressors on the market today.  I worked with Josh Waldron, their CEO, quite a bit via email when I was writing my posts about their Sparrow and Osprey suppressors and it was a great experience.  Josh went out of his way to get me a picture of the component parts for the Osprey as it’s a sealed unit and I couldn’t just take one apart.  They’re an innovative design and the reviews so far have been outstanding.  If you’d like to see some of the independent reviews from major magazines, check out Silencerco’s blog.  If you’re on Facebook, you should check out Silencerco’s Facebook page while you’re there.
  • Ranger Up is a clothing company that was created by veterans of the United States Armed Forces.  Their clothing is decidedly not politically correct and I love it.  They support wounded warriors and their families as well as the families who have been left behind by those who’ve given their lives in service to the United States.  They also sponsor several mixed martial arts fighters which I think is pretty cool, too.  Their website isn’t just a store, so make sure you check out The Rhino Den and hit ‘em up on Facebook while you’re at it, too.
  • Life, Liberty, Etc. is the place where I got a couple of the shirts you see me in so frequently as well as a couple of the stickers on the back window of my car.  I found out about them via Oleg Volk and there’s plenty of stuff I’d like to buy in the not too distant future.  Make sure to check out their gear and their Facebook page – it’s good stuff.

So there you have it – These are business that I personally support and that I do so not for compensation but because I think it’s the right thing to do :)  I highly recommend getting in touch with them if you’re in the market for their products 8)

Have fun, everyone :mrgreen:

702-920-0804
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California – The Mind Boggles

I got this in an email from Dad a little while back and I have to say that even I find myself floored.  I mean intellectually I know California has a bigger problem with bureaucracy than the music industry has with drugs, but this is getting ridiculous.

Now, I’m not in any way saying that California should discontinue all of these agencies.  The California Highway Patrol is a pretty good idea and I’d say so even if Dad hadn’t served with them for 31 years.  Likewise, I can say that the California Attorney General is a proper use of government funding.  What I see when I look down the list that bothers me is what appears to be a massive amount of redundancy and duplication of tasks.  At a time when budgets are tight and deficits huge, is all this necessary or is much of it luxury?  Take a look and see what you think, but you might want some duct tape and Pepto handy if you intend to read the whole list.

California Academic Performance Index (API) * California Access for Infants and Mothers * California Acupuncture Board * California Administrative Office of the Courts * California Adoptions Branch * California African American Museum * California Agricultural Export Program * California Agricultural Labor Relations Board * California Agricultural Statistics Service * California Air Resources Board (CARB) * California Allocation Board * California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority * California Animal Health and Food Safety Services * California Anti-Terrorism Information Center * California Apprenticeship Council * California Arbitration Certification Program * California Architects Board * California Area VI Developmental Disabilities Board * California Arts Council * California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus * California Assembly Democratic Caucus * California Assembly Republican Caucus * California Athletic Commission * California Attorney General * California Bay Conservation and Development Commission * California Bay-Delta Authority * California Bay-Delta Office * California Biodiversity Council * California Board for Geologists and Geophysicists * California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors * California Board of Accountancy * California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology * California Board of Behavioral Sciences * California Board of Chiropractic Examiners * California Board of Equalization (BOE) * California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection * California Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind * California Board of Occupational Therapy * California Board of Optometry * California Board of Pharmacy * California Board of Podiatric Medicine * California Board of Prison Terms * California Board of Psychology * California Board of Registered Nursing * California Board of Trustees * California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians * California Braille and Talking Book Library * California Building Standards Commission * California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education * California Bureau of Automotive Repair * California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair * California Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation * California Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine * California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services * California Bureau of State Audits * California Business Agency * California Business Investment Services (CalBIS) * California Business Permit Information (CalGOLD) * California Business Portal * California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency * California Cal Grants * California CalJOBS * California Cal-Learn Program * California CalVet Home Loan Program * California Career Resource Network * California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau * California Center for Analytical Chemistry * California Center for Distributed Learning * California Center for Teaching Careers (Teach California) * California Chancellors Office * California Charter Schools * California Children and Families Commission * California Children and Family Services Division * California Citizens Compensation Commission * California Civil Rights Bureau * California Coastal Commission * California Coastal Conservancy * California Code of Regulations * California Collaborative Projects with UC Davis * California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth * California Commission on Aging * California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers Compensation * California Commission on Judicial Performance * California Commission on State Mandates * California Commission on Status of Women * California Commission on Teacher Credentialing * California Commission on the Status of Women * California Committee on Dental Auxiliaries * California Community Colleges Chancellors Office, Junior Colleges * California Community Colleges Chancellors Office * California Complaint Mediation Program * California Conservation Corps * California Constitution Revision Commission * California Consumer Hotline * California Consumer Information Center * California Consumer Information * California Consumer Services Division * California Consumers and Families Agency * California Contractors State License Board * California Corrections Standards Authority * California Council for the Humanities * California Council on Criminal Justice * California Council on Developmental Disabilities * California Court Reporters Board * California Courts of Appeal * California Crime and Violence Prevention Center * California Criminal Justice Statistics Center * California Criminalist Institute Forensic Library * California CSGnet Network Management * California Cultural and Historical Endowment * California Cultural Resources Division * California Curriculum and Instructional Leadership Branch * California Data Exchange Center * California Data Management Division * California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission * California Delta Protection Commission * California Democratic Caucus * California Demographic Research Unit * California Dental Auxiliaries * California Department of Aging * California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs * California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board * California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control * California Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating) * California Department of Child Support Services (CDCSS) * California Department of Community Services and Development * California Department of Conservation * California Department of Consumer Affairs * California Department of Corporations * California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation * California Department of Developmental Services * California Department of Education * California Continue reading California – The Mind Boggles

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Picture(s) A Day – 24 September 2010 – Infinite Arms Goes Plum Crazy

I’m finally starting to feel better and I heard there’s something cool down at Infinite Arms / New Frontier Armory so I headed on over there after work yesterday :)  Actually, I’d have gone down there anyway – I haven’t seen Adam, Guido, Cliff, and the rest of the crew in a while :wink:

24 September 2010 - Infinite Arms AR-15 - Plum Crazy polymer lower receiver & CMMG 5.56mm upper

24 September 2010 - Infinite Arms AR-15 - Plum Crazy polymer lower receiver & CMMG 5.56mm upper

24 September 2010 - Infinite Arms AR-15 - Plum Crazy polymer lower receiver & CMMG .22LR upper

24 September 2010 - Infinite Arms AR-15 - Plum Crazy polymer lower receiver & CMMG .22LR upper

Adam’s had Plum Crazy lowers for a while now and they’re a screaming deal if I’ve ever seen one 8)

The lower receiver is the heart of an AR-15 rifle.  You can buy one lower receiver which is the serial numbered part requiring a background check and then attach any number of different upper receivers.  Different uppers allow you to quickly change calibers and barrel lengths which is part of the reason AR-15s are some of the most versatile rifles in the world.

Plum Crazy makes their C-15 (C for composite) receivers out of polymer.  AR-15 lower receivers don’t take most of the stress of firing – that’s the job of the upper receiver and makes polymer receivers possible.  Polymer has a few advantages over metal such as lighter weight and resistance to the effects of weather.  Plum Crazy lowers are extremely light and I’d love to build a super light rifle out of one sometime.

Another feature of Plum Crazy lowers is their polymer fire control group.  Yes, the lock work in the C-15 is almost completely made of polymer just like the lower receiver.  Most people’s first reactions that I’ve seen to this is that they don’t think it would stand up to the job but it’s proven to be more than tough enough.  Infinite Arms is a Class 07 FFL with the ability to legally manufacture machine guns and has done so with a Plum Crazy C-15 lower.  After literally thousands of rounds, there have been no problems whatsoever.  These lowers are GOOD 8)

[EDIT] I can’t believe I forgot to say this in the first place, but I wanted to come back and get it on the record.  The lowers are from Plum Crazy and the uppers are from CMMG, but the rifles are from Infinite Arms.  The government says that if you sell the lower and the upper as an assembled rifle, you have manufactured the rifle and have to pay a 10% excise tax.  You and I can buy the lower and the upper separately and assemble them ourselves, but it’s my understanding that there’s some confusion about whether or not we would have to pay the excise tax.  Infinite Arms being the legal manufacturer on these rifles has had their name and location imprinted on the guns and has properly taken care of the taxes in question.  THESE RIFLES ARE FROM INFINITE ARMS :)

24 September 2010 - Hi-Point 995 TS 9mm carbine

24 September 2010 - Hi-Point 995 TS 9mm carbine

I’ve written about Hi-Point firearms around here before.  The first handgun I ever purchased was my Hi-Point C9.  Hi-Point firearms have a reputation for being low quality and not worth owning.  I can only imagine this is because they take a low technology approach and they’re not a Smith and Wesson, Sig Sauer, Glock, or Kimber.

Hi-Point firearms are built to be affordable by everyone who needs a gun.  MSRP for the Hi-Point handgun lineup is $140 for the .380, $165 for the C9, and $199.99 for the .40 S&W and the .45 ACP.  Their carbines are a bit more expensive, but still downright inexpensive compared to the competition.  MSRP for the 995 carbine is $274, the 4095 is $319, and the 4595 is $330.  As you can see, Infinite Arms / New Frontier Armory has darn good prices 8)

They’re not the lightest, most elegant, or even prettiest guns on the market.  But they work and they have a warranty second to none.  I haven’t had any problems with my C9 and I have every reason to expect that their carbines would be just as good.

24 September 2010 - Norinco SKS - Great C&R semi-auto 7.62x39 rifle

24 September 2010 - Norinco SKS - Great C&R semi-auto 7.62x39 rifle

This is a Chinese built version of the Soviet SKS rifle.  The SKS came before the AK-47 and has always been semi-automatic meaning that collectors can easily acquire genuine surplus rifles instead of newly manufactured semi-automatic versions of “the real thing.”  The SKS is chambered for the same 7.62x39mm round as the AK-47, but it’s quite different in many other ways.  The AK-47 uses detachable magazines whereas the SKS has an internal magazine that’s loaded via stripper clips.  I really do want one of these rifles sometime :)

It’s always good to go and hang out with good friends 8)  Have a great weekend everyone :mrgreen:

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Update on the BP

Got the bloodwork results in the mail today. Everything is normal. Except for the triglycerides which are high. But very good news indeed!

Waiting on the referrals for the hernia and the kidney scan.

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Utah Vacation Saga Post Nine – The Trip Back Home

It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally gotten up the energy and gumption to finish the series of posts from my Utah vacation last month :)

I had an absolutely awesome time up there and I have to say that I really didn’t want to come back.  Yes, Vegas has the bright lights, great food, and awesome entertainment.  Utah has good people, incredible scenery, and a more simple lifestyle.  Still, Las Vegas also has my job and the medical and dental benefits that come with it so I’m not about to move right now but I wouldn’t mind visiting more often :wink:

I'm not used to four grades of gas, but the HHR ran great on the cheap stuff :)

I'm not used to four grades of gas, but the HHR ran great on the cheap stuff :)

I’d never seen a gas pump with four octane choices before, but it seemed to work just fine.  Yes, it’s a little bit more expensive up there.  I made sure to top off the tank before heading back down to Vegas.  Yes, there’s gas stations along the way, but it’s much better to be safe than sorry with that :)

Utah historic marker about The Tunnel Builders south of Carbon County

Utah historic marker about The Tunnel Builders south of Carbon County

I include myself when I say that lots of soft people today have no idea what real, true hardship is.  These people knew it and my hat’s off to them.

View from the road heading south while still in central Utah

View from the road heading south while still in central Utah

I just thought this was a nice view of the area while coming down the hill 8)

Pictographs on the rocks at Fremont Indian State Park

Pictographs on the rocks at Fremont Indian State Park

Pictographs on the rocks at Fremont Indian State Park

Pictographs on the rocks at Fremont Indian State Park

Pictographs on the rocks at Fremont Indian State Park

Pictographs on the rocks at Fremont Indian State Park

Pictographs on the rocks at Fremont Indian State Park

Pictographs on the rocks at Fremont Indian State Park

Pictographs on the rocks at Fremont Indian State Park

Pictographs on the rocks at Fremont Indian State Park

This was a fun hiking path while wearing flip flops :wink:

This was a fun hiking path while wearing flip flops :wink:

Pictographs on the rocks at Fremont Indian State Park

Pictographs on the rocks at Fremont Indian State Park

Pictographs on the rocks at Fremont Indian State Park

Pictographs on the rocks at Fremont Indian State Park

Just a little lizard along the hiking path

Just a little lizard along the hiking path

Just a little lizard along the hiking path

Just a little lizard along the hiking path

Panorama taken at Fremont Indian State Park

Panorama taken at Fremont Indian State Park

Panorama taken at Fremont Indian State Park

Panorama taken at Fremont Indian State Park

Panorama taken at Fremont Indian State Park

Panorama taken at Fremont Indian State Park

Panorama taken at Fremont Indian State Park

Panorama taken at Fremont Indian State Park

My last touristy stop in Utah was at Fremont Indian State Park where I hoped to see some pictographs and the park didn’t disappoint :D  I did this entire southbound trip in flip flops and that includes this hike :wink:  No, it probably wasn’t the smartest choice, but Cindy says I don’t have the most common sense :P

So that’s pretty much it for the trip back down to Vegas.  I hope y’all have enjoyed the pics from the trip.  I had an absolute BLAST and I hope to go back sooner rather than later :)  Have a great night :mrgreen:

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BP Meds

Chlorthalidone is what it is called. 25mg every morning. Gotta go back on October 7 for a follow up.

I will keep all of you posted.

Oh yeah. One year ago today, I had my left kidney removed.

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Doc update

The BP was 152 over 102. Much better than last Wednesday. Got a prescription for a diuretic. I can’t pronounce it.

Did the Chest X ray, EKG, blood and urine. Chest and EKG check good. (wipe sweat off brow)  Blood and urine results I get to wait for. Doc Riggs does want to have me do the dye thing at the remaining kidney. It is possible that the artery is not of sufficient size and may be a root cause.

I quit smoking. One Year Ago Today! I probably drink way to much coffee, so I will have to cut back on it and watch the salt intake.

And I may have to cut back on the rants against the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and his minions. Those assholes tend to wind me up.

Oh. Yeah. Tomorrow. The Kidney came out ONE YEAR AGO on that date.

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