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
Have a great day everyone
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
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
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.
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
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
So that’s it for tonight. I hope you’ve enjoyed the pics :) Have a great day everyone
“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)
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?
Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?
Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?
Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?
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!
Betcha didn’t know that one, eh boys and girls!
And I was brought up to be a “good democrat?” Yeah. Right.
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
[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
For those not familiar with these businesses, I’ll give a quick rundown of who they are and what they do
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
Have fun, everyone
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.
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
Adam’s had Plum Crazy lowers for a while now and they’re a screaming deal if I’ve ever seen one
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
[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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
I just thought this was a nice view of the area while coming down the hill
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
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
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.
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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