Sunday, April 30, 2006

Well, at least it's a start

Just a little enforcement goes quite a way.
Mr. Bush- are you reading the same articles I am about these illegals? Oh, that's right- you WANT these mujadoes to keep wages down and taxpayer-funded social welfare agencies bursting.

MIAMI -- Rumors of immigration roundups have prompted thousands of illegal immigrants to stay home this week and are making some afraid to participate in a national immigration protest planned for Monday.

Though federal immigration officials said they were unfounded, rumors of random sweeps were rampant from coast to coast Friday, prompting thousands of immigrants to stay home from work, take their children out of school and avoid church.

The absences caused the rumors to build, as some thought their missing friends and co-workers had been arrested. Construction and agriculture were among the industries most affected.


Construction jobs?????
The kind that used to pay pretty good?
That were AMERICAN jobs that built America before all these illegals came in to undercut wages so that AMERICANS (and LEGAL immigrants) can't afford to wont do them anymore.

Those construction jobs?

Len Mills, executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors of South Florida, said he estimated at least 50 percent of workers on construction jobs in the region hadn't shown up for work. He said he believed even some legal workers were afraid.

Wow, all these illegals aren't showing up for work already and I didn't notice America screeching to a halt.
So, Lenny, you admit that you knowingly hire illegals. Are you doing anything except bitching about your taxes going up to support all those social welfare goodies that your illegal workers are demanding?

And on to this Uno de Mayo intimidation illegal rights rallies that's supposed to bring El Unos Estadas to it's knees tomorrow. Not only are some companies accommodating the strong arm tactics but closing factories instead of firing.
Not to be outdone in bending over for these lawbreakers, the Peoples Republic of Califonia decided to officially support these people.

Just a thought vatos- if it goes well tomorrow, why not extent the boycott until Cinco de Mayo, so you can drive home the patriotism to your third world country true homeland. I wouldn't mind going shopping and not having to work around a bunch of self-centered abrasive foreigners who either can't be bothered, or are too stupid to learn English.

Friday, April 28, 2006

No posting for a while

We're working alot of OT now, plus I blew out my right elbow (again), so there'll be even less posting for a while.

I'll try to dig up things to amuse you- especially since the derth of weekend updates from the bown-eyed bloggers up in Austin.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

That's better!

I went home early from work today, and went to the range.
The top is the .50cal muzzleloader that I got the back sight dialed in right (until I knock it again).
The Colt is still shooing high, at 10 yards and at 25 yards. I'll try dropping the powder charge before I do something un-undoable like deepening the rear sight.

I also forgot the loading stand for the revolver, but found a new use for ,,,


Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I've been meaning to add him for a while

Ace in the hole is a blog from- you guessed it- Texas. I don't always agree on what he has to say, but if I had to agree with everything everybody said- I'd be a Liberal since if you don't, they kick you out of the club. Us Conservatives can disagree and still be able to see the big picture.

Any bloggers might want to take a look at his Rules
of the blog
post about some blogiquette. Seems some in the Legacy Media might benefit from reading them too.

And in the scent of full disclosure, I'm on the laptop now so can't add him untill I get on the big computer, later tonight.
And Fred, sorry in advance about all the spelling and gramatical mistakes, I'm one of those let-it-flow kinda bloggers.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

I've gotta get a permanent woodshop

I mocked up a loading stand for both guns today. I had to drag the tablesaw out of storage, and didn't even want to find the rest of the stuff I'd need to make the job easier.

If I had the bandsaw ready to go, I'd have been able to mill the wood for both stands, and display stands, too. As it was, I had to work Mesquite Branches down into planks with a 10" table saw.

Anyway this is what I came up with for the muzzleloader.

It's a 1" thick natural finish Mesquite wood T&G jointed piece that I could probably get $45 for depending on which site you went to.
McCarthyism (partII )

We've all heard about the "secret gulags" the CIA had all over Europe (exept that no-one can find them). Mary McCarthy got fired for exposing them. (I don't need to link the stories, do I?)

McQ- over at Q & A asks where she got her info, and quotes a former CIA guy who worked with her.

. I hasten to add that I do not consider her a friend. She was my immediate boss in 1988-89 and was instrumental in my decision to leave the CIA and take a job at the State Department's Office of Counter Terrorism. Mary, in my experience, was a terrible manager.
--Ok, so he's not a McCarthy appologist--

That said, I take no delight in the news that she was fired. In fact, there are some things about the case that puzzle me. For starters, Mary never worked on the Operations side of the house. In other words, she never worked a job where she would have had first hand operational knowledge about secret prisons. She worked the analytical side of the CIA and served with the National Intelligence Council. According to press reports, she subsequently worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from 2001 thru 2005. That is a type of academic/policy wonk position and, again, would not put her in a position to know anything first hand about secret prisons.

--She didn't have access to what she leaked-

I am struck by the irony that Mary McCarthy may have been fired for blowing the whistle and ensuring that the truth about an abuse was told to the American people. There is something potentially honorable in that action; particularly when you consider that George Bush authorized Scooter Libby to leak misleading information for the purpose of deceiving the American people about the grounds for going to war in Iraq. While I'm neither a fan nor friend of Mary's, she may have done a service for her.......

--Gee, maybe he IS a McCarthyite, in sheeps clothing--

Ok, here's another example of stealth liberalism at work. Disavow any support, then undermine the opposition with the same talking points as the rest of the fifth column.

GEE Larry, if she was LYING about the entire thing to discredit Bush- Why would she need to have access to anything close to the REAL thing? Just throw the mess out to the wolves in the Legacy Media, and they'll howl about it untill the cows come home, weather it's true , or not. Hell, it's even better if it ISN'T true- it's harder to disprove.
Then he goes into the tired old Plame thing yet again.
Why doesn't Bush fire the entire staff of the CIA, State Dept, and every other topheavy beuracracy that's activly fighting him every time he takes a breath?

Gawd I'm getting tired of this "get back into power- no matter how badly the country is f*cked" attitude of these Communistic Liberals.
Is it live, or is it "Fake but accurate?"

Check out this video at ZiPpo's place, and wonder how they did it.
Then go to this story to find out how they did it.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

We forgot the camera

But here is what it looked like after.

Broken down for cleaning

The first 12 shots on target.
It shoots high and to the left, so after the first 3 shots I was aiming at the bottom of the diamond, then at the bottom of the diamond outline @ 10yards.

Here are my observations of the Colt Confederate Navy .44
  • Since it was my first time shooting, I probably used too much lube on the balls- it was messy (greasy) as h*ll after shooting it.
  • Loading wasn't as bad as the muzzleloader- maybe because I didn't have to load after every shot?
  • The trigger is lighter than I like.
  • I'm having problems keeping the caps on the nipples. They're #11, I'll try #10's tommorrow. I shot my truck because one fell off. I was working on replacing it when my thumb slipped off the hammer (see the first comment), and it hit a primed cylinder after I'd rotated the cylinder to get access to replace the (dropped) cap, and unintentionally rotated at the loading bench. Good thing it only has a muzzel velocity of about 600FPS, only dented my hood above the grill.
  • It's steady, and pretty accurate at 25 YDs (I hit within a foot of where I was aiming planning to hit). I can play with the charge to fine tune it when I get more used to it.
  • The balls that came with the starter kit had sprues (nipples) on them, I'll try Hornadays round balls tommorrow, and see if the accuracy improves.
  • Nice ballance, compared with the muzzleloader especially.
  • The factory book says you need a hammer and a "non-marring punch" to remove the retaining wedge- You need a steel drift pin to move the factory installed wedge. A "non-marring" punch will bend or break- I know from experience.
  • Clean-up is hot soapy water and scrubbing, followed with WD-40 to dry out the fine parts you can't get to easily.
  • A loading stand will be made tomorrow, just to make it easier, and to show it off above the TV. I'll make one for the muzzleloader, too.
  • After I had the nipples put in again, I noticed that 3 0f 6 had fireing holes that were smaller than the other 3- could be a reason for the large pattern. I'll get new ones, or dill the small ones out.
As I learn more about these, I'll be getting stuff to make everything easier. Karen is interested in a "Ladies" gun, and maybe getting us into period re-enactments.
Happy Earth Day!

With puppies and baby harp seals along the border.

We'll be out contributing to the hole in the Ozone layer today- one shot at a time!
Pictures later -if we remember the camera.

P.S. anyone want to help me get a short video onto blogger? (when we capture a nice, smokey shot)

Friday, April 21, 2006

So, where is Jesse Jackson when you need him?

Look at these pictures and tell me that it's NOT a human crisis.

These people are suffering. They didn't have a national media focusing attention on all the water flooding their homes (probably because of HALIBURTON wanting their land).
I want to know-no I DEMAND to know why the Legacy Media doesn't have this flood on their headline news!!!!!

Ummm, just a minute--
*What? It's not newsworthy???!??*
*They're not black enough?*
*Jesse's not comming because there's not enough TV coverage?*

Ok, well I guess these people don't need FEMA rushing to their aid because the Legacy Media didn't see enough black 'wards of the State' being displaced.

OK, move along. Nothing further to see here.
All I can say is TGIF

This has been a long week down in Poteet, Tx. We're rebuilding a road in a subdivision and working about (well we're there) 11 -12 hour days. We don't get paid for it all, though. The boss like his hour (plus) lunches, and when we're paving we can't do anything until everyone is back.
So we have an hour commute, and an hour lunch break, as we loose about 3 hours worktime.

We also have a former ,,,ummmm,,,cool kid in H.S. Remember the kind that had no respect for his teachers, and had a give-a-f*ck attitude?
I'm working around him now, and he hasn't changed his attitude, either. Wich makes a hard job even harder.

--M-- the ex-cool kid is no longer working employed by us. After getting his @ss chewed out by the boss for constantly not doing what he was suppoed to, HOW he was supposed to---decided to catch a ride with someone who had to pick up their kids at 5:30.
He decided he didn't have to tell the boss, or either of us foremen when he drug up.
I don't mind him not being gone, exept it left us 2 people short on the last of the handwork- the worst part because we're all hot, thirsty, tired and burnt-out. But we got done.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

It's here!

My Birthday present from the girls, a .44 Confederate navy Colt (and starter kit -about $15 off individual parts).
I found it!

It wasn't in his comment links, just a link farther down the page.

I won't bore all you non-gungeeks out there with the entire used revolver checklist, I'll just paste his closing remarks here.

In perspective:

Timing (test #5) is very critical...if that's off, the gun may not even be safe to test-fire. And naturally, a crappy barrel means a relatively pricey fix.

Cylinder gap is particularly critical on short-barreled and/or marginal caliber guns. If you need every possible ounce of energy, a tight gap helps. Some factory gaps will run as high as .006"; Taurus considers .007" "still in spec" (sigh). You'll be hard-pressed to find any new pieces under .004" - probably because the makers realize some people don't clean 'em often (or very well) and might complain about the cylinder binding up if they sell 'em at .002".

The guns in a dealer's "used pile" are often of unknown origin, from estate sales or whatever. Dealers don't have time to check every piece, and often don't know their history. These tests, especially cyliner gap and play, can spot a gun that's been sent off for professional my snubbie, the best $180 I ever spent .

As long as the gun is otherwise sound (no cracks, etc) a gunsmith can fix any of this. So these tests can help you pick a particularly good new specimen, or find a good used gun, or help haggle the price down on something that'll need a bit of work.

I did some post bying tests on Karens Taurus, and it looks like we have a pretty good little ladies gun.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

How was your Monday?

Mine was pretty frustrating and expensive.
It was one of those days where nothing went right, equipment breaking , or not working right.
We also had to drop about $350 at Lowes for a new range. Ours died Sunday late afternoon.
We got back late last night and didn't have time (or patients) to install it, so it's sitting in the middle of the kitchen untill I get home sometime after 6 tonight.

I was going to do a post about how to find a good used gun, but I can't find the link (forgot to bookmark it). I know I started at Mr. C's place and followed a link to Xavier Thoughts, but can't remember where I went after that. Bummer- it would be helpfull to anyone looking at used revolvers.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Oh, THAT Ginger

I thought they ment THIS Ginger

Was fighting Ovarian cancer.
(I still liked MaryAnn better)

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Got a Geek question for y'all

I'm trying to get to Aarons blog, but keep getting a Wordpress download page.

I know he's been hacked by the 'Religion of Piss, and tolerance".
Ok, maybe he's protecting himself, I understand.
The question I have is, why should I have to download Wordpress just to read his blog?
Wouldn't a registry of some kind be better? I'm not going to download something I don't need (if I can help it), and that might be a trojan left by the peaceloving muhhamadines.
Teddy speaks on immigration

"In the first place, we should insist that if the
immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates
himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else,
for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed,
or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming
in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no
divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something
else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the
American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the
English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a
loyalty to the American people."

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Heh, you thought I ment that Teddy

Saturday, April 15, 2006

How to win friends and influence people

The La Raza way

First get your illegal countrymen to sneak across the borders and then start demanding "rights"
Be sure to let the Americans watching that your loyalty goes to the third world country you're escaping from- ONLY.

When you show how many you are by clogging rush hour traffic and insulting the ones paying for your social welfare- you are read for step two.
Show how well you thank the country you snuck into:
  • who is supplying you with jobs that you are undercutting LEGAL residents out of
  • who's taxpayers pay for your non-assimilated brats education bill, your food-stamps, your medical and Section 8 housing vouchers
  • who isn't rounding up your ungrateful @sses for immediate deportation
  • who gives your 'anchor babies' automatic citizenship
By organizing a boycott of all things American.
Yep, that'll make them fear your power like you even more than before when you shut down America last-ummm
--ummmm just last,,,I just KNOW the entire country slid to a stop ,,,,

LAST week- yeah, that's right when you all were shouting your MEXICAN slogans to show how well you love this country.
See what happens when you do a little fact checking?

It ruins a good Anti-Gungrabber rant.

I heard on the radio that WallyWorld was going to go the K-Mart rout on gun sales.
That was wrong, they're only doing what any self respecting evil capitolist mega-corperation (like Haliburton) would do.
They're moving into big cities, and won't offer things that Yuppies sophisticated city residents won't buy. In Plano, Tx (big blue splotch in a red state) you probably wouldn't recognize the store as a Walmart, because they're changing the style and what they carry to more accuratly reflect the lifestyle of the area.

Friday, April 14, 2006

This is what I did for "National Buy a Gun Day"

What will you do tommorrow?

From :
Sent : Thursday, April 13, 2006 6:36 PM
To :
Subject : Thank you for ordering Cabela's Inc. - 0008136XXXX

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

You read a story like this

And it makes me feel kinda puny to be glad I only had to shoot the 30.06 when I want to.
I'm glad I wasn't part of the "Greatest Generation", or the WWI, or of age during the War of Northern Agression.
Yes- I admit it, I'm a wimp.
I'm spoiled and I know it.

I shot the M-16, in the Navy, and can shoot it all day long.
I'm glad I wasn't subject to the tender mercies of a Boot Camp Sergant or a Marine Gunny with a bolt action mule kicking my shoulder for 8 hours in boot camp. If I was involved in the "Late Disagreement", I would have shorted the powder charge to save my shoulder from the .54 Cal recoil.

Yes, I am a wimp.
Who wants to make $50 an hour?

Big John McCain the "maveric" RINO is offering $50 an hour to the union bosses to pick lettuce in Yuma, Az for the season.

Hell yes!!!!!!
Where do I sign up?

Dear Mr. McCain,
I'd like to take you up on your offer. Since I'm not an illegal alien, I'm sure that I'd be covered under your employee protection laws. The law that says after 40 hours I get time and a half- right?

So that's 5 (or 6) 12 hour days @time and a half after my 40.
PLUS Yuma is kinda like South Texas in the summer, exept with better humidity- isn't it? Man, that 20- 32 OT hours sure look good. I'm sure, being the enlightened Democrat RINO maveric Republican that you are, we'll have employer paid healthcare, too?

I can be there after I give my current employers the usual notice. Please call, I'll be waiting.

Luv KurtP

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A picture's worth a thousand words.

That's about the truth, isn't it Mr. Bush?

Sorry, othing else today. I'm getting too old for 13 hour days.

pic stolen from ZiPpo

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Post Deleted

It was about money and an EMT run to the Emergency room (A.K.A. the illegals GP waiting room)

Monday, April 10, 2006

In reference to the previous post. . .

They had "massive work stoppages" today because all our illegals were out yelling Mexican anti-American humanistic slogans. It was supposed to bring America to it's knees.
I didn't notice, was anyone even inconvinienced?

I mean, except for the machinery of America skidding to a sudden stop because LEGAL residents and Native born Americans took up refused to take up the slack by doing what they're not payed enough to do on a regular basis.
Here's a headline round-up

Anyone notice anything missing?

Thousands Demonstrate Over Immigration

Immigration protest targets suburban congresswoman

US immigrants mobilizing for major 'action'

Latinos march for immigrant rights

Immigration Celebration Becomes Protest

Immigrants' Rights Rallies (WaPo reg. req.)

Some audio?
Immigration Marchers Rally for Legalization

How about the word ILLEGAL!

Guess that color should have been Red,White and GREEN, huh?

Beaumont to El Paso: 742 miles
Beaumont to Chicago: 770 miles
El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas.

World's first rodeo was in Pecos, Texas on July 4, 1883. (I know the Spanish had them informally)

The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built over water.

The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full time coach for Rice University in Houston.

Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North American.

Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America's only remaining flock of whooping cranes.

Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson, Texas.

The worst natural disaster in U. S. history was in 1900 caused by a hurricane in which 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island.

The first word spoken from the moon on July 20, 1969 was "Houston."

King Ranch is larger than Rhode Island.

Tropical storm Claudette brought a U. S. rainfall record of 43" in 24 hours in and around Alvin, Texas in July 1979.

Texas is the ONLY state to enter the U. S. by TREATY, instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas flag to fly at the same height as the U. S. flag.

A live oak tree near Fulton, Texas is estimated to be 1500 years old.

Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.

Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period after Dr in Dr Pepper.

Texas has had six capitals: Washington, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, West Columbia and Austin.

The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U. S. which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. (7' taller).

The name Texas comes from the Hasini Indian word "tejas" meaning friends. Tejas is not Spanish for Texas.

The State animal is the armadillo. Armadillos always have four babies; they have one egg which splits into four and they either have four males or four females.

The first domed stadium in the U. S. was the Astrodome in Houston.

Cowboy Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in
Fairlie, Texas (cowboy style) :
1. Just One God.
2. Honor yer Ma & Pa
3. No telling tales or gossipin'
4. Git yourself to Sunday meetin'
5. Put nothin' before God
6. No foolin' around with another fella's gal.
7. No killin'
8. Watch yer mouth
9. Don't take what ain't yers
10. Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff.

(I guess the last ten things just aren't nuanced enough for our Liberal friends to understand, and comply with)

Sunday, April 09, 2006

If San Francisco can ignore Federal laws

Does that mean that Mayor Gavin Newsom wouldn't have a problem with gun owners just ignoring his un-Constitutional gun laws? You remember, where they decided that only cops and criminals needed to be armed?

Speaking of armed, I only shot 12 rounds through the 30.06 and I can feel the soreness already. We got to the range and talked to some of the members there. They have organized target shoots on a regular basis, including black powder revolvers, rendezvous occasionally and civil war encampments. The muzzleloader is more fun, except for the annoying tendency for the rear site to , , , move on it's own. As I said before, we'll be getting a BP revolver, and an extra cylinder.
A couple of good things there are that they're not considered "killing machines" under Brady, so are unregistered, and not being a legal "killing machine" are about $500 cheaper than cartridge weapons- because, ya know- NO Ones' EVER been killed by a cap and ball gun.
I want the Remington style because when you take it apart (to change cylinders) you have the gun abd the cykinder. With the Colt model, when you take it apart you have the handle and action, the cylinder, the barrel assembly and a wedge pin to loose. Besides, the Remington is more affordable right now.
Ok, I was wrong yesterday

Criptkeeper got home a little after 10AM instead of the 9 she said. She had gotten into an argument with her friends mom (or her friend- kinda confusing here sometimes).
She got sorted out, Karen hadda go into San Antonio for replacement applique flowers that were falling off the dress.

We were out the door at about 11 heading to La Coste and the range to sight in the 30.06. I know the scope is off big-time because the front sight is about 3/16" to the right of the vertical hair.
We got there and all the shooting tables were taken, with people standing in line. I guess they were practicing for the upcoming silhouette competition.

We headed back to Hondo Creek and a couple hours of doing our part to destroy the Ozone layer. Karen is feeling more comfortable with her pistol, and is trying different styles, she thinks it's more comfortable to use one hand. It may be more comfortable with one hand, but she's a better shot with two hands (low to the right, but a better grouping).

The muzzleloader does grow on you, the more familiar I get, the better I like it. If you're not using the same amount of Pyrodex (blackpowder substitute) the recoil is much different. I was finetuning the sights, and at 25' am now getting groupings that I can cover with my (slightly spread) hand. I'm looking at a black powder revolver so I can get off more than 10 shots in half an hour. That birthday present will have to wait until we find out how much we owe for Danica's ride to the emergency room.

Anyway, Karen forgot that we had to pick up the corsage both times we went through Castroville, so we had to roll things up to go BACK again (about 15 miles each way) before they closed. Criptkeeper got to her prom, and we tried a new (different) restaurant in D'hanis.
Bill and Rosas' is a typical west Texas eatery. Homestyle cooking with HUGE servings at reasonable prices. I had a Chicken Fried Steak(16 oz.) that was literally as big as some of the dinner plates we have at the house, with Mashed taters and white pepper gravy for $14.99.
Danica had the Chicken Snitzel ($8.99 for half a serving) and Karen had the Mesquite grilled 10oz. Ribeye for $11.99. This is definitely a place to eat if you're hungry and about 30 mi. west of San Antonio.

The Criptkeeper is supposed to be babysitting at the farm at 9:30- IF she can get up. Man, I feel sorry for the kid. I wouldn't be suprized if it's her last day babysitting. We'll try to Sneak in to the range and squat a firing lane when we drop her off.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Link updates for the week

I just made a comment over at A Capitain of a crew of one on his post about gun control. After reading his blog for a week, he's on my blogroll.

I'm adding another time waster to my list if you're interested in Tennis ball bouncing.