Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

I know I haven't been posting much of late, life does have a habit of getting in the way and sometimes, the desire wanes for a bit.

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.

Remember the things that make you blessed.  I know many of you are living without power or with nasty weather overhead.  Power in this area should be back on soon.  For those of you suffering without power at all, remember that soon, your power will return soon.  Think of those who are maybe shivering in a fighting position right now.  Or those within your community have lost their home for some reason.  Your own lot in life could be much worse.  Stop for a moment and offer up a silent prayer and send some good wishes their way.

The Red Cross and other community service agencies could use your help this season too. 

Merry Christmas to all.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day


transitive verb \ˈä-nər\
: to regard or treat (someone) with respect and admiration : to show or give honor to (someone)
: to show admiration for (someone or something) in a public way : to give a public honor to (someone or something)

Today is a day to honor all Americans who have served their country.  Some have made great sacrifices.  As the saying goes:  All gave some, some gave all.

It's about more than getting a little discount in a store or a free meal at a restaurant.  These things are nice and I will be taking advantage of the free meal at Applebees today but it's also about taking just one day to put aside the petty bullshit that you bitch about every day and think about the sacrifices made by those who have defended freedom.

The soldiers who lived in the mud and filth of the trenches in WW1.  The troopers who shivered in the cold with no food and little ammunition at Bastogne.  The Marines who suffered from little food and malaria at Guadalcanal.  The Marines who froze, damn near to death at Chosin during the Korean war.

To today's military who hump rucks over 80 pounds up mountains in Afghanistan and sleep on the ground.

To think that you bitch that the traffic light is taking too long.  These guys are away from their families and sleeping in the yuck, eating crap food and getting ambushed and blown up by IED's.

Yes, I am going to go get my free dinner but I'm also going to hoist a lovely scotch to the reason I'm getting a free dinner.

To my fellow veterans, regardless of branch of service, you are my brother or sister and I thank you for everything you put aside to do what you do today. To those who serve now, thank you seems inadequate but it will have to do.

Here's a little more information about the history of today.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ya know what? Fuck you

I'm sick to death of the various screeching weenies that run around after every mass shooting wailing about gun control.  Just fuck you already.

You keep forgetting that most of the mass shootings take place in posted gun free zones.  You remember those?  Those places where everyone is safer because no one is armed?  No one except the shooter.

How about the latest one?  Washington Navy Yard?  Double whammy there, a gun free zone located in a city with some of the most stringent anti gun laws in the country.  How's that gun control working out for you there snuffy?

How about Chicago?  Outright ban in place there until recently.  Murder capitol of the nation by FBI statistic.  More deaths in Chicago than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.  How's that gun control working for you?

Now, we top all this off with this fucking Euro-weenie who prances around saying that America is in a civil war and the UN should intervene to stop it.  You think America has a gun problem now?  Wait and see what happens should the UN decide to invade a sovereign nation to impose their will.  I got your gun problem, the problem is we're likely to run out of targets before we run out of bullets.

Fuck you, fuck the UN.

Your ear leader called for a study on the gun violence issue.  He got it and none of the data supported his position.

You know what we need to ban?  Assault Feinsteins. And Liberals/collectivists/socialists.

Friday, September 20, 2013


I've been away from the news a bit, so I just saw that Starbucks has decided that handguns are no longer welcome in their stores.  I liked them better when they were neutral.

Well then, as a law-abiding citizen who chooses to be armed for self defense, I say unto you:

If you don't want my gun, then you don't want my money.  I'm not going into a mass murder empowerment zone just for a cup of your over priced and burnt tasting coffee.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Springfield Armory XD-S

I have just learned of a recall of Springfield Armory .45 and 9mm pistols.  You can learn more about it here.

Please stop using yours, if you have one, and follow the recommended steps in the recall notice.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Oh Thank God

Ear Leader issued an executive order barring the reimportation of surplus military rifles such as the M-1 Garand and M-1 Carbine.  Well, thank God for that.  We all know that those rifles have been used in so many crimes.

Now, I guess Obumbles is considering unilateral military strikes against Syria.  You know, he never called out his predecessor for doing that kind of thing.  No hypocrisy here, move along.

Well, we should strike Syria immediately because they have such a huge arsenal of weapons that can strike the US.  We can't have muslim terrorists striking the US directly.  That might undermine the damage that the moron-in-chief is already doing.

How can anyone with a functioning brain read the news and not get pissed off?  I just don't get it.  It's one of the top reasons I haven't been posting that much lately.  I get most of the fodder for my rants from news stories and I can't read it without becoming almost RCOB angry.

I know many websites that are preparing for the zombie apocalypse.  I have a news flash for you guys, you're too late.  It already happened.  Who do you think reelected that big eared clown?  I'm even seriously considering not carrying a gun at work anymore because I swear I may lose my shit and shoot the next kool aid drinker that tells me about what a great job Obambi is doing (well, I won't but the temptation is screaming my name).  You call the utter destruction of the American economy a good job?  You call turning millions of hard working Americans into part time employees a good job?  You think $3.79 a gallon for gas signifies a good job?  This country needs an enema.

An Ambassador gets butchered and (p)resident fuckwit goes back to bed while his secretary of stupid says "what difference does it make?" and the zombies who voted for this madness just shuffle on.  Police departments all over the nation are suffering budget cut backs and laying off officers but the gubmint gives them armored vehicles and tries to restrict the 2nd Amendment?  Are you fucking serious?  Who the fuck are you writing speeding tickets to anyway?  Is this how the game is played on whatever planet you come from?

I truly don't want to live on this planet any more.  I think this is why the aliens from other planets just buzz earth and then go home.  They take a look at how fucked up we are, have a good laugh and realize that maybe home isn't so bad after all.  I wish they'd stop long enough for me to pack a bag and go with them.  I could put up with a little anal probing from them to get away from the serious ass raping we're getting here.

I'm going to go read Brigid now, she always makes me feel better.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Holy Hell, Am I Ever Behind

Yeah, I'm so far behind that I forgot to congratulate the Chicago Blackhawks on the Stanley cup. 

I forgot both of my traditional early August posts (the 6th and 9th for those who know history). 

The most recent event is from this last weekend.  I would like to congratulate the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps for winning their first ever DCI World Championship title.

From DCI.org:

Carolina Crown became a World Class World Champion for the first time in drum corps history Saturday, Aug. 10, as the 2013 DCI World Championships concluded at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Not since 1996 has DCI named a first-time World Champion, and never before has it had a Champion that started as an Open Class/Division II corps.

So, hearty congratulations to Carolina Crown and best wishes for many more.  This made sweeter by having edged out 14 time DCI champion Blue Devils by .25.  You did good Carolina Crown, real good and as little as it matters to the universe, I'm proud of you.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Hearty congratulations go to the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, on their 5-2 victory tonight over the Syracuse Crunch to claim the AHL Calder Cup.

Nice work guys.

Thursday, June 06, 2013


69 years ago today, Allied forces invaded Hitler's Fortress Europa at Normandy.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Some Sad News

As most of you are probably aware, I'm a huge weather geek.  I'm involved in my local RACES/SKYWARN group and have actually deployed this spring.  Michigan isn't exactly tornado alley.

I discovered today that tornado researcher and chaser Tim Samaras, his son Paul and his chase partner Carl Young were all killed during the last tornado outbreak in Oklahoma.  You can read the Fox News article here.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families.

Shameless Promotion

I'm going to post a little promotion for a friend.  This isn't something I do much but she just got her business started and is wanting a second store so, I thought I'd throw this out there.

If any of you make it up to Traverse City, Michigan and you're a coffee drinker, stop in to the Biggby Coffee located at 1535 South Division and have a cup.  While you're there, keep an eye out for the manager.  He's retired NHL player Kip Miller.

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Life has been distracting me away from this blog.  Even when I come in to read through the sites on my blog roll, the posting gods have deserted me.

Finances are super tight and that causes stress of the type not conducive to creative writing.  The news is just depressing.

I missed my usual Memorial day post where I would just have posted a reminder to remember those who paid the ultimate price for liberty.

The only heartwarming thing I've seen lately was at my local WallyWorld where, wonder of wonders, they actually had 2 AR's in stock.  They didn't have jack shit for ammo, but they had the regime change rifles.  And the one was a Colt patrol rifle with an $875 price tag on it.   Not outrageous pricing.  I was shocked.  I couldn't see the face of the price tag on the other one.

I'm still alive and I still have my job, my home, my Explorer and my Cat.  If I can just get back into the swing of posting, things will get some kind of normalcy.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Ahhhh, Spring

And time for the annual spring reminders.  When the time changed, did you change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors?  Did you also check your weather alert radio?

A new recommendation from the National Weather Service is to program your weather radio to alert on the counties to your west and south as well as your own county.  A great idea as it gives you a little extra warning that something wicked this way comes.  Your local NWS page will provide all the SAME codes for your area.

Have you checked your shelter to make sure it has water and maybe some food for a couple days?  You know, it's always possible that you could be stuck in your shelter for a bit.  Extra meds?  Pet supplies?  A little preparedness now prevents a lot of discomfort later.

Here's a little FAQ from the Storm Prediction Center.

If you're fascinated by weather and you would like to help your community, consider getting your Ham radio license and participating in Skywarn.  The ARRL has a page which will point you to your local Ham club.  If you happen to be in Michigan and you're a ham, give me a shout if you can.  KD8UES.  In southwest Michigan, I'm on the Pennfield repeater and when I'm at work in Grand Rapids, I'm probably listening to the link repeater system.  In Lansing, I'm on the local Lansing repeater or the link system again.  If you're already a ham, you know where to find the frequencies and PL codes, if you're not, what are you waiting for? 

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Birthday You Beautiful Thing

The 1911 is 102 yrs old today.  Here's a nice snippet from the Anti Idiotarian Rottweiler.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


It has recently occurred to me that I haven't taken the time to sit down for any recreational reading in quite a long time.  I'm going to have to fix that soon.

I recently discovered that I have allowed myself to fall way behind the curve in that, I have not yet read Larry Correia's  Monster Hunter International.  I really need to fix that. 

In discovering this oversight, I think I've run across a couple more authors I need to check out.  Guys like Michael Z. Williamson, Tom Kratman and Brad Torgerson.  Hell, I haven't even taken the time to look for the latest offerings of long time favorites like David Weber and John Ringo.

Yeah, I gotta fix that soon.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Just a Little Update

Remember back about January 3 when I posted about writing your congresscritters about the new Assault Weapon Ban?  Well, I got a response from Senate Whore Carl Levin.  Would you like to read it?  I thought you might.

Dear Mr. Warthog:
     Thank you for contacting me about gun safety issues. I appreciate you sharing your views with me.  
     I support sensible gun safety laws and strict enforcement of those laws to help prevent crimes, suicides and violence committed with firearms. I support the steps President Obama outlined recently to curb the gun violence that plagues our nation, and I believe Congress can and should work to enact legislation to prevent gun violence without infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens.
     I was an original cosponsor of the Brady Law (P.L.103-159). This law requires prospective handgun purchasers to undergo criminal background checks before purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer. The background check system is able to make 92 percent of background check determinations on the spot, and since 1994, has prevented more than 1.5 million firearm purchases. Additionally, according to Centers for Disease Control statistics, since the Brady Law went into effect, the number of gun deaths in the United States dropped 22 percent, from 39,595 in 1993 to 30,769 in 2007. The number of gun homicides dropped by more than 29 percent, from 17,024 in 1993 to 12,129 in 2007.  
     While the Brady Law has been successful in reducing gun violence, I believe more has to be done. For example, only 60 percent of all gun sales in the United States take place at licensed federal dealers, where background checks are mandatory. The remaining 40 percent of gun sales are conducted by unlicensed individual sellers, often at gun shows, and a background check is not required. This means that across our nation, any dangerous individual can go to a gun show and purchase a deadly weapon without any form of background check. To close this ‘gun show loophole,’ I am a cosponsor of the Gun Show Background Check Act. This bill would enact the common sense principle that anyone who wants to purchase a firearm at a gun show should be able to pass a simple background check. Ten national police organizations support closing this loophole.  
     Additionally, I am a cosponsor of the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, a bill that seeks to reduce gun violence by keeping firearms out of the hands of terrorists and criminals. Although hard to believe, nothing in current law prohibits individuals on terrorist watch lists from purchasing firearms, unless they fall into another disqualifying category. This “terror gap” in federal law must be closed, and this bill would do just that. This legislation would deny the transfer of a firearm when a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check reveals that the prospective purchaser is a known or suspected terrorist and the Attorney General has a reasonable belief that the purchaser may use the firearm in connection with terrorism. Keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists is just common sense.  
     I also have always supported the rights of sportsmen and hunters.  Hunting is a way of life for millions of Americans and plays an integral role in modern wildlife management. But military style assault weapons have no sporting purpose.  Because of these weapons, our nation’s citizens are in greater danger and police officers across the country are encountering criminals armed with highly lethal military style weapons.
     To support our law enforcement community and to save lives, I am a cosponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.  This legislation would prevent the future possession, manufacture, sale and importation of assault-type weapons while grandfathering weapons lawfully possessed at the date of the bill’s enactment. It would ban firearms with detachable magazines and military style features, such as grenade launchers, protruding pistol grips, and barrel shrouds. It would support law enforcement officers across our nation, who should not be forced to confront lawbreakers toting military arms. And it would protect the rights of hunters by specifically naming thousands of firearms with legitimate sporting, sentimental or other value that would remain legal to possess.  
     This bill also would ban high capacity ammunition magazines. Studies have shown that high capacity ammunition magazines are used in 31 to 41 percent of fatal police shootings in cities across our nation. They also have been used by the perpetrators of numerous mass shootings, including at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, the Tucson shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others, the attack on a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and the horrifying shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The Newtown shooting alone left twenty six people dead, twenty of them children.
     We must not wait until more places are added to this heartbreaking list. We can and should act swiftly to protect our families and loved ones from mass shootings. These measures have the overwhelming support of law enforcement communities around our nation, who have implored us to make changes to stop the flood of these types of weapons into the hands of those who would use them for harm. I will continue to work for common-sense gun safety measures.    
     Thank you again for contacting me.
Carl Levin

Go figure, I tell him not to support it and the bastard is a co-sponsor.

Android v. Blackberry

I've been meaning to write this for a while.

The background goes like this:  I have had 3 smartphones.  All Android based.  I started with a Samsung Moment (which I loved), wound up with an HTC Hero (which will be taped to a target at Freedom Firearms soon) and I now have a Kyocera Rise (which I also love).

Overall, I love the Android OS.  It's fairly fast, easy to work with and it does a lot in a simple manner.

I needed a work specific phone.  I have too many phone calls during the day and I'm sleeping during the day.  Someone gave me a Blackberry for free.

What.  A.  Piece.  Of.  Shit!

It's slow as hell on the same network.  It's hard to work with.  It's got too much proprietary crap in it so it won't do the most basic things, like open a word attachment in an email.  Certain numbers I have to call for work I have to call 4 or 5 times because the damn thing spontaneously hangs up.  I go to the work server to get my email and I have to try to sign in 6 times because it goes to some odd place when I type the first character of my user name then 5 or 6 more times because it does it again when I type in the first character of my password.

Half the time, the trackball just does whatever it wants to do rather than what I tell it to do.

Should I have a day come when I don't need this phone anymore, I'm going to paint it with tannerite and shoot it.

If you have a choice the choice is clear.  Fuck Blackberry, get the Android.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


You may have to be patient with this rant.  It's been in my head all night but it very well may ramble and wander a bit more than my normal rantings.

Anyone who reads this blog on a somewhat regular basis probably knows that I have a fair handle on what the Constitutional Militia is and what it does.  It can certainly be said that while I'm not an expert, I'm better informed than the lamestream media is.

I have no problem with the average citizen militia and I probably would agree with them more often than not.  I'm not associated with one, but I would be willing to bet I'd probably get along with them and their goals pretty well.  Most of them are really just trying to help and many are actually used by local authorities in the case of search and rescue and other things where extra manpower is both needed and appreciated.

Sadly, I think that things are brewing.  No wait, scratch that, things have been brewing for 60 years or so now.  I think the boil over point is almost upon us.  I think that the time for the citizen militia to seriously start thinking about their original purpose is coming and soon.  Here, I'm going to talk about the one weakness I perceive in the whole militia thing and how I think it came to be.


I believe that there are some in government currently, that are trying to incite an armed conflict in America.  I also happen to think that if those people get their way, they're going to get their asses shot off but I'll address that later.  I think that these people seriously underestimate and fail to respect the strength of the citizen militias or constitutional militias in the various states.  They truly believe that the bulk of the people will roll over and take it.  I think they're wrong and that a significant portion of the populace have just about had enough.  I have exactly no evidence to back this up, let's just call it a feeling.

The one big stumbling block is communication.  Let me run with this, it could take a bit and be a crooked line.  The mass media has been painting the militia as a very evil monster for a decade or more.  They've become very secretive and who can really blame them.  They want to do their own thing and be left alone the same as the rest of us but they've been painted as psycho demons by an uninformed and uninterested media for a long time.  This makes things difficult on a couple counts.  One of those is recruiting.  Not really a part of this but just for fun, I'll throw out that I'd love to help where I can but I don't know who to talk to about it.  The other, as I see it, would be communications.  Who is in charge in the local area?  The region?  The state?  Nationally?

At the state level, do the militia leaders ever meet?  Have they discussed what would be considered an action level event for them?  Has this been agreed upon nationally?

I read all kinds of posts about the "jack booted thugs" but never anything about when We the People start shooting back.  the only thing I've seen on this is Mike Vanderboegh's No Fort Sumters missive which I will say I agree with.  The tyrants must be the aggressors.

I know there are plenty of folks out there that don't believe that the citizen militia could stand up against the military.  I ask them this:  Are you certain?  I believe we outnumber the current military by about 4:1.  Only a small percentage of the current military is made up of actual shooters, most of them are support and supply troops.  Do you really believe that the military would call upon the full force of their technology and firepower on US soil against US citizens?  I don't.  In fact, I expect almost 2/3 of them to not participate at all.  I don't think the current administration enjoys anywhere near the support that they think they have.  Remember what an insurgency did to the Russians in Afghanistan in the 80's?  Chased them out of the country.  Top that off with all of the political correctness nonsense that is prevalent in today's military, the sensitivity training and all and I frankly don't think they're going to have much chance against an enraged uprising by We the People.  Don't forget that percentage of the current military that are going to remember and uphold their oaths to support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.

Don't count out the 100's of 1000's of veterans that also remember that oath.  It doesn't have an expiration date.

If they haven't already, I think it would be wise for the various state militia units to start getting together and deciding on what the trigger point is going to be.  I think they're going to have to be ready because I think the current administration may well be deliberately trying to pull that trigger.  I hope I'm wrong, I really do but I fear I'm not and it's going to get ugly fast.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

What Have You Done

To help stop Diane Frankenfeinstein's latest attack on law abiding gun owners?  Have you written your Senators and Representatives in Washington?  Have you written your Senators and Representatives in your home states?

You may be saying, "now wait a minute here Warthog, this is a federal bill, what good would writing my state people be?" and you'd be asking a pretty fair question.  If we could get a bunch of the states to pass State resolutions telling the federal government that they will neither accept nor enforce a weapons or magazine ban and that they will not permit registration of firearms to be enforced upon their citizens, then the whores of congress might take notice.

Leave all of the other arguments aside and think about this:  If Frankenfeinstein's bill gets passed, it will make your 1911 or Sig P226 or Glock 17 or XD an NFA weapon.  If you're not familiar with what that entails, you had better look it up in a hurry.  One does not simply travel wherever one wishes to when in possession of an NFA weapon.  You conceal carry from Michigan to Florida in your car now?  You won't if this bill passes.  You can't just cross state lines with an NFA weapon.  You have to clear the movement through BATFEieio first.

Here's a chunk from it's...I mean her website:

  • Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds. 
  • Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:
    • Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment;
    • Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes; and
    • Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons.
  • Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:
    • Background check of owner and any transferee;
    • Type and serial number of the firearm;
    • Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
    • Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and
    • Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration.
Want to take a minute to notice that there is no grandfather clause included for self defense?

Please don't take this lightly.  Start writing now.