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For Borepatch

January 30th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted in music

I know Borepatch loves his music, and he loves classical so I’m posting this one just for him.

 

And since he loves the classic rockers,  I would also like to present a different take on Bohemian Rhapsody

 

So, I Was Thinking

January 23rd, 2013 | 8 Comments | Posted in Libtards, Pass the ammo, ramblings

Which can be very dangerous.

I saw on Jennifer’s site that she was dealing with a Twitter Troll so I decided to go a poke it with a stick.  Yeah, I do that when I am feeling ornery.

Anyway, one of the responses that was sent my way was this

douche-1

Yep.  Guns. Are. Bad. M’kay.

Couple of things get me here.  One, why does El Douche care about what happens in a country that is not his own? I’ll never figure that out I don’t think.

But the second part is this.  I was watching Castle (Beckett is smokin’ – just saying) and I started thinking of all the ways I could remember people being killed on that show.  Here’s the list I came up with:

  • Guns (yep, we know)
  • Samurai Sword
  • Pillows
  • Spiky Sculpture
  • Rope
  • Swimming Pool
  • Chorine
  • Motor Oil
  • Cyanide
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Decompression Chamber
  • Frying pans
  • Wooden Stake
  • Fists
  • Steak Knife
  • Pipe Bomb
  • Liquid Nitrogen
  • Ice Pick
  • Stone Gargoyles
  • Picket Fences

These are just the ones I can think of to!  So, I guess if we are going to ban guns ’cause they’re bad, m’kay, then we should ban all these things too because if they have been used to kill someone then they must be bad too, m’kay.

Just a thought.  What do you need a pillow that fluffy for anyway!  Do it for the children.

 

Making Stuff – Part II

January 22nd, 2013 | 2 Comments | Posted in Making Stuff

So once I got the sides glued up on the new cart, I went on to the front and back section which was pretty easy.

I took the old frame and used the position on the front and back bars to mark on the wood pieces where the tenon spots would go, drilled them out, and then used the router table to clean up the slots.  What I did was set the fence so that the bit was inside the hole I drilled and right on the outside of it.  So when I ran the piece down the bit, it cleaned up all the lines from each of the drill holes and evened it all up.

Once that was done I went on to the front and back rails and glued them up and clamped them rails

I put two support braces in the middle, as you can see.  One would have been sufficient, but since there is a certain amendment that I am partial to I am sure you can see what I did there.

After that was done, I went ahead and began pre-finishing the wood since it is easier while everything is in pieces.

stain

Once the stain had set for a bit, I rubbed it down to take off the excess and let it dry.  Now all four sections are sitting in the garage waiting for a few coats of poly finish and then a good finishing rub with some steel wool and wax to give it a nice satin finish.

More pictures to come.  Should have it finished in a week or so, all depends on how the varnishing looks.

 

Bingo!

January 19th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in Pass the ammo, People are Stupid

 

Nailed it

First though, we have to make certain only responsible people can get alcohol. I’m sure you agree about that much, right?

So obviously we have the ID checks at point of sale, but too many kids are buying it second hand. Clearly, we have to make the IDs harder to get. (Shut up, this is for the common good).

All you need to do is take a class… yes, it’s a couple hundred dollars. Do your part and cover your own damn externalities, will you?

We’ll use that to cover the ER bills for all the drunk driving accidents damage you psychopaths are doing.

Yes it is you, now shut up.

Go RTWT.

 

H/T to Borepatch

 

Makin’ Stuff (My OTHER Job)

January 17th, 2013 | 2 Comments | Posted in Making Stuff

Or – Do what the pregnant woman tells you to do!*

We got this laundry cart thing about a year or two ago.  It’s got an aluminum and plastic frame that holds three bags so you can sort your laundry in it.  The problem with it is that the plastic pieces that make the corners on it are pretty much crap.  They have all cracked and the thing will come apart if you look at it the wrong way.

crappy-frame

The wife has been wanting to replace it for a while but I’ve been fighting against it because why buy a replacement when it will do the same thing as the original one and break.  Instead I decided that since she wanted it replaced and I have tools I would just make a new one.

So this is the original frame, now deposited in the garage because it has reached the stage where it is unusable except as a way for me to get measurements for the replacement.  The only parts on this that might be kept are the wheels.  I can use them on the new frame and all I will have to do is drill holes on the bottom of the frame for them to fit into.

So, with absolutely no pattern, no plan and no real vision for what I wanted when it was done (besides a replacement for this thing that was about the same size and shape but wouldn’t fall apart) I got to work.

First idea was to have the sides made out of one solid piece of wood.  A solid side piece would be much easier, more stable and take less time.  Only problem was after a visit to my big box store I realized they didn’t have a section of wood wide enough to fit the bill.  Yes, I could have gone to a lumber supply place but I was trying to keep the costs down and use what was available and inexpensive.  So, with doing a single slab out, I decided to make a top piece with two wide front and back support rails and a thick bottom piece for the sides.

top-rail

So here is the top rail after I cut it out.  I added a hand hold into it since it’s a pretty thick slab of wood to make it easier to pull wherever she wants it.

Once I had both of them roughed out I clamped them together and put them on the belt and spindle sanders to make sure all the edges were even and lined up.

After all that was finished I cut the side supports out of some 1″x4″s that I picked up.

side-rails

 

Yes, those are Mortise and Tenon joints.  I decided that even though I had never used them before this was the perfect time to try it out.

On the top are all four side rails, on the bottom is one of the braces for the bottom of the frame (you can see the mortise joints cut into it)

I had picked up a set of Dado blades while I was at the store and figured if I screwed it up, it wasn’t on something that would be a major problem and if it worked – new skill set!

Once everything was cut out I simply glued and clamped it all together and left it to dry overnight and then sanded them the next day.side-panels

There are a few small problems with the fit.  A few of the cuts weren’t perfectly square, so it shows in the joints but overall they are tight and strong which is the real goal anyway.

Would I like them to look perfect?  Sure, but I can’t really gripe since this is my first try.

This is where I will stop for today.  Got a lot of work done and there is a lot more to do including staining, sealing and varnishing but that’s in the future.

The long slots that are cut in the panels are the through mortise for the top and bottom rails, I’ll post about those tomorrow.

*Actually, she only mentioned this once and I decided to do it because I knew it would make her happy.

Mike Kimel – Junior History Idiot

January 15th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted in America the beautiful, History, Libtards

I was pointed by Fox News over to this little gem of liberal idiocy called “The Problem with the Second Amendment”

I am no constitutional scholar, or even an attorney, but I did take American History in high school, and it seems to me that the reason so many people argue about the Second Amendment to the US Constitution is because nobody, and I do mean nobody, quite likes what it means and how it was intended.

He then goes on to prove that not only is he not a lawyer (neither were most of our Founding Fathers) he also  proves that he knows nothing about history, current events or, apparently, the English language – since he cannot read the Amendment and understand it’s meaning.

He then goes on to try and show that the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 was the sole purpose of the Second Amendment.  I say this because it is the ONLY historical fact he references in his piece.  According to Kimel, the Whiskey rebellion allowed Washington to conscript men into a militia and then crush the rebellion.

The next time anyone, on whatever side of the debate, tells you they are firm supporters of the Second Amendment, ask them if they believe it was intended to allow the Federal government to round up citizens against their will, put them in uniforms, and make them march and fire upon other citizens in order to crush revolts and collect taxes.

So, lets take a look at it shall we?

The law that allowed the forming of a militia was the Militia Act of 1792. Under the act, it allowed the raising of a militia from men ranging in age from 18-45

That each and every free able-bodied white male citizen of the respective States, resident therein, who is or shall be of age of eighteen years, and under the age of forty-five years (except as is herein after excepted) shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the militia, by the Captain or Commanding Officer of the company, within whose bounds such citizen shall reside, and that within twelve months after the passing of this Act

So that meant EVERYONE.  Everyone had a duty to help protect their nation.  Everyone had to pitch in when it was required – yes, even when it was 7,000 farmers revolting against a very new Federal government.

That every citizen, so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch, and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder; and shall appear so armed, accoutred and provided, when called out to exercise or into service, except, that when called out on company days to exercise only, he may appear without a knapsack.

Oh, look!!  Further in section I of the act it states that everyone who is part of the milita has to have a rifle, bayonet, ammo and powder – they have to be equipped with the same stuff their regular army counter parts carried.

So, the Second Amendment states that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” and then we have the militia act, which Mr. Kimel claims was designed to enslave us into the military machine saying that all militia members – remember, that is EVERY man from ages 18-45 – MUST have a military rifle and ammo that the member will provide themselves.  So the government is forcibly arming people.

Kimel’s next little line is a bit of snark in an attempt at a ‘gotcha’ moment:

If they do not, then politely remind them that is the Founding Fathers chose to interpret the Constitution they themselves hashed out, agreed upon, signed and ratified. And then, for grins and giggles, ask them why they are so unpatriotic as to insist on clinging to an un-American belief that the Founding  Fathers would certainly have deemed un-Constitutional.

So, somehow he thinks that requiring service of the people to a militia – which the Second Amendment mentions – is somehow unconstitutional???   I guess he never heard of the draft, which has been used quite a bit in our history for a couple of world wars, and then again for a little place known as Korea and finally Vietnam.  Also, you are still required to register for the draft if you are a male 18 years of age or older.  Gee, 18 years – where have we seen that age before??

Also, he conveniently ignores that these men also just finished fighting a war where the first battle of that war was when the British came for the their  guns. So these men were very well aware that to resist an oppressive government, one would need weapons and yet, curiously, they pass a law REQUIRING the citizens to be armed.  I would think it would be much easier to force conscription on an unarmed populace than an armed one.

Also, how can a belief be unconstitutional??  I really don’t get that part at all.

But my real question is this – Mr Kimel, by your own argument you show that the United States government wanted, nay REQUIRED it’s people to be armed.  Not just some of the people, but every male was required to have a rifle and ammo.  This is a fact.

The rifles that they had were ‘military grade’ since muskets were the military rifle of the time.  Civilians were as well armed as their uniformed counterparts.  This is also a fact.

Now most of us ‘gun nuts’ have argued that the Second Amendment is pretty clear that”Shall Not Be Infringed” means just that.  But you seem to suggest that it means something else, yet you never say WHAT that something else is – just that everyone has it wrong.

So, tell me.  What does it really mean.  What does a government passing a law to make sure it’s citizens are all armed say about the government?  I would say that it doesn’t show that the government was trying to control it’s people through force.  That would be a fairly hard thing to do once you have made sure they all have gun.

I also don’t think it means they meant the Second Amendment for target practice and hunting, not with the Militia act in place.  Nope, I think it means exactly what it says “Shall not be infringed”.

I hope you are successful as an investor, since as a historian and/or constitutional scholar you’re a bust.