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gandalf23 » 2008» January


January 31, 2008

vote with your vagina!

Filed under: wtf?, gah!, politics, barking at the moon — admin @ 5:10 pm

(I am pretty sure it’s just rhetoric and an invitation to be a sexist, but how would that work, exactly? We no longer use vertical stalls with curtains all around them, at least round these here parts, so would y’all have to just drop trou in front of everyone? How could you see whose mark you were checking? What about places where you have to throw a lever? Is that sanitary at all? Ewwww. I’ll stop now.)

So what’s the National Organization of Women’s take on sHillary?

Ummm..apparently if you talk bad about sHillary, you’re a gang rapist!

Psychological Gang Bang of Hillary is Proof We Need a Woman President

We’ve all witnessed scenarios where, on the playground little girls are being taunted by little boys while both girls and boys stand idle, afraid to speak up or even cheering. Or, in the workplace males tease young and older female co-workers; make obscene gestures, inappropriate comments, laughing and expecting (often correctly) that everyone will join in. Then there was that movie where Jodie Foster portrayed the true story of woman who was ganged raped in a bar while others looked on and encouraged the realization. Still others pretended the rape didn’t happen. In short, gang raping of women is commonplace in our culture both physically and metaphorically.

This past week, we witnessed just such a phenomenon involving men who are afraid of a powerful woman. Hillary Clinton, in her quest for her Presidential nomination, has in fact endured infantile taunting and wildly inappropriate commentary. Indeed we have witnessed almost comical attacks by John Edwards who in turn sided with Barak Obama as both snickered at Clinton’s “breakdown,” which consisted of a very short dewy-eyed moment. Now John Kerry, who should certainly know better after his own “swiftboating,” has joined the playground gang.

But here’s the news. Every woman knows how it feels! There are those who will dismiss, defend or even shame those around them into believing that we progressives are making a mountain out of a mole hill. But that’s the game plan of the patriarchal system that has persisted for millennia. Because they can’t frighten Hillary they’ve decided to control her with the time-old trick of patriarchal ridicule. Women, you know what I mean!

Pundits want to know what happened in New Hampshire. Why didn’t the polls see it coming? How could they have gotten it so wrong? Well, aside from the thousands of women and progressive men who made calls from their homes, dropped literature, and held house parties for undecided voters, the truth of the matter is…women get it! That’s why, when women in New Hampshire could vote in private, they came out in droves for Hillary. They’d seen more Hillary bashing than had Iowa’s women, and the polls stopped too early to measure their collective reaction. What happened is that women stood up and said “We’re fed up and we’re not going to take it anymore! We won’t sit idly by and watch, while you gang bang one of us.” One woman told me she didn’t even want to vote for Hillary because she feared that her campaign would be the most dreadful blood bath in the history of politics. I asked her “if Hillary is willing to stick her neck out for us, should we not be brave enough to stand strong behind her?” She agreed and said of course she would vote for Hillary.

We have waited a long time to see our first truly viable women presidential candidate. And what we see now during the debates is what women and girls have experienced from time immemorial. But it seems John’s recent alliance with Barak sent a clear message to women everywhere. The message is that if a woman gets too powerful, she can count on the good ole boys ganging up on her. Hillary is a powerful, strong and intelligent woman and she deserves our support. Let us remember what we as women’s rights supporters, are charged to do: SUPPORT WOMEN!

And I, your writer,certainly speak from the belly of the beast. I was in Iowa for ten days with other feminist leaders, donating our personal time and money to help with Hillary’s campaign. And in spite of our shortfall in Iowa, we did make a difference. Our efforts gave Hillary second place in the precinct we walked. Let me tell you why.

Our job on caucus night was to transport eight women from a nursing home to their caucus site. These were eighty-to-ninety-year-old women who came out in the cold weather and climbed into our vans to stand for Hillary. As we talked with glee about the possibility of our first women president, we were overjoyed to hear stories of their dedication to making it happen. One woman said “I never thought I would live long enough to see a woman president.” Another woman said “It’s about time; we need to have a woman as our President.” These were women who were born around the time that women won the right to vote. They’d heard first-hand stories of that struggle from their mothers and grandmothers. They fought long and hard to see a day when they could have their own credit cards, own their own homes and be in control of their own bodies. They remember all too well when it was legal for a man to beat and/or rape his wife because she was HIS property. They remember when “rape” was ignored by people in the community and law enforcement officials. “She must have done something to deserve it” was common language in those days. Today we still see variations on this same behavior, more subtle perhaps, through success of our efforts, but nonetheless still abusive.

Now those senior citizens we transported stood tall for Hillary, and want us all to know that to have a woman president is to send a clear message to little girls everywhere: “Yes, you can do great things and even become President of the United States.” Those senior citizens really get it!

So let’s not let young women and little girls down, whether it’s on the playground, in the workplace, or in the political arena. Young women need role models. They need to know they can be powerful and control their own lives. By putting Hillary in the Oval Office we send that message loud and clear for all to hear. Little girls everywhere need to know that to be important they don’t have to emulate Brittany Spears or other similarly-exploited women. We can do it!

Think about the legacy we’ll leave behind when we support Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. Let’s put a stop to the psychological “gang banging” of women and girls. Let’s stand up and be counted by way of the hard-won votes we can now cast!

But what about Teddy “Swimmer” Kennedy coming out in support of B. Hussein Obama?

Oh, that’s “the ultimate betrayal”!

That Alanis Morissette song has screwed me up on what is an is not ironic, but I’m pretty damn sure that it’s ironic that self-identified feminists are so concerned about being validated by a lecherous, lady killing, pig like Ted Kennedy!

NY Feminists Accuse Kennedy of Betrayal

The New York chapter of The National Organization for Women accused Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of betraying women with his endorsement of Barack Obama, prompting the organization’s national office to come to the Massachusetts senator’s defense.

“Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal,” NOW’s New York State chapter said in a scorching rebuke. “Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard.”

On Monday, Kennedy, D-Mass., his son Patrick and his niece Caroline Kennedy announced their support for Obama. Edward Kennedy said the country needs a leader who can bring people together and create change.

But the move angered the state chapter of NOW, which called Kennedy’s decision the “greatest betrayal.”

“We are repaid with his abandonment!” the statement said. “He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton.”

The group said it was our obligation to “elect, unabashedly, a president that is the first woman after centuries of men who ‘know what’s best for us.’”

Shortly after the local chapter reacted to Kennedy’s endorsement, the national office of NOW in Washington, D.C., which has endorsed Clinton, released its own statement.

“The National Organization for Women has enormous respect and admiration for Senator Edward Kennedy,” NOW President Kim Gandy wrote. “For decades Senator Kennedy has been a friend of NOW, and a leader and fighter for women’s civil and reproductive rights, and his record shows that.”

Gandy said her group respects Kennedy’s decision to back Obama.

“We continue to encourage women everywhere to express their opinions and exercise their right to vote,” she said.

In a blitz of television appearances on Tuesday, Kennedy said he’d also support the New York senator if she was the eventual Democratic presidential nominee.


when pets should attack their owners

Filed under: dogz, funny stuff — admin @ 1:50 pm

When Pet Owners Go Too Far, part 2


Poor puppies!

January 29, 2008

lead smelting

Filed under: tools, guns — admin @ 11:30 am

Smelting how-to

I have mentioned that if you have a supply of lead you should give it to me, right? Or if you live near a place that deals in tires you should check and see if they are just throwing out the lead wheel weights, and if so see if you can collect them monthly? Also radiator repair shops and stained glass shops have scrap lead. Both of them have high tin percentages, which is even better.

It’s helping to save the environment, by recycling, and it’s for making bullets for me. Win-win. :)

January 28, 2008

good thing to do the day your retire

Filed under: polizei, funny stuff — admin @ 4:21 pm

New Jersey Cop Tickets Fellow Officers on Last Day on Job

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. — Instead of collecting parting handshakes and a gold watch, a New Jersey police officer spent his last day on the force writing out tickets for 14 patrol cars with expired inspection stickers, the Asbury Park Press reported Monday

Cpl. Frank Holden says he was just doing his job. However, that might only be half the story.

The 26-year veteran told the Asbury Park Press he retired at the end of the year because Police Chief Robert Oches is hurting morale, and that he spoke to Oches about the vehicles that needed to be inspected several months ago.

Middletown is investigating the validity of the tickets Holden wrote, Bernard Reilly, the township’s attorney, told the Asbury Park Press. It is considering challenging them in court.

Holden wrote some of the tickets for police vehicles that were out of service, Reilly said, adding that Holden was “embittered.”

Driving a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker may result in fines between $100 and $200.



Filed under: tools — admin @ 10:49 am

Note to self:


jazz music in a church?!

Filed under: religion — admin @ 10:03 am

Went to a neat program up at AHUMC last night. Eugene something. He’s a ordained minister who also plays jazz, and he talked and played the piano and it was veryvery enjoyable. Even my dad liked it! Good food, good fellowship (we sat with the Smiths and Raul) , and good music. Very nice.

And some of the things he said really hit me. Like how Methodist will never say “I found Jesus!” because we believe that Jesus is not lost. He’s not out there hiding in the wilderness and we have to go find him. Nope. We’re the ones in the wilderness and Jesus has found us. Wither we know it or not.

Look at the words to “Amazing Grace.” It’s not “Jesus was lost and now I’ve found him.” It’s “I was lost and now am found.” Which is veryvery different. And I’d never really thought about that.

He also talked about the differences between European style music and African, and how us white folks will play a song that’s a prayer and sing it like it’s a march or a war song. Hup two three four Hup two three four. And that to really sing it and play it like it’s a prayer you have to slow it down. But if you just slow it down then it’s a dirge, like a funeral song, and that’s not prayer. Prayer is the torque between hope and hopelessness. So you need hopelessness, but you also need hope. So the left hand (n the piano) plays the slowed down tune, and the right, well, the right gets to play. And then you have jazz.

Really a very cool sermon/lecture/program/whatever you want to call it. I really hope that we have him come back next year, and those of you in the area can come and hear it.

i am clumsy

Filed under: gandalf23 — admin @ 9:55 am

Ugh. Saturday night I had a bit of an altercation. With a curb. Tripped while walking from the parking lot to the restaurant. Which is normal, but my hands were in my pockets and I couldn’t get them out. So I’m trying to run out of the trip, while flapping my arms trying to get my hands free (I couldn’t quite figure out why they were not working) and I’m headed straight for a “No Parking” sign. Like right for it, so I veer off, and that reduced my velocity and down I went. Head to the pavement, shoulders on down on the sidewalk. Glasses flew off and broke. Yay! Keys ripped up my jeans, so now there are little key sized holes all in them. The rest of the evening I had to wear my sunglasses to see. Was able to repair the glasses once I got home, but they are still rather wompyjawed.


January 27, 2008

cnc stuff

Filed under: tools, guns — admin @ 11:04 am

TriAngles 3d Scanner seems like a neat thing to have to reverse engineer parts. Not sure how well it’d work, or how large a part it could scan. Their website pretty much sucks. But a neat idea.

This guy used his small cnc mill to build an miniature AR15 lower receiver. Kinda neat. Would make a neat paperweight, I think.

Looks like CNC Gunsmithing is still up, he just changed the URL to from I’d heard the site was down due to legal problems with the atf(u)

AR-15 scratch build blog

Machining the AR15 Lower Receiver .pdf book from Ray-Vin

January 25, 2008

more old west leather

Filed under: guns — admin @ 3:05 pm

This Fair Weather Christian belt looks pretty good.


Filed under: gandalf23@work — admin @ 1:48 pm

May have a small side job setting up PCs for Dexter. Not the serial killer on Showtime, but the guy from Hastings. Up to 10 PCs, for $750. Probably should’ve tried for more money, would’ve been awesome if I could’ve gotten $1700, but I figured if I was too high he’d just go elsewhere. I suggested that he buy PCs or laptops from Dell, so they should be easy-ish to setup.

Since I sold the CETME parts kits for $200, if I do get this job (should know if he gets the contract soonish) that’ll put a big ass dent in the $1700 bill from the mechanic. Which will be nice.

cnc mill!

Filed under: tools — admin @ 1:44 pm

Looks like Dad may be getting a CNC Mill. A refurbished Bridgeport. Veryvery cool! It weighs twice what the manual Bridgeport we have now weighs, but is roughly the same size otherwise. So it’s big. And heavy. And, and this is one of the coolest parts, we may be able to trade for it! We have a very large belt sander that the guy wants, and an EDM machine that he also wants, and a couple of other things.

So now I really do need to learn Catia and also learn how to use Mach 3, which takes the G-Code that Catia, or some other CAD program creates, and translates it into something that the CNC Mill can do.

Also, I need to find G-Code for such things as AR-15 receivers, and 1911 frames, and hmmm…all kinds of goodies.

why the gun safety rules are important!

Filed under: guns — admin @ 12:14 pm

Negligent Discharge

I had a negligent discharge of my pistol. It’s a Rock Island full size 1911. .45 ACP loaded with Federal Hydro Shok ammunition. This round utilizes a 230 grain jacketed hollow point bullet. This is a very good self defense round, because the bullets expand as they pass through material like animals and people.

I’m tempted to call it an “accidental discharge”, but to me that inplies that the gun fired without the trigger being intentionally pulled. That doesn’t apply in this case. I intentionally pulled the trigger, I just neglected to unload the gun first.

The bullet entered my right inner thigh above the knee and exited the calf a couple of inches away lower and more to the rear of my thigh on my thigh.

Then it entered my inner right calf about 5 inches below my knee. It exited again from the outer side of my calf just to the right of the front of my leg.

This picture shows my thigh with the entrance and exit wounds.

The pictures are fairly gruesome, and the dude is lucky he’s alive. Had he hit any of three arteries he’d probably be dead.

Which is why it is soooo damn important to follow all four of the gun safety rules!

When the gun went bang, it surprised the heck out of me, of course. It took about a half a second to realize what happened. The sound didn’t seem as loud as I remember when I shot without hearing protection at the range. I chalk that up to the fact that the gun was down away from my face.

Then I realized that I was bleeding. I honestly don’t remember if it was pain or the wetness of the blood. This all took maybe two seconds. I stood up and saw the blood all over my jeans and hollered upstairs for my wife to call an ambulance. I pulled my jeans off to see what was going on - I had a pair of longjohns on under them.There was a bag of rags and old towels laying there and I grabbed a handtowel which barely reached around my leg, so I grabbed the ends and twisted them. Then I walked/crawled up the stairs and laid down up there on my back and propped my leg up on a bucket. I noticed the pain by then and was afraid I was going to pass out - I had a cold sweat on my forehead and felt kinda woozy.By the time the medics got there, the bleeding had pretty much stopped. My leg hurt SOOOOOOO bad. They wouldn’t give me any pain meds - I had to wait on the ER doc. 4 doses of morphine before it calmed down. I’m going to my family doc today and plan on getting my hands on my XRays.

All the ER did was wash the blood off of my leg, took an X Ray, listened to the pulse and checked what was still numb. Gave me a tetanus shot, a sript for antibiotics and Lortabs. Wrapped it up with pressure bandages and sent me home.”

four shots in 4.7 seconds

Filed under: movies, guns — admin @ 12:05 pm

CAS guy loads and shoots four shells in 4.7 seconds


Filed under: politics, qotd — admin @ 10:05 am

The biggest problem with the GOP is that they’re giving us John McCain, when who we wanted is John McClane.“-Aesop Mysleeve

January 24, 2008

new (to me) shotgun!

Filed under: guns — admin @ 12:27 pm

Picked up my 1897 Winchester clone shotgun yesterday. It’s very nice. I like it. The action is pretty slick. Empty shells (snap caps anyway) drop at my feet. Seems like a good gun. Can’t wait to try it out.

Also, the FFL I used was quick and professional, and only charged $10! And he’s located not to far from Glenda & Dean.

Chuck Bergamo
CK Firearms & Shooting Supplies
2101 Oak Manor Drive
Bedford, TX 76021-6052
(817) 907-7660
(817) 267-7423 Fax

January 23, 2008

why my 1875 remington keeps getting a burr…

Filed under: guns — admin @ 1:43 pm

I filed off the bur, but then it came back. Couldn’t figure it out, figured I must’ve just not quite filed it down enough. Well, now I just read this over on the SASS Wire:

As you have found out your guns don’t like being dry fired. It sounds like the firing pins are a little long and are peening out the recoil shield. Using fired shells is no solution since after they have been hit a couple of times the primer cup is all bashed-in and offers no more cushion. You can only dress down the burrs so much. After a while the firing pin holes will get to big and then the primers will flow into the hole and lock up the gun when you shoot it. Make sure your firing pins are properly fitted and use real snap caps.

Mayhap I need to have my firing pin length checked.

Then I got this response, when I asked about firing pin length (amongst many calls to “just bite the bullet and buy snap caps”):

It’s not the tip sticking out of the front of the frame. That is fairly easy to measure and should be between .045 and .055″. The problem is the part of the firing pin behind the recoil shield. Lots of times the shoulder is just a tad long and is hitting the back of the firing pin hole. It’s kinda hard to measure that. If you Remmie has the floating style firing pin (the kind that wiggles in the hammer when its cocked) take out the cylinder and lower the hammer. Try to wiggle the tip of the firing pin with your finger with the hammer fully down. If it still has a little wiggle, then its probably not hitting the frame (at least not real hard). If the firing pin won’t move at all, then it might need a little polishing of the curved surface behind the tip of the pin where it fits into the frame on the back side of the firng pin hole.


Filed under: military, games — admin @ 12:49 pm

MLOS Cannon Challenge

Neat little flash game featuring the Army’s new Non-Line Of Sight Cannon.

My score was 174,000 and change. Got through all 15 levels. The helicopters were fun, and the ICBM silos were tricky, as when they are closed they are un-destroyable.

I hear (ha!) that it is cooler with sound, as you hear the booms and thunder of the rounds.

January 22, 2008

truck update

Filed under: gandalf23, transportation — admin @ 9:25 am

Seems that the truck developed a new problem yesterday, or at least in the past few days. The hose that it going down into the engine block from the radiator is loose/comes loose and dumps water all over the distributor cap. A wet distributor is bad, as they tend to not work when wet. Also, the spark plug had not been changed in a brazillion miles, and were not getting spark. At All. I would swear that when I had the oil changed this summer that I had them, and paid them, to flush the radiator and change the spark plugs. But they clearly did not do either. I’ll be checking my receipts shortly to see if I did pay for that service.

The radiator probably needs to be replaced. And all the hoses do, as well, cause of the rusty gunk that’s in them.

So the truck is in the shop again today, well it never left last night. I hope they can get it fixed today. We’ll see.

UPDATE: 25jan2008
Ugh. $1700+ to repair, most of that is labor. Might be ready tonight, or might be finished on Monday.

January 21, 2008

neat little german .22

Filed under: guns — admin @ 1:15 pm

HK MP5 looking .22LR! for only $500!

How cool!


Filed under: gandalf23, gandalf23@work — admin @ 10:48 am

So the wireless router is on the fritz at the casa. Which mean not internet for me. Blech. But it might not _be_ the router, might be something else, and it’s proving to be a royal pain in the ass to troubleshoot, let alone fix. Even bought a replacement router, but apparently Netgear has decided that if you buy a wireless router you must want to use it to make the connection to the internet, you can’t just want to use it so that wireless devices can get on your already up and running and fully functional local (wired) network. Oh no. Gah! So the new router is worthless, and will be headed back to the store tonight.


Because once again my truck is kaput!

Started Friday doing the same thing it was doing in November. Not starting, after having started and being driven about half a mile, and acting like it’s out of gas, then after waiting 10 to 15 minutes it starts up and runs fine for the rest of the day. Did this Friday night after work, Saturday morning, and Sunday morning. Monday morning it worked fine until I got within spitting distance of the mechanic, then it dies.

This time with added steam, like it was too hot. But that may have been from me cleaning out the engine this morning because I was a bit embarrassed that I’d not had the radiator flushed and there was still all that red rusty water residue all over the engine, so I thought I’d clean it off before taking it in to the shop. Well, all that water may have turned into steam, or there may be a new thing wrong that is causing it to steam, or who knows what, but by getting everything wet I kinda screwed up troubleshooting, because how can you tell if something is just wet from that or wet from a leak or other problem?

Oh, and when I get to work the boss is pissed because I gave a customer, on his orders, a new version of the software and gee it has problems. And I’m to double check with him from now on before giving anyone a copy of the software. Wheee! Damned if I do, damned if I don’t.

Oh, and the shotgun that I ordered back in December, but didn’t ship till the 8th of this month? Looks like the Post Office either lost it or someone there stole it. Yay!

Oh, and last night I got a ticket. My passenger side headlight is out. But the ticket is for not having insurance. I have it, mine just expired a few days ago and I keep forgetting to take the new “proof of insurance” into the truck. I have like the last five years worth hanging on my visor, which I showed the officer and he could clearly see that I have had insurance, but he was all by the book. Oh, and I forgot to give him my CHL, but when I remembered I tried to get his attention (without getting shot!) but was unable to, so then he was all pissed when he came back with my license and the ticket. “you need to get into the habit of showing it to the officer right away!” “Umm…I’m in the habit of not getting stopped by officers, Officer.” He did not find that amusing. 35 minutes I had to wait while he ran my license. !!! And now a trip downtown to the courthouse. Blech.

What an awesome start to the week.

Although, in the good news side of things, I am losing a little bit of weight, because now all my underwear falls off and slides down during the day, and my pants are doing the same. Oh, and the little bit of fat that was on top of the hip bone is gone and now my belt digs into the hip bone when I sit down and it hurts like crazy as the day goes on. I guess that the “bad” side of losing weight.

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