Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Trump Announces Transgender Ban In U.S. Military On Twitter.

And like clockwork there is an instant shit storm.

Ya gotta love it.

Even Mad Dog Mattis didn't even know about it because he is on vacation, McCain stopped barking at cars long enough to say that it needs to be "studied" first.
Typical fucking politician move there.

Of course the Alphabet Activists vowed to fight it in the courts immediately.
I can't keep track of all the letters these people have added to the acronym they use for identifying sexual deviants anymore but it is approaching ten I think.

Another aspect of this is that it is a direct poke in the eye to Obama who implemented this crap to begin with.
Thankfully he is out gallavanting around the globe somewhere and wasn't available for comment, yet.

Anyways, back to the story.......

President Trump messaged Wednesday that he has decided to bar transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the U.S. armed forces, a policy that could affect thousands of Americans now in uniform and others hoping to serve.

In a decision he disclosed on Twitter, Trump said the military would not “allow or accept” transgender service members, reversing a policy begun by the Obama administration last year.

It wasn't immediately clear what would happen to transgender service members now serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Estimates vary from about 6,000 to 16,000 members of the armed services are transgender.

A Pentagon spokesman described the decision as "new guidance" rather than an order from the commander-in-chief, and said the Pentagon would issue its own "revised guidance" to the military in the near future.

LGBT groups vowed to challenge Trump in court, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, all but urged the Pentagon to ignore the tweet until a detailed study is completed.

In a series of tweets, the president said he had consulted with "my Generals and military experts” in deciding to reverse the current policy.

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail," he wrote.

A study commissioned by the Pentagon last year found the expected medical costs to be negligible.
It wasn't immediately clear when Trump's decision might be implemented by the Pentagon.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is out of Washington on vacation this week and the Pentagon appeared caught off guard by the president's tweet. Military officials referred all questions to the White House.

"We will continue to work closely with the White House to address the new guidance provided by the Commander-in-Chief on transgender individuals serving the military," Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement. "We will provide revised guidance to the Department in the near future."

Some members of Congress, including several Republicans, questioned Trump's decision or called for him to reconsider.

Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, all but urged the Pentagon to disregard Trump's message, which he said was unclear.

"Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving," McCain said in a statement. "There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military - regardless of their gender identity."

He said the Defense department is conducting a study on the medical obligations, impact on military readiness and other questions regarding transgender individuals who want to join the military.

"I do not believe that ay new policy decision is appropriate until that study is complete and thoroughly reviewed by the Secretary of Defense, our military leadership and the Congress," McCain added.

The LGBT community vowed to go to federal court to challenge Trump's decision on transgender people in uniform. .

"We are going to fight for them as hard as they are fighting for the country," the OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a Washington-based group that seeks LGBT equality in the military, said in a statement.

The legal group estimates about 16,000 transgender individuals currently serve in the military.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cheap Rust Removal That Really Works

I have been wrenching on things since I was a small child, over 50 years worth now and I had never heard of using vinegar to remove rust until I ran across a blog post from some guy about five years ago. I wish I had heard about this forty five years ago.
Of course I had to try it immediately and I was flabbergasted at how well it works and just how cheaply.
My biggest problem is finding containers long enough and big enough for some of the parts I would like to clean I'm going to have to invest in a 55 gallon plastic barrel with a resealable lid.

Here is a time lapse video that shows how effective it is, it will take rust out of pitted parts but will not restore the original finish on most things because the vinegar is acidic. It's also something you want to do in a well ventilated area because of the strong smell.
It is amazing to watch the rust literally fall off though.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tech Company Employees Agree To Have Micro Chips Implanted In Their Hands!

In the past I would have said that I couldn't believe that someone would be so fucking stupid but here in the last few years I can honestly say that my fellow mans capacity for stupidity has exceeded my ability to comprehend.

I wouldn't voluntarily agree to do that shit under any circumstances.

Tech company workers agree to have microchips implanted into their hands

Some workers at a company in Wisconsin will soon be getting microchips in order to enter the office, log into computers and even buy a snack or two with just a swipe of the hand.
Todd Westby, the CEO of tech company Three Square Market, told ABC News today that of the 80 employees at the company's River Falls headquarters, more than 50 had agreed to get implants. Westby said, however, that participation was not required.
The microchip uses RFID -- radio frequency identification -- technology and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2004. It is the size of a grain of rice and will be placed between the thumb and forefinger.

Westby said that when his team was initially approached with the idea, there was some reluctance mixed with excitement.
But, after more details were released and conversations were had, the majority of managers were on board and opted to partner with BioHax International to get the microchips.
Westby said the chip is not a GPS, does not allow for tracking workers and does not require passwords.
"There's really nothing to hack in it because it is encrypted just like credit cards are. ... The chances of hacking into it are almost nonexistent because it's not connected to the internet," he said. "The only way for somebody to get connectivity to it is to basically chop off your hand."
Three Square Market is footing the bill for the microchips, which cost $300 each, and licensed piercers will be handling the implantations on Aug. 1. Westby also said that if workers change their minds, the microchip can be removed as if taking out a splinter.
He said his wife, young adult children and others would also be getting the microchip next week.
Critics today warned that there could be dangers in how the company planned to store, use and protect workers' information.
Adam Levin, chairman and founder of CyberScout, which provides identity protection and data risk services, said he would not put a microchip in his body.
"Many things start off with the best of intentions but sometimes intentions turn," Levin said. "We've survived thousands of years as a species without being microchipped, is there any particular need to do it now? ... Everyone has a decision to make; that is, how much privacy and security are they willing to trade for convenience?"
Jowan Osterlund of BioHax, which is partnering with Three Square Market, said implanting people was the next step for electronics.
"I'm certain that this will be the natural way to add another dimension to our everyday life," Osterlund told The Associated Press.

I am dead serious, that would be the last straw for me.

Post Turtle Talks Tough On Obamacare Amendment Vote

And all the Republicans laughed and went right back to their favorite activities.

Don't forget to vote them right back in next year.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Let me tell you from personal experience, the bicycle riding lobby in Oregon has been the darling of state government for decades.
I can remember them repaving a highway, then narrowing down both fucking lanes and getting rid of the center turn lane, so they could stripe in a bike only lane in Bumfuck Coos Bay, clear back in the late 70's.
The snotty motherfuckers over in Portland are especially obnoxious so this little blurb caused me to laugh out loud at their outraged indignation.

First statewide bicycle tax in nation leaves bike-crazy Oregon riders deflated

In Oregon, a state known for its avid bicycling culture, the state Legislature’s approval of the first statewide bike tax in the nation has fallen flat with riders.
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the sweeping $5.3 billion transportation package, which includes a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200 with a wheel diameter of at least 26 inches.
Even though the funding has been earmarked for improvements that will benefit cyclists, the tax has managed to irk both anti-tax Republicans and environmentally conscious bikers.

BikePortland publisher Jonathan Maus called it “an unprecedented step in the wrong direction.”
“We are taxing the healthiest, most inexpensive, most environmentally friendly, most efficient and most economically sustainable form of transportation ever devised by the human species,” Mr. Maus said.
Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier blasted what he described as Ms. Brown’s “endless obsession with finding new and innovative ways to take money out of the pockets of Oregon taxpayers.”

A note to my readers, the Ms. Brown in question is a Democrat of course but the only reason she got put in charge in the first place is because they drove the former governor out of office with an ethics witch hunt over something his wife did.

I believe she has been properly, cough cough, voted into office since then but you get the picture.

Now for the bestest part....

Two-wheelers are a big deal in Oregon: Portland was ranked the third-most bike-friendly city in 2016 by Bicycling magazine, citing the 7.2 percent of residents who commute by bicycle.
Bikers cheered last year when Portland passed a four-year, 10-cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline aimed at improving roads, but the measure also fueled complaints that bicycle riders have failed to pay their share for such projects.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Democrat, defended the state bike tax, calling it a “modest fee” that raises the profile of the bicycling community in the transportation debate.
“One of the arguments we hear repeatedly is that cyclists don’t have any skin in the game … so there’s been blowback,” Mr. Blumenauer told BikePortland.

My bold.

Have some "blowback", you sanctimonious parasites.

They think they own the roads over in Portland and if you think I am exaggerating then I suggest you take a nice long car tour of the city some nice sunny day.

Every once in a while though, one of 'em finds out the hard way that cars and big trucks turn bicycles and their riders into twisted and mangled piles of red stained garbage to be scraped off the pavement and recycled appropriately.

H/t to The Daley Gator for the link.

The 12 Gauge From Hell

I have been to Granny's house before, you wouldn't ever see me pulling the trigger on this mean fucker.

About 35 years ago now, a completely crazy guy I knew somehow managed to get his hands on some large caliber rifle from somewhere and was blasting away at this junked out Plymouth Fury in his yard. I'm talking I could stick my finger past the knuckle inside the barrel, large caliber.

He was one of those guys who was always wheelin' and dealin' and it was best not to ask too many questions about where he got what or how, if you catch my drift.

He kept telling me that it was an Elephant gun and I figured he was just talking shit because he was famous for that too among other things.

It's been so long now I can't remember exactly what kind of rifle it was but I want to say it was a Weatherby. It was heavy as fuck, I do remember that and what happened right after I pulled the trigger of course.

He told me I just had to try it and not wanting to look like a pussy, of course I had to say OK, even if it was reluctantly.

I wasn't smart enough to shoot it laying prone, I had to try it standing up like he had been doing.
The guy was built like a fire plug but it was even rocking his world to shoot it I could see.

I was six foot tall and weighed a whopping 135 pounds at the time so I had to wrap the sling around my arm just to hold the front of it up.

It was so heavy that the barrel kept wobbling from side to side so I used the shiny drivers side door lock cylinder as a target and got the thing going in a figure eight pattern for a bit and then timed it just right and pulled the trigger.

A couple of things happened really fast at that point.

There was a giant roar as the thing went off, it knocked me completely off my feet and threw me backwards five feet, I watched both my feet come up and go over my head and I landed flat on my back in the gravel still holding on to that rifle for dear life. Knocked the wind out of me when I hit the ground too.

Oh did that bastard get a laugh out of it.

I finally got some air going and got up off the ground so I could shove that fucking thing back in his hands and walk over to that poor old Plymouth to see if I had even hit the damn thing. He was saying something but the blast had deafened me and all I could hear was a very loud ringing noise and I was having trouble seeing straight.

Imagine my total surprise to discover that the entire bottom half of that lock cylinder was completely missing with a perfect half circle gone out of it.
The top half was right where it was supposed to be.
I looked inside to see where the bullet had went and saw a bunch of daylight on the other side behind the front door.

The car was sitting at a bit of an angle from me when I lit that monster off and the bullet had gone through the lock cylinder, the drivers seat back and out just behind the passenger side door.
There was a hole on the passenger side damn near five inches wide with the sheet metal sticking out all around it.

When I saw that I started to believe that for once maybe the dude wasn't talking shit after all.

If it could do that kind of damage to a 1972 Plymouth Fury then it could more than likely knock down a fucking Elephant too.

It had certainly knocked me on my little ass.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

McCain Has Cancerous Brain Tumor

No symptoms until they did surgery for a blood clot recently according to his doctors.

The best healthcare money can buy, right?

Those weasel bastards in Congress held up the vote on repealing Obamacare waiting on this guy because of the blood clot surgery they did above his eye.

The irony of this has not escaped me.

So now he is pretty much fucked.

At 81, the guy was marginal to begin with.

If the dude had 1/10th of an ounce of honor he would step down tomorrow so they could name someone to step in and take care of business while he undergoes treatment.

I ain't holding my breath for that one.

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