F-ing cops

Neither side in this traffic stop is perfect, but I definitely side with the Army Lieutenant. The cops just go psycho nuts like usual. Non-stop yelling and pointing of guns. The fat doughnut eater in the thumbnail was ready to murder over a traffic stop. Just crazy. The Lieutenant was lucky he didn’t end up dead. And that is a sad thing to have to say.

Like Russians in a breadline

If you called around in the Great Ammo Shortage of 2020/2021, you’d get the same answer from the guy at the firearm counter, “Oh we don’t know when its going to come in.” Bullshit. Ammunition is the most in demand item you’ve ever seen, you damn well know when your livelihood is coming in. At Theisen’s its Thursday, at Sportsman’s Warehouse its Monday morning, at JAX its Friday/Saturday, Fleet Farm I don’t know, but the interesting one is Bass Pro on Saturday morning.

A friend told me about Bass Pro, the clerks never would have. And they did have ammo. Not much, and the ding-a-lings were letting people buy 5 boxes a caliber. That’s nuts during a shortage. 2 max should be the limit. The one primer size I saw? Small rifle magnum. WTF? If I ever score some primers I’ll never have to buy from these clowns again. But there we were, a bunch of rednecks standing in line at a Bass Pro on a Saturday morning salivating over a few pathetic boxes of ammo. Its embarrassing. What is this, Russia??

I finally got the truth from Walmart. None of those people seem to know what’s going on. The Boone Walmart 2 months ago told me they were getting .22 LR in so I’ve been checking the 3 stores (2 in Ames, 1 in Boone). A complete waste of time. I recognized the gal in the sporting goods today, “We no longer sell .22.” Well then why in hell have I been wasting my time walking to the back of the store?

I’d asked the South Duff store a couple a weeks ago if they were still carrying it. “Oh yeah, yeah, we just don’t have any right now.” My ass, the security glass had been taken off the shelves, I wasn’t buying her answer then. So after weeks and weeks of walking back to the sporting goods counter, I find out I’ve been wasting my time. Its a real shame about Walmart. A year and a half ago I was buying a box or two every time I went in, I knew they were going to quit selling pistol ammo. Now they’ve quit selling .22 LR also.

Everybody seems to be of the opinion we’ll never see $9 for a box of 9mm ever again. Just 2 years ago you could pick up a thousand rounds for $160. Now if you can even find a thousand rounds you’re going to pay $800 for it. I’ve resigned myself to the fact I’m going to be spending my time pulling the lever on a reloading press. F them. I’ll roll my own. I can’t believe I had the God given sense to buy primers 10 years ago after the last shortage. Actually I think it was in the middle of it but for some reason primers were available.

And remember, why aren’t they importing ammo? No excuse. For some reason the Sellier & Bellot pipeline from the Czech Republic has been turned off. Same for the Aguila from Mexico. Likewise the Armscor from the Philippines. Why? They don’t have a surge in sales, they don’t have a civilian market. Why aren’t they clamoring to get into ours?

Sulfur

When you needed a wicked witch, Margaret Hamilton was your go to gal. I can’t imagine anyone else playing the WWW. There’s a scene early on where she pops in to say, “Okay, who the hell killed my sister?” Then when she leaves there’s this big old poof of green smoke! Glinda the Good Witch says, “Whew! The smell of burning sulfur!” In The Graduate the young (okay he was 30) Ben Braddock is told the future is, “Plastics!” Kind of, but in order to make plastics, you have to burn sulfur.

In my early morning diatribe to Grassley, Ernst and Feenstra (my reps), reprinted below, I point out to them the most obvious failings of our country at the current moment. A lot of it comes down to the fact America doesn’t make anything anymore. We assemble some products here, but we don’t “make” them. Like the My Pillow guy, he assembles his pillows in Minnesota. He doesn’t make the foam they’re filled with, or the fabric he covers them with. He gets that from China. His people just sew the parts together.

This subject has bothered the hell out of me ever since Nike left for the Far East in about ’82. You think, “Oh they just left to skirt labor costs.” Partially, but swear to God I just heard after 40 years the main reason. Government bureaucrats at the EPA in the late 70’s made the decree there would be no more sulfur emissions in the United States. That’s why manufacturing left. To satisfy the fucking greenies. Generally when you see something drastically out of kilter in this country, if you look deep enough, government actions will be at the bottom of it.

Post to Grassley, Ernst & Feenstra:

Our country has no border. How do you have a country without a border? What’s left of auto production in this country is slowed because we have no chips in the ‘computer age’. The national debt is $28T and will be over $30T as soon as latest stimulus is added to it. Savers haven’t been paid interest for 30 years because the government would be even more bankrupt if it had to pay interest on the national debt. China outpaces us militarily, not that we could go to war with them anyway, they make all our stuff. And now the Second Amendment has been stripped from Americans because we have no ammo. Do you think you’re doing a good job? I think we should replace Congress with A.I., frankly. I know you think your only job is to get reelected.

[Everyone of those issues is a result of no manufacturing base. Manufacturing was chased out of the U.S. which had great pollution controls, to China which has none.]

Maybe people will forget

Its the people of Arkansas that I feel sorry for, after Gov Hutchinson vetoed that bill to protect children. The shame they must feel driving around with Arkansas plates. They are good people down there, I was stationed there in the service, they don’t deserve to have a governor shaming them like that. I just pray to God his daddy wasn’t still alive to see such a craven act, it would a killed him. Tarnishing the Hutchinson name.

Its easy when there’s no consequences

SNL taking another potshot at Jesus last night, on Easter weekend no less. Oh how daring, how cutting edge (yawn). Christians aren’t going to cut your head off, are they? Nope. I’d like to see them make fun of Muslims during the middle of Ramadan. Let me know how that works out. Or make fun of Muslims anytime. You’re just not very cutting edge, are you SNL?

It reminds me years ago of what those clowns at the Ames Tribune did on Easter Sunday. They chose that weekend to have hell’s recruiter Hector Avalos write one of his anti-Jesus diatribes. That’s the last they heard of me of course. Back then they printed your address with LTE’s. Atheist Hector always used his ISU office address (he was a professor of religion, no irony). I always wondered, by using his university title and address, was he speaking for the university?

I even took that question to the “authorities”. Iowa’s AG, the ISU board of governors, the media, local pastors. No one was interested in the least that a state employee, openly and repeatedly and for no reason attacked a religion. Spewed venom at every chance towards the citizens of this state, the people who employed him. I always found that amazing. I tried to imagine him attacking Jews that way. Or Muslims. My imagination was insufficient for the task.

Thanks Iowa GOP!

Breitbart had the article this morning saying that Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds had signed H.F. 756 on Friday giving law abiding citizens of this State the ability to carry a firearm without a permit. Frankly, I never thought I’d see it in my lifetime. It was 10 years ago Iowa became a “shall issue” state. Right to carry had been a farce up until that point. Just 2 years ago it would have become a constitutional provision if Secretary of State Paul Pate had filed the paperwork.

Kudos to outgoing Democrat Governor Chet Culver who 10 years ago signed the original shall issue legislation, but over the long-term this has clearly been a Republican Party of Iowa initiative. I cannot begin to express how important and historic this legislation is. As Breitbart says, Iowa is the 19th State to do this, momentum is building.

Regrettably, I also have a very clear idea what is likely to happen. The Iowa Supreme Court will no doubt overturn the law. Some nutcase will kill a bunch of innocent people, thus promoting the repeal of the law. And possibly some looney tune legislation at the Federal level by the Biden administration would put the kibosh on all this. But by God, for one day at least, the Republican Party of Iowa gave it a shot!

Thank the Republicans of the Iowa Legislature at 1007 East Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319. The Republican Party of Iowa at 621 East 9th Street, Des Moines Iowa 50309. Donate at Republican Party of Iowa.

GARA

It just never seems to quite work out for the little guy. Back in 1994 representatives of the people of Kansas (home of Cessna, Beechcraft and other airplane makers) introduced to Congress the General Aviation Revitalization Act. What it did was close out foreign competitors to private aviation. It didn’t close out access for the big boys, just for the little guy. Whereas in 1955 the private pilot could buy a brand spanking new Cessna for about $8,500 dollars (a little over a year and a half wages for a blue collar guy), it pushed the price of a new Cessna today to over $300,000 dollars. A tad more than a year and a half wages. Try 8 times a years blue collar salary.

So today private pilots scramble to buy the only thing still affordable, the decent 30/40/50/60 year old plane. Not as nice, not as safe. Or they can buy a kit from overseas, but not an assembled plane. So for $90,000 dollars or so they can spend what should be the price of new, and take a year to build it themselves. And the associated risk of a DIY project. 30 years ago seniors took group bus day trips to Canada to buy prescription drugs. The business model for the pharmaceutical industry has always had Americans paying 10 times what they do in Canada or Mexico. Big Pharma had their lackeys in Congress put an end to that.

Those 2 examples were pretty easy to figure out with 30 years of hindsight. I’m old enough to have noticed how votes in Congress go. If something that helps corporations comes up, well by golly it just barely squeaks by with enough votes. If its going to screw the little guy, some Senator who is 6 years out on reelection provides the passing vote. Funny how that works. Now the ammo shortage that has been going on the past 12 months has me stumped.

Now I understand why ammo producers like keeping a shortage going, they can make profits hand over fist by keeping supply low and prices high. But what I don’t understand are the sellers, the big box stores. Ya can’t sell what you don’t have. They haven’t had ammo or primers to sell for a year. If they had some they could sell ungodly amounts. The pent up demand is incredible. So since its not being produced domestically, why aren’t they going to foreign sources?

Their sales figures have to be way down. And there’s no reason for it. They’ve been importing a percentage of foreign ammo for years. Any shooter is familiar with Aguila, Sellier & Bellot and Armscor (Mexico, Czech Republic and Philippines). So they are not barred from importing. But why just those 3 makers? I suppose you could add a fourth one we’ve seen, Tul Ammo from Russia I believe, but why just those 4? You know other countries that make guns, also make ammo, Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Germany, so why aren’t we getting ammo from them? Its not like they have a civilian market they have to satisfy.

Boutique parties

An interesting phenomenon happened this year. After Democrats stole the election for Biden, people on the right knew they were fed up with the ‘can’t do’ Republican Party. I watched this play out on Gab (the 10% of the population with a pulse). A guy by the account name of Liberty Lion started the MAGA Party, tailor made for Donald Trump. Hold that thought, Trump had never heard of it and made noise about the ‘Patriot Party’. So Liberty Lion chucked ‘MAGA’ out the window and became the Patriot Party!

Screeching halt again! Fickle Trump decides he’s not going to go 3rd party at all but stick with those good ol’ Republicans. So MAGA/Patriot Party never gets off the ground at all and just becomes some guy barking at the moon on the internet. Another good guy on Gab (Henryk Fantazos) decides none of these parties are Christ centered enough, so he starts the American Populist Party. Based on Gab founder Andrew Torba’s populist platform.

Evidently the Reform Party, Constitution Party, Libertarian Party, Green Party, Socialist Workers Party and Patriot Party weren’t good enough. So some guy on the internet is going to rock the world with his American Populist Party. That’s 9 parties I can count, and I know I’m missing some. 7 of those are “no counts”. They don’t count for a hill of beans because they are all fighting for the same 10% of disaffected people. The 10% of people who have seen through the farce and ain’t playing that 2 party game no more.

The trouble is, 10% in one party would carry some weight. But splintered up between 7 different parties, they’re no force at all. They’re a farce not a force. Nobody cares about your 1% or 2%. You get 10% and you’re wielding power. 15% and you’re into John Anderson territory (1980). Having watched this for 50 years it always plays out the same. The egos involved can’t begin to entertain the idea of joining together. Their pride simply will not allow it.

When I pointed this out to Henry in a very delicate way, he stated “that party is as active as a coma”. Well, Henry, they believe every thing you do, so why don’t you give them your time, energy and money, and maybe they’ll become something! Oh hell no. He’s going to rant, rave and bark at the moon on the internet and that’s going to solve the world’s problems! Maybe not Henry. The 2 majors are counting on people staying stupid. Let’s do the exact same thing again!

When things go south

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

John Adams

This quote has always stuck with me. If you know the origins of our form of government it makes complete sense. “Enumerated” powers mean we the people list what functions we’ll allow the government to perform. Through the Bill of Rights we further limit what the government can do. Not us, the government. Our Constitution was written to give the people great latitude in the way they chose to conduct their lives.

In fact it was the complete opposite of the nanny state we have now. If you wanted to do stupid things that would ruin your life, they said, “Have at it!” The difference then was no one was going to bail you out when you drove into the ditch.

It was the polar opposite of what we have now. Just this year the government is stripping us of our rights under the guise of dealing with a pandemic. Race riots originating in Minneapolis are further destabilizing society. The economic upheaval as a result COVID-19 expenses are going to create great strife in groups used to handouts. An election year filled with this much chaos and will be exacerbated by the media and the Democrats to cause as much bedlam as possible to insure Trump’s defeat.

Already we have people being prosecuted for protecting their property against the looters. Clearly I think its the government’s attempt to send a clear message: You are not to be self-sufficient! Government does not shrink, it only grows. Independent people do not need Big Government.

What Super Bowl?

Christmas is the Post Office’s ‘Super Bowl’. Carriers know it, they bust balls. Clerks? They have 1 speed: molasses in January. As they added standards to carriers, they took them away from clerks. Can’t make in-city overnight delivery? Remove the standard! Not, lets change things so we do meet overnight, lets just do away with the pesky standard!

Package volume such you can’t fit them all in a truck? Can’t get them all worked? Maybe you should start early? Nope. Maybe work the big ones before shift so subs can run them out ahead of time? So then they’d all fit? Nope. Instead clerks choose to work them (small to large) at a snails pace so the carrier is out past dark. So the customer gets poor service.

When a business puts the customer last, the customer will put them last.

[For over 20 years Des Moines made Tuesday letter volume artificially light. Sometimes 1/3 Monday volume. I just happened to get burnt because I forgot that. They wouldn’t even change their M.O. to accommodate Christmas. Can you believe that?]

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