Gadsden Flag Widget

Confederate Don't Tread On MeOver the past several days, you may have noticed that we’ve been flying the Confederate Gadsden Flag in the left sidebar. That is in direct response to the mindless media and mass market merchandisers having a hysterical frenzy over the insane shooter in Charleston posing with the flag.

It is total insanity to think that a fucking flag caused the murders. The alliterative mindless media and mass market merchandisers (5M) cranked up the hysteria and the historical battle flag was toast.

Well, all of the above is a done deal. We’re not particularly in support of the Confederate position in the Civil War, but there are a couple of things we ponder.

First, Arizona, our adopted state (and The Better Half’s birth state), for historical purposes, fought on the side of the south. Secondly, my Great Grandfather George Washington (*surname redacted*) fought for the South in 1863, was captured, imprisoned and eventually expatriated to the Colorado prairie after the war was over. But enough historical dribble.

This post is to inaugurate the rotating Gadsden widget at the top of the sidebar. Randomly, the flag will select between the original Gadsden Flag and Gadsden modified versions of the Arizona State Banner and the Confederate Battle Flag. I wrote the code for the sidebar this afternoon and evening.

All the flags have historical significance and until such time as the First Amendment is completely gutted (fuck political correctness) the flags will fly here.

Carry Gun Cleaning Friday

The Better Half and I haven’t been to the range for a while, but since we carry our concealed guns every day, they need a little dusting off from time to time. We remove the “fur” as TBH puts it. We’re in a pretty dusty environment here and the carry guns in their holsters can and do accumulate quite a bit of crud.

The image at the above right is a two-panel slideshow which captures TBH’s Lady Smith after the cleaning in one frame and of me putting the barrel back in the slide for my Glock 30 in the other frame. Both images courtesy of The Better Half. You can see the full-sized images for the Lady Smith here and for the reassembly of the Glock 30 here.

After removing the fuzz from the guns, we apply either a little light CLP or oil to the moving parts. About every second cleaning, I will field-strip the semi-auto pistol and clean/lube the inside. We hope that we will never have to use our guns for self defense, but we want them to be ready just in case.

Throwback Thursday - Five Years Ago Today

Jim and Bob

It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, but on this date five years ago, we finally met with DrJim of Every Blade of Grass for an eyeball QSO in San Pedro at the K6AA Field Day site at Fort MacArthur topside. Jim was setting up the satellite station to be able to communicate through the several Amateur Radio Satellites available. We posted about our meeting at the time.

When we think about it, there have been a lot of changes for both of our families in the interim to include marriage, retirement, relocation, health events and a host of things that you would expect of active people. Those changes in our lives have been chronicled in postings on our blogs.

DrJim will again be setting up his satellite station, but this year it will be aboard the Iowa, currently moored in Los Angeles Harbor. It sounds from his postings about the setup and plans that he will be in a position to hand out a lot of Field Day points to other amateur satellite stations from the historic decks of Battleship Iowa.

Nevada Now Accepting Arizona CCW Permits

Permits Recognized (Green and Blue)

The State of Nevada recently updated their Reciprocity List (PDF) to include several new states whose concealed carry permits will now be honored. The ten states added are:

  • Arizona
  • Delaware
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Apparently, the Nevada Sheriffs and Chief’s Association no longer have a say in the selection of states honored. Truth About Guns posted an article on this change of Nevada policy and a commenter, Jared, clarified what was happening with respect to Arizona reciprocity.

This is a big change that changes everything, because the only reason Arizona was removed in the past was because some Nevada instructors were complaining about Arizona permits being easier and cheaper to obtain, so they dropped them. Since the NSCA no longer has discretion, Arizona is back on the list and will remain on the list.

Unfortunately, and for no apparent reason, Utah permits are still not recognized in Nevada. See the links for a complete list of states honored by Nevada, effective as of June 18, 2015.

(Some content in this post ©2015 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.)

Map image is a screenshot from the interactive reciprocity map at USA Carry.

June CT Scan Results

caduceusAfter having a history of waterworks problems, the urologist continues to monitor progress and potential problems by testing with ultrasound or CT scan radiology. I had the CT scan in early June and got the radiologist’s written report today.

Now, I’m not a medical professional with a bunch of letters behind my name, but I am fairly well-read on conditions that may affect my health. When I read the report today, there were three things that concerned me.

First, relating to the waterworks, the report had the following account of my kidneys:

There has been interval removal of the previously seen right double pigtail ureteral stent. The right kidney is significantly smaller than the left, consistent with atrophy. Both kidneys are functioning. There is no evidence of masses or hydronephrosis. No ureteral dilatation or obstruction is identified.

Both kidneys functioning is a plus, but atrophy is a minus. I’ll let the urologist sort that out next month when I go in for another endoscopic bladder examination.

Second, the following statement on the condition of large blood vessels:

There is arteriosclerotic vascular calsification of the abdominal aorta, iliac and femoral arteries without evidence of aneurismal dilatation.

Again, no evidence of aneurism is a plus, but calsification of the arteries is a minus. I will let the family physician make the call on that one.

Lastly, there is this concern about my spine:

There is advanced degenerative disc disease at the L4-5 and L5-S1 levels.There is minimal levoscoliosis of the lower lumbar spine.

I have no idea what to make of that last one. I will defer judgement to the family doc on that one as well.

Of all of these concerns, there are two good things - 1) I have no symptoms related to anything in the reported abnormalities and 2) early detection of unrelated objectives for these tests may prove to be a positive thing going forward.

The Longest Day of the Year

summer-solstice.jpgHappy first day of summer! According to the ephemeris at Archaeoastronomy dot com, the solstice occurs at 0938 Arizona time today. That’s just about the time I’m posting this item.

The Ephemeris Widget screenshot taken from the widget near the bottom of the left sidebar shows that the sun will be above the horizon for nearly fourteen and a half hours today, the longest day of the year. The Earth’s North Pole is now fully inclined towards the Sun and begins its reversal toward the Autumnal Equinox which takes place in about 91 days.

The forecast for Wickenburg is Sunny, with a high near 107. Southwest wind around 11 mph. The Better Half and I Like the warm weather. A good day for a Father’s Day session on the outdoor grill. Beef tenderloin steaks and asparagus accented by bacon are on the menu along with stuffed baked potatoes.

Coincidentally, the third Sunday in June is celebrated as Fathers Day in America, so Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there!

The BS Meter Overfloweth


The image appeared on FecesBook™ and I felt that I had to share it because it takes liberal insanity to the lowest common denominator of total BULLSHIT!

What a world we are trapped in . . .

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