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Tool Saga July 2021

Not to dwell on past Lowes examples of customer service. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when I placed a MyLowes order, received the ready email then went to pick it up. When I arrived they had the items on the counter before they noticed that they had sent it to a store in Idaho. 1750 miles away. They told me that they couldn’t give me my merchandise because they sent it to Idaho. And wouldn’t give me a refund, in spite of me showing them a receipt. They said Idaho would have to do a return charge and that may take days. I then sought out a manager,
same line. They expected me to tie up my money for something I already bought and had to spend the same amount again if I wanted to buy it at the local store. I walked out at that point.

I then went and ordered it on Amazon. Two day delivery and I never had to leave home. Mind you I had returned two 10 dollar items to Amazon within the last two weeks. The first they actually sent me a UPS return label. The second time they figured out shipping cost just as much as the item cost and told me to keep it, they issued a return. Contrast that with Lowes.

Next I needed some paint to paint the kitchen cabinets. I proceeded to the Benjamin Moore dealer and researched it. The owner came out and answered all my questions and gave his expertise. I don’t care if I have to spend another 10 or twenty dollars. Besides, it’s a better paint. I went on the website and it’s what warehouses use to paint floors that forklifts will drive on.

Next I needed a pressure washer to replace a five year old $ 300 Troy Bilt, the damn thing just would not start. I replaced it with a Harbor Freight Bauer electric one. The pressure was almost as good as the old one. 2000 vs 2500 PSI. And it just runs. Listed for $230, got a $30 discount for joining the $30 buyers club. And as I was starting to load it. Two associates just materialized and loaded it for me.You would have had to run all over the place at Lowes just to find anybody. It has an attached soap bottle, the old one didn’t, the motor only turns on when activating the
wand. Silence.

And get this, I needed to replace a six year old 4 volt, $25 electric screwdriver that didn’t have enough umph. HF had a 12 volt detachable lithium ion drill for $20. A real drill.

I’m just waiting until my $220 Stihl weed whacker refuses to start. They have a Bauer that runs on batteries. $54 + 44 for the battery + 22 for the charger. And they take off $20 if you buy all three at once. That’s down to $100. And it just runs
Between Harbor Freight, Amazon, local paint stores and Tractor Supply. I will not step foot in this Lowes ever again!

UPDATE: My Stihl weed wacker worked third pull. Dang It! I haven’t started that in two years. That Stihl is good stuff. I bought it when the salesman took it off the display, took it in the service bay, put gas in it and it started second pull,. I told him I want that one.


I bought myself a Harbor Freight battery powered chainsaw to replace the Craftsman one of ten years. (yeah the old Sears store)

I was in the garage just putting on the bar and chain, filling it with bar oil when my wife walked in. She asks if it will cut a small tree. I thought she meant the branches. I said yeah sure, I gave her a set of goggles and a three minute safety brief and off she went. Before I could clean up the bench and go check on her, she had sawed down a 20 ft Magnolia tree. The first time my chain saw was used, my wife sawed a tree down

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Things of My Past

I Am This Old

These are a few things that I remember from my childhood and teenage years. If you showed a lot of people these things now a lot of them wouldn’t even know what they were. How many do you remember?


Enough is enough. During the Brett Kavanaugh hearings Zina Bash was reported sitting behind Brett flashing a white supremacy sign. Zina Bash is half Jewish, half Mexican, born in Mexico. Yeah you heard that right a Jewish / Mexican woman was flashing a white power sign.

This came to my attention as I was reading this.


I didn’t even know until that was suppose to be a racist thing. I thought it meant O-K. Him too.

WIKI definition.

Well they can’t have it. I’m standing my ground on this one. Lost the rainbow and the word gay. I’m keeping the O-Kay sign by god.

Turns out the whole thing was a hoax by 4chan users. Who says? How about the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)? You know. Jews. They ought to know a thing or two about while supremacy groups. ADL on OK symbol.

When I was in the military we even played the circle / hole game. After all a bunch of grown bored guys are just better paid high school guys.





In case you don’t how to play it, let Malcolm show you.


Wisdom From Training Manuals

murphy combat rules‘If the enemy is in range, so are you.’
– Infantry Journal –

‘It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.’
– US.Air Force Manual –

‘Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword, obviously never encountered automatic weapons.’
– General Douglas MacArthur –

‘Tracers work both ways.’
– Army Ordnance Manual-

‘Five second fuses last about three seconds.’
– Infantry Journal –

‘Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.’
– Naval Ops Manual –

‘Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.’
– Unknown Infantry Recruit-

‘If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up to him.’
– Infantry Journal-

‘Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.’
– Sign over SR71 Wing Ops-

‘You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3.’
– Paul F. Crickmore (SR71 test pilot)-

‘The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.’
– Unknown Author-

‘If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage it has to be a helicopter — and therefore, unsafe.’
– Fixed Wing Pilot-

‘When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane, you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.’
-Multi-Engine Training Manual-

‘Without ammunition, the Air Force is just an expensive flying club.’
-Unknown Author-

‘If you hear me yell; “Eject, Eject, Eject!”, the last two will be echos.’
If you stop to ask “Why?”, you’ll be talking to yourself, because by then you’ll be the pilot.’
-Pre-flight Briefing from a Canadian F104 Pilot-

‘What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots?
If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; but If ATC screws up, …. The

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-Sign over Control Tower Door-

‘Never trade luck for skill.’
-Author Unknown-

The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in military aviation are:’ Did you feel that?’ ‘What’s that noise?’ and ‘Oh S…!’
-Authors Unknown-

‘Airspeed, altitude and brains . Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.’
-Basic Flight Training Manual-

‘Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it..’
– Emergency Checklist-

‘The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you.’
– Attributed to Max Stanley ( Northrop test pilot) –

‘There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.’
-Sign over Squadron Ops Desk at Davis-Montham AFB , AZ-

‘You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.’
– Lead-in Fighter Training Manual –

As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft,
Having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives.
The rescuer sees the bloodied pilot and asks, ‘What happened?’
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I Am Back

Last week my website was hacked and I’ve been offline every since then. Thanks to my hosting tech support and my brother ( I am back fully restored.So in spite of all the enemies of liberty on the Blogistan left, This chieftain of free thinking expression, technical tom foolery, and second amendment ally is once again exercising his 1st Amendment rights.


Special thanx to a real Western Hero


Pass That Bill

Jobs Bill

President in his address to a joint congress last night was desperate to get his a job bill passed. The main job he should be worried about is his. He now once again called for an end

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to bi partisan bickering and called for a truce that could derail his American Jobs bill. I think I heard that two years ago. How’s that been working so far? Would that be the same bi partisan support that was used in Obama care? With his approval rating at an all time low of 38% this was his Hail Mary pass. Obama’s proposed package includes a payroll tax cut for all workers, a payroll tax cuts for most business, and billions in extra spending on infrastructure improvements. Infrastructure by the way is the new term for stimulus. Nancy, the minority harpy in charge has banned the word stimulus. President Obama said 16 times in his speech, to “Pass this Bill”. Sounds a mite desperate. He even threatened to take it to the people if congress didn’t propose the bill. I guess that would be the new spirit of cooperation.

Magic Money

It will cost 450 billion dollars. Will that be more China loans? How is he going pay for this? He wants to tax again wealthy Americans. I got news for you. At some point they move themselves and their businesses to another country. He claims that every US working family will see a tax cut of $1,500. Each employer that hires a person that’s been out of work longer than six months would receive a $4000 credit. Obama never could promise how many jobs would be created. He promised to give details, later. He essentially want to give tax cuts to people that don’t pay taxes anyway and increase the taxes on the very persons that are in the position to create new jobs. Last I heard the national debt was $44,000 for each American. Given that the top five percent pay over half the taxes and only 47 percent of people pay any taxes isn’t it time to spread the burden out evenly? I know there are people at the lower end of the economic scale. But percentage wise they should not pay as much as those that make more. And I especially hate that tax filers that reach a zero taxable income can get a “refund”. That is not a refund, that’s welfare.

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction

I was watching Frank Luntz, a political pollster, after the speech last night. He specializes in analyzing groups reactions during speeches. He had a focus group that was comprised of Democrat and Republican voters. Both showed less than enthusiastic response to the speech. When queried, almost all voiced disappointment in the way the economy has been handled so far. Most thought Obama’s proposals were more of the same old tired rhetoric. Obama isn’t proposing this now because he magically thought of a revolutionary process to miraculously fix the economy overnight. He is pure and simple on the campaign trail to save his own neck. It’s too late for that. It has been two years in his presidency and no president has ever been reelected with a 9.1 percent unemployment rate.


Washington Post

Military Retirement Unfair? Really?

Reminds Me of Gen McPeak and the Quality Air Force

A recent Defense Business Board study concludes that military benefits are “more generous and expensive” than those available in the private sector, and have therefore become “unaffordable” and “unfair.” Created back when military skills did not easily translate into civilian second careers, the system is also unnecessary, the study argues. And with retirees no longer dying as quickly as they once did, well it’s darn well inconvenient to boot. DBB wants to lift a page out of the corporate playbook: “renegotiate” (i.e. “reduce”) the workforce’s benefits package. Of course, the workforce in this case has spent the past decade not pulling shifts on an assembly line, but rotating between various theaters of war. Put simply, the retirement system promises military members half of their pay for life in exchange for 20 years of service, with the percentage of money increasing incrementally for those who serve more than 20 years. In its place, the DBB advocates a 401(k)-type arrangement with service members and the government both kicking in contributions. The DBB wants the Pentagon to scrap a lifelong retirement pension. In its place, the board would institute a tax-sheltered savings account to accompany service members into the post-military workplace. Counting on civilian employers to contribute to that account, while stipulating that benefits would be “payable at age 60 to 65” rather than at 40 or 45. Providing for Sgt Snorkel’s retirement would become an individual responsibility, shared by however many employers Snorkel could induce to pitch in, not a responsibility that the Pentagon would have to bear alone. I got news for you 401(k) plans may be the civilian norm but military life isn’t the civilian norm either.

This Isn’t Your Daddy’s Military

Gone are the days of cold war luxury. Now it’s frequent rotation. And in case anybody hasn’t been keeping up, we’re losing Germany and Philippines assignments, replacing them with Iraq and Afghanistan. And it’s been that way for the last twenty years. How many civilian jobs force workers to be apart from their families for months or a year? I don’t see any companies in my city that forces it’s workers to live in a crowded tent city like some refugee. Eating freeze dried food in plastic bags. As a retired military member, I never had the chance to tell my boss to “bugger off I quit.” I knew about this up front. I knew that I had to stay in for twenty years to get a retirement. So I toughed it out and went to the desert one more time in my forties. A 401(k) retirement plan? Imagine if the military’s retirement funds were in Wall Street in 2007. When Wall Street tanks a 401(k) pension plan. Service members can’t retire as planned. And now they’re talking about not drawing retirement until your 60? You’re going to see 60 year old men deploying to war zones.

What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

The concept of professionalism remains alive and well in the ranks of the armed forces, where an ethos of service and a commitment to a code of personal conduct have survived. An overhaul would commercialize military service. The effect would be to transform profession into trade, reducing long-serving officers and non-commissioned officers to the status of employees, valued as long as they are needed, expendable when they are not, forgotten the day they leave. I view my retirement pay as home equity I never had. Sure you get a second career because you have to get a second career. And you’re not going to start at the top of a corporation. If you consider the military is a profession that regularly gets sent into harm’s way, then the current retirement system is on par if not as generous as a major city’s police department of FBI agent’s retirement. 99 percent of society chooses to let the remaining one percent fight their wars and take the risks that they won’t take. Then society shouldn’t begrudge these service members of a fair reward. Fox News: Are Military Pensions Too ‘Generous’?

Muammar – Come Out to Plaaaay

Well it looks like Muammar is all but over. Rebel forces have taken his compound and are hopefully mopping up. I personally think he’s either split the country, which I doubt, or they’ll find him in a Saddam rat hole. I know it’s not too Christian of me to say this but the best thing for the world is for the rebels to find him first. They claim they will make short work of him and bring about a richly deserved justice. I mean can you imagine the fiasco of Gaddafi being captured and hauled to the Hague for crimes against humanity? I know that the families of the Pan Am flight 103 victims would like to see closure. But I’m guessing seeing him strung up in the streets on ITN might bring some measure of relief also.

Now, what about the new government? As in much of the middle east, the rebels are made up of regionally loyal tribal factions. It’s going to be hard to get them to agree on anything. Then you have the problem of outside forces taking over the void. When dictators are ousted you loose all police and command structure as well. This isn’t a time for the US to sit back and watch sitting on our hands. I’m not saying that we need to rush in and take charge but we do need a little behind the scenes influence. The last thing we need is for Al Qaeda to step in and fill the region with hateful rhetoric and anti western terrorist propaganda.

Lastly I commend NATO for getting involved. We can’t be the sole world cop. And shouldn’t have to be.

We’ll gladly help them all we can. They can ship us discounted oil and we’ll deliver US aid. Sounds fair.

Backdoor Amnesty

We don't need no stinkin' constitution The US constitution article 1, section 8 states that Congress shall have the power To establish an uniform rule of naturalization. Article 2, section 1 states “Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Section 3 states, “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” Don’t take my word for it go look it up. Homeland Security announced it wold halt deportation proceedings to all illegal aliens except those that commit serious crimes. He is using executive decision to effectively ignore the laws of the land that he swore to uphold. Congress is equally to blame for this. Where is their outrage? They meekly standby and abdicate their authority to solely establish law in this country. They further erode the separation of powers. Much like legal immigrants to this country, perhaps Congress should have to pass a civics test, to include knowledge of the American constitution.Of course the 400,000 deported illegals last year really pissed off the Hispanic community and puts a dent in the Obama voting machine. As Jan Brewer the Arizona governor said, “We need to remind President Obama that we elected a president that serves beneath the law and did not anoint a king that is above the law.”