New Car

Nagging Thoughts

After making a 2000 mile round trip to visit my brother in Odessa, TX (the one who hasn’t posted any of his two new car purchases), driving through a freak November snow storm in a full size two wheel drive pickup, I needed a new traveling vehicle. My brother’s wife Dede had just got a new one. And it got me dwelling on it. So I started researching the matter.

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Out With the Old

My wife Benie was driving a 2007 Ford Focus she had cosigned for one of our daughters. Yeah, nuff said. I hated it. I’m a fairly big ole boy and that was like a clown car. Did I mention it had a 2.0 liter four bangers in it. It’s entry level at best. I figured rather than fooling with selling it, I’d let the dealer beat me up using it as a trade in. I was telling this to a neighbor and he mentioned that another neighbor’s grown son was looking for a dependable ride for his son who was starting college. One thing led to another and we made an appointment for the next weekend. Better hurry and degunk it. Did I mention my daughter is a slob.

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Notice the seat

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Muck and Mud

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After a few test drives and a little haggling I sold it for the mid range KBB good conition price. I got some cash, and he got a dependable, good MPG college car. Complete with all prior dealer service records. That’s it sitting at grandma’s across the street. We actually sold it before getting a new one. So I was at the point of no return then. Benie was driving my 1994 Ranger. I knew that wasn’t going to last long.

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The Research

After researching (man did I research the heck out of this), comparing and test driving a few. One site I liked to use was U.S. News and World Report. They rank them by category. So you get to see head to head your category of vehicle. We decided to go with some type of cross over. Now for those who don’t know all auto makers make a seven passenger crossover, a five passenger and then a smaller dinky five passenger. I didn’t want to have to shoehorn in the smallest one and have my knee constantly rubbing on something. And the seven passenger ones usually sacrifice the cargo area and nothing but little kids are going to be comfortable with on that third row anyway. So the larger five passenger CUV (crossover vehicle)  it is. Naturally being a blue oval guy I emailed Christina the internet sales person for our local Ford dealer. Their CUVs are Explorer(7), Edge(5+) and Escape(5-). We drove an Edge. We also looked at Honda(CX5), Nissan(Murano) and Hyundai(Santa Fe). Benie fell in love with the Santa Fe. And the dimensions were within +/- one half inch with the Edge. Oh by the way Hyundai’s CUV lineup is the Santa Fe(7), Santa Fe Sport(5+) and Tucson(5-).

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The Choice

At first I was a little hesitant about getting anything less than a six cylinder. The Edge offered one but the Santa Fe sport model only offered a four cylinder turbo. I figured with a ten year drive train warranty I’ll drive anything if they are going to keep it running for ten years. Another plus. So after buying six consecutive Ford vehicles in a row I got the Hyundai Santa Fe sport turbo. The only deal breaker from Benie was no more white vehicles. She has a loathing to white cars the same way Gerrit Graham did with red ones in Used Cars.

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The color is  called Cabo Bronze. It has all the packages you can throw at it. Monster nine speaker Infinity stereo, satellite, touch screen navigation, their version of Onstar called Bluelink, power sunroof, proximity entry with push button start, heated and cooled leather seats. I think I’m going to move in there. Here’s Benie in her new ride Oh and don’t tell Dad.

 

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Benie in Her New Ride

 

Rough Week

sandpaper-Rough Week It’s TGIF for President Obama. This has been a particularly nasty week for him. It’s been nothing but bad news served with a topping of more bad news. Some of the bad tidings are the following.

Unemployment Unemployment remained steady at 9.1 percent.

Obama keeps diverting attention with an array of distractions but this is the one thing that will derail his second term Afghanistan Last Wednesday the Taliban launched a 20 hour attack against American and British special forces at the US Embassy and International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul. U.S. officials are looking for direct evidence between the insurgents and Pakistan’s intelligent agency.

Solyndra Now emails have surfaced that show the Bush administration rejected a government loan to Solyndra. Bush officials stated that the loan application needed further study before it moved forward with tax payer assistance. In fact the Department of Energy’s committee unanimous rejected the loan. So how did flat out rejection morph into a presidential endorsement? Seems like the white house had it’s thumb on the decision scale.

GOP Victories Two key Democratic districts were won by Republicans. The first was in New York. Anthony Weiner’s old seat was won by Republican Bob Turner. This is the first time a Republican has held this seat in over a century. Also in a landslide victory, a key U.S. House position was won by Republican Mark Amodei. This is a clear message to Obama and other democrats on the economy.

TIMBER !!!

Great, I woke up to this today.  So I sharpened up my chainsaw chain. Got out the lawn cart, beater truck and enlisted the help of Mrs. Bigdawg.  Now I’ve got a bunch of faggots sitting on my curb.   And a redneck garden tool and glove storage

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Mississippi Supreme Court Overturns Open Carry Injunction

House Bill 2 is now the law of the land

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and state leaders are hailing the ruling as a victory for the right to bear arms.whats the lock

Today, the state Supreme Court overturned a decision by Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd blocking the open carry/concealed weapon law from going into effect.The bill’s author, state Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, said he knew his bill was constitutional and was pleased the state Supreme Court agreed with him.

House Bill 2 only clarified what constitutes a concealed weapon. He said the legislation didn’t change any law. He said open carry has always been allowed in the 1890 state Constitution. A concealed carry permit is still needed to carry concealed.

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FAL FILES REVISITED

Last September I blogged about my experience with my FN/FAL battle rifle. While the trigger pull kit improved trigger pull over 100 percent I still wanted an AR style rifle. I narrowed my choice to a lower priced Armalite AR, a DPMS CAR and a DPMS heavy barrel. The Armalite turned out to be an Olympic Arms that Armalite uses to manufacture it’s lower end models. The DPMS collapsible stock seemed a little too rear heavy. This is probably because of the increased weight of the 308 size and a 16 inch barrel. The DPMS LR-308B uses an 18 inch heavy barrel, flat top receiver, picatinny rail and the best part is the DPMS pattern uses cheaper parts such as magazines. One manufacturer is Magpul. So I got this. LR-308B

 

About this time I purchased a Remington 700P-LTR. 700pltr It uses a 20 inch fluted bull barrel, floated in aluminum bedding the entire length of the Hogue stock.

I ended up selling my FAL to a friend from work. So that dilemma solved. Despite being retired Navy, he will give it a good home. And as we are in troubling times when it comes to our second amendment freedoms I like to think that firearms are imbued with more character than washing machines, televisions or chainsaws. While stopping short of referring to them by given names, they carry a recollection fondness. Invoking memories of fun times, past experiences, sporting accomplishments and shared experiences with friends and colleagues. I’m sure he will give it the attention, use and care that past owners have given it for over 30 years of it’s colorful and interesting history.

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Oh and write your congress representatives. Let them know !!! Don’t forget to sign your name with your voter ID.That way they’ll know you are someone they have to be held accountable to. And support the NRA. Whether you agree with or not, they are the largest lobbying group out there. I feel that while the other groups out there may be doing fine work, the NRA has strength of numbers behind them. I’m not saying don’t support the other organizations, just support them also while supporting the NRA. Me personally I send money to the NRA-ILA also. I’m a life member of the NRA so Inever have to send dues to them. That doesn’t mean that my support stops there. The NRA-ILA is the political lobby arm of the NRA

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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-

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‘Never trade luck for skill.’
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The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in military aviation are:’ Did you feel that?’ ‘What’s that noise?’ and ‘Oh S…!’
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‘Airspeed, altitude and brains . Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.’
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‘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-

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Good God Charlie Brown

Every time you turn around the Christian god is being besieged in America. Before we founded our great nation, most people only believed in the divine right of kings; the idea that God only gave power to kings and those kings were accountable to no one.
But what made America unique was that it was founded on divine providence.
Remember the term “endowed by their creator” in the Declaration of Independence? That was a revolutionary conceptat the time and it means that God actually had a hand in the world’s greatest experiment in democracy.

Although America boasts 300,000 churches, we still abort millions of babies, homosexuality is becoming normalized, drug use is rampant, unwed pregnancies have reached 70% … the list goes on and on and on.

I can’t believe I used to be apart of a once great organization, The United States Air Force, especially when they do something as egregious as they did a few months back. Military unit patches often use Latin phrases on them. One that included the Latin phrase that translated to “Doing Miracles with Other People’s Money”. Yup you guessed it. Atheists! Damn atheists protested and the Air Forced removed the patch so not as to offend them. Here’s something, I’m offended because they removed the reference of God!! I truly don’t understand how atheists can be offended by something they don’t even think is real. I don’t believe in Fairies but you don’t see me protesting Walt Disney to remove images of Tinkerbell.

Now here’s one. A Massachusetts school, Brook Elementary School in Bellingham removed the word God from Lee Greenwood’s hit song “God Bless the USA“. They played this at every unofficial Military event, sporting event and civic gathering during the late 80’s and early 90’s. It is even played at every naturalization ceremony right after the National Anthem. I know, they played it at Mrs. Bigdawg’s citizenship ceremony in a Federal courthouse.

Now here’s a good one. A group of Muslims are complaining that they are contently being bombarded by Christian religious symbols such as crosses at , get ready for this, the Catholic University. Why the hell are a bunch of Muslims attending a Catholic university in the first place.? I think we are seeing good Christian values just for not kicking the ever loving crap out of them. I mean what would happen if a group of Catholic students went to the University of Islamic Studies Karachi , Pakistan and demanded crosses to be placed for them? I’m thinking beheading video at ten o’clock on the Al-Jazeerra network.

If God doesn’t smite Washington, D.C. soon, then he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology. Last Thanksgiving, President Obama did not include any reference to God during his weekly address titled, “On Thanksgiving, Grateful for the Men and Women Who Defend Our Country” His remarks were void of any religious references although Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in giving thanks and praise to God. He left any mention of the divine out, but included our military. But on Memorial day Michelle Obama and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has authorized new posters featuring first lady Michelle Obama to be placed in elevators throughout the Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, D.C. Not a single troop is pictured but her.