Day by Day Cartoon by Chris Muir

Friday, October 27, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

Email to President Trump

I sent Jugears a similar email early in his first term, long before I developed the habit of using that nickname for him:

Dear President Trump,

Now is not the time to cave in to the people who would use the events in Las Vegas to promote their anti-freedom schemes.

America has suffered under illegal and anti-Constitutional "gun control" since the 1934 NFA was enacted in response to the gang violence created in part by federal legislation (and a Constitutional amendment!) banning the sale of alcoholic beverages. The Treasury needed to keep in place all those "revenooers" who were hunting stills in the backwoods, and the "Valentine's Day Massacre" in Chicago gave them the excuse they needed to force the National Firearms Act through Congress.

The NFA, required a $200 tax on certain firearms clearly protected by the Second Amendment, and on devices known as "silencers". It also drove the creation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, which has grown out of control over the decades into a bureau that oversaw such disasters as Obama's "Fast and Furious" operation.

The assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., and RFK were used to force through Congress almost a word-for-word copy of pre-WWII German law as the 1968 Gun Control Act, which for the first time forced firearms dealers to obtain federal licenses, and expanded the powers of the BATF.

In 1986, legislation was enacted to ease some of the 1968 GCA regulations, but at the last minute and amendment was added that forever banned Americans from registering new NFA weapons, or making their own devices. President Reagan was supposedly unaware of this amendment when he signed the bill into law.

There are several bills in Congress at present that would at least partially remove some of these infringements. The GOP leaders have withdrawn these bills in view of the Las Vegas events, which is exactly what the anti-freedom crowd wants.

Stand firm for American freedom. Demand the GOP stand behind you and fight for true freedom, dangerous and messy it may be, over yet more regulations and so-called "safety".

Open email to the NRA

Just found out via National Association for Gun Rights that the NRA has issued a statement calling for investigation into the legality of "bump stocks".

After some searching on the NRA website, finally found a place to register a "comment":

Life member. Fairly disgusted that you would in any way violate the Second Amendment - which clearly says "shall not be infringed" in relation to weapons of war being available to the people - by suggesting that "bump stocks" should be examined as to their legality.

Gun control in any form is anathema. I demand you retract the joint statement and declare war on Bloomberg, Pelosi, and all the anti-gun creatures.

We must repeal the 1934 NFA, the 1968 GCA, the 1986 ban on new automatic weapons, and all the other illegal and un-Constitutional infringements on American freedom.

Freedom isn't free - and nothing can ever be made perfectly safe - especially by limiting freedom in the name of safety.

If you do not take action on this immediately, I may be forced to resign my membership.
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

New shop cat

He showed up a couple days ago, and has made himself at home.


He needs a name...

Update - he's the King!
(We've already got a black cat named Queenie. They look  like family.)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Another involuntary "telephone town hall"

Ron Johnson has done it again - my phone rang last night, and for almost ten minutes would not allow me to make a call, because Senator Johnson wanted me to participate in his "town hall".

Hang up, wait a few seconds - the phone is still connected. There's no easy way to tell the computer to release the line.

Sent the Senator an email suggesting stiff penalties for anyone making a robocall without it instantly releasing the line when hung up on, and giving an opt-out feature in the first seconds of the call - that would have the same effect as the federal no-call list is SUPPOSED to have. Also, stiff penalties for credit card scams and such that spoof Caller ID.

Just got a reply:

Senator Ron Johnson

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tammy Gay begging for more money, as usual

Nothing new here - but one thing stood out in her beg:

"Unlike our opponents and the GOP establishment, we don’t have a bunch of conservative mega-millionaires lining up to write us checks. We depend on grassroots donations from people like you. Yes, all of, you."

So, George Soros and friends do not qualify as mega-millionaires?

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Injun Summer

Since it's been over 90 F for the last three days, this is appropriate.

If you grew up in Chicago before political correctness took over, you remember the annual Chicago Tribune printing of John T. McCutcheon's Injun Summer, originally published in 1907.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Kirsten, again.

Probably banging my head against a brick wall, but...

September Priorities Survey

X  
 


I need a federal government that follows the Constitution, is limited by law, and truly supports American values.

I need immigrants to do as my grandparents did - apply to come here legally and then integrate into American society.

A strong economy will follow a debt-free federal government with minimal taxes and regulations, and vigorous prosecution of those who flaunt federal anti-trust, price-fixing, and conspiracy laws - like health care organizations, doctors, hospitals, insurance and drug companies.

We have a representative republic, not a democracy. Stop saying that.

 
 
X
 
(What can one say?  Jugearscare must go!)


X
 (Their parents made the decision to violate our laws - the children's misery is the direct result of that.)



X  
(Show me proof man has the power to override the Sun's effect...)
 

X  
 
(Let's use charged language, shall we? The federal government has no business having a Department of Education in the first place, let alone anything to do with student loans.)
 
 

X  
(Yet she still sends me these emails...)
 
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For what it's worth...

Monday, September 11, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Another Kirsten survey

Her comments in italics - my answers in regular font.
As kids across the country head back to school and Congress returns to session, I hope you’ll take a minute to let me know what’s on your mind.



One that values individual freedom above all other things. One that has a minimal government, firmly under control of a strong, well written Constitution. One where corrupt politicians spend long terms in prison rather than being re-elected.

One where a photo ID is required to vote, and immigrants apply to be admitted to the country rather than sneaking in.

One where everyone is treated equally, and expected to carry their own weight. One where no one can expect to live off the labors of another.

One where they are free to learn the true history of our country, without the teacher's personal opinions treated as fact.

One where people are born with a gender, and either live with that, or pay for any changes they desire out of their own pocket.

One where the government is forbidden from raising taxes without a majority of Americans agreeing to the change.

One where elected officials do not have the power to raise their own salaries.

Do any particular issues before Congress or the Supreme Court concern you or make you hopeful when you think about your children's futures?

The fact that Jugearscare has not been repealed, the Mexican border wall is not under construction, the health care crisis has not been addressed by vigorous prosecution of officials in drug, hospital, and insurance companies for racketeering, and that our state public schools have any kind of federal oversight.

What do you think leaders in Washington and in your local government can do to help build a brighter future for every child?

Repeal Jugearscare, repeal the income tax, end DACA, enforce the law as written, and the Constitution as written.

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It feels good to unload...


Monday, September 4, 2017

Kirsten Gillibrand wants my opinions!

Been getting emails from her for a long time. She has been sending links to these surveys for a few months now, and I reply religiously.

Here's an example:

0% complete

Priorities Survey

Thank you for taking the time to let me know about what's on your mind. Will you take a minute to tell me more about your priorities? – Kirsten




My response:

Immigration - do it legally or stay home. Build the wall to help keep out the criminals.

Health care - repeal Jugearscare root and branch, prosecute hospitals, doctors, drug companies and insurers who collude to fix prices. 100 year old laws need enforcing here.

Abortion rights - there are none. Get a Constitutional amendment passed if you want the federal government involved here, otherwise, it's state's rights.

LB*** rights - see last comment.

Medicare and Social Security. I get both - and would love to see both programs abolished. Fix health care and get rid of the IRS - let people take care of the rest themselves.

Sexual assault - there are laws already. Enforce them fairly and equally at the state and local level. What happens on base is a matter for a court-martial.

Climate change - it's real, we didn't start it, we can't stop it. Look up - see that bright thing in the sky? It's the sun, and IT is the cause. Man is too puny to change the Earth's climate.




- states' rights at best.

Foreign influence - treat it like espionage. That's what the CIA is for, right?

You really want to help America? How about a federal law to stop email spam and robocalls, as well as Caller ID abuse? We have an FCC that has authority in these areas - use it!

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Waste of my time? Probably, but who knows?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Nancy Pelosi does good!

She denounced Antifa as a violent group.

Looks like I'm going to have to stop calling her by that rude nickname...


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"D"-Day: 11/4/17?

"D" for Demonrats, Dissenters, Destruction?


Big Plans on the Hard Left for November 4

One thing overlooked in the uproar over Charlottesville is that this was, evidently, merely a dress rehearsal for a much larger-scale effort planned for this Autumn.  Activist groups on the left evidently have something big in store for November 4th. The idea seems to be a revival of the 1971 “Days of Rage” – an effort to shut down the country as a whole to force a change in government.
Thanks to one of many political mailing lists that AT finds itself on, we received an email last Sunday from the “Stop Mass Incarceration Network,” a little-known left-wing agitation group, one of many single-issue offshoots (contrary to general belief, the left carries out most of its activities through these small, mostly under-the-radar outfits. The mechanism for this was outlined in Scott Powell’s classic study, Covert Cadre).
Following a number of paragraphs of chest-beating concerning the Charlottesville confrontation, the message, which was sent out over the name of an activist claiming to be named Carl Dix, goes on to declare this:
…we must build off of this resistance to act to end the nightmare of this fascist regime by taking to the streets on November 4th and staying in the streets to drive this regime from power. RefuseFascism.org is holding regional conferences to organize for doing this. Get connected to these regional conferences and get organized for November 4th…
…And we need to go from resistance to mobilizing to end the nightmare of the Trump/Pence regime. Right now these fascists, from Trump on down, are moving very quickly to hammer into place their fascist regime and this must be STOPPED. The organization Refuse Fascism has called for people to come into the streets and public squares and cities and towns across the country beginning on November 4 and stay in the streets day after day and night after night until the DEMAND is met: This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must GO! For this to happen, everybody needs to be at August 19 regional conferences to organize and mobilize for this.

Looks like the gloves are off. Keep your ammo dry....

Monday, August 14, 2017

Anyone up for a little counter-protest?

Just got another frantic email from WAVE. This from the link:

Protest the NRA's Carry Guard Expo

Join us in a peaceful protest of the NRA's violent and hateful vision for America. We will gather on the first night of the NRA Carry Guard Expo to remember the lives lost to gun violence and to demonstrate our resolve to live in peace.

Date: Friday, August 25th

Time
: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location
: Zeidler Union Square Park, 301 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee


NRA's Carry Guard is insurance for you if you carry, in case you have to use your weapon and the person you were defending against - or his/her relatives sue, or the local PD wants to charge you.

Can't hardly see how this is something any sane person would consider needing a protest. But then again, WAVE had kittens because the Wisconsin Center will allow guns.

From the NRA Carry Guard Expo web page:

NRA Carry Guard Expo Conceal Carry Policy

During the NRA Carry Guard Expo, lawfully carried firearms will be permitted in the Wisconsin Center in accordance with Wisconsin law. When carrying your firearm, remember to follow all federal, state and local laws.

Think of the CHILDREN! :)

NRA Carry Guard Expo
August 25 - 27 2017
Wisconsin Center
400 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Tickets available at the link above.

Might be fun to smile at the protesters while open carrying across the street on your way to the Expo...

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Efficiency of government

I signed up for alerts on AB 427 a few weeks ago. Just got this:


WI Legislature Notification System

Thursday, August 3, 2017

After action report

Went to Madison today to appear at the hearing for AB 427, which would set up a standardized gun safety curriculum for Wisconsin's high schools.

Having a certificate from a recognized gun safety class is a requirement for all high schoolers who wish to get on their school's trap team. Some Wisconsin high schools already offer this, but there's no standardization.

The gallery was less crowded than when I was there for the Constitutional Carry hearing (still in committee). Several WAVE and "Moms Demand Action" shirts in evidence, maybe six total. Most of those people left after the first in-favor speakers.

The first speakers were a pair of high school juniors from Denmark near Green Bay. They are both on their schools' trap team. They made a compelling argument for the bill, and answered all questions with well considered answers.

Their coach was the second speaker, followed by representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Education.

No "against" speakers up to the point I left. Looks like this bill is going to get a vote.

I spoke to the trap team coach after - he thinks the Constitutional Carry bill will get a vote. Fingers crossed.

Took the opportunity to go up to the observation deck around the base of the Capitol rotunda. Just in time for the rain - got thoroughly soaked on the way to my car.

Update - got an email from Senator Lena Taylor - she is consistent, at least - was against the Constitutional Carry bill because it made training optional, but is in solid support of AB 427.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Another chance to see a good bill get a chance

AB 427, which would mandate firearms and safety training in Wisconsin schools, will have a public hearing.

It's about time that kids get real facts about guns and gun safety, not just what the MSM and movies provide.

Thursday, August 3, 2017
11:00 a.m.
Wisconsin State Capitol
Room 417 North (GAR Hall)
Madison, WI


Thanks to Wisconsin WAVE for the heads-up. I was signed up for emails concerning this bill, but evidently the notification thing works as well as most governmental stuff...

Monday, July 31, 2017

Tammy's in trouble!

Just got another frantic email from Tammy Gay.

The operative sentence:

Republicans in Wisconsin are raising all kinds of cash. They've outraised Democrats 50 to 1.

Damn well about time - I hope this is a harbinger for 2018...

Saturday, July 29, 2017

FAL case seperation

Went out back this afternoon with some cousins to do some shooting. Decided to try out my FN-FAL I built up from a parts kit and a forged un-machined Century Arms receiver I milled up.

I had previously put in feed ramps that stupidly cut into the base area of the chamber in the barrel. Learned my mistake when I test-fired the rifle and blew a magazine bottom out when a case failed.
I welded up the feed ramps in the receiver and hand-filed them to match as well as I could the factory shape. Had to put a new barrel in and re-headspace the rifle by welding up and grinding the bolt locking wedge.

This rifle has always been touchy about magazines - some feed well, others miss feeding occasionally. Today, I had a misfeed, and removed the magazine. Loaded the misfed round by hand and fired it downrange.

Felt sharp pains in my left arm and right fingers, and a blow to my chest at the base of my breastbone. Thought I had been shot! Numerous small cuts in my left arm, some small punctures in my right fingers, and a weeping wound in my chest - though no hole in my shirt.

Found the case had ruptured about 1/4" above the base. Here's the part I found jammed in the breech:


The remainder of the case still in the chamber:


As far as I can tell, when I chambered the round, the bolt failed to go completely into battery, and the hammer fell on a partially seated case. The broken-off part of the base shows an extruded area, like the case attempted to expand into the now-too-large headspace gap.

The welt on my chest - likely a large chunk of brass:


Welts on my left arm:


My camera's flash obscured the marks on my right fingers. Those and the left arm probably got peppered with small metal shards. Nothing actually got stuck under my skin, luckily.

Moral of the story - always wear those safety glasses, and don't fire an FAL without the magazine - and make damned sure the dang bolt is in battery!
 




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Correspondence with Tammy Gay

Just got this from Tammy Gay:


"Senate Republicans plan to plow ahead with health-care vote this week."
-- The Washington Post, 7/23/2017
The Senate is taking a vote on health care today, and we still don’t know exactly what they're voting on!
But we do know this: Every GOP health care plan we've seen so far would cause millions of Americans to lose their care and increases costs.
One report called Trumpcare "the worst-designed social policy in history." It's wrong for Wisconsin families.
Before the vote, let Congress know you oppose any health care plan that costs millions of Americans their insurance. Add your name.
Thanks,
Team Baldwin


aid for by Tammy Baldwin for Senate

Reply:

Senator Baldwin,

Just got your email about how the GOP is holding the Jugearscare "overhaul" close to their chests - we don't know WHAT the bill will say!

Just how is that different from Nancy Pee-Lousy's "We've got to pass it to see what's in it!" that we heard before Jugearscare was enacted?

Hurts to be on the other end of things, doesn't it?

Chuck Kuecker
Beloit, WI.

By the way - Jugearscare cost me and my wife over $13,000 last year, for "insurance" with a $10,000 deductible before anything was covered. We paid for all doctors and drugs last year out of pocket.

Health care is not a "human right", let alone enumerated as a function of the federal government. Repeal Jugearscare NOW.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Check Your Privilege!

MIT has joined the SJW revolution. Everyone entering their school of architecture is encouraged to take on=line psychological tests to reveal their inner biases.

Diversity Learning Tree

None of the links to their "privilege checklists" work, but the "implicit"  tests developed at Harvard work. These consist of flashes of pictures of "white" or "black" faces and other items that you presumably associate with those images. You select them as quickly as possible with two fingers. 

The test measures how well you associate the faces with "black" and "white" by how fast you select - and helpfully tells you if you chose "wrong" - i.e., you cannot natively tell "black" from "white", which supposedly is the goal of all this "diversity" - making the world color-blind.

Except, if you ARE truly color-blind, seeing all those faces as "human" rather than segregating them into the "proper" categories, the test fails - you made too many "mistakes".

It seems to me that rather than fostering true inclusiveness, all this "diversity" stuff is enforcing divisive mental images, as well as trying to convince certain classes of Americans that they owe something to other groups simply because of the circumstances of their birth.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Good idea

Mandatory (?) firearms safety training in Wisconsin high schools?

AB 427

I wonder if this will satisfy those who want to saddle the Second Amendment with mandatory training?

Monday, July 10, 2017

S.1505

A bill to deregulate silencers

Introduced by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) last week the SHUSH Act would eliminate ALL the federal regulations covering the possession, purchase, transfer, etc. of suppressors!  That would be huge!  That would be even better than the Hearing Protection Act (HPA)!

Way past time.

Tammy Gay replies

I'm pretty sure my last email to her made it clear that "climate change" was one of my least concerns, what with bills in CONgress to deregulate silencers, repeal *and not replace) Jugearscare, and "draining the swamp"...

Dear Mr. Kuecker:

Thank you for contacting me about your concerns regarding actions to address climate change.   I appreciate you taking the time to write to me about this important issue.
I believe that climate change is a serious threat to the natural resources, wildlife, and economic drivers of Wisconsin and the rest of the world.   Because of the massive impact climate change is expected to have on our economy and life in our communities, we must address it.   I will continue to work with my colleagues to find bipartisan, commonsense solutions that address the causes and impacts of climate change at the state, national and international level.
We have a strong tradition in Wisconsin of taking on big challenges. Taking on and planning for climate change can help us build a strong, resilient economy and provide a more secure future for the next generations.   While we may not agree on every issue, your input helps inform the work I do in the United States Senate. 
Once again, thank you for contacting my office.  It is important for me to hear from the people of Wisconsin on the issues, thoughts and concerns that matter most to you.  If I can be of further assistance, please visit my website at www.baldwin.senate.gov for information on how to contact my office.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Letter to Senator Lena Taylor

Senator Taylor has decided the Constitutional Carry bill now in the Wisconsin legislature needs an "assault weapons" ban.

Dear Senator Taylor,

The Second Amendment specifically refers to military weapons - NOT hunting rifles and shotguns.

The whole intent of the Second Amendment is that the people - the militia, in particular, which was in the days of the Founders, defined as able-bodied males of the ages normally enlisted in armies, should have the proper tools to defend their communities from invasion or other dangers. The proper tools of the times were those weapons in common use by the British Army.

Obviously, the Founders could not conceive of modern weapons, but the intent is clear - the right of the people to keep and bear arms (common to the armies of the day), shall not be infringed.

Our Revolution was armed by guns owned by private citizens, and captured from the British. Some artillery was supplied by private citizens, as were the first US naval ships. We would all be speaking the Queen's English at tea today if it were not for those militia weapons held by private citizens.

Today, this does not mean shotguns and hunting rifles. It means military main battle rifles such as the M1 Garand and .50 caliber sniper rifles, select-fire weapons such as the M16 and M4, pistols, trench shotguns, mortars, and man-portable machine guns.

Here in Wisconsin, the people already own thousands of these weapons, including some full-auto and select-fire guns. These are not going away even if an "assault weapons" ban is enacted here.

Look at the real statistics for crimes. "Assault weapons" account for a very small number of crimes. Unfortunately, most of this miniscule number is high-profile multiple shootings, usually committed in so-called "gun free" areas.

The Second Amendment cannot be respected by banning the very weapons it is meant to protect.

Regards,
Chuck Kuecker
Beloit, WI

Email to Ron Johnson

Headline on Ace of Spades  - "We Said REPEAL!"

My message to Sen. Johnson:

America desperately needs Obamacare gone - root and branch.

The correct solution to America's healthcare issues is to enforce the LAW against collusion and price fixing. Hospitals and doctors need to post firm fixed pricing just like any other service provider. Drug companies need to have protections removed so that the free market dictates prices, not lobbyists.

Repeal Obamacare - and get the federal government out of healthcare. Up until the 1970's, the free market worked just fine. Let's get back to sanity.