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Friday, February 5, 2016

Letter to the editor

Just got one of those "chain emails" . I think this one's worth propagating.

ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA

For some reason, people have difficulty structuring their arguments when arguing against supporting the currently proposed immigration revisions. This lady made the argument pretty simple. NOT printed in the Orange  County Paper .....

Newspapers simply won't publish letters to the editor which they either deem politically incorrect (read below) or which do not agree with the philosophy they're pushing on the public. This woman wrote a great letter to the editor that should have been published; but, with your help, it will get published via cyberspace!

From: "David LaBonte"

My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to "print"
it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange  County Register:

Dear Editor:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear
down the Statue of Liberty   because the people now in question aren't
being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Islandand other ports of entry.


Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some
would even get   down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground.
They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved good-bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture.
Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from.
They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were defending the United States of America as one people
.

When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country.
Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here.
These immigrants truly knew what it
meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one Red, White and Blue bowl.

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country.
I'm sorry, that's not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life.
I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

(signed)
Rosemary LaBonte
KEEP THIS LETTER MOVING. FOR THE WRONG THINGS TO PREVAIL THE RIGHTFUL MAJORITY NEEDS TO REMAIN COMPLACENT AND QUIET!! LET THIS NEVER HAPPEN!!

Friday, January 15, 2016

The secret is out!

Remember the good old days when you could go to the airport and watch the takeoffs and landings?

Then Big Brother stopped that with the weak excuse of "terrorism". But could there be another reason?

The truth will out!


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Empty chair

So, Jugears is going to have an "empty chair" next to Moochelle to represent all the "victims of gun violence"

Fitting, as "gun violence" does not exist, so there are no victims.

It would be more fitting to leave an empty seat for all the victims of liberalism, socialism, and government in general...


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Chrtistmas from the NBA

So - the NBA is going to help Bloomberg fight "gun violence"

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/24/sports/basketball/nba-gun-violence-campaign-michael-bloomberg.html?_r=0

Of course, the way you fight a non-existent problem is by attacking inanimate objects that have legitimate use in protecting the lives of innocent people from criminals.

You can comment to the NBA here: http://contact.nba.com/contact-nba/

My note:

Professional basketball has no place for pandering to leftist scare mongers like Bloomberg and his anti-gun activists.

As long as your organization is supporting the disarmament of law-abiding Americans who are exercising their God-given right to self defense, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution, my family will not be patronizing any of your franchises.

Merry Christmas!

UPDATE:  Got a reply from the NBA:

Dear Charles,

Thank you for contacting us.

The “End Gun Violence” public service announcement is solely to raise awareness about gun violence and personal safety in our communities.  It does not advocate for gun control or any changes in law or policy.

Through NBA Cares and alliances with organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the league and its players have consistently addressed the need for safe places to learn and play and the important role that adult mentors can have in the lives of young people.

Thanks again for writing us.  We appreciate your sharing your views.

Sincerely,

Aaron Stewart
NBA Fan Relations
 
S0 - they are not for "gun control", just for "safe" places where legal guns are prohibited. I see now...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Paris


If Islam is to exist on this planet, it must change internally to actively fight the barbarians who have attacked Paris in the last few days, and who have perpetrated atrocities upon atrocities ever since the time of Mohammed. 

When Muslim leaders step up and actively fight to end terrorism, we can start to see the end of this struggle.

Until then, we have only more terror to look forward to.


The only way to deal with these barbarians is to speak their language. Political correctness will only get civilized people killed.

France should announce that in thirty days, one of their thermonuclear weapons will detonate at ground level on the Kaaba stone in Mecca. The Saudis have that time to evacuate so no people die.

To avoid this, Muslim leaders must immediately and publicly disavow all terror tactics, including those parts of the Koran instructing Muslims to take over and convert all counties. They also must turn over any and all "religious" who have ever advocated terror, and all know terrorists, for trial in an international tribunal for crimes against humanity.

If the terrorists are turned over for justice, the bomb will not fall - but the Muslim world from this point on must actively root out terrorists - because at the NEXT attack on French soil, that bomb will be launched immediatly.

I wonder if that scenario would end terrorism, or would there still be "true believers" who would risk the loss of their holiest of holies?

I fear the latter is the truth, and simply threatening - or even carrying out any attack on Islamic holy sites will simply make the terrorists more determined. I see a continuing war on outfits like ISIS until the leaders of Islam take on the fight themselves. Perhaps a few hundred violent imams beheaded in public would help...

Here in America, we are currently hamstrung by our Constitution's First Amendment. If there were no prohibition on legislation concerning religion, we could simply outlaw Islam on our territories and jail anyone caught with a Koran or a prayer rug. That seems to have worked ever so well for pot smokers...

A Supreme Court ruling that Islam is NOT a religion would certainly help. How is "religion" defined under the law, anyway? There's got to be a fair amount of slop in there, or the US Government would never have persecuted the Mormons to drop polygamy from their creed. If that was legal, why can't we similarly go after any mosque or Muslim religious who advocates violence? A good start would be a law declaring "shariah" illegal on US territories.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Jugearscare Follies

So, I got a new job. It has "benefits".

One of them is "mandatory" health care - or pay a "fine". So, I logged into their web site and checked out the two (2) available Jugearscare eligible plans.

The "high deductible" plan is a mere $300 every week, for a total premium payment of $15,600.00. This plan allows you to go to the hospital or emergency room, pays for X-rays and such - you only have to come up with another $5000.00 per person - me and my wife - to satisfy the deductible. So, out-of-pocket so far is $25,600.00.

OK. Now the deductibles have been paid. Every doctor visit now costs $40 for the co-pay. Prescriptions are between $15 and $60 copay, depending. Emergency room visits are a mere $250 each. Similar deductibles and copays for other things like ambulance rides. What a bargain!

But wait! You don't have to pay all that! Jugears the Benevolent, through his angel Nancy Pee-lousy, has in his infinite mercy, given us a lower cost alternative..

For only $90 per week, you get zero deductible for doctor visits. Zero for preventative care. Zero for pregnancy care before the birth. Zero for prescriptions, if they are generic or "preferred".

Sounds good, huh? There's a small catch.

The "basic" Jugearscare plan gives you all the preceding "free" stuff at a minor cost.

No hospital coverage.
No coverage for X-rays or other imaging - they will pay for blood tests, though.
No coverage for the delivery room or any postpartum care.
No coverage for "non-preferred" medications. Need an exotic drug? Get fucked.
No ambulance coverage.
No mental health coverage.
No substance abuse coverage.

So, if you can't afford to spend $300 every week for your "mandatory" health insurance, you have a choice of spending $90 every week for a crock of shit, or paying 2.5% of your salary to the IRS in the "fine".

Another little tidbit - the money they steal from you for Jugearscare is taken out of your paycheck before they calculate taxes - so the low wage earner will have less Social Security taken out than usual. This could result in lower benefits for some people at the low end of the ladder. Another "get fucked" from CONgress and our emperor to the working man.

Jugears and crew are going to rot in everlasting fire in Hell if there is a God with any sense of justice.

It's a freaking miracle I didn't pull an Elvis and blow my monitors away. I guess I'm not your typical redneck gun nut.

Now, let's look at the actual costs of Jugearscare. My employer must pay the same amount I do - so even if I don't use any medical services, $31,200.00 has been taken out of the economy and given to an insurance company to cover all those who get the "free" coverage. There's your income redistribution.

And that is just for one employee. There are maybe 150 office workers in my company who all pay at least the same for coverage, with the company matching the thefts by the IRS. Just at this one company, at least $4.7 million stolen. This does not count the factory workers who probably make less and get hit harder.

How many employees in the United States? No wonder the insurance companies were lobbying for this under the table.

Oh, yeah - after I finished signing up, I went back to the benefits page - and found that they supposedly offered both a "bronze" and a "gold" plan, that since I had signed up already, I am ineligible to get. No big loss - they cost more than the crap I had to buy, with dubious extra value - and doesn't the Jugearscare law fine you for a "Cadillac" plan anyway?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

New job!

Phone interview Tuesday morning, face-to-face this morning, job offer just after lunch.

More money than the last place, too!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Job offer

Got this email a while back:

Hello Chuck,

I hope you are doing well! I am emailing you regarding the resume you posted online.  I am currently consulting for a couple small businesses and assisting with several business developments in Madison, WI. After reviewing your resume, I think you would be a good fit for one of the several positions currently available. The primary position currently available is for a full time Benefits Representative, the average starting wage is around $60,000 a year.  I am in the office Friday and was wondering if I could contact you for a five minute phone interview between 1:00-2:00pm? Or is there a better time to call you at 608-361-0277

Also, just so you know, there are no fees for you to use my service, assisting small businesses in finding qualified top-notch employees is included with my consulting fees which are covered by the business. If you find that these positions are not the right fit for you, no worries, I work with a number of other businesses and I may have another client that is hiring in the near future. Are you only looking for work in the 53511 area? Would you consider other areas?

I look forward to speaking to you and please note you are receiving this email because you are registered with us on link.work.php, in the event you are no longer interested in employment please be sure to click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of this email.

JSM Consulting
Michael Mell
Phone: 262-618-7003
 
I replied:
 
Hi, Michael,

If you read my resume, you know I have absolutely no experience in 
benefits, nor any business attempting to apply for such a job. $28 / 
hour is less than the job I just was let go from, wherein I was starving 
in slow motion as the bills piled up.

If you have any electrical engineering jobs or mechanical designer 
(Pro-E / Creo or Solidworks) jobs paying at least $50 / hour or $104K / 
year, I would like to hear about them.

Regards,

Chuck Kuecker, BSEE

"He" responds:

Thank you so much for the reply message. I was hoping I would have a few  moments to talk on the phone but looking at my upcoming schedule I 
figured I better get some details out to you right away regarding a 
position one our clients is looking to get filled.  Thank you again for your replied message. JSM is committed to helping small and large businesses with all of their needs, specializing in social media marketing. We are not a staffing agency but from time to time we are asked for help with staffing for everything  from restaurant staff to office managers. 

The company's name is Teyssier and Associates. They are a benefit 
services company that issues out and explains benefits to Labor Unions, 
Credit Unions and other associations. Teyssier and Associates is 
currently hiring full time Diversified Benefit Representatives
 for their Madison office, which is located at 555 D’Onofrio Dr., Ste. 
201 Madison, WI 53719. I checked with their office manager Randy and he 
has an opening on Wednesday at 11:00am to meet in person if you could 
make it? I know it would be worth your time as he is looking for a number of people for all types of positions.

Keep in mind we work with businesses all over the United States. If 
there is a location that would work better for you please let me know.

Please let me know if you are available so I can send you a confirmation and add you to his calendar because it fills up pretty quick. I will also send you a confirmation with directions within 48 hours of you picking a date. 

JSM Consulting

WWW.JSMFIRM.COM <- a="" br="" dead="" is="" link....="" this="">
262-618-7003
 
My response:

Well, I guess you are a computer, so this is the end....
 
I'll post any reply in an update.
 
I wonder what the .php link would have done to my computer? Or the "unsubscribe" link with all the encoded information in it?

The email address for "Michael" corresponds to http://msjconsultingofusa.com/ - and they want to send spam for you, evidently.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Job offer!

Just got this:

Vacancy respond for Chuck Kuecker

Dear Chuck Kuecker,

At the moment we are looking to hire a talented manager in your area. And
after reviewing your CV online CV database we belive that you are ideally
fit to this position. Your main focus will be working with customers,
documentation and submission of weekly reports.

We provide services in the field of health insurance. After a long and
successful work we are in the leading place in this sphere. We offer you a
competitive wage and excellent working conditions.

Your responsibilities:
- Work closely with our experts and other managers of our company.
- Providing quality services to all customers.
- Implementation of tasks in the set time-limits.

About you:
- You must be a US citizen.
- Your age more than 21 years.
- You must have a stable internet connection.
- Also, you must have the desire to improve and learn.

After your reply we will provide you a trial period. And after its
completion, you will be able to say if this job is right for you or not.
Your wage will be 3,000 $ each month + 500 $ every week. If you fit the
offered conditions, then we are waiting for your reply as soon as possible.

Best regards.

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mail2web - Проверьте свою электронную почту из сети в
 
and a link to an email service.The Cyrillic translates as "check your email from the network". 

The sending address is different from the "reply to" address.

I wonder if this is the same outfit that provided the software for Jugearscare - you know, Moochelle's old college buddies...
 


Pat Condell and more

As usual, he nails it:



So does Nigel Farage.:




The feds ruined my car!

Well, not totally - just the rubber parts in the fuel system.

Federally mandated ethanol deteriorates the rubber used in most cars made before the 1980's.

That's the valve seal from my 1958 Karmann Ghia's fuel shutoff. It's swollen about 25% from the original size, The ragged holes correspond to the main fuel position. I'm going to have to make a new part - originals are no longer available.

Thanks, CONgress!

It's for their own good

Help prevent violence using guns in America. Sign this petition to register the troublemakers!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Migrants?

The MSM spends a lot of time telling us about all the "migrants" from Syria presently invading Europe.

Another case of liberals redefining a word - these people are at best REFUGEES if not Muslim invaders.

Call a spade a spade.If Jugears brings any of these people here, as he has promised to, let's at least call them what they are - refugees.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Back together

The pressure plate was here when I got home yesterday. All clean and rebuilt.

So, after dinner, I started putting the tractor back together.


Rebuilt pressure plate and alignment tool in place. Needs tightening.


 Left front tire going flat - and twisting the engine in relation to the transmission. Some air fixes that.


Don't forget to remove the alignment tool after torquing down the pressure plate! I made this in my machine shop.



Ready to mate it back together!


 Long bolts used to help align the halves. The bottle jack under the transmission and the floor jack under the engine allow fine tuning, as does the sir pressure in the tires.


Rough line-up. The long bolts keep things more or less in line, but can't support any significant load.

You can see the dowel pin above the bolt that sets the exact position of the halves. This must be lined up perfectly, or it won't drive into the transmission housing hole. there's one on either side of the engine.


Almost there. Dowels lined up, clutch splines sliding into place. One has to finesse the gas tank bolts and the steering shaft into place in the last inch or so.



Mated. About an hour and a half from starting to here. Have to remember to torque that bolt behind the fuel filter!


Left side split line.


And - all back together. All that's left is putting the batteries, hood and front loader back. Three and a half hour's work up to here. Maybe another hour to finish.


From the front. Will finish tomorrow. Right now, time for a long hot bath!

Update - finished the reassembly this evening. Had a scare - smoke from under the dashboard when I touched the positive battery terminal connecting the batteries. There was a tiny bit of something metallic got between the ammeter terminal and the ammeter bracket - fell out when i took it apart trying to find the problem. No damage.

Clutch feels real good. Once it dries out a bit - it's pouring - I'll put the front loader back on and hook up the mower deck.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Never forget

Muslims killed over 3000 Americans 14 years ago tomorrow.

Video from the ISS:



Raw ground zero footage:



If Islam is truly a "religion of peace", Muslim leaders in places like Saudi Arabia will be the first hunting down and exterminating groups like ISIS. Since this has not happened, all I can think is that Muslim leaders have given tacit approval to terrorism and "fundamentalist" or "extremist" Islam.

I pray our next President can tell the difference between rhetoric and actions. Lots of talk from Muslims about love and peace, but anyone with eyes and ears can tell what the truth is.

A bit of history

1932. The Bonus Army:



You probably never heard of this - American citizens attacked by the US Army.

It could happen again.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Split yet again!

My Massey-Ferguson Super 90 is in two halves again. Last week, I reported how the clutch was locked up. Today at 5 AM, I pulled it into the garage and went to work.

This time, I took pictures:


Left side. Just pulled in.Left the front loader outside.


Right front. Small drip under the middle - motor oil? I did put a new rear main seal in.


Right side.

Concrete blocks, plywood, and a 1/8" steel sheet for the floor jack to roll on. 6 AM.

Bottle jack on blocks under the transmission.


Batteries. Heavy!


Front loader braces and supports undone. Hood and fenders off. Wiring and piping disconnected




Instrument panel opened, to get to the roll pin in the steering shaft.


Draining the coolant. If you don't, when you take the temperature sender out of the head, it leaks.
2 x 4 blocks between the axle and front casting to keep the engine from pivoting on the axle

There's another 2 x 4 between the gas tank and the valve cover, to support the tank, which normally rests on top of the battery box.


Split. 6:40 AM.Notice the two fuel lines that need to be disconnected so the power steering pipes can stay with the back of the tractor.


You can see the throttle and fuel shutoff linkages above the starter. Small pipe drains oil from the power steering unit back to the transmission.


 Ready to pull the clutch. I can see the problem - one of the fingers on the pressure plate is stuck depressed.



Blurry close-up of the pressure plate - the finger on the right is stuck depressed. Smells like hot clutch.


My original thought was that one of the flywheel bolts came loose and jammed the clutch. Happened to me on a '66 Chevy C30 panel truck a long time ago. Not this time - all looks good here.



Clutch disk. No problems here.

Pressure plate LOOKS OK, but getting stuck like that indicates internal wear -so I ordered a new one. AGCO no longer stocks these - ordered from Tractor Joe's in St. Louis. Should ship next Tuesday.

So, the garage is occupied at least until next weekend.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Veteran's Administration survey

The VA is asking for "a million veterans" to participate in a survey about health and mental condition. The survey can be found here.

Knowing what the Jugears administration has already done to our veterans, I would just file the letter in the circular file, not even mark :"I do not want to participate".

Telling the government that you have periods of "feeling blue" or are suffering from PTSD could easily get you listed as a "risk" and barred from owning a firearm. Admitting to chronic pain could easily have the same result.

Beware.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tractor fixed!

Finally got the tractor back together. Only took four splits - feels more like five.

The first time I put it back together, it seemed OK - until hydraulic fluid began pouring out from the starter. Split it again and replaced the 50-year-old rotten looking hoses in the clutch housing, and figured that would solve the problem.

Put it back together and stated it - still pouring fluid out of the clutch area. Got under and looked in while my son cranked it - oil coming out near the high pressure fitting. The new gasket between the front cover and trans housing had blown out because I had missed an O-ring.

Split it again. Found a suitable ring and put it back together again. Still leaking.

Went over the parts in the exploded drawing. The only culprits left were several O-rings in the fittings and the one I just replaced. Ordered all new rings and another gasket.

Got the parts Friday and split the tractor again. The O-ring I had put in slipped out of its' counter bore and got crushed. Replaced all the O-rings and the gasket, and carefully reassembled it. No leaks.

Mowed the firebreaks - and knocked the muffler apart on a dead tree branch. So, off to Farm and Fleet for a new muffler.

At least I can split the tractor in under three hours now...

Update 8/29 - last Tuesday I decided to go over the firebreaks again, as they need to be trimmed at least once a week to keep them neat. Made it around the west fields and about a third of the way around the east side - and the clutch locked up. Had this happen once in a Chevy C30 panel truck - bolts backed out of the flywheel and jammed the driven disc. I'll have to split the thing yet again to find out for sure, but there are no loose parts in the clutch housing, at least.

Oh - and about a quart of hydraulic fluid was in the bottom of the bell housing. Leftovers from the last time, or still leaking? This from about an hour of running.

Picked up a new muffler and a bucket of fluid - muffler in place, fluid waiting for a working clutch.

Since the firebreaks are mowed, it can wait a while - perhaps next weekend, which is a long one...

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Why our society is so stupid

We have taught our kids to unlearn!



As usual, the public school system and political correctness take most of the blame - but parents are complicit in not teaching critical thinking and personal responsibility at home.