Day by Day Cartoon by Chris Muir

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Not in the least surprised

Consider the source:

Millennials in San Diego sign petition to remove American flag

Millennials in San Diego signed a petition to ban and replace the American flag, as seen in a video published on Monday.
Mark Dice, a media analyst, started a fake petition that called for the removal of Old Glory and then filmed himself as he walked around San Diego asking young adults to sign it. Even with the approach of Fourth of July weekend, a surprising amount did.
"These millennials have been indoctrinated by their communist college professors, indoctrinated by the liberal media, poisoned by today's pop culture into really being ashamed of America and so afraid to be politically incorrect that … they are now willing to replace, ban the American flag, issue a new flag," Dice said on "Fox and Friends" on Tuesday.
Dice called the results "absolutely astounding," when more people than he expected readily took up the cause of his fake petition.
I suppose we should replace it with something like this:

Ever notice that the "gay rainbow" is missing indigo? Are they discriminating against colors some people are physically incapable of seeing?

Or this:

With all the schools banning wearing the flag, or even having a flag sticker on your car, and all the PC bullshit about "triggers", it was inevitable that these morons would be programmed to respond like this...

It's not even just a fake petition:

Although Dice's proposition was fake, he is not the only one who has requested the removal of the stars and stripes. Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader and civil rights activist, spoke in favor of taking down the American flag following the Charleston, S.C., church shooting.
"I don't know what the hell the fight is about over the Confederate flag. We need to put the American flag down because we've caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag," said Farrakhan at the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, a little less than a week ago.
Again, consider the source, but still - it got reported as real news.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Unintended consequences?

Might be:

SCOTUS Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Mandates Nationwide Concealed Carry Reciprocity

The Court used Section 1 of the Fourteen Amendment to justify their argument, which reads:

Amendment XIV

Section 1.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
By using the Constitution in such a manner, the Court argues that the Due Process Clause extends “certain personal choices central to individual dignity and autonomy” accepted in a majority of states across the state lines of a handful of states that still banned the practice.
The vast majority of states are “shall issue” on the matter of issuing concealed carry permits, and enjoy reciprocity with a large number of other states.
 I've always thought the "full faith and credit" clause was sufficient to allow concealed carry - or open carry, for that matter, anywhere if it was allowed in your home state, but I'm not rich enough to own a staff of lawyers to bail me out.

I wonder who will be the first test case to carry in Illinois based on a Wisconsin CCW?

Not me, until I win the lottery...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Another simple solution

About identity theft - all CONgress has to do to eliminate this problem is to make the lender responsible for issuing a fraudulent loan - not the person defrauded.

I personally know of a case where a person with "power of attorney" for an elderly person's finances went into a bank and had the woman sign for a mortgage - the proceeds of which the person with power of attorney promptly stole and spent. The woman's estate was subjected to legal action by the issuing bank - for a loan made against a property in trust, without even checking to see if there was a clear title for the property in question. The heirs had to pay off the bank - and their lawyers.

With a law as I suggest in place, the bank would have had no recourse except to prosecute the person with the power of attorney who was guilty of not only fraud, but malfeasance.

The answer to the "gay marriage" issue

Is extremely simple. All the states need do is cease issuing marriage licenses altogether. End of controversy.

As long as states required testing for STDs, there was a legitimate reason for a state to issue a marriage license. Public health is a legitimate concern of state government.

Since the advent of AIDS, many states have dropped the testing requirement - and so, have lost the only justifiable reason for licenses. Of course, there is always the issue of fees and taxes, but I would believe that the costs outweigh the income and the controversy.

No state licenses would make the Supreme Court ruling meaningless. If two people want to get married, they can find a suitable preacher or "justice of the peace", or just declare themselves married. That's how it worked for hundreds of years. Common law marriage is still observed in several states. Custody of children, inheritance, and such issues have lots of legal precedent, as do contracts and "pre-nup" agreements.

Of course, we should expect that there will be cases where preachers will not want to participate in an action they find sinful or wrong. Lawsuits will undoubtedly follow.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Because idiots

I'm getting sick of the revisionists and the book-burners.


I was born and bred in Chicago. Never lived south of Chicago. Don't have any "Southern pride".

What I do have is a deep and abiding loathing for the idiots in charge of too much of our country.

The Southern States seceded from the Union - quite legally, as the Union is a voluntary agreement between the several States. They did this not to preserve slavery, which was becoming uneconomical even before the War, but because of restrictions on trade imposed by the Northern states.

Abraham Lincoln has been quoted as stating he had no interest in having Negroes in the US - he was in favor of returning them to Africa. The 13th Amendment was more about politics than justice. His presidency set the stage for the huge increase in federal power we suffer under today.

This image is only objectionable to people who intend to ignore history. Like the lawsuits against Indian team names and mascots. Such will ultimately result in an America that does not remember it's history - and that suits the liberals just fine.

Here are some truly objectionable symbols:

Note that even though I find these symbols distasteful, some of them obscene, I do not advocate banning them.

Or the ideas they represent.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Violence in Baltimore

A late posting:

Dozens Shot In Memorial Day Violence In Baltimore

Baltimore police reported twenty-eight shootings and nine homicides over Memorial Day weekend, making May the deadliest month in the city since December 1999.

The victims included a 9-year-old boy shot in the leg yesterday. Police described the child as an “unintentional victim of the shooting.”

A total of thirty-five people have been killed in Baltimore in the month of May, bringing the death toll to 108 since the beginning of the year.
Chicago better look out - they might lose their first-place standing!

Tomb of the Unknowns

I bet most people don't know anything about this:

Found here.


Jugears sure can pick 'em - this is the person he appointed to run the federal prison system:

We are doomed if we don't get these people out of power!

Sunday, June 14, 2015


Demonrats move to ban the nonexistent,

Dems move to ban plastic guns

Congressional Democrats are proposing to ban plastic guns, following reports of major security lapses at the nation’s airports

Plastic guns can be even more dangerous than traditional firearms because they're harder to detect, says Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.).

The Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act, backed by Israel and several other Democrats, would prohibit the manufacture of entirely plastic guns. The legislation would require a major component of every gun to contain enough traces of metal to be detected.
Listen to the logic:
"If detectable weapons can make it through security checkpoints, how can we expect to catch wrongdoers carrying undetectable plastic firearms?" Israel told The Hill. “What could be worse than a gun that can be used on an airplane, but cannot be detected on the security line because it’s plastic?”
"It’s time to modernize our airport security so the American people can count on it," he added.
OK. The TSA gropers can't find conventional weapons that easily trip metal detectors and show up clearly on X-ray. So, let's pass a law banning the nonexistent so when it shows up in someone's carry-on, they won't be able to see it anyway, and criminals will ignore the law  and print out one-shot handguns any time they want, as criminals do not obey laws, stupid or otherwise.

Representative Israel should try living in the real world, where criminals ignore laws they find inconvenient and realize that the cat is out of the bag re: firearms and solid printers.

Since "undetectable" guns are, in fact, undetectable, the only way to ensure they don't get on airplanes is to make every passenger strip naked, submit to a thorough cavity search and MRI (lest they have an implanted WMD), and wait while all their carry-on luggage - and every checked luggage item - is opened and searched by at least three independent teams - with all activities recorded to prevent theft and other fraud. The passengers will have to board naked, and be placed in straitjackets, belted into their seats, which will have to be transparent so any surreptitious Houdinis can be identified before they escape their bonds.

Only then will air travel be safe from passengers who intend mayhem.

I expect one of our solons like Rep Israel or Nancy Pee-Lousy to propose such a bill right after the Demonrats win the 2016 Presidential race. It sure won't fly under a sane President.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Thanks, LBJ!

Your "War on Poverty" has succeeded beyond your wildest dreams:

#9   When LBJ’s “War on Poverty” began, less than 10 percent of all U.S. children were growing up in single parent households. Today, that number has skyrocketed to 33 percent .

#10   In 1950, less than 5 percent  of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents. Today, that number   is over 40 percent.

#11   The poverty rate for households that are led by a married couple is 6.8 percent. For households that are led by a female single parent, the poverty rate is 37.1 percent.

Found at Nobody Asked Me

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Letter to the editor

Just submitted this. The Beloit Daily News is down to one or less op-ed page per week - let's see if I make it:

Front page headline = :If health act fails, heat's up" about how the GOP needs to do damage control if the Supreme Court rules part of Obamacare unconstitutional.

The Republicans have opposed this unprecedented usurpation of American citizens' freedom to choose their own health care options from the beginning. Democrats like Nancy Pelosi told us "we have to pass it to see what's in it". Now that this horrible mess is in front of the court because of its' unclear wording, we have to expect the Republicans, who had nothing to do with the creation or passing of this mess, to take the blame for its' failure.

Sounds right. Must be George Bush's fault.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The truth - if you will hear...

I've said similar things for years - but I'm just a dumb cracker...

Walter E Williams: The True Black Tragedy

Hustlers and people with little understanding want us to believe that today's black problems are the continuing result of a legacy of slavery, poverty and racial discrimination. The fact is that most of the social pathology seen in poor black neighborhoods is entirely new in black history. Let's look at some of it.

Today the overwhelming majority of black children are raised in single female-headed families. As early as the 1880s, three-quarters of black families were two-parent. In 1925 New York City, 85 percent of black families were two-parent. One study of 19th-century slave families found that in up to three-fourths of the families, all the children had the same mother and father.
The true cause of all the problems blacks face in our cities today is do-gooders and a government too stupid to think ahead - or too bent on keeping "those niggers voting Democrat for the next hundred years", as LBJ put it...

All these SJWs who keep agitating for an increase to the minimum wage are useful idiots to people like Jugears and Hitlary who depend on an uneducated black voting bloc.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Final warning

George Orwell on where we were headed back then:

We've arrived. The Ministry of Truth is the MSM. The Party is the Demonrats and the progressives/liberals in general.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

This is what's wrong with Jugears' immigration policy

It keeps in the worst as well as the truly unfortunate:

Mass Murderer Was Spared Deportation Under Obama’s DACA Program

 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services admitted that gang member and illegal immigrant Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, charged with four counts of first-degree murder in North Carolina last week, was spared deportation under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program two years ago.

Rangel-Hernandez had extensive gang ties and a prior drug arrest when he came before USCIS for a deportation proceeding in 2012. Although immigration officials knew about his past, they allowed Rangel-Hernandez to stay in the country anyway.

Go read the rest.

Friday, May 8, 2015

The economy is improving!

Here's proof:

The bottle on the left is the new Coke size - 500 ml, or 16.9 oz. It replaces the old 20 oz. bottle.
Same price - $1.25 in the machine at work. 

So, Jugears has improved the economy by 15.5% - in the wrong direction.

This jives with the job situation - real unemployment, not just people still collecting benefits, hovers around 30%...

I'll be bringing six-packs of RC Cola to put in the fridge.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Your government at work.

Evidently, the feds think your cell phone should be a marketing tool for sellers - at your expense.

REMEMBER Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month. 
All cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and   you will start to receive sales calls. 
To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:    888-382-1222
It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years. 
You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number. 
HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON. It takes about 20 seconds. 
Please forward to family and friends.  
It would have been so easy for the FCC to rule that INCOMING calls to mobile units would be paid for by the CALLER, just like any phone call before in history - but no, crony capitalism and lobbyists ensured that YOU have to work to remove your number from the lists - and calls from "charities" and "political action committees" are exempt from the "no call" list.
AND, you have to renew this every five years or you get more phone spam.

Another thing I've ranted about in the past is caller ID - it is trivial to come up with a system that can't be hacked, and even easier for CONgress to pass a law making foxing Caller ID a felony - but no, again, the phone company wanted to leave wiggle room for telemarketers and scam artiists.

I'll shut up now - but remember to call and get your cell on the no-call list!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Something for the kids


When will we see justice?

Here in Wisconsin, the Demonrats have used the police to terrorize people who supported Act 10, one of Governor Walker's reforms that removed the power of the public unions to demand raises and benefits from their employers, the people of Wisconsin. The Demonrats were understandably irked, as those public unions are some of their biggest supporters.

The National Review has a good article about how innocent families were subjected to tactics last seen in Hitler's Germany when the Gestapo raided the homes of anyone suspected of less than adoration of Der Fuhrer.

Go read - and then demand your local representative open an investigation into the Demonrats who ordered these raids, and bring charges against them. I will.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day!

Mother Gaea is celebrating with fireworks - a volcano erupts in Chile, spewing ash and horrible greenhouse gases like sulfur oxides and that evil pollutant CO2 miles into the stratosphere.

Sunsets in the southern hemisphere might be more colorful for a while.

And, with one "act of God", years of greenies' work to destroy fossil fuel power generation is undone...

For my part, I'm running a bunch of lights I don't need, and taking a chilly ride out back on my 2-stroke dirt bike.

Hey Algore! I want a refund on that glowbull worming you sold us!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


I've got a new job!

I start Monday. Electrical engineering and some mechanical design - dream job! 33 miles one way, all back roads - one stoplight.

Got to file for IL UI once more, then I'm done.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ready for Hitlary?

You better be! She's announced she's running for President - and, of course, the real powers will ensure she is elected unless we all work to prevent that.

Her announcement included this statement:
From her mother’s own childhood – in which she was abandoned by her parents – to her work going door-to-door for the Children’s Defense Fund to her battling to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program, she’s fought children and families all her career.
They call it a "typo" about her fighting children and families - but from her record - what we can see, anyway - this is the honest truth.

Ready for Hitlary? I am!

Looks like other people are ready, too:

Found here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Another useless law attempt

By a Demonrat. What a surprise!

New York congressman Steve Israel wants to ban "undetectable" 3D printed guns. 

Yet another law in search of a problem. For criminals, stolen or black market conventional guns are ever so much easier and cheaper to obtain, and a few orders of magnitude more reliable.

As far as "undetectable" goes, so far I haven't seen a printed gun that does not have at least the chamber and barrel made of metal. A fully composite gun today might be good for a couple shots before the barrel melted. Perhaps someday we will be able to print ceramics suitable for gun barrel pressures, but not in the near future.

Free book!

Dianne Feinstein does not want you to know about this.

Link to downloadable PDF copy of The Anarchist Cookbook

I wouldn't expect someone of DiFi's caliber to have read the US Constitution, let alone understand what it says.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Make it every day!

Damn. Forgot to check, and missed Carbon Belch Day again this year. It was March 28th.

So, I missed the big celebration, but around here every day is carbon belch day. 2-stroke engines abound, and are used regularly, as are our several pre-pollution-control vehicles. Not to mention the shooting range out back that gets regular use.

That reminds me - got to go out and put new plugs in the F150 with the non-pollution-controlled 300 CID straight six - I really would like the truck to get better than 8 MPG...

And remember to turn on all your lights, light off a big bonfire, and keep your engines running on April 22nd. I sure will!

Saturday, April 4, 2015


Victim Disarmament Activist Sarah Brady dead at 73. The enemies of freedom keep losing foot soldiers.

Governor Brownback of Kansas brings his state into compliance with the Constitution. Another state on the right side of the law. Five states now. Remember how concealed carry looked in the 1980's?

 Wyoming has some work to do yet - they are only CC for residents - all others need permits. Wrong.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jugearscare follies

We started looking into health insurance through the "marketplace", since we can't afford Cobra right now. All the web sites referred for us require a phone number before you can look at pricing, so I put in my FAX number.

Turns out to have been a smart thing to do - I've had at least 100 calls come in on the FAX line since yesterday.

I picked up a couple before the machine could try to connect - dead silence even after I said "Hello". For the couple that did connect me to a human, I told them this was a FAX line, and please don't call back.

There must be a whole lot of potential profit for the insurers in getting someone to sign up for them to be so persistent...

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Book of Barkley

Just finished reading L/ B. Johnson's (Brigid's) "The Book of Barkley".

She put into words so many things I have thought and felt, but have not written. She brought me to tears at the end - having had to part with several pets under similar circumstances, I know the pain of loss.

Go buy a copy. You won't be disappointed.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Jugears Osama hates nature!

Just found this on Drudge:

Lawmaker: Protect coal plants to help the manatees 

From November to April, hundreds of manatees huddle in the warm discharge canal of one of Florida’s biggest coal-fired plants, the Big Bend Power Station near Tampa, as camera-toting families point and laugh from a viewing deck at the gentle creatures lolling near the smokestacks.
Some two-thirds of Florida’s endangered manatees rely on discharge waters from power plants for winter warmth, according to federal biologists. It’s a fact that congressional Republicans are seizing on to challenge the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s agenda to fight climate change, a plan to slash carbon emissions that could force large-scale closures of coal plants.
So, if we want to save the manatees, we need to keep the Florida coal plants running  - or, we could do a truly green thing and replace these plants with nukes burning evil CO2, lots of warm water - and cheap, clean power...

Read more here:

More infringements

 New Jersey is one of those states where they can't understand that the Second Amendment means HANDS OFF OUR GUNS...

How New Jersey’s Gun Laws Turned Another Law-Abiding Citizen Into A Convicted Felon

New Jersey’s ridiculous gun laws have once-again turned a law-abiding citizen into a convicted felon over nothing more than an innocent mistake. This time the victim is a former security guard and aspiring police officer named Steffon Josey-Davis.

Josey-Davis legally purchased a 9mm Smith & Wesson in 2013. Shortly after he bought the gun, he made the fateful mistake of stashing it in his glove compartment to make sure his six-year-old sister wouldn’t find it.

The gun was still in the glove compartment when, later the same day, state police pulled him over for driving with an expired registration. Because it is illegal for drivers in New Jersey to transport guns in anywhere but the trunk of their car, the officer confiscated the gun and told Josey-Davis to pick it up at the police station.

When Josey-Davis appeared at the station to retrieve his property, he was promptly arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm – a second-degree felony.
Another innocent person's life destroyed because of illegal laws. Go read the whole article.

Thanks, Julie

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dealings with Ill-Annoys UI

Just mailed this off:
Illinois Department of Employment Security
P. O. Box 19509
Springfield, IL 62794

Charles A. Kuecker


Re: Claimant ID xxxxxx request for reconsideration

Recently, I received  a "Determination" telling us we were ineligible for unemployment insurance since we had not supplied proof of identification, i.e., copies my driver's license (both front and back) and of my Social Security card. We included all of this in a fat envelope, and paid extra postage registered mail to P. O. Box 19509.

We mailed this packet over a week ago. Today, I spoke to a nice lady who has the onerous job of handling calls from irate people like me who are entangled in the bureaucracy of Illinois unemployment insurance. She told me that I needed to not only send the information that I had sent, but also a formal letter requesting that you accept that data and reinstate my claim for benefits. She also said that the copy of my Social Security card was not in the scanned-in documents. It was in the packet originally mailed, so somewhere in your organization, it was lost.

So, here is that letter, asking that you please reinstate my claim for unemployment benefits, along with more copies of everything, again sent by registered mail. I am also spending extra for a return receipt, as I cannot trust your office to handle things without losing pages.

Why it is necessary for a claimant who has records on file from Illinois employers as to employment history to provide a copy of a Social Security card that plainly states "FOR SOCIAL SECURITY AND TAX PURPOSES - NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION" is beyond me. Though since I am simply a college graduate electrical engineer, perhaps I am just too stupid to understand the marvelous complexity of Illinois unemployment law.


Charles A. Kuecker


Copy of Wisconsin driver's license, both sides
Copy of original Social Security card, front only (laminated in 1960-something)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Presidential Humor

Priceless - Ronald Reagan at his best:

And, at the end, Jugears, off the teleprompter...well worth watching all the way through just for the last couple minutes.

Friday, March 6, 2015


In the original sense.

Widespread outrage after IS bulldozes ancient Iraq city

After rampaging through Mosul's museum with sledgehammers and torching its library last month, IS "bulldozed" the nearby ruins of Nimrud Thursday, the tourism and antiquities ministry said.
Until Muslims stand up to this and end it by killing every "extremist", they are tacitly supporting acts like this.

Civilized religions do not destroy. Unless I see large numbers of Muslims publicly disavowing practices like this and all the other medieval trappings of fundamentalist Islam, I cannot consider Islam a true religion.

New product

Just found this:

South Fork Industries Facebook page.

Be Prepared!

Seems I've seen this idea a few places - from a muzzle device that would wipe pig's blood onto each round as it left the barrel, to a booby-trap that could be installed in Israeli buses to douse suicide bombers with the forbidden substance, thereby sending them straight to Hell, no stops for virgin houris...

Yep - another new ides:

AMERICAN INGENUITY! Introducing ‘Pig’s Blood Spray,’ the latest in anti-Islamic terrorism protection