I’m not ANTI NRA.

Just the opposite, in fact.

But the current board and the current bureaucracy is not the NRA that was there when I became aware of WHY we need an NRA and why I joined over 25 years ago.

I’m a Life Member. A Firearms Instructor.

The NRA no longer serves it’s core mission, but rather serves the NRA….and now we find out that the NRA served, to a limited extent, the board members instead of the rest of us.  .
In other words, the NRA uses our money, not to serve the members of the NRA, but to enrich the(some of) the board members, and to enlarge and employ a bureaucracy that doesn’t have the members needs,wants,and issues as the primary reason for existence.In fact, I believe that the current management simply sees the NRA members not as a reason to exist, but simply as a source of cash. 

There have been many questionable decisions by the current NRA management. Many that were, in my opinion, wrong. This does not change the fact that they for us, and with us, are a very powerful right organization.

I am, a member of the NRA. I think they are an important part of the shooting community….

But we need some housecleaning. Some sanity. Some reasonableness and some better guidance. Simply some better management. Yes, I’d like to see WLP gone. I’ve said that for years. I don’t know, however, who to replace him with….

The current issues can be fixed….If the Board gets it’s act together and removes the people responsible and chooses to fix it.

If not, our most important advocate for our rights will fade away.

I think that the board is failing the  members of the NRA.

Great forecasting:

If one can’t get the details correct 12 hours into the future, how can one forecast trends 10 or 20 or 50 or 100 years into the future?

Forecast was for “blizzard Conditions” from 2 pm to 8 pm on Saturday.

Not so much. The freeze line apparently went farther north, so we got a few flakes (and some snow) and mostly rain.

I’m glad I didn’t have to pull out the snow shovel, but still, pretty mediocre forecasting there. 

I ain’t the only one…

That tangles with power machinery and has been lucky enough to only do damage that heals, rather than remove major parts of limbs and/or digits.

Via email from Jon S. (posted with permission)

Four inch angle grinder with a carving blade.
I said to myself “have to put the guard on”, did not.
Took about a half a second. 
Put my hand in my armpit to as a first reaction, when I took it out and looked and could still see that everything was attached.
I relaxed. 
I can still count to 10.
Not real damage, got really, really lucky.

He’s got those gloves hanging in his garage as a reminder of his luck that he is still able to count to ten. And, of course, a reminder that one cannot push one’s luck too many times. 


Since when some right wing nutjob does something bad it is the cause of either the NRA or Donald Trump or some non-left wing publication….

Can we blame the California Synagogue shooting on THIS cartoon which is blatantly anti-semitic that was run in the New York Times?

Personally, I blame Chuck Schumer for this, but then again, that is as logical as blaming the NRA for all the shootings of young black men on street corners in Democrat-led cities on any given night….


I just wasn’t enthused enough about going to take the 2-1/2 hour drive each way, plus finding parking, to go.

I’m kinda disgusted with the NRA lately, Their Training Division has pissed me off enough that I am no longer teaching NRA Basic Pistol or Basic Rifle classes, and I am disgusted by the shenanigans coming to light about the Board and their financial practices with our donated money. I’d probably find the wrong person and not keep my mouth shut and get kicked out or something….

And, while I would like to see the new products,  I don’t plan on buying anything new this year, so that motivation too went away.

Plus Midwest Chick was kinda undermotivated as well. So we ain’t goin’.

I will miss seeing my friends from across the country who will be there, but what with the forecasted late spring Blizzard conditions (6 inches of snow at 3 inches an hour and 25 mph winds with gusts above 35) at home this evening (when I will be returning) I decided there wasn’t enough reason to go.

Sorry y’all, I won’t be seeing you this year.

innit interesting:

When thre is an incident including Muslims and/or folks of middle eastern ancestry and death or violence, the “Authorities” always claim that there is no indication of terrorism or that it is too soon to determine if there is any link to terrorism…..

But when it is not a Muslim/Middle Easterner, as in the case of Isaiah Peoples, there was an INSTANT declaration of “Domestic Terrorism”.

Now, maybe it was indeed a case of attempted murder. Maybe not. Mr Peoples claims not, of course….But why do we have this disparity in when and/or how quickly a determination can be made?

Strange, isn’t it?

Equal protection under the law???

This could get pretty ugly:

“I’d like to know why Ms. Clark is being treated differently than Jussie Smollett,” asked Cook County Judge Marc Martin. “It’s a disorderly conduct case [false] reporting — a lot less egregious than Mr. Smollett’s case. I have a problem with it. Why is she being treated differently?”

And that is exactly the issue: Why is ANYONE being charged with any similar crimes…..and the open question: How long before the prosecutors CAN charge anyone with similar crimes?

It’s not like Mr. Smollett was charged and tried for his crime but got a light sentence….the charges were DROPPED…so why is the County of Cook charging anyone?

Just in case you aren’t sure….

I do these things so you don’t have to experiment on yourself……

11,000 rpm 4 inch grinder (without the safety guard, of course…because I’m a guy) with an 80 grit flap disc…
skin on knuckle
0.0000004 seconds of contact time.

Skin gone.

But it is clean and should heal rapidly.


Now you know, just in case you were wondering.