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  • Majority back ban on handguns in checked baggage

    01/10/2017 3:09:49 PM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 114 replies
    YouGov Polls ^ | 10 January 2017 | YouGov Poll
    Most Americans, including half of independents and Republicans, support a ban on checking handguns into aircraft baggage In recent years, America has, unfortunately, become used to mass shootings, but the recent mass shooting by an Iraq War veteran in Fort Lauderdale has sparked some concern. In the shooting at the Florida city's airport, the man, Estaban Santiago, had checked a handgun into his baggage. After retrieving it from the carousel he loaded it in a bathroom and then allegedly murdered five people, exposing a weakness in airport security. The latest research from YouGov finds that most Americans (57%) support a...
  • The "I Can't Take It Anymore" Thread

    09/26/2016 6:26:47 PM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 293 replies
    26 Minutes In | Backwoods Engineer
    Let's hear it from people who can't take the Clinton/Trump debate any more. I turned it off after 26 minutes.
  • Emperor Zero's Amnesty Speech (Live Video Link)

    11/20/2014 5:11:05 PM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 80 replies
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  • Republic's Slide toward Civil War Continues

    04/19/2014 3:01:20 PM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 57 replies
    The Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 19 April 2014 | The Backwoods Engineer
    Happy Patriots' Day. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. ...   As we peer into society's future, we – you and I, and our government – must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without asking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to...
  • $15 RTL-SDR for Radio Monitoring on your PC

    04/03/2014 1:08:47 PM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 69 replies
    The Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 3 April 2014 | The Backwoods Engineer
    This post is of interest to ham radio operators, and also anyone who wishes to monitor NOAA weather radio, police, fire, EMS, aircraft, marine, and other radio traffic using a $15 receiver plugged into your laptop. The Chinese USB "dongles", originally intended to receive the Far East mobile television service, are being re-purposed as VHF/UHF receivers for many different modulation schemes and protocols. The software to re-purpose them runs either on a PC (Win/Mac/Linux), or on a single-board computer like a Raspberry PI (Raspian Linux). At about US$15, Ol' Backwoods just had to have one. The RTL-SDR receives on...
  • A Perfect Day: My America @ The Gun Range

    03/24/2014 9:37:22 AM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 19 replies
    The Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 21 Mar 2014 | The Backwoods Engineer
    We awaited zero hour. All was prepared; it was go time. Furtively, we glanced at the clock. 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... GO! Two of my co-workers, T. and S., and I went to the outdoor shooting range today, taking off as close to the exact tick of the end of our shift as my WWV-synchronized watch could determine. Our three pickup trucks raced along the interstate, exited, then caravanned over a few miles of dirt roads to our local public outdoor range. The spring weather in Alabama was shirtsleeve-warm with a stunningly beautiful sky as we pulled up to...
  • The Last Americans (book review of Earth Abides)

    02/08/2014 8:42:44 PM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 25 replies
    The Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 8 February 2014 | The Backwoods Engineer
    Ol' Backwoods just finished a book that I have been avoiding since my teen years, a book, I supposed, so utterly despondent in its outlook, so stolid in its prediction of failure of civilization, that it would cast its pall of darkness over me, without recovery. But I was wrong. Earth Abides (Amazon) Earth Abides by George R. Stewart is one of the most important, one of the more comforting, and one of the more hopeful books I have ever read. Surprised? Yeah, so am I. What could an atheist Berkeley professor write that should impress a backwoods Christian engineer...
  • Ducks Down: Truth Not Welcome in PajamaBoy America

    12/20/2013 9:51:36 AM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 31 replies
    The Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 20 Dec 2013 | The Backwoods Engineer
    Duck Commander Phil Robertson has gone and offended PajamaBoy's America, in an interview in GQ magazine that no doubt all my readers have heard about by now. But there is more to this furor than meets the eye; it speaks more about the divide in America than about Robertson and the gays who are attacking him. You see, Christians like Phil Robertson (and Ol' Backwoods) take the Bible, Old and New Testaments, to be God's Word and absolute truth. So, when the Apostle Paul tells the Corinthians that if you practice one or more of a particular list of...
  • Comrades! "Voluntary Roadblock" added to NewSpeak Vocabulary!

    11/21/2013 8:08:57 AM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 23 replies
    The Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 21 November 2013 | The Backwoods Engineer
    Man, this kind of stuff gets my hillbilly back up. It burns me up to see these city folk acting like sheep, when armed policemen pull them over, under color of law, and Lord have mercy! 'ask' them for BLOOD and TISSUE SAMPLES! The Supreme Court, may the Lord judge them ever so harshly, has said that police checkpoints looking for drunk drivers are Constitutional (Michigan Dept. of State Police v. Sitz), but this is something new: these are Fed contractors, asking for BLOOD AND DNA after armed deputies stop citizens under color of law. And then say,...
  • A Collapse 73 Years Ago, and Another One Coming

    11/07/2013 1:08:51 PM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 72 replies
    The Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 7 November 2013 | The Backwoods Engineer
    An essay comparing the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, 73 years ago today, to the near future collapse of the American civil society, from a blogger with the FR Seal of Approval. -- I. TACOMA NARROWS 73 years ago today, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State collapsed. The way in which it collapsed was brought on by a positive-feedback situation, where the destructive force was only bounded by the structural integrity of the bridge itself. There are some serious lessons in this collapse for the future of American society. First, let's get a basic understanding of why the...
  • If a Government Shutdown Falls In the Forest, And No American Is There to Hear it...

    10/13/2013 7:34:34 AM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 2 replies
    The Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 12 October 2013 | The Backwoods Engineer
    I really wanted to go shooting this morning, at the very nice Uchee Shooting Range at the Tuskeegee National Forest near Auburn, Alabama. I have some new .223 loads I am just dying to try out. But no. King Barry has decreed that there will be no recreating, and has erected his Barrycades, along with His Royal Decree. The roads in the Tuskeegee National Forest were open, as reported in the MSM, so I assumed the shooting range would be. I stopped by the Torch85 Truck Stop, as was my custom, to pay my $3 Federal User Fee and get...
  • Can I Be a Star like Jason Collins [homo football player]?

    04/30/2013 10:42:46 AM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 18 replies
    (FR vanity) | 30 Apr 2013 | Backwoods Engineer (vanity)
    Once, I allowed another man to violate my lower gastrointestinal tract. It was my doctor. I didn't like it. I doubt he did, either, because he wore gloves during the procedure. Now, can I be a star like NFL athlete Jason Collins, who announced that he, too, has had his lower gastrointestinal tract violated? Can President Obama say that I was courageous? Will millions of people Tweet and post on Facebook about me, too?
  • The "Who Needs a Ferrari, Anyway?" Argument for Gun Bans

    04/11/2013 10:28:56 AM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 25 replies
    Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 11 April 2013 | The Backwoods Engineer
    Biden made a huge admission this morning on MSNBC, network of gun banners: "It used to be we were dealing almost exclusively with hunters," Biden said on MSNBC. "There's a whole new sort of group of individuals now who, I dont know what the numbers are, that never hunt at all but they own guns for one of two reasons: self protection or they just like the feel of that AR-15 at the range. They like the way it feels. You know, its like driving a Ferrari," [Biden] said, raising his arms as if shooting a gun. Biden's comments illustrate...
  • Congress Can't Vote The Bill Rights Away -- We're Not a Democracy

    04/10/2013 5:47:40 AM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 14 replies
    Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 10 April 2013 | The Backwoods Engineer
    Associate Justice Robert H. Jackson, writing for the majority in the decision of West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, US Supreme Court (319 US 624, 1943): The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on...
  • Media Advocacy, Mendacity, and Idiocy on Sandy Hook Massacre

    04/09/2013 7:36:16 PM PDT · by backwoods-engineer
    Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 09 April 2013 | The Backwoods Engineer
    Look, y'all already know how bad these federal gun ban bills are. That ain't the point of this post. Today, I want to look at how the media and politicians are using the Sandy Hook Massascre to to shame the US Senate into passing S.649, S.374 and other gun banning / registering / confiscating / ickifying bills. Shhh! Shhhh! This story doesn't fit the narrative! The media and Congressdrones say we must ban, ickify, register, and confiscate all guns in America, BECAUSE SANDY HOOK!!!!!!!11eleventy!!!! But one Sandy Hook parent ain't buying it: Fox News Megyn Kelly on Monday hosted Newtown...
  • Another State About to Fall to the Onrushing Darkness Engulfing America [CT]

    04/03/2013 8:20:44 AM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 23 replies
    Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 2 April 2013 | Backwoods Engineer
    Connecticut will fall to the onrushing darkness of firearms prohibition, and the rest of America will too, in time. The prohibition package up for a vote in the Connecticut State Senate April 3 is a doozie: serialization and registration of commonly-available magazines, bans on magazines exceeding a paltry 10-round capacity, and prohibition by name and model of over 100 different guns. Worst of all, full registration of all firearms transfers will be required in CT; this is the Orwellian-named "universal background checks." If you want to know more about this mess, there's better reporting than mine. There are firearms owners...
  • The Key to Emergency Water in Urban/Suburban Areas [Preppers]

    03/29/2013 6:42:31 PM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 58 replies
    Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 29 March 2013 | Backwoods Engineer
    Imagine this scenario: for whatever reason, you are bugging out, and have to travel through an urban or suburban area, or even along an interstate highway. It's hot. Dang hot. And you need water. There's no streams or lakes or ponds nearby. Nothing is open, and there's no power to operate a soda machine, even if there was one around. You've got a container in your bug-out bag, but you need a source of clean water. If there are buildings, there is water available everywhere, but without a special tool, you can't get it! What are you talking about, Backwoods?...
  • Bloomberg's Phony Fudd Ads Run in 13 States

    03/24/2013 11:03:33 AM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 9 replies
    Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 3/24/2013 | Backwoods Engineer
    Colorado has fallen, and NYC Mayor Bloomberg's "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" is rejoicing. And, they are pressing on to destroy gun rights in other states they see as vulnerable. Below is an image from Bloomberg's $12 million ad campaign that will be running in North Carolina, and 12 other states: Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania. I am sad to see this targeted at my state, because many people will go along with it, right up until the whole state is disarmed. WHEN WILL GUN OWNERS FIGHT BACK? (IMAGE: Doomberg's Fudd...
  • ALL Gun Laws are Unconstitutional; Roll Them ALL Back

    02/06/2013 2:00:45 PM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 32 replies
    Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | Backwoods Engineer
    I respect 'Ol Remus down yonder at the Woodpile Report. He is somethin' of an inspiration to me and mine here in the Backwoods. And this week, he has given us a lot to think about. His basic premises are: 1) We don't have to show "need" to exercise a protected right, and 2) every infringement of the 2nd Amendment is already un-Constitutional, and should be rolled back. I agree. Let's take a look at his arguments.
  • MOVE on to "Weapons of Mass Destruction!"

    01/24/2013 10:07:35 AM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 4 replies
    The Backwoods Engineer (blog) ^ | January 24, 2013 | Backwoods Engineer
    Michael Nutter (yeah, he is one), mayor of Philadelphia was just on TV calling my AR-15 a "weapon of mass destruction". Now, that there is rich, friends, coming from "The City that Bombed Itself."
  • Two people injured in accidental shooting at Raleigh gun show

    01/19/2013 11:54:01 AM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 102 replies
    WRAL (Raleigh TV Station) ^ | Saturday, January 19, 2013 1:37PM EST | Tara Lynn
    RALEIGH, N.C. At least two people were injured Saturday afternoon in an apparent accidental shooting at the gun show being held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Emergency crews responded to the scene shortly after 1 p.m., and two people were loaded into ambulances. A witness told WRAL that a gun went off after being checked by an official at a safety check-in location, hitting a man in the hand and a woman in the side. The Raleigh Fire Department confirmed that the Dixie Gun and Knife Show would be closed for the remainder of the day Saturday. There...
  • Local minutemen, sheriffs discuss gun control [Raleigh, NC Area]

    01/17/2013 6:13:44 AM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 50 replies
    ABC Local ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | WTVD-TV Staff Writer
    ZEBULON, N.C. (WTVD) -- Hundreds of people met Wednesday evening to talk passionately about the Second Amendment and their rights to bear arms. Three local sheriffs, including Wake County's Donnie Harrison, took part in the minutemen's discussions in Zebulon. The meeting came just hours after President Obama unveiled his gun control plans. A boiling point in the meeting came about midway through. When dozens inside and dozens more outside of the Fargo Cattle Company Steakhouse bristled about a possibility that the federal government could violate their Second Amendment rights.
  • What "Miracle" of GOP-e Was Beck Talking About This Morning? (VANITY)

    09/20/2012 10:54:19 AM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 10 replies
    Vanity | September 20, 2012 | Backwoods Engineer
    Was listening to the re-run of the Glenn Beck Radio Program this morning. Beck mentioned something about "a miracle" concerning the GOP-establishment capitulating to the Tea Party, and that he could say more because "it isn't our story."
  • Wild Video: [Atlanta] Brawl Between 2 Women...

    03/30/2012 8:16:36 AM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 29 Mar 2012 10:29 EDT | Jonathon M. Seidl
    Weve featured massive brawls before, either at late-night restaurants or even on the streets. And there are many videos we decide not to feature. This video almost fell into the latter category, until we heard what one male bystander started encouraging one of the women featured in the video to do. These videos hit the internet last week, but have just started to garner more attention. It shows two women (the video calls them Bootsie and China), allegedly in Atlanta, in an all-out brawl that spans several minutes and even spills over into a parking lot, with one woman smashing...
  • Rumored: EBTs To Stop Working, Obama Blame Republicans

    03/10/2012 4:39:20 PM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 60 replies
    Confidential Source
    Heard: high-level workers inside the USDA's SNAP program are planning a false-flag operation to ensure Obama's re-election. The plan, as I heard it from my source, is to hack or otherwise tamper with EBT accounts such that on 12:01 AM on the first day of the month (in states that fill accounts then) the welfare recipients will not have any more money on their EBT than they did. I understand that EBT recipients line up at midnight at the stores on the 1st so they can start buying. Then, when massive numbers of EBT holders are freaking out, the perps...
  • Mitt Romney video fires blanks at NRA convention

    04/30/2011 8:03:02 AM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 4/29/11 8:42 PM EDT | James Hohmann
    PITTSBURGHMitt Romneys pre-recorded video greeting for the National Rifle Associations annual meeting received a lukewarm response here Friday, a reminder of his weakness on an issue important to the Republican base that at times dogged his 2008 campaign. (...) Im sorry I cant be with you today in Pittsburgh, but I wanted to wish the National Rifle Association my congratulations (on) 140 years of defending our basic Constitutional rights, he said in a two-minute video message. Way to go! Unlike tea party favorite Michele Bachmann, who also sent a pre-recorded video message, his two-minute spiel was not interrupted by applause....
  • Palin Damned by LOST Letter? [Vanity]

    03/21/2011 7:30:57 AM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 108 replies
    Palin supporters on FR been getting hit by anti-Palin FReepers (including EternalVigilance and the late-zotted pissant) over a letter Palin wrote to AK's Senators supporting the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), specifically adjudication over mineral rights. The PDSer's claim this letter is irrefutable proof that Palin wants to destroy US sovereignty. It looks to me like Palin, as usual for that period, was more interested in mineral rights and what was good for Alaska than subverting US sovereignty, as the PDSer's claim. Here is an analysis of the letter that seems to support what I'm thinking: Palin wrote...
  • FLIGHT ADVISORY: GPS Testing [spooky timing?]

    01/19/2011 8:23:34 PM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 27 replies
    Federal Aviation Administration ^ | January 19, 2011 | Anonymous
    FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION FLIGHT ADVISORY GPS Testing CSFTL GPS 11-01 January 20-February 11, 2011 February 15-February 22, 2011 Brunswick, GA The Department of Defense will conduct GPS tests on January 20th through February 22nd, 2011. During testing, the GPS signal may be unreliable or unavailable. A. Location: Centered at 304906N/0802811W or the location know as 105.25 degrees and 52.1 NM from the SSI VOR. B. Dates and times: GPS testing is scheduled on January 20th through February 11th, 2011 from 0000-0245 UTC daily and February 15th through February 22nd, 2011 from 0000-0245 UTC daily. These tests may not be concurrent...
  • Aaron Zelman [JPFO], RIP

    12/29/2010 9:57:53 AM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 50 replies · 26+ views
    Zelman, Aaron S. December 21, 2010, age 64 years, of Erin, WI. Beloved husband of Nancy Zelman (nee Soderlund). Dear father of Erik and Jeremy Zelman. Further survived by other relatives and friends. Funeral services 11:00 AM Friday, December 24, 2010 at Beth El Ner Tamid Synagogue, 2909 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon. Memorials to JPFO, P.O. Box 270143, Hartford, WI 53027 or Beth El Ner Tamid Synagogue are appreciated.
  • [Vanity]Analysis: How O'Donnell Can Win

    10/13/2010 11:45:06 AM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 52 replies
    (Vanity) | 13 Oct 2010 | The Backwoods Engineer
    Challenged by the naysayers on recent posts about O'Donnell being down by double digits in the polls, I have decided to convince myself (and others) that she could win. I have been playing with an Excel spreadsheet (hosted at my website) that allows one to enter various turnout and expected voting percentages for the three categories of voters (Dem/GOP/Other).
  • [Gov't Backed] Chrysler Adds 1,100 Jobs At Detroit Jeep Plant

    05/25/2010 2:36:51 PM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 15 replies · 327+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Friday May 21, 2010, 5:17 pm EDT | Tom Krisher [AP Auto Writer]
    DETROIT (AP) -- Chrysler Group LLC gave a big boost to the battered Michigan economy Friday when it announced plans to add about 1,100 workers to help build the new Jeep Grand Cherokee. The company made the announcement at a Detroit factory as it celebrated the start of Grand Cherokee production. Chrysler said it expects strong sales of the new sport utility vehicle, which is due in showrooms next month. Almost all the workers will be new hires, which Chrysler can pay about $14 per hour, about half the hourly rate received by current workers represented by the United Auto...
  • A Strategy for the Next Supreme Court Abortion Battle?

    04/06/2010 3:23:38 PM PDT · by backwoods-engineer · 9 replies · 504+ views
    ABC News / Politics ^ | April 6, 2010 | Ariane de Vogue
    Activists on both sides of the abortion debate are carefully eyeing a Nebraska bill that's wending its way through the legislature this week. They wonder if a proposed ban might end up as the subject of the next Supreme Court abortion battle. The road to every major Supreme Court decision on a divisive social issue is littered with hundreds of hours of strategy sessions by lawyers, politicians and activists probing pending legislation to see if it has the potential to become a court challenge. The Nebraska bill -- which seeks to make abortions illegal after the 20th week of pregnancy...