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A Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there, and to mine as well. Thanks for all that you do, and have done for your children. Many times, it's a thankless job, and many times, one day a year just really isn't sufficient enough to recognize all that you do, or have done. The sacrifices that you make to make a better life for your children. Thank you, and God Bless you all for the choice you made to be a father.

We had planned on celebrating Father's Day today here at the house, for my father and my brother, but we are moving it to tomorrow instead.

Happy Father's day to my Dad, and to my brother.

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Politics, Gripes, Complaints / Upping the Charges!
« on: June 03, 2020, 02:57:40 PM »
Looks like they are going to promote the charges against Chauvin higher, as well as charging the other three officers.

https://www.startribune.com/ellison-will-charge-chauvin-with-2nd-degree-others-to-be-charged/570984872/

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I knew there was something missing around here!  :wave1:

No beer thread. Shameful! How can you people call yourselves Texans?

So let's have a beer thread.

I really like Shiner beer!  :rocknroll2:

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What price are we paying for technology and convenience? The loss of our own personal privacy? The hands on approach of true craftsmanship? Becoming slaves to technology? The loss of actually thinking problems out and solving them ourselves?

As technology advances, it almost seems to me that society as a majority, and primarily among the younger generations, that we are being "dumbed" down to a large degree. Too many people tend to rely upon technology to solve problems, or to find answers as their solutions. That in some ways, we are letting machines do our thinking and work for us. At what point do the machines think we are no longer needed, or that we are the threat? Now, this may sound far-fetched, and sound like the movie franchise "Terminator" and to be honest, the thought of this idea came to me some years ago after watching the first "Terminator" movie. Carefully thinking it over, It's really not as crazy as one might think. For that movie to become actually real, and not just sci-fy imagination, AI, (artificial intelligence) would need to become a reality. That is one thing that many are working on as the next progression of computer technology. Once that truly happens, then the entire premise of the movies becomes a very real possibility IMO.

Another concern, is that we have placed convenience and a fast paced lifestyle above so many other important things in life. We are all in such a hurry, to do, exactly what? The same thing we did the day before. The week before. The month before. The year before. Seems like a being a rat on wheel to me. Not a lifestyle I would want. Seems also like trying to hurry to the grave!

I see technology as a two-sided sword. But are we the masters, or the slaves of technology? If there was some cataclysmic event in which technology was shut down, how would many who have relied upon it so much, survive? IMO, many wouldn't, because they became slaves to it, rather that the master of it.

Personally, I like technology. But I hope and try not to be it's slave. I still read an actual book, or magazine. I still like doing things with my hands, and making things. I still like doing my own research and not just accepting something at face value because someone posted it on the internet. O still like doing many things the old-fashioned way, like my parents, or grandparents, or even my great grandparents did things.

A country boy will survive!

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Who else has PBD? What is PBD? It's perpetual build disease!

I have had it as long as I can remember, going back to a much younger version of myself. What is PBD you may ask. It's never being fully content with how something is, and know you can either make it better with modifications, or after completing a project and using it for a while, thinking of ways you could have done it better to suit your needs.

Personally, I have had this all sorts of things, from cars, motorcycles, trucks, guns, tools, houses, ect.  Always looking at things, and thinking I can do better, or make changes better suited to me.

So who else has this dreaded condition? And what are some of your projects that have reflected this and even those still being made better or modified to your suiting?

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So how about a thread, just to post random stuff, that doesn't really fit in one specific area, or might just gain a few replies and not necessarily need it's own thread. Or just witty banter about various things. Or random questions about anything that might be perplexing you.

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I have a project in mind for a 1911 build. A custom target 1911 in 38 Super. I have been kicking this idea around for a few years now. I have longed for a 1911 in 38 Super for many years and now it's becoming possible.

I have looked at two possible candidates, new, which are the MetroArms American Classic, and the Rock Island Armory 1911's. Either can be bought for under $600. But, I'm not opposed to buying used if the price is right. I have searched several online gun auctions, but most are well out of my price range.

This, is what I'm looking for in the finished pistol.

https://images.app.goo.gl/6V5NVg4vabWvcoYb7

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Outdoors / Snakes Are Already Out!
« on: March 23, 2020, 02:08:02 PM »
Please be careful outside. The snakes seem to be out early with spring coming early and warmer weather.

I killed two copperheads, and a water moccasin last week, and saw another water moccasin as well, and very close to the house. One of our smaller puppies was also bit on the leg last week.

I have a feeling with all the rain over the last six months or so, snakes are going to be bad this spring and summer.

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Seems Schumer may have let running his mouth off on the steps of the Supreme Court steps, get him I to hot water!

Even some Democrats were critical and condemning of his veiled threats. There is talk of a resolution to have Schumer censured in the Senate.

Chuck needs to go!

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Politics, Gripes, Complaints / FISA Reforms....
« on: March 07, 2020, 06:26:21 PM »
Well Trump says he won't reauthorize the FISA courts unless there are some serious reforms are put into place.

Trump seriously has a vested interest in seeing them reformed.

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Rifles & Shotguns / Antiquing A Winchester Model 94 Rifle.
« on: March 03, 2020, 04:25:55 PM »
I have a Winchester model 94 in 30-30 of about 1990's vintage, that I picked really cheap some years ago, in dang near mint condition. I carried on my gun rack for some years for coyote elimination, before switching to one of my AR's for that purpose.

Mine is the economy version of the model 94, with the cheaper hardwood stocks, no checkering, and plastic buttplate. It has the 20" barrel as well. This is a long term project, that once I acquire the necessary parts I will start modifying it. The idea, or goals are, to replace the barrel with one that is 24" or 26" in length,  replace the stocks with walnut, and refinish them, add a crescent style brass buttplate, and target style tang and globe sights to it. Then to "age" the rifle to make it look like it's over a century old.

Still some minor details to iron out in the planning to get the desired end result. But I think it will end up being a neat project to take on, and not too terribly expensive.

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Rifles & Shotguns / Building A Budget Target Rimfire Rifle.
« on: March 03, 2020, 04:04:14 PM »
I have this idea of building a budget-minded rimfire target rifle. The premise is fairly simple. Bolt-action, single shot, or repeater, preferably one with a box type magazine, heavy varmint, or target style barrel, and set up for use with a scope. And since my collection has a void in it of a 22 Magnum, that is the desired cartridge that I want build around.

I started the same similar thread on a few other gun forums over a year ago. The replies and suggestions were pretty varied. The naysayers were most assuredly in attendance! It can't be done on a budget, or a 22 Magnum can't be made accurate, and quite a few other negative responses. But, there were a few people that were encouraging of the project, even one gunsmith who tinkers with a lot of rimfires, who offered to do my chamber reaming of the barrel for free. One of the most frequent negative replies, was that budget and target didn't belong in the same sentence, and that I would dump a bunch of money into project that I'd never get my money back if I sold the rifle. I'm not planning to build it with intentions of selling it. This is for my personal enjoyment, and to see if it can be done.

The main focus, will be concentrating on the details. Such going to target style laminated stock, reworking the trigger and other adjustments. Trying out every 22 Magnum ammo available to find which is the most accurate in my rifle. Mounting a decent scope and rings on the rifle. Possibly even trying out different barrels in the search for greater accuracy.

Thing is, I think it can be achieved. I have done it before with other rifles in the past. Nothing can be achieved if you don't try.

The floor is open for tips, advice, or discussion. :wave1:

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Off Topic Discussion (NON FIREARM RELATED) / National Chili Day!
« on: February 27, 2020, 09:35:20 PM »
Today is National Chili Day!  :rocknroll2:

I love to make chili, almost as much as I enjoy eating chili! :wave1:

Chili was declared the state food of Texas in 1977!  :rocknroll2:

So y'all enjoy a big bowl of hot chili today! :th_thicon_idea:

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Defensive Tactics / Pistol Press Checks!
« on: February 21, 2020, 03:43:38 AM »
I saw this subject come up on another gun forum. Press checks of your carry pistol, to ensure that a round was chambered. Hmmm......

Personally, outside of Hollywood movies, and TV shows, I haven't seen anyone do such a thing with their carry pistol. Hmmm......

My thoughts? It's dumb! I revert back to one of the basic tenets of gun safety, all guns should be considered loaded, and handled as if they were loaded. ALL pistols in my home, or that I'm carrying, ARE loaded.  IMO an empty gun, is nothing more than an expensive paperweight. So why would I press check a pistol to see if it's chambered? I don't, and never have.

Thoughts?

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Tech Zone / Inexpensive Laptop Advice Wanted....
« on: February 20, 2020, 04:43:27 AM »
Our ten year old laptop went bye bye several months ago! Luckily I had most of the important things saved on a disc.

I need to replace it in the near future. All I have at this time to access the forum, is this small tablet.

Now my needs are fairly basic for a laptop. Access to the internet, and email, able to surf the net, and communicate on various forums, and such. I have a full size USB keyboard and mouse that I would like to use with it as well.

I have been searching Craigslist a little, looking at used laptops, but, concerned that I may end buying someone's problematic computer. I don't enough, not to be conned on such an item.

Or would I be better off just buying a new one? I would like to spend amount as possible, but something decent as well.

I'll answer any questions in order to point me in the right direction, and appreciate any advice or suggestions.

Thanks.

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Politics, Gripes, Complaints / Ousted Democrats?
« on: February 20, 2020, 04:27:27 AM »
I predict that 2020 and some near future elections, are going to end ousting some of these obstructionist Democrats. I think this is going to be pivotal year, as well as very important, and telling to the Democrats.

They had better decide what is important, serving their constituents, or their own political agendas. My prediction? Even many democrat voters are getting fed up, and quite possibly will jump ship.

Many of the things Trump has made better in our country, are not partisan politics. Better jobs. Better education opportunities. Bringing more blue-collar jobs back to the USA. Lowering unemployment. Lowering taxes. Working on more affordable health care. A huge boost in the stock market.

These are reasons, that people will vote for Trump, and quite possibly replace Democrats, who didn't get anything done for the last three years.

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General Survival Discussion / BOB For the Vehicle.....
« on: February 20, 2020, 03:59:55 AM »
For many years, I have kept a BOB in our vehicles. Now end of the world, SHTF, or zombies wasn't my fear or concern! I simply packed simple bags with some of what I felt were essentials, in case of emergencies.

All of my vehicles are, or were equipped with a basic first aid kit. Nothing elaborate, or super fancy, just the regular basics. All my vehicles also were equipped with a small fire extinguisher as well. These as well, are just the standard small inexpensive vehicle type extinguishers.

I usually kept a cheap blanket in trunk or cab, especially during the colder months.

The BOB itself, had things like a couple of flashlights, and appropriate batteries for them. Matches, bic lighter, and tender for starting a fire. A couple of different sized knives as well. Extra socks, thermal shirt, and bottoms, knit cap, and s couple pair of warm gloves. A large zip lock bag with nonperishable food, and snacks. A couple of canteens with water, (or bourbon!) as well as couple of liters of Gator-Ade or similar. I also kept a multi-tool in them as well.

Now the purpose of mine were jic, of being broke down in some remote area, until help arrived, or to use to help me get to help if I was broke down and stranded.

Sometimes I made additions, or changes, according to yearly seasons, the need of a particular vehicle, or for other reasons.

Now a person needs to evaluate their own particular needs, based on their own individual requirements.

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Cars, Trucks, Bikes, Atvs / The One That Got Away!
« on: February 19, 2020, 02:58:39 PM »
We all have cars in the past that we let go for various reasons, that years later we end regretting getting rid of it. Some, we want back simply because of nostalgic reasons, some, we just didn't realize or know that one day of their value or importance.

Then there are those we ended passing on, for whatever reasons at the time, later to kick ourselves for not taking the leap and buying them. I suspect others, like myself may fall into both categories.

Some that got away from me!

1975 Chevrolet Laguna S-3. I was the second owner of record on this car, and rebuilt this car pretty much  from the ground up. It was a mild street rod, and had it's typical "hot rod" problems, and my first ex-wife convinced me to trade it in on a new 1988 Dodge pickup. Sadly, the car is long gone, as is the ex-wife. I miss that car, but I sure don't miss her!

1967 Pontiac GTO. Dark blue with black interior. 389 tri-power with a 4 speed manual trans. I still kick myself for not buying this one. It was very clean, with only S/S Cragar mags and 60 series tires being not stock. It was sweet!

1977 Pontiac Can Am. Traded this to a buddy. Back many years ago, it was just a big Pontiac that was cool. Rebuilt it from the ground up. Pretty much back to stock. Pretty much! We just didn't know how rare these Pontiacs were back then. Maybe around 1100 were produced, but no one knows the exact numbers. Mine was white with the red interior, 400 engine with an automatic trans, and the optional OEM aluminum snowflake wheels. This car was really cool!

1978 Pontiac Formula. Black and gold, with a black interior. W-72 400 engine and a 4speed manual trans. This one I bought from close friend. It was in pretty decent shape, but needed engine work. Rebuilt the engine with some extras to make it perform better. Cleaned it up after it being sat up for several years, and added Pontiac aluminum snowflake wheels. I loved this car, but sold it back to my friend when I was going through my second divorce.

So..........

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Gun News & Laws / Are Rights Absolute?
« on: February 17, 2020, 03:39:00 PM »
This comes up quite a bit in discussion on gun rights. That 2nd Amendment gun rights are absolute, as some believe, and try to lead others to believe. Many times put forth by someone who has no legal schooling, has never attended law school, or gotten a law degree, nor have the ever practiced law. But, they try to mislead others that because they have read the 2nd Amendment, that somehow makes them a scholar on the issues of constitutional law.

IMO, no right can be absolute. Just as there are responsibilities regarding exercising your rights, there are also consequences as well. Restrictions, that are in place for the well being of society are at times necessary. As long as those restrictions don't infringe upon the exercising of rights by the law abiding citizen. The one factor, that when brought up, a citizen's responsibility in exercising their rights, is many times, met with silence, or worse nonsensical replies that border upon stupidity.

Laws are passed, for the most part, not to necessarily to prohibit or deter criminal actions, but to provide for punishment if the law is broken. And also to provide a level of appropriate punishment based upon the level of infraction of that law.

Many times there are laws we disagree with. But, as law abiding citizens, we abide by those laws. If we disagree strongly enough, and a majority share that disagreement, we petition our legislators to enact changes to the laws. That, IMO is the way a civilized and responsible society works. If our legislators, for whatever reasons, is failing in their duties, to represent it's constituents in changing the laws we disagree with, then use the ballot box to show our displeasure in their job performance representing us.

Without laws, we have chaos and anarchy. People will decide on their own, what to abide by, and which laws they will ignore.

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Off Topic Discussion (NON FIREARM RELATED) / Hitler: Madman or Genius?
« on: February 14, 2020, 08:54:31 PM »
I like studying the history of WW2, and watching documentories on the subject. One topic that from what I have gathered, concerns Hitler. Some think that he was a genius when it came to strategy, and some believe he was psychopathic moron, that just had some dumb luck in the beginning of his attempted takeover of Europe.

Personally, I think he was an idiot that just got lucky, and in the beginning, didn't meet any real opposition.

Curious to hear others thoughts or opinions.

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