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  • 9th Annual TexasCowboy Memorial Shoot Planning Thread

    07/16/2014 9:20:40 PM PDT · 403 of 406
    El Gato to mylife
    Pistol ,and rifle only?

    These are called Naval Rifles. I guess you could shoot them if you could get the platform up the river.

  • The Obama Administration’s Human Trafficking

    07/12/2014 7:26:38 PM PDT · 13 of 13
    El Gato to SJackson

    If this isn’t enough to at least start impeachment proceedings, what would be?

    Never mind that the Senate would never convict...unless they feel their own ashes threatened in the 2014 and 2016 elections.

    I say strike now, the iron is about as hot as it’s likely to get. The leftists are already mounting their “Republicans hate Children” campaign.

  • The Obama Administration’s Human Trafficking

    07/12/2014 7:21:52 PM PDT · 12 of 13
    El Gato to GOPJ
    Interesting point that no one’s trying to break into communist countries...

    Maybe that's Obama's plan. Make us into a communist country, so no one will come here... except communists, of which there is a good supply in Mexico, Central and South America.

  • The Obama Administration’s Human Trafficking

    07/12/2014 7:18:41 PM PDT · 11 of 13
    El Gato to DJ MacWoW
    We Do Want Alligators In The Moat

    The Moat should be warm enough for piranhas.. just saying.


    07/09/2014 5:24:35 PM PDT · 52 of 52
    El Gato to P-Marlowe
    He not only should be impeached, but he should be tried for TREASON.

    Treason IS one of the specific "high crimes" mentioned in the Constitution, as grounds for impeachment. The other is bribery.. I bet he could be convicted on that as well, giving and/or receiving..

  • AP: ISIS Has Seized Thousands of Rockets with Chemical Warheads

    07/09/2014 2:53:28 PM PDT · 96 of 97
    El Gato to UCANSEE2
    What 'word' would you say that would solve this ?


    Of course that would really have the set the liberals off. We'd still be hearing their wailing and gnashing of teeth today.

  • Violent MS-13 Gang Members Leave Graffiti on Bathroom Walls of Processing Center (shortened)

    07/08/2014 4:55:37 PM PDT · 13 of 27
    El Gato to lilyramone

    They are the ones raping the young girls.. and probably boys too.

    No wonder the Regime doesn’t want reports with cameras in those “facilities”.

    What you want to bet which ones will be released first?

  • Thad Cochran gets lost in Senate building, winds up at Democratic event

    07/08/2014 4:52:29 PM PDT · 17 of 49
    El Gato to 2ndDivisionVet

    No harm done. It’s where the SOB belongs anyway.

  • Nebraska democrats outraged over holiday float (outhouse labeled "OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY")

    07/08/2014 3:32:18 PM PDT · 66 of 66
    El Gato to Libloather
    Follow up story from the same source:

    But get this, the "dark figure" is really a sickly green, and the guy who made the float says its a zombie farmer, evident by its wearing of bib overalls, which are still very popular among the older farmers in that area.

    He says it was really about the poor treatment of veterans, some his personal friends, by the VA.

    Well at least he made the state's Dim party look stupid, not that it can have been very difficult.

  • Nebraska democrats outraged over holiday float (outhouse labeled "OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY")

    07/08/2014 3:31:28 PM PDT · 65 of 66
    El Gato to az_gila
    which was on the local newspaper web site -

    That's not a local paper, it's 120 miles away from Norfolk. They have their own local paper. Although the Lincoln and Omaha papers are sold and delivered there as well. The TV station with the original story, is also not local.

  • Nebraska democrats outraged over holiday float (outhouse labeled "OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY")

    07/08/2014 3:13:54 PM PDT · 64 of 66
    El Gato to Libloather

    Of course they pull out the race card. Which also of course has nothing to do with 99.7% of the opposition to Obama. It’s his policies and actions, not the fact that his sperm donor was from Kenya.

  • Nebraska democrats outraged over holiday float (outhouse labeled "OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY")

    07/08/2014 3:11:33 PM PDT · 63 of 66
    El Gato to Libloather

    Wish I’d been there. My mother in law lives there. She also now owns “The Farm” which is very near Pilger, where she does her banking, which had the twin tornadoes pretty well tear up all the businesses, and many houses as well. Only the stronger tornado hit the town.

  • California citizen militia units joining forces with Texas units to defend the border

    07/06/2014 6:36:06 PM PDT · 304 of 321
    El Gato to Tammy8
    I am so happy people are going there and standing up for America, but I hope they are careful not to get into trouble

    At some point, there will be no choice. Standup and get into serious trouble, or don't stand up for our country.

    My ancestor, Samuel Hill, chose to stand... on April 19, 1775 as a Sergeant, later Captain, of the Harvard MA militia. He is recorded as responding to the Lexington Alarm, and Harvard is only about 13 miles from the field where the militia congregated above the Olde North Bridge, so I expect he was there. If not, later in the day he would have been shooting at the King's soldiers on the road back to Charlestown/Boston, possibly part of the group that ambushed the British column at Merriman's corner, since some of those are said to have marched 20 miles since 2 am, the ambush was sprung about 12:30.

    General Gage, the British commander/governor in Boston soon wrote:

    “The rebels are not the despicable rabble too many have supposed them to be, and I find it owing to a military spirit encouraged amongst them for a few years past, joined with an uncommon degree of zeal and enthusiasm
    . . . .
    In all their wars against the French they never showed so much conduct, attention and perseverance as they do now.”

    Before that day, Samuel Hill was doing what we are doing, as a member of the Committee of Correspondence. Although they were also organizing for the fight, should it come. Captain Hill was later joined in the fight by another ancestor, Ephraim Chaffin, who married Hill's daughter, Sarah. They are my 5th and 6th great grandparents.

  • California citizen militia units joining forces with Texas units to defend the border

    07/06/2014 12:23:07 PM PDT · 300 of 321
    El Gato to Count of Monte Fisto
    Yes and from the article:

    It didn’t matter that ALL 50 governors objected to this concentration of power in the hands of the executive – the Congress simply moved forward by changing the balance of powers through legislation

    And from the Constitution (Art 1 Sec. 8) :

    Congress shall have the power ...

    To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

    In the case of natural disasters, they are Executing the Laws of the Nation. Congress makes those laws.

    But the National Guard hasn't been a true state militia for around 100 years. Every member, and I was one, is also a member of the federal reserve of the appropriate service, Air Force or Army. The ID card carried by a Guardsmen, is identical to that carried by a member of the Reserve, which I also was a member of before and after being a Guardsman. The states do not pay the Guardsmen, except in those rare instances when they are called out for state duty. Even then the feds often pay, but not from the same DoD account. Not even the full time cadre. The only exception is the state staff, the Adjutant General and his staff.

    If we had a real President, he would be calling them out to repel this invasion, instead of instigating it. This is one of the reasons the Constitution provides that only a Natural Born Citizen can be President. Obama isn't one under the meaning of the term understood at the time the Constitution was written and ratified. (Unless B.H. Obama, the Kenyan drunk wasn't really his father) Thus he's not a real President, and his actions reflect that.

  • ***ACTION ALERT*** All Texas & National Militia Available Please Converge Immediately Status GO

    07/06/2014 12:03:01 PM PDT · 116 of 117
    El Gato to 12th_Monkey
    Texas should shut off all oil and natural gas leaving the state and cut electrical services leaving the state untill the feds act.

    The oil and gas thing is doable, but not for very long. However long ago Texas decided it wasn't going to export energy via electricity, something to with taxes on the exported fuel, but not on the electricity, I think.

    There are 3 major grids in the US. East, West and Texas. They are only lightly tied together. The links cannot support large amounts of power flowing across them, just enough to keep the systems synchronized, all on the same frequency, nominally 60 Hz. If there is a major loss of generation capacity, such as the gas fired generators being fuel starved, in the East and/or West grid, then Texas would have to disconnect completely, which interconnect breakers would do automatically anyway.

  • ***ACTION ALERT*** All Texas & National Militia Available Please Converge Immediately Status GO

    07/06/2014 11:44:25 AM PDT · 115 of 117
    El Gato to jpsb
    That said if the job is more then DPS and that Texas State Guard can handle then by all means call up the militia and let me know if they need a 66yo long time inactive Marine.

    The Texas State Guard is militia. A select militia to be sure, but militia none the less. National Guard was militia too, before being turned into a branch of the Federal Military reserve. Of course in another sense, even Guard and Reserve forces are militia, part time soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, but they are federal militia.

    I've been active duty, reserve and national guard. I'm now too old for even the Texas reserve militia, which is everyone, men and women, save a few public officials, 18 through 60. We are both too old even for the federal militia, which requires one to be under 64 and it's 45 for non prior service men.

  • California citizen militia units joining forces with Texas units to defend the border

    07/06/2014 11:28:41 AM PDT · 296 of 321
    El Gato to Count of Monte Fisto
    Which is important because Bush put all the National Guard units under the command of the President, removing the Governors as the ultimate authority.

    The President has been able to call up the National Guard since before WW-II. The feds pay (most of) the bills so they call the tune. They were so called for WW1, WW2, Korea, selectively for Vietnam, Desert Shield/Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

    It wasn't Bush, he merely exercised his authority to call them up. An Authority which derives from Art I sec 8 of the Constitution, which gives Congress the power..

    To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

    Historically the states neglected their militias, failing to keep them trained, and equipped. Congress also failed to provide appropriate organization, discipline (meaning standard training, standard calibers, etc) and most importantly for arming them.

    State Guards, which several states have, cannot by law be called involuntarily into federal service. They can be "loaned" to other states, via bilateral agreements, and have been for natural disasters and such. State Guards may not however train with arms, per laws passed by Congress.

  • ***ACTION ALERT*** All Texas & National Militia Available Please Converge Immediately Status GO

    07/06/2014 11:02:44 AM PDT · 114 of 117
    El Gato to texgal
    The states collect federal taxes and send them to the feds. Texas should continue to collect the federal taxes, but not send it to the feds,

    Gasoline taxes maybe. But Texas has no income tax, and the feds collect that themselves. It is their biggest source of revune, but borrowing is a close second.

    I know of no taxes, again save possible on gasoline, that Texas collects for the Feds. Perhaps you have more specific information.

    The people of the states send plenty to Washington, but these days the states are often on the receiving of federal money, after DC has taken it's cut of course.

    And that is the problem. He who pays the piper calls the tune. It was never supposed to be the federal government. Originally taxes were to be collected on a per capita basis based on the census, each state would pay the same amount per person. The biggest blows to Federalism were the 16th and 17th amendments. The first allowed direct taxation of incomes, the second provided for direct election of Senators, the combined effect was a massive shift of power from the states to the federal government, leading directly to where we find ourselves today.

  • ***ACTION ALERT*** All Texas & National Militia Available Please Converge Immediately Status GO

    07/06/2014 10:50:12 AM PDT · 113 of 117
    El Gato to batterycommander
    North Texas near the Red River about defending that area against the Feds and Oklahoma who have claims against that territory.

    Actually Texas and Oklahoma settled the border location a long time ago. The feds are sticking their oar in so they can take the land, which is privately owned and on the Texas side of the agreed upon border.

  • ***ACTION ALERT*** All Texas & National Militia Available Please Converge Immediately Status GO

    07/06/2014 10:03:34 AM PDT · 112 of 117
    El Gato to coldoc
    The Texas Rangers are only PART of the DPS. Texas DPS The Rangers do have some specialized units that could prove useful.
  • California citizen militia units joining forces with Texas units to defend the border

    07/06/2014 9:23:19 AM PDT · 294 of 321
    El Gato to Ray76
    Do you know the meaning of "interdiction"?

    the action of preventing someone or something from going or being taken somewhere

  • California citizen militia units joining forces with Texas units to defend the border

    07/06/2014 9:05:34 AM PDT · 293 of 321
    El Gato to Texas56

    Calling out the National Guard would not be a Good Idea.

    Because it really belongs to the federal government, and is just loaned to the states. By that I mean ever member is also a member of the federal Reserve, Army or Air Force. They can be called to federal duty, as individuals or units.

    The Texas State Guard, OTOH, is a pure select militia. They are only under the order orders of the Governor. As others have pointed out, the Texas governor can also call up the reserve militia, which is pretty much everyone, men and women alike, who are at least 18 and not more than 60 years of age;

    But those are only the persons “liable to serve”, us old guys can still volunteer, AFAIK.

    The State Guard has the advantage of being organized, and disciplined, in the Constitutional meaning of the term.

    Both the State Guard and the reserve militia will have to supply their own arms and ammunition, and in so doing they will probably be breaking federal law.. but then again, so is Obama.

  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico ~ 01 JUL 2014

    06/30/2014 11:11:59 PM PDT · 34 of 61
    El Gato to Kathy in Alaska

    I’ve been there!... but it was a long time ago, 1974, and I was wearing my blue suit in those days. I was TDY for a project, discussing testing of an inertial navigation system.

    However I was close enough to see their airfield light about 10 months ago. I saw it from White Sands Missile Range, where I was involved in preparations for a Surface To Air Missile system test. Test went well, but I was laid off 2 months before the test. In fact I was out there my last week, training my replacement. I’d been out there a lot in the previous year plus, but didn’t realize how close our test site was to Holloman.

    Holloman and White Sands Missile Range are now a Joint Base.

  • IDF Hits More than 30 Terrorist Targets in Gaza

    06/30/2014 11:07:15 PM PDT · 21 of 21
    El Gato to Jeremiah Jr

    Brought to Hamas from Ft. Worth Texas.

  • Obama adviser reasserts U.S. is 'Islamic country'-also touts rise of 'Caliphate' (Traitors)

    06/30/2014 10:23:59 PM PDT · 55 of 61
    El Gato to muir_redwoods
    If I had my way American would be muslim country the same way New Hampshire is white tail deer country.

    Except the dogs won't have to be leashed. Probably will be more like German Shepards or Rottweilers, than hounds. Although my Catahoula/Schnauzer mix is willing to put his nose to good use.

    I already have my license.

  • Obama adviser reasserts U.S. is 'Islamic country'-also touts rise of 'Caliphate' (Traitors)

    06/30/2014 9:52:14 PM PDT · 54 of 61
    El Gato to equalator
    "Obama also made popular a pot-smoking practice that the future president and his pals called "roof hits."

    Given the things he's said, and worse done, I sort of suspect he's doing those hits, but with the really Good Stuff these days. What a Maroon. But a very dangerous one. Heard on the radio, WBAP 820, that some Dallas (TX) county judge (most places would call him a commissioner) is saying that "The community" will take in a few thousand of the recent illegal immigrant "children" (Most of whom appear to be at least 16). They would be housed in recently closed schools. This after Obummer's minions had a chat with him at the recent conference of mayors, in the last few days. The feds would pay the bill, of course, and locals would get "jobs". The story on KRLD (CBS) really played up the "They are Children" aspect.

    Hmm. Just another indication that this whole was planned out..

  • Obama on mass shootings: ‘We should be ashamed’

    06/12/2014 8:05:45 PM PDT · 44 of 44
    El Gato to Tzimisce
    The American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.

    Yea and my ancestor, Sergeant Samuel Hill was in the fight on the first day, April 19, 1775. He was later joined, at first Saratoga, by his future son-in-law, and also my ancestor. By them Samuel was Captain Hill.

    Did 'er once, can do 'er again.

  • Prayer Request for Keegan James Dondlinger, born yesterday, due 4 March

    06/08/2014 11:08:35 AM PDT · 563 of 567
    El Gato to amom; Texas Termite; .30Carbine; 68 grunt; 8mmMauser; admiralsn; Aggie Mama; fatima; ...
    Lastest pic of Keegan and his little sister, Genevieve who is now 3 months old.

    Remember while Keegan is 19 months old on the calender, gestationally he's the equivalent of about 16 months, just like Oscar. Speaking of my grandson the O man, he was sick last night, 101 temp, not so very high for a little one. But here is a recent picture as well.


    06/03/2014 11:33:07 AM PDT · 91 of 98
    El Gato to DoughtyOne
    Obama should be such an embarrassment to Blacks

    He's half white. Very few Americans don't share one or the other, or or both. Even "Latinos"(Mestizos) are a mix of "red" and "white". Our extended family has all 3, and only some of the "red" comes through the "Hispanic" line.

    He's an embarrassment to all of us.


    06/03/2014 11:26:32 AM PDT · 90 of 98
    El Gato to Lazamataz

    Just inviting him for a little on the down low? It is the way things are done in the 'stan,


    And hers looks pretty nice too.


    06/03/2014 11:22:32 AM PDT · 87 of 98
    El Gato to jsanders2001
    Surely this qualifies as a high crime or misdemeanor.

    It qualifies as treason, which is a high crime, but one of only two actually enumerated in the Constitution, the other being bribery. So there can be no getting around it being a high crime, it is one by Constitutional definition.

    Treason is the only crime defined in the Constitution

    Article 3, Section. 3.

    Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.


    06/03/2014 11:16:50 AM PDT · 86 of 98
    El Gato to Lazamataz
    Carter and Clinton didn't WANT to commit acts of treason,

    Carter most likely, but I'm not so certain about Mr. "I loathe the military". He and BroomHillary were left wing blame American first types from their time in college.


    06/03/2014 11:13:45 AM PDT · 85 of 98
    El Gato to humblegunner

    Takes a heck of a lot to make Mr. Peanut look good, but Obama has left him in the dust.


    06/03/2014 11:11:05 AM PDT · 84 of 98
    El Gato to Lazamataz

    The Carbon Cap will put it to the economy too.

    Fuel prices have already about doubled, and it’s raising the cost of everything else.

    23% fewer Americans have full time jobs than in January of 2009.

  • A QUOTE YOU MAY NEVER HAVE READ, George Washington's Prescient "Eisenhower Moment"

    05/16/2014 10:16:41 AM PDT · 46 of 53
    El Gato to El Gato
    The fact is that the military and the MiC are shrinking, more than is safe in today's world.
  • A QUOTE YOU MAY NEVER HAVE READ, George Washington's Prescient "Eisenhower Moment"

    05/16/2014 10:14:57 AM PDT · 45 of 53
    El Gato to MadIsh32
    Look up the overhead, G&A and fee rates you guys charged for 3 missles.

    They were "hand made" developmental birds, for both our system and Patriot, and thus quite expensive.

    But you go look up profit margins for say Lockheed Martin, verses something like General Mills, or Conagra.

  • A QUOTE YOU MAY NEVER HAVE READ, George Washington's Prescient "Eisenhower Moment"

    05/16/2014 10:05:18 AM PDT · 44 of 53
    El Gato to PoloSec
    If you compare the number of troops we now have, to the population we now have. I think you'll see that our military is hardly "overgrown" in the way Washington was referring to. In 2013 we had about 0.5% of the population in the military, compared to around 1.5% during the 50s and 60s. And further cuts are planned.

    We now spend a much lessor proportion of the gross domestic product, about 3.5% in FY13, on the military than we did in the '50s and and early '60s, when defense outlays were about 8-9% of GDP but a larger fraction on the federal government as a whole.

    For example in FY62, defense was 9.3% of GDP and federal spending as a whole was 18.8% of GDP, the deficient was 1% of GDP, entitlements were 6.1% In FY12, defense was 4.3%, total federal outlays were 22.8%, the deficit was 7.4% and entitlements were 22.8% You could have eliminated the defense budget entirely and there would sill have been a 3.1% of GDP deficit, assuming one didn't increase entitlements, which with all the people that would have thrown on extended unemployment, food stamps etc, the deficit probably would have been higher than that, not allowing for the decrease in GDP, which would make the deficit a larger percentage yet.

  • A QUOTE YOU MAY NEVER HAVE READ, George Washington's Prescient "Eisenhower Moment"

    05/16/2014 9:21:06 AM PDT · 39 of 53
    El Gato to MadIsh32
    We can have the most powerful fighting force in the history of the world without spending 1 trillion dollars a year

    We spend about 1/2 of the budget on paying the troops. The other half includes such things as fuel and ammunition.

    Our potential adversaries spend much less per troop. They can put bigger armies into the field. They also use what would be called deceptive accounting practices anywhere in the West, so the reported amounts they spend on their military are massively understated.

    Welfare recipients don't provide any goods or services for the money they get.

    Could it be more efficient? Yes, but most of the inefficiency is driven by Congress and the military bureaucracy. Funding, and thus execution, of R&D is very unstable.

    As the number of weapons systems developed and procured continues to shrink, so does the number of companies involved and there have been many consolidations, especially under Clinton, but under Obama as well. The companies, being bigger, develop more layers of management, and more internal bureaucracy, which also contributes to the general froth and stop/replan/start nature of the industry.

    I was supporting 3 different projects when I worked at Ft. Hood. One was the existing system, one a near term future development, and one a longer term dual purpose system.

    All three suffered from the start/stop issue, and eventually all three were canceled, and the mission had to continue without any of them. My job was canceled along with the systems.

    The next project I worked on, a joint development of US, Italy and Germany, suffered from the same start/replan/start issue, mainly due to two factors. Obama, in one of his early acts in '09, declared the US would not procure the system, but would live up to it's development agreement with the other nations. Congress said, if we're not going to buy it, why should we pay for (part of) the development? only because of the "continuing resolution" nature of the funding, did the project continue, but at lower levels than originally planned. The last couple of years there actually was a defense budget, but it went down to the wire every year, and funding was always in question.

    When flight test finally came, after I'd been cashiered again, the missiles shot down both targets as promised. 3rd missile was wasted as the 2nd hit the more difficult target, which had two missiles assigned to it, per doctrine. So, we delivered for our Welfare checks.

    Providing for the Common Defense, is the main function of the federal government. Diplomatic and trade interactions with other nations follows that. But those are not what the federal government spends the bulk of the money on. Look to those other areas, not provided for in the Constitution, which have grown exponentially in the last 1/2 century, for the solution to the spending/borrowing problem.

  • BOMBSHELL REPORT: Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch (freerepublic credited)

    04/11/2014 10:11:34 PM PDT · 172 of 210
    El Gato to Publius
    A senator or congressman cannot be impeached. He can be expelled from his House of Congress by two-thirds of that House’s members.

    True, but he could be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail.

    And he should be.

  • BOMBSHELL REPORT: Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch (freerepublic credited)

    04/11/2014 8:39:33 PM PDT · 159 of 210
    El Gato to lowbridge

    Tar and feather, literally. Then nail his sorry ass to a wall.

    Take pictures. Send to the Red Chinese.

  • After action of my Texas County Convention 3/22/14. If your primary is ahead, please read

    04/06/2014 6:42:38 PM PDT · 31 of 31
    El Gato to The Bat Lady
    I also took elephant necklaces to share so my section looked very festive!

    I would expect nothing less from our Bat Lady... since I guess the the Lady Liberty duds, that you wore to Crawford, might be a bit over the top, at least for the county convention.

  • After action of my Texas County Convention 3/22/14. If your primary is ahead, please read

    04/06/2014 6:38:38 PM PDT · 30 of 31
    El Gato to man_in_tx
    i fear this does not address the problem of a Constitutionally-, historically-, and biblically-ignorant and non-participating electorate habitually placing corrupt people in office

    The mere fact of such a convention being held would generate much interest, and would be a good "teaching moment", at least on the Constitution and history.

  • Michigan Gov. Repeals Ban on Short-Barreled Rifles

    04/06/2014 6:01:49 PM PDT · 64 of 64
    El Gato to duffee
    I don’t know that I’ll ever deer hunt with it. I deer hunt with either a 30/06 or a 45/70 govt

    Some states do not allow deer hunting with a rifle. But, at least some, states do allow rifled shotguns.

  • Michigan Gov. Repeals Ban on Short-Barreled Rifles

    04/06/2014 5:59:00 PM PDT · 63 of 64
    El Gato to El Gato
    Even the ban/tax on automatic weapons was sold, with help from Hollywood, as affecting only gangsters.
  • Michigan Gov. Repeals Ban on Short-Barreled Rifles

    04/06/2014 5:56:39 PM PDT · 62 of 64
    El Gato to cherokee1
    Until recent times it was always about gummint income, not safety or bans, the rules created tax income for those guns falling outside the rules-——no more—no less.

    No it's about control. The laws cost more to enforce than they get in revenue.

    The laws on both silencers and short rifles were "sold" on the basis that only criminals would need to conceal the sound of their shooting, with an implication of assassinations, and the same is true of short rifles, only criminal assassins would "need" them.

    But of course the NFA is just as unconstitutional as any other gun control law that bans whole classes of arms from general ownership, or taxes such ownership. A tax on exercising a Constitutionally protected right, unless it's part of a broader tax, like a general sales tax, is an "infringement".

  • The Key to the Next Energy Revolution?

    04/06/2014 5:24:56 PM PDT · 20 of 22
    El Gato to fabian
    we have commercial quick charging in 20 minutes

    Verses 2-3 minutes to fill up a completely empty tank? Maybe not a big deal, but a big irritant if one travels between cities much.

  • The Key to the Next Energy Revolution?

    04/06/2014 5:22:05 PM PDT · 19 of 22
    El Gato to RayChuang88
    I'll believe the battery thing when it happens. Liquid fuels are excellent for storing large amounts of energy. Batteries can do that, but they tend to be even touchier than the liquid fuels.

    But your reactor could power the process described, or other processes for converting natural gas to liquid fuel. For the trains, and lots of other things, electricity is great, if it's cheap enough. But "go where you want to go, when you want to go there" mobile power is probably not one of them, except in hybrid power trains which take much less battery capacity.

  • EPA agents raid ammunition company on alleged ‘environmental violations’

    04/06/2014 5:07:30 PM PDT · 74 of 76
    El Gato to joe fonebone
    failure to take proper safeguards for your employees is criminal, and these guys put cash in their pockets at the expense of their employees very right to live..,

    How do you know the lead in the employees came from the plant. Did they test other people living in the same area?

    The story doesn't indicate what processes that are used to de-prime and clean used cartridges would result in such lead exposure.

    The story does say An OSHA inspection in March actually found that the company complied with federal requirements for several months, apparently learning from its mistake last year. It sounds more like the company was not doing things the OSHA way, but now are.

    Brass is an alloy of copper(mostly) and zinc. No lead in it. Primers have lead, and the fired primers could be the source of the lead, but most of the lead from the primer goes out the end of the cartridge case, right behing the bullet, when the cartridge is fired.

  • EPA agents raid ammunition company on alleged ‘environmental violations’

    04/06/2014 4:54:25 PM PDT · 73 of 76
    El Gato to DJ Taylor
    Followed by a Declaration of Martial Law

    Sort of like Lord North and King George's stooge General Gage did.

    Well George, and his son George, were not long after no longer King, at least in the 13 former colonies.

    BO isn't King either, no matter how much he wishes his phone and his pen made him one. If he tries to stay in office one second past noon on January 20, 2017, he'll soon learn that, the hard way. If he hasn't learned it sooner.

  • EPA agents raid ammunition company on alleged ‘environmental violations’

    04/06/2014 4:49:39 PM PDT · 72 of 76
    El Gato to Delta 21
    Being an “ammo mfg plant”, the ATF should have had jurisdiction and been first on the scene.

    But they aren't an ammo manufacturing plant. They are, in effect, a recycling company. They don't make ammunition, they don't deal with explosives. They clean up old brass, which they probably buy mostly from the military. The administration tried to shut down sales of fired military brass to such recyclers, a few years ago, but that sort of blew up in their faces. They wanted the stuff melted down.