Posts by JAKraig

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  • Speed or Accuracy?

    12/09/2016 8:52:47 AM PST · 6 of 18
    JAKraig to w1n1
    Speed and accuracy are both good things, but, it is important to be aware of your surroundings so that speed isn't really a factor.

    I highly recommend frequent practice. Be intimately familiar with your weapon, put at least several hundred rounds through it before you trust yourself with it enough to feel protected.

    While you can't always anticipate a bad guy's actions you often have several hints of what could be going down momentarily. Be prepared and don't be surprised.

    You can't always have much time, if someone is kicking down your door you should have plenty of time to be aiming at the door before they are through. If someone bursts into a store with guns blazing you should have been watching the door and been ready.

    Know what is going on around you. It isn't hard, we do it while we drive or at least a good driver does. Be ready.

  • Do you carry with a round in the chamber?(Ladies)

    11/30/2016 12:13:37 PM PST · 81 of 113
    JAKraig to piytar
    I carry a Kel-Tec and I carry with a round in the chamber. It is the same weapon model that killed Trayvon Martin with one shot. My weapon is double action only, in other words pulling the trigger “cocks” the gun or sets the hammer and then releases the hammer. The trigger requires substantial force to pull, 8 pounds. I will never have to worry about accidentally pulling the trigger but if I need it it is ready.

    My wife carries a Ruger revolver, it is always ready, just pull the trigger. Hers is only 6 pound pull but still pretty safe, we have never come close to accidental firing.

    It takes time to get a gun out, you don't have time to pull a concealed weapon and then rack it before being charged by a bad guy, once the gun is exposed start shooting.

  • Justice Thomas scolds Supreme Court while honoring Scalia

    11/18/2016 5:44:27 AM PST · 29 of 39
    JAKraig to LibWhacker

    I’d love to see her and Ann Coulter sitting opposite Sotomayor and Kagan. Check and mate.


    What a wonderful dream come true that would be.

  • What Steve Bannon Really Believes About Alt-Right and the Jews

    11/17/2016 9:06:05 AM PST · 30 of 36
    JAKraig to babble-on
    By the way, this article is SUPPORTIVE of Bannon, if anyone bothers to read it.


    I read it and Bannon is right where he needs to be, advising the new POTUS.

    Bannon is a genius, he gets it and understands it better than most of us. More power to him. I hope Trump never gets rid of him.

    If you didn't read the transcript you should you will learn a lot.

  • Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ is the Best War Film Since ‘Saving Private Ryan’ (Rex Reed)

    11/14/2016 6:09:25 AM PST · 27 of 78
    JAKraig to Wneighbor

    I don’t think I have seen a better movie.

    This one will keep your attention and you will lose focus a few times as the screen seems to get blurry.

    This is better than “Saving Private Ryan”. This story understates the truth of what really happened. It shows the protagonist going straight to Okinawa but in reality he did similar life saving work in two other battles before then.

    There is a statement at the courts marshal that sums up the heroism of the era.

    This is a movie that should be mandatory for every graduating high school senior to see before graduating. War is Hell. War is death and destruction, it should not happen without much contemplation about the death our soldiers will be sent to.

  • Priebus defends Trump pick: 'That's not the Steve Bannon I know'

    11/14/2016 5:51:51 AM PST · 14 of 44
    JAKraig to rarestia
    50 years ago, before the Internet was even an idea in someone’s mind, the media was considered honest and provided proof to backup everything they said. Nowadays the media is seemingly corrupt to the core and does nothing more than castigate those who oppose their views while the opposition, in this case conservatives, bend over backwards to provide facts about every last talking point.

    I just don’t get it.


    I was a photographer in College to help pay my way. Because of that I associated with aspiring “Journalists”. They were not really journalists and their professors did not teach them to be journalists. They were taught how to spin a story to say what they wanted and make it sound like journalism. Even when I was in college in the 60’s the professors were liberals, many even radical.

    There is nothing to get. The so called journalists of today are radical liberals with access to the means of broadcasting their “stories”. Journalists of today care nothing about the truth, they don't need to back up anything. To the journalists there is only an objective and story telling is their way of achieving their objective of making us all in their image. To them there is no need of freedom or personal decision making, they want smart people “read them” to make all our decisions for us, they after all know best.

    Once as an engineer calling on a factory in Ohio I met with another engineer, he was from China. He seemed to be a nice guy and we got along well together. I learned a lot about China from him. Sometime after we became acquainted he told me his wife was coming to live with him from China. I offered to take them to dinner. While at dinner, through her husband translating, I asked her what she thought of the U.S. She hated it, it was so scary. She went to the store the other day to purchase shoes for her daughter. There were hundreds of pairs of shoes to choose from and nobody from government to help her. When she got here the two of them had to find a larger apartment, she exclaimed that nobody from the government helped them do that, they had to do it all on their own, it was scary. What if they made a mistake?

    This is what liberal people think life should be for us idiots who live in fly over country. We are just too stupid to make decisions for ourselves.

    Go Trump! Drain The Swamp!

  • Who was John Killman? A tip and detective work unmask mystery man (OREGON STANDOFF-FBI PLANT)

    11/07/2016 5:57:19 AM PST · 3 of 10
    JAKraig to Nextrush

    What a sick government we are ruled by.

  • Watch Unbelievable Story of How Donald Trump Changed Boxer William Campudoni’s Life

    11/07/2016 5:24:50 AM PST · 11 of 20
    JAKraig to refermech

    It was good I just wish it wasn’t so blurry at the end.

  • Laptop Dilemma : detachable or not

    11/06/2016 3:29:24 PM PST · 8 of 32
    JAKraig to caver
    I have a 17”laptop and it is fine for home, even for moving from one room to another but for travel, on the road, in other peoples businesses I don't see how I could ever beat my Surface Pro 2. Surface Pros have moved up to model three and even four but I still love my 2. Someday I will progress but for now I love what I have, The keyboard is easily removable but still functions as a computer even without the keyboard.

    There are other companies that copy the Microsoft Surface and many of them look pretty good. Your problem is that you won't be able to buy one of the new ones for $500. You will have to either throw more money at it or buy used. If you look you will be able to find what you want either in your price range or pretty close in a used Surface 3 pro. My recommendation, don't consider any Win-10 laptop under 128MB.

  • Here's What Would Happen if Hillary Clinton is Indicted or Steps Down

    11/03/2016 12:44:57 PM PDT · 106 of 107
    JAKraig to knarf

    chapter and verse, please

    Article I § 2 of the United States Constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole power to impeach (make formal charges against) and Article I § 3 gives the Senate the sole power to try impeachments. Article II § 4 of the Constitution provides as follows:

    “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

    There is nothing that specifies when the crimes or misdemeanors shall have happened.

  • Here's What Would Happen if Hillary Clinton is Indicted or Steps Down

    11/03/2016 6:33:37 AM PDT · 80 of 107
    JAKraig to knarf

    AND you can only impeach for offenses committed while in office.


    The president or any other Federal office holder can be impeached for crimes committed at any time.

  • The Next ‘Little Ice Age’ Is Already Here, Russian Scientist Claims

    10/31/2016 1:24:18 PM PDT · 44 of 63
    JAKraig to upchuck
    Now I’m confused. (Not a hard thing to do, I admit :) I thought Global Warming was “settled science.”


    I'll tell you what the settled science is for “Globull warming”. For most of the time in earth's history we have been in an ice age, at least it has been that way for the last 4 million years or so. about every 100,000 years or so we have a warm “Interglacial period”, they usually last about 10,000 years or so. We have been in the current warm period for almost 12,000 years. We are way overdue for an ice age, not a mini ice age but one of those 100,000 year long ice ages. This my friends is settled science! If you own property north of the Mason Dixon line you may want to consider moving south, soon.

  • State raids Delco offices, seeking evidence of voter registration fraud (Delco,PA)

    10/31/2016 12:47:49 PM PDT · 13 of 25
    JAKraig to Despot of the Delta

    Community organizers!

  • (VANITY) Prepper Advice Needed: Anticipating Post Trump Victory Riots

    10/27/2016 11:19:45 AM PDT · 71 of 105
    JAKraig to Tilted Irish Kilt
    True Preppers do not provoke violence, but are prepared, “just in case”.


    It would be wise to stay as far away from the trouble as possible. If you can't get away or need to protect “your stuff” make sure you are really prepared. A couple 30 rounds magazines for your AR style long gun might be a good place to start. Don't try to do it by yourself, a large crowd might try to take out one gun but multiple protectors with guns, well positioned means someone is going to die, some place easier is where they will head.

  • What Happens When the Electricity Is Off for Three Days?

    10/22/2016 9:47:33 PM PDT · 96 of 101
    JAKraig to Don W

    My Generac comes with a quick change kit to go back and forth between NG and Propane.

  • What Happens When the Electricity Is Off for Three Days?

    10/22/2016 10:46:39 AM PDT · 91 of 101
    JAKraig to Migraine

    Batteries are the biggest pain in the patoot I can imagine.


    Batteries are surely the biggest headache of any system that depends on them. Spending $10k that may only last 5-10 years takes a real commitment. While saying that, unless you live off grid the batteries could easily last 30 years. The life of a battery is how many deep cycles they go through and how you charge them. The less time they sit uncharged the better.

    Batteries can often be rejuvenated if you have patience. The truth is that even if you are careful you can ruin your battery.

    I have a large Solar or PV array, 12kw on the roof and there is simply no other way to economically use what I generate from the roof without batteries.

    I don’t have to use the batteries because normally the utility company takes my excess during the day and gives it back to me at night. After some storm or other reason that the utility company can’t deliver I will be on my own, then the batteries help me to continue normal life. The generator will help but it is hard to sustain a lot of hours on a backup rated generator.

  • What Happens When the Electricity Is Off for Three Days?

    10/21/2016 1:48:39 PM PDT · 65 of 101
    JAKraig to Migraine

    For me and my household, we are OK as long as there is natural gas. We have a 14K generac that will run the whole house.


    I have a 16KW but you shouldn’t depend on the gas. You would be wise to get at least a 500 gal propane tank, it is easy to switch back and forth. Your genset will take over 2 gallons per hour. Get some big batteries, a charger that will take all 14KW you can give it and a good inverter. Then you should be able to get by with only running for 3 or 4 hours (charging the batteries) once ever day or two if you are careful.

    Using natural gas will cost you just as much as the propane if not more. It gets pretty expensive, pretty quickly to run a generator 24 hours a day. You could easily pay $50 a day, that’s $1600 a month. A one week outage is not a big deal but if the SHTF and society crumbles NG won’t cut it.

  • What Happens When the Electricity Is Off for Three Days?

    10/21/2016 1:37:44 PM PDT · 64 of 101
    JAKraig to jonno
    it would be interesting to know where folks are buying their long-term food stores - who has the best prices, etc...


    We have 9 kids and 24 grand kids. We are kind of the Brady Bunch. Anyway while we do have some long term storage in grains and freeze dried stuff I don't see ever having to use it. So much of what you buy has preservatives that you just store regular stuff on the shelf. The “best used by” date on the product is usually nonsense, in many cases we are just now eating stuff we bought 10 years ago because we finally cycled through other stuff. Cereals, grains (properly stored) and canned goods last darn near forever. There are a lot of canned meats available especially ham and chicken. Get a caner and learn to can your own meats, it is really inexpensive that way, you can easily visually inspect your product on the shelf prior to opening and it is better for you than the prepared stuff. While you can't keep potatoes and other fresh vegetables for a prolonged time you can get by for up to a year with potatoes and squash if you are careful and then plant the seedy potatoes in the spring.

    Learn and don't get caught up in the long term storage nonsense you see on the tube.

  • What Happens When the Electricity Is Off for Three Days?

    10/21/2016 1:26:06 PM PDT · 62 of 101
    JAKraig to Uversabound

    ts good to be prepared.

    We have a generator, MREs and plenty of ammo.

    Yeah, better than gold and silver!


    Gold and silver will always be good but you must have food, water and ammo first. Lots of ammo. People that don’t have it and can’t get it in the closed stores or out of stock stores will trade a lot of good stuff for it.

    There is no excuse for having the luxuries of life before you are prepared for a simple power disruption or even societal breakdown. Food is cheap now, buy double and store it. Fuel is cheap now, buy double and store it. Ammo is not as cheap as it once was but a lot cheaper now than when everything goes to Hell in a hand basket. Get a gun for every occupant of the house and make sure every member of the house is a good shot and practice, practice, PRACTICE! Be sure you are a perfect shot at least to the length of your driveway with a long gun. Make sure you can make a head shot at 30 feet with a pistol. Don’t be ruined by body armor if somebody wants your stuff, make it hard to get.

    I guess to some it doesn’t sound Christian but if you can’t take care of your family then you are not very Christian.

    Your 60 inch curved TV and Tesla car won’t mean much when you don’t have food.

    It can’t hurt to be prepared, you hopefully never have to use any of your preparation any more than you have to use your car insurance, but as sure as you don’t have it you will need it.

    Do it now while you can.

  • Pigeon Racer Fined $5,500 For Killing Hawks

    10/21/2016 7:49:14 AM PDT · 19 of 43
    JAKraig to Fury

    No sympathy for this person. There are several ways to mitigate losses from hawks or other birds of prey.


    We used to keep chickens, down to only a few now but the hawks would routinely inspect the fenced chicken yard to see if they could get at the chickens. The hawks don’t like to get inside the fenced area because it takes them several feet to get airborne. On occasion a chicken would decide to check out the other side of the fence, the hawk sees all. A chicken can fly, not long and usually not high but with a whole lot of effort they can get over a 6 foot fence. Soon the hapless chicken would have a broken neck and a hawk trying to butcher it before my wife could chase the hawk off. The chicken would end up in our pot not the hawks but it makes you real mad. These animals are not pets but you do have an attachment after taking care of them for years. They all become individuals with their own personalities.

    Anyway, I understand where the guy was coming from. I never shot the hawk(s). They were always watching, they would have been easy pickings for my 22 and while I do have neighbors one shot from the 22 would never be noticed. I have to admit I though about it more than once.

  • Anti-Gaslighting: Raw and Current State Vote Data Not Remotely Close To Media Polling…

    10/19/2016 1:58:46 PM PDT · 51 of 57
    JAKraig to GilGil
    Saying that they are up by so much might do the opposite.


    Perhaps, but, the real reason for the polls lying like they do is demoralize contributors. Who wants to donate money to a loosing campaign? Well, I don't believe the polls and I donate anyway and so have more people than in the history of the country donated to Donald Trump. He received over $100 million last month in donations no larger than $60.00.

    I realize what the press says but they are in bed with Hitlary and lie, lie, lie, just like her. Wait, did I really just say that? The press IS Hitlary.

    I'm looking forward to the debate tonight but I am not looking forward the the next October surprise. I think it will be an election that Trump wins with over 300 EC votes. Not quite a blowout but it will definitely embarass Hitlary and Obumer.

  • Serendipity yields a process to convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol

    10/19/2016 9:56:20 AM PDT · 69 of 101
    JAKraig to Haiku Guy

    Haiku Guy wrote:

    This process cannot do anything but make the amount of Carbon Dioxide in the environment go up.


    It ain’t necessarily so!

    If the energy comes from wind or solar that cannot be used on the grid for lack of demand then even if the process is inefficient it is essentially free.

    I have 12KW of solar on my roof, I average on a good day between 60kw to 70kw of generation but, I can’t use all that, my normal usage is only 30-40kw per day. If I could put my 30-40kw excess production into liquid fuel as a backup to run my generator I think that would be great, more than great I would jump on it in a New York minute.

    Putting my extra into a battery is inefficient too and using the battery decreases the life of the battery. Batteries are expensive, VERY expensive. I would much rather use free fuel to run the generator when needed than the battery.

    Where I live the utility company will not buy back my excess production. They will hold it for me like a battery but if the grid is down how do I get my power back from them. I would rather not use my generator or battery but would rather use the generator than the battery if I have to use one or the other.

  • Hung jury in Sandy, Perez trial (NM-police officers charged with murder, video)

    10/13/2016 9:31:45 AM PDT · 41 of 42
    JAKraig to Gay State Conservative

    On occasion prisoners were cuffed and shackled but only when moved out of the facility. Training teaches how to plan for actions a prisoner takes or may take. We concerned ourselves not only with the lives of our employees but with the prisoner.

    Mental patients are never cuffed and seldom restrained in any way unless they become violent. One secret is to always have overpowering physical force available, make that non-lethal force available.

    In the video linked the more I watch it the more sickened I become. The perp looked like he was turning away from the officers prior to being shot, there was just no reason to kill him. Any time you shoot you shoot to kill, so the shooter with four hours of preparation must be making a conscious decision to kill. Perhaps one shot to put him down would not have killed but firing that many shots was only to kill, they continued shooting as he was falling. It was not needed.

  • Hung jury in Sandy, Perez trial (NM-police officers charged with murder, video)

    10/13/2016 8:28:47 AM PDT · 39 of 42
    JAKraig to Gay State Conservative
    Staff members of hospital ERs know it...but you don't.And that's understandable because you've never seen it.


    You sir are very wrong. I used to manage a Jail and before that a mental hospital. These people can be managed, safely with proper procedures. Not once in 25 years did an employee have so much as a bloody lip. There is NEVER an excuse for shooting a mental patient in the back especially if he is more than 15 feet away from you. In this film the perp was at least 30 feet away, that leaves plenty of time to shoot if there is an attack. It isn't like they were in a hury, they had been there for 4 hours and the guy hadden't attacked anyone, someone got trigger happy, I hope they pay for it for a long time.

    In this particular event the perp should have been tazed and bean bagged into submission on the ground there is simply NO excuse for what happened. It was obvious to me the perp didn't want to hurt anyone he just wanted to be left alone. I know he couldn't be left alone but capital punishment was not warranted.

    These people have mental problems, they are still humans.

  • Hung jury in Sandy, Perez trial (NM-police officers charged with murder, video)

    10/12/2016 1:44:54 PM PDT · 8 of 42
    JAKraig to Gay State Conservative

    Had I been on the jury and seen the video there would be no way anyone could convince me the shooting was justified.

    Bad shoot, needless loss of life.

  • Samsung to Permanently Discontinue Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone

    10/11/2016 5:32:28 AM PDT · 10 of 68
    JAKraig to ObozoMustGo2012

    The sad thing about all this is that there is no other phone that compares with the Note line. I have had three of them. After having one you would never want to go back to the being chained to I-Tunes and the restrictions of the Apple OS.

    I was just getting ready to skip the 5 and purchase a 7 but I think I will just stay with my 4 for a while longer. With the Samsung phones you can flash the ROM and put the 7 OS on it anyway so I think that is what I will likely do. I like the removable flash card and battery anyway.

  • Is rooftop solar worth it?

    09/28/2016 5:51:25 AM PDT · 98 of 100
    JAKraig to RckyRaCoCo

    One of the problems with solar and camping is that in camping weather you usually try to locate yourself into shade.

    500 watts is not much power considering you won’t have them at their best angle but it is a whole lot more than nothing. That being said you need to realize that you will not get 500 watts except on very sunny days in cool to cold weather. You will never want to take your batteries past 50% of charge. You can if you are willing to get a short life from your batteries but if you intend them to last you will not.

    It would be wise to get a camping refrigerator that uses both cycles, that is electric and propane. During the day when the refrigerator gets a lot of use use the battery electricity but at night use propane. The propane will be slow to recover but can hold temperatures just fine.

    Your battery is rated at 20 hours but you should calculate everything based on 10 and subtract 10% off the top for losses. I wouldn’t count on more than about 10KW to get you down to 50%. If your refrigerator pulls 2000W then that gives you about 5 hours of run time without charging the batteries. The refrigerator will run a lot until it gets everything in it cool and then will only run about 25% of the time after that if you don’t leave the door open.

    Since you have 500 watts and you could potentially have it 5 hours a day that 2500W total, with losses you should be able to just about keep up on your refrigerator without running a generator to charge the batteries. If you add lighting you will likely have to run a generator a couple hours each day.

    If your refrigerator is 12V and your system is 12V you are more efficient and could get a little more than going through your inverter first. LED lighting is the only lighting you should consider, you will be able to do a lot with 20W.

    You have enough to do what you want if you are careful, very careful. You must make sure your panels are at the best angle, never in the shade and that you get in and out of the frig quickly and don’t open unless you absolutely have to.

    My expectation is that you will probably have to run the generator each day at least an hour or two to make sure you never go below 50% unless you don’t care about the life of the batteries. Most people are more concerned with having a good time than they are managing their electricity.

  • Is rooftop solar worth it?

    09/27/2016 1:05:57 PM PDT · 83 of 100
    JAKraig to mad_as_he$$

    Forklift battery?


    Yes, Forklift or lift truck battery. 3000 lbs each. I bought 4, 36V batteries and converted them into 4, 48V batteries. I took the cells out of their cases, each cell weighs about 120 lbs with water, that is 72 cells. Takes up a lot of room in my basement. It took me several days to get them all down to my basement. I hope someone else carries them out.

    The steel case they were in weighted about 400 lbs. I used a lift in my garage to lift each cell out and then sent the boxes to the scrap yard. Yes, it was a job.

  • Is rooftop solar worth it?

    09/27/2016 12:56:50 PM PDT · 80 of 100
    JAKraig to RegulatorCountry

    The lower cost Chinese manufacturers haven’t lasted long enough for such a warranty to have any meaning. Even some domestic manufacturers have gone out of business, so there’s no one to honor their warranty.


    You are correct, that is why I bought all American products, cells made in Georgia. The company as been around a very long time and are still competitive.

  • Is rooftop solar worth it?

    09/27/2016 12:35:05 PM PDT · 71 of 100
    JAKraig to resistance

    When batteries are better so I can truly be off the grid and still run my 220v shop tools I’ll be all over solar.


    I have 3, 48V 1125A (rated at 20 hours, that is 3.2MW) that connect to my inverter that produces 16KW of 240V. It is here now. I can run my shop tools for weeks with no other input and no sun.

    In reality I would never run more than two weeks without charging, it just takes too much life out of the battery. Your battery will be one of your most expensive components you definitely want to take care of it. If there were prolonged bad weather and the grid was down I would start cutting loads pretty dramatically. The naturalgas/propane generator is pretty expensive to run but I would run that before I went down more than 20% of my battery storage.

  • Is rooftop solar worth it?

    09/27/2016 12:22:13 PM PDT · 68 of 100
    JAKraig to Boogieman

    “That all being said, properly maintained battery packs in fleet carts tend to last about 4-6 years while private owners tend to get about 6-10 years out of their battery packs.”

    That site is talking about batteries being used in actual carts, not with solar panels, but I imagine the maximum lifetime won’t exceed 10 years either way.


    Proper management of a solar power battery should provide at least 10 years of service but with proper care can last 30 years. The trick here is to oversize to begin with. Never use more than 25% of your storage and your batter will hardly know it was used. There are still a few maintenance tricks to keep sulfides down but it can be done.

    I personally believe you should only get a battery that was designed for very heavy use, I only recommend tow motor or lift truck batteries. They are huge, unwieldy but can last a lot of years with good management.

  • Is rooftop solar worth it?

    09/27/2016 12:15:23 PM PDT · 61 of 100
    JAKraig to Boogieman

    Betcha those panels won’t last 20 years either...


    Actually most are guaranteed for a minimum of 25 years, may of them are guaranteed for 30 years.

  • Is rooftop solar worth it?

    09/27/2016 12:12:31 PM PDT · 56 of 100
    JAKraig to Gay State Conservative
    And there might come a day when it makes sense in places like Europe,the northern two-thirds of the US and Japan/South Korea.But that day hasn't come.


    Actually it has come. Germany is one of the largest markets for Solar Electric panels. Solar electricity does very well in Alaska. The farther north you go the higher the angle of the panel and they run much better, efficiently that is, in cold weather.

    I know a little about the subject, I have 36, 325W panels on my roof. They produce in the neighborhood of 12KW. By the time I dump that into my rather large batteries I'm only getting about 10KW but everyone has loss problems that we can't do much about. I average 5-6 hours of full output per day, that is 50-60KW going into my battery. My average usage including electric freezer, refrigerator, A/C and a bunch of lighting and computers is only about 40KW per day, so I let the grid be my backup first. If the grid fails, there is no sun and my battery is used much more than a week I then have to use my backup generator which will charge the battery at 16KW per hour. I would then have to use the generator every other day for a few hours until the sun comes back out. The truth is that even on cloudy days the cells produce quite a bit of power.

    Do I recommend Solar electric? I do but only conditionally. If you purchase the components yourself and can do the work yourself you save a fortune. Solar installers are making a killing on pretty simple work. There are certain times of the years that most equipment providers are slow, that is the fall. People getting ready to spend money on Christmas and cold weather don't make people think of spending on equipment that must be mounted outside, so , the dealers offer sales and packages to help you want to spend. Take advantage of it. October is likely the best month to buy. Also realize that if you spend $30000 the government (this year anyway) will give you $10000 of it back. If your electric bill is $250 a month that is less than a 7 year payback. You can do a great deal with $30K if you are wise and careful.

    Buy more than you think you will need, there are losses you won't anticipate. If the grid goes down here we won't notice it even in the hot summer.

    Replace heavy electrical loads with more energy efficient loads. For heat consider a high efficiency heat pump, perhaps a heat pump water heater. Use ONLY L.E.D. lighting and replace your old refrigerator and freezer with high efficiency models.

    Since I have a 1 floor 3000 sqft house with breezeway and large garage I had plenty of roof in the right direction, not everybody does but roof placement is the easiest and cheapest installation.

    I have learned a great deal on this project, it has been fun. I read and read and read before I jumped in, I highly recommend anyone considering solar do that, know what you are doing before you start.

  • Cruz called in to Beck's show this morning

    09/27/2016 6:10:46 AM PDT · 72 of 74
    JAKraig to PCPOET7
    when you talk about hunter take a look at the pedigree of his wife...The church hierarchy is all about the familiar relationship to the prophet. I have also read the correspondence between Benson Ezra Taft and David O McKay.
    I belong to a writers group and we revue each others manuscript and one of the authors I work with does scholarly material on polygamy and the Mormon church. because of his research he has delved into the history of the Quarm and its presidents. there is nothing inherently wrong with the fact that the leadership has a pedigree if you look at the presidents of the united states you will find that most of them are related in some way to each other.
    I have nothing against the church but like all organizations it is lead by flawed people just as myself am flawed. I just believe that Glen beck is trying to get this groups approval.


    I agree in part, we all want approval, but, trying to get into the group is different than trying to get their approval. It seemed to me that you were saying he wanted in, that I would doubt.

  • Cruz called in to Beck's show this morning

    09/26/2016 8:32:48 AM PDT · 27 of 74
    JAKraig to PCPOET7
    eck is a complete out sider because he is a convert to the religion and generally ton get into this group you need the right genetic pedigree of being related to joseph smith or Brigham Young.


    This is just BS. Howard W. Hunter was a past president of the Mormon Church and his father never joined the church. Hunter was considered a convert even though his mother was a member.

    Nearly a third of the church membership is made up of converts. They pick their leaders from everybody. It is true that brand new members are not as likely to be leaders but after one generation you have learned as much as anybody else about the church so you are good to go.

    I doubt that Beck wants to be a leader, they don't get paid and I think Beck really likes money.

  • Going down: Hillary Clinton has already lost

    09/21/2016 6:23:51 AM PDT · 25 of 52
    JAKraig to Buckeye McFrog
    You are right. NEVER forget that the Democrats have 47% of the vote in the bag based on freebies alone. No matter WHO they run as a candidate.


    This 47% is very true, but, if the 47% are even a little dissatisfied with what they have and if the 47% can be made to believe that working is better than welfare . . . Well if only a few percent of those 47% stay home AND if a good percentage of the remaining 53% vote there is a chance.

    Because of the way our founding fathers set up the electoral college the 53% are actually better represented in the college than the 47%. The 47% are packed into cities, in states with large populations. Thus, while there are a lot of US House representatives in those states the flyover country has an advantage of sorts in senate electors.

    In states, basically states not on the coast, there is a higher percentage of people not of the “47%” than in the states with big cities, except for Nebraska all those electoral votes will go to the winner. Likely Trump will carry all those states. It is looking more and more like Trump will carry some of the contested or usually Democrat states too. Trump will lose the 55 votes in California but has a chance in Pa., NJ., FL., NC., certainly SC., and maybe even his home state of NY. Several of the far west states like CO, NM,AZ and NV are in play. If Trump wins most of these states he will be president. Right now he is leading in polling in most of these states. Counting electoral college votes right now based on liberal polling Trump is winning. We haven't seen Hillary's October surprise yet and that worries me. If Trump wins, I think he will, it will be surely in good part because he can draw a crowd but he will owe an awful lot to Julian Assage.

    There are many people at State and IRS that are guilty of crimes and should be tried and all of them that participated in the shenanigans of Hillary and Obama should be impeached and never draw another penny from the treasury. This includes John Kerry, who by the way served in Vietnam.

  • Pope Francis and Divorce

    09/18/2016 6:07:16 PM PDT · 3 of 7
    JAKraig to marshmallow
    First, I am not Catholic.

    The Church has dealt with this problem for centuries by granting annulments, annulments have been granted for people with children and married for several decades. The beauty of annulment is that once the Church realizes that there is not really a marriage, and likely never really was one then all can realize a mistake was made and the marriage removed.

    Annulments don't work for everyone, mostly one of the partners has to be condemn-able, if both are amicable then the priest will likely try to talk them back into a good married relationship. When there is a separation for cause then likely there is only one who will ever come back to church anyway so the annulment is usually granted. The annulment is not simple. Many letters have to be written and several clergy must make a decision. I would like to see The church make annulments easier, that way there is no change, then the queers and others can't cry foul.

  • Glenn Beck's bad bet on Ted Cruz

    09/15/2016 9:26:06 AM PDT · 43 of 54
    JAKraig to nhwingut

    A few days ago I received a notice that Blaze had renewed my yearly membership. I called to cancel and get my money back, they wouldn’t do it. I filed a complaint and they said they would look into it. They denied my request.

    I’m done with Beck because of his opposition to Trump. I don’t care that he liked Cruz, I did to but then Cruz lost and then tried to bring down the whole Republican Party. I’m done with both of them.

    I have sent Trump money, I’m expecting some good things out of him. He won’t be Reagan but he won’t be Hillary either.

  • Cyber Warfare; should you be worried?

    09/14/2016 12:16:56 PM PDT · 18 of 25
    JAKraig to TMSuchman

    Gasoline fuel stabilizers are good for one winter season, long term gasoline storage is not a real good option. You can stabilize Diesel fuel for a longer period and diesel generators last much longer although they are more expensive.

    If you do get a generator and want to use it for more than a few days get one that runs at the lowest possible RPM, preferably 1800 or less. These low RPM diesel engines can run for years with little more than oil and filter changes.

    One of the problems with diesel fuel is algae growth but a good filter will keep it from contaminating your system. Diesel also provides more power per gallon. If you are half way handy with tools get an engine from India, it will require a lot of clean up work but will be inexpensive. The Chinese make some good inexpensive generators. Figure about double the horsepower to wattage. 30 hp for 15KW for instance.

    I know it will sound crazy to most people but I personally recommend getting a battery backup for whatever kind of electric backup you have. If you don’t intend to have air conditioning you don’t need a lot. You could likely recondition a used fork lift truck battery that would give you at least a couple days storage and then charge it with only 3 or 4 hours with your generator. I’m not talking about a little 5KW generator but at least 15KW and a good 100 amp charger. Know that even a really good choice is going to use 1/2 to 1 gallon of fuel per hour. You want to make sure you are always at full load to get best economy. This is where the battery can be a big help. Two or three gallons every couple of days should be doable.

    The feeling of security this will provide you is worth the cost. If you ever have a storm or the economy crashes you will be glad you did, so will all of your family that comes to live with you.

  • Cyber Warfare; should you be worried?

    09/14/2016 7:00:10 AM PDT · 15 of 25
    JAKraig to Tilted Irish Kilt
    If the world crashes all the stolen data will be useless.

    Cash will be king and precious metals will be the emperor.

    Life now is good for most folks, in a crash it will not be so good but many of the things we enjoy can be preserved. Roof top solar can provide electricity even if you have no money to pay an electric bill. Cellular technology will not likely go anywhere but prepaid plans will become the norm.

    Food purchases could be problematic, just look at Venezuela.

    You should have storage at home. Food will be available but it may be available only sporadically. If you don't have means to keep refrigerated food your options could become unattractive. Get a deep freeze and a means to keep it going for at least a couple hours a day.

    Have a means to protect what you have and hide what you have from others, family will be the most important associations you will have.

    The value of cash will fluctuate, likely in the wrong direction as the government prints more and more of it, it will be nearly worthless. Keep a good portion of your cash in pre-1964 coin, quarters, dimes and half dollars. They will always have value. While gold has a lot of value is worth violence to get, people will kill for it if they know you have it, be careful. Ammo will be a good barter tool and likely as good as money. If you have an opportunity to get ammo for a good price it doesn't matter that you don't have a gun that will shoot it. If ammo is scarce then guns will be cheap.

    Organize your family to help hold what you have, be a survivor.

  • Still Report #1139 – Clinton May Use Invisible Spy Earpiece in Debates [August 23, 2016]

    09/08/2016 8:29:44 AM PDT · 20 of 29
    JAKraig to EarlT357

    Can you just imagine her actually freezing up or seizing up as her lifeline starts screeching into her ear?

    Too delicious!


    It isn’t that simple.

    These kind of signals are nearly impossible to jam. They use sophisticated frequency hoping technology. If you don’t have the same device or the frequency keys then you don’t have a chance. The only way to jam is to jam all the frequencies it can possibly use at the same time. There is no way you could broadcast a stronger signal to put intelligible sounds into the receiver.

    There might be some system that the government has to decode these things or perhaps the manufacturer could give up the codes but don’t bet on it.

    Cheating, lying, crooked Hillary.

  • “What happened? What the hell happened!?”

    08/30/2016 12:05:01 PM PDT · 67 of 91
    JAKraig to NorthMountain

    What the hell happened?

    We let people who aren’t paying for the government decide how the government will spend our money.

    We let the government take on powers that are not legitimately authorized to it, because somebody claimed it was a good idea.

    We let government become the province of government professionals.


    A number of truly bad things have happened. The crony capitalists have bought off the representatives of the people so that they don’t really represent the people. The people have become ignorant of truth because the crony capitalists and the politician class are in bed with the Mainstream Media and hide the truth from us, by doing so they have control of the country. Power is money and they have much of both. The Millions that work for government try to please their political leaders and their unions to insure that they make plenty of money, one third higher than average citizens in the same type of employment. Everybody is featherbedding.

    It is obvious that when a representative in the House who never made $100,000 in a years time comes out a millionaire like Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reed, it is a sick broken system.

    The internet has helped expose much of the graft and crimes of the political cast. The elites who think they are so much smarter and better than the populace of just average workers, the proletariat are finally starting to be exposed.

    Patriots are making facts available to the public through the new media, it is refreshing.

    The Hillary Clinton Email scandal is a good example. The many thousands of employees of the State Department knew what was going but did nothing to protect America because they thought they were better, smarter and in a better place to make decisions for Americans.

    The Clinton Email Scandal is bad as it hides truth but what is worse is to think that our “rulers” could be so audacious as to think it was Okay to hide truth. They continue to try to hide truth by taking many years to answer Freedom of Information Requests or even ignoring them.

    The Clinton’s should be in prison instead of running for the White House. Obama should have been impeached a long time ago for ignoring the Constitution. Obama should have been dismissed as a contestant for President when it was found that he was an Indonesian Citizen in his youth.

    There is much more I could say but I fear I would bore you, so I’ll just answer the question. Ignorance. That is what the Hell is wrong with our country.

  • GE Breaks Ground On Ontario Engine Facility

    08/29/2016 6:33:57 AM PDT · 16 of 19
    JAKraig to cp124

    GE is a corporation, they have to make a profit. If the CEO fails to make the best possible profits they will be fired. I can’t blame them, it is a shame the US can’t compete to keep businesses.

    When Trump lowers the corporate tax rate to 15% business will be able to keep enough of their profits to want to stay here. I would prefer no corporate tax, but certainly 15% is better than 35% or more

  • "Anecdotal Evidence is Wrong"--or is it?

    08/23/2016 4:41:38 PM PDT · 18 of 39
    JAKraig to x

    Some people are afraid to tell pollsters they’re voting for Trump.
    The other side of the coin is that some people who’ve said they’re voting for Trump may be so worn down by all the controversies that they may just not go to the polls in November.

    I’m not convinced that crowd sizes and crowd enthusiasm are that important though. If they were, Trump would be running against Bernie Sanders.


    Sanders lost because the election was rigged.

    I knew after a couple of Trump rally’s that Trump would be the next president. I don’t even think it will be close.

  • Samsung's Galaxy Note7 is the best smartphone on the planet, period

    08/23/2016 2:22:26 PM PDT · 39 of 55
    JAKraig to Dacula
    I got an LG Stylo 2 last week as a less expensive version of the Note7.

    Works fine and has all of the bells and whistles of the Note7.


    My wife has the Stylo 2 and I have the Note 4.

    Yes, the Stylo is a nice phone for the price and has several of the Note features but not even close to all of them.

  • Rand Paul: Clinton should be in jail, vote Trump [VIDEO]

    08/23/2016 12:01:50 PM PDT · 3 of 19
    JAKraig to faithhopecharity

    I like Paul. He was not my choice for president but I will be glad to vote for him as one of my senators.

  • Cop Shoots and Kills Unarmed Deaf, Mute Man as He Tries to Communicate Using Sign Language

    08/22/2016 1:35:33 PM PDT · 104 of 138
    JAKraig to Harmless Teddy Bear

    I would think that if I was a deaf mute I would carry a card that said that along with a note book and pencil for communication with those who don’t understand sign language but that is Monday morning quarterbacking.


    Most deaf people today socialize almost exclusively with other deaf people or friends who sign.

    Years ago, deaf people learned to read lips and even speak, once signing became available deaf people didn’t see the necessity of reading lips or even speaking, signing is dramatically easier and is many cases faster.

    About 50 years ago while in college I befriended a deaf/dumb kid. He could speak a little and could read lips pretty good because his parents put him in a deaf school. He didn’t know know about signing until one day he met someone in school who signed. That was it, he no longer wanted anything to do with the school and was very angry with his parents for hiding this means of communicating from him. He refused to communicate with his parents unless it was signing. He and I communicated mostly by writing notes. Watching him with his deaf friends was amazing, they communicate very easily and fast with each other. They have many universal slang signs that basically substitute for a whole sentence. The problem is that when signers only are away from signers they are like a fish out of water, nearly helpless.

    Most of the deaf I have associated with have a horrible handwriting (scribble).

  • Cop Shoots and Kills Unarmed Deaf, Mute Man as He Tries to Communicate Using Sign Language

    08/22/2016 12:31:28 PM PDT · 75 of 138
    JAKraig to Moonman62
    You’re obviously biased. Nobody has all the facts yet.


    Moonman6, I don't need ALL the facts. I need the facts that say he was unarmed and that neighbors saw him get out of his car and get shot. He didn't have a hostage, he didn't have a record, he is just dead. That is enough for me to eliminate any justification for shooting him.

  • Cop Shoots and Kills Unarmed Deaf, Mute Man as He Tries to Communicate Using Sign Language

    08/22/2016 12:16:23 PM PDT · 57 of 138
    JAKraig to Scythian_Reborn
    Everybody is acting like the media, over-reacting when little facts are in, let’s wait a bit shall we ... ?


    there was a neighbor who saw the deaf man get out of the car and start signing and then he was shot.

    A 28 year old man, nearly still a kid who wasn't trying to do something bad, is dead. I can simply not bend my mind enough to figure out what could have happened to justify his death.

    If it was your kid that was dead in this situation you wouldn't think my reaction is an overreaction. This is just plain wrong.

  • Cop Shoots and Kills Unarmed Deaf, Mute Man as He Tries to Communicate Using Sign Language

    08/22/2016 12:06:51 PM PDT · 53 of 138
    JAKraig to Moonman62
    In the land of the free, a deaf man suspected of driving too fast can be killed in cold blood.


    That’s jumping to conclusions, but when you’re trying to whip up emotions against the police I suppose it’s allowed.


    Jumping to conclusions? Ok Moonman6, just explain to me a good reason to shoot a man who is unarmed and making signs with his hands.

    In my opinion, there can not be any justification for shooting a small unarmed man if you are a cop. You have a baton, you have a taser and you have your hands. If the only way you can manage the situation is shooting then you don't need to be a cop.

    I highly suspect the cop will serve time for this stupidity. He can't serve enough to satisfy me. Serve and protect? Hardly.