Test One: Complete

Yay! My most substantive post in days (maybe weeks)!

Before we get started, let me put a couple items out for the general information of the non-welders out there, which will likely be most of y’all:

First, I have to take this test twice. The first is this one, the next will happen Monday and will be in the “Direct Overhead” position. I’ll take pics of that one too.

The piece you will see at the end will be destroyed during the final part of the inspection. Likely by this afternoon.They’ll bandsaw it into five pieces, two will get thrown away, two others will get bent into a U-shape. It can crack, but only a little. It is best to not have any cracks. The third will be saved and the two that were bent will get welded to it. I’ll get the pieces back on Monday. If I fail, I have to weld for another eight logged hours before I can retake the test. So, if I fail, I’ll be redoing it on Tuesday.

Also, this is a vanity exam. No one welds heavy plate with the TIG process. An eight inch weldment took me three hours. It could have been done in 15 minutes with MIG or 10 minutes with Dual Shield wire. I am only taking this test to get a piece of paper that says I know how to weld TIG. The potential employer I interviewed with in August will want the MIG and Dual Shield wire certifications, and I will get them before the quarter ends. But there is a different potential employer who is looking for people with TIG certs to manufacture and repair surgical equipment. That is why I want this cert.

Drop below the fold for the nitty-gritty (plus a bonus!).

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Testing. Testing.

Today is Day 1 of my GTAW 3G (TIG Heavy Plate Vertical) Certification Test. I should be able to remember to get pics of the proceedings for tomorrow.

I won’t know the results until mid-day Monday though, because the plate has to cool to room temperature and then get destroyed in the test. Which is fine by me because I’ll need the “going to town” attitude since that will be my test for GTAW 4G (TIG Heavy Plate Overhead).

I’ve been practicing for over a week and shouldn’t need a whole lot of luck, but any well wishes are appreciated.

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Never Let It Be Said

That a leftist will be honest with you.

For weeks, a large portion of the nation was demanding that every ounce of information in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO be released because they believed it would make the Brown look like a victim and Officer Wilson look like a murderer.

Now, information is coming out from the grand jury testimony, and it doesn’t look good for their worldview. So they are demanding to know who is behind the release of the information and that they be silenced and prosecuted.

The left is never satisfied with the results of their own demands. That is why calling them “progressives” is accurate. They progressively ask for more and more, but are never satisfied and, not learning from their earlier mistakes, they demand more of what didn’t make them happy at the outset.

Worse yet, they demand that you live with what doesn’t make them happy.

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Demystifying the Talisman

As Joe has said repeatedly, anti-gun folks should seek out a therapist for their condition

Guns in senior portraits OK if done tastefully, Nebraska school board says

You’ve seen those senior class photos of kids posing with footballs and musical instruments.

Now graduating seniors attending a central Nebraska school district are free to pose with firearms for their school yearbook picture, as long as it’s done tastefully.

School board members voted 6-0 Monday to allow such photos in the Broken Bow Public Schools after parents pressed for the change, according to Superintendent Mark Sievering.

The community of 3,500 people is rural, about 65 miles northwest of Kearney.

Hunting, skeet and trap are popular in the community and firearms are common, Sievering said. Broken Bow’s annual Nebraska One Box Pheasant Hunt draws hunters and celebrities from all over the country, he said.

Amazing, nothing bad will happen because a student’s favorite hunting rifle appears in the yearbook.

And anti-2nd Amendment civil rights types will wonder why.

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Popcorn Time

I’ll be watching the leftist apologists for radical Islam trying to reason out how to be angry at America AND at ISIS now that the Islamic State has decided that slavery is something they’re totally down with.

Nothing so far from the usual suspects, but they’ll get confronted with it sooner than later.

I’ll also be on the lookout for someone to ask an actual Muslim to denounce the practice.

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That darned double standard

If one standard is good, two must be great!

Ohio Governor, John Kasich, appoints an unqualified crony who’ll toe the line to run the Public Health Department and the leftists go nuts about it.

President Obama appoints an unqualified crony who’ll toe the line to head the Ebola task force and the leftists think it the bestest of all the choices evar!!1!

I was never taught about the mating habits of standards. Do they get lonely or something? Is that why the leftists keep trying to pair them up? Will there be a movement for equal marriage rights for standards in the future?

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Sunday Funnies

Got two this week. Still, I added some filler



A four panel of truth


And Ricky Gervais giving Piers Morgan some truth


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Election Year Graft

If you’re unemployed for more than six months, you are termed “Long Term Unemployed” and you go onto a second set of stats that the Department of Labor misinterprets for the media to favor the current occupant of the Oval Office.

The real numbers get given to the top 10% of the White House staff so that they can formulate a program to try and win your vote.

The Obama administration unveiled Wednesday the expansion of its efforts to aid the long-term unemployed with grants to help get the jobless back into the workplace.

President Barack Obama in January launched an effort to remove obstacles for the long-term unemployed, getting major corporations to adopt “best practices” in human-resources departments designed to ensure the long-time jobless aren’t screened out of the possibility of face-to-face employment interviews.

On Wednesday, the Labor Department announced 23 grants given to 20 states and Puerto Rico to attack the problem of long-term unemployed, which numbered 3 million through September, the latest reading. The grants will be used by local organizations and governments to match jobless workers with sectors that need workers.

I’m not a gambling man, so I may get the terminology wrong, but is there an over/under on how many of these organizations are staffed with former ACORN employees?

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I’d like to see his voting record

I’m just curious to see if he is a hypocrite

A state representative exchanged gunfire with a pair of would-be robbers late Tuesday night in Harrisburg, according to a report from Capitolwire.com.

“Reps. Marty Flynn, D-Scranton, and Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, were approached around 11 p.m. near the 200 block of Herr Street by two assailants wearing bandannas, who held the two representatives at gunpoint from feet away, while a third assailant watched from a vehicle, according to accounts from multiple sources,” the report states.

Capitolwire.com described Flynn as a former Lackawanna County prison guard and MMA fighter, adding that he was armed during the attempted robbery and exchanged shots with the robbers.

Isn’t it strange how a full-grown adult male with semi-professional hand-to-hand combat experience had to use a tool specifically designed for self-defense to defend himself against armed attackers?

It’s like he isn’t a superhero or something?

And yet most Democratic lawmakers expect John and Jane Doe to be able to defend themselves without the aforementioned tool.

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Always with the drama

In the off-season, Colorado Democrats set up their state for high stakes drama (aka: cheating).

Perhaps the most hard-fought Senate race this year will be Colorado’s showdown between Democratic senator Mark Udall and Republican congressman Cory Gardner. The RealClearPolitics average of polls in the race shows Gardner holding a lead of 1.3 percentage points. The outcome may determine control of the U.S. Senate, and the margin of victory could be less than the 11,000-vote margin by which Democratic senator Michael Bennet was reelected in Colorado in 2010.

But there is a significant difference in this year’s Senate race. In 2013, a new Democratic state legislature rammed through a sweeping and highly controversial election law and convinced Democratic governor John Hickenlooper to sign it. The law, known as House Bill 1303, makes Colorado the only state in the country to combine two radical changes in election law: 1) abolishing the traditional polling place and having every voter mailed a ballot and 2) establishing same-day registration, which allows someone to appear at a government office and register and vote on the same day without showing photo ID or any other verifiable evidence that establishes identity. If they register online a few days before, no human being ever has to show up to register or vote. A few keystrokes can create a voter and a “valid” ballot. ​Once a ballot cast under same-day registration is mixed in with others, there is no way to separate it out if the person who voted is later found ineligible. Other jurisdictions that have same-day registration, such as Washington, D.C., treat the vote as a provisional ballot pending verification. Colorado immediately counts the vote.

“We have uniquely combined two bad ideas, both of which open the door to fraud and error along with creating huge administrative headaches,” warns Republican Scott Gessler, Colorado’s secretary of state.

The left knows that it can use its media cohorts to confuse the voting populace enough to keep most election it can’t win within the margin of error.

They then set out to create as much error as possible.

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