Coming Soon

To a state near you, courtesy of the Democratic Party’s “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” that enough Republicans will support to get it to pass.

Refugees Protest Rural Sweden Relocation

Some 40 asylum-seekers refused to leave the bus when they arrived at their destination in rural northern Sweden, demanding that they be taken back to Malmö or “some big city”.

When the transport arrived at a housing centre in Grytan south of Östersund the asylum-seekers didn’t like the look of what they saw.

“I am 75-years-old and come from the Middle East. Then I get sent to a place that looks like this,” said a man from Syria to the local Östersunds-Posten daily, pointing to the icy road.

“It is dangerous for me to be here,” he said.

The asylum-seekers, who originate from several countries, refused to leave the bus when it arrived at the small Swedish town. The police were called to assist at the scene but declined to help in escorting the group from the bus.

The group is demanding that they be returned to Malmö or some other bigger city.

How can I be even just a little bit sure of this?

Well…….

State officials hope a new law that offers California driver’s licenses to immigrants in the country illegally will also spur them to buy insurance.

To encourage the practice, the California Department of Insurance is aggressively marketing its Low Cost Auto Insurance program to the large pool of immigrants projected to seek licenses under the AB 60 law taking effect Jan. 1.

“It would be a tragedy if after all this effort, the 1.4 million people who are getting driver’s licenses for the first time don’t have auto insurance,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

Jones and others recognized that the cost of getting licensed — $33 — is a lot cheaper than buying insurance for hundreds of dollars a year. So, Jones, working with Senator Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, got the state Legislature to open up the low-cost insurance program to the new category of immigrant drivers.

“The price will be less than $450 a year, which is less than $38 a month,” Jones said. He said that’s about a third of what it costs to get private auto insurance in many markets across California.

I wonder if they also ran the numbers to see how much more it would have cost the state to just be the insurance agents for illegal immigrants?

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The Beginning of the End

Today is the first day of my last quarter in school. I very likely won’t finish this quarter as an active, full-time student. I’ll hopefully be done with the welding portion around the beginning of March.

I have my Certifications course, which is all day M-F. I have my Fabrication Shop course evening two days a week. I also have two online course: Psychology 100 and Speech Communications 101, which are both a couple of hours a day, M-F (I need them for the degree).

And you thought I couldn’t blog any less.

I will seriously do my very best to get on here every day. But if I miss a day or two, don’t hate me because I’m beautiful(ly studious).

I’m going for three more Certifications this quarter: SMAW (Stick/Arc heavy plate), GMAW (MIG heavy plate), and Reinforcing Steel (MIG medium plate + rebar).

Oh, the adventures we’re going to have!

If I get all of those done and still have time, I’m going to practice for whatever job I’m interviewing for. Say, I want to work on in aluminum boat manufacturing. I’ll hop into the aluminum MIG booth and run some beads.

On a different note, I got “accepted” by an honor society affiliated with the school called Phi Theta Kappa. From their About page:

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Anyone heard of/about these guys? They want my money, which sets off my alarms, but the school really likes them and won’t leave me alone about joining.

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Run before you start screaming

Standing in one spot and screaming before you start running won’t get you out of the state any faster.

The University of California’s Board of Regents recently voted to increase student tuition up to 25 percent over the next five years. UC president Janet Napolitano said the tuition hike was necessary “to maintain the University of California in terms of academic excellence.” But the real reason for the tuition increase is that the UC system needs funds to bail out the mismanaged pension system that covers retired employees of its ten campuses.

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The UC Board of Regents governs the UCRP, which has assets worth $53 billion and pension liabilities of at least $61 billion.

UC admits that it should have at least $8 billion more in the bank today to pay for the pensions it has promised to retirees. Other independent estimates put the unfunded liability as high as $16 billion. Either way, UC is scrambling to fill a massive hole and hitting up students for the money.

According to numbers supplied by UCRP’s actuarial consulting firm, Segal, UC needs to inject $1 billion more each year into the pension system for it to be fully funded in 20 years or so. The tuition increase will produce at least $100 million a year in new money, all of which will be swallowed up by the pension fund.

So, they are at least $8 billion dollars short, and their tuition increase will possibly cover 10% of what they actually NEED to be putting in there per year. AND, the leftists that run the state believe that tuition should actually be free for residents.

Either they are going to go bankrupt, or your property taxes are going to go up and your services are going to decline.

Run, then start screaming.

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Will 2015 be better than 2014, politically?

Magic 8 Ball says “Signs Point to Yes”

Government (and the creatures who infest its rotten carcass) was the most important problem facing the United States in 2014, Americans tell Gallup pollsters. That’s up from being the second most serious problem in 2013, and the third-ranker in 2012.

Who says the American political system is stuck? This is progress!

The news that Americans are un-fond of government, Congress, the president, and politicians in general comes from an average of monthly survey results throughout the year. Given officialdom’s litany of stupid government tricks, the elevation of America’s own flavor of Leviathan to public enemy numero uno may seem like nothing more than good common sense to many observers. Perhaps an expression of collective survival instinct. Or, at least, mass revulsion.

Magic 8 Ball, were you made in China?

“Reply Hazy. Try Again Later.”

Shit.

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Installed

Been busy working on taking some camera shy newbies to the range the past couple days, so if you can excuse the absence, here is an update on on a project I thought I had mentioned a while back but now can’t find anywhere on the site.

I left one of my parts tables at the Renton Fish & Game rifle range with some cards that had my phone number on them. I got a call from a local general contractor about some metal work he needed done for a house he was working on.

More specifically, he needed someone to build a fascia for a large gas fireplace. After working with him and the interior designer, I whipped up a drawing and a quote, and got it approved.

The gas fireplace is approximately 6ft long, but the interior designer wanted it to look 8ft long with the addition of the fascia.

Four pieces of 1.5in x 1.5in by 1/8in angle and two 24in x 15in pieces of 1/4in sheet got welded together (with no exposed weld showing) and powder coated in a 25% gloss black.

With the few minutes of free time I had yesterday I traveled up to the house to take a look at the finished product in the not yet finished dining room.

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Here is a full view with a less than decent shot of the fascia

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After the piece on the floor in front of the fireplace is installed on the ceiling and the marble mantle installed, everything below the level of the mantle will be covered in Venetian plaster to finish off the room.

Not my style, but it’ll look classy as hell.

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Reactions

To the SAF filing their suit in federal court to put an end to I-594

Me:

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The anti-civil rights guys who funded and voted for the Initiative:

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We all knew this was coming. I just didn’t think it would be quite so soon.

And, as Joe notes, there is a rally on the 15th of January again at the steps of the state capitol to let them know how folks feel about having their rights taken away.

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The gravity in Oz is normal

And hopefully, these words won’t fall on deaf ears

In the wake of the December 15 hostage situation in which an armed man held unarmed Australians at gunpoint for hours, former Sydney Deputy Mayor Nick Adams is calling for a gun ban to be lifted so Australians can defend themselves.

Adams said he believes if there was ever a time Australians wanted to have a gun, it was December 15.

He told Fox News that he thinks gun laws will soon be revisited–that “Australians are now beginning to realize what it is for the bad guys to have guns and for the good people not to.” He said a lot of Australians woke up when the crisis was over and thought about how different things “could have been if someone did have a gun on them to stop this terrible, awful ordeal.”

Ending firearms prohibition in Australia should be their new #1 priority now that they got the greens out and got their eco-socialism laws repealed.

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Getting the band up and running

I’m still making almost daily trips to the place that tests architectural designs, though I’m not always working on the seismic wall. We’re currently waiting for “The Pros” to finish dragging their heels getting their piece set into the frame for testing before it gets sealed up. Sometimes they need me that day. Sometimes not.

I’m not getting paid by the hour while I wait. I am, instead, getting paid by the piece as I fabricate projects for them. Today, was a bandsaw stand.

Its your average metal bandsaw. It weighs some 725lbs dry and is supposed to be bolted to the floor. These guys have a lot of space, but not enough space to actually do what they do, so things have to be able to be moved about the shop depending on whether they are needed that day or not.

When I arrived this morning, the bandsaw was on it’s usual mount of sorts: A custom cut pallet sitting on four movers dollys. This had sufficed for a number of years, but was nowhere near safe and was always in need of some type of repair (new pallet or something to do with the wheels). This last week, two wheels failed and it was being supported on one end by a hydraulic floor jack.

And so I was asked how I’d get this done. I answered by telling them that I saw some steel perfect for the job on their scrap rack and I’d be about three or four hours to measure, cut, drill, tack, test fit, weld and install. Paint would be another hour because it is cold.

The thumbs up was given and off I went.

Boom!

That’s 1in x 3.5in bar welded to 1.5in x 4in channel. I’d have made the whole thing out of channel, but they didn’t have enough. Heavy duty. Especially the heavy part. I slotted the holes since getting an exact measurement wasn’t easy. That took the longest.

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Locking casters and caster pads were ordered from a place in an adjoining industrial park and delivered. A couple of hours later.

Boom!

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I’m quite happy with it. Those casters are da bomb.

The bossman left before I got done with it but I told him he’d have a new stand when he came in the next morning. I should be getting an email around 830 telling me how close I came to expectations.

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As if things weren’t bad enough

Leftists have thrown some numbers together to make things sound even worse.

If you live in the United States, there is a good chance that you are now living in poverty or near poverty. Nearly 50 million Americans, (49.7 Million), are living below the poverty line, with 80% of the entire U.S. population living near poverty or below it.

That near poverty statistic is perhaps more startling than the 50 million Americans below the poverty line, because it translates to a full 80% of the population struggling with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on government assistance to help make ends meet.

In September, the Associated Press pointed to survey data that told of an increasingly widening gap between rich and poor, as well as the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs that used to provide opportunities for the “Working Class” to explain an increasing trend towards poverty in the U.S.

Because times are tough, and the government might cut some “anti-poverty programs” in the not too distant future, the AP feels the need to fail at statistics so as to be as shocking as possible.

Of course, none of this is has anything to do with six years of Democratic Party rule. It is all the fault of those small government types.

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On the Job!

How’s that TSA working for you, America?

Delta employee charged with helping smuggle guns onto plane

The FBI and New York police held a news conference to discuss the latest on an airline security breach involving a Delta employee facing federal charges.

Police say more than 150 guns were illegally smuggled from Atlanta to New York on more than a dozen trips. Channel 2’s Rachel Stockman broke the news Monday that a former Delta employee at Hartsfield-Jackson is accused of using his clearance to help smuggle the guns.

Investigators believe those guns made it on to 20 different flights.

Stockman obtained a mugshot of Eugene Harvey from a previous arrest for simple battery. He was found not guilty, but the College Park native is now facing more serious charges of gun trafficking.

Channel 2 was first to obtain a copy of the arrest affidavit and Tuesday afternoon police briefed reporters.

“They put guns on the plane this time. They could have easily put a bomb on one of those planes ,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.

Of course, now we will get to hear about a new round of security measures proposed by the federal government.

Which won’t work. But there’ll be a a few thousand more federal employees and it’ll cost more to fly so that people “feel” safer.

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