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  1. R.D. Walker says:

    We are back from our family spring break trip to see mom in Florida. The trip gave me a chance to play with my new Pentax K-1. I took this with it and a 55-300mm zoom lens. I was no closer than 20 feet from the bird. Click to enlarge.

  2. rj says:

    Wow great detail, you must have steady nerves. I saved it to look at multiple times.

    BTW that bird has a naturally angry appearance.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      My new camera has shake compensation and such clear imagery even at higher ISO levels that I don’t have to slow the shutter speed much. Even a shaky handed person can get good shots.

      • Ray Davies says:

        I like, I usually use a 28-270 mm for my every day stuff. This sure has my old Pentax beat.

  3. Jim22 says:

    NSFW Language:

  4. Jim22 says:

    Junior Brown – I guess the beautiful woman playing rhythm guitar for him is his wife.

  5. BrunDawg says:

    Trump deploys Muslim outreach program to Mars.
    “President Trump on Tuesday signed a bill authorizing funding for NASA while setting a new goal to send humans to Mars. ” –The Hill

  6. Bman says:

    There’s a spaceship from Star Trek on the banner. Now we know what happened to the birds.

    • BrunDawg says:

      It was a plane, Cessna-ish. Somewhat Ayn Rand-ish, at the end. Not sure where we are heading from here. Bet it has something to do with tractors…or tractor beams. The plot thickens.

  7. C. L. says:

    Boston drummer Sib Hashian has died at 67. He collapsed while playing onstage during a legends of rock cruise.

    https://www.yahoo.com/music/ex-boston-drummer-sib-hashian-161854462.html

    One of my all time favorite songs:

  8. BrunDawg says:

    Fortune (magazine?) has released their list of the 50 World’s Greatest Leaders. I won’t spoil the fun but before you look think of 5 leaders who you would consider with this criteria; “In business, government, philanthropy and the arts, and all over the globe, these men and women are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same.” #3 is an easy one but a lady named Bob was not on my radar.

    http://fortune.com/worlds-greatest-leaders/

  9. C. L. says:

    So, what happened to that smoking gun from the NSA that was supposed to come out today? It’s getting late.

  10. C. L. says:

    I was introduced to Jameson today. I approve.

  11. sortawitte says:

    I love Midway. I put in an order this morning.
    Great ammo made in Israel, about 32 cents plus shipping.

  12. Jim22 says:

    M&P Shield $239.99 after Rebate

    Sportsman’s Outdoor Superstore info@sportsmansoutdoorsuperstore.com

  13. C. L. says:

    We had a beautiful day here. Blue sky, 49 degrees, and the snow is just about gone. The road is even drying up already from the mud bog it has been for the past two weeks. In contrast, here is a picture from March 29, 2014. Click full screen and zoom in to get a real feel for how deep it was. This is the legendary lake effect snow of the UP. 2013 and 2015 were about the same as the picture on the same date. Hopefully, I’m not speaking too soon, as last year we were still getting snowfalls of up to 6 inches in May.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/wto7pfccd0btkww/03-29-14%201_edited-1.JPG?dl=0

  14. MadBrad says:

    I’m on page 11 of my latest writing project.

    I have an Attorney friend who is entirely less than pleased with the election of President Trump. It is someone who I have a great deal of respect for as we served in the same Infantry Company. He has asked me a question and I am answering it. Due to the length of the answer and the nature of the subject matter I will publish it here when I am finished.

    This is the most writing I have done in a very long time. It’s something I feel compelled to do.

  15. sortawitte says:

    I can’t wait. Let ‘er rip.

  16. Bman says:

    What?!! Barry Manilow is gay? What the….

  17. C. L. says:

    Someone took a big truck and rammed it into a crowd of shoppers in Stockholm. What kind of person would do such a thing? Who wants Swedish Lutherans at 100:1?

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/terror-stockholm-truck-rams-crowd-10178926

  18. BrunDawg says:

    WASHINGTON — Friday, April 7, is National Beer Day, which commemorates April 7, 1933, the day that the Cullen-Harrison Act was enacted.
    http://wtop.com/business-finance/2017/04/why-april-7-is-national-beer-day/
    Happy Friday.

  19. RJM says:

    Unbelievable, not a single word about the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch. I’m disappointed with the Real Revo.

    • Ben says:

      ?……We had commentary about his confirmation?

      Where you expecting a play by play of him swearing in?

      Maybe some pom poms and fireworks?

    • notamobster says:

      I’m not sure if you meant his appointment, nomination, or confirmation, but both nomination & confirmation were covered here... During the nomination and the confirmation. We spoke at great length in comments about his nomination and there was never any question about his confirmation, which was also posted by RD on the 7th.

      • Ben says:

        I think he wanted a post with the live stream of the swearing in and us all circle jerking about how liberty is saved and trump proves us wrong about everything with this single appointment.

        • notamobster says:

          No.

          RJM is a good guy with solid, informed opinions who’s been around here longer than even me. Very bright and well informed. This was an important moment in history to him.

          I don’t watch the news, so I didn’t even know it was happening.

  20. RJM says:

    Gorsuch appointment to the Supreme Court is a big deal and may possibly be the most important conservative thing to happen in 8 years. So yes it does deserve fireworks.

    Pom poms are for cheerleaders which is maybe something you know about.

    • notamobster says:

      Oh, you mean the swearing in? That’s not really a big deal to me. Sorry. If I’d known anyone cared about the ceremony, I would have written about it.

    • Uke says:

      Please tell me it’s not the swearing in you wanted a thread about. It’s a ceremony. It’s dog and pony show.

      I care that he got confirmed, but the military has made me immune/negative on any and all dog-and-pony shows, to include a SCOTUS swearing in ceremony.

    • Bman says:

      I think most people here are pleased with Trump’s pick. There have been several articles written about Gorsuch on here in the past. We all knew he was going to be appointed. I am quite pleased. I figured nobody wrote about it because it was a given.

      I see where you are coming from though. However, by the time we posted it, it would’ve been a similar scene like this…

  21. Bman says:

    Meet the new head of customer service.

    This was from twitter.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      LOL! In fairness, United only said the skies are friendly. Not the airline or its staff.

  22. BrunDawg says:

    Yea, preaching to the choir.
    “Surprise, San Diego’s Minimum Wage Rise Appears To Be Killing Restaurant Jobs” — Forbes
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2017/04/12/surprise-san-diegos-minimum-wage-rise-appears-to-be-killing-restaurant-jobs/#1ccdc3814177

    The only real surprise is using the word surprise in the headline.

  23. Bman says:

    Ok…sometime on the banner we see birds, sometimes we don’t, sometimes we see the U.S.S. Enterprise. So what’s up with that? Is it some kind of riddle?

  24. Bman says:

    Now there are no birds. Come on. What does it mean?

  25. rj says:

    So I just pulled a couple hours doing security for a Texas Senator town hall meeting. About 250-300 people. He did a draw the number from a bowl for choosing who could ask questions.
    Approx 20 questions asked and answered in the hour,
    hot topics: defunding the EPA will equal disaster and we will all be drinking flynt michigan style water.
    Co2 in the atmosphere will kill us all (OMG people actually believe that shit)
    Obammycare good, Trumpcare not good
    Planned Parenthood does not use federal funds to pay for abortion and they are not this nations, and likely the worlds largest abortion provider…. jeez there really are idiots out there
    Trump needs to release tax returns.
    cry me a river, I had a preexisting condition and obammycare saved my life….
    If politicians see and hear these people on a regular basis, no wonder they think the proles need to be ruled from washington, they think the majority of the population are dumber than stumps.

  26. Bman says:

    Now there is a skull…come on. Birds, spaceship, now a skull.

  27. RJM says:

    Just your imagination, no one sees it but you.

  28. RJM says:

    Does anyone else see clowns and balloons or is it just my device?

  29. Jim22 says:

    Duck!

  30. rj says:

    So yesterday I pulled a security gig for a local republican senator town hall, audience was stacked with paid democratic question askers.
    Topics, federal funding for planned parenthood cause they don’t use fed funds to pay for abortions.
    Climate change, globull warming caused by co2, yea idiots really believe that shit.
    EPA defunding because without a massive regulation creating department we’d all be drinking flynt michigan water.
    Obammy care vs trump care
    and term limits cause elections dont keep politician from being there forever even if they are doing a shit job and their local populace keeps reelecting them.

    If politicians hear that shit from people all the time at their town hall meetings it is no wonder they think the average American is a idiot who will buy anything they are selling.

  31. C. L. says:

    I could easily deduce from recent experience that, if you have a rather large tractor and you need parts for it, including expensive ones, you will receive an extra helping of trust, faith, and respect from the parts people. It must be because farmers are good people.

    • C. L. says:

      Update: the old M is sitting on all new rubber today. That’s good, because it’s high time I graded my road.

  32. R.D. Walker says:

    🙂 Melania helps.

    • Bman says:

      The same media that didn’t say a peep about Obama placing his hand over his heart back in 2008 have been gushing about this for 48 hours now. Just saying.

      It is funny though.

      There’s a mushroom on the banner. Morel?

  33. C. L. says:

    April 19, American history

    1775 – The Revolutionary war begins with an American victory in Concord during the battles of Lexington and Concord.

    1782 – The Netherlands recognizes the US as an independent nation. A house purchased there by John Adams becomes the first US embassy.

    1861 – The Baltimore riot of the Civil War. A group of pro-secessionists attacks United States Army troops marching through the city.

    1874 – Barracks on Alcatraz Island destroyed in fire.

    1919 – Leslie Irvin of U.S. makes 1st parachute jump and free fall.

    1927 – Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.

    1933 – Franklin D. Roosevelt announces U.S. will leave gold standard.

    1934 – Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, “Stand Up and Cheer”.

    1939 – Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)

    1945 – U.S. offensive against Shuri-barrier on Okinawa.
    – U.S. aircraft carrier Franklin heavy damaged in Japanese air raid.

    1947 – French ship explodes in Texas City harbor, kills about 522 .

    1951 – General Douglas MacArthur ends his military career.

    1956 – U.S. actress Grace Kelly marries Monaco’s Prince Rainier III.

    1971 – Charles Manson sentenced to life in prison.

    1982 – Sally Ride announced as 1st woman astronaut.

    1985 – 200 ATF and FBI agents agents lay siege to the compound of the white supremacist group The Covenant, The Sword, And the Arm of the Lord in Arkansas; the CSA surrenders two days later.

    1987 – Last wild condor captured on California wildlife reserve.

    1989 – A gun turret explodes on the USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors.

    1993 – The Branch Davidian Compound near Waco, Texas, is destroyed in a fire after 51-day stand-off; 76 (or 81?) people die, including 24 British nationals and 20 children.

    1994 – Rodney King award $3,800,000 in compensation of police beating.

    1995 – The Oklahoma City bombing. The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building is bombed, killing 168.

    1997 – the Red River Flood overwhelms the city of Grand Forks, ND. Fire breaks out and spreads in downtown Grand Forks, but high water levels hamper efforts to reach the fire, leading to the destruction of 11 buildings.
    – more importantly, Renee Slaughter, crowned 14th Miss Hawaiian Tropic International.

    2013 – Suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombings are identified as Kyrgyzstan-born Muslims Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, age 19, and his 28-year old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tamarlan is killed in a shootout and his brother is captured.

    I found a few more noteworthy events but this is long enough.

  34. R.D. Walker says:

    Michigan rockers were well represented…

    • C. L. says:

      Joy Behar thinks this visit was the worst besmirching of the White House since the War of 1812. Apparently, having that skank Beyoncé there several times, + the racist Reverend Al was okay, though.

      . . . and the Monica & Bill oral[sic] office affair must have been okay, too.

  35. R.D. Walker says:

    I am about to get rich! I just received this opportunity via email!

    Dear Friend,

    My name is Irvin Kumman, I am a Canadian soldier, serving with the 3’rd Armored Division, Allied forces in Iraq. My superior and i just succeeded in moving $1,875,000.00 [ One Million Eight Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand US Dollars Only ] belonging to Hala Hussein (Saddam Hussein’s favorite daughter) who gave it to us for sparing her life and also turning a blind eye to her stash of Money in one of her guest houses during our reconnaissance operations in Iraq.

    Since I’m still in active service, I cannot be seen as collecting bribes neither can we keep the proceeds there from in our immediate or extended possession without attracting undue attention. To this extent, I am soliciting for your assistance to help me safe keeping and/or investing the funds in your country on my behalf until further notice.

    I will transfer the funds through HSBC BANK as I have discussed with the Bank Manager, They do International fund transfer. I intend transferring the funds bit by bits $100,000.00 per transfer for security reasons. I agreed to give you 20% of the total funds for your assistance as soon as the funds is transferred to your Bank Account.

    For the avoidance of doubts, Pls be advised that there is absolutely no risk involved whatsoever for your involvement, all the required legal documents for the transfer will be provided by me and no upfront payment, fees or cost required, all i need from you is trust, truth and sincerity.

    Pls indicate your interest asap by furnishing me with your contact details so that i can send you fuller details of this transaction as time is of great essence right now. Finally, absolute trust, secrecy and confidentiality cannot be over emphasized since i will be at your complete mercy in bringing this project to fruition.

    Please contact me via my private e-mail: sgt.irvink@gmail.com

    Warmest regards.
    Sgt. Irvin Kumman

  36. Van-a-gram says:

    You’ve heard of The People of Walmart? This woman in their Queen.

    http://now44news.co/?p=6366

    • R.D. Walker says:

      If you click on that link, you will be made to feel like Adam and Eve cast from paradise never to return to your former innocence. Tread carefully.

      • notamobster says:

        That was awful. I saw your warning after I dragged my soul back from the depths… Just a moment too late.

    • Rich says:

      Ugh. Never heard of sausage being “victimized” before. Kinda wish I hadn’t. This ole world be gettin sicker an sicker every day.

  37. R.D. Walker says:

  38. Jim22 says:

    Li’l Kim’s New Secret Weapon:

  39. Uke says:

    Comments from RD and Mr. Bill in another thread:

    R.D. Walker says:
    April 24, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Don’t you understand? There is a national security issue. If we ever go to war with Canada we will lose access to that lumber.

    mr_bill says:
    April 24, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Somewhere, I’m not sure where, we slipped into a parallel universe where South Park episode plot lines are reality.

    I was smack in the middle of South Park’s target, high school age demo when it first came out, so I took to it. As time went on, it lost its new car smell and I stopped caring about it.

    But I will say this: I have recently gained a newfound appreciation for South Park. The creators and writers really are exceptionally equal opportunity in target selection, which is to say, they’ll make fun of anything and everything, including leftists, SJWs, ecowarriors and entitled Hollywood actors.

    I appreciate that. They dish it out to everyone, and nothing is sacred to them.

    It may very well be that it’s comedians that’ll end up saving us from political correctness and even the outright censorship movement that we’re seeing today.

    Anyway, random thoughts.

  40. Jim22 says:

    Starbuck’s Unicorn Frappe’ is not going over well.

  41. BrunDawg says:

    Crows and humans have a complicated relationship with death. Seeing just a single crow is considered an omen of bad luck. Finding two crows, however, means good luck. (Three crows mean health, and four crows mean wealth.) Yet spotting five crows means sickness is coming, and witnessing six crows means death is nearby.

  42. Ray Davies says:

    Are they going to Heaven? Do they get their 72 virgins? Are they just more pig shit?

    https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/25/wild-boars-kill-isis-militants-in-iraq/22055479/

  43. notamobster says:

    “In America, the individual understands that his own interest is bound up with that of his fellows and of society as a whole.

    He realizes that he will prosper if the laws are upheld and freedom respected — that he will suffer, in the most direct and personal way, from the breakdown of order or despotic government.”

    ~Alexis d’Tocqueville scorned the small-minded preference for pleasure over greatness of character and achievement…

    Not unlike George Washington and many of the other founders who were all products of the enlightenment, that is, French classical liberalism…i.e., the blood & marrow of The Real Revo!

  44. Rich says:

    Brandon “Doc” Buttrey, a former HM2 (FMF) 8404 designation (see Navy and Marine Corps training) “Corpse-Man” has started a coffee company, Counter Strike Coffee (“CSC”). RedState Article. CSC donates 25% of the profits from one of its blends to the Lone Survivor Foundation, Labs for Liberty and Green Zone Housing. So this guy seems to have his principles and heart well aligned.

    I don’t know if CSC’s coffee is any good, and it is pricey. But if you have a hankering to send a gift to your favorite leftist friend or relation the Sample Six Pack or my favorite, Liberal Tears maple bacon flavored coffee might do the trick.

    Bravo Zulu Doc … Bravo Zulu.

  45. Bman says:

    A few inches of global warming today at the Frozen Tundra Revo Outpost. I blame it on that planet killer parked in my driveway.

  46. Jim22 says:

    D&H Industries AR-15 Magazine – 223 Rem 30 Round – Black Teflon w Magpul Follower

    Regular Price: $10.00
    Special Price: $7.95

    Wideners

  47. BrunDawg says:

    R.I.P.
    Michael Mantenuto, a former actor and college hockey player who played Jack O’Callahan in the 2004 Disney film “Miracle,” died Monday, April 24, 2017. He was 35.
    The death was announced in a news release by Col. Guillaume “Will” Beaurpere, the group commander of the U.S. Army’s 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). Mantenuto joined the military after his acting career ended.

    Preliminary – self inflicted gsw.

  48. Jim22 says:

    Redistribution Monopoly. Popular among the kids in mom’s basement.