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  1. Locke n Load says:

    Saturday night Willie anyone?

  2. Greg B says:

    In the new era of “necessarily skyrocketing energy costs”, I decided to extend BOTH middle fingers in the direction of DC and spend the day worshiping at the Altar of Speed.
    Luxuriating in what is probably the most frivolous use of the internal combustion engine ever devised.
    How to cause wheeled vehicles to travel exactly one quarter of a mile in the shortest time, and at the fastest speed possible.
    Consuming prodigious quantities of fuel in the process.
    Pumping out enormous amounts of tire smoke and nitro methane fumes.
    Causing internal organs to shake within the very confines of my being.
    At decible levels I would surmise only veterans of combat would be able to understand.
    Thats right, NHRA qualifying at Pomona.
    So screw you EPA. And ditto to you, zero.

  3. Jim22 says:

    Who is that singing with him, Lukas? He has a style that sounds like he copied his dad. Kinda like Hank Jr. did at first before he went bluesy.

  4. Locke n Load says:

    Yup, thats Lukas. It doesn’t take him much to sound exactly like his old man. Lukas has his own band and is doing quite well. Like his old man he screws around with a lot of styles. Not surprisingly he’s good friends with Waylons kid Shooter.

  5. sortahwitte says:

    Greg! A day to be envied!

    Now, from an old guy to a young guy. In the 70’s, I lived in San Diego. Nice place to visit. That is all. You seem like a nice guy, one of us. So, put kalifornia in your rear view mirror and come home to the midwest and/or southwest. Even go to Iowa.

  6. Locke n Load says:

    sign outside a small montana gas station;

    Free wi-fi
    Free Advice

  7. BigJimTX says:

    Did you take them up on the advice? I would be curious as to what they had to say.

  8. Locke n Load says:

    I only saw the sign outside as I was leaving. Will definately take them up on it next time through 🙂

  9. R.D. Walker says:

    Dammit! Now I have to go buy a bunch of Papa John’s Pizzas.

    Read why I must do so here.

    Damned hippies anyway.

  10. DarthJay says:

    My favorite line from that article, RD.

    This is America and as Americans it’s time that we start standing up for our fellow countrymen and begin to teach BIG BUSINESS that they are nothing without us.

    And who will they whine to when all the pizza joints are shut down and your only choice comes from the Obama Pizzeria, where Moochelle makes the menu…so a whey-free crust, with goat cheese and tofu is your only option. Yum.

  11. R.D. Walker says:

    DJ: That quote… damn. WTF are we going to do with these idiots?

  12. DarthJay says:

    Somebody in the oil business please explain THIS to me…

    The United States will overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s top oil producer by 2017, the West’s energy agency said on Monday, predicting Washington will come very close to achieving a previously unthinkable energy self-sufficiency.

  13. R.D. Walker says:

    Add this to the beginning of the quoted section…

    “In spite of the Administration’s anti-oil policies…”

  14. slinger says:

    Re: Papa John’s … looks like the spirit of the Revo showed up on the comments. The pizza boycotters are outnumbered by those that actually understand freedom, basic economics, and the Obamacare time bomb.

    For the record, I am certain that the election was stolen. America is not that dumb (currently). I am not being a sore loser, and I am not crying over spilled milk. I would say this all plays into God’s plan to discipline the U.S. for our fascination with false gods. At this point, I don’t think it even matters anymore. What will be will be, and we will all be along for the ride. Fortunately, we are smarter than the average, so we will fair much better.

    Until then, I will continue to eat Papa John’s … and Chik-Fil-A 🙂

  15. notamobster says:

    These turds (the grown, Obama-children) fail to realize that by cutting the hours of employees, more of them can remain employed by avoiding the ObamaCare strangulation-mandate on business.

    When these idiots stop spending their parents money at Papa Johns, more people will lose their jobs. In French this is called ‘le vicious circle-jerk’.

  16. Greg B says:

    @ Nota, these dbags also seem unable to grasp that working in a pizza joint is a job for high schoolers & college students. Not for a 45 yr old dude thinking he has a career. ( unless he’s the frikkin manager)

    @ sorta, I know we gotta get out of here. I really am trying to get the logistics sorted out. I won’t leave my manufacturing capabilities behind. I figure they will be necessary to survival & success wherever we go.

  17. RJM says:

    My friend/gunsmith/army veteran suggested these.

    AK-47 magazines

  18. DarthJay says:

    A fantastic article from a former USSR citizen…

    The six contradictions of socialism in the United States of America:

    -America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.

    -Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.

    -They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.

    -Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.

    -The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

    -They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

  19. R.D. Walker says:

    Here is a morning schadenboner for you. The monster often turns on its creator. LOL!

    NBCUniversal Announces 500 Layoffs

  20. BigJimTX says:

    Just FYI.

    Runaway Slave available on iTunes.

  21. slinger says:

    Got this in the (e)mail this morning:

    “Isn’t it amazing we know more about the Patraeus Affair in 2 days than what we know of Fast and Furious in as many years, or BENGHAZI the last 2 months?”

  22. fubar says:

    the foxfire series of book have lots of info on roughing it, and other lost skills.

  23. rj says:

    Oh yea fox fire books are great, Hell my grand dad taught me half that stuff, unfortunitely I have forgotton most of it

  24. BigJimTX says:

    I just saw a commercial on tv for obamaphone.

    Safelink dot com.

  25. R.D. Walker says:

    Huge Money Making Opportunity:

    Write an extension app for Firefox and Chrome that uses a combination of database, facial recognition and context sniffing to remove photos of Obama from websites. You can then surf the net without seeing his mug on every damned site. Sell it for $0.99 a pop. You will make millions.

  26. fubar says:

    the death spiral continues, layoffs continue in anthracite union mines) in my area. two more mines bit the dust.

    about 500 more people hitting unemployment line.

  27. RJ says:

    Last few years there has been request for voluntary help for “old folks” to pay their electric bills so they dont freeze to death in the winter.

    just wait till they institute a federal surcharge for electricity just like they do on phones so they can subsidize for Ovomit phones, combined with soaring electric rates due to forced coal fired power plant shut downs.

    comes down to trade off’s right, Trade a lower temp in you home and higher electric bill and a couple inflated dollers worth of groceries.

    Death spiral to the dark ages Fubar is right

  28. RJM says:

    Who’s for Allen West for president 2016?

  29. fubar says:


    we are already subsidizing for winterizing houses.

    heh. my brother used to live in the ghetto and those folks used to call the county or township for everything including a tree branch growing into their window. and people wonder why gvt at every level is broke.

  30. fubar says:

    i just remembered why i went to off topic –

    got my first seed catalog – THUD that is the sound of me hitting the floor when I saw the price of sweet corn seed.
    a reminder: seed if stored correctly can be good for up to 5, 10 yrs …

  31. BigJimTX says:

    @RJM – I think West would be the best answer for the future of this country. The only problem that I see is that he sucks as a politician because he has this problem where he speaks his mind and tells the truth.

  32. fubar says:

    >>Last few years there has been request for voluntary help for “old folks” to pay their electric bills so they dont freeze to death in the winter

    it just occurred to me (i know, i’m slow) that this is another way they can implement agenda21 and herd us all into cities..

  33. RJ says:

    Holy shit WFB is reporting Isreal rocket attacks on GAZA. Big news

  34. BigJimTX says:

    Good Fun: Obama donor laying off employees because of ACA.

    WTF? WWP hates guns?

  35. fubar says:

    regarding BigJim’s link about secession; here’s a good one from Glennbeck

  36. fubar says:

    are the dems all going to dictator school?

    now tiny dancer immanual is getting on the food police train

  37. notamobster says:


    “Our position regarding firearms and alcohol is in response to the struggles that many injured service members face with substance abuse and suicide and the roles those items often play in those issues.”

    I’m okay with their stated position.

  38. BigJimTX says:

    Their position serves to alienate some of the 90 million gun owners, the majority which support the military and causes like this. Blaming a gun for suicide is like blaming Bush for Bengazi. My local range and specifically my local USPSA club sponsored a WWP shoot last year. We had a bunch of servicemen come out and shoot stages with us. They had a great time and the proceeds went to WWP. Their stance now would discourage that event. That sucks. I like supporting the wounded warriors but I am seeing an issue with supporting this attitude that blames inanimate objects instead of inadequate treatment of those that are harmful to themselves.

  39. Slaphappypap says:

    Al Sharpton supports local mayor for recount but not for Allen West. Both in St. Lucie County.

  40. RJM says:

    Wrap your heads around this, no one has even asked this question.

    Why didn’t the bad guys bug out when they knew they were being targeted by our forces?

    How did they know that help was not on it’s way?

  41. Bman says:

    RJM- I thought of that today as I was driving home from Minot. It never ocurred to me before. If they knew a laser was pointing at their location, they should’ve been steppin and fetchin the hell away from there. Apparently they weren’t worried. Why?

  42. RJ says:

    I saw a lady with a flat tire today, she was standing with her hands on her ample backside waiting for someone to stop, I was gonna then I saw the two obama bumper stickers,
    so I didn’t.

    Harsh yea but I have no compassion for idiots any longer.

  43. R.D. Walker says:

    I wouldn’t have stopped either. Well, I might have stopped long enough to tell her why I wasn’t stopping.

  44. DarthJay says:

    RJ – that made my morning. HAHAHAHA! I’m sure the Obama roadside service will be on it’s way soon…(or she can call AAA with her Obamaphone)

  45. Jim22 says:

    I haven’t been able to independently confirm this, but a reliable source has
    told me that Bill Clinton has asked Paula Broadwell to write his biography.

  46. RJ says:

    @ rjm makes me wonder why they didn’t bug out come to think of it.

  47. DarthJay says:

    On an unrelated note, I sure hope Petraeus is in the bus this morning and that he is driving it all through the White House…

  48. DarthJay says:

    I love this story, stunning that you have to go to a non-American news source to see it, huh?

    Denny’s to charge 5% ‘Obamacare surcharge’ and cut employee hours to deal with cost of legislation

  49. R.D. Walker says:

    Every business in America should add this surcharge to its invoices.

  50. fubar says:

    mr fubar said that this morning.

    but we have enough trouble getting paid as it is.

  51. BrunDawg says:

    Pretty much “on topic” but here you go…
    “Gov. Walker says Wisconsin won’t set up health exchange”,0,762346.story

  52. Locke n Load says:


    Leonids peak tonight

  53. R.D. Walker says:

    This morning at 0530 my neighbor and I met in the dark for a bike ride on the trail. We are still riding for PT. Just as we started out we saw a fireball that went from north to south in the western sky parallel to the ground. It was trailing sparks and flame. It was slow and, while not the largest, it was the longest lasting I have ever seen. It went at least 35 degrees of the horizon. It was orange in color but, since it seemed to move slowly, it had to be a very long ways away. I was very impressed.

  54. Locke n Load says:

    i’ll be at 7500 ft tonight, hoping for clear skies. wish i had my cam and tripod… great nite for long exposure shots. e central utah is a skywatchers paradise

  55. JD says:

    Today’s sign that the apocalypse is upon us…

  56. Locke n Load says:

    Saturday night Willie, MadBrad edition

  57. TN-Cat says:

    Boring post here, but will save you a lot of money.

    If you use under a15W weight oil, add a zinc additive with every oil change (ZDDP)

    Zinc is the magic ingredient that does the real lubricating in your valve train. Especially in older vehicles.

    The leviathan in there ultimate wisdom has already removed Zinc from all oils under a 15w to get an additional 15000 miles out of your catalytic converter. Why? Because the catalytic converter uses platinum that they want to conserve and zinc is harmful to platinum.

    So would you rather spend a couple hundred on a catalytic converter 15000 miles sooner or thousands rebuilding your top end in 80000 miles.

    And by the way LNL. The heavier weight oils are slated for 2016 to have zinc removed.

  58. Locke n Load says:

    thanks Tn. i’m a fan of Motorkote and 20wt but then i run northern alberta so i have to adjust seasonally. motorkote mitigates a lot of those probs…

    btw, did ytou know emmylou did this cover?

  59. BigJimTX says:

    I just spoke with a Canadian immigration officer and he told me that there has been a rash of Americans lying to him and trying to come over to Canada for work illegally. He compared our southern borders by stating that “Americans are their Mexicans”.

    We spoke about the election and he said that he thought Obama was an “empty suit”. I thought that was awesome.

  60. Locke n Load says:

    BigJim, I regularly talk to Canadians and in ALberta, Sk, and Mb they have no respect for the ratbastard. They were slightly cocky about the whole healthcare thing a few years ago but the mood has changed.

    Let me tell you something about those folks..they are eternally cheerful, like a roomful of Optimist Club oldtimers. Its saying something, something BIG, when they can’t muster compliments for their onetime favorite.
    The reality of the situation is sinking in.

    I spent this afternoon unloading xmas trees at an Optimist Club yard with the assistance of work release convicts. Damn near all of them were in for drug related crimes, almost all the ‘crimes’ were petty (carrying) and were second offenses carrying multiyear sentences. These guys were respectful, subdued, and not at ALL vocal in their support of Obama.

    Most of my day was spent counting trees, supervising placememnt etc but the interim was spent talking to an 87 yr old WW2, Korea, AND Vietnam veteran. Throught smiles and asides he made it clear he understood what america had ‘chosen’. He knew full well his service would be rewarded by denial of service at the hospitals eventually. We spoke freely, loudly, and enthusiastically. We had an audience.

    That audience wasn’t at all antogonistic btw. Maybe they trusted me, maybe they knew they were on a leash, but maybe they actually were listening. One things for sure, all but one of the cons paid attention and none of them played a race card in defense of the Usurper.

    I found that almost as amazing as my time spent with the old man. Max was dying to tell stories AND listen, he actually craved the kindred spirit we would all have provided. And the cons were entranced.

    We aren’t beaten, we’re just fighting with the wrong army

  61. BigJimTX says:

    Apparently there is some big oil sands deal that China just bought into up in Alberta. That is no bueno.

  62. Locke n Load says:

    Show me where they bought the land. I suspect they bought the ‘rights’ Jim. Just like the Japanese in the 80s, I dare the sons of bitches to come and try to take them home 🙂

  63. Locke n Load says:

    Remember, ALberta and Sakatchewan are the home of the pipeline. It will actually work through Mb as well. So far Ottowa has made overtures to China for a substantial portion of their extractions but thats about all.
    Thank Obama for it. We built the refineries in Tx already, we’re waiting for the product… Obama won’t let us profit from it

  64. BigJimTX says:

    He did ask me about the secession movement in Texas. I like Alberta. It’s like Texas, but a wee bit cooler. The people I deal with are mostly in oil (or tending bar) and I enjoy their company. Most in Alberta seem to be pretty conservative. The immigration officer was none too happy about the China deal. We talked about the fiasco that is/was keystone. He just shook his head and said that Canada relies on the US to be great. The world relies on the US to be great. And in his words “great nations don’t have leaders on apology tours”.

  65. Locke n Load says:

    Jim, you found a gem in your CBC agent.
    And that IS the growing sentiment. I work about 1/3 of my business into the oilfield suppliers and they’re disgusted with Obama and Ottowa. Alberta is, as I always tell them, welcome to migrate south. I love those folks, they’re damn hardy stock and fiercely independent. ALberta and Sk are about as close to Texans as you’ll find up there. If you are a Western music fan you’ll already know this. Some of our best songwriters are constant comanions with ALbertan musicians

  66. BigJimTX says:

    And Alberta is increasing crude processing and initial refining capacity (for upgrading bitumen to usable crude). They are going to need it to go somewhere.

  67. Locke n Load says:

    Btw, every time I cross they ask where I’m from. And every time I tell them Texas they immediately look at my hat…then squarely look me in the eyes and ask “are you carrying any weapons? any ammo? if I went in your truck, would I find any shells?”

    Lol, fuckers.
    Just so you know, don’t joke with them about this. And certainly NEVER point out the hypocrisy of THEM getting to carry guns but not their citizens 😉

    I GUARANDAMTEE you’ll get a full search

  68. Locke n Load says:

    As for increaed pocessing, its almost ALL in existing refineries. Its going to take them a decade to upgrade to our capacity. They were absolutely counting on us and that pipeline

  69. BigJimTX says:

    The only capacity that I am seeing a substantial increase in is upgrading capacity. They still aren’t making more gasoline.

    I fly in to Alberta and I find it funny that all these guys are wearing body armor in the airport. Most of the times I get hassled but it is just over work permits. This time was exceptionally easy. I either have finally figured out how to put together a work permit package or this guy was in a good mood because I wasn’t trying to get over on him.

  70. R.D. Walker says:

    Moving capital gains back into 2012? How mysterious. Why would they do that?

    BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov 19, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. approved a change in the payment date of the company’s regular quarterly shareholder dividend of $0.3975 per share to Dec. 27, 2012. This fourth quarter installment of the company’s current annual dividend rate of $1.59 was previously scheduled to be paid on Jan. 2, 2013.

  71. Greg B says:

    Duh 🙂
    Guess why Lucas sold to Disney this year too.

  72. R.D. Walker says:

    Six days and, badda bing, badda boom, and that is $1.3 billion of Walmart bucks that won’t get hit with the new Obamatax.

  73. Greg B says:

    4 billion for lucasfilm.
    Libs are such hypocrites. Especially the 1%s amongst them.
    Not that I blame them for wanting to keep as much of their own money as possible.

  74. BigJimTX says:

    Just overheard a conversation between two Americans trying to convert between Celsius and Fahrenheit. “That’s why I don’t like Celsius. It just doesn’t make any sense.” Really? WTF? It’s not that hard and it makes a hell of a lot more sense than Fahrenheit. 0 is freezing, 100 is boiling. Pretty straight forward.

  75. Bman says:

    Name: ____________ Date:_____

    F= (9/5)C + 32

    C = (5/9)F – 32

    For fun, using the two formulas:

    1) Convert 57f to Celsius.

    2) Convert 28c to Fahrenheit.

    Show all work!

  76. BigJimTX says:

    Trick question.

    C = (5/9)(F-32)

  77. Locke n Load says:

    It makes a hell of a lot more sense for the whole world to use ONE blasted set of measurements, preferably scientific denotations if you ask me. That said, I HATE playing the conversion game and am too fucking stubborn to change. I understand 2.2 kilos/lb, 3.8 liters to the gallon, and celsius, but I’m too stuck in my ways. Now ask me what I used and got comfortable with in chemistry and physics.. you bet it was metric. Still don’t wanna change.
    I’m belligerent that way.
    Most Canadians I know over 40 feel exactly the same way.
    I’ll teach my kids both ways though, it really is all about internalizing relative volumes, sizes, etc. Once you chose a system the other is bound to feel alien.

  78. BigJimTX says:

    Metricization was the ONLY thing Carter almost did right as far as I’m concerned. There will be a time of grumbling and there is sure to be some folks who will capitalize on the confusion, but I think it would be great to switch; seeing that the US is the final hold-out.

    I used to hate the conversion game, but I get lots of practice, so it’s not so bad anymore. I was just amused at the guys that were struggling.

    I was talking to the plant guys up here about the China investments and apparently China has sunk way more than 15 billion up here. Canada is not releasing majority stakes (which is typical everywhere) but we are going to be seeing MUCH more oil sands crude shipped across to Asia. Don’t think Keystone didn’t play a huge part in that.

  79. Locke n Load says:

    Yeah, you have to know the deals are being made as fast as possible. China doesn’t screw around. We used to be like that…
    Oil sands are azctually harder to refine than what we’re getting out of Bakken tho, at least thats what the guys I’m talking to are saying. They could be entirely full of crap though. Seems to me that since NONE of it is sweet crude theres going to be added costs. When we finally get oilshale mastered we’ll dwarf Canada anyway. Thats of course assuming POTUS doesn’t sell China the rights first

  80. Locke n Load says:

    I swear, Obama is selling us out the same way the African tinpots are. NO idea what ‘value’ means or how to measure it

  81. BigJimTX says:

    He knows, yet he continues. I no longer believe that he is incompetent. I am also very sure that we will see more of his ideas this go round along with those of the puppet masters. Their intentions are to bury the US and it is happening.

    Oil shale is about to get a big fat rammer in the proverbial bobo. The EPA is going after flare licenses and water quality. It will shut down the industry and prevent many that have invested time and money to realize return. It will ruin south Texas in the short run.

  82. Locke n Load says:

    Defund, Decouple, Depart

  83. R.D. Walker says:

    Locke? Is that you?

  84. Locke n Load says:

    Nice save! You can almost hear the guy telling himself ‘yeah, i MEANT to do that..”
    Last week I was on the phone with 911 3 times in 2 days in winter storms. (Ok, one was a sandstorm)
    Folks hauling trailers always seem shocked when their asses catch up to their front axles, lol.

    Actually saw something once that makes that asian truck look like a rookie. In missouri a tanker 1/2 mile in front of me lost traction and spun 180 degrees in only 2 lanes. he was going downhill in snow but ended up almost perfectly parked on the shoulder looking UPhill.

    My guess is they had to replace the drivers seat 😉

  85. BigJimTX says:

    I get the USA Carry newsletter. Jason Hanson is one of the commentators that I frequently read. He is ex-CIA (FWIW) and apparently Mormon (just found this out). He wrote an article talking about food storage that I thought was excellent.

    In this article he talks about Mormon canneries that allow you (Mormons and non-Mormons) to volunteer an hour of time and purchase already canned food at a steep discount. The list of centers is found below:

    I think I’m going to check it out (when I get back home). I’ll check in for an after-action review if I get around to getting over there.

    Apparently there are some self-reliance resources available on the LDS site.

  86. Jim22 says:


    Mormon canneries are all across the country. Most allow non-Mormons to use them. All require you pay for what you use. They have bulk foods for sale and they expect you to pay for the foods you use. They also have #10 cans and lids to can things. They expect you to pay for the cans and lids.

    Somewhere I have a link to the canneries across the country. Give me a day or so and I’ll provide the links.

  87. fubar says:

    I wish they would do away with that turkey pardon bulls^&*.

    It puts ideas in people’s heads that animals should not be used for food. Turkeys and chickens are the stupidest animals on the planet, and tasty with gravy.

    wishing everyone a merry Thanksgiving and to hog out. we’re going to deer camp with the horses, and there’s no interwebz.

  88. Bman says:

    I don’t know Fubar, I kinda like the pardon. It’s kinda cute and and has been a long tradition. Even Abe Lincoln pardon a turkey when he learned that his son grew fond of it. Truman is credited for starting the long tradition. I like traditions, and I see nothing wrong with it. Besides, PETA wants to end the pardoning of turkey’s, too. That means I’m all for the pardon.

    Domestic turkeys are dumb. It has been known that they drown in rainstorms because they look up with their mouths open.

  89. fubar says:

    I didn’t have a problem with the pardon either, until this pResident and his unelected food police spouse.
    You have a point about keeping traditions, though.

  90. Greg B says:

    Price of ammo went up again.

  91. MadBrad says:

    I’m taking this opportunity, courtesy of the Jacksonville Public Library System, to wish everyone here a happy Thanksgiving. My computer at home is dying, infected with a Trojan that has destroyed my ability to communicate. Hopefully I will be able to remedy the situation.

    Happy Thanksgiving y’all. May the blessings of Almighty God be on you.

  92. R.D. Walker says:

    I bought another 1,500 rounds of .223 the day after the election.

  93. BrunDawg says:

    “Jesse Jackson Jr. planned to speak Wednesday — but called it off.”
    Brings definition to the term psych-out.

  94. Greg B says:

    I just checked online and the price of 556 went up by $100 per 1K rounds.

  95. notamobster says:

    BigJim, Jim22 –

    Gotcha covered gents:

    Survival Tips: Bishop’s Storehouse

  96. notamobster says:

    still relatively close to the pre-election pricing.

  97. Greg B says:

    That’s where I was checking prices.
    At $599 for 1K of 62 grain 5.56 with shipping, I might as well go to my local shop. Yeah I pay sales tax, but hey, no waiting.