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  1. notamobster says:

    I popped the cherry on the best off topic thread evah!

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    Uh oh…

    Study: Internet Addicts Suffer Withdrawal Symptoms Like Drug Users

  3. notamobster says:

    I want to buy this book.

    Anyone with more disposable income than me want to buy it and give me the lowdown so I don’t waste my money? I’d be grateful and you’d get what looks to be a good book.

  4. notamobster says:

    It’s a search engine (kinda) for in-stock, available ammo. Check it out, but make sure your pockets are full!

  5. Uke says:

    Rock out for less than 60 seconds. I dare you.

  6. R.D. Walker says:


    Surely a fake but a good one.

  7. Jim22 says:

    Another book. It’s called ‘A Failure Of Civility, by Mike Garand and Jack Lawson. Here is a book report:

    Here is the book site:

    I ordered a copy.

    • Greg B says:

      I just read some excerpts from that book. Scary as Hell.
      Especially since if we haven’t gotten out of here in time,
      I figure we aren’t gonna make it.

  8. Jim22 says:

    The Department Of Homeland Security Stole My Boat Today

    “A person with a gun and a government badge asked me to swear in writing that a lie was true today. And when I didn’t do what she wanted she simply took my boat and asked me to leave.”

    • notamobster says:

      MadBrad gets a new tattoo?


      How is Brad? How’s the new job? I talked to him a few weeks back electronically, but he hasn’t been anywhere online since then. Any updates on your end, RD?

      • R.D. Walker says:

        Brad is working his ass off and happy as a clam. He was deep in the hole, however, and is digging back out. He has staved off foreclosure and kept his ride running but it still just scraping by.

        He is the old Brad again, however. I hated to see what unemployment without recourse did to him. He was really beat down and, due to his history of unfortunate incarceration, at the end of his rope. He was literally staring homelessness in the face.

        That is over now. His laptop, however, is broken and he needs to get it fixed. It isn’t his top priority but he will be back eventually.

        By the way, he has lost a bunch of weight. His belly doesn’t look like that anymore.

  9. sortahwitte says:

    I don’t know where to put this, other than Off Topic. I am about halfway through “Unintended Consequences”. Somehow, somewhere, you must get a copy. You must read it.

    It is called a novel and has a framework of an interesting story of several people who are not connected, but are having similar experiences. Woven into this are detailed explanations of the way our gun laws came to be. There are a lot of Un-Constitutional laws on the books relating to firearms.

    It’s more than worth your time and effort. G

  10. notamobster says:

    1. Teaching Math In 1950s

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5
    of the price. What is his profit?

    2. Teaching Math In 1960s

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5
    of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

    3. Teaching Math In1970s

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is
    $80. Did he make a profit?

    4. Teaching Math In 1980s

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80
    and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

    5. Teaching Math In 1990s

    A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and
    inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the
    preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20.
    What do you think of this way of making a living?

    Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the
    birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no
    wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, it’s ok. )

    6. Teaching Math In 2009

    Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la
    producciones es $80. Cuanto
    dinero ha hecho?

    7. Teaching Math In 2013
    Who cares, just steal the lumber from your rich neighbor’s property. He
    won’t have a gun to stop you, and it’s OK anyway cuz it’s redistributing
    the wealth.

  11. R.D. Walker says:

    Civic Literacy Exam

    I got 100%. I would expect most Revoistas to get 90% or better.

    • notamobster says:

      I missed 2 of them. Lincoln-Douglas & FDR’s threat about SCOTUS. Neither of which I have ever been familiarized with or even exposed to. Not bad.

      I knew there was a natl debate on the expansion of slavery (from my Salmon P Chase article a couple years ago), but have never familiarized myself with the L-D debates. Poop. I need to read more. 🙂 (yeah…)

      • Bman says:

        I missed a few-3. One of them was the question “Of the people, by the people, and for the people…” I knew the answer in my mind, but clicked the wrong one…which brings me back to a day when I was 19 working construction…..

        I was a taper. I was the guy that taped and mudded your walls to make them nice and pretty for the texturing and painting process. Good honest work. If you’ve ever been around taping mud, you may have notice that the color and consistency resembles frosting on a cake…or at least it should, (actually the consistency of taping mud compared to the topping mud is a bit different…but about the same). Anywho, have you ever accidently stuck your finger into a newly frosted cake? Naturally, you looked at the frosting on you finger, and without blinking your eye, stuck said finger into your mouth. Right? I mean, who wouldn’t?

        So, back when I was 19. At the construction site. Early morning. Hungover most likely. Mind full of cobwebs. As I was mixing the topping mud, some of it got on my finger. It looked like frosting…but I knew it wasn’t. Still, it didn’t stop me from bringing my pointer finger towards my mouth. As I was doing so, (and picture slow motion here), my mouth was saying, “Mmmmm” but my brain was saying, Noooooo!!!” The finger ended up in my mouth with a glob of topping mud.

        That’s how I felt about the question I got wrong.

    • RJ says:

      I am shamed 87.88 %
      I guess I need to go back and reread Lincoln’s address, duh, I attributed it to Jefferson.

      The gov should IMHO tax and spend less to stimulate during depression, instead of tax less and spend more.

      I’m also a little weak on business decisions but I think my answer was close.

      considering the test averages I read before the test I can’t complain too much about my hillbilly education.

      • notamobster says:

        They should tax & spend less, but the question is what have they done? Of course, they’ve dont the wrong thing.

  12. BrunDawg says:

    Chicago Sun-Times (today)
    “The city collected 5,500 guns last Saturday in the annual buyback. The city gave out $100 MasterCard gift cards for each gun and $10 cards for BB guns and replicas.”

    “Sixty of the guns and several BB guns were turned in by the Champaign-based Guns Save Life. In return, the group received $6,240 in gift cards, said John Boch, president of the group.”

    “Most of the money will go toward buying ammunition for an NRA youth camp in Bloomington. The rest will pay for four bolt-action rifles that will be given away to campers.”

    No report on how the gang banger gift cards were spent.

  13. BrunDawg says:

    “Where’s Waldo was a series of detailed illustration books by Martin Handford, a British illustrator, and they were very popular in the 1990s. Each book page has a different scene with lots of people and things happening and you have to find the character, Waldo, who always has a red and white striped shirt, a puffy hat, and glasses. Seems innocent, no? Some schools and public libraries have banned the books, though.

    The series is also on the ALA’s Top 100 Banned Books list. They claim that the books contain inappropriate and seditious hidden imagery. They refer to characters posing with rocker hands, which they claim is the “Hail Satan” sign, topless sunbathers, gay couples, and other images found to be inappropriate. The book series has become a classic to many who grew up with it.”


  14. Jim22 says:

    DH30GPMP D&H Gray w/ Gray MagPul 30rd 5.56 AR15 Mag $24.00 EA / $22.00 FOR 20+


    DH mags are the very best available.

    This DH30GPMP features a new coating known as epoxy paint. It is tough as heck and is very wear resistance. It comes in “Battleship (Navy) Gray” and features a dark MapPul Gen 3 follower. The color is a lighter shade of gray than the other gray DH mags.




  15. jacksonsdad says:

    Some levity…

  16. notamobster says:

    I heard about 5 minutes of Laura Ingraham on the radio a few minutes back and she says that if the “shining lights” of the Republican party come out of the sea-castration meeting with O’barry tomorrow, having conceded even an inch, one penny in tax “revenue” – she “IS DONE WITH THIS REPUBLICAN PARTY!”

  17. notamobster says:

    world’s largest working revolver:

  18. Jim22 says:

    Just started today: Wirecutter’s ‘Patriot Swap Shop’. “You can visit it at right now, but today and tomorrow you’ll be seeing an empty house as there’s nothing posted for sale or trade right now. However…… if you want to help fix that, you can send in your ad to and I’ll get them up Saturday.
    I’ll let everybody have one free ad for the next week – I would love to do unlimited free ads for a week but I’m also trying to get a handle on how busy I’m going to be and I figure this is the best way to do it – one free ad per person starting Saturday.
    Ads will run for 7 days from the day of posting and I’ll get the first ones up Saturday.
    The site is set up so that the categories are hidden if there’s nothing in them – that’ll save buyers time by not having to click on empty categories looking for something that ain’t there. When I get shit posted the categories will appear in the right sidebar.
    I’ll also be adding a page for Patriot’s Online Stores such as Bill’s seed store, Dennis’s knives and III Gear.”

  19. R.D. Walker says:

    We are at the Field Museum in Chicago tonight. My son’s Cub Scout pack is sleeping over night in the museum tonight. Should be fun.

    • RevoGirl says:

      Sounds like a blast, I was born and raised in Chicago…I really miss the museums!

      • DarthJay says:

        The Field Museum is a fantastic place, my kids loved the T-Rex in the lobby. Have fun!!

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Just bedded down below the skeleton of a humpback whale. The boy and I just got back from seeing real mummies by flashlight. Good times.

      • notamobster says:

        I know Dr Nerdly got tons of good pictures for his friends to live vicariously through…

  20. notamobster says:

    That’s awesome.

  21. sortahwitte says:

    I sincerely hope you are discreetly armed. I used to love chicago.

    • Ray Davies says:

      Not RD…Oh No! Armed? In Chicago? There’s no danger there,there’s no guns allowed.

  22. R.D. Walker says:

    Good times last night. The kid got to hang out in the museum with his fellow Scouts, he held a live tarantula, he picked up real dinosaur bone fossils and just before midnight, after the lights were out, he and I took flashlights, went into the Egypt exhibit and looked at real mummies in the darkness.

    We slept in sleeping bags on the floor beneath the articulated bones of a humpback whale and next to the lower jaw of a sperm whale. The boys got tired of me calling out, “Ship ahoy! Hast seen the white whale?!”


    • R.D. Walker says:

      Sadly, I am told that due to sequestration, the 120 year old museum had a meeting with the wrecking ball this morning.

  23. R.D. Walker says:

    This is the most depressing indication of the abject collapse of the culture I have ever seen.

    For the record, I’d say most straight guys are going to find an obsessive insecurity about this sort of thing a hell of a lot more unattractive than any possible physical configuration you’ve got going on down at the Y.

    • fubar says:

      so THIS is what militant feminism results in
      and for the record, i couldn’t read past the second paragraph

  24. sortahwitte says:

    RD, I’m a small town baptist boy, but I have lived around the world. However, that was the last thing in the known universe I expected to be discussed. Big Ben is in a slow fall into the Thames. We are doomed.

  25. notamobster says:

    So, I was bored and told the wife & kids, “Let’s go for a ride.” The missus says “Let’s do it!”, and so we did. Now, 7 hours and 308 miles later, we are home. We drove around northern Michigan, through Lake City, Traverse City, took some pictures in the Boyne Highlands and came home. Good times. ~nota

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Yeah, that is more than a “drive”, that’s an excursion.

      Of course I just did a 500 mile round trip to Chicago and back… That, however, wasn’t really a scenic trip.

      • notamobster says:

        Oh, it was a great time! We saw and tasted some great things. It helps to encourage the kids to be spontaneous, a characteristic which is absolutely imperative to living a full life (IMHO).

        We also talked about God, and faith, and had honest questions/honest answers. We discussed society and some of it’s ills and good points. The kids loved the forum. Open debate, prove & disprove. Question everything.

        There was much, much more to it, than just a ride through the backwoods. 😉

  26. R.D. Walker says:


  27. R.D. Walker says:

    True facts about the land snail.

  28. Uke says:

    After much searching and researching, I finally got Unintended Consequences… on my Nook! 😀

  29. sortahwitte says:

    Very nice, Uke. I am at page 700 or so and the story is starting to wrap up. I honestly have no clue where it is going. At halfway, there started to be a few sexually graphic scenes, but were part of the story. I’ll have a review after I finish.

    • Uke says:

      I can’t wait. I couldn’t bring myself to paying 200+ for a damn hardcopy, but wanted the book nonetheless.

      I can only wonder why the book went out of print in the first place, if it’s rated so highly. >_>

      • BigJimTX says:

        The author said that he was coming out with a second edition. He never followed through. I special ordered the book from Barnes and Noble in 2000-ish for $30. That hardcover fell apart from use. Had I known, I’d have ordered a case back then for resale at $200/ea.

  30. fubar says:

    of interest, the top right corner has ALERTS

  31. BigJimTX says:

    I know we discussed the MRAP purchase by DHS, but I didn’t realize there were 2,700 purchased.

    Lookie here.

  32. BigJimTX says:



  33. Jim22 says:

    What Kinda Work Do They Do In New Zealand?

    men at work nz

    More here

  34. jacksonsdad says:

    I’m no fan of Joe Scarborough but this shit is delicious!!

    Watching that douchebag Krugman finally get that smug smirk wiped off his face (with his own words no less) … PRICELESS!!

  35. notamobster says:

    You want to laugh yourself to tears? Check out

    Tears. 🙂

    • notamobster says:

      I’m hyperventilating. Funniest website I’ve seen in years. One time I was texting the wife “Are you coming home soon” and it autocorrected to “Are you coming hard soon?” so I know what it’s like…

      • R.D. Walker says:

        Here is one of my real ones…

        Hey, it looks like rain, are we going to ride this morning?

        Nah, the radar looks grim, faggot.


        I meant “bag it”.

        • notamobster says:

          Oh my Lord. DO NOT DRINK ANYTHING WHILE YOU’RE READING THAT SITE! I spit all over myself. I’ve been crying for a half hour. It’s so funny.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      The 2009 annual deficit was the highest in history. The 2010, 2011 and 2012 deficits are the second, third and fourth highest in history but the 2009 deficit is larger.

      The writer is pointing out that the 2008 budget was passed before Obama was president, therefore, he doesn’t own it. Since 2010, 2011 and 2012 are slightly lower than 2009, he lowered the deficit. He has as much ownership of that budget as anyone.

      Ways in which this is abject bullshit.

      1) Democrats controlled the House and Senate in 2008 and he voted for the budget that went into effect in 2009. He can’t really disown the 2009 budget.

      2) Every year since Obama has been president, the budget is much higher than any year previous. This is beyond dispute.

      3)There is more to the deficit than spending. Obama’s policies in 2009 contributed to a crash in tax revenues during that year. That contributed to the deficit.

      4) Even if the deficit was reduced ever so slightly after 2009, it was still way above any deficit in American history.

      The author wants to play a little word game. Count backwards your fingers on your left hand, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6… Six fingers added to the five on my right and I have eleven fingers! Phooey.


      • BigJimTX says:

        Obama’s deficit spending is much lower on that chart than Bush’s deficit spending. That counts, right? 🙂

      • R.D. Walker says:

        Yeah, that counts.

        See what the dude is doing? The 2009 deficit was the result of a 2008 budget and Obama wasn’t president in 2008. Furthermore, the 2010 deficit was less than the 2009 deficit so – VIOLA – Obama reduced the deficit.

        If you buy that, I have a nice vineyard and winery on Guam you might be interested in buying.

      • John Cox says:

        Thanks. I guess the Omnibus and Stimulus of 2009 contributed to the higher than projected deficit as originally proposed.

    • notamobster says:
  36. Jim22 says:

    Tenth Trimester Abortion?

    tenth trimester abortion

  37. R.D. Walker says:

    I got this via email today.

    I’m not a computer genius but I do know that since you’ve started imbedding all the videos you have become a memory hog. So much so that it often locks up my machine. No other site does this.

    Perhaps you could have only the most current video load and after 24 hours just show a link to all the older video.

    You ‘gotta’ do something or you’ll lose some of us!

    What say you Revoistas? Is it a problem?

    • notamobster says:

      No problem here – and I’m on a line-of-site (wireless) connection. We’ve been embedding videos since I’ve been around (4 years). It takes longer to load the front page than it does individual pages.

      Maybe we could change the number of posts that show on the front page? See if that helps. The computer doesn’t load any more than what’s on the page being accessed. It’s not like it loads the entire server when you click on the page.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        I changed the front page from 25 to 15 posts.

        We have been embedding videos from day one so that isn’t a change.

        Response seems a little slow today but it varies from day-to-day. We are on a shared server. Maybe another site on the same server is having a big day. I don’t think today’s latency has anything to do with videos, however.

    • Uke says:

      I’m fine with this. A wee bit of shaving in order to make the experience slicker for our readership? Worthy sacrifice.

      That said, if there’s something actually malfunctioning in the inner workings of the Nets and Intertubes…

      • R.D. Walker says:

        If you can load this at all, it ain’t the videos.

        • KJ says:

          I loaded that page fine with my laptop. I have noticed at work though, that this site tends to lock up my computer more than others. I figured it was just my old computer at work, that is dire need of replacement that was causing it, probably still is.

        • Uke says:

          Well I must say, that certainly made my 1.0 MBPS connection feel very tired. I think it wants to take a nap now.

    • Jim22 says:

      Tell whomever it was who was complaining about CCleaner (formerly known as crap cleaner). It’s free here:

      • R.D. Walker says:

        The Revo does put a cookie on your machine when you log in. All it does is allow you to stay logged in without entering your password every time you post or comment. That’s it.

  38. notamobster says:

    I got a heckuva deal today:

    • Uke says:

      I guess he really wanted a Rem 700 ADL, eh?

      • notamobster says:

        Yep. He wanted a new hunting rifle. I wanted a good deal. Match made in heaven.

        I still have an extra hunting platform, got the wife an iPad, and I got an INCREDIBLE ($400-500) air rifle.

        I’ve been wanting one for a few years (thanks to Jim22) but I could never justify spending that kind of money on an air rifle.

        Magellan & I took the opportunity to have a shooting competition with it today. We started at 30 yards and backed up in increments of 10 yards per shot, all the way out to 130 yds. That sucker puts rounds on target at 130 yards with ease. That is one heck of an air rifle.

  39. R.D. Walker says:

    Off to bed. Here is some Shooter to dig on.

  40. Jim22 says:

    This guy goes into a bar in Louisiana where there’s a robot tending the bar.
    The robot says, “What will you have?”

    The guy says, “Whiskey.”

    The robot brings back his drink and says to the man, “What’s your IQ?”

    The guy says,” 168.” The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space
    exploration and current medical technology.

    The guy leaves, . . . but, he is curious . . . So he goes back into the
    bar. The robot bartender says, “What will you have?”

    The guy says, “Whiskey.”

    Again, the robot brings the man his drink and says, “What’s
    your IQ?”

    The guy says, “100.” The robot then starts to talk about Budweiser, the Saints,
    the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders.

    The guy leaves, but finds it very interesting, so he decides to try it one more time.

    He goes back into the bar. The robot says, “What will you have?”

    The guy says, “Whiskey,” and the robot brings him his
    whiskey. The robot then says, “What’s your IQ?”

    The guy says, “Uh………..’bout 50.”

    The robot leans in real close and says, “Sooooo, . . . You people
    still happy with Obama?”

    Thanks, Irish

  41. notamobster says:


  42. RJ says:

    I looked at several web sites last night looking for reloading companants, no primers, no .5.56 bulk bullets to be found.

    only thing available was high end match grade bullets in small quantities.

    Weidners, Mid South, Dillon, CTD nada

    I wish I’d bought more ammo years ago.
    there was some green tip austrian and LC 5.56 at CTD vailable at 1,000 a case for bulk.