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  The Electoral College
Posted by: David - 03-12-2018, 04:52 PM - Forum: The Pub - Replies (1)

In their infinite wisdom, the founders of our country created a structure called the "Electoral College" as a control system and to ensure the individual states were fairly represented. Otherwise one or two densely populated areas would speak for the whole of the nation. It was not created as a device to favor Democrats, Republicans, Whigs, Tories or any other political affiliation. It was created as a system of "checks and balances" to guard against any small vocal area, with a specific agenda, speaking for the whole of the nation.

The following list of statistics should put an end to the argument as to why the Electoral College makes sense.

There are 3,141 counties in the United States.

Trump won 3,084 of them. 
Clinton won 57.

There are 62 counties in New York State.

Trump won 46 of them. 
Clinton won 16.

Clinton won the popular vote by approx. 1.5 million votes.

In the 5 counties that encompass NYC (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump.

In other words, these Five (5) counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote for the entire country !

These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles. 
The United States is comprised of 3,797,000 square miles.

When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.

Large, densely populated cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, etc.) do not and should not speak for the rest of our country...and somehow the geniuses who founded our country understood this and created a system to avoid that circumstance.

And now you understand the supreme importance of the Electoral College.

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  Trip back to Tennessee.
Posted by: TN.Frank - 03-11-2018, 08:00 PM - Forum: The Pub - No Replies

Took a trip back to Tennessee for my grandson's wedding and while we were there my daughter also got married and another grandson proposed to his girlfriend so it was a full week of fun. Anyway, vid is kind of on the long side but it's nice to see some of my old stompin' ground. Enjoy.[video=youtube] https://youtu.be/oz1gQH_nDwQ[/video]

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  travel gear - based upon experience
Posted by: bdcochran - 03-10-2018, 09:51 PM - Forum: Packs and Gear - Replies (1)

At the age of 30,  my wife and I quit our jobs to travel.  When we arrived in Portugal, we threw away the return tickets.  Thereafter, it was travel without a car in countries where sometimes neither of us spoke the local langauges and through Africa, communist countries, southeast Asia, China (when Americans were not supposed to go) and even further east.

Here are some milestones.

1.  no matter what you plan to take or carry, the first three days are a shakedown.  You will abandon gear.

2.  it takes about a month to get into shape when you are walking most places.

3.  after about 6 months, no matter how big your pocket book, you will have shrunk.  If someone weighed you, you would know daily whether you gained or lost even 1/4 pound.

If you disregard the camera case/shoulder carry bag, I carried 19 pounds.  My wife carried 21 pounds.  You share the soap/tooth paste and other items that can be shared so as to reduce weight.

A t-shirt/short sleeve shirt/sweat/and then a JC Penny's windbreaker was sufficient layering in the Himmilayas.

You have a pair of mountain climbing boots to intimidate people who would intrude into your space and wear tennis shoes otherwise.  You will find it takes months to find a pair of local jeans or shoes that fit you, so have what you need in advance.

You needed maps of where you were going and then toss them.

You are best off traveling in 3s.  Normally, someone will be sick.  That person stays with the luggage (whether in a hovel or on the street) while the other explore.

Count on getting sick and be prepared for your actions.

Try to reach your next destination at least an hour before sundown and clean your clothes upon arrival.  Normally, if hung out to dry, they will be acceptable the next morning.  If you can, bathe wearing the clothes. 

Have a spare pair of eye glasses.

If you understand timing, you can have supply packages sent to you along the way through the post offices,  Did it a couple of times.

Today, I am older and don't travel primitively.  Each suitcase has a flashlight/leatherman/pocket knife.  When going to China/, one water filter.

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  Holster/Leather gear making
Posted by: mac66 - 03-09-2018, 09:25 PM - Forum: DIY - Replies (8)

I should mention right off the bat that if you are interested in making leather gear, there are videos on youtube and websites available. I can't/won't teach you here. My goal is simply to let you see what can be done. Once you get the basic techniques down you can pretty much make anything out of leather. Want a custom made case for your cell phone or pocket pistol, or flashlight or anything else, you can do that.

Back in the day I bought a book and supplies from Tandy Leather and made a few holsters, belts, knife sheaths, mini mag holders and stuff. It was kind of fun. I was never very good at it but the stuff I made was usable.  My brothers  and sons are still using the holsters, belts and knife sheaths I made them for deer hunting.

Fast forward about 20 years.... having gotten a couple new mouse guns recently I thought it would be fun to make holsters for them. The first I chose was the Ruger SR22.   

I actually have 2 of SRs, the first bought used came with a nylon holster. That one also has a mag pouch and has been claimed by my daughter.  I bought the second one used as well and it is intended to be carried deer hunting, to signal, finish off wounded deer, small game hunt and as a trail gun.  I didn't want another cheap nylon holster and started looking around. Holy moly are leather holsters expensive these days!

What the heck I thought, I must have something I could use.  I found that shape wise the SR22 is very close to my Glock. It is smaller but will fit loosly in all my Glock holsters. Since I used to make holsters I thought maybe I could scale down the designs for the SR.

The first was a pancake holster.  I had a piece of synthetic leather that was pretty stiff. I cut it to shape and hand sewed it together. Four problems...First  was that the more I handled it the softer it got to the point it was like a piece of foam rubber. The second was that when cutting, the edges frayed. Unlike leather which you can can sand and burnish this one can't be fixed. It looks horrible.  The last was I am out of practice sewing.  I remembered half way through to always sew from the front side.  Leather, material bends and a straight line on one side ain't always straight on the other.   Forth, I buggered up the last 4 snaps I had and have to make another run to the Tandy Leather store on the other side of town.

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The good news is that I wore it around for two days and it is very comfortable. I purposly left it open and wide at the bottom in case I wanted to put a laser on the pistol in the future.  No idea it might last before tearing but I am going to make a leather version of it as well as one for my LC9, just for the helluvit. I've since added a few more stitches around the trigger guard area to hold it higher up inside the holster.

And no, I didn't make the one on the right.

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  I started a survival blog
Posted by: ric0123 - 03-08-2018, 11:20 PM - Forum: The Pub - Replies (13)

So, I started a website for my survival blog.  Just my random thoughts about things. Food, water, EDC,  all that stuff.  Anyone interested in taking a look? It's still very raw..  Also, I'm not making any money off this, but if it's not appropriate to post, I won't.

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  Survival Story: Overnighter turns into 6-day stay for missing Oakland hiker
Posted by: David - 03-08-2018, 01:40 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (3)

Happy ending.

Survival Story: Overnighter turns into 6-day stay for missing Oakland hiker

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  BD's workout
Posted by: bdcochran - 03-07-2018, 02:21 AM - Forum: Fitness - No Replies

My exercise routine is not done with weights. special machines, conventional situps, conventional pushups.  I will describe a few after I explain the goals.

Goal 1:

Understanding that I am right handed and favor the right hand, I want to do exercises by time so that say the left leg gets the same type and time of workout as the right leg.

Goal  2:

Use my weight in a position as much as possible to obtain/maintain functional fitness.

Goal 3:

Do the necessary exercises daily.  It does not matter whether there breaks.  These are not cardiovascular exercises.

Goal 4:

Do the rehab exercises recommended by Kaiser physical therapists.

Ok, some examples.

1.  you know what a plank is as an exercise.  Ok.  I do a set of a 100 count.  A while later, having thrown in a different exercise(s), I do a second set of a 100 count.

2.  you know what a jack knife position is.  Ok, I do a set of a 100 count (and I always put an "and" between numbers on all exercises).  A while later, having thrown in a different exercise (s), I do a second set of a 100 count.

3.  you may know what a flying superman is.  Lie prone.  Legs or at least feet off the ground.  Arms stretched over the head and off the ground.  Same 100 count routine.  

4.  you know what a ballet barre is.  Ok, you put a straightened leg on it and hold.  Do the other leg the same.

It takes me a long time to do all of the exercises - and I fairly well remember what I have done in a session.

One day, when I belonged to the YMCA, a guy came in complaining that he was in bad shape.  When asked how he knew, he lay down on the floor on his back.  He asked people to watch.  He couldn't lift his legs.    You don't ever want to be like that.  I am much older so I am doing a lot of my exercise either resisting or going with gravity.  Why don't I do weights.  Ask my brother who dropped a weight on his foot and had to have surgery.

My brothers are older too.  One is a competitive swimmer.  The running resulted in surgery as well on his foot.  Another brother swims 5 days a week.  I would do the swimming except I don't miss the fungi/bacteria and the nearest paid pool is not always available for individual swimming.

Admins note:  BD, I split your post to a new thread to keep my log just with my entries.

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  How to shoot a Pana dart
Posted by: ghost - 03-03-2018, 01:03 AM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

This is how you shoot a Pana dart.


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  How to make a Pana dart
Posted by: ghost - 03-03-2018, 12:54 AM - Forum: DIY - Replies (1)

Here is how I make my Pana darts.


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Video EDC Travel Gear.
Posted by: TN.Frank - 03-01-2018, 02:58 PM - Forum: Packs and Gear - Replies (1)

Had to pack light for my trip back to Tennessee. Here's some of the gear I'm using. Enjoy.


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