Starry Nights

So we’ve been taking pictures of night skies here at the house. My goal is to capture the milky way, but so far I have not had dark enough or clear enough skies to do that.



Although some of them have come out pretty neat like the clouds in the night sky like this ( too much noise I think). Although we did catch a shooting star up toward the left top corner.

I’m really loving my Nikon D3300. I still have a lot to learn in using it though.


Anyway here are a couple of pictures.

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The moon using a telephoto lens. J/K Nikon mounted on a Celestron telescope.

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Fourth of July……Baby!!!!

So the 4th of July is upon us. Time to celebrate the independence of the United States of America.
Heck Yeah!

Time to celebrate the fact that brave men with guns won our independence from the British.
Since that time many more brave men with guns have defended our independence.
Unfortunately now we have idiots who seem to have forgotten what the red white and blue stand for in our flag and unfortunately these idiots vote for other idiots who would desecrate our constitution.
So lets go over what the red white and blue stands for.

Lets start with the red shall we; Red symbolizes the bravery and valor of those men that chose to move us from a colony to a country despite great odds. It is not coincidence that red is also the color of the blood that was shed by those that fought against tyranny. Something that may have to come about again for our government to realize they are supposed to represent “We the people.”

White represents purity. The desire to do that which is right, despite the odds. Something our elected public servants seem to have forgotten. Not to mention our supreme court justices who seem to make as much a mockery of our laws and constitution as our politicians.

Blue represents Vigilance, perseverance and justice, something we as a country really seem to be lacking lately. We allow public opinion to dictate what is right and wrong instead of the laws of God and nature. Everyone is vigilant until the money says otherwise.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Founding Fathers

Come on America, wake up.

Which Side Of History….

Will you be on?

Never before has our government worked as hard to destroy the constitution and trample the rights of the people as they are now.

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With all of the gun control foolishness that is going on  in washington and the media now (I know I did not capitilize washington), the liberal propaganda machine is going wide open.

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What none of these people realize is.
1. The second amendment was not written for hunting or target shooting, it was written so that the people would have the ability to overthrow a tyrannical government.

2. The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, gives one the right to defend themselves.
and a 105 pound woman regardless of having equal rights or not is not going to ward off a 220 pound rapist for very long.

3. Criminals always try to have an edge, they do not want to try to victimize someone that may have more of an edge than they have. An armed citizen is safer than an unarmed citizen. A criminal will always be able to get a gun if he doesn’t already have one.

4. If no one needs so called assault weapons then why does our government use them?  
If I do not need an assault weapon why should the people that work for me need one?
As soon as gun bans get in place the next questions will be;
Why does anyone need an SUV?
Why does anyone need a three story home?
Why does anyone need more land than they can farm?
Why does anyone need money in the bank that they are not spending?
Why does anyone need freedom of speech?

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Why does anyone think that they should let the government decide what you need.
Our government as a collective would not have enough sense to pour piss out of a boot.
They have bankrupted the post office, social security, medicare and millions of Americans. They cannot agree on what color or kind of toilet paper to use in the White house and cannot collectively pull their collective heads out of their collective asses to see whether or not the sun shines or not. and you want to let these idiots decide anything to do with your life, rights or well being.
Look at the nanny state the idiots in New York have going for them now.

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I see a lot of people talking about when the obama administration bans all guns they are going to protest and fight back and that our soldiers will not turn their weapons on American citizens and some police officers will help the citizens instead of trying to enforce unjust laws.
Folks you better think again. Our soldiers have  turned their guns on Americans before and they will do it again. Sure there might be a few that will take the side of justice and freedom but you can bet the majority will follow orders right to the tee and the same goes for the majority of police officers out there, when it comes down to it the police will be the first line of attack in any gun confiscation plan and you can bet your ass that most cops will carry your weapons out with a smile on their faces knowing they are about to get some tv time.

You have to ask yourself are you going to stand for freedom or are you going to be a slave to the government.
It’s time to get rid of corrupt democrats and republicans and elect people that are going to represent us.

Are you for the constitution or against it?

The question to ask yourself is “When a stand is made, what side of history am I going to be on?”

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Oh and while you are at it check out Dianne Feinstein’s new page Ha ha. A pro gun group has bought the domain name and set up a website. It’s great.

Divide and Conquer….. Divisive Practices by Our Government on Our People…….

What’s happening these days reminds me of an old speech; 

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Replace communist, trade unionists, and Jew with black, white, rich, poor, liberal, conservative, or whatever other party you can think of. 

This is what is happening here in America now, the media, government and those behind the government, have divided this country more than I have seen in my lifetime.

Think about it. 

A Redneck Looks At Gun Control

Seems that no matter where I am, or who I am talking to, some weenie will walk up and start telling me how “we need gun control in this country”.

Of course in their feeble minds we would all be better off if guns were removed from society all together. They do not seem to understand that there is a criminal element in this country and in the world in general that will be further emboldened if there were no guns.
Think of this, no guns anywhere in the world. People would be getting robbed and beaten in their homes, their yards, their cars, because criminals would know that everyone was unarmed. The police wouldn’t have guns to protect (not that they do anyhow) the citizens.
Elderly citizens would be fair game for criminals more so now than ever.

The number one deterrent for a criminal is the fact that his or her victim could be armed and could very well end their career.

That being said. I will agree not everyone should own a gun. Especially criminals. However if everyone in America was ordered to turn in their firearms, only the law abiding citizens would do so.
Look at crime rates in countries that have outlawed guns. Crime rates increased in all of them.

I do however think that everyone that owns a firearm should have some knowledge of gun safety.
I’m going to go over the things that my father taught me when I got my first gun. (A Daisy Cub BB gun).

  1. All guns are loaded. Even when they are not, you treat them as if they are.
  2. When handling (looking at or showing a gun) Always check the gun to see if it is loaded, make sure it is not then treat it as if it is. 
  3. Always keep the muzzle (the end the bullet comes out of) pointed in a safe direction. Not towards anyone, their vehicles, their homes or anything where someone could be. Never point a firearm at something you do not intend to shoot.
  4. Always remember when a bullet is fired it can not be taken back. 
  5. Always clean your weapons after use. If you have not used it in awhile clean it before use, then afterwards.
  6. Keep your guns and your ammo dry.
  7. Teach your children not to mess with them unless you are with them. My kids know better than to touch one of my guns without my permission.  
  8. Keep your guns secure. I have a safe that mine stay locked in (all except my carry gun).
  9. Know the laws in your area and follow them.
  10. Most importantly remember to treat all guns as if they are loaded.

That pretty much covers what I was taught as a child.
You can find more information through the NRA .
If you have never owned a firearm and would like to purchase one always remember the best weapon is one that you can shoot accurately, consistently. Always choose a well made reliable gun and avoid the cheap ones you can find in some gun shops.

If you happen to have a friend that owns several get them to take you shooting and let you try out a few different calibers, remember bigger is not always better. It’s nice to shoot a Desert Eagle 50 caliber, but would you really want to do that all day, and carry the seven pound beast with you every where you go.
If you live in Alabama I really have to recommend Hoover Tactical Firearms, they have a knowledgeable staff  and they are very friendly and helpful.
Good Luck, good hunting and safe shooting. 

College Kids

Think they can fix the world.

Looking at yesterday’s news, I see a bunch of idiots at UAB protesting Alabama’s immigration bill. These fools think they can fix everything when they really wouldn’t have sense enough to poor piss out of a boot with directions on the heel.

I want to see how many of these same people are protesting when an illegal has taken their job, or their place in class. How about when an illegal has taken their student aid, I would be willing to bet that every damned one of them would be singing a different tune.

Here’s the thing, I do not have a problem with anyone trying to better their life. I have a problem when someone tries to better their life illegally at the cost of all the legal citizens.
How does it cost us you might ask? Go ahead prop up on your protest sign and ask.

Hospital bills and time, most of these illegals that you all love so much, use the emergency room as a doctors office and never pay, which causes hospitals to have to raise their rates for those that do pay or in the case of the state of California, hospitals go bankrupt.

Car insurance, rates go higher with a larger influx of illegals because if they have a car accident they get out of their vehicle and run and even if they didn’t they would have no insurance which leaves you and your insurance company to replace your vehicle. If you have only liability coverage then you have to replace your vehicle yourself. Add to that, certain insurance companies will not cover your vehicle (even with full coverage) in the event it is damaged by and illegal driver. Which means basically if they can’t sue someone you are on your own.

The laws of supply and demand  go into overdrive. Housing costs, fuel costs, food, electricity, medical bills, even landfill rates skyrocket as a result of a greater demand.

The worst part of it is a lot of illegals will take jobs at a lower rate, which forces legal citizens out of business because they can’t compete.  

Government offices are forced to close. When you have more people taking from the system than you have paying into the system  it hurts everyone. When legal taxpayers are no longer working, they are no longer paying taxes. Illegals do not pay taxes and do not put money back into the economy.
In 2009 over 75 billion dollars was sent to Mexico by illegal immigrants working here in America.

Here’s a way to look at it. Let’s say you have a house. a two bedroom one bath house. Your brother/sister/cousin/whatever needs a place to stay, you take them in okay it cramps your style a little but you can deal with it because you are being a nice person and helping out a family member.
Okay you are paying the bills, they are not. You notice your water bill has increased because more people are taking showers and using the bathroom and drinking water.

Your power bill increases because your relative, who is paying nothing, is staying up late leaving lights on and watching television all night long. Still they are paying nothing.

Your grocery bill increases, because what used to last you a week now only last three days.

Then your relative decides to move their girlfriend/boyfriend/child/dog/whatever in with you because they/it needed a place to stay as well. Still they contribute nothing.

Eventually you are go from getting by to not getting by. You go from being able to pay your bills on time to having to borrow money to pay your bills, or having to pawn or sell your belongings to keep from losing your house.

That’s what is happening with America and the state of Alabama in general.
More people are taking than are contributing.

Go into any welfare office, medicaid office, or emergency room and see what you see most of.

School systems are having to hire interpreters to teach children that do not speak English.

Government offices are having to hire interpreters.

Who pays for this? Not the illegals because they do not pay taxes.
Meanwhile you and I no longer have a job because what we were making ten dollars an hour to do, an illegal is doing for eight.

I know several brick masons that cannot find work anymore because of immigrants doing it for less money.
These same brick masons were paying taxes every year that were more than my current salary, now those tax dollars are no longer going back into the government.
A government, just like a household cannot function when it spends more than it takes in.
As long as tax paying Americans are being forced out of work and non tax paying illegals are taking jobs, the country as a whole is going to suffer, it’s basic economics, something obviously the UAB protesters know nothing about.
Again, I do not have a problem with someone wanting a better life for them or their family, but I expect them to have to go by the same rules that I have to go by.
Illegal immigration is a problem and until idiots such as the ones protesting understand that, this country will keep going to hell in a hand basket.
I know they think they are saving the world, but until they have lived in that world they have no clue.

Like Sands Through The Hourglass

So go the …… whoops too much soap operas.

I was drifting back through the mists of time the other day to the age of innocence, or at least reasonable deniability. 
The thoughts of television shows came up and old shows opposed to newer shows and how bad the new shows with the exception of a few really suck.

First off I’m not going to debate reality shows, because they all suck. I live in reality and it is nothing like the crap you see on television.

Okay onward and upward. Wait I’m afraid of heights, so onward and sideways.

Back then (my early and teen years) we had Gilligans Island, Bewitched, The Andy Griffith Show, The Brady Bunch, Happy Days, Welcome Back Kotter and ALF.
Now the only shows worth watching are……… Well hell, their aren’t any, well Vampire Diaries I guess, but that is because the chicks are cute and my girlfriends nephew has a recurring extra role in the show.

Two and a Half Men used to be pretty good, until the Charlie Sheen burnout and they brought the other dude on there. Now it sucks.
Chuck was an awesome show I thought, (I’ve always been a fan of Adam Baldwin), however they canceled it, I should have seen it coming when Summer Glau guest starred on a couple of episodes.
I mean seriously what the heck is going on with her?  
Does she not have the worst luck?
Every show she has been on has been cancelled after too long.
The only one still going is Big Bang Theory ( which I like).
Personally I think Summer is a very talented person and she is cute as a bug, but damn her luck sucks.
I mean what the hell? Why would you cancel Firefly before the end of one season?
Dammit! She was the only reason to watch The Cape. 

I thought Grim was going to be a pretty good show, but it has gotten lost in the shuffle as well.
I think the idiots in the television industry should give me a call, I can come up with a dozen shows that would be much much mu-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-uch better than the crap that eats up most of the airwaves now.



Breast Feeding and Sesame Street

So the other day I’m cruising down the road, listening to one of the local sports channels when they bring up the following.katy-perry-vs-elmo

According to the dude on the sports show, a certain parental group is wanting to make breast feeding more prominent on Sesame Street.
Granted breast feeding is a natural activity, but in this age of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and general sexual name calling, is that a good idea.
I mean women get a freaking grip, you wear yoga pants that look like body paint, pants that have words written across the butt and then you bitch because some guy was looking at your ass.

You wear low cut shirts exposing lots of cleavage and then you bitch about someone staring at you boobs.
Now you’re wanting breast feeding on Sesame Street, what are you going to do when Oscar the Grouch pops out of his trash can and says, “Hey babe, can I have a sip?”

Of course it would be extremely hypocritical to do this after banning Katy Perry because she showed too much cleavage when she was on the show.
You had the perfect opportunity to display breast feeding then.
It could be really simple. She could be chasing Elmo and then could start doing jumping jacks, and as soon as one of those puppies popped out Elmo could latch on.
There you have, breast feeding, music, Elmo, and you can damn well bet ratings through the freaking roof.


The Sky Is Falling! The Sky is Falling!

Oh wait, it’s just the winding down of another college football season. 

But if that isn’t close to the end of the world then what is?

Okay maybe I am being a little overdramatical, (yes I made up a word),  but think about it college football is winding down, with only one more week left to go in the regular seasons of many teams and some teams having finished their seasons yesterday, that means I am going to have to actually do things on Saturdays now, instead of being parked in front of the television drinking beer and eating whatever unhealthy snack recipe I can come up with.

This college football season has seen some interesting story lines come about with the BCS and the way teams are ranked.

A lot of people are having hissy fits about the possibility of an Alabama – LSU rematch for the National Championship.
One of the quotes was “How can they compete for a National Championship if they don’t win their conference championship?
Didn’t USC compete for a NC a few years ago, Didn’t Oregon? Wasn’t Oklahoma and Oklahoma State competing this year?
Up until this year Oregon and USC did not have a conference championship game.
This year the Big Twelve (or the conference formerly known as the Big Twelve) will not have a championship game either.
But that doesn’t really matter according to the BCS people, they want a match up between the two best teams in the country and simply put LSU and Alabama are the two best teams in the country.
Were it not for a blown call by the referees and some missed field goals Alabama would have won, however since things worked out like they did, LSU won, Bama lost and a rematch is looming on the horizon.

If you like good defensive games then Alabama vs LSU for the National Championship would be the best choice.

If you like the two best teams in the nation for the National Championship then Alabama and LSU are the best choice.

If you want to see a lot of scoring and fast paced offenses with no defense then get Stanford to play Houston or Boise State for the NC. 

From the looks of things Bama is pretty much guaranteed a shot by virtue of being ranked number two at this time, there is still a chance (slim) that GA could knock off LSU next week in the SECCG and end up putting Oklahoma State or Stanford in the NCG.
Who knows, either way it’s not the end of the world.


Sons of Anarchy Season 4 Episode 1

So my favorite show on FX finally comes back on, my old lady and I have been waiting months for the new season of Sons of Anarchy.
Too bad there were so many freaking commercials that you couldn’t bare to watch the show. I mean good fucking grief FX 10 minutes of SOA, seven minutes of commercials, 8 mins of SOA 6 minutes of commercials this carried on through out the entire broadcast. With minimal 6 minute commercial breaks every 5 to 10 minutes you couldn’t follow the story line for the freaking ads.
I know advertising pays the bills, we all know that, but damn.
A 90 minute season premiere could have fit in a Forty Eight minute time slot, that’s 52 minutes of commercials.
52 minutes of commercials = a total waste of a decent show.
After sitting through an hours worth of commercials I finally gave up and went to bed. Enough is enough.
I’m going to try to watch the next episode, but if the commercial breaks are longer than the show then I am going to give up on SOA and anything else that comes on the FX Network