Monday, November 13, 2006

Calling All Trolls, The Elections Are Over, Come And Get It

So has anybody switched to this new Blogger Beta thing? Every time I log in it asks me if I want to, but then it takes me to some page where it says that certain things might not work, and there's no way to go back, and my palms get all sweaty, and I start to shake, and this ominous foreboding comes over me, and I just. Can't. Click. On. The button. Help me out here. Will sitemeter and all that nifty jazz still work? Will my blog be lost forever? Will I get groggy, fall asleep, and wake up chained to a drain pipe in a dark spooky basement somewhere? I hate dark spooky basements, especially ones with spiders, I hate spiders.

Ok, on to other news. Since there's no recent breakthrough developments on the hunting or model airplane fronts, I'll have to find something else to wax philosophical about. How about politics? I haven't gotten myself in a heap of trouble lately, about time I set out some troll attractant. Here goes.

So the left won a sweeping victory in the elections. I wasn't surprised. With all of the BS the right has been spewing in the last six years it was about time. Now personally, I like to see a perfect 50/50 split in congress, that way the idiots are too busy bickering back and forth at each other to get anything done. All of my more politically involved readers are now gasping and looking wide eyed at their monitors in horror, but think about it. When have the greatest breakthroughs in history been accomplished? During the period at the beginning of any given industry, before the government got involved. Automobiles, computers, aviation, the internet, all of these things and more grew by leaps and bounds, made millionaires by the boatloads, and bolstered the economy of the entire nation in ways that can't even be defined . . . . . right up until the government figured out a way to tax and regulate them to death. Still we have people all over this country saying "we need to do something". Sorry folks, when it comes to the economy, the best thing we can do, is absolutely nothing. Let human ingenuity take over, it's an amazing force, but it really frosts the asses of control freaks. Quit trying to control stuff, just let it take its natural course, and you just might be surprised what comes about. I hate control freaks. We're individuals for a reason, quit telling me what to do and worry about yourself. Yeah. My Dad taught me that. He was the type that would let me get in trouble, then ask me if I learned anything. My answer was usually yes. What do you suppose I would've learned if he'd been shooing me around like an old mother hen? Every kid needs to burn himself at least once to learn what "hot" means. Guess what folks, we never outgrow that.

My Father and I have long shared similar opinions about politicians as well, we disagree on a lot of things politically, but we've never had difficulty when coming to a conclusion about politicians. They're crooks, they'll tell you exactly what you want to hear if they think it'll get them elected, and never trust one any farther than you can kick a mule. Tester is a wholesome Montana farmer from Big Sandy right? Yeah, I guess so, if you consider organic lentils a traditional Montana crop. All those pictures of him with a dog and a shotgun? Avid hunter right? While I haven't verified it, I've heard reports that a check of Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks records will show that he hasn't had a hunting license in 15 years. So what? He's a poacher? If that were the case I'd vote for him in a minute, but he'd have to come out and admit it. I think it's more likely that the hunting pictures were more of a photo op than reality. Sounds a lot like John Kerry's little trip to South Dakota in the last election, it didn't fool me then, and it doesn't fool me now. Don't get me wrong, I'm no Cornhole Burns fan either, but it would be nice to see someone run an honest campaign for once. The Libertarians at least got a few percent of the vote, hey, gotta start somewhere.

If the economy sucks, the working people are suffering, elect a Democrat. They'll take a little from the rich, give it to the poor, and likely things will get better. Just don't leave them in power too long, or else they'll tax your ass to death and any benefits that they may have brought about will be used up and then some. Simple observation: Take from the rich and give to the poor works really good in those old Robin Hood stories, but in the real world it's called Communism, and it's already been proven that it doesn't work. Keep doing it long enough and pretty soon there aren't any more rich people, then what the hell do the poor people have to work for? If they know that as soon as they manage to get "rich", the government will just take it from them anyway, then what's the incentive to get "rich"? It's a hell of a lot easier to just stay poor and let the government give you everything. Next thing you know, there aren't any rich people left to take from anymore, then everything goes to hell. Doesn't it comrade? Yep, it sure does. I like the idea of giving a helping hand to those that need it, but there's a lot of people taking it, that don't need it, and sometimes the left seems all too willing to give it to them.

What's this? Has ol' Justin did a flip flop on you all? He's slamming the left? What the hell?

Don't check out just yet my right wing friends, your turn's coming. Assume the position motherfuckers cuz here it comes. How in the hell can enormous corporations turn record profits in this country, yet wages be stagnant at ten years ago levels? A lot of my friends have heard the siren's song of high paying jobs in Eastern Montana and North Dakota now that the oilfields have fired up again. Guess what Einstein, those "high paying" jobs are paying about the same as they were back in the '70s and '80s when my Dad was working out there. Still think you're making a killing? More and more companies have assumed a strict anti union stance, and rather than step in and see what the problem is, our government just turns a blind eye to it and tells us everything is just peachy. That's the Republicans for you. It's no wonder that gigantic corporations funnel money to the GOP by the truckload, the GOP is their cash cow. As long as the right stays in power, they know they can rape and pillage and keep all of the money to themselves. The left does nasty shit like raising the minumum wage and empowering labor unions, big corporations hate that, it makes them pay their slave . . . . um . . . . . workers a fairer wage. Yeah, the end of slavery didn't destroy the cotton industry like a lot of people predicted that it would, but outsourcing is sure as hell getting the job done. Find me a textile mill in this country.

I've long held the opinion that most labor unions were just coasting along pilfering money from working folks and trying to find ways to justify their own existence, but I think a time is coming when they'll need to step back up to the plate and actually pay a few dues instead of just collecting them. The only trouble is, our good friends on the right have made it far too easy for a company to just pack up and move to China for unions to be effective anymore. Factory workers go on strike? Fuck 'em, we'll move the factory to China, we were already planning on it anyway. Now that the left is back in power, we'll see if they make good on any of their promises, or if they get mired in a bunch of social bullshit and spend all their time playing "I told ya so" with the Republicans.

Here's what the left will have to do to impress me. End outsourcing now, end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home as soon as possible without throwing all of those people over there to the wolves, repeal the Patriot Act and replace it with something that still allows investigating agencies to exchange information while staying within the bounds of the Constitution, make good on your promise to further cut taxes on working people, DO NOT reinstate the death tax and don't even give me that bullshit about only effecting the rich. Most of the people hurt by the death tax are individuals and small family owned businesses, especially ranches and farms. Large companies are corporations that are owned by more than one person anyway, the death tax doesn't mean hooey to them. It seriously fucks "real people" though, get rid of it. Don't create any new wilderness, we have enough public land that doesn't do us any good. It's time to realize that the tree huggers are on the fringe. The resounding majority of Americans realize that common sense environmentalism is not only smart, but a necessity, talk to them, not the wackos. If the wackos were the majority, there wouldn't be semi loads of ATVs and snowmobiles running in convoys up and down the Interstate. Don't fuck with my public land access, it's mine, I have the right to use it, but on the same note come down like a ton of shit on anyone caught abusing it. You can bet your ass that I will, as long as you don't fence me out of it.

Pass a single Goddamn gun control law and I'll vote for every Republican on the ballot in the next election, it's time you fuckers realized that gun control is unconstitutional. If people in New York want gun control, then pass it in their state legislature, not in the federal government. I've had an ass full of having my style cramped because some gang banger in LA decides to convert his AK 47 to full auto and mow down a yard full of school kids. The gun didn't do it, the person did, and if he has the capacity to kill a yard full of school kids then his weapon of choice doesn't matter. He's the killer, not the rifle, and full autos have been illegal since the 30's, no new gun control necessary just enforce the shit you already have. Even the hard core wacky assed anti gun freaks realize that they're not likely to pass too many restrictions on hunting rifles. Trust me folks, this country boy could be a hell of a lot more lethal with a bolt action hunting rifle than these city idiots can be with a full auto. Accuracy is a wonderful tool, but I'm not a killer, that's the difference. I am a good shot though, trust me.

Here's my idea for the next election. Any candidates, or every candidate for that matter, can feel free to use this idea if they'd like. I don't even care if they give me credit for it, just as long as they do it. If I were running for office, I think the first thing that I'd do is call up my opponent and set up a meeting. Surely we'd disagree on things, but I'd just bet that if we tried, we could find a lot of common ground on a personal level. I'd suggest to said opponent that we make a public appearance, and promise to the voters that we absolutely, positively, would not resort to smear campaigns and negative ads. I'd then ask my opponent if he or she were willing to agree that neither of us air an ad on our own, in other words, both of us would appear in every ad that we put out, sort of like mini debates instead of attacks and stabs. TV ads could feature myself and my opponent sitting around a campfire, or sitting in a boat fishing, discussing our stands on the issues, not each other's personal lives, but discussing like a couple of normal folks, not like two politicians that hate each other. Maybe we disagree on taxes, maybe we disagree on the environment, but the commercial would show that even though we disagree on those issues, we both like fishing, or we both like camping.

At the end of our little exchange maybe we'd exchange a couple of "what kind of idiot are you" looks, then laugh and say something about enough politics, let's get back to fishing. As the camera panned back and the sound faded out, we'd be talking about which lure we were going to try next. It might be difficult to do when tempers start flaring and differences of opinion got out of hand, but anyone who was truly wanting to serve the public instead of their own personal agenda would be able to grin and bear it in order to present their stance on the issues and put personal differences aside for the filming of a 30 second campaign ad. There you go politicos, will any of you step up to the plate and try it out? Maybe if a few races were run that way, it'd show people that we aren't all that different, we just happen to disagree on a few issues that should not have the power to divide a nation as great as The United States Of America.

The elections are over, the Democrats won, I'll be patiently waiting to see what happens next.


a-fire-fly said...

I don't have anything to say on your rant, besides it was quite humorous, as usual.
I just feel sorry for you. For so many reasons. So I thought I would comment, and at least pretend to care.
Oh yeah, and I want a Mugi I can mount remote control rockets and stuff on, so I can do fly bys on the neighbors when they wake me up partying at 2 in the morning!
How high can they go? It would be so cool to fly one over a busy pedestrian area and drop- umm, something...

Anonymous said...

You and I definately do not have the same beliefs as to political persuasion!! I am also standing back to see what happens next! Have you been flying lately? I was at the park Sat. morning and Mark stopped to say hi and said you two had just gotten back to town. I guess only Dick and Bob showed up to fly. I was resting ;) in bed and just couldn't get up into the cold room to go out and stand in the cold to fly. I hate being cold!!!! I love to be warm in bed and in front of a wood stove. Till we meet again, drive careful and take care.

Justin said...

Firefly, give me not your pity . . . OK, I was gonna quote a little Shakespeare there, but considering that I don't really know any Shakespeare I'd just make even more of an ass of myself than I already have.

How high a Mugi can go is dictated mostly by your eyesight, they can keep climbing at quite a rapid rate until they either get out of radio range, or the battery goes dead. Only trouble is, that by the time either of those two things happened, you would've likely long since lost visual contact with the little critter. They're hard enough to fly when you can see them, I wouldn't want to try flying one by Zen. I've seen the rocket launcher thing done before, it's pretty cool but a little difficult to aim. I was thinking about rigging up a couple of those battery powered Airsoft machine guns on a plane, then I could strafe the shit out of everyone on the flightline, hehehe. In order to do the whole 2 AM bombing run thing though, would require someone to find me some translucent Coroplast, but I understand that there's people working on that. ;)

Howdy Ralpho, whaddya mean we have different political beliefs? I can't imagine anyone disagreeing with a conspiracy theorist wacko like me. What the hell are ya? A Commie? LOL. Oh well, we can still be friends, everyone's entitled to their own opinions, and I try like hell not to discuss politics anymore because a lot of people don't happen to like most of my opinions. Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke, I don't like theirs either, LOL.

I showed up about sunup on Sunday, Dick and Eric and I tried a little full contact combat with the Mugis, only trouble is the little bastards are so fast that we couldn't manage to hit each other no matter how hard we tried. Had a couple close calls, and a lot of really cool dogfight action, but no midairs. It was still loads of fun though. I flew my CAP once and didn't even manage to break anything on it. Dick had his blue and white Extra, Brandon from the hobby shop showed up and flew his Seagull. There was another guy there flying that green and white Sukhoi that was hanging on the ceiling at the shop for a while, he made it sit up and dance pretty good. Steve made a few passes with the Twinstar, and Rapid Rodney showed up too. He had the VTO Kadet of course, as well as his Mugi, and his V-Diamond, flew all three at least once but he was having some amp draw issues with the Diamond and didn't stay very long. It was a little chilly, but after the sun got up it wasn't too bad. Right about the time it started getting tolerable though, the wind came up and that was the end of the flying. From what I hear it's supposed to be pretty nice this weekend. Maybe we'll see you Sunday? ;)

Anonymous said...

Hope to see you guys Sunday A.M.
I have to work Sat. so I won't be there then.

Anonymous said...

stop bsing around and get the stinking articat running for snow... hehehe
jon m.

Justin said...

Hope to see you there Ralpho. I didn't make it this morning either since I had to work last night, but I ran into Dick and the boys at the shop, and they're all planning on more Mugi wars tomorrow morning. I finally picked up the receiver and speed control for my brushless Mugi, now I just have to get it built. Until then, I'll just bring the target drone. ;)

Whaddya mean Jon? There isn't even any snow. It's almost December and the grass is still green. I found a guy that's got a clutch for me, I just have to get around to going and getting it. Then I have to get around to putting it on. Yep, I should have the sled ready by about June, LOL. You wouldn't happen to have a clutch puller that would fit that would you?

Anonymous said...

I might have one. Brian has my polaris comet puller and that might work. My sled is in my garage getting masaged for the upcoming season. And yes there is no snow here but in the mountains of wy they have been riding for over a month. Cooke city is good for this time of the year.
better go get the clutch.

Anonymous said...

The video of Mugi Madness in Montana is on the R C Universe Video page. The direct link is on my video page on Putfile. I hope you are staying warm this afternoon. I had enough of the cold this a.m.! I need to get your direct e-mail or phone # so we can get these videos back and forth a little easier.

Justin said...

Thanks Jon, I'll probably wander around a bit this weekend, if I make it up to the big C I'll stop by Brian's and grab that. I didn't know that anyone was doing any riding yet, I'll have to get the damn thing fixed so we can go check it out. I'll let you ride in front and find all of the rocks for me though . . . ;)

I've got your video loading right now Ralpho, I'll check it out as soon as it gets done. Most of our videos are too big to send back and forth in emails, but if you happened to have MSN Messenger, we could do it that way. As a nifty side effect, we can plug in our cameras and do the whole video voice chat thing while it uploads. Darn Putfile won't let me download video, so I don't even have any way to save it. My email is on my profile page, just click on the "see my complete profile" or whatever it is up by my picture there somewhere. I don't like leaving it in the comment section because spammers mine this sort of stuff for addresses. Just click on the link and it's on my profile. It finally warmed up this afternoon, still no wind, so I took the Mugi down to the school to do a little flying and whaddya know? Another torched servo, nuts. I think that may have been what caused my unplanned arrival this morning, since it was still sort of working.

And one more thing. How the hell did Eric become "Mugi Master"? Who pray tell had the first Mugi in Billings? Who's the one that found the plans for the Mugi in the first place? If anyone deserves the title of Mugi Master, it's either myself or Mark, LOL. Ok, I'll quit whining now, send me an email and we'll see about figuring out a way to send these videos back and forth.

Anonymous said...

Big "J",
Review the edited video on rcu. I had time tonite to re-title it. I watched Clay fly at the field this afternoon on the webcam. I wish we had a camera on the concession stand so we could have a nice wide view of the whole field. Talk to u later.

Justin said...

I've got to go check out that camera one of these days, and get a link put up for it. I've tried a couple of times but it never seems to be working when I go looking for it.

I was just kidding about the Mugi Master thing Ralpho, you didn't have to change the video. Thanks, now you made me feel guilty about complaining, LOL.

Actually, Mark was the one that discovered the Mugi, he printed off the plans and gave them to me at work. A little talk went around about the possibilities, but no one was getting too excited about it, so one afternoon I was bored and decided what the hell. I had some 2mm coro out in the garage, and a quick search of my extra goodies box turned up a Speed 400, a 30 amp brushed speed control, a couple of iffy micro servos, and most of the other stuff I'd need to toss one together. I built it in a Saturday afternoon, test flew it the next morning, and everyone that was there had to have one. The rest is history.

I don't really care who it was that started the whole thing, what I care about is the fact that now several of us have them, and the more of us that get them the more fun it's going to be. When are you going to get yours done? I'd be happy to help you build one, as would Eric or Dick I'm sure. I'm off to get some more coroplast right now, I've got all of the parts for two of them already cut out except for the main airframes. I used up all of my little scraps of coro last night on doublers and fins, now I have to get more so I can finish them. I got another servo shoehorned into my Speed 400 Mugi so it's ready to go again, one of the ones I'm building is going to be my brushless speed demon, and I haven't quite decided what I'm going to do with the other one yet.

Let me know if you need the stuff to build one, I'm sure I'll have some coro left over.

moos said...

Jason - why no one's biting is beyond me. I hold politicians in as high esteem as you do.

And when folks say that the death tax doesn't really affect folks, I'm afraid that I'm in a position to disagree.

If there's no snow - where the heck are all those sleds going?