House Armed Services votes to make Pentagon rename Confederate-named bases within in a year

Yeah, Trump needs to tell them no and then see about making it so that these assholes have something more important to do.

The House Armed Services Committee has approved an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that would require the Pentagon to strip Confederate names from bases and other property within one year.

The amendment, offered by Reps. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) and Don Bacon (R-Neb.), was approved 33-23 as the committee considers its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The vote fell largely along party lines, with just Bacon and Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) crossing party lines to support it.ADVERTISEMENT

“A vast majority of Americans support this, a vast majority of members of Congress support this, and a vast majority of senior leadership, both civilian and military, at the Department of Defense and the service components seek this change,” Brown said. “We’re grappling with the country’s painful past and must acknowledge that the history and cause of the Confederacy is centered on slavery and oppression. Highly visible instances of racial violence and racism have underscored the immediate need for change.”

The committee vote comes after President Trump threatened to veto the NDAA if it includes a requirement to rename bases.

One Down

Well, here it is July already and something that has been eating at me finally caused me to get off my dead ass and start in on it.

That motherfucking Sprite.

Not the car its self, yet, the fucking transmission issue.

It’s been parked for over a year now after the transmission shit the bed one day 50 feet from the driveway from work.

I was coming down a hill in 3rd gear, just getting ready to hit the brakes when all of a sudden the transmission acted like it kicked into neutral. No noises, just no 2nd or 3rd gear anymore.

I am not exaggerating one iota when I say that I have had the engine and transmission out of that little sonofabitch AT LEAST, six times over the years.

So I limped the bastard home by winding it all the way out in first gear and then slamming it into fourth and lugging the shit out of the engine and there it sits ever since.

This is after I dumped $3500 into it at a British specialty shop getting the new engine dialed in and running, new brakes all the way around, new turn signal switch installed, a new top installed and a bunch of other shit. That being after I spent untold hours detailing and painting the engine compartment and throwing at least another $1000 in parts at the little fucker over an entire Winter.

To say I was mad would be the understatement of the last thirty years.

I had another transmission laying around and a good friend had given me almost an entire other car, minus the engine, interior and front suspension. That one had another transmission stuffed in the trunk. I got rid of the car bit by bit but kept the transmission even though I had no idea if it was any good or not.

Today I found out that transmission had hand grenaded and that’s why it was in the trunk.

After tearing it apart it looks to me like someone had been in it and had put some new parts in it but unfortunately forgot one critical piece. At least I never did see it when I took it apart.

This was the result,

That’s what left of 2nd gear on what looks like an almost new and very expensive Cluster gear.

For many years those Cluster gears were Unobtanium. I couldn’t find one after searching and searching.

Someone finally started reproducing them but they were quite rightfully wicked expensive.

Since then they have become more and more available and after checking one of my favorite parts suppliers, I see they are not only available but are just under two hundred dollars now.

Unfortunately, that part someone forgot to put in was a caged needle bearing set that was supposed to go in one end of that Cluster Gear so not only did it take the gear out, someone must have actually driven it without the bearing long enough for it to eat the shaft also.

So that one is pretty much done.

There are still some usable parts and the case had all the mounts and things on it so as it was a Freebie, I am actually ahead on that deal.

Now for round two.

I swear I had this one in the car at one time and reverse was messed up in it. It would go into gear but the second you let the clutch out it would jump out of gear and I couldn’t hold it in with all of my weight and pushing with my feet on the floor board.

I could be mistaken as it has been many, many years ago and as many transmissions as I have had in this miserable fucker it might not be the problem with it. I aim to find out.

My plan is to try and put together one transmission out of the parts between the two.

As with everything else I do, reality and my plans could very well be as far apart as Pluto is from the Sun.

I aim to find out though.

I certainly don’t have the $1600 laying around that they want for a rebuilt unit.

There Are Still Some Of Us Out There

It appears to me that more and more people are waking up to the fact that the things they pay good money for and expect to be able to use for years and years are getting tired of finding out the hard way that most everything made these days is plastic junk with a very limited life span by design.

Coleman Campstove Model 5427. Been through 3 generations of camping & hunting in my family & has seen over 50 years of use. BIFL!

My 1964 Art Deco Craftsman Circular saw, wooden box and original steel blades (blades can be re-sharpened)

My Dad still uses my Grandpa’s Dewalt MBF Radial Saw from 1957 (I think). It’s installed on a workbench my Grandpa made as well

With the current and grim looking economic forecast looming in everyone’s thoughts lately, I expect vintage durable items like these to start becoming more and more valuable and have actually seen the prices for such items jump up appreciably in just the last six months on places like Craigslist and EBay.

I watch these things.

Seattle’s Park Hill Area Cleared Out Finally. Now Prosecute Those Responsible For The Deaths And Damage

That would include the fucking Mayor and Guvnah Inslee for allowing that shit to go on for weeks.

3 people are dead and 1 is in critical condition from gun shots. None of which would have happened if the people in charge up there had done their fucking jobs and shut that shit down as soon as it started.

Seattle police retake stationhouse in CHOP, arrest multiple protesters following Durkan orders

Police Chief Carmen Best said “enough is enough” after fatal shootings in the area

Seattle police have retaken the East Precinct stationhouse after clearing out the protest area known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP, making more than a dozen arrests after Mayor Jenny Durkan declared the gathering an unlawful assembly following two fatal shootings.

Police issued the order to disperse around 5 a.m. local time Wednesday, telling protesters to leave within eight minutes. At least 31 protesters were arrested for failure to disperse, obstruction, resisting arrest and assault, police said.

Here’s a bonus clip that you won’t see on the news that I found, filmed by someone who lives there.

Get in the van bitches.


I have been saying for YEARS that someone invented Velcro shoe fasteners because the kids these days were too fucking stupid to tie their own shoes.

I rest my case.

I had to teach my friend how to tie his shoes, he either wore velcro or tucked the laces into the shoe up until that point.