Happy Anniversary GJP

Quote from novelist Ayn Rand.

Quote from novelist Ayn Rand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today marks the fourth year since the birth of Grumpa Joe’s Place blog.  In the beginning I wanted a blog that would give me a teaching opportunity. The object was to convince people of the huge potential they carry within themselves. Topics like goal setting, baby steps, project management, visioning, self talk, defining goals, you name it, if it related to getting things done and making lives more productive I wanted to cover it. At first I did, then something happened to steer me off course. The campaign for the 2008 election began and my goal changed. I saw something happening very early that made me realize a danger coming that many people would not recognize, i.e. socialism under the disguise of modern progressivism.

My entire being focused on stopping the Democrat take over. It didn’t matter if it was Obama or Hillary, they promote the same philosophy. After the election and I realized failure, the goal changed to one of stopping Progressives from anymore take overs. My entire being concentrates on that one goal, stop socialism from happening in America.

Maybe I’m too old to understand that young people want someone to care for them because they are not capable of doing it themselves. I wish I could adopt that mindset, it would be so much easier, for a while anyway. That is, until everyone finally wakes up to find the evil capitalists replaced by even more evil bureaucrats. There will be differences however, under evil capitalism, liberty allowed me to decide how hard to work to make a successful life. Under socialism, evil government will decide what you do in life, and life is not worth writing home about. Everyone will be equal. Think about that, everyone will drive the same car, live in the same kind of house, watch the same brand of TV on the same channel, and there is only one because that is the only way to give everyone equal entertainment. All of us will sit on the same kind of couch, go to the same doctors, make the same amount of money, and have the same number of babies of each sex. If a baby is the wrong sex, you may  decide to have an abortion, or send baby to a government exchange. There, you get to take home a baby of the right sex, or to try again until you get it right.

One thing that GJP has done is open my mind to new ideas from books. Most of the time, I read conservative authors because I still have the liberty to do so. “Atlas Shrugged” is a favorite. Author Ayn Rand saw the future when she wrote this story. I believe the premise for her book begins during the 2008-2012 period. Her story actually begins in the year 2016. If we keep the same political leaders we have, it will only take until 2016 for progressivism to transform America into a mindless population that waits for the next order to come down from the politiburo.

I like to think of myself as characters Hank Rearden or Dagny Taggert who prevail in spite of the complete and inevitable take over of all private enterprise by the élite progressives who steer the country for the good of everyone. To make this story short, even Rearden finally quits and seeks a new beginning through John Galt.

Who is John Galt?

“We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: The stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission – which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.”[6] 

 Ayn Rand

Ameritopia is Atlas Shrugged

Illinois, Ahem, Chicago and the Second Amendment

Gun laws fail safety test: Greens

Gun laws fail safety test: Greens (Photo credit: publik16)

It finally arrived, i.e. my Firearms Owner’s Identification Card (FOID). At my age, one wonders why I need such a thing. For a couple of reasons: 1. I fear the country being so divided politically and racially that there will ultimately be a civil war. I want to own some heavy-duty firepower, and ammunition, in case I have to protect my family.  2. My sweet little ninety-three year old Aunt Marie handed me a package and said, “I want you to have this, it belonged to John.” John is her deceased bachelor brother who lived with her.

The “this” is a pistol. I reluctantly accepted, and in so doing became an outlaw;  it is illegal to own a firearm in Illinois without a FOID.

The day the FOID arrived, I decided to brush up on Illinois gun laws. Now that I have the FOID I can actually buy bullets and load the gun. I don’t want to be an outlaw anymore.

I Googled Illinois gun laws and got the official fifteen page long document. Several pages list the many ways it is legal to carry an unloaded weapon. The safest involves casting the unloaded weapon into a block of concrete.  All other lawful transport systems are just as onerous.

Before I put the matter to rest, there was another thing I needed to know, can I get a permit to carry the gun on my person? The simple answer is no. There is a bill moving through the legislature called the Family & Personal Protection Act, HB5745 proposed by Rep Brandon W Phelps. This beauty is forty-five pages long and as complicated as the PPAHA (Obama Care) “you have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.”

I did see one section in an older document that allowed policemen, security guards, service people, mayors, and legislators to carry legally. If that is correct, solving the nine murders that occurred on Saint Patrick’s day is simple; charge the aldermen and the mayor with the crimes. The rest of us are in compliance and don’t carry.

This brings me to a question that bothers the heck out of me. If it is so unlawful to carry a loaded gun in Illinois, how come we have so many gun related crimes in the state?  If we already have the toughest gun laws in the country and they don’t have any effect on gun related crimes, why are the socialist powers fighting so hard to get more control? The answer is simple, the Illinois leaders do not believe in the US Constitutional right to bear arms. The ultimate plan is to brain wash us into bowing before them when they arrive to take over our homes. I’ll be ready.

Wind is the Future, Gas is the Past

Let’s hang our hats on millions of propellers screaming in the breeze to push kilowatts of power into the electrical grid. In the mean time, how about if we hang a flame under President Obama’s ass to light the gas-flame of optimism he exudes for the wonderful new energy scheme into which he is investing our tax money. I hope he invests his personal 401K into wind power too, but my bet is that he owns Exxon.

While Obama counts money from his investments, let us ask the EPA to bury the corpses of dead birds before the Audubon Society wakes up.

In a link below the article brags about how the country of Denmark gets almost half its electrical needs from wind power. What they fail to tell us is that the population of Denmark is 5.5 million which makes Denmark smaller than Chicago, a relatively mid-size town in America. The USA can do that too, let’s be like Denmark, yeah!

Here are some photos to ponder. Have you seen any of these in the news?

Thanks for these great pics Rich.

Why Drive a Volt When You Can Soup Up Your Own Car

2011 Chevrolet Volt exhibited at the 2010 Wash...

2011 Chevrolet Volt exhibited at the 2010 Washington Auto Show. The Chevy Volt is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This do it yourself video is for my Green Friends who love to drive the Volt and other Green Cars.

Porcelain Carburetor

Alien Terrorists Spring Into Action

The offensive has begun. Alien invaders have come out of winter hideouts en masse, and aggressively make forward progress. Not one, but several species have spread rapidly to overtake sleepy residents.  Tribal names like cirsium vulgare, ranunculus abortivus, and oxalis stricta winter in different forms and patiently await the proper daylight to spring from the earth.

Left unchecked, the terrorists overtake desirable citizens to the detriment of the local constabulary.  The military must attack in various ways to setback and control these rugged aliens.

The Constabulary Intelligence Agency (CIA) has surveillance photographs of the culprits along with their locations and numbers.

The CIA Chemical Warfare (CIACW) unit has been summoned to spread the dreaded and deadly glyphosate spray over the cirsium vulgare. CIA Special Operations (CIASO) will attack the ranunculus abortivus, and the oxalis stricta with hand to hand combat.

Without this proactive effort the aliens will overtake the desirable citizenry and hold them hostage throughout the summer.

CIA photos have been released for identification purposes.

Cirsium Vulgare, Bull Thistle

Ranunculus Abortivus, Small Buttercup

Oxalis stricta, Wood sorel

Warning!  If you see any of these Aliens on your  property, SHOOT TO KILL.

Something to Think About

afghanistan

afghanistan (Photo credit: The U.S. Army)

A friend sent me this e-mail today. We’ve  heard the stories, but never as a comparison. Similar incidents did occur but the treatment of the shooter is somewhat different between them. Why?

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Double Standard

After reading the headlines about the US soldier who shot up Afghanistan civilians, I couldn’t help noticing an irony.  There is all this clamor to try this guy quickly and execute him, never mind his having suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Yet this Major Hasan, who shot up Fort Hood while screaming Allah Akbar, still hasn’t stood trial, and they are still debating whether he was insane, even with the clear evidence regarding his motive: slay as many infidels as possible.  So we have a guy in a war zone who cracks, and he must be executed immediately.

But this Muslim psychiatrist who was stateside in a nice safe office all day murders 13, wounds 29 of our own guys, and they try to argue the poor lad suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome, from listening to real soldiers who had actual battle experience.  Two and a half years later, they still haven’t tried the murderous bastard.

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Has the EPA Met the End Of Its Usefulness?


It figures, Obama caves on the Keystone pipeline and it is a joke. It is not April Fool’s Day yet “O.”

Today, I drove west on US Route 30 through a construction zone. This road is the original cross-country highway across America stretching from New York to San Francisco, but now it is a local road replaced by Interstate eighty. It doesn’t really matter which direction I drive, the road is under construction. It is a nightmare slalom course through colorful orange barrels. All along the route there are signs, paid for by you, and me declaring “WETLAND NO INTRUSION.” Often they attach them to a temporary fence stretched across a property in question. Route 30 crosses several creeks, forest preserves, and genuine wetlands. Each area is defined by a fence that is patrolled by the EPA for intrusion . What in the world does it mean, and what protection does it afford to you and me? With a little research I determined that the EPA intention is to decrease the impact of a project on a wetland.

So, here I sit in the Department of Transportation Office designing a major road improvement that widens a road from two lanes to four. My road crosses several creeks which means I have to build more bridge lanes to cross. Now how in the world do I do that without encroaching on the wetland? The EPA wants me to minimize encroachment. As an engineer, it is my job to get the project done to specification on time, and within the estimated cost. Why would I destroy more stream than is necessary to build my bridge? Isn’t that I am building a bridge evidence it is not my intention to destroy the creek? Why do you make me add cost to survey the line of allowed encroachment, build a fence and hang a sign to remind me where the line is?

A sensible engineer would lay a couple of pipes across the  span and fill in over it to create a roadbed.  In doing this he gambles that pipes he laid will accommodate the largest rush of  water nature supplies. If he loses the road floods and or washes out. In order to prevent that he builds a bridge which minimizes restriction to water flow. He doesn’t need a stupid reminder from the EPA about his responsibility. His job is to keep traffic moving safely and quickly.

How many road projects are there in America, and how many creeks and wetlands with fences and signs?  The cost is horrendous. So what?  Well, I just paid my 2011 income tax and I’m pissed about my contribution to the cause.  I am not in the one percent being picked on by Occupy Wall Street, and Obama, and by now I am probably no longer in the middle class since I haven’t earned a penny in ten years. Every dollar I pay in tax hurts, and every dollar I pull from my 401K advances me a bit closer toward  SSI and Medicaid. All you youngsters out there better be praying that I die off  before that happens or the burden of providing for my welfare will fall upon you. That is why I say get rid of the EPA, and a number of other burdensome agencies that have no useful purpose in society other than to harass the citizenry, and stop real progress from happening..

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