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    Good Grief! BSA! WTH is going on?!

    Exactly. There are two lines of thinking that fundamentally never intersect, the progressive and conservative. The conservative wants change only if the fruit is a progressive improvement. The recklessness is that the progressive who just wants something new. We have two states in which all Boy Scout (liberal-driven) lawsuits have taken place.....California and New Jersey. Exclusion is key, maintain your sovereignty. BSA failed to do that, which may bring growth when considering the state of the country. Don't be fooled to think they are going to dry up.......conforming to culture does not cause extinction, it more often brings rapid growth. Like rotting road kill that has started to bloat.
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    Good Grief! BSA! WTH is going on?!

    I and a buddy chartered a Lutheran Pioneers group for our kids. No issues, solid curriculum, faith based, absolutely loving it. Exclusion is key.
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    Bus/truck accident in NJ.

    Bet the bank account that the mechanical failure which put them on the shoulder was some poorly built emissions garbage. 20 hurt, 2 airlifted after truck hits school bus with Milwaukee students Crash was along Interstate 39 in Columbia County 577Shares Updated: 6:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 SOURCE: WKOW-TV COLUMBIA COUNTY, Wis. — Twenty people were injured -- two serious enough to require medical helicopter transport -- after a school bus loaded with students from a Milwaukee-area private school was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on Wednesday morning near De Forest, a statement from the Wisconsin State Patrol said. The bus with 33 people on board from HOPE Christian School: Semper was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 39 near mile marker 122 when it was struck at about 10:15 a.m. Of the 33, 27 were students and six were adults.
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    Bus/truck accident in NJ.

    My turn to rant...... Only two school systems in our county, so maybe 20-30 buses. They hire idiots, plain and clear, no discernment between the ears that a sex predator is going to want this job. Since the beginning of this year (2018) in this county....recall....Only two bus services....only two school systems http://www.waow.com/story/37256976/2018/01/Friday/lincoln-county-bus-driver-accused-of-making-threats-to-children https://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/news/2018/05/16/tomahawk-ex-bus-driver-charged-child-abduction-allowed-out-bond/616914002/ I worked for 6 months with this guy on a construction job in 1995, he was "pure-form" weird. If you ate lunch and talked for 10 minutes you would know he was not playing with a full deck.......Another Lincoln county score. http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/School_bus_driver_accused_of_sexting_boy_147452335.html Rant off....
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    Bus/truck accident in NJ.

    Classic reporting..... was paging through stations and heard public radio doing a long ditty on how little was being done to protect/train disabled students for active shooter scenarios. When a ship is sinking some knucklehead will jump in to comment on the color of it’s paint.
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    bought another Mack, what to do with it

    Are the newest production trucks beating your truck on fuel mileage by a good margin? 1 MPG or more, same application? I enjoy free agency to hate the EPA standards, but if they are that might justify the headaches and $$$, maybe bring it to a wash? Maybe not with variables like the downtime it causes? The guys I talk to with MP’s don’t have mileage locked down since they all pull into the factory with a log truck or other vocational ap. With these guys it’s about good habits and PTO time. Joe might be driving five miles back in the woods on a frozen snowmobile trail today, there goes that number. Haven’t seen a lot of posts here with guys crunching fuel numbers on MP series. Another number which is hard to produce is the amount of fuel consumed by regen. I had a CAT 9.3 with, I think, 15K hours that consumed 1,000+ gallons of fuel out the 7th injector, Interim 4.
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    Good Guy with a Gun

    'Good Samaritan' Kills Active Shooter in Texas Sports Bar: Police by Phil McCausland / May.04.2017 / 8:40 PM ET / Updated May.04.2017 / 9:20 PM ET A "good Samaritan" with a gun killed an active shooter who may have been gearing up for a deadly rampage at a Texas sports bar Wednesday night, police said. When 48-year-old James Jones walked inside the Zona Caliente Sports Bar, started yelling and then allegedly shot and killed Cesar Perez — a 37-year-old restaurant manager who'd attempted to calm him down — Arlington police said witnesses were afraid they would be next. In addition to the gun used to kill Perez, police say Jones had another semiautomatic pistol and two knives on him. The serial number on the second gun had been scratched off, and Jones did not have a gun license, police said. "He definitely had the capacity, if he wanted, to commit further violence and potentially kill other patrons in the business," Arlington Police Lieutenant Chris Cook told NBC News, adding that it did not appear that the shooter knew his victim. An armed "good Samaritan" — as the Arlington Police labeled him — happened to be eating at the restaurant with his wife. A concealed carry permit holder, he told her to get down on the ground and then shot Jones in the back. "I don’t think the shooter even knew where the rounds were coming from because he started shooting at the front door," Cook said, who described the scene as "chaotic." Police reviewed video surveillance and pieced together the incident via witness interviews, but it remains unclear how many shots were fired by either individual. Police were looking into Jones’ background to see whether he suffered from any mental illnesses and were awaiting test results to find out if he was under the influence. The man who took down Jones wished to maintain his anonymity, police said, noting that he felt overwhelmed but relieved that he prevented further violence. “We’re thankful that the good ‘Samaritan’ acted quickly and decisively to end the threat,” Cook said. “We never recommend people get involved. That’s a personal decision that a citizen has to make.” Use of force and firearms expert Emanuel Kapelsohn told NBC News that, from his understanding, the man who took down the shooter reacted appropriately. "I think it's to be applauded," he said. "Not everybody in the world ought to own a gun. Not everybody in the world ought to carry a gun. Not everyone in the world ought to engage an armed criminal where innocent people could be potentially injured." "But this good Samaritan obviously had the ability to do what he did," Kapelsohn added. "Who knows how many people would be dead if he had not acted?"
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    Geezer recalls the cocktail lounges of his early years

    Don't drop much coin at bars and generally underappreciate strip joints, but I like breweries. Maybe its atmosphere, but seems the best beer you will ever have is right at the brewery. Took a tour this month of an Old World German brewery in New Ulm, Mn. Lots of history behind some of them. This is the second oldest in the U.S. Buncha Germans migrate to Ohio and Chicago, get fed up with industrial era America. Send a deligation north to find something that feels like home. Find New Ulm, perfect likeness, feel, landscape and climate of the old world. Guy decides there is no beer and too many Germans to suffer it. Builds a brewery up on the hill and brews up some nasty beer, doesn't have a clue how to brew. Goes out to different brewery in twin cities to work as a student and comes back to make some really good beer. Lives through the indian wars, has to evacuate at one point, locust invasion that wiped out grain supply. Survives the prohibition by making the "1919 root beer" and NA beer. Loses the use of his spring water because of poor farming practice. Decendants are still doing it........ Museum and equipment displays German Hand-made "Sud Kessel" (brew pot) Steam Drive pump Beer Hall Bottle Pass around to try variety then short open-tappers bar to end tour.
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    bought another Mack, what to do with it

    If it will keep you out of a DOC, DPF, SCR, DEF cripple for another decade........heck yeah! End-of-life, do it yourself user, truck buyers like yourself are going to really suffer from the emissions garbage.
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    Good Guy with a Gun

    WEATHERBY LEAVING...……. LAS VEGAS–Gun manufacturer Weatherby announced at Shot Show Tuesday the company planned to leave its longtime California headquarters and move to Sheridan, Wyoming in 2019. “This is a really exciting day for us. About three years ago after being in California for 75 years, we began a search amongst a number of Western states to find a new home for Weatherby,” CEO Adam Weatherby told media and employees on the floor of the firearms tradeshow. PTR INDUSTRIES LEAVING...….. CHARLESTON, S.C., June 30 (Reuters) - The first gun manufacturer to leave Connecticut after it enacted tough new gun control laws last year in the wake of the Newtown school shootings presented a commemorative rifle on Monday to the governor of South Carolina, its new home. PTR Industries Inc is among a wave of firearms makers moving or expanding away from the industry’s traditional base in the U.S. Northeast to the more gun-friendly South. TAURUS MOVING INTO GEORGIA(2019)..….. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was in Bainbridge this morning to announce that Taurus USA, a leading firearms manufacturer, will create 300 jobs and invest more than $22.5 million in infrastructure and operations to build its North American headquarters in Bainbridge. HECKLER & KOCH EXPANDING IN GEORGIA...….(eventually leaving New Hampshire?) COLUMBUS, GA – Heckler & Koch, a manufacturer of firearms and accessories, is expanding their existing operation with a multimillion investment. This includes a new 50,000 square-foot manufacturing facility. The new 50,000 square-foot facility in the Corporate Ridge Business Park will be ready in the summer of 2017 at which time HK will consolidate its New Hampshire operations into Columbus.
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    Good Guy with a Gun

    REMINGTON LEAVING...…. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) lost his “assault weapons” jobs. Remington Outdoor Company (ROC) announced it’s moving its Bushmaster rifle and Remington Model 1911 pistol production lines from its nearly 200-year-old plant in Ilion, New York, to its new facility in much more gun-rights-friendly Huntsville, Alabama. MOSSBERG LEAVING...…….. America’s largest shotgun manufacturer, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., decided not to expand in Connecticut. Sure it was founded there 1919 and still has its corporate headquarters in North Haven. But in 2013 Connecticut rushed through legislation to ban some of Mossberg’s popular products. As a result, Mossberg CEO, Iver Mossberg, says, “Investing in Texas was an easy decision. It’s a state that is not only committed to economic growth but also honors and respects the Second Amendment and the firearm freedoms it guarantees for our customers.” Mossberg has instead expanded its Maverick Arms, Inc. facility in Eagle Pass, Texas, with 116,000 new square-feet of factory space. Mossberg is not a small gun manufacturer. According to records kept by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Mossberg made 475,364 guns in America in 2011. Of those guns, a total of 423,570 were shotguns made for sportsmen, for shotgun sports enthusiasts, for law-enforcement and for people who want a shotgun to protect their homes and families. More than 90 percent of Mossberg’s guns are now made in Texas. Some of its Connecticut jobs are going there, too. Tom Taylor, O.F. Mossberg & Sons' senior vice president, sales & marketing, tells me, “We’re moving all wood gun stock production to our Texas facility. More of our product lines—like our modern sporting rifles—might move to Texas in the future. Texas has been very good to us. Also, our gun sales have been so dynamic over the last number of years. We’ve outgrown our facilities. This major expansion will help us keep up with demand.” QUIT SELLING TO CALIFORNIA...... A new gun law proponents say helps law enforcement has driven Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger out of California, and affirmed the suspicions of firearms rights advocates that the measure is really about making handguns obsolete. The two companies have announced they will stop selling their wares in the nation's most populous state rather than try to comply with a law that requires some handguns to have technology that imprints a tiny stamp on the bullet so it can be traced back to the gun. The companies, and many gun enthusiasts, say so-called "microstamping" technology is unworkable in its present form and can actually impair a gun's performance. “Smith & Wesson does not and will not include microstamping in its firearms,” the Springfield, Mass.,-based manufacturer said in a statement. “A number of studies have indicated that microstamping is unreliable, serves no safety purpose, is cost prohibitive and, most importantly, is not proven to aid in preventing or solving crimes.”
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    Good Guy with a Gun

    KAHR ARMS LEAVING..... WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A firearms manufacturer in New York, partially blaming the state’s new gun control law, said Wednesday it’s moving its corporate offices — and its plans for expansion — to Pennsylvania. Kahr Firearms Group of Pearl River is the first gunmaker to announce it’s leaving because of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, which was put into law after closed-door negotiations in January. It was the first law in the nation prompted by the killing of 20 first-graders and six educators in Newtown, Conn., in December. ‘‘We’re looking for a more friendly environment for our business,’’ said Frank Harris, Kahr’s vice president for sales and marketing. ‘‘Maybe we could have stayed here and built a plant, but the way the bill was passed left us feeling there were a lot of uncertainties going forward.’’ ‘‘Why take a chance when we can be in a state where they’re not looking to cause us any problems?’’ Harris added. Calls to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office were not immediately returned. MAGPUL LEAVING...…….liberal state with it's government contracts CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Marine Corps has selected Magpul Industries as the exclusive maker of ammunition magazines that Marines will use in combat. Magpul is a private company that makes accessories for firearms, including magazines, grips, sights and slings. The company also recently started selling soft goods like hats, belts, shirts and gloves. The operations, shipping and manufacturing portion of Magpul is based in Cheyenne, while its headquarters is located in Austin, Texas. A press release from Magpul says the Marine Corps selected Magpul’s GEN M3 PMAG series of magazines after several years of testing. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the company had added a second shift to handle demand for its products. Magpul started with 102 employees in Cheyenne but now employs 380. Magpul, which used to be based in Erie, pulled out of Colorado last year in protest of a gun-control bill that Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law in 2013 prohibiting the sale of gun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds in the aftermath of the Aurora theater shooting. BERETTA LEAVING...….. In early 2013 Maryland’s General Assembly was considering banning AR-15s and other popular rifles in a package of onerous restrictions on our constitutional right to bear arms. Jeff Reh, Beretta U.S.A.’s general counsel and vice-general manager, testified before the Assembly. He explained that the gun-control laws being considered would only impede the rights of law-abiding citizens and he told them if they passed those bans and restrictions that Beretta would have no choice but to move its factory out of Maryland. On April 4, 2013, the Maryland General Assembly approved the gun ban, a ban on magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and more. Former Governor Martin O'Malley signed the legislation into law. Beretta U.S.A. has now officially moved from Maryland to Tennessee. This is an aerial view of its new 156,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. Beretta immediately said it would move from Accokeek, Maryland, to a freer state. At the time Beretta said, “The idea now of investing additional funds in Maryland and thus rewarding a government that has insulted our customers and our products is offensive to us so we will take steps to evaluate such investments in other States.” Reh also said, “I think they thought we were bluffing. But Berettas don’t bluff.” After a search for a new home, Beretta chose Gallatin, Tenn. As of April 15, 2016 they officially are open in Tennessee. The $45 million facility was built by Beretta U.S.A. through a combination of its own funding and with the assistance of grants provided by Tennessee and the city of Gallatin. Franco Gussalli Beretta, executive vice president of Beretta U.S.A., said, “Beretta U.S.A.’s new Gallatin campus is the most recent step in our Company’s development as an important research and development and manufacturing operation, not just for the U.S. market but for our customers around the world.” Ronald Reagan once noted that part of the beauty of America is that people can “vote with their feet.” Companies can do that, too. KIMBER LEAVING...……. Posted at 11:00 am on January 20, 2018 Anti-gun states don’t get it. They don’t understand that for every law they pass, there are unintended consequences. Countless unintended consequences. For example, in New York, one employer may be beating feet to the South because of the Empire State’s decision to treat law-abiding citizens as royal subjects, inhibiting their sacred and protected right to keep and bear arms. That employer is Kimber.
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    Good Guy with a Gun

    When lawlessness reaches fruition you find yourself right back where you started. Side arms, shotgun riders and eventually a short piece of rope on a tall oak. Bit ironic to have a Vietnam Vet end the years of his career driving through a domestic war zone.
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    Good Guy with a Gun

    Makes you wonder how many "+ and --" scenarios have to play out before it is universally accepted........ an armed resource officer is standard equipment at any school that does not have "Home" in front of it (in the latter case I lean heavily upon your wife's shooting ability).
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    Good Guy with a Gun

    'Heroic' Illinois officer guns down school shooter 17 May 2018 A police officer saved many lives at an Illinois high school when he shot a former student who opened fire on campus, say authorities. Officials say Dixon police officer Mark Dallas exchanged gunfire with the unidentified 19-year-old suspect, who was previously expelled. Neither the officer nor any students were hurt in Wednesday morning's confrontation at Dixon High School. The suspect was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Image copyright CBS The incident took place at 08:00 local time at the school - which is about 100 miles (160km) west of Chicago - as students were rehearsing for their forthcoming graduation ceremony. After firing several shots in a school hallway, the suspect - named in local media as Matthew Milby - ran outside the building where he was confronted by the officer. A gunfight broke out, and the former student was injured and taken into custody. Image copyright Dixon Police/Twitter Image caption The suspect, 19-year-old Matthew Milby Authorities have not specified the suspect's motive or intentions. Dixon Police Chief Steven Howell said: "I could not be more proud of the police officer. Because of his heroic actions, many lives were saved. "With shots ringing out in the hallways of the school, he charged toward the suspect and confronted him head on." As the school was placed on lockdown, students barricaded classroom doors with bookcases and desks, the chief added. Brandon Stehl, a student who was in the gym, told Sauk Valley Media he initially thought the gunfire was a prank. "This is something I never thought would happen. I wish it wasn't real," he said. Image copyright Dixon Police/Twitter Image caption Officer Mark Dallas, the heroic officer who confronted the suspect Another student, Brianna Johnson, told the newspaper of the suspect: "He seemed like a really nice kid, but then everything changed and he was angry and high all the time." Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellano Jr said: "A lot of things went right today and many things could have gone wrong." Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner took to Facebook to praise the officer.
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    Good Guy with a Gun

    Maryland School Resource Officer Stops Shooting By Jack Crowe March 20, 2018 11:54 AM Law enforcement vehicles arrive at the Great Mills High School in Lexington Park, St. Mary’s County, Maryland, March 20, 2018 in this still image obtained from social media video. (Al Murray via Reuters ) A school resource officer fired on an active shooter Tuesday morning at a high school in southern Maryland after the shooter, a male student, wounded two others. The Saint Mary’s County sheriff confirmed that the shooter was dead. After hearing shots fired, the officer located the threat and fired one round at the assailant, who fired back unsuccessfully with a handgun, Sheriff Tim Cameron said during a Tuesday morning press conference. A 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were injured before the shooter was brought down. The unnamed male student is in good condition at a local hospital while the female student’s condition remains unclear. “This is what we train for. This is what we prepare for and this is what we pray we never have to do,” Cameron said. “And on this day we realized our worst nightmare, that our greatest assets — our children — were attacked in a bastion of safety and security, one of our schools.” Students have been evacuated and sent to a nearby high school for reunification with their parents.
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    Prayers for mike69mackman

    Don't know you Mike, Lot of these guys do and your in the good company of a bunch of Kindred spirits. If your fence sitting at all on your faith don't wait it out, jump off. The Lord has promised good for those who will put their faith in Christ. Lord grant you the strength to fight a good fight!
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    Where’s 41chevy?

    54 years is quite a legacy in an age when monogamy is viewed as an unconventional option. Thanks for being transparent, it builds us up seeing grade school sweet hearts like you guys run the full race and finish it well.
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    Diesel Car & Light Truck News

    Last December I went out for a night with three guys from Liehberr. Lead mechanic, a district rep and a field rep from Germany named ”Oygun” who came to hash out a chronic problem with our LH60. The German listed three things he dislikes about America. 1.California Emissions 2. Over-the-top safety policies 3. American Trucks We fought over #3 for a good hour. He recanted and said our non-modular trailer are archaic and that’s what he dislikes mostly. That lead to an infrastructure discussion. He said they feel like one state, California, is leading the world around by it’s nose. It is a case of “if you want to do business here your going to make California happy”.
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    Truth In Advertising (Hopefully)

    Love it! We have a crematorium here in town that inserts a pinch of comfort in all their advertisements "WE DO NOT CREMATE PETS OR OTHER ANIMALS". Last thing you want is a loved one's ashes comingled with half-a-dozen neighbor dogs. Kinda the same thing.
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    Be Careful! It is Zoom Splat season.

    If you have a Midwest bucket list stop at Minneopa State Park, pay $7 and drive through the bison range. Got here while the Bison cows were freshening. Two, one week old, calves. For another $70 you can get a night stay at a log cabin, 5 sleeper, fireplace(gas).
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    Be Careful! It is Zoom Splat season.

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    Be Careful! It is Zoom Splat season.

    I’m in south central Minnesota tonight and I bet you’ll never guess what crossed the road in front of me...........
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    Be Careful! It is Zoom Splat season.

    Yup, lotsa terms of en”deer”ment. Government beef, road goats, suicide pork, Mack road grease, etc. They cut the whitetail doe season for a couple years, thick with them.
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    Be Careful! It is Zoom Splat season.

    Starting here too. The town north has two Harley plants. The expectation is that you will have a bike as soon as mom kicks you off her lap. One guy from work is critical so far. Flipped one of those 80MPH moped things. I think it was a road goat that ran in front of him, but no one is quite certain. Good thing is that he wasn’t on a Harley... so he was allowed to wear a helmet.

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