Monday, March 3, 2014
The photo is of VA Techs new Center for the Performing Arts. It was a random photo selection based on it being a new building with a lot of glass and working on a LEED certification. I use it as an example of Virginia's state building program. Many governors back, the use of LEED building concepts were required by the governor. I have long believed, we waste a lot of money by paying for the certification while telling ourselves our buildings are more efficient. I have always doubted the meme. Only time and an honest appraisal will tell.
Why did I go for glass? Well, glass is normally a pretty poor wall material for energy conservation when compared to other wall system. They also often enclose an atrium, which are more expensive to heat and cool.
I watched as a huge array of solar panels were installed on several campuses in Virginia. In talking with those who knew the numbers for one, the payback was set at around 90 years. But that was defined as green or sustainable.
Don't get me wrong, I know sometimes the concepts are workable. Why I even used solar in my horse barn because it was less expensive, all in, than running an underground line from my existing panel or the cost of a new service. On the other hand, I don't run my house on it.
But for government work, in the end, it all ends up in the tax rate.
Here is the link that resulted in this post. It seems that in DC, LEED buildings are energy consumers and not efficient at all. Here is the ...Link to the Daily Caller report
As a mechanical engineer over 50 years old with experience in power generation, building design, and construction, I am resisting the urge to say "I told you so"
Sunday, February 9, 2014
To use a term I learned from Bill Nye (I think I got the name right), we need to get our attention off the sparklies provided for us to address by those whom will us harm. For years now the governments and main stream media have created news and events to keep us busy. Meanwhile, under our feet the world was turned. Whether it is the resident in the White House saying saying he would work under the radar, or do his will with a pen and a phone, or the news using shootings, both large and small, to scream about registration, confiscation,, we can limit the Constitution, no we cant, maybe we should just dump the constitution....on and on, all designed to keep everyone in a dither ... sparklies.
Look around, speaking as a born Virginian, what we used to call carpet baggers and scalewags have largly destoyed our southern culture. Across the total breadth of the (less than) united states, progressives and liberals of all type are in full control of public, private, and military institutions and running them all to gorund, and this nation with them. And we have done nothing, for generations.....
It is time to take it all ......... back.It may be long past the road to civil war, but at least we can set up some of the terms....We need to stop allowing the enemy to set the terms of the conversation. We need to stop trying to be so civil. We need to be activist in all we do.
Stop and decide, here and now, will you or will you not make a difference. Today. Get grounded in God, in a deep faith that will take you through hard times for they are a coming. As men such as Jefferson understood, the bedrock of this society was founded in the tenets of Christian teachings. Stand for faith, for God, Christ and the church where there is a heaven and hell not just a "wishy washy" message of social goodness and relative humanism. Stand for personal soverignty, stand for the freedoms listed in the Declaration of Independence. Learn, preach, and live Jefferson style independence. Become a loud voice for the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursiut of happiness.
You can not watch the sparklies and let things happen. You will have to take stands, stands that many, including friends, folks at work and church, social friends, almost everyone will not understand or even like. Stop going to stores that support the enemy and tell other to do the same...I said tell, don't ask. Get involved in local groups and clubs and get them to walk away from the enemy facilities. And make sure the enemy knows you are working against them. Isolate them and isolate your resources. Get off the grid as much as possible to safeguard your assets. Stop playing the game by their rules.
And know that if you say yes to do this, you will quickly be on the front line. They will try to ridicule you and cut you from the heard. Turn on them, use ridicule to isolate them. They are killers, call them killers. They destroy lives by making slaves of people, call them out as slavers. Remember socialism/communism/big government kills people. Tell everyone of the deaths in the 20th century due to government. Work to win converts or at least make people pause before allowing that next TSA body scan, but don't try to change the liberal mind, it is a waste of your time and energy. Like pigs, they like wallowing in the mud slinging. With them, isolate them and change the conversation, it confuses them.
It is long past time to get engaged. Find a like minded tribe and get on with it.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
In Virginia, this Friday is Lee-Jackson Day. Some Virginians will have the day off, others will take the day off. Regardless, if you do nothing else, take a moment to recognize the achievements and stature of these two Virginia natives. They fought for the absolute bedrock principles of the original intent of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution. They fought for and believed in the sovereignty of the states from the federal government.....state sovereignty.
As for me, I will be headed for Lexington, Virginia, to join in the Lee-Jackson Symposium and weather permitting parade on Saturday.
In spite of revisionist history, neither of these men fought for or even owned slaves, and in fact for most on both sides, that was not the issue. The issue was who would hold the reigns of power...an all powerful federal government or a lesser federal government contained by sovereign states. Power ......... the actual roots of all conflict.
The passage of history has proved these men right. The total power they saw would one day destroy the very homes they defended. Today the state governments are toadies for the federal government. Feds bark and states jump fearing the loss of funds. Federal regulators operate within staes like an occupying army. Here in Virginia, we have not had a truly native government since 1865. (And in Virginia, with the socialist-statist McAulliff and company in power, the next four years will prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt!)
In 1861, there were enough strong and independent Virginians who understood the impact of powerful government and were able to chose a new path. After the war, the Commonwealth was invaded by carpetbaggers and turncoats. As a result, today, the rules are very different. There are few Virginians who understand the original intent from the Revolutionary War, the danger of the all powerful federal government and who are independent enough to be able to see or chose real freedom, real personal, local, or state sovereignty.
As the federal government continues to show its hand, that may change. Domestic spying, internal graft, heavy handed regulation.....harsh truths that destroy the fairytale veneer of "land of the free".
So Friday, remember the two of Virginia's greatest leaders...General Lee and Gen Jackson.
Friday, January 10, 2014
(Please read the article at Zero Hedge here ( link to Zero Hedge ))
Today, I had a conversation with another engineer. We were discussing the potential to work on a new project. His comment was that he felt that things were finally picking up.....I smiled and said, that was doubtful.
While I expressed my doubt, he indicated that, not including the project I had mentioned, he had two other inquries about doing some engineering. My retort was to look at the funding, I bet it is government funding or speculation funding. First he said no, but then he paused.....then he remembered, one was a rescue squad bulding, one a hotel, and the third one a governement building renovation.........Nailed it......two of three are money from government sources and the other is a private company who I bet is speculating at best. I did not ask him where the hotel is, but if it is near DC, Richmond, or some large metro area....it is living off a government sponsored bubble....still a false economy.
Until I pointed it out, he did not think about it, in the daily shuffle of family, work, and church it was lost. He lives in an area propped up by government money, an area with a large state university that gets millions in grants and funds for research from both state and federal sources. Even the private funds they get often has its origination back in one of the alphabet agencies. He is part of the city population within a bubble.
But with people falling out of the labor participation rate, how can there be any money to invest. People with no income can not spend or save, by definition. Without spending from the results of true production there is no short term recovery and without saving to create investment capital there can be no long term recovery. Without demand, there is no reason to have supply. No production...no work. No work....no recovery. So what money there is, is mostly being taxed from the productive class, mixed with printed money and then spent by the government. The local, state and federal governments fund wars, government functionaries, regulations, wasted programs, entitlements, little or nothing that creates long term or lasting wealth.
Often Karl Denniger will ask his readers when are going to step out of our slumber, when are we going to demand an end to militarism, cronyism, to graft, to legalized fraud. Based on what I see and hear around me, very few people see the economic, political, or legal facts in front of them. Few stand on the walls seeing the signs of failure of an epic proportion, and they are too often considered radical or paranoid. We fail to teach history and demonstrate that nations and empires do fail....in fact that is the norm from Greece (ancient) to the Soviet Union, they have all failed. Many think things are bad, but all will be better....one day soon. Many feel powerless to make any impact and have elected to try to "ride it out". Most of those seem to be ranchers, farmers, and my neighbors in the country! Will Virginians begin to look deeper and be motivated to action, either personal or public......only time will tell.
And that time will be sooner than later.....the curve above does not predict a healthy outcome.....
Saturday, January 4, 2014
I have to say that I respect the time and work that bloggers put into the craft and the regular dedication they give to the task. While I have not been writing, I have been reading. Writers such as Brock Townsend, Karl Denninger, WRSA, MaxV, and others are regular reads for me. I appreciate their time and many of their insights.
I found in 2013, that first, the time to write simply overcame me. Then with duties and life around the farm, my "regular in-town" job along with the long held personal avocations, I became so very busy that blogging had to step back...way back.
With that set back, what followed was time to search out why I would even care to write out my thoughts for anyone to read......I had a few readers, but not many. not even relatives! Was I going to change the world, or even my little corner of it?...not likely. Was that the point? What was the purpose and just how much of my soul do I need to bare and share.......especially in light of everything being made a permanent part of the public domain. Don't take me wrong, I have some pretty fixed opinions and I share them pretty well privately with my wife and some close associates......but generally I am a "you leave my opinions alone and I will leave your opinions alone, even if your wrong" type of guy.
But I suppose I got an answer as to "why" recently. I have a Facebook page, for no specific reason, just have one. I connect with family and friends from the past there on occasion, but again, I do not write a lot there either. But what happens is that sometimes I get motivated to respond. And when I do, I end up responding on their site. However, I lose control of the comment and even had one deleted because the person did not like the comment.
Well, ok, it is their page so they can do that. However, I was right (or at least I think so!). So rather than engage, they just cut me off. (Bad thing here was that it was a younger under-educated relative who needed some education from an elder........!). But then, generally I do not like the limitations of FaceBook anyway.
So, maybe this blog site is my better option. it is now the top of 2014, so I am going to give it another go. Start small and see what happens. I will aim for a weekly update, most likely on Sundays since that is the least busy day normally. If is me and the goons, then so be it. In the end, I will get a chance to get it off my chest in a forum I can better control......
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
James City County Virginia Sheriffs Department Announcement
Note from Sheriff Robert J. Deeds
Second Amendment Gun Rights
I, and the deputy sheriffs of the Williamsburg-James City County Sheriff’s Office have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The oath of office we took includes upholding the Second Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights and Section 13 of the Virginia Bill of Rights, each guaranteeing our citizens the right to bear arms.
While I am Sheriff, neither I, nor any deputy sheriff in this office will take any action to aid or abet encroachment on this fundamental right of our citizens.
Here is the link to his Facebook Page
Sunday, March 3, 2013
However, as a life member of the NRA, I still get the mail (and lots of it!) and the opportunity to vote for the directors. So, I have my NRA Directors ballot here in my hot little hand. So the question is shall I vote for Pete Brownell or not? The NRA bio talks of his "unwavering" support for the Second Amendment.
Really.....he needs to prove it. Not by making money off both sides of the battle. But making a business choice for freedom.
The answer of my vote lies with Mr Brownell. Will he sign Brownells on to the boycott of federal and state agencies and all LEO and .mil or .gov personnel who do or will violate 2A?
The vote is due April 14....so the choice is now. Whether you belong to the NRA or not, join me, call and write, tell them they can join or you will take your business elsewhere. And your vote if your NRA.
For those following the New York Boycott....here is the link