The Unfortunate Truth

Last Lead Smelter in U.S. Falls to EPA Regulations

October 29, 2013

The assholes who make us burn corn in our gas tanks (which is harming older vehicles like mine) have successfully closed the last lead smelter in the U.S. in an obvious plan to chase every damn business out of America!


In December, the final primary lead smelter in the United States will close. The lead smelter, located in Herculaneum, Missouri, and owned and operated by the Doe Run Company, has existed in the same location since 1892.

The Herculaneum smelter is currently the only smelter in the United States which can produce lead bullion from raw lead ore that is mined nearby in Missouri’s extensive lead deposits, giving the smelter its “primary” designation. The lead bullion produced in Herculaneum is then sold to lead product producers, including ammunition manufactures for use in conventional ammunition components such as projectiles, projectile cores, and primers. Several “secondary” smelters, where lead is recycled from products such as lead acid batteries or spent ammunition components, still operate in the United States.

What is clear is that after the Herculaneum smelter closes its doors in December, entirely domestic manufacture of conventional ammunition, from raw ore to finished cartridge, will be impossible.

Daily Caller



The Honey Badger

October 28, 2013


A couple of stories about Badger. A funny little dog, she has her quirks, as we all do.

Unlike Bree and Daisy, Badger doesn’t like walkies. Just doesn’t see the need. The other two act as if it’s the first day of summer, but for her it’s the first day of school.

Someone taught her to walk very close, not exactly at heel, though she’ll do that readily enough… but she won’t venture off the sidewalk much and looks as if she expects a correction at any moment.

I want her to experience the joy her sisters feel at the quasi freedom and new smells!

She is something of a control freak and that might figure into her attitude, I don’t know.


When Bree was young I named her babies and had her bring them to me in a typical play exercise. I thought to do the same with Badger, but after three or four days of teaching her the name of her dragon, it just wasn’t working. Maybe I was doing something wrong.

We were playing on the floor one day and I asked for Dragon. ‘Where’s Dragon?’ ‘Go get Dragon!’ All she did was bark at me.

I didn’t notice at first, but Bree had been watching us intently and when I looked up she took off for the other room… and pounced on the Dragon! Trust Breagha to learn by observing; that brain never quits.

But, the day after, Badger went and got her Dragon for me… maybe she learned from observing, too, just the other way around!


The Honey Badger is a heavy sleeper and dislikes rising for any reason than her own.

Yesterday morning Bree, Daisy and I had gotten up but Badger was still in bed with Mike. I wanted to close the bedroom door so he could sleep in, so I tiptoed in as quietly as possible and tried to wake her.
She was on her back, of course, front legs akimbo… but I couldn’t see her back legs. After ascertaining that she was, in fact, awake but not of a mind to accompany me willingly… I put my hands around her torso and started pulling her slowly away from Mike to my side of the bed. Gradually, her back feet and legs emerged from under his pillow!

At that point I was trying not to laugh and was whispering ‘you silly little girl’ to her… while picking up her still limp form. It wasn’t until I closed the door and went to put her down that she stiffened up and decided that she should wake for the day.

I laughed about that all day long.

The Unfortunate Truth

More Americans Receive Government Benefits Than Work Full Time

October 25, 2013


There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011. That included both private-sector and government workers.

Among the 108,592,000 people who fit the Census Bureau’s description of a means-tested benefit recipient in the fourth quarter of 2011 were 82,457,000 people in households receiving Medicaid, 49,073,000 beneficiaries of food stamps, 20,223,000 on Supplemental Security Income, 23,228,000 in the Women, Infants and Children program, 13,433,000 in public or subsidized rental housing, and 5,854,000 in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Also among the 108,592,000 means-tested benefit recipients counted by the Census Bureau were people getting free or reduced-price lunch or breakfast, state-administered supplemental security income and means-tested veterans pensions.

The 108,592,000 people who were recipients of means-tested government programs in the fourth quarter of 2011 does not include people who received benefits from non-means-tested government programs but not from means-tested ones. That would include, for example, people who received Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, or non-means-tested veterans compensation, but did not receive benefits from a means-tested program such as food stamps or public housing.


The shift will continue.


The Unfortunate Truth

America, You’ve Been Had

October 23, 2013

This has taken some time to sink in… but… there is no obamacare.

Obamacare is to Insurance What Expedia is to Travel.

There is no government insurance other than Medicare, which people could always freely sign onto if they qualified. And suddenly a LOT of people are qualifying for Medicare…


The obamacare web site, a security nightmare of epic proportions, cost half a billion dollars and took TWO years to build. It either doesn’t work at all or messes up your information with some poor git in another state…

This site is merely a shell to collect your most personal information. Oh, they share it with insurance companies like Blue Cross, United, etc… to ostensibly make choosing a plan easier… [for the insurance companies]… but they’re selling nothing.

There is no obamacare, but because of the legislation businesses have had to fire workers or cut them back to 29 hour weeks… premiums have skyrocketed, hundreds of thousands have lost their coverage…

Why couldn’t we just phone the hotel directly? Why does there have be legislation mandating we must stay there and pay triple the going rate because we were made to go through a third party?


America, you’ve been had.



October 23, 2013

Things might look a little wonky for a bit, but I had to get away from my old host, a.k.a. ‘the money machine’…

…and, since I can’t get my archives to work, looks like we’ll be making a fresh start. Ah, well. ‘Tis time.

EDIT: Forgot to copy my blogroll so I’m missing some… if you don’t see yourself, say something…!