Saturday, April 24, 2010

More money savings tips

Fuck me if I didn't forget something real important:
Recycle. Hey, Kalifornia pays at least $1.90 a pound for beer and soda cans which means I can cash in about $200 a year minimum. Check your own state and see if you can't score too.
And if you have any steel laying around in your garage that you're not going to use for projects in the near future, consider cashing that shit in at your local junkyard. Any kind of steel - angle iron, leftover plate steel, etc. I know that stuff is going for a pretty penny no matter where you live. Also check on the price of lead - if it's decent, go around to your local used tire shops and offer to take wheel weights off their hands for free. It'll save them a hazmat disposal fee and you'll have free lead for bullet casting (thanks for reminding me, MauserMedic) or you can cash it in for bucks.

Also, instead of taking your hounds to the vet for vaccinations, check your local feed & seed store. You can buy everything you need to give your own dogs their shots there, including syringes. My vet charged me $70 bucks for the series for years. When I got CharlieGodammit, Debbie told me about the feed & seed thing, and she did Charlie for $13.50, which included everything except rabies vaccinations. It's easy to do yourself. Hold your hounds' muzzle and tell him what an ass-kicking motherfucker he is, have a friend raise the skin on the back of the dogs' neck and slide the needle in under the skin. Pet him, give the dog a doggie treat and your buddy a beer and you're done with a savings of 50 bucks.
Rabies has to be done by a vet here in Kalifornia, but if you call your local animal control office they'll turn you onto a low-cost clinic. Same thing goes for a nut-cutting or spaying clinic if you're so inclined.

SURPRISE!!!!!!



















Yolo's to blame for this one

FUCK YOU, OBAMA!!!!

In an unusual White House attack on state legislation, President Barack Obama harshly criticized an Arizona measure to crack down on illegal immigration and made clear Friday that he is looking for an election-year fight over the volatile issue.
Hours later, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the nation's toughest immigration law, making illegal immigration a state crime and requiring police to question people about their immigration status if officers suspect they are in the U.S. illegally.
Brewer, a Republican, said the state action was forced by Washington's failure to secure the U.S. borders and solve the nation's thorny illegal immigration problem. "Decades of inaction and misguided policy have created a dangerous and unacceptable situation," she said.
The president said it was the state that was "misguided" and that the Arizona measure would "undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans."
- http://www.foxnews.com/

It's about time somebody decided to take care of the problem.
We've got a president that's so afraid of "offending" somebody that he's not only turning his back on the problem but encouraging it as well.
You kick ass, Gov. Brewer.

Cheap entertainment

Pops returned my chain saw last night and when I got it home I walked into the laundry room (didn't want to disturb my psycho neighbor at 10 PM) and fired it up to make sure it still ran.
Man, you should've seen CharlieGodammit and the Evil Cats go fucking bat-shit crazy.
So, not only did I get some cheap thrills but I have the wonderful fragrance of small engine exhaust all through the house. That's almost as good as the smell of freshly fried bacon.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cuttin' on back the Okie way

Ladies, this post is mostly for the menfolk but you're welcome to read and comment.

With the ever increasing prices of essentials such as ammo, gas, food, beer, and divorce lawyers we've all had to cut back and tighten our belts some. I'm gonna try to help y'all out some on things that I've done now and in the past to pinch a penny. Some of these things will involve an initial outlay of cash money, but it's pay off in a short time.

Ammunition - Learn to reload if you're not already into it. A good loading set-up will run you around $300, but if you shoot a lot, you'll make that back within a year.
Think about it - you'll save about 50% or better by loading your own and you'll gain an intimate understanding of your guns. I honestly don't understand why everybody that shoots doesn't reload.

Oil changes - Change your own fucking oil. And instead of the recommended 3000 miles, do it every 5000 miles. Who recommends every 3000 miles? The motherfuckers that make the oil. But use a good quality oil, regardless of regular or synthetic. My brand is Valvolene.

Use coupons - you can save big bucks if you shop sales AND use coupons in the same trip. Yeah, it may piss the fuckers off that are in line behind you, but so what? Are they paying your grocery bills? Do like I do - if they start bitching and moaning when you haul out a 2 inch thick stack of coupons, shoot them a glare and ask if they have a fucking problem.

Eat before shopping - cuts down on impulse buying. And be sober when you shop, that'll help you stick to your budget. And for God's sake, don't shop when you're stoned. You'll never get out of the candy aisle.

Buy frozen vegetables instead of canned. Fuck paying for the can and the juice, pay for the food. Seriously, compare the prices of canned food compared to frozen. You'll be amazed. Not only that, but your icebox will run much more efficiently when it's packed full of frozen vegetables. An added benefit - you can't buy canned okra.

Cancel your fucking newspaper subscription - if you're reading this, chances are you can read your hometown paper online too. Or you can read it at work if you've got friends that bring their paper in with them.

Errands - Plan your errands so that you can do them in one trip. And here's a tip: plan them between 9 AM and 12 noon and 1 PM and 4. Around traffic is lighter then and you spend less time and gas idling at stop lights. Avoid morning, lunchtime, and evening rush hours.

Clothing - Buy your work clothes at the local thrift store. There ain't no shame in wearing other folks' clothes. You can also shop at eBay. I've scored big on eBay, buying Wranglers and shirts for a dollar because nobody else has bid on them. Not only that but they were new, never been worn!

Hunt - If you're a hunter, try your hand at small game. Rabbits and squirrels can be found close to home, can be taken with a shotgun if it's close to houses where rifles aren't safe, and the cute li'l fuckers are downright tasty.

Fish - Fish. It's as simple as that. GO FISHING! And take one or more of your kids with you, because not only does it allow you to pass on something outrageous to you kids, but anything they catch adds to the larder.
I used to practice Catch and Release, but lately I've been practicing Catch and Cook. I won't keep anything during the spawn but anytime else....... Mmmmm.
And if you don't catch anything, big fucking deal. You were fishing.

Gardens - Grow your own food. It's fucking easy. Follow the directions on the seed packet, water every night and weed once a week and you've got free food.
It doesn't have to be a large garden either. You'd be surprised at how much food you can grow in a plot that measures 20 feet by 10 feet. So rip out your wife's roses and plant some grub.
If you live in an apartment, you can still grow herbs in windboxes. Not only will you have nearly free spices and herbs, but you'll have a wonderful smell in your living space.
But I'm going to give you another tip - instead of planting all your crop at once, space it out. Plant a few heads of lettuce (or okra, radishes, whatever) one week, more the next week, more the next week and so on. That way you won't have 97 heads of lettuce ready to pick all at once.
The only exception to this are plants that are already started at a nursery, like tomatoes. BUT....... the way to do tomatoes is to look at the tags that come with the tray of starters and see how long until harvest. Some tomatoes ripen earlier than others so you buy different types pf tomatoes that ripen at different times. That way you have fresh tomatoes stretched out over a longer period of time.

Canning - If you plant a large garden it may be worth your while to learn how to can. It's easy to do and you can put up all your vegetables to be enjoyed throughout the winter.

Drying - You can dehydrate most of your vegetables, not to mention fruits, and meat. A decent dehydrator will run you about 100 bucks, but it's worth it. You can dry a shitload of fruits in a weekend and then you've got healthy snacks for your lunch for the next month. And if you're into jerky, this is the way to go whether it's venison or beef.

Cook - Cook your fucking meals at home instead of going out for fast food every night. It doesn't take long and it's a lot healthier and cheaper. Myself, I've had one hamburger in the past 6 months and I damned near gagged when I ate that. It was fucking nasty!

Electricity - Turn off the fucking lights if you don't need 'em. When you leave a room, turn off the lights. If you're watching TV, turn off the lights. If you have a multi-bulb fixture like I do, take out half the bulbs. If you're security conscience, install a motion detector instead of leaving your porch light on all night. But above all, turn off the fucking lights.
Do all your laundry in cold water. Do your laundry only once a week and dry as many loads as possible at the same time to conserve energy. It's cheaper to dry 2 small loads together for 60 minutes than it is to dry the separately for 45 minutes each.

HVAC - Keep your heater at 65 degrees. If you get cold, put on a sweater. Keep your AC no lower than 82 degrees. If you get too warm, grow some balls. 82 degrees ain't hot.
If you live in a climate where it's cool at night and hot during the day, open your house up in the morning, turn on the fan until it's nice and cool, then shut the house up.
If you have south facing windows, go to your local parts store and get some window tint for them.
Put towels down at your outer doors to keep the warm (or cool, depending on the season) where it belongs.

And finally, beer - I was always a Bud man until a couple of months ago. I switched to Keystone for a while and then I bought some Busch. Not only do I like Busch better than Bud now but it's a couple of bucks cheaper for a 12 pack, saving me about 40 bucks a month.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good beer from a micro-brewery just like everybody else. But I can't afford it every night or every weekend for that matter. So don't be afraid to try lesser priced brands for your utility beer.

Okay, that's some of the basics of saving a buck. If I think of anything else, I'll post it. If you think of something that's helped you out, email me at k59lane@yahoo.com and I'll pass it along.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ibeams' dream job










Of course then he'd be out of business as a mullet hunter....

Attention all Bikers

The Sturgis run in South Dakato is facing a major obstacle this year. The Federal Government is closing the highway leading into Sturgis so that they can move the world's largest piece of solid coal (about 30 tons) to Mount Rushmore so they can add Obama's face to the monument.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Hahahahahaha!!!!

Here we go again

The game plan used for ObamaCare is about to be repeated...
for the "cap and tax" energy tax.
You recall how ObamaCare got passed...
Obama's bulldog Rahm Emanuel is dispatched to Capitol Hill
to lay out the game plan...
The bill is "introduced" but we never see the real language...

Fearing public scrutiny and opposition, Dems skip the normal
committee process altogether and rush the bill to the floor
for a vote.
All the real work is done in a secret backroom.

That's precisely what is happening right now with the
"cap and tax" energy tax.
The Washington Post reported that Emanuel "met with a slew
of environmental and Democratic leaders to discuss climate
legislation."
Then, Senators Kerry, Liebermann and Graham announced that
they will be introducing their bill later this month (April 26).

But there's one catch...

They aren't going to actually "introduce" the bill. Instead,
they are going to hand it to Harry Reid so Reid can take it
straight to the Senate floor and bypass the committees!

In Liebermann's own words:
"If we introduce [the carbon tax bill], it'll get referred
to committees," Lieberman said. "We want [Majority Leader
Reid] to be able to work with it and bring it out onto the
floor as a leader whenever he's ready."

-From Grassfire Nation

Sunday, April 18, 2010

For Paul from Texas

Getting back to the unemployment rate in my county:
Our rate tradionally drops in the summer and fall when the crops come in and everybody thinks this a big thing.
It ain't. Once the crops are in and the canneries close it's right back where it was before. And it's getting worse.
NI Industries (Riverbank Army Ammuntion Plant) was an employer that had 300 people on it's payroll but closed to bad management, cuts in defense spending and refusal to upgrade their equipment. I worked there for 10 years before they laid me off 20 years ago. They close for good this year.
Hershey's Chocolate in Oakdale closed when they moved their operations to Mexico.
NUUMI (made body parts for Toyota pickups) closed when they relocated, putting thousands of employees and sub-contractors out of work.
It seems like we've quit being a manufacturing nation and became a nation of servicing. All of our major industries have been outsourced to other countries.
Even the canneries that kept my area employed for 9 months out of the year have cut back to 3 months or less.
What in the fuck is the Obamessiah doing about this shit?

We're already against him

NEW YORK – The Rev. Al Sharpton is a "lightning rod" for President Barack Obama on inner city streets, Obama's former Harvard mentor and friend said Saturday at a forum in Harlem.

But Sharpton, who led the event, told The Associated Press that America's first black president "has to work both for us and for others," and that if Obama were to push a race-based agenda, "that would only organize the right against him."