Wanting gays to protect themselves is… homophobic?

Sean Carana sent me this the other day

Wallace Sterling <wsterlin@tampabay.rr.com>
Your groups negative response to the request by the St. Pete Police Chief to leave weapons home during the St. Pete Pride Festival is: misguided, homophobic, un-American and...crazy.  SHAME.

Let me get this straight.

We want everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, to be able to defend themselves with the best tools available with no interference from the state. This view is both shameful… and homophobic? The Second Amendment being quite the American thing is un-American?

Black is white. Up is down. Cheech is Chong.

posted by Robb Allen @ 6/28/2016 10:42:02 AM | Feedback (0)
Charles McBurney should never be a judge.

Please IMMEDIATELY send an email to Governor Rick Scott to tell him that Charles McBurney should never be a judge.

In the subject line put: Charles McBurney is unfit to be a judge


There is not much worse than being betrayed by someone who pretended to be a friend.

Representative Charles McBurney has betrayed your trust and now he wants the high honor of being appointed to one of the most important positions of power in government, he wants to be a Florida Judge.

Here's what happened:

In 1995 our legislature wisely passed Self-Defense Immunity provisions in Florida's Stand Your Ground laws. Since that time, the courts have created pre-trial evidentiary hearings to decide if a person has immunity from prosecution in cases where self-defense is claimed.  Then the courts dangerously undermined the law by reversing the burden of proof.  The courts now force people to prove they acted in self-defense rather than making the State prove that a person committed a crime at the immunity hearings. Due to these recent court decisions, if you are forced to act in self-defense you are considered guilty unless you can prove yourself innocent at your hearing.

Professor Charles Rose, director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy at the Stetson University College of Law, said:

"The law doesn't work, ... at this point any lawyer who files a Stand Your Ground (immunity) claim is really guilty of malpractice."


During our last legislative session Sen. Rob Bradley set out to fix it!  He passed SB-344, the "Burden of Proof" bill, through the Florida Senate.  Once the bill was sent to the House, the Speaker of the House assigned the bill for a hearing by Rep. McBurney's committee and even authorized him to hold a special committee hearing specifically to pass it on to the House floor for a final vote. 

But, Rep. Charles McBurney's ambition to become a Judge requires the support of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association. Prosecutors don't like having to prove that the people they want to put in jail are actually guilty and fought against the "Burden of Proof" bill.  So, despite the Speaker's wishes, and prior promises to us, McBurney refused to give the bill a hearing and singlehandedly killed it.  You have been betrayed.

Anyone who does not believe that people are innocent until proven guilty has no business being a Judge.

We need your help to stop this!

Please IMMEDIATELY send an email to Governor Rick Scott and tell him that Charles McBurney should never be a judge.



posted by Robb Allen @ 6/3/2016 2:05:06 PM | Feedback (0)
I’m not a welder, nor do I play one on the interweb tubing

OK, I need help. To finish up my desk, I have to have some supports for the riser. I don't want to use regular metal pipes because I think the flanges are ugly, but for the life of me, I can't seem to find what's in my head.

It's a simple 1" wide x 8" long tube in powder-coat black. On the top is a flat plate with screw holes to mount to the underside of the riser, on the bottom is a threaded hole to accommodate a threaded rod. I would drill holes through the desktop, place the rod through, and secure it with a nut & washer.

Normally I don't have such a hard time getting a rise out of people

I can't find anything like this on the internet, so I drew it up in SketchUp. Everything I found is in stainless steel and doesn't have a way to screw a bolt into the bottom so it stays put. Searching for 'risers' give all kinds of plastic tray crap, and "plinths" give couch legs that aren't what I need.

Anyone know what this would be called and where I might be able to find them? Or know anyone who can make them?

posted by Robb Allen @ 5/2/2016 7:45:26 PM | Feedback (14)
Not a single drop of blood was shed.

This weekend was crazy busy. First, the Mrs. & I decided we wanted a pallet wall in the art room / office. So, I did that. Air compressor died on me, so I was swinging a hammer all day Saturday. The end results are absolutely stunning.


It's like the world's slowest game of Tetris on "Easy Mode". And upside down. Getting close. You can almost smell the tetnus. Done. Ready to give high fives & splinters.


That was Saturday. On Sunday, I hit the workshop to work on my desk some more. I trimmed the top down to 80" wide, squaring up both sides. I did a pretty decent job as it's 80" wherever you measure from, so yay team me.

Brought to you by the letter C

The top had a horrific cup that you can see in the picture - notice how it bows up in the middle. So with my trusty, 1920's Stanley No. 5 jack-plane, i went to work manually flattening it out. It's a workout in and of itself, and my palms are blistered from all the effort, but it's as flat as it's going to get.

If this thing was any older, Bernie Sanders may have played with it as a toy Flat as Florida

Now to flip it over and remove the cupping from the other side.

I may never want to do butcher block again, but I will say the maple is looking amazing at this point. I've filled in all the gaps with putty & sanded between planing to make sure everything looks good, and yes... it looks good.

I'm exhausted, but it's a good kind of tired. I love hard work like this. Too many people think physical labor is beneath them and that's a shame.

posted by Robb Allen @ 4/24/2016 9:19:43 PM | Feedback (6)
Honestly, I’m not dead

And I’m not even done blogging. I’m just busy in life, and my job requires my full attention throughout the day.

I promise you I’m going to try to blog regularly, I just need to get back into the habit of writing things up and putting them into the hopper.

Thanks to all 12 of you for hanging in there.

posted by Robb Allen @ 4/14/2016 2:30:12 PM | Feedback (8)
As Say Uncle likes to say

Because f*** you, that’s why

DULUTH, Minn. — Authorities say a driver was cited after he was clocked driving 171 mph in northern Minnesota.

The driver, a 36-year-old man, was cited for careless driving. Padden says the man didn’t really provide a reason for speeding on the highway.

posted by Robb Allen @ 4/14/2016 2:27:27 PM | Feedback (5)