TSA To the Prom?

     We have all come to expect to see the TSA or Transportation Security Administration at our airports and some train station,  bus stations, sporting events and many people have strong feelings for and against this right?

Well we may  have a new location to add to the mix, you child's Prom?

 No one will argue that some level of security is called for in ones travel but at what point do we draw the line between security and flat out absurdity. Recently the school system wanted  TSA certified people  to be involved in the security of a Santa Fe New Mexico high school prom, now this is either an indication of ineptness on  the part of  local authorities or an ever increasing case of authoritarian control being imposed upon us one slice at a time.

I have ZERO respect for the TSA and their thuggish and demeaning ways and some states are beginning to agree as state legislation now being proposed would allow for the arrest of TSA agents for what amounts to sexual assault. They should also arrest for general stupidity on the part of the public for putting up with it in the first place. I would in no way, shape or form allow a grown man to grope me, my wife or especially my child and I hold those who do in the lowest form possible, HOW CAN YOU SUBJECT YOUR CHILDREN TO THAT.

     Wrong is Wrong and putting a badge on a person and calling it necessary for security DOES NOT MAKE IT RIGHT!!

I have news for you, the TSA fails every single day, they are tested every single day by agencies that are tasked with breaching security, the TSA is all window dressing to make people think they are safe, you are not safe, you will never be safe, Life is not safe. To exist on this planet you must accept a level risk and then deal with it.

Your safety resides in you as well as morals and dignity, don't ever sacrifice them for a false security.

Scott R

New Blog Debut.

Today I wish to welcome to the blog world " expedient wired comms " headed up by Dr. D who is a veteran of the telecommunications industry. Dr. D's initial  post is Getting Started so if you have a chance please stop by and add a few words of encouragement, feedback is always appreciated.

Scott R

Cabin Update: Tankless, Bath, Misc.

Well we got a little bit done over the last few days including a little progress on the plumbing, we made a few changes and still have a few to do but they are minor. We have slowly been bringing up the temperature on the radiant heating that is in the floor and as I write this it is quite comfortable, it takes a while to warm up this giant heat-sink  but it will hold the heat for a good while. 
 Here is another view and obviously the LP tank will not stay here it is just temporary to get things started, we should have the permanent gas lines installed by the end of the week, I do have a few more lines to plumb in yet but they go to the 2nd floor and part of the first. 
 Another install for the day was the washer and dryer, the washer works very well and is extremely quiet and only makes any kind of noise when it drains, the dryer is not hooked up yet as it is gas but hoping for the end of the week. We did elevate the units about a foot.
In the 3rd floor bathroom we installed the concrete board counter base and also for now the copped miners sink and faucet, the tile will be next sometime down the road. This bath is now functional and will be put into use to that we can finish some things in and around the 1st floor bath area.

As always questions and comments are welcome and also we have more up on the Cabin Update Page.

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Cabin Update: Start Of The Tankless Water Heater

 It has been one of those days so please bear with it a little.

STEP 1: Locate ideal location to install a Tankless LP gas hot water heater, CHECK.

STEP 2: Bore a 5" hole through your 8" block wall that has been filled with rebar and concrete, CHECK.

STEP 3: Make obligatory hand statement and make fool of oneself. CHECK, CHECK and CHECK.
 STEP 4: Verify daylight through 5" exhaust hole and that the specialty exhaust pipe fits. CHECK and CHECK.

STEP 5: Stand around and admire hole and double check measurements to be certain the hole is in the right place. CHECK and It's too late to move it now.

STEP 6: Install one Tankless hot water heater and temperature controller. CHECK and CHECK.

OK in all seriousness, the water heater we have installed will be for the radiant heating of the floors on the 1st and 2nd and we will also use it for the regular domestic water heating. The unit is rated at 188,000 BTU so it is on the large side for a home unit but it will work nicely for our application. we should have this unit running sometime next week but you know we'll keep you updated.

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GGRRR Blogger...Repost of Cabin Update: Bathroom

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I am re-posting a few pics due to the Blogger Issue.

Cabin Update: 3RD Floor Bath

 Heavy concentration this week on the third floor, with emphasis on the bathroom. Today went well as we got the commode hooked up as well as the shower. Cold water is flowing to all the fixtures except for the vanity faucet, that should come tomorrow. Hot water is another matter as we are waiting on a delivery but that should be here in a day or two if UPS decides it is important that is.
 A different view, on the left side where the pex lines are we will be using T&G as well but I am going to hinge it so there is access to the plumbing.
 Also installed today was the wraparound for the tum as well as the plumbing, tomorrow we will use silicone to do some sealing and I will install the handles.
The door was also installed today and I just need to do a little tweeking on the reveal and it will be set. Off to the right below the outlets where the insulation is we will will put OSB and then start the counter and install the sink and back-splash. We are hoping to have a really good day and wrap up with trim and the only thing left to do will be the floor (EASY) and the decision needs to be made for the counter top tile ( we will be using concrete board for now )

As always if there are any questions or comments please feel free. Additional posts of this cabin build can be found here.

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Cabin Update: Ceiling, Bath And Misc

4 out of 6 bays are now done on the main ceiling and I gotta tell you that I am really getting tired of ceiling T&G, I don't normally complain but you just can't get at a comfortable height on the scaffolding to work comfortably so on that note no ceiling work for a while, it is nice to look at though, this pic is from a different angle from the third floor.
 This is some of the work from the third floor west bedroom, we are hoping to finish this up pretty soon so we can get on to other things.
 Something new for the week, we got started on the bathroom on the third floor, it will have a full shower and a huge vanity and yes it will have T&G as well.
 I had too throw this one in, someone who will remain nameless had to fill a void with expanding foam and they went a little overboard, I love the stuff but damn it makes a mess.
Something also new this week, WINDOWS, yeah no more screwing and unscrewing plywood to let in the light anymore, This really added a sense of getting things done to add the windows and of coarse it got windy as we installed them, go figure.

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Bin Laden DEAD

Fox News is reporting that the US  Forces/ Ground troops have Killed Bin Laden and that we have the body and have DNA confirmed the results, OUTSTANDING.

Reports are that a predator drone ( conflicting statement, may have been a ground attack)- Verified Ground attack:  Verified NAVY SEALS: in Pakistan took him out with a missile/ Gunfire and that team took custody of the body for DNA testing and verification.

Sources have stated that he was killed just outside of Islamabad in a mansion just outside of a Pakistani military academy and that the CIA may have been involved as well. Confirmed:

Additional information as of this morning is that OBL has now been buried at sea, He now swims with the fishes, poor fish.

Travel warnings have also been issued do to the almost certain retaliation  from that will be generated from taking out OBL. While this terrorist is now dead physically he will likely become a martyr in the eyes of radical Islam and the result will be the continued intrusion into our rights for a "feel good safety"

One chapter has now been closed but the book surely is not, as we have seen before there is always someone else who will fill the shoes of the fallen.

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Cabin Update: Additional Ceiling Progress

 We have a little Zig-Zag progress going on as you can see and I think it looks much better than what we originally thought. We have three bays out of six done and we also started on the back wall, so far so good. 
Here is a slightly different angle and you can pick out the V, the first piece was random but the second was on purpose and it actually points to a bathroom, I couldn't resist. Anyway I will post more tomorrow or the day after if it is stands out. As always there are more pics in the Cabin Update Page and any comments are welcome.



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