Thursday, January 26, 2012

Swift Justice

Pennsylvania man, 65, fatally shoots teen who pushed him off bicycle

Published January 26, 2012
| NewsCore
A 65-year-old man shot one teenager dead and wounded another after they pushed him off his bicycle and tried to rob him in Pennsylvania, police said.
The man was cycling on a trail in Reading, Pa., shortly before 11:00 am local time Wednesday morning, when a group of teens pushed him off the bicycle and two of them assaulted him, investigators said.
The 65 year old then took out a handgun and shot them both, the Reading Eagle reported.
One of the teens -- a 16 year old from Reading -- was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:17 p.m. local time.
The second teenager was taken to the hospital but his condition was unknown, according to the newspaper.
Cops arrested a third boy at the scene and took him in for questioning. The 15 year old was later taken to a county youth center in nearby Bern Township where he was held on unspecified charges.
Police decided to release the 65 year old and charge the juvenile after consulting with District Attorney John Adams, who attended the scene with forensic detectives, the Reading Eagle reported.
Authorities did not release his name or the names of the teenagers.

It's about time someone gave the lawless little bastards something to think about. Perhaps those who hear about this will give pause and consider the consequences the next time this type of behavior is contemplated.

Do you feel lucky, punk?

Well, do you?

Monday, January 23, 2012


I like snow.

In the mountains and higher hills, not in my yard.

Driving to work was a real challenge this last week with the snow coming down heavily. I couldn't hardly see the road in the dark, just driving by braille. Fortunately, traffic was real light. I don't think I got over 35 the whole drive. The Seattle area was hit with an Ice Storm, but we just got snow! And wind to go with it!

Luckily, my BOV had no problems other than the doors being frozen shut along with the locks and the ice that had formed under the layer of snow. I got in thru the passenger door and was able to progress from there.

I bought my BOV on the last Saturday of 2011.
It's an 1988 XJ Limited (Cherokee)
4.0 L inline 6
AW4 Trans with NP-231 transfercase
Dana 30 front, Dana 35 rear
33x12.50x15 tire/wheels
6" Lift
Leather Seats

I have wanted a Cherokee for the longest time and I am damn glad I bought it when I did! Otherwise I might have been snowbound again. It also fits my vision of a BOV for several reasons. Parts are everywhere, online technical help is just keystrokes away (Jeep and 4x4 Forums), Dependable long life engine, and aftermarket parts galore.

I looked at everything available and saw some pretty good deals, but they were more than I could spend or were unfamiliar tech (Diesels). I am happy with my choice. It needs a little TLC here and there, but nothing that overwhelms me technically. All in all, its in pretty good shape for it's age.

I envision a 3 vehicle convoy in my situation: Point/Scout, Command/Cargo/Recovery, Rear Guard. The Point/Scout could be filled by the Cherokee as it is nimble enough to range out ahead of the other two vehicles while carrying a fair amount of cargo. Or as the Command/Cargo/Recovery rig with a bumper mounted winch, with various comm gear (CB/Ham), towing a cargo trailor, or as the Rear Guard, with the ability to take essential supplies and personel from the first two vehicles and escape a bad situation. Since there are 3 of us, why not?

Now if I could keep my Nissan D21 running, I would be well on the way to my goal. The Samurai is still available, but it would be a money pit at this point. Still, it is an option. I hate sinking money into vehicles but it is a prep that is needed anyway, as there needs to be 3 drivers with reliable vehicles in my family.

Friday, January 13, 2012


Sorry for the lack of posts. I have been real busy with work and home.
The BOV was procured, write-up on my choice coming in the next post.
See Ya then!