Archive for February, 2009


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Cars, Life Stuff

It was about 20 years ago. I wandered back to an empty lot in Sanford, to witness the carnage that had happened to this poor car.  It was upside, and looking sad.  I sat for an hour or two carefully peeling off its artwork, the only thing I had to put it on was continuous form paper from a programming project for my Quick basic class, so that is where I put it.  It has been on the wall at every house that I’ve lived since then.

A couple weeks ago, I had it framed.  Good or bad, Its a piece of history.



   Posted by: RobPatton   in Humor


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Guns, Humor

Man Struck In Accidental Shooting At Gun Show

A Minnesota man is OK after being hit by bullet fragments after an off-duty officer’s gun accidentally discharged.

The shooting has been ruled an accident, but it did involve an off-duty Minneapolis police officer. He was working as a security guard at the Minneapolis Gun Show, when police say his gun holster got caught and his semi-automatic handgun went off.

The bullet from his gun ricocheted off the floor and hit a retired St. Paul officer in the leg. Police say the 61-year-old retired officer was also working as a security officer at the show, which is being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. He was treated at Hennepin County Medical Center for minor injuries and will be okay.

“Something like this, it’s purely an accident. We’ve got the — [we’re] checking the holster to see if there’s any malfunctions, checking the gun to see if there’s any other malfunctions,” said Sgt. Jesse Garcia with the Minneapolis Police Department.

“You know, with the amount of equipment we wear sitting in cars with seatbelts and things like that, we’re lucky this doesn’t happen more often,” he added.

The security guard will not be disciplined. Police say he was sitting down and leaning back in a chair when his holster got caught and the gun discharged. People at the show said they were surprised it happened.

“Accidents happen. Unfortunate that it happened here. It’s not the best timing,” said Eric Magee, who attended the show.


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Money

De Beers has temporarily shut down its diamond mines in Botswana due to low demand for the precious stones, the Telegraph reports. The firm’s Botswana mines account for half of De Beers’ output, and about a fifth of diamond production worldwide.

De Beers was not able to sell a single diamond from Botswana in November and sold only very few in the two months after. Of the four mines operated by Debswana, a joint venture between De Beers and the Botswana government, two will suspend work through the year. Two others, including Jwaneng, the world’s most-valuable diamond mine, could continue production in mid-April.

De Beers noted that the last time it had suspended operations completely at any mine was during the Great Depression.


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Life Stuff, Solar Power, Tech, Uncategorized


I sure do manage to use/use up a lot of batteries, so I end up with a graveyard of ones that need to go to the EWaste section at the Transfer station.  About now is when other people find similar things they want me to haul off for them.  You’ll notice the big blue battery is one of the group that was in the old Solar Power project.  75% of batteries just isn’t enuf.


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Uncategorized

News from the weekend illustrates futility of gun control schemes

There are a couple of interesting tidbits from the news this past weekend.

On Friday, a power outage near Cincinnati facilitated a burglary at Arcade Antiques & Guns where thieves stole $19,000 worth of firearms. This highlights, once again, that the bad guys don’t get their guns through legal means and that one gun a month laws, closing nonexistant gun show “loopholes”, fingerprinting, waiting periods, ballistic “fingerprinting”, etc. don’t stop them from obtaining guns. Similarly, police broke up a burglary ring in Parma Heights where crooks were allegedly targeting guns in homes.

Now, some will argue that if all guns were banned and gun shop weren’t in business that this wouldn’t happen. Of course, that’s like trying to stop drunk driving accidents by banning cars. Not to mention the fact that drugs are illegal, yet criminals have easy access.

Take Antonil Whitaker, for example. He’s currently wanted by the U.S. Marshals for armed robbery and home invasion. With an extensive criminal history, including drug trafficking, Whitaker could never pass a background check at a gun shop. He cannot acquire firearms legally, yet he still has them. Gun laws don’t disarm the bad guys, just the good guys.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my belief that gun safety training should be taught in schools.

Friday afternoon, an Elyria woman was walking with her kids when she came across what she thought was a toy gun. When she picked it up, it discharged. Fortunately, nobody was injured. Perhaps if she had received firearms safety training, she would have known to keep her finger off the trigger and would not have unintentionally fired the gun.

Also in Elyria, a fight erupted outside a bar Saturday night that ended with shots being fired. Too bad guns aren’t banned in bars, or that wouldn’t have happened. Oh wait, they are. Huh, it’s almost as if laws have no effect on criminals.

Elyria was busy, because there was also an incident with shots fired in front of First Merit bank. First Merit prohibits guns, so it obviosly didn’t have anything to do with bank transactions. Police found shell casings, which those in favor of “ballistic fingerprinting” will point to and say if we just enacted their insipid idea that police would be able to find the shooter. Except that this would only lead back to the last legal owner, not the person who stole the gun and subsequently sold it on the black market where it passed through any number of thugs.

Late Thursday night, an attempted car jacking in Akron resulted in the car owner being shot several times in the parking lot of Corky’s Thomastown Cafe after he refused to give up his vehicle. Another woman died early Monday morning after an attack in a Columbus Wal-Mart parking lot.

These incidents illustrate why gun owners are so opposed to criminal protections zones. If a victim has a concealed handgun license and is forced to disarm by a business posting a “no guns” sign, that firearm would be unavailable to him or her if confronted to or from the business. Rendering people defenseless does not reduce crime and only leads to tragedy.

The NRA released a statement Friday that rumors of anti-gun provisions being hidden in the federal economic stimulus bill are false. That’s good to know.

Once again, the protesters are out in opposition of deer culling, this time in the Cleveland Metroparks. They want non-lethal methods employed to control population levels, even though such methods have failed to be effective in trials. The other option is to let the herds grow unchecked, causing property damage and human deaths due to vehicular collisions. Personally, I’d rather trained and tested hunters were utilized threw a pay-to-enter lottery than professional hunters be employed. Note to the antis: deer are food, not friends.

In New Philadelphia, an enterprising individual used a fake bomb to rob a check cashing store Saturday. If only they had a “no bombs allowed” sign on the door, this wouldn’t have happened…


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Life Stuff, Solar Power, Tech, Treehugger Stuff, Uncategorized


Well, This is it. The final set of hardware, ready to install.  Its capable of completely working as is, just wouldn’t pass code due to lack of conduits, and one or two instances of incorrectly sized wire (that aren’t a problem, but could be, I suppose)

You’ll notice the XW6048, midnte solar epanel, 2 Xantrex XW Mppts. and the brand new 250Ah batteries.

Not seen, Apollo T80 Charge controller, Xantrex T40 CC, and SW5548 backup Inverter.


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Guns

MT House measure would change gun rules

Firearms manufactured and used in Montana would become exempt from federal regulation under a bill being considered in the Montana House.

The State House voted in favor of House Bill 246 in second reading on Saturday, and the bill could have the effect of releasing Montana gun owners from federal registration requirements.

The measure applies to firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition that are made and sold in the state.

The bill’s sponsor says his proposal is more about states’ rights than about gun rights.

Here is some of the relevant language in the bill:

NEW SECTION.  Section 2.  Legislative declarations of authority. The legislature declares that the authority for [sections 1 through 7] is the following:

(1) The 10th amendment to the United States constitution guarantees to the states and their people all powers not granted to the federal government elsewhere in the constitution and reserves to the state and people of Montana certain powers as they were understood at the time that Montana was admitted to statehood in 1889. The guaranty of those powers is a matter of contract between the state and people of Montana and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Montana and the United States in 1889.

(2) The ninth amendment to the United States constitution guarantees to the people rights not granted in the constitution and reserves to the people of Montana certain rights as they were understood at the time that Montana was admitted to statehood in 1889. The guaranty of those rights is a matter of contract between the state and people of Montana and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Montana and the United States in 1889.

(3) The regulation of intrastate commerce is vested in the states under the 9th and 10th amendments to the United States constitution, particularly if not expressly preempted by federal law. Congress has not expressly preempted state regulation of intrastate commerce pertaining to the manufacture on an intrastate basis of firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition.

(4) The second amendment to the United States constitution reserves to the people the right to keep and bear arms as that right was understood at the time that Montana was admitted to statehood in 1889, and the guaranty of the right is a matter of contract between the state and people of Montana and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Montana and the United States in 1889.

(5) Article II, section 12, of the Montana constitution clearly secures to Montana citizens, and prohibits government interference with, the right of individual Montana citizens to keep and bear arms. This constitutional protection is unchanged from the 1889 Montana constitution, which was approved by congress and the people of Montana, and the right exists as it was understood at the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Montana and the United States in 1889.


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Guns

Mississippi lawmakers have passed a bill to protect the state’s residents during martial law. On the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi website, Phil Bryant announces the passage of SB 2036. The legislation “restricts the power of a peace officer to confiscate firearms and ammunitions in an emergency or during a time of martial law,” according to the website.

It is significant that Lieutenant Governor Bryant mentions the law applies to martial law.

Mississippi senator Merle Flowers authored the bill and referred it to the Judiciary on January 6. It passed the Senate on February 4. According to the Mississippi bill status website, the act amends Section 33-7-303 of Mississippi Code of 1972 and “explicitly restrict the power to confiscate firearms and ammunitions in an emergency.”

Mississippi passes the law reaffirming the Second Amendment at approximately the same time a number of states are introducing and passing resolutions and bills declaring sovereignty from the federal government and buttressing the Tenth Amendment.

I’m happy to see this, I hope it happens also in Florida, and I hope the federal govt gets the idea.


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Solar Power


Today I moved in and hooked up 4 brand new MK Battery 8A8D batteries.  At 250ah each, this gives me a respectable amount of battery, and should make the system very happy.  Also, at 160 pounds each, 650 pounds total, there is even less chance of my house blowing away in a storm.


MK AGM Batteries
Sealed Recombinant Battery
AGM Type, 6 & 12 Volt


  • Sealed Absorbed Technology: Completely sealed; valve regulated battery with efficient recombination.
  • 250 quality control checks through ISO 9001.
  • UL recognized components MH17218.
  • Rated non-spillable by ICAO/IATA/DOT.
  • Forged terminals and bushings assure no leakage.
  • Tank formation ensures voltage matching between cells
  • Polpropylene Container/Cover
  • Operating Temperature Range: -40°F (-40°C) to 140°F (60°C)


PDF Specsheet  doc_8a8d-ltp_20070530142024.pdf