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Laws I’d Want Changed – Part One

Dave Schultz 3/15/2019

The US Congress is more corrupt than a Banana Republic Dictator, especially the Senate. Most Senators start off as Middle Class Americans — and leave with fortunes in the tens of millions of dollars. Look into Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Maxine Waters (I know Congress not Senator), Hillary Clinton, and scores of others before and after. How the do it? Selling out you and me for their Graft and Corruption deals. They’re Teflon Coated against crime investigations and immune to prosecution and conviction, at least the most Liberal are.

Every year they give themselves more money, more perks, more office budgets to spread around to family and friends, and more retirement. They live into their 90s because they get the healthcare no other American can receive — and for life.

So here are the laws I’d like to see first changed, and it applies to them.

Term Limitations:

One term of 6-years. Any more than that and they’re deep into the swamp for re-election funds and in the pockets of lobbyists. Why do we pay more for prescription drugs than any other country in the world? Because the Graft and Corruption from Lobbyists. Why are they so rich from being Senators? By steering Sweetheart Deals to their Spouses and Children. America is appalled by rich parents paying off colleges to let their kids in — but not at defense and other contracts steered to family and friends by Congress — especially the Senate?

No Special Retirement Plans:

You, I and the companies we worked for (In my case twice for me as I was Self-Employed) pay into Social Security all of our lives — and If that money had been invested like my Whole Life Insurance was — it would be millions. Instead, I’ll get $1800 a month for the last 13-years (National Average for male my age) of my life. Well if that’s good enough for you and me — it should be good enough for the people who wrote those laws for you and me.

No Special Health Insurance:

Their health insurance is unlimited, unquestioned and without deductibles. Is yours? Mine sure the Hell isn’t! I pay $3000 a month for shit health insurance, with high deductibles, and everything denied. They gave us Obamacare, won’t repeal it, and take Graft & Corruption from the health industry. If what they give us is good enough for us — then by God its good enough for them. They should only get the best policy offered to the rest of us — and pay for it the same way as the industry standard. 25% of theirs and 100% of their dependents. That’s better than the majority of Americans receive — who work. I’m a “Service Connected Disabled Vietnam Era Veteran Priority” about the highest standard for the VA Hospital — and yet I’ve refused to go there since the 70s because its shit! Now they virtually refuse to take care of me if I went – because of Means Testing. Do Congress deserve better than my Brothers and I who really Served America — instead of ourselves?

Expenses Born By The State Represented:

All Congressional Pay, Office and all other Expenses to be paid by the State they represent. I take Uber instead of Limos, Fly Commercial instead of Private Jet – so can they. The whole concept of Congress was to represent to the Federal Government for the State who elected them. That’s far from what’s going on. Once the State has to pay the expenses of the Senator and Congressman — they will start to better Police what their Representatives are really doing.

Oversight to the State:

The Congressional Oversight Committee is the Fox watching the Hen House. The State Elected their Representative — let the State Investigate, Prosecute, Convict and Sentence their Representative for corruption will representing the State. This should exclude an Interstate exemption for their crimes. Any crime anywhere by a Representative elected by the State should be considered as a crime in the state. I’ll bet things would change real quick. After all, their crimes hurt the State they were elected to Represent the most.

State Pays For All Junkets:

No air travel is to ever be paid by the Federal Government or a Lobbyist. If the State feels that the Junket is in their best interest — then they should pay for it. If a Lobbyist wants to put on a dog and pony show, the bring it to the local Holiday Inn Conference Center instead of the Bahamas.

Give Up All Rights to Be a Lobbyist

No Former Senator or Congressman should ever be on the payroll of a Lobbyist firm after they leave. Let’s stop allowing them to sell influence in the Interest and against the Interest of the people they were elected to serve. Go back to being a Doctor, Lawyer, Community Organizer – or run for city Dog Catcher.

Voter Reform:

  • Positive Picture & Bio-Metric ID to vote. The Liberal claim that this suppresses minorities is a smoke screen to allow non-Citizens, Felons, and multiple voting to control the outcome that only good people should be controlling. You need ID to drive, buy cigarettes and liquor, fly, rent a car, leave and enter the country, cash a check, have a gun, buy a house, and just about everything else far less important than voting.
  • Convicted Felons forever give up right to vote. If you commit a felony, you aren’t qualified to have an influence on what affects the good people of the United States.
  • Only US Citizens can Vote. It is ridiculous for any honest and sane person to think differently.
  • Must be 21-years -old to vote: Most kids now are so immature and so manipulated by the Communists who have taken over education, media, and the legal system. They need a little more time to get out and understand the real world. Frankly I’d prefer to see the voting age raised to 25 because of the Snowflakes that parents and schools have created. Few work in high school any more — most are coddled. EXCEPTION would be for those under 21 serving in the Military.
  • No More Voter Harvesting: People are going into Nursing homes and Mental Institutions with absentee ballots, having patients with Dementia, Alzheimer, and other mental problems put their mark on the ballot. They then fill it out and submit on behalf of their candidate. Pure Fraud that goes ignored.
  • States Easily Allowed to Recall and Replace Their Representative for No Confidence: Most countries do this and so should our States. Let States have a recall election upon the State Attorney General receiving a petition signed by 1% of the voters in the state. If recalled, the Governor appoints a Representative for up to a six month term while an election for a Replacement for the remaining of the term has been held.

Accountability to the State:

All accusations of a crime by Senators and Congressman made public, settlements negotiated and paid by the state only – and made public, and trials (if no settlement) are to be conducted by the state. No more Federal taxpayers secretly bailing them out for their rape and grouping actions.

Shorten Time Congress is in Session:

In Texas, our State Congress meets for 6 months every two years. They aren’t paid much, and have other jobs the other 3/4 of the time. It’s a good system to limit the stupid things government does and the influence they’re paid for. Hopefully all of the Liberals fleeing the States they screwed up to Texas won’t screw this up too!

We’re Suppose to be a Republic, Not a Democracy:

Our Founding Fathers created a Republic, where the States were suppose to be independent – but meet to Federally for common Interests – such as defense. That morph into a Democracy where three people could vote to take away something from the fourth. That then morphed in 1920ish (Federal Income Tax) to Socialism where the Federal Government (Looters) now heavily tax the Producers (those with Dreams and who worked hard to realize them) to give to the Moochers (those who never really studied or worked hard — so they have minimal skills and as such have shitty jobs or flatly won’t work) to elect them — The Looters. That my friends is Socialism — and we’re already there.

The problem is that once Looters create a majority of Moochers — the government falls and Communism is usually what it is replaced with. Read Saul Alynsky and Cloward/Piven — which is the American Communist manuals on how to achieve Communism in the US. Once Looters give Moochers something — it has never been able to be taken back. The Looters (all of Congress — Democrat and Republican) know this — and its how they get carried out of Congress on a Stiff Board when they die there.

It is doubtful that Americans have the guts to insist on the above changes be made to Congress. We should only vote for those running who promise to change Congress to the above. As such I fear that the United States is on borrowed time before failure. I hope that I’m wrong and that America starts to see that what’s wrong with Congress is who is put there. However, it appears that they’ll stick their head in the sand and allow 16-year-olds vote, allow Illegals to vote — or make them legal enough to vote, continue with no voter Id to allow voter fraud, and import non-producing voters who are nothing more than Moochers. Should it get too much worse — I hope Texas will Texit and control Immigration of Illegals from the South and Liberals from the North.

If you agree with most of what I’ve had to say here — won’t you email a link of this post to your friends and post it on Facebook and/or other Social Media? Look around, time is running out. You can be proactive for a non-violent change with ensuring we send people to Congress who will fix — or start to polish you Sickle and Hammer.

Texas Thug Bradenton, FL Recap

Wednesday:

On Wednesday, I was one of about 30 people who ponied up $250 to rent the track, and I made six hits – as both the car and I hadn’t been on the track in almost six months. The first hit was without any weight or adjustments. I did a low 9.50s pass and my standard 1.33ish 60′. I didn’t feel like front end was coming up as high as it should, so I took 6 clicks out of the front shocks. The second hit was about the same numbers, but the front-end came up higher. The weather was real good Wednesday with the “Corrected Altitude” at about 75′. I knew that the weekend wouldn’t be near that good, and so the 9.5 Index wasn’t going to be a reality. The next Index up is 9.75. I Ioaded the weight boxes up with 200 pounds for the third hit.

HOLY CRAP! The front-end came up at least twice as high as the highest wheelie I’ve ever done. I haven’t gotten around to putting wheelie bars on the car, and I thought I was going to blow over – so I shifted to second early to bring front-end back down. Remarkably, I did a low 9.6 with all of the weight I could legally put in the boxes. I figured that to be a fluke. For the fourth hit, I put six clicks back into the front shocks. I went back out and did the second highest wheelie of my life – but I rode it out. The car did high 9.5s with all of the weight.

I realized that 9.75 was too far away, so I took the weight back out and figured I had to find a way to do a 9.39 at 75′ to be 9.50 at 2200′ on Sunday. I made adjustments on the four Idle mixture screws on the carbs and went back for another hit. I usually run 13.5 pounds of air in my slicks, but I must have mismeasured in the pits as one slick only had 12.7 pounds – so I equalized. The car did a 1.29 60′, which the previous best had been 1.32. I ran a 9.42, which was getting close. For the sixth and last hit of the day, I swapped the four stiff Orange metering rod springs in the carbs for more loose yellow springs. I also lowered the air in my slicks to 12.5 and got my 9.39 seconds with a 1.28 60′. The track shut down, so no more passes, but I felt good with a 9.39.

Thursday:

Thursday was the day that NMCA took over the track, and you can buy two hits fir $25., but I didn’t take them. I established credentials, teched the car i, and cleaned it up before putting it away. Doug & Anne Duell had a little soiree at their house for NSS racers Thursday evening.

Friday:

Friday we had a Time Trial in the Morning, and the first qualifying was scheduled at 2pm. We’re always the first class out in the morning. Again my air gauge screwed me up and when I got in the lanes and checked my air pressure, I only had 10 pounds in the left slick. So I had to make a hit with only 10psi. When I got back and shut the car off, I heard clunking. I wasn’t sure if it was the flexplate bolts to torque converter had loosened, the starter motor crapped out, or if a motor. Turned out to be flexplate. I fixed, put charger on car, and pumped up left slick to 15psi so I could check for leak. I then went inside to clean up and eat lunch.

So at about 1pm I’m having lunch in my coach, when I see Frees and Lang going down the track. I look and see that Duell’s car is also gone. I’d obviously missed the call. So I fly out the door, tear the charger off and head for the lanes without checking the tire pressure, weather station, or weight in the boxes. I’m getting dressed while driving and hoping I’d have time to check to adjust air in slicks, as I knew I last had 15# in one and 10# in the other. However, As I got to the lanes, Brent Wheeler was last and pulling up to stage as a solo, as he’d blown both front tires in the previous run. It was line up or turn around. So I’m still putting my gloves and neck brace on while doing my burn out, knew one slick had 150% if the air of the other, and was next to someone with new tires and wheels on his car. My launch sucked, I had to make big corrections, and broke out with a 9.49+.

Back in the pits, I put the car on the lift and Doug put his death grip on the flexplate bolts.

Saturday:

Saturday morning I take the car out of the trailer at 6:45am to get ready for our 8:30 call to the lanes. I’m a creature of habit who puts his hoods pins on the studs they pin on when open, and put in on when I close the hood. The night before when we were doing the TC bolts, Doug opened the hood, put the pins on the bench, and also closed the hood. I knew I had to put the pins in, and told myself to do first thing in morning. I didn’t. While taking car down return road pretty fast, the hood opened an blew off.

Barry Dorn saw it happen and carted my hood back to my pit. Doug and Bruce Lang helped me rivet the pieces together and I used a roll of duct tape to tape it to the car. Good guys are all of the NSS Racers.

We finished just as they called us for the second qualifying, and I squeaked out a 9.514, which was good for third qualifier.

The track was horribly prepped for the last qualifying, as they’d made 300 street tire passes and only did a cursory rub before sending us down. I spun horribly (as did everyone), and was bumped to 4th.

That put me against Brent wheeler in first round Sunday.

Sunday:

Bottom line was I was a first round runner up, as Brent put an .018 light on me that I couldn’t overcome. So we loaded up and made the ride of shame off the track, for the 1100 mile trip home.

Epilogue:

Back home, the car’s had it’s oil changed, slicks swapped, car washed, a couple small repairs, and the hood is halfway ready to go to painter. the bracing has been done, and tomorrow the cleanup layers applied and sanding. Painter gets tomorrow night, hopefully.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

3000 Mile 1999 Viper GTS For Sale

As a young adult with dreams of great financial success, I read Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich”. One of the big points of the book is to have a huge goal, which is unattainable by most, and to reward yourself hugely for obtaining it. You then put a visual reminder of the reward somewhere that you are constantly reminded of the goal and your reward.

In 1996 I set another such a goal, which was the second big goal I’d set and promised myself a big reward for hitting. In June 1998, I achieved that goal, and my reward had been a new Viper GTS. I Immediately went to the Dodge dealer and ordered a black with black interior with a stripe delete. Because of a strike causing a shortage of the front body work of the car, it took 13 months before I picked the car up.

I have put less than 4000 miles on the car since. The car looks and drives like brand new. 1999 was by far the very best year of the Viper. This car holds a lot of sentimental value to me. However, I’m now in my mid sixties, and in a mode of reducing the things I just don’t need. I have 31 cars, trucks and motorcycles; and I just don’t need near that many – so everything is for sale, some priced to move faster than others. This is the car I least want to sell, but I will for the right price. That price is $60K FIRM.

Below is a gallery of photos just taken of the car. It is in Flawless condition. Click the small photos to view the full size version. Some browsers will require a right-click to open in a new browser.

If you are interested in purchasing this car, call or text me at 713-899-7704. Don’t bother offering less or a trade, as I’m not interested.

Shop Goin Ons – EOM February 2019

Leaving Sunday evening for the NMCA race in South Florida, so a lot of the last week was spent getting the Motorhome (Not driven since October), Stacker and car ready. Loaded the car and golf cart today as it appears to have had the only two hour window of no rain between now and Sunday.

Getting my Magnum GT ready to sell, and the only real sore spot was the front seats.

I bought some dye from autoleatherdye.com, watched the video, and taught my shop rat how to do. He dabbed on six light coats to get to here.

Next he needs to scrub the dye off the buckles, apply the Semi-gloss topcoat, and finally the conditioner. The pictures don’t do the job justice, and it will look pretty damn good when finished. I ordered dark green dye and self-leveling crack filler to do the seats on my 64 Imperial.

My Magnum XE (Ginger) has had a ton of retro-mod upgrades over the years. Motor, 8.75 Rear-end, stereo, convert from column shift to factory floor shift, new carpet, addition of power windows, headers and 2.5″ dual exhaust, modern leather seats, and a new dash and custom gauges. Click here to read more. This week it was new wheels and fabricating the missing console plate out of 1/8″ aluminum plate and black wrinkle paint to match the dash. The AC leak was fixed and recharged, and the turn signal issue from the gauge upgrade fixed. Also added a deep trans pan with temperature sender to go to the gauge. I normally wouldn’t have an oil temp gauge, but I had an extra hole to fill when I did the gauge panel.

There was some work done on the the Screamin’ Woody. The fuel system’s AN -10 hose was run to the front of the car, as was some double-ought battery cable. Stopped short of running under the hood as that needs to be freshened up with new paint.

Turned the shop rat loose with some sand paper to scuff it up. Need a couple days of 70+ degree weather with no rain before being able to paint. Ordered the rotating and bearings for the wagon’s motor. The block is done, so assembly will start soon. Getting down to home stretch.

Wheeled my 60 Plymouth into the bay. While it doesn’t look like it, a lot of work has been done in this car. Click here to check out it’s story.

Its getting all new front-end parts. Then then engine compartment will be painted Petty Blue. Then the trim will get removed, body wet sanded and spray with clear. Then a bad ass lowdeck and 5-Speed stick installed.

Finally it goes to the wrapper to get wrapped to look like Petty’s 60 Plymouth in the woods in back of his shop for last 55 years.

So other than a little cleaning of the shop and some parts that I’m selling/sold; ordering new parts and shipping sold parts – that’s most of it for this last week.

Some Post War Crazy Futuristic Shit!

Immediately following the end of WWII, and ending with the beginning of the Korean Police Action, there was some crazy futuristic shit put out by a metals company called Bohn. Check out what they saw the future to be back in the late Forties. Some of it did come to fruition. Click on a thumbnail below to see the full size version. With some browsers, you have to right-click and open in a new browser.