Popular Beta-Mechanics


As a kid growing up and we would visit my maternal grandparents, there were always issues of Popular Mechanics on the coffee table.  You see, my grandfather was a machinist for Aerojet Rocketdyne.  He helped build the engines the powered the spacecraft that put man on the moon.  Additionally, he was very much a true DIY guy, and a lifelong tinkerer.  There was no project he wouldn’t attempt to tackle, from working on cars to building furniture, and he was always looking for ways to improve things.   I remember thumbing through the issues of Popular Mechanics I found at his house, and being in awe of all the cool projects they outlined, their descriptions of the science and engineering behind new inventions, or cars, or aircraft, or spacecraft.  The magazine covered a vast array of topics, and it encouraged the reader to attempt things, to be hands on, to be a do-it-yourselfer.

A gun cabinet my grandfather made in the late 1940's which I'm proud to own.
A gun cabinet my grandfather made in the late 1940’s which I’m proud to own.

Early in my adulthood, I too subscribed to the magazine and it was very much like the magazine I recalled from my youth.  You see, other than the different career path I followed, I am very much like my grandfather.  I love working on cars, firearms, tackling any home improvement project I (or the wife) can dream up, I really enjoy woodworking and I am a tinkerer just like my grandfather was, so it only made sense for me to get the same magazine that inspired me as a kid.

As my life evolved, especially later with marriage and kids, my interests and the amount of free time I had changed, and my subscription to Popular Mechanics ran out long ago.  However, some recent home improvement projects reinvigorated my both my interest in woodworking and my inner tinkerer, so I decided to again subscribe to the same magazine that had inspired me so many times long ago.  I filled out the subscription online and when given the option for just the print magazine, or for $1 more, I could also get the digital version, it was a no-brainer.

Subscription completed, I navigated the website and opened up the digital edition of the Dec/Jan 2017 issue.  I perused the index and settled on what would be the first article I read in my brand new subscription… and then…

“Oh my gawd, what did I just read?”

“Did I subscribe to the wrong magazine?”

“Is this a joke, or satire?  Is this Popular Mechanics own special version of The Onion?  Is it April 1st?”

You see, the article I chose to read, the very first article in the magazine that has inspired so many people to be the quintessential DIY’er, was titled “(Don’t) DIY – The Jobs Better Left to Professionals.”  The title had attracted me because I assumed it was going to be filled with horrendously complicated projects that, even though the author was recommending the reader not attempt, I figured they would have been done by the average Joe.  Why did I expect that?  Because that is what this magazine was always filled with in the past.

What I read on the other hand was the dumbest pile of trash I could possibly imagine.  As I read it, I pictured the author as the most whiny, beta-male, skinny jean wearing hipster…  think pajama boy.  I not only could not believe what I was reading, but the fact that Popular Mechanics was the source was absolutely mind boggling!

The following is the list of the projects that they are telling their readers NOT to do themselves:

  • Oil Change – you know, on your car, a routine simple oil change.  The most basic of automotive basics, a 10-15 minute job.
  • Battery Replacement – no, not the battery in your factory sealed, waterproof smartphone, but the battery in your car.  You know, the one held in by a clamp (usually 2 bolts) and two battery cables.  A job that with the correct wrenches takes 5 minutes.
  • New Spark Plugs – again, a simple job on most cars.  On my ’02 WRX (the most difficult car I’ve ever changed plugs on) where there was minimal clearance between the boxer engine and the body, it was still not that difficult and doing the job myself saved not only time, but more importantly, a significant chunk of change.
  • Car Wash – okay, now I know this guy has to be screwing with me.

But wait, where is the punch line?  Please, someone, tell me this is a joke?

Nope, this was a legit article telling the reader not to do the simplest of DIY tasks imaginable, and for reasons such as “you will get dirty oil on your hands,” “the battery hold down bolts are tiny and hard to reach,” “spark plugs are hard to reach and you might be a moron and put them in wrong,” and lastly, “you might miss a spot and leave water spots on your car.”

Holy cow.  I cannot believe this is the same publication that I once marveled at.  I cannot believe I just paid good money for this worthless combination of paper and digital words…

Disappointed beyond belief!

Maybe they need to change the name of the magazine…
(UPDATE:  Yes, I did cancel my subscription before I even received the first issue)



What Your Whining About My NRA Sticker Says About You


When I read a blog post that by a confused beta male* in which he describes all the thoughts and fears running through his head the moment he sees my NRA sticker on the back window of my car, or my wife’s minivan, I feel sad for his two sons who look to this “man” as their role model.

(*Since the confused beta male wussed out and removed his blog post entirely, you can only view it in a cached version which you can find here – the internet is forever buddy…   Additionally, I have taken screen shots of the post just in case the cached version also disappears)

That you (the author) fear the driver of a car because of a sticker, and are thus trapped in a recurring series of thoughts and fears, based on lies and misinformation, has you so distracted as a driver that you are now a threat to yourself, a threat to any passengers in your car, a threat to all the other drivers sharing the roadway with you, and a threat to any pedestrians who happen to be nearby.

When nothing more than the appearance of a sticker on the rear of a car sends such fear through someone, does that say more about the person with the sticker, or the person who fears it?

The sad fact of the matter is that all those fears he has listed, which he not only feels himself, but is helping to spread by sharing his wussified musings, absolutely none of those fears are based remotely on reality.

All of this things that he “knows” about me, based on a sticker, are nothing more than his imagination, and him projecting his thoughts onto me.  Not a single one of the things he “knows” about me is true, not remotely, yet he truly thinks they are, and that is sad, and says a lot about him.

The reality is that none of the cowardly murders that come to this man’s mind were committed by an NRA member.  In fact, the vast majority of them were in fact committed by whiny, soft headed, beta males such as himself.  Men who were unable to deal with the realities of life, unable to cope with normal setbacks or adversities, men who could not act like men and confront a situation head-on, and instead chose to handle their failures like cowards and take it out on others, using a gun.

Ask yourself this, if a single one of these incidents of a coward with a gun wantonly murdering random people , the very type of situation that comes rushing to this whiney person’s mind were in fact perpetrated by an NRA member, do you think the likes of “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America,” or “Everytown for Gun Safety,” or the “Violence Policy Center,” or the “Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,” or the “Coalition to Stop Gun Violence,” or “Stop the NRA,” or “Handgun Control, Inc,” or “Americans for Gun Safety,” or any of the other dozens (yes, quite literally dozens) of anti-gun organizations around the country, do you think for a second that they would not be constantly pointing to the incident committed by an NRA member?

Oddly enough, per capita, I see more NRA stickers on cars in the parking lot of the Sheriff’s station I work out of than I do most other places, aside from a gun store parking lot.  Another profession that has a very high NRA membership is the US Military.  Oddly enough, those people with the NRA stickers are the ones using guns to keep this soft-headed sissy safe from the many evil people out there, who use guns for evil, who are most definitely not NRA members.

Some further evidence destroying your misguided fears, gun violence is not on the rise like you incorrectly believe.  According the Pew Research Center (an organization most notably not run by the NRA), gun homicide has been declining for decades and is in fact down 49% since the peak in 1993. Additionally, according to Reason.com (a libertarian leaning website), despite the rumors and cherry picked statistics, mass shootings are not actually on the rise, but have remained fairly constant for decades.

The fact of the matter, besides constantly fighting for my rights, your rights, and yes, even this weak minded male’s rights, the NRA is one of the largest, longest running purveyors of gun safety education and training.  Not only do they teach the safe handling and use of guns, but they also teach when gun use in self-defense is appropriate, and more importantly, when it is not.

In reality, his entire blog post is nothing more than his display of a lack of critical thinking, the inability to examine fact and serves as a perfect example of the reason why the NRA continues to fight for our rights.  Clearly, the propaganda spewed forth by the dozens of well-funded anti-gun groups is working, and the vilification of the NRA and their millions of members is turning the dim-witted sheep out there into quivering shells of human beings, because they saw a sticker…  God forbid people like this author should ever encounter an actual bad guy with a gun, because I suspect they would make George Costanza running from a kitchen fire look like an absolute hero!

In the meantime there “Dadscribe,” how about you suck it up, look away from the scary sticker and let those of us with enough intestinal fortitude, commonly referred to as “having a pair,” protect you and the rest of your cowardly, weak-kneed flock.  For a man who claims to have learned parenting tips from Han Solo, you sure missed the biggest lesson he taught, which was having a spine!  And by the way, Han Solo shot first!

NOT AN UPDATE:  We will not be disabling the comments here because while we understand that not everyone may agree with us, the facts are actually on our side.  Also, we are man enough to handle comments from people who might disagree with us.

FINAL NOTE:  Beta males, such as the author of that laundry list of unsubstantiated fears and irrational hatred, have been destroying the United States for decades.   In fact, Bill Whittle put a good video out about that very thing several years ago.  Watch, enjoy, learn, and for God’s sake, man up!