Thursday, October 19, 2017

What A Weazel

Not my words, Ed Driscoll's.  But it appears that Jim Comey had already decided to exonerate Hillary even before the investigation was complete.
WE HAVE THE WORST POLITICAL CLASS IN AMERICAN HISTORY. FBI Confirms: Yes, James Comey Finished His Draft of the Speech Absolving Hillary Clinton Months Before Concluding the Investigation.
You might recall that summer speech where Jim Comey led us down a primrose path, then shut the gates on both ends of the garden.  Until that point, I had a great deal of respect for the man, believing him to be an upstanding individual deserving of admiration.  His performance during the Hillary election cycle revealed him to be just another political hack,

As more and more is revealed, it seems that Comey was neck deep in the action.  Not the crime itself, but certainly drove the cover-up.  And, did it ineptly I might add.  A good cover-up never comes to light.  I am convinced that Jim Comey did more to wreck the credibility and reputation of the FBI than any other director, ever.

I am so contemptuous of Jim Comey that I even have "Comey's Disgrace" as a post tag.  If I ever get the opportunity, I intend to spit directly on his shoes.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

So, this guy has been rolling through my parking lot.

Middle aged white male, late model Chevy pickup.  Toneau cover

Fourth pass, I shut him down. "Can I help you find something?"
Inside the cab, I see two cell phones running, and he's wearing a Pokemon Go wristband.

"I'm playing Pokemon, and this parking lot is a hot-spot.  They're everywhere.  I've captured four in the last half-hour."

I was just a little bit amused.  "Okay... Pokemon, hun?"

"Yeah!"  He's animated.  "Am I in any trouble?" 

"No, you're good.  Drive carefully, and watch out for the kids."

I jotted his plate down as he rolled slowly out of the parking lot.

Bribery - Extortion - Corruption

The big story for months was the Dems fixation on some supposed Russian collusion with the Trump camp.

As it turns out, the Russians were colluding all right, but Donald Trump was decidedly out of the loop.  As it turns out, they were colluding with Hillary on a huge corruption scandal.
All of this is mighty curious, and not just a little suspicious. If we’re going full-hysteric on Russian interference and possible collusion, then let’s make sure we’re looking at its full scope — starting with the strange “reset button” from Hillary Clinton in March 2009, the shocking reversal on missile defense in Poland and Czechia in September 2009, and the “more flexibility” comment from Barack Obama to Dmitri Medvedev in 2012 while castigating Mitt Romney for calling Russia our most dangerous geopolitical foe. If the revelations from Solomon and Spann over the last couple of days turn out to be valid, we may find some explanations for some of these odd events.
It's a curious case, with twists and turns, but eventually it should go to a grand jury.  Laws were broken and someone should go to jail.

There's more:
There’s more: Until September 2013, the FBI director was Robert Mueller — who’s now the special counsel probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election. It’s hard to see how he can be trusted in that job unless he explains what he knew about this Obama-era cover-up.

Hillary, you have the right to remain silent.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pore Ol' Hillary

It's been nearly a year and she still can't believe that she lost.  The list of reasons gets longer and longer.  PJMedia is keeping score.
1.Sexism
2.Barack Obama didn't help enough
3.Bernie Sanders was a meanie
4.James Comey wanted to see me lose
5.Women let men tell them how to vote
6.The media (?)
7.Stupid voters
8.Republicans suppressed the vote!
9.Evil, evil Russia
10.Her staff failed her
11.The Democratic National Committee failed her
12.All that deep, dark money (maybe she thinks she didn't get enough of it)
13.Green Party candidate Jill Stein
14.The electoral college (yeah...that damn Constitution gets ya every time)
15.Anthony Weiner's emails
16.Her "basket of deplorables" comment. Yes, but it went over GREAT on the left.
C'mon, Hill.  The reason you lost is because you are the worst candidate that a major party ever ran for president.    You're corrupt, conniving, evil, vile and detestable.  You are also lucky that you are not in prison.  However, if some of the more recent revelations about the Russian uranium deal come to fruition, you might want to hire a good defense attorney and stand on your right to remain silent.

Remaining silent would be a good idea anyway.

Russian Collusion

Everyone looking for Russian collusion need look no further than Bill and Hillary.  Insty reports.
They also obtained an eyewitness account – backed by documents – indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.
Read the whole thing, but it looks like Obama was in on it too.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Making Drawings, Getting Permits

I have poured a few slabs in my day.  I've got a picture around here somewhere, my grandfather is coaching me on footings.  I have the shovel, he's supervising.  Twelve inches deep into undisturbed sol.

I helped my Dad pour slabs and build pole-barns.  If anyone had told the old man (either my granpaw or my dad) that they needed a permit to build a shop, or a bran, they'd have shorted and looked at you like you'd lost your mind.   What a man does on his own property is really not the business of government, and if you do something stupid and have your foundation crack, that's not the government's problem.

Several years ago, I put in a swimming pool in the back yard.  Didn't need a permit.  No one asked.  But, when I put in a pool house and told them I was putting a toilet, I had to have a permit.    The permit cost me $35.00  No drawings or nothing.  The whole permitting process went like this.

Me: "They tell me I need a permit to put in a bath house."
Gov't lady:  "It's $35.00.  What's your address?"

Not so much these days.  We have a bureaucratic regulatory infrastructure that bleeds a man dry, oversees every aspect of his life and oversees his every move.

SO, for a project that 50 years ago would have been done properly by family with no government involvement at all, now we're having to ask the government for permission to build a structure on my land.  I consider that an utter confiscation, and I'm going to have to pay a tax (permit fees) based on the square footage of the building.

I am outraged, but I'll channel my frustration until the permits are obtained, the building is complete, then I'm going to start writing hate mail to my elected representatives.  The Founding Fathers would be apoplectic.  The very idea that a confiscatory government can tell a property owner what he can do with his own property is anathema to freedom loving people.

Hillary Opens Her Pie Hole on Sexual Abuse

Hillary can't keep her mouth shut.  She weighed in on the Weinstein scandal.
We Just Elected A President Who Admitted To Sexual Assault, You Know
Yeah, she actually went there.  As if we don't know that Hillary is married to a serial sexual predator who, among other things, abused young interns in the Oval Office.  His sexual exploits as governor of Arkansas are legendary, and Hillary actively assisted in his defense.  If Hillary had any pride, any sense of self-worth, any character at all, she would have left Bill the first time he humiliated her. 

Hillary has none of those traits.  She's simply a conniving Harpy who saw political potential and decided that she would suffer an humiliation as long as she could ride the wave of political power.  Her statements on sexual abuse run the gamut from protecting Bill to accusing other people of misconduct. 

That trait, more than an other prove that she is unfit for political office.  Thank God she wasn't elected to our highest office.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Broken Ground

When Belle and I bought this place, back in 2004, one of the appealing pints was a big open area next to the house.  We've used that open space for everything.  It's a great place for kids to play, it's a great space to run and tumble.  As the grandkids got older, the open space changed several times, but there have been a lot of frisbees and footballs thrown on that open, empty lot.

But, in the back of my mind, I wanted a shop.  A large, enclosed area to enooy.  Sometimes I considered it a pip-dream.  Recently, though, I was able to realize a windfall, and started talking to contractors.  It appears that my shop will become a reality.  I'm applying for permits and doing it right, but this project is moving forward.

My son and I broke ground on Friday.  Just scraping the grass off, and starting to try to see the contour of the land.  I bought a transit, and we'll be getting accurate elevations soon and as soon as we can complete the pad, I have a trusted concrete firm to come in an lay the slab.


It's going to be a metal building, 40' X 50' (2000 sq ft), all metal construction, with 10 ft eaves.   It will have a 3-on-12 gable roof, with one 12' roll-up and one man door.  I have money in the budget for spray-on closed cell foam insulation and two huge wall-mounted air conditioning units.

We're excited about this, and can't wait to see it move along.

Pot Roast

Pot roast always a Sunday staple at both of my grandparents houses.  My maternal grandmother used a method that I never really nailed.  Her gravy had a corn starch thickener, and although I stood over her shoulder as she worked her magic, I never was able to duplicate her efforts. 

But, my paternal grandfather, who lived two miles away, also cooked a pot roast as a Sunday staple.  One Saturday I asked him "PawPaw, teach me to make a pot roast."  He took the Sunday roast out of the fridge and he walked me through, step by step until it went into the oven.  It's really pretty simple.

It's been a year or so since I cooked one, and yesterday I went over to the local butcher shop and found a nice 8 lb roast.  This one is bottom round, but any will do.  Chuck, shoulder, rump, it really doesn't matter.  Basically, all we're doing is searing a piece of beef, then cooking it in gravy.

POT ROAST


Ingredients

Large roast to fit your pot. 
Vegetable Oil
Flour
Salt
Pepper
Large peeled onion
Celery stalk

Prep

In a large Dutch Oven, heat a little oil, enough to cover the bottom.  Sear your roast on all sides to a medium brown.  Remove from oil.

Make a roux with your flour and the oil in the bottom of the pot.   If you don't know how to make a roux, click on the link.  When the roux is the proper color (I like mine a medium brown, but some like it darker), add water to make a gravy.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Put the seared roast into the gravy, preheat the oven to 350 Peel the onion and drop it whole into the pot.  Likewise that stalk of celery.  Put the lid on the dutch oven and slide the whole thing into that hot oven.  Let it cook at 350 for four hours.

We'll serve this one for lunch today, with mashed potatoes, English peas, and Belle's good yeast rolls.

Bon apetie!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Variables

Variable power scopes, that is.

There is a lot to like in a fixed power scope.  One of my favorites was a Weaver K6 that I had for a while, mounted on my old Savage 110 in .30-06.  A good fixed power scope is a joy, but unless you're searching online, you just don't see them.  I was in the box store yesterday browsing scopes, and I don't believe I saw a classic fixed-power at all on the racks.  I don't know if folks seem to buy variables, so the stores stock them, or if folks buy variables because that's all the stores stock, but the box stores seem to stock a bunch of variables. 

I have an old Burris 2.5X fixed scope on my Marlin 336 in .35 Remington.  It's been on that rifle since about 1980 and it has accounted for its share of venison.

I have a nice little Nikon 4X scope on my .22 rifle.  It's a joy to shoot, never a lick of problem.  And, that Weaver K6 is a real good scope.  But, the fact is that there are a lot more variable scopes on the market than there are fixed scopes, so we've got to learn to live with them.

Anonymous asks in Comments:
What power do you normally keep it set at ? I have a 2.5-8x on my .308 but keep it set at 5x nearly all the time. 
That's a good question.  And, the answer is; it depends.    If I'm still-hunting through the woods, slipping from tree to tree, that scope will be set low.   If I'm in a box stand somewhere, I might set it a little higher for the best view of wherever I expect the game to cross.   If I'm shooting paper or steel on the range, I might crank it all the way up to best see the target.

Back in the day,  a shooter might experience a change of impact while switching the power on a variable.  That was pretty common.  But, things have gotten better lately, and if the POI changes, it's often not enough to matter when your game is minute-of-deer.  The simple fact is that optics are a lot better now than they were when I stated paying attention to them way back in the last century.

The Silent Service

I've never been a sailor-man, instead choosing to serve in the Army, but I have a great deal of respect for the folks who cruise the undersea world.

My stepson, JimBob was an enlisted submariner during his service.  He claims that he toured the world, but saw very little of it.  He mostly lived in a steel tube.  Sometimes, on a dark, still night, the boat would surface and the skipper would allow them some time on the deck, but otherwise he was mostly inside the steel tube.

We all know they're out there, but we don't talk about them much.   Unless we want to send a message.  And, it looks like the Navy is sending a message.
The guided missile submarine USS Michigan will visit the port of Busan this weekend for the second time this year, in what is a clear warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
I hope that Fat Boy Kim is paying attention.  The Navy wants him to know that he has guided-missile subs just off the coast. 

And, it will be good for the sailors.  Let them get a little kimchi, some of that good Korean beer, and wander about for a bit before getting back in that steel tube and go silent again.

They're out there, Kim, all the time.  A whole lot closer than you think.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Leupold VX-1

Some of you may remember the Remington 700ADL that I picked up back in 2011.  Fine little rifle, bought off a pawn shop shelf. 

I really liked that rifle, and part of the appeal was the Leupold VX-1 scope that was on it when I bought it.  Those old VX-1s didn't have click-adjustment turrets, but it stayed zeroed, shot well, and eventually it went home with a grandkid.  So be it, that's what PawPaws do.

But, I liked that Leupold well enough that I remembered it.

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a Ruger American in .308.  Of course it didn't come with a scope.  So, today on my lunch hour I was looking around in Academy and came upon what looked like a pretty good deal.  A Leupold VX-1 on sale.  So, I picked one up.

Later, as I unboxed it, I got a nice surprise.  These turrets are click adjustable, with nice, tactile clicks.  This scope is the standard, 3X9X40, ubiquitous on deer rifles all over the country.    It has a matte finish and the Leupold gold ring around the objective.


Nothing fancy, just a nice little workaday scope.  It should fit very nicely on that Ruger American.  And, for an out-the-door price under $200, I don't think I did bad at all.   It was right at the Amazon price, and I walked out with it.

Now, if I can just remember where I put that set of low rings.

Who is Harvey Weinstein?

If you've been following the news at all this week, you've heard of Harvey Weinstein.    He's a big-shot Hollywood producer who contributed greatly to the political elite, the Democrats.

He's also a serial abuser of young talent.  It turns out that the old story about the "casting room couch" is not simply a Hollywood punch line.  Oh, the stories are everywhere.  It turns out, Harey's predilection for abusing young lovelies was an open secret.    Everyone in the industry knew!  But, Harvey was rich, powerful and gave a lot of money to the Democrats.  Particularly Bill and Hill, so the open secret got swept under the rug.

NBC even killed a story about it.  And now, the DAs in the jurisdictions where Harvey plied his trade are stumbling around the fact that even they covered for him.

It's a huge scandal, and one that affects Democrats.  It's such a huge story that even Ben Affleck wants a piece of the action.

These guys should be smarter than this, but power corrupts.  When you combine power, entertainment, money, politics and the Democrats with bylines (the press), it's easy to see how this story could be swept under the rug.    This entire scandal speaks to the hypocrisy of powerful Democrats.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pore ol' Tom

Tom Brokaw, that is.  Yeah, that Tom Brokaw, who pens a piece at the NBC website about guns.  He tries first to establish his bona-fides.
I am a gun owner and have been since I was 12, growing up in South Dakota. I still have an assortment of shotguns and rifles, all used for sporting purposes.
Good for you, Tom, I didn't realize that.  You own guns and hunt.  Good for you. 

But he really doesn't like "military" guns.  And misunderstand the law.
But the Second Amendment does not guarantee the right to bear any arms you please. Fully automatic weapons have long been illegal to buy, as have bazookas and artillery pieces our troops take to war.
That's interesting, Tom.  I don't know any prohibition on buying either rocket launchers or artillery.  Or tanks.  I know of several folks (and a quick Google search would reveal more) who own those very things.  It's an expensive hobby, like your ranch in Montana, but it's not illegal.

Then he brings up the First Amendment canard.
I am a journalist, protected by the First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law,” it says, except that all journalists know they cannot, among other acts, deliberately libel a person or falsely shout fire in a crowded theater without legal consequences.
You're absolutely right Tom, and it's still against the law to murder people.  I'm sure that if I shoot someone there might be consequences.  Just like if you libel someone there might be consequences.  So what's your point?

I would think that a "respected" journalist like Tom Brokaw could come up with a better argument than this, but he printed it, didn't he?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday Two-Fer

CNN: White People Aren't Allowed to Criticize the NFL Kneeling

Sure we are, and we're allowed to boycott advertisers and criticize anyone we we want to criticize.  We're especially allowed to criticize racist CNN commentators who separate people by race. 

Commissioner to NFL teams: Stand for the anthem

It looks like the boycott is working.  I know that the Commish didn't come to this conclusion out of a burst of patriotic pride, or he would have hammered Kapernick a year ago.

ESPN

I can't tell you the last time I watched ESPN.  I may have been in a room where a game was playing, but with all the political hoopla that follows sports these days, my interest has pretty much waned.

Conservatives are tired of their ever-lefty controversy coverage, so we've tuned out, and now it seems that the left is outraged over their treatment of someone I've never heard of.

ESPN should be known as the Embattled Sports Politics Network.  I don't watch them, and actually had to look on my channel guide to see if they were listed on my cable package.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Fifty-One Years Later

On October 8, 1967, two companies of Bolivian Rangers engaged in a firefight with a small contingent of Communist guerrillas and found that they had captured the famed Che Guevara.  As Time magazine reports.
The Quebrada del Yuro, deep in the stifling Bolivian jungle 75 miles north of Camiri, is a steep and narrow ravine that is covered with dense foliage. There, early last week, two companies of Bolivian Rangers totaling more than 180 men split into two columns and quietly stalked a handful of guerrillas. Shortly after noon, the troops spotted their men, and both sides opened up with their rifles and automatic weapons at a withering, point-blank range of 150 feet. After a lengthy fight, four Rangers and three guerrillas lay dead, and four other guerrillas had been captured.
One of the prisoners was no ordinary guerrilla. He was Ernesto (" Che ") Guevara, 39, the elusive Marxist firebrand, guerrilla expert and former second in command to Fidel Castro whose name had be come a legend after his disappearance from Cuba 2 1/2 years ago. Since that time, much of the world had thought Che dead (perhaps even at Castro's hands) until his presence in Bolivia was dramatically confirmed a short time ago...
Dressed in a dusty fatigue shirt, faded green trousers and lightweight, high-top sandals, Che caught a bullet in his left thigh as he advanced toward the government troops; another bullet knocked his M-l semiautomatic carbine right out of his hands. In Che 's rucksack, the Rangers found a book entitled Essays on Contemporary Capitalism, several codes, two war diaries, some messages of support from "Ariel"—apparently Castro—and a personal notebook. "It seems," read one recent notebook entry in Che 's tight, crisp handwriting, "that this is reaching the end."
Which reminds me of a story.  Along about the fall of 1975 I had been commissioned, but had not yet entered active duty.  I was given an opportunity to go on a canoeing trip in northwest Arkansas with a group of soldiers, the cadre of the ROTC detachment that had commissioned me.  These were battle-hardened men, each with at least two tours in Vietnam, and they took the responsibility of training soldiers very seriously.

One of these guys was a slight, wizened, NCO named.... well, let's call him Bill. (I would never have dared to use his first name, even if Bill were it, but that will do for our purposes.)  Bill was a very senior E-8, a Master Sergeant in Army parlance, and while he had done several tours in the 'Nam, his first love was South America.

Bill was a Special Forces NCO, a Green Beret, and while he came from the Midwest, he spoke fluent Spanish, smoked Marlboro cigarettes, and had a legendary affection for El Producto cigars and Falstaff beer.  When drunk, Bill would lapse into Spanish.  He hinted often of clandestine operations in South American countries and professed a love for the country and the people.  He professed that the jungles of Vietnam had nothing on the jungles of Bolivia.

We were on that trip, and setting over the campfire as men are apt to do, and some of the old warriors started telling war stories.  During a lull in the conversation, Bill took a long pull on a Falstaff and said to no one in particular. "Don't believe anything you read about the death of Che."

We all looked at Bill like he had sprouted wings.  This was going to be a great story.

He went on to tell us that his Special Forces team had been tracking Che for several weeks, and pretty much had him pinned down.  Bill described Che as a "murderous little bastard" who thought that he was the savior of Bolivia, but that he was easy to follow, just follow the trail of bodies.

On that afternoon, they had a pretty good idea of where Che was holed-up, but they sent out patrols to try to pin down the exact location.  As it turned out, Che was moving his camp that day and the two parties of moving men stumbled into one another near a heavily tangled ravine in the Bolivian jungle.  A firefight ensued and Che was wounded in the fight.

Bill told us that the official reports said that Che was killed later by Bolivian forces, but that it didn't happen quite that way.  But, the CIA was in charge of the operation, so they got to write the reports.  

It was a long time ago.

DiFi: The Mask Slips

In an interesting article, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) talks about guns, and the mask slips.
Anti-Second Amendment crusader Senator Dianne Feinstein admitted on a Sunday spin show that no law could have stopped the maniac who massacred 58 people and injured almost 500 in Las Vegas last week.
That's what we've been saying for years.  The only law he broke is the law against murder, 

But then she tells us what she's really thinking.
 “America is a gun-happy country. And I think there are many of us in growing numbers that don’t want a gun-happy country,” said DiFi.
There is the crux of it.  She doesn't want a gun-happy country.  She wants to change the entire culture.  Remember, gun control isn't about guns at all.  It's about control.  They want to control us.

Speed

Talking about Saturday's post, I mentioned that it is entirely possible to miss a 24 inch plate at 6 feet.  Judy asked the question in comments:
What do you figure was the problem that caused y'all to miss the plate?
The simple answer is Speed.  Ours is a game of milliseconds.  The goal is to draw the revolver and hit the target before your opponent hits the target.   The targets are outfitted with electronics to tell us who hits fastest, and an average shooter will hit the plate in just a shade over half of a second.   Sounds simple, right?

But, we're using guns that replicate the equipment available in the 1880s.  Single action revolvers.  So, to be successful, you have to draw the revolver, cock it with your thumb, level it, find the trigger and fire the revolver, all in the space of about half a second.    If you do the math, you'll find that the muzzle of the gun has to be within a 5-degree cone at our match distances of 21 feet.

Target distance, 21 feet
This is instinctive shooting.  No one uses the sights.  In fact, if you look at the rules, the front sight is optional. We don't care if you have a front sight on your gun at all.    It's like pointing your finger at something and letting fly.  Sounds simple, right?

Not really.  This is a game we can't perfect.  But, we've come up with drills that help us.  One of those is to drop the target down to belt level and get close.  Go as fast as you possibly can and hit the target.  It gets you out of your comfort zone and lets you see where your natural point of aim is located.   After just a little while, you'll start to see a pattern on your target, a place where your bullets cluster.  That's your natural point of aim.  Then, when you've found that "sweet spot", translate it back to the match distance of 21 feet.

Target distance 6 feet.  Belle's going fast.
Most of my misses were to the left of the target.  Most of Belle's misses were low.  She was getting on the trigger before the gun was level, and that translated into low misses.  This is useful information that will help us in the future.    It's a drill that we'll do once in a while to help us build muscle memory, to push ourselves a little, and to have fun.  It's like drag-racing with revolvers.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Google Ads

Google Ads are such dumbasses.  Let me explain.

Today, son and I were talking about a project that I'm working on.  We're getting ready to move some dirt to make a level pad, so that we can pour a slab so that I can build a shop.

"Hey, Dad", he says, "we're going to need a transit."

Okay, I understand that, because we've got to level the pad.  A transit is a good idea, although not a tool that we think about every day.  But, he uses one at work, and finds the one he uses, and at about $250.00, it's not a bad idea.  The family can use it for other projects and I can use it for CFDA, leveling targets across a line.

So, we find one at Engineer Supply.  It's the exact same instrument that son uses at work.  It comes with a tripod, a stick, and all the stuff we'll ever need.  This is a lifetime purchase.  An instrument of this caliber should last my lifetime and the lifetime of my kids.  So, I pushed the button, gave them a card number and it's on its way.  Free shipping, 7-10 business days, yada, gada.

An hour or so later, I'm surfing around, and up pops a Google Ad.  For a transit level.


Hey, stupid!  I've already bought it.  There is no sense sending me an ad.  It's on the way.  And, I doubt that I'll be buying any more.  This one should last me forever.

I don't know what algorithm Google Ads uses, but they should know that once I've hit the "add to cart" button, the usefulness of ads is long past.

Sunday Morning Dawg

It's been a while since I did a Sunday Dawg, and I thought that maybe today would be a good day.


He's doing fine, thanks for asking.  He's getting blind, and stays a lot closer to us than he did while he was a puppy, but he's still getting around just fine.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Backyard Practice

Three of us met this morning in the backyard.  It's a whole heckuva lot easier to set up and tear down the range here than it is somewhere else, and everyone else is off squirrel hunting anyway.  I needed some practice, so we set up the range.


When you have a small group, you get to do some teaching.  I started teaching Big Bill how to work the equipment and call the line.


We shot for a while at 21 feet, Here's Belle, getting her gunfighter on.  We worked that for an hour or so, then I decided to do something I'd read about earlier.

When you're trying to push your speed, there is a lot to think about, and gunfighting isn't a thinking sport.  You've got to be fast and accurate, and generally, you trade off one to get the other.  If you go fast, you're less accurate, if you're accurate, you're not quite as fast. 

So, if you drop the target down to holster level, and you go as fast as you possibly can, you start to see things in your draw that you haven' seen before, and after ten or twelve shots, a group starts to emerge.  That's your "sweet spot", where you're going as fast as you can, and putting the bullet on the plate.  As your group emerges on the plate, it's just a matter of finding out how to translate that, with foot position, to the 21 foot range we use at competitions.  It's an interesting exercise.


We all shot at six feet, and here is Belle, taking her turn at target.  She's starting to get a group to emerge, nicely centered around the light, and just a bit left of center.    Also, she was hitting the plate with times in the 6s, which is fully a tenth of a second faster than her best time at 21 feet.

We also learned (all three of us) that it is entirely possible to miss a 24 inch plate at 6 feet.  That's sobering.

But, we had a great time, shot some ammo, learned some things, and now it's time to clean guns and reload ammo. 

Here Comes Nate!

Squirrel season opened in Louisiana this morning, and lots of hunters are i the woods, especially in central and northern Louisiana.  It's a rite of passage in this area, and lots of folks are chasing squirrels in every available patch of woods.  Others are taking the opportunity to scout for deer.  Bow season is open and the gun season opens later this month.

But, out in the Gulf, we've got a problem.  A hurricane named Nate.  With maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, it's not an especially strong storm, but it has the potential to bring damaging winds and rain to southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi.


Rainfall from this thing will affect the Mississippi River valley, across Mississippi, Alabama, Northern Georgia, well, you can see the map.


For PawPaw, Nate is not going to have much impact.  I'll be doing the usual Saturday stuff,   We're shooting in the backyard this morning, then after lunch, traveling to a friend's place to look at a range her recently built.  We'll be back home before 5:00 because I'm supposed to meet a contracor who wants to bid on a concrete slab I'll be pouring soon.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Fun Friday Factoids

It seems like we've found another liberal Hollywood icon who is a sexual predator.   Why is the Democratic party such a cesspool of sexual predation?

Headline:  Vegas Shooting Because America Silently Accepting the Rage of White Men.  I note that all the mass shooters lately were registered as Democrat voters.  Why  is the Democratic party such a cesspool of violence?

The liberals want to have a conversation about guns.  Uh, no, we already had that conversation.  It's a right, and I'll defend it.  But, we should remember that bump-fire stocks were approved during the Obama administration.    Why does the Democratic party want to limit the rights of law-abiding Americans?  Oh, and threatening to stand us up and shoot us is not the best way to begin a conversation.

And now, a Democratic candidate calls a potential GOP female rival "a child".  When did the Democratic Party become such a cesspit of patronizing sexism?

And finally, a Muslim figure asks: Muslim Figure: “We Must Have Pork-Free Menus Or We Will Leave U.S.” How Would You Respond This?  My answer would be simple.  Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Or, open your own restaurant.  Either way, don't expect us to change to suit your convenience..

But, on the upside, by later this afternoon I'll put politics aside and begin the weekend.  It'll be fun and frolic and play until I get back to work on Monday.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

New Rifle

It's been a while since I bought a new rifle.  I have my rifles, and I'm happy with them, but with all the hoopla today that the anti-gunners are stirring up, on my lunch hour, I stopped by the local merchant of death to see what they had new on the racks.


Yeah, it's a lousy pic, but I'm tired.  That picture is it, right out of the box on the break-room table at work where I was showing it off.

It's a Ruger American Compact in .308 Winchester.  It is a lot lighter than I thought it would be, at about 6.5 lbs.    I've heard really good things about these rifles and it will be interesting to see if the hype holds up to the practice.

I'll have to put a scope on it, but that is a simple matter, the bases are already attached.  I've got a scope and some rings around here, so we'll work on that tomorrow.

Mass Executions

It seems that the liberals are becoming unhinged, to the point where not only do they support the death penalty (what a shock)), that now they're wishing for mass executions.

Taken from here.  I'm old enough to remember when liberals were generally against the death penalty.  Now, they want to line us up and shoot us.

Banning Springs

SayUncle got an Instalanche from a recent piece.  It's worth reviewing here, and I doubt he'll notice the traffic bump from y little blog.   It seems that bump-stocks are the newest boogieman on the liberals hysteria curve.
Bumpfiring is an effective way of turning money into noise. It’s ineffective at shooting accurately. These bumpfire gizmos are basically tubes that go over some part of the gun. And some have springs in them. They’re simple. The loon in Vegas had 12 bumpfire stocks.
Yesterday, I talked about how horribly ineffective the Vegas bozo was at accurate, lethal full-auto fire.  Basically, he didn't know what he was doing.  Thankfully so.  Any gunner I ever trained would have had half the crowd wounded and four times as many dead.  This guy was a rookie.

All that aside, it seems that bump-fire stocks  are the new boggieman of the left. It's a tube with a spring in it.  It's not magic, it's not evil, it's physics. And, it's only good if you want to turn money into noise.  I recall, back in the day, a friend of mine who experimented with gluing a small gun eraser behind his trigger to balance trigger pressure against the sear spring.  It worked, after a fashion.  But again, it was physics.

But, SayUncle recalls (as I also recall), another example  of springs being evil. 
Remember way back in 2012 when David Gregory, clearly breaking DC law, held up an AR-15 magazine and showed it to the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre. He held it as though it had some magical killing power. It’s a box with a spring in it. Yup. All the righteous indignation over a box with a spring in it.
I recall being amazed that Gregory wasn't charged criminally.  He did commit a felony on national television.  After asking permission and being told not to do it. 

Yet, the simple fact of this equation is that a bump-fire stock is a tube with a spring, and a magazine is a box with a spring and the  available evidence is that ignorant, liberal Democrats want to ban springs. 
Now, of all the proposed gun laws the democrats and press (but I repeat myself) are going on about out there, I think this one is most likely to pass due to the hysteria from those ignorant of how these things work
 Because, you know, hysteria and ignorance are good reasons to pass laws. 

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Fake News - Vegas Shooting

Okay, I'm reading a lot of fake news about the Vegas shooter.  Let's put this to bed.  Like this story for example.  I'll highlight some of the more bizarre claims.
Even highly trained Navy Seals would have a difficult time running a full auto weapon for 10 minutes straight
Uh, no.  I'm pretty sure that any good E-4 could run a full auto weapon for ten minutes, especially if he had twenty of them prepped and ready to go, as this bozo evidently did.
Such weapon systems are brutal on the operator. They require tremendous strength, stamina and expert troubleshooting to keep running. Full-auto weapons overheat and jam. They demand incredible strength to keep aimed on target. They require expert reloading and weapons clearing in the case of jam
They're really not that hard to run, if it jams, you drop it and get another, which was the plan that the Vegas bozo relied on.   This guy didn't intend to clear jams.
... system in the sustained, effective manner that we witnessed, especially when shooting from an elevated position which throws off all the ranging of the weapon system.
This one really gets me.  I've trained machine gunners, and firing from an elevated position is always recommended, if possible.  As far as "effective" fire, he was't really that effective.  From all I can understand, he was firing at a crowd of thousands from well withing the effective range of his systems.

I trained my gunners to get 100% target coverage with a 100 round belt.   Any of my gunners could do that.  Thankfully, the bozo was neither trained or effective.  With a target like that, fully half should have been wounded, and many more than 58 killed.    Any of the gunners I trained would have tripled the body count.

More on the Vegas Shooter

More information is starting to come out about the Vegas shooter (who's name I won't use).  It's coming out in bits and pieces, some of it interesting, some of it sobering, and I feel that during the rest of the week, and month, we will learn more about this evil man.

One article this morning at PJMedia, tells us about the man that Los Vegas police are crediting with helping them locate the shooter.  Mr. Chris Bethel is an Iraq War vet, who happened to be staying at the Mandalay Bay for an IT conference.  The whole article is informative and compelling, but this particular paragraph caught my eye.
Back at home in Fort Worth, he said, "Seconds are going by, minutes are going by, and the rounds are continuously going -- changing weapons, changing calibers...." He explained that he could tell that Paddock was using multiple rifles from the sound of the gunfire.
Bethel also felt like he wasn't doing enough, although he was on the phone with police trying to give them as much information as possible.
"The hardest part about it for me is feeling like I couldn't do -- I couldn't get ahold of somebody fast enough," he said.
 He need not worry.  He did good, and has nothing to be ashamed of.   In my mind, he's a hero. 

In other news, it appears that the madman's girlfriend is back in the US and police are questioning her.  It will be interesting to get some questions answered about his motivation on conducting such an attack.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Heh!

Just a little late afternoon humor.  You can click it to big it.

Heh!  I forgot where I stole it from.

Suppressors

Have you ever been under fire?  Have you ever heard a bullet go past?  It's one of those sphincter-tightening moments that is unmistakable and unforgettable.  A rifle, you see, shoots bullets above the speed of sound.  Many times the speed of sound.  You will hear a pop or a whizz before you hear the report of the gun.

Combat veterans know what I'm talking about.  As do the people in the crowd at the Vegas massacre.   

The folks with no experience have no idea, but that doesn't stop them from spouting blather.  There is a bill coming on the floor of the House to de-regulate suppressors and Hillary is running her slack-jawed mouth about how horrible it would be if the madman in Vegas has used a suppressor. 

When, in fact, the topic of suppressors is totally irrelevant to this conversation.  The folks in that crowd new very quickly that they were under fire  Even the Washington Post calls bullshit on Hillary's accusation.  But, you see, even ignorant, ill-informed Democrats have opinions, even if they are the carrion-crows of the political world.

Hillary and her ilk are laughable, simply because they are so wrong, so often.  If she had actually ever been under fire, she would have known how wrong she is.

Suppressors don't stop you from knowing that someone is shooting at you. Only the most ignorant, ill-informed Democrat (but I repeat myself) would harbor such a thought. 

Monday, October 02, 2017

My Army

A good post over at Townhall describes the rot of the Obama era military.
And we have now reached the pinnacle of the military’s moral bankruptcy with the revelation that one Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone is a communist. Not like a wannabe communist, not like a routine college-years liberal dummy, but a full-on, dictatorship-of-the-proletariat communist.
While at West Point.
Yeah, and the Academy knew. The chain of command knew what this guy was, because he told them (Army alumni have done the job the MSM, which probably sympathizes with this idiot, has failed to do, digging up plenty about him and putting it out on social media). But the Academy let this creep slide through anyway. They let a guy who unequivocally stated his hatred for this country get a security clearance. 
I've read about this yahoo in various media, but I thought it was a cadet stunt.  One where you're called before the disciplinary committee and plead youthful exuberance and get slapped with a ton of weekend duty.  Evidently not.

It appears that the Army has commissioned a died-in-the-wool communist.

First Sergeant Burke, and First Sergeant Sluder are rolling in their graves, or cussing like First Sergeants  if they're still alive.  Those two were my First Sergeants when I commanded Company D, 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade (D-2-4) at Knox during the late '70s. 

We were training for European combat, or Korean combat, and  and our job was simple.  To close with and kill the enemy through fire and maneuver, and our enemy was Communists.

I was talking to a serving soldier recently, and evidently there is some gender confusion in my Army too.    That's something I would never have stood for.  I did serve in Bill Clinton's "don't ask" Army, and I didn't ask, but   During Desert Storm, I had a cute little machine gunner assigned to my Humvee.  She wore lipstick and could shoot the pig, but there was no doubt about her gender. 

Go read the whole article linked above.  If you're an old soldier, or an old sailor, or an old wing-wiper, it'll make you crazy.

Well, of Course They Do

It seems that the Dems are already calling for gun control in the wake of the Vegas shooting.

Of course, they are.  The blood isn't even dry yet.

Lets consider for a minute how laws stopped this guy.
1. He used a fully automatic weapon, the most controlled type of firearm in the US.  You can get one legally after paying a $200 tax, undergoing a strict FBI background check,  and paying mult-thousands of dollars IF you can find one for sale.  All of the legal ones were made prior to 1968  OR
2.  Acquiring an illegal one, OR
3.  Illegally modifying an existing semi-auto  OR
4 Stealing one.  THEN
5. I'm pretty sure that killing 58 people is still a felony.  Even in Vegas.

Yeah, I'm sure that more gun laws would have been helpful in this particular case.

Democrats, though, being Democrats, love dancing in the blood.

The Las Vegas/Mandalay Bay Shooting

Yeah, it was horrific.  At this count, 58 dead, several hundred wounded, and that count is liable to climb.  I first heard about it when I turned on the computer this morning. 

At this point, late afternoon Monday, there are several things we know.
1.  If you listen to the video, it sounds like he's using an automatic weapon.  Lots of ratatat-tat.  Where he got the automatic weapon is still a mystery, but I'm sure that the police will clear that up shortly.    You know that ATF is digging into that question relentlessly.
2.  This guy doesn't fit the criteria of the usual mass shooter.  It just doesn't make sense that a 64-year-old white guy would light up a crowd of country music fans.  With  an automatic weapon.  It doesn't fit the profile.   I'm sure that the psychologists are going to be looking hard into his psyche. 
3.  It seems to have been pretty well planned.  He knew exactly where he wanted to launch from and he had prepared his battle space.
4. From what I understand right now, he offed himself before the SWAT team breached the room.  That's normally the way these things work out.

We'll be learning more as the week progresses.  A lot of what we've learned so fat is probably wrong, or incomplete, or something. 

New Hope

New hope for people with age-related blindness.
The device, called the Argus II, is just one of a growing number of bold new approaches to treating blindness, offering hope to the millions of mostly older Americans in danger of losing their sight from macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and other eye diseases. 
As Insty might say; Faster, please.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Sunday Ruminations

Finishing my last cup of coffee between chores, I look to the news and see that LSU lost to Troy State.  I had to look twice.  Google it yourself.  I talked with a huge LSU fan last night during the game, and he said that he was to the point where he really didn't care. 

Some wags have said that you can have the best coach in the world, but it the players don't perform, he can't win the game by himself.  That's true, but it's the coaches job to win.  It's called leadership.  If we carry forward the metaphor of football as battle, then we have to recall that we honor the soldiers who fight the battle, but the generals who lose battles are normally sacked.  It is what it is.

LSU's football program is on a downhill slide, and I put that blame firmly in the closet of the last head coach, whts'isnam who should have been run off after the horrible performance  of the BCS Championship game against Alabama in 2011

It'll be interesting to see who takes a knee at NFL games today.  It'll also be interesting to see how many folks don't tune in.  I certainly won't. 

The kids will be over in a little while, and we're cooking Italian Beef.    This stuff is easy, and a real crowd-pleaser.  I recommend it highly.

More PopCorn

Hey, guys, thanks for the support.  With your efforts and mine, we have raised enough money (and sold enough popcorn) for my grandson to throw a pie at his Scoutmaster. 

We ain't there yet, but we can be.  The link to the page is here.

This isn't for me, this supports Scouting, particularly the kids at Pack 12 in Baton Rouge.

I didn't realize until I ordered it, but the product is shipped directly to you and the kids get the money.  Shipping and handling on my order was only $1.05, which isn't bad at all.

Let's push him over the top.  You'll love the popcorn, I promise.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Seen On Facbook

Copied and pasted in it's entirety for y from the Book of Face.   If it's fake news, then let me know, if it's a valid picture, then the NFL has bigger problems than I can explain.


Terry Anton
Yesterday ·

Fascist Seahawks burning our flag! Make this go viral and boycott these assholes!

If this is true, I don't know how it got out.   Snopes says it's false, but I'm not sure I trust them.

Friday Thoughts

I wonder how many NFL players are going to kneel this weekend.? Not that I care, just wondering.  I won't be watching.  It seems that one NFL player has told fans that if they're upset, just don't come to the game.  It will be interesting to see how many people take his advice.  Insty says that NFL ticket sales are down.  That sounds about right to me.

This week, the bullshit has been intense, but I'm an old hand at bureaucratic nonsense. Just let it slide off.  It's Friday and I get to go home, spend Happy Hour with my favorite gal, and watch the sun set.   As the old comedy show advised, "that was the week that was, it's over let it go."

Tomorrow, I plan to get into a gunfight, or at least practice at gunfighting.  The guns are cleaned, the ammo is loaded, and the weekend is upon me. 

Popcorn Time

It's Boy Scout popcorn time, and if you don't have a scout to support, support mine.  He's linked here.

The Boy Scouts have been selling popcorn for years, and it's pretty good popcorn.  I personally like the Premium Caramel Corn with Almonds, Cashews, and Peanuts.  But, they have just about anything to please any palate, including just regular microwave popcorn.

This is the first time I've bought popcorn long-distance.  It's a great way to support Scouting.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Out Of Touch With Reality

Madame Justice Ginsberg, out of touch with reality, want on a TV show and proclaimed that Hillary's loss was due to sexism.  I kid you not.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave an interview to CBS News’ Charlie Rose Tuesday in which she said sexism was a “major factor” in Hillary’s 2016 loss.
No, Madame Justice, Hillary's loss had nothing to do with sexism.  If you consider her "extremely careless" approach to national security, the loss of thousands of emails, the four souls lost in Benghazi, the fact that the stayed with Bill after his flings, the way she destroyed women who accused him of rape, the fact that she lost her law license to unsavory behavior,  and the fact that she's a lying, conniving, backstabbing, vituperative,  corrupt, and vindictive.  That and the fact that she lost two "lay-up" elections to political newcomers.  She is absolutely unfit to be the President.

Oh, and no one told her not to campaign in Wisconsin.  We can add stupid to the list.

But, there are two women I would have voted for, given the chance.  I'd vote for Condoleesa Rice for anything, including president.  And, I would have voted for Carly Fiorina.

But, no, Madame Justice, Hillary Clinton was the worst possible candidate the Democrats could have put up. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Contractors

I just talked to another contractor, the second one this week.   Belle and I are getting estimates on a steel building, a shop (if you will) that we've been planning for several years. 

When we bought this place in '04, we bought enough land to put in a shop building, and recently we've gotten our money together to the point where the planning can be more immediate, so I'm talking to contractors and getting estimates.

Google Maps view of the property.  New shop will be approximately where the red rectangle is.

The shop will be on a concrete slab, of all-weld metal construction, either 30X50 or40X50, depending on the estimates.  It will have 10 foot eaves, one 12' roll up door and one man door.   I also want the contractor to frame for two (2) wall mounted A/C units.

Tomorrow, on my lunch break, I'm going to the planning commission to talk with them to see exactly what information they are going to need for the permits and how much the permitting is going to cost me.

Belle and I are excited about this.

BONEs on Guam

Rocket Man had best start paying attention. 

Twelve U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D. and the 9th EBS deployed from Dyess AFB Texas, line the airfield at Andersen AFB, Guam, July 31, 2017. The aircraft are deployed in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence operations. These aircraft, and the men and women who fly and support them, provide a significant capability that enables our readiness and commitment to deterrence, provides assurances to our allies, and strengthens regional security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger)

The B-1B is just one of the Trump-cards in our strategic deck.  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hard Data, Hollow Protests

John Tierney, over at Istapundit, links to an article that highlights the FBI crime data for 2016.  It appears that the Black Lives Matter bunch had best do their homework.

Granted, every death is a tragedy, but the statistics of police related shootings are very interesting.
In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer. Black males have made up 42 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade, though they are only 6 percent of the population
The data available classifies only 16 black male victims of police shootings as "unarmed", and if so those are 16 too many.  Still, the problem is not nearly as big as many people want to think it is.

Go read the whole thing at the link above.

Cleaning Brass - Wax bullet edition.

My family is amazing.  I can't think of a single area in which one member or another doesn't have the expertise that expertise that we can apply to any problem.  From basic plumbing to advanced medicine, we've got it covered.  Someone knows the answer, or the technique, or can point us in the right direction.

For example, my youngest son's wife is a scientist, currently in veterinarian school at LSU.  She's taken all the "ologies".  So, one day last year during our Sunday get-togethers I posed the question; "What will dissolve wax bullet residue from cartridge casings?"

She took out her smartphone and asked the question, then scrolled around for a bit.  "A volatile hydrocarbon."  Then she launched into this explanation with multi-syllable words that started to sound like yada-yada-yada.

I stopped her.  "Break it down for me, sweetie."

"Charcoal lighter fluid.  Soak them in charcoal lighter fluid."

So, I did.  I found an empty "butter bucket,", dropped the cases in and covered them with charcoal lighter fluid.  I sat it in a sunny spot and over the next three or four hours, swirled them around every time I thought about it.    Later that afternoon, I drained the lighter fluid and put the casings in the sun to dry.  They came out clean as a whistle.

I've since passed this on to other shooters and it seems to work just fine for everyone who tries it.  Better living through chemistry..  Being the frugal sort that I am, I funnel the lighter fluid back into the bottle and use it as usual for lighting charcoal.  You can't taste in on your burgers.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Chortling Here, Boss

Insty sends us to a link about Top Twelve Male Grooming Myths Exposed.  Lets look at some, shall we?

1.  Shaving makes your facial hair grow faster.
I don't care, I shave every morning.  It doesn't matter how fast it grows, I'm going to slice it off at daylight.

2.   Using multiple skincare products gives you spots.
What?  Men use skin care products?  Who knew?

3. Too much exfoliation damages skin.
Huh?  Men don't exfoliate.  Or, rather, no one I know exfoliates.

4. You have to stick to skincare products marketed at men
When I was in the Army, I'd keep a bottle of medicated powder in my duffle to ward off jungle rot.  Other than soap, that is the only skin care product I've ever used.

5. Beards don't need to be washed as much as other hair
You go ahead with that, stinky-beard.  How does one wash their face without washing their beard?  I don't grow beards, so I'm not sure about this one at all.

6. It's necessary to moisturise after every shower
HAHAHA.  Seriously?

7. Barbers understand your trimmer's grading system
As long as my barber understands what a #2 haircut is, we'll get along just fine.  I don't own a trimmer.  That's why I go tot he barber shop.

8. Home trimmers don't require any maintenance
Every mechanical device requires maintenance.  Period.

9. Hair grows faster on holiday
Heh! Okay, if you say so.  Which leads us to:

10. The difference between a $10 haircut and a $50 haircut is a cup of coffee
No, the difference is $40.  And the culture that lets someone charge $50 for a haircut.

I could go on here, but what's the use?  I have no idea what these people are talking about.

This Bears Watching

I've never heard of this volcano, but it bears watching.  Apparently, Mount Aguing on the island of Bali is showing signs of eruption.
The island has cleared people from within nearly 8 miles of the volcano, with the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation noting that heightened activity sent tremors through nearby areas and pushed smoke out of the mountain's crater.
Of course, when a volcano erupts, it tends to cool the earth as ash and  vapor get into the atmosphere.  They don't know yet what the volcano is going to do, but it certainly bears watching.

Nonsensical

The big news this morning is the spreading NFL protest and the fans reaction to it.  Talks of boycotts and fans burning NFL memorabilia.  It's all quite controversial.

And, I admit that I'm a bit confused.  Evidently, it's about blacks being repressed, although I'm hard pressed to understand how overpaid, muiti-millionaires can say that they're being oppressed.  So, I did some Googling and found the article.
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
That seems to be a nonsensical reason to take a knee during the national anthem.   It looks to me like it is protest for the sake of protest.  Some folks defend it as a First Amendment right.  I aslo note with some amusement that the guy who started it doesn't have a job this year.

The other players joining the protest should remember that.  Your protest might cost you your job.  When you start hurting the bottom line of your company, you're likely to find yourself protesting in the unemployment line.  I firmly stand with the players right to protest.  I also firmly stand with the owners right to run their sorry assess up the road.

I also stand my my right to laugh at the whole thing.  It's silliness, a protest without any real goals.  It's controversy for the sake of controversy.  No one expects anything to change, and I can't see that the players are taking any actions that would lead to change.  Yet, that's their right.  In America, you have the right to be nonsensical, but you don't have the right to expect me to take you seriously.

As for myself, I boycotted the NFL twenty years ago.  I had better things to do on a Sunday afternoon than watch a bunch of overpaid athletes screw up a good game.  I'm glad to see that more of America is taking up my boycott.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

September Shoot

The Cross Branded Peacemakers held their September shoot at the backyard range at Major D's place.  We opened a four-lane range and held a 3X match, using the Nevada 8 format.  After you've lost three rounds, you have three Xs and you can go sit down.  You're done.

The Nevada 8 is an interesting format that is becoming more familiar as clubs adopt it.  It's nominally a five-shot match, and as in all CFDA matches, three winning shots wins.  But, in the Nevada 8, whoever is ahead after five shots wins it.  If the shooters are ties after five shots, then they have three additional shots to break the tie.  If, after 8 shots they are still tied, then both shooters get an X.   I've been shooting this format for a year, and in that time I've only seen one match where two Xs were awarded.

We started shooting at 4:00 pm and were finished by 6:00.

L-R Squirrel Girl, Blue Eyed Bele

L-R Cajun Greg, Gator, Maor D, Akarate Zach, and Big Bill.
We didn't stress pure CFDA attire at this shoot, we bowed to the weather.    Even though we're a club affiliated with the CFDA, we're a church club first and foremost.

From the comments I received, it appears that folks like this venue.  My back yard is my little slice of heaven and I try to make it as comfortable as the weather allows.  I have plenty of shade awnings, a nice big fan, and readily available restroom facilities.

I think we;ll shoot there until we get a bigger, more permanent venue.  And that is inn the plans.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saturday Shooting

We're hasting the Peacemakers over here this afternoon for our bi-weekly meeting.

It's a whole lot easier to do it here than it is to load everything and take it to the church.


Everything is set up and tested.  Now, we wait until the shooters arrive at 4:00.

Friday, September 22, 2017

When the Water Recedes

I've seen a couple of these around, but this is one of the problems of getting people out of flood zones.  You're never really sure what's under the water, especially in a residential area.


I took this one off of Wirecutter's site, but I've seen several of these.  The car is already totaled  but running an outboard prop down the roof doesn't do any good to the vehicle, or the outboard motor.

It does make an interesting pattern going down the roof line.

Barber Shop

Court went well yesterday.  I ran into some people I had worked with 20 years ago, the testimony was easy and I got out of there early.

Early enough that I got home, put on a uniform and went to work.  Got there before noon and finished the day.  Decided I needed a hair cut and stopped at the barber shop on the way home.

A good barber shop is a thing of joy.  You never know what might be the topic of discussion, and when I got there a young man was in the chair talking about his studies.  He's studying religion at the local preacher college.  To finance his studies he's managing a coffee shop not far from the college, and was talking about marketing strategies.

It came my turn to get a chair, and the barber asked me what I wanted.  A standard Number 2 has served me well for years.  It's quick, an efficient use of my barber dollars, and hard to screw-up..  I opted for that.  Afterward, she shaved my neck, then applied a hot towel.

That hot towel is one of the great things about going to a barber shop.  It drained all the tension out of my body, made me feel loose as a goose.  It took great effort to stand up so that I could pay the lady.

A good barber shop is a treat to the body and soul.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Floral Engraving

My boy has been playing with floral engraving.  Click on the picture for a larger image.


Oh, my.  I don't know where he got his artistic talent, but that's fine floral engraving.

Geez, that's pretty.  I blew the pic up as large as I can get it and the detail is amazing.

Good work, son.

Court

Court is the bane of every police officer.  Over the years I've spent countless hours in a courtroom, testifying to one thing or another.  Court is not where we make our living, but it is where justice is served and we have to be there to testify as to the actions of ourselves or others.

Since I've been a school resource officer, I've spent very little time in court.

Tomorrow, I have to be in Court in Natchitoches, LA, to perfect the record on a case that was settled in 1999.  These things happen sometimes, and I have to testify not to my actions, but to the record.  So, I've refreshed my memory of the record and gone back through lots of old memories of that particular case.

I won't be in uniform.  Back in the past century, I wore plain clothes, and m current agency has nothing to do with this particular case, so I"ll put on a coat and tie.

Hopefully tomorrow, I can put this particular case to bed forever.

I'm A Rascist? Really?

According to Ashley Shsckelford, I'm a racist and always will be.  Yeah, really.



This offends me on so many levels that I hesitate to enumerate them.  I'm not sure where to begin, but if you watch that video and look at the makeup of the audience, you'll note that it is pretty much white.

It's bullshit like this that has caused the accusation of racism to lose its sting.  If there is nothing I can do about being racist, then there is no real reason to try to change my thoughts.  According to Ashley, I'll always be a racist, so I will also be evil.    Unworthy of redemption,

Now, we all know that I'm not a racist, and therefore not evil, but if we wanted to define evil (and racism) it would be a simple matter to define a racist as someone who groups people based on skin color and ascribes certain attributes to that group.

Ashley Shackelford is evil.  She divides people by race.  Then she tries to intellectually explain those divisions.  She's probably a graduate of a racial studies department at some liberal university.  Worse, Ashley is a direct by-product of the post-racial Obama era.

But, if I'm racist and always will be I have no hope of redemption, I have no reason to change.  That message is evil to its core.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Principled Realism

I'm told that President Trump gave a speech at the UN earlier today to outline his philosophy of "principled realism" in US foreign policy, but I doubt that the assembled diplomats were prepared for how real it would get.  Somehow, I don't think that they've ever heard a speech quite like that.

He laid into Iran pretty good:
Pres. Trump: "It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran's gov't end its pursuit of death and destruction."
But, he saved the best line for North Korea's fat little dictator
Trump on Kim Jong Un: "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime"
Rocket Man!  Heh.  I like that.

Update**
“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented. It is that socialism has been faithfully implemented."
That has to be the best line in the whole speech.  I see that the Dems are going crazy about our plain-spoken President, but for myself, I think he did great.

Heros

I've seen this around, but it bears repeating.
Hundreds and hundreds of small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South are headed for Houston or Florida. Almost all of them driven by men. They’re using their own property, sacrificing their own time, spending their own money, and risking their own lives for one reason: to help total strangers in desperate need.
Most of them are by themselves. Most are dressed like the redneck duck hunters and bass fisherman they are. Many are veterans. Most are wearing well-used gimme-hats, t-shirts, and jeans; and there’s a preponderance of camo. Most are probably gun owners, and most probably voted for Trump.
These are the people the Left loves to hate, the ones Maddow mocks. The ones Maher and Olbermann just *know* they’re so much better than. These are The Quiet Ones. They don’t wear masks and tear down statues. They don’t, as a rule, march and demonstrate.
But they’ll spend the next several days wading in cold, dirty water; dodging gators and water moccasins and fire ants; eating whatever meager rations are available; and sleeping wherever they can in dirty, damp clothes. Their reward is the tears and the hugs and the smiles from the terrified people they help. They’ll deliver one boatload, and then go back for more.
When disaster strikes, it’s what men do. Real men. Heroic men. American men. White men, Black men, Asian men, Hispanic men. And then they’ll knock back a few shots, or a few beers with like-minded men they’ve never met before, and talk about fish, or ten-point bucks, or the benefits of hollow-point ammo, or their F-150.
And the next time they hear someone talk about “the patriarchy”, or “male privilege”, they’ll snort, turn off the TV, if they have one, and go to bed.
In the meantime, they’ll likely be up again before dawn. To do it again. Until the helpless are rescued. And the work’s done.
They’re unlikely to be reimbursed. There won’t be medals. They won’t care. They’re the unsung heroes. And it’s what heroes do, get the job done and move on to the next job, or go home and resume their daily lives.
They started out as the Cajun Navy, a group of volunteers out of Louisiana during the Denham Springs flood last year.  Since then, they've gotten a little better organized, and they can put together a team on short notice.  These guys are fishermen, or hunters, and know how to operate small boats in congested waters.  They can launch anywhere, even in a flooded roadway (which is nothing more, really, than a nice bat-launch ramp).

  Other folks, who don't have boats, bring outdoor cooking ear, big pots, and set up kitchens near the launch ramps.  The volunteers are going to need food, and the victims are going to be hungry, and if Cajuns know anything, it's how to feed a crowd cheaply and serve a hot meal in almost any conditions.  Beans are cheap, and with just a little meat, some onions and bell pepper, and some flour, I can whip up a gumbo in a couple of hours. It may not be the best I've ever made, and I may have to serve it in Dixie cups.

The Cajun Navy (and the Texas Navy, and I'm sure now, the Florida Navy) are better equipped than the federal government, more nimble than a bloated bureaucracy, and a whole lot less expensive.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Tired

After coming back from Kentucky last week (had it only been a week?) PawPaw and Belle have been running wide open.  We have two unfinished pieces of legal business I'm trying to clear up, and Belle's brother was int he hospital.

He's home now, thanks for asking.  But his recovery isn't over.  It's going to be okay, but there is a lot on our plate.

Belle and I took off tonight and went to church.  We needed a little time with our church family.  We go to a Cowboy church, and the folks there are the finest people I've ever met.  Salt of the earth.  Every bit as good as out Cowboy Fast Draw family.

After church, Belle collapsed in the bed, while I finished up some business.  In another twenty minutes, I'll be passed out beside her.    It's going to be okay, I'm just give-out.  And, the alrrm will ring at 5:00 a.m.

Two Things - Healthcare

The Senate is working on a plan to stabilize Obamacare markets.
The leaders of the Senate Health Committee expressed optimism Thursday that a bipartisan deal to stabilize the insurance markets was within reach.
How Bernie Care hurts working people.
Medicare for All doesn’t just offer government health insurance to the needy. It makes private coverage illegal, including the health coverage you get at your job. Employers are prohibited from covering workers, retirees and their families.
I really wish someone would, rationally, explain to me why the federal government has any business in health care at all.   I've looked through the Constitution and don't see anything about health care at all.

The Gorilla Guro (Constitution)

I wish I could find a link to attribute this to.  I saw if over at Sondra K's place.


"Nuff said.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Afternoon Projject

We always have a project around here, and this Sunday was no different.  My second son had bought a nice piece of wood to make a tabletop that his wife wanted, and after we cut the tabletop, we has some scrap.

As it turned out, I needed a piece of scrap for another project, a microphone stand for the scoring table at Cowboy Fast Draw shoots.  I had scrounged the hardware, so in just a few minutes we turned a piece of scrap lumber into that microphone sand I had wanted.


A little sanding, three screws, and the application of a decal.  It was done.  That's one less thing on my list of piddling pojects.  Total cost - Zero.

Wow! Weather

I pretty much took off  Friday afternoon when I left work.  Belle and I have been wide=open ever since.  Haven't had time to look at the internets.

Get up this morning, drinking coffee, and look to see what the Hurricane season looks like.  Just Wow!  Three named systems out there, chugging along.

Jose is still ding his thing  out in the Atlantic.  He's not much of a threat, but he will bring wind and surf to the eastern seaboard.


Then there is Marie, who is following a suspicious track.  She bears watching over the next several days.  Those of you who remember current events might recall that Hurricane Irma followed this track closely before she savaged Florida earlier  this week.



Lastly, there's a system that they're calling Lee.  He's off to the east of Marie, but also bears watching.


Today is going to be another busy day, and when I finish this coffee, I have to get cranking.  But,, the 2017 hurricane season is far from over.  Y'all have a great Sunday and I'll be checking in from time to time.