Sunday, August 28, 2016

Body Work Complete

Over the past couple of days, my auto body project came together between rain showers and today, the boys and I put it back together.

YouTube is a magnificent asset to projects such as this, and we figured out how to stab that front header panel back in with the least heartburn and anguish.

I think that it looks pretty good.  The color-match paint is very close to factory, and that's close enough for a 15-year-old car that's used to get to work.  Let's see, since I got it three years ago, I had some engine work done (new timing chain, gears, etc), it's got new rubber all the way around, the front suspension has been rebuilt, and now the crashed headlight header has been replaced.  It's probably good for another 100K miles.  And, it's paid for.

Practice Day

We held a practice day at Thorn Valley yesterday, and we tried to get some video.  Just like football teams review game videos, we've learned that watching video can help us understand what we're doing wrong.  Below, a video of PawPaw hisself running the long gun.  The revolver in question is a Ruger (old) Vaquero.

What I've learned from watching this video is that my holster is a bit high, and that I tend to hesitate for just a couple of milliseconds before I trip the trigger.  I'm shooting in the 0.83s, which is slow in this game.  I need to lose about 2/10ths of a second to be really competitive.  That would put me down in the mid 5s, and that ain't bad with a long gun.

Next, we look at a video taken by me, while Big Mark was running his long gun.  This is from the perspective of the hand judge.  A hand judge is vital to any CFDA competition.  The hand judge is the front line of keeping everyone focused on a fair competition.  The hand judge sees it all.

I'm honestly not sure what revolver Mark is running in this video.  He favors Rugers, so if I had to guess, I'd speculate that it's a New Vaquero.  I'll leave him to critique his own performance, but I'll note that he's getting the gun out and the bullet downrance in the sub-6/10th range.

In ten days we leave for Kentucky State.  We're stoked about it, and looking forward to a good time.

Sunday Morning Dawg

It's been a while since I posted a picture of the dawg, but Friday was National Dawg Day, and I snapped a photo of him for the Book of Face.

He's doing well,  Pampered, spoiled and well fed.  In a few minutes, Milady is going to start cooking chicken and dumplings, a special request from one of the grandkids.  They'll be over for lunch.  And, yes, the dog will get his ration of dumplings.  Milady will see to that.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday Update

Beautiful weather over my acre this morning, the second day of no rain, and we can hear lawn mowers and small engines all over the neighborhood, cleaning up the place.  It is the last week of August, and it's hurricane season, so we turn our eyes toward the tropics and see what's brewing up this morning.

Two areas of interest.  The closest to us, that yellow X just south of Lake Charles causes some concern, so we hover our pointer over it to see the pop-up.

It only shows a ten percent chance of getting organized, but it's going to throw rain on south Texas and south Louisiana.  Just what we need.  NOT.  We'll keep an eye on that.

The next item of interest is that second X, down around Florida/Cuba/Bahamas.

It's got a forty percent chance of getting organized as it moves through the strait of Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico.  It will pay to keep a weather eye on it over the next several days.

PawPaw got up early and finished his yard work after coffee.  The mower is rinsed off and put away, and Milady and I can enjoy the Saturday.  We plan to go out to the club later, and get into a gunfight.  Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to have a mid-morning cup of coffee then take a shower.  Today is shaping up very, very well.

Y'all get out and enjoy it.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Supper

A little shooting in the backyard after work and Milady found a couple of little filets in the freezer that we needed to cook.

A little filet, some loaded mashed potatoes, and...  oh, the revolver? Yeah, I need to clean that.  I may get into a gunfight at the club tomorrow.

The Election

I haven't said much about the election recently, for a couple of very good reasons.  First, I believe the political landscape to have degenerated into a surreal parody.  National politics is bizarre.

However, Scott Adams is talking about the latest news cycle and he posits some interesting speculation.
Here in the USA, we’ve narrowed our search for a new leader to two lying, 70-year old racists. (You should see how bad the other 320 million of us are.)
I’m exaggerating, obviously. There are big differences in the candidates. For example, Clinton has allegedly killed lots of people in the past, whereas Trump will allegedly kill lots of people in the future. That’s very different, timing-wise.
 They are both lying. All the time. About everything.
If that isn’t obvious to you at this point, you are hypnotized. Literally.
That's my take on the current presidential race.  It's bizarre beyond belief.  Whatever happens, the United States is about to elect a liar to the presidency.  One of them has been plotting since the '80s to become the president, but she had to sell out American interests everywhere to get the money to get the nomination.  The other one is a businessman who never really intended to be president, but he won the nomination and is now out of his element.

It's become a race of two political cripples.  Neither one of them is fit to serve, have no good ideas, but each have outlasted their political adversaries.  They're limping toward the finish line, trying to deliver a telling blow to the other before the final bell rings and the curtain falls on this national tragedy.  It might be interesting if it weren't so pathetic.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hurricane Prediction

I've seen all the models, and I've seen all the predictions, and eventually, they start to look like this.

It's going to go where it goes, and there is not a hell of a lot we can do about it.  These things tend to sort themselves out after a couple of days and the track becomes more clear.  Take a breath, check your plan, and be ready to move if necessary.

Oh, Joy!

As south Louisiana tries to dry out, the National Hurricane Center brings us a warning about a possible problem next week.  It seems that there is something brewing that might cause us problems.

It's not a tropical storm yet, and it is not even named, but the weather-weenies are keeping an eye on it.  Go to the National Weather Service for more information.

It's not time to freak out yet, but it is time to review your plan.  (You should always have a plan.)  This thing doesn't bode well for southern Florida, and if it gets into teh warm Gulf waters, who knows how fast it might brew up.  PawPaw will be keeping an eye on this one over the next several days.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What's Your Home Defense Gun

Massad Ayoob wants to know.  It's a legit question, and there may be several correct answers.

For myself, a little J-frame Smith and Wesson is a constant companion.  Always and everywhere.  I haven't been without that pistol in civvies for the past 14 years.  At that time, I decided to conduct an experiment, and began carrying always and everywhere.

For a while, I carried a little Ruger LCP, but it got loaned out, or it needed cleaning, or something.  Right now, the LCP is in a convenient drawer near my computer.  But, the J-frame is in my pocket.  Always and everywhere.

So, what's your choice?


One of the big stories to come out of the Louisiana floods last week is the story of the Cajun Navy, a loosely-knit group of individuals who used their own boats, time, money, and effort to rescue hundreds of people who were trapped in the monumental floods of last week.

These folks showed the value of self-reliance, neighborliness, good-hearted community service. T hey saw a need and stepped in to help without any expectation of recompense.  They were hugely successful.  Their efforts were hugely successful and they should be applauded.  They saved hundred, if not thousands of people from discomfort, danger, and possibly death.  We'll never know how many lives they saved, because all those people are still alive.

But, one jackassical state lege wants to regulate them.  I kid you not.
That’s exactly what State Sen. Jonathan Perry (R-Kaplan) wants to do in the next legislative session. In order to “prevent boaters from being turned away” by state agencies, he wants to mandate that the “Cajun Navy” of private boat owners to be trained and certified in search and rescue.
What a despicable jackass.  You can't legislate people helping people, and as a Republican, you shouldn't want to. But that's not good enough for Perry.  He's all about regulation and certification.  Oh, and while we're at it, Perry wants them to pay a fee for the certification.  Yeah, a fee.
Republican State Senator Jonathan Perry of the Vermillion, Lafayette area, is working on legislation that could require training, certificates and a permit fee to allow these Good Samaritans to get past law enforcement into devastated areas. He said some were turned away.
Perry wants people to pay money to government and get certified before they take part in a vital life-saving effort with their own boats, effort, fuel, and time.  He wants to regulate people trying to help other people.

I'm going to make this point here:  Many Louisianans own boats and spend dozens of hours a month in their pleasure craft.  Many others make their livings in boats, on the water, in the bayous, sloughs and lakes of our wonderful state.  For years, Louisiana has required a boater's course certificate to operate pleasure craft.  It's free.

The Cajun Navy did a magnificent job, stepping up and helping out in the hours and days in the early part of the event, before other resources could get on the ground.  These guys hooked up their boats, went to the affected areas and started pulling folks out of the water.  The legislature should not try to regulate the efforts of volunteers who use their own resources to help fellow Louisianans in a natural disaster.

Perry is a complete and total jackass.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gun Porn

Found over at They Make All Kinds, a prototype lever rifle designed by John Browning, when he worked for Winchester.

From the article:
This Browning designed prototype lever action centerfire rifle has front and rear locking lugs, a design reminiscent of no other Winchester rifle of the late 19th century.
 This 30 caliber Browning prototype carbine is fitted with a pinned blade front sight and a ladder rear sight marked "1873" and graduated from 2-9. There are no external markings on the rifle. The upper tang is drilled and tapped. The rifle was left in the white. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock. There is a single barrel band and a carbine buttplate. The receiver has an exposed hammer and a bolt, which slides back when the action is opened. When closing the action the bolt slides forward to lock. A true one of a kind prototype showcasing Browning's partnership with Winchester.
There is more at the link above.

Does Hillary Lie?

Does Hillary Clinton Lie?  Prevaricate?  Play fast-and-loose with the truth?  Well, of course she does.  This comes as no surprise.  What is a surprise is the legion of supporters who cover for her.

Larry O'Connor, over at Hot Air, reveals another lie that HIllary has told, about Colin Powell giving her advice on email practices as Secretary of State.  Basically, she threw General Powell under the bus, saying that
former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell had advised her to use a personal email account
The only problem, is that Secretary Powell disavows any such conversation, and the evidence is coming in that the conversation never occurred.
 And Powell’s declaration to reporters Saturday that he was tired of Clinton’s people have been “trying to pin” the email scandal on him and that she “was using [the private email server] for a year before (he) sent her a memo telling her what (he) did,” contradicts Mrs. Clinton’s statements to the FBI in which she claimed the exact opposite.
When interviewing a primary suspect, an investigator never asks a question that he doesn't know the answer to.   That's basic investigative interviewing technique.  It's not against the law to lie to a local police officer, but it is against the law to lie to the FBI, and I would expect that the FBI knows that.  Several people have been convicted of that crime alone.  Ask Martha Stewart.  And others.

I'm sure that James Comey will move immediately on this knowledge.  The woman lied to an FBI agent.  - - Oh, wait.  Comey couldn't find a reason to indict even as the detailed the elements of the offense on national TV.  Comey's worthless.

We now, officially, have a two-tiered criminal justice system.  One where the common man goes to jail and one where the politically connected get to go scot-free, even after publicly embarrassing the FBI.  And, it happened on Comey's watch.  He should be proud.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Defining the Threat

Some young S-2 or his NCOIC are probably in deep doo-doo tonight.  A briefing slide has come out detailing the threat to national security.

Oh, yeah, include a retired 4-star and the Democratic nominee on your briefing slide of "careless or disgruntled employees".


Bail For The Indigent

It seems that the Justice Department (now better known as the Social Justice Warriors Litigation Division) is arguing that holding people in jail that can't afford to make bail is unconstitutional.  Yeah, really.
Holding defendants in jail because they can’t afford to make bail is unconstitutional, the Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday — the first time the government has taken such a position before a federal appeals court.
I'm pretty sure that requiring bail is constitutional, as long as it is not excessive,  But, fact of the matter is that several jurisdictions that I'm personally aware of has been turning out petty criminals for years.

There are lots of federal mandates that govern the way jails are run.  Let's say, for example, that our hypothetical jail is rated to hold 150 offenders.  That's a firm number that the federal courts insist that we live by.  So, on an active Saturday night, the head jailer discovers that the police are bringing in folks that will put him over his 150-head limit.

Lots of jurisdictions have a prohibition against (for example) appearing in public in an intoxicated condition. For sake of simplicity, we'll call that offense Public Drunk.  Now, most cops won't bother a person who is walking home after having had a few too many, but every cop will roust a fellow standing in front of a bar making a scene.  If you're on the street being an asshole and someone complains, you're liable to be "cuffed and stuffed" on a Public Drunk charge.  Every Saturday night/Sunday morning, jails all over the country fill up with Public Drunk defendants.

So, our hypothetical head jailer, being very cognizant of his headcount, will put the Public Drunk guys in the holding  cell.  (There's a reason we call it the drunk tank.)  After several hours to sober up, they'll be booked and probably released on a recognizance bond.  When the jailer gets his headcount down to a reasonable number (often several under the courts mandated population), he'll quit releasing people.

This is the way that jails all over the country work.  But, for some reason, Ms. Lynch thinks that she needs to stick her nose into it.  For civil rights or something.
“Bail practices that incarcerate indigent individuals before trial solely because of their inability to pay for their release violate the Fourteenth Amendment,” the Justice Department said in a friend of court brief, citing the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection.
To my way of thinking, that's an ignorant argument, but in this day and age, it might catch some attention.  I'd argue that the whole question violates the Tenth Amendment, and that if Ms. Lynch has noting better to do with her time, perhaps her whole department should be funded at the -0- level.  But, we live in a un-serious age, where un-serious people take up distracting questions and squander tax dollars with foolishness such as this.