Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Powderhon Ranch Vaquero

I wrote about this earlier, and gun that I had won in a raffle.  Beautifully executed engraving by one of the masters of the craft.    I've tried to photograph it, but my photographic skills don't seem to be up to the task.

For the record, the revolver in question is a Ruger New Vaquero, in .45 Colt with the short-spur hammer.  It is entirely suitable for Cowboy Fast Draw.  Or any of the other Cowboy shooting sports.  The serial number reveals that is a -513- series, of new construction.  It is made of stainless steel and has rosewood grips.

Left side of the frame.  Of course, you an clink for lagter
The butt of the grip, with PHRR engraved.  The PowderHorn Ranch Regulators is a Cowboy Fast Draw Club.

The Top Strap, with beautiful scroll engraving.
I've been ogling it, admiring it s one would admire a piece of art.  Art is is, but I don't have a feeling of ownership.  It hasn't "spoken" to me yet.  And, it might not ever truly be mine.

I have sold exactly two guns in my lifetime.  And, I've regretted selling those guns.  But, I've given away a couple of dozen, and felt good about each and every one.    Of those guns I've given away, I feel like they went where they needed to be.

So, the question about this particular gun, is where does it need to be?  The PowderHorn Ranch Regulators is an old, venerable club from Mitchell South Dakota.  They have hosted the South Dakota State Championship for 15 years and this gun commemorates that.  The lady who called me hen I won it, Bonnie, told me that if I ever want to sell it, sh would like to make an offer.  I told her that I understood and that I would giver her first refusal.  That's only air.

Belle and I are considering options.  We have been entrusted with this revolver, and it falls to us to do the right thing.  The challenge is to find the proper place for this revolver and put it in the hands of people who will properly   It's a beautiful gun and I can appreciate the artwork, the craftsmanship and the sentiments that caused it to be created.  But, it's not truly mine, and it probably never will be.

Belle and I will ponder this for a while, and come up with a proper solution.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday Happy

Got home from work today and decided to clean revolvers, so I went out to the shop, sat down ad gave the CFDA revolvers a good cleaning.

Then, started thinking about a project that's been bugging me.  I want some wire racks to display handguns during club shoots, so that novices can try several without digging through bags, and Brownells sells them, but that incurs shipping costs, and they seem fairly simple.  Besides, homemade is better than factory-bought.  And I did have some 4-gauge copper left over from another project (building the shop).

Belle comes out to the shop with a Friday afternoon cocktail.  "What are you doing?"

"Making revolver stands."

"Why?"

I take a long pull on a very well  constructed vodka and tonic.  "Why not?"




That ain't half bad, ad if soft copper wire hurts a barrel, then we have no business shooting jacketed bullets through it.

Butt-Hurt Intelligence Officials

It seems that a bunch of officials from the intelligence community have issued a butt-hurt statement on President Trump's decision to yank John Brennan's security clearance.
Twelve senior intelligence officials issued a statement late yesterday butt-hurting (I just made that verb up) about Trump's decision to yank the security clearance from MSNBC star and Twitter celebrity John Brennan.
These twelve fools better be careful.  I once had security clearances, and I know that intelligence is disseminated on a need-to-know basis.  Brennan is a former official, and has no need to know.  I'm surprised that his clearance wasn't revoked the minute he left a position with a need to know.
“The president’s action regarding John Brennan and the threats of similar action against other former officials has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances — and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech,” the statement reads.
 These fools are are amazing.  If a person has a TS clearance, they specifically CAN NOT talk about it.  Free speech is immediately curtailed with a clearance.  If I were their bosses, I"d yank their clearances too, for being to stupid to hold sensitive information.

Free speech, my aching ass.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Double Oak

At the grocers yesterday, making a wine run for Belle, I saw an interesting bourbon on the liquor aisle.  (Yeah, inn most places in Louisiana, we can buy hooch at the grocery store.)

Jim Beam, Double Oak.


I was intrigued enough to bring a bottle home.  Evidently, it's been matured twice, in two different oak barrels.    I have consumed enough Jim Beam over the years to know that it is a very workman-like bourbon.  I take mine, generally, with cola, but this little bottle might be good with just a splash of branch.

Responsible Fatherhood

In keeping with the post below, we come to an article (a link to a link) where a feminist professor at Cal State-Fresno claims that responsible fatherhood. reinforces "hegemonic masculinity".
A feminist professor at California State University-Fresno recently published an article lamenting that federal programs to promote "responsible fatherhood" among vulnerable men in fact perpetuate "patriarchy," "gender norms," and "hegemonic masculinity."
I don't think that's a bad thing.  In fact, if we want to break the cycle of generational poverty in the US we need responsible fathers to stand up and take charge, along with their wives, to raise children into responsible adults.

In the post below, we talk about the three things that a poor, disadvantaged youth can do to break the cycle of poverty and join the middle class.  1) Finish High School.  2) Get a full-time job, and 3) delay child-bearing until 21 and married.    There are other studies (Google is your friend) that claim that children in two-parent households have a better chance of doing those three things than children raised in a one-parent family.

It may be true that responsible fatherhood promotes "hegemonic masculinity".    That's a good thing, and we as a society should strive for it.    It also decreases poverty, reduces criminality, and reduces the cycle of dependency.  Hooray for responsible fathers!

Breaking The Cycle

As Americans, we're all concerned with lifting people out of poverty.  Since the '60s and LBJs war on poverty, we have spent untold billions of dollars on trying to help people who are struggling with poverty.  While these programs have helped some people get a leg up and avoid long-term poverty, the simple fact is that too many people become dependent on the assistance and fail to take the steps necessary to become independent.

The Brookings Institute has published a study on the point of breaking the cycle of poverty in the United States, and they find that it is pretty simple.  Even redneck like me can understand it.  The findings are fairly simple.  If a disadvantaged youth wants to break out of poverty and join the middle class.
They are:
1.  Finish high school.
2.  Get a full-time job
3.  Delay child-bearing until you are 21 and married.

That's it!  Do those three things and you are statistically almost certain to join the middle class, avoid jail, and become a productive member of society.   Don't do those things and your chances of joining the middle class decline precipitously. 

Is it possible to break the cycle of poverty without those three things.  Yes, anything is possible, and rags to riches stories can be found anywhere, but long-term success for the teeming masses basically depends on these three things.

The most interesting theing about this is that these choices are made in the early teen years.  Choices made early in life do affect you for the long tern.  Every parent, teacher, pastor, and administrator should be preaching this message to every teen they see.

Finish High School
Get a full-time job.
Don't have children until you are 21 and married.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wednesday Weird

The amount of weirdness I had to deal with today was simply incredible.  I'm surprised that my IQ survived.

To take intellectual refuge, I went to YouTube and spent some time listening to Ben Shapiro videos.    I use Ben's snark like a whetstone, to sharpen my own.

On the way home, I stopped by what is going to be a new gun store, not three miles from the house. Liberty Arsenal, LLC.  I talked to the proprietor, who is cleaning out a building so that he can set up shop.  A gun store o the road to the house is a good thing, and I'm sure I'll be a frequent visitor.

Came home and signed up for a cowboy shoot next month, the Kentucky State Championship.  Belle and I have been attending for ...  this will be our third year.  We really like that shoot, and I need a road trip to maintain my sanity.

Now, I"m going to pour a vodka tonic and settle in for the evening.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cowboy Church

CC asks in comments:
I'm curious - what exactly is a Cowboy Church?
I can't speak for all of them, but we are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.  A cowboy church is a Christian fellowship that celebrates the Good News of Jesus Christ from  a perspective of the rancher, the farmer, the country folk.  It's a way of worshiping that  seems to be growing.  I know that there are several Cowboy Churches within a hundred miles of us, and some of them are associated with different denominations, but the basic similarity is that we tend to reflect a cowboy philosophy.

The largest part of our physical plant is a rodeo arena.  We use it regularly, something multiple times per week.  For example, this Thursday night, we have what we call Prayer and Practice. We'll open the arena about 6:00 and horse trailers will start arriving.  We'll set up barrels and let the girls practice their barrel racing.  We'll work with new equestrians and help them along, and abut 7:00 we'll have a short devotional.

On Friday night, we'll have our monthly rodeo.  We rodeo normally on the third Friday night of the month and minister to whomever shows up.    We also make the best hamburger in the area.

Cowboy Church is a place where folks who like boots and chaps and cowboy hats can share the Good News with like-minded souls.  We're going to love everyone who shows up, and we hope that we can share our faith with them.  Not everyone who rodeos with us attends church, but it's a good outreach for the community.

The Real Scandal

If you click on any news outlet, mainstream or internet, you've probably hard about Omarosa, the former celebrity show participant and former aide to President Trump, who is writing a tell-all book and who recently revealed that she was taping conversations in, among other places, the Situation Room at the White House.

She was taping conversations in the Situation Room.  Full Stop.  That should be enough to get anyone fired, and it should be enough to get someone prosecuted. 

But, from all available evidence, she was planning to write a book all along.  She's a celebrity, after all, and has a deep need to keep her name in the newspapers.  The real scandal is not not that she was fired, or that she wrote a book, or that she tape conversations in what is arguably the most secure location in the United States.  No, the real scandal is that she was hired at all.

She's a celebrity and couldn't stand to be a faceless functionary in the highest halls of government.    The folks who do the hiring at the White House should have seen this coming.  As much as I support President Trump, a bad choice was made even letting her get a foot in the door.

Monday, August 13, 2018

At Church, Tonight

Our church is a Cowboy church.   Our ministry is leading people to Christ, but we focus on the Cowboy Way.  We do rodeo, and Cowboy Fast Draw, and our unofficial motto is: "We're going to love you and there's nothing you can do about it." 

They are a great congregation, and I love everyone who worships with us.  We worship on Monday might, because rodeo cowboys might be riding in some rodeo on Saturday night, and have trouble making it to church on Sunday, so we worship on Monday night.  The Lord doesn't care.  We keep the Sabbath in our own way, and some of us are coming home from a rodeo of a cowboy shoot on Sunday.

I've talked to our pastor, and our elders, and they're okay with me coming to services strapped.    Several o our members come to church with individual weapons.  This is post-911 America.

Someone noticed my gun this evening.  "Are you expecting trouble?"

"No," I replied.  "If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought a shotgun."

The congregant laughed, and walked away..   I love these people with all my heart.

Just Another Day

Just another day at the office.  Not mine, but President Trump's.  It seems that the nation's newspapers are upset with him for calling them "enemies of the people".  The Boston Globe is leading the charge.
The Boston Globe named itself America’s protector of the free press and is coordinating a day designated for newspapers across the country to run editorials declaring war on President Trump’s labeling of the press as the enemy of the people.
The nation's press, by-and-large, are still butt-hurt that they couldn't wheel Hillary across the finish line.   Instapundit calls them "democratic operatives with bylines", and that's not far from the truth.  Reading the nation's newspapers has been interesting, in that they seem to parrot the same line of outrage.  The editor of the Globe wants everyone to write their own editorial.
The newspaper’s request suggests editorial boards take a common stand against Trump’s words regardless of their politics. “Our words will differ.
It will be interesting to compare a few and see if the words do indeed differ, or if the sentence structure is similar enough that we might call it plagiarism.  In many instances, the nation's press (especially the largest metro dailies) have quit being reporters of facts and have instead opted to become arbiters of political correctness.

It will be interesting to see what happens on the 16th.  I wonder if each of the nation's papers can craft an original sentence?

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Rain

Rain tonight.  That's not out o the ordinary, although it is the new normal.  So far, it has rained every day in August, which is decidedly weird for Louisiana.  Normally by now we're i the dry season, but this month has been nothing, if not wet.

Doing laundry on Sunday afternoon, Belle informs me that the dryer is out.  It's not heating, only blowing cool air.  Which ain't good.  The dryer is fourteen (14) years old, so I guess it has served honorably.  A quick search of parts and some research at YouTube tells me that replacing a heating element isn't that big a deal.  I'll stop by Appliance Pats on the way home tomorrow and pick up a replacement element.

Technology makes it easier to do these things.  I have the model and serial number in a photo on my cell phone, and YouTube will teach a fellow just about anything.  I bet you could learn how to do an emergency appendectomy if you searched long enough on YouTube.

There is nothing I can do about it, one way or the other, so I've defaulted to whiskey.  I'll go outside, sip my whiskey and watch it rain.

Universal?

There's this thing that keeps surfacing in the year of the Democratic Socialist, a pie-in-the-sky idea that government should protect the people from the long-term repercussions of their choices.  That thing is called the Universal Basic Income, and it's such a bad idea that I hardly know where to begin.  For starters, the name is a falsehood, because it's not universal.

Some things in this country are universal.  Like freedom of speech.  Everyone has it.  The rich, the poor, the educated or uneducated, even the Christian or the heathen.  Likewise the right to remain silent.  It is a universal right.  This Universal Basic Income is not universal because everyone will not get it.  Only the poor.  Or, more likely, some of the poor.

It's certainly not basic.  It won't be enough to live on.  If we go to one of the basic tenets of social scholarship, we find Maslow's hierarchy of needs/  It says basically, that we all need the same things.  Shelter, food, safety, for starters.  (Yeah, yeah, all you psych majors, I"m over-simplifying.)  So, if we all have the same basic needs, and it's universal, then the gov should supply everyone, the rich, the poor, the...  you get the idea.

It's not even basic.  It's certainly not enough to buy shelter and food.  If it were basic and universal, every citizen of the jurisdiction would get enough money to buy basic rent and groceries.   So, if it is neither basic nor universal, all we're left with is Income,   From all I'm able to read, it is income for the poorest of the poor, as defined by some government functionary, which means that there is yet another opportunity for graft.  And graft is something that Democrats are past-masters at

The Universal Basic Income is a lie.  And Chicago is toying with the idea.  Which should tell everyone with two working synapses that it is a bad idea.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Boudin

Boudin (Boo-dahn) is a spicy Cajun sausage, mixed with rice, stuffed in casing, then boiled or smoked.  Every meat market down here makes boudin, and everyone's recipe is different.  Aficionados  can tell which market made the boudin simply by tasting.  It might have some chicken liver in the mix, or red pepper, or garlic, or other spices, but it's all boudin and it's all good 

Depending on your individual palate, some is better than others.  This morning, I was at Guillory's, our local Cajun market and the lady behind the counter offered me a taste of a new recipe they've been making.  This is a low-carb version.  No rice.  It's made with cauliflower.  I tried a taste and bought a pound-and-a-half (three links).


I heated it in the broiler to "crisp" the casing, then cut it up and put it out for the club shoot this morning.  A little something-something for them to sample.  "Cauliflower boudin, huh"  They'd look askance at it, then try a bite. 

Ten minutes later I was washing the cookie sheet.  I should have bought five pounds, but I doubt the end result (Me, washing the cookie sheet) would have been any different.

Cauliflower boudin is pretty darned good, and if you're on a low-carb diet, it's an option.

Jihadis in New Mexico

I'm sure you've all read by now the story of the jihad compound in New Mexico that was raided by law enforcement and found children being trained to commit school shootings.  The trainers, of course, were Muslim extremists.

If you haven't read about it, it's a fascinating story about abducted children child trafficking, and a Muslim with ties to a radical mosque in Brooklyn, NY.  Of course, the mainstream media wants to push the story under a rug, probably a prayer rug.

Nicole Russell has an informative piece on it at PJMedia.


A phobia is an unreasonable fear of something.  A person can have an unreasonable fear of anything:  Spiders, snakes, being outside, or clowns  If it's unreasonable, it's a phobia.

Islamophobia is not a thing.  It's not unreasonable to believe that Islam is something to be watched with a wary eye..    They want to kill us.  Not all of them, but enough that we can draw reasonable conclusions based on the available evidence.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Finally Friday

It's finally Friday, and I've got noting.  Today was long, boring, and filled with mini-drama that doesn't bear repeating.  Maybe I'm getting older, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to deal wit people who don't have a clue, and expect their problem to be solved RIGHT NOW.

But, I'm home, in jeans and my slippers and in a few short minutes, Belle and I are going to declare Happy Hour.

Tomorrow, we have a club meeting in the shop.  It's going to be a lot of fun.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

There Is Always One

Sheep.  Every flock has one trouble-maker.

Whatever Help We Can Get

So, this Florida woman is trying to elude police and jumps the fence into a pasture to try and run away.  Only problem, there is a herd of curious cattle out there who come over to watch the excitement.



We will take whatever help we can get. 

Back In The Day

Surfing around PJ Media, we come to this photo, showing political give-aways from back in the day.


Yep, cigarettes.  The caption reads:
Nancy Adams, 20, of Beuchel, Kentucky, holds brands of cigarettes named “I Like Ike” and “Stevenson For President”, novelty blends manufactured by Tobacco Blending Corporation, Aug. 9, 195,2 in Louisville, Kentucky. By comparing sales volume of each brand the company hopes to weed out the most popular candidate for president. (AP Photo/H.B. Littell)
Pretty girl.  Here's a closeup.


I don't think that giving away cigarettes would help a candidate today.  Heh!

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Safe Schools

"Safe Schools" is an education (ie, government) mantra lately, and lots of states have established blue ribbon panels to evaluate school safety and recommend fixes where something is broken.

As it turns out, the tough gun laws in California didn't help school safety at all.  I don't know what gun laws have to do with school safety.  I;ll admit I've always been a bit confused about that.

Here lately, in the last 10 years or so, we've become more and more confused about the proper role of public education.  I say this as a close observer, who watches all these programs rise and fall.  It seems to me that lots of people want school to be a substitute for parents.  In my experience, the greatest indicator of a child's success is a two-parent home
We know that children raised by two parents tend to be more successful — at school, in the future labor market, in their own marriages 
I know, it's a old-fashioned concept, but I believe it to be true.  Another thing that I believe to be true is that gun laws don't deter criminals, and if you want your schools to be safe these days, it's best to have a trained, armed police officer in the schools.

I'm just sayin'

The Howdah Pistol

The first time I heard about the Howdah pistol was as a mere youth, reading about sultans from India using them to hunt tiger from the backs of elephants.  These big-bore pistols were used if the tiger decided to club up the elephant and re-arrange the Sultan.  It was a last ditch weapon.

Now, it seems that Hickock 45 is reviewing a more modern Howdah.



It's modeled after something that Ithaca produced in the 1920s, the Auto and Burglary gun.  A short, light shotgun with a pistol grip, it was made in 12 and 20 gauge, and existed prior to the 34 NFA, which made sawed-off shotguns practically illegal.  Original Auto and Burglary guns are NFA items today, and pricey as hell.

The newer version, made by Pedersoli is legal because it is chambered in .45 Colt/.410 and has rifling in the barrel.  Hickock tells us that the rifling is shallow and slow, probably 1:40, which ought to do cine for most work.  It's still pricey, though at over $1,000.

Still, it's cooler than hell, and I wouldn't mind playing with one

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The Blind Hog

There's an old country adage that a bling hog finds an acorn once in a while.

I bought some tickets to a raffle, this past May.  I knew that the raffle was for a good cause, so I wrote the check and forgot about it.

The Powder Horn Ranch Regulators, a CFDA club out of South Dakota is celebrating their 15th year and were raffling an engraved Ruger New Vaquero to celebrate.

I got the call Saturday.  I won the darned thing.  I don't have it in hand yet, but I have some pictures.


Of course, you can click to enlarge, and they are fairly big files. 

That's the right side of the barrel.  The engraving was done by a CFDA shooter out of Wisconsin, who goes by the alias of Grey Ghost.   He does very nice work.


That's the right side of the frame.  It looks like very nice engraving, indeed.

I should take possession of the revolver on Saturday.  I can't wait to see it and I'll see if I can make some better pictures.

It seems that even a blind hog finds an acorn, occasionally.

Yeah, That Ain't Good

My elder son tells a story like this when he worked at an aircraft body-and-fender shop as an airframe mechanic.

It seems that a Gulfstream landed with a bird strike.  They hit a goose at almost 30,000 feet.  The bird took out the radar, penetrated the firewall, and extruded itself into the instrument panel.

Elder son says that when he looked into the cockpit, he saw feathers and bits of bird-snot hanging out of the instrument panel.

It was a helluva mess.

Edit to add:  Some may question the altitude, but we find this in Wikipedia:
The maximum flight ceiling of Canada geese is unknown, but they have been reported at 9 km (29,000 feet).
The geese may mot have calibrated their altimeter, or the pilot may have been stretching the story.  Either premise is understandable.

Good Guy With A Gun

John Lott tells us that a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun at a Florida back-to-school event.
Thankfully, a heroic citizen with a permit to legally carry a concealed handgun was able to save countless lives in Florida Saturday when he shot a gunman who opened fire on a back-to-school event attended by over 150 students at a park in Titusville, Florida.
The full story is here, but you would think that the media would be trumpeting this story.  Not so much.
 The media rarely give national news coverage to incidents like this, but responsible gun owners have stepped forward in this way many times before to save lives. In fact, concealed handgun permit holders have prevented dozens of mass public shootings just in recent years, while receiving only brief mentions in local news coverage.   
Children saved from a crazed gunman by a good guy with a gun simply don't fit the media narrative.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Two Things

Two interesting news items this morning, both of them having to do with the socialist disaster area that is Venezuela.

First, their president admits that the economy has failed.   Yeah, it took him long enough to admit that.  It has been obvious to the casual observer for a while now.

Second, a single US dollar will buy 3.5 million liters of gasoline in Venezuela.  I can remember when a single US dollar would buy five gallons of gasoline in the US.  But that's been several decades ago.

That is the face of socialism everywhere it is tried.  it's a simple lesson, but one that many people never seem to realize.  Socialism fails everywhere it is tried.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Zach's Birthday

We celebrated the birthday of grandson, Zachary today.  His actual birthday is tomorrow, but this is close enough.

Younger son made him a new belt/holster rig for Cowboy Fast Draw, but made him work for it before the unveiling.  No pressure, you understand.  None at all.



It's a beautiful rig, done in the  stars and stripes.  The leather is hand-tooled and he estimates that the belt and holster together took over 10,000 tool strikes before it was finished.


It's a beautiful rig, and the pictures really don't do it justice.

Well done, son.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

White Hats

I'm a hat wearer, and have been for years.  I've been wearing hats all my life.  Baseball caps sometimes, uniform hats for many years, and straw hats of various designs, depending on the decade.  My personal living area is festooned with caps and hats on every available hook or piece of furniture, and I'm sure that Belle sometimes wishes I'd cull through my hats and get rid of some of the older ones.

The white cowboy hat is a very wearable hat.  Mostly made of Shantung straw (which is actually paper, by the way), It's normally seen in white, light tan, or cream colors.  Worn properly, it sends a fashion message; Don't mess with me.

As illustrated in the video below.  It's a news video from April 2018.



Remember, the good guys wear white hats.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Revenge Porn?

Revenge Porn??  Evidently it's a thing, but I admit that I am a bit stunned at the very thought of such a thing, on several levels.

Evidently, it's considered acceptable these days to take nude, personal photos of your significant other.  And, when the relationship ends, some folks think it's cute to post those same pictures on social media to embarrass, humiliate, the ex-significant other.

It's a bad idea, a horribly bad idea on many levels, and it's also against the law in many places.  But, beyond the obvious legal repercussions, I can't imagine taking nudey photos of my gal.  It smacks of being tacky, it is certainly demeaning, and irresponsible. 

It's just tacky and trashy.  Not everything on social media is a good thing.  And this thing is particularly nasty.

The M73/M219 Machine Gun

During the Vietnam era and the cold war of the '70s, the infantry was humping the M60 machine gun.  This gun was chambered in 7.62 mm NATO, the ubiquitous military brother of the .308 Winchester.  At the same time, tank crews all over NATO were using the M73/M219 machine gun.


When I was introduced to it in the late '70s, it was the coaxial machine gun in the M60A1 tank.  A coax machine gun was supposed to track with the main gun and give the tank gunner the ability to change switches and go from the main gun to a light machine gun to a medium machine gun to engage personnel of materiel targets that are amenable to machine guns.

Developed by Rock Island Arsenal and produced by General Electric, this little gun had the reputation of being a steaming pile of crap.  The one in my tank, (C-21, aka Cap'n Crunch) would only fire single shot, which made it one of the more reliable guns in the company.  Most would not even fire single-shot.  We finally learned, just before tank gunnery, that if the loader would open the feed tray and and pour about a pint of ATF into the innards, it would reliably fire a complete belt of ammo, which got us through gunnery tables.

Of course, then it heated up, the ATF started to burn off, and we had to vent the turret from the noxious fumes of burnt ATF.  This machine gun may have been the worst ever fielded in the US Army.  Oh, it sucked.

Just after I left active duty, the M73/M19 was replaced by the M240, a gun produced by FN Herstal.  The M240 quickly gained a good reputation as a gun that would reliably go bang, and they were still being used in the M1A1 Abrams when I got back into the Cav during '97-98.  The M240 could be configured as either a tank-mounted coaxial machine gun, or as an infantry-style squad machine gun bu the simple expedient of installing a butt-stock. 

M240 mounted as a coax in the M1 Abrams.
Link to the M73 here.   Another M73 link here.   A link to the M240, here.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

The M85 Machine Gun

Soldiers and Marines everywhere love the M2 machine gun.  Firing that big, heavy .50 cal bullet, there is no doubt that the M2 is a favorite and a pre-eminent design of military firearms.

As a young tanker in the '70s, I was introduced to a machine gun that seemed to be a variant of the Browning design.  The M85 machine gun.  It was designed for mounting in armored vehicles and had a shorter receiver than the M2.  It was also a bit lighter than the M2.  In the M60 series tank, it was mounted in the commanders cupola.


Designed for mounting in armored vehicles, space was at a premium, and the commander's cupola on the M60 series tank was cramped at best, and dominated by the machine gun and the ammo feeding trays.  It wasn't terrible to load or place into operation, but there were a series of steps you had to follow.

In my experience, it worked just fine.  Once loaded and ready to fire, it worked great, was very accurate, and I really enjoyed firing it.  It was the tank commander's basic weapon, and could be used independently of the main gun.  Normally, during Tank Table VIII, there would be at least one engagement where the main gun was firing at one target while the TC was using the M85 to engage another target. 

Unless you were an armored crewman, not many folks knew about or used the M85.

Wiki Page here.     Another page here.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

The M3A1

In 1976 I was introduced to the M3A1 submachine gun.  Tank crews used it as a secondary, personal weapon and I had two assigned to my tank.  I loved that gun, and qualified with it on two occasions.  Firing standard .45 ACP ball from a 30 round magazine, it had a cyclic rate of fire of 450 rounds per minute, but that was unsustainable, as the magazine held only 30 rounds.


Oh, how I loved that gun.  The vast majority of them were made by GM Guide Lamp division, but a couple of hundred thousand were made by Ithaca.  The ones I used were GMs.  The initial cost oon each unit was about $18.00 per copy.  Which is a heck of a deal for a submachine gun that will throw a 230 grain, 45 cal ball round down range at roughly 900 fps.

The gun was surprisingly useful, although it had simple, fixed, stamped sights.  I remember engaging a pop-up target at 100 yards with a five-round burst and knocking it over.    The little gun is rudimentary as all hell, with a fixed firing pin, and firing from an open bolt.  Still, it's a fun little gun to shoot and if I had the spare coin, I'd buy a case of 12 of them.

More story here.

Red Beans

Belle and I have vastly different recipes for red beans.  They're both good, used for different purposes.  Hers take all day, slowly simmering dry beans.

Mine is quicker.  I use canned beans, and from start to finish, you're eating in about an hour.

PawPaw's Red Beans.



Ingredients

1 lb bulk breakfast sausage
1 lb smoked sausage
flor
salt
4 cans (regular cans) red beans

Cooking.

In a large black iron pot, brown your breakfast sausage.  Cut your smoked sausage into rounds, and add to the pot  When all that meat gets cooked, drain it.

Use the fat from the sausage, and make a roux.  Add a little water, and put the meat back in the pot.  Add four cans of beans, stirring thoroughly.  While the beans simmer, make a pot of rice.

Seriously, your're ready in about an hour.  About the time the rice is done, you're ready to eat.

It's mostly sausage and gravy with a few cans of beans, but it's quick, and it's what's for supper.

The .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire - in Comments.

In comments, Anonymous asks about the .22 Winchester Rimfire Magnum.
Have you seen any 1st hand experience with the .22 Magnum ? I'm a hunter, not a LEO so have no experience of how effective the 22 Magnum is. I've seen the difference on flesh between it and the long rifle - definitely more damage. I am a confirmed fan of it.
No, friend, I have no experience whatsoever with the .22 magnum.  Although, from what I've read, heard, or seen, it's a fine cartridge.  My second son has a Henry lever rifle in .22 Magnum, and he says it's a fine shooter, when he can find ammunition for it.  (Yeah, I know, it's available online, but it is only available intermittently in the local stores).

However, several years ago I knew a City Marshal, an elected official, who carried a S&W Model  48.  He was an old-skool cop, and an elected official, and he loved that revolver, using it mainly to dispatch vermin (four-legged, furry vermin) that residents called in to complain about.  He was old-skool that way and popped many a raccoon or possum that was causing problems.

I have a cousin, who lives out west, who uses it in prairie dog towns.  He says it has a litttle more range and punch than the .22LR and he likes it a lot.

But, other than anecdotal, I have no experience with it whatsoever.  Sorry.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Bernie's Plan

If you've been alive for the past decade, you know about Bernie Sanders, the aging socialist from Vermont who wants single-payer health insurance for everyone.  He claims it will save trillions, and the pie-in-the-sky is amazing.

All we have to do is:
• Force every doctor and hospital in America to accept Medicare reimbursement rates for all patients — these are 40 percent lower than the rates paid by private insurance — while assuming that this would have absolutely no effect on their capacity or willingness to provide services
 • Raise taxes by 10 percent of GDP — overnight
• Explain to the 150 million people with private insurance that the rules have been changed so dramatically that (a) they can no longer keep their plans, and (b) henceforth, tens of millions among them will be paying more in taxes than they were previously paying in both premiums and out-of-pocket costs
 Hey, disrupt everyone's medical plans, increase taxes, and piss off millions of people.  That sounds like a plan that Bernie should run on.

It's like I explain to my Democratic friends; if you want single-payer, look at the staggering success of the VA system in the US.  That's what single-payer looks like.

The Best Caliber for Grizzly

I've seen this story pop up from time to time, and Wirecutter is talking about it today.

For years, the world's record grizzly bear was one taken in Alberta, Canada by a native woman, Bella Twin.  She was  small game hunting with her partner and the bear got too close, so she shot it.  In the head, several times.  The bear became defunct and Bella joined the ranks of legendary hunters.

What caliber did she use?  .22 Long.  Not even .22 Long Rifle.

Seriously, the whole story is here, with pictures.

Back in the day, on the old usenet forums, someone would ask the question; "What caliber is the best for grizzly?"  I'd always say .22 Long and link to the story.  I thought I had talked about it on PawPaw's House, but I couldn't find it, so I linked it again.

Do I recommend going after grizzly with a .22?  No, not at all, but I've seen enough people shot with a .22 to know that it is one over-penetrating sonofabitch.  A .22 in the right hands will do things that you would think it could not do.  It's accurate, penetrates well, and easy to shoot. 

Hoplophobia Writ (But not Printed) Large

The hoplophobes are in a full tizzy.

Jazz Shaw reports that several states have moved to block the downloading of 3D gun printing files.
Those states were Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Oregon, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. 
Those states are now on record as being against the free flow of information.

It's interesting that 3D printing is one of the most revolutionary advances of the 21st century, especially in the field of medical research. 

The left is going smooth crazy.
Imagine this: the convicted domestic abuser next door tries to buy a gun. He’s turned down because he fails his background check. When he gets home, he opens up his browser, and in half an hour he’s printing out his own undetectable, fully functional plastic gun, with no background check and no record of his purchase.
And, it will still be a felony.  Just like if he stole the gun, or had a straw purchaser buy it.  Whether or not he prints his own gun, simple possession of it is against the law if he's a "prohibited person"  This changes nothing.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Actuarial Tables

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says that she intends to work another five years.

Good luck with that, Madam Justice, although the actuarial tables say that you might be pushing it.

Of course, I wish her no ill will, but it seems a shame to work right up until the time you die.

And, she may have a long and happy retirement, but it wouldn't bother me a bit if she started it tomorrow.

Printing Guns

Like many of you, I've heard of the Defense Distributed and their case with the program data to print a 3D gun.  It's quite interesting, blending the 1st Amendment (freedom of the press), along with the 2ns Amendment (right to keep and bear arms)

Most of the hype is overbolown.  For several reasons.

If you believe that 3D printing is the wave of the future, you might be right.  It's certainly an emerging technology, and it is a lot better this year than it was last year, or the year before.  Bit is still an emerging technology.  A gun, especially one that is small enough to be printed, is a fairly complex device.  It requires several parts that have to work in complete harmony and contain pressures that over time, tend to wreck the material that is (today) capable of flowing through a printer.  From what I read, the printed guns, while cool, simply aren't durable enough to be considered practical.

3D printers are more expensive than the guns that they print.  If you're a criminal, who can't buy a gun legally, it's a heck of a whole lot easier to buy one on the black market, or simply to steal it, than to go to the trouble of printing in.

One of these days, inexpensive 3D printers may be available that use materials suitable for gun building, but today ain't the day. This is an emerging technology that will be very useful to lots of folks in the future.  Maybe the sooner future than any of us imagine, but not today.

But, if I've learned anything over the past 60+ years, it is that you can't stop the march of technology.  It's coming, whether you like it or not.  The best you can do is to try to co-exist with it.  Being afraid of it never helps.  One of these days, 3D printing may save lives, become a new manufacturing method, and benefit humanity in ways we can't predict today.  It may build hearts, or eyes, or yes, even guns.  But not today.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Face of Today's Democratic Party

Yeah it's this chick, and she's scaring the hell out of people.


Gateway Pundit has all the details.

Sunday Cooking

We had a hankering for meatloaf today, but we didn't want your standard, workaday meatloaf.  So, we took five pounds o good ground meat, added bell pepper, onion, bell pepper, onion, bread crumbs and tomato paste  We mixed the meat well and let it sit while we did our other preps.

We lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper and laid bacon out across it.  Then added a layer of the ground beef mixture.  Then, we got in the fridge and found some partial bags of grated cheese,  Mexican, and sharp cheddar, I believe.  We put the cheese on top, the wit the help of the paper, rolled the whole thing into a loaf.


I set the smoker on 300F, added a handful of wood chips, and put the meatloaf in the smoker.  Two hours later, I found this.


The family came over at noon, and w served it with beans and tater salad.

Ain't enough leftovers to make a good sandwich.

Peacemaker's Monthly Match

The Peacemaker's Monthly Match is in the record book.

Ladies: 1st Blue Eyed Belle, 2nd Ms.Linda, 3rd Ms Penny
Ms. Linda has shot with us before, and Ms Penny is a first-time shooter.  I think she'll be back.

Men:  1st Big Bill, 2nd Brother Fred, 3rd Akarate Zach
Big Bill shot the match clean.  Brother Fred has been practicing, and Akarate Zach had the fastest time, down n the mid 4s, but he wasn't hitting the target when it mattered.  You'll notice that Major D is not in the photo.  While I had a great day yesterday,  I wasn't hitting the target hen it mattered, either.

July is almost over ad August is upon us.  The club made some decisions about Louisiana State yesterday, and even though it is nine months away, it's time to start thinking about it.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

A State of MInd

In early June, Belle, Zach and I traveled to Amarillo, TX to shoot in the US National Championships of the Cowboy Fast Draw Association.  One of the side trips was a visit to the Paol Duro canyon to watch a play that the folks at the state park put on in an amphitheater there.  It's glitzy, cheesy, and a whole lot of fun, so we and forty of our closest friends went to the event.  We had a ball, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  The production was filled with patriotism, Texas Pride, and told of the travails of the settlers who came to that region in the 19th century.

When it was over, and the lights came up, a very dear friend, Marshall's Daughter, turned and asked me something like this:  "I've always wondered how other states feel when they encounter Texas Pride?"

I smiled at her (mainly because it's hard not to smile when I'm with her) but I don't remember what I replied.  While i'm a Louisiana boy, shot through to the core, I've always considered Texas a second home.  In 1960, John Wayne starred in a movie, The Alamo,   My dad took me to see it, and I sat enthralled through the whole thing.   It's a story of emigrants, trying to build a new life.  Folks from all over the country who traveled to Texas to start over.  A story of folks who wanted freedom and were willing to put their lives on the line to find it.

Since then, I've studied a lot about that revolution, both the unwavering courage and the desperate tragedy of those people, both famous and un-named.  I've read the letters from the defenders of the Alamo, telling their families how great Texas is and encouraging them to come after the fighting was over.  I've visited the battlefield at San Jacinto, and stood on the spot where Houston received Santa Anna as a prisoner.   I've been to Goliad where Fannin was massacred, and I can't go to San Antono without visiting the Alamo.

I've gone to Fort Jesup, the jumping-off spot for the Teas revolution, and read the orders book there.  It seems that the US couldn't get involved in the revolution,but there are orders there that any soldier who wanted to go to Texas would not be charged with desertion.    A separate militia company, the New Orleans Greys fought and died at the Alamo.  Texas history is inexorably linked with Louisiana.

The story of Texas, probably more than any other, influenced my decision to become a soldier, to serve something bigger than myself, to seek adventure  and to stand on a wall.

In the late '90s, after my divorce, I spent a lot of time in Texas,  I was dating a lady who lived there, and I explored the eastern part that state, from the dense brush-woods of the Big Thicket to the hill country.  I actually had several job offers there, the most appealing was to s serve the people of Jefferson, TX, a charming historical community in the northeast corner of the state.

In fact, if I hadn't met Belle when I did, I'd probably be in Texas today.  Belle, of course, knows that fact.  I'm perfectly happy (deliriously happy) with her, and I often josh with her that she saved me from the floozies that I was chasing at the time.  Quite a few of them were Texans.

Today, when we travel to Texas, We will often cross the ferry at Burkesville.  Yeah, there's a bridge now, but we still call it Burkesville Ferry.  When I cross that bridge, I feel like I've come home, although there is a lot about Texas I try to avoid.  Houston traffic sucks.  Fort Worth traffic sucks, and  please, God, would ya'll quit tearing up I-35?  Y'all have been working on that road for 20 years and haven't fixed it yet!

But, those are minor quibbles.  I love Teas, exploring the back roads and the small towns.  I love the little museums, the tiny down-home restaurants, and the people.  Texas hospitality is legendary, and I always feel welcome, wherever I go.

So, to answer the question that my dear friend asked, Texas Pride doesn't bother me one bit.  It's a pride of family, and the land, and good friends.  It's an exultation of opportunity and freedom, and I feel it too.  Texas is, to me, a state of mind.  Even though my roots and my love are firmly set in Louisiana, a big part of my heart is Texas.  I'm always looking forward to my next trip across the ferry.

Rineyes

Younger son and his wife came drove up from Baton Rouge yesterday to reclaim their boy,  It was a turn-around trip, they has stuff to do at home today, so they could only stay for one meal.

I went to Guillory's, my local butcher shop and got some steaks.  Four little 1 lb ribeyes and two of their select filets.    We baked some potatoes, and called it good.

I'm still learning the griddle, but it does steaks just fine.


Nothing fancy, just steak and taters, but it seemed to fill an empty spot.

Friday, July 27, 2018

What-Her-Name Strikes Again

Yeah, the Democrat/Socialist our of the Bronx is once again proving meme-worthy.  We've talked about this broad before.  She's the Dimmocrat nominee for Congress.

Mary Jo Kopechne, of course, is still unavailable for comment.

Fishing Friday

The boys wanted to go fishing this morning, and I happen to have a boat, rods, and bait  And a pond on the property.  So, we went fishing.

I couldn't find my fiberglass cane poles, so we went out with rod and reel.  The boys need to learn to operate a Zebco.


Learning to cast is a skill set that these young'uns need to learn.  They did okay the first time out.  The bot has been in the family since the '60s.  Originally, owned by my grandfather, it's part of his estate.  With these grandkids, five (5) generations of family has used this boat.


No one got hooked on a back-cast, and no one got injured.


The fifteen acre pond is the central fixture of the subdivision  Many of the neighbors have boats or docks.  It's an old gravel pit that filled with water after the gravel extraction was abandoned.  Nowadays it's filled with ducks, geese, old men and young boys fishing in it.  It supports a pretty good population of largemouth bass and bluegill bream.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Adventures in Bouyancy

Several years ago, Belle bought a drink pirogue to use at gatherings.  The idea is to fill it with ice and cold beverages and let the guests help themselves.  That's all well and good, but before long, the grandkids had it in the swimming pool.  It does look like a boat, after all, but it won't support a kid.  That doesn't mean that they stop trying.



Yeah, these two are going to be maritime engineers, for sure.

Lucky

An Oregon woman came home to find a mountain lion in her house.  Really!
An Oregon woman who found a mountain lion in her living room says she relied on "frequency and attunement," "feline-speak eye blinking," and telepathy to calm the animal and safely guide it out after it took a six-hour nap behind the couch.
A six-hour nap?
The last video I shared below shows her leaving peacefully after calming down and napping behind the sofa for over six hours. I'm adding this here, along with the photos and videos of her snuggling and sleeping, because they've become buried behind other comments and I feel a responsibility to get this out so as not to sow fear. 
I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure that if the animal took a six-hour nap behind the couch, it felt fairly calm.  She was lucky.

Lethal Injection

Louisiana, and many states who still have the death penalty, has adopted lethal injection as the preferred method of ending a predator's life.    There are problems with lethal injection, not the least of which is that manufacturers and pharmacies are loath to sell drugs to states that use them to end life.

The death penalty is a hot-button topic that comes up for discussion occasionally.  We've talked aout it before. During the first 20 years of my career, I was a parole officer for the state of Louisiana, both at the street level and as a manager.  I have seen evil, I am convinced that evil exists, and the only hope of a polite society is that we can identify and excise so that the rest of us can live our lives.  There are two ways to do this; incarceration or execution.  Some states have execution as an option, but it is increasingly hard to execute someone

So, our AG, Jeff Landry wants options.  Right now, lethal injection is the only legal way to kill a convicted felon.  Louisiana has 72 people on death row, and none has been added since 2010.  Think about that.  The newest member of the death row population has been there for eight years.
Attorney General Jeff Landry is pushing to expand methods for state executions from lethal injection to include nitrogen gas, hangings, firing squads and electrocution and to add more secrecy around carrying out the death penalty in Louisiana. 
Our governor, John Bel Edwards (hack, spit) is a Democrat who won't say if he is opposed or supports the death penalty.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has declined to say publicly whether he supports the death penalty, but his staff said he will consider Landry's proposal. "We will review his suggestions and hope to re-start a constructive dialogue," said Richard Carbo, spokesman for Edwards, in a written statement.  
I'd like to see a constructive dialogue as well.  I support the death penalty, but to keep someone on death row for decades is cruel.  Having it on the books ad not using it is political cowardice.  The governor won't tell us, but his actions are clearly obvious. 

The death penalty exists in Louisiana.  We should either use it or outlaw it.  Bel Edwards has done neither.  Hopefully, Landry's recommendations will move forward in the legislature, and more hopefully, next year we can elect a governor who won't waffle about this issue.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

You KNow, What's-Her-Name, Out Of The Bronx

SO there's this gal out of the Brnox, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won the Democratic primary for their 14th Congressional District.

This chick is a socialist, but doesn't even know what socialism is.  From everything I've read about her, and every reasonable interview I've seen, she's dumb as a sack full of hammers.  Really, she's unbelievably stupid.



And, she's become a meme.


Psycho chicks.  We've all known them.  Hopefully, the voters in the Bronx send this one back to wherever she came from.

More Frustration

After yesterday's fiasco with the chronograph, I went today to our local Ace hardware to see what they had in the way of inexpensive lights I could use on the diffusers to get better light on the chronograph sensors.

I found some small LED lights that I thought might work.  They came in a 3-[pack for under $20, so I thought I'd give them a try.   I also moved the chrony out from the bench, ten feet in front of the muzzle, to get away from measuring ejecta and muzzle blast.

With lights installed on the diffusers.  You would think that would be sufficient.
Evidently, it still needs more or better light.  I'm still getting spurious readings, or error readings.  I got several Err 3 and Err 9, which the chrony manual tells me are related to poor light conditions.

The view fro the shooting bench.
I got a few reading that might be useful, but with the number of spurious readings and error codes, I can't put any faith in them.  I may have to buy a set of accessory lights that I see in at least one YouTube video.  They seem to be optimized for light in the near-infrared spectrum that the sensors see best.

In a lot of cases (and I learned this when I was writing for The Frugal Outdoorsman) experimenting is often one-step-forward-and-two-steps-back.  But, back in those days, we didn't announce our failures publicly.  Here lately, this project has been a cascade of failure, but I know that once I break the code, success is just around the corner.

But, the brass is in the tumbler and I know what steps I need to take next.  We'll keep plugging away at this until we get it right.

Watching Grandkids

The name of this place is PawPaw's House, after all, and it's summertime and we're watching grandkids this week.  The older one lives in Baton Rouge and is spending a week with us, the younger one lives down the road, but PawPaw learned a log time ago that it is easier to watch two grandkids than it is to watch one.  They tend to entertain each other.

Of course, there is nothing like a refreshing morning swim, and we happen to have a pool.


We're inside now and dried-off.  The kids are playing with digital devices for an hour or so, then we need to go to the grocer and pick up a few things.

Zach is at band camp, which began today, so we'll need to pick him up later this afternoon.  This week this place is truly PawPaw's house.

Kavanaugh

Our President has caused the left-leaning politicians and organizations in our country to go full berserk with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy o the Supreme Court.  I'm seeing ads in places I normally don't see ads, from organizations I don't normally see, predicting that if Kavanaugh is confirmed, women will be cast back into the 18th century, will lose property rights, education rights, and most importantly, reproductive rights.

Most of it is over-the-top.  Senator Cory Booker eve went so far as to say that anyone who supports the Kavanaugh noiation is complicit in evil.

I admit that I haven't thought much about abortion in the past several decades.  It was one of those issues that didn't affect me, and I admit that I am surprised at the amount of invective aimed at a practice that I have mixed feelings about.  Years ago, I came to the conclusion that abortion was a necessary evil, and that we should limit it as much as possible.  For myself, I believed that abortion should be available in those instances where the life of the mother was in jeopardy, and in cases of rape or incest.  Beyond those circumstances, I believe that any woman seeking an abortion was in danger of losing her mortal soul.

From what I'm able to learn about Kavanaugh, he's a good judge who has complicated feelings on the issue of abortion, which is good because it is a complicated issue.  He seems to be very good on gun rights, which is my hot-button issue.  He's a Yale-trained lawyer, which doesn't tell me much, but I understand that the entire Supreme Court is filled  with Harvard and Yale grads.  Perhaps the President should have looked for a jurist with another alma mater, but we'll leave that for later.

Kavanaugh is driving the left stone-crazy, and that's good enough for me.  Now, if Sotomayer or Ginsberg would retire, maybe Trump could really re-align the court for the next two decades.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Open Carry Protected by 2nd Amendment - Ninth Circuit

That's what Hot Air is reporting.  That the Ninth Circuit, a court nor normally seen as conservative, has said that open carry is protected by the 2nd Amendment.

Just damn!  There's more at the link above, but this is quite a pleasant surprise.

Chrono Fristrtions

I was outside in the shop, playing with loads for the cowboy shooters.  I set up the chrony to test data, and the data was all over the place.

CFDA publishes a handy data sheet, but there has to be more than one powder that's suitable and I was playing with some powders that are already on my bench. 

I've been a handloader for four decades and I'm pretty confident in my technique.  I understand SD and VMD, and I know how to interpret velocities  When you're working down in the low-pressure that wax bullets necessarily put you in, consistency is the key, and I know how to be consistent.

I'd load five cartridges, looking for an average muzzle velocity of 750, and those five would be all over the map.  721.2, 9715, 167.3, 50.61, and ERR.  Just dam, what's going on?  Just about the time i was about to lose my cool, I realized that lighting was the problem.  The sensor couldn't see the bullets.  I tried some known loads, and got the same type of data.  It was all garbage.

I went to YouTube and that data is all over the map, too.  Lots of low-cost alternatives, lots of high-cost alternatives, but it gives me some ideas.

It's frustrating as hell to set up equipment, run the very best test possible, and get data that is garbage.

Yank 'Em

Hot Air is reporting that President Trump wants to pull the security clearances of several high-level Obama appointees.
"The president is exploring these mechanisms to remove security clearance because they've politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and their security clearances. And making baseless accusations of improper relationship with Russia is inappropriate," said Sanders.
I don't see a problem here.  Security clearances, in my experience are given on a "need to know" basis.  If you have a need to know, then you need the clearance.  If you don't need to know, the you don't have the clearance.

These high-level Obama appointees should have left when he did, therefore, they don't need to know.  The clearances should have been yanked when they left the building.

On any level, I don't see a problem here. 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Gonna Leave You With This

Some of the best blues music I've heard in a long, long time.



Junior and I used to drink PBR beer and listen to blues music, but that was a long time ago.

So The Guy Says

So the guy says he has an explosive device and on't show it to the cops.  they talk to him for a long time, bringing assets to the incident, then the guy rushes them.

It's intense.  But I don't know what the officers could have done that they didn't do.



This is the kind of thing that every police officer dreads.

Grandsons

I've got my work cut out for me, but so do they.  We're hosting two of the younger grandsons this week, along with two of the older.    So, I have teenagers and young'uns.  It's going to work out just fine.

There is this place in the house that we call The Toy Room, and the young'uns  mentioned that it was hard to move around in there.  Fifteen years of toys and detritus in there.  So, PawPaw figured they are the hands-on experts to sort through the clutter and tell me what we need to discard or retain.  They decided that Lego was too valuable to discard, but six large trash bags later ad they're sill sorting.  That room is getting much lighter.  And, it's their stuff they're sorting.

We decided Tex-Mex was the best option for lunch, so we went down to the local oint, one that Belle and I frequent. 



We're cleaning out the toy room and the kids are making the choices on what to keep or what to retain.  This is great stuff.  I may be able to walk across that room in another hour.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday Cooking

We're doing "big cooking" out in the shop now.  It's set up really well for big meals, with plenty of room for everyone.

Yesterday evening, we made Philly cheese steaks on the grill.  I planned the  ribeye  requirements pretty close, and after it was over, Zach decided he was still hungry, so he made a Philly cheese burger.  What's that, you ask?  A big cheeseburger, with provolone and grilled onions and peppers.

The Philly Cheese Burger.  Looks pretty good, doesn't it.
This morning, we started the day with a huge breakfast.  Biscuits, sausage gravy, has browed potatoes, bacon, and eggs-to-order.

Bacon and has browns.  When the eggs were cooking I was busy.

Then for lunch, grandson Lucas asked for chicken and dumplings.  Belle made her signature, start-from-scratch, hand-rolled dumplings.

Belle, dropping dumplings into chicken stock
She even let me take a picture to show how much flour she get s on her hands and lothing while she's working her magic over the dumpling board.


Oh, yeah, it's a mess when she's through, but it's worth it.  My wife makes the very best dumplings I have ever eaten.  It's one o the many benefits of being harnessed in tandem with her. 

We fed the crew and we've cleaned up.  The house is full of grandkids spending the night,a nd Belle is happy as a clam.    Today was a very good day.

Two Videos

Two videos from 2nd Amendment Saturday

The first is video from the Peacemaker's practice Saturday morning.  We were video-ing draws so that folks could watch their draw.  We also caught Zach shooting his fastest time ever, a 0.418.



The second video is later on Saturday.  My sons and I went out to burn some powder with the 9mm carbines.  Younger son has a new Ruger PC carbine in 9mm and second son has a Hi-Point carbie in 9mm.  Lots of fun shooting with my sons.



Then we came home, fired up the griddle and made Philly Cheese Steaks.


Saturday was a very good dar.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Stoontn' Today

The temps continue to climb and when I awoke this morning, my phone notifications had heat advisories all over.  It's going to be hot, but we're shooting today.

Luckily, Belle and I have planned for just this scenario.  As soon as I finish my coffee, I'm going out to the shop and turn on the A /C units, get the fans going, and when the time comes for the Peacemakers to assemble, we'll have a comfortable range to shoot in.

Younger son is coming by later for a visit.  He's bringing grandson Elyas, who will spend the week with us for a late July visit before he heads back to school in early August.  Today's going to be busy, most of it spent in the shop, so I'd best put on my shoes and get started.

Happy Saturday, y'all1

Friday, July 20, 2018

Happy Hour

It's Friday afternoon at PawPaw's House and we're having happy hour.  A nice red moscato  for Belle, and I'm enjoying a distilled beverage rather than a fermented one.  Regular readers know my affection for bourbon and my respect for those who produce it. 

The car keys are hung on their respective pegs, and PawPaw does not intend to communicate with his on-duty brethren tonight. I ain't going nowhere.

One must careful of internet quotes, but I came upon this photo recently, and thank the good people of Kentucky.


I'll leave you with that factoid.  Y'all have a happy weekend.