Sunday, March 24, 2019

Chicken Spaghetti

We made chicken spaghetti today for lunch.  Quick, easy, filling, alwas a hit.

We started by de-boning a rotissserated chicken.  Then put some seasoning blend veggies (onion, bell pepper ad celery) into a large dutch oven with a big dab of chopped garlic..  Sauteed that for a while.  Then added two cans of cream of chicken soup, two cans of rotel, cut up a pound of velveeta, and 16 oz (2 cups) of half-and-half.  Added the chicken, and it looked like this.

I could drink this stuff with a straw.

Boiled a couple of pounds of spaghetti then put it into two casserole dishes, poured the sauce over it, ad covered it with shredded cheese.  Ran it into a 350 oven until the cheese melted.

Serve with garlic bread.    We fed an even dozen people for lunch, and we barely have leftovers.

Yesterday's Shoot

The Cross Branded Peacemakers held their monthly match yesterday, and some friends from a neighboring club came over to shoot with us.

1st Blue Eyed Belle, 2nd Squirrel Girl.

Normally, the ladies shoot separately, but as there were only two of them, they opted to shoot with the men, and let their standings come from overall match placement.

1st Big Mark, 2nd Cajun Greg, 3rd Akarate Zach
We shot a 3X Nevada 8 match.  The Nevada 8 is a match format that is designed to speed things along.  All matches are decided in 8 shots or less.  We had 12 shooters in each round, and shot 10 rounds in just under two hours to determine match standings.  We shot the whole match in just under two hours.  Each shooter had to lose three matches before they were eliminated.

Saturday was a lot of fun..

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Club Shot Today

We move away from the weekly, workaday world to the weekend, and we have a club shoot today.  I've already been out in the range, sweeping and straightening, and making sure that we have what we need for a successful shoot.  Getting ready to make a run to the Dollar Store for some supplies.

I look forward to these club shoots.   Maybe I'll put up some photos later.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Embrace The Suck

It's a title, a book by retired soldier Austin Bay, and a mantra for so much of what we do, both in the military and in police work.    What we do, in large part, sucks.  But to succeed in our chosen field, we have to work through the bad times and maintain our professionalism, take care of the unit, and take care of our personal growth. 

Whether you are standing a lonely guard post on a cold, rainy midnight posting, or dispatched to an in-progress domestic incident, or yet even assigned to a boring desk job, our work sucks.  It's all vital, it's all necessary, and it's not always what we want to do.  So, embrace it.  Remember that we're here to serve something larger than ourselves.  We're doing what we do to preserve freedom, to serve the community, to serve justice.

It is very nearly a Buddhist concept.  Whatever life throws at us, we're here to do a job, and the lesson comes from the way we do it.  One day, if we're lucky, we'll get to reflect on it, to realize that what we've done comes from, and makes us, what we are.

Ten years I worked in an inner-city high school, and for most of that time, I thought that it sucked.  There were very few days that I can recall that were pleasant, jovial, and memorable.  The vast majority of those days were not.  Yet, I've run into students who graduated from that high school, and they remember me, even if I don't remember them.  They are young adults now, productive citizens in all walks of life, and I can take pleasure in knowing that they remember me, many of them fondly.

In just a few days, my associates are going to give me a retirement reception, and perhaps that's why I'm being introspective.  I'll probably be asked to give a few remarks, and I'm trying to figure out how to wrap up a nearly 40 year career in two minutes or less. 

The world will not long note, nor probably even care, but it matters to me.  So, it's well that I put my thought together.  This too will suck, but I'll embrace it.  I have too much riding on it to do otherwise.

Sir Robert Peel

Robert Peel is often considered to be the father of modern policing.  His principles are taught in academic circles and have great weight in the matter of the proper  use of police management.   Years ago, I taught Principles of Police Work a t the local college, in the Sociology department, before they had a criminal justice program, and Peel consumed the first chapter of the text I then used.

The reputation of the police agencies in this country have taken a beating over the past few years.  Most famously in the Obama era, but we continue to struggle with our general reputation, in some part because we tend to forget who we actually serve.   A review of Peel's work will help us to re-focus out efforts in a manner that serves the greater good.  One of my favorite of his principles is:
The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence. 
The police are the public and the public are the police.   This is the foundation of civil police work.  We are simply members of the citizenry who are paid full-time to focus on crime and disorder.    We are no better, or worse, in large part, than the citizens we serve.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Made For Idiots

My dad called them idiot lights, and I'm starting to believe it.  I found this little icon o my dash board when I started for work this morning.


Evidently, my washer fluid is low.  What a tragedy.  The first car I ever had didn't even have a windshield fluid reservoir.  My second car had one, but it had a manual pump that you had to pump to get water on the windshield.

Now, the car tells you when the washer fluid is low.  They are making cars for idiots.

Florida Man

It's a meme.  Google "Florida Man" with your birthday and see what pops up.  I got "Florida man captures record 18-foot Burmese python, the largest in the state"

New Zealand Convulses

I admit that I know very little about New Zealand, except that I have heard it is a beautiful country.  But, the liberals are in charge and they suffered an horrific crime last week.  Now, they're convulsing.
All military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles and high-capacity magazines will be banned in New Zealand following the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 50 people, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday.
I wonder, while they're at it, if they are going to ban murder?  Quite honestly, I don't believe that they have thought this through.
 "Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terror attack on Friday will be banned," Ardern continued, adding that she hoped the law would be in place by April 11. "This legislation will be drafted and introduced in urgency."
I'm always skeptical of  anything produced in urgency. 
As a result, many people who legally owned certain firearms will no longer be able to possess them on their existing license conditions.
An amnesty will be put in place for weapons to be handed in from Thursday. Cabinet has directed officials to develop a buyback scheme, and Ardern said that further details would be announced "in due course."
In due course?  That is never a good thing to hear from a politician.  I hope that the gunners in NZ are paying close attention, it appears that the NZ politicians are tying to make felons from law-abiding citizens.

Thank God, we have the 2nd Amendment.  Still, we have to defend it every day.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Great Discussion

A great discussion from two very well known gun guys about why the 1911 is still a dam fine pistol.



Hat tip: Knucklegraggin'

Black Pocket Tee Shirts

I had a doctor's appointment this morning, so I took a sick day.  I have a lot of sick time saved, and I'm going to lose it all next week, so rather than take the few hours the appointment needed, I took the whole day.  For, you see, I"m retiring.  My last duty day is March 28th.  On March 29th, I'll turn in my gear and begin the weekend.  My first day of paid retirement is April 1st.

I was doing laundry this afternoon, folding a big pile of black, pocket, tee-shirts, and realized that I have worn these for several decades because that's what uniform comps wear.  They are getting somewhat shabby, and they'll be converted to shop rags soon, but I'll have to decided wht to wear every day, something that I haven't had to do since I met Belle.

I had retired when I met Belle and was doing contract work but went back in uniform shortly after we met.  I've been a cop for most of my adult life, over 37 years behind the badge, and it will be over very soon.  Next week is going to be bitter-sweet, but I intend to work my last duty day just like I worked the first one.  When my shift is over, I'm sure that it will hit me, but right now, it's just something I have to do until next week is over.

I have two huge projects coming up in April, which is why I'm retiring now.  The nearest one is the shooting match I'm hosting, the second weekend of April.    The other is a project that I've been planning for six months, but that I won't talk about until April 1st.

Stand by.  We're going to have a lot of fun.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Seattle Is Dying

That is the name of a documentary by KOMO TV in Seattle, Washington.  They have reported on the intersection of the homeless/addiction/mental health/criminality problem.

My wife, the lovely and talented Belle has been a Mental Health/Developmental Disability nurse for over 40 years and puts the blame on the Clinton Administration, who started shutting down mental health hospitals because of yada, yada, yada, civil rights, these-people-deserve better, their rights to live in the community trump your rights to live in a safe, pleasant environment.

It's a problem for the police all over the country, especially if you work in an urban environment.  Even in this small city in central Louisiana, we have the same problem, to a lesser extent.  Where I happen to work, in the downtown area, we have a magnet for the homeless, but it is not just confined to the downtown area.  I talk regularly with the homeless coordinator for the schools, and we have approximately a thousand homeless children in the area.  She works tirelessly trying to insure that these children have a safe place to live and the things they need to succeed, and her work is never-ending.  It's a problem everywhere, and kudos to KOMO for highlighting the problem.

It's a great documentary, and I'm going to leave it right here so that I can find it later.



We need to get a handle on this as a society.  This is a police problem, but it is not a police issue.  By and large, we're doing our job.  This is a problem that other agencies need to address.  Seattle estimates that they spend a billion dollars a year on the problem.  Across the US, there is no telling how much we spend.  And, since 1992, it's been an abject failure.

Monday, March 18, 2019

That Venezuelan Military Video

I heard about it just this morning, and cannot testify as to the provenance, but it's a great meme, and it's priceless.



I'm trying to decide if the commentary is better than the video, or vice-versa.

However, there is a classic Stripes reference to this whole sorry debacle.



Exit question:  Does art imitate life, or the other way around?

Texas State

We rolled out Thursday afternoon, headed to Needsville, TX, for the opening of the competition season at the Texas State Championship of Cowboy Fast Draw.

I had to drive through Houston, a traffic nightmare of high speed and road construction.  A country boy like me doesn't do well in Houston traffic.  We shot all day, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The Louisiana Contingent.  L-R: Chief Runamuck, Pistol Pearl, Southern Belle, Big Mark, Moon, Big Bill, Akarate Zach, Major D,  Blue Eyed Belle, and Dixie Rose.
After the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon, we collected out gear and headed home, back through Houston.  We rolled into the driveway last night at about 2300 hrs, and hit the sack,   Now, it's Monday and we're back in the real world.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Rosenburg,TX

We're in Rosenburg, TX (just outside of Houston).   I just drive through downtown Houston, at night.  Finally got off the never-ending road construction (jersey bouncers after dark) and one stoppage for an accident at the Brazos river, then the GPS put us out in the middle of a bean field.

Finally found the hotel, and the counter guy tells us that the GPS takes everyone to the bean field.  It's quite common.

Houston traffic sucks, even after rush hour on a Thursday night.   And, are they ever going to finish that bridge over the Houston ship channel?

Tomorrow, we'll get into a gunfight.

Crime Boss Slain

It seems that a reputed Mafioso was slain yesterday in New York city.
A man said by federal prosecutors to have been a top leader of New York's notorious Gambino crime family was shot and killed Wednesday on Staten Island.
Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his body at his home in the borough's Todt Hill section just after 9 p.m.
Any murder is police business, but cops from time immemorial have recognized that there are generally four types of homicide.  Felonious, Accidental, Justifiable, and Admirable.   What we need to realize is that when something like this happens, something else is going on.  Someone just made a bid for power, and Franky Boy was in the way.

I'm sure that the cops are on it.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Sauce For The Goose

An old saying I used to hear around the house was "Sauce for the Goose is sauce for the gander."

Or, "What goes around, comes around."

It seems that President Trump is proposing cuts to Medicade, Medicare, and other entitlement programs.  Oh, the Dems are up in arms, and want Congress to reign him in, but it seems that others have been doing the same thing for years.  Executive over-reach is executive over-reach, regardless of who does it.  But, the current poster-boy for executive over-reach has a particularly short memory.

First, there was this:
2013: John Kasich circumvents Ohio's legislature, unilaterally puts hundreds of thousands of able-bodied, working-age, childless adults on Medicaid
Now, there is this:
2019: Kasich becomes a comically fake crusader against executive overreach
It it is okay for an executive to unilaterally expand a program without legislative approval, it should be okay for another executive to dial it back.  If Congress wants to pass laws, Congress should get busy passing laws.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Getting Interestinng

Our long-time Sheriff is retiring, and the candidates are lining up.  So far, three have come out formally.  All three are known in the local LEO community, and all three have a history with the Sheriff's Office. 

Alphabetically, they are:

William "Clay" Brister

Ronnie Sellers

Mark Wood

Those three are about half of who we expect to announce.  PawPaw isn't making any endorsements yet.  All three of these are good men, and we have yet to see any platforms.

In the next month or so, this should start to get interesting.  The primary election is on October 12, 2019, so we have the whole summer, and I"m certain that at least two other candidates will ammounce in the coming weeks.

Tilting Toward Socialism?

Over at PJ Media:
Amidst the welter of good and bad news we are assaulted with every day, by far the most dangerous long-term are the new polls showing America's youth tilting significantly toward socialism.
Not surprisingly, these same young people haven't the slightest idea of what socialism really is, its history or what it entails, which is suicidal for them more than anyone else. They are the ones who will suffer most if the USA turns into Venezuela.
History may not repeat itself, but it certainly rhymes.  As I look into the idea of socialism, it's a long string of failure, marked by human misery and broken dreams.   It's entirely possible to vote yourself into socialism, but it's also likely that you'll have to shoot your way out.

All that having been said, Paul Harvey warned us, years ago.



We've been warned.

Police Radar

Interesting story here about a California cop catching an F-16 fighter on radar.

Which reminds me:

Years ago, a Louisiana cop was running radar on LA Highway 1, south of  Natchitoches, LA.  LA Hwy 1 was the major north/south road in the area, a two -lane highway that served the agricultural area of the Red River valley.  The road was fairly straight for miles with gentle, broad sweeping curves connecting the long straight miles.  It was tempting to speed on the highway and the cops would find a convenient spot on the shoulder.

Not much traffic on this particular day.  The cop wasn't hidden, and the cars that went past were well within the speed limit.  As the cop sat looking down the road, his radar unit registered something moving at 27 mph, well below the posted 55 mph speed limit.  The cop looked down the road and didn't see anything.   The cop didn't see anything in front of him, indeed, nothing on the road at all.  So, he tested his radar unit, and it again popped up with the 27 mph indication.

Then, the cop spotted a lone crow, flying down the middle of the road.   LA 1 had its share of road kill, and the crows were frequently seen.  The cop could only imagine that the crow as looking for a mid-afternoon snack before the late afternoon traffic made the idea hazardous.

That was a long time ago.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Quesadillas

Got home this afternoon, feeling peckish, and remembered that I had some leftover taco meat in the fridge in the shop.  Told Zach that if he was hungry, vittles were in the shop.

Flour tortillas, taco meat, shredded cheese, and salsa.


Thta's how we roll on Monday afternoons around here.

Really??

It seems that the student government at UC-Santa Barbara has called for the disarmament of the campus police.
The resolution not only called on the university administration to disarm campus police of “lethal and military-grade hardware” but also resolved that its president send a letter to the school’s chancellor detailing various “dangers presented by an increasingly militarized police” to the student body, according to student newspaper 
You may recall that UC-Santa Barbara was the scene of a mass shooting in 2014, where 20 people were killed.   Hopefully, the adults are still in charge of the school.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Saturday Running-Around

Got up this morning to clean the range.  Earlier this week we had been making trophies for Louisiana State.  Sanding cypress to a nice finish to make plaques.  Sawdust everywhere.    Belle spent about four hours in there yesterday, and I spent a couple of hours in there this morning, but the trophies are 99% done.

Then, hosted a club meeting.  We shot for a while, prayed for a little while, and talked about the things necessary for a successful state championship.  One subject of contention was the inclement weather plan.  I didn't have one , so we put one together.  Rain is always a distinct possibility.

One club member was looking at her phone and told me that Harbor Freight had the 10ft X 20ft carports on sale.  These are used all across the CFDA for rain abatement.  Normally, they're $120.00, but today they're $90.00.  Helluva deal on ab absolutely essential picce of equipment.

After the meeting Belle ad I did some errand running, then went to Harbor Freight to see how many they had on hand.  Then we went home, I jumped in the truck and we high-tailed it over there.


We now own five (5) portable carports.  In the coming days, I'll make the modifications that the CFDA uses to put these things together.  We've learned that a club can make a few simple mods and mae these things really easy to erect.  A group o experienced CFDA shooters can put one up in about five minutes aft after the mods are made.

Friday, March 08, 2019

Police Admin Trivia

Just finished a conversation with the local rep for the local company who supplies police radios.  The big supplier of police radios is Motorola.  Motorola is huge in police/fire/industrial radios and communication technology.

Several weeks ago, a couple of old cops were talking and the subject of radios came up.    Particularly, the cost of radios, and I asked the rep how much (ballpark numbers) how much the radio I carry costs the department.  "About $2000.00.", he replied. 

Then I took out my cellphone and commented that a cell phone is simply a thousand-dollar radio.  The rep nodded, then started to tell me about some new things coming out that we should see in the next several years.  According to him, the technology is still "buggy" and they haven't worked all the glitches out, but we should start seeing a blending of technology across the traditional walkie-talkie / cellphone technology divide.  A radio is simply a device that transmits and receives data, and cell phone tech has gotten much better over the past decade. 

It was a good conversation, and police administrators should try to stay current on communications technology.  There are exciting things going on.

Poor Venezuela

According to Reuters:
CARACAS (Reuters) - A major power outage hit crisis-stricken Venezuela on Thursday, according to Reuters witnesses, a problem the government of President Nicolas Maduro quickly blamed on “sabotage” at a hydroelectric dam that provides much of the country’s power.
What did socialists use before they had candles?  Electricity.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Thursday Music.

Just because I've always loved a slide guitar.

Tracers at Night

This is why range fans and impact areas have to be so large.  As beautiful and compelling as this photo is, it gives some indication of what happens to bullets when they strike something.  And, sure as gravity still works, they are going to come down somewhere.

OINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, AK, UNITED STATES 03.04.2019 - Army Spcs. Dariel Barbosa, left, and Mitchell Bundy, assigned to Blackfoot Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, fire M249 light machine guns at night during live-fire training at Grezelka range, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 4, 2019. Utilizing the M249 light machine gun and M240L machine gun, the Spartan paratroopers honed their marksmanship skills by engaging multiple targets at varying distances. Barbosa and Bundy are natives of Fajardo, P.R. and Wilmington, N.C., respectively. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)
Hat tip: Strategy Page

Keeping Current

I used to do this fairly often when I worked for Probation and Parole, and it was a lot harder to do during the pre-internet days.  But, it's revealing to look at these things sometimes.

If you go to the Division of Administration for the Gret Stet of LA, we find the Corrections services budget for the penitentiary system is $558838822.  Then we go to the LADOC Briefing Book and find that we house 33186 offenders in our system.  If we divide those two numbers, we get something like $16,839.59 which represents the cost to house one adult offender for a year.  Divide that by 365 and we get $46.14, as the cost to house one adult offender for one day.

Louisiana houses a larger percentage of hit's state offenders in local jails rather than sending them to the state penitentiary.  This saves the state a lot of money, but the state does reimburse the local sheriffs for housing those offenders, but at the rate of roughly $25 dollars a day.

Jails are cost centers, expensive cost centers, and they are a necessary part of public safety.  If you are a public safety administrator, these figures are good to have at your fingertips, so I'm going to leave them here so I can find them later.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

They're Going To Need A Whole New Crew

Something is seriously wrong at a Taco Belle in Philly.
Several Taco Bell employees in Philadelphia were fired after they jumped over the counter and attacked customers who complained about the long wait time for their order last week. Now the Taco Bell has a "Help Wanted" sign on their door, and management is retraining employees so such a thing doesn't happen again.
I'm sure that they covered "Don't attack the customers" in the initial training.  But then again, maybe not. 

It's called Fast Food for a reason.  Actually, I'm rather fond of their tacos, although I realize that they bear only a slight resemblance to a real taco.  But then again, it's Taco Bell.

The Balancing Act

PJ Media reports this morning on what we are continuing to learn from the Parkland shooter, the aftermath of the tragedy, and how education policies shaped the environment that allowed such a thing to happen.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel has reported about a number of failures and missteps by the Broward School District. It has reported on a culture of tolerance that allows unruly students to have repeated second chances. [or third, fourth, fifth....] The district is now revising its discipline policies and the Promise program, which provides alternatives to arrests for some misdemeanor offenses, to make them less lenient.
The newspaper also identified how school districts in Broward and across the state under-report crimes, making their campuses appear safer than they are. The Sun Sentinel has also reported how the district failed to act on warning signs involving the Parkland killer, botched his special education services, failed to hold administrators accountable for actions related to the tragedy and has regularly hidden information from the public.
School Districts don't do themselves any favors when they fail to enforce those disciplinary issued that affect the safety of students.  So, there is a balancing act between the needs of an individual student and the safety of the student body at large. 

As a School Resource Officer for the past 17 years, I've seen it go both ways, I'm convinced that  school administrators try to get it right most of the time.  Generally, (and I"m talking in broad generalization here) a school reflect the community is serves.   If that community has a crime problem the school will reflect that problem.  School districts should not blanch at a particular school being a reflection of the community.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Ls Danse de Mardi Gras

All across south Louisiana today, this is the anthem of the Mardi Gras.



This isn't the New Orleans Mardi Gras, this is the Cajun version of he small towns along I-10.  Tomorrow, we begin Lent, but today, we party.

For myself, I'll be working in my shop most o the day.

Monday, March 04, 2019

Just Living In The World

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is drawing a lot of heat for her Green New Deal, ad rightfully so.  She has a gigantic carbon footprint.  But, she responds that she is "just living in the world."
Freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to The Post’s report on her giant carbon footprint by saying she’s just “living in the world.”
There is no problem with living your life, but if you want to change the way that I and most Americans live, perhaps you should lead the way, by example.  Americans respond favorably to folks who live the example of their philosophy, but tend to ignore those who espouse change on the masses without living the change personally.

It's like the global-warming glitterati who fly to Devos in their private jets and complain about my carbon footprint.  It smacks of hypocrisy.

The Future of Warfighting

This is a great video.



It explains stuff that we need to be aware of.

Monday Morning

Drinking coffee in the pre-dawn hour, I'mm off work today, ad I'll be watching a grandkid while his parents work.  It'll be cool.  He's a great kid and I enjoy spending time with him.    It's what PawPaws do.

I see that Alabama got hit with tornadoes last night,  23 dead and that toll is expected to climb as rescuers work through the day.  Just damn.

We'll be hanging out today.  Local weather is expected to be quite chilly.  February has been so wet that the entire central Louisiana is waterlogged.  The ground is rotten with water-soaked soil.  We really need to dry out, but it appears that drying is not in the immediate forecast.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

J-Frames, Gawd, I Love Them.

Back inn 1987 I began my love affair with the J-frame Smith ad Wesson revolvers.  It began with a used Model 60 that I acquired from a local judge.  I carried that gun, both on duty and as an off-duty piece,

I carried that Model 60 (in .38 Special) and stoked with with the Federal Ny-Clad ammo that was common in the day.  I still have a few cylinders of Ny-Clad left.  It served me well over the years, and had good reviews back in the day.  I carred that Mode 60 until 2012.  My daughter-in-law wanted a steel J-frame and I wanted an Airweight, so I happened upon a nice, clean Model 38 and gave her the old Model 60.  I never looked back.  I dropped the Model 38 in my pocket ad it has been a constant companion for over seven years.  It's a gun that is carried a lot and shot little, although I did qualify with it on the Sheriff's range three or four years ago.

Yesterday, my son did a detail strip on the Model 38 and we found some corrosion under the cylinder release, between the aluminum frame and the nickel plating.  Two sons inspected it, and declared that I should have the frame stripped and re-coated before putting it back into service.

Younger son is a pretty fair SW mechanic, and elder son worked for a while as a body-and-fender ma on aluminum aircraft.  They both recommended immediate repair and I trust their combined judgement.  So, my beloved Airweight is going to the body-and-fender shop.  Probably for a Duro-coat job.

As younger son was leaving, he handed me a replacement J-Frame.  "Here, Pop, carry this until your gun comes back from the shop."

"I've got carry guns, " I retorted.  "You might need this one."

"I've got two more at home." he said.  "I don't need this one right now."

So, I slipped it in my pocket and went about my business.  I noticed it was heavier than my Airweight, but that is the nature of steel vs aluminum.  It wasn't till this morning that I inspected it.  Holy-Moly.


This is the Model 640-1, in .357 magnum.  With Crimson Trace grips.  And, yes, the barrel is marked SW 357 Magnum.  It should be quite a handful if I ever have to touch it off.

On the other hand, it might be a lot of fun.  Thanks, son.  I'll try not to hurt it.

Sunday Bookkeeping

Belle and I worked on our projects this morning, under rainy, grey skies.  Today it's best to stay in where it's dry.  But, we're moving forward on Louisiana State, and another project that I will unveil in early April.

This is going to be a lot of fun.  The panning and prep, while frustrating at times, makes me go through the mental gymnastics necessary for a successful launch of the project.

Stand by.

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Leadership - On Duty

Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language. You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.

I was taught this during officer's training.  Bonus points if you know who said it.

Also, a quote from Beccaria, who was one of the writers of the enlightenment.  It also applies to leadership.
every act of authority of one man over another, for which there is not an absolute necessity, is tyrannical.
I kept that one taped inside my briefcase for the entirety of my military career.

Friday, March 01, 2019

Do Not Resuscitate

Seen on the Book of Face


Heh!

Leadership

I've got a big project coming, and I'm thinking about leadership.


What is the essence of leadership?  Can it be distilled into a catch-phrase?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Glasses

I've worn glasses since the 8th grade and every-so-often I need a new prescription.  That happened a couple of weeks ago and I picked up the new specs an hour ago.

I can see again, as long as the font is fairly black, and the lights is fairly good..  This is good stuff.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Infanticide

I'm going to leave this right here so that I can find it later.  We have a partial list of some of the Democrats who yesterday voted against giving medical aid to infants who survive an abortion.

Elizabeth Warren
Bernie Sanders
Kirsten Gillibrand
Kamala Harris
Amy Klobuchar
Cory Booker

As these folks crank up their presidential campaigns, we should have them explain their vote.  Exit question:  If everyone has the right to appropriate medical care, at what age, exactly, does that right begin?

May God have mercy on their souls.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Disgrace

Senate Democrats today voted against a bill that would require medical professionals to provide medical care to born-alive infants.
Senate Democrats blocked passage of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Monday night in what President Trump called "one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress." The final vote was 53-44, seven votes short of the 60 needed to overcome a legislative filibuster.
I am aghast.  The Senate Democrats are now in favor of infanticide.  I would note that the presumed and announced presidential candidates are all on record for voting in favor of killing this bill.

May God have mercy on their souls.

Great Job, Colorado

It appears that Colorado has lost its mind.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) will sign a measure to award his state’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, moving a countrywide coalition one step closer to circumventing the Electoral College.
So, if the nation votes for Candidate A, but Colorado votes overwhelmingly for Candidate B, the electors from Colorado will ignore the will of the state, and vote for the other candidate.

There are so many problems with this scheme that I won't belabor them here.  But, if the citizens of Colorado are okay with their vote being totally negated, I guess it's okay with me.  This seems like huge Democrat butt-hurt from the last election, and I can't imagine that any pol in Louisiana would dare propose such an idea.

Tar, feathers, some assembly required.

A Cautionary Tale

From Prager U, a cautionary tale about socialism and Venezuela.



Maduro is still jailing journalists who report on his catastrophe of a country."

As one wag said:  "You can vote your way into socialism, but you have to shoot your way out."

Monday, February 25, 2019

Remember When

This AP photo brings back memories.

A Kuwaiti helicopter herds Iraqi prisoners of war, arms in the air, across a stream in southeastern Kuwait, Monday, Feb. 25, 1991, as Operation Desert Storm continues. (AP PHOTO/STR)
Twenty-eight years ago, we ejected Iraqi forces from our ally, Kuwait.  Many Iraqi units fought bravely and tenaciously, but many others surrendered almost immediately because we had severely disrupted their command, control and logistics chain.  Some units hadn't eaten in days and had little in the way of food.  We had destroyed their will to fight and surrendered en mass.

As an old soldier, I hope those guys made it, and enjoyed a pleasant, productive, and peaceful life.

Hat Tip, PJMedia.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Cypress and Steel

The state tree of Louisiana is the Bald Cypress.  We use it for lots of things because it is naturally bug-resistant and moisture resistant.   Cypress is great for Louisiana, because of its unique properties.

We like stainless steel in Louisiana as well, because of it's rust-resistant properties.  So, when we were designing trophies for Louisiana State, it was simply natural to combine those two materials.


This is the prototype and I think it looks pertty good.  Many thanks to Brother Fred for the leg-work and daughter-in-law Kim for the vector art work.

The Mothball Fleet

Interesting article over at Popular Mechanics.
The U.S. Navy won’t bring back decommissioned ships as a way to grow the fleet. The ships, decommissioned from the Navy after decades of service, are rusting away at a number of “mothball fleet” locations across the United States. Navy officials have concluded it would be too expensive to bring them back and they would offer too few capabilities to make them worthwhile.
Lots of interesting photos from the Philadelphia Naval Yard, and I don't doubt that these ships aren't cost-effective to use as warships.  They all seem to be floating, and there is a heeluva lot of steel in the water.  I wonder if they could be re-fitted for other uses?  Or, if they'll eventually be broken up for scrap?

Of course, I'm no sailor-man, but the photos were interesting.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Smollett Arrested

The news is everywhere.  Jessie Smollett has been indicted and arrested.  The charge, as I understand it, is Disorderly Conduct - False Filing.  It's a Class-4 felony (whatever that means).

At this point, Smollett has a presumption of innocence, although from what I've seen, his defense has a tough row to hoe.  Smollett has been very vocal in his victim-hood, and the interviews are all over the internet.  They are not going away.  Everyone has seen them.  This has been a very public item.

But, now Smollett is charged and we can draw a curtain across this whole tawdry incident.  Smollett has rights and we should let the system take care of the details.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Busy, Busy

I'm so snowed under with work, and Cowboy Fast Draw, getting ready for Louisiana State, and prepping for retirement, I didn't have any time to post today. 

I'm not ignoring y'all, I swear,  I've got a couple of big projects percolating, and it's going to get better.  They tell me I'm over the hill, but from what I remember about driving, and gravity, when you crest a hill, you pick up speed.

In another month or so, this is going to get damned interesting.  Stand by.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Space Force

I see that President Trump has signed a declaration to form a Space Force.  Evidently it will be a sub-unit of the US Air Force.  Much like the Marine Corps is a part of the Navy.

I have not had a chance to think this through.  I hope that the Pentagon has.  It adds another Joint Chief and another undersecretary, plus I assume a bunch of worker bees.

I wonder what the uniform will look like?  Also, some wags are noting that there is no Air in Space,  so why should it be part of the Air Force?

Monday, February 18, 2019

Postmodern Education

It seems that researchers are blaming YouTube on the Flat Earth phenomena.
Despite steps taken to counteract problematic material YouTube is still a hotbed of hoaxes and fake news -- a problem that's become so prevalent the site recently announced it is changing its AI in a bid to improve matters. But now the scope of the problem has really come to light, as new research suggests that the increasing number of Flat Earthers can be attributed to conspiracy videos hosted on the site.
I thought we settled this in the 16th century.  Of course, postmodern education has nothing to do with the idea that the Earth is flat.

Respect

Is someone disparaging the Guru?  That's not a good idea.

I started my journey with handguns about the same time that the Colonel published his book, The Principles of Personal Defense.  It was a bible, a handbook, a clarion of the Modern Technique.  It is still relevant today, and the techniques that Cooper taught are still being taught worldwide.

Jeff Cooper was a forward-thinking person who espoused what was at the time, the very best he could offer, and he was not above reviewing other techniques and taking the good while discarding the frivolous.  But, if we distill his writings and teachings, what he truly espoused was mindset.  The mental activities that must occur before a fight to put one in the proper thinking for mayhem.

Are there better handguns than the 1911?  We can debate that.  Is the Weaver stance still relevant today?  It's certainly a good tool to have in your tool box.  Are there better tools available today?  Well, science, technology, and man's understanding moves forward.  The automotive world still stands on the breakthroughs that Henry Ford delivered.  The world of physics still studies the theories of Newton.  In every field of human endeavor, we stand on the shoulders of the people who came before us, and in the world of handguns and practical pistol-craft, we still stand on the shoulders of Jeff Cooper.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Cold, Wet, Sunday

It was a cold, wet Sunday in central Louisiana.  Belle ad I cooked in the shop as we do every Sunday, but this today all the kids were elsewhere, so it was just Bell and I, ad an old friend, Jerome.  Belle cooked a chicken pot pie, homemade, from scratch, ad we enjoyed it for lunch

Afterwards, sitting around the coffee table, I poured a dram of Monkey Shoulder to try.  This is my first go-around with Scotch, and I have to say I found it quite entertaining.  I got hints of vanilla and butterscotch, along with a fruity sensation that reminded me of cooked pie filling.  Very interesting indeed.


That glass is not a proper Glencairn, but a nice tulip shaped glass I found at Dollar Tree.  It works well for nosing whiskey, and at a buck apiece, if it gets broken I don't cry.

We're inside now, prepping or the workaday Monday that will soon be uponn us.

Who Is This Idiot?

I don't watch a lot of current TV.  Belle and I generally watch History, DiscoveryID (All Crime, All The Time), and Travel channel.  When this story broke several weeks ago about some guy named Jessie Smollett, I admit that I had no frame of reference.  Evidently, he's an actor on some show, and he is not a Trump supporter.  Go figure.  Hollywood generally doesn't support President Trump.

The story I saw was that he hand been attacked by two MAGA hat wearing assailants  Another hate crime by Trump fascists.  It was all too set-piece, too scripted.  I've been a cop for over three decades and have a very finely tuned Bullshit Detector.   When I first heard this story, my BS detector beeped faintly, like a metal detector who is first homing in on an object.

The Chicago police department, doing their jobs, started running down leads.  They identified some "persons of interest".  Interviewed same persons.  Held them at some length doing what good investigators do.  As it turns out they are two brothers of Nigerian descent, who work on the same show as Smollett.

My BS Detector went into immediate overdrive.  H had to mute it.  About the same time, Smollett lawyered-up with a guy who is reputedly the best criminal defense attorney in Chicago.

Smollett still has a presumption of innocence, and I'll bet that the 5th amendment protections will factor in his defense strategy.  He doesn't have to talk to the police, and he should have invoked that strategy from the very first.  If he hadn't made the very first report, he wouldn't be lawyered-up now and most of the world would be blissfully ignorant of who he is.   But, NOOO!  He had to be relevant.  He had to stage some street theater.

I"m just saying.

Clearing The Way

Minefields a bitch.  They cost lives ad they slow down an advance.  Every sodier hates minefields, and the engineers are always searching for better ways to clear a gap through a minefield so that troops and equipment can cross safely.  Some of those methods include overpressure, a large explosion over the minefield to sympathetically detonate the mines buried.  It's quite impressive to see.

GRAFENWOEHR, GERMANY 01.23.2019 - U.S. Soldiers with the 91st Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, detonate a mine clearing line charge fired from their M1 assault breacher vehicle at the Camp Aachen training area, Grafenwoehr, Germany, Jan. 23, 2019. 
More on line charges here.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Collusion

Liz Shield knocks it out of the park with her Morning Brief this morning, regarding McCabe's stunning admission yesterday.
So "Andy's office" told Scott Pelley of "60 Minutes" that he and some of his derp staters wanted to nullify the duly elected President Trump via the 25th amendment and claim Trump was unable to fulfill his duties as president because RUSSIA...
 As of today, the number of people indicted or pleading to treasonous collusion with RUSSIA is ZERO. After two years, not a single person has been busted for anything related to RUSSIA or working with RUSSIA to steal the election.
 I'll be glad when Mueller makes his report and it turns out that this whole RUSSIA collusion thing is a big nothing-burger.   The Deep State was pissed when Trump was elected and they were really pissed when he fired Comey.  What they fail to remember is that Hillary would have fired Comey too, and would have been fully justified in doing so.
 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Deep State

It seems that no less than formed FBI big shot Andrew McCabe has confirmed that the DOJ discussed a coup against President Trump.
On Thursday, CBS News anchor Scott Pelley said former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told him that Department of Justice (DOJ) officials met to discuss whether or not to remove President Donald Trump from office in the wake of the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey. This news confirmed conservatives' worst fears about a Deep State working against the duly elected president.
I wonder how they intended to "remove" him from office?

How Great Thou Art

One of my very favorite old hymns.



I honestly didn't know that Vince Gill could play the guitar.  He's one of my favorite singers, but I didn't know he could play.

Prager U on Health Care

Prager University puts out a range o videos on a rage of topics.  This one on health care.  It's worth a watch.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wednesday Moving Around

I had a couple of doctor's appointments today.  Nothing spectacular, but my sawbones wanted to draw blood in morning and see me in the afternoon after the labs were done.  No surprises, I'm probably going to live another six months.

But, because I'm going to lose a huge amount o sick leave when I retire, I decided to take the whole day as sick leave.  And I had a ball.

Went to drink coffee with a friend, early, then made it over to the office so the vampires could take their samples.

Then drove out to Pollock to see my graphic artist.  Visited with the mayor, and old friend, and visited with my sons, who were putting in a shower at the city splash-pad.

Thence, to Wally World, where I bough a doze roses, a box of chocolate, and a card to take to Belle at work.  Valentine's day is tomorrow, but I'm ahead of the curve.

Thence, to Picadilly, where I met my mother for lunch.  We had a good visit, and got caught up o family stuff.  We live 12 miles apart, and I see her three or four times a year, and she's okay with that.  At age 85, she's busier than many of my younger friends.

Thence to the Doctor's office, where he told me I was a fat man. and that he'd see me in six months.  As a result, I went to  local liquor store and perused their selection of Scotch Whiskey.  I'm not a Scotch drinker, but I thought maybe it was time to give it a try.  After mush consultation with the somelier, I decided on a bottle of Monkey Shoulder.  It's not a single malt, but I am assured that it will help pave my way into the world of Scotch whisk(e)y.


Now, if you'll pardon me, it's time to relect on the day.

They Are Eating Themselves

It's starting to get ugly on the left.

Never interrupt your enemy when he's making a mistake.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Louisiana State Poster

The Louisiana State Championship of Cowboy Fast Draw is 2 months out.


We're getting ready.

Deal? Or No Deal?

It looks like congressional negotiators may have come up with a deal acceptable to all sides.  Politico reports that such a deal was reached last night.  Details are still fuzzy, but we'll see what happens.
The tentative deal includes $1.375 billion for physical barriers — a type of fencing that resembles the “steel slats” that Trump has specifically called for, according to a congressional aide briefed on the talks. It includes a total of 55 miles, which is just 9 miles shy of Trump’s last budget request.
It's a start, I guess.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Brother Fred's Knives

Bother Fred is a church elder, a CFDA shooter, a trusted friend and a knife maker.  I ran into him an hour ago and he showed me two knives that he has recently finished.  They're daggers, and they're beautiful.


My photography does not do justice to them.  The handle on the left one is holly, and the handle on the right is sycamore.  The one on the left is made from a flat bastard file, and the one on the left is made from a half-round file.

Beautiful, just beautiful.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunday Cooking

Younger so was visiting this weekend ad Belle decided to cook his favorite, Chicken Fried Steak with mashed potatoes, green peas, and white gravy.  We started cooking, and I suddenly recognized that Belle had bought enough meat to feed a regiment, which is about what we feed on a normal Sunday for lunch.


Of course, he had to go over ad see what was going, on, so he was pressed into service.  Chicken fried steak is a labor of love, ad with the three coatings, (flour, egg wash, and panko crumbs) Belle needed more than two hands.  So, we set up an assembly line.


Before long, we had them rolling through the coatings, the into the oil.


When they were done we put them into a slow cooker to keep them warm while the guests assembled ad the rest of the meal was prepared.


We fed sixteen family members for lunch today, and there is a little left over in case one of us gets peckish toward evening.

Saturday Shooting

We hosted the cub yesterday as we do ever other Saturday, and after the practice was over, youngest son asked how many guns we use for CFFA shooting.  I told him that honestly, I hand't counted in a several months, but I haven't bought any guns in the past year.So, we drug them out for inventory purposes.

These are used solely for CFDA shooting.  They are all in .45 Cot, used exclusively with wax bullet ammunition.  While I own other single action revolvers in other calibers, Belle and I decided when we started that we would never own, any standard ammunition in .45 Colt, specifically because we don't want any accidents.  If anyone family or friend wants to shoot a heavy revolver, we'll find a suitable range and drag out the .44s, but in this caliber, it's wax bullet ammo ony.

Having said that, here are the family's competition guns, currently in use.

BottomL Ruger (old) Vaquero.
L-R Traditions Liberty Model, Taylors & Co, Cattleman, Traditions Rawhide, Ruger New Vaquero, Ruger New Vaquero, Cimarron El Malo, Cimarron Model P, Stoeger Hombre
This represents a range of guns commonly seen on any CFDA range nationwide, and there is something there to suit anyone.  We tell new shooters to find a club ad try as many guns as they possibly can before they make a decision on a specific model.  Belle has tiny hands, I have larger hands, and minuscule differences in frame size and grip size have a huge effect on how a gun fels ad performs in competition.  We let anyone try any of our guns before they make up their minds to buy a specific model, and we're fortunate that we can have the different models that we have.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Plain Spoken

I like this guy, Sheriff Judd out of Polk County, Florida.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Elizabeth Warren, Paleface.

I swear, the Democrats are imploding; wracked in their own hubris.  As Michael Walsh celebrates at PJMedia.
As I mentioned in our Live Blog the other day, almost lost in the news of the Democrat meltdown in Virginia, and the success of the president's State of the Union speech in front the Harridan Handmaiden's Caucus and its denture-sucking leader, Maerose Prizzi, was this astonishing and richly satisfying end of the national political career of that unctuous phony, Elizabeth Warren of Oklahoma, Massachusetts, but not the Cherokee Nation:
This week has been richly satisfying, with all the hubris and machinations of the Democrats coming to light.  And, as I remember from my military career, the old maxim, Never interrupt your enemy when he's making a mistake. 
We've always known her motive: self-advancement and self-enrichment. Perhaps, like every other lunatic Democrat, she began to believe the party-line nonsense that race, ethnicity, and sex were simply social constructs, and subject to the whim of the individual. Perhaps, as a member of the Party of Science, she thought that family lore and jokes from her pee-paw about "high cheekbones" were dispositive. Or perhaps she's just a fraud; which conclusion would Occam's Razor dictate?
I'll take Fraud for $200, Michael.  The woman is a fraud, plain and simple.

The Green New Deal

Everyone says that it is a total absurdity, but no one has seen it until today.  Nancy Pelosi yesterday said:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed the proposal Wednesday, saying, "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?"
Hell, Nancy, she's taking a page out of your book.  You remember telling us about the Affordable Care Act "You gotta pass it to know what's in it."  It seems like your young freshman, Occasional Cortex is following your play book.

But, the freshman socialist did publish it today, even if it is a bit of an unworkable hot mess.
On Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) unveiled her much-vaunted "Geen New Deal," and it's even worse than you expected. Among other absurd things, it calls for abolishing cows, nuclear energy, and airplanes, "upgrading all existing buildings in the United States," guaranteeing "high-quality health care" for all Americans.
Abolishing cows? And airplanes?  Oh, it gets better.  Things like guaranteed jobs for people who want to work and guaranteed financial security for those who don't.  This thing is starting to sound a lot like prison.  This is not a serious policy proposal, but I never expected a serious policy proposal from this bunch.  They're Democrats.

Generally, they would be laughable if they weren't so pathetic.

What Is It With Blackface?

The Dems in Virginia are having problems.

Now, the Dems in the Carolinas are having problems.

Evidently, in the '70s and '80s, it was fashionable to have your picture taken in blackface.

I went to college in the '70s, but I don't remember yearbooks.  But, evidently, they were a thing in college.  And, they reflect the era that we lived in.  Little did we know that everything we did during those heady college years would be considered a mortal sin when viewed through the lens of social acceptance today.

When everything is a crime, everyone is guilty.  In large part, the Democrats sowed the whirlwind, and now they can reap the tornado.  I really don't feel sorry for them.

Single-Payer Ain't Happening

All those Democrats who ran on the promise to socialize health care (Medicare For All) have a huge problem, not because it is unworkable (which it is), or too expensive (which it is), or because Republicans oppose it (which we do).    The larger, more politically important problem is that Nancy Pelosi doesn't want it.
Pelosi adviser Wendell Primus detailed five objections to Medicare for All and said that Democrats would be allies to the insurance industry in the fight against single-payer health care. Primus pitched the insurers on supporting Democrats on efforts to shrink drug prices, specifically by backing a number of measures that the pharmaceutical lobby is opposing…
If the linked article is correct, then Medicare For All is a non-starter.  The Democrats don't want it and the Republiicans don't want it, and it's simply another pie-in-the-sky talking point to help young socialists get elected. 

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Booker Shows His Ass

Senator Cory Booker, the failed mayor of Newark, NJ and now a senator from that same state, continues to show his ass on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
On Tuesday, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a 2020 candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, asked Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao if she considered homosexual relationships to be sinful. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) immediately called Booker out on this line of questioning.
Booker seized on Rao's 2008 article opposing the Supreme Court decision Lawrence v. Texas, which decriminalized homosexual activity. He then directly asked her, "Are gay relationships in your opinion immoral?"
That's a dumbass question and totally irrelevant.  The lady is being considered for a judicial post, and judges don't weigh-in on sin.
"I am not sure the relevance of that," Rao responded.
And properly so.  If Cory wants a dissertation on sin or morality, I would refer him to the New Testament. I would also invite him to come sit in on some church services. 

Cory Booker is an ass.  It's time to start treating him as such.

Dems Block Bill Prohibiting Infanticide

Things are getting more and more surreal.  As Hot Air points out.
Just how surreal have things gotten in Washington these days? For one solid yardstick, look no further than the attempt by Ben Sasse to obtain unanimous consent for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in the Senate last night. The crux of the bill is fairly simple. If a baby is born alive, even in the case of an attempted abortion, and is breathing outside the mother’s body… you can’t murder it. It’s a bill designed to prevent infanticide. Surely, even in the current climate of political hysteria, that’s one thing we can all agree on, right?
Uhh, no.
 Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington objected to the bill on the floor, preventing it from receiving unanimous consent…
well, okay.  It should have gone to a full vote, and let everyone cast their vote.  It would be real interesting to see who is in favor of killing live human beings.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Yeah, I Believe So

Have Democrats overplayed their hand on abortion?  I believe they have, and although I haven't commended on it, I tend to agree that they've tried to go a bridge too far.
In New York and Virginia, Democratic state governments are working to loosen restrictions on abortion late in pregnancy, far past the stages at which fetuses can survive after birth. The controversy over this expansion of abortion rights presents an opportunity for the anti-abortion movement to make the point that every abortion—no matter when it is performed—ends a human life.
I've followed this casually, simply because I don't think that I will change any minds.  But, I listen to conversations around the break rooms and what I'm hearing is that most people in conservative Louisiana are sickened by the idea of late-term abortions.

It's going to be interesting to see how this plays out.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Working on Trophies

With Louisiana State 10 weeks away, it's time to get hot and heavy on trophies.  We're building our own, from cypress that has been bologna-cut to show grain and bark.  We got them from the sawmil this week and this morning we gave them  preliminary sanding, to remove saw-marks.  Now, they're drying on a wire shelving unit.


I have them stacked for maximum airflow, and hopefully they'll lose some of the moisture they're carrying so that next Saturday we can appy a coat of poly and start sorting them.

Friday, February 01, 2019

Spartacus Announces

I see that the liberal senator from New Jersey has announced for the presidency.

That's three reasons NOT to vote for him.  He's liberal, he's a politician, and he's from New Jersey.

He'll siphon liberal votes away from Camel Harris, who I see is coming out against revenge porn.  Based on some of the rumors floating around, this stance makes a lot of sense.  Sometimes we have to connect the dots to make sense of the news.

This presidential cycle could get very interesting.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Thought He Got Away

A Box of Cheerios

So there's this guy, Howard Schultz.  He's running for President as an independent and he is also a billionaire, former CEO of Starbucks.

Someone asked him how much a box of Cheerios cost, and he didn't know.

Is this what MSNBC has devolved to?  I was at the grocers yesterday, picking up stuff on the list, and I couldn't tell you how much any of it cost.  How much does a box of Cheerios cost?  It's a bullshit question that depends on where you buy it.  I'm sure that the box costs more at an upscale grocer than at the Family Dollar store. It may well cost more in New York than it does in Pineville, USA.

MSNBC has made itself irrelevant.  They're a bullshit network with braindead anchors.

But, the idea of an independent Presidential run in interesting.  I remember H. Ross Perot in 1992.  He split the conservative vote with George HW Bush and made Bill Clinton the President.  If it were not for Perot, William Jefferson Clinton would simply be a minor footnote in American political history. 

 So, the question becomes: Who is Schultz going to siphon votes from?  The election is a long way off, so we'll keep a weather eye on this question.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Staying Alive

Yeah, the BeeGees song.  Turns out, it has the proper tempo for CPR.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that 21-year-old Cross Scott found a woman locked in her car this month and broke in, finding she wasn't breathing.
He doesn't have any emergency training but thought of the show where Steve Carell's character does CPR to the tune of the Bee Gees' song "Stayin' Alive." The song has the correct tempo for chest compressions. Within a minute, the woman was breathing, and she was taken to a hospital and later released.
 Good Job, Scott!  I didn't know that the song has the right tempo, but it's something that is easy to remember.



100 beats per minute, that's the key.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Snow Day

The weather weenies got it wrong again, and the School Board, depending on what looked like a viable threat of icy bridges, cancelled school for the day.    As happened the last three times, today is a beautiful day, but there is no way to get the kids in school at this late hour,

Because I'm a school-house cop, I am off whe the kids are off, so Zach and I decided to make the best of it.


We started with biscuits in the oven and a pound of bacon on the griddle.  I melted some butter on the side of the griddle for the biscuits.  We got some hash-browns going, then when the biscuits came out o the oven, we dropped some eggs on the griddle.  Bacon, hash-browns, bacon and eggs.

If I would have thought about it, I would have made a quick sausage gravy.


I have an appointment at the optometrist later, so this won't be a totally wasted day.

Same Old Song

Kamala Harris has launched her presidential run and we're hearing some of the same old lies rhetoric that we've heard before from the Godless Democrats.

I you like your pa you can keep it?  Yeah, where have we heard that before?  How did that work out for you?



Yeah, let me tell you, I just signed up for Medicare and it's not the end-all they're cracking it up to be.

Kamala is trying to bankrupt the nation.

The Arizona Border

Monday, January 28, 2019

Snow Event

Yep, schools are closed tomorrow, and AccuWeather is calling for a "snow event".  We're supposed to get an inch of snow.  Yawn.


We'll see.  So that tomorrow won't be  total waste, I've made an appointment for an eye exam.  It's time for new spectacles and I may as well use a day's sick leave rather than a day of annual leave.

Snow-pocalypse

From NOAA:
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 9 AM CST
TUESDAY...
OhmiGod, Winter Weather.  How bad is it going to get?
 * WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to one
inch are expected.
Oh, my!  Glaciation!  Blizzard Conditions!  Frozen Wasteland!
 A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
Call 511 for road information.
Precautions!  We'll need at least one year's supply of food and water before dark tonight.

Everyone is freaking out over an inch (possible) of show.   It's hilarious.  The Great Blizzard of 2019 is upon us.

**UPDATE** Sure enough, Rapides Parish Schools are close tomorrow due to potentially hazardous driving conditions.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Weekend Update

Busy weekend, guys, but a good one  We started out yesterday doing chores around the house ad in the afternoon,  hosted a club shoot, our first monthly match of 2019.  We shoot for "Top Gum" points,and at the end of the year, we add up the points and give prizes.

L-R 1st,  Two Step Cooke - 2nd Squirrel Girl - 3rd Blue Eyed Belle

L-R - 1st, Cajun Greg - 2nd, Big Bill - 3rd Brother Fred

After the match, Belle decided that we needed oysters to finish the evening, so we took out some fresh oysters, broiled them in garlic butter topped with cheese and served them on crackers.  I complimented mine with a dram of Cooper's Craft whiskey.


This morning, the family is coming over for lunch, so we decided to make deer chili on a frosty January morning.


That's how we're rolling this weekennd.  Tomorrow, it's back to the grind, but in the meantime, we're living large.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Friday Night - Jerry Clower

I've never seen this one.



That's good stuff, right there.

What The Hell?

It's all over the news that Roger Stone, a previous Trump advisor was arrested this morning.  It's everywhere.   In the pre-dawn hours, the FBI executed an arrest warrant at Stones home in Florida.

Amazingly, it was all caught on video.



The big news, to my mind, is not that the FBI arrested someone for whom they had a warrant.  That is their job.  The big news is that the FBI is now tipping off news agencies when they make a splashy arrest.

This is what the FBI has become.  It's a shame, it's a damned shame.