Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Gillette. Wow!

Have y'all seen the new Gillette commercial.  You know, the Gillette that makes razor blades?  Yeah, that Gillette.



It's all touchy-feely, with social justice crap.  Amazing.  And, if what I'm reading has any impact, it will bomb spectacularly.

Back in the old days, in the black-boot army, I'd travel to Knox during the summer to attend portions of the Armor Officer Advanced Course.  As reservists, we'd do two week portions.  I shared a BOQ room with an executive from Gillette.  (Can't remember his name.)  Nice guy,  Armor officer, and fully Gillette razors.  He'd pass them out, imploring us to use Gillette so that his children could have shoes and warm coats. 

I bet he wasn't in the room when Gillette adopted this piece of fuzzy SJW.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Paperwork

I turned in my formal notice of retirement today at the Sheriff's Office.

The secret is out.  I'm sure that the rumor mill will crank up shortly.

I'm not mad at anyone, I'm not upset.  I'm simply 65 years old and in the words of John Holliday, it's time to seek my amusement elsewhere.  It's been a good run, but it's over.  My last day of work will be March 28.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Meatloaf

But not your standard, boring meatloaf.  No, we have a bacon wrapped, cheese stuffed, smoked meatloaf. 



When I ran that hunk of meat into the smoker, it ran about seven pounds, with all the stuff we put ito that ground chuck.  After lunch, there is barely enough to make a sandwich. 

Meatloaf, it's good stuff done right

Friday, January 11, 2019

Jerry Miculek vs the Bump Stock

The bump stock is a fun toy, and I don't see what the problem is.  It's basically a way to turn money into noise, but a good person with an AR can outrun a bump stock.



Yeah, a bump stock is fun, but running an AR correctly is really fun.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Cooper's Craft

Strolling through the grocer's today, I happened to notice a bottle I had not seen previously.


At ~$19.00 a bottle, I dropped it in the basket.  When I got to a place where I could research it, I find that it is a release from Brown-Forman.  It's the first new whiskey they have released in several years and was named to celebrate their Coopers (the guys who make the barrels).

It's a 4-6 year whiskey, bottled at 82 proof.  I went to You Tube for a review and found onne at the Whiskey Vault.



This may be an interesting whiskey.  In the next few days, I'll crack the bottle and let you know.

UPDATE** Got home ad poured a dram, neat, in a highball glass.  Very nice whiskey.  Friendly,  simply, very good neat.  I'll have to try it with ice later.  (Sipping)  That is a lovely bourbon without a lot of complexity.  But, very nice.  It would make a nice beginners whiskey for drinking neat.

Technology

Here at work, the elevator is broken.  It seems that the circuit board fried itself and we're waiting on a replacement.  It's not generally a big deal, as the building is only two floors and most folks use the stairs anyway.

So, one of the tech guys asked about it, and I told him that the circuit board was fried.  Then I asked him why he didn't just build a new circuit board.  He looked at me like I was crazy.

"Yeah," I told him, "back in the Dark Ages, when I was in high school, we'd go down to Radio Shack, get a piece of circuit board plastic and build our own circuits.  We'd use wire, capacitors, resistors, and a solder iron.  We used to make simple radios from parts."

Low tech still works.  We don't know how long the elevator will be "down", but I'm sure that low tech could fix it.

Speaking of which:

Recently, my son and I were talking, and someone mentioned a common kitchen match.  Grandson, six years old, had no clue..  He's a smart kid, a whiz with his tablet, but he had no idea about proably the most important breakthrough in the history of the human condition.  Fire.  When man learned to harness fire, it was huge.  Everything else, all new technology flowed from that discovery.

Grandson now knows how to operate a standard kitchen match.  It's very low technology, but it works, and it's still a life-changing tool.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The Pelosi Shutdown

It loos like Nancy owns the shutdown now  The President asked if she'd fund the Wall i exchange for an end to the shutdown, and Nancy said NO.  It looks like talking to Pelosi is a total waste of time, but I've figured that she's a total waste of oxygen.


I'm okay with it.

Thanks For Making The Point

It seems CBS decided to fact-check the President last night.
CBS reported, "Fact check: Number of women sexually assaulted on trip to border.
"CLAIM: The president claimed one in three women have been sexually assaulted traveling to the border.
"FACT CHECK: Between 60 percent and 80 percent of female migrants traveling through Mexico are raped along the way, Amnesty International estimates."
Hilarious. Who is in charge? Ralph Wiggums?
The President knew that he would be fact-checked.

I understand that CBS has since scrubbed this embarrassment.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

My Take

I didn't hear the speech tonight, but I kinda know what he said.  I was working at an event that actually made a difference.

But, got home and looking around over a whiskey, and I come to this stunning image.


Geez, those two are a bit skeevy, aren't they?  I'd hate to meet those two  in a dark alley (or or on a well-lighted freeway).  And, that's the face of the Democrat party today?

They have't talk us WHY they don't want the wall, they just want to rail against it.

Washington Said It First

History may not repeat itself, but it certainly rhymes. On this day in history,  I am reminded that President George Washington gave the very first state of the union address.  One of the points he wished to make.
Various considerations also render it expedient, that the terms on which foreigners may be admitted to the rights of Citizens, should be speedily ascertained by a uniform rule of naturalization. ...
Interesting that tonight President Trump is addressing the nation on immigration, and we're still talking about it as a nation.

That's Kind Of The Idea

 Leroy Schumacher, grandfather of 17-year-old Jacob Redfearn, believes the death of Redfearn was unjustified because the homeowner's AR15 gave him an unfair advantage over the three burglars.

That's kind of the idea.  Home invaders aren't looking for a fair fight.

I would probably have used a shotgun.  I'm just saying.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Judges Union?

Evidently, the shutdown is affecting some people, like the immigration courts.
“You’re shutting down the immigration court over the issue of immigration,” said Judge Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, the judges union.
Why do judges need a union?
 Immigration courts are whittled to a skeleton staff, forcing court dates to be postponed and raising the ire of the judges already burdened by nearly 770,000 pending cases.
I doubt that they were "whittled".  Perhaps more accurately, they were forced to furlough those personnel who are deemed unessential.  Which begs the question of hwy they have a backlog?

Even When She's Wrong

The representative out of New York's 14th Distinct (Bronx and Queens) tells Anderson Cooper that even when she's factually wrong, she's morally right.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tells Anderson Cooper that even when she’s factually wrong, she’s still ‘morally right’
I have to admit that she's entertaining.  For some reason, I get the feeling that the good citizenry of her district elected her, not so much for her stunning intellect, but more as a hearty "screw you" to federal governance.  I can almost hear the thought processes.  "Let's send this idiot to Washington.  She'll be good for comic relief, and might actually manage to collapse the whole system."

From a libertarian standpoint, she might be just exactly what Congress needs.  None of her legislation is in danger of passing, and her public pronouncements are certainly whimsical.  I don't know that anyone takes her seriously, not even her constituents.  I, for one, have taken to calling her Occasional Cortex. 

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Belle's Chicken and Dumpings

My Gal, Belle to you, has been making chicken and dumplings for years, and she has been asked over and over again for the recipe.  It's not a recipe so much as a process, so we decided to You  Tube it.  This is not a quick menu, it takes a while, about three hours from star to finish, but it's all here.

For some reason, I didn't hit the "record" button when she was mixing her dry ingredients, but it's all there now.  Watch the video for the whole process.  The video is about 18 minutes long, but it's all important.



That's how my gal does Chicken & Dumplings

Saturday, January 05, 2019

And, the World Changed

It was yesterday, January 4, in 1847 that Captain Samuel Walker walked into Sam Colt's shop and asked for a new revolver.  And, the world changed.
Walker’s stipulations, according to Mark Crawford for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers: he wanted an improved version of the revolver that Colt had patented in 1836. It needed to hold six bullets, be simple to reload and “be powerful enough to kill a man with a single shot.”
It was a tall order, but Colt made it, and until the advent of the .357 magnum in 1935, it was the most powerful handgun in existence..  The Walker had its problems, but it paved the way for better revolvers and became an iconic part of American firearms history.


 I've handled one original, at the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco, TX.  If you're ever in the area, you should stop and visit.

Hanging Out

We've been hanging out all day with Belle's family.  Talking family matters, politics, and bullshit (which is pretty much the same as politics)

So, I offer this bit of trivia.


Tomorrow, I am going to video Belle making Chicken and Dumplings.  She is famous hereabouts for her chicken and dumplings and I am going to stand over her shoulder and video the whole process, for the benefit of the uninitiated.    Be advised, though, she doesn't measure anything.  It should be quite an interesting editing and production phase.

Friday, January 04, 2019

Que The Clowns

I see that the "most diverse House ever" was sworn in yesterday and promptly elected an aging white woman as Speaker.  The first order of business was to end the shutdown, so they got busy and passe a bill.
The Dems kicked off with some legislation, a bill described by the media fan bois as one that will end the shutdown. ABC News has a headline "House votes to end shutdown despite White House veto threat." 
Good job, Democrats.  Probably the finest hour in House history.  Passing a bill that will never see daylight in the Senate, and the President will never have to veto.  Good job!   But, in this largely clown-show gesture, they missed an opportunity.  Imagine what bargaining leverage they would have had if they had simply funded The Wall.  They might have gotten some concessions on the Dreamers, or any other of their pet projects.  But, they come out full-throated against the President and remind us how vastly important the Electoral College is in our modern world.

I fully expect the impeachment hearings to begin any minute, keeping us entertained while they spin their wheels.    The tragi-comedy of  watching the Democrats beat their heads against The Wall is going to make 2020 a cake-walk.  Not much is going to get done, but it will all be hyped by the leftist media as high drama.  ABC has become the garbage scow of news agencies, with CNN as the tug boat.

As a small-government guy, they say "shutdown" like it's a bad thing.  I notice that my military retirement hit the mailbox right on time, ad I notice that I have an appointment with the Social Security Administration later today, so they're still open.  I'm trying to figure out just what is shut down, and why it's a bad thing?

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Worst Soviet Aircraft

I Lol'd

Running Errands in the Rain

It's been raining like a whatchacallit all day long, but I had errands to run ad rain is a common commodity in Louisiana.   I needed a birth certificate, so I went to the court house to get one, then trotted upstairs to the Sheriff's office.  I talked to the nice folks in HR, and told them I intend to retire on April 1st.  They're getting their paperwork together, and I'm getting my paperwork together, and now everyone knows I'm leaving.   We talked about insurance and stuff, and I have a handle on that.

I'm not mad at anybody, it's simply time.   Years of working around jail-houses tell me that one door has to close before another door can open, so it's time to make the move.   I knew when it was time to retire from the State, and I knew when it was time to retire from the military.  Now, it's time to retire from the Sheriff's office.

Went out to Camp Beauregard to get a new ID Card, but the ID Card machine is down and they hve no idea when it will be fixed.   It seems to me that an ID Card device would be important on a military post, but what do I know.?

When I was in the military, we called it being a "short-timer".


I'm going to be so short, I won't be able to see out of my boots.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

In Lieu of Actual Content

I's raining.  I've done the laundry, and cleaned out a closet.  Bored now ad watching YouTube.



He has the same problem with his dog that I have with mine.

Here's my dawg, yesterday.


I had to look at this ribs to see if he was breathing.

March Cancelled

Not the month, we'll still have March, but the Women's March in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Women’s March rally has been canceled following allegations of Jew hatred and anti-white racism that have rocked the movement and several of its key members, including Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory.
A rally was scheduled for 2019, but has now been axed.
 Why are leftist organizations such cesspits of hatred and bigotry?

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Black Eyed Peas ad Cabbage

Long a tradition in the South, we maintain that tradition with friends for lunch.  It' ain't just boiled cabbage, Belle has quite a recipe, but its simple and easy.  It''s a good way to use that leftover ham from Christmas, and I have to save the ham bone from Christmas so that she cam use it for the peas and cabbage.



Happy New Year's y'alll..  We'll get cranking on the new year tomorrow.  My first order of business will be a haircut.