Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Old River

There is a place between my acre, and Baton Rouge, along the Mississippi River, called the Old River Control Structure.  It's a massive engineering project that is ongoing, started in the early 20th century and continuing today.  It is designed to keep the Mississippi river controlled.  It's massive hydrology.

The problem is that the Mississippi river does not want to stay in it's channel.  It wants to take the Atchafalaya river.  The Atchafalaya river is straighter than the Mississippi, a more direct route to the Gulf, with a steeper drop.  If the Mississippi moves into the Atchafalaya, then Baton Rouge and New Orleans will be stranded without enough water to sustain the industry and the populations, resulting i a massive dislocation of people and resources.

My father always said that one of these days it will happen.  I've said it myself in the past.  Mother Nature works in her own ways, ad while we can live with tiver and the floods, we can't control her, or the river.

This young lady presents a pretty good tutorial on what is happening today and what might happen tomorrow (or the next day).  If's fifteen minutes, but it's worth it.



With all the rain we're getting this spring, and all the snow that the west is still getting, we may be setting up for record flood.  It will be interesting to see i the structure can hold back the flood, again.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Texas Asserts Sovereign Immunity

Texas is asserting its sovereign immunity against Congress, telling Democrats on two congressional committees this week that the state has no obligation to comply with their investigative demands.
Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office says that as a state with sovereign powers under the Constitution, Texas can’t be treated like a federal agency or Cabinet secretary who can be compelled to comply.
I've often wondered why states did not more often invoke the 10th Amendment in certain matters, telling Congress (or federal bureaucrats) to go pound sand.

For those who are not familiar the 10th Amendment says:
 The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Congress, over the past decades, has assumed a lot of powers not delegated to it by the Constitution, and sometimes the states should rein in the federal bureaucracy.

We're Tired

We're tired.  Tired of the climate bullshit.  The climate alarmists have been spewing doomsday scenarios for most of my adult life, and none of them has panned out.  For example, in 1975 Newsweek ran an article about the coming glaciation.  Yeah, that link takes you to Snopes.  but, look what Newsweek said:
The central fact is that after three quarters of a century of extraordinarily mild conditions, the earth’s climate seems to be cooling down. Meteorologists disagree about the cause and extent of the cooling trend […] but they are almost unanimous in the view that the trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the next century. […]
Nowadays, it's global warming.  The same gloom-and-doom, and politicians make hay out of it.  The voters are seeing through the poly.  I see where Australia elected a conservative government over the weekend.  The New York Times put the blame on the strident climate alarmists.
 On Saturday, the conservative party — the Liberal/National coalition — held on to its majority in Australia's parliament, even picking up a few seats and stunning observers who had predicted a Labor Party victory. In fact, The New York Times ran a lament that the climate alarmists lost their election.
Yeah, because we're tired of your bullshit. Any politician around me who talks about climate is an idiot.  The climate is not their concern.  Really, t's not.

UPDATE** From Instapundit, since the original posting:
“It is the middle of May and things are looking more like winter than spring. Winter apparently is not finished with parts of the Northeast, nor the West or Europe. In many places around the northern hemisphere its the latest start of spring on record. Cold air coming in from Canada is likely to cause a mix of snow and rain in higher elevations of New Hampshire, Vermont and much of northern Maine by the 14th of May, CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said. That means we will have have had 9 months of winter weather in some parts of the United States as well as in Europe and Russia.”
Nine months of winter sounds like climate change, but not the kind we've been led to expect.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The No Name Club

The No Name Club is a local social club for men.  (Gasp!  Perpetuating the patriarchal hegemony!).  No,not really.  The club has been active for years, some say decades, and the activities are a lot of fun.  Once a month they meet, hold a dance, and spend a Sunday afternoon dancing and cooking  Yes, the ladies are invited, but they are catered to for the afternoon.  It's very pleasant, and the membership is limited, by invitation only.  Dues are reasonable, ad pay for the venue and the food that we consume.

Belle and I have attended a couple of times as a guest. but recently I was invited to join.  I jumped at the opportunity.  All of the men are divided into six teams, responsible for the cooking.  Each team cooks twice per year.  I'm on the cook team this month and again in six months.  Ain't no problem, I know our cook team leader.  He's a retired Sheriff's deputy and has the situation well in hand.  I"ll show p at the appointed time, and do what I'm told, and we'll serve on time.

Basically, we meet from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Sunday afternoon, with dinner served at 6:00.  The club provides set-ups, beer and wine.  The ladies are catered to in the finest tradition of Southern hospitality.

The cook team is meeting at 1:00.  Belle will follow at 4:00.  We're looking forward to it.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Prayer and Practice

After my Gosh-awful day, I needed to go to a place where God's word would be heard, so about sundown I went over to the church.

I started the morning at the DMV, which is enough to make anyone lose their religion.  Came home and ran a chainsaw for a bit, trimming an oak tree so that I could mow under it.  Got out the lawn mower and had trouble keeping it running.  Stuck it twice in a muddy ditch, and when on the other side o the house, got too close to the central air unit and slid it off it's pad.  Put the AC unit back on the bad and called the AC guy to service it.  AC guy said he'd be there shorty.

Called second son, my mechanic, who is an expert on small engines. He said he'd come by after work.  AC guy showed up about 4:30, told me I hadn't really hurt anything, but gave the AC unit a springtime servicing and let me write him a check for his work.

Second son came over, ad we started diagnosing the lawnmower.  He asked for some needle-nose pliers and I went to gt them.  Came around the corner and saw flames, actual flames coming from under the dashboard of the mower.  I'm no mechanic, but I believe flames are bad.  My mechanic thinks so too.  We have some re-wiring to do, as soon as he researches the original problem.  We'll get to the bottom of it, but not tonight.

Belle got home and we poured an aperitif.  I told her about my day, and told her I was going to the church to help with Prayer and Practice.  I changed shirts and went over.  Found my church buddies and told them about my day.  One good friend pointed at the full moon and told me that was the problem.  Some of the horses were skittish because everything is weird on a full moon.

Our church is a Cowboy Church, and yes, we have horses.  And a rodeo arena.  And during the middle of the practice, we stop and listen to a word of gospel.

Brother Perry, our arena master, delivering he Word of God from horseback.
Home now, and safe.  Everything is good, the house is cool, and the mechanical problems will be solved in good time.  Like I tell the dawg every morning, "It's going to be all right.".

Corrections

The Corrections Officer is vital to the efficient operation of the Sheriff's Office.   Under Louisiana law, the Sheriff is responsible for keeping the local jail, and Corrections Officers normally make up about half of the sworn officers in the department.  I know the job, because I've done it, and I support the fine deputies who provide Care, Custody, and Control to the nations's jails.

Revealing The Plan

It seems that both Senator Cory Booker ad Senator Kamala Harris, both Democratic hopefuls, are trying to out-do each other on control.  You can read the whole sorry scenario here.

Violating the Second Amendment does't seem to be a problem for the Democratic hopefuls.  Banning, legislating, and royal decree executive action seems to be the way they intend to to introduce common sense gun safety sweeping gun bans to the country.

They are revealing their plans in an effort to broaden support in the primary.  They are talking to the base, not the general electorate.  Plans like this may play well on the coasts, but in middle America, it is anathema.

I've been thinking about picking up another M4-style rifle.  It's America's Rifle, after all, and patriots would do well to prepare.  I really don't believe that either of these two will see the general election, but having another modern sporting rifle in the rack is never a bad idea.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

What Is Going To Power Them

I see that the Democrats are backing a bill to ban the use of gasoline powered cars by 2040.  Fat chance.  It will never get through the Senate.

But, what do they think will power cars?  Electricity?  Okay, fine.  What source of power is going to be used to generate that electricity?  Today, it's natural gas (35%), coal (27%), and nuclear (20%).

I knew  guy a while back who had an electric car.  I harassed him about using a coal powered car.  He got offended, but our local power plant used lignite to run the steam turbines.  So there.

IN the parts store today, doing a little politicking and laughing about the Democratic clown-car-show that they're putting on against Trump.  This bill is simply pandering to the far-left base.

Meatless Revolution

Meatless revolution?  I think not.  As it turns out, vegetarians account for about 5% of the US population, ad vegans are about 1%.  But, Chick-fil-A is exploring meatless options.
Say it ain’t so, Joe! Or Dan, actually. (As in Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A.) The company is reportedly in the midst of developing more vegan options on their menu. But they’re not just talking about salads and side dishes here. Some thought is being given to offering “meatless chicken.” Which, last time I checked, means it’s not actually chicken. 
Chick-fil-A has a great business model, and they've done really well with one product.  Chicken.  I've eaten at their restaurants, and it's pretty good, though I don't make an effort to get across town.  If I'm over there and peckish, I might pick up a bite.  However, I know people who are very loyal and truly crave their sandwiches.

But, whatever, it's their business.  And as I've heard it said;  "Get woke, Go broke.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Ralfy Revieews

If you want to know anything about Scotch Whiskey, go over to ralfy.com  He is a veteran reviewer of Scotch Whisky, and knowledgeable. 

Occasionally, he slips his traces and roars off into foreign territory, reviewing rums and bourbons.  Here he's reviewing Bourbon Deluxe, a blended bourbon whiskey marketed by Jim Beam.  We used to consider Bourbon Deluxe a bottom shelf whiskey, suitable for serving only to young lieutenants, and artillery officers.  Helicopter pilots would drink it as well, but those guys are liable to drink anything.

At any rate, have fun.  He compares it to Pappy Van Winkle.  But, he reviews two bottles, one bottled in the 1970s and one bottled recently.  It's a generational review.



Watching this guy is a lot of fun.


New Salt Generator

Many of you know that I use this blog, among other things, to document home improvement, and devices I use at the homestead so that when they go out, I can readily find what I'm looking for.

We have a pool and it uses a salt water system.   It's very friendly on chemicals.  Normally, I spend about $200 per year on salt and muriatic acid.  The pool tends to go basic, so I need the acid to balance ph, and the salt us used by the salt system to make chlorine.  Normally, this works great, but every five years or so, the salt generator dies, constituting the need for a replacement.

One day last week, I noticed that the salt generator wasn't working, so after some diagnosis, I decided that it had gone south.  We ordered a new one, and it came in today.  It's already installed, a simple matter if you have a strap wrench.

For the record, it's a Pentair Intellichlor IC40.  I have installed it, and we're going to let it run for 24 hours on the Shock setting.  Then I'll balance the ph and start vacuuming.

Inspection Stickers

Louisiana has a requirement that all vehicles have an inspection sticker.  You can buy a one-year of r two-year inspection sticker.  I noticed a couple of weeks ago that the inspection sticker had expired on my pickup, but it hasn't left the yard in several weeks.  One of the things on my "Ger "er Done" list is to get a new inspection sticker.

As a working cop, I always questioned the efficacy of those inspection stickers.    If I made a traffic stop, it was one thing I checked, but I don't think I ever wrote a stand-alone ticket for an expired inspection sticker.  If there was a problem, I would add it to the list of things, but generally, I'd just warn the motorist to get a new sticker.

The problem with inspection stickers is that it increases the bureaucracy.  A portion of the money went to the State Police, a portion went to the Office of Motor Vehicles and a portion went to the actual inspector who conducted the inspection.

But, there is a bill in the state legislature to do away with inspection stickers completely.  They would recoup the money by adding $10 to the registration fees.  They would use that money to hire an additional 150 state troopers across the state.

Stonewall Republican Rep. Larry Bagley’s bill would eliminate the inspection requirement, but essentially retain the $10 fee by increasing the registration renewal cost. The money that would go to the local inspector under the current system would instead be earmarked for LSP, allowing the agency to hire an additional 150 troopers to patrol Louisiana highways.
I thin this is a great idea.  But in the interim, I still need to get the truck inspected.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Some Photos From ComicPalooza

When Zach and his buddy went over to ComiPalooaza this weekend, he took the camera.






Some of the costumes were magnificent.

Squeeze Chute Medicine

Our current crop of physicians could learn a lot from watching a bunch of cowboys work a herd during the spring or fall evaluation of the herd.  Basically, you round them up, get them in pens, and run then through the squeeze chute. 

Cattlemen love their herds, it's what they do.  Cattle are a source of profit (theoretically) and a good cowboy wants the herd healthry, so twice a year you doctor on them..  A dose of wormer, threat them for ticks, and evaluate each of the cattle in the herd. 


It's group medicine, ad while you're looking for problems, you insure the health of the herd. 


It's not brutal, it's gentle as possible, but it's efficient.  If you see a problem, yo cut that one out for further evaluation.


When you have several hundred cattle to treat in a day, you don't have time for niceties.  You want to get the herd back on pasture as soon as you can.  This reduces stress on the herd.

Modern human medicine is getting to be a lot like squeeze chute medicine, without the care and concern that the cowboys give the herd.  I just spent three hours in a thoroughly modern medical clinic and never saw a doctor. 

The crew fell behind, putting the herd in stress.  I watched them, twice, lose patients, much like a cowboy losing a cow that he already had in the pen. As we process through the chute, falling further and further behind schedule, they finally put a bunch of is in a final pen, where the main topic of conversation was how far behind everyone was falling.  And, the crew still wanted to make small talk.

It got so bad that when one of the crew would ask me how I was feeling, I told them, "Hungry, thirsty, and angry."

My advise to modern medicine.  If you're treating a herd, act like you're treating a herd.  Be efficient.  You don't have time for niceties when you're already late.  Modern cowboys know how many cattle they can work in a day.  If a modern medical clinic can only handle 50 patients a day, don't schedule 51, 

I understand that if a physician has an emergency, we might be late.  But, today I had no expectation of seeing a physician.  So, there is no excuse for anyone being late. 

If modern medicine is going to show contempt for me by being late for appointments, don't be surprised when I reflect that contempt.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Home Safe

We rolled in ten minutes ago from the big ComicPalooza in Houston, TX.  It was a good trip, an we made good time getting home.  We left Houston at just after 1:00 and got home before 6:00.  Not too shabby.

I'm prepping for a doctor's appointment tomorrow.  The instructions say no caffeine for 24 hours, so I didn't get any coffee this morning, and I won't have any prior to the testing tomorrow.  It's cardio, if you're curious, but I'm not worried.  I doubt I'll keel over any time soon.  Belle is a registered nurse, and she's driving this process, so I'm in good hands

The lack of caffeine pisses me off to no end, and the instructions didn't say anything about alcohol, so I"m having a late afternoon aperitif.

Maybe things will get back to normal this week.  I sure could use some normal.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Country Come To Town

Some observations from a redneck country boy spending the weekend downtown in the 6th largest metro area in the US. (Houston, TX)

Traffic is a nightmare.  Oh, we got here okay, and we'll get home okay, but I'm not moving the car.  t's in the parking garage and we'll just make do.  Plenty of restaurants withing hoofing distance.  We'll be fine.

I may be the only guy not in costume who is wearing a cowboy hat.  I an okay with that.  Very few people wear hats these days, but I figured I'd see a few more men in Houston wearing a standard cowboy hat.  I figured wrong.

The staff here is unbelievable friendly, courteous and helpful.  Folks on the street, though, don't make eye contact.  The vast majority of them are looking at their phones, and seemingly oblivious to what is going on around them.  When I give a friendly "Good Morning" to people on the streets, I an routinely ignored.

The boys are having a ball.  It's one big geek-out.  Zach dressed like the Toy Store character Woody to attend today's festivities.


Some of the costumes are outrageous and I admit freely that I"m not sure which character they are portraying. One young lady this morning was walking the streets in what appeared to be a black teddy with bright yellow hip boots.  I had left my phone in the room, and didn't get a picture, but you can be assured I'll start carrying it when we go out to the street.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Comicpalooza

We're in Houston.  A year ago, we promised grandson Zach that we'd bring him. To something called Comicpalooza.  It's this weekend, so we drove up this morning, and got rooms at the Hilton downtown, across the street from the Convention Center.  Very Convenient.

We let Zach bring a buddy, and they're across the street at the Convention Center.  So far, I've seen Iron Man, and Wonder Woman.  Wonder Woman's lariat didn't glow, so I don't think she was the real deal.  This Hilton is huge, and Belle and I did some wandering about, trying to get our bearings.  I dobt we'll go very far this weekend, I hate driving in Houston.  I'll be using my maps to try and figure out what we can do that is within walking distance.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Finally Here

Sometime last year, Belle asked me what I wanted for Christmas.  I told her that I wanted a skillet.  A really nice, cast iron skillet.  We ordered a 12" Stargazer skillet.  It has been reviewed favorably on Cowboy Kent Rollins YouTube channel.

Shortly before Christmas we started getting emails.  They were having problem.  Evidently, it's not easy to scale up the molds from a 10" to a 12" skillet.  Then they had problems wit the bottom inscription.  Then they had other problems.  It became kind of amusing, but the company kept us informed, and even gave us a chance to back out of the deal.

I decided to wait and see how long it would take.  And earlier this week we got a shipping notice and the USPS brought it today.  I have to admit, it's really a nice sillet.


The inside is smooth as a baby's butt, and it should take seasoning quite readily.  I ordered it pre-seasoned, but it will need to be cooked in a few times before it starts to look like a seasoned skillet.


I won't get to cook in it till next week.  Tomorrow morning early, we're going to Houston for an event that Zachary wants to attend.  I've waited this long to put it on the counter, another few days won't hurt.

Is it any better than a big Lodge.  Or for that matter, a nice antique Wagner or Griswold?  I don't know, but I do know that cast iron is my favorite cookware, and we need to support these companies that are making really nice cast iron.  This piece is heirloom quality, and I'm sure that it will be used long after I'm goine.

Pinks ad Greens

I don't know how I missed it, but the Army is changing uniforms.  When I started soldering back in the mid '70s, we wore the Army Green Service Uniform.  Also know as "Class A", it was the uniform you wore if you were in an assignment that called for "coat and tie" dress.  It looked like this:


I wore that uniform infrequently, for 25 years.  If the detail required a more formal attire, such as at a function where one might wear a tuxedo, the Army Blue uniform was specified.

At some point, about 2000, the Army ditched the green uniform ad went strictly with the Blues.  But, every couple of decades, the Army changes clothes, and they're going retro.  All the way back to World War II, adopting an uniform that many called "Pinks and Greens".  Every WWII soldier would be familiar with it.


I always thought that it was a goo looking uniform.  But, I thought that it had long ago been relegated to museums and re-enactorrs.  When I was in officer training back in the early '70s we had one officer who found the WWII version in a second-hand shop and bought it.  He got permission to wear it occasionally to show the children what the WWII uniform looked like.

As long as they don't resurrect the universally hated khaki uniform.  Gawd, how I detested that uniform.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Flood Stage

The National Weather Service has warned that the Red River near Alexandria, LA will reach flood stage this weekend.  Flood stage is at 33 feet.  The river is a little over 28 feet how.  They are expecting drenching downpours over the next couple of days.

The weather map looks lie this right now.  Sure as hell, it's going to ru right over us.  The continuing pattern of fairly dry during the week, and total apocalypse on the weekend is continuing.


As of right now, heavy rainfall is predicted for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Capital Punishment

The use of capital punishment is a continuing debate across the nation.  We used to hang people, then we went to the electric chair or the gas chamber, then we moved to lethal injection. 

Louisiana moved away from the electric chair in 1993.Nowadays, the drug companies don't want to sell us the pharmaceuticals necessary for lethal injection.  The last person executed in Louisiana was in 2010.  Yesterday, the state senate rejected a bid to end the use of capital punishment in Louisiana.

I've heard the arguments on both sides, and many of them are compelling.    I see both sides of the issue.  But, what w have right now is a de-facto ban, because the drug companies won't sell us what we need and the legislature won't change to law to make it easier to either; 1)  obtain the drugs, or 2) change the method of execution.  So, the argument is going nowhere.  That is probably politically expedient.

I agree that the death penalty as it stands right now is not a deterrent to crime.  A penalty that you are not willing to use is not a penalty at all.  And, I agree that maintaining a death row is horribly expensive.  But, then again, keeping a person in prison for many decades is also horribly expensive.  Yet, we have predators among us,ad prisons are a necessary part of our society.

The issues are complicated ad the answers aren't easy.

Monday, May 06, 2019

New Veterinarian

I would like to present Dr. Melissa Hagan Dezendorf, DVM.


Later this week, the will depart Baton Rouge enroute to Los Alamos, NM where she will begin practice.

Heading to Baton Rouge

Later this morning, Belle and I are going to load up and go to Baton Rouge.  We're day-tripping it, will be back sometime after dark.  We're attending a graduation at LSU.  Our daughter-in-law is graduating from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

It's been a long road, but she stuck it out and she's ready to launch.  Later this week, they're leaving Louisiana and heading to New Mexico.  She has accepted a position in Los Alamos, NM, where they need a veterinarian. She and my son are super-stoked about the adventure.  Belle ad I are thrilled for them, and a little sad that they will be so far away, but it gives us an excuse to see parts of Ne Mexico that we've never seen.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Meeting and Greeting

Belle ad I have been invited to the Belgian-American Club today for their annual festival.  Honestly, until a couple o weeks ago, I didn't know that the club existed, but Louisiana, like most of America, is a melting pot of various immigrant groups that came over to make a better life.

We're taking a few campaign materials.  I don't have many contacts that I an aware of in that part of the parish, and this will be a good time to do a little networking, and make some inroads.  We're looking forward to having a good time.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Elasticity

Rain

It's Saturday in Louisiana, and of course, it's raining.  That's the way the weather has rolled for the past several weeks.


Belle and I have a family thing today in Jena, LA, and a campaign thing tomorrow, locally.  Hopefully this rai will blow through in the next couple f hours and give us a break.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Lucky

I don't know the provenance on this gif, found it over at Knuckledraggin.


It's time to move, they have you spotted.  I wouldn't put my head up over that wall for any amount of money.

Horse Art

I was moving around the parish this morning, visiting with old friends, and found this lovely piece of horse art.


I walked past it the first time and didn't notice it.  On the way back out to the van, I noticed it and had to snap a picture.  I'm sure it was inspired by Remington's work, and I've always been a fan.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

My Old Savage

Regular readers know my fondness and preference for Savage rifles, especially my old Model 110 in .30-06.  There is nothing whiz-bang about it.  It's as plain as they come.  It started life as a synthetic stock, but the Savage stocks in those days were terrible, and I broke it when I dropped it from a tree stand, so I ordered a 90% stock from somewhere and finished this one the way I like it. 

Oh, I own other rifles, but this is the one I grab when something needs to be whacked with a medium caliber.  It puts a 168 grain bullet where I want ti to go, and I've only had to shoot one deer twice.  She was an old barren doe, and I hit her hard at 125 yards and anchored her.  When I got to her about ten minutes later, she was still breathing, so I put one in her neck to end the suffering.

I shot the rifle last autumn, but haven't shot it since.  I picked it up yesterday and noticed that the scope was loose.  Horror!  A closer look showed the problem.



The rear scope ring had turned loose from the base.   Probably under recoil.  Here's a closer look.


It was an easy fix, and gave me an excuse to spend an hour with the rile, making sure everything was tight and right.  I put Redfield bases and rings on this rifle, back in 2006, and they've always done me right.  This gives me an excuse to head to the range ext week, to verify the zero.  I don't expect tack-driving accuracy from this rifle, but I do expect it to shoot where it looks, and so far it's always done that.

Today is May 1st, and deer season is only six months away.  It might be time to put a screwdriver on everything and make sure your rifle is tight and right.

Lunch

Now that I'm retired, I can eat better than I was able to when I was working.  Boo on fast food!  And, since I'm spending time in the shop, and have a kitchen there, it's easy to put something on the stove and give it a stir while I'm tinkering ad planning.  Yes, I'm campaigning or Sheriff, and intend to run a viable race, but there is lots to do in the campaign headquarters, which is also the shop.

Today, it was crook-neck squash and onions, smothered in a little vegetable oil, with salt, pepper, and a dash of garlic powder.

Nothing wrong with that at all. No bread, no meat, just squash and onions.  After washing dishes and wiping the counter, I heard something in the driveway.


Two of the home flock were in the driveway, and had a gosling between them.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Deputies

Deputies are a vital part of any Sheriff's Department.  They deserve to be treated with fairness, honesty, and respect.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Pitching a New Venue

We've already decided that hosting a major CFDA sanctioned event outdoors is simply too risky for Louisiana weather.  We have to schedule these events six or more months in advance, and the weather is simply too much of a factor.

The only way to remove the weather as a factor is to get indoors.  So, were looking for an indoor venue.  Luckily, Cowboy Fast Draw is safe to shoot indoors.  At our club, we regularly shoot indoors at our home range, which was built (in large part) to get us ot o the weather.  I can support about thirty shooters, but beyond that, we're going to need more space, especially for parking.

When you approach a venue "cold" and tell them that you want to host a major shooting event indoors, they look at you like you've lost your mind.  Fortunately, there is a wealth of information online, so I'm going to leave some of it here to make it convenient to find it tomorrow.



One big positive is that for a sanctioned event, the CFDA supplies a healthy liability insurance policy to cover venues  That insurance policy goes a long way to assuage any concerns that the lawyers might have.

We'll start looking for an indoor venue tomorrow.  Wish us luck.  Next year, Louisiana State should be held indoors.

Dancing With My Gal

We spent Sunday afternoon at a local dance club, the No Name Dance and Dinner Club,  This is a private club for folks who like to dance.  They meet monthly, bring in a band, and serve a dinner.  The club meets from 4:00 to 8:00 pm one Sunday a month, and it is very well attended by folks in the 40 and up age group.  Belle and I are trying to join, and are on a waiting list.


It was an altogether lovely event; a chance to get away for a bit and relax with my favorite gal, a chance to visit with friends, and a chance to do a little retail politics.

We were invited by our friend, Jerome Scott, who we've known for decades.

Jerome Scott dancing at the No Name Club
The best part of this club is that the dance is over at 8:00 sharp.  Participants have plenty of time to go home and get a good night's sleep before Monday morning.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday Campaigning

We're making hamburgers for lunch.  It's been a while since I fired up the grill, and grandson Lucas asked for burgers today.  Easy, peasy.

This afternoon, Belle and I are going to an event, a gathering of a local dance club.  It will be a good time to relax, meet some nice folks, and do a little retail campaigning.

I think I've broken the code on Facebook ads.  It seems like a very frugal way of putting my message out before people who may never of herd about my campaign.  I took delivery of my yard signs on Friday, and I will be getting those our this week.

Years ago I was talking with a very successful,, very rural Sheriff in north Louisiana.  He disdained yard signs, saying "Signs don't vote." I suppose he was right, he served four terms as Sheriff.  Signs are a cost that may or may not reach the intended audience.  But, it's customary to buy signs and hand them out.

We will see how the Facebook ads do, and what traffic they bring.  Like, I suspect, many other folks, I don't watch much traditional television.  These days, during my down-time, I'm apt to be surfing YouTube.  I see a lot of ads on YouTube, and I might consider trying to break that code as well.

There are now six of us in the Sheriff's race.  It's early yet, the election is not till October.  If someone gets a simple majority, it's over.  If not, the two front-runners meet in a run-off election the following month.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Socialism and Roosters

What does a rooster have in common with a socialist?


Thanks, Termite.

Incognito

There is some sort o 24-hour virus going around, and yesterday, it slayed me.  You don't want the details.  Suffice to say that I was miserable.  Today, I feel almost human, and I should be right-as-rain by tomorrow.

Thankfully, I had nothing scheduled for yesterday. Belle is out-and-about with her mother and I've been piddling around today.  Busy weekend ahead, though, and I'm ready for it.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Burn Pile

Everyone in the country has a burn pile.  Limbs, scrap lumber, odd pieces of cardboard, things that you don't want to have the trash man haul away, but definitely needs to go away.  Mine was getting pretty large, because I had't burned in a year or so.

This morning was fairly cool, the wind was calm, and the ground was wet, a perfect time to burn.  So, I went out and lit it up.  One light from a butane lighter on a bag that once contained Sacrete, and it went up just like it was waiting to go up.  I got the rake, and a lawn chair, and watched it burn. 

The pile had grown over the past year and was fairly close to a yaupon bush.  Truth be known, it wouldn't have bothered me if the bush had caught fire.  I detest yaupon, much like ranches out west detest mesquite.  It'sa nuisance plant, but the darned thing wouldn't burn.  I did hare-lip it pretty bad, and maybe it will die.

Got cleaned up after the fire and went in to shower.  I needed to run to town, and while I was there, did a little retail politic-ing.   Then, came home and cut up that pork roast that we had for Sunday.  Chopped it, added BBZ sauce and other goodies and concerted it into sandwich barbecue.  Zach got home from school and made a sammich.

Wednesday was an easy day.  Tomorrow, we'll try to get soething done.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Let There Be Light

A classical reference from Genesis, but that's what I felt like standing on a ten-foot ladder today.  Let me explain:

When I built the shop, I was trying to be frugal with lighting.  I went to a local lumber yard and bought brooder light bases.  When we installed the electrical system (which I did NOT scrimp on), we installed standard electrical outlets in the ceiling of the building.  Four on each side, for a total of eight in the building, each about 12 feet above the floor.

I bought these big twisty CFLs and hung them into the brooder bases ad that was my light in the building.  I thought it was pretty good, until I realized that it wasn't.  There was just not enough light in the building.  Oh, we could get by, but it was fairly dark in there.

I cast about for a solution.  Amazon.com is always available, but I wanted to actually look at one, to explore  bit, and as I was passing the local electrical supply, I pulled in.  The guy told me about the newest, latest and greatest, something called a UFO light.  These things are made for high bay installation, and the guy claimed that they are bright.  He has them installed in his building, and there is plenty of light, so I bought one.  I wrangled a deal, making him put a male electrical plug on it so that I could plug it in when I got to the shop.

For the record, I bought this one.  It's a 100 watt fixture, guaranteed for five years.  When I plugged it in, I thought that the combined Kelvin was going to knock me off the ladder.  That sucker is bright.  My pupils immediately pin-holed, and I had trouble getting down off the ladder.  After studying the light output for a while, I decided that it needed to be over the kitchen, where Belle and I have said that we didn't have enough light.

There is enough light in there now, by God.


If she doesn't lie it, I'll take it down, but it's easy to see what is happening in the kitchen now.  Brooder light fixtures are cheap, and my quest for the perfect shop lighting continues.

Retail Politics

For the past three days, I've been doing retail politics.  When I talk to people in the stores, I tell them that I'm running for Sheriff.  I have some postcards wit my campaign sign on one side and my platform on the other.  I give them a card nd if they want to talk, we talk.  If not, they get the card anyway.  If they decline, they decline.

I'm trying to break the code on Facebook ads.  The ads are cheap, and you ca target your audience.  I don't necessarily need the folks inn WHerever, KS to see my ads, but I sincerely want the folks in Rapides Parish, LA to see my ads.  Facebook and I are to the point where they are sending me a letter through snail mail with a verification code.  As soon as I get the letter, I'll sit down and finish filling out their online stuff.

I happened to stop by  local liquor shop this morning and talked with the owner.  One of his girls mentioned that she had never seen anyone campaign in a liquor store.   Retail sales of liquor are brand-new to this part of the parish and from all indications, he's doing a land-office business.  He's the kind of guy I want on my side.  And he has several cards o the cash register.  I"ll make sure that he keeps them stocked.

One lady, in a hardware store, told me that I could put a sign in her yard.  She lives on a prominent curve, and lots of folks would see it.  I ordered signs yesterday.  They should be ready for pickup next week.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Belle Likes

My favorite-est gal, Belle, is a fan of the .32 revolver.  She loves them, she does.  Her current carry is an old Cold D frame in .32-0.  Not the most potent of firearms, but eminently shootable.  She likes it, is comfortable with it, and its okay with me.

She was surfing around this morning and came upon a new .32 revolver, this one from Charter Arms.  They call it the Professional, and Belle likes it a lot.  It is chambered in .32 H&R Magnum, has a 7-shot cylinder,, and weighs just 22 ounces with a 3-inch barrel..

Evidently it was designed in cooperation with Concealed Carry Magazine.



Grabagun has it listed at $404.99 but it is not in stock.  I told them to give me an email when they get one.  Belle already had her card out, ready to order.  I think that she wants to retire the old D frame.

Cleaning Out The Freezer

Younger son is moving to Los Alamos, NM in mid May.  They've been planning this move for a while, and he's down to the last stages.  They came up to visit this weekend, and brought two pork butts that won't make the trip.

Younger son is an accomplished cook, to the point where he managed a barbecue house during college.  He made some sort of savory stuffing from onions, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and other goodies.  Then stuffed the pork butts and left them with me, giving me instructions on how to cook them.

So, last night about 9:00 I started the smoker and set the temp to 225.


Then I went to bed.  This morning I got up, made coffee, and went out to check the smoker.


This is working out just fine.  I'll let them rest there till he comes over in a couple of hours.  Then we'll run the beans into the smoker to get some smoke.  After another cup of coffee, I'll go open the shop and start cutting up potatoes for 'tater salad. 

Happy Easter, everyone.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Easter Egg Roundup

Spent the morning at the church for our annual Easter Egg Roundup.

Horses, sheep, rabbits, chickens.  Games ad a big bouncer.



Plus, enough candy to keep the young'unns sugared up for several hours.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Laid-Back Busy

Louisiana State is over, and in the record books.  It was one hell of a shoot, supremely successful, despite the weather.  We had drenching rains, gale-force winds, and power outages, yet we continued on.  At one point, we had an entire range blow over.  Yet, the resilience of our shooters shown brightly; everyone pitching in to keep the match rolling.

I've always done an after-action review, to learn lessons from what has happened to avoid issues in the future.  First, logistics matters.  If you don't have spares, you're screwed.  Thankfully, I had plenty of spares and used a few of them.

This is what a lightweight range looks like after a sustained 54 mph gust.
We had some setbacks, but we kept plowing forward.  If you want to see pictures, there are several albums posted at the Cross Branded Peacemakers Facebook page.  Go over and look.

We carried on.  Cowboy Fast Draw shooters are resilient, happy, helpful and ready to step-up..  They are great folks.  We couldn't do this without volunteers.

Congratulations to the winners, those who took home my trophies, and we gave away a bunch of them.   I would be remiss here if I didn't at least show a picture of the Champions.

Louisiana State Champions
Left, Madame K - Lone Star Gunslingers
Right, Delta Whiskey - Big Thicket Bushwackers
So, it's over.  It was a challenge and a lot of fun, but now we move forward.  The home range is reset and the club monthly match is next Saturday.  And I've learned lessons.  This was the third Louisiana State I've done, and I've been whipped by the weather all three times.  With the lead time necessary to put on a big match, it's simply impossible to accurately predict weather, so I have to take weather out of the process.  I'll do other championships, but I'll never do another one outdoors.  In the coming weeks, I will find an indoor venue and lock it in.  Next year, Louisiana State will be done in a place where the weather will be only a matter of conversation.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Resetting the Range

This morning was pure piddling around.  I'm still sorting stuff that we moved for Louisiana State, and before I get it all back in place, the range needs a good sweeping.  Wax bullets get everywhere and I've found a bunch of them.  I also wanted to refurb he backdrop before I set up the targets, and I want to test all the electronics.  I may have one bad timer, and I have to sort that out.

Which is to say, one thing leads to another.  At noon, I decided to mow the lawn, and dropped what I was doing to cut grass.  It's supposed to rain tomorrow, and I can test electronics indoors, but the lawn is outside where it will be raining.

The lawn looks better now, so the neighbors won't be muttering under their breath.  Belle will be home shortly and we'll declare happy hour.

I can still do a full day's wor, but it takes me two days.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Buckles

I doubt I'll ever win a chmpionship buckle, but that's not why I'm in the game.  However, a club member commissioned a commemorative  buckle for the match and gave it to me at the awards meeting.

It's really nice, and I think it would look good on my gun belt.  I'm losing a little weight, and  my gun belt doesn't fit properly.  So, maybe I can get my son, who built the belt, to figure out a way to cut it down this weekend.  We'll see.


It is a good looking buckle, isn't it?

What The Wind is Blowing

We're coming in to the spring tornado season, and some storms have already caused massive damage in Texas, incuding loss of life.  Please be careful and seek shelter when necessary. 

I found this photo on the Book of Face and thought that I'd share it.


Remember, it's not THAT the wind is blowing, it's WHAT the wind is bowing.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Putting Stuff Away

Louisiana State is in the record books, and we're putting stuff away.  We got the church cleaned this morning, and this afternoon I've been sorting and stacking.  I'll take a couple of days to do that before I reset the indoor range.  I really want to test my timing equipment.  We hd a couple of glitches this weekend, nothing I couldn't fix because I keep spares, but I want to see if I fan find out what was causing the problems.

Our photographer, Miss E, is startinng to put up albums, and she took this onne of me on Friday.  My daughter thinks it is a good likeness.


On the Friday of a sanctioned shoot, we all wear red. (Remember Every Deployed)  It's just one way of saying thanks to the men ad women who are overseas keeping us safe.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Yeah, That's About RIght

The weather around here has bee truly horrible on the weekends, lately.




Thursday, April 11, 2019

Oysters

Fresh Gulf oysters, grilled in garlic butter, then topped with cheese and put back int he broiler.  Serve with crackers.

Thanks, Termite.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Here We Go!

Tomorrow, we start setting up or the Louisiana State Championship of Cowboy Fast Draw.  We've been panning this since October, and it's time to thit the ground, and run.  We'll put up one range tomorrow ad a second range o Thursday, prep everything (including the banquet hall) and start shooting Friday Morning.

Posting will be light for the nex several days.  We shoot, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Then break everything down and ry to remember what normal feels like.

Monday, April 08, 2019

New Holster

Yeah, I own a lot of holsters.  Every pistolero does.  This one is from Mernickle holsters a known name in Cowboy Fast Draw and Cowboy Action shooting.

It's the Mernickle CF15 LR


So far, I like what I see.  It rides nicely on my favorite belt, and it fits the gun properly.  The one thing that baffles me is the omission of a leg-tie, to tie the gun to the shooter's leg.  A piece of latigo i that regard is very common in CFDA and this one omits it entirely.  However, it's easy enough to add if I decide to do so.

Into Every Life...

Into every life, a little rain must fall.

For the past two days, it's been a deluge, and Monday is starting off in that same vein.  If it's going to rain, though, let it rain now.

The reason I retired last week is because of this week.  I knew that I would be too busy to work a job this week, and this week I'm hosting the Louisiana State Championship of Cowboy Fast Draw.  Every day this week is prep, as has been the past couple of weeks.  Today, it's fairly light, running errands, paying bills, and staging gear. 

We were going to mow grass today, but it's entirely too wet to mow.  Hopefully, the weather will change later today and set up a several-day drying trend.  It's in God's hands now, and I"m okay with that.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Foggy Saturday Morning

It's a foggy, wet Saturday morning.  I ran some errands, did some chores, took care of piddling things.  Paid bills.

I'll break down the range later today, but some of the club wants to come practice one last time before we make the move toward Louisiana State.  We're scheduled to shoot today from 2:00 till 4:00 today, and I"ll break sow afterwards.

Right now we have shooters coming from LA, TX, OK, AL, FL, and IL.  Twenty men and tn ladies, and I expect that to double over the ext week. 

But, the cat doesn't seem to be bothered by y of this.  She's slept it off on the porch all morning.


I like having a cat around the house.  A cat will keep the mice and other small varmints nervous, and I ike it when varmints are nervous.

Friday, April 05, 2019

Friday NIght Music

Buseri'n Hell

I'm glad I retired.  I couldn't do all the stuff I need to do, and work, too.

Spent all day organizing for Louisiana State, and I'll continue in that regard until it's all moved to the venue and the match is over.  This afternoon, Belle and I made a trip to town, hit Office Depot for some supplies and spent the afternoon making name tags and banquet tickets for the shooters.

A seasoned match director told me that the more you do, the easier it gets.  I suppose so, because I've got the lists from last year, and the year before.    This will be the third year I've been involved in putting on a sanctioned state shoot.

This year has been easier, but it's still a lot of work.   However, it is Friday afternoon, and I do believe that we'll declare Happy Hour shortly.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

My Platform

People are starting to ask about my platform, and it's fairly simple.  Basically a continuation of all the leadership and management skills that I have learned over the years, both as a police officer and an Army officer.


That about sums it up.  It's what I intend to do.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Annotated Battle Maps

If you're like me, it's hard sometimes to put together the strategy of a war ad follow the events as they unfold.  We generally study battles as a series of engagements, and sometimes I get confused about the order of things.

The Civil War Trust has a number of annotated battle maps that really help to see events as they unfold.

Here's one that shows the major events of the Revolutionary war.



Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Formally Announced

I formally announced my candidacy yesterday, ad the local news station was there to cover it.


It's time to get busy.

Monday, April 01, 2019

First Day

I remember the first time I retired, back in 2000, I was amazed at how busy I was.  I didn't know how I had enough time, previously, to go to work.

Today is the first day of my second retirement, and I'm still busy.  Not complaining, though.  Got up this morning, piddled around in the shop, straightening, the did some book work for the Louisiana State shoot.  Ran an errand to the bank, the the grocers.  Now I'm hoe, hydrating, and prepping for a retirement reception this afternoon.

Church tonight, the to bed.  Tomorrow, I hope to stay on my acre all day and never start an engine.  We;ll see how that works out.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Monkey Shoulder

Regular readers know that I love my bourbon, but recently I decided to branch out a bit, to try Scotch whiskey.  I bought a bottle of Monkey Shoulder, a blend from the Speyside region of Scotland, a blended malt from Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Kininvie distilleries.  I've found it very nice sipping whiskey indeed, and introduced tow people to it this weekend.

The first was my brother-in-law, Pat, yesterday.  He's a Scotch dinker from way back, and I showed him the bottle and offered hi a pour.  He took it and pronounced it very nice indeed.  Later I caught him mooching a dram to mix with soda, which is perfectly okay with me.
The second was daughter-in-law Melissa who told me several months ago she wanted to try good Scotch.  She had tried a pour several years ago at a local bar and said that it "tasted like dirt".  I poured her some Monkey Shoulder and she decided that he likes Speyside Scotch.  Light, fruity, with a nice clean finish.  She likes it very well indeed.
If you are a Scotch drinker and haven't tried Monkey Shoulder, I suggest you give it a try.  It's a very friendly malt whiskey.  Locally, it's abot $30.00 a bottle.   I still love my bourbon, but this Scotch has me re-thinging my whole wheelhouse.

Weekend Update

It's been a family weekend.  Yesterday, Belle's folks were over here and we had a blast.  Today, all o my kids were here under the same roof, a feat that occurs only occasionally, when the starts align and .... well, you understand.  We took the opportunity for a photo.

L-R: Joey, Michelle, PawPww, Matt, and Barrett.
They must have put me in a hole.
Today was a day for divestiture.  SIL Greg (Michelle's husband) told me several months ago that he wanted to make venison with my Sharps.  So, today I told him to take it and learn to shoot it.  I also sent along several dozen rounds of my reloads, both smokeess and black powder loads.  He'll figure it out.

Son Joey told me several months ago that when I was through messing around with my A2 carbine, he wanted to play with it, so I handed it over today.  It's an old-style with the carry handle, and I'm not so good with irons anymore, so I sent it home with him.

Son Barrett doesn't have one of my duty pistols yet,   He had been jonesing or a Glock .40 SW and I happened to have one in my holster unti I retired on Friday.  So, I passed along the Glock to him, along with several hundred rounds of ammo  Now, I'm out o the .40 SW business.  He's thrilled, and I'm down one caliber.

Each of my sons now has a handgun that I carried on duty.  Joey had the MOdel 60 Icarried in plainclothes, Matt has the SW M&P in .45 ACP that I carried for several years, and Barrett has my Glock 22.

This whole weekend was consumed by family, and it was very well spent.  Now, Belle ad I are enjoying a cocktail while the washing machine spins, and we'll have another before bed.  It's been a very good weekend, indeed.

What? No Way!

I'm having trouble believing what I'm reading.  It seems that two Chicago police officers were in the middle of a routine arrest, when it became anything but routine.
As the Chicago Tribune reported, on March 20th, two tactical police officers from the Chicago PD were in the process of arresting a suspected drug dealer on the city’s west side. After securing the suspect and confiscating a bundle of drugs as evidence, placing them in the patrol car,
Sound pretty routine.  Spot drug dealer, arrest drug dealer.  Confiscate evidence.  Then, the story turns.
 the officers were surrounded by a group of men who began to threaten them. At least one claimed to be armed and demanded the suspect be released or he would shoot the cops. Someone in the mob stole the drugs from the patrol car and fled, with one officer giving pursuit. The threatened violence surrounding the patrol car escalated and the cops wound up releasing the suspect and leaving the scene.
What?  They released the suspect to the mob?

I understand that the cops were in a bad situation, with threatened violence before an ostensibly armed mob, but you never release a suspect to a mob, even at threat of violence.  That should never happen.  It's unheard of, it's unspeakable.

There is a local reporter covering the story, and he tries to speak truth to power.
If the cops had fired their weapons, news media would have been all over them, metaphorically skinning them alive. Politicians would have demanded their heads. Democratic presidential candidates, and the two campaigning for mayor, would have held repeated news conferences.
 But this? Nothing.
Chicago needs to get behind the police department, and decide to take back the streets.  Evidently, right now the gangs own the streets to the point where the police are ineffective, and the politicians ad good people in the neighborhoods are okay with this arrangement. 

I'm not going to judge he two officers.  I'm sure that they did what they thought they had to do, but this incident speaks volumes about the culture that the Chicago PD is operating in.  In this day and era of constant video, I'm sure that someone, perhaps the officers themselves have video evidence from this event, and I hope that indictments are swift and punishment severe.  Chicago needs to get control back.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Family Gathering

Belle's family gathered in the shop today to enjoy each other's company.  As usual, we took a family picture of the matriarch and her children.  Miss Reba (Memaw) is 97 years old and still keeps her own house. 


Seated, Miss Reba.  Standing L-R: Belle, Barbara, Harold, Tammy, and Bill.
We had a big feed, with chicken, beans, 'tater salad, and lots of other fixings.  Everyone took a plate home, and we still had a ton of leftovers. 

It was a great day, and everything is cleaned up.  Tomorrow, we start over, with the normal Sunday feeding.  I'm realy ooking orward to it.

Party TIme

Belle has four siblings, and they all live in Louisiana, some close but the furthest is only two hours away.  They get together once a quarter to spend the day together, cook a meal, and hang out with each other.  And the spouses, of course, and anyone else who wants to gather.

Today's the day and the family will be gathering here.  I have to go to the barn shortly and move some stuff around so that we can party comfortably.  It's one reason that I built the barn.  It's a place for people to gather and enjoy each other.

The skies are cloudy and the weather weenies are telling us that we have a 60% chance of rain.  But, we have a large building under roof and we'll be just fine.


Friday, March 29, 2019

Retired and Running

When I went into the Sherif's office this morning to do the final paperwork, the secret was out.  more than one person asked me if I was running for Sheriff.  The election is't until October, and I have time to get my message out.

The message is simple.  Ope, honest transparent leadership.  I know how to do this job because I've run a police agency before.  The Sheriff's job is a bit more complicated, but I have the training, experience, education, and ability to make it happen.



I still have a big shoot planned in two weeks, but after that, I'll be campaigning across the parish getig to know the people of Rapides Parish

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Busy, Busy

My last official day of duty was busy, busy.  Big goings-on at the School Board and I didn't even take the computer out of the case today.  Nothing to worry about, just some high-level interest that (frankly) didn't amount to a hill of beans

Home now, and I have the tumbler going with brass for the upcoming match.  I've got a couple of hundred rounds to load, so in another fifteen minutes I'll get busy with that.

Tomorrow, I turn in gear.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

New Targets

We're doing something every day for Louisiana State.  Today was target work.  I had six brand new targets made a couple of months ago,  I installed new light glass (lexan, or polycarb)  then had a club member do the welding necessary.  Tonight after work I assembled them and installed hit sensors.


Now, it's past my bedtime, but I think I'll have a small drink before I lay down.

What Just Happened?

It's Chicago, baby!
Yesterday, prosecutors inexplicably dropped all the charges against suspected hate crime hoaxster Jussie Smollett. Earlier this year, Smollett claimed that as he was walking to get Subway at 2 a.m. on one of the coldest days of the year in one of the coldest cities in the country, he was assaulted by Trumpsters who shouted anti-gay Trumpy things at him, sprayed liquid on him and put some sort of noose around his neck. People went bananas as they do when there might be a Trumpy crime. Everyone knows that racist Trumpers skulk around in sub-zero temperatures with nooses and noxious liquids in case they come face-to-face with a viable hate crime target. Plausible. Two men who worked with Smollett and were his trainers came forward and admitted that Smollett had paid them to beat him up. There is video of these gentlemen buying the material used in the "crime." A grand jury indicted Smollett on numerous felony counts. And then it all went bye-bye, down the memory hole.
Evidently, some Obama acolytes got involved and the case went away.  Everybody is pissed, everybody except Smollett.  This has the potential to turn into one helluva mess.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Thinking About The .270 Winchester

A family member was asking me about the .270 Winchester cartridge.  While I have no personal experience with the cartridge, except for three shots I fired with a Howaa 1500 back in 2009, I do know folks who use it and do well with it.

I do know that the .270 Win was much beloved by Jack O'Connor and thousands of folks who read his work.   It's a serious game caliber, and nothing to sneeze at with good bullets and loads.  It seems to be inherently accurate.

Both my brother-in-law and my son-in-law shoot the .270 and have no trouble keeping venison in the freezer.  BIL tailors handloads using Reloder 22 powder and Nosler BT bullets.  He makes neck shots on deer because he doesn't like tracking, and his kills are usually a bang-flop.  He tells me that with a full case of RL22, he gets a little better than 3000 fps from his barrel, and low pressures.  Alliant powder lists 58 grain of RL22 as the max load with a 130 grain bullet at 2947 fps. 

With a good rifle and decent glass, that would let you sight in 1.6" high at 100 yards, be dead-on at 200 yards and down just 6.6" at 300.  That means a fellow could hold on hair all the way out to 300 yards and hit one of our smallish whitetail deer with no problem.  That's about as far away as I'd want to send a bullet at a game animal.  Your mileage might vary.  There are lots of fine long-range shooters out there, but I'm not one of them.

A fellow could do a lot worse than the .270 Winchester for most North American game.  It's not the newest or the flashiest, but it gets the job done. 

More on that Collusion thing

The media and the liberals (but I repeat myself) are all butt-hurt over the Mueller report.  From The Hill:
The breathless coverage amplified the sense that Trump and some of his family members would go down for crimes, yet in the end, Mueller reported that he found no evidence of a conspiracy.
Yet some of them want to keep digging.  Some congress-critters and media types are all "Well, we haven't seen the full report, and there might be something there that hasn't been fully explored.? or words to that effect. Yeah, right.  I'm no fan of Mueller, but he conducted an expensive, wide ranging investigation, and I'm sure that he left no stone unturned.  After millions of dollars, hundreds of witnesses, and thousands of pages of documents, he could find nothing that led him to believe he could successfully prosecute Trump, his family, or the campaign.

It's over, and all the butt-hurt in the world isn't going to change that.  Now, I'm seeing calls for healing and unity.  That's great and if the media and liberals (again, I repeat myself) want to get counseling and get on the Trump train, that's great.  We'd love to have you.  But, don't expect the rest of us to bend-over-backwards,  after you tried to bend us over forward.

Aggravation

Left the house at 5:00 this morning for a health screening.  Not from the docs who worry about my various maladies, but from my employer, who provided my insurance. Don't get me wrong, I like my insurance, but my personal doc saw me last month and my cardiologist will see me next week.  Spending money on a health screening for me is redundant.  

But, I was ordered to go, so I went.  Just one more aggravation behind me.  With three duty days left (today, tomorrow, Thursday) I guess it's not so bad.  I'll turn in my gear on Friday and clear all my hand receipts.  

Monday, March 25, 2019

Martins

I've been worried about the martins, those little birds that migrate here every year from South America.  They are normally here the first two weeks of March, but I hadn't seen any and I was starting to get worried that they met with some disaster.

No worries, I have at least one pair in the house over the corner of the yard.  PawPaw feels much better.  I love watching those little aerobats swoop and swirl across the sky.  They're master fliers and lots of fun to watch.

No Collusion

Mueller has finished his investigation, probably the most expensive, detailed, far reaching investigation in the history of our country against a sitting president.  His conclusion?  No collusion.  Trump is exonerated.

It is easy to hold your opinion until the report comes out, and my readers have seen me caution in other matters to wait till the investigation is complete before coming to conclusions, bu the media obsession with this thing would not alow for rational relection.  Take this one example of fair, unbiased reporting.



We all remember her telling us that Donald Trump could not POSSIBLY win in a general election against Hillary, then after he won against Hillary, her incessant harping that the RUSSIANS rigged the election.    She's wrong again.

Maddow has been wrong on so many occasions that it's hard to believe that anything she says resembles the truth.  She's like the cranky old guy down at the barber shop who spouts nonsense incessantly.  Or, the homeless guy on the corner souting unintelligible garbage. 

Bless her heart.  I"m amazed that she still has a job.  Maybe, by the ed of the day, she wont.  That would be a fitting end to a totally mistaken career.