Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Doing Things, Learning Stuff

 I've spent all day playing with flyers and posters for an event I have coming up in August.  It's never too early to get things done.

Trying to get under the hood of Microsoft Word, to make it do things I want it to do.  Fried my brain in tutorials. Old dog, new tricks.  

I bought tires online for the first time today.  Now, I have an appointment to get the tires installed next week.  I've never made an appointment to put tires on a car.  Until today.

It's a brave new world.

Monday, February 26, 2024

Constitutional Carry

 That's the big topic in the state legislature today.  Who can carry a gun in public?  Who should be allowed to carry?

Regular readers know that I'm a 2nd Amendment absolutist.  "Shall not be infringed" means just exactly that.  

But, the legislature is hashing out the details right now.  Some places will still be verboten: Bars, schools, federal buildings.  We'll have to see the law when it is finally passed, but it looks like Louisiana is about to rescind the requirement to get a license to carry a concealed firearm. Louisiana has been an open carry state since President Jefferson bought it from France. That has never been a problem.  We learned to deal with that a long time ago.

Still, it will be interesting to see what the legislature comes up with.  The governor is generally supportive of the idea, and will probably sign whatever the legislature passes.  Let Freedom Ring.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Some Photos

 My daughter, like many of her generation, take cellphone pictures. She was at the match yesterday and took some photos.

The old man in the cavalry hat is your humble scribe. The pretty one is my daughter.

A view of the firing line.  You may notice the end stripes of a large American flag hanging in the rafters. I found that flag at an auction.  It is what is known as a mortuary flag.  It originally draped a veterans coffin.  I found it at an auction and I knew that if someone didn't buy it, it would wind up in a dumpster after the sale.  I could not let that happen, so I bought it and hung it over the range.  At the start of every match, we honor it with The Pledge.  It is fitting and proper that wee do so.

The spectator area behind the firing line.  The ladies like to hang out on the couch.  That spot produces a lot of palaver and good-natured ribbing.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Friday Prepping

 The CFDA shooting season is in full swing, and I'm prepping for several shoots.  We have our club monthly match tomorrow, and I'm in the shop, getting ready for that.  Then, looking forward into March, it's going to get busy

Second Saturday in March, the club is hosting a jackpot shoot.  We're doing a 100% payout, so we won't make any money on that one.  Third Saturday is the Texas State shoot, and we're helping with that one.  I'm almost through loading ammo for Texas State.  Fourth Saturday is our club monthly match, and the calendar will roll into April, with Georgia State coming early in April.

Sometime during March, I'll have to go vote in the presidential primary and pull a laver for Trump. Election day in Louisiana is Saturday, March 23d, but I'm sure that there will be early voting.

Did the Supremes ever decide if Trump will be on the ballot in Colorado?  If they did, I haven't seen any news on that.

Thursday, February 22, 2024


 It seems that the big news this morning is that major cell phone companies are experiencing  outages this morning.  It seems that AT&T is the central hub of the outage.

Cyber attack?  Or did someone just trip over an extension cord?  

I have no idea if my phone is working, simply because I don't live my life plugged in to the phone screen.  I did get my daily devotional text this morning, so texting work.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024


 I knocked out a couple of piddling projects today.  Nothing special but stuff that needed to be done.  I'll continue in that vein tomorrow.

I haven't really seen anything in the national news that piques me enough to blog about it. The Democrats are generally crazy, and they continue to use the judicial system to attempt to damage the apparent Republican nominee.  This strategy is borne out of desperation.  They are scared to death of him.

This recent fraud case that wrapped up last week has me scratching my head.  Supposedly some sort of commercial fraud, but there are no identifiable victims.  All the banks would do business with him tomorrow and happily got their money the last time.  That doesn't sound like fraud to me. That was nothing but a Stalinist show-trial.

And they wonder why we don't trust them.


 Did y'all hear about this gal named Charlotte, a New York financial columnist who claims she was scammed out of $50K?

It seems that she was called by Amazon who alerted her to identify thrift

Then she was called by the Federal Trade Commission Then she was called by the CIA, and some point she gave $50K to two dudes in a while Mercedes.. Then, she told the whole story to the media, who lapped it up like a cat given a bowl of heavy cream.

Two things.  Either she is too gullible to be writing a fiancĂ© column, or she is trying to explain to her husband what happened to $50K.

I'm going with the Jussie Smollett angle. She's lying about something and she is $50K poorer. And, her husband is truly pissed.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Crock Pot Red Beans

This may be the easiest recipe I've ever found, and we use it fairly often.

Crock Pot Red Beans

2 lbs dried red kidney beans
2 lbs good smoked sausage
16 cups water
2 tablespoons salt


Get out the crock pot.  Rinse your beans well.  Cut up your sausage into bite-sized pieces. Put beans, sausage, water and salt into a slow cooker.  Turn it on low, and leave it for at least 12 hours.  I put these beans on last night about 8:00 and let them go all night.  I stirred them when I was drinking coffee this morning, and they are doing fine.  It's nearly 11:00 mow.  In another half hour, I'll put on a pot of rice, and Belle will make a cornbread.

If you don't need a huge pot, this recipe is easily halved.  Bon apetit.

New Player

 I see that Taurus has come out with a new single action revolver, suitable for the cowboy games. In .45 Colt with a 4.75" barrel, it might be suitable for fast draw competitions like Belle and I participate in.

It's a small market, it really is.  Most shooters in the wider handgun market prefer a semi-auto, or at least a double action revolver. As much as I like my cowboy guns, the every day carry piece is a compact 9mm.

Currently, the cowboy gun market is dominated by Ruger, Uberti, or Pietta. It's nice to see another player get in the market, and this one has a very attractive MSRP. Taurus calls its gun the Deputy, and it looks like a nice revolver. I'm not going to run out and buy one, but it will be interesting to see if it will stand up to the rigors of fast draw, and it will be interesting to see if standard Colt clone parts fit in it when it invariably breaks.