Thursday, February 25, 2021

When I Win The Pwerball

When I win the Powerball, I'll need a way to get around.  I didn't know that Beech made a King Ranch Edition of the King Air.


This would absolutely be the very best way to get from my home to various gunfights across the United States.  I'd need a pilot, but maybe I could talk Termite into early retirement so he could fly me around the country.

Hey, everyone needs to dream, right?

Remembering the M3A1

 A great article over at Recoil magazine about the M3A1.

The old Grease Gun was named for its resemblance to the tool still used by mechanics today. Inspired by the British Sten and German MP40, and developed during early WWII, “the Greaser” was made almost entirely of stamped metal with only a couple of machined parts. Production cost was $15 per unit in 1943, equal to about $220 today. The Army touted it as more accurate than the Thompson, claiming a soldier firing an M3 full-auto offhand would keep 90 percent of his rounds inside a 6×6-foot target at 50 yards. We like to call this claim “absolute nonsense;” the Greaser was appreciated for its ability to spray an area with heavy .45 rounds, but nobody ever called it precise.

Nobody ever called it precise, but you could lay down a base of fire with it, and it was fairly easy to hit a half-silhouette at 50 meters.

The M3A1 was my favorite personal firearm during my Army years.  It was cheap, clunky, and inaccurate, but it was a helluva lot of fun to shot.  There was something cool about spraying .45 ball across the lndscape. 

#FireFauci

 I don't do Twitter, so I don't know, but PJMedia tells me that the hashtag #FireFauci was trending yesterday.  Here's the headline.

'Fire Fauci' Trends on Twitter as His Mixed Messages and Inconsistencies Finally Get Called Out

Here's the deal with Fauci.  I don't believe anything he says anymore, because if I wait a couple of hours, whatever he says will change.  I understand that what he is doing is not an exact science, but his understanding of it should not change on an hourly basis. 

But, he probably cannot be fired.  He's a government worker, and is probably so ensconced in the Civil Service that he'll be there until he retires.  But, we can choose to ignore him, or mock him, or even write blog posts about how utterly inconsistent he has been.  He loves the media adulation, and he wants to be relevant, and once this pandemic is over, he'll go back to being a faceless functionary.

The world will be a better place when people forget who Anthony Fauci is.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Laser Target

 Belle bought us a laser target for fast draw practice that doesn't require ammunition. We have some laser cartridge's that we've used in the past, but this system takes it up one level, so that we can actually get times, and score hits and misses.  The system is sold through the Association website,   I already had the timers, so we only had to buy the laser target.


I spent part of this morning learning to set it up and calibrate it.  The learning curve is pretty flat once you read the instructions, but it does have to be calibrated to the ambient light levels.

We can use this for dry-fire practice at the club, and for teaching new shooters how to manipulate the revolver without having ammo involved.  I can see that the grandkids might have a lot of fun with this thing.  The target is 8" in diameter, which is a good size for learning reactive shooting.  It won't give shot placement, but won't give you a score if you miss it.

SCOTUS Punts

 The US Supreme Court has once again punted on the Pennsylvania election case, claiming that now that the election is over, the question is MOOT.  

Here’s the thing about this particular case in Pennsylvania. The legislature had voted and passed legislation that mandated ALL ballots, including absentee ballots, be received by 8pm on election night. Any ballots received after that deadline wouldn’t be counted. This was a well-known rule throughout Pennsylvania. 

 But then, the State Supreme Court got involved after Democrats sued. Suddenly, in the midst of the election, after ballots had already been sent out, the court moved the deadline to three days AFTER the election. Their reasons? Covid and the U.S. mail. Stupid reasons if you ask me. But that is what Pennsylvania’s court did. They arbitrarily overruled the legislation because reasons. What’s even worse about their ruling is it also opened the door to allowing ballots to be counted, even if no signature nor a valid postmark. But nothing to see here, no potential of election fraud whatsoever. None.

Here's the problem as I see it.  The legislature allowed these shenanigans.  The legislature had recourse, after the election date.  The US Constitution requires that the legislature meet after the election, to certify the results. If the legislature had refused to certify the results of the election based on the changes made in election procedures, the result would have been that Pennsylvania would have sent no electors to the Electoral College.

Likewise, in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, et al, if those legislatures had refused to certify the results to the election.  There would have been a huge uproar, but it would have been Constitutional,  The legislature holds the responsibility to certify the results of the elections in their respective states, and that certification should be more than a rubber-stamp..

As much as I rail at the Supreme Court, they may have backed into the correct conclusion.  The certification of an election rests with the legislature.  If the legislature fails to hold the election officials accountable, then why should the Supreme Court hold them accountable?

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Elon Musk Responds

 There are reports that Elon Musk has moved to Texas.  When seeking conformation, Musk responded with a reply that many should use when talking to the media.


Oh, snap.

Illegal In The Topic Should Be A Clue

Senator Hawley asks Judge Merrick Garland if illegal border crossing should be a crime.  Garland acts like this is a brand-new legal concept.  Something he has never considered.


C'mon, Judge, this isn't a trick question.  The word "illegal" is right there in the description.

Is illegal border crossing a crime?  Merrick Garland doesn't seem to know.

Thank God he wasn't confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice.

That Vaccine

 I'm on the list.  Both Belle and I qualify, and I went to our local apothecary and signed up.  They'll call me in a couple of weeks.  However, the Great Southern Ice Storm made last week a No-Go, so I'll be that the timeline was pushed back a week.

I'm not scared of the vaccine.  The Army poked a lot of stuff in my arm that didn't make much sense.  One time they gave me a shot for Black Plague.

"Where are you sending me that I need a Black Plague shot?"

"Nowhere, but it's not in your records, so you get one."

However, ny buddy Termite sent me this interesting graphic that sums up the feeling of a bunch of people.


I'm sure this will be an instant classic among the pre-school set.

The New Industry - What Is Normal?

A year ago, we didn't know who Anthony Fauci was.  A faceless bureaucrat, with a known name among a very limited scholarly circle, he is now the face of Medical Science in America.  We now know that he is the highest paid civil servant in the US, making something north of $400K per year, and he's a darling of the news cycle.  There is no doubt that he is enoying his clelbrity.  Along with a bevy of "experts" who we knew nothing about a year ag.

Since the introduction of the Wu-Flu last year, we have learned a lot about a virus that has now killed more than a half-million Americans.  A year ago, I had no clue what an N-95 mask might be.  I remember seeing someone in a grocery store with a face covering and thought that was unbelievably odd.

We've now created an industry to fight the virus, and it spans the economy from the big giants who are making the vaccines to the tiny entrepreneur who is making face coverings on a  Singer sewing machine.  We have also destroyed some industries, and crippled others.

I am struck by the number of bureaucrats who have found good work in this industry, the industry of infection, and I"m wondering what they are going to do when we finally decide that we've had enough of fear.  They certainly don't want to lose their jobs.  Once we beat this thing, what will the Senior Advisor on Covid Response do for a  living.  All across state and local governments, are we ust going to fire these people?  Or, are they going to keep it going as long as possible.

Below, Dr. Anthony Fauci on when we might get back to normal.  He doesn't want this to end.


I am reminded of what Ronald Reagan said:
“No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!”

If we want to get back to normal, we're just going to have to make the decision to get back to normal, government be damned.  This "14 days to slow the spread" has lasted a whle year now, and I've had abut enough of it. 

Monday, February 22, 2021

'BE LESS WHITE': Coca-Cola's RACISM in 'Anti-Racism' Course | The News &...

If you're not watching The News And Why It Matters, on Blaze TV, you're missing out.  Tonight her guest is Cahd Prather, and they're talking abut Coke and other things.

Schumer Spews Stupididty

 It appears that Chuck Schumer doesn't have enough to keep him busy, so he spent some time this weekend talking smack about Texas.

“The bottom line is, Texas thought it could go it alone and built a system that ignored climate change,” Schumer said during a Lower East Side press conference, referring to the state’s decision to stay off the country’s national power grid.

“It was not what’s called resilient, and now Texas is paying the price,” Schumer said.

“I hope they learned a lesson,” he added.

I wouldn't bet against Texas, Chuckie.   If I was a betting man, I'd bet that Texas learns whatever lessons that come from this storm, and they won't be caught flat-footed again. I'd bet that Governor Abbot and the state legislature give this event plenty of attention and make plans to make usre it doesn't ahppen again.

Don't Mess With Texas.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Anti-Woke Backlash

 So, I'm reading about this "anti-woke" backlash, and I'm wondering.

I'm the most un-woke guy you ever saw, and frankly, I'm amazed that so many people buy into the idea that ... well... Let me give you an idea.

1619 Project - Bullshit
More than two genders - Bullshit.
Climate change - Bullshit
Cancel Culture - Bullshit.
Systemic Racism - Bullshit.

Most of what passes for liberal talking points today is Bullshit.  The beauty of America is that you have a right to spout bullshit if you want to.  And I have a right to call it bullshit.  You can call me a xenophobe, or a racist, or a misogynism, or any number of any other woke epithets, but if you have no concrete evidence, then you're a jackass.  And, at that point, your argument is bullshit.

A lot of folks have an advantage on me.  I can't cancel my Twitter account.  I have had one.  Likewise my Disney Plus account.  I never gave them my money anyway.

But,if what I'm reading has any basis in reality, the woke warriors are getting a little heat, and that is just exactly what they should be getting when they're spouting bullshit.

Shooting in Metarie

 It appears that someone walked into a gun shop in Metarie, LA and started shooting people.  It didn't end well for the people, nor the shooter.  Two people died before staff and customers gunned him down. 

I'm sure we'll learn more in the coming days, but opening fire in a gun store is a sure recipe for disaster.  Unless disaster is what he intended in the first place.  If the guy intended to commit suicide, hecould have done it in the privacy of his own living room.

What an utter waste.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Biden’s Press Secretary Who Tweeted Take Guns & Yes to Gun Registration,...

You gotta get a kick our of watching Jen "Circle Back" Psaki.

It appears, even at this early date, that the biden administration is one of elitists who want to remake America in their own interestts.  

Colion breaks it down.

Shoveling Ice

 By my reckoning, the last time I shoveled ice was during the winter of 1979 at Fort Knox,, KY.  I was 25 yers old.  Today I shoveled ice again, and now I'm 67.

I haven't been in the shop for a couple of days, and I needed to get in there today and make sure that we sustained no damage.  The shop is about a foot above the level of the house, and it was an uphill trek across slippery, thawing ice, so I found a flat shovel and started moving the inch or so of ice that remained on the north side of the building.  The north side doesn't get any sunsine and the ice might stay there for another day or so.


Now, I can get into the shop from the front of from the side.  Two days ago all that was covered in ice, but the sun came out for a little while yesterday  and it's shining nicely out there right now  Everything that is suny has melted, it is only the shaded areas that still have ice.


The roof of the shop has a 4:12 pitch and the ice on the roof is sliding during the melt.  All this will be gone in another couple of days and the Winter Storm of 2021 will pass into memory.

SuddenLink came back up today at 0930 local, almost precisely 60 hours after it went down.

SuddenLink still sucks.

The Ted Cruz/Andrew Cuomo Story

 Andrew Cuomo killed a bunch of people through his mis-guided nursing home policies.

Tedd Cruz took his daughters to Cancun for a few days.

What is the legacy media interested in?  You guessed it.  The unplanned trip to Cancun.

I agree that the optics are bad on the Cancun trip, but what was Ted supposed to do?  He's not the governor, nor even a city councilman.  He certainly doesn't have anything to do with the electric grid and he absolutely can't control the weather.  There was absolutely nothing he could do to mitigate the disaster, so he took his daughters to somewhere they could thaw out.

Cuomo, on the other hand, sustained a policy that led to the deaths of thousands, then actively fudged the numbers to hide it.

And now, the mainstream media wonders why nobody trusts them?  Why we think they are all a bunch of hacks?  Because they are a bunch of hacks.

In other news, we're thawing out in central Louisiana.  There is still plenty of ice haging around (and I do mean hanging.  Things might get exciting when it starts to fall.)  And, SuddenLink Communictions  has now been out since 2130, Wednesday 02/17/21.

SuddenLink sucks.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Two Earthquakes

 Two earthquakes today, one near Eagle Pass TX, the other near Manchester, OK.

I'm no geologist and have no idea what these two mean, or even if hey're connected, but it is interesting.

SuddenLink Is The Worst

 Here in he local area, the only cable TV provider is SuddenLink Communications.  Just as soon as the weather gets bad, they go offline for no apparent reason and stay down for several days.  SuddenLink provides my TV and internet..  They're the only game in town, and the corporate climate in that company is such that they hold the customer in contempt.

For the past 36 hours, I've been operating from a mobile hotspot, and that is not acceptable, not while I'm paying SuddenLink for services.  Using my cell phone for internet service, I can go online and find out that I have a service outage in my area.  But, they can't tell me when it might be restored.  If I want a service credit for an outage, I have to apply for it.

Yeah, I know that we just came through a winter storm.  But, we also came through several hurricanes last yea, and most of the cable and infrastructure is brand new.  During this winter storm, we had a couple of power outages, but they were understandable, and lasted a total of about four hours.  The electrical crews were out during the worst of it, making sure that their customers had power.  I cannot say enough good things about Cleco, our power provider.  

I can't say enough bad things about SuddenLink, our communications provider.

SuddenLink Sucks.

At this point, my TV/Internet/Phone has been down since 2130 local, Wednesday, 2/17/21.  I'll keep track until it comes back up.  I'll need this to apply for a credit.