Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Upcoming Impeachment

 Last Sunday, I asked the rhetorical question, What will John Roberts do?

Turns out, he'll do exactly as expected. He's punting, but probably on Constitutional grounds.  The Constitution requires the Chief Justice to sit on an impeachment of the President, but Donald Trump is no longer the president, so it falls to the the President pro-tempore of the Senate to preside over the trial.

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is tagged with that chore.

So, if Leahy is presiding, he can't vote, and if Commie Harris ain't there, the Democrats don't have a majority.  Isn't it amusing what a 50-50 Senate can do?


 Where to begin?  The Army has this thing called theM203 grenade launcher, a direct off-shoot of the older M79 grenade launcher.  The M79 is a stand-alone weapon and the M203 is an accessory for the M16.M4 platform.  They both launch 40mm grenades.

I can train a monkey to use one of these things, and anyone can become competent, but some folks really shine with it, able to put those grenades exactly on target every time.  They have a knack for it, and those are the guys you want on the grenade launcher.

Grandson Quinton is a PFC in the National Guard.  He has drill this weekend, and crashes with us when he's at drill, because his unit is just a couple of miles down the road.  He came in last night and told me that he spent the day on a 203 range, as range support.  After they had trained the unit they were assigned to train, they switched sides and got to qualify with the M203, and burn up excess ammo.  I asked him how he did.

"PawPaw", says he, "I hit everything I aimed it at.  Qualified expert the first time out."

I told him that a good grenadier could put a grenade through a 12" window at 150 yards.

"Yeah", he says.  "I did that easy."

Hun!  Quinton is a grenadier.  How about that?


 The first time I ever heard about some guy named Mas Ayoob, I was a young cop in Natchitoches, LA, back during my early career.  He wrote an article in some long-lost magazine about the infamous 1986 Miami shootout.  For you youngsters out there, law enforcement changed after that shootout.  Everything we did was re-examined.  It is hard to underestimate what a tsunami that encounter spawned.  

Ever heard of the .40 SW cartridge?  It was a direct result of that shootout.

Massad Ayoob is still at it, writing and taching, and he writes at Backwood Home Magazine, where he keeps a blog.  And, he linked to my piddling blog.  That's cool.

But, before I get a swelled head, the dog is reminding me that I need to go cut up some tasso to put in the lima beans we're having for lunch.  We have people coming over in a couple of hours, and it's time to get busy.

To any readers of Ayoob's blog, welcome.  Pull up a chair and get a cup of coffee.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Etoufee is easy

Roberts commented:

 I had some crawfish a few years back when I visited the Big Easy for a company meeting . My but it was delicious . I believe they called it Etouffee . Can't figure out why folk up here in the Buckeye can't get it . Crawfish are all over this state in every creek and pond 

That's easy.  You can make it at home and make it the way you like it.   

You can make it with shrimp, or crawfish, or crab-meat.  Belle's basic recipe is at this link.

Right now, I have to go out to the shop and start making salmon patties.  We're heading to see Belle's mother and she loves my salmon patties.  It's time to get cooking.

What Happened?

 Greed is not necessarily a bad thing.  Greed is what moved Thomas Edison to invent the light bub,, Henry Ford to produce the Model T, and Willis Carrier to invent air conditioning.

But, greed can be a bad thing.  It's one of the seven mortal sins, and decried in literature and from pulpits.

Earlier this week, a group f common investors decided to stick it to the big boys.  They drove up the price of a stock and caused a huge upheaval in the markets.  Some of the small investors got rich, and some of the hedge funds lost billions.  They exploited the greed of the hedge fund managers based on the perceived value of a single share f common stock.

Common stock is relatively easy to value.  in any company, total assets over total liabilities will give you the value of the company's total portfolio  Divide that by shares of stock outstanding, and you should have a good idea of the book value of one share of common stock.  Any deviation over the book price of a share of stock is a perception of the market that a company is worth more, or less than the book value.  The players on Wall Street play against this perceived value.  

That's an over-simplification, but you get the idea.  The stock market uses certain tactics to achieve short-tern profits.  Selling short, of selling long, or the use of derivatives is all part of the tool bag for people who want to maximize profit.  It's a betting game based on knowledge of the market, and the tools are widely available.  Since the proliferation of computers, these tools are immediately available to everyone.

The big boys got hammered this week, by a bunch of folks trading in the market, playing by the rules.  The same rules that everyone else plays by.  The big boys let their greed get the better of them, and a relatively few little guys saw what was happening, and moved to profit from it.  Now, the hedge fund managers are whining about it.  Suck it up, buttercup.  You played the game and you got hammered.  

Any regulation in the financial markets should be to protect the individual investor and provide a stable market so that everyone can benefit from free trade.  Any time you see the hedge fund guys calling for more regulation, that they are actually calling for is for the rules to be set to protect them.  And that is not what a free market is all about.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Crawfish Season

T'other day, Belle had to travel down 107 and noticed that our local crawfish boiler, Tom's Seafood, was open.  It looks like it's crawfish season in Louisiana.

She's running errands right now, but she tells me that on her way home, she is going to pick up some crawfish. Generally this time of year, we eat crawfish on Friday afternoon, and start happy hour a little bit early.  That's fine with me.

The dawg and I are awaiting her return.  It's Five O'clock somewhere.

Gun Confiscation Can and Has Happened in America - Katrina 2005

Colion Noir put up a video this morning, concerning firearms confiscations that occurred inn New Orleans, LA following Hurricane Katrina.

Yep, the city went door-to-door confiscating firearms.  I remember it.  

To our local sheriff's credit, at the time my agency had officers assisting in New Orleans following Katrina.  When Eddie Compass gave that infamous order, our sheriff pulled our local officers from the City, tellinng them to head home, and in no circumstances to confiscate any weapons.

In the aftermath, the voters of Louisiana made possession of firearms a fundamental right, subject to strict scrutiny.  The text of the Constitutional amendment is as follows:
§11. Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Section 11. The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms is fundamental and shall not be infringed. Any restriction on this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.
The legislature followed up on that amendment by making it illegal for a peace officer to confiscate any weapon during a declared emergency.  That text is as follows:
§738. Emergency powers do not extend to confiscation or seizure of lawfully possessed or used firearms, weapons, or ammunition; exceptions

            A. The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms is fundamental and shall not be infringed. Nothing in this Chapter shall authorize the seizure or confiscation of any firearm or ammunition from any individual who is lawfully carrying or possessing the firearm or ammunition except as provided in Subsection B of this Section.

            B. A peace officer who is acting in the lawful discharge of the officer's official duties may disarm an individual if the officer reasonably believes it is immediately necessary for the protection of the officer or another individual. The peace officer shall return the firearm to the individual before discharging that individual unless the officer arrests that individual for engaging in criminal activity, or seizes the firearm as evidence pursuant to an investigation for the commission of a crime.
Colion is right when he says that confiscations of firearms happened during this century in a major city in the US.  I think that Louisiana  demonstrated that this type of activity is possible, even today.  I think that the people of Louisiana took those steps that make this type of power-gab more unlikely.

Playing Craps

 Craps is a game played at casinos across the United States.  Players roll the dice and make bets based on the numbers that they expect to see on the dice.  The house (the casino) has a statistical edge in the game.  If a player bets the pass line, the house edge is about 1.4%.  I like playing craps.  I understand the risk, and I've made some good bets on craps tables.  I've both won and lost, and that is the how betting works. Every casino has house rules, and once you understand the rules you can make educated decisions about how to play the game.

In the financial markets there are also rules.  Those rules are available to everyone, and players in the finance markets can make educated decisions based on those rules.  There are winners and losers, and yesterday we saw a bunch of day-traders, (retail traders) make a bet against the hedge funds and win huge.

I used to work with explosives, and I know that once it detonates, you hear the boom, and it takes some time for the debris to fall out of the sky.  Rhetorically, the debris from the Robinhood/ Gamestop play hasn't fallen out of the sky yet, but this group of day traders has revealed a fundamental flaw in the way the big boys manipulate the markets.  In a stunning move, Robinhood (a broker), shut down trading during a huge play, to protect the hedge funds.

In a craps analogy, it would be like the casino suspending play because a particular player was hitting too many points.  The players at the table would be outraged, and rightfully so.  

A brokerage is not supposed to favor one trader over another.  Our free market is based on the idea that anyone can play.  We invest our money on a particular stock, believing that over time we will make money from assuming risk.  The potential always exists to lose money, but but overall, we expect to make a profit.  That idea blew up yesterday, and it will be interesting to see the debris fall from the sky.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Isn't It Incredible?

 Isn't it incredible, just one week into the Biden administration, that blue state mayors and governors want to reopen their economies?  It's like the China virus suddenly receded now that Donald Trump is gone. Instapundit noticed too:

Given how incredibly political this pandemic has been from the beginning, many people smell a rat. Is it really the case that the reopening of the American economy, particularly in blue states, is so perfectly timed? Do the science and politics really line up so well?

Color me just a little bit cynical.  I'm sure that they are all listening to the science, and have been all along.

The Role Of Science

 I see, in the continuing train-wreck of the Biden bullshit, that he has ordered a sweeping review of government science integrity policies.  That would be great.  We want our scientists to have integrity.

They could start by running off Dr. Anthony Faucci.  I've seen his "science" change many times during the past year.  From no masks, to wearing masks, now to wearing two or more masks.  Google it yourself.  It's plainly been his advise since the pandemic began.  We are really not sure what is science, or what is his desire to preen for the camera.

I understand that science changes over times.  Galileo was tried for his insistence that the Earth rotates around the sun.  Even Einstein admitted that he blundered from time to time.  There is some settled science, but we should always be aware that scientists are fallible, and that scientific thought changes over time.  There are a few immutable scientific facts, laid out mostly by Euclid, Archimedes, Newton, and yes, Einstein.  But, there are also scientific questions that don't have hard answers.

I know a few scientists, and it is really refreshing to hear them tell me that they might not know the answer to a particular question.  When I hear a scientist say "We used to believe this, but now we think that ....", I know that they are telling me the truth.

What would really be refreshing is to hear politicians admit error.  Not all policies are grounded in fact, and sometimes do more harm than good.  When the science seems to be changing on a weekly basis, and the politicians are making changes based on those shifting sands, it doesn't engender confidence in their policies.

Environmental Equity

 I was listening to John Kerry's monologue during the press briefing yesterday, and was struck by some terms I haven't yet been exposed to.  Environmental Equity, for example.  So, I st abut looking for a definition.  I found one, at this link.

Environmental equity means both protection from environmental hazards as well as access to environmental benefits for all, regardless of income, race, and other characteristics. Climate change is expected, in general, to disproportionally affect low-income communities least responsible for climate change emissions. Yet with strong action, these same communities could disproportionately benefit from strategies to address and adapt to climate change.

 Silly me.  I always thought that the sun shown equally on both the King and the dog's ass.

So, maybe this is a new buzzword, a dog-whistle of academia, designed to make the rest of us feel less educated, less aware, less woke.  So, what is the intent?

A nearly $1.5 million grant from the Strategic Growth Council to LCI supports multiple studies of heat-related climate impacts, the factors that make populations and communities vulnerable, and opportunities to build resilience. Climate change could exacerbate inequalities, and this project will result in tools to help government agencies target responses and empower communities.

Breaking out the buzzwords, we learn that the $1.5 million rant was designed to help government.   That's what I suspected, and it is entirely the wrong reason to spend money.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Stick With What You Know, Sweetie

 Evidently, there is a professor at UC-Riverside that needs to do a bit more research.

A University of California-Riverside professor spoke out against heterosexuality, calling it a "tragedy."

Maybe the way she does it, it is a tragedy.

She listed several reasons for her assertion, including that it encourages men to objectify women.

Done properly, it causes a man to worship a woman. To endow her with all his worldly goods.  Even, to write hot checks.  But, then, as Wirecuttter says, there are the psycho chicks  We've all had 'em, and I suspect that this chick is one to stay away from.

So, What Do We Call It? The Wu-Flu?

 With all the work before him, Beijing Joe has decided that we should not call a virus that  originated in Chin, the China Virus.  I shit you not.  Evidently, he says that the gubbmint can't use that term.

Beijing Biden believes that Chinese viruses that originate in China should not be accurately described as China Viruses. As such, he has used his first moments in office to sign an executive order barring the term China Virus when describing the China Virus.

He might be able to keep the government from using the term, but he can't stop me from using it. 

More Biden Bullshit

I keep watching this bullshit, and keep thinking that it can't get any more surreal, and then I turn to the the daily White House press briefing, and up walks John Kerry.

Kerry, you may remember, is a failed presidential contender, universally reviled by those who served with him in Vietnam, and a failed Secretary of State, eclipsed in his abject incompetence only by Hillary Clinton, who used the State Department as a personal enrichment machine.

Now, Creepy Joe has named him as some type of international climate envoy.  Then, as I listened, I hard them talking about "climate equity", and "climate justice", and realized that this particular part of government is totally dedicated to Orwellian bullshit, twisted around a Kafka novel.

This is what the government is going to be spending money on?  We are so screwed.

Biden Slams Oil and Gas

 The news today is that the Biden Administration is slamming oil and gas leases in the US.

If you like cheap gasoline, plentiful electricity, and warm houses, get ready to make some adjustments.  Of course, this is all couched in terms of climate change and green energy, but it's going to hurt.

Louisiana is going to lose jobs.  Texas is going to lose jobs.  New Mexico is going to lose jobs.

Everywhere in the country is going to feel the impact.  Some more than others.  If you voted for Biden, you voted against the economy.  If you voted for Biden, you voted against jobs.  Elections have consequences, and I sincerely hope that I live to see the end of the Biden presidency.   Many of us won't.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The Tubman $20

 I've been hearing rumors that they are finally going to put Harriet Tubman on a $20 bill.

A WaPo columnist thinks that conservatives are distressed over the idea.  Not this conservative.  If they used this design, I think it would be cooler than hell.

I think that would be a fine design that captures her spirit.  I think it's a capitol idea.

Andrew Jackson is okay, but Harriet Tubman is cool  Especially with that Colt revolver.

UPDATE** Below is the design the progs want to use.  Not as cool and the one above, but they certainly can't have her with the welcoming hand while the other holds a revolver, ready for use. I bet Harriet would be disappointed with the one below.

That one is altogether too staid for Ms. Tubman.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Manually, In-Peson

 Watching a video from the Epoch Times, and I grabbed this as a screen shot.  Amazon is facing a union election in Alabama and is resisting mail-in voting.  Evidently, Amazon believes that the best way to conduct an election is with manual, in-person voting.

Isn't that special.  I wonder why Amazon is insisting on in-person voting over mail-in ballots?

Joe Biden Lifts Transgender Ban

I wondered this morning what indignities he might put us through, and it seems that he has lifted the ban on transgenders in the military.

Now, I guess we know.  I served during Clinton's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, but I'm not quite sure how I'd react to this.  I had no problem serving alongside females in the Army, and respected them for their expertise.  Bit, this would just be confusing as hell.

I always considered Major Payne to be a romantic comedy, not a how-to manual.

Not The Bee

 The headline says it all.  (Not the Bee)

Husband stabbed repeatedly by his wife after she finds photo of him with young skinny girl, turns out it's an old picture of her.

Yeah, evidently he was out in the yard working, and his wife picked up his phone and was looking through old pictures.  Jealousy erupted when she saw photos of her husband with a hot, attractive woman.   So, of course, she grabs a knife and stabs him several times before he can get the knife away from her.

Turns out, the photo was of her from several years back, when she was both hot and attractive.

I'll never have that problem.  I still think that my wife is hot and attractive.  She's smokin'.

It's Monday, Now What?

It's Monday and I have some things to do today, working on the club and the state match I'm planning for April.

Yet, I wonder, five days into the Biden presidency, what indignities he is going to foist on us today?  Immigration?  Taxation?  The re-trenching of the Deep State?  Erosion of personal liberty? All of the above?

Ben Shapiro asks a couple of pertinent questions, about how to define unity and peace.

Here in Louisiana , it looks like we are in for another rainy day.  Thankfully, my work today wil be indoors.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Surely, You Jest

 I just saw this on Tucker Carlsson and had to take a screen grab.

It appears that Amazon is facing a union vote in Alabama and doesn't want the employees to be able to use mail-in voting.

Surely, you jest.  Amazon doesn't like mail-in voting?

What Will John Roberts Do?

 As I understand the kabuki theater that has become the Congress, soon we will be treated to the drama of yet another impeachment trial that has no chance of arriving at conviction.

As I understand the process (and I am not an attorney, although I do have  a working knowledge of the English language), the only penalty is removal from office, and n this case, the defendant is not a public officer of the United States.  Hence, he is a private citizen and cannot be removed from office.

Alan Dershowitz, a noted constitutional scholar, says that the Senate lacks jurisdiction in this case.

So, the question is: What will John Roberts do?  Will he shatter the dignity of the US Supreme Court by participating in this farce, or will he follow the plain language of the Constitution?

This may be interesting to watch.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Bigfoot Hunting Season

 A legislator in Oklahoma has proposed a Bigfoot hunting season.  Yeah, really.

What I think is hilarious is the response form the OK Wildlife dudes.

Micah Holmes, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, which oversees hunting in Oklahoma, told television station KOCO that the agency uses science-driven research and doesn’t recognize Bigfoot.

Well, okay.  Let's talk about that.

Back in the early '80s I saw a panther on my place and talked with a wildlife guy about it. 

"What do you mean by panther?", he asked.

?Big cat, about six feet long, chocolate brown.  Long tail.  I saw it out behind my pond last week, just abut sundown.", I replied.

He looked at me calmly.  "There are no panthers in the state of Louisiana."

"Yeah, okay." I responded.  "So, if there are no panthers then it wouldn't hurt if I popped him.?"

I never shot that panther and saw or heard him for several years after that.  The last time was early in 2002.  So, I know that there was a breeding pair in the Wildlife Management Area behind the house. 

The Oklahoma Wildlife dude's rejection of the idea, virtually assures me that Bigfooot is alive an well in Oklahoma.

Salute The Marines

This is making the rounds this morning.  Our dumbass C-in-C was entering a building where a Marine Honor Guard was posted.  Evidently, Creepy Joe was wearing an earbud and someone told him to salute the Marines.  So, he said, "Salute the Marines."

Cognitive dissonance, anyone?  I thought perhaps that a Biden presidency would be hilarious, but I never voted for cringe-worthy.  The man is an embarrassment, but he's a hell of a lot better than what is waiting in the wings.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Two Sources

 The bullshit is coming so fast and furious out of the Biden administration, that I cant believe everything  I'm hearing.  Like John Brennan today,  said that the Biden intel pukes are coming after libertarians.

Here's the quote:

@JohnBrennan: Biden intel community “are moving in laser-like fashion to try to uncover as much as they can about” the pro-Trump “insurgency” that harbors “religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians”

PJMedia is reporting th same thing

So, here's the deal, Brennan.  I'm right here.  Really.  Anytime you want to talk, just come on by.  We'll have coffee, and I'll read the Constitution for you.  But, John, if you're looking for fascists, just read the definition out of the dictionary, then look in the mirror.

But, if you want to keep an eye on a libertarian, I'll be right here.

Biden's Hypocrisy

 I probably won't be able to point out ever single act of hypocrisy of our Creepy-in-Chief during the next four years.  (Of course, many don't think that he is going to be there for four years).

I learned as a new officer that I should never give an order that I was not willing to follow.  Set the example.  Lead from the front.

So, Creepy Joe signs an executive order mandating masks on federal property, and hours later we see this at the Lincoln Memoria.

Yep, no mask.  After ordering them for everyone.  As the troops might say, "What an asshole."

WHO (and CDC) Updates Testing Policy

 I notice that within an hour of the Biden Immaculation, that the WHO and CDC update it's Covid testing policy.  You can go read the whole thing, but basically what I got from it is that the tests are picking up a lot of false positives, and asymptomatic spread may not be as bi a threat as originally thought.

Timing is everything, even the timing of the end of the Trump presidency.

Pray for Joe

 As Christians, it is our duty to pray for our leaders.  I don't necessarily consider Joe Biden a leader; that term means something to people who have actually led other people.  Joe is more like a government functionary, but that's not the point.

In 1 Timothy 2:1-4 we learn:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

I will pray for Joe Biden, so that I might lead a quiet life, Godly and dignified in every way. Others have noted, as have I, that his vice president is waiting in the wings, probably pulling the strings, but also knowing that her path to power lies through Joe.  It is in our best interests that Joe remain healthy, and marginally sane, so that we will not be  imperiled by a Harris presidency.

I'm sure that dr. Jill is pumping him with vitamins and supplements and healthy food.  Doing everything she can to keep him alive.  This is a good thing.  I am also sure that this morning, all over the country, office pools are springing up, regarding the dark thought that pervades our dreams.  The nation's newspaper of record, reported yesterday.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Shortly after being sworn in Wednesday, Joe Biden looked down and saw his shadow, predicting just six weeks of being president of the United States.

Let us pray. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

C'mon, Joe

 I didn't listen to Creepy Joe's speech today, I had important things o do.  Whatever I might be doing, clipping my nails, taking a nap, is ore important than listening to Joe Biden.  But, I did read the transcript.

And, one piece of complete and utter bullshit caught my eye.

A cry of survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear.

The metaphor doesn't work, Joe, not on any level.  The planet doesn't care about you , or me, or anyone else.  All we are in the final analysis is protein to feed the worms.   This planet looks upon us with supreme indifference and starts trying to kill us from the moment we're born.  The planet is not desperate, nor does it tell us what is going to happen next.  The only thing that mankind can look forward to with any certainty is extinction.

Don't feed me your bullshit, Joe.  It's not presidential.

Climate Change Is Racist

 According to Joe Biden's picks for climate change, climate change is racist.  Really.

A pair of top incoming White House environmental aides has blamed "systemic racism" as a driver of climate change in an attempt to justify a government-led economic overhaul.

 President-elect Joe Biden named progressive policy adviser Maggie Thomas as Office of Domestic Climate Policy chief of staff and climate advocate Cecilia Martinez as "senior director for environmental justice" on Thursday. Both Thomas and Martinez have cited racial inequality as perpetuating climate change, arguing that the Biden administration's environmental policy must be centered on "racial and economic justice."

This is complete and utter bullshit. 

Listening to Rush

 I was listening to Rush Limbaugh yesterday, and in one of his sidebars, he talked about a fellow named Mark McKinnon.  I've never heard of him, but evidently he's a mover in Republican circles.  According to Rush, he was the media buyer for the George W Bush campaign.  Evidently he is a behind-the-scene guy 

Mr. McKinnon emailed Rush, and said, in part: " And the project I referred to only has to do with getting the facts out about what actually happened during the election, which, unfortunately, many on conservative media got wrong or distorted.”

So, there is a project in Republican circles to get out the truth about what actually happened during the election.   I'd be glad to see it.

End Of An Era

 It wasn't long enough, but today ends the Trump presidency.

His accomplishments were legendary.  Too long to list here, but some are trying to get them all on paper.

I don't know if there was ever an American president so reviled by his critics.  The media detested him, the Democrats vilified him.  As far as I know, he never hurt anyone.

Three years of a booming economy, and one year of pandemic pandemonium.  By the time I eat lunch today, Joe Biden will be the president of the country.  I hope he can read the prompter long enough to repeat the oath of office.

Do I think Joe stole the election?  No, I think it was a perfect storm of pandemic pandemonium and a small number of places who didn't take election integrity seriously.  It may not have made enough difference to matter, but the idea that there was no fraud is patently ridiculous.  So, if we start off with the theme of patently ridiculous,  Joe Biden is the perfect person to install in the office.

I hope that Joe makes it through all four years.  The idea of a Kamala Harris presidency is problematic at best.  If she wants to be president, she should run for the office.  Oh, wait.  She did.  And lost.  To Joe Biden.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021


 I didn't see this coming.  When a member of the Squad gets concerned about civil liberties, maybe the other Dems should take notice.  Link here.

Jus' Sayin'

 I stole this from Wirecutter, who stole it for somewhere else.

This is a show of power.  They call in over 25,000 troops and don't even billet them properly.  Of course, 25K is a lot of warm bodies and beds.

Yet, we can plainly see what they think of the troops.  The officers should be outraged.  I made my troops sleep in some crappy places, but I always tried to do better for them than I did for myself.

Approval Ratings

 This is interesting.  The Real Clear Politics  approval rating for President Trump is now set at 40%

By contrast,the approval rating for George W Bush for 2008 was 30%.

President Obama's approval rating for his last year was 50%

Joe Biden is entering office with a 44.5 approval rating.  You wold think that if over half the country voted for him, they would approve of him.  I guess the RCP sample didn't include dead people.  Or fictitious people.  Or any of those other voters who we are not sure were really voters. 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Nothing Says Commander-In-Chief

 Nothing says Commander-in-Chief like being afraid of your own troops.

FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack.

And, they want us to believe that this election was fair and transparent.  But'

 And nothing says “normal, legitimate election” like a swearing-in behind 12 feet of razor wire and 25,000 troops that you’re not sure you can trust.

Everything I'm hearing, DC is an armed camp right now, but the troops don't have ammo in their weapons.   Fences and razor-wire around the Capitol.  They are really acting like they're scared.

These are not good optics.  And, the media isn't asking a lot of questions.

LTG Russell Honore to Conduct Capitol Security Review.

I see that Nancy Pelsi has asked retired LTG Russell Honore' to conduct the review of the security problems during the Capitol protests.

Good choice.  Although, General Honore is not noted for suffering fools gladly.  I hope that San Fran Nan is ready for his review.

If you don't remember General Honore', he was tapped by President Bush to take charge of the relief efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita following  the initial disjointed effort.  He took charge.

Below, some of his more colorful  repartee that is fit to put on YouTube.

Stuck Cartridge

 Second son called me today.  He had a cartridge stuck in the chamber of his Ruger M77.  I told him I wasn't busy, to bring it by.

Several drops of Breakfree CLP down the bore and let it sit for a few minutes.  Then used a cleaning rod to slide-hammer it out.  Not hard, just dropping the rod down the bore.  After a few whacks, it came out, easy-peasy.  After the cartridge turned loose, we gave the chamber a good scrubbing, then cleaned the bore for good measure.

Sometimes a bit of grit gets stuck between the chamber wall and the brass, and ties things up.  That's done and the rigle is back in service.  Now, to get on with my other chores.

Armed Protests?

 So, I'm seeing all kinds of bullshit about armed protests in the run-up to the inauguration.

It's a bad idea, guys.  Don't do it.  For all kinds of reasons it's a horrible idea.

We're not in charge right now, and they intend to enact some form of gun control.  Camera are everywhere, and anyone who shows up armed will simply add more incentive to their plans.  Don't do it.

There used to be an old adage, "Don't bring a knife to a gunfight."  These days the adage should be, "Don't bring a gun to a camera fight".  Don't become the poster-boy for their evil plans.  Our best tactic at this point is to ignore them.  Let them have their party.  I don't give a good screaming damn if Biden intends to hold a good, old-fashioned Roman triumph down Pennsylvania avenue.

Lets fight them in the court of public opinion.   Let's start, all over again, making the argument for a strong Second Amendment.  Let's talk about energy independence.  Let's talk about immigration policy and good border security.  Let's talk abut fiscal restraint, good education, and federalism.  For that matter, we need to talk about a strong First Amendment.  They are going to give us plenty to talk about, and they are going to over-step.  

We're in a war of ideas, not a revolution.  For myself, I intend to ignore their little party.  Let them revel.  This may be their high-water mark.  The American Left is stronger right now than I have seen them in n my lifetime.  Today they are drunk on power, but by Thursday, they start the hard work of governing. Let's not help them, but stand ready to point out every flaw, every misstep, every failure.

Let's take the House and the Senate in 2024.  Make Joe Biden rue the day that he held us in contempt.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Red Beans

 It doesn't get much better than this.  We put them on last night, in the slow cooker with good country sausage.   They've ben going all night.

A bit later, we'll put on a pot of rice and bake a cornbread.

Zip Ties

 Evidently, there is an editor at the New York Times who doesn't know any "regular" human beings.  During the aftermath of the Capitol riots last week, she famously asked the question, "Do regular humans actually buy zip-ties? Have you ever bought a zip-tie? If so, what did you use it for?”

Hilarity ensued.  After she had been smacked around like a rag doll, she followed up with this gem.

I literally had no idea that there were this many people passionate about the legal use of zip ties

— Lauren Wolfe (@Wolfe321) January 13, 2021

Have I ever bought a zip tie?  No, honestly, I don't think I've ever bought a single zip tie.  I normally buy them by the bag.   And, like most regular humans I know, I' not really sure how many I own right now.  There are several bags of varying sizes and strengths in the shop.

We shouldn't be too hard on her.  The editors at the New York Times don't generally know any "regular humans", which is why no one takes their editorial opinions seriously.  They really do need to get out more and associate with "regular humans".  The fact that Lauren admits that she has "no idea" may well become the guiding motto for that rag.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

NRA Channels Crockett

 The National Rifle Association, long the premier 2A organization in the United States, is moving to Texas.  Long domiciled as a New York corporation, the NRA is moving it's domicile to Texas.

David Crockett, a politician from Tennessee, famously told his constituents in 1835, "You can all go to hell.  I'm going to Texas."

Honestly, I thought the NRA was domiciled in Virginia.

At any rate, it sees that the news that the NRA is bankrupt is simply a part of it's legal maneuver to get out of New York.  I can't blame them one bit.

We've Seen This Before

 This is how it started in 1930s Germany.

Harvard Students Launch Petition to Revoke Degrees of Trump Supporters in Government

Next, they will want us to wear yellow Trump patches on our shirts.

I will not comply.

Was the Election Stolen?

 The Democrats really don't want this drum beaten, so I'll keep whacking it.  And, I see that John Hinderaker, at Powerline, is beating it as well.

Democrats are making extraordinary efforts to suppress all discussion of whether Joe Biden actually won the 2020 presidential election. In fact, they go even farther: they want to suppress all discussion of the extent to which voter fraud occurred. That naturally makes me want to write about voter fraud, and who really won the election.

There is no doubt tat there was fraud.   That is plainly in evidence, and whether or not there was enough fraud to steal the election is a matter of question.

Even greater doubts about the election arise from the deliberately loose procedures that governed voting. Something like 69 million mail-in votes were cast, and until two months ago, everyone agreed that mail-in voting is highly susceptible to fraud. But the laxity in 2020 went far beyond the risks inherent in mail-in votes. I put it this way: I don’t know whether the Democrats stole the 2020 election, but I do know that they tried hard to steal it.

Go read the whole thing.   

I do know that in the case o Louisiana, we routinely try to catch and prosecute those who attempt voter fraud.  We recently identified and arrested one such scoundrel.  But, the Democrats don't even want to talk about election integrity.  You have to ask yourself why.

Average Uneployment

 An interesting graphic, found at Instapundit.

It will be interesting to see if they can fix the damage caused by the pandeic, or even if they want to.

I do note that the Chicago mayor, Lori Lightweight, and the New York Governor, "Granny-killer" Cuomo want to open bars and restaurants as soon as possible.  They did what they had to do to ake President Trump look bad, and now, they would like to get their towns opened back up.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Ad Bots are Ignorant

 We've all done it.  Clicked on somethinng we we were interested in, and for days you see those ads pup up on your screen, across a number of platforms.  Like this one, for example.

The only problem is, I bought a pair of those earlier this week.  They'll be in next week.  This ad money is totally wasted.

Gasoline Prices

 I am reminded that when Donald Trump took office, a gallon of unleaded gasoline cost $2.38.9

Today, as I passed my favorite gas station, the price of a gallon of unleaded was $1.99.9

That ain't bad for four years.

I generally judge the success of a president on the basis of unleaded gasoline.

Anyone care to predict what the price of gasoline is going to do under the Biden administration?

Thanks, AP Style Guide

 It seems that last week, there was a riot.  Other sources  called it an insurrection.  A threat to democracy.

Some of us wondered if, after the riots last summer, when cities burned, if the AP had suddenly found a riot that they liked.  Tongue-in-cheek, we wondered why when cities were buring acorss the country, literally on fire, they were called protests, and when other folks broke intothe Capitol and stole the Speaker's podium, that was a riot.

Well, they cleared it up for us.

Uh oh. Here we go. Reporters apparently need to be careful when using the word riot if there’s any chance that non-White people might be involved.

So, let me get this straight.  IF a bunch of rowdy white folks get together and steal the Speaker's podium, that's a riot.  Or an insurrection, but if a bunch of non-white people get together and burn down a police station, that's a "mostly-peaceful" protest:.

Got it.  Only white folks can riot under the AP Style book.

And they wonder why we laugh at them.  The Emperor has no clothes.


 Glocks, the brainchild of Gastonn Glock are ubiquitous in the law enforcement community.  Long hailed as utterly reliable, solid, dependable firearms, they were also ugly.  I'm not hating on Glock here, it's the plain truth.  A decade or so ago, folks started stippling the grips to make then easier to hang on to.  Back in the day, kitchen-table gunsmiths attacked the grip of their Glock with every known implement.  I've seen guys use Dremel tools, hand drills, and for all I know, butter knives.  

Some of those jobs were fairly horrific.  The Wiley E Coyote School of Gunsmithing was strong with sone of those folks.  Occasionally, you'd run into someone who did good work, and those guys turned their efforts into a cottage industry, picking up spare change for a stippling job.

Younger son is a cop in north New Mexico, and he sends me some photos of a recent project.  He dicided to stipple one of his personal Glocks.

The Before Shot.  You've all seen a Glock frame

I'm not sure which tools he used, maybe he'll chime in, in the Comments, but I think it turned out really nice.

The After shot.  I think that looks pretty durned good.

Yessir, that's a nice stippling job  It has a nice border, and he blended the backstrap into the pattern.  Very nice indeed.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Busy, Busy

 I'm busy doing the ground work for the Louisiana State Championship f Cowboy Fast Draw to be held in Shreveport on April 9, 10, 11, at the State Fairgrounds in Shreveport, LA.

This is the first year that we've taken the state championship to Shreveport, and it looks like it's going to be a good one.  The local folks are excited to have us coming, and we hope to introduce our shooters to the city.  

The building is simply beautiful.  And huge.  Plenty of space.

That's Belle down there in front of the doors in the blue shirt.  The building is huge, and the support folks who run it are simply magnificent.  We're really looking or ward to putting on a first-class event.

Why Joe Biden Just Declared War On the 2nd Amendment

I'm just going to leave this right here so I can find it later.

I wonder if Crazy Joe is going to declare war on the ACLU to defeat the First Amendment?  It looks like that is what his proxies are doing.

Apps Come, Apps Go

 With the brouhaha going on in social media right now, many folks are searching for alternatives.  I recall, back in the day, about the turn of the century, there were some apps I used that have since fallen by the wayside.  Belle and I met online, using a social app, and we were early adopters of the online dating scene.  For us, it worked out, and lots of those sites have fallen into the dark side of personal interaction.  It worked for us, but not for others.

So, this morning things change.  Oh, I'll still be posting here as long as Google doesn't get too interested in my traffic, but one of the organizations I like has added a new social media app, Me We, so that members can stay connected in case Facebook goes South on us.  I never used Twitter, or Linkedin, , or Instagram, o many of the apps that many folks rely on.

I am reminded that apps come, and apps go, and when a company starts ignoring or actively hurting the people it relies on to do business,  it often suffers.  We may be seeing a shake-up of social media that will affect those companies in the long run.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Pay Attention, Joe

 Joe got out of the basement long enough to show a remarkable amount of ignorance.

Here's the problem with that, Joe.  It's illegal.  You really should have paid attention during all those years you were in the Senate, and passing laws against discrimination.  I'm glad you appointed Merrick Garland as your attorney general, maybe he can help you out on obscure points in the law, like the one that says the federal government cannot discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or national origin.

I thought you were in the Senate when they passed that law?  Is your memory slipping, Joe?

Monday, January 11, 2021

Big Tech Flexes It's Muscle

 It's fascinating to watch Big Tech shut down free speech.

Parler, which emerged as a Twitter alternative for conservatives, officially went offline on Monday after Amazon Web Services refused to host the site any longer. Following the Capitol riots on Wednesday, Apple and Google removed Parler from their app stores, claiming the site had refused to take down posts inciting violence. On Saturday, Amazon announced it would follow suit after employees pressured the company to remove Parler.

Other vendors are following the tech giants, leaving Parler without a host for their platform.   This is cancel culture writ large.  It certainly seems to be a form of obstructing competition

Rush Limbaugh made the point earlier today that in watching this repression of conservative speech, it is entirely fair to wonder if these same companies or their subsidiaries were involved in the repression of conservative votes?  It's a valid question, and deserves  valid answer.

She's Scared

 San Fran Nan, the wicked witch fro the West, is still pushing impeachment, with only 10 days left in the Trump presidency.  She's afraid that he might run again.

“There is a possibility that after all of this, there’s no punishment, no consequence, and he could run again for president,” Stahl said.

“And that’s one of the motivations that people have for advocating for impeachment,” Pelosi responded.

Last week was in interesting week.  The Democrats found a riot that they didn't like, President Trump is again under threat of impeachment, and Big Tech is silencing conservative voices.  Conservatism and the Bill of Rights is under attack like it has never been in my lifetime.

The Democrats should be very, very careful in how quickly they change the rules of political engagement.  Power tends to change hands in a democracy, and at some point, the Dems will be out of power.  They may not like to play minority party under the rules they've set as a majority.

And, I'd be very careful about invoking the 25th Amendment lightly.  As many on our side suspect, our new vice-president elect is a very ambitious person.


 Two of my grandchildren, both born in 2002 and living within miles of this acre, didn't see snow until they were 11, in 2013.  Here in central Louisiana, snow was a rate event for many decades.  It's still unusual enough that it it is noteworthy.

Yesterday we knew that there was a significant chance of snow.  Schools promptly announced their closings.  This is what I awoke to this morning.

A light dusting, less than an inch.  Schools are closed, and Belle's employer text her this morning, saying hat they would open the office at noon.  Such is our response to a winter storm in Louisiana.  We don't do snow or ice in sub-tropical Louisiana.  We just don't.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Wintry MIx

  The weather-weenies told us to get ready for a "wintry mix", and they weren't lying, by God.

Here's a screen shot of the weather map, right now.

I'm right in the middle of that map, and and we're getting rain, sleet, and snow, all at the same time.

The house is warm, and we're in no distress, but the cats are a bit concerned.  The dog is laying beside the bed in the bedroom, and he ain't coming out until spring.

Earlier today, Belle said that she wanted to keep a "close eye" on the weather, so I put a chair out in the yard.  She failed to see the humor in that maneuver.  Back in my younger days, I lived in Kentucky through  three winters, so I"m familiar, and Belle lived in Missouri for several winters, so she's aware, but that's why we both live together in Louisiana.

Quoth For Truth


Saturday, January 09, 2021

A Quandary

 This question may be better suited to a scholarly paper than a blog post, but here goes.

Big Tech is banning President Trump on Twitter and other platforms because they don't like his message. He tends to violate "community standards" that they have laid out, and that require a degree in corporate law to understand.  Some say that these policies violate free speech that is regarded as absolutely essential toa free society.

I get it.  Free speech is molecularity tied to the American experience.  So are property rights, and that is where the tension is based.  Jack Dorsey is the big boss in a company called Twitter.  Many Americans (but not me) have an account on Twitter.  Likewise Facebook, although I do have an account on Facebook.  It lets me keep up with the kids and grandkids, and my friends in the Fast Draw community.  Yet, I know folks who have been suspended on Facebook (Facebook jail) because they violated some obscure standard in weird communication.

At one point before the Army, I worked for an outfit called the Bell System.  A huge corporation that controlled the telecommunications industry.  They heartily resisted intrusions on their business model, yet over time, they were broken up by the federal government because their business model was both crucially essential to the national defense, and also an absolute monopoly.  In the '50s and '60s, if you worked in the telephone industry, you worded for the Bell System, or one of it's subsidiaries.  They owned the telephone poles and the wires and the phone in your kitchen.

Now, here in early 2021, we learn that Twitter can control the communication of everyone, including the President of the United States.  If you are going to use their platform, you have to play by their rules.  And, those rules change from week to week.  And, what most people don't realize is that even if you have a Twitter, or Facebook, or Instagram account, you are not a customer.  Customers pay for a service.  These accounts are free.

Twitter gives away a lot of free accounts, yet we learn from Google that Twitter had 2019 revenues in excess of $3 billion.  Whomever is writing those checks is the customer.  Those with free accounts are the product being sold.

Did Twitter do the right thing in banning President Trump?  It's his business.  Is Apple within it's right to ban the startup platform Parler from it's app store?  It's their app store.  At what point do property rights become subservient to free speech?  It's a quandary.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go out to the shop ad set up the range to celebrate another American liberty.  The club is meeting this morning and they will expect coffee.

Friday, January 08, 2021

25th Amendment

 The Democrats have lost their damned minds.  Not sufficiently happy with winning, now they're looking for revenge, or a reckoning, or something.  It 's one thing to be a poor loser (Russia, Russia), it's another thing entirely to be a vindictive winner.  Donald Trump will be out of office in 12 days, but that's not soon enough for them.  They want him run out of town on a rail, disgraced, if not indicted.  Pelosi says that he can choose between resigning and impeachment.

Someone in Washington should show some grace, and class.  I see very little of either coming out of our elected officials.

Both Republicans and Democrats need to take a deep breath and consider the best course of events.  This is getting simply bizarre.  I see that Nanc Pelosi is trying to restrict Trump's access to the nuclear codes. Really?   Does she think that he's going to start a nuclear war?  Is she so unfamiliar with protocol that she doesn't understand the two-man rule?

“This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) wrote.

At this point, the leading Democrats are being vindictive, and a bit unhinged themselves. This is not a good look for the United States.  This is not a good look for the Democrat party, and it certainly does not engender confidence in their leadership.

Lessons Learned

 What's the take-away from the past 48 hours?  That there is a huge double-standard in the media and the Democrat Party, and more likely, in the swamp-dwellers in Washington DC.   For four years they have either ignored or tacitly approved of political violence across the streets of America.  Portland, Seattle, Kenosha, Minneapolis, Atlanta, just to name a few.

In every event, they defended the violence as "mostly peaceful" when the rioters destroyed property, injured or killed police officers, held cities hostage.  Starting with the riots in Washington DC on the evening of Trump's inauguration, it continued right through nearly the entire four years.  The media, in large part, either ignored or were apologists for the "mostly peaceful" rioters.

Two days ago, in Washington, a peaceful protest turned into something else, and Trump supporters held a mostly peaceful occupation of the Capitol building.  Now, we're hearing full-throat ed condemnation, from the political class and the drive-by media.  This seems, to me, to be just a bit hypocritical.

You can't have it both ways.

I do note that many of President Trump's aides and political appointees are resigning in apparent condemnation of the crowd's actions.  That seems a bit hollow to me.  In two weeks, they'd all be out of a job anyway.

But, what really galls me is the coverage.  For four years, rioting was covered a viable political expression.  Then, suddenly, on Wednesday past, it became a absolute threat to the American way of life.and totally unacceptable in the political sphere.  

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Here We Go Again

 It appears that after the Congress certified the election, President Trump promised a  peaceful, cooperative transition.  Joe Biden will be sworn inn as President of the United States.

Georgia elected two, count 'em, two Democratic Senators.  By actual count, this leaves the Senate in Democrat control.

We suffered this same fate in 2012, when Obana took over.  There is no telling what mischief that foretells o the country.  The lunatics are in charge.

Upwards of 49% of the country believes that the election was rife with fraud and outright criminality.  This does not bode well fr either party, because for the American public to have faith in their elected leaders, they must also have faith in the manner in which those elections were conducted.  During the 3000 election, Florida's process horrified the nation, and Florida took steps to make sure that such things didn't happen again.  I would  hope that the several states whose elections were contested would take a hard look at their processes and make the necessary changes to inure the integrity of the vote..

The question should be: How much vote fraud do you tolerate?  The answer in all cases should be Zero.

The Schofield Lives On

The old .45 Colt-.45 Schofield debate was a real thing back in the 1870s.

This video lays it out about as good as any I've seen.

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Random Notes on Wednesday

 I understand that there was a mostly peaceful protest in Washington DC today.  For the record, I abhor political violence in every form and hope that those people who turned violent are identified and prosecuted.  However, I note, also for the record, that the drive-by media seems to be focusing on this bit of mostly peaceful protest with much more vigor than they covered the mostly peaceful protest this summer.

The weather weenies tell me that we're going to get a bit of rain, starting in an hour of so.  In anticipation of this precipitation, I have come inside, poured myself a drink, and will remain sheltered for the evening.

That problem with the truck turned out to be the starter.   If I ever met a Ford engineer, I intend to revile him for putting bolts in places where they are not readily visible, especially on such components as a starter or alternator.  It's almost as if they take some sadistic pride in hiding connectors.  It's utter bullshit, and they should be denigrated for such mischief.

The starter is finally out, many thanks to You Tube guys who like to shade-tree wrench on their vehicles.  Whatever else the ills of social media, YouTube provides a valuable service in this limited regard.

No Fraud, Huh?

 It takes a while to root these bastards out, but voter fraud is everywhere.  For example, in Amite, LA, we have this heartwarming story.

Emanuel Zanders, a councilman in Amite, Louisiana, has been arrested and charged with eight counts of voter fraud, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Wednesday morning.

Evidently, he wanted people to be able to vote or him in his district.

 Landry says Zanders allegedly urged 22 people to list vacant lots as their home addresses in order to attempt to increase the number of people who were eligible to vote for him.

Hopefully, before long, the dirty scoundrel will be wearing  jail-house orange for a few minths before swapping it o the blue chambray shirts worn by inmates in the state pen.

Don't tell me that there is no voter fraud.

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Shockwave Shadows in Ultra Slow Motion (Bullet Schlieren) - Smarter Ever...

Okay, this is just cooler than hell.  Full screen it.


 I'm sure you've heard by now, there is at one dumbass Congressman who thinks that  ancient Amen is a gender term.  It seems that he's facing backlash.

His wiki page tells us that he is a United Methodist pastor.

 He doesn't deserve backlash, he deserves ridicule. Mockery, derision, and scorn.  He should be ashamed of himself, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that Democrats have no shame. So, I guess that mockery will have to do.

A Problem

 My truck won't start.  That is The problem.  It's an '01 Ford with nearly a quarter million miles on it.

Sometimes when you're looking at The problem, you find a bunch of little A problems.  "Well, that's a problem,.  And that's a problem."  Once you fix the "a problems", The problem goes away.  That's where we are now.  My second son is a fine diagnostician and we know what it's not.  It's not the starter and it's not the alternator, but we haven't found The problem.  Just a series of "a problems".  I'll start working on those in another hour, and he'll come by this afternoon with some diagnostic tools.

We'll figure it out.

I note that Georgia is voting today, after a couple of weeks of mail-in and early voting.  Sometime this evening, they'll start counting the votes.  And we all remember what Joe Stalin said about counting votes.

Monday, January 04, 2021

I Don't Understand

 The more I watch politics, the more I don't understand it.  How presumably sane people can vote against their own best interest simply astounds me.  I see that the House f Representatives once again voted Nancy Pelosi to another term as Speaker.  Amazing.  

Of course, Joe Biden was elected president.  (if you believe the polls, and I don't).

I was talking with a neighbor yesterday and he told me that he's mystified and disgusted with the political landscape.  He is now to the point where he doesn't believe anything he hears on the television, or on the internet, and really doesn't know which news source is reliable.  I understand his dilemma.  I feel much the same way.  If I believe what the drive-by media is telling me, then most of the American population is demonstrably insane.  If I believe what the alt-news sources are telling me, then the votes are rigged, but no prosecutors or judges will tough it. 

It's almost bad enough that I'm prepared to quit listening to all news sources, focus on my little world, and thy to insulate myself from outside influences.  I feel like my political lens is so distorted that I cannot believe what I am seeing.  These are incredible times.

I see that our Governor has scheduled a press conference for 2:30 today.  I can't imagine what horror-show he's going to try and foist upon us today.  And, I don't believe fr a minute that it is good news.

Fortunately, I have a project that needs my attention.  So, it's time to put on socks and try to make some sense ou of this beautiful Mnday.

Sunday, January 03, 2021

Reflections on Fridays

 Somebody was asking me the other day if I liked retirement.  And, I do, just for the record.  Then they asked me if I missed going to work, and I don't.  I miss some of the people, but I keep in touch as much as a global pandemic will let me.

But, on reflection, I miss Fridays.

I remember as a child, the feeling I got on Friday afternoon and the whole weekend opened in front of me.  And, in great part of my working career, Friday meant something.  Saturday to do my chores, or to hunt of fish, with Sunday reserved for church and family.  The enjoyment of going to work on Friday morning and discussing weekend plans with co-workers.  I don't get that any more.

My week is basically, Sunday, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday.  Then back to Sunday.

Belle still works, and enjoys her job.  She works four days a week, off every Friday, so that keeps me grounded on the basis of her work-week.  But, I do miss the feeling of the last few minutes of a Friday work day, knowing that I was heading home to family and a well-planned weekend.

I have lots of Saturdays, but no Fridays.  I need to try and recapture that.

The Colorado Bulldog

So, I was watching the White Russian episode on How to Drink, and I was reminded of the Colorado Bulldog, a drink we used to serve at JJ's Lounge in Natchez, LA.  It's a variation on the White Russian, but I've never seen it served anywhere else.

JJ's Lounge was a small, redneck bar in the tiny village of Natchez, LA (not Natchez, MS) just south of Natchitoches, LA on LA Hwy 1.  There was a highway in front, and a soybean field out back.  Best described as a pig sty with a juke box, I spent many afternoons in there in the '90s, and tended bar there during 1998/99.

The Colorado Bulldog.

In a tall glass filled with ice, mix one ounce good vodka, one ounce coffee liqueur and one ounce Irish cream.  Fill the glass nearly to the top with cold milk, then float a skim of Coca-cola across the top.

Stirred, not shaken.  Drop a straw in it, and  Compliment the lady as you serve it to her.

As far as I know, this drink was invented by Judy Gibson, the owner of JJ's Lounge in Natchez, LA.

Comey's Desperation

 The one fellow everyone wishes would simply go away is James Comey.  He disgraced himself in the eyes of the world during the Clinton email scandal and has been trying ever since to repair his reputation.  He's launching a new book, which I won't link to.  He doesn't deserve the link.

You may recall that he laid out every single element of a crime in the Clinton email investigation, then told the American people that he didn't believe any competent prosecutor would touch it.  It was Hillary Clito, after all, and no one would ut her in ail, much less obtain a conviction.

Then, in the early days of the Trump administration, he used a discredited dossier as the predicate to go before a FISA court and spy on Americans.  Under Comey's watc, the FBI became a politicized tool to be used against opponents of the Democrat party.  He was rightly fired by President Trump.

Comey so damaged the reputation of the FBI that many Americans no longer trust them to be fair and honest representatives o American law enforcement.  I know that if I am ever approached by and FBI agent, I am going to do four things.  1) inspect his or her credentials. 2) tell them to talk with my lawyer, 3) invoke the 5th Amendment, and 4) order them off my property.

Many people believe that under Comey's watch, the FBI became the political arm of the Deep St ate.  Rather than enforce the law in a reputable manner, they now protect the Deep State and harass its opponents.They will lie to the courts, suppress evidence, and run interference for corruption. 

Lin here to the article that inspired this posting.

The Benefits of Bacon

Bacon, far from being just a tasty snack, is a part of American culture that is impossible not to recognize.  On a biscuit for breakfast, on a burger for lunch, or seasoning the veggies at the dinner table, bacon is essential to most American cuisine.  Some eschew it for religious principles and some won't eat it for health reasons, but I never met anyone who said that they didn't like bacon.

Did you know that Americans spend $5 billion on bacon annually?  And, adjusted for inflation, bacon is very economical, on average much less expensive than it was 100 years ago.  Or that Americans eat, on average, 18 pounds of bacon annually?

It's almost universally available. You can find it at a high-end grocer or at the local Dollar Store.  It comes in a variety of styles; thick cut or thin, sugar cured, or smoked, or maple or mesquite.

It's unique in American culture.  Every-man's food, cheap, easy, quick to prepare, 

Who can forget Ron Swanson ordering "all the bacon and eggs you have."

This Sunday morning, let's all celebrate bacon.

Saturday, January 02, 2021

The Holidays Are Over

 It's Saturday, I have to keep reminding myself.  My internal mental calendar is all screwed up.  It feels like Monday, but the calendar at the bottom of the computer tells me that it's Saturday.  The holiday decorations are down, and the bed of the truck is full of the detritus of the holidays.  I need to make a load to the dump.

It's the second day of the New Year, and tomorrow we're at perihelion.  That's a big word that means we're close to the sun.  It doesn't feel like it on my acre, but I'll take the astronomer's word for it.

I guess I'd better get busy.  I need to clean out the fridge in the sop, and after I make that load to the dump, I"m going to stop by the grocers.  I feel a big gumbo coming on.

Friday, January 01, 2021

Another Goblin Down in Minneapolis

 It seems that there was another "police shooting" in Minneapolis.  The police have released the bodycam footage.

Goblin was an active suspect.

Police order him to show his hands.

Goblin fires gun at police.

Encounter ends like you'd think.  No officers harmed. Goblin deceased.  Democrats demonstrate. Demonstrators demonstrate their inability to understand the Use of Force matrix..

If you point a gun at me, I'm going to shoot you.  Every time. Repeatedly if necessary.

Our Governor Reviews 2020

 In his message to Louisiana, our governor releases the following statement on his Facebook page:

2020 was a year unlike any other. At my inauguration in January, I was hopeful for all that we would accomplish together for our state. Even after this turbulent year defined by the COVID-19 pandemic and a difficult hurricane season, I'm still hopeful. Through everything the people of this great state have endured this year, Louisianans never lost hope nor did they lose faith in each other. I am inspired by the resilience I have witnessed this year and look forward to a better 2021 with all of you. #lagov

Good for you, Governor.   Whatever else your legacy, you will be known as the governor who presided over the largest contraction of personal liberty since Reconstruction.  For better or worse, that's your legacy.  You take pride in saying that your decisions were based on expert recommendations, but we're learning that those experts have shattered their own reputations.  Dr. Deborah Birx has resigned over her hypocrisy, and Dr Antony Faucci has been shading data in an attempt to change behavior.  At this point, if you believe anything that Faucci says, you are simply a useful idiot.

So, let's look at the first year of your second term.  The tourism industry is completely shattered, the hospitality industry is on life-support.  More Louisianans are dependent on the federal government,  Louisiana's tax base is eroded significantly, and we have a huge problem with out-migration.  Louisiana state government is absolutely dependent on federal largess.

So, Bel, as you take your self-congratulatory lap, you must weigh the horrible damage that this state has suffered under your  adherence to the expert advise.  This year has been a disaster under any known metric.  Any good done by mandates and emergency orders is surely outweighed by the tragic consequences of those same orders.  Louisiana is an absolute disaster, and it happened under your watch.