Friday, April 30, 2021


 It's Friday morning, and it's raining.  It started with a strong thunderstorm at dusk yesterday and will continue until at least noon.

PawPaw doesn't work much in the rain.  Rain is God's way of telling me to take a brak, so I'll piddle around in the house for a while.  I can use the break, a no-guilt way of enjoying a day with no plans.

Belle and I have a date tonight, an early dinner date at a new Tex-Mex restaurant in town.  We'll meet some friends and see how the new place does it.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Biscuits and Gravy

I got hungry today about lunch tie and decided that I didn't want to get out, had no reason to drive to the store, and started looking around for something to cook for lunch.  I found a pound of link sausage in the freezer, so I cut it up fine and started  frying it in a cast iron skillet.  I decided to make a white gravy with the drippings, ad found some milk that was approaching the end of it's life in the 'fridge.  Perfect.

I knew I had flour, milk, and oil, so biscuits seemed a perfect compliment.  In a few minutes I had the gravy simmering on the stove while I whipped up a batch of biscuits.

Normally seen as part of a southern breakfast, biscuits and gravy doesn't limit itself to the morning hours.  I still use a biscuit recipe from a life-long friend, Brenda Joyce, who taught me to make biscuits when we were in college.  I have been using that recipe for almost 50 years and see no reason to change.

Creepy, Odd.

 I watched a few minutes of biden't speech last night, before I decided that it was a waste of time, so I went to bed. 

What sturck me is that it wasn't a joint session of Congress by any stretch of the imagination.  The place ws almost empty.  Mask-wearing, social distancing empty.

If this is what passes for a joint session of Congress under the biden/harris administration, then we are a pale representation of what we were just one year ago.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Delayed Consequences

 Peter, over at Bayou Renaissance Man, has a powerful posting about delayed consequences, focusing o the tragedy that surrounds the death of Ma'Khia Bryant.  I've seen it over and over as a police officer.  Mom and Dad make a series of bad decisions that affect their child, then when the cumulative effect of those decisions finally manifests into a tragedy, it magically becomes some else's fault.

Peter gives a play-by-play of the seemingly innocuous decisions that led to this tragedy.  Dad is a piece of work, his daughter doesn't share his last name.  He had to be brought to court to prove paternity, and at the time of the tragedy, he had warrants for his arrest.  Mom, likewise is a piece of work.  Through her activity in the courts, her daughter was in foster care.  Somehow, she decided that the proper way to settle a dispute was with a knife.

Before we go much further, this isn't about black culture or white culture.  This isn't a racial thing.  I've seen the same scenarios play out against the backdrop over every race. This is a parenting issue.  Extremely poor parents making decisions over decades that affect their child in ways that almost invariably lead to bad outcomes.  This one was especially horrific, because the child's life was lost, but the parents have no real reason to complain.  This is their fault.  They are not the victims here.

If any victim can be found, it may be the police officer.  He came to a call without knowing the background, and within one minute of arriving was forced to use his firearm in defense of other people.  He had no fore knowledge of any of the participants. He reacted well, in accordance with his training, yet he will have to live with the knowledge that he took  life.

Ma'Khia Bryant's parents are not the victims here.  They made decisions that set the backdrop for this tragedy, and they should certainly bear the burden of their own actions.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

John Bel Bows to Reality

 Our idiot governor is speaking now, ignoring popular pubic opinion, but generally relieve us from the masks mandate, unless it's in a government building, or if a private business requires it.  Oh, and public schools, K-12 and state universities.

That's better.  Most of us have been ignoring his mandates for six or eight weeks.  He said that he was going to expand the occupancy requirements for stadiums and other venues.

Of course, local governments are still able to institute stricter measures, but the local lumber yards still sell tar. I'm not sure where we would buy feathers but I'm sure that some are available locally.  Local leaders should be aware of the old traditions.


 A young Yankee lady asked me once, "How do you cook a grit?"

I told her honestly that I didn't know.  Grits are generally cooked by the thousand, or the million.  One grit is un-cookable.  But, I wasn't totally honest with her.  I had never cooked grits.  I've eaten a bunch of them, but I never tried to cook them.  Grits were for those big, vacation breakfasts in a diner somewhere.  Or, as part of the standard Army breakfast.  

I've eaten a lot of grits, but Belle turns her nose up at them.  She doesn't eat grits, anybody's grits.  Not cheese grits, or shrimp and grits, or any kind of grits.

I was in the Dollar Store early this morning and decided to make a pot of grits.  Bought a box of standard grits, read the label, and when I got home had at it.  Easy-peasy.  Boiling water, salt, grits and some butter.  Stir for a while, turn the fire down low and stir some more.  Nothing to it.  The recipe is right there on the box.

Some Dude

Some dude brings a frying pan to a street brawl. 

I'm not advocating violence, but that's funny, right there.

Should Kerry Be Charged?

 There is some reason to believe that John Kerry, president biden's climate czar revealed to Iran a number of covert Israeli operations.  At this point, Kerry is denying the allegations, so we'll use the scare quotes around "allegedly".

Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Republican foreign policy leaders in Congress are demanding a formal investigation into John Kerry following revelations he informed Iranian leaders about covert Israeli military operations.

John Kerry is despicable, that is not news.  We've known that since Vietnam.  Why anyone trusts hi with anything is a matter of grave concern.  But, if true, is this revelation treasonous?   Some say that he should be perp-walked, and I'm not opposed to that, but there might be a better way, although I don't expect the biden administration to follow trough.

If I were the puppet-master, I would simply let Israelis know that we don't condone Kerry's acts and that we would honor an extradition warrant.  If Kerry revealed Israeli secrets to Iran, let him explain that in Isreal before their courts.

Problem solved.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Others Are Noticing

 WWL, a station in New Orleans, is noticing that many people have quit listening to the governor.

If you look around New Orleans, there are signs that the city's residents and tourists think the pandemic is over.

At the very least, the fear of the pandemic appears to be over. Crowds are now gathering in all sorts of public places.

Most of the rest of Louisiana made that decision about six weeks ago, just about the time Texas and Mississippi went fully open.   The governor has squandered his political capital on keeping us in bondage, and we finally said "to hell with it".

The article goes on to say that vaccines are sitting on the shelf, unused.  Folks are over it.  We gave him the benefit of the doubt, but it lasted too long, and now his opinion doesn't matter at all.  Which is really, in the final analysis, exactly what the people should think about their governor.  


 It seems that the Supremes have decided to hear a 2A case, this one out of New York.  Hot Air reports:

The Supreme Court granted cert in a case involving New York’s requirement to demonstrate a specific need to carry a firearm before being granted a permit. It’s the first time in over a decade that the court has agreed to review a case relating to the Second Amendment, raising expectations that the 6-3 conservative majority might want to sustain and expand Heller and McDonald:

I doubt it will be a 6-3 decision. Everyone knows that John Roberts is a f''ing liberal, devoid of moral compass or understanding of the plain meaning of the Constitution.  Still, it will be interesting to see what linguistic hoops he jumps through to once again squeeze the nuts of law-abiding Americans.

I mean, what part of "shall not be infringed" doesn't he understand?

Sunday, April 25, 2021

About That Pandemic

 It seems like others are catching on.  While Texas and Florida are highly visible as states that have eschewed the mask mandate and are re-opening, there are a number of us in less fortunate states that have decided to get on with our lives.

Some are taking notice.

Venture just an hour outside of the city, however, and life is shockingly normal. On Saturday morning, I drove with friends to Marshall, Virginia for a classic car parts swap. Buyers and sellers mingled with one another in the lot, complimenting each other’s rigs, listening to classic rock, and just enjoying the bright, crisp day — all without masks. The only person who stayed consistently masked up outside was the crunchy coffee boy selling overpriced cups of joe and bagels.

Many of us are over it.  We've learned a lot in the past year, and we're done with government over-reach. We are supremely indifferent to government pronouncements.  Here in Louisiana where we are stuck in Phase 2.8, with a mask mandate, many of us have decided that it simply doesn't make any sense, and we've gotten on with our lives.

There is a rumor that Governor Edwards may drop the mask mandate next week, but I have news for him.  Most of Louisiana has already dropped it.  Our governor is a laughable fool, and many of us awakened (as opposed to being Woke) to that fact.

The Worm Turns

 It seems that the mayor of Portland, OR has had enough of the incessant rioting, vandalism, and violence.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler called Friday for the city’s residents to assist authorities in their efforts to "unmask" members of the "self-described anarchist mob" who have engaged in acts of violence and vandalism in recent months.

I don't feel sorry for the guy.  He put up with it for way too long.  He should have cracked down on it nine months ago, when it began.  Now he's faced with a demoralized police department, vandalized businesses, a declining tax base and an emboldened group of agitators who feel that they can get away with anything.

They feel that way because for the past nine months, they've been allowed to get away with anything. 

I know how to solve the problem, but it wouldn't be pretty.  As a matter of fact, it would be pretty ugly.  But, Portland has been an ugly place for a long time.  I truly doubt that the mayor, or the Governor for that matter, has the stomach for such things.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Caitlyn For Governor

 Caitlyn Jenner announced this morning that she is running for governor of Californai.


Jenner, a longtime Republican, is seeking to replace Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election, hoping her celebrity status and name recognition can yield an upset in the nation’s most populous state.

I wish him her all the luck. I think I need to go out to the shop and piddle around cor a couple of hours.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Tucker Carlson Tonight 4/22/22 FULL | Fox Breaking News | April 22, 2021

Tucker does a great job here, showing the insanity of those who would deny that saving a vitim of a street stabbing is somehow a bad thing.  Probably racist.  It's all our collective faults for systemic racism.

This may be the incident where rational Americans wake up and see that the racists among us are not the white cops who are forced to an horrific attack.  This may be the incident where the left and the critical race theorists lose all their credibility.  This was plainly a violent lethal force encounter and the police officer was forced to use his weapon to protect an unarmed person.  He ended the threat, which is just exactly what he is trained to do.

These apologists for mayhem are wrong, and they are wrong on a level that defies reasonableness.

This was a good shoot, an almost perfect use of police power, and anyone who says differently has no credibility.  They should re-examine their entire educational experience, because somewhere their moral compass has gone completely out of calibration.

Governor Edwards is Behind the Curve

 Louisiana's governor John Bel Edwards is a West Pointer, and exemplifies what other officers who got their commissions from other sources call a "trade-school type".  He never has an original thought and he's better at following than leading.

Today he made his weekly pronouncement, and once again he's following the trends in the state.  This time by as much as a month.  He's thinking about ending the mask mandate.

At his weekly briefing Thursday on the state’s response to COVID-19, the governor said that decision will depend on the data – but that we should know next week.

Bil, (you poor dumbass), most of the state has already decided to end the mask mandate.  We just didn't bother you with the details. As a matter of fact, if yo look around the state, we've already made the decision.  Once again, you're behind the curve.  Just lie a West Pointer.

I'd feel sorry for the dumb sonofabitch, if he wasn't so arrogant in his pronouncements.  So, I simply hold him in amused contempt.

Thursday, Not Feeling It

 Piddling around the house today, waiting on the FedEx guy.  Doing laundry, entertaining the dawg.  I can't work up any outrage about anything.

Victor Davis Hanson has a column up at PJMedia, and reading through it, I was struck y the feeling that I didn't understand what he was saying.  I've been following Dr. Hanson's work for a long time, and I an a fan.  I'm not even sure what his theses was.

For myself, I am struck by the knowledge that much of what is reported on tin the national news has no actual impact on me.  The grass still grows, the dog still needs water, and whether or not some outrage occurs in a distant city really doesn't affect my acre. When I look outside, the grass still needs to be cut and the flower bed could use some work.  I suspect that a lot of America feels the same way I do.

I've spent the last couple of weeks with like-minded 2A enthusiasts, and while the national politic was part of the conversation, it was a tiny part.  Coming out of the Covid madness, we simply happy to enjoy each other's company and revel in our freedom.

I still consider Creepy Joe and his puppet-masters a dire threat to the Republic, but today I simply can't gin up any outrage.  A friend is throwing a crawfish boil later today and that will be an opportunity to eat some mudbugs, drink a little beer and try to reset my thought patterns.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Knife Fighters

 The unthinking Twitter world (but I repeat myself) is ablaze with unwarranted outrage about another black person shot by a police officer.  However, from everything I've seen, including the bodycam footage, it was  righteous shooting.

The facts are simple.  The police roll up on a disturbance and while trying to figure out what is going on, a young female starts swinging a knife, apparently trying to injure another female nearby.  One shot is fired.  The knife-wielding female drops to the ground.  You can see news coverage here.

Below, a screen grab of what the police officer saw the instant before he fired his weapon.

The knife is plainly in her hand, and she is attacking the person in pink. One shot ended it.

Of course, Columbus, OH, is in turmoil right now.  The agitators have decided to take the side of a knife-wielding idiot who was actively engaged in trying to hurt people over the side of law and order.  The girl's Momma is all over the news, telling us what a sweet person she was.  Maybe Momma should have spent more time on anger-management issues and teaching her not to play with knives.

I have no sympathy for these fools. It was a good shoot, plain and simple.

AG Garland announces civil investigation into Minn...

Biden's AG Garland is announcing a civil investigation against the Minneapolis PD>

He mentioned "behavioral health disabilities".What the hell is that?  Someone who doesn't know how to act right?  That would reflect about 80% of the folks I arrested 

We'd roll up on a house, neighbors in the yard.  "What's going on?"

The neighbor would look at us.  "Mofo crazy."  

I guess that's what we'd call a behavioral health disability.  Mofo Crazy.  Second cousin to Dindu Nuffin.. We'd get another officer or two, swarm him, cuff him and stuff him, then get him up to the jail where we were sure they knew him.

Chauvin Guilty

 It seems that a Minnesota jury found Derek Chauvin guilty on all three counts in the death of George Floyd.  The jury deliberated less than 24 hours in one of the most hyped trials of this decade.  I assume that the verdict was unanimous.

I have participated in dozens, maybe hundreds of jury trials during my 37 year career as a cop. The one firm rule on a jury is you never know what they are going to do.  Most of the time, they arrive at the correct conclusion.  Other times they whiff it.  History will judge whether or not the jury reached the correct conclusion in this trial.  I'm fairly certain that there will be an appeal.

Juries are the cornerstone of the American legal system.  The idea that a panel of citizens will objectively look at the evidence and judge the actions of another citizen is rooted in history and jurisprudence.  I have great faith in the jury system, but I'm also experienced enough to know that sometimes they do some jacked-up stuff.  I could tell you stories about juries, but this isn't the place.

I did a quick Google search, and couldn't find any information on what the streets in Minneapolis were like last night, but I don't trust the media to stray from their narrative.  

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Cleaning Up

I'm cleaning up the detritus after two solid weeks of shooting in major matches, one of which I hosted. Everything in my barn that related to shooting had to be loaded on to a trailer and transported 100 miles.  Now, it's time to put everything back in place, test it, and make sure that it is ready for a club match on Saturday.

I have to mail a couple of trophies because for one reason or another, the shooter wasn't three to claim it.

There is some piddling paperwork to do to close the books on the match.

When you start moving large quantities of material, you find dust in places where you  haven't looked in a year, and it was the case in the barn.  I've been sweeping prior to putting things away, and the barn is cleaner now than it's been in over a year.

The next major match Belle and I will attend is the Kansas State Championship in the middle of June and Wichita, KS.  That match looks to be a lot of fun, and we're looking forward to a mini-vacation where we are purely participants.

On the political spectrum, the left has gone totally barking-moonbat crazy, and it's both interesting and frightening to see what's happening.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Faucci Immunity

 After Doc Faucci's irritating run-in with Jim Jordan last week where he failed to answer a simple question of when we well reach a point where restrictions will be lifted; what objective metric must be reached, I realized that I had obtained Faucci immunity.

I'm over him.  I'm tot an anti-vaxxer, I never have been.  I've been vaccinated against a host of unpleasant diseases: Polio, small pox, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. Black plague, and now, Covid.  By any rational standard, I'm immune.

Rep Jordan wanted to know when the restrictions would be lifted, and for myself, they have been.  Even though I'm in a blue state, with a Democrat governor, that doesn't change the fact that I am immune and don't have to play their silly games anymore.

Individual liberty is not something the government gives you, it's your birthright.  I'm taking mine back.  No more masks, no more paying attention to mendacious midgets. I'm not going to be an asshole about it.  If a property owner wants me to wear a mask, I'll simply turn around and walk away.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Louisiana is 30th

 Louisiana is 30th in a new YouGov poll where they asked Americans to rank the states head-to-head.  Based on the questions asked, the poll asked the respondents to choose one state over another.  Louisiana was favorably ranked 47% of the time, which put it at the 20 ranking.

Interesting.  Louisiana normally comes in dead-last, or ony shading Arkansas or Mississippi by a couple of points.

What Happens When The Good Ones Walk Away?

 When I was a police officer, for many of us, it was a calling.  There were those who considered it just a job, but they didn't last long.  For many of us, we knew we were in it for the long haul, and did everything we could to root out the bad cops.  But, we knew that if we made a mistake, or had a bad day, the bosses would stand behind us.  There might be consequences, but generally, we knew that we could rely on our training, our professionalism, and our brothers.

Not so much, anymore.  Every day is career day.  Every day may be the day that your career is over and you go to jail.  So, the question becomes: What will police owrk look like in five years?  Who is going to do the hard work of standing between anarchy and civilization?  What are the politicians going to do when the good ones just walk away?

It's a question that deserves an answer.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Big Green Is Back

 The American Rifleman is reporting that Remington's ammunition plant in Lonoke, AR is up and running.  According to the article, they're going at it 24/7.  That is good news for American shooting community.

Weather This Morning

 We have weather this morning, which is a good thing.  The dawg doesn't appreciate it because it is thundering and raining, and he is vehemently opposed to such.

The church has the first rodeo (yeah, our church does rodeos) on Friday evening,and it's a matter of claim as to whether the arena will be fit to ride, and if I were a betting man I'd bet that the rodeo will be cancelled because of mud.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Fauci is a Dumbass

 Anthony Fauci may be a respected virologist, but he is also a dumbass.  Both of these statements can be true at the same time.  His messaging has been all over the place and sometimes inconsistent with pubic health.  He never admits that he is wrong, even in the face of compelling evidence.

Americans will never vaccinate if Fauci's retort to normalcy is "No, It's not okay."

There has to be a return to normalcy at some point, and this bozo keeps dragging the goal posts. Frankly, I"m tired of hearing him and sick of seeing his face.  He was okay to listen to for the first 14 days, but ever since, he's been tedious and inconsistent.  Whatever we do is never enough to make him shut up.

To paraphrase Shakespeare; Will no one relieve us of this turbulent physician?"  It's time for Fauci to go back to his office and shut-the-hell-up.

Talib's Hypocrisy

 Representative Rashida Talib (Isn't she the chick that married her brother?) is calling for a complete dismantling of the police department.

Okay, so what is your plan>  As I recall, Talib is sitting in the Capitol, which is patrolled by the Capitol police and secured by units of the National Guard. What are you going to do?  Tell them all to go home?  Not likely.

This goofy chick has no plan.  She's simply tone-deaf.

Looting in Minnesota

 Another police-involved shooting, another burst of rioting and looting.

By what is now being called an accidental discharge by a police officer at a traffic stop that turned into a felony warrant arrest, Duante Wright is dead, and the suburb of Brooklyn Center is the focus of rioting and looting.

Some business owners took steps to protect their property, some didn't.  The results were predictable.

The natural right of self-defense is what the Second Amendment is about. Not hunting. Anyone who interjects hunting into discussions of the Second Amendment is either trying to deceive or doesn’t know the amendment and its true purpose. The right to keep and bear arms is about the citizen’s ability to defend himself or herself and their family and property against tyrants. Sometimes those tyrants are from the government. Sometimes government breaks down, and self-defense is a matter of life or death.

I'm sure that it would take someone with an advanced degree in human psychology to explain to me why a tragic death becomes the motivation for opportunistic criminality.  With the police occupied at other scenes, it becomes standard procedure to loot a store?  That makes no sense, and the people involved in the rioting are despicable.  

In the wake of civil unrest, the biden administration is pushing for more restrictions on the natural right of the people to defend themselves.  That makes the biden administration despicable.

Monday, April 12, 2021

GUN CONTROL: Biden Announces SIX Executive Actions on Your Guns | The Ne...

While I was out this weekend, enjoying the 2nd mendment with like-minded enthusiasts, it seems that creepy joe decided to come after a right that shall not be infringed.

This morning, I found this episode of my favorite online news show talking about creepy joe's attempt to infringe.  What is really refreshing is that these folks are not really (or don't appear to be) 2A activists, but couch the arguments in ways that average citizen can understand.

It's about 45 minutes, so get a cup of coffee, or a nice beverage, and sit back.  You'll learn that we are now havinng an amazing run of disastrous boating accidents among the 2A community, and maybe we should focus more on boating safety.

What I find amazing is that this weekend, I hosted an indoor shooting event.  Approximately 60 shooters of all ages, fired about 7000 rounds of ammo and no one was hurt.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

What A Weekend

The Louisiana State Championship of Cowboy Fast Draw is in the record books.  I got ome about an our ago, and the range trailer is parked in the range.  We'll worry about it later.  Right now, I want a good, stiff drink, to take these boots off, and a warm bed.

The shoot was ab absolute success.  We had a great time, made some money for some good causes, and visited wit friends we have't seen since before Covid.

Somebody remarked that gong to a CFDA shoot was like going to a family reunion with people you like.  That is pretty close to the truth.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go lay down.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

The Muffuleta Sandwich

 I'm sure that someone else thought of it first, but the muffuleta sandwich is claimed by the Central Grocery of New Orleans.  It's also hard to know whether it is an Italian, or French sandwich, but it does blend several cultures.  Central Grocery is just south of the old French Market on Decature street, a simple stroll from the market.

Belle's take on the muffuleta is easy.  On a fresh Kaiser roll, add olive salad, ham, salami, provolone and pepper jack cheese.  Add mayo or mustard if you like, but put in in a sandwich press and toast it all until it is a gooey mess.  Get plenty of napkins, you'll need them.

The Central Grocery doesn't toast their sandwiches, which cases some turmoil in one friend, who ate Belle's and then found themselves at Central Grocery.  She was quite disappointed in the original.

The muffuleta.  It's what's for lunch.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Switching Horses

 Regular readers know that I enjoy a cocktail in the late afternoons.  Belle declared Happy Hour a few moments ago, and rather than reaching for the bourbon that I normally enjoy during the cool months, my hand grabbed a bottle of vodka.  Luckily atop the refrigerator, I had an unopened bottle of tonic water from last year.  And, it fizzed when I un-cracked it.

So, in the week after Easter, I guess I've gone from bourbon and coke to vodka and tonic.  It's a seasonal thing.  And, the seasons, they are a-changing.

I learned to drink vodka-tonic at the old Fiddler's Green, the junior officer bar at Fort Knox, KY.  The bartender there, Susie recommended it to me one night when I ordered a Reuben from the grill.  I haven't had a good Reuben sandwich since Fort Knox, but I admit that their Ruben was the first one I had ever tasted, and Reuben's aren't big in the Deep South.

I was at the local deli last month, and asked about corned beef.  They don't stock it.  The only corned beef I could find was Hormel in the can, and I ain't going there.  

Away From Prying Eyes

 Like many people, I've been watching the unfolding crisis on our border with horror and disgust.  The Biden administration is using these people as pawns in an ugly game, and while I feel sorry for the human cost of this debacle, I am aghast at the way the administration is handling the crisis. The lack of transparency is appalling, and the mixed messaging is obvious.

Now, the administration is using military bases to house the migrants.  Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Fort Bliss, and now Camp Roberts, a National Guard base in California.  Military bases require ID to enter the base, as any service member of veteran knows.  Access is strictly controlled.

I don't know what the end-game is here, and I suspect that we won't know for several years, maybe many decades.  I do know that these people, who leave whatever they have behind, and start moving north, want something.  Presumably a better life, and I sincerely wish that they find it.

The Biden/Harris administration can couch this as a humanitarian move, to use the available space on military bases to process the human wave they are faced with, but it seems to me that they want to use the controlled access to move the these unfortunates away from the prying eyes of the press, the public and our elected officials.

This administration is depicable.

Monday, April 05, 2021

The Barrel On The Toe

 I didn't know shooters were still dog this, but let me give some background.

Along about 1966 or so, I started my working life as a skeet boy at the old McBride Rod and Gun Club, England Air Force Base, LA.  I was twelve years old, and it was a job made in heaven for a young fellow with boundless energy and a love for shooting.  I was pad the princely sum of 50 cents per hour, but got to shoot the extra shells at the end of the day.  Normally there would be a couple of boxes of what we called "breaks:, and the skeet boys got to shoot those at the end of the day.

One thing the range master hapred on was safety, especially the practice of resting the muzzle of the gun on the top of your foot.  It was quite common and it would set him off.

I understand that the gun was supposed to be clear, and after a couple of rounds of skeet, the gun starts to get heavy, but still, it's dangerous.

TTAG has an article about the practice, with some very NSFW photos of the predictable outcome of the practice. They ain't pretty, and you will hobble around for a while.  Let's not do this, please.

It's been frowned upon since the mid-60s and you would think we would have learned better by now.

Please fellows, don't rest your muzzle on your foot.

Getting Ready

 The big shoot I'm hosing is set for this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Hosting a big shoot takes a lot of preparation, and I think we're ready.  We held a leadership meeting this morning, and went over all the lists.  We're ready to pack the trailer and we'll do that Wednesday morning.  We roll out on Thursday to travel 100 miles to Shreveport, LA, where we'll set up the range and prepare for the shooters to arrive.

I think we're ready.  We'll find out soon enough.

If posting is light over the next several days, fear not, I"m okay, just up to my ass in alligators.

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Where Does The SUn Set?

 If you listen to Edward HOlt, accepting the Edward Murrow Award, you get a stunning insight into the way his brain works.  And truth has nothing to do with it.  I'll link it here, and quote the passage for brevity:

"That the sun sets in the west is a fact, and a contrary view does not deserve our time or attention."

 Except for the fact, Lester, that the sun rarely sets in the west, as any Boy Scout with a compass knows.  While it's true that it sets generally in a westerly direction, the sun often sets, depending on the season, somewhat to the north or south of true west.  There is a difference, it matters, and it deserves our attention.

Just report the news, Lester.  That is the job of journalism.

Happy Easter

 Happy Easter.  This is the day that Christians celebrate  the day that Jesus Christ emerged from the tom.  He had been crucified by the Romans at the behest of he Jewish authorities in Jerusalem, and proved that death had no power over Him.

He promised His followers that death would have no power over them, either.  It's a beautiful promise that I rely on, just as I rely on Jesus for salvation.  Today is the day we celebrate Easter.

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Anvil 022: Pederson Device recovery

Prior to the US entry into World War II, John Pederesn, a long time employee of Remington Arms, came up with a devide to modify a 1903 Springfield rifle to work as a semi-auto.

If you go looking for a Pedersen device, they will be on the shelf next to the hen's teeth.  I've never seen one, but it is an extremely interring part of American firearms history and deserves to be remembered.

Mark has one in his shop.  Let's go down the rabbit hole with him.

So, This Guy

 I was busy yesterday, and missed most of it, but this guy slammed his car into a barricade at the Capitol, killing one police officer and injuring another.  In typical rush-to-judgement, the lefty twitter went craxy, saying it was a white supremacist, Qanon Trump supporter.

Not so much.

Turns out, it was none-of-the-above.  Some dude with a blade and demons in his head, having a very bad day.  It's tragic on so many levels.  I pray for the officer who died, and also for the officer injured.

The most horrific part is the rush to judgement.  In all my career as a police officer, I've never seen the rumors get it right yet.  It's a lesson that some people never learn.

Now, on this Holy Saturday, I'll soon start preparing for a family event.  Belle's family is gathering at the matriarchal home to celebrate family.  I have some cooking to do, and will begin the prep shortly.  Ya'll have a blessed Easter weekend, and I'll catch up with you on the other side. 

Friday, April 02, 2021

Papers, Please?

 Over my lifetime, I have been vaccinated for a host of ailments.  Smallpox, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, the plague, and now Covid.  In the military, I carried a shot record, a paper document that I could show to medical staff, and they would use that paper record to keep my shots up-to-date.

Now, some jazzbos are calling for a Covid passport to go about our collective lives.  

I dissent. And, it's not a respectful dissent.  Our elite overlords haven't earned respect.  What they have earned is a hearty SCREW YOU.  They have earned a full-throated NO.  These idiots limited our freedoms, wrecked our economies, damaged our children's educations, and want to continue to limit the way we lead our lives.  

Those of the ilk who want to limit American freedom, (looking at you here Fauci) need to slide back into irrelevance and anonymity.  It may not be what they want, but it would certinly be the best thing for the standard American citizen if we never heard from them again.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Not Much To Report

 I worked inn the shop all day today, making preparations for the State Championship I'm hosting ext week.  We're to the point where we're checking lists and making sure that we have everything.  The amount of dunnage necessary to support a sanctioned shoot is simply amazing.

We'll continue in this vein until e load the trailers and the trucks.  Sure as hell, I'm going to forget something, but it wont be for lack of trying to get ready.

Belle and I went to get our second covid shot late this afternoon.  We're back home now, enjoying  a cocktail.