Thursday, September 29, 2022

Jambalaya

 Cool temps, pleasant weather, and I had to make a run to the grocer's anyway.  So, I decided to make a big jambalaya.  Nothing fancy, just chicken and sausage, with plenty of trinity (onions, peppers, and celery).  The basic recipe is here.

Jambalaya is a one pot meal,  Historically a way to use leftovers, with spices and rice, it has evolved into its own dish. The funny thing about jambalaya and most Cajun cooking, is that we can agree on what it is, but we can't agree on how it is cooked.  Everybody does it differently.  I've seen jambalaya with pork, or seafood, or fowl.  Or all three.  I've seen it brown, or white, or red.  The one common ingredient is rice.  Everything else is based on the cook's individual taste.

I made jambalaya once for some Yankee friends, and because they had sensitive palates  (Don't make it too hot!), the only seasoning I used was onions and a little black pepper. I thought it bland and uninteresting, but they wanted milk with it.  Go figure.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Fuel

 This morning I threw the gas cans in the truck and headed down to Holloway General where I get my small engine fuel.  They are one of the local stores that sell non-ethanol, and they are just up the road, so it's convenient. Nine gallons of non-ethanol cost me $34.55, which ain't too terrible.  4.5 gallons of diesel cost me $23.00.

The midterm elections are coming up pretty soon, and ol' Joe is doing everything he can to lower fuel prices.  I don't think it is going to do him any good.

I remember what fuel cost me on the final day of the previous administration and as far as I am concerned, one penny over that price is total failure for a sitting president, all things being equal, and all things are not equal. Fuel is up, crime is up, food prices are up,   The stock market is in bear territory.  This country is in a helluva mess, and it is the Democrats fault.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Good News

Two men found safe after plane crash.  They put it in the tree and walked away from it.

Tuesday Monring

 I awoke this morning to cool temps, in the lower 50s on my back porch.  

Mostly Cajun commented on my post from yesterday.  He is able to get liquor shipped in, and I admit I was surprised.  I've tried in the recent past to get hooch shipped in and was told it was illegal.  So, I went to some other sites and liquor can be shipped to Louisiana.  Okay, I stand corrected.  Some ship to LA, some don't.  Odd.

Hurricane Ian is the prime focus on my news feed right now.  The storm keeps wobbling and will right up until the time it makes landfall.

I got a little movement on a long-term project yesterday.  I own a Smith and Wesson Model 38.  Mine was originally nickeled, but over the years the nickel had started flaking off and needed to be re-finished.  I had stripped it to the frame, and was considering who I would get to do the work.  The project has languished for a couple of years.

Grandson Zach recently went to work for a gun manufactory that builds AR rifles from the ground up, and he is their powder coat and cerracote guy.  He took the frame in, bead-blasted the frame, prepped it, and put a nice black cerracote on it.


I'm going to leave the cylinder and crane nickeled for a two-tone look.  This old revolver will go back in service.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Hurricane Ian

 I'm trying to get a handle on (now) Hurricane Ian, but everyone else is too.  It's going to hit Florida as a strong hurricane, but no one is really sure where it's going to make landfall.

The thing about hurricanes is that they are so big.  Tropical force winds can stretch out 200 miles from edge to edge, and the exact point where the center of the eyewall crosses from ocean to land is kind of irrelevant. A big chunk of Florida is in the danger zone.  Storm surge is the real killer in storms like this, and the surge is always wort on the eastern side, and all of Florida is on the eastern side

I'll be praying for the folks in Florida.

Labs

 I had to get moving this morning, go to the Doc's place and give him some blood and urine.  It's time for my semi-annual visit, so he can tell me that I'm becoming an old, decrepit man.  I don't mind, so much.  I actually like my Doc.  He seems to be a good fellow, and we normally talk about fishing, or whiskey, after he has done his duty to my health.

I'm his last patient today, and I'm thinking about bringing him a sample of a fine, American single malt that someone else introduced me to.  They can't call it Scotch, because it is not a product of Scotland, but they make it in Colorado.  Every Scotch drinker I've talked with thinks that it is a very good representation of a single malt whiskey.  Stranahan's whiskey.

We can't get it in Louisiana (or at least, I haven't found it yet) and Louisiana's laws don't allow then to ship it to me.  It is confounding.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Gestapo

 Breitbart and other are reporting that an FBI team used upwards of two dozen agents to arrest a Catholic pro-life protestor in Philadelphia this week.  It's a harrowing tale:

Mark Houck, the founder and president of The King’s Men – a group that helps men overcome pornography addiction – was arrested at his rural Pennsylvania home on Friday for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act during his regular sidewalk counseling outside of an abortion clinic in 2021. Speaking with LifeSiteNews, Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie, said that around 25 to 30 fully-armored FBI agents stormed their property early Friday morning, aiming their rifles as the children screamed in horror.

Over my career, I conducted hundreds of arrests.  Many of these pursuant to a warrant, at a front door.  This type warrant requires no more than two officers. Having three officers is a surplusage.  Having four officers approaches Gestapo tactics.  What was the reasoning behind two dozen armed agents?  It's simple.  The FBI is sending a message that dissent will not be tolerated.

At one point, I tried to defend the "hardworking, sincere, reasonable" FBI agents.  I can no longer do that.  The FBI has gone rogue as an American institution.  It's time for the good agents (if there are any left) to resign, or transfer to another agency.  Honest, hardworking cops cannot serve a corrupt agency.  At some point, it becomes about honor, and if you serve an agency with no honor, you lose your honor.

It's time for a huge change in that agency, and it starts with the honorable field agents saying Enough.

Still Arguing

 I guess the gun writers need something to write about.

Shooting Illustrated talks about the 9mm vs 45 ACP debate.

Meh.  I got over that "debate" in the '80s.

Sunday Morning Dawg

 


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Four Storms

 It's not every day that we see four named storms on the same NOAA map.  Fiona near Nova Scotia, Gaston churning away in the central Atlantic, Hermine popping up suddenly off the coast of Africa, and Ian forming in the Caribbean.

Ian is the one that concerns us in the short run.  This morning, the warning cone covers pretty much the entire state of Florida.  This will firm up in the coming days and may change considerably.

Hurricane season ain't over yet.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Eleven Cords

 A reader from Alaska comments on an earlier post.

Well, I’m almost 73 and I’m still splitting and stacking wood here in Alaska. I do have a tractor to move it and a powered splitter to split it. We do buy log length cord wood for part of our needs but I’m glad we have 11 full cords of dry firewood in the wood shed with the prices on fuel oil and propane what they are. We do live off grid and a grown daughter does heavy stuff like hauling water!

Eleven cords.  Wow!  When U was cutting firewood, I could make it through the winter with two cords, but I suspect a winter in Alaska lasts a bit longer than a winter in Louisiana. 

On the Labor Day weekend, my son had a work day at his deer camp, and they cut and stacked 8 cords of wood, but they knew it was over-kill.  They were cutting up a storm damaged tree, and the yield was 8 cords.  They have plenty of wood for a couple of years.

Here locally, from my perusal of the ads, it seems most firewood these days is sold by the rick.

Tropics Watch

 We are keeping an eye on that tropical nastiness forming in the Caribbean.  What they are calling Tropical Depression Nine is going to shake off the wind shear and become a named storm withing the next 24 hours.  Then, turn north and after intensifying, enter the Gulf of Mexico.  Below, a screen grab from this video.


This thing may still go anywhere, and we'll keep an eye on it.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Energy, Crime, Economics

 Back in the 80s, I was raising a family on a small hobby farm.  We would be sustainable. I had a wood lot for fuel, a pasture for livestock and a garden for produce.  It was a great idea, and we managed to do just fine.  Cutting wood for winter was a great source of exercise.  Dragging logs out is good for the legs.  Swinging a splitting maul is good upper body exercise.  Stacking split firewood is good cardio.  In short, it is hard work.

Decades later, the kids are raised, I'm becoming an old man, and central heat is a blessing.  I adjust my comfort not by a log on the hearth, but by a switch on the wall.  I am past my firewood cutting days.

Germany is back to cutting firewood.  The national energy policy is not to develop their own resources but to buy it from Russia.  Now, in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, Russia has turned off the gas and the Germans have to get ready for winter.  Many European countries in one degree or another are faced with the same conundrum.

Here in the US, we are facing the same conundrum, if to a lesser degree.  Energy is more expensive thab it was two years ago.  Whether it's the gas in your car or the gas that heats your home, or the electricity that powers your computer, it costs more.  Couple this with rising crime in every major city, unrestrained immigration, and what economists call uncertainty and we are seeing another migration, unrelated to the southern border.  

Joh Galt is shrugging.  There is a migration occurring.  Things are changing, and it's all on the Democrats.  They can't blame it on Republicans or Trump.  They instituted green energy policies, unrestricted immigration policies, and soft-on-crime policies. People are noticing, and they are moving.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Tropics Watch

 On this, the first day of Autumn, the tropics are getting kind of sporty.  That little area off the northern coast of South America is getting better organized, and NOAA has upgraded it, giving it a 70% chance of doing something cyclonic.


Lest we forget, it was about this time of year in 2005 that Hurricane Rita stormed ashore in Calcasieu parish.  RIta was a devastating storm that caused plenty of damage across several states.

It's not time to panic, because this little red X isn't a named strom yet, but it certainly demands that we keep our eyes open.

Novak Rants

Mark Novak is ranting about the future of gunsmithing, and it's a pretty good rant.

Gunsmithing, like many specialties is becoming more specialized.  A guy who is a good AR tech, may not know anything about 1911s, or pump shotguns. The best single-action revolver guy I know is my age, and we're not getting any younger.  Fortunately, this guy enjoys teaching and sharing his craft and he's trying to build new gunsmiths.

All the trades, from auto mechanics to metal fabrication, to agriculture is more reliant on computer technology than ever before.  Technology is great, but I think that the reliance on technology will never replace the age-old artistry of an apprentice at the elbow of a master craftsman.


Maybe I'm barking at the moon here, but I am still allowed to bark at the moon.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Here We Go

 With tomorrow the height of the statistical hurricane season, the Atlantic basin gives us some things to watch.  Hurricane Fiona is island-hopping, and newly named tropical storm Gaston is doing it's thing in the mid-Atlantic.  The one we're interested in is that little amber X toward the bottom of the mpa.


If you listen to the local weather weenies, that little X is going to organize into a Cat 5+ hurricane, turn north into the Gulf and ravage the entire southern seaboard.  It's a panic moment.

Well, it might, or it might not.  We'll see.  I will make sure that the propane bottles are filled, and I'll lay on some extra gasoline in case we need it.  I'm about out of lawnmower gas anyway.  But, pardon me if I don't panic.

Refreshing

 Make a pitcher of tea.  Stir powdered lemonade into it.  Pour over ice into a tall glass.  Or in my case, a red Solo cup.

The story is that legendary golfer, Arnold Palmer invented this drink.  I'm sure it would taste good on a golf course, or in my case, after working in the yard.

No recipe here because none is necessary.  Add stuff to suit your taste.  It's your pitcher.  Dolly Parton has a line in Steel Magnolias; "Iced tea is the house wine of the South."  I've had a lot of iced tea in my life, and no two houses make it the same.

Cutting Grass

 When Belle and I bought this place, I promised her I would cut the grass.  She hates cutting grass, and I promised her that she would never again have to sit on nor walk behind a lawnmower.  

Looking at the grass this morning, and realized that it had been over two weeks since that mower was started, so I checked the oil,  filled the tank, and got busy.  Two hours later I was done, but I'm not sure if my mower, in its present configuration, is going to make another season.

I run an old Skag Wildcat that I bought used several seasons ago.  It's what I call a Franken-Skag.  The original 33-horse motor is long gone.  It has been replaced by a 25-horse Briggs that was long in the tooth when it was installed.  The mower itself is solid, an industrial model.  The problem is the engine. It starts just fine, but has very little power.  It burns oil like a tar-bucket.  If I can get through this season I'll probably pull-the-pin and buy a new engine this winter.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Hurricane Fiona Could Become a Major Hurricane with 125 mph Winds

Like many folks, I keep up with hurricanes.  I found this channel recently, and I really like this guy.  No, I don't always watch the whole thing, but he has lots of very good information.

About another month and hurricane season wll be almost done.  But, we still have that month.

Remodel Done!

 The bath remodel is done, and I have to admit that it was relatively painless and almost seamless.

We used Custom Bath and Shower, Inc.  Initially, I was skeptical, but once I started dealing with the reps, my fears were eased.  They kept us informed, the installers were professional, and they completed the work on-time and on budget.

Of course, Belle and I had to clear the work area of furniture and other incidental clutter.  Today will be spent putting stuff back where we like it.

We haven't used it yet, the installers cautioned us about suing it for 24 hours to let the sealer cure.  Belle didn't want a glass door, preferring the shower curtain to the hassle os cleaning a glass door.  So, there you have it.


Sunday, September 18, 2022

A Dubious Distinction

 Fox News is reporting that New Orleans has taken over the lead as the murder capitol of the US, displacing St. Louis for the honor.

After decades of Democrat mismanagement, New Orleans is the third-world hellhole of Louisiana.  It's a shame, too.  It was once a beautiful city that we loved to visit.  N longer.

Californians Adjust To New Life In Texas


I don't think we've had any Californians move into my neighborhood.  I did have a friend over recently, and he saw my EDC piece.  He asked if I was expecting trouble.

"No," I replied.  "If I were expecting trouble, I'd have more friends, and rifles.

Patches

 I found an odd-looking envelope on my desk today after grandson checked the mail.

Opening it, I found a bag of police packages, along with a nice letter from a long-time reader.

Thank you, sir.  I got it.

Sunday Morning Dawg

 Relaxing in the shop beside Belle.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Home Improvement

 We have a major bathroom remodel starting this morning.

Need I say more?  Gloom, despair and agony on me.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Privacy

 This headline:

Facebook reportedly sharing private IM conversations with FBI as "leads"

If you think that anything that happens over the internet is private, I really don't know what to tell you.

Watching Fiona

 Here in the middle of September, we are approaching the peak of the hurricane season, and today we are watching Tropical Storm Fiona.  She is approaching the Caribbean but looks like she may make a turn toward the north.


This storm is something to keep an eye on as we come into the weekend.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Migrant Relocation

It seems that a busload of migrants was dropped off in front of Kamal Harris' digs in Washington.  So much for that whole "secure border" thing she has been talking about.



And, it seems that Ron DeSantis sent a planeload of migrants to Martha's Vineyard, much to the distress and disbelief of the uber-liberal residents.



Well played, gentlemen.  Well played.

Is Accuracy Final?

 My apologies to my regular readers, but the CFDA is considering a rule change that I think is bone-headed.  Read more, below the fold.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Polls

 It seems that progressives and jounalists (but then, I repeat myself) are concerned that the national media polls don't accurately reflect the will of the people.  Well, they have been wrong before.

I remember going to bed one night, thinking that Hillary Clinton would be our president, but waking the next morning to learn that Donald Trump had won decisively in the race. Lots of folks were shocked at that result, and they haven't gotten over it yet.  Then, there is the old Dewey beats Truman example.

The Republicans can't get cocky.  They have to run right up to the finish line.  But, we're seeing some weird stuff this cycle and the only poll that matters is the one that takes place on election day.

I am no analyst, but I've seen the polls wrong before.  Stay the course.  Run the race.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Busy, Busy

It's been one of those days where you start off busy at daylight and stay busy until dark.  I did get one project completed, and I think that the club will like it

Shooting CFDA is a lot of fun, but hitting the target is a lot harder than it looks, and when you are missing the plate, you are never really sure what went wrong.  So, I set out to enlarge the plate.

Getting that done makes it a good day.  Now, for a sport of bourbon before I lay these tired bones down.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Do We Hate Woman?

 Sandy Cortez, the ditz that represents part of New York City, says that Americans hate women.

No, Sandy, we don't hate women.  We love women.  Strong, capable, educated women.  We laugh at dumb ditz women, but we don't hate them.  We find them amusing.  

You, Sandy, on the other hand, are simply stupid.  I don't hate you, but I do wish that you would quit seeking the limelight, illuminating your ignorance for the world to see.  You are not the dumbest member of Congress, but you're one of the more irritating.

An Interesting Anomaly

 Conversation on the interstate in St. Louis.  Belle:  "Look!  There is the arch!"

Me:  "Ain't that interesting?"

There were several gateways to the west.  Just west of here, Fort Jesup funneled settlers into Texas prior to the revolution.  Shreveport was a prime jumping off point after Texas was independent.  Farther north, Fort Smith was instrumental in opening the Oklahoma Territory.  St. Louis played its part and helped out, and now they have a big arch commemorating that fact.

It would have been cool if they had spanned the Mississippi with the arch, but they didn't, and now I've seen it.

We're Back

 We got in last night, after a seven-day vacation.  We left headed north into Arkansas, driving through to Missouri to visit with family. Then we headed east across Illinois and Indiana into Kentucky, where we shot fast draw for three days. We left Kentucky on Sunday, headed south into Tennessee and across Mississippi to home late last night.  It was a good trip.

I stayed mostly unplugged from the internet for the whole seven days. I did check email and things like that, but basically, I was unplugged.

Queen Elizabeth died.  England's longest reigning monarch, she was Queen before I was born.  By all accounts, she was a sincere, steadfast monarch who dedicated herself to her country and her people.

Joe Biden is still an asshole. Quite the opposite of the British monarch, everything he does is for short-term political gain. Or, his own personal enrichment.   He doesn't give a crap about the American people.

I did get to see the arch in St. Louis.  Impressive. Gateway to the West, and all that.  For some reason, I had lawys believed that the spanned the Mississippi River, but it doesn't.  The Mississippi river is not nearly as wide in St. Louis as it is down here in Louisiana, but the feat still would have been impressive.

I found something called a tenderloin sandwich in Missouri.  A pork tenderloin sliced thin and hammered flat, braded and fried.  I admit that I had never heard of such a thing, but the result is quite tasty, although I do believe that I can improve on it with a little Cajun ingenuity.

Monday, September 05, 2022

Out Of Pocket

 Belle and I are traveling, first to Missouri to visit family, thence to Kentucky to participate in the Kentucky State Championship.  We'll be back on or about the 12th.

I have two young men living in the house, so I'm not worried about that.  I'm pretty sure that there will be nothing left in the pantry when we get home.

Sunday, September 04, 2022

The 21 Fatal Plane Crashes of August - God Bless The Broken Road.

My buddy Termite (who is an aviator) turned me on to Dan Gryder, who is pushing something called ATP for General Aviation.  I am not an aviator, but my brother is.  He lives in Vermont, and when he is not working his day job (what he calls the "salt mines"), he is out at the local airport teaching students to fly airplanes.  When l'il brother was in town last month, I talked to him about this channel, but we were catching up after several years.

Anything we can do to reduce the number of fatal crashes in general aviation is a good idea.

Loss of Pressurization Citation Crash Baltic Sea 4 Sept 2022

Jackson

 I have two sons who run water districts.  One for a small town in Louisiana, one for a large manufacturer in New Mexico.  They both know how to do the maintenance, run the tests, effect repairs, and keep water flowing to their customers.

There is nothing more vital to basic human civilization than access to clean water.  The Etruscans knew that, the Babylonians kew that, the Aztecs and Romans knew that. Access to clean water is the basis of human civilization and the most basic necessity of human life.

A successful government does not defer maintenance on a water system.  There is nothing more basic. Yet, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi forgot that. Young, progressive, some say radical.  In his quest for social justice and equity, he forgot that clean water is a basic human need.  Under his watch, the water system has collapsed, unable to provide water.  They have no timeline for repairs.

This should be a cautionary tale to mayors everywhere.  Listen to your folks down at the water treatment plant.  Buy the pumps and the pipes and whatever else they need.  Everything else a mayor may want to do is secondary to providing clean water.

Sunday Morning Dawg

 

Saturday, September 03, 2022

NY Governor Says Her Rights As Governor Trumps Constitutional Rights To ...

Some Guy Steals Plane.

A Modest Gift

 A club member dropped by yesterday to present me with a gift.  A cartreidge box.


Cut from one piece of solid mahogany, it's a beautiful little box, especially when we open it.


Routed and drilled for 30 CFDA cartridges, it's a cartridge box that any shooter would be proud to own.

Friday, September 02, 2022

A Dark Hour

 I watched it this morning on CSPAN.  Last night, our President gave a primetime speech.  It was dark and disturbing.  Lit by blood red floodlights, with uniformed Marines in the background, Biden railed against half of America.

Evidently, MAGA Republicans are a huge threat to democracy.  Biden claimed to be the president of ALL Americans, excerpt, you know, for those MAGA Republicans.

It was bizarre. 

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Not Chili Weather

 It's 92 degrees out there, and the wind chill is 104.  And I was hungry for chili.

So, I made a pot.


This ain't Texas chili.  I don't live in Texas. However, once upon a time I did eat a bowl of white chili in Texas, and it was full of beans.  White beans, sliced jalapenos, and finely chopped pork.  Great stuff.  I may make a pot of that when the weather cools off in late November.

That Staged Photo

 With the legal basis for the raid on Mar-A-Lago crumbling like a stale cracker, the DOJ knows that the public is turning against them.  SO, they staged a photo of all the kinds of docs that President Trump had stored in a box.


When I saw that photo, I was horrified.  Recalling my training on classified document handling while I was in the Army, I saw that the FBI had hoist themselves on their own petard.  If President Trump had not declassified those documents, and those pages were in fact still classified, taking a photo of them is itself a crime. We don't photograph classified documents.  It's against the law.

I understand that there will be a hearing today to determine a number of things, to include whether a special master will be appointed to oversee these documents.

PJMedia has a full rundown of the DOJs arguments.  It's a doozy.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Last Day in August

 It's the last day in August, and the tropics are fairly quiet.  The National Hurricane Center can provide details.


But, it has been since 1997 that we have had no named storms in August.  I am counting my blessings and hoping that these trends continue through September.

Thibault Resigns

 My first thought was "Who"?

Evidently, he was a mid-level manager who had a hyper partisan political bent, and he tweeted about it.  Some sources say he was the guy who stopped the Hunter Biden laptop investigation.

For the first twenty years of my cop career, I worked in a state agency under civil service rules.  There were certain things we could and could not do in the political sphere, and we knew it.   We were allowed to have an opinion, and to vote, but that was about it.  Any political activity would get you disciplined or fired.

Many cops today don't have Twitter accounts or Facebook accounts, because of several concerns, one being that embarrassing the agency will get you fired.  We all know the rules, and some things are what we call "career moves".  You do things A, it's a career move.  You do thing B, it's a career move too.  Thibault made a career move.  Several of them, from all accounts.

Some wags are saying that Thibault is a symbolic Judas goat, the guy they will blame the sins of the agency on.  And, they are trying to do that, whether he was fired or resigned, he is the public face of the rot in the Bureau.  But, it goes deeper than that.  The higher-ups in the agency tolerated Thibault's partisan activity until they could no longer wink at it.  

Thibault was not the problem in the FBI.  Thibault was a symptom of a larger problem. With many calling for the Bureau to be either drastically reformed or abolished altogether, he was the sacrificial goat to be trotted out before the media.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Fascist, Huh?

 Joe Biden says us MAGA Republicans are fascist.  I don't think he knows what the word means.  So, what is fascism?

1. often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.

That's a pretty good working definition.  So, let's explore.

How about when Biden, in April 2021 tried to extend his eviction moratorium, knowing that it was unconstitutional?  Breaking the law by executive fiat.  Does that sound like fascism?

Or, how about ignoring our immigration law and allowing unrestricted illegal migration?  Ignoring the law and using executive fiat.  Does that sound like fascism.

How about weaponizing the FBI and using it as a cudgel against political opposition?  Can you say stasi?  That sounds like fascism.

Or, how about quietly  beginning a program to counter something called domestic misinformation? This, from Auguest 2022.

When Joe Biden talks about fascism, he knows from whence he speaks.  But, it's projection.  He knows fascism first hand, because he is in charge of it.

Joe Rogan tells listeners to ‘vote Republican,’ bashes Dems’ COVID-19 ‘e...

Everyone else is talking about this clip, and I"d love to hear the whole interview, because I suspect that it has been edited.  But here goes:


Let's be fair here.  The first 10 months of the pandemic were under the presidency of Donald Trump. I believe that he was shocked and horrified at what happened during the pandemic.  But, the restrictions were run by individual state governors.

I railed against the restrictions from almost the very first day.  I was willing to give them the first 14 days, but not a minute longer. As we learned more about the pandemic, Republican governors started lifting restrictions, sometimes under extreme pressure to keep things locked down.  Democrat governors, like Louisiana's petty despot, John Bel Edwards.  Deep blue states fared even worse.  States like California, New York, and Michigan stayed under a despot's thumb for much longer than the red states.

I think we need to look forward, and that scares me.  If you look at California, they are trying to outlaw gasoline engines.  If you look at Europe, their green energy policies are racing toward disaster this winter.  If you look at Sri Lanka, the policies they adopted last year have led to famine this year.  Green energy policies have lead to famine in Sri Lanka and have led to Germans cutting firewood because they can't get natural gas to heat their homes.

In the US, these same green energy policies will cause inestimable harm.  California is trying to ban gasoline powered cars.  Ford may be considering the end of the gas-powered Mustang.  These policies will lead to disaster even greater than the pandemic we just came through.

I agree with Rogan.  We should vote Republican.  Not for the past, but for the future.  The Democrats lockstep toward green energy is going to set us back hundreds of years.  Cheap, reliable, abundant energy is available now, but we must resist the temptations to follow the green energy route.  Renewables might power us in the future, but the issues of moving blindly toward renewable energy are too devastating to ignore.

Vote Republican for the future.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Why Bother Now?

 Former President Donald Trump is asking for a special master to appointed by the Court to go through his documents to make sure that his presidential privilege is protected.

But, the FBI tells the Court that they have already been through the documents.  They appointed a team of agents not associated with the investigation to sift through the documents, looking for privileged communications.  They found a few.

"[T]he Privilege Review Team … identified a limited set of materials that potentially contain attorney-client privileged information, completed its review of those materials, and is in the process of following the procedures set forth in paragraph 84 of the search warrant affidavit to address potential privilege disputes, if any," the DOJ filing said. Those procedures included asking the court to make a determination on potentially privileged material, asking Trump's team if they are asserting privilege, or acting on its own and keeping the material away from investigators.

They found privileged documents, and they didn't run them through a copy machine?  You believe that, right?  On, yeah, I believe that the FBI is completely trustworthy.  I wonder how long it will be before those very documents get leaked to a friendly news outlet?

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Sunday Conundrum

 I heard a while back that Dr. Tony Fauci was planning to retire at the end of Biden's term.

Then, more recently, I heard that Fauci had set a date in late December to retire.

I wonder if he knows something the rest of us don't?

Sunday Morning Dawg

 Hanging out with Belle in the shop.


Friday, August 26, 2022

Tropical Update

 Belle and I will be busy tomorrow,  getting up a the crack of dawn to travel to Atlanta, TX for a Cowboy Fast Draw event.  So, I thought I'd check NOAA to see what the tropics are doing.  Not much, as it turns out.  Here is the 5-day tropical map.

There are a couple of waves that have come off Africa, but the weather gurus don't give them much of a chance of organizing.  IF you go to the weather sides, we see gloom and doom.  I don't see it, and neither does NOAA.

We'll be in the road on Saturday, but we'll be back on Sunday.  Y'all play nice.


Playing Politics

 I was watching Jor Rogan yesterday on YouTube.  Rogan was interviewing Mark Zuckerberg on his podcast.  Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook throttled information on the Hunter Biden laptop for a week leading up to the 2020 election, based on a request from the FBI.

…Basically, the background here is the FBI, I think, basically came to us, some folks on our team, and was like, ‘Hey, just so you know, like, you should be on high alert… We thought that there was a lot of Russian propaganda in the 2016 election. We have it on notice that, basically, there’s about to be some kind of dump of that’s similar to that. So just be vigilant.

There is more at the link, but basically the FBI put their finger on the scale to tamp down damaging information just before the election.  We all know now that the Hunter Biden laptop is a real story, and we are all wondering now why the FBI hasn't arrested Hunter.  It's bad enough that we now have what appears to be a two-tiered system of criminal justice in the US, but now it appears that the FBI is actively trying to pick winners and losers in a presidential election.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Tucker Talks About Carjacking

Tucker Carlson talks about carjacking in the worst cities in the US.  That is to say, the Democrat cities.


If more victims would arm up and start shooting these little cocksuckers, the problem might self-regulate.  Here in Louisiana, carjacking is considered a "crime of violence" and can be met by lethal force. I am surprised that it is a problem in New Orleans, when the solution is so simple.  But then again, New Orleans is a third-world hellhole (that is to say, led by Democrats), and I don't travel there.

Inundation

 It's been raining for what seems to be a week.  We are inundated.  Luckily, I live on the side of a big ridge, so it runs off fairly quickly.  The ditches are full, but that won't last forever.

We have trash bins in this neighborhood.  Lots of places use them, and I'm sure that they are fairly standard across the US.


That's mine, close, with the neighbors across the street.  Fairly standard.  The garbage men pick up our trash on Mondays at daylight.  And, invariably, the leave the lid open.  No big deal.  his morning I went out to drop a bag of trash, and found over a foot of rainwater in the bottom of the bin.  So, I can say with some certainty that we've gotten a foot of rain the past 48 hours.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Impermissible Notions

 According to Instapundit, you get suspended for wrong-thought.

CAN’T STOP THE SIGNAL: Impermissible Notions. Or, Things That Will Not Be Tolerated On Twitter.  “The thing in question this time is a cartoon, an illustration of an idea. It was shared, briefly, yesterday by biologist and Quillette contributor Colin Wright, and was promptly censored by Twitter’s moderators. Mr Wright has apparently been suspended from said platform until a confession of hateful wrongdoing – as yet unspecified hateful wrongdoing – has been extracted. Given the cartoon’s scandalous properties, I’ll reproduce it below the fold. Do feel free to grip the arms of your chair.”


 Just boosting the signal here.

Government Intrusion

 I just spent the past several hours filling out something called the American Community Survey, a product of the US Census bureau. Our address got picked for some un-Godly reason, and I decided "what the hell" and started taking the survey.  Oh, it was supposed to be quick and easy, and would help the Government with vital data about changes in population and demographics.

About an hour into the survey, I started making shit up... using rough estimates. At one point, they asked about my primary duties as a cop, and had a little block for my answer:

Putting assholes like you in jail.

 I hope they got the vital information they needed in the first few pages, because the last hour was an exercise in frustration.  Hell, I don't know how many hours in the past 52 weeks my grandson has worked.  So, I gave them some very rough estimates.

But, that is done now, and if everyone who was asked to take the survey put as much time, effort and accuracy into it as I did, the Census bureau has no idea what is happening across the country.

Monday, August 22, 2022

RAIN

Dallas/Ft. Worth is catching hell.  It's raining here too, but our acre sits atop a big ridge line.

Four Years

 Four years ago today, August 22, 2018 was a hot August day in central Louisiana.  I was still working as a sheriff's deputy.  I had already planned to retire on April 1, 2019, but hadn't told anyone except for Belle.

That afternoon, a snow cone truck pulled in to the parking lot, and I could not resist.


Has it only been four years?  Yeah, but it seems like I lived a lifetime since that day. Since then, I've run an ill-fated political race, lived through Covid, and increased my volunteer work.

That may be the last snow cone I ever ate.  The flavor? Blue bubblegum.

West Los Angeles Area OIS 7/7/22 (NRF034-22)

Joe sent me this video of an officer involved shooting in West Los Angeles.  

Fairly standard scenario.  Someone calls in a perp who is waving a knife and scaring passers-by.  Officers respond.  Perp charges cop with knife in hand.  Cop shoots perp. Other officers respond, take perp into custody, take perp to hospital.  Perp declared dead.  Too bad, so sad.


Thanks, Joe.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Gaslighting America

 The White House is trying to take credit for way too much.  They have done a lot to destroy America since taking over in January 2021.  Now that gas prices are falling a bit, they want to take credit for that too.  However, some of us have memories.

This photo is a compilation of two photos I took in January 2021 and March 2022. From the same station and the same gas pump.


On Trump's last day in office, unleaded gasoline was $197.9.  Any cent over that represents absolute failure for the Biden administration as far as I am concerned.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Friday Night Music

Oh, why not.

The Buddy Heater

 I learned to like these things when I was deer hunting from a box stand.  On a cold, frosty morning I'd get in the stand before daylight, turn the heater on, and in a few minutes I was comfortable.  I had two of them, but they were given away when I quit deer hunting.  In the winter time, I heat the shop with propane and there are cool spots, especially around Belle's feet.

I checked Amazon for no particular reason this week, and these little heaters are on sale.  It came in today, so I loaded a one-pound bottle on it and gave it a test run.  We're good now, till the winter and Belle's feet get cold.


I may order an adapter hose so that I can hook it directly to a 20 lb propane bottle.

Gloom and Doom

 I'm seeing a bunch of the usual suspects saying that the GOP may not regain the majority in Congress in the coming midterms.  Gloom and Doom.  Even Mitch McConnell is saying that the GOP may not take tie Senate in November.

I am reminded of several things.  First, the ability of the GOP to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  Second, I seem to recall times when the pollsters had it all wrong and we awoke to a solid victory when everyone was predicting defeat.  The election is still two months away and lots can change between this morning and the election in November.

Besides, Brian Stelter found out yesterday that he is out of work.  Who saw that coming?

For some reason (and that reason is always politics) they have trotted out James Carville, who claims that the entire GOP base is evil.  The attacks are smacking of desperation.

The only poll I'll put my faith in is the one that we are going to take in November.  The rest of them is simply political spin.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Morning Thunder

 It's August in Louisiana.  Hot, with unstable air.  The afternoon thunderstorm is part of our culture.  It's ubiquitous.  But, when I awoke this morning, pouring my first cup of coffee, and heard thunder off to the north, I thought, "What the hell?"

Sure enough, a quick look at the weather map showed a line of thunderstorms approaching from the north, looking for all the world like a cold front that we normally get in October and November.  It's over my acre now, dumping copious amounts of water making the dog seek shelter.  I'm glad I mowed grass yesterday.

The church has scheduled a roping clinic for tonight, and I was scheduled to cook hamburgers for the assembled twine-twirlers.  I'm going to go out on a limb and say that they will cancel that event.  If my backyard is any indication, the arena is a mud pit right now, and will probably not dry out by this afternoon.

Belle was looking at the extended forecast on her phone, and it looks like the rest of August will be considerably cooler and wetter than average.  God works in mysterious ways, but if He wants us to have a cool, wet August, I'll take it.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Rosary Question

 So, the Atlantic publishes a piece entitled "How The Extremist Gun Culture is Trying To Co-opt The Rosary".  It's behind a paywall, so there you go, but you get the idea.

So, the question becomes; Is the rosary a weapon?

Damn right it is.  It's a weapon against evil.  Which is to say, most Democrats and a few RINOs. The rosary is a valuable, effective spiritual weapon against every form of evil.

I'm a recovering Catholic, and I worship with a bunch of recovering Baptists.  We were talking about angels the other night, at services.  If you have a little cherub in your front flowerbed, you really don't understand angels.  Angels are bad to the bone.  They handle God's light work, like the time Michael threw Satan our of heaven.

As a soldier, I learned St. Micheel's prayer.

Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;

and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God

cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits

who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

I will wield whatever weapon is necessary to defeat evil.  The fact that I have an AR slung across my back doesn't make the prayer any less valid.

See Ya Later, Liz

 It looks like Liz Cheney lost her Wyoming Rep gig.  She was primaried and lost big.

She claims to have further political ambitions, but I don't think that she could get voted as dog-catcher in Wyoming, which means that she will have to take her show elsewhere.  Who knows what might happen in 19, 12, 14 years?

What might really be interesting is to see how she acts in the near term.  She still has a seat in Congress until January 3rd. We'll see if her Trump Derangement Syndrome gets any worse.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Two Weeks?

 Two weeks?  Are you serious?  It will take the FBI two weeks to copy all the documents they siezed in the raid on Trumps house?

Now, according to Just the News, we’ve learned that the FBI will give back President Trump’s passports and documents containing privileged information between the former president and his attorneys. No doubt the Justice Department will be reading and copying the documents as they prepare to return them. It may be why the DOJ estimates it will take two weeks to get Trump back his property.

Everyone involved in this debacle, from Garland him self to the cute little Feebie holding the AR near the gate, should be disbarred, fired, and prosecuted  Which little Feebie, you ask?


That one, on the right side of the photo.  From Merrick Garland, all the way down to her.  As an object lesson.  If any of them are lawyers, disbar them.  For the pure cops, pull their certifications.

Accidental

 That's what the medical examiner ruled in the case of the shooting on the set of the movie "Rust", where actor Alec Baldwin shot his director.

This, after the FBI released a report that said that Baldwin "must have" inadvertently pulled the trigger.

I don't know what took the FBI so long, most of us came to that conclusion within hours of hearing of the incident.  Of course, Baldwin pulled the trigger.  That's the way those guns work.  But then, I don't know why the FBI was involved in the first place.  It was a local incident.  Maybe the Sheriff asked them for lab assistance.

But, we all know that Baldwin pulled the trigger.  That is the way those guns work.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Who Should We Believe?

 President Trump says that the FBI took his passport in the raid on Mar-A-Lago last week.

It's not on the FBI's property receipt.

Should we believe an agency who lies to FISA courts to obtain warrants?  Should we believe an agency who ignores obvious criminality of a President's son?  Should we believe an agency who is noted for dirty political tricks such as wiretapping a noted American figure?

Frankly, I don't believe anything the FBI tells me.  If they told me that the sky was blue, I'd break out a color chart.

Did they take his passport?  You see, that is the problem with breaking into someone else's house.  Burglary is burglary, and thieves do what thieves do.

Another Armed Citizen

 Another armed citizen stopped a shooter, this time in Montenegro.  As reported by TTAG.

The prosecutor coordinating the investigation, Andrijana Nastic, told journalists Friday that the gunman was killed by a passerby and that a police officer was among the wounded. She said nine of those killed died at the scene and two died at a hospital.

It's not widely reported, but hi happens more than you think. 

Reckoning

Wyoming is on of those states with two US Senators and one Representative in Congress.  Currently that seat is held by Liz Cheney, the daughter of former VP Dick Cheney.

Liz ran on claims to be a conservative, but her distain for Donald Trump have bled over to the point where she is the lone Republican on the Jan 6 witch hunt committee.  Whatever else one might say about Dick Cheney, it is almost certain that he is a founding member of the Deep State.  Be that as it may, but tomorrow, Liz is facing a reckoning from the people of Wyoming over her obvious distaste for Donald Trump.  All reputable polls show Liz polling behind her opponent in the Republican primary.

Tomorrow is the only poll that matters and we will see if she continues to represent Wyoming, or has an opportunity to further her political ambitions on a larger stage.  Most political observers say that a reckoning is coming.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Back in '85

 Back in '85 I was a five-year veteran of a local police agency.  Several of my brother officers became convinced that the elected Sheriff was crooked.  SO, we began quietly putting together a file that might be useful in the future.  As our investigation gained traction, we knew that if we were found out, we would certainly be fired, so we were very careful in our inquiries.

Towrd the culmination of our inquiries, it became apparent that one particular person would be instrumental to our investigation.  That person happened to be a parolee, supervised by the local office.  As things heated up, he skipped town.  The parole officer obtained an absconder's warrant.  The investigation stopped dead cold.

In '86 we located the parolee in a neighboring state, and extradited him.  On the trip home, he told his story in an attempt to gain favor from the Parole Board.

We had what we needed and passed our information along to state authorities. The Sheriff was arrested, stripped of his office, and was eventually convicted in federal court.

Some have wondered how a law enforcement agency can be reformed from the bottom up.  It takes good people, willing to risk their career to make a good case.  I've seen it happen in more than one case.  Corruption has to be rooted out, and if the rank-and-file ain't willing to do it, it won't get done.

I'm convinced that the FBI is a corrupt organization that targets the political enemies of its political masters.  We see the senior officials of the Trump organization targeted, whale the blatant criminality of the Biden family is ignored. Our Attorney General, Merrick Garland has said many times that no one is above the law, and that he intends to enforce the law without "fear of favor".

I believe that Garland is trying to arrest and prosecute President Trump.  One does not seek a search warrant without probable cause that a crime has been committed.  Many senior officials from the previous administration have been arrested.  The culminating trophy will be President Trump.

Yet, the crimes of Hunter Biden continue without abatement.  If Garland and FBI Director Wray are truly interested in maintaining the integrity of the federal law enforcement effort, they really should start arresting Democrats who scoff at the law.

Tracking The Tropics

 We're tracking the tropics as we are wont to do this time of year.


The disturbance map for NOAA shows one little rain-makers in the Gulf but it won't amount to much.  We will thank God for the continued calm in the tropics.  With all the other bad news from across the country, this respite is certainly well received.

Spinning Crossfire Hurricane

 You remember Crossfire Hurricane?  We on the rights side of the argument called it the Russia, Russia collusion hoax.  It was an operation of the Obama cabal to smear then candidate Donald Trump with something, anything that would hurt his campaign.

Well, those documents might be at the center of the newest outrage on the political scene.  Because if it makes Saint Barack Obama look bad, it has to be classified forever.  Townhall breaks it all down for us.

One thing that our Brilliant, Responsible, Ethical Merrick Garland may have forgotten is that the President of the United States is the ultimate authority on classified documents.  The President can declassify anything.  At his whim.  There is no higher authority.  When Donald Trump took those documents out of the White House, they were declassified by default.

This whole investigation is complete and utter bullshit, and Garland should know that.  The magistrate who signed the warrant should have known that, and the agents who conducted the ransacking should have known that.

Sunday Morning Dawg

 


Friday, August 12, 2022

Heh! Plausible

 Have you heard the latest about why Garland sent his minions to dig through Melania's underwear drawer?


Heh!  That is about as plausible as anything else I've heard.  I actually checked Insty's link to make sure it wasn't the Bee.  The Bee's take on it is pretty good, though.

Angel Outside Trump’s Empty Safe Tells FBI Agents, 'Behold! The Document You Seek Is Not Here!'

That's funny, right there.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Hinge Point

 Tim Alberta writes a piece at The Atlantic, where he makes the case that the FBI's raid on Mar-A-Lago may be a hinge point in American politics.  I know that Tim is a leftist for several reasons.  Once, he writes for The Atlantic.  Two, he wrote this sentence.

So why did I feel nauseous yesterday, watching coverage of the FBI executing a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate?

Because this country is tracking toward a scale of political violence not seen since the Civil War.

He's wrong.  We aren't there et. No one wants political violence.  What we want is even-handed justice.  Equal protection under the law.  A one-tiered system of justice, where the law is enforced without passion of prejudice, regardless of political affiliation.  What we are perceiving is a two-tiered system.

What we see is a two tiered system, where the director of the FBI can lay out a pima-facie case against Hillary Clinton for mishandling secure communications, then blithely say that no one will prosecute her for it.  What we are seeing is a system where the President's son can commit multiple felonies and continue his self-destructive ways without consequence.

What we see is an FBI that has lost the trust of the American people.  I see a federal system that is willing to harass political opponents.  What we see is an IRS that is out of control, about to hire tens of thousands of new enforcement agents to eat out our sustenance.

If the FBI wants to regain the trust of the American people, it needs to start at the bottom.  Good, honest cops who say NO to the political appointees, who reform the agency from the bottom up.  It can be done.  I've seen it done in local agencies, but it takes courage.  Right now I'm not convinced that anyone in the agency has that courage.

I was a cop for 37 years and I've seen it done.  So, to all the rank-and-file FBI agents who want to relaim their honor, it's time to stand up  Shoot me an email and I'll try to help.  If you are aware of corruption at any level, it's time to speak up.  If you don't, then you have no honor.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

I Wouldn't Talk to Them EIther

 It's being widely reported that President Trump took the 5th today in a deposition in yet another witch-hunt.

"I once asked, 'If you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?' Now I know the answer to that question," Trump wrote in announcing his decision to invoke his right against self-incrimination. 

I don't blame him.  There is no reason to make any prosecutor's work easier.  The 5th Amendment protects the innocent and the guilty alike. 

The Blowback

It seems like FBI Director Wray and AG Merrick Garland are getting some plowback on the Mar-A-Lago raid.  Rightfully so.  Fox News reports:

Members of the federal law enforcement community across the country are beginning to grow frustrated, privately, with Attorney General Merrick Garland as he has remained silent since the search of the former President Donald Trump's Florida home.

 Meanwhile, there are growing concerns Wednesday about the safety of FBI agents, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Garland following the search of Mar-a-Lago on Monday. 

That is what they want you to think.  Oh, the horror!  They are getting death threats on the intertubes. 

No one wants there two dead.  What we want is them discredited, disbarred, bankrupt and unemployable.  So thoroughly discredited that people actively point and laugh at them as they pass on the street.  I detest these two assholes, but I don't want them physically harmed.

Their problem is that they pissed off 74 million Americans yesterday, And, they know that payback is coming. All they did was to elevate Donald J Trump in the minds of millions of Americans.

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Raid

 So, the FBI served a search warrant on the Mar-A-Lago home of Donald Trump.  The premise for the warrant seems to be some documents that the National Archives claim may be classified.  Many on the right are outraged, using this as just another example of the political polarization in the country, and another example of the FBI harassing political opponents of the current administration.

Some on the left think that if Donald Trump is convicted of a felony, it will disqualify him from running for another term.  I have read the Constitution and see no such impediment.  I'm not a lawyer, and I may well have missed something.

I am concerned about the political weaponization of the FBI and the DOJ.  The Biden administration seems to have little reticence in jailing their political enemies.  These folks are setting up a political climate that they might not want to live in, in the coming years.  The pendulum always swings back.

Once again, the FBI seems to be doing the political bidding of the administration.  This does not bode well for the agency. So, the question becomes; what is the end game?   This cannot have been simply over some classified documents in a box.  There must be something else at play, or we have descended into banana-republic territory.

Monday, August 08, 2022

Wax Bullets - in COmments

 A commenter asks a question we get all the time in CFDA shooting.

Does shooting wax bullets extensively cause any issues with the bore? I imagine wax is easier to remove and clean out than lead and/or copper.

Wax does foul the bore, and competitive shooters clean the bore about every 20 shots. However, the common solvents for lead and copper don't work very well on wax.  So, we have developed our practice to match the problem. Hoppe's bore solvent is worthless for wax.

Brake cleaner, like you can buy at the auto parts store (or the Dollar Store) works well for wax.  As does carb cleaner.  Some people use WD-40, which seems to do as well as anything.

A fouled bore is not as accurate as a clean bore, and wax tends to foul faster than lead.  Much faster.  A competitive round is generally 6-8 shots, so every 3rd round, go run a brush through the bore.

Ammo Expenditure

In Cowboy Fast Draw, one of the rules is that for a major, titled match, the host club is responsible for providing ammo for the entire shoot. We all use .45 Colt revolvers, so it's all one caliber. At a major match, everyone shoots the same ammo, which levels the playing field.

Our ammo is specialty ammunition.  We generally shoot wax bullets in cases that have been modified to accept a 209 shotgun primer.  That primer provides sufficient propellant to discharge the wax bullet.  It is easy to reload.  The only equipment that is really needed is a human thumb, and most of us have thrums.  However, because it it specialty ammo, you can't buy it over the counter.  Belle and I have 5000 pieces of this brass.  Our cousin's club in Texas has 5000 pieces of this brass.  We help each other out, so that we can have 10.000 rounds of loaded ammo at the start of a big match.

At Louisiana State last month, we expended 3551 rounds of our ammo, and 3900 rounds of our sister club's ammo. If my math is correct, we shot 7451 shots in a 3-day match with 88 shooters.  I tell you all this because we are panning a big shoot next year, a tri-State match where we will shoot titled championships for Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas over a four day weekend.  We are still looking at venues, and they are starting to narrow down.

I basically just caught up on my sleep after Louisiana State, and we're planning next year's matches.

The Bombing

 In these early days of august, I'm seeing commentary on the final days of World War II, concerning the moral and military necessity of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that hastened the end of the war.

Hiroshima was bombed on August 5th.  Nagasaki on August 9th.  We generally consider VJ day as August 15th.

It is my opinion that the decision tree that led to the use of atomic weapons has to be viewed through the lens of the history that existed on the ground at that time.  The world was certainly awakened to the horror of nuclear war.  Just as the world was awakened to the horrors of fire-bombing major cities.  There is a lot of horror in war.

I do know that I had two uncles in the Pacific who were mightily relived when the Japanese surrendered.

Sunday, August 07, 2022

Per Capita Murder Rate

 Which city has the highest per capita murder rate?  Chicago?  New York?  Not even close.

A new study of cities over 200,000 people shows a surprising list of cities.  Here is the top 10.


New Orleans.  Louisiana's very own third-world hell hole.  The current city administration seems bent on making New Orleans the most dysfunctional city on the North American continent.  Before hurricane Katrina, I enjoyed going to New Orleans for a weekend away.  Great food, good culture.  Nowadays I wouldn't go to New Orleans on a bet.


Sunday Morning Daeg

 Chasing the cat in the back yard.

Saturday, August 06, 2022

Chicken Fried Steak

 Belle and I have played with chicken fried steak for as long as we've been together, and we think we have perfected the recipe.  It's a process and because you asked, we'll talk about it.



First of all, the steak.  We use "cube steaks".  Little steaks we get at the grocer that has been run through the tenderizer. You could buy a thin steak and pound it with a mallet to tenderize it, but the cube steaks are so convenient.  Take them home and put them in the fridge.

Then, get out three shallow pans.  In one, you are going to put flour.  Just regular old flour.

In the second, an egg wash.  A couple of eggs, beaten, along with some milk. Whisk this together.

In the third, finely broken saltine crackers.  I'll dump a couple of sleeves of saltines in a gallon zip lock bag and crush them with a heavy rolling pin.  Arrange the three pans in that order.  Flour, egg wash, saltines. Then, in a large vessel, get the oil hearing.  We're deep-frying these little steaks.

Get the steaks out of the fridge, and season them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Then roll them in the flour, thence into the egg wash, and then into the crushed saltine crumbs.

When the oil reaches 350F, into the hot oil.  Fry until golden brown.  I put the fried steaks into a slow-cooker that is lined with paper towels and the lid off.  Just to keep them warm until the guests are ready to make a plate.  Serve with cream gray, mashed potatoes and whatever other sides you want.

Ain't nothing to it.

Chicken Fried

Belle and I love to entertain.  That is one reason we put a full kitchen in our shop.  We would entertain in the house and the kitchen simply wasn't large enough to do what we needed to do.  So, I promised her that if we ever built amother kitchen, we could have 20 people in it and still have room to cook.

Belle has invited some of her old coworkers over for lunch.  The menu is chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, cream gravy, corn and yeast rolls.  The rolls are proofing in the oven.  Belle has perfected her chicken fired steak recipe over the past two years, and I have to admit it is awesome. We'll get busy on that in a little bit.  In the meantime, the theme song for chicken fried

Friday, August 05, 2022

California Wrecks Junior Shooting

 There is a new California law that Gavin Newsome signed on July 1st that wrecks any form of junior shooting in the state of California.

"Due to recent legislation from the California State Assembly, and signed into Law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the USA Clay Target League, DBA USA High School Clay Target League/California State High School Clay Target League, has been forced by law to suspend all operations within California," USA Clay Target League notes on its website. "California Assembly Bill 2571 … provides for a civil penalty of $25,000 for any and each instance of firearm-related marketing to persons under the age of 18. That includes the '… use, or ownership of firearm-related products…' as well as '…events where firearm-related products are sold or used.'"

This affects anything having to do with guns and kids.  We're talking about it in Cowboy Fast Draw, and in the clay target sports, and I suppose in any youth league for the action shooting sports.  Two weeks ago at Louisiana State, we had eight competitors that would have qualified under this law.  Eight kids who were safe with firearms, competing at the level that they could compete. 

In California now, that is illegal.  Just one more reason to never go to the state of California.