I have an old Dillon brass tumbler that a reader sent to me a decade o more ago. It's processed a lot of brass, and it's still going strong. For a CFDA championship match, the host club provides the ammunition. When I put on a championship, I like to start with 10,000 rounds of ammo, loaded and ready to go. That suffices for a three-day shoot.
Thursday, March 31, 2022
The Louisiana legislature has overturned a veto from Governor John Bel Edwards for the first tie in 31 years. The bill inn question was the Congressional redistricting map.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature voted Wednesday mainly along party lines to override Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto of a congressional redistricting bill, marking the first time in 31 years that lawmakers refused to accept a governor’s refusal of a bill they had passed.
Of course, the usual suspects are butt-hurt, claiming unfairness and 'racism' and have filed suit in the federal court to overturn the overturn.
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
We've all heard Joe Biden talk about Putin's gas prices. As if Putin's invasion of Ukraine were to blame for our high prices at the pump. Sometimes Biden lies like a career Democrat, other times he disarmingly tells the truth.
At a campaign event on Sept. 6, 2019, Biden approached a woman who had questioned him and grabbed her hand.
“I want you to look in my eyes,” Biden said. “I guarantee you, I guarantee you, we’re going to end fossil fuel, and I am not going to cooperate with them.”
I believe that Biden was telling the truth to that woman, and we all know that prices were climbing at the pump well before he Russian excursion. Now, there is a report that details the problem.
The Republican Study Committee (RSC) analyzed every action Biden took against energy in the first 15 months of his presidency, and they compared them with the average price per gallon of gas during the same week. The results showed just how detrimental Biden’s presidency has been to everyday Americans.
All references at the link above.
Following the pandemic, Mississippi faced the same problems many states faced. Expanded federal unemployment benefits made it easy to stay home. Business drives the economy, and businesses needed workers. 84,000 workers across the state.
The cause of this was simple: Federal unemployment expansions and bonuses were paying people more money to stay at home than they could make working. The solution to these woes plaguing our state was also simple. Governor Tate Reeves saw the need for swift action and, in June, Mississippi became one of the first states nationwide to opt out of these expansions and bonuses months before they were set to expire.
By opting out of enhanced benefits, Mississippi turned it round.
Immediately following Gov. Reeves announcement, work search activities spiked throughout the state. When people began actively looking for work again, Mississippi businesses were finally able to start filling open positions.
If you pay people to stay hoe, they will stay home.
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Stephen Greene writes an article at PJMedia about the problems with solar power. It's behind a pay wall, but we can excerpt from it. He starts with the premise that w're hearing fro the Democrats.
With gas prices up 50% in the last year, natural gas more than double its pre-pandemic price, and electricity price hikes far outpacing the official inflation rate, Democrats argue that there’s no time like right now to switch to alternative energy sources.
That sounds all pie-n-the-sky, but it is unworkable. Energy is not like toothpaste. If I go to the grocers and try to buy a tube of Crest, but they are out of that brand, I can grab another brand net to it on the shelf. It may not be what I prefer, but it will suffice. Energy is not comparable.
If I decided today to go 'green' and trade my truck for a new Tesla, I'd wait about 14 weeks. And, the last time I drove past the local dealerships on the main road into town, I didn't see any Tesla dealers locally.
I'm not a guy who never says never. I remember when I thought a computer was a frivolous expenditure. I recall saying that I didn't need a cell phone. I have since changed my opinion on those matters, ad I agree that at some time in the future, I may drive an electric vehicle. When the technology is right and the market forces make it an affordable alternative. But that day ain't today. And, it's likely not in the near future.
Green energy is not yet ready to power America. It may be at some tie in the future, but that time is not now.
Monday, March 28, 2022
It seems that we have a troll who doesn't understand civil and courteous discourse. As such, comments will henceforth be moderated.
Just as I wouldn't tolerate a guest who unnecessarily insults other people in my living room, I certainly don't intend to tolerate it here. I will moderate comments at my discretion.
I'm not censoring anyone. He's free to get his own blog and say whatever he likes. He is simply not welcome to say it here.
I'm sure that you all understand.
There is no doubt that Biden stepped it it, diplomatically speaking, when he said that Putin could not remain in power. That was a bone-headed statement that could cost the NATO alliance and the Ukraine people dearly. When he said that Putin had to go, along with the comets to US troops that they would see things in Ukraine, he may have escalated the entire war.
Some very intelligent people think that Putin was looking for a way out. They may be right. Putin is a rational person who considered his options carefully. He may be evil, but he is rational. However, leaving him no way out is a disastrous move.
Vladimir Putin has been informed reliably by the Western alliance that his exit — which in his case possibly includes a firing squad — is the price for peace.
Putin is not willing to pay that price. Our President, by his off-the-cuff remarks, may have backed Putin into a corner, and he might come out swinging.
Sunday, March 27, 2022
I haven't talked about this in several years, but my Blackstone griddle is one of my go-to cooking implements. Oh, I still use the charcoal grill sometimes, and I use the smoker when appropriate, but I've become truly fond of the griddle.
This past spring, I became the cook at the church rodeos. Their charcoal grill was falling apart and they asked me what I liked to cook on. You guessed it, the church bought a Blackstone griddle.
This morning, Belle wanted burgers for the Sunday lunch, and in just a few minutes, I had the griddle rolling with hamburger patties.
A trick the ladies at the church taught me: To cook burgers ahead of time and keep them warm and most. In a slow-cooker, make a blend of beef broth, brown gravy mix, and a healthy shake of Wooster (Worcestershire sauce. When the family gets here in another hur, we'll eat.
Y'all have a wonderful SUnday.
Thursday, March 24, 2022
I went to my semi-annual doctors visit today ad when the Doc decided that my numbers looked okay, we devolved into a discussion about the merits of Scotch whisky. He has a fondness for McAllen 12, which I agree is a very nice single malt. We talked about Islay Scotch, and Lowland Scotch, and several varieties of bourbon whiskey. We are both amazed that Turkey 101 makes it on so many "best bourbons" lists, but it is good bourbon.
As I was leaving, his last words to me were, "Less cigarettes, more whiskey."
That is medical advise I can get behind. I think I"ll have a drink.
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
It seems that Ukraine is having none of it. Trans women are actually men and are required to bear arms fr the defense of the country. According to Zero Hedge:
The Ukrainian government is refusing to allow transgender women to leave the country along with the millions of women and children refugees who have been streaming into Poland and other European nations. Instead, Ukrainian border guards are turning them back and forcing them to return home to join the fight.
That sounds exactly right.
Sitting on the crapper this morning, I was pondering the fundamental definitions of the human existence. Specifically, pondering this exchange between Senator Blackburn and Whatshernae Jackson, the Supreme Court nominee.
SEN. BLACKBURN: “Can you provide a definition of the word ‘woman’?”
JACKSON: “No, I can’t.”
BLACKBURN: “You can’t?”
JACKSON: “I’m not a biologist.”
That exchange struck me as idiotic, bu in the current dysphoria, I realized that many people are confused by basic definitions. A definition should be so simple that it appears at once simple and beyond reproach, even if it hides other questions, like Einstein's famous equation about ass and energy.
Suddenly, an epiphany. By the grace of God and my immense mental facilities, I had it.
WOMAN (n): A human female who has attained adulthood.
Simple, yet elegant, we now have a definition that can be used as a basic starting point to right our country and the world. Both simple and elegant, this may form the basis for a conpletely new science, just like Einstein's equation opened up entirely new branches of physics.
You are welcome. I await the call from the Nobel committee.
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Monday, March 21, 2022
We're planning a big shooting competition in Pineville in late July. Planning is the key word today, because these things take a lot of coordination from a lot of folks. Caterers, vendors, sanctioning organizations, building registration forms, a myriad of tasks that have to be performed before the event is even close to kicking off. Promoting it. Did I mention that?
Making lists, double-checking Arranging for prizes. It's a lot of work.
We do it because we love it, but it is a lot of work. It's a good thing I'm retired.
It's going to be a lot of fun.
Sunday, March 20, 2022
It's been a weekend of rodeo, and when I got home last night about 11:00, the dog was waiting for me. Our chruch hosted a big rodeo this weekend, two shows with over 100 contestants in each show.
I swear, his face looks like an orangutan.
Friday, March 18, 2022
Lucas is my 11-year-old grandson. He started CMP competition this year through the 4H club at his school. They do position shooting with .22 rifles.
Lucas went to his first competition yesterday and performed well for his first time out. He scored 254 out of 300. Not bad at all. He didn't qualify for State, but he put in a good showing, and there is always next year.
We may have a marksman in the family. For all you guys who think you can shoot, get off the bench, put your butt on the ground, and see where your bullets go.
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
It's been a feature for most of my life, but it may be time to end the twice-yearly changing of the clocks. It seems that the US Senate has passed a bill that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent in the US.
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent starting in 2023, ending the twice-annual changing of clocks in a move promoted by supporters advocating brighter afternoons and more economic activity.
Now, we'll see if the House does anything with it. Or, if Biden would sign it. It seems like common sense, bipartisan legislation, so no promises.
All you hear from the White House is the big Biden lie about how Putin is responsible for our soaring gas prices. When the fact is that Biden has caved to the far left, and the Green New Deal.
Fortunately, information exists to put the lie to Biden's puppet-masters. Joe Biden and his policies are responsible for rising gas prices. As you can see from this chart, the price of unleaded gasoline has risen steadily under the Biden presidency.
Some of that is due to Putin, but not all of it. The president is complicit in a big portion of the price we pay at the pump. If we were still energy independent, like we were under President Trump, Putin's oil would have no effect because we would not have been buying oil from him.
And, while it is true that there are 9000 leases going unused, it is also true that drilling permits have declined under President Biden. It does no good to hold an oil lease if you don't have the permit necessary to drill on that lease. Drilling permits are down under Biden.
Drilling permits are down, leases are going unused, and it's Biden's fault. His administration is awash with Green New Deal types who are doing everything they can do to break our reliance on fossil fuels. It is hurting the small folks. Those of us who rely on conventional energy to heat our homes, move our vehicles, and light our living rooms.
Don't believe the lies coming out of the White House. It's nefarious, disingenuous, and catastrophic to America.
Putin is a bad actor, and deserves to be hanged for his war crimes in Ukraine, but he is not responsible for our energy problem. Those are on Joe Biden. He made bad choices, and continues his hypocrisy of riding in the Beast, using Marine Corps One, and Air Force One as he exhorts us to drive electic vehicles that non of us can afford.
I was reading an article at the Babylon Bee yesterday about Russia wanting Alaska back. I thought it was far-fetched, and rather funny.
Never discount the ability of the Babylon Bee to cover the news.
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Joe Biden is finally getting off his dead ass and going to Brussels, Fox News reports:
President Biden is expected to travel to Brussels, Belgium, next week for a NATO summit on Russia's war in Ukraine , the White House said Tuesday.
I wonder how he's going to get there? He's probably going to burn Jet-A, which he doesn't want us to do. He needs to go ahead and transition to an electric jet, and lead by example.
Biden will join the "extraordinary" NATO summit that will convene March 24.
Really? March 24th? I hope that Ukraine is still a place on March 24th. That is nine days away, and things happen quickly during a shooting war.
Our country is in the very best of hands.
One of the things I learned as a leader is that I adopted the policies that I wanted to endorse. It's called leading by example. I think that Joe Biden should lead by example, rather than exhort us to sacrifice. Leadership my example is the best way to lead.
Joe gave a speech recently where he exhorted us to go green. A quick quote.
Loosening environmental regulations and pulling back on clean energy investment won't let me expand won't - will not - lower energy prices for families.
But transforming our economy to run on electric vehicles powered by clean energy ...
Lead by example, Joe! Transition the White House to electric vehicles. It would be a great example of leadership. Tell the Secret Service to park that big SUV you use to get around. Tell the Marine Corps to park Marine One until they can transport you by clean energy. Tell the Air Force that you won't be making any more Air Force One trips. It burns too much diesel.
Lead by example, Joe, or admit that you are a hypocritical sonofabitch.
Monday, March 14, 2022
Alec Baldwin filed papers Friday, saying, basically, that he was not at fault in the tragic killing of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Alec Baldwin filed legal papers Friday denying any responsibility for shooting dead Halyna Hutchins — even blaming the late cinematographer for giving him the directions that led to the deadly accident.
Blaming the victim, huh, Alec? That is a pond-scum move.
While I agree that there had to be a cascade of mistakes that led to this horrible incident, the most basic mistake was letting an idiot such as Baldwin be anywhere on the same acre of a firearm of any type. Whether it be wooden, plastic, or steel, Alec Baldwin has no business handling it. Period.
As I have said before, the evidence is clear that Alec Baldwin pointed a loaded gun at Ms. Hutchins and caused it to discharge. The facts are not in dispute. He was holding the firearm and his thumb was on the hammer. He released the hammer and the weapon fired. He is responsible. He may not be culpable, but the courts will decide that.
I'm not in to "cancel culture", but if Alec Baldwin showed up at one of my shoots, I would not allow him to handle any firearm of any type. He is not competent to do so, and he is unwilling to admit responsibility for his own mistakes.
We're home, got in about midnight last night. Safe and sound. I'll spend the rest of the day sorting dunnage, simply because at some point during a return home venture, we're simply throwing stuff into the car.
Belle did well, as she generally does. By Saturday afternoon late, we realized that she had qualified for the finals match. She carried one loss util the 7th round where she got her 2nd loss. By that time the scoring system had eliminated enough shooters that they could arrive at a finals match and Belle was in it.
On Sunday, Belle shot the finals match and took home 7th place at the Texas State Championship of Cowboy Fast Draw.
Sunday, March 13, 2022
While we're traveling, the dog stays with my cousin, Denise, who runs a boarding facility. There are always other dogs to play with and all the animals are well cared for.
Friday, March 11, 2022
Former Vice President Joe Biden is trying desperately to blame his woes on Putin.
It ain't working, and I hope he knows it.
Remember when he took office, had energy independence and $2 gasoline? If he had maintained those policies and strengthened our energy independence, we'd still have $2 gasoline. But, Noooo. He had to be all green energy, glowball warmening, and choke off fossil fuels. So, under his watch, we went from energy independent to importing our oil.
Here locally, fuel was about $3.25 before the Ukraine unpleasantness. Now, it's pushing $4.00, and it's all on Joe Biden. All of it. Every cent. If we were energy independent, we might care what Putin did in Ukraine, but we would not be paying for it.
Thursday, March 10, 2022
We're in Burnet, Tx. We got here about 4:00 this afternoon.
I live in central Louisiana, and we're in central Texas. That verdampt GPS took me to Katy, TX, just north of Houston before pointing us north. Evidently, there ain't any roads that go across central Texas.
WE made pretty good time, but holy cow, it was an interesting road trip. I wonder which route it is going to take me home on?
Wednesday, March 09, 2022
With all the challenges and problems facing America today, it's great to know that Congress is doing what it can to make us all safer, more prosperous, and less afflicted by things like illegal immigration, our-of-control inflation, energy independence, ... you get the idea.
For example, the vital work necessary to outlaw lynching. Yeah, that's right. Lynching.
“After more than 200 failed attempts to outlaw lynching, Congress is finally succeeding in taking the long overdue action by passing the Emmett Till Antilynching Act,” crowed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. “Hallelujah. It’s long overdue.”
I'm pretty certain that lynching was already against the law. At the time of Till's killing, murder was against the law. Murder is a crime in all 50 states. Why Congress felt compelled to act on this legislation at this time, with so many other competing priorities is beyond me.
On the other hand, an anti-lynching law is a no-brainer, which pretty well sums up Congress today. No brains.
We're packing suitcases today. Tomorrow, Belle and I shove off for Burnet, TX, where we will attend the Texas State Championship of Cowboy Fast Draw. We're looking forward to it. We have't been out of town since October, wen we made the Reno trip.
We have someone watching the house. Grandson Zach will feed the cat and eat my groceries while we are gone.
I'm checking lists and making sure that all the stuff we need for a major shoot is in the van. A club member has the keys to the range, and will open up for our Saturday practice meeting.
We'l be back Sunday night, late.
Tuesday, March 08, 2022
Monday, March 07, 2022
Our brilliant Secretary of Transportation has a simple message. Buy an electric vehicle.
“Last month, we announced a $5 billion investment to build out a nationwide electric vehicle charging network so that people from rural to suburban to urban communities can all benefit from the gas savings of driving an EV.”
Well, Pete, that doesn't help me much. (You dumb sonofabitch). You see, later this week, I have to drive across Texas. And, on Sunday, I'll head home. Do you have those electric charging stations up and running yet? Does anyone make an EV that I can drive for 12 hours at highway speeds? Or, in the alternative, fully charge in fifteen minutes? Do they make one yet that will carry four people, plus a five-hundred ound luggae weight for four hours?
Pete, you are an ignorant sonoabitch, and in a perfect world, would be handing from a light post somewhere simply because you are such a dumbass.
Here's your mission, Pete. Drill everywhere, drill now. Clean up the supply chain and quit worrying about whatever gay pipe-dreams you seem to be concerned abut. Our challenges are too serious to be concerned with whatever frivolous shit resides in your fevered brain.
Sunday, March 06, 2022
Saturday, March 05, 2022
Like everyone, I pay the bills once a month. I've always been frugal, but when I fully retired in 2019, I had a comfortable buffer between my bills and my income.
Lately, I have noticed that my bills have gone up. Since last year, about $500.00 per month. Nothing has really jumped,except my electric bill, which had doubled. But, they have all incrementally crept up a few dollars so that now I am poorer $500.00 per month over where I was last year.
I attribute this mainly to fuel costs.
My electric bull is almost double, mainly due to fuel costs.
My sewer bull is up. They have to put fuel in the trucks, and run pumps.
My garbage contract has risen. Those trucks take lots of fuel.
My cable provider's bill has risen. They use a lot of electricity.
The water bill has stayed strangely level. It actually went down a few bucks this month.
I attribute each of these to fuel consts. And, I put those costs directly at Joe Biden's feet, along with the green energy portion of the Democratic party. PawPaw ain't hurting yet, but I have tightened my belt a couple of notches.
CNN is leaving Russia, not because of any moral outrage, but because Russia passed a law that threatens jail time for.broadcasting... (wait for it...) fake news.
Fake News is CNN's stock-in-trade, so once the law was passed, they decided that the best course of action was to hail ass out of there.
That's funny, right there.
Friday, March 04, 2022
I have seen some idiocy coming fro the left, but they have really ratcheted it up today.
I'll start with some guy named Iftin, who thinks we need global gun control.
But how do we start a debate about global gun control to put pressure on someone like Putin to stop waging wars on innocent people?
That is laughable, Mr. Iftin, and probably the dumbest thing I've heard lately.
But wait, we have a contender.
The White House is actively discussing sending Vice President Harris to Warsaw, Poland, and Bucharest, Romania, in the coming days to show solidarity with Ukraine as it faces an escalating Russian invasion, sources familiar with the conversations tell The Hill.
Why? Because she needs foreign policy experience? In the midst of a shooting war?
Bench this woman, please. For the sake of our intelligence and human civilization, just put her back into the cardboard box from whence she came. She has failed on the border. She failed in boosting COVID vaccination rates. Harris is a walking failure, who bleeds staff and fosters a toxic work environment. She doesn’t do the work and she doesn’t read the briefings her staff prepare for her, so she doesn’t look like an idiot. She botched the talking points about the sanctions slapped against Russia in the aftermath of their invasion of Ukraine. And now, the White House wants to send her to Poland?
Kamala is likely to erupt into one of her famous word-salads, say something that is interpreted as actual policy rather than the babbling of a fool, and the next thing we know, there will be missiles in the air. She is liable to get us all killed.
The more that I see crazy Joe botch the response to the Ukraine crisis, the more I am convinced that there are no serious people in the White House or the foreign policy field. The White House must be filled with syncopates and fools, unwilling to tell Crazy Joe that he is a complete and utter failure.
This is what happens when you order a President by mail.
Thursday, March 03, 2022
Anonymous said in comments to an earlier post.
The vehicle commander and driver for the matter do not need to ride open hatch with their heads exposed. Button up and use vision blocks and weapon sights to view and navigate.
That sounds great in theory, but seldom works in practice. While it is true that the driver of an M1 series is often buttoned up, the vehicle commander wants his head out of the tank for more complete vision. Vision blocks limit your awareness considerably, up to about 60%. A tank commander loses over half of his situational awareness when he closes the hatch.
I freely admit that I never took a tank into combat, but I trained in them extensively for 25 years as an Armor and Cavalry officer. I never wanted to be "buttoned-up" and did so only when required by the training scenario. And, in training and maneuver, I wanted my loader's had outside and on a swivel as an additional set of eyes.
The commander needs to have his head out to see what is going on.
A single rifleman would have to be suicidal to take on a tank in a fair fight. However, we never want to be in a fair fight. Sneak and peek, find a tank or APC in a waiting area. Fire one good shot, and boogie out of the area. The bad guys will return fire on the area, so you need to be gone pretty quick.
If you get in a fair fight, you are doing it wrong.
Like many of you, I've seen pictures of a military convoy north of Kiev. By all reports, it contains fighters and logistics (bullets and beans) for the army. Yet, it appears stalled along the road . Why is that?
Commanders know that combat absorbs supplies at a pace that would astound neophyte observers. Armies on the move require huge reserves of fuel, ammunition,, food, and manpower. The commanders job is to push those supplies to where they are needed, yet that convoy seems to be stalled on the road. So, is it lack of will on the part of the local commanders? Or is it equipment breakdowns? Or is it sabotage?
Bit of a tire expert here. Those aren't Soviet-era heavy truck radials. Chinese military tires, and I believe specifically the Yellow Sea YS20. This is a tire I first encountered in Somalia and Sudan; it's a bad Chinese copy of the excellent Michelin XZL military tire design.
That might be one explanation as well. Bad tires. That may be part of it, but I an getting a sense that the troops aren't committed to this battle, that the rank-and-file may be slow-walking this thing.
The Russian commanders on the ground have a much tougher problem than they envisioned when they set out last week for a glorious cake walk through Ukraine.
Wednesday, March 02, 2022
CBS News is concerned about the plight of transgendered folks in Ukraine. It seems that reality has intruded o their fevered dreams.
That young man needs to pick up a rifle and defend his homeland. In the face of actual lethal warfare, no one has time to sort out his delusions.
Tuesday, March 01, 2022
If you have been watching the struggle in Ukraine, you've seen images of regular people, citizens, being armed to resist tyranny. This is the foundation of the 4ne Amendment, which says, in part:
The Right of The People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
That is fairly clear language, and you may note that it doesn't say anything about the type of arms that The People might keep.
There is a pretty good article at Based Politics that reminds us why we need the 2nd Amendment. The nay-sayers rightly say that you can't stop a tank with a rifle. That's true, but...
If you know anything about armored combat, you know that they don't operate in a vacuum/ If you have watched the videos or seen the images coming out of Ukraine, you have seen that generally, one guy always has his head stuck out of the top of the tank. He's the tank commander, and one well placed bulllet will drop hi like a used condom.
I know to a certainty that my old Savage bolt action will hit a 6" target at 300 yards. So much for that tank commander's head. That degrades a 3-man crew t a 2-man crew, and the fighting capability o the tank is reduced significantly. If that crew manages to get over the shock of their deceased commander, and the gunner sticks his head out, another bullet renders hi hors de combat, and they are down to a one-man crew.
One good man with a rifle can make a difference on a battle field. That has always been true and will always be true.