Saturday, December 31, 2022

Last Day

 It's the last day of 2022, and I'm not sorry to see it go.  This year has been a wild ride.

Belle always celebrates the New Year with a traditional fest.  Pork, cabbage, and black eyed peas.  Cornbread.  Because it falls this year on Sunday, we aren't sure who will show up, but we never know who will be here on Sunday.

Today, she is at a funeral in her hometown of Jena, LA.  An old classmate died.  I stayed back to get some stuff done, and while I was at it, I made a gumbo, because lunch will be here soon and that turkey we smoked for Christmas needed to be used up.  It seems like Christmas was a month ago.

The changing of the calendar is a time for reflection, and I remember wondering during the millennial celebration if I would live to see 2020.  But, I hope each of my readers has a happy, prosperous 2023.

Friday, December 30, 2022

That Sounds About RIght

So, this tow truck driver in Detroit goes to buy a junk car, but it's a set-up and he is approached by a thug with robbery on his mind.  Not so quick.  The tow driver was armed.

Detroit has its problems, but one less thug ain't much of a problem.  

Suspect in Custody

 Fox News is reporting that a suspect is in custody for the murder of four students in Moscow, Idaho.

MOSCOW, Idaho – Authorities have a suspect in custody in the Nov. 13 murders of four University of Idaho students, a law enforcement source told Fox News Digital.

That is good news. I know that this case was complex, requiring the resources of several agencies, and I'm glad that it is closer to resolution.  Perhaps as we learn more, the families will begin to find closure.

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Russian Generals

 Evidently, 2022 has been tough on Russian generals.  They are resetting the actuarial tables. Insty notes the latest casualty, some guy who ran a tank production plant.

Wiki has a page that details the list of unfortunate Russian flag officers who met untimely or otherwise mysterious deaths this year.

One might wonder if Putin is practicing Arkancide.

Freedom Of Speech

The 1st Amendment of the US Constitution says:

 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

That seems rather straight-forward, but even in the most straight-forward of ideas, people get confused, so we have to have lawyers sort it out.  It seems that the Ninth Circuit is asking the Supremes to limit speech.

Ninth Circuit Judge Urges Supreme Court "Not to Give Any First Amendment Protection for Racist Hate Speech"

I know that no right is absolute.  There is an old canard that you can't shout FIRE in a crowded theater.  I've heard that all my life, and wondered if the theater was actually on fire?

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

First World Problems

 There is no doubt that the commercial airline industry is a complicated, highly automated industry that generally provides service to a wide range of customers all across the US.  It is also true that it is highly dependent on the weather, If one hub shuts down because of weather, the ripple effects are felt everywhere.  If several hubs shut down, it becomes a catastrophe. That is where we have been over the past week.

Not to fear though.  The Biden administration is on it.

  “Thousands of flights nationwide have been canceled around the holidays. Our Administration is working to ensure airlines are held accountable,” Biden tweeted, urging customers who were affected to visit the Department of Transportation’s website to see if they are entitled to compensation.

I would not, for the record that old Joe is currently sitting his scrawny ass in St. Croix.  He flies private on our dime. As does Pete Buttigieg, our current transportation secretary.  Pete has proven his deep understanding of incompetence several times.  He demonstrates it regularly, from the problems last year, through the supply chain problems, during the impending rail strikes, Pete embraces incompetence at every golden opportunity.

Commercial air travel is a complicated, highly automated industry  composed of thousands of different vendors providing hundreds of discrete products and services, all of which has to mesh perfectly for even one plane to get off the ground.  When it occasionally works as advertised, it is a testament to the unsung labors of thousands of people, from the pilots who fly to the guy who pumps out the latrines. When the weather conspires against us, people start calling in sick or unable to get to the airport, and schedules start slipping, the hole thing grinds to a halt in short order.

It's a first world problem.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Internal Calendar

 I have to keep reminding myself that it is Tuesday.  My internal calendar is all screwed up and for some reason, I think it is Monday again.

Christmas is over and we approach the New Year, which will be here pretty quickly.  I admit that I am approaching it with some trepidation.  It is filled with opportunity, and hope,   I'm fixing to bail off into some family duties that I'm not sure I want to be involved with, but which by necessity must be done.  A wise man (I think it was Sam Clements) once said that "There is not much education in the second kick from a mule", and that's where I think I may be headed.

God's will be done.

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Christmas Morning

 As is our tradition, Christmas morning is quiet here on our little acre.  Belle and I hosted a big celebration yesterday so that family can spend Christmas day with their kids.  We cooked big, with turkey, ham, dressing sweet potatoes, pies, cakes, candy, etc.  The one thing we forgot was the green bean casserole, but no one asked about it.

By my count, we fed 22 yesterday.  My Mom showed up, and we were proud to see her.  She is 89 and still getting around.

This morning, Belle and I are reveling in our sloth.  I have some yeast rolls proofing and the turkey carcass is in the stock pot, prepping for a gumbo later this week.  Closer to moon, I will get out the leftover ham and dressing.  I'll pop the dressing into the oven, and pan-fry the ham to heat it.  Belle will make some sliders with the yeast rolls and ham.

I hope all of y'all had a very Merry Christmas.

Sunday Morning Dawg

 Waiting patiently for leftovers.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Canon (Official Music Video) [HD]

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Low Recoil Hunting Rounds

 Surfing a bit this morning over coffee, I found this article at the American Hunter on low recoil hunting rounds.  Of the list, I have some experience with three of these rounds.  I agree with the author in his evaluation of the rounds I know.

.30-30 Winchester.  Once considered a whiz-bang flat-shooting cartridge, in the late 1800s, it was soon eclipsed by other cartridges.  Even so, it continued to serve American hunters. Pushing a 170-grain bullet to 2200 fps, it was the cartridge against which all others were measured.  It was chambered in light lever rifles like the 94 Winchester and the Marlin 336.  I still have a couple of .30-30 carbines.  My youngest grandson hunts with one I gave to his Dad many decades ago.

7mm-08 Remington.  In 1980, Remington standardized a wildcat cartridge that was a favorite of the metallic silhouette game.  It was a 7mm bull3t stuffed into a necked-down .308 Wim case.  I owned one in the late 80s in a Remington Model 7.  Fantastically accurate, very manageable recoil, For some reason, that barrel like the 139 grain Core-Lokt bullet, so that is what I fed it.  I lost that rifle during a divorce and I still mourn for it.

,25-06 Remington.  Wildcatted by Adolph Neidner in the 1920s, it was not standardized until 1969.  It's a necked-down .30-06 and pushes a .25 caliber bullet.  My load pushes a 117-grain bullet to 3000 fps.  I have called the .25-06 the best cartridge in North America for medium game, and I still believe that.  Every rifle I have shot in this caliber is capable of MOA accuracy if the nut behind the trigger is does his part.  My family has four of these rifles, two Savages and two Ruger 77s.  It's a great cartridge and certainly deserves to be in this list.

6mm Creedmoor.  A relative newcomer, it is necked down from its larger brother, the 6.5 Creedmoor.  I have no experience with this cartridge, but from looking at the ballistic charts, I have no idea what this one would do that the .243 wouldn't do.  The answer might lie in barrel twist.  The Creedmoor uses a 1:7 twist while my old .243 has a 1:10. The Creedmoor will stabilize heaver bullets.  Out past 300 yards that may help, but I won't shoot at fur over 300 yards.

.350 Legend.  I don't know what Winchester thought it was doing when it blew out a .223 case and fit a 9mm bullet to it. It was designed for those states that don't allow bottleneck cartridges for hunting.  It shoots a light-for-caliber 9mm bullet at 2200 fps which seems rather anemic.  Until you look at the .30-30 Win.  It will fit in an AR platform, which has a certain appeal.  It would also make a dandy ultralight bolt action with a low power scope, for stalking the woods and brushy lanes around my home range.  I admit I want one but have so far resisted the urge.

Friday, December 23, 2022

What Manner of Bullshit

 What manner of bullshit is this?

The Army, Navy, and Coast Guard effectively de-emphasize gender in an integrated environment,” the academic report from the University of Pittsburgh says. “Instead of saying ‘ma’am’ or ‘sir,’ recruits in these Services refer to their drill instructors using their ranks or roles followed by their last names. Gendered identifiers prime recruits to think about or visually search for a drill instructor’s gender first, before their rank or role."

I admit that when I was a recruit, I addressed my drill instructors as "Drill Sergeant" and any officer as "Sir".  Female officers would be addressed as "Ma'am"" but like unicorns I didn't actually see a female officer until long after I myself was commissioned.

When I ran a training company, I still referred to my Drill Sergeants as such.  They had earned the right to wear the hat, and deserved that modicum of respect.  But, I would never allow a junior enlisted person to address me as any way but Sir. I seldom worried about that because my NCOs maintained a level of discipline that brooked no such nonsense.

Perhaps it is good that I am long since retired.  I doubt I could stand the level of bullshit that exists today in my Army.

Oh, Canada

I'm not sure how old this video is, but it popped up on my feed, so here we go.

It seems that our neighbor to the north, the dominion of Trudeau, has banned a number of firearms. Very dangerous firearms.  Including "one" called the Buttmaster.  I put that word in scare quotes because there is only one.

Tucker explains.

Brrr Cold

 The polar vortex made it down here in the early hours and the temps started dropping precipitously.

The rest of the county may be accustomed to these temps, but we in central Louisiana are not.  We will survive it, like we survive everything else.  Right now, it's Brrr Cold out there.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

On Bond

 It's being reported everywhere that Scam Bankrupt Fried has been released from a US Court on bond.  $250 million bond.  His parents had to put up their home as security,   He has been ordered to live with his parents, surrender his passport, and obtain mental health treatment among other things.

That's fair, I guess.  He is ignorant innocent until proven guilty and is certainly eligible for bond. His momma can cook him vegan meals.

His butt-ugly girlfriend has turned states evidence.  His investors are mightily pissed.  He would do well to stay indoors, listen to his lawyers and maintain a low profile until this whole thing blows over.  And, I suspect it might well blow over.  He's too politically connected to have a single-tired justice system put him away for a long time.  This one will be interesting to watch, but he is out of jail for the time being.

Christmas Prep

 Family is coming in from out of state, and we're in our semi-final prep.  Is anyone truly ever ready?  

Juvat asks in comments:

I want to try that gumbo recipe. It's just the Mrs and I. How many servings does that make?

I'm not sure.  Eight or ten, depending on your serving.  But, the thing about gumbo is that it freezes well.  Many of us believe that it is better on the second day.  Justin Wilson used to recommend that  you let the whole gumbo cool, put it in the fridge and re-heat it on the second day.

At any rate, we're prepping for the holiday and blogging might be spotty at best.  I'll check in when I can.  Y'all have a Merry Christmas.


Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Lock Time- Visualized

Winter Solstice

 Today is the winter solstice.  No, it's not the shortest day of the year.  We still get 24 full hours.  But, due to the magic of physics and planetary orbital mechanics, we turn the corner, and the daylight hours start getting longer tomorrow. 

It's also my half-anniversary.  Belle and I were married on the summer solstice.  And, no, not out of any weird Druid predilection. She was a practicing RN and I was a street cop.  That year our work schedules combined so that we were both off on a particular Saturday.  Just another coincidence of life.

More particularly, today is the first day of Winter.  And, if you look at the weather map, you'll see that there is a big winter storm moving across the US to punctuate the idea of winter.

I feel like it's time to make a gumbo.  So, if you will excuse me...

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

That Time Again

It appears that I have made another trip around the sun.

Monday, December 19, 2022

Christmas Weather

 It looks like we are in for a deep chill on Christmas weekend.  Predicted temps will set records.

I mean, seriously, they are predicting 8F for Friday morning, which is causing everyone to be in panic mode.  And,it looks like it is going to hang on over the weekend.

Friday won't get above freezing at all, but at least we will be in double digits.  Saturday and Sunday will begin the thaw, but most folks in central Louisiana are simply not equipped for such cold.  In short, it's going to get interesting.

I hope the weather weenies are wrong, but hope is not a plan, so I'm going to start getting ready right now.

Rainy Days and Mondays

 Yeah, that's what it's doing today.  Cold, rainy, the weather is not fit for man nor beast.

Yet, ;we have things to do, to get ready for the festivities later this week.

Hopefully, we will get done early and ensconce ourselves in a warm dry place.

Cultural reference here.

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Pietta in 9mmP?

 Pietta  is an Italian gum makes, making many replica firearms from the late 1800s.  We in Cowboy Fast Draw, and indeed the other Old West shooting sports, use a lot of Pietta firearms.  They are fairly historically accurate.

There is a rumor floating around that Pietta is going to start chambering some of their single action revolvers in 9mmP.  I don't see the new offerings in the catalog, but the rumor is fueled by this flyer.

We can argue that the 9mm is probably the most common centerfire handgun cartridge in the world. Everyone I know owns at least on 8mm.  Indeed the gun I carry on my hip every day is chambered in what Jeff Cooper called the "Europellet".  That does not diminish its popularity.

It seems a bit odd to see a single action revolver chambered in 9mm, but I hope they sell a lot of them.

Sunday Morning Dawg

 He loves his chew toys

Friday, December 16, 2022


 Every community has them.  SIlly little landmarks that remain for decades.

My Dad bought some land in Deville, LA during the late 80s.Going out to the property we noticed a local landmark near the property, a lawn chair hung in a tree, near the road.  Probably blown up there during a wind storm, it has remained for at least three decades.

I stopped this morning on the way out and took a photo.  For posterity.

I don't know how long it will continue to be there, but it was there an hour ago.

Does your community have any weird little landmarks?

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Plundering Around

 Belle and I were plundering around in the backwoods of Deville, LA this morning.  Doing maintenance on some family property, checking systems, and getting it ready for winter.  At lunch, we decided to go to AWs Drive In, an old standby lunch spot in the woods of northeast Rapides Parish.

AW's has been around since forever.  I recall when I was in high school, think 1969, the place was an old standby then.  Just a little drive=in out in the country, serving fast food, drinks, and shakes.  These days it is under different management, AW himself being long retired, but the crew soldier on, feeding the county folks who need vittles.  They have a Facebook page.

Belle opted for the standard hamburger basket, while I went with the steak burger.

The new management seems to be carrying on just fine.  Belle said that her burger was tasty, and my steak sandwich filled an empty spot.  Our ticket came to a single $20 bill.

It's not that I'm advertising AWS as much as calling attention to the little out-of-the-way places that do yeoman's work every day feeding people.  These little joints are all over the country, and we need to support them.

Shocked, Shocked I Say

 I always thought it was an odd coincidence that the Covid pandemic erupted from the very city in which the Chinese study such things.  What are the odds?  Of course, we were called conspiracy theorists

Turs out, it seems that our suspicions, on purely common-sense grounds, may have some basis in fact.

 Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee are alleging in a newly released report that there are "indications" that COVID-19 could be tied to China’s biological weapons research program and "spilled over" to the general human population during an incident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. 

I mean, c'mon man.  China has a bioweapons program with a research lab in Wuhan.  What are the odds that a global pandemic started there, with a virus that they were studying in the building? 

I know that science entails risk, but a prudent approach might be to weigh the risks of a global pandemic against whatever benefit might result from knowing a little bit more about a virus that might wipe out every person on the planet.

The evidence is becoming more and more compelling that the Covid pandemic was not so much a tragedy as much as it was an horrific crime against humanity. The challenge now is to bring those people to justice.  Those in China may be out of reach, but there is also evidence that much of this research was funded by sources in the United States. Those people should answer for their crimes.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Nothing Much Wednesday

 It's been raining since last night at dark, a bug cold front moving through.  As a result, I haven't done much today.  I've got the lazies, a state of mind where you just don't want to do much.  I did clean my EDC piece, a SW Shield. That little gun goes everywhere I go, and when I'm busy it gets dragged through all sorts of things.  It's cleaned and oiled and back in the holster now, so I guess that's a good thing.

I may break our the sharpening stone and work on the kitchen knives.  It's just that sort of day.  


 It's easy to tell where the priorities of the White Hose fall.

Yesterday there was a huge celebration over the signing of a bill that codifies the right to marry.  I thought we settled that discussion in 2015 with the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.  It was a huge party, with the Washington glitterati dancing on the lawn.  Good for them.

No sane person has been worried about same sex marriage since 2016.  I happen to believe that marriage is a contract between a man and woman, signed by God.  Of course, I still believe in outmoded concepts of what describes a man or a woman.

My pastor sometimes says that if God doesn't soon address the popular culture in the United States, then He owes an apology to Sodom and Gomorrah.  That always draws a chuckle from the congregation.   

But, I suppose the left, after having suffered a stunning defeat in the Dobbs decision. felt a need to codify same-sex marriage before some challenge to Obergefell arose.

Because, you know, same-sex marriage is more important than the border crisis, or inflation, or dealing with Putin, or fuel production, or unrestricted immigration, or any of the other issuers that grind on the middle class.  Or for that matter, rooting out corruption,

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Monday, December 12, 2022


Fox News is reporting that Sam Bankrupt Freid has been arrested in the Bahamas. I notice that the Bahamas seem to move faster on political lawbreakers than we do here in the US.  This fellow's crime is financial, but no one can deny that he has strong political connections, especially in the US.  It will be interesting to see if any US charges are filed, and how quickly he might be extradited.

The Age of the Lie

 David Solway, at PJMedia makes the case that we are living in the age of the institutional lie, where people in power tell blatant, bald face lies to further whatever personal of governmental objectives that are currently in fashion.

I have noticed this myself.  To wit:

Anthony Fauci denying the lab leak theory, when he himself was funding corona virus research at a lab in Wuhan, China.

Dickhead Mayorkas telling us that the border is secure when all evidence to the contrary is plainly evident.

The idea that the 2020 election was both fair and secure.

The social justice crew telling us that there are more than two genders.

That laws to ensure election integrity (see Georgia) are Jim Crow 2.0/ 

Fifty-one intelligence officials telling us that the Hunter Biden laptop is Russian disinformation.

I could go on, but why bother.   They are liars and theives, and that's why we need to take back the country.


 Instapundit links to a Washington Post article detailing the upcoming move to silence witnesses as the House republicans begin to investigate the pay-to-play schemes of the Biden crime family.

"The Washington Post, which revealed the powwow, described it as Biden family ‘allies’ planning an offensive to blunt any investigation into the Bidens’ alleged multimillion-dollar influence-peddling schemes. . . . Morris’ plan could easily be taken as a declaration of all-out war on potential witnesses against Hunter Biden.”

Witness intimidation is still against the law.  It's not like we have a two-tiered system of justice in this country. 

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Epic Musk

 Not only is Elon Musk the new owner of Twitter, but he is also most prodigious troll.

Today, he selected his pronouns.

I wonder what he has found in the files, and which bomb will detonate next

The Twitter Files

 So, Mr. Musk is releasing internal files that show how the company conducted themselves to shadow ban conservative thought.   That is not, in-an-of itself, a 1st Amendment violation. What may be a 1A violation is how the government, through its alphabet agencies, pressure Twitter to do so.

As interesting as these revelations are, we have to ask ourselves what it means?  Twitter itself was profoundly changed during the Musk takeover, but will there be any repercussions for the government agencies? I doubt it, unless Twitter starts naming names.  Not the agency involved, but the functionaries involved.  When we learn that Agent Schmedlap did something that violated the 1st Amendment, then we can prosecute Agent Schmedlap.

It's not enough to know that the FBI pressured Twitter to do certain things.  We need to know who in the FBI pressured Twitter to do those things.  When Agent Schmedlap's career is ruined and he is serving time in a federal prison for civil rights violations, the word will get out to the rest of the agency.

If that doesn't happen, then none of this matters.  They will have gotten away with it.

Sunday Morning Dawg

 He isn't dead, just mapping by the pool.

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Bad Jokes

 Yeah, yeah, I know.  It's Saturday night and I've had a drink, but this headline reminds me of some very bad jokes.

Hearing Aids May Help You Avoid Dementia, Study Finds

That's a wrap!  I'm going to finish this cocktail and go to bed before I regret something I might blog. 

Top Gunn

 Today, the Cross Branded Peacemakers met for the final time this year.  It's our annual awards banquet, where we award our top club shooters for the year.

The Peacemakers have ten (10) monthly matches.  Placement in each match is awarded top gun points, and the folks who have the most points at the end of the year are recognized.

First, the Ladies

L-R 1st, Two Step Cookie
2nd - Blue Eyed Belle
3rd - Squirrel Girl

Next, the Men

L-R 1st, Bailey Boy
2nd - Big Bill
3rd - Vovo

And, Finally, our Fastest Time Award.  This is for the man and woman who records the fastest time during a club match during the competition season.   We don't care what you did in practice.  It has to be a recorded score from a monthly match.
Fastest Time
Men - Bullet Bob, 0.335
Ladies - Two Step Cookie, 0.681

That wraps the competition season for the Cross Branded Peacemakers.  We'll start over in January 2023.

Friday, December 09, 2022

Sinema Swaps

It seems that Arizona Senator Krysten Sinema is leaving the Democrats and will register as an Independent.  This leaves us with 49 Republicans, 48 Democrats, and 3 independents.  The other independents, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Angus King of Maine, caucus with the Democrats to give them their majority.

We don't know yet where Sinema might caucus.

Thursday, December 08, 2022

Played Again

 It seems that the Biden administration got played again today by Russia in the international prisoner swap.  We're trading a convicted international arms dealer for a WNBA player who doesn't like the US.  While, of course, a Marine veteran languishes in a Russian jail.

Just another example of the Biden crew not having their priorities in order.  

Community Standards

 I have a small YouTube channel.  Videos of the grandkids, and the dog, and Cowboy Fast Draw.  The videos are purely amateur, have poor production values, are solely for my personal amusement, and are not monetized. Most of what is on there is nonsense.

This morning over coffee, I clicked on YouTube to watch the news and was notified that I had a video removed for some violation of their Community Standards.  So, I played along and learned that it is a video I posted over five years ago, a short reel of grandson Zach shooting Cowboy Fast Draw in the back yard.

Zach was fully clothed, in the back yard, expertly manipulating a revolver.  From my review of the reel, he was 15 years old at the time.  Somehow, this violates the nebulous Community Standards of YouTube, and the video was removed.

I will take this as a badge of honor.

Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Californians Move to Texas FINALE | Episode 6: Return To California

Episode 6, the finale

Lest We Forget

 A date that will live in infamy.

There is a sailor being buried today who died during the attack.  His remains are finally identified and he is going home.

Common Attribute

 One of the most common attributes of the human condition is that we are all born, and we all die. The actuarial tables that the insurance companies keep are a tribute to that fact.  We are all going to die.  SOme earlier, some later, but the grave (or the urn) awaits us all.

However, if you are a Russian business critter in Putin's Russia, the actuarial tables are a bit skewed, and people are noticing.

Heck, Wikipedia is keeping a list.

I'm sure it's all just coincidence.

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Recruiting Shortfall

 Our military is in a tough spot right now, and following 20 years of unrelenting deployments and active combat, I understand that.  But, the leadership isn't helping things.  While they are talking about kicking out members who haven't had the covid vaccine, it's no wonder that the services are short-handed.

This screen grab from Fox News.

Lloyd Austin needs to get his head our of his ass.

They Are Going To US AR-14s?

We were talking about his in the shop last week.  There were several AR variant rifles that didn't make it.  The AR-1, for example.  Several others that didn't see the light of day, when Eugene Stoner was designing rifles for Armalite, a division of Fairchild.

But, I see this morning a headline that some jazzbo is threatening to shoot up a Catholic center with "new AR14 rifl3s".  Yeah, here is the headline.

'Janes Revenge' Abortion Zealots Threaten to 'Shoot Up' Catholic Newman Center With 'New AR14 Rifles'

Mayhem aside, I'd like to know where they intend to buy new AR14 rifles, because I'd like to buy a couple.  The AR14 was going to be a semiauto hunting rifle chambered in .30-06 and other calibers. But, it never went into production, so I doubt that there are any new ones floating in the market.

Ian tells us all about it.

Monday, December 05, 2022

Rolling the Gold

 That's what we always called it.  Rolling the Gold to identify ourselves as police officers. There was nothing nefarious about it.  In the presence of an officer you did not know, you identified yourself to put him or her at ease.

Evidently, the rules have changed.  It seems that the Chief of Police of Tampa was recently pulled over by a Pinellas County Deputy for a minor infraction.  She identified herself as a police officer and was allowed to proceed. When I say minor, she didn't have a license tag on her golf cart.  That is minor.

I never liked giving traffic tickets, so when I rolled out the citation pad, the time for talk was over.  In my time as a road cop, I probably never wrote more that two dozen tickets.  I made a bunch of traffic stops, but I didn't write many tickets.  If everything seemed reasonable, I'd let the violator go.

But, in this case, it seems like something that broke the camel's back. This violation seems so minor that it should not even have elicited conversation at the station coffee pot.


 It's no secret that the EU has warned Elon Musk about tieir content moderation policies.

It's also no secret that French President Macron was in New Orleans on Friday.

Yet, somehow, it is a surprise that Elon Musk had a "surprise tete-a-tete" with Macron in New Orleans.

A surprise meeting between French President Macron and Elon Musk happened Friday in New Orleans. On the agenda was a “clear and honest discussion” about Twitter. Just days ago, a top European Union official warned that Musk must do more to protect users from harmful content.

Macron may have been surprised, but I doubt that Musk was.  The man didn't get to be a billionaire by happenstance. There are coincidences in life, but I doubt this was one of them.

Saturday, December 03, 2022

Two Things

 First, the Air Force get a new bomber, the B21 Raider.  It looks a lot like the B2, but form follows function, and what we know about stealth technology drives the design.

I wonder what the purpose of the grand unveiling was.  Certainly, Russia and China knew we had it. Did the unveiling support a larger strategic purpose?  Or was it just grandstanding to prop up the Biden administration?  One wonders.

Speaking of bombers and politics, it seems that Elon Musk is carpet-bombing the Democrats with his release of internal Twitter docs that show unholy alliance between the DNC, the FBI, and Twitter on suppression of free speech.  I have no problem with a private company deciding what to cover or not to cover, but when the government gets involved, the First Amendment comes into play.

Those 50 former and current intelligence officials should be metaphorically drawn and quartered, their carriers ended, their pensions forfeit.  Those un-named FBI officials, likewise.  The Constitution is too important to allow the government to violate it for political purposes.  Any government functionary who violates it on this basic level should be stripped of all protections.

Friday, December 02, 2022


 I caught a glimpse of this at Instapundit, then followed the link to Tam's place.  Clicked over to the Daily Beast about a cold case that suddenly had gotten warm again.

An unspent .40-caliber round discovered between the bodies of two young girls found dead on an Indiana hiking trail in 2017 led investigators to their alleged killer half a decade later, according to a probable cause affidavit unsealed Tuesday.

 A forensic examination showed the still-live bullet had been “cycled through” a Sig Sauer P226 owned by Richard Matthew Allen, who was charged last month with murder in the deaths of Delphi teens Libby German and Abby Williams.

I read through the article, and it didn't tell me how the girls had died, but a single .40SW cartridge was found between the bodies. Examiners say that they can match to a gun owned by the suspect.  They can show that it was cycled through the action.  I'd love to see that report.


 I had to run to Guillory's today for some tasso, and I looked in their cooler for ideas for lunch.   A pair of little stuffed pork chops caught my eye.  Stuffed with pepperjack cheese and wrapped in bacon.  I asked the butcher and he said about 45 minutes in a 350 oven.  That sounded reasonable.

I had a few potatoes I needed to use, so when I got home I peeled and sliced them, then made an easy au gratin sauce to pour over them.  I put them in the oven about fifteen minutes before the pork chops.

Belle thought it was pretty tasty, and my belly is full, which was the whole idea of the exercise.

Credit Mobiliere

 So, if you've been paying attention at all, you have heard of Sam Bankman-Fried, who had a crypto company and a side-hustle of hedge fund.  He was also the spawn of a couple of well-known Democrat donors, and he himself gave a lot of money to Democrats. This guy was the darling of the liberal elite, because he gave away a plot of money and espoused all the correct liberal memes.

Then one day it all came crashing down.  His company funds got tangled up in his side-hustle and his investors lost all their money.  Now, he's doing an apology tour, telling anyone who will listen that he never had the intent to defraud.  Never mind that his investors were defrauded, it was just an accident.

Kind of like the Alec Baldwin defense.

Sam is a well-connected Democrat.  Very well connected.  I would be extremely surprised if he ever sees the inside of a jail.  High profile Democrats don't go to jail.  Unlike us lesser mortals for whom the laws were written.

Thursday, December 01, 2022

Not Much Thursday

 It's the first of December, and this month, like every other month, I took my don-driving buddy to do his banking, and his grocery shopping, and to run some errands.

Came home, made some lunch, and checked my email and the web. Nothing much happening today.  I am neither amused nor outraged.  If I were a younger man, I might be tempted to get into trouble, but whereas I have the knowledge, the wherewithal, and the time, I simply don't have the energy.

Maybe something interesting will happen tomorrow.