Sunday, September 30, 2007

The cannon: Conception

Like I had said, I was sittin’ around with two of my friends, drinkin’ beer & the conversation came around to firearms & fun. The conversation with those guys almost always does, as they are both class 3 license holders, & have owned MP5’s, real G3’s, Stens, Sterlings, Thompsons, M-4's, & a bunch of other really cool stuff- a myriad compilation of wicked fun guns. All very legal, & all a "blast" to shoot.

ANYway- Ed says "You know, we need a cannon!". This comment met with general agreement. Actually, we were a bit more excited than that, as in "I know where I can get a …" & "I think I’ve got wheels for…" & like that.

Much discussion & further beer drinking followed. Cigars were smoked.

A few days later, while scrounging around in the woods, I found an old piece of farm equipment with trees growing through it. The smaller front wheels were iron, & about 24" in diameter. Pretty rusty- perfect!

I cut the trees & hauled the wheels out of the woods for the basis of the 1857 you see in the picture. Now that the size was determined, I just needed plans & scale.

This will require more beer, cigars, & head scratching.

NEXT: Execution

Friday, September 28, 2007

just WAIT a minute...

Y’know-

The cannon story will have to wait a bit.

I got to thinkin’ about some good quotes I’ve heard in my travels, and here is a quote that I had on my office wall for a long time:
"Be warned against a spirit of compromise that is but a cloak to cover the nakedness of irresolution and timidity."

My explanation:
If you’re not strong enough to stand up for what you believe, against all comers, then you’re a wussy, & get he hell out out my way.

Then I read this one tonight:

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences. " (H/T to CUG)

Both quotes from C.S. Lewis, who knew I was such a fan?

What exactly, will that mean for the victims? (I mean the rest of us) It is comparable to the camel nose under the tent?

You want universal health care? Get out you wallet & wait.

Is it better to be robbed by those you know (fedgov) or than by those you don’t?

We. The People.
Will have a opportunity soon of deciding who will speak for us.
Do you know where your loyalties lie?

This is beginning to piss me off…

The cannon fun will resume, I promise.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

You might have noticed the picture to the right...

That's my 1/2 scale homemade replica of an 1857 Napoleon cannon, commonly used (the BIG one, not my little one) during our Civil War. I haven't the time to tell the story tonight, but suffice it to say that it involves alcohol, tobacco, firearms, & explosives.

No, NOT them, just a few beers, cigars, & firearm discussions, which led to the discovery of our little group's dearth of black powder large noise making devices.

"Gee, you know what would be cool? We should make a CANNON!"

To be continued...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sexual HARASSMENT!??!?!

Now I've heard everything.

A SIX YEAR OLD kid was busted for sexual harassment because he tugged on a schooolmate's (read little girl's) waistband.

Does a six year old even know what "sexual" is?
Good grief... or, to be more concise, WTF????

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Is "fightin" (/lack of) a mark of societal change?

"You showed amazing restraint back then. It's kind of funny- you younger folk (not disparaging your age- wanna trade?) didn’t "fight" much, it appears. I know my son didn’t, nor did many of his friends. Back in the ‘50s- ‘60s, when I was a yute, it was damn near a daily occurrence. That’s how we settled our differences, mostly. I’m not saying that’s a good thing, but I wonder what happened? Now, of course, you’d have the swat team out @ the first sign of fisticuffs, & an army of lawyers right behind.
An interesting, albeit strange commentary on the "evolution" of civilization, no?"




The above was a comment left on a friend's blog, "MArooned"- good reading.



I guess my hypothesis is:



The rule of law in today’s society sucks. No one takes any responsibility for their actions, leaving it to "the gummint", courts, or other "supervisors" to take care of conflicts.


Back in "the day", we were obliged to show respect to those who required it, the requirements being set down by our parents & teachers. Those people included EVERYONE who was our elders, teachers, firemen, policemen, but curiously, not our peers. We were free to beat the livin’ shit out of anyone who crossed us, & at worst, someone’s mother would get a phone call later. Noone worried about "self esteem".


But the overall society was more "civilized" then, I think.


Does this mean anything that I’m not seeing? There is cause & effect; it is as simple as when kids beat on each other the society at large is a "kinder, gentler" one? In simple terms, I don't think so.


Please discuss, & enlighten me.


Later…


Thursday, September 20, 2007

Another cranky old bastard gets his voice.