Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Can My Kid

do any wrong in gifting?

A Christmas present from the lad:



The answer is no.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holi...

Ahhh, screw it.
I'm sick of that "holiday" crap, so


MERRY CHRISTMAS!

There, I said it.
So sue me.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Hurtling Towards Summah

Astronomy December 21, 2009
Rise: Set:
Actual Time 7:14 AM EST 4:16 PM EST
Civil Twilight 6:42 AM EST 4:48 PM EST
Nautical Twilight 6:06 AM EST 5:24 PM EST
Astronomical Twilight 5:31 AM EST 5:58 PM EST
Moon 10:12 AM EST 9:22 PM EST
Length Of Visible Light: 10h 06m
Length of Day: 9h 01m

Tomorrow will be 0m 3s longer.


Yeah baby...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Genius.

From IMAO, on hippie eradication:

"Due to increased global warming, polar bears are increasingly scared and sad. The only solution is to give them hugs. Thus, as citizens of the earth, we need to go out and hug polar bears now. So just go up to them and start hugging. They may bear their teeth, swing their paws, and roar, but that’s just polar bear for “I’m scared and need a hug!” If you are too intimidated to hug an adult polar bear, at least hug a baby polar bear then. Just make sure the mother polar bear is watching because it likes to chaperone that sort of thing."

That's smart thinking, right there.

Reminds me of the old joke with the punchline, "and the scat has bells in it & smells like pepper"...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Another Trip

around Ol' Sol completed today.

Why is it that each round seems shorter than the last?

Friday, December 11, 2009

You Want Gun Pr0n?

I’ll give you gun pr0n.

Feast thine eyes:


This is just one pic of many of the nicest, purtiest, pieces of hardware I’ve seen, since… forever.

A friend of mine is selling it, & this is not an advert for him, as I am a buyer for it until it gets too spendy for my moth-ridden wallet. Those that know me as a cheap-assed varmint (& they are correct) would be stunned at the level to which I have bid this item.

An 1873 first generation Colt SAA, built in 1884, impeccably refinished many years later. With carved ivory grips.

I held this puppy in my hand & something clicked, & I’m not sure what it was; probably my brain snapping back to a day when this gun was new, & I was its owner.

Dream on Alice.

If you’ve got the cake to drop on something like this, you would not be disappointed, & I will envy you to my last breath.

Did I mention the carved ivory grips?

Damn…

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I’m Not USUALLY Paranoid…

BUT-

Lessee, the prediction is for some snow, changing to ICY RAIN.

Hmmm, icy rain, where have I heard about that before?

Seems like a year or so ago, there was


AAAARRRRRGGGGUUUUHHHH!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Don't Forget,

America still has aggressive enemies...


7 December, 1941



Friday, December 4, 2009

He Posts!

As is with the big bloggers who don’t post too often, folks check daily to see when the Next Big Post will happen.

I’m sure the multitudes that follow my blog are equally fervent.

Well, here it is- cat blogging.

Just move along… nothing to see here.



So I walk into
Paul’s gun shop a couple weeks ago, & Chris (Paul’s son) says, “You wanna cat”?

Caught completely off guard, as I was thinking gunny thoughts, not feline, I says, “I’ll check with the wife”.

Now checking with the wife (mine anyway), about cat appropriation is like talking to Eskimos about a little extra warmth- it’s pretty much “yeah baby”.

Seems this critter had been hanging out near the store for a while, & Chris had taken her home in a fit of conscience to avoid having to shovel frozen cats from the storefront.

Good lad, he.

Annnyway, she’s now in the fam damily, & she’s acclimating well.

We’re calling her “CC”, which initially stood for Cougar Cat, as she has a mountain lion-like tail, but “Mountain Lion” was too much of a mouthful. I think “CC” now means Crazy Cat, as this youngster is completely out of her mind.

Too much time out in the cold, I’m guessing.

I'm throwing in a pic of her in a calmer moment- you cat folks will understand…



Friday, November 20, 2009

The Best Lack All Conviction,

while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.- excerpted from Yeats

"Just as the democratic statesman who sets out to plan economic life will soon be confronted with the alternative of either assuming dictatorial powers or abandoning his plans, so the totalitarian dictator would soon have to choose between disregard of ordinary morals and failure. It is for this reason that the unscrupulous and uninhibited are likely to be more successful in a society tending toward totalitarianism."- F.A. Hayek


Again, stolen from Beck.

Read it until you understand it.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Evil Bug Brain

A succinct profile of Madam Speaker:

“There is a lot of work in that.

Heh.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Gun Shows- a Sociological Study?

Another gun show done & gone, and while the N-B quotient didn’t go up today, I made an interesting (to me) observation:

People at gun shows want to be old.

Huh?
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Most folks in our society find means to describe their perceived young age to those around them.

“I only look 40! Thanks!”

“The sixties? Nah, I’m not old enough to remember them.”

“Herbert Hoover? Who’s that?”

Well, that last one was a reach, but you know what I mean- people are pleased to think of themselves as younger than they are.

At a gun show, not so much.
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My colleague & I are working the tables, & a guy comes up telling us how wicked smaht he is about firearms, as he’s been around them a looooong time.

“I’ll bet I’ve got a few years on you two guys” the man says. The gent in question is clearly about the same age as my younger brother, & my workmate has about 5 years on me.

“Yeahup, I was born way back in ’55, ‘n I’ve seen a few guns in my time, I have.”

::guffaws & snerks from our side of the table::

(Subsequent edification of the interloper omitted)
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This happened at least five times this weekend, in various incarnations, & upon reflection, is a somewhat regular occurrence at these venues.

What’s that all about?

I’m guessing that to many, the mere statement of age, coupled with a (presumed lifelong) interest in firearms, is proof positive, and an ultimate accreditation of the veracity of their word on all things discussed at the sale table.

Goofballs.
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My words of wisdom?

Ladies & Gents, don’t go around trying to impress people with your worldly experience, & likewise, don’t attempt to inculcate the unwashed masses with your brilliance, especially if the exactness of your grandeur is known only to you.

You just end up looking/sounding like a goofball.

The world’s got enough goofballs…

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Almost Forgot (UPDATED!)

TOTWTYTR left a comment:

"...are you going to be at Fitchburg this weekend? All things being equal, I'll be making the trip..."

Why yes, yes we are. We'll be having a small set up, as the MA shows crimp our selling abilities (MA compliant guns only, etc.), & it seems there are more "fondlers" than buyers at MA shows vs. NH shows.

So, this Saturday 0900-1700, & Sunday 0900-1500, at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Fitchburg, MA.


GO here for $1 off admission & directions.

See ya there!


(and thanks for the reminder TOT...)


UPDATE: Borepatch maintains his status on the "non-bastid" list, along with #2 son. TOTWTYTR joins this venerable group by visiting the State Line tables at the show.

Well done lads, well done.

Will there be more "N-Bs" tomorrow? Stay tuned...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mini Vacation

Took off for a few days last week to visit my son down in PA. The strategy, loosely applied, was to drink beer, smoke cigars, & take a shot (!) at pheasant hunting.

I’m not a bird hunter, & I had some consternation on the idea of a “canned hunt”. The procedure at the hunt club we visited was to plant the birds in fields, then let the hunters & dogs loose to go find & shoot them. It didn’t sound very sporting to me, as I pictured 20 birds let loose on a football field, then shooters blasting away.

Hoo boy, was I wrong.

They do indeed let the birds loose, one at a time, scattered all over a couple fields of about 5 acres total. The BIG catch was that these fields in NO way resembled football fields, or even hay fields. Nope, these beauties were covered in weeds, grasses, pucker brush, thistles, & all manner of pointy vegetation ranging from knee high to head high. Much of the stuff was practically impenetrable to someone dressed in jeans (me).

The dog, thankfully, got through the stuff pretty well. As we combed through the fields, Sage, a pretty & personable Chesapeake Bay retriever, did her thing by finding the birds, flushing them, then doing her retriever bit.

And we did our thing, & came home with 14 birds.

Sage- tired but happy

Many thanks to son Dan, & his/my friends Brian & Ed (Sage’s dad), for a great (& soon delicious) time.

I think I'll do that again...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Guardians of the Republic

Stewart Rhodes, founder of "Oath Keepers", gives Chris Matthews the what all...

Money quote:
"We swear an oath to the Constitution, not to a man, e
ven if he makes a thrill run up your leg when he talks."

Heh.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Gun Show Precis

Another gun show come & gone. Fairly successful, although the "0bama Bounce" has taken a powder.

What was interesting was the amount of folks motivated by the murder/assault in Mont Vernon (NH) a week or so ago. People who had little gun knowledge were asking a lot of questions about what to buy for a similar contingency. We tried to spend as much time as possible giving folks guidance for their particular situation, and while it didn’t always result in a sale of hardware, at least folks know that we’re swell guys who will listen to them, give advice where appropriate, and guide them toward the correct purchase type for their application. I believe we have made new customers, if not today.

One other thing, none of my blogunnies showed up…

*sigh*

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ta DAHH!

Done deal.


Still got to put the roofing on, but the framing/sheathing is complete; just plain ran out of daylight today.

I’m glad God invented tractors, or I never would have been able to get this thing together myself. Getting the roof sheathing up (front wall is 8’ from the deck) was a bit scary: plywood hanging off the end of the bucket, & me kneeling on the (then) wiggly rafters trying to pull it into place.

My knees are now expressing their unhappiness at the day’s events.

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BTW, those two bloggers, Jay G & Borepatch are pretty smart guys, don’t ya know. They offered to lend a hammer/hand after all the hammering was done.

(Just yankin’ the chain boys- thanks- I’ll take you up on it next time)

Hmmmm.

Now, mebbe an all weather, heated shootin’ stand would be good…

Gun Show, blah blah & etc.

Reader's Digest version:

Gun show.
Radisson Hotel, Manchester NH.
This Saturday & Sunday.

State Line Gun Shop (& I) will be there, & you should be too.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Getting Closer...


That front wall was a beeeyotch getting into place though.

Walls & roof tomorrow...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Too Rocky for Bloggy

My legion of reader(s) has doubtless perceived the paucity of input on this page.

I have an excuse! The dog ate my blog…err…no. Actually, I blame the Granite State.

See, I’ve initiated a project to build a small shed to house the Mrs.’ wood shavings for her horses, as well as storage for my son’s 4 wheeler. Hell, I’ve already built a barn & a few other outbuildings, how tough can a lil’ 8x16 shed be?

Plenty, depending on the site.

First, cut down the trees in the way; three were big enough to notch (i.e. needed to be felled, not just cut down), the rest were just cut & haul. Then, cut to length and/or dispose of the wood thus accumulated.

I’ve probably spent at least 20 hours just removing/moving granite out of the way. In the first pic below, the rocks behind & at the edge of the site were all in the way. The second pic is of a couple of big-ass ones that took the best part of a day to remove using the tractor, pry bars, chain, mattock, shovel, & miscellaneous pieces of lumber to get things going.




After all this, I still hadn’t actually BUILT anything.

When I started final leveling of the site…surprise! More “rock tops”, which as you have probably already guessed, were attached to more big honkin’ rocks.

Friday last, I got the base blocks ready to go, & got the frame spiked- the whole bottom of the deck is PT 4x4s.


Got the bottom framing done & the decking nailed on today.

Now that I’m free of the stupid planet, this thing should flow a whole lot more smoothly- I hope…

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Another One (Updated)

Gun show time, again.

This is the part where I invite all my good bloggy/shooty friends to come visit me at the Stateline Gun Shop tables.

Then, right there is the part where nobody comes to visit anyway.

Bastids.

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Annnnyway, now that the whining & gnashing of teeth is done, there will be a gun show this weekend in Marlborough, People’s Republic of MA. I’ll be carrying on behind the Stateline tables at the Best Western Trade Center on Boston Post Rd.

Being in enemy territory, I don’t know if we’ll be able to sell anything but dull toothpicks & pencil erasers, but come by anyway if you’re in the area. If you go here, you’ll get directions & a buck off the entry fee.

Or, you could tell them at the door that you know me, & they’ll throw you out immediately.



UPDATE: Lissa & Bore Patch go into the "not bastid" column...)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wicked Smaht Commentary

OK- I've linked to him before.

So my linking might get him another hit or so, but this guy is good.

Tells it like 'tis, he does...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Dirgey Dancing...

(sorry- couldn't resist)


Damn, same age as another old bastard I know...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I Don't Know What It Means...

... no, actually, I think I do.

Judge for yourself.

The dross left after the Ascension of the Anointed One:


And the same, in the closing moments of the 912 rally in DC yesterday:


Hmmm. Something's different.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tam's Got Calendars?

Lookee what I got:


Wow- blog calendars!


Actually, from my finance guy- but it did get me a chuckle...


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Gun Show, Leah from NH, 912 Project…

Yowza- some title eh?

I was working the Concord (NH) gun show today for State Line Gun Shop, where I met a young woman from the 912 Project in Manchester.
The woman was Leah from NH, a 912 organizer & homegrown staunch patriot.

This Leah.

Anyway, as most folks know, there will be a big rally & march in DC next Saturday, but it’s a tad too far for most working folks from these parts. So, what the Manchester 912 Project is doing is organizing a rally/march on September 12th, at 1100 at 379 Elm St. in Manchester. The plan is for a two-hour rally (the time of the DC affair), and ending at Murphy’s Tap Room, 494 Elm St., where attendees will watch the coverage of the big deal in DC. Hopefully, there won’t be anywhere near enough room at Murphy’s to seat the attendees.


Stop by, give your support, & let your politicians know where you stand on our ever increasing big government.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Go Click

on DBD today.

Chilling.

1984 anyone?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Borepatch…

So, I’m goofin’ around on the intertubes this evening, & being pretty bored, I decide to check my stats. I know my hit counter can usually be replicated by using my God given digits (occasionally I have to drop trou), but I was stunned to see a somethingalanche had driven my daily hits to unprecedented levels.

What inane drivel had I spouted that would warrant such an excess of attention?

Seems that in a post last month about Fat Ted’s driving/swimming abilities, I borrowed a pic from a Google search for “Chappaquidick” (Indian name for “drown white girl here”, or possibly, depending on the translating authority, “Be quick on the dick or you’ll chap your lips”), & that is generating a shit-ton of hits.

But how did that happen?

Calling Dr. Borepatch…

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

WTF??? C.S-Porter Edition

"The Constitution didn’t cover everything”

You are correct ma'am.

I don't know what else to say, so check it out here.

Good grief...

Monday, August 24, 2009

Ouch!


Tam has a post on the Toy Police; she’s trying to remember when she signed up for all this gubmint intrusion into our lives.

Well, this one is even better, err, worse.

DICK POLICE!

Now that’s intrusion.

I hope they don’t start doing spot checks…

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

After The Work Is Done

Ever had a cool, tall, ice filled Tanguay & Tonic on a warm summer's night after a crappy, hot, work day?

Yeah, me neither, but this cheap gin should work OK.

(Is Polar a good brand? I thought they made soda...)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Day Off…

due to bitchin’ heat & humidity.

My task today was to be installing fiberglass insulation in an 8 x 10’ room, most of which needs to be cut lengthwise to fit in the allowable spaces.

Nice, fuzzy fiberglass floating around…

Monday, August 10, 2009

It's Funny Because It's True...


Shamelessly stolen from Sipsey Street.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Cannon Labels...

I've been woefully remiss in labeling posts here. There really hasn't been much reason to, as most posts are just stuff I want to yak about at any given time.

However, I noted the other day it's difficult to follow particular subjects (duh- that's why Labels were invented), so I've labeled all cannon posts so folks can read about that and not all the other crap I stick up here.

Label: "cannonania"

ZOMG PayPal hatez wounded soldierz!!11!

Go over to Borepatch's place & see what he's doing.

Kudos dude...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Take That-

you statist flunkies.

Breda kicks some libtard butt- go read.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Cannon Conniptions...

The cannon I put together has gotten a lot of virtual ink recently, so if interested in reading about its making, take the wayback machine to here, & read forward.

If anyone has any questions about do-it-yourself cannon making, I can mebbe help, & I do have plans available...

Monday, August 3, 2009

Blogroll Updates

are done.
If I have missed anyone, drop me a comment & I'll fix it ASAP.

It looks like all the AARs are up, & there are so many excellent posts & links back & forth, it's difficult to give directions. So, I'd say just go to Jay's or Lissa's place & follow the bouncing linkies.

Everyone has had something to say, so get a cool drink & a comfortable chair, & relive (or virtually participate in) the entire remarkable affair. Don't forget the comments- there are some gems in there.


...and a good time was had by all, amen.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

It Happened Again!

Today the peaceful, tranquil, & serene peacefullinity of the DT ranch was shattered by an invading horde of heavily armed bloggers.

No casualties were reported.

Over 20 armed, but friendly, folks took part in an exercise in freedom & fun, combined with a stimulus plan for ammo manufacturers.

Rain continually threatened, but I think it was dissipated by the huge cloud of gunsmoke that permeated the area; ‘sides, God loves shooters.

I won’t go on about it here, but check the sidebar for more info; I’ll link particulars when they become available.

Thanks to Jay G for the organization of the event, to all the attendees for their “esprit de corps”, & damn fine cleanup after the event- the range was cleaner after the event than before it started.

Well played folks, well played.

Thanks. Y’all come back again, y’hear?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Breaking News...

At approximately 8 PM, (7 CDT), I will be having a beer.

Reports indicate that it will be a Pemi Pale Ale, from Woodstock Inn Brewery.

The drinking of the beer will take place in the
garden room of the east wing (that's the east side porch near the veggie garden).


...


...


What, no one cares?

Hmmm...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Knee Deep

in morons.

I've long thought our society is in failure mode due to the preponderance of idiots (read "voters") within.

After reading this, I think it's more like waist deep.

Then, for reinforcement of my speculation, I hear an on-the-scene citizen reporting on a fire somewhere:

"It was bad; I saw the fire emulating from the roof..."

Lordy, we in trouble...



Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Mauser Machine Pistol

is a wicked fun toy.

My bud Paul (of State Line Gun Shop fame) stopped by this afternoon to play guns. The beast he brought was this:



That’s a 1930s issue Mauser model 712, a variant of the C-96 Broomhandle, known as the “Schnellfeuer”. It’s a select fire pistol in .30 Mauser, with an attached stock/holster. The gun stores in the shoulder stock attachment, or can be fired sans stock- but I wouldn’t recommend it.

The cyclic rate is 900(!)rpm, & you really have to hang on to keep it anywhere near on target; a 20 round mag empties in 1.3 seconds.



This pic caught some of the full auto action, & I believe the two flashes in front of the muzzle are from two successive rounds- it’s that quick.

Coolest handgunnery thing I’ve ever shot…

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Splash!

Forty years ago today, Fat Ted gave Mary Jo a swimming lesson.


FAIL.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Just Because...

there's been too many pleasant pictures up here recently:



Know thy enemy.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Happy Easter!


Uhh…wait- something’s not right here.
Didn’t I just post the first leaf of fall?

Excuse me while I go take the plow off the truck.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Uh-Oh...

I saw this today:


Damn global warming.

If you're looking for me, I'll be
down putting the plow on the dump truck...



Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Perfek...

Al Friggin' Franken is now a US Senator.

Now the evil party has a supermajority.

BOHICA!


Sunday, June 28, 2009

AGAIN...

V-man hits the flat part of the fastener with the suitably weighted tool.

Go read.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Huh?

The United States House of Representatives holds a moment of silence for a drug abusing pedophile musician, then turns around & subjects the citizens of this Republic to a massive tax increase.

Does anyone have any idea what the fuck in going on in their heads?????



Thursday, June 25, 2009

BIG Day in History...

today.

No, it's not about Custer's unfortunate dust-up with Indians.

Borepatch turns 1 years old today.

IMHO, one great new blog- go visit & wish him continued success.

(There Ted, now you get one more hit...)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

"We the people are coming."

This, via, well, a whole bunch of places, but found via Robb & Kevin. Reprinted here in its entirety, without editorial comment, to help spread the message.
Excellent job Ms.
Contreras...

I'm a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any political party or representative in Washington represents my views or works to pursue the issues important to me. There must be someone. Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me that you are there and that you're willing to fight for our Constitution as it was written. Please stand up now. You might ask yourself what my views and issues are that I would horribly feel so disenfranchised by both major political parties. What kind of nut job am I? Will you please tell me?

Well, these are briefly my views and issues for which I seek representation:

One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I'm not a racist. This isn't to be confused with legal immigration.

Two, the TARP bill, I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it. We told you no, but you did it anyway. I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal.

Three: Czars, I want the circumvention of our checks and balances stopped immediately. Fire the czars. No more czars. Government officials answer to the process, not to the president. Stop trampling on our Constitution and honor it.

Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There is more to say.

Five, universal healthcare. I will not be rushed into another expensive decision. Don't you dare try to pass this in the middle of the night and then go on break. Slow down!

Six, growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. Shrink it down. Mind your own business. You have enough to take care of with your real obligations. Why don't you start there.

Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory escrow fees contributed to them every time on every real estate deal that closes. Stop the funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending impartial audits and investigations. I do not trust them with taking the census over with our taxpayer money. I don't trust them with our taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before taxpayers get any more involved with them. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, hello. Stop protecting your political buddies. You work for us, the people. Investigate.

Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have because they gave me jobs. That is the only redistribution of wealth that I will support. I never got a job from a poor person. Why do you want me to hate my employers? Why ‑‑ what do you have against shareholders making a profit?

Nine, charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves.

Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Sink or swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we'll be better off just getting into it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful. Have you ever ripped off a Band‑Aid? We will pull together. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us the chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us.

Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how about it? Let's have it. Let's say we give the buzzwords a rest and have some straight honest talk. Please try ‑‑ please stop manipulating and trying to appease me with clever wording. I am not the idiot you obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.

Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now.

Take a breath. Listen to the people. Let's just slow down and get some input from some nonpoliticians on the subject. Stop making everything an emergency. Stop speed reading our bills into law. I am not an activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant or a violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent. I work. I'm busy. I'm busy. I am busy, and I am tired. I thought we elected competent people to take care of the business of government so that we could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals, cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be responsible contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same all while living in the home of the free and land of the brave.

I entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the checks and balances to keep from getting far off course. What happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think I find humor in the hiring of a speed reader to unintelligently ramble all through a bill that you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not. It is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face. I am not laughing at your arrogance. Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision about my own life and how I would live it but you should expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our children. We did not want the TARP bill. We said no. We would repeal it if we could. I am sure that we still cannot. There is such urgency and recklessness in all of the recent spending.

From my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back. You have forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot afford to spend on you to bring our concerns to Washington. Our president often knows all the right buzzword is unsustainable. Well, no kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group cost to come up with that word? We don't want your overpriced words. Stop treating us like we're morons.

We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented. You think we're so busy with our lives that we will never come for you? We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work , pay taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone and we are now looking up at you. You have awakened us, the patriotic spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great. They may surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be hundreds more that could not come. Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of office. We have cancelled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We didn't ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us when hewill rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution.

Democrat, Republican, independent, libertarian. Understand this. We don't care. Political parties are meaningless to us. Patriotic Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution and that is all that matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have brought shame to us. If you are not representing the wants and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to them. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you. If you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole damn congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are coming. We the people are coming.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Double Agent??


While perusing all the unpleasantness in Iran, I was reminded of the stunning resemblance of a certain 60's beatnik & the "head of state" in that fubar country.



Has anyone ever seen them in the same room together????

I thought not...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Poetry in Real Time

Breda has an enchanting post describing her “moment”.

Nice. I’ll do mine.

Sittin’ in front of the garage smelling something weird. The radio’s playing tunes from the 60’s & my cigar went out. Gas is leaking from a motorcycle. Glad cigar is out. Fix the leak & ponder the wonders of not smelling gasoline. Otherwise, it smells pretty good out here in the woods. Chipmunk chatters on the stone wall- head shot- he’s done. Fox will clean up tonight. It’s gettin’ dark out here, & my beer’s gone.

Ok, so I’m not the poet Ms. B is; I’m better at math…

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Two Men & a Putz...

Go see.

Hilarious.

Friday, June 5, 2009

AARP

Well, I AM getting a little long in the tooth, so I guess it’s time I resignedly join...
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heh.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Shooty Good Time Open House (UPDATED!)

State Line Gun Shop will be having an open house on Saturday, 6 June. We’ll be setting up the BIG tent (& a few small ones), shootin’ the cannon, having fun, & livin’ large.

Paul has a number of folks coming in to assist in the festivities. Hornady will be holding a reloading clinic, and representatives from CZ, Savage, Smith & Wesson, (& others?) will be present to answer questions & display their products.

A short range has been set up to facilitate shooterizing of small caliber fun stuff (think surpressed weapons & full auto).

There will be free food & drink, & on top of it all, Paul is closing out his archery line, so expect great deals like 40% off on equipment.

Weather looks like it will cooperate, so plan to join in for some plain old gunny goodness. The event will run most all day, from 0900 to 1800.

See you there!

UPDATE: I've just been notified that there will be cool giveaway promotional materials (hats, range bags, etc.), as well as a raffle for a new Savage .22 rifle- now you GOTTA be there...

Kudos!

to the Gadsden & Culpeper American Heritage Shop.

Following Bruce’s recommendation, I purchased a “Don’t Tread on Me” T-shirt for the wife’s birthday. The initial receipt was not exactly what she wanted, so I emailed the outfit & sent it back.

Then promptly forgot about it.

A few weeks later, when the brain neurons finally fired, I emailed my request to Patrick at G&C.

Three days later, I had the new T-shirt in hand (no charge for the upgrade or shipping), & a happy homey.

Who says a business can’t be run correctly?

My thanks to Patrick & the folks at Gadsden & Culpeper.

Now go buy their stuff…

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Deficit: a Gunny Perspective

CCI makes about 1,000,000 rounds of 22lr ammo daily.
If you figure about 250 workdays a year, it would take four years to make a billion- and

4,000 years to make a trillion.

So when the government says “we’re seven trillion dollars in debt”...

h/t to American Handgunner

Monday, May 11, 2009

Pining for the Fiords

Well, no, actually it has gone to meet its maker.


This is an ex-pileated woodpecker, found in the woods today. It didn’t look damaged, & is a bit smaller than they usually get, so I don’t know what has done it in. Reference book indicates this was probably a female, so presumably a tad smaller than the male.

I hear them all the time around here; Woody Woodpecker was a pileated, & his crazy cackle of cartoon fame is much like the noises they make in the wild. That, & the incessant hammering on trees with that impressive beak.

First stationary one I’ve ever seen though…

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day...

Ma.

It's been almost five years, and I'm supposing these interwebz connections reach further than most of us conceive.

I picked your favorite flower today, the mighty dandelion.

I didn’t know what to do with them, so I put them on the edge of the garden.

Hope you like them as much as you always did.

Love,
DT

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tea Party Reflections



My friend Paul, his family, & I attended the Tea Party in Manchester NH yesterday afternoon. Lotsa signs & such, but what has hit me most is this: I’d like to have the folks that were present there as my neighbors.

Listening to talk radio over the last 24 hours, the re-occuring theme of callers seems to be the honesty, politeness, & HONOR of the attendees. No pushing, no rudeness; if accidental contact was made, there was the inevitable “excuse me” or “may I go through”? This is not normal to our contemporary society.

There I found people who not only held the United States Constitution in the highest regard, but also conducted their lives in a manner that I thought long extinct- living by the Golden Rule.

I don’t know what will come of this phenomenon that was the Tea Parties, but I detect a spark of Liberty that can be fanned into a new understanding of the principles of our Constitution & a reclamation of our government as one for the People, by the People.

I’ll try to do MY best…

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tea Party News Blitz...

Wow.
Did you see all the coverage the Tea Parties are getting on Google news?
...
...

::crickets::

Not a WORD.

This is up to us people- see you there!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Feelin’ Horny…

While I futzed around the house today, Mrs. DT took a walk to check on possible “ice damage” on one of the horse trails she rides & maintains. She did find a few limbs that will need the attention of my chainsaw, but she also found these:

Sheds, deer horns (I know they’re antlers, but around here they’re just called horns, or more accurately, “hawns”). Now while finding sheds is not a big deal on its own, finding both horns in the same location is something of a find. But the really remarkable thing about this is here:


If you’ll look closely, you’ll detect that the sheds that the Mrs. found used to belong to the critter in the picture taken 15 January. I recognized them because of the broken tine on his right side that may have been the result of a battle earlier in the rut, & the nub of the fourth tine. That broken tine is worn nearly smooth now.

Izzat cool or what?

Friday, April 10, 2009

A.N.M.A-O.A.


Phew.
I hate it when batteries get all 'splody like that.

Annnyway- how 'bout this?

The

AMERICAN NETWORK MONITORING ANTI-OBAMA ACTIVITIES!!!

It's a real, actual website. Really. Go see.
Can you believe this crap?

Please excuse me while I go report myself...

Solar Powered Blogging


Does this look all GREEN? I’m posting this “off grid”, powered by a sunshiny April morning with a little help from a grungy battery.

I’ve been fooling around with solar panels for a year or so in an effort to decrease my dependency on the grid in an emergency situation. No, it’s not to reduce my “charcoal paw print” or some such foolishness; it’s just that it’s good to have some juice when you need it.

My reader will hopefully remember my post of the AAR following the December ice storm. One of the things that worked out so well was having LED lighting to use instead of oil lamps, candles, etc.

Since then, I’ve bought more LED lighting fixtures, so I can light up this place like Vegas. Accordingly, I had to increase the generation end of the setup, so I bought three more panels as well. So now I’ve got 60 watts of panels that will charge my batteries wicked fast.

After I had all that power (which, BTW, is next to zilch in the eyes of a real solar power geek), I needed something to do with it when not in emergency mode. Sooo, I cobbled up the necessary adapters & gizmos to charge all my rechargeable devices (phone, hand held radios, GPS, et al), and purchased a neat 12v powered box that will charge all sizes of regular rechargeable batteries (AAA, C, 9v, etc.).

Still, I was generating more power than I was using. Lessee, what have I got around here that I use regularly, but doesn’t use more power than I can supply via the small battery group & the cells? Yep- this here computer rig.

Picked up a small 400w inverter to power this beast & here we are. The panels don’t supply enough power to fire it all up directly, but the drain on the battery is minimal, & it recovers within a few hours if I limit my time “off grid” to about a half hour. Still, in an urgent situation, I wouldn’t be surfing or blogging (emergency blogging?- heh), but using the web to gather information on the weather, news, or the like. So the time limitation won’t be much of a factor I’m guessing.

I’ve probably spent less than $400 & not a little time on this equipment & set up, but it’s nice to have the fallback option should it become necessary. One never knows when the grid will drop its connection (especially here in the woods), or for how long. The cool thing about this self-contained option is that if my equipment is here I cannot lose powe



Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

In The News...

Pirates take ship flying the American flag.

The White House is poised to analyze & monitor the situation.

American crew retakes ship.

It is reported that one pirate is in custody, & the others have fled (read “floating in the ocean”).

Thank you for the decisive action Mr. President (although I expect a stern warning forthcoming…).

Friday, March 27, 2009

Gunny Goodness

Another gun show this weekend, this one in Fitchburg, MA at the Courtyard-Marriott Hotel (directions here & $1 off coupon here).

As usual, I’ll be feverishly working the State Line Gun Shop tables.

I’d invite y’all, but you never show up. So there…

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Well Done...

V-man. He has done it again.
Go read here...

Friday, March 20, 2009

Had to Steal It...

from Ace...

"I bowld!"

Heh.

Yay...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Try Dammitall…

in the fresh new box!

Damn.

I’ve been working my arse off* for the past three weeks trying to get a referendum passed here in the small town of Deeteeville.

The voting was today, & at 2130 this evening I got a call from one of my co-conspirators… FAIL!

By TWO votes. 2!!!!

If I had only made one more call…

Damn, damn, doubledamn.


*Figuratively, so no pics.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

How…


Can an ordinary mortal write like this?

(Mebbe I’m being presumptive on the “mortal” part.)

That is funny stuff, right there…

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's OUR Turn Now...

and we're gonna get what we WANT or we're calling the President next!

Hope... fuggetaboutit.


Monday, March 2, 2009

This says it all...

Re the Limbaugh/Steele kerfuffle:

When will the Stupid Party realize that the way to win is to stay conservative & leave the “moderates” by the wayside? Remember the energy injected into the Maverick's campaign when he brought Sarah on board?

If Rush ran for office he’d crush the Evil Party. How come? He says it straight, & even if you don’t like what he’s saying, you gotta admire a man speaking his heart & mind.

Oh yeah, the subject line?

This, lifted from Breda’s post:

“"o-BA-ma! o-BA-ma! It's OUR turn now, muthafuckas." Charming.”

OUR (their) TURN, indeed…




Saturday, February 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Daniel

My son is 36 years old today.
(Crap, that makes me REALLY ancient...)

Here's to the best for ya lad for the coming years!

::clinks Guinness & drinks::

Friday, February 27, 2009

Others have Said It...

but go read this from Velociman.

Absotively funkin' excellent.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Political? Who, ME?

You are a

Social Conservative
(33% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(78% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Republican





Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Found at Breda's place.

Just wish they had a "Conservative" category...

Monday, February 23, 2009

And So IT Begins...

HB 45:
    (b) Amendment to Title 18, United States Code- Section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
      `(36) The term `qualifying firearm'--
        `(A) means--
          `(i) any handgun; or
`(ii) any semiautomatic firearm that can accept any detachable ammunition feeding device;

Read about it here.

Crap...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Happy Birthday

Mr. President.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Read This

right NOW.

Welcome to the Brave New World...

No, don't ignore the link- GO!

Monday, February 16, 2009

He's Got an Excuse,


he's 7 years old.

But when you're an actual grownup & you want a kitchen, a car, & a house, well, that's just a little different...


Friday, February 13, 2009

Gubmint Prints New Bill


for the USSA!

Should just be enough for your next grocery shopping excursion.

(stolen from Sipsey street irregulars)

Welcome to the USSA!

"United Socialist States of America"*

According to reports,
it's a done deal.

Thank yous to Collins, Specter, & Snowe, for bringing us this salvation.

May you rot in Hell.


*it may not be all that "United" anymore...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Curse of Warming...

(not the global kind, you blockhead).

The melting is nice ‘n all, but problems arise when the rough ice & snow dissolves on the ice pack underneath, resulting in a nice smooth surface. Makes for some schlippery walkin’ I’m here to tell ya.

I was recently removing the battery from the plow truck, and as I was walking to the garage I did the cartoon “fast feet” routine. I was right at the entrance of the garage, & quickly thought “don’t let the battery smack on the cement floor- it’ll crack the case”. So I did the intelligent thing, & kept my hand under it to cushion the blow. Everyone remembers how heavy large 12v batteries are I’m guessing.

After I unbent my wedding ring with pump pliers, I managed to wash the loose skin & dirt from the resultant road rash. Nothing broken, but you coulda fooled me at the time.

Annnyway, I know better to leave the slippery surfaces untreated. Folks that burn wood already know that the ashes are an excellent traction aid. This is a mechanical, thermal, & chemical fix. Mechanical because the ashes are tiny, sharp little critters that grab the ice even better than sand. Thermal just due to the dark color attracting the suns heat, thus helping to melt the base. The chemical property is attributed to the potassium salts in the wood ash.

Knowing this, the garagineer wheels began to spin.

I rummaged around until I found an old drop spreader I salvaged from the dump (excuse me, “recycling center”). I drilled out the spreading holes to 3/8” & filled up the hopper with ashes.




Now I get a nice 20” wide walking path, thus sparing the old bones & attached hide from further damage.


WARNING: To maintain domestic tranquility, make sure your shoes are clean before entering the abode; the downside of the ash spreading is nasty stuff being tracked into living areas if one isn’t careful.
Don’t ask me how I know…

Friday, February 6, 2009

Time to Party Like It’s 1799…


I don’t usually go all serious on this blog thing, but I need to say something about this “stimulus” bill.

It’s crap, and it’s dangerous.

This is supposedly patterned after FDR’s “New Deal”, and will probably be just as effective. You see, FDR’s plan did nothing to relieve the country from the torments of the Depression, moreover prolonged the whole ordeal longer than necessary. Sure, it put some small change into the hands of the peasants, but that is NOT growth; it is no more beneficial to long term prosperity than dropping a buck into a panhandler’s cup.

What brought us out of the Depression was the revitalization of industry in preparation for World War II, and the attendant jobs that it created. After the war, those businesses, and the then-trained employees went on to create one of the greatest manufacturing powerhouses this planet has ever seen. That manufacturing CREATED goods, the only sure way to economic growth.

Back in 2002, I wrote an essay that was published in our state newspaper as a guest editorial. In the article, I groused about the omnipresence of Chinese made goods, and encouraged folks to buy American whenever possible.

In 7 short years, we have gone from having an option in purchasing, to having virtually all our consumer goods made in China.

Unfortunately, I think it’s now too late to revive this nation’s industrial base; too much has left, both in industrial infrastructure and the talent required to make it work. God help us if we need to restructure to a war (a big one) machine, especially if the potential foe is China.

This rant is not to rehash that issue, but to point out that throwing money around this time will be just like that dollar in the beggar’s cup- it’s gone. IT IS NOT ECONOMIC GROWTH.

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So what WILL we get?

Most likely money to line the pockets of a chosen few, with a few bones left to pay people to dig holes and then fill them up again (aka “rebuilding infrastructure”).

Increased taxes to pay for it all that will probably be generations in the repayment.

Loose money and increased taxes will launch inflation that will surpass anything seen in this country.

What we surely will NOT get is any real way out of this quagmire.

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So, get ready to party like it’s 1799, because this plan will generate an economy where the life in those times will be status quo for ours.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

A Proud New Hampshireman...

and more so today.

See Bruce's info here.

AND...

The Next American Revolution?


Don't ya just get that tingle up your leg???




Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Surf ‘n Turf?

Nope.

Wings ’n Horns?

Nah.

Mebbe Feathers & Hooves?

Anyway- we get critters around the bird feeder on a daily basis. They usually work shifts: squirrel brigade early, followed by blue jays & various other small birds, then deer, and later, the turkeys. Doves come in late in the day.

This is the first time I’ve seen the deer & the turks at the same time.


(click to bigificate)

Do they know the snow is on the way & are bulking up while they can, interspecies fraternization notwithstanding?

Cool...

(& delicious)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Another Bad Joke...

Lissa gets off a good (bad) one here.

Here’s another version of the world’s worst math joke…

Three Cherokee squaws have slightly different sleeping arrangements, in that one sleeps on a deer hide, one on a buffalo hide, & one on a hippopotamus hide. The three are about to give birth, coincidentally on the same day.

The blessed events take place throughout the day, and the squaw on the deer hide has one boy, & she is very proud.
The squaw on the buffalo hide also has one boy, & she too is very proud.
The squaw on the hippopotamus hide has two boys, & she & her husband are very happy.

Which just goes to show that the sons of the squaw of the hippopotamus are equal to the sons of the squaws on the other two hides.


::ducks & runs::


Monday, January 19, 2009

The President is a N...

BONG

What's that?

Gabby said the President is near!
Strike up the band!

NO, graversnabit, the President is a n...

BONG


Well, like it or not, Mr. Obama is our new president- let's hope he performs well in his new role.

Good luck Sheriff Bart
, you & we are gonna need it.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I Could be Dead Over Here...

OK, so the beast says it’s low on virtual memory. No problemo, just see the help section for the fix. Easy, eh?

I get this:

You can optimize virtual memory use by dividing the space between multiple drives and removing it from slower or heavily accessed drives. To best optimize your virtual memory space, divide it among as many physical hard drives as possible. When selecting drives, keep the following guidelines in mind:
Try to avoid having a pagefile on the same drive as the system files.
Avoid putting a pagefile on a fault-tolerant drive, such as a mirrored volume or a RAID-5 volume. Pagefiles don't need fault-tolerance, and some fault-tolerant systems suffer from slow data writes because they write data to multiple locations.
Don't place multiple pagefiles on different partitions on the same physical disk drive.

Right. Hope it don’t die, or sumptin.

Halp! Halp! Ted, can you hear me????

I don’t wanna die like this, what with my partitions not fault-tolerant an’ all…

Friday, January 9, 2009

Damn, I'm Proud...

Following Bruce's lead, I had to take this test.




I'm an embarrassment to Barack!


I only scored 12 on the Obama Test


Sorry 'bout that Mr. O...

heh.

WTF!??? (version .40)

BANG! BANG! BANG! pop.

"pop" is incorrect for the operation.

Cartridge looks a little strange in the pic below, no?

I'm just glad this was on the range, rather than a more "social" application.

I think I need to write a letter to Mr. Manufacturer...

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Evil Gun Show

Big ol' evil gun show in Manchester NH this weekend at the Radisson Hotel on Elm St.

State Line Gun Shop has a half dozen tables, & yours truly will be scurrying around behind them. Stop by & say hi if you make the trip.

This will be the last local show before the crowning of the Anointed One, so it might be interesting...


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

WANT!!!!

New nail gun from DeWALT...



Damn- and Christmas just gone by...