Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Gift...

6 Now it happened that, while they were there, the time came for her to have her child,

7 and she gave birth to a son, her first-born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 In the countryside close by there were shepherds out in the fields keeping guard over their sheep during the watches of the night.

9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood over them and the glory of the Lord shone round them, and they feared exceedingly.

10 And the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people.

11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord".


Luke,2



Merry Christmas to all.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Get a Grip!

Last Christmas, my son gifted me with a Sig P238. I love the piece, but never liked the plastic grip panels with which it was issued. I thought the coolest thing for a mini-1911 would be wood double-diamond grips like the big guy. The closest thing I could find were Sig factory grips, but they were emblazoned with the Sig logo- no go.

Back in October, Og had a post about Altamont
Corp., a manufacturer (USA!) of handles for things. I checked out their price list, & found that their products were more reasonably priced than the competition. I dithered.

I happened to show the link to the Mrs., & she sprang into action. Since yesterday was the anniversary of my annual orbit, Mrs. DT saw fit to purchase new grips for my P238:



Very nicely made, as thin as the originals, & more grippy to boot.
Good goin' Homey, & thanks for the tip Og.

I'm gonna be flashin' my gat all over just to show off...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Time Has Come Today

Mrs. DT & I went out to see a band last Friday night. We’re not big clubbers (anymore), but this band was of special interest- the leader of said band was also the lead guitarist in a legendary band from the sixties, “The Downtrodden Masses” (hey, stop laughing, it was the sixties!)

What made this band so legendary was the fact that I was the rhythm guitarist; that’s right rock fans, your humble host was a participant in the band that led the way in music development of the era.

What, you never heard of us? Well, maybe the memories are a bit distorted. Or maybe I lie like a rug. Whatever.

Here’s a pic of ¾ of the “DM” (bass player is AWOL):


That photo was taken at one of our college party gigs in 1968, at the rockin' age of 17 (I'm on the left, BTW)

Tomorrow I'll complete another turn around the Sun, & those days seem a tad distant now.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Heeeeere's Chucky!

Here's a picture I never thought I'd see:

'Course, look what he picked to shoot...

TEC-9... schnazzy!


ht: Hot Air

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Gutters

need to be cleaned before the temperature gets below freezing.

Otherwise, you get to be a moron whilst breaking ice-encrusted gook & leaves from your eaves.

Poetic, no?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Forty Seven Years Ago

today, I was getting on the bus after school.

Our bus driver, Oscar, always had a little transistor radio stuck on his side window, probably so he wouldn't have to hear the rowdy bunch of animals he was transporting.

As we got on the bus, he was telling us that the president had been shot, & was most likely killed.
You coulda heard a pin drop- even among the boisterous bunch of middle-schoolers.

This was unheard of in modern society; violence like that only happened in the 1800's, didn't it?

I grew up a little more that day.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Further Proof...

...of the "two-country" syndrome.

A Mr.
Gordon Ellis, Epsom NH school board chairman & Vietnam vet, gives a speech to a school Veteran's Day assembly. In this speech, Mr. Ellis defines socialism, communism, totalitarianism, progressivism and liberalism as enemies of our Constitution.

He is correct in his premise, & correct for so stating his assertion.

But take a look at the wheelbarrow full of crap that has resulted from a patriot speaking his mind; it's shocking, shocking I tell you that the po' chillen should have to hear the truth in an educational setting.

THAT should be left up to the edumacators...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ch ch ch changes...


"The Dinosaurs smell a change in the air, and roar their defiance." *


Get out there & ROAR BACK!

*my favorite "local" quote, shamelessly stolen from Borepatch


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Score!

Always on the prowl for new fun toys, my son & I attended a local firearm/blade/militaria auction last Saturday morning. This was the first for this particular auction house; we were (selfishly) hoping that the “newness” of the organization would mean lower than usual prices.

It did.

All kinds of good stuff there: pre ‘64 94s, Lugers, 1911s, a broomhandle Mauser, old Remington and S&W pistols, and many shooters as well as the collectibles.

There were a few handguns of interest to us, but nothing that we needed to take home. The lad captured a slick 10-22, SS, Mannlicher stock, w/4x32 scope, in LNIB condition. I won’t embarrass him by giving the cost, let’s just say the price was less than half of what these go for on GunBroker.

And the ammo. The auction house had apparently bought out the inventory from a retiring store owner; prices on most everything was about 40-50 cents on the dollar.
We stocked up. I just wish I had brought a wheelbarrow full of cash- there was no way I could buy everything I wanted, so I picked the most desired lots & called it good.

-------------

My personal score was an Ek fighting knife. I have a modest assembly of cutlery, but could never bring myself to get that spendy to fill the hole in my collection.
Hole filled, (sorta) cheap:


6.75” blade, 12.75 OAL, made in Richmond, Va.

Then I saw another knife for which I have no use. When the price stalled just silly low, I bought it.



Kinda cool- one of the ’80s vintage Benchmade knives, an (old) model 150 Bushmaster.


We made it most of the way through the auction, but by that time the two wallets full of Benjamins were empty.

Good day though…

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Paper T(r)ail

I think the political mania is beginning to make me ill.

Here's a cat.






Monday, October 25, 2010

They Hate Our Guts

The inspired Mr. P.J. O'Rourke gives us this- go read.

"This is not an election on November 2. This is a restraining order."

Heh.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Oh, No!

I found something on the interwebs that's WRONG!

There goes my confidence in the hive mind- the Borg is RIGHT OUT!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Two Americas: 1st example



If only the "progressive" types could learn to leave us alone...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I Seen the Elephant...

Well, not quite.

Working on the dump truck this afternoon, I see C.C. (our cat) haulin' ass across the yard & by where I was working- a good 138 mph if I calculated correctly.

OK, the cat's a little loony sometimes, but he was haulin'. I got up to go get some duct tape & tinfoil from the house (necessary tools when working on old trucks), & as I look up into the side yard, I see


Da Bear.*

Folks that have been here at the ranch will recognize that the distance between the garage & the house, & the side yard by the barn (where he/she was) to the house are about the same. I stopped short in the driveway, & Da Bear halted.

We stared at each other- neither moved, except for me saying "Oh Shit" (I'm pretty sure I capitalized it).

That little .22 I always carry all of a sudden felt wicked puny.

I eyeballed the house quickly & realized the sun room porch door was open. I gave a whistle & a holler & hauled my own butt onto the porch & into the house. "Find the camera" thinks I, in typical blogger thought. "No dumbass, get the shotgun first"- oh yeah. Slipped in two slugs in front of the three 3/0 buck already in there, then grabbed the camera, & began to look for the beast.

Alas, I guess the whistle & holler did the trick, 'cause he had disappeared hisself into the woods.

Did get the adrenaline pumping though...



* Full disclosure- that's a borrowed web pic, close as I could find to his approximate size, in similar surroundings.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

NOT a Good Thing

to receive a letter from the State Revenue Reclamation Office.

Who knew there was an "Interest & Dividends" tax in NH?


Err, not me, for one...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Where's My Job Dude?

Noodlin' around the net this evening, & I found this essay. Written by Porter Stansberry, (founder of Stansberry & Associates Investment Research) a young guy with a head for business.

The lad's got his shiite together, I'm thinking...


This Is Why There Are No Jobs in America

By Porter Stansberry

I'd like to make you a business offer.

Seriously. This is a real offer. In fact, you really can't turn me down, as you'll come to understand in a moment...

Here's the deal. You're going to start a business or expand the one you've got now. It doesn't really matter what you do or what you're going to do. I'll partner with you no matter what business you're in – as long as it's legal.

But I can't give you any capital – you have to come up with that on your own. I won't give you any labor – that's definitely up to you. What I will do, however, is demand you follow all sorts of rules about what products and services you can offer, how much (and how often) you pay your employees, and where and when you're allowed to operate your business. That's my role in the affair: to tell you what to do.

Now in return for my rules, I'm going to take roughly half of whatever you make in the business each year. Half seems fair, doesn't it? I think so. Of course, that's half of your profits.

You're also going to have to pay me about 12% of whatever you decide to pay your employees because you've got to cover my expenses for promulgating all of the rules about who you can employ, when, where, and how. Come on, you're my partner. It's only "fair."

Now... after you've put your hard-earned savings at risk to start this business, and after you've worked hard at it for a few decades (paying me my 50% or a bit more along the way each year), you might decide you'd like to cash out – to finally live the good life.

Whether or not this is "fair" – some people never can afford to retire – is a different argument. As your partner, I'm happy for you to sell whenever you'd like... because our agreement says, if you sell, you have to pay me an additional 20% of whatever the capitalized value of the business is at that time.

I know... I know... you put up all the original capital. You took all the risks. You put in all of the labor. That's all true. But I've done my part, too. I've collected 50% of the profits each year. And I've always come up with more rules for you to follow each year. Therefore, I deserve another, final 20% slice of the business.

Oh... and one more thing...

Even after you've sold the business and paid all of my fees... I'd recommend buying lots of life insurance. You see, even after you've been retired for years, when you die, you'll have to pay me 50% of whatever your estate is worth.

After all, I've got lots of partners and not all of them are as successful as you and your family. We don't think it's "fair" for your kids to have such a big advantage. But if you buy enough life insurance, you can finance this expense for your children.

All in all, if you're a very successful entrepreneur... if you're one of the rare, lucky, and hard-working people who can create a new company, employ lots of people, and satisfy the public... you'll end up paying me more than 75% of your income over your life. Thanks so much.

I'm sure you'll think my offer is reasonable and happily partner with me... but it doesn't really matter how you feel about it because if you ever try to stiff me – or cheat me on any of my fees or rules – I'll break down your door in the middle of the night, threaten you and your family with heavy, automatic weapons, and throw you in jail.

That's how civil society is supposed to work, right? This is America, isn't it?

That's the offer America gives its entrepreneurs. And the idiots in Washington wonder why there are no new jobs...

Friday, September 17, 2010

Atonement...

It has a good ring to it, no matter what your personal faith may be.

Yom Kippur
יום הכיפורים , the Jewish day of atonement, began at sundown tod.ay

Make peace with yourselves, there's a long fight ahead

Thursday, September 16, 2010

That'sa Tough Kitty...

Kitteh captures food:



Food apparently likes being captured:


Heh.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ayuh, Progressive I'm Not

Your ideological score is:
71/400.
This makes you extremely conservative.
The average score for Americans is 209.5


But, I already knew that.


Try it here.

H/T to Jay G., who's a flaming proglib...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fun Show

this weekend in Concord NH.

It's at the Everett Ice Arena, 15 Loudon Rd., 0900-1700 on Saturday, 0900-1400 Sunday.

I'll be behind the State Line Gun Shop tables, & we'll be running a 15% off special on S&W hardware.

So, come on down (or up, as the case may be)...

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Appleseed Shoot

Hint:

It's a tough, grueling, shoot- not difficult, but demanding as hell. The instructors want you to do what they have taught you, & do it exactly as presented. The folks who worked the shoot were trying their best to give our motley (but enthusiastic) crew the best possible instruction in the fine art of riflery. For some, their efforts were rewarded- others, not so much.

We did have the ninja: suited up in a swat-style vest/jacket, replete with hydration system, mag pouches, 1st aid kit, knee pads, tank maintenance outfit, elbow pads, rocket launcher, pistol pouch, & all-purpose radio comms for TEOTWAWKI.
Well, maybe no rocket launcher, but you get the idea.
As a bonus, he brought a slew of rifles, none of which was sighted in for a range greater than 20 inches. Each time he couldn't shoot one to save his life, he bought out another in the same condition.
That worked out well.

The rest of the fourteen folks, by & large, were just trying to get an education of sorts, & it was provided.

I've been shooting a looong time, & I was stunned by how much I didn't know. I gotta recommend this program for folks who'd like to take their rifle shooting to the next level. We're talking epiphany stuff here.

Mrs. DT did very well, considering her limitations presented by the iron sights on her rifle. She also toughed out some of the positions that were obviously painful for her to achieve- even the shoot boss noted her gritty performance at the wrap up ceremonies. Her best score of the day was 208, one crummy shot away from her rifleman qualification- good show Homey!

I can now join the ranks of guys like this:


My best scores of the second day were 212, 213, 221, & 226; those familiar with the program will recognize that those numbers entitled me to this:



The Appleseed patch is the equivalent of shooting expert on the Army Qualification Test.

I cleaned the final Redcoat target at the end of the day.



Only one patch was awarded this training session.
Am I a little full of myself after this little exercise? YOU BETCHA!


AND, a little humbled as well?


Ayuh.

God Bless America.


To read more about Appleseed, links here & here.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Saturday's Shoot Update w/Video

Kind commenter & NEBS bud Wally was kind enough to forward this video of last Saturday's shootapalooza.

Vid is a bit long, but the cannon's opening shot & subsequent mayhem is right up front. Check out the Tannerite explosions in the "office" set up...


Sunday, August 22, 2010

What Frog is This Who Lies at Rest...

Check out this little critter:


Here he's (she's?) sitting on the edge of my rain barrel, & that ginormous green thing next to him is a 5/8" diameter garden hose- he's maybe all of 1/2" long hisself.
I'm thinking it might be a spring peeper, but I don't know what he'd be doing around here in late August.
Any guesses?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Great Balls (to) Fire...

The cannon isn't exactly news, but the little pile of 2" cannon balls is.

As a result of the cannon fire at State Line Gun Shop's open house last June, I've been invited to a cannon/machine gun shoot tomorrow at a nearby gun club. There will be a stretch limo (!) there to shoot at, Tannerite targets, and an office setup, complete with desk, computer, shelving, potted plants, & such.

I was hesitant to attend, because as my regular reader knows, I find a bunch of folks playing with guns, machine guns, & cannon to be highly unsafe practices. BUT, I decided to untwist my panties & give it a go.

With a target-rich environment like that, I figured I needed projectiles for the big boomer. After much fluging around, I (actually the Mrs.) came up with a properly sized mold to use to make plaster balls. I wanted something that would mark it's spot on impact, as well as being degradable/non-ricocheting/only somewhat lethal.

Twenty minutes in the mold, & out pops a neat little ball the proper size to take a patch to snug to the bore.

Oh, & did I mention there will be a pig roast there as well? Heh.

This is going to be cool...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

You Say Tomato,

I say, LOOK at the SIZE of that thing...


This is one of the first "Brandywine" tomatoes from the auxiliary garden. The second garden is for overflow started plants that don't fit in the main garden, & in this case, to start an heirloom variety. The big garden has Roma for sauce, & Celebrity for general use. The Celebs are a great tomato, but they don't have the regrowth feature you get with heirlooms (heirloom varieties are able to re-create the same plant by saving the seeds from the fruit). BUT, they also have to be planted some distance from others so cross-pollination doesn't take place, ruining the heirloom characteristics.

This beauty is good sized, but there are bigger ones coming; you can bet the DT's will have mucho grande seeds for next year.

Thank you for attending this evening's horticultural lesson.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sure Could Use the Gipper Right Now...



to neutralize the libtards…

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The 3rd Annual NE Bloggershoot Video

Here it is- the long awaited Bloggershoot video.

Grab a beverage & enjoy!

Many thanks to Cheryl- this is a very professional production...



(right click to watch on You Tube- larger view)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The 3rd Annual NE Bloggershoot (UPDATED)

went swimmingly well.

I’m not going to report here, as others (BP for example) will do a much better job, & I’m a lazy bastard, but I will supply links as they are available.

I just want to say here that the camaraderie & “esprit de corps” exhibited by this group is unsurpassed in blogland history.

Annnnd, I’d like to thank all my bighearted guests for supplying us with an enormous amount of .380 ammo, ( & cookies & other, unnamed stuff) as gifts to the hosts. That was an amazing show of generosity, & it is much appreciated.

Folks have obviously responded to my whining about the lack of .380, so for the record, I now want to start whining about the dearth of 20 year old geisha girls around here. It is damn near impossible to get my hands on any locally, so if anyone is looking for “host gifts” next year…

Our thanks to you all.


UPDATE: Jay G has the scoop, & links to others- enjoy!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I love bluegrass

with lyrics like this:

“…he jus’ said he was slippin’ off the ice- it could’ve been a lie,
He did his slidin’ in the middle of July“…

Saturday, July 24, 2010

86°F, 85% Humidity-

I know what, let’s build a fire!

Burned the refuse of the old backstop today, & while I was loading the fire, I noticed some weird fuzzy stuff embedded in the wood. What the hell is that, & how did it get into the wood like that?



Oh, yeah… that’s how. I guess I cremated the last of the Pikachu guts. Dem bloggers are a crazy bunch…

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hawn Worms

My kid makes fun of me when I tell him I got hawn worms on my tomatoes (“it’s not hawn, it’s hoRRn”).

Yeah, I know, but that’s the way I say it, & I got some this summah.

Feast your eyes:


Is that not one of the ugliest creations under the sun? That beast is just under 4” long, & was doing a number on my plants. They’re tough to see in the foliage, & usually go undetected until the damage becomes evident. We picked 7 of the buggers off, & now will have to go into "high inspection" mode to keep them gone. Crap, haven't had any in about three years either...

Bahsteds.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I'm In!

The Firearm Blog has a cool merchandising idea for the benefit of The Lucky Gunner in which they are giving away 1k rounds of the elusive .380 for posting info to one's blog.

However, this only works for ME, so don't anybody else enter...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Like a Virgin

Finished!


The backstop is completely rebuilt, just in time for the NE Blogshoot.

With the help of my bud Bruce & my trusty tractor, we got this up in about 4 hours; old telephone poles (!) form the frame.


Now, if I can refrain from punching it full of holes for two weeks...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Anthem (redux)



H/T to Sipsey Street

Check out the reference to 2 Chronicles...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hawt...

Don't see that much around here...

Soopersecrit, New Hampshire
Updated: 2 sec ago
Mostly  Cloudy
103.3 °F <----------!!!
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 37%
Dew Point: 70 °F
Wind: 4.6 mph from the North

Wind Gust: 4.6 mph
Pressure: 28.92 in (Falling)
Heat Index:
114 °F








Sunday, July 4, 2010

and The Rockets' Red Glare...

OK, so not rockets.

Cannon are more appropriate to the occasion anyway.


(Try to catch it @ :04)


Happy Independence Day to all.

Independence Day


I
N CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Saturday, July 3, 2010

How Does THIS Happen?

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.


The kid is FOUR years old.
Yessir, the Man works in mysterious ways...

Monday, June 28, 2010

Separated at Birth?

You decide...








Monday, June 21, 2010

Uh Oh...

Actual Time 5:08 AM EDT 8:28 PM EDT
Civil Twilight 4:33 AM EDT 9:04 PM EDT
Nautical Twilight 3:48 AM EDT 9:49 PM EDT
Astronomical Twilight 2:51 AM EDT 10:45 PM EDT
Moon 3:58 PM EDT (6/21) 1:21 AM EDT (6/21)
Length Of Visible Light: 16h 30m
Length of Day
15h 19m
Tomorrow will be 0m 3s shorter.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Dad Day

My son & his charming fiancée visited me today.

And I had a thought… after all the parenting of the past 30+ years, it’s an almost unbelievable joy to realize that that little snot-nosed kid can turn into your very best friend.

Thanks kid.


Love,
Dad

Friday, June 18, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

State Line Open House AAR

Well, better late than never.

Here we go:

Both parking lots were full, & so was most of RT31

Food tent & line

Folks hangin' out & chowin' down

Lil'est machine gunner of ever (rule #3 lad!)

K9 demo- that pup has JAWS

A happy door prize winner (izzatt a grin or what?)

Reloading clinic

Oh yeah- guns & reps

and more guns

and Eric's (the resident smith) "nail gun" (built @ SLGS)

The store was busy (& full)

The closing gun

By all appearances, everyone had a great time. We handed out eight door prizes per hour, went through about 550 hamburgers & hot dogs, many pounds of potato salad, & cases of soft drinks & water.

The winners of the S&W 1911, the Kahr CW9, Savage rifle, & Glock shooting kit grand prizes were somewhat pleased, to put it mildly.

The only item that cost anything to the visitor was the .22 Hammerli rifle raffle for the benefit of our town's K9 trooper; that raised $700 for our toothy cop about town. Our sincere thanks to all who participated.

Sadly, no NE blogshoot buddies or budettes were present this year-
you missed a good one folks...


Sunday, June 6, 2010

6 June, 1944

Thank you.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

BIG Gun Fun

Ink in the date: next Saturday, 5 June.

State Line Gun Shop will be having its 2nd annual open house, & this time will be bigger & better than last year.

They’ll be having manufacturer’s reps on hand, along with free food & drink, police dog demonstrations, hourly door prizes, the RCBS reloading clinic, & .22 machine gun shooting- details here.

They’ll be a couple GRAND prizes, one of which is a MA compliant S&W 1911.

A second biggie will be a Kahr CW9; other goodies all day.

Be sure to stop by, win stuff, eat, drink, & be merry.


And oh yeah, the cannon will be shootin’ throughout the day…

Monday, May 31, 2010

Decoration Day


Saratoga
Barbary Coast
Chesapeake
Mexico City
Antietam
San Juan Hill
Manila
Tianjin
Argonne
Bataan
Normandy
Kaesong

Dong Ap Bia

Mosul

Mogadishu
Asadabad
...

May God rest their souls.
With thanks from a grateful nation.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Here I Come to Save the Daaay-

It’s Borepaaatch, All the Way…

Last Wednesday, this here computer went all wonky on me. Popups, weird links, other crap. What to do? (besides panic)?

I called my bud Borepatch (don’t try this at home- he’s a friend of mine & a really good shot). He gave me some suggestions, which I followed.

So-

I used my resident AVG scanner, & it reported “8 bells, & all is well”.

Then I used the Microsoft evil software finder thingy, & it let me know that there were “no infections found”.

Go to the Borepatch site, on my friend’s suggestion. There, under the “security” tag, was a recommendation for Malware Bytes.

Downloaded it, ran it, & it found 28 “infections”, which contained them, & deleted after I followed the instructions. 40 minutes for the entire removal/scan process- can’t beat that with a stick.

I’m a happy camper.

Thanks MalwareBytes.

Thanks, BP.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What Were They Thinking?

Here's a good plan...

Klan Kidz

What could possibly go wrong?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Full Auto Now Legal in NH!!!

Sort of.

But hey, it's a start...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cannon in Action!

Finally, I can upload this thing.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Happy Monday

(click BIG)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

“Time Flies Like an Arrow…

…fruit flies like a banana.” -G. Marx


Friday evening I attended a wake/service for a friend from my teenage years, a local musician who was in our garage band back in the day. I looked around at the attendees- it was amazing how old those folks got.

Anyway, during the service, as people were giving testimonials about their relationship with the deceased, a woman got up, identified herself, & had her say. After the service was complete, I went over to her & said hello- she recognized me.
After some hugs, we talked for about half an hour about our lives, families, & the trials of life.

As I got up to leave, I realized that we had been holding hands for all that time.

Just like we did in 1967.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Just Say NO

to this beast.

Cobray model LHC, 12 round magazine, in, wait for it...

.45-70!

Empties are ejected via loooong ejector rod a la single action revolver, the handle of which is visible near the front "sight".

Strange thing, it is...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

For Earth Day,

I cut trees.

With a gas engined chainsaw.

And twitched them out with a diesel tractor.


Piss off hippies, I got work to do...


ADDENDUM: Lissa writes in comments, "
Oh, please tell us you'll burn them later and produce carbon emissions while warming your home! Pleeeease!"

Yes, Lissa, yes I will. In two wood stoves- I promise.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Lest I Forget...

Concord fun show this weekend at the Everett Ice Arena, 15 Loudon Rd.,I-93 exit 14, Concord, NH.

We'll be there; stop by & visit!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Japanese Model 99 Light Machine Gun…

another work in progress.


This particular unit is a dewat “bring-back” from WWII. Our boys at State Line Gun Shop have brought this back to life, now chambered for .308 Winchester/7.62x51 (you’re not going to find much 7.7mm at Wally World). It’s in the final tweaking stage, but it IS running!


I love the old guns, & here is another case of “if it could only tell its story”:



That right there folks is what looks like a .30 caliber bullet hole in the bipod leg, which had also hit the gas tube & wrecked the piston. (The hole is visible about 1/3 of the way up in the right leg in the top pic if viewed full size.)
The lads just fired up the lathe, got a piece of steel, & cut away everything that didn’t look like a gas piston for a model 99- easy peasy. A little judicious handwork on the tube & it’s good to go. It appears the bullet entered from slightly behind or off to the side of the man who once carried it, & I expect that the .30 hole in evidence today was not the only bullet fired when this weapon was captured from its Japanese owner.

I’d love to hear the tale.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

This Should Work…


Alternately, does anyone know where I can get a nuclear powered 11,000 HP sump pump?

Staying up all night manually switching the second pump gets old fast.


Shop-vac’d ~140 gallons out of the garage too…

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Great Ones Speak in Parables

today.

Og

Dr. Zero

Excellent job, bote of ewes...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Walkin' Tall

here from PDB, via Breda.

Kinda gets the juices running again, don't it?

You betcha...

The Intolerable Acts

were fueled by the Stamp Act of 1765.

That legislation(?) was passed on March 22, 245 years ago.




Interesting choice of dates for our latest congressional rubbish......

Friday, March 19, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sickening, Even for Politicians

This is over the top.

Water flow to parts of California have been withheld because some snail darter or one-eyed newt or something of that ilk might be harmed by allowing the flow.

Thousands (millions?) of people have been economically harmed, as well as limiting the potential to grow food.

Now, it's OK, because the assholes in DC need the votes.

"The U.S. Department of Interior announced yesterday that it is increasing water allocations for the Central Valley of California, a region that depends on these water allocations to support local agriculture and jobs.
"


Contemptuous radical pigs now run this country.

My apologies to actual swine.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

LCP Holster

Mrs. DT couldn't find what she wanted for an around-the-farm quick connect holster (and she's too cheap to buy one), so she made one.



Not bad, eh?

I told her she should start marketing...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Another Two Feet of Snow

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Ba-dum, tish!