Wednesday, November 7, 2012

These are the times

that try men's souls.  
The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us- that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
What we obtain to cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. 

- T. Paine 1776

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

First, Build a Moat

There have been a number of Romney/Ryan signs 're-appropriated' around here; here's  someone's novel approach to guard against the possibility of losing their sign:

I hope the beavers are republicans...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

"I'm Going Home Now"

That was clinging-to-the-edge-of-your-seat stuff, right there.

And I though I used to be an edge-dweller...

Congratulations Felix!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Surprising Behavior?

Here's the article:

Vandals damage campaign signs in Candia

And here's the money quote:

"The only apparent pattern is that the signs seem to be exclusively for Republican candidates. I can’t even think of any reports of any Democratic signs,” (Police Chief Mike) McGillen said."

Here's my shocked face:

Saturday, October 6, 2012

It's More Difficult,

I know, to post comments with the 'captcha' on, but the spam is clogging up my inbox.
Personally, I hate it when commenting on other blogs; the 'word' is sometimes so cryptic it takes me four or five tries to get it right.  Love those 'improvements'.

So, it's back on.
Sorry 'bout that.

PS- Are there any alternatives?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

2016: Obama's America

For those who have yet to see this, here's the link.

Make popcorn.

UPDATE:  Never mind- source has been removed.

UPDATE II: Link works again!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Rioting Christians?

So, that "piss Christ" abomination is about to go on display again in NYC.

Shall we go blow the place up?

Behead the "artist"?

At least, set fire to everything in the general location?

Nah, didn't think so.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

What's Wrong with This Picture?

This picture is from an ad for an automotive mechanic training school:


AC & Og would know, but I wonder if my five four readers will figger it out.

Every time I see it it bugs me... must be a crappy school.

(Update tomorrow if nobody gets it.) 

UPDATE: We have a winnah!  (see comments)  

Sunday, August 12, 2012

NEBS V is a Done Deal

Many thanks to all who attended; evidently a good time was had by all (your humble host & hostess included).

Midway into the shoot, we were paid a surprise visit by Lissa , Mike, & Mini-Gunner, who drove all the way up from Florida just to say hi happened to be in the neighborhood; Lissa (then a noob), was one of the attendees at the first NEBS here at the ranch.  Good to see them again! 

I'm trying to remember all the folks that I need to add to my "met" blogroll, so if you're not there, & you were here, lemmeno!

AND, the very nice host/hostess gifts, while truly unnecessary, are much appreciated.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have whiskey to drink & cigars to smoke...

Friday, July 6, 2012

Someone's Gonna Get Decked-

In this case, it was the family camp.

14 x 14', took two of us about 20 hours from the ground up.
All 2x6 PT construction.

Looks good, if I do say so my own self.

ADDENDUM: Stair railing, of course.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sine on the Rode

I'll bet they're very tasdy.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Just Desserts

After Mass, split wood all afternoon, then tended the gardens.
The reward?

Grillled Chorizo, 'taters, onions, & garden peppers all cooked in the summer kitchen.

AND, this:
 Fresh-picked strawberries sqarshed into sauce, home-made shortcakes,  & fresh (real) whipped cream.

I'm gonna go lie on the floor for a while.

She's a keeper...

Friday, June 22, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

"Ammunition SO Powerful..."


They're at it again:

Run Away!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

We're All Badgers on This Bus

Congrats to Wisconsin!

"Walker survives"... heh- looks like 16 points right now.  That's some good survivin' going on right there.

Y'know, maybe we CAN vote ourselves out of this...

Monday, June 4, 2012

Soggy Wet Fun

Nope, just gun pron, sorry.

SL Gun Shop had the annual Open House on Saturday, and while turnout was good, there was a large helping of water from above.  Yep, 2.75" by the time it was over; even the sandbags were floating away.

Four years running, one of my friends has been trying to get a shot of the cannon firing , and he finally did it:

(Thanks Jon!)

Note the wettitude; this was under a tarp.

Good times...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Second, Third, Thoughts

A young guy I know knew swallowed a 9mm yesterday, by his own accord.
I could almost see it coming, but I did nothing, not knowing what to do.

Wish I had done something.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Getting Honest About It


This explains things a bit.

H/T Drudge

Monday, April 23, 2012

Garagineer, explained

Nope, not a harpoon tip for the Pillsbury Doughboy.

Seems all five of my readers have been confounded by the contraption I cobbled up the other day- here’s the whatzzit.

I do my own felling of firewood here on the ranch, & occasionally it is necessary to connect a “twitch” line to a tree to maneuver the tree around obstacles that will prevent a good fall. In the past, this was accomplished by cutting a 20’ or so sapling, limbing it, & using said pole to push the cable noose up to a point on the tree where winching and/or pulling on it will do some good (IOW, up high to get leverage).
Of course, a pole that long is going to weigh a few pounds, in that the maker of trees has figgered out that a long taper growth pattern gives stability. So the push-pole is a pain to make, heavy, & only lasts a year or so until the tip gets rotted & breaks off, rendering the whole thing unusable.

Now, each year this whole process becomes a tad more difficult as my timeline gets longer, so I pondered on a replacement.

*ponder, ponder*

“Eureka!” , says I. The roof snow rake we use has four, 5’ long interlocking sections, & is all nice & light. Into my junk heap, err, materials depot I dive to find a suitable piece of tubing to fit the end of the aluminum rake handle. Whilst there, I found an old fireplace poker which already had the kind of terminal geometry I had in mind.

Cut off a short section of the poker, heated it with the torch, slapped it on the anvil, & hammered the end of it flat. Drilled a detent hole in the tubing for the handle interlock, drilled the flat part of the poker & the tube for rivets, & assembled.

Now, the whole unit weighs about 6 pounds, instead of the 30 or so of the sapling counterpart. The hook part is a bonus, as it allows me to grab an already choked noose up high for repositioning.

I love my junk pile, err, materials depot.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Garagineer Strikes Again

I should've thought to invent this years ago... 

Beats cutting down a heavy 20' sapling every year.

Ain't it a beauty?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

"So by our baptism into his death we were buried with Him, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father's glorious power, we too should begin living a new life." Romans 6:4

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Nail, meet Hammer

ASM826 wins QOTD with this:

"They’re totem poles to a belief system.

GO read.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Gonna Sit it Out in November?

You need to watch this:

"Not to decide, is to decide". If you don't participate, you are voting for the status quo.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cal-i-fornya- here- I- come...

..right back to where... I never wanted to go in the first place.

BUT, the boy & his lovely bride have decided that is where they will be married.

Plane tickets, check (thanks Jersey Girl!).
Hotel reservations, check. (as above).

Now- anyone know of the carry laws out there? I'm not taking boomsticks here; I believe that is right out.
How about cutlery? Anyone have any FIRST HAND knowledge they could share? Can I carry my 4" AFCK there? Or does it have to be a teeny tiny Gerber folder?

I did an intraweb search, but I've become a tad leery of accepting crap I find there.

I mean, I saw it on the web, it MUST be true, right?

Help me Obi-Wantertubes...

Friday, March 23, 2012

MSLSD Explains..

I really wish they wouldn't help.

Picture of potential customer with booger hook on bang switch, taken with perspective to make it look like the gun is pointed at the head of the salesman. Holding a ".45 magnum".

Good quotes like
“Stand Your Ground” laws, ...a possible factor in the Florida shooting death of an unarmed black teenager..."

RTWT & fisk it yourself; I can't give these idiots any more energy.

UPDATE: the ".45 magnum" caption line is down the memory hole...

Friday, March 16, 2012


Arthur Clark postulated, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".

You know how it goes- show up at an Indian encampment in 1712 with a Zippo & you'd pretty much be a god (or at least a guy to be really good friends with).

I've been fortunate enough to witness a crap-load of technological advances in my lifetime (can you say "internet"?), but some advances, being enhancements of known technology, just floor me.

See the magic:

This is a Streamlight Microstream, & it's pretty cool. But this particular model is not the subject here, it's the WOW factor that flashlights have achieved.

When I was a young-un, a flashlight was a two "D" incandescent contraption that might, on a good day, get about 20 minutes of usable light before devolving into a yellow glow emitter that was not much good except for finding the flashlight if you had left it on. And that only lasted another 20 minutes & you were then, officially, SOL.

Now, look at that picture- that light is 3.5" long, 9/16" in diameter, & weighs just over 1 ounce, with the AAA battery. It puts out 28 lumens (I'm told), but I can light up the barn over 100' away. And, it will do so for over 2 hours on one silly little AAA.


I recently bought a Fenix "tactical" light that puts out 180 lumens on 2 AA batteries. Word is it will do that for 2 hours as well (longer on lower settings).

Stunning useable technology...all within my lifetime.

Now I gotta go research upgrades for the LED headlamps, themselves magic in their own right.

My name is DT, & I'm a flashaholic...

Friday, March 9, 2012

Oldie, but Timely


Go placidly amid the noise and waste and remember what comfort

there may be in owning a piece thereof.
Avoid quiet and passive persons
unless you are in need of sleep.
Rotate your tires.
Speak glowingly of
those greater than yourself and heed well their advice, even though they be turkeys; know what to kiss and when.
Consider that two wrongs never make a
right but that three do.
Wherever possible, put people on hold. Be
comforted that in the face of all aridity and disillusionment and despite the changing fortunes of time, there is always a big future in computer
maintenance ...
Be assured that a walk through the ocean of most souls

would scarcely get your feet wet.
Fall not in love therefore; it will stick
to your face ...
Reflect that whatever misfortune may be your lot, it could
only be worse in Milwaukee.
You are a fluke of the universe; you have no
right to be here, and whether you can hear it or not, the universe is laughing behind your back.
Therefore make peace with your God whatever you
conceive him to be--
Hairy Thunderer or Cosmic Muffin.
With all its hopes,
dreams, promises, and urban renewal, the world continues to deteriorate.
Give up.

-Tony Hendra

Friday, February 10, 2012

From My Cold, Dead, Hands...

OK, yeah, now...

(Stolen from FB)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Balls 'O Steel

A friend of mine sends this note:

I've been meaning to write and say hello, and Happy New Year; it's been busy last two months. I had an interesting story since the last time I was up to see you. On Sunday, after shooting, I left (the airport). I spent the weekend at xxx's house. Late afternoon coming home in my plane, my wife and I were just south of Bradley at 5,000 feet. Nice flight, smooth. All of a sudden there was a strange noise, oil pressure dropping and temperature getting hot. I advised Bradley I was diverting to Meriden , CT. Things got worse. Oil coming out of engine came over the windshield. Smoke now entering the cabin. I was coming down somewhat blinded. Meriden was about ten miles to my south. Within a minute the engine seized. Now out of power, descending blind, it looked like a tough situation. I held course and best rate of descent for maximum glide. I was determined not to be a statistic. Bradley had a supervisor talking to me on the way down. I thought how often they do this in serious or fatal outcomes. I had a casual conversation with him on the way down. I even asked him if there was a decent hamburger joint near Meriden . As I descended below 2000 feet, I was below his radar coverage. He wished me luck and I was on my own. It was real different descending in silence. As I approached Meriden, I had little visibility out front. I made the field and rolled the plane over to align with the runway. Put the landing gear down and set it down safely. Plane was towed to a hanger and the FAA came to inspect. The cause was determined to be a Magneto separated off the engine. Oil quickly depleted and engine stopped. This is an extremely rare event. Well, I'm having a new engine ordered and should be back in the air by March. Just in time for some shooting! My wife may take a little more time to get up again. You never can tell what life has in store. Look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes

He's a better man than me, Gunga Din.
They'd have to surgically remove the seat cushion from my nether regions...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tomorrow's Festivities: A Hint-

I'm not sure how it will all come out, but I know I'll "get it" in the end.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

There are Zombies-

and there are ZOMBIES.

Who woulda thought the revelation would come from Bob Hope?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lights Out

Not that anyone will notice, but it's the spirit of the thing, y'see.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Ammo Review: Bulk

Steve from contacted me a while back, & asked if I’d be interested in testing one of his products. Free ammo, I’m in!

He inquired as to the type I’d like, & I suggested 9mm, as I have the most guns in that caliber. Thinking I’d get a box of FMJ, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a box of Fiocchi JHP in my requested weight of 124gr. The HP is reminiscent of the Hornady XTP bullet design:
First, the chronograph.
This ammo is advertised to reach 1180 fps, but I couldn’t get that speed out of three pistols.

Glock 17- 4.5" bbl
1135 hi, 1108 low, 1119 ave, std dev 10

Ruger P85- 4.5" bbl
1112 hi, 1067 low, 1085 ave, std dev 18

TZ75- 4.7" bbl
1118 hi, 1084 low, 1096 ave, std dev 13

The ammo felt strong, & the low SD is a good indicator of consistency.

The targets.
Shooting was done offhand at 10 (+/-) yards.

The Glock clearly liked this ammo; POA was dead center, & I'm pretty sure that flyer was my fault.

The Ruger wasn't quite as happy as the Glock, but acceptable given that I hadn't shot that pistol in over a year.

I didn't record the TZ on paper, as the accuracy of the pistol was lousy; I suspect the sights are way off the mark.

Just for grins, I was going to try the ammo in my old Luger pistol, but, of course, the side plate trigger linkage got all wonky & refused to cooperate- Murphy reigns.

I liked this ammo; it's JHP design is of a proven style for self defense, while the price point allows you to practice with the same ammo you would use in daily carry. I had no stoppages/malfunctions throughout the test in any of the guns.

Give this ammo a shot (!) in your piece.