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Blogging to you from the Northeastern Badlands of The County of Lake, in the state currently known as Fatmanistan, DEEP DEEP DEEP DEEP DEEP inside the heartland of the Banana Republic formerly known as the USA, WELCOME TO THE NEXT CHAPTER! WARNING! ALL FORMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ARE ADDICTIVE; EXCESSIVE USE MAY LEAD TO MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS, REDUCED JOB PRODUCTIVITY, INSOMNIA, SOCIAL ALIENATION, GENITAL ULCERS, BLINDNESS, POLITICAL EROTICISM, AND / OR DEVIANT FUNAMBULISM. NOTICE: NO GUNS OR AMMUNITION ARE FOR SALE VIA THIS BLOG. (No, I will not trade my Colt Python for some lubricious adventures with your trophy wife and a future first-round draft pick.) CAVEAT: This blog is not suitable for viewing while at work, while inside a public library, while inside any public or private school, or while inside any public or private restroom. Do not view this blog while driving a motor vehicle or while piloting an aircraft. Viewing this blog may be illegal inside the EU, NYC, Chicago, Seattle, and other parts of the Third World. THIS BLOG CONTAINS (albeit often very childish) ADULT-CONTENT. DISCLAIMER: This blog is a hobby, it is not a livelihood. Even though much of what I blog about relates to firearms collecting and recreational shooting, I am not an expert (by any measure) on any facet of guns, shooting, hunting, or personal defense. Entries at this blog are akin to good old-fashioned campfire chats or post hunt bourbon-fueled barroom-bluster; I offer no opinion on what you should or should not purchase, or what you should be using or doing. What does or does not work for me could be rugged-country-miles away from your tastes and your needs. All products, places, and miscellany that I review for this blog are purchased / rented / leased at retail price by me. I do not accept payment, gifts, discounts, freebies, products on loan, distilled spirits, recreational pharmaceuticals, plea-bargains, probation, parole, Papal Blessings, Presidential Pardons, or sexual favors for doing any review or blog post. TRACKING COOKIES: Google et al stick tracking cookies on everybody. If you are online, you are being spied on via one method or another, for one reason or another; 'nuff said. You may be able to minimize your online DNA residue by using Tor and Duck Duck Go. Vive la liberté! Vive all y'all! Ante omnia armari. To each of you, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 14, 2023

13-years of mowing and it's still churning along


After 13-years of hard use the zero-turn mower was in need of routine maintenance and some minor repairs that were beyond my talents.  Arrangements were made with a reputable local shop to handle all of it. They promptly picked it up and in less than a couple of weeks they finished it up and brought it back just in time for me to mow everything in between the periods of light spring rain.  

The freshly sharpened blades really make a hell of difference in how the lawn looks.  I still need to use the string trimmer for the final touchup around the yard but that will wait until after things dry up a bit.

We've potted dozens of flowers already and I've also been busy cleaning out 25-years of accumulated clutter from the basement and the garage; the sentimental crap was taking up far too much space around here.

I love springtime!

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Ayoob: Defending the AR-15


Pending GUN BANS are once again selling more guns and ammo in Illinois than any vendor advertisements ever could.  I received an email yesterday informing me that a major local retailer was closing their doors early because they had more customers waiting in line than the store could manage.

Thank you Governor J.B. Pritzker!

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Remembering Earth Day #1 way back in the year 1970


It was during the waning weeks before my high school graduation.

College students and hippies did a great job promoting it. Seriously.

The pollution was so bad in the Cuyahoga River that it caught fire in 1969. 
Things were pretty bad in most populated areas back in those days.

Much good came from that first Earth Day.
Of course, the good is always shadowed by the bad.

Every good idea spawns hordes of opportunists and alarmists.
When you say something is going to happen and it doesn't, folks do notice.
They keep score.

DOOM hyperbole isn't science and it isn't working.

Climate scare-tactics create more skeptical cynics than believers.

No matter how you flavor it, bullshit always smells like bullshit.  
Just sayin'


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