Audacter calumniare, semper aliquid haeret (Slander boldly, something always sticks) - Francis Bacon, De Augmentis Scientiarum (AD 1623)
We the Politicians of the United States, in Order to avoid a more perfect Union, manipulate Justice, destroy domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common offense, promote general Warfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our Progeny, do blaspheme and eviscerate this Constitution of the United States of America. ("Zack," circa 1966 -1970)
WELCOME TO THE NEXT CHAPTER! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! SOCIAL MEDIA IS ADDICTIVE AND EXCESSIVE USE MAY LEAD TO MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS, REDUCED PRODUCTIVITY, LACK OF SLEEP, SOCIAL ALIENATION, BIRTH DEFECTS, BLINDNESS, AND SEXUAL IMPOTENCY. NOTICE: NO GUNS OR AMMUNTION ARE FOR SALE VIA THIS BLOG. No, I will not trade my Colt Python for some exotic adventures with your hot wife and a future first-round draft pick. CAVEAT: This blog is not suitable for viewing while at work, inside a public library, inside any public or private school, or inside any public or private restroom. Do not view this blog while driving or during sex. 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 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 long country-miles away from your tastes and your needs. All products, places, and miscellany that I review for this blog are purchased at retail price by me. I do not accept payment, gifts, discounts, freebies, products on loan, demon alcohol, drugs, 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! I appreciate it!
Husband and wife Texas bloggers Art and Helen Burnett recently gave a participatory live-fire gun seminar for writers. Handguns, rifles, and shotguns featured were those of the type used by heroes and villains during the 1920s and 1930s. Art has a collection of guns that would give Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley apoplexy.
Stressing safety first, Art and Helen’s events give people a chance to shoot different types of firearms and are immense fun and very educational. Helen’s sacrificial Ford Festiva is evidence that cars offer only marginal protection against bullets.
“HISTORY is premiering a 10 episode competition reality series, “Top Shot” on Sunday June 6th. In each episode, contenders will face team and elimination challenges inspired by real events in history, from Wild West shootouts to modern-day sniper missions. Every challenge will reveal the weapons, technologies, and tactics of a different era, while hi-speed HD cameras capture the skillful execution of each test with breathtaking precision in extreme slow motion. 16 finalists were selected from among thousands of applicants, and only one will be declared “Top Shot” and emerge with a $100,000 prize package.”
In the Eastern Tennessee section of Heaven, my parents are smiling down on me as they tenderly whisper, “we told you never to plant annuals before Mother’s Day.”
Mom and Dad, never does a day go by without me thinking of you. I love flowers because they bring you back. You both deserved better lives than you lived, especially considering the dues that you paid. I should have cherished you before you became nothing more than cherished memories.
As for the flowers, the temperature outside might drop to 30F tonight. Yeah, I know, “weather ain’t climate” and high IQ people guarantee that we are all doomed to cook in our anthropogenic heat wave, but I sincerely doubt that will be happening before morning. The temperature is supposed to drop when the cloud cover breaks around midnight; the weather service predicts temperatures may stay below freezing until after 8 A.M. I covered all of the annuals but they may not make it through several hours of hard freeze; I have thwarted four frosts so far this spring but my luck may be running thin.