Blogging to you from the northeastern badlands of Lake County, Illinois USA, WELCOME TO THE NEXT CHAPTER! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! ALL FORMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ARE ADDICTIVE; EXCESSIVE USE MAY LEAD TO MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS, REDUCED PRODUCTIVITY, LACK OF SLEEP, SOCIAL ALIENATION, BIRTH DEFECTS, BLINDNESS, SEXUAL IMPOTENCY, 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 erotic adventures with your hot looking 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, Chicago, 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, 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!
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I’m sure there are exceptions, but IMHO “You may be an
honest gun owner if”
1) You admit to knowing certain folks who legally own guns
but deep down inside your soul you believe that they should not; quite frankly,
they scare the hell out of you.
2) You admit to deliberately avoid socializing with,
shooting with, and hunting with those same folks.
3) You admit that plinking with a .22 rifle is your favorite
4) You admit that, yes, there is a mouse gun bulging your
pants pocket and, no, you are not happy to see me when I ask where your
full-framed 1911 “every-day-carry gun” is.
5) You finally admit that your (fill in the brand name) 1911-pattern
pistol DOES NOT have a string of firing over (fill in the blank x 1000) rounds
of hollow-point ammo without a jam.
6) You admit that the J-Frame .38 that you said you bought
for the “girlie hands” of your wife or girlfriend was purchased for your own
use and your wife or girlfriend has taken a fancy to packing your 1911 “man’s
I’m not familiar with the protocol on this, other than to
say how gratified that I am for the recognition. Others
have already tagged most of the blogs that I follow and I am both too lazy and
too busy to hunt down blogs not yet recognized.
Any bloggers wishing a shout-out, please drop me a line and
I will be more than happy to tag you.
“Listen up and hear me well! This is a critical time for our
nation, and too many people are sitting back to let others do the hard work. So
it’s time for all of us to put some gas in it and persuade all eligible gun
owners to register. That’s why I volunteered my time to film the ad shown here.
Now it’s your turn and I want to see results! Start now by
sending this message to everyone you know who supports the Second Amendment.
I expect 110% right now from everyone who values our
freedoms! NO EXCUSES. And remember -- pain is just weakness leaving the body!”
Wow, that’s a big one.I had hoped to have a long respite from wrestling with large
updates.Yesterday was spent dueling
with a long-time problem that had plagued my wife’s Toshiba and its Windows 7
OS; update was broken so downloading and installation attempts failed
repeatedly, generating code 80072EE2 and 800B100 errors.Solutions offered by Microsoft et al did not
work, or only worked a little.It was a
day of munging and kludging before her system was again safe and sound.Her system is only one-year-old and we had
hoped that new hardware with Windows 7 would be a fresh start after we gave up
trying to salvage her previous Toshiba / Vista system.I am more than a bit disappointed.
We shall see if my MacBook can swallow this big fish without
all sorts of floundering.
I don’t believe that I get sick very often, but I don’t have
any way to measure or reference my past health other than by my memory, which
does contend that February is the month when I am most likely to become
miserably sick.I rarely go to the doctor when I get sick; I just tough it
out until the cold, flu, allergy, or combination thereof passes.Today ends week-number-one of what started
off as a non-fever head cold, which turned into a full-fever head cold, which
evolved into a head cold enhanced by a chest cold.If I recall correctly, this can hang on for
another week or more.The fever broke
after a couple of days so there is some chance that I am on the mend. I canceled my annual eyeball inspection that was scheduled
for tomorrow.Contingent on my feeling
less contagious next week, the exam was rescheduled for next Wednesday.
My name is Ruth. I am the content manager on Gun Values
Board. I thought you would be interested in an online Q&A I just posted
with David Hardy, author "Of Arms & the Law" about the 2nd
amendment, the controversy behind it, and its status now and in the future. You
are welcome to check it out at
Based on the above (summertime) photo, would you have the
cojones to attempt to steal the right front tire from the green van during the
dark of night? What the picture does not
show is how painfully close my driveway is to my west-side neighbor’s living
room window, the fact that the cul-de-sac is extraordinarily well lit by a
municipal streetlight, and that the outside lights are on dusk-until-dawn at my
house and at the houses on either side of me.
My interior lights are always on during the night and the neighbors and
I keep irregular hours; day or night, it seems someone in our locale is always
coming or going.
One night during the week before last I stayed up reading
until 3:00 AM. Before hitting the sack,
I double-checked all doors as usual, which does involve me opening the front
door for one last peek outside. At 10:30
AM I went outside and found the hubcap and all of the lug nut covers had been
removed from the right front tire of the van and were lying in the
driveway. Further, the cover to the
outside keypad for the garage-door-opener had been flipped open. The lug nuts were all still tight, so either
the thief was ill prepared for the task or something caused him to lose his
nerve. If I had to guess on only one
possibility, it was that my buddy Igor, the west-side neighbor’s Neapolitan
Mastiff, started raising a ruckus.
Regardless of how close our houses are on the cul-de-sac,
and how much light we have as a deterrent, the car being parked next to the van
did provide some cover for the attempt.
I now stagger the vehicles in the driveway to do away with the
sheltering “blind spot.” I informed the
neighbors about the incident but did not bother our overworked police with what
they would consider a non-event.
I am considering installing exterior security cameras and
some heavier deadbolt-locks to the doors.
The outside keypad for the garage-door-opener may be removed; I believe
it is a secure system but that the keypad may be an attraction to those prone
This was a real-time exercise in preparedness. There was ample warning about this storm and
many folks did things right and had little problem. Others didn’t manage it well at all and more
than a few souls perished inside their cars while waiting for help that just
could not get through to them. Most who
spent the night stranded in their vehicles did survive but were ill prepared
and very uncomfortable. Many people
were on the road through no fault of their own; they had bosses who did not
heed the storm warnings and the employees were not allowed to leave work until
it was far too late. Complicating
matters further, there were no provisions or policies at most companies for
allowing employees to “overnight” where they worked during such an emergency. The old rule of “no less than ½ tank
of gasoline” proved to be not good enough for many motorists.
Wherever we may be, at work, home, or on the road, it never
hurts to have kits, provisions, and plans for dealing with emergency events. Those of us who suffered through this storm
now have experience that makes us better able to handle the next.
So said many experts, with the media zealously using such
ostentatious predictions to sell newspapers and attract website clicks.Those of us living in the Chicago area are
still waiting; so far this has been the warmest winter in 80-years.Tomorrow is Groundhog Day and that leaves
only around 6-weeks or so for us to be awestruck with the experts’ abilities to
make precise long-term predictions.Is
it remotely possible that science and technology still does not measure up to
such a task?Obviously. However, do not expect the media or the
weather experts to admit as much.