Blogging to you from the Northeastern Badlands of Lake County, Illinois 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, 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 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, 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, 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! I appreciate it!
Please consider RECURRING UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS of ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL POLITICIANS (including but not limited to school records, acquaintances, employment history, Social Media, financial, drug, and psychiatric screenings). Please consider TERM LIMITS; political power corrupts.

'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)

Make them earn it.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

You may be a redneck if the top of the washing machine is where you carve the holiday turkey

Christmas eve was good; the five-sons of our loving, late, Tennessee born and raised parents (along with a number of our respective family members) met at the house where we all grew up.  It is a small, three-bedroom, northern Illinois, Eisenhower era ranch home, no basement, with the most compact rooms imaginable; it sure does not take a great number of visitors to qualify as a crowd.  The kitchen is so small that we carve the turkey on top of the washing machine in the adjacent utility room before moving it to the kitchen table (which is large enough to act as a serving table but too small for us to also sit at for dining).  This house was Mom and Dad’s American Dream House; compared to what my parents knew as children, this house was luxury, something that they slaved to purchase and maintain.  They did it for their children, and their children still appreciate, and honor, their love and courage. 

During our formative years when guests would stay overnight, we kids eagerly gave up our bunk beds for the adventure of improvised sleeping arrangements, with one of us on blankets spanning the tops of the washer and dryer (me usually opting for a tent in the backyard).  Others slept on the floor.

We share many good memories when we all get together and those are the best gifts of all.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

All my Christmas preparations are finished for this year

I have gift giving down to a script that I keep on my computer; everybody on my list gets the same thing every year; they all get cash with a greeting card inside an envelope adorned with a gay little bow.  Some get more cash than others do but they all get the same thing; cash, money, currency, dinero, call it what you will, but it saves me from wasting my time buying crap that nobody likes.  My greetings read, “Here is some cash, now get off your lazy ass and go purchase some crap that you really like.  This is hard cash; this is not a sissy gift-card to a store or restaurant that sells crap that is below your standards.  Cash is very pro choice!  Go choose where you buy your own damn crap!  All kinds of crap will be on sale the day after Christmas.  Your Christmas cash buys more!  Think of whatever you buy as value added Christmas crap.”

After the obligatory festivities of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we enjoy a few months of sweet freedom before another season of gluttony, guilt, and greed begins.  Next year I expect the stores to start running Christmas sales on July 4th.

Bah Humbug to all y’all.  Hey!  That felt good.  Lemme say it again.  B A H !  H U M B U G !

Oooh yeah!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Whom do you trust with your guns?

How far do you trust them?  Some of my family, friends, or acquaintances I trust with my guns not one lick.  Others in my world I trust with my guns as long as both are under my watchful eye.  There are only a scant few who I have no reservations about whatsoever.

Insofar as the handgun(s) in my pocket(s), (or concealment holster(s)) there is never a problem, but PLEASE do not bring your children or your mentally unbalanced self or significant other over to visit unannounced; I need notice so that I can take any gun(s) that may be strategically hidden about the house and put it / them back into locked storage.  Hidden guns (or money, or jewelry, etc.) are not immune from discovery by the rude explorations of some people (or their children) who seem to have no social grace; what is behind the books on my shelves is none of your business (and that is not where I hide anything anyway).  I prefer to leave little to chance.

Yes, those locked safes have guns in them.  Safes are a deterrent against theft and mischief by burglars and visitors.  No, you cannot see any of the guns unless I choose to allow it.  Maybe I just do not feel up to it.  Maybe it is because you have a history of being unstable.  Maybe it is because you are a prohibited person as defined by law.  Maybe I just don’t trust you.  No, I don’t much care if your parents allowed you as a preteen to sleep with a loaded Glock beneath your pillow.  Your world is under your roof while my world is under mine.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Heartbreaking news from Matt Del Fatti

Many of us feel very close to the Matt Del Fatti family.  The following news Matt posted at his website is devastating.   My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

"It is with a broken heart that I must inform all our customers that our precious Gina passed away suddenly the morning of 12/08/13. She and her sister Angela have been the joys of our life since their births. Gina has been the voice and personality of Del Fatti Leather and my right hand for nearly ten years. Please pray for all our family but expecially for Gina, her husband Trent, and their children Taylan, Rylie and Jaeger."

"For those customers waiting for product: Please allow us some healing time. I will be in touch as I am able."

Friday, December 6, 2013

Two years on 13’’ MacBook Pro

Having worked with Microsoft based systems since the beginning of time, the past couple of years have been most refreshing, but not without challenges.

The only palpable hardware problem was the power supply cable shedding the insulation beginning at around the eighteen-month mark.  An ugly layer of electrical tape now covers around two-feet of the non-replaceable cable.  An $80 brand new power supply will arrive here on Monday.  Apple gets low marks for not engineering the low-voltage cable to be a simple plug-in replacement to the power supply, BUT all of the Microsoft platforms do it the same way that Apple does, but with far less elegance.  Apple and competitors make huge money from selling complete power supplies just because of cable / connector failures.  I went through four power supplies in six-years on my last Toshiba laptop; only once was due to a failed power unit, the balance was because of cable connection failures.

Battery health on my MacBook has been hanging right around the ninety-percent mark (after 415-cycles).  The battery is not user replaceable, but I do not hold that against Apple.  I went through three batteries in six-years on my last Toshiba laptop, so I believe this Apple is showing better battery life than I experienced from the competition.  Should this MacBook battery last another year, I’ll probably have Apple replace it as a preventive measure (and upgrade the memory to the max while they are at it).

Overall, my two-years of experience with Apple hardware, operating system, and software has been good.   I’ve had an Apple TV (which is more than a “toy”) for a while (I am too cheap to be saddled with a cable TV bill), and have had the Apple Time Capsule for around a year-and-a-half.  Recently I added a fifth generation iPod Touch to the mix. I’ll continue to be an Apple customer for as long as they suit my needs, and don’t piss me off too badly.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New bullet design from Larry Seecamp is now more than just a rumor

Larry Seecamp has been quietly up to something for over a couple of years now and the secrets are finally bubbling to the surface.

It looks like Larry already filed the patent.  Sometime in the future you can stoke your American made LW Seecamp .32 ACP pistol (or the clone of your choice) with American made LW Seecamp ammo. 

The bullet design is readily upsized to the large caliber loads. 


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