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, May 31, 2018

Monthly Weigh-in 05/31/2018

It is great to be outside again.  

Well, I guess that the only way I am going to lose weight, and keep it off, is to publicly obsess about it.  Currently I am sporting 215-pounds.  I was sustaining a wee bit over 225-pounds sometime around April Fool's Day when I started getting sick ... sooooo on 4/15/2018 I decided to get serious and trim some of the fat.  It has been a slow process.  I feel a bit better now ... but I had better set some serious benchmarks ... I'm not used to feeling like shit all of the time.  I've been old for sometime now ... and I've been fat for sometime now ... suddenly that mix is taking its toll.  Yeah, I know ... it's time for a visit to the doctor ... I really hate seeing doctors.

How much weight should I drop?  Heh ... at my age, if I can survive the rigors of diet and exercise, I'd probably be much better off carrying 50-pounds less than I do now ... about what I weighed 35-years ago.  In recent years I would celebrate when I could diet down to ~200-pounds ... but I don't think that is going to be good enough nowadays.

It's not a "body image" that I am concerned about, it's a comfort issue.  My gut hangs over my belt line and pushes my pants down.   Since I don't have much of an ass for my pants to hang on to, I have to cinch my belt much tighter than is tolerable.   I'm not just trying to avoid showing plumbers-butt, I am trying to keep my pants from falling to my knees.  An RN (or some sort of Licensed Nurse Practitioner) at a late night health clinic a few years ago suggested that I may have a hiatal hernia and she suggested I should lose weight and loosen my belt (or go to using suspenders as is proper for old fat geezers).  Her advice worked but the symptoms always return when I push my weight higher and pull my belt tighter. Belly fat is my largest reserve followed by my love handles.  Belt holster carry (both IWB and OWB) is not as easy as it was when I was just a bit less corpulent; the added weight of even the lightest holster and handgun just helps my belly fat push my trousers down.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rocket Man Elon Musk threatens an attack against MSM

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk is ratcheting up his war with the press, accusing media companies (in a tweet) of hypocrisy and of having lost the public's trust. He also vowed to launch a website where users "can rate the core truth of any article" and track the credibility of journalists and publications. 

"The holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie, is why the public no longer respects them," he wrote. 


Heh!  Of all of the newsworthy people on this earth, Elon Musk is by far my favorite.

(Full disclosure:  Yeah, I still dabble in stocks at this late stage of my life and I do own a small number of Tesla shares.)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

He begged family to take his guns away and apparently they did.

63-year-old ex-cop started having mental issues a couple of months ago so he asked his son to take away his guns.

His mental condition got worse.  Sunday his family took him out to a restaurant for a brunch. He got up from the dining table and went out to his SUV; then the unthinkable happened ...

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Facebook Terrorists Outsmarting Zuckerberg's AI Bots

Bloomberg reports that the terrorists are STILL on Facebook

I reckon that there is some small but calculable chance that the Zuckerberg AI Bots have simply gone over to the other side ... I'm just sayin' that it's sumpin' worth ponderin' ... Elon Musk may be right about trustin' AI.

Monday, May 7, 2018

TRUMPeting Populist Rhetoric

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As an aside, in all of the reports that I have read regarding the FBI and the local police investigation of the Vegas massacre (the nexus for the "ban the hump stock" legislation), there has not been an official public accounting of how many of the mass-murderer's rifles were outfitted with "bump stocks" (news reports cite an "ATF agent" alleging that twelve of the twenty-three rifles had bump stocks).  Further,  I have not seen any details of a forensic analysis of the spent casings showing how many rounds were fired from the alleged "bump stock" rifles.  Quantify it; just how much devastation did these "bump stock" rifles add to the carnage?

Were ANY of the millionaire nutcase's non bump stock rifles modified to, or factory capable of, firing in full automatic? It is a simple question that should have been answered long before now; did the asshole millionaire psycho use ANY fully automatic weapons?

Inquiring minds would really like to know what the authorities know.  Maybe those in power just don't want us to know that Vladimir Putin planned the whole thing ...

Yeah, that must be it.  When there is no other answer, blame it on the Russians.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Flashlight Review: ElZetta Alpha

I am guessing that many (perhaps all) models of today's "smart phones" have a rudimentary flashlight feature sooooo I dunno that many folks nowadays are left totally in the dark when the power grid bellyfloats.  Call me old fashioned ... because I am old and from a more primitive era; I insist on my cell phone being dumber than I am ... therefore I always carry a flashlight.

Sometime during 2014 I purchased an ElZetta Alpha (above, far left, made in USA) for use as an everyday-carry (EDC) pocket flashlight.  I consider a small flashlight an essential item and have carried one for over 50-years.   Over that span of time I have carried one sort or another of the many readily available, inexpensive (CHEAP) lights (the 3 lights above, far right, are but a small sampling) and put them through considerable use.  The inexpensive lights are not the brightest, but they are affordable and expendable.  I am reluctant to use the word "tactical" when talking about today's high-end flashlights because I consider "tactical" to be an overused marketing buzzword.  In my world, stuff has to be "practical" or I have no use for it; your world may be different.   A $150 flashlight is not what I consider a disposable commodity.   Still, I wanted to try carrying something in my pocket that was a bit brighter than what I had limited myself to carrying in the past so I chanced the considerable investment.

(Above) It can vary, but this is pretty much what I call my ultra-lite EDC kit; it all can fit in a single front pocket of my jeans.  The yellow coin purse carries loose change for feeding parking meters and snack-food machines.  The other stuff in the photo has more obvious purposes.

No later than a month or so after I started carrying my new light, I dropped it straight down, bezel first, onto a concrete sidewalk from a distance of about six feet.  The lens shattered but stayed functionally together.  I carried it that way for a couple of years (until sometime in 2016) before deciding to order a replacement lens which only cost me $10 plus shipping.  

Opened the package and took out the new lens.

Took the light and unscrewed the bezel ring to get to the damaged lens.

Popped the cracked lens out of the light's housing and inspected the solder and potting for damage.

 Took the replacement lens and plopped it into place.

 Screwed the bezel ring back where it belonged and it was mission accomplished.

 I keep a goodly supply of CR123A batteries on hand.

 The single battery cell does not last but maybe an hour or so at high output (415 lumens).  It throws some real light and there were occasions when I was very thankful to have this little powerhouse.  

The single battery cell lasts for MANY hours at the adequate low output (15 lumens).  
I have had them last for a year when used mostly on low power (along with my quick daily function tests).

No regrets.  For me, the ElZetta Alpha was a good choice. 


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