Wednesday, May 4, 2016

No 44 Ammo Yet

The anticipated delivery of the 44 MAG ammo I ordered has been delayed, supposedly by on day. In other words, I still don't have any ammo for my new Redhawk revolver. It's not a big concern as long as it does arrive tomorrow as it is now scheduled. That's because Brendan and I will be heading to a range in PA on Saturday, so if the ammo arrives tomorrow and I can pick it up, all should be well and good. I am truly looking forward to shooting this thing, especially with the fairly hot 300 grain rounds I am getting for it. More so though, I look forward to watching Brendan shoot it.

All the best,
Glenn B

Everyman's Evening Eyeful


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Today In History - America Gone Berserk

I think that if you were a truly patriotic American and lived by the Constitution, then no matter whose side you were on - the rioting protestors or the government's - you had to have been saddened by the events  of the day on May 4, 1970 . On that day, National Guardsmen opened fire on Vietnam War protestors (and on some not involved in the protests) at Kent State University. I was not only extremely dismayed that such had taken place, and I say that without taking sides, but was very uneasy that troops were repeatedly called in to disperse such crowds in the first place. That should have been the job of campus security and or the police.

I have often heard those who claim to be patriots saying something to the effect that while I may not agree with what you are saying, I would defend your right to do so with my life. Sadly that was not what happened that day. Four students were killed and eight or nine (depending on the source and I seem to remember it was nine) others were wounded (source). I cannot find any information of how many, if any, Guardsmen were injured but they were attacked by students throwing tear gas canisters back at them (that the guardsmen had fired) along with rocks and other objects.

The Vietnam War, the protests hoping to end it and the response to those protests amounted to a tragedy in our Nation's history.

All the best,
Glenn B

On Target Political Humor

This may be tasteless and inappropriate political humor but it sure can't get more on target than this and it hit the funny bone every time I watched it. Yes, I have watched it numerous times. Bet you can't watch just once.!



While it doesn't make me at all inclined to vote for Sanders, it kind of, sort of makes me like him a little bit. (How bad can he be if he shoots Berettas).

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Everyman's Evening Eyeful


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Picked Up The Redhawk...

...and I like it.

Not only is this going to be one of two bear defense guns that Brendan and
I will have with us In Alaska but it is also my BAG Day gun since I made the
decision to buy it on Buy A Gun Day and I ordered it within the prescribed time
frame for it to count as a BAG Day purchase. BAG Day is Fed income tax day.
I also got three HKS Speedloaders for it but still don't have any ammo. Bruce at Hunter's Essentials did not have any of the ammo, in his store inventory, that I had wanted. So, either I can shoot it tomorrow if my expected ammo shipment comes into Volko Supply Co. Inc. (the FFL dealer I use to receive online ammo purchases for me, NY SAFE Act BS requirement) or if that shipment does not come in as expected I can buy some ammo locally and take it to the range tomorrow. I'm also thinking on whether or not I should wait until the weekend to take it to range so I can have my son in tow. That way he can shoot it too. Being this is NY State, and he is unlicensed here, we would have to drive to PA for that to do it legally. If he wants to make the trip on Saturday, maybe I will hold off and wait so he can bust the first cap through it. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

It is now a no brainer - I sent him a text asking if he wanted to go to PA this weekend to shoot it and his reply was SURE.

Edited To Add: Just as I was finishing up this post, the youngster arrived home. He came down and took a look at it and he said something like 'f---ing awesome' and that it 'is huge'. He also said if a bear charged us, you could run at the bear and beat it to death with it. I imagine, if you had shot your load and the bear was on you and you did not not have a chance to draw a knife, it might serve as a decent club at that. I reminded him we will have bear spray with us while afield in AK and that should be our first resort because studies have shown you are less likely to be injured or even killed if you respond with bear spray. He said "not if I shoot it in its f---ing face" and he may have a point there too although I would hope he'd aim at, and hit it, in the head or spine. Whatever the case, I'm betting while I can't outrun a bear, I can outrun him.

Now I am going back to the mundane world of everyday life and heading to Costco to get some shopping done.

All the best,
Glenn B

The Redhawk Has Arrived...

...and is sitting in my dealer's shop. Of course, it would just be my luck I cannot go right there to do the paperwork because my oil company has a tech here doing a tune-up on my furnace. He will be done soon enough I suppose and then I'll be out the door on winged feet to head over that way. When I get the transfer paperwork completed and pay for the revolver, I will be off to the county PD. The local constabulary's licensing division is open until 7PM tonight. Hopefully they will not be busy and get through with what they need to do though to have me ready to head back to the dealer well before his 5PM closing time. If not, I guess I can pick it up tomorrow.

The timing is not bad, I ma expecting 150 rounds of 44 MAG ammo to arrive at my local FFL for me tomorrow. I guess that means a trip to the range will be in order. All that hinges on whether or not the Redhawk is in acceptable condition once I see it at the dealer, I've had some bad luck with new gun orders before.


Anyway, right now, I am feeling a bit like a kid headed up to bed on Christmas Eve - more than eager to get through the night and wakeup so I can head downstairs to see what is under the tree. To make things even better, I just checked the dealer's site and saw he has some reasonably priced 44 MAG ammo in stock, so I am going to pick up a couple of boxes of that two. Of course, I 'll have to pay for it all just like I do for much of what is under the tree each year but even that does not dampen my enthusiasm. With a little luck, I may have the Redhawk at the range tonight - kind of like getting to open one present on Christmas Eve. 

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, May 2, 2016

Ever Forget That You Sold A Gun...

...and then spent a couple of hours searching the house for it. Me neither is all I will say.

All the best,
Glenn B

Everyman's Evening Eyeful

So this is the new format for Everyman's Evening Eyeful, a rather innocuous pic of a lady with a gun and the option to click on the link underneath the pic to see something that may be a bit more risqué.
 

Click on the below link to see more:

Everyman's Evening Eyeful Will Continue But Under Wraps...

...or in other words, there will be a single pic posted, each day, in the main Everyman's Evening Eyeful post and that post will contain a link to another page with one or more additional photos. This way, I can post what I hope will be seen as an inoffensive photo on the first page of the post and if you choose to see some that may or may not be racier, you can click on the link in the post to do so; of course if you don't want to see those other pics then you need not click the link. That will start once I get the hang of how to do it.

It should work like this, and that is you should see one image and a link to see more:
 



Yes do click that read more link if you want to see more...

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Everyman's Evening Eyeful


All the best,
Glenn B

Today and Yesterday In History

Forty one years ago, yesterday, the last U.S. Troops left Vietnam and the south unconditionally surrendered to the north less than three hours after that. Today is the 41st anniverssary of the U.S. not having any troops therein (at least officially). For a timeline of the events that took place relative to Vietnam, during the Nixon Administration (the 5th U.S. President during that war and the one who finally ended it) go here:
 
 
All the best,
Glenn B

Obummer Loving The Troops


All the best,
GB

Sent An Email To Palmetto State Armory...

...requesting they change my order from three boxes of Prvi Partizan 300 SJFP ammo to add a box of HSM Bear Load 44 Magnum, 305 grains, with hard cast bullet. Man is that stuff expensive but I imagine if we need it, it will have been well worth it. If it shoots to the same zero as the Prvi Partizan, 300 grain, SJFP 44 Magnum ammo, then once we are out and about in Alaska, I intend to load 3 rounds of each into the Redhawk by alternating rounds of each in every other chamber. If they don't shoot to the same point of impact, or at last damned close to it, I probably will go with the HSM alone.

All the best,
Glenn B

Fiddling With Pictures In My Posts

Anybody know how I would go about adding pictures to my blog 'undercover'. What I mean is so you would have to click on one pic that shows on the blog to see others that do not show unless you first click on that one pic? I would like to keep Everyman's Evening Eyeful going and figure that would be a way to do it without offending any of my readers.

Thanks,
GB

HTTPS - I Can't Remember If I Mentioned This Before...

...in an earlier post but Blogger now has HTTPS capability, so I switched it on. All that means is that if you want, you can now visit my blog in HTTPS with its added security. To do so, change your bookmark for my blog so that its preface is HTTPS:// instead of using HTTP://. That is all.

All the best,
GB

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Foreign Ammo Energy Conversions

I ordered myself a few boxes of Prvi Partizan 44 Magnum 300gr SJFP Ammunition, this evening, from Palmetto State Armory. I placed the order in anticipation of me soon to be acquiring my new Ruger Redhawk 44 magnum revolver. The gun has been shipped to my dealer and my guess is it will arrive on Monday. I will pick up a box or two of ammo from the gun store but also wanted to get a few more online because it is quite a bit less expensive than what is available locally (but make no mistake about it, 44 Mag is expensive handgun ammo).

 
I took a look at the PSA website and they offered zero additional info on the ammo other than what it is and how much it costs. I then went over to Target Sports USA's website. I knew already, they did not have it in stock because I checked earlier. I also knew that while they still showed it on their site as an out of stock item, they also had information like muzzle energy and muzzle velocity listed for it. According to the info at Target Sports USA, the muzzle velocity is 1279 FPS and the muzzle energy is 1059 foot pounds. That is pretty impressive but I wanted to make sure they got it right so I also visited the Prvi Partizan website. Prvi Partizan had some different numbers up for this ammo showing a muzzle velocity of 390 m/s (meters per second) at 0 distance, and Energy [J] at 0 distance (or in other words probably at the muzzle) of 1479.

Hmm, what the heck did all that mean. It meant I needed to get some conversions figured out. I went to my favorite conversion website, US standard & metric unit converter calculator by Science Made Simple. I was easily able to discover that 390 meters per second is equal to 1279.5 feet per second. Target Sports USA was just essentially spot on for the muzzle velocity, only off by .5 FPS. So I am guessing that when Prvi Partizan says that the Energy [J] at 0 is 1479, they mean at the muzzle. As for converting the muzzle energy from Joules to foot pounds, that site also did it for me. Muzzle energy of 1479 Joules equals 1090.85 foot pounds. That is a bit different than what it says on the Target Sports USA website for the same ammo but I will settle for either the 1091 or 1059 because either way that is going to be one heck of a hammer blow to a Brown Bear's skull or spine if Brendan and I need to defend ourselves from one during our Alaska trip. After I did those calculations online, I was using the calculator that came with Windows whatever version I have) and found out that I could have used said calculator too since it has a conversions mode.

As for the Brown Bear defense aspects of this ammo, I have done my homework to some decent degree. This ammo is in essence going to be practice ammo because I intend to buy 300 grain ammo with hard cast bullets to use when we are in the field as opposed to this ammo with its semi-jacketed flat points. If I cannot find any by the time of the trip then this Prvi Partizan stuff will have to do. In doing that homework I just mentioned, I also came to learn that bear spray is a much more effective way to handle a charging brown bear and results in less injuries and deaths (to the people) than when only using a firearm. Bear spray, from what I can gather, is an absolute necessity in brown bear country and we will have that too. I have to wait until we get to Alaska to buy it or at least to pick it up at a store after ordering it online from down here. There is no way you can legally take that size a can of pepper spray onto a plane - not in carry-on or checked luggage but I have digressed.

Getting back to the subject of this post, the info about where you can do conversions, for foreign muzzle energy and muzzle velocity measurements, is all good to know if you are buying ammo from a foreign maker who lists its ammo energy in Joules and lists its velocity in meters per second.

All the best,
Glenn B

Everyman's Evening Eyeful


All the best,
Glenn  B

Emergency Food Larder Rotation - How Often Is Often Enough

I have some emergency food on hand in case of whatever. Maybe whatever will take the form of a hurricane with power outages and roads closed, a nationwide strike of leftists, civil unrest, and earthquake (even NY lies on a fault line), a military invasion, terrorism or a fucking zombie apocalypse (who knows what the future my hold and it may be as weird as that last one). t's not a lot of food, really it is not. I have enough on hand for my immediate family for maybe a month (or two if we stretch it). Every now and then, I buy something new and throw it in with the rest. Sometimes I remember to mark it with the date I figure it would best be used by. In the past, I wrote down a date a few months before the best used by date on the packaging; now I don't pay that nearly as much mind as I used to. You see, I forgot to label something back in 2011 or was it 2012. It had a best used by date of around may 2013. I found it a few days ago - a case of can chicken - whoops. I was hungry so I opened one of them but only after throwing a badly dented one in the trash. Yeah, it was probably good but I remember when I was a kid that dented cans often meant the seal got broken but that was back then. Nowadays, I think they seal them better but why take a chance, so out it went. Anyway, I put can opener to tin, gave it several twists of its handle, and I had myself what looked and smelled like some wholesome, if not delicious, canned white meat chicken.

I made myself a bowl of chicken salad by tossing in about 4 or 5 tablespoons of mayo (or more), a small handful of dried onion flakes, some garlic powder, a goodly amount of black pepper, some few dashes of sea salt, a nice dollop or three of Bauer's mustard and some Japanese green mustard sauce. It took me a big mouthful or two to realize it was excellent. I had it with a single slice of heavy rye bread (I am on a sort of on a spinoff of the Atkins diet - cutting back on carbs but eating almost everything else). That I am still here today testifies to the fact that it did not kill me. Heck, it didn't even make me belch or fart.

I can't wait to have another can of that stuff (not that I am big on canned food but I eat it when convenient). I am in no hurry though and should that chicken sit around for another year or two, I probably would not hesitate more that to give it a quick sniff and look before glomming it down. I figure it has got to be good in those cans for at least 10 years, maybe more. Hell, if I was starving after a zombie apocalypse or the devastation of a nuclear holocaust, I would eat it if it was 20 years old and still sealed. I don't know if I would go much beyond that but then it is emergency food after all.

Now, normally such is not the case with me and I usually rotate what emergency food supplies I have on hand as time goes by. As I think I wrote up above, I normally mark a date on the outside of the packaging - a date by which I figure I should use it, but it is no longer a date prior to the best if used by date. Now it is a year or two, maybe even three, after that date. If I see that the food is getting close to the date I wrote on the packaging, then I break it out and eat it. Well, I may not eat it but it does get eaten. In the case of canned green beans or corn kernels, I feed that stuff to my tortoises. They love it. When it comes to caned tuna, the whole family will wolf that down, my son will probably eat some of the chicken, maybe even my daughter when she visits but I doubt my wife will touch it. Something else, that I know my wife will not eat, is Spam. No worries there though, my son and I both love it. Of course, if it truly was a SHTF situation where food was low, everyone would be glad I had it stashed away. If it comes to TEOTWAWKI, heck they would be happy not only to have it but to fight for it to protect it from vandals, thieves, scavengers and berserkers (or in other words from leftists). Still though, I am guessing it would be best to rotate what emergency food stores one has in stock about no more than within a year or three of the expiration of the best used by date. I know, it doesn't say "expires on" or "must use before", it says "best used by"; so it will almost certainly always last loner than that, but why take too many chances.

Luckily, we don't have to depend on an old man in a cave to tell us whether or not the food we have in store is bad or good; I use my nose for that and if worse came to worse would use a Geiger counter. Then again, it might not be such a bad thing to have an old geezer watching out for you!
 


All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, April 29, 2016

Everyman's Evening Eyeful



 
All the best,
Glenn B

30 Days Without An Ale or Bier...

...and I must say, it's about time I enjoy one or three tonight. I have been on a lower carbohydrate diet (note, I did not say low carbohydrate diet) during which I have cut out all candy (with the exception of maybe 5-6 lemon drops), all cake, all cookies, all chips, almost all pretzels and even a lot of my normal bread and other carbs intake. Back on April 13, I wrote up a post about this all in which I admitted I had one hard cider in the first two weeks of my diet. Now, that wasn't like I was being a teetotaler, I was still drinking hard spirits (no carbs) but yes, I even had cut back on them. back then, it seemed I had not lost a pound but I should point out that hen weighed a few days later, I was down 3 or 4 pounds. Not much but a start.

I have not weighed myself since back then and have absolutely no clue if I have lost any additional weight since then and I have not been exercising regularly, hell almost none at all as far a cardio goes and except for the fact I have been doing yard work a few days a week and going to home depot to pick up some heavy stuff another day or two per week, I would have almost zero exercise. before  go on much more, let me clarify something, while I have not weighed in lately to see if any poundage has come off, I am pretty sure I have lost weight so yes I do have a clue. Today, while putting down lumber and concrete blocks for a raised garden bed, with the shoveling and pushing around soul that went with it, my pants just about fell off three  or four times. I'm guessing I must have lost another pound or three. Not more than that mind you because I am still a fat slob but that is all it takes when I am not wearing a belt for my pants to start wanting to drop off. I have also noticed my face looks thinner or at least less rotund.

I guess that is all well and good. It would even be okay, I suppose, if I had not lost a pound. The main purpose of my diet was not so much to lose weight as it was to lower my blood sugar. I truly have no idea if that has been lowered or not, that will require a trip to my doctor for a fasting blood test. My guess though would be that I have had to have done so. If I get tested and the glucose levels have not gone down, I was border line diabetic, then something is amiss with the test or with my glands (the adrenal glands can cause diabetes when not functioning properly and once addressed blood sugar returns to normal). I imagine though that I was borderline diabetic because I glommed down high sugar and high carbohydrate snacks like a nonstop eating machine and did little exercise to burn it all off. Even when I started regularly exercising for several months, the levels did not go down much. So, in an attempt to avoid diabetes, here I am eating a lower carbohydrate and sugar diet. I hope it is working and sooner or later, maybe when we get back from Alaska in early June, I will have the appropriate tests to see how I am doing.

Tonight though, I am cheating on the diet. I just had a nice soft pretzel with some horseradish mustard on it and am still enjoying a V-Twelve Ale by Victory Brewing Company. As the name implies, it is 12% alcohol by volume. That is one heck of an alcohol level for a an ale and I must say that this particular Belgian style abbey ale lives up to what it says on the bottle's label - Liquid Luxury. It is one of the most delicious ales I have ever imbibed. I am not going to go into all that ritualistic yuppy-leftist tomfoolery, or right leaning-smug-snobbery, stuff about it tasting like it has hints of berries and nuts with an after taste of allspice and apples but I will say it is an excellent and great tasting ale. It comes in a 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle which is just enough to catch a bit of a buzz from one and a decent buzz from two, especially after the potato vodka and moonshine cherry cocktail I enjoyed before popping the cork on the ale. I strongly recommend it. If I can find more of it on my next trip to Costco, I will buy several of them.

Anyway, I figured that after 30 days of dieting (I started it on march 30), whether or not I have lost even a single pound, or have lowered my blood sugar or not, I was long overdue for a good ale or bier and this one is certainly as good as I could have wanted after that long of a drought.

If you ever want to check out some good beers and ales, I recommend Victor brewing Company. While I have only had five of the brews they offer to date, every one so far was excellent. See what they offer here: http://www.victorybeer.com/beers/.

All the best,
Glenn B

Obama and GDP Growth - A Disaster

Unless there is some sort of economic miracle for the United States over the about the next nine months, President Obama is looking like he is set to become one of the worst presidents ever (fourth from the bottom) relative to the growth of the GDP (kids, if you don't know what is the GDP, go back to school and pay attention and if your teachers don't know - well they should be fired). More here.

I seem to vividly recall how leftists and other assorted moon-bat liberals loved to harangue Ronald Reagans trickle down economics but truth be told he did better than the current NIC when it came to the growth of the GDP. My bet though is that now, the left will say the GDP is not an indicator of economic growth; after all what is a good leftist to do when they can't have the facts going their way? They twist it and turn the facts, lie about them and corrupt them until  they make right to suit themselves - even if the result is pure bullshit.

My thanks and a hat tip to PVQ for having the link on his FB page.

All the best,
GB

I Was Browsing Through Today In History Type Sites...

...when I saw that today was the wedding anniversary of a very infamous couple although, the he was much more infamous than the she since she was usually in the background. He was truly evil and she, she was somehow his lover, probably more in a twisted sexual way than anything else but the fact is they got married and it was likely out of love. It was a move of desperation for them; they both knew they did not have long to live. Yet, it probably was still an act of real love.

It is not something people often think about when considering the lives of these two people or just the more infamous one of the couple but there it is, they were married on April 29, 1945, full knowing death was upon them. In fact, just one day later - both Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun were dead (probably by suicide or murder suicide). I can't quite wrap my mind around which one of those acts, the marriage or the suicide or maybe both, showed us that Adolf Hitler had human desires, needs and emotions other than raging hatred. In his own terribly twisted mind, he needed and wanted a loving relationship like the rest of us and he could, probably did in fact, actually love someone.

There was no reason for him to marry Eva Braun otherwise. He  just as easily could have kicked her out of the bunker. Then again, maybe that would have been the more loving thing to have done. Anyway, it just struck me as freaky that such a monster as Hitler could really have loved anyone and that anyone could have loved an evil madman like him in return. No matter how much it boggles one's mind though, they were married. She signed her name "Eva Br Hitler" on their marriage certificate and of his love for her and her love for him there is little if any doubt. Just because you can love though does not mean you are not evil personified and what two words fit Hitler than those.

All the best,
Glenn B

I Prefer Cruz As The Nominee But He Is Getting...

...just a bit ridiculous in that he announced Carly Fiorina as his VP running mate at this early stage.


Is he out of his mind picking her now. No, I suppose not. I suppose there is some logic to it, at least to a man in dire straits like Cruz. That logic would be, that by announcing a woman as his running mate now, he main gain some momentum in the upcoming primary in Indiana. Wait a minute, did I just say that is logical - the desperation in that move  may really mean he is out of his mind. He is not going to win Indiana. He is not going to win the nomination. It is going to Trump unless the Rebooblikans screw him over and thus give Clinton the win by selecting anyone else as their nominee. Then, that could be exactly what they want to do, just ask Fred.

http://fredoneverything.org/the-mask-comes-off-putrefaction-most-foul/

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Everyman's Evening Eyeful


All the best,
GB

What Voters Look Like


Actually, I think that is quite off he mark. The angry people, those who want to fight the establishment, are voting for Trump too and in much greater numbers than for Cruz. Let's face it, they are pissed off and want to do something about current politics and they are not sheeple by a longshot.
 
I much prefer Cruz , his politics are closer to mine than any other candidate in the running right now. As far his policies with which I do not agree go, I probably can tolerate them. That said, I must also say that I am beginning to believe that Cruz does not stand even as much of a chance as Kasich of winning the nomination and that is disappointing. Of course Kasich can only get in by the same old underhandedness with which we have become familiar on the part of Republicans in recent years. I know one thing, if Kasich gets the nod from the RNC, I will never vote for a Republican again.
 
I also know one other thing, if Trump actually gets the nomination you had best think hard deciding not to vote because he is the candidate as many say they will do. Not voting for him because you do not agree with him on some of the issues would only allow that piece of leftist white trash, Hillary Clinton, to destroy America. If there is only one thing I believe about Trump - and that I think you can believe too - it is that he truly wants to make America great again and because of that it will not be politics as usual if and when he gets in.
 
A hat tip to Sarah C who had that pic posted on her FB page.
 
All the best,
Glenn B

A Lot Less Of Everyman's Evening Eyeful...

...is probably forthcoming. One of my favorite readers has been visiting my sight a lot less lately because of the photos I post in Everyman's Evening Eyeful. I guess to some folks it is an eyesore not an eyeful. It may seem less than evenhanded on my part but since this lady's friendship means much to me, I think I'll be dropping the daily postings of Everyman's Evening Eyeful. You can easily find that stuff yourselves by doing a Google search or looking through Reddit.

I may just post them on the weekends, or one or twice per week, or something like that or I may stop it altogether. I need to think on it a bit. For now though, the ones I already have scheduled, which are about a weeks worth, will post as planned. After that, I can find something else to post.

Please note, she did not ask me to remove Everyman's Evening Eyeful, nor even hint that I do so. I am merely going to do whatever I do with it, cut it back or just stop posting it altogether, out of respect for her sensitivities. because I appreciate her feedback on my blog and because she is truly a very nice person and a good friend even though we have never met face to face.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Everyman's Evening Eyeful



 
All the best,
Glenn B

Gunpowder & Alcohol Do Not Mix...

... and that goes for anyone including police officers.

A New York City Police officer, Brendan Cronin, who was arrested in April 2014 for reportedly randomly shooting two men as they sat in their car at a red light, has been sentenced to nine years in prison. He was facing up to 25 years and, I think, got off relatively easy after copping a plea by pleading guilty to attempted murder among other charges. He supposedly was so totally shitfaced drunk at the time of the shooting that when arrested he said did not remember anything. He also reportedly told arresting officers that he was "on the job" - a phrase meaning he was a police officer. Prior to the shooting, he reportedly had spent the day at the NYPD range at Rodman's Neck, in the Bronx. After that it is reported he went out drinking with friends (whom I suspect were other officers) in a bar near to the range during which time he consumed several drinks including multiple whiskies and beers. More here and here.

There was apparently no way out of this for him, otherwise I would bet he would never have plead guilty. There reportedly was a surveillance video of some sort, never released to the public, showing the shooting. It evidently would have resulted in his being nailed to a cross had he plead not guilty and gone to trial in my estimation.

Yes, the victims are both suing the city, the NYD and the shooter.
New York City probably will be paying mega-bucks to the plaintiffs due to this sloshed shithead shooter.

It is best never to mix gunpowder and alcohol but if you are going to drink while armed, then at least do so in moderation if you must do it at all and make sure you firearm has been unloaded, taken down and secured before taking the fist sip. It may save you some jail time, a lot of money and headaches and may result in someone not getting shot.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, April 25, 2016

Lest You Think I Forgot - Happy Passover...

...to all of you who celebrate it. I headed upstate on Friday evening and did not think of getting the greeting done before I left although I kind of, sort of, did not forget it was Passover's commencement at sundown that day. How could I forget in the traffic I hit while traversing NYC! Anyway, it is not over yet, it last for a few days more and I wish you a truly happy celebration of the passing over of your children by the wrath of God.

All the best,
Glenn B

Everyman's Evening Eyeful



All the best,
Glenn B

Is It Odd That I Have A Favorite Pot?

No, I don't mean a favorite variety of marijuana, I mean pot in which we cook things.


It used to belong to my great-grandparents. They made things like goulash or stewed paprika chicken in it. Whatever they cooked in it was delicious as far as I can remember, in fact I have never eaten better goulash than what Poppy used to make in it (but I must admit my wife's goulash is it's equal as is her paprika chicken the equal of Poppy and Mommy's).

As far as I know, it is pure and very thick aluminum although I guess it could be some sort of alloy. I am also going to guess that if you wanted to buy one like it today, it might not cost an arm and a leg but would set you back at least one of them. It probably wasn't cheap when it was first purchased either.


I cooked some really excellent seafood chowder in it not too long ago. Shrimp, scallops, squid, octopus or octopi as you prefer (or is it octopussies), and clams in red wine (this time it was Beaujolais but I also use sherry at times) with a little salt and pepper and a secret spice added. It was absolutely delicious but probably did a good deal of clogging a artery or three. Yesterday the wife made spaghetti and meat balls and simmered the meatballs in the sauce in that pot for hours. It was heavenly.

As for how long it's been in the family, I seem to recall it as far back as when I was a lad between 6 and 7 or so and my bet would be that Mommy and Poppy had it for years before that. It is a friggin family heirloom, I hope it stays in the family for a long, long, long time and that my descendants love it and what is cooked in it as much as I have done to date.

All the best,
Glenn B

Hmm, Is That Rotting Buttered Popcorn I Smell...

...or is it something else? That could have been the question that a movie theater asked herself before opening a door to an emergency stairwell from which a strong odor was emanating. It wasn't buttered popcorn at all but the week old decomposing remains of a woman who had died there. More here.

All the best,
Glenn B