Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Little Applejack...

...a good spiced ale, a couple of chocolate chip cookies (similar to Toll House cookies) and some good music have hit the spot and improved at least this latter part of today. Now if only I had some psilocybin and some mescaline (just kidding - about the mescaline anyway).

Maybe just a dram more of Applejack and oh how I want a cigar right now ( strange considering I survived stage 4 throat cancer in 2011 and have not smoked cigarettes since 1989 and not even an errant cigar since 1998). Oh well, what the fuck, if my son gets home soon, I am going to light-up if he still has one of the four cigars I bought him last week. You only live once and only die once - if lucky. Let me die a young man's death...

All the best,
GB

Two More Gun Friendly Blogs Added To The Blog Roll

http://www.blackriflebuilders.blogspot.com/

and

http://thebeardedbackyarder.blogspot.com/

They are (or will be in a few moments) over to the right in the 'Red Zone' under TAKE A SHOT WITH THESE SHOOTIST BLOGGERS, NOT AT THEM.

All the best,
Glenn B
 

What Can I Say, It's A Nostalgic Night



And yet another version, as the theme song, for one of the best TV crime series ever. Even when it got ridiculous, in the last few episodes, Crime Story was excellent.



All The Best,
GB

An Oldie But A Goodie



 All the best,
Glenn B

Have You Ever Had One Of These Moments


With the exception of me saving $146.00 on the purchase of four tickets, to see The Charlie Daniels Band in September, by going to the theater to buy them from the box office, instead of buying them via Live Nation online, almost my whole fucking day seems to have been one big continuous moment just like that or worse.

All the best,
GB

I Swear To Great God Almighty - If Aliens From Space Landed Here...

...I would try to hitch a ride with them when they departed. That is how fucked up a day it has been already.

Later 4 U Earthlings,
GB

The Lack Of Intelligence By Leftist Intellectuals...

...must be mind numbing for the leftist masses, otherwise how could they keep on supporting and following the suggestions of arsehats like the German professor who has called for all Germans to be forced to learn Arabic. He believes that compulsory Arabic language lessons for all Germans would make them better understand Germany's 1.5 million new Muslim refugees invaders.

More here: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/02/04/german-students-should-take-compulsory-arabic-lessons-says-leading-professor/

Should it not be the other way around? Should it not be that the Muslims should be learning how to speak German and assimilating into German culture. Whatever happened to the ideal of: When in Rome, do as the Romans do"! If compulsory Arab language classes become law in Germany, Germany will have been lost and no longer be worthy of being called anything other than what the Islamists wish to rename it, as has been customary throughout the history of their long line of conquests.

All the best,
GB

Paid A Visit To Volko Supply, My Local FFL, On Thursday...

...and picked up my new rifle. New to me that is, as it is a used Mossberg Model 44 U.S.(a). A bit to my dismay, I did not look over the rifle very well while at Volko Supply Co. Inc., otherwise I would have noticed that "(a)" letter designator. What can I say, I had other things on my mind at the time and was in a hurry because I would return to the same area to visit my vet, to have one of our dogs put down, shortly after my rush visit to the FFL. As a side note, the folks at Volko were pleasant and efficient once again; Victor handled the transfer for me. his is a great place if you need to do an FFL transfer for a long gun.

So, the rifle is somewhat of a slight disappointment since it has a letter designation as part of the model number. I got this rifle by way of telephone bidding in an auction. That the rifle apparently was misrepresented as the auction catalog is evidenced by the fact it listed was a model 44 U.S. and not as a 44 U.S.(a). They also had a 44 U.S.(b) up for bids and clearly listed the (b) designator I that rifle's description. So, the one I got with the (a) in the model number is a bit of a downer because it is less valuable than the one on which I thought I was bidding without a letter designator (as per The Blue Book of Gun Values).

Click it to big it.

I got it at a decent price though and am not that all that concerned. I figure it must have been an honest mistake by the auction house as I know them to be reputable. The thing is, I passed up bidding on another Mossberg 44 U.S. in the same auction because it had a letter designator, tat was the 44 U.S. (b). I had wanted the earlier version without the letter designation. Oh well, while I could raise a big stink and demand my money be returned to me and return the rifle to them, I will settle for this one this time.

It seemingly is in good condition, looking at its outsides, and has few if any problems that I can see. There is one thing that is sure to devalue it, someone evidently tried to, or actually did, drill and tap it for a scope mount, then later filled in the four holes with some sort of compound. Looks almost like plastic filler to me. I don't know if it was done right or was a botch job and then filled in but that will need some investigating on my part. The holes should not interfere with the rifle's functionality but may devalue it more than the letter designation. Otherwise it appears to be in at least Fine to Excellent condition based on NRA standards.

I will be taking it down as best I can for a good cleaning and lube, then will take it to the range to see how it shoots. If it matches the other Mossberg 44 U.S. that I have already, I will be quite the happy shootist. If it does not match he other, at least I have a spare parts gun. More about this rifle in a future post.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, February 4, 2016

She's Gone...

...and that made it a tough and miserable day today because I did one of the most difficult things I have ever done, at least for me emotionally. But let me start at the beginning or at least where I came into it. Got a few text messages from my wife this morning, at about 0940, telling me that our Chihuahua, Lucy, was at the vet because our larger mixed breed, Roxie, had attacked her. The last text in those first four said "And then I need to go to the doctor". That got me very concerned and after several texts back and forth between my wife, daughter, son and I - I finally found out that Roxie had bitten my wife twice while my wife was trying to free Lucy from Roxie's grasp. As it turned out, once she got Lucy free and had bitten my wife, Roxie also tried to go after Mimi our other mutt. Roxie was our biggest dog, weighing in at about 95 pounds and weighing more than tripe that of Mimi and a lot more than any of our three Chihuahuas or my daughter and son-in-law's two Chihuahuas that were also at our house today.

I left work by 1025 and got home about 1215; thankfully my daughter as able to pick me up, at the train station, while on lunch from her job. When we got home, my wife was already there after seeing the doctor. Why she did not go to the ER is beyond me. Anyway, she suffered two puncture wounds. One on a calf and the other on an arm. She will be okay but she has developed a lot of pain in her right foot and leg. She pretty much had to dive onto Roxie and struggle with her to free Lucy and hit her right knee and apparently because of the pain she has now, her right foot pretty hard. Roxie bit her when she got Lucy away from her and right after that is when Roxie tried to attack Mimi. Mimi, having been attacked by Roxie before, was smart enough to skedaddle downstairs at high speed and my wife was then ale to calm Roxie.

You can see, from the furrows in Linda's brow, that she is pained,
both by her injuries and by our decision to put Roxie down. Linda
was in so much pain she could barely get down to give Roxie a last hug.
While at the vet for Lucy, the vet commented that as far as she knew, this was the third time Roxie has attacked like this within the last 5 years (Roxie was only 7, we had her since she was a few months old). My wife said yes it was and that it was the second time she had been bitten by Roxie. The vet recommended putting her down. My wife agreed and that was none to easy for her to do. She did not do it right then though because she had to get to the doctor and Roxie was locked in a bedroom at home.



As I said, when I got home, my wife was already there after seeing the doctor. We talked about our options and I had to agree that it would be best to have Roxie put down. She was a very lovable dog 99% of the time but became suddenly unpredictable for virtually no reason, and certainly for no good reason, and would attack like that. She bit Linda this time and a couple or few years ago in another similar event. Last time, Linda had a much worse set of puncture wounds in her hand and was lucky to not have had a vein, artery or tendon severed.

Anyway, we waited for Brendan (our son to get home). Before he got there, Linda called her brothers to see if they wanted to take Roxie after giving them a full rundown of what happened. She called because Brendan had asked us to do so but she also, on her own accord and at my urging, recommended that they both say NO! That is what they said and who can blame them. The five of us, Linda (my wife), Celina our daughter, Brendan our son, Oma (Linda's mom) and me talked it over some more. We agreed that for many reasons, not the least of which was Linda having been bitten a second time by Roxie, that Oma - who is in her eighties - would be at Roxie's mercy in such if ever attacked by her, that the other four dogs were at risk of being attacked and another very important upcoming reason that I am not at liberty to disclose right now, we needed to put her to sleep.

We brought Roxie to the vet's office a couple of hours ago; Linda was in tears, at the dining room table, when Brendan and I took Roxie to the vet. While we waited for the doc, Roxie seemed to know something was wrong but that was probably just me. She was most likely just nervous because she was at the vet's office, as she always is nervous when there. Brendan and I were there with her for about 15 minutes when the doc came into he room. We opted to stay with her through it. They literally put her to sleep with some sort of barbiturate. Then after a few final minutes with her, they injected a drug that stopped her heart, almost instantly and she was gone. Brendan and I were blubbering like lost children and I guess that about sums up what we were in those last moments with Roxie.

My Uncle Ken once told me he never saw a dog before that so badly wanted to please someone as much as it appeared Roxie wanted to please me. It kind of worked both ways, I liked to keep her happy too. Early on, I found outa lot of that was in the cookies (what we call dog treats) I gave her - much as Jack Nicolson, in As Good As It Gets, said it was all a trick, all due to bacon. Well, it wasn't all due to cookies or bacon, it had a lot to do with love too. I am going to miss her, we all will miss her - a lot.

 


We have had to put two dogs to sleep before, one due to terrible nerve damage, resulting from a back injury, that was getting worse. The other was due to old age problems (she was probably 22 and literally falling over a lot, mostly blind, and so on). Before today, we never had to do that for a reason like today's and add to that Roxie was only 7 or so and as I said was lovable 99.9% of the time. Even though I know ours was a good reason today - it was tough, very difficult to do. God damn, I am miserable. Then again so too are Brendan, Celina (and probably Phil - Celina's husband) and Linda. Linda was crying when we left with Roxie and crying when we got back home. She adopted Roxie, as a surprise to me (not for me), when I was out in Arizona on a detail for work. When I got home and saw her for the first time, I soon got over my shock and came to love Roxie as much as all of our other dogs.

By the way, Lucy has four good sized punctures in her neck and her sides near her shoulders. She was not injured internally as far as we know; although, my guess would be some muscles got torn or stretched badly as Roxie violently shook Lucy back and forth while in her maw. Hopefully, she will pull through admirably. That, at least, was a little sunshine - even if it came late today - after Roxie's sunset.

Later 4 U,
Glenn B

I Don't Usually Plug Women's Underwear...

...but I saw these and immediately thought them a good thing. How could any man not like em if they do what is pictured here.


A product of: UnderTech Undercover.

All the best,
GB

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I'd Bet She's The Best Sales Clerk In The Gun Shop

 
 
All the best,
Glenn B

The Oprah Winfrey Show Disgusted Me - But This I Had To Watch...

...and I recommend you watch it too.

Before you watch it though, allow me to tell you what I think of Oprah and her show. Fuck Oprah ten times really hard, in her ass, with a donkey dick fired up with a ton of Viagra, Ben Gay and crystal meth. Yes, I despise her and her kind of so called entertainers. (No I do not mean that in any racial sort of connotation, it is just that I despise what I consider to be ultra leftists like her regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion or whatever.) Now take a gander at this video from the Oprah show, knowing how I feel about her and still with me insisting it is worth your while (and please note, this video was made a long time ago):



As for Trump, I would rather vote for him than (and these are my opinions of some other candidates):

Christie (hypocritical RINO), Rubio (hypocritical RINO and wetback lover)

Bush, (really sad case of a guy trying to convince us he is a conservative yet is little more, if anything, than a snivelling RINO)

Kucinich (maybe another RINO and maybe not but just does not have a snowballs chance in the middle of a nuclear war of lasting through the primaries),

Carson (while he thinks right, he is just too much of a whoosh)

Sanders (avowed socialist or in other words I think a commie)

Clinton (a rotten nasty bitch who cares only about the power she can yield even at the expense of the security of the American people and it is probably all just to get back at Bill for sticking his dick in whatever hole was available)
 
Normally, I probably would vote for Cruz before Trump since Trump has been way too far on the left, regarding many issues, over the years, for me. So, I think I would lean toward Cruz. Then again, that is only if the courts proved satisfactorily that he is what is meant by a natural born citizen. Since he is a dual US and Canadian citizen, born in Canada, I doubt they can do so. I say that because at the time the Constitution was written there was no such thing as a dual citizen as far as I am aware.

Better yet, I would vote for Rand Paul before them all but he will never win the primary as far as I can envision. What a pity because I think he has the right stuff for all Americans and I do mean for Americans and not for wetbacks or terrorists as leans Obama (in my estimation).

So, I am guessing it's going to be Donald Trump who will get my vote. Hopefully he has changed his principles on some things as he indicates in his speeches. While the leopard cannot change its spots, a man can definitely change his convictions, look to George W. Bush being a pussy and having done so by giving the bailouts and look to Ronald Reagan who was an avowed liberal but became the best president in my lifetime after he came over to the right.

My thanks and a hat tip to Steve Del C. for the video.

All the best,
Glenn B

We Used To Have A Dachshund...

...now that I have seen this one, I want another one.



All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I Have No Idea If All These Claims About Bernie Are True...

...but if these are verifiable facts, I am absolutely certain that he will win the Democratic primaries and become their candidate.


It may also be enough to bring out every leftist to vote at least three or more times each and give him the presidency. The left lives to adore those types of shortcomings.

Hat tip to John D who shared this on his B page.

All the best,
Glenn B

Why Trump Is Doing So Well - In A Nutshell

Trump is doing well because people are disenchanted with leftists like Obama and Clinton and because they are angry with RINOs who claim to be conservatives but are more on the left than on the right. It's also why Cruz is doing as well as he is doing, he just does not have the lack of inhibition to come out and blast the other Republicans as does Trump.

Those RINOs of which I speak are almost every Republican now in office or currently trying to gain office; I believe they have abandoned the true Republican platform and kowtow to the leftists. They are hypocrites who promise us one thing, then do a completely different thing once in office. They keep up a deplorable cycle of doing so, throughout their terms as elected representatives of the People, all without ever representing anything but their own agendas. More here:

https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/01/rubio-and-ryan-symbolize-the-real-gop-problem

As far as I am concerned we would be better off without RINOS in, or running, for office. I am beginning to believe our best chance, to recover America Lost, is a Trump/Cruz ticket in the upcoming election.

My thanks and a hat tip to Peter Q for the link.

All the best,
Glenn B

Why Do I Bother Supporting The Rights Of Leftist Shitheads...

...who continuously call for violence to be strewn upon me and others because we are of another political ilk than them. I guess maybe it is because I am a man of at least some principles as opposed to being a flaming power hungry nasty arsehat who obviously has mommy or daddy or other authority issues against which they must rebel. More here.

All I can ay abut the so called comedian in question is that I pity anyone with whom she comes in contact, especially her children, if she has any to brainwash with her hate filled rhetoric.

The hypocrisy and vehemence of the leftists Democrats amazes me no end, especially with regard to how much their ambitions, in general, are similar to those of terrorists.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, February 1, 2016

ISIS Stacked Up Against Progressives


Read about it at the source.

All the best,
Glenn B

Federal Judge In EDNY Reportedly Frees Child Pornographer...

...after only 5 days served for his crimes. And reportedly this seems to be nothing new, the judge reportedly has gone easy of pedophiles/ and or pornographers in the past. See more here:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/man-convicted-child-porn-brooklyn-avoids-prison-time-article-1.2515029

In my opinion, the judge should be stripped of any authority to remain on the bench; I think he is a disgrace to humanity let alone to the courts and the justice system.

This is what the judge said about why he did not sentence the defendant to longer than his five days:

" "Removing R.V. from his family will not further the interests of justice," Weinstein wrote in the Jan. 21 decision, which was first reported by the New York Law Journal.

"It will cause serious harm to his young children by depriving them of a loving father and role model, and will strip R.V. of the opportunity to heal through continued sustained treatment and the support of his close family." "

Just imagine that the judge said a guy who reportedly sought out kiddie porn, possessed pornography of pre-teen girls, and participated in video chats with female minors was called a role model, for his own children, by a federal judge. Is there a way to call for impeachment of a judge, because if there is a way, it should be called for here.

All the best,
Glenn B

 

Something About This Pic...



...makes me wish I was going to go on an Easter egg hunt. I wonder, is it the green grass and purple flowers, of springtime, that set the mood? Maybe it is the smiling young lass with pistol in hand. Or is it that she is wearing a blouse that looks like a painted Easter egg! I don't know, maybe it is all of them but I sure would not mind setting up a couple dozen Easter eggs as targets right about now and go shooting with her.

All the best,
Glenn B

You Would Think When They Set Up A Nice Shot...

...like this one here, someone would take the time and make the effort to tell the model how to grip the pistol correctly.


If you don't see what's wrong, I would gladly give you a Band-Aid if I have one and am there when you bleed.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, January 31, 2016

CBP Officer Reportedly Arrested For Accepting A Bribe

A Customs and Border Protection officer has been arrested after allegedly receiving a $3,600 bribe to alter the immigration status of two people by way of  his access to a government computer system (source).

If the charges are upheld, all I can say is 'hasta despues su sentencia pendejo'. If guilty, I think he deserves all the time they can give him.

All the best,
Glenn B

Today In History - Our First Clues That Democrats Would Be First To Cause Global Warming

On this day in history, unbeknownst to us at the time, the fourth clue that Democrats would be totally responsible for starting Global Warming, aka: Climate Change, was thrown in our faces by Harry Truman. In fact, this fourth clue clearly indicated that they would not only be responsible for starting global warming but that they would continually proceed to find better ways to make our planet nice and toasty warm regardless of the cost to us. On this day in history, January 31, 1950, President Harry Truman announced that the USA would seek to create the hydrogen bomb, aka: The Hell Bomb.

Oh, by the way, if you were wondering what were the first three clues that Democrats would be responsible for Global Warming, they were gifts that President Harry Truman gave to the world and that warmed our planet more than the sun in some places: Trinity, Little Boy, and Fat Man. Funny how the liberal leftist Demoncrats now want to blame man's slash and burn farming techniques of 7,000 years ago but how they don't even mention at all the atomic, hydrogen, and whatever types followed, bombs that have been set off since Harry Truman first starting toasting the earth and its atmosphere with thermonuclear goodness.

All the best,
Glenn B

I Wonder, What Kind Of Barbed Wire Is That



Damned if I know but I'd bet Wirecutter knows.

All the best,
Glenn B

She Made Me Laugh Many Times & Made Me Cry A Few Times Too...

...but she was the mother that almost everybody who experienced her loved. Jeanne Stapleton, better known as Edith Bunker, passed away May 31, 2013. Now, you may be wondering why I am about to eulogize her at this late date. Well, a good friend of mine posted about her passing on Facebook (yes that anti-gun arsehole site that I still visit for some reason). I guess it was news to my friend because FB says she just posted about Jeanne only 13 hours ago or maybe she just wanted to remind us about her. When I read the FB post, I realized I had not said anything, in a blog post, about it at the time of her passing. I have been watching All In The Family reruns now and again as of late and thus figured I owed this wonderful actress at least a blurb or three regardless of it not being timely. 

Hopefully, Jeanne Stapleton has moved onto and been in a better place since her passing. If there is a heaven and a hell she most indubitably has been residing and performing in heaven but still has had them rolling in laughter in hell - she was that excellent of an entertainer. She may have had them shed a few tears too, she truly was capable of bringing out most, if not all, of one's emotions through her acting prowess.

While I usually laughed at the dim-witted side of her character Edith Bunker, there were a few times I actually shed a few tears over her more poignant scenes. Just recently, I saw the episode in which a rapist tried to accost her, on her 50th birthday, inside of her own home while her family readied a surprise party for her. I usually don't get emotional watching television shows or movies but that one just about had me sobbing at one or two points as she tried to deal with what she had just narrowly escaped. Hell - I don't think anyone ever wanted to see Edith having to suffer more than with what she put up with in Archie.


She also reminded me of my mother, in looks, not in wits, but that is another story. Although, I must say, there were times when my mother emulated Edith a little too much - or was it Edith emulating my mom, your mom, everyone's mom a little too much! I think maybe that last part was it and that was what made Jeanne Stapleton so beloved in that role as Edith Bunker - she was everyone's mom.

I will not say much more about her than I don't think anyone could have better played the role of Archie Bunker's wife in the long running sit-com All In The Family. Read more about her here and then take a moment to remember her and to honor her. Let me close by saying, if you have never seen All In The Family, you have no idea about what you are missing. Watch a few episodes and laugh a lot; by then you most likely will be hooked and want to see them all. That my friends would be the greatest honor you could pay her.

A hat tip to Eileen Y-F for the inspiration to write this one.

All the best,
Glenn B

America Turning Stoopid



All the best,
Glenn B

You Never Know


Payback can be a real bitch,...


...when you least expect it.

All the best,
GB

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Which One Is Truly An Accomplished Song Writer/Singer?


The answer given was pretty blunt and to the point, totally disregarding any hint of political correctness, wasn't it!

All the best,
GB

Facebook's Gun Control Policy

This may get me banned from Facebook but I had to let them know how I feel about their new policy that forbids individuals from legally selling firearms to one another by way of their site. This may turn out to have been my last FB post:

" I am truly disappointed with Facebook curtailing the legal transfer of firearms between individuals on their site. See: http://www.reuters.com/…/us-facebook-guns-exclusive-idUSKCN…

I know, it is their site to do with as they please but I do not have to be happy about it. Just to show Facebook how unhappy I am with their decision to have done so, I figured I would show Facebook how unhappy I am with a graphic. I gladly will suffer any consequences and shall remain happy that I expressed my apolitically correct but logical reply to them.

"
 
I imagine that FB will not be all to happy about that post but as I said in it, I will gladly suffer the consequences.
 
A hat tip to Phil, aka: The Vulgar Curmudgeon, for the "fuck you facebook" graphic that I found in this post on his blog.
 
All the best,
Glenn B


 

Women And Bacon


All the best,
GB

Go Ahead, Vote For Hillary or Bernie, Then Take What You Get

Either Hillary or Bernie getting into office will likely result in something very similar to what we are warned about in this cartoon. Hell, we are well on our way to it under Obummer.
 


I suppose a vote for the likes of Rubio, Christie, Bush and some of the other so called conservatives would have similar results too.

I may have to vote for Trump yet.

Hat tip to peter Q.

All the best,
GB

Safe From Terrorists

I took down my Rebel flag (which you can't buy on ebay anymore) and peeled the NRA sticker off the front door.

I disconnected my home alarm system and quit the candy-ass Neighborhood Watch.

I bought two Pakistani flags and put one at each corner of the front yard. Then I purchased the black flag of ISIS (which you CAN buy on ebay) and ran it up the flag pole ...

Now, the local police, sheriff, FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, Secret Service and other agencies are all watching my house 24/7.   I've NEVER felt safer and I'm saving $69.95 a month that ADT used to charge me.

Plus, I bought burkas for my family when we shop or travel. Everyone moves out of the way and security can't pat us down.

Hot Damn -- Safe at last – Thanks to Obama!


A hat tip to Harry F for this one.

All the best,
Glenn B

Ah, Some Fresh Air At Last

As per an article in the New York Post, a New York City bureaucrat is hoping decriminalize public urination. While New York City has not done it yet, you can bet they will do it if only because they have been caught with their pants down - so to speak.

San FranSicko, has outdone New York in the arena of public urination. They have installed their first open air urinal in a public park. I guess the pervs will now have a valid excuse for whipping out their winkies and wriggling them in front of children; an excuse that doubtlessly will protect them from charges of indecent exposure and child molestation in the land of fruits, nuts and granolas! More here.

All the best,
Glenn B

 

Only Days Away From The Best...

...holiday of the year and it's all in honor of a rodent! Yes, I mean Groundhog Day. No gift giving - thus no shopping, no relative over for a holiday feast - thus no hours and hours preparing for those picky pains in the arse, no Groundhog Day decorations - thus no aching back to stretching and reaching and bending to hang them, no religious connotations in any way shape or form - thus no way to offend anyone (except rodent haters). You, or at least I, have just got to love the crap of a holiday that gets thousands of folks to stand out in the bitter cold just to see if a fat little porker of a rodent (groundhog) sees its own shadow or not to figure out if we will still have six more weeks of winter or not, especially since the little bastard has no clue what he (or she) is doing and neither do the spectators because winter is another six weeks and five days, or so, long regardless of if he sees his shadow or not.

Hope your Groundhog Day is a wonderful one.

All the best,
Glenn B

I Was Ruined Long Before The Internet


A hat tip to Mike McC for that one.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, January 29, 2016

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...

...plague me relative to our (Brendan and me) planned trip to Alaska this spring. I have a good amount of cash stashed away for the trip, about three grand so far. That will cover both of our airfares and my part of lodging, vehicle rental and most of my expenses.

When there, I would like to assure we are properly armed to deter and if necessary kill any bears that may become problematic. This is no joking matter for me especially since I found out that to be eligible to work for the state of Alaska, on jobs like seasonal maintenance of campgrounds and whatever, you need to be eligible to carry a firearm to deter bears. That is a requirement found within in the laws of the state of Alaska. If they see the necessity you can bet I do too.

Anyway, that leaves me with a big decision to make. The decision being whether or not I should shell out now for a revolver in 44 magnum (and thus having to find that much more money for the trip) and if so, do I get the Taurus Tracker with 4" barrel or Ruger Redhawk with 5.5" barrel. 

I am leaning toward the Ruger based in part on their reputation versus the reputation of Taurus. Besides reputation, the Ruger has a six chambers and the Taurus only five. I would hate to need that sixth round and have to reload to get it even though it would be likely that I would have the chance to get off that many shots on a charging brown bear. In addition, Ruger has some outstanding features that the Taurus, as far as I am aware, does not such as the solid frame without side panels (adding lots of strength to the frame) and the triple locking cylinder. Then there is the weight difference, the Ruger is about 10 oz. heavier, which is a good thing in that sized caliber (or so I would think). And of course, there is the barrel length issue. The 44 magnum is likely to have at least just a bit more punch out of a 5.5" barrel as opposed to coming out of a 4" barrel. As for price, I can pick up a Taurus Tracker with 4" barrel for about $575 but the Ruger would cost about $905 - that's a difference of $330 (or an awful lot of 44 magnum ammo). Even with that price difference, the Ruger is the one I am leaning toward and that even tough the $330 is about the cost of a day's fishing (for one person) on a charter out of Seward, AK. Decisions, decisions, decisions...it sucks not being filthy rich and not being able to buy both - or even just independently wealthy enough not to have to worry about the price difference!

I have sent an inquiry to my local dealer to see if he has the Ruger in stock right now. If he does, I may dive right in and pop back up on the surface holding a new Ruger Redhawk. If he doesn't have it in stock and cannot get one in a reasonable amount of time, I may just have to go for the Taurus and save myself some money. Whichever, I would like to have it in hand before Brendan and I travel up to New Hampshire for a blogger get together next month. If I get the Ruger, hopefully I will still have enough for at least 100 rounds of 44 magnum ammo so we can both practice some with it while in NH. 

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, January 28, 2016

And Now For Something Almost Completely Different...

...among the huge number of gals and guns images on the Internet. I have never seen one quite like this one before:


All the best,
GB

I Am Happy I Retired From HSI/ICE/DHS When I Did...

...although it might have been the better move for me to have retired 6 years before when I first became eligible. It having had been better would have been due solely to the fact that I would have gotten out of the only truly aimless and pointless agency and department that I had ever worked for, during my 32 year career in federal law enforcement, at an earlier date than I did when I retired later on. DHS had almost the lowest rating in morale among federal departments for the few years before I retired and ICE almost the worst morale of all the agencies within DHS. Last year, it was reported they both had the worst rankings in morale - DHS the worst morale of any federal department and ICE the worst morale rating within DHS. I believe that was pretty much due to DHS and ICE having terrible executive and mid-management and to them being a department and an agency without a true mission to accomplish, in other words they are pointless and aimless.

Just about every time I have read something about DHS or ICE (including HSI) since I retired, just over four years ago, I feel certain flashbacks of despair and I feel newly sown shame. Let me just say it was not a good experience working there and almost everything I have seen about them, since I retired, has been bad news. For instance, take the latest article that is making the rounds on Internet news sites. It has been reported that (and this is in regard to DHS and its agencies):

"Inventory reports, obtained by the news site Complete Colorado and shared with FoxNews.com, show that over 1,300 badges, 165 firearms and 589 cell phones were lost or stolen over the span of 31 months between 2012 and 2015." (Source.)

While the article goes on to state that most of the losses were at Customs & Border Protection, apparently many were from ICE too. ICE has several agencies within it, so there might not have been any, or at least not many, losses from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) where I worked. Yet, this news is still depressing for me. I would think it likewise for anyone else with any amount of pride who also had worked there. At least it certainly makes me feel somewhat ashamed to admit to folks that I once worked there. I mean, how proud can one be that they worked for a department or agency with such low morale and from which these averages were generated:

Almost 42 badges (and I must assume also the credentials that went with them) were lost or stolen each month during the 31 month time frame mentioned above.

On average, 5.3 guns were lost or stolen, each month, in that same time frame.

About 19 cellphones a month went missing as well, again either lost or stolen.

That is an absolute disgrace in my estimation. In my 32 years of government service, I cannot recall ever having lost a piece of equipment that had been issued to me by the government except for a single cell phone that fell out of its clip and into the bay while I was boarding a boat in Florida. I promptly reported it. Since the phone was not waterproof and was not easily retrievable there was no worry about any information on it being compromised. There may have been something else I lost during my career but I do not think another phone, certainly never my credentials or badge (except what temporarily went missing in the collapse of the Customhouse on 9/11 and those were cancelled credentials and a government passport) and most definitely never a government issued firearm (except what was lost temporarily in the collapse of the Customhouse at the WTC on 9/11 and that was recovered later from the firearms vault). I never lost an issued gun, as in leaving it somewhere and not recalling where and never had one stolen from me. Same with my credentials.

As a matter of fact, I never heard of a rate of such losses as being that high, in my career, when I worked for the Border Patrol, nor for the Customs Service, nor even when I was under DHS. It just boggles the mind that as many phones, credentials/badges and firearms go missing at such a high rate, and it is scary to think of how those government phones, credentials/badges, and guns could be used by those with evil intent. Then again it does not surprise me that it has been happening within DHS. So many are miserable because of working there that it simply is not surprising to me that proper care is not practiced by DHS employees in safeguarding these items. Note, I am not excusing proper safeguarding of those items, I just am saying I understand how such laxness has come about.

Scarier yet though is the thought of how much information, law enforcement sensitive to classified to classified as top secret, could be going missing from the hands of the employees of this same department and its agencies. I doubt thought that DHS will be revealing stats on losses of information though, at least not any time soon. That if only because they, in my opinion, probably see no need to compete with the potential losses of classified information by Hillary Clinton.

All the best,
GB