Monday, June 26, 2017

Briefs That Fit No Matter How Big Your Rod



And I bet you thought I meant some other rod!

All the best,
GB

Asleep At The Helm?

If what the captain of the ACX Crystal container ship is saying is true (and that is a big if) then it seems as if whoever was at the helm of the United States' guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald may have been proverbially asleep at the helm.


"In the first detailed account from one of those directly involved, the cargo ship’s captain said the ACX Crystal had signaled with flashing lights after the Fitzgerald “suddenly” steamed on to a course to cross its path.


The container ship steered hard to starboard (right) to avoid the warship, but hit the Fitzgerald 10 minutes later at 1:30 a.m., according to a copy of Captain Ronald Advincula’s report to Japanese ship owner Dainichi Investment Corporation that was seen by Reuters." (Source.)


Whether or not that is the unvarnished truth remains to be seen. It may be considered somewhat questionable in light of the fact that the container ship reportedly steamed on for another 6 miles before making a U-turn to go back to the scene of the collision and the captain reportedly did not contact authorities about the collision until one hour had passed. Something it seems to me is not right about that. Of course, a tardy report and steaming on after the collision may have little or nothing to do with the veracity of the captain's statement that his ship had warned the destroyer before the collision and that the destroyer maintained course regardless of the warning. Being that there are currently six ongoing investigations, it may take some time to fathom it all out but one has to hope that the truth is gotten to in the end to avoid such a terrible tragedy in the future and to give the families of the fallen sailors some sort of peace.


Source: http://www.oann.com/exclusive-u-s-warship-stayed-on-deadly-collision-course-despite-warning-container-ship-captain/


All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Decent 22LR Ammo At A Decent Price

If you are into shooting 22LR ammo at all, you know that prices had been sky high under Obama and that said ammo was often almost impossible to acquire for much of his reign term. Availability has increased and prices have come down some, in fact it is almost regularly available now for under 5 cents per round for what I consider average quality ammo.


Then there is somewhat higher quality 22LR ammunition such as CCI Mini Mags. It has always been higher quality and thus more expensive than the average and lower quality options out there but it was ridiculously priced while Obama was in office if available at all. Right now you can get a box of 100 rounds of it for $7.99 (down from a very recent price of $9.99 at most reasonable dealers) or you can order 1,000 rounds of it for $79.99 and receive free shipping. This deal is being offered by Palmetto State Armory, or at least it was being offered yesterday, for 36 grain hollow point and 40 grain round nose Mini Mags. That is not a bad deal at all considering recent prices. Now you may want to wait while hoping the price goes don more but me, I placed my order last night. That should put my 22LR tock back up to the inventory amount I had before I visited Brendan down in AR and brought him a veritable cornucopia of my ammo stores.


All the best,
Glenn B



Fairy Tales Can Come True - Even On The Surpeme Court

An excellent rumor is being circulated that Supreme Court Justice Antony Kennedy may retire this month or at least announce his retirement. To me it seems more like a fairy tale than a rumor but as they say "fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you, if you're young at heart". So folks, I am thinking, acting and going to be feeling young at heart, at least until this libturd justice is out and forgotten. More here.


All the best,
GB

Friday, June 23, 2017

Johnny Depp - You Made It A Lot More Than A Question

It's been reported that the American actor Johnny Depp recently said the following to an English audience:

“It is just a question, I’m not insinuating anything… When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” 

He reportedly then went on to say:

“Now I want to clarify, I’m not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it’s been a while, and maybe it’s time.” (Source.)

Yes, if he indeed actually said those things, it started out with what might have been just a question but ended up with what I consider a definite insinuation and that obviously was that maybe it's time for an actor to kill a president. To that, all I can rhetorically reply is: 'When was the last time a president killed an actor - maybe it's time - are you willing to be the one Mr. Depp'. No, I do not wish Johnny Depp and physical harm and do not want to instigate any sort of violence against him; however, I have had enough of leftist shits like him skirting around the issue of assassinating our president. I consider Depp to have committed professional suicide by making those statements if he in fact made them. So, I will say one more thing about it: Johnny Depp can screw himself bloody for eternity before I ever watch another movie in which he plays a role.

As for the English, I am not amazed that those hypocrites did not arrest and deport him for much the same reason they barred Michael Savage from ever entering their country again (source). The difference between the two, one is an apparent leftist and instigator of violence and one is a good moral man. I guess, all that matters to the English government loonies is that they protect the leftists - so they have allowed the scumbag actor Johnny Depp to freely roam their country while barring an American patriot like Michael Savage.

All the best,
Glenn B

My New Guns Over The Last Year And A Half

I was working on my firearms inventory this evening, not on paper yet but just getting all of my ducks rifles lined up in a row. As I was doing so, it dawned on me that I have picked up quite a few new guns in the course of the last year and a half, so I decided to see exactly how many that had been accumulated from January 2016 though June 2017. I was a bit surprised at how many I had added to my armory inventory. When you buy one or two one month, then another one a month or two later and keep going like that, they tend to add up. Luckily for me I had to miss the last Hessney Rod & Gun auction up in Geneva, NY because I am almost literally broke. After my next pension check and once all my bills are paid, I will have about $65.00 cash to last the month. That sucks but it is keeping me from buying any other guns right now and that just by itself is okay by me. I need to sell one or three to get to the point where I can afford to go to another auction and fortunately for me, the next one up in Geneva is not until September.

Anyway, I digress so let me get back to the guns I bought over the course of the last 18 months. Here is the list:

New Long Guns (new as in to me - some are new others used) 

Mossberg Model 44 US(a), January 2016, Hessney Auction (subsequently sold)
 
Mossberg Model 835 UltiMag, 12 gauge, April 2016, Hessney Auction (subsequently sold)
 
Remington Model 870 Express Magnum 12 Ga. 3", June 2016, Hessney Auction
 
Ruger 10/22 Reaper Camo 22LR, June 2016, Hessney Auction

Savage Model 93 22WMR, August 2016, Hessney Auction

CVA Hawken Percussion, 50 caliber, December 2016, Hessney Auction

Marlin 1936 (aka: Model 36) in 30-30 Win, February 2017, Hessney Auction

Springfield 944 Shotgun 12 gauge, February 2017, Hessney Auction
 
Ruger Mini 14 Ranch Rifle 5.56x45mm, March 2017, Hessney Auction
 
CZ Model 527 Varmint Thumbhole 223 Rem, April 2017, Hessney Auction

Remington Model 141, 35 Rem, April 2017, Hessney Auction


New Handguns (both actually bought brand new) 

Ruger Redhawk 44 Rem Mag, May 2016, Hunters Essentials (LGS)

Rock Island Armory 1911-A1 Full-Size, 45 Auto, October 2016, RKGuns (online)

I used to by pistols a bit more often. That was when I could get them at the Hessney Auction without it being a pain in my arse. That was once upon a time when my county PD would issue a purchase document prior to a sale (fill in after the sale and return to them). They stopped doing that so now it would necessitate another trip to Geneva after an auction. I would have to bring the receipt for the gun to my county PD, they would give me a purchase document, and I would have to bring that back to the auction company to pick up the gun NY sucks). So no I have to just about always buy locally or online unless I get a really excellent deal somewhere.

As for long guns, when I looked over what I had bought and the order in which I had bought them, I realized I kind of stuck to a promise I had made myself. The promise was that I would start bidding seriously on some more higher end items than I had been doing before. Thus, at the past three auctions I attended between February 2017 and April 2017, I wound up picking up four nicer rifles and only one sort of a knock around clunker of a truck gun. Now granted, condition is everything and I have to say that three of the four nicer guns are in great condition. The CZ Model 527 Varmint Thumbhole was unfired in the box and the Ruger Ranch Rifle was auctioned 'as new' but it sure looked to me to be unfired and was also in the box with all accessories and papers. The Marlin 36 is in very good to excellent shape and probably has 85 to 90% of its case color remaining on the receiver and lever. The Remington 141 is not in as great shape but it still is in very good condition. It has what appears to be a factory repair to the butt stock (a piece of wood removed and replaced with another piece maybe 1" square or so and it is fit so well that I missed it when I first looked the gun over); still though a very nice piece.

The truck gun is the Springfield 944 Shotgun. It has a fair amount of painted on finish missing on the receiver and has a hairline crack in the fore stock (I missed that out of sheer neglect, never looked it over that well since I was only going to bid a small amount on it and anyway I doubt it detracts much from the value). Anyway, I got that for just what I said, a sort of knock around clunker gun.  Even getting the Springfield was part of my prior made plans - not to merely get some higher end guns but to also bid on some of the lower end guns at the end of the auction that I could probably get for a song - then have fun with at the range and then sell sooner or later, without any seller's remorse, after tiring of them.

I keep looking the list over and I have realized I am pretty much a gun buying junkie. With that in mind, I have a few of my guns up for sale right now. Just sold my Steven's Model 66B about a week or so ago. Did not get much for it, probably right around what I paid for it but I had some funs with it in the years I had it. I need room for my new ones and cash to fill that empty spot in my pocket that was created mostly since February through April when I bought those 5 guns I just mentioned. Once I get some more cash, I can buy some more guns. Gotta love a free market and the RKBA and having the cash to enjoy them.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Today Has Been A Good Day But Yesterday Was Excellent

I have had a nice day so far today. Went to the credit union to cash a windfall check and now have money for the weekend with a decent amount left over to help pay bills. To give my wife a break, I took my grandson for a walk, about two and a half or three miles and we also stopped at the playground for some fun time there. After that, I replaced the butt stock on one of my Remington 870s with a police folding stock I have had for decades. I was only able to do that because the screw I ordered for it arrived today and it fit. Oh happy days. Checked my blood pressure after that and it was 178/82, I was ecstatic. My new BP med must be working. I also just found out, I am getting the holiday pay I should have gotten for Memorial Day, it was somehow overlooked in my last paycheck. More money for the weekend and to pay bills.

Yesterday though was a truly excellent day. I  received that check that I wound up cashing today. That was nice, the check arrived sooner than expected. That of course is not what made the day excellent. My son knows why. He is the only person besides my wife and two close friends in whom I had confided that I found a lump in my neck. In fact, I had told him the moment I found the lump, that was weeks ago when I was visiting him in Arkansas. Did not really mean to do it just blurted it out when I found it. Sorry my boy to put you through weeks or a month of anxiety to find out if it was cancer again or not. That brings me to why yesterday was such an excellent day, I got the PET Scan results yesterday. Brendan is the first one I contacted about the results and he was quite happy to hear the result and there is no way I can tell him how much I appreciate his concern for his old man.

Yes, of course you can figure the results were excellent. All was good, I am clear - no sign of cancer having returned. To tell you the truth, I do not know if I could have faced off against that demon a second time, it was that bad the first time. To my son and my two friends, thanks for worrying about me and I was very happy to tell you I am okay. No I did not include the wife there just now, she had told me it was nothing. So, I have to admit she was right and say thanks for that. I also have to say special thanks to her for caring too because even though she tried to make it seem worry free, I know she was concerned for me as much as she says she cannot stand me. I know that because the first time around, she was there for me.

You may also have realized, I did not tell my daughter nor son-in-law. Celina and Phil just got married a second time, this time in a Catholic church because Ryan John (their son and my grandson) is going to be Christened this coming Sunday. Why should I have worried them; in fact had the test results been bad, I would not have even told them then. This is their time to be happy at a special time for their first born. Why would I want to have ruined that. I thank them for bringing that little bundle of joy into my life.

I also have to thank my online friend Jen and her family. I recently asked her to do me a favor - that she and her family pray for me but I did not tell her why. I did not want prayers expecting prayer to change what the scan results would be - I knew I either had cancer again or not. I wanted and needed prayers because I did not know how I would react if I got bad news again. Really, as I said above, I do not know if I could face up to that demon cancer again and the battle that would ensue to defeat it - fighting stage 4 cancer really was that bad the first time. So, I wanted prayers to help me through it should I find out the worst. Jen and her family, and her online friends around the world, made a lot of difference the first time around. She had people around the globe praying for me, lighting candles for me, sending me well wishes - me who is an agnostic at best and those prayers helped give me the boost I needed to fight hard enough and long enough to beat down the demon cancer. You cannot imagine how much help a stranger can be until someone like she steps into the fray. I am not sure I believe in God, an Almighty Being, Mother Nature or The Force if you will, but I do believe in good and evil and I do believe in demons . Stage 4 cancer is one of the worst forms of evil. As for good personified, you can find it in Jen and her family - they are amazingly nice and caring folks and while we have never met face to face I consider them dear friends. They are the good that can overcome evil, they are among my guardian angels just like my family is to me.

Yesterday I realized something again that I have not thought about in awhile. That terrible battle I waged against the cancer - by sticking with all the treatments and never giving up despite the chemo doc telling me it would be the hardest thing I have ever or will ever do in my life - that battle was worth it. Heck, I am still here surrounded by loving family and friends and good folks like Jen and her family. That my friends has made it all worthwhile.

I wonder, did yesterday being that excellent have anything to do with it being the last day (or last 24 minutes) of Spring and the first day of Summer - the Summer Solstice. Maybe that had something to do with it too, maybe there was some of Mother Nature's magic in the mix, or the Force being there for me or God blessing me with grace (although I cannot imagine why). Whatever, it was just excellent for me. I know now that I have the chance to see my son again and to go fishing with him and tell him I love him, to see and enjoy my grandson growing older and share good times with him, to enjoy watching my daughter and son-in-law as young first time parents and give them grandfatherly tips from grumpus (me), and to live life a little longer with the woman I married much to her chagrin ;>).

All the best,
Glenn B

Wow Talk About Amazing Shooting - New World Record 2.2 Mile Kill

A Canadian sniper has set a new world record shot (which reportedly has been confirmed), by sending an enemy to meet his however many virgin goats, from 2.2 miles away. That is truly amazing. As the linked article says, more credit is probably due to his spotter than to the shooter but I think they both deserve a few icy cold beers for that (plus a promotion and a raise and all the advertising opportunities than can make from it). More here.

Video here: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4836265467001

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Now That Would Be Some Mighty Fine Shooting...




... and even though I am a fairly good shot, I don't think I'd ever be quite that good even if I had my 20/15 vision back in both eyes!

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ignorance Is Bliss (Or The Rude Awakening)


All the best,
Glenn B

It's All Location, Location, Location...

...but I am talking photographs not real estate. Location of the photographer, of the gal and of the hatchet.


All the best,
Glenn B

Hospitals - They Are The Same In Russia As Here...


...so when you are in the ER or waiting for an x-ray, you have to hold onto your wallet for fear some lowlife hospital staffer will steal it.

All the best,
GB

 

Important Things To Learn As A Teenager...

...should include continuing education in: ethics, morals, how to be respectful of others, how to be a good citizen, and how to drive a stick shift. Luckily, for one Australian woman, a potential carjacker most certainly never got the lesson about driving with a manual transmission and gave up in his attempt to steal her car. He apparently either never got the other lessons either or just chose to disregard them because as it turned out he ran off with her purse. She was apparently unharmed but he could have just as easily killed her in the mix. More here. Sadly, the woman never learned an important lesson that should be taught to everyone from a very young age and that is how to resist just criminal attempts by defending ones self and property.

Me, I probably would have given him a fight.

All the best,
Glenn B

Loctite Quandary

Some outtakes from a gun forum of which I am a member regarding someone who thinks there was a lump of Loctite in the sight channel on his revolver:

Original Poster: "Hey i removed a scope from a  S&W 29 and there seems to be a small lump of what i think is Loctite in the rear sight channel.  I dont want to scrape it off and damage the blueing, what will dissolve that stuff?
 
any ideas?"

Reply: "What color locktite is it?"

OP: "I don't know!  I know my dad loved the stuff!"
 
Another Reply: "How can you not know what is the color, you said you see a lump of it! So, what color is the lump? If it is Red or Blue Loctite, it should be red or blue respectively as it points out on the Loctite website...As I said above, their epoxy compound dries metallic gray."
 
No further replies so far from the OP.
 
There were many other replies overall, most explaining how to remove it and the gun gurus (including yours truly) contradicting one another but the OP never got back to answer that simple question. My guess is the OP tried to pry off the lump with a fingernail and off it came whatever it was. It is just hard to imagine though that someone could not tell what color was it - unless of course he is color blind; he also never got back to say whether or not he removed it.
 
All the best,
GB

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Very Best Things About Fathers' Day

The very best things about Fathers' Day are my children and grandson and of course my wife and the rest of the family. 
 
Getting to see my daughter Celina and son-in-law Phil getting married a for second time, this time in church last weekend, was excellent. They decided to have a church wedding before having Ryan John Christened (he will be baptized next week). It was truly an amazing and happy experience.

The second time around was as good or
better than the first wedding.

No less amazing is the fact that my son Brendan still tolerates me enough to go canoeing and fishing together as we did last month on the Caddo River in AR (heck he let me stay at his place for 10 days or so). Best buds for sure! I miss him since he moved to AR but hope to see him again soon.
 
I thought rowing was getting a little tougher, someone was taking a beer break.


I out fished him on this trip but I think he planned it that way.
Then there is also Linda, the woman I married and who married me, who still has not killed me in my sleep (go figure). I owe both of my wondeful children to her because heaven knows they did not become amazingly wonderful young adults because of me.

My beautiful daughter and lovely wife. My wife has the figure of a 24 year
old unlike me with the figure of a 24 ton blimp. Oh well, she's a good cook.

There also is my mother-in-law Luise (Oma) who lives with us. What can I say about Oma and how she shares her warmth and love with us but take a look for yourself:


 Lest I forget Uncle Ken, let me just say he was more of a father to me when I was growing up that was my real old man.


I have been truly blessed by having them in my life. I doubt it could get any better than this. I love them all very dearly.

All the best,
Glenn B

I Could Blast Off Some Ammo On This




I don't know if I would hit anything but it sure looks like it would be fun trying.

All the best,
Glenn B

Today I Smashed My Fathers' Day Gift From My Son

My son had some nerve sending me the Fathers' Day gift he sent to me! So much so, I did something today that I did not expect I would be doing - I smashed it to smithereens. I mean that literally, I took a ballpeen hammer and smashed it to bits (well the hammer was part of the gift, I only smashed what I was supposed to smash).

The gift my son sent me was from
Man Crates. Here is what it looked like before I smashed it (a stock image from the website):

Here is what it looked like after I got my jollies smashing it (my actual gift with gift note from my son):


The red gift card was inside the cement block. Took a few decent whacks to get it out and that stuff flew everywhere so it was good they included some cheap safety glasses. My wife probably thought I was going berserk over something down in the basement while hammering away with glee. She was, I think, a little cold toward me this morning but warmed up after I showed her the gift and explained what I had to do to it.

After smashing it open, I had to input the number from the back of the red card and then was given a choice of 13 retailers from one of which I could select a gift card. (It was supposed to be 14 but 13 is what showed up a few minutes ago - better than at just after midnight when it only offered 6 options.) My choice was easy, I took the gift card from Bass Pro Shops.

I also got a couple of nice polo shirts from my daughter and son-in-law. No smashing them though but I imagine I will get a lot of wear out of them over the next couple of year. Good high quality shirts too, probably too nice for me.

Hope all you ornery all bastards like me dads have a nice Fathers' Day.

You know, that has got to be one of the coolest gifts I have ever received. I just had a thought: I may have to have that hammer put into a shadow box or at least just hang it on the wall somewhere.

All the best,
Glenn B

Happy Fathers' Day...

...to all of the good dad's out there. I guess I should also say happy Fathers' Day to all the good single moms out there who play a double role as both mom and dad.

All the best,
GB

Saturday, June 17, 2017

You Cannot Defend The NY SAFE Act Even If You Are An Idiot...

...or if you merely give an idiotic reason for why you think it is necessary. Watch the video and you will see and hear what I mean because NY's Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul is, in my opinion, definitely making an idiotic argument in favor of the NY Safe Act. On the other hand, Rep. Chris Collins makes sense when he explains why it should be repealed.



Did I not just post about idiots and then I found this video to back it up.

All the best,
Glenn B

Idiots


The news has been full of them lately. Most of them but not all are liberal leftists.

All the best,
GB

I Won A Carbine...

...and yes it sure is nice! I have bought firearms raffle tickets every now and then and have entered a bunch of online gun giveaways over the years and before last night, I think the only thing I ever won in any of them was $100. Well, last night I won a Henry Big Boy Carbine Lever in 357 Magnum. I almost could not believe my eyes when I saw I had the winning number. In fact, I thought that the guy who posted that number in a gun forum that I visit was kidding me. I had to check myself and there it was, my winning number, when I looked. Yeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaa!!!


I am hopeful it will be this one. I like its old time look.
 
If I get the Big Boy Steel Carbine (lower of the two), I will still be happy.
The big difference between it and the Big Boy Carbine with brass are looks.
 
It does not specify if it is the Big Boy Steel Carbine or the Big Boy Carbine with brass receiver. I am hopeful that is the Big Boy Carbine (brass receiver), that would be extra sweet but I will not be disappointed if it is the one with the steel receiver. I suppose if they are sticking with the names given by Henry to these two rifles, then it will be the one in brass but I am not going to throw a hissy fit over a nomenclature technicality if it is the steel.

You might not think there is a downside to winning such a nice rifle but there is at least one that I can think of, that being that I now need to purchase yet another caliber of ammo that I do not have currently. If only I had not offloaded all o my 38 special and 357 magnum ammo a few years back! Oh well, maybe I will get really lucky and win a gift certificate in the same raffle, that would pay for a goodly amount of ammunition.

The really excellent thing about this deal, besides winning that rifle, is that I can still win another 13 times since there are that many days left in the month. Prizes alternate from one day being a firearm to one day being a sizeable gift certificate to the next day being a firearm and so on. Thus todays prize is a sizeable gift certificate (that would solve the ammo purchase problem nicely).
The prize for tomorrow is a truly excellent rifle, a special prize for Father's Day, a Browning X-Bolt Medallion Maple in 308 Winchester.


It would sure be nice to win that one too but lest I sound greedy my good luck wishes go out to all the other ticket holders. What I really need to win now is one of those gift certificates.

Edited to Add: Just found out I can take cash in place of the carbine and that is a very tempting offer. That would solve two problems - needing to buy a new caliber ammo and being low on cash right now.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, June 16, 2017

Who Gave The Commence Fire Command

Well, there we had it a couple of days ago when a nut job let loose on a Republican senator, congressional staffers ad capitol police officers. It took until a day after that shooting for news about another sort of similar incident to hit the news via the Internet even though the actual second reported incident preceded the shooting of the Senator by a day.

"Indiana State Police say shots were fired at a truck carrying a “Make America Great Again” flag and an American flag on eastbound I-465 Tuesday." (Source.)

It is like it is open season on Republicans and they who support President Trump. Be careful out there; regardless of your political affiliation (if any) you could wind up in the path of bullets be fired by angry but cowardly piss-pants leftist crybabies. If you have pro-Trump stickers on your car or pro-Trump placards on or near your home, you may want to consider removing them. You should definitely consider going legally armed wherever you go so as to be able to defend yourself from 
liberal snowflakes having a meltdown.

All the best,
Glenn B

Just Think Of It As Added Ventilation

A man in Ontario County NY was cleaning his Glock pistol and reportedly forgot to remove the one in the chamber. He now has additional ventilation in his home and maybe so too does his neighbor. More here.


All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Is That Wirecutter's Place?



All the best,
GB

The Abject Idiocy of the Left

Shortly after the shooting of Senator Scalise and the others in Virginia, NY Representative Claudia Tenney R-NY) received a message with the subject line:

“one down… 216 to go”

The message went on to say, in part:

"When you take away ordinary peoples very lives in order to pay off the wealthiest among us, your own lives are forfeit." (Source.)

To me it sounds like a death threat but whether it is or is not considered such by law enforcement is not my point. My point is that the person who sent that is essentially a shithead of an idiot who must have missed what happened.  Right now, Senator Scalise and the other victims are wounded but still alive. The only one who is down forever is the shooter - he was killed. So what the fuck is the message sender writing about one down... 216 to go (the 217 apparently meant by the sender to be the number of members of congress needed to pass a vote). No dickhead, it was the shooter and the extremists on the left who lost this one. Anyway, how in hell did you mix up a senator as being one of the 217 House representatives.

Just another seeming violence prone, shit for brains, librterd.

All the best,
Glenn B

The Leg of Lamb

The leg of lamb that I was smoking (see my post prior to this one) came out done pretty much perfectly as to doneness. When I took it out and put it on a platter to rest for 45 minutes, I noted it was bleeding from the holes I made with the meat thermometers, I used two to assure the temp was correct. It was bleeding as it rested and when cut was beautifully pinkish red inside.

Smoked to just about perfect doneness. The
 juice it bled off is in the platter in background.
I took it out of the smoker when the internal temp was right at 135; it could have been done just a tad more to be to my liking - maybe to 138-140 but I figure better a bit underdone than overdone (you can always put it into the microwave oven to cook a bit more but you cannot un-cook something cooked too much. As for the taste, the smoke flavor was evident but next time I think I would cut the roast to about half the size. Then again, I have to try it again today to check on the smokiness of it since yesterday I am sure that my taste buds were affected by all the smoke I took in while cooking it. Anyway, I do not think a big cut of meat like that absorbs as much smoke flavor as would a smaller one. I also think I overdid the spiced rub some but it was still pretty good. All in all I was fairly satisfied with the result. It was acceptable for my first try at real smoking.

Next time, I'll try a smaller roast with only some salt, pepper and garlic powder for the rub - or maybe just salt. I may also sear the meat before going into the smoker but need to do some checking on that first. By the way, next time is probably no longer away than this or next weekend.

Edited on 06/15/2017 to add: It tasted better today than last night. Much more smoke flavor today which I can only attribute to me not being able to taste how smoky it was last night because I had been breathing in the smoke as I cooked it and already had that aroma in my nose and taste on my taste buds.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Really Smoking For The First Time

Here I sit, shirtless, my nearly milky white flesh basking in the sun and I swear I truly am smoking for the first time ever. No not a cigarette, nor cigar nor joint and not me going up in smoke. I have a 6.25 pound leg of lamb on the Oklahoma Joe's smoker that Brendan left behind when he moved to AR. So I am smoking meat, in a real smoker, for the very first time. I will admit to having lightly smoked a leg of lamb once before in my regular BBQ grill with a small fire box containing woodchips that was sitting over or near one of the burners but that was and is not the same as what I am doing now. The smoker today has had smoke billowing from it ever since I added the first piece of wood maybe 1 or 1.5 hours after I had it going with just coals alone. This is the real deal.

Okay, it's been about 2 hours or a bit more since I wrote the above paragraph. My shirt has been back on for a long time now since I burn all to easily but the lamb is still cooking in the smoker. The temperature in that iron monstrosity has ranged anywhere from about 200 to 325, it reached the hotter temp when I added the first piece of wood. I have been trying to keep it at aruond 225 to 250. I finally got it figured out I think and the temp has been fairly steady in between 225 and 250 and maybe as high as 275; although, I just threw on a bit more charcoal and another small piece of hickory (first piece of wood on the coals was a quarter piece of I have no clue from our woodpile). By the time I go back outside to check again - who knows how high the temp will be.
A hefe weissbier to help pass the time.
The smoker is in background.
The lamb looked great last time I looked at it especially since it is encrusted with a mesquite flavored seasoning. I am trying to keep the smoke chamber end of the deal closed on advice of Brendan) so the temp remains steady but have opened it thrice now to turn the meat and to add a small bowl of water (the water bowl was also Brendan's advice). The lamb's been in there since 220 PM and it's 555 PM now so just over 3.5 hours.

Anyway, I just came inside to add a dram of vodka to the lemonade I have been drinking. Had two Paulaner Hefe Weissbiers earlier but want something a little lighter now. I had best get back outside to check the temp again. Would hate for it to get overcooked. I have a meat thermometer stuck into it and am going to consider it done once it reaches 135. I am bloody well hoping that means it will be dripping blood medium rare.

More later,
GB

"Without the Capitol Hill police it would have been a massacre,"

"Without the Capitol Hill police it would have been a massacre," were words reportedly spoken by Senator Rand Paul regarding the shooting of :Senator Steve Scalise who was wounded in the hip, an unknown number of congressional staffers and two U.S. Capitol Policemen (source). The shooting took place in Alexandria, VA near the end of practice for the annual congressional baseball game that is scheduled for later this month.

There is much reporting going on about it as I type but little real information being released. Right now they are saying that the shooter had been shot, possibly shot by one of Sen. Scalise's security detail from the U.S. Capitol Police. Senator Flake of AZ, reported that one of the security detail, an African-American male as he described him, had been shot in the leg but kept engaging the enemy and may have been the officer to bring him down (according to the video report, another witness said it was a female officer who brought down the bad guy). The shooter has reportedly died (cheers and much applause). Another congressman, Rep. Roger Williams, R-Tex, was also reportedly injured but from what I heard in a video Fox News report, he was injured diving into the dugout and was not shot.

Just before the shooting commenced, "Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., told Fox News he left just before the shooting. As he walked to his car, a man asked DeSantis if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing." The shooting started just a few minutes later. I am sure, like me, the world is wondering about who was the shooter, what were his motives and if he was the guy who asked that question. Not jumping to conclusions but it is seeming to me that the shooter was probably either a leftist who took Hillary Clintons advice to resist and who did s violently. That is just conjecture on my part it is not my conclusion. Of course, the shooter could have been a conservative who was sick and tired of the Republicans dragging their feet; he also could have been an Islamic extremist or some other sort of crazy. There is too little information being released to arrive at any sort of a conclusion.

I will comment on Senator Paul's statement that it would have been a massacre had the U.S. Capitol Police not been present. Yes it could have been and probably would have been a massacre as many of the congressmen and others present took shelter in one of the two dugouts while the shooter was reportedly firing from the other and or from the field. Folks, the great majority of us do not have the luxury of being able to afford an armed security detail to protect us and had that happened at a local little league practice it is likely many more people would have been shot. That is just another reason for you to go legally armed wherever you go and all the restrictions on going armed all the more reason to pressure congress to pass pro RKBA legislation.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

They Should Hire Her In Hollywood...


...to teach actors and actresses how to simulate recoil in shooting scenes. You would think after over a century of movies, and over 75 years of television, some arsehat director would take off that arsehat when it comes to scenes involving firearms being shot and have the actors and actresses at least fake recoil. There just about should never be a scene in which a firearm is shot, by a person holding the gun, and recoil is not evident. I truly am sick and tired of watching shooting scenes with the characters supposedly firing all sorts of handguns and long guns without any effect on the supposed shooter.

All the best,
GB 

Monday, June 12, 2017

My Kind of Diet Results


All the best,
Glenn B

I Used To Love My Rare Trips To Hooters

Besides all the tight shorts and low cut tops, the waitresses were often quite talented.



All the best,
Glenn B

Fred Was Going To The Range To Have A Blast

Fred figured he would go to the range and blast off a few caps. He threw his AR into the car along with a little bit of his ammo and set off to have a fun day.


Thing was, he forgot to take all but one magazine - bummer!

All the best,
GB

Sunday, June 11, 2017

If You Watched Him As Batman - How Can You Not Be Sad...

...especially every preteen to teenaged boy wanted to be him, if not to fight crime then to be close to Catwoman.



Of course, he wasn't only Batman. He had several other roles over the years but never became the truly big star he had hoped to become.



Regardless of him never achieving mega-stardom, he was something more important - he was the hero of millions of children - he was The Caped Crusader who taught us to stay on the right path; there was no other Batman quite like him and there never will be one who can compare. Farewell Batman - Godspeed.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Little Surprise in My Garage

Moving stuff around in the garage today, looking for something else, and found this:


Always nice to find ammo that I did not remember I had around.

All the best,
GB

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Robbing The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time...

...or was it the right place at the perfect time? Yeah, that's it - the second one!  ;>)

A robber enters a convenience type store, draws his gun and is almost immediately confronted by three of the four customers who were present and armed. He drops his weapon after what looks like to me the guy in the dark shirt whacking it with his left elbow (watch closely for his elbow to dip), bends over to retrieve it and when he comes up is almost immediately shot by at least one of the three armed patrons. Sometimes it just works out right for the good guys! This reportedly happened in Brazil.



I am wondering about the guy who ran out the door. Was he just an unarmed civilian type who made the smartest move possible under the circumstances or was he an accomplice or better yet, was he an informant who set up the armed bad guy?

I wonder about the three armed customers too. Were they cops ?assigned to something like the NYPD Stakeout Squad of yesteryear? I am betting they were cops and the guy who ran out either an accomplice or an informant. The guy in the black shirt and other guy to the viewers right (who also puled a gun) were aimlessly milling about, the guy in dark shirt even looked out the door as if waiting for it. Then he makes that move to disarm the bad guy with his elbow (or so it looked to me). Other guy who bought something and took forever to draw, a cop who should be retired already or on a desk job. Of course that is all just conjecture on my part.

All the best.
GB

Anyone Remember...

...The Tingler, starring Vincent Price?


For some reason, this made me think of it. So corny it was excellent.

All the best,
Glenn B

Recall On All Ruger Mark IV Pistols - Including Ruger 22/45 Pistols -...

...manufactured prior to June 1, 2017.

Here is how they explain it:

"Ruger recently discovered that all Mark IV™ pistols (including 22/45™ models) manufactured prior to June 1, 2017 have the potential to discharge unintentionally if the safety is not utilized correctly. In particular, if the trigger is pulled while the safety lever is midway between the "safe" and "fire" positions (that is, the safety is not fully engaged or fully disengaged), then the pistol may not fire when the trigger is pulled. However, if the trigger is released and the safety lever is then moved from the mid position to the "fire" position, the pistol may fire at that time."

More information about it and what to do if you own a Ruger Mark IV here:

https://ruger.com/dataProcess/markIVRecall/

All the best,
Glenn B

There Is Nothing Like A Mother's Loving Touch...

...definitely nothing like it in the case of the mother who reportedly used a pair of pliers to pull two of her young son's teeth in a Walmart rest room! More here

What the fuck is wrong with people!!!

All the best,
GB

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Whoops, I Just Dropped My Cherry...

...can you help me to find it sir?

 
Had I not had a heart attack at that precise moment...

All the best,
Glenn B

Feminism At Its Best - Really

This is an uplifting video. It is nice to see that a Muslim group  of women can do what feminists here in the United States say they have been doing for years - fighting for women's rights. Feminists here don't have a clue about really fighting for rights. As my friend Charlie F in essence said, you don't see any women from this country flocking to fight against ISIS with the Kurds.



The shame about it all though is that after ISIS is annihilated (and I believe it will have to come to that to stop them), the Kurds will probably turn against us as all too often seems to be the case with Muslim groups with which we have allied ourselves over the years.

A hat tip to Charlie F for the link.

All the best,
GB

California - Lawless Politics Run Amok?

Politicians have seemingly forgotten that the law applies to them in California by reportedly neglecting to post bills on-line at least 72 hours before passage. California, in essence, is a state run by politicians without regard for any law except, seemingly, those that rule against many conservative or libertarian values. Its politicians apparently do not care whether or not they violate the law because just as leftists all over the world consider themselves, those in CA evidently consider themselves to be above the law. Besides that, they seem to think that illegal aliens are above the law as well and are attempting to "...repeal a law making it a crime to use fake documents to conceal citizenship status." More here.

I guess the truly sad thing is that it seems it is not only happening (that leftist mentality taking over whereby politicians think themselves above the law) in California but also in states like NY, MA, CT, IL and elsewhere.

A hat tip o Mike G for the link to the article.

Al the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

It Could Always Be Worse

Although maybe not much worse than that red headed disaster zone.

All the best,
GB

I Thought Religious Beliefs Were Frowned On In Schools...

...but apparently a belief in Hell is okay as long as it is Donald Trump who is suffering there. Imagine that this happened with Obama, the media would be going bat shit crazy over it for a month. More here.

I would be that if school security videos were watched, we would see teachers writing some of those comments on those pictures of The Donald.

All the best,
GB

The Gun Show Haul

My son went to a gun show this past weekend, somewhere down IN AR. He didn't buy any guns but did pick up a few other things, a nice little haul if you ask me:


He spent a lot of yesterday trying to clean out the drum magazine of whatever they had coated it. We had thought it was Cosmoline but  am now doubtful because putting it into an oven at up to 210 degrees for well over a half hour did not have any of it met off. He wound up putting it in a broiler pan full of boiling water with some Dawn dishwashing detergent added and said that did the trick. Then rinsed it, patted it dry as he could do and put it back in the oven to dry quickly and completely.

He said it holds 75 rounds of 7.62x39mm ammo and is for his AK. I am thinking he is going to have a lot of fun at the range with it - that is if it is not a pain in the arse to reload. As for the other things in the pic, the mag is for his Glock 43 along with the Pearce extension for it. At first I thought the two jars were moonshine but closer examination showed them to be otherwise. Had me thinking that AR had some really excellent rules about gun shows for a moment there. Knife looks cool, don't know if it is practical. I am guessing the blade is obsidian.

All in all he did well. Now that he is in a much freer state than NY, buy what gun accessories he wants and he can enjoy shooting the way one should be able to enjoy it. Makes me just a wee bit envious.

All the best,
Glenn B

 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Not A Bad Dinner At All...

...even if I must say so myself.


A nicely marbled and very thick NY Strip Steak that I seared perfectly with crispy fat around the edges and the inside coked perfectly to a bloody delight, a big salad of just Romaine lettuce and radishes with Ken's Italian dressing (already devoured by the time I took the photo), Utz Salt'n Vinegar Potato Chips, Whalen's Horseradish & Garlic Pickles (almost to die for, they are that delectable), some Macadamia Nuts for dessert (hidden behind the chips) and a couple of glasses of lemonade sans alcohol for a change.

Man oh man I loved it. Still have about half that steak leftover for tomorrow's breakfadt or lunch.

All the best
Glenn B



Kathy Griffin Will Never Be As Good At It As Is Hillary Clinton



To have said that Donald Trump broke her and a bunch of old white guys are trying to silence her as an apparent way of getting people to ease up their criticisms of her for holding up a seemingly bloodied head of our president is though beyond the scope of how badly most leftists and liberals blame the other guy and shirk responsibility for their own transgressions and faults. Source.
 
Yet, as hard as she evidently tries to blame someone else for what she did or for being the cause of what she did - the plain and simple truth is that she did it and it was at the very least repulsive if not criminal as well. It is much the same as with Hillary Clinton outright blaming her loss in the presidential election on just about everyone imaginable, and some not imaginable. I think though that Griffin will never attain the mastery that Clinton has achieved in blaming the other guy - she, to me, is the all time master of it.
 
All the best,
Genn B

Friday, June 2, 2017

Ticket Must Have Been Issued In Mayberry...

...and been signed by Officer Barney Fife.


All the best,
Glenn B


 

Sometimes You Get The Sheep...

...sometimes the sheep gets you.


All the best,
Glenn  B

Daniel Defense - Saftety Notice

If you own a firearm manufactured by Daniel Defense, do yourself a favor and check at the linked page to see if it is possibly one with a faulty disconnector in the fire control group:  

https://danieldefense.com/safety.

If it is one of those affected, they explain the corrective action to take.

All the best,
Glenn B

Need A Chicago Typewriter - You May Be In Luck

The St. Louis Police Department is selling off a stash of vintage Tommy Guns. No, you cannot buy one from the department as they are already being sold to a distributor for $22K apiece. I imagine though, if you have the proper documentation along with $22K and whatever more the dealer asks for them, then you might be in luck. More here.

All the best,
Glenn B