Saturday, November 30, 2013

Bear With Me Through Another Steak Dinner

Wow, I can only imagine what this hunter must have felt when he spotted this 772 pound behemoth of a black bear and realized he could get off a shot at it. It took two shots to bring it down, from his deceased father's rifle chambered in .30-06. I can hardly guess at the number of steaks he is going to get from that or the amount of the taxidermist's bill for skinning it and turning its hide into a nice rug.

I figure that the largest black bear I have ever seen afield may have weighed in at about 300 - 350 pounds (and that is a conservative estimate) and it had me pretty concerned even though I was holding a 12 gauge loaded with slugs. It was only 30 - 35 feet from me and showing signs of nervous aggression before I fired a shot to scare it off; that was in an area that did not allow bear hunting at the time, otherwise I would have been eating bear steaks and roasts for a long time. I think seeing a 772 pounder though, that close, may have made me drop my shotgun and beg for mercy.

As for the hunter who bagged this brute, I hope he enjoys every mouthful (bear meat is excellent) and that his bear winds up breaking former records. It seems he may have bagged the world record black bear. The Boone and Crocket Club is currently making that determination based on the bear's skull dimensions.


All the best,
Glenn B

Gin and Cracked Corn...

...placed in a baking tray, with the gin allowed to soak into the corn for awhile, left outside for the turkeys to eat would be a very tempting end to the so called problem of too many turkeys in the neighborhood. I have heard said that such a  mixture, when eaten by turkeys, makes them pass out and thus easy to collect, dispatch and eventually to get into the oven.  Note, I said it would be tempting although I must point out I would not do it nor advocate anyone else doing it if illegal - which almost certainly must be the case within the boundaries of NY City let alone the rest of the state of NY.

See the video at this link:

All the best,
Glenn B

Maybe The Judge Should Serve The Rapist's Sentence

I studied Constitutional Law in college and later again in a few academy courses in both the Border Patrol and Customs academies and thus learned about a person having a right not to be subjected to double jeopardy for the same crime. In it's simplest form double jeopardy would be a case in which a defendant was found not guilty and then arrested and prosecuted again, for the same charge, if new evidence was found that indicated his guilt. The state simply cannot do it and I agree, it should not be done because it would result in persecutions of too many innocent people against whom the state decided to hold a crusading vendetta, for whatever reasons - such a political considerations, against the accused.

I think there is a case now in which the claim might be raised by the defense that the state is subjecting the accused, in my opinion a heinous criminal, to double jeopardy. Although I certainly am no expert on this aspect of the law, I would think that if someone is convicted of a crime and sentenced, then once he has completed the sentence, it might possibly be seen as double jeopardy to sentence him to a longer term for the same crime. I hope it is not the case though - at least in this particular instance.

This case is more something like someone being convicted and sentenced to 30 years in jail, then getting out early for good behavior but having to abide by parole regulations which if violated would send him right back to jail to complete the original sentence except that the man has apparently not violated his parole and yet the state is seeking to sentence him to the longer term. What they are saying is that the sentence given was illegal on the part of the sentencing judge.

Is it double jeopardy if it was the judge who erred illegally in arriving at the length of time served relative to the sentencing? I hope not because in this case, a vile disgusting pedophile of a rapist raped, repeatedly, a 14 year old girl (made even more disgusting by the fact he was a teacher, reportedly her teacher). It may not be double jeopardy because the actual sentence he received was 15 years and upon sentencing the judge suspended all but 31 days of his sentence. Why the suspension of most of the sentence? The judge thought that it was fitting, proper and legally lenient. That was apparently, in part, based on the judge's belief that the victim was 'older than her chronological age'. I find it difficult to believe tat the judge was lenient to the defendant because the girl looked more mature than her years, especially when the rapist knew the girl and was reportedly her teacher.

My guess would be that the defense will say that any such imposition of a further sentence, without a parole violation, would be double jeopardy although right now, the defense is not saying anything publically. I really truly hope that the court does not decide such, as the actual sentence was to 15 years imprisonment as I understand and it is going to be argued that the judge's leniency was illegal.  I especially there will not be a finding of double jeopardy and that the criminal will have to endure the complete 15 years behind bars if only in as much as the state should honor the memory of the 14 year old girl, the victim who was evidently forgotten or ignored by the sentencing judge. I say in her memory because she committed suicide before the trial.

Of course, there was a public outcry and the judge tried to resentence the man; however, the prosecutors went to Montana's supreme court to stop the judge from resentencing the man and I would guess because it may have been a double jeopardy issue had he done so or because it would have otherwise been illegal for him to change the sentence.  The state is appealing the original sentencing saying it was illegal and I hope they win and that the rapist is sentenced to at least the 10 years they are trying to get him to serve. If the state loses its appeal, but somehow the judge is determined to have acted and found guilty of a crime related to the sentencing, I think it might be fitting to have the judge serve the full sentence that could have been given to the rapist. If the judge is found to have acted within the law, then I think he should resign because there is no way that I can see it as him having carried out his duties morally, ethically and within the spirit of the law.

All the best,


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Alice's Restaurant (thanks to Jay G for reminding me)

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah

My wish to all is for a Happy Thanksgiving and my wish to my Jewish friends is that they also celebrate a Happy Hanukkah. It is a rare bird indeed when Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coincide and today is the last such alignment of both for the next 80,000 years, give or take a few millennia!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Walmart Is Good For Some Things...

...and I do mean besides all those People of Walmart photos that make the rounds on the Internet now and then (I am overdue to receive an email with new ones). Yesterday, on my trip home from hunting, I decided to take a break from driving in the storm at an average speed of  about 50mph (in a 65 zone). I figured that Middletown, NY would be a good place to stop because I could visit Gander Mountain to see if they had any 22LR ammo. I have a pretty good supply of it, but about half of mine if from the 1970s or 80s, so my supply could use freshening up. As it turned out, I got off the highway heading west instead of east (the direction of gander Mountain) because my stomach was talking to me. I made a quick stop at Mickey D's for two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, onions on a sesame seed bun and some fries.  I did takeout because the clientele inide looked like a group of hoodlums. Then I took my food and headed to the other side of the road, into Walmart's parking lot, where I gobbled it down. While there I had the rather infrequent, for me, thought of going into Walmart to check for 22LR ammo. While walking back to sporting goods, I came across a bin of CDs for $5.00 each. I gave a cursory glance and was very surprised to almost immediately find a Roy Orbison CD I liked, something along the lines of greatest hits. That go me to digging and I came up with a dozen of them from Alice Cooper's first album to Waylon Jennings with some Lynyrd Skynyrd in the middle.

After that, I headed over to the ammo case, not really expecting to find anything worth buying. As I approached from afar, it looked as if I had been right since the shelves were about 75% - 85% depleted of a full load. I walked over to it and as I got closer, with some squinting since I left my reading glasses in the car, I noticed Winchester 22LR ammo! There were two boxes of Winchester M*22, 22 Long Rifle,40 grain, black copper plated, round nose ammo. I asked how much and the Walmart guy told me $50.87. It was a bit difficult to impossible for me to read all of what was on the box, so I asked how many rounds were in each of the rather large looking bricks. The clerk opened the outside box and took out one of two inside boxes and started to open them saying that the outside of the box did not say how many rounds were inside. I squinted again and gave a good once over to one of the boxes and there in the middle of the box, it said 1,000 rounds. I told him not to bother opening them and to ring em up. Another 2,000 rounds in the ammo supply and I was a happy camper.

I don't know anything about this ammo other than what it says on he box. I rarely used Winchester 22 ammo in the past. I am hoping this is a step up from their low end 22 ammo about which I have heard bad things - mostly that it was known for lots of misfires and firing very dirty. If this stuff goes bang every time and is fairly accurate I will be very satisfied considering the price at just a tiny bit over .05 cents per round. If you are like a lot of other folks, myself included, who have been looking for 22LR ammo, you may want to give a Walmart that sells ammo a try. (My local Walmart does not sell ammo, I don't think any in my county sell ammo). While there, if you are short of cash, just avoid the CD bin.

I did not bother heading over to Gander Mountain after that since I already had spent more than I needed to or should have spent on hunting and ammo over the past two weeks. What the heck, you only live twice and I am going to enjoy this second round of life as best I can. Anyway that's why God invented plastic and debtors courts.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Just Back From Hunting

Went hunting again today, up near Windsor, NY. Once again, the deer laughed at me. It was a lot colder than last week, 27 degrees most of the day on the mountain, but I loved it even though I did not see hide nor hair of a beast. Saw tracks, evidently I pushed two or three out of the beds (all of them were together) and must have come close because one of them startled a chipmunk that made a racket but never saw them. About 2 - 6 inches of snow on the ground, depending on time of day. A five hour drive home including a 45 minute to one hour stop in Middletown. It was slow due to it storming out, mostly sleet and rain for the duration of the trip. More blogging tomorrow.

All the best,

Monday, November 25, 2013

It Is The Era of the White Man - 100 Amazing Facts...

I am willing to bet my life savings, that if I actually wrote a piece about how it is currently the era of the white man, and in that piece called African Americans Negroes, I would be branded as a racist by a great many people. Yet, it is apparently quite fine for a black man to write a piece called: It Is The Era Of The Black Woman 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro: When did the golden age of black female achievement begin? and to call African Americans Negroes in his piece. Then again, it is apparently okay for African Americans to call each other "my nigga" and "nigger" but not okay for me because I am Western European American, aka: Caucasian or white. Yet, I have heard it said hundreds, if not thousands, of times by one black person addressing another black person all with no racial insult ever being taken. Yet, it is racism and nothing more, nor less, to restrict the appropriateness of using those terms to one racial group and to lambaste another as racists if they too use it. Then again, the whole idea of glorifying the achievements of any person, based on their race, is racist. Thus I find the article linked to above as abhorrently racist.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Brr - What A Difference a Day Makes

No, I should say, what a difference a few hours make. Yesterday, it had to have been in the mid to high 50's where I live. Then late in the afternoon the temperature dropped and by about 7PM it was feeling really cold. The wind was blowing and that helped it to feel even colder. Then, I am guessing it was around 7 - 8 PM, the snow started to fall or should I say started to blow, it was really windy. Just got a bit though.

Today, it is as cold as a witch's breasticle! I just checked three different online weather services - one said it is currently 30 degrees here, the second said 30 degrees and the third said 29.2. What a drop over the course of a day and I am pretty certain it was colder last night (or in the dark and wee hours of the morning today). According to a check I just did for "yesterday's weather", the high here was 54 degrees and the low was 30. I know, realative to other places, even place to which I have traveled in winter, 29 degrees is not all that cold but it is still cold for this area in November. I think the coldest place I have ever visited was Pokeafellow Pocatello, Idaho. As I remember, it got down into the minus twenties when I was there for a FAM detail covering the Winter Olympics in 2002. 

I was just out trying to rake up and bag about a ton or two of leaves (aggrandized by my imagination to be sure) in my tiny backyard and along the side of my house. I got only 4 small bags filled (30 gallon sized, I think) and had to take a break because my finger tips felt like they were about to frost over (no exaggeration). The leaves are dry and the wind kept gusting, so it is not the best day to do yard cleanup but - she who must be obeyed (at least now and again) had given me my work orders. Luckily for me, my son did around the front of the house. Guess I owe him a beer for that or some ammo or both.

Perhaps, I should get back to work before she who must be obeyed gets upset. I am hoping that the 4 piles of leaves, I had ready to bag up, have not blown all over the place. It seemed the gusts were much less strong out back of the house than along side it where it was like being in a wind tunnel between my neighbor's garage and our house, so Left those out back. I guess I'll know in a moment or two.

Later 4 U,

Saturday, November 23, 2013

An Elk With Attitude...

...I should be so lucky when hunting as to have a Whitetail Deer try do this to me. If my son sees this he may wish for the same.

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All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, November 22, 2013

Men - If You Don't Use Dental Floss - You May Start Real Soon

Guys, if you don't already use dental floss, it may be time to break it out and start using it. That is enough said, just read this and figure it out for yourselves:

Reminds me of a Frank Zapa tune, something to the effect of:

I'm moving to Montana soon,
I'm gonna be a dental floss tycoon...

Who knows, maybe I should move to Montana and take up that line of work, I could make a fortune if that feminine fashion fad catches on (or should that be 'catches in' as in your teeth)!

All the best,
Glenn B

Folks Camping Outside of Best Buy A Week Ahead of Black Friday?

I was just over at Wirecutter's blog and read this: To save a buck. Stupid fuckers. It is a post about idiots who are already camping outside of Best Buy stores, a week early, awaiting Black Friday sales.

Are they fucking nuts (see this). There is nothing that Worst Best Buy could offer me to cause me to wait on a long line, let alone camp out on line, to shop there - NOTHING! How the fuck anyone could wait on a line, let alone camp out on a line, to get into Best Buy is beyond me. That has got to be one of the worst stores in which I have ever shopped and I try to avoid it like the plague. About the only way I would shop there is if they were they last place in my area to have something I really needed. But to camp out on line for several days, just to get a few bucks off, that I probably could have gotten elsewhere at a place with much better customer service and return policies, no way. Any way, they can't be saving that much money on anything to make it worthwhile.

I have waited on lines too. Several hours for Rolling Stones tickets at Madison Square Garden and I was sixth on the line. Yet, I only got seats in about the third or fourth row. Guy right in front of me must have bought most of the seats in first and second rows. Another time, I waited in a long line for tickets to see Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden. The line was so unruly that several people, just a few feet in front of me, got pushed through a set of heavy plate glass doors and were badly cut up because the throng just kept shoving forward and there was no place to go except through the glass of those locked doors.  I waited many hours (most of a day) to get the tickets for that show and got really good seats. Then, for the same Led Zeppelin tour, I also waited most of two days, in the friggin' cold of February, on a loading ramp of Nassau Coliseum. I got great seats for that,10th row. Then, a couple of days before the concert, I went fishing with a buddy, on a jetty at Rockaway (yes we were snockered) and while we were on the jetty with waves crashing into us, I collapsed in agony. As I lay on the rocks, another wave hit me and my buddy actually caught me as I was about to go over the side of the jetty and into the drink.  My buddy thought my hitting the rocks had broken a few of my ribs but it wound up being appendicitis - great timing. They yanked it out of me the next day, only a day or two before the show when they kept you in hospital for most of a week for that operation. Luckily, at least, I heard it from my hospital bed; one of the NYC radio stations broadcast it live. 

After that, I have rarely waited on long, long, long lines - I figure if I do then something else might go ass up inside of me. FUCK LONG LINES.

Hat tip to Wirecutter for giving me inspiration to steal his idea and write this post.

All the best,
Glenn B

Ammo Alert - Winchester Super-X 12 Gauge 00 Buckshot

As I post this, Cabelas (a company with which I am none to enamored) has an excellent deal (considering current market conditions) for Winchester, Super-X, 12 gauge, 9 pellet,  00 buckshot, 15 round boxes @ $10.99 each. If your order amounts to more than $99, and you use promotion code 3Gifts, shipping is free. See the page at this link.

If you work it out, that comes to about $3.66 per box of five rounds. That is the best price I have seen on high quality American made 12 gauge, 00 buckshot, in a long time.

All the best,
Glenn B

I Am Not Much of a Conspiracy Theorist, BUT...

...maybe there is something to at least some of these conspiracy theories after all. Nope, I am not talking about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. What I am talking about is not quite as evil as that but certainly may go a long way to explain something that has been happening in my life over the past several years during the fall season. As you probably are aware, if you read this blog at all, I like to go hunting when I can, especially for whitetail deer. That regardless of the fact that for about the last 7 or so years, the deer where I hunt just laughed whenever they realized it was me in the forest. Yes, that means I have not bagged one in too long a time. I have oft times wondered, relative to me not bagging one each season, things like:

Is it that there are not that many deer where I hunt? Nah, it can't be, there is too much sign of them.

Perhaps that I did not have a doe permit and the antler size restrictions have affected my ability to bag one but alas I have not seen that many bucks to begin with.

Or could it be that I am doing something wrong and giving away myself, as I hunt, by scent or some other indicator. Well, I try to be pretty quiet in the woods, cover my scent by washing with scentless and odor masking soap, use laundry detergent specifically made for hunters, spray scent eliminator on my boots, and pretty much get rid of my man stink
. I also wear blaze camo clothing. I do wind up walking up on deer, or see them from my stand, almost every season. This year was no exception, I saw 5 deer while afield, but they were all does and this year I spooked a couple of them even though, as far as I was aware, I was pretty much scentless, was being quiet and moving slowly (only a few steps at a time and pausing for several seconds before moving again) and had taken all the usual precautions.

I just could not figure my long deer-less streak. That is, until this evening. A few minutes ago, I spotted evidence that there is at least one member of my household that may have been sabotaging my efforts to bag a deer by leaving a scent behind that deer avoid. This family member may be acting alone or in concert with other family members but my bet would be that others are in on it. I say that
because the one I caught in the act is the latest addition to the family and must have learned how to sabotage my hunting trip from somebody else before actually doing it too. Then again, for all I know, my family member maybe somehow was in contact directly with the deer and was instructed on what to do by them; those deer are wily critters. What was done was to add a scent to my hunting clothes after I just washed them in a scent free and odor blocking hunter's detergent. I would not even think of spraying down my hunting jacket before my next hunt because I would expect it to still be scent free but man oh man would I have been wrong on that one. 

The fact that I was being sabotaged is plainly evident, see for yourselves:

The evidence could not be much clearer than that - caught in the act of leaving a scent that deer dread maybe even more that man stink. It was the evil - dog stink! The culprit is Abby, our long haired (and fat) Chihuahua who is atop my hunting clothes inside the plastic bin in which I store my gear. I had just put it in there and was about to get the rest of it to put in too, when I was distracted for a few minutes. When I turned back around, there she was looking fat, happy and very comfortable. That was until I asked what she was doing on my hunting clothing, at which point she put on that 'Who me?' puppy face. I just know that one of the other dogs, or maybe a deer, somehow told her what to do.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ammo Alert: Remington Premiere .22 WMR, 40 grain, PSP, 50 rounds @ $14.99

Bass Pro Shops is offering Remington Premiere .22 WMR, 40 grain, PSP, 50 rounds @ $14.99. They are also offering free shipping on orders of $99+ using code FREE99.


The best price I have seen on decent .22 WMR, in recent months has been $12.99. So, $14.99 is a pretty good price considering current market conditions and considering that the next closest in price, on, for a 50 round box is $18.99 (different brand).

I thought I had made my last ammo purchase with a case of 5.56 recently but I guess not since I just ordered some of this stuff.

All the best,
Glenn B          

We Need More People Who Think Like Him In The Republican Party

Take the few minutes needed to watch this video by Senator Elbert Guillory (R-LA). It will be worth your while.

Wow, I thought that Republicans had long forgotten about those ideals. If Senator Guillory's record in politics matches his words in this video, I would vote for him for president in a NY minute. A hat tip and my thanks to Peter Q for sharing that with me.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What Glaring Error Was Made By Fox News Relative To Obamacare

Here is a link to an online article by Fox News about a woman who got screwed out of a tax credit that would have helped her afford Obummercare. Read it and weep for her. Read it and complain about her getting screwed. Read it an be upset because health care is none of the government's business. Read it and wish that Obummercare would have been a figment of a bad dream you had last night. Then tell me, what did Fox news do that was totally screwed up!

Have you figured it out yet? Read the article before you read more here. You will have to scroll over the blank area below, while holding down your left mouse key (or right one if you have your mouse set up for lefties). And no, it is not that the Fox News article says that what she was going to have to pay was lower than what she had been paying - when in fact she had not been paying for a health insurance plan before this for 15 years (but yes that shows how stupid was the reporter and editor who let that slip into the piece).

Here it is, start scrolling over the black box below while holding down the mouse key:

The Fox news article said that calls to the health insurance company Premera were not immediately returned. Why the fuck did they call Premera? Why didn't they telephone  Obama, and Biden, and Pelosi, and Reid with their questions about why she was getting screwed? Better yet, why didn't they just call them all inept assholes and be done with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All the best,
Glenn B

Deer - 3, Me - 0

Once again, I have returned from a deer hunting trip with no meat for the pot! Spent three days hunting - the deer won all three days and I scored nothing. I saw a total of 5 does while afield on my hunting trip and am almost certain that I heard a buck sneaking away from me. First off, I spotted three does the day before the season opened. I could have had a clean shot at two I saw together in the woods. They were probably 75 yards away and broadside to me. I also saw another doe, under an apple tree, on somebody's lawn (right next to the state forest). That one I waved to and talked to, it was only about 15 yards away from me at most and it just stood there, broadside, taunting me mercilessly. Somehow, I got the notion that it knew I could not legally shoot it. I thought I heard it snicker with glee as I walked away - but nah that could not be - could it! I also saw three does, under apple trees on the farm that used to belong to my uncle, but that was from my car so they don't count in what I saw while afield. The first three I mentioned were all when I was afoot in the field.

Then yesterday, day three of the season, I saw another two does but had spooked them. They were about 30-35 yards out and headed toward me. I had been still hunting, and was about to stop and take a rest when I took that one more step, cracked a branch under the leaf litter and saw them bolt. I tried to call them back and as I did, I heard another deer creeping away from the same spot in which they had been. No raised tail, no bolting away through the brush, just a branch cracking and a swooshing noise in the undergrowth, several times, going in the opposite direction than the one the does had taken. That had 'smart old buck' written all over it. Certainly smarter than me; I gave them all awhile and then tried to call them in, all to no avail. Also tried circling wide around to spot them again but that did not work either. Oh well, still a few weeks left in the season.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, November 17, 2013


I am so sick of hearing about gay pride, lesbian pride, transgender pride and bi-pride and the implication that if we do not accept gayness we should be shamed.  They want to make noise about it - okay, I too am making noise about my sexual preference (and yes it is a preference as I see it). I am full of pride for walking the straight side. Now tell me, is pride only okay if you are anything other than heterosexual, I don't think so! Proud and loud here - hetero and always will be so.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Gone Hunting - Light or No Blogging...

...and definitely no deer, at least not today. First day out, had a nice spot, a couple of apple trees, lots of heavily used deer trails into and out of it, lots of deer sign, a few rubs, a scrape nearby nothing early on but I sort of figured this as a late afternoon deer stop. We stayed there until about 1:30 and my son asked if we could leave since his tendinitis was acting up and he was in a lot of pain. That sucks big time. Not that he asked me to leave but that a 23, soon to be 24, year old youngster is stuck with a condition like that because his doctor prescribed him Levaquin about 2 years ago. It also sucks because he did not even see a deer. He will either leave tonight or tomorrow morning since he has work tomorrow afternoon and will leave without any venison. I am hoping he will come up with me again for just a day in the next few weeks and maybe we will have luck on our side for a change and he will bag one.

Me, I should be here another day or two. Will try another area tomorrow, with which I am none too familiar but where I have an antlerless deer permit.

All the best,

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Car Is All But Packed...

...with all the guns, gear and clothes I am taking on my hunting trip. With a little luck, I will hit the hay within half an hour to an hour and then be able to get my arse out of bed at about 0400. I plan to be in the car and on the move by about 0445. It's about a 3 hour drive to my hotel but only 2.5 to the hunting area which I will stop at for a final scouting trip before I hit the hotel. I am in no hurry, so my drive may wind up taking longer but so what - it's a mini vacation. Deer hunting season opens on Saturday and that is the day I have to make sure I am at my hunting site early, maybe by 0400. Before then, it is all just having fun doing this and that.

My son will be driving up, to meet me, either tomorrow night or Friday morning. He only got off Friday and Saturday, so on Friday I can show him the spot and maybe we can bag a turkey. We will have a good time together. Then on Saturday we will be a team and hopefully not one at which the deer wind up laughing out of the woods.

All the best,
Glenn B

Knockout - A Reminder To Always Be Alert

Young New Jersey urban criminals reportedly have been "playing a game" called knockout in which they randomly attack a victim to see if one of them can knockout the person with a single blow or flurry of blows. Amazingly, the reporter says they are playing a game, to me it certainly appears more as if they are committing a violent felony. They may think that a game but I certainly do not and I am sure that their victims do not.

The prospect of being attacked like this is scary and should evoke enough fear in you to not walk the streets alone. If you need to be out alone, I think you need to consider only going out while armed, in some legal manner, for self protection. That is easier said than done in NJ, so maybe some folks should just refuse to walk the streets alone, especially since these cowards are targeting lone victims. It should also make people scared enough to realize they should always remain aware of their surroundings and of the potential for threats. Even if you are armed and see a group of teenagers come your way, maybe you should consider avoiding them.

I can say that if anyone attacked me like those attacks seen in the video, and if I was not knocked out, I quite possibly would respond with deadly force if I believed I was still under threat. Anyone attempting to knock me out in one shot or a combination of blows and kicks would obviously be using enough force to seriously harm or kill me. (I refer to the videos showing the people hitting the concrete hard). Closed fist punches to the head and neck were considered to be deadly force, in our use of force policy, when I was a federal agent. In my opinion, I justifiably would be in fear for my life and limb if under attack like that. Think about that, study up on justifiable use of force in your state and locality, and be prepared. Do not let your guard down, and remember it is best to avoid such a situation but if you wind up in it, I think,  you should be ready to fight for your life.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Battling Bucks - Antlers Locked - One Drowns...

...and the other struggles to free itself but to no avail until a father and son team arrive to give some help. Here is a link to a feel good video but I would have felt better if I had been out in the woods and blasted the one that made it (legally of course). What can I say, hunting season is opening in a few days, here in NY, and I am raring to go! Since I can use all the help I can get, a tuckered out buck would be okay with me.

All the best,
Glenn B

A Military Drone Flying Over NY Crashed...

...into Lake Ontario. While it has been reported that another of the same model drone, a MQ-9 Reaper, had crashed due to technical and pilot error before, military brass is promising an investigation to discover the cause of this crash. (source)

With various hunting seasons open in that neck of the woods, including big game season for deer, one has to wonder if a bored hunter decided to take aim at it and give it a blast as it buzzed overhead. Probably would make me burst out laughing my arse off if it winds up that was the case. Then again, maybe it was an intrepid III Percenter practicing for a revolution or it could have even been a terrorist hoping for Jihad here in the US of A. Of course, there are lots of guns out in the woods for the hunting season so, if it winds up that it was shot down, my bet would be on the bored hunter.

Any way, it wasn't me, I am not going upstate on my hunting trip until Thursday.

All the best,
Glenn B

Deer Hunting Season Is Almost Upon Us... in NY State but all I can seem to think about is girls with huge racks. I don't know if it is hormones, or the man-beast within me, or just that I am some kind of under sexed guy in need of good lovin' or whatever but every darned time that I think of going out in the woods to bag a buck all I can think about is this girl with the really huge rack. Man is she ever so endowed...


...and she seems to know it too, endowed with good hunting skills that is, what else could I have meant.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans' Day

To all of you who have served and who are serving - I salute you because, in great measure, I owe you my freedom as does the rest of our great nation.

All the best,
Glenn B

5.56x45mm XM855 Ammo Alert

SG Ammo is offering 1000 rd case - 5.56 PMC X-TAC M855 62 grain Green Tip FMJ 5.56K LAP Ammo at $389.50 plus shipping. That is the best price I have seen on XM855 ammo in awhile, too long awhile. No, it is not pre-frenzy pricing but it really is one of the best prices, if not the best price, on XM855 that I have seen probably in over a year. Get it while they still have it; earlier today they had about 240 cases of it in stock, as I write this they are down to 137 cases (they sold 4 cases since I started writing this post). Then again, they also offer it in 20 round boxes for $7.89 per box (which would work out the same price as a case if you bought 50 boxes) and they have 1,174 of them in stock.

All the best,
Glenn B

The Last of My Online Ammo Purchases?

I shot my wad today, I think I spent my last dollar on an online ammo purchase with the purchase of a case of PMC 5.56x45mm XM855. Not the last dollar I have in the world, just the last one I ever will spend on an online ammo purchase. My online ammo purchase costs worked out to just over 4.5K over the past year, much more than all my other ammo purchases combined. Note that I purchased from those below based mostly on price and availability but all three had excellent customer service.

Online Purchases:

Palmetto State Armory (PSA)                                         $1,360.59

SG Ammo                               $1,034.28       

Sportsmansguide                    $852.93

MidwayUSA                           $431.00

Aim Surplus                           $391.50
Ammo To Go                         $193.45

Dan’s Ammo                          $190.00 (approximate)
Lucky Gunner                        $140.00

Cabelas                                   $114.83

Widener’s                               $73.00

Purchases Other Than Online:

Gun Shows                             $400.00 (approximate)
Chain Stores (like Dick’s       $125.00 (approximate)
Sporting Goods or Walmart) 

Local Gun Stores (LGS)         $50.00 (approximate)
Why spend all that money on ammo in one year especially when I could have gone on a really nice vacation with that money (and even taken the wife with me). Well, first there was the reelection of Obama then there was the passage of the NY SAFE Act just a couple of months later. As for he vacation that I could have enjoyed, I yet may go on that vacation in the upcoming year because the days of my online ammo buying will be coming to an end soon and I'll have that money to burn. Due to the NY SAFE Act, which was the main reason for my ammo buying frenzy, come January 1, 2014 virtually all online purchases by individuals living in NY will cease. The law requires ammunition dealers to do a face to face check of ID and then run a background check on a purchaser of ammunition for very purchase; buy a box of 50 rounds of .22LR and the dealer is required to see your ID and run a background check. Welcome to the precursor of the Nazi state of NY and I mean that most sincerely. I think we are taking the first steps in that direction both in NY State and nationally with tyrants like Cuomo and Obama in office. Whether or not we will wind up there, in the long run, is anyone’s guess but I digress so let me get back on target. 

As you can see, my order of preference for ammunition purchases has been to buy online, to buy at guns shows, to buy at large chain stores and lastly at local gun stores (LGS). The reasons I preferred to buy online were availability, price, customer service and because of ease of shopping. I know that a lot of folks in the world of firearms frown on purchasing at other than at LGS, the so called mom and pop style shops. I don’t try to outright discourage people from buying at them as others have tried to discourage some of us from buying online but I certainly would not go out of my way to recommend purchases at any of the local guns shops in my area; at least not the ones with which I have had bad experiences in the past.  

The number one reason for me avoiding purchases at LGS has been poor service. The local gun shops in my area also are usually very overpriced on everything to do with gun and ammo sales. Then, even if you can find a shop with excellent customer service and a decent price on ammo, you almost have to struggle to find a decent amount of ammo at said shop. Add to that one that is not too far away to make it not too much of a pain in the ass to drive there to buy ammo. I have not found a place like that, close to me, yet. I have found some fair to good prices at chain stores like Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods and they are fairly close to me but forget about reliably good customer service at them – especially at Walmart, in my opinion. 

My priorities will probably have to change after January 1st and the implementation of the ammo purchase provisions under the NY SAFE Act. Either I will have to put up with absolutely crappy, smugly, arrogant customer service at some LGS and pay their overly high prices by the box (as opposed to by the case) or I will have to give up the ease of buying idea and travel out of state to large ammo dealers to get good deals on ammunition for by the case purchases from dealers with courteous service. The former would mean that I have to lose most of my self-respect and buy from scumbags at a high cost and the latter would mean I could drive to ammo dealers with nicer customer service and better prices but would have to travel considerable distances and would have to make really big purchases to make it worth the effort. (I guess I could combine an ammo run with a small vacation and that would make it more effective all around.)
Note I did not say I would continue buying at stores like Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods or Sports Authority. I left them out because it has been rumored locally that all three may discontinue ammunition sales, after January 1, 2014, here in NY. If they keep selling ammo, I will probably start buying most of mine from them. Of course, if I happen to discover a local firearms and ammunition dealer, who is courteous and respectful to customers, sells at excellent prices, has what I want available, and is not too far from my home – I will go that route. Hopefully though, with what I have on hand, I will not need any more ammo for at least a year, or two, to come.

For now, I think I have spent my last dime on online ammo purchases. Even if I do decide to buy a few more of this or that (I am in dire need of 12 gauge slugs and 00 buckshot), in the near future, I do not have long to complete the purchases. With the NY SAFE Act ammo sale provisions kicking in on January 1st, it is expected that most online ammo dealers will cease sales to anyone in NY by mid-December at the latest. That way they will have assured all shipments of ammo, bought online by New Yorkers, should make it here before the deadline. So, at most, I have maybe a month and a few days more in which to make an online ammo purchase. That is, I do and so too do the rest of we New Yorkers under the rule of Cuomo the Socialist & Liberty Usurping Tyrant. One can only hope the law soon will be declared unconstitutional or that it will be repealed and Cuomo recalled from office - but whom am I kidding, this is NY - land of the leftists.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, November 10, 2013

New Shooter Among Our Ranks

Headed out this morning to meet up with my sister and nephew at the Long Island Shooting Center in Islip, NY. Met them there about 1020, went inside and we signed up for a point. I asked how much and handed the gentleman behind the counter my VISA card to pay and was told cash only. That was a surprise and not a good one since I thought I didn't have that much cash on me. (I had meant to go to the bank yesterday but my left knee has been in a lot of pain so stayed home.) I don't know if the folks who own the range realize it but this is the 21st century and credit cards have been around for a long time now. It was a surprise they did not take anything but cash for the range because, when I thought about it, I recalled they don't mention that on their website. Yet, they do advertise that they accept credit cards for gun sales in the store section of the same building. I dug out what I had and luckily I had about $42 so it covered the $33 for the range and a few targets.

 I gave him a crash course in range safety. I had also sent him an email, last night, via his mom, with firearms safety rules and tested him on them. He did well. So, I gave him his birthday presents (his birthday was in October and the shooting lessons and range gear were the gifts I gave him) consisting of shooting glasses, asset of shooting muffs, some targets and a zombie range box that fits the glasses and muffs with room for more. Then we headed into the range. My sister waited in the outer at the luncheonette style center.

I gave him a few more pointers and demonstrated to him how to take a shot with the Armscor 14Y, a bolt action, magazine fed, youth model rifle in .22LR, that I had brought along. He must think I am on heck of a good shot because luckily it hit dead center of the bull’s-eye, granted though the target was only at about 10 yards out. I them loaded up a mag for him, to show him how to do, and he got to shooting. His first shot was center target horizontally and a bit high vertically but right in the 6 inch bull’s-eye. It was all pretty good after that, first shooting at the large bull’s-eye target, then pasting a similarly sized Shoot N' See target over the center of that, then sticking a woodchuck color reactive target over that one. I am guessing he shot up about 10 magazines full of ammo, so about 60 rounds over the course of an hour and fifteen or thirty minutes when I asked if he wanted to shoot a full sized 22 rifle (meaning my Marlin 25MN in .22WMR).

That was the second time today that I was surprised, this time because he told me that he had had enough. I tried to persuade him to shoot the Marlin, telling him it was a bigger bullet and the rifle was scoped and whatever but I did not push it. We wound up cleaning up our point and getting out of there because he said it was enough for the day. While he told me he had enjoyed it, he did not seem all that enthused, even though he had shot well. I praised him for his good shooting and for having done it all safely. I was happiest that he had done it safely and let him know it. I was wondering what was up, with his kind of blah attitude, until my sister told me he said he wanted to do it again. I guess he was just getting tired but really had enjoyed himself. That sure made me feel good because it meant that another shooter had joined our ranks.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Can Anyone Tell Me What Make & Model Rifle She Is Holding?

Gentlemen, take my word for it, she is holding a rifle and there is another over her left shoulder. After about 10 minutes of ogling, you might finally see them.

All the best,
Glenn B

Panic Over A Gun Or Gun Case - Let's Do The Sensible Thing And Call In The Bomb Squad

I truly understand the whole thing about armed individuals at airports being a safety concern. Yet, armed people at an airport should not necessarily cause alarm and, in most instances, should certainly not cause a panic. Yet panic all to often accompanies the legal gun owner usually because of gun fearing libturds.

Take for example the arrival of a passenger at LAX (Los Angeles Airport) who reportedly either brandished a firearm or had a gun case in open view. You would think there would be a major difference between the two, that is between brandishing a weapon and merely having a gun case in public view but it seems that quite a few people have not quite figured out that difference yet. It has been reported, here,  that a man arriving at LAX was arrested after he did one of the two but the report was unable to clarify which one it was that he actually did.

It seems someone saw the man either take a firearm out of its case and brandish it (wave it around) or merely have a firearms case in his possession. That person called the police. Instead of the police doing what would have been the sensible thing, which would have been to approach the individual and question him and then examine the contents of the firearms case which contained a firearm that the man had legally and properly checked in with the airline in his checked luggage, the police called in the bomb squad to examine the contents of the gun case. Since the contents of the gun case had already been checked, when the man had gone through security screening at his point of departure, and since that would have been documented by the airline and TSA, can someone, anyone, tell me the logic behind calling out the bomb squad due to a report of someone seeing either a gun or gun case! It makes no sense to me but then it does seem that law enforcement has been overreacting to a lot of things lately, this just but one example. Based on what little is disclosed in the article, it makes me wonder if the police reaction, to call in the bomb squad, was a total waste of the taxpayers' dollars and a very disproportionate response to the situation at hand.

Anyway, the man was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a firearm. My guess would be that the man did what I have done, at an airport, after retrieving my checked luggage in which I had a legally checked firearm. That would be that he opened his luggage, took out the firearm case (in the event it was a pistol) and then maybe opened the case to take a peek inside to assure his firearm had not been stolen in transit. If it was a rifle case, then maybe he opened it to do likewise. Would anyone really expect you o just retrieve your luggage, containing a firearm, and leave the airport without checking to see it was still secure, what with the amount of items stolen from luggage by baggage handlers and by TSA personnel! That would not be brandishing a weapon by any stretch of the imagination.

Now, when I do it, I try to wait until everyone else has left the baggage carousel area around me, or I move away to a spot with no one able to look into my case. I do not handle the weapon at all. My guess is that the man in question may have checked on his gun with someone standing nearby who saw it or that someone just saw the gun case and flipped out. Of course, that is merely a guess on my part. As unlikely as it would be, it is possible that the man took the gun out of its case and waved it around (which would be brandishing) while standing in the baggage area but as I said I think that very unlikely. Merely opening a case to check on its status would not be brandishing under any interpretation of any brandishing laws nor would mere possession of a gun inside of a gun case be brandishing the firearm.

I certainly would like to know more of the details of this case and maybe even see the video (you can rest assured that the baggage claim area is under constant video surveillance) of whatever it was that the man did that caused the other person to report him to police. My bet would be that if anyone should have been arrested it should have been the person who called this into the authorities and then maybe even the police official who decided to call in the bomb squad.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, November 8, 2013

Breaking Out Of The Fugue And Reentering Paradise

While I was working, part time, over the past year and few months (up until mid-October) I had to put a lot of things I enjoyed doing on hold. I basically started a new working life and forgot about and abandoned too many of the joys of retired living. For instance, Long Island Firearms, a gun club to which I belong, holds a meet-up at a range pretty close to my home. The range nights are always Wednesdays and I worked most Wednesday nights over the past year. I did not work this Wednesday and was free to attend the meet-up. I have to say, I had a great time there. I got to reacquaint myself with several folks I met at the first range meet I attended  and some whom I met while protesting the NY SAFE Act up in Albany. I also got to meet several new faces, at least new to me. I am guessing that about 20 of us showed up. We used two of the ranges, each range has five shooting points, so we had to take turns over the two ours of shooting time that we had available. I brought along my High Standard Duramatic M-101, Smith & Wesson Model 17K and my Remington R1-1911. As usual, when at the range, I had a blast.

Then, today, I went to an outdoor range that is quite a bit further from my home than the one above. I drove about 50 miles to Long Island Shooting Range of Brookhaven. Sadly, I was son my own. I had expected Brendan to tag along, to get in some practice shots before opening day of deer season next weekend, but alas he refused to drag his behind out of the sack even though I waited until about 1230 in the afternoon to finally take off. I am hoping he will at least make it to the indoor range to shoot the  Remington 870 and the Marlin 336 before the hunting season kicks off. I shot both of those today and did fair to good. With the 870, I had a 15 shot group the size of my hand from finger tips to heel of palm. Most of the shots were within a about a three inch group. That was at 50 yards from the bench and resting on sandbags. It was not great but certainly not too shabby. With the Marlin 336, I guess my grouping at 50 yards were all within 2.5 to 3". I need some practice with both but shooting like that will get me a deer if I can get the sights of either gun on one of them.

I also tried to bore sight my Marlin XS-7 in .308 but gave up after I realized that about 6 shots I had taken did not even hit the target backer. I am going to pick myself up a laser bore sight and sight it in with that. I would guess it will only three shots at most to have it zeroed in using a bore sight. I am thinking of picking up this one. Hopefully, I can find one locally. Nothing like procrastinating - I must have owned it for a year now without taking it to the range to sight it in until today. There is also nothing like waiting until the last minute to try to get it sighted in because there is no way I could get a laser bore sight shipped to me on time for sighting in before we leave on our hunting trip. Oh well, next year for this rifle and hunting but I again will try to sight it in soon.

Tomorrow, I am may be going to a beer expo at Belmont Park. My son won two tickets but he will be working. Lucky for me, I am retired and don't have a job, otherwise there could have been a good chance I would have had to work tomorrow too. On Sunday, I plan to go to yet another indoor range, this one about half way between my sister's place and my house, to meet up with her and my nephew. His birthday was in October and he wanted to learn how to shoot so shooting lessons and some shooting accessories will be my birthday present for him.

It's amazing what one can go out and have fun doing when not tied down by a job. Retirement is good - every day is another Saturday in Paradise!

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

When I Voted Today - I Thought It Was A Secret Ballot...

...and had I turned around and seen a camera taking my picture like this, I would have raised holy hell in the polling place and contacted the FBI to investigate who had violated the sanctity and secrecy of the polling place. It is ironic, a camera looking over folks shoulders as they vote and those little blue voting kiosks being called "privacy booths" by the poll workers! If cameras, looking over your shoulder while you vote, are not intimidating then just what are they supposed to be. I don't know if I could ever vote again in such an exposed booth.

What would you call it: spying, voter intimidation, ballot-gate. I wonder,
just how many cameras were around this one small circle of voters - let
alone around the voters in every other polling place in New York State!
Photo source:
Fuck the government and or the press invading our privacy - especially in our homes and our polling places. Nothing is sacred anymore, ALTHOUGH OUR BALLOTS SHOULD BE SACRED AND SECRET. We need a major overhaul in everything political and to do with the government and we need it soon.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, November 4, 2013

It's Election Day In NY...

...and several hours from now, when the polls are actually open, I am going to go to vote for some conservatives. Let me clarify that - I will be voting for the candidates who are closest to being real conservatives (which is none to close here in Cuomoistan). Heaven help us.

All the best,
Glenn B

Mother Banned From School Her Disabled Daughter Attends...

... allegedly for posting a picture of her new concealed weapons permit on Facebook and for having been in the military. The principal of her daughter's school reportedly obtained a criminal trespass warning banning the mom, who was also a volunteer at the school, from the school and school grounds. Then the school district reportedly tells the mom she can move her daughter to another school because the district gives her permission to do so. How about firing the principal and how about the mom suing the principal, the school and the school district and how about that public apology that the mom is seeking! The extent of the insanity of the leftist loons and how it grows in leaps and bounds from one day to the next is truly unimaginable.

All the best,
Glenn B

Next Time I Order A Custom Holster...

...I am going to make sure the holster maker charges me for it at the time I place the order and not at the time he starts working on it. A few days ago, I got an email from Brigade GunLeather telling me that, a holster I ordered back in March of this year, is finally being manufactured. Now, don't get me wrong when I say it is finally being made, I am not at all upset about how long it took; I expected it to be at least 4 to 6 months or so before they got around to putting it together, I just mean they are doing it at last!  Yes, I am saying it was a long wait but what the heck.

Brigade GunLeather M1-Hoplon
The only thing bad about it having been such a long time before production began is that I was  not charged when I first ordered it and had the money. Instead, they only charged my credit card now that they have started working on it. The thing is I do not have the money set aside right now. Well, I have the money but not to spend on a holster since I just quit the job that was earning me my good time money and since heating oil season just began and because my biannual home owners' insurance will soon be due. Oh well, it will get paid because I will cut back somewhere else. Next time though, when I order something and have the money at the time I order it, that is when I will insist they charge my card for it.

I am eagerly awaiting receiving the finished product, I can say that without a doubt. I got the email on October 28th and they say it will be about 4 weeks until it is shipped. The holster is the Brigade GunLeather M1-Hoplon. It should look just like the one in the photo but will also be suede lined. It should carry my Remington R1-1911 nicely.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Today In History - Black Bart's Last Known Stagecoach Robbery

Black Bart, (aka: Charles E. Bowles, Charles E. Bol[l]es and Charles E. Bolton) was born in England, but moved to the USA at the age of 2, started his career of crime at the age of 46. His career of crime spanned from July 26, 1875 through November 3, 1883. He was known as Black Bart The Poet.

When he committed the robberies he was dressed in a black bowler hat, a long black duster and had a flour sack (with eyeholes cut into it) over his head. He was afraid of horses, so much so that when he committed his crimes, he did so while afoot. He was a definitely a different sort of a stagecoach robber, using good manners, clear speech, and never uttering any foul language while robbing Wells Fargo of their loot. Although he armed himself with a shotgun, he never shot anyone while robbing them. His gentlemanly appearance and mannerisms, the fact he stopped and robbed stagecoaches while on foot, and two poems (in which he did use foul language) that he left behind after a couple of robberies gained him the infamy that lasts through today and will probably last for hundreds of years to come.

Black Bart.
James B. Hume, Wells Fargo Detective; his
resemblance to Black Bart is uncanny.

He was shot during his last robbery and was captured not long after that. He admitted to his identity and to his crimes. Oddly enough, it is said that James B. Hume, the Wells Fargo detective who tracked him down, looked enough like Black Bart to have been his twin. Wells Fargo had him prosecuted only for the last of his crimes and he was sentenced to 6 years in San Quentin Prison. He was released from prison early, after 4 years of incarceration, due to good behavior. While in prison his health had turned bad. On his release, in January 1888, he was asked by reporters if he planned to continue his life of crime to which he replied he would not. He was then asked if he would write more poetry to which he replied: "Now, didn't you hear me say that I am through with crime?"

Shortly after his having been freed, he wrote to his wife (whom he had left behind in the Midwest) to tell her he was weary of being shadowed by Wells Fargo men and he wanted to get away from everyone. He was last seen on February 28, 1888 in or around the Palace Hotel in Visalia, CA.

In November 1888, another Wells Fargo stagecoach was robbed by a bandit claiming to be Black Bart. The robber left what would have been Black Bart's third poem at the scene of the crime; however, it was determined that the handwriting did not match that on the previous two poems left behind by Black Bart. Thus the robber of that stagecoach, in 1888, was believed to have been a copycat criminal. Said determination was made by none other than the detective who looked enough like Black Bart to have been his twin. One has to wonder, could that last crime in fact have been committed by Black Bart who, as you will remember from above, had been shot in his hand during his last known robbery in 1883. Was it possible that the wound affected him as to make his handwriting change or that he had to use his other hand to write and that was what made the 1888 poem seem to have been written by another person? I would love to know if he was shot in the hand with which he wrote and if so to have handwriting experts of today examine that last poem and compare it to the previous two.

When I was a kid, and we played good guys and bad guys, Black Bart was my favorite of all the outlaws of the Old West. He remains so today, not that I advise anyone to emulate his life of crime. I guess his first poem has a lot to do with my attraction toward him in as much as it fits the condition of the working man today as opposed to the government full of fine haired sons of bitches:

I've labored long and hard for bread,
For honor, and for riches,
But on my corns too long you've tread,
You fine-haired sons of bitches.
—Black Bart, 1877[3]
All the best,
Glenn B