Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Looking For That Blue Flame

Right now, I am enjoying a larger sized dollop of Ole Smokey Tennessee Moonshine White Lightning and some Moonshine cherries too. Their white lightning is only 100 proof and not near the much more zesty white lightning I have enjoyed in the past. For instance, the father of a couple of my friends used to make some truly excellent distilled spirits from things like grape, plum and other fruit peels (I kid you not grape peels were in the mix). As I remember, after all these years, his went from about 120 to 180 proof and what he made right around 136 proof was simply his best and marvelously smooth and delicious. He swore it could cure a cold and after imbibing it while so afflicted - I swear so too.

While that is forever gone to me, and certainly is also very missed (as is the dad of my two pals, he was a really nice guy) I just learned that they have a product at Ole Smokey of which I was previously unawares. It is called Blue Flame Moonshine and is 128 proof. You can bet I will commence seeking it out both high and low until I find a jar or three. I am hoping it will bring back memories of younger days with Mr. S insisting  that I have another and of me being only too happy to oblige him.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Carrying A Concealed Firearm In A Purse...

...or in an attaché case or in any other type of handbag (or bag hanging by a shoulder strap) is almost always something I have suggested against (there are very few exceptions that I make to that recommendation). My biggest gripe with that type of carry is that it is virtually inevitable, that at some point during the course of a day while carrying that way, the person carrying a weapon that way will put the bag down and thus not be in control of the pistol that is inside it. In addition, it is way too easy to have a bag snatched away from you by an opportunist and let's face it - most crooks are most certainly opportunists. Another thing is that if a pistol is carried that way, and not in a holster within the bag, then there is the risk of something getting wedged into the trigger guard and actuating the trigger or maybe even blocking it when you need the pistol. The possibility also exists that a small item that is loose in the bag, say a pen, could get stuck in the barrel and cause an obstruction with a potential for disaster. Thus I have always recommended my preferred style of carrying - on my strong side hip in a multiple retention type holster that is secured to my belt by loops integral to the holster itself. I prefer an outside the waistband holster but I suppose an inside the waistband holster is equally acceptable.
A tragic example of why one should shy away from such carry was reported in the media today. While article I am about to cite does not specifically mention one of the above pitfalls of handbag carry that I just outlined, it gives a fairly strong indication that a bag containing a firearm was put down and at least momentarily left unattended leading to a fatal accidental shooting and that the firearm was probably loose in the bag and not in a secure holster inside the bag. According to this report a 2 year old reached into his mother's purse and fired one shot from the mother's pistol which was in the purse, the shot struck his mother and killed her. This happened as she was shopping in a Walmart and while the child was "left" in a shopping cart. 
"The woman, whose identity was not released, had a concealed weapons permit. Miller said the young boy was left in a shopping cart, reached into the victim's purse and grabbed a small caliber handgun, which discharged one time." (source)

So how do I arrive at the conclusion that the bag with the gun in it was left unattended? Well, if the reporting is spot on, then had the bag been in the woman's hands, or hanging by a strap on her shoulder, it probably would not have been within reach of the toddler who had been "left" in the cart. Even if it was on the mom's person but within the child's reach, had the kid been fishing around in mom's bag - she probably would have seen or felt it and had time to prevent this tragedy (especially if it had been holstered inside the bag). My guess is that the bag was left in the cart with the child. Of course it is just a guess but I am basing it on what is said in the article about the child being left in the cart thus implying that the mother may have moved away from it briefly.  Had the pistol been secured in a holster, it probably would have taken a lot more fiddling with by the youngster and quite possibly would have resulted in the mom seeing his messing in her bag in time to prevent this.

Regardless of how it happened though, it remains a tragedy and it also should be a wake up call to folks who carry concealed weapons in bags that sooner or latter will almost indubitably wind up at least momentarily out of their control. A moment was probably all it took for this to happen with the all too sad results being the loss of a life, a baby left without his mother, a husband left without his wife and father left with the obligation of having to someday explain to his son exactly what happened.

Please note that I often wait day or three before posting about a tragedy, out of respect for the victims, instead of posting so immediately afterward. However, in a case like this, my posting without waiting is not meant to be disrespectful to the family or the victim but only as a warning to others who might find themselves in a similar situation. In other words, I am posting immediately afterward in the hope that my advising you of the potential for disaster, when carrying in a similar fashion, may help prevent a similar tragic situation from taking place.

My condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, December 28, 2014


So, what did you get for Christmas? Here is what I got:

On Christmas day, I got four Mounds Bars in my stocking. I also got to have the pleasure of watching my wife, son, daughter, son-in-law and my mother-in-law opening the extra presents I had gotten for them. Since we were doing the Secret Santa thing this year, where each of us would get a gift or gifts for only one person up to a set price limit, those presents from me were totally unexpected. Evidently though, judging by the smiles, those gifts were well appreciated. That was my best gift - seeing the smiles on their faces. I also got a thank you email from my nephew who I sent a gift card from I got nothing else on Christmas day except some Merry Christmas wishes and kisses. That was because our family celebration was set for yesterday (the Saturday after Christmas) due to family work obligations. On Saturday, during our celebration, I got to see my two brother's-in-law smile when they got the extras I gave them, as well as seeing everyone smile when they got their gifts from their Secret Santas - myself included (well I did not see my smile but felt it there on my face)..

Yesterday, my Secret Santa (my son, it was not hard at all to figure out) gave me three things from my wish list. A jar of Ole Smokey Moonshine Cherries, a gift certificate for Zum Stammtisch restaurant (one of my favorite places to eat) and a complete lower build A2 parts kit with a note from him on the box saying: "HO-HO-HO NOW YOU CAN MAKE A MACHINEGUN".

The note is now hanging off of the bottom of a picture frame just above my desk.
I already had a stripped lower that needed a parts kit and that was just the thing I needed. Now I have to put the darned thing together  and there is not even a parts list in the box let alone instructions on how to do it. I guess I'll be looking to YouTube for instructional videos. And by the way - NO IT WILL NOT BE FULL AUTO NOR EVEN SELECT FIRE no matter how much my Secret Santa thinks I can now make a machingun.

So, What Did You Get For Christmas?

All the best,
Glenn B

If I Was In A Similar Situation...

...I think that instead of me being focused like this:

...I would be more focused like this:

I mean, I'd like to think I was man enough to admire the beauty of the body whenever possible but at times like that I'd think I have another thing on my mind. Maybe that's just me though.

All the best,
Glenn B

Another Officer Down - End Of Watch

Police Officers - how did Jaden Ramos, the son of slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos, say it shortly after he learned that his father had been assassinated and stolen from his life:

"Everyone says they hate cops but they are the people that they call for help."

He was not exactly right about everyone saying they hate cops, not everyone says that although most people do criticize them freely with frequency. So, he was very close to being right on the mark. It's natural to criticize, at least here in America where we can enjoy our rights by way of exercising liberty and that criticism often is directed at public servants. Heck, I was in law enforcement for a career spanning just over 32 years and I found myself on the receiving end and find myself doing it too; that is when I think it warranted. It's not me hating cops (and other law enforcers) but criticizing them and calling for changes because I see law enforcement in general getting out of hand, not just now and then but as a regular occurrence in today's world. Yet, I also respect those in LE a great deal - at least those who stand behind the shield honorably and who do not abuse their authority especially by way of rights and liberty violations. We all need to respect them, I think we are obliged to do so out of a sense of what is right. We should respect and honor those who perform that duty that Jaden mentioned.

Yes, he mentioned their duty - the duty to come when they hear us call for help! They come at all hours of the day or night, in any weather, whether they are feeling up to it or not to serve and protect - to answer our cries for help. They actually do serve and protect, no matter how many times they may also be criticized for things they get wrong (and yes they are human too and screw up just like anyone else). The fact is the police are the ones we call for help - we the: men, women, hard core right, whacko leftists, moderates, Republicans, Democrats, Tea Party folks, children, adults, whites, blacks, red men, yellow men, brown, men, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, atheists, straights, gays, plumbers, professors, prostitutes, politicians, homeless bums, preppers, 3 percenters, agitators, racists, race baiters, and even cop-haters call them for help when thy need them. Sure, they do some bad, they are often way too in line with soft tyranny (sometimes even real tyranny). There are some bad apples in the bunch, real bad ones at that who probably commit more crime than prevent it BUT they are the exception.

Cops also come when called, by us, for help; that is the rule for them and not the exception. They do so to face all sorts of unknowns. Sometimes they come to help deliver a baby, or to give medical assistance (this cop thought he was about to issue a speeding violation), or to find a missing person, or keep the peace during demonstrations (even when the demonstrators call out for dead cops) or to respond to calls on alleged or actual: burglaries, assaults, and to more heinous crimes like rapes and murders. They even get called for cats up trees (and wind up need help from the fire department). Then there are the catastrophes to which they rush to save lives, well knowing that their lives are at risk, such as school shootings, terrorist attacks and the like. Of course there are the more mundane things they do, like sit and eat lunch in their patrol cars, and even they wind up dead - just for being cops. When some among them are criticized, alleged to have done things, accused of crimes, convicted of criminal acts - we tend to lump them together and see them as bad. The truth is though, most of them do good and try to answer our calls for help, to serve us and protect us, as best they can and as I said, they never know what lies in wait on any given call.

Somewhere between a lunch break, a routine and a heinous murder or terrible catastrophe are calls about domestic violence. They can be the easiest going call or the most dangerous calls a police officer will ever receive. Police officers often become the target of both the caller (who called 911 for help) and of the person who the caller accused of wrongdoing (spouse or domestic partner). When they arrive on the scene of a domestic violence call, young Jaden's words come true all to often because it sometimes seems that everyone involved in those calls hates the police! If not everyone then many times at least one of the parties involved turns their anger on the cops but it is all too often that everyone involved sees them as the bad guys. Drunken violent badgering husbands attack the cops, badly beaten and abused wives who called the police for help suddenly turn on the cops as the cops put their husbands in cuffs, parents attack the police or accuse them of wrongdoing when the police use force to control their emotionally disturbed and dangerous child, the same child they called the police to control because moments before they feared for their lives at the hands of their own child.

Sadly, it has happened again and this time with fatal results. Yesterday, the police in Flagstaff, AZ were called to a domestic violence situation. Later on, an officer, while following up on the investigation, was speaking to one of the parties allegedly involved. As they stood talking to one another - the officer and the alleged suspect - the man reportedly pulled a gun and, at close range, shot the officer in the face. The officer, Tyler Stewart, was rushed to a hospital by but succumbed to his wounds.

Police Officer Tyler Stewart RIP
The piece of dirt who shot him then killed himself rather than having the courage to face what he had coming on this earth.

Police answered that call too, the call of shots fired - officer down. They never know what each day, each hour, each minute, each moment will bring them - they never know what call for help will come next or what will lie in wait for them on that call. Officer Stewart was a rookie ,with less than a year on the job, and he was only 24 years old. (I started my LE career just days before my 24th birthday so this really hits home with me.) You can bet that he did not wake up yesterday, put on his uniform and strap on his gun-belt, with the thought: Today is a good day to die and then rush off to work hoping for a life or death encounter in which he would lose his life but it happened. He is gone, he is dead, he was killed answering a call to help, he was killed in the line of duty, he was killed while both trying to serve and protect, he was killed doing a job that most people would never even consider doing, he was killed while being a police officer who was answering the call. 

Now, the police in Flagstaff, from all round AZ and the adjoin states and probably from all over the country, maybe even from around the world, will come to answer another call - the call of camaraderie to attend his funeral services. They will come to pay their last respects to a brother officer who fell in the line of duty. They will come to give support to the family, loved ones, friends and partners of Officer Stewart. They will come to show support for one another just as they came in New York for the funeral of Officer Ramos and as most certainly they will come for the funeral of Ramos' partner Officer Liu. They will come looking their finest, they will stand at attention, they will salute him, they will play the pipes for him, they will honor his memory and honor his family all to pay their respects to one of the finest - who died in a way they all fear - a police officer who lost his life in the line of duty answering a call for help.

It was a call Officer Stewart answered, that they almost would all answer, regardless of the callers race, religion, gender, sexual preference, politics, or any other consideration because the only thing that mattered is that someone called for help and he was a police officer so he answered the call. Yes, other officers will answer the call now and they will come to his side, this one last time. He was a brother officer who was gunned down in the line of duty and if they do not come - then who will come to answer that call of Officer Down - End Of Watch.

My condolences to the family and loved ones of Officer Tyler Stewart and to his fellow officers. At the very least we owe him that much respect, it is our duty to answer that call, the call to see him off with honor.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, December 26, 2014

Lest We Forget - Let's Take A Moment To Remember...

...the almost quarter of a million people, right around 230,000 of them, who lost their lives 10 years ago today. That was during an unprecedented show of Nature's unrelenting force, on December 26, 2004. Early that morning, less than an hour into the new day, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake ripped up the floor of the Indian Ocean and caused the Indian Ocean Tsunami that swept through south Asian countries whose shorelines ran along the Indian Ocean.

It was devastation, caused by a single natural event in the course of hours, like we have not seen at any other time in our lifetimes. The event also caused one of the largest, if not the largest, outpourings of charity for a single disaster - some claim the total was approximately $10 billion US dollars while others claim it was as high as $14 billion dollars.

Let us hope we do not witness another similar disaster - not ever. Keep those who were lost and they who lost loved ones in your thoughts and or prayers today.

All the best,
Glenn B

Worst Fireams Tactics Training Video

I feel compelled to share the laughs I had while watching the below video. So, for the second time today, I am lifting something off of another blogger's blog. I found this firearms training video over at Keads' blog Another Day.....Another..... and let me tell you it could become a classic video to train you what not to do. With all due respect to his credentials, I think the guy in the video is a million miles off the mark or he made that video in jest. He seems so serious about it though that I am hard pressed to think he is kidding and that it was a jest (and it is explained here that it apparently was meant to be a real training video).

Seriously folks, if you want to live, find another way to handle getting caught in - what did he call it: "...some weirdo crossfire or something like that..."! I have never seen anything, that I can recall, as laughable as that nor as absolutely wrong as that relative to firearms and tactical training.

For the newbies to shooting here are some things this 'operator' did that were absolutely ridiculous:

He tells you if you are in your vehicle and get shot at from the front or side, to get out. Why not just stay in the front and get into his contorted pose on the floor hanging out the right front door? Why get out and then turn his back to the shooters?

He is supposedly getting shot at and does not draw his weapon to return fire as he retreats toward the rear. Why not retreat while firing?

Also, why not just drive away or run the bastards over? Ok, in his defense, we will assume the vehicle is dead. So what next?

He gets back in, the rear of the cab, then crawls to the far side of the vehicle and uses a vehicle door as what - cover, concealment and wobbly support while he shoots, one handed, at an assailant in front of the truck from an angle that even Superman would find difficult to maintain!

He effectively wedges himself into a spot that is not easy to get out of as will soon be seen in what he does in his next move. For some reason, maybe an odd one to him but not t me, I think that getting behind the truck so I was in line with one of the tires (or both front and back tires on one side) would provide much better cover with any round needing to go through the whole length of the truck or at least two sides of a tire to hit me rather than the bottom of the vehicle door . I must be missing some advantage, that his superior knowledge holds is hidden only in the murky depths of his mind, about that type of shooting position.

Then there is his drop the gun, flop out onto the ground macho-man style exiting of the vehicle, while abandoning any cover and or concealment that was behind the door only to bring himself into the prone position on the ground completely out in the open where he grabs the gun and starts shooting again. Whom is he trying to kid! In what movie or kids cartoon did he see a move like that?Again, I must be missing something because I just don't get it but then I am sometimes slow to fully comprehend the finer aspects of such obviously vastly superior ridiculous methods as compared to my more mundane but oft taught tactics.

Anyway, it sure gave me a good belly laugh especially when he said: "As you can see, it wasn't that bad". Yes sir - it was definitely that bad and that bad was much worse than he had thought because it was terrible! I am still laughing.

All laughter aside, it concerned me greatly to think that there may be some unknowledgeable folks who, in seeking firearms training, ran across that thinking it an intelligent and reliable way to defend yourself. In my opinion, based upon my experience, it definitely is not that at all and would more likely get you killed than save your life. Sure, it actually may work for you once in real life but only if you are the very lucky type and probably only if it also makes your adversaries fall on the floor laughing in disbelief at your antics.

As I said above, if you want to live, then find another way to do it . One last thing, make sure that includes finding someone else to train you if only because he forgot to tell you to make sure that the child safety locks on the rear doors are not engaged! How could he have missed that tip!

A hat tip to Keads for posting that on his blog.

All the best,
Glenn B


I Just Lifted Some 1911 Animations

Was just surfing my blog-roll and felt it imperative that I steal someone else's thunder by pretty much copying what he had posted on his blog and reposting it here. What I stole lifted were these two links to nice animations of a 1911 in action. The first is basically a cutaway view so you see the internal parts as they operate. The second, and much more interesting GIF, is an interactive animation in that you can view a working 1911 as it normally would appear but that one has a twist. The twist is that you can also view the working 1911 as a cutaway in whole or in part (you select which parts to view as a cutaway and there are two different cutaway modes) and to twist it further you can hide parts to be able to see parts that other would not have been seen in their entirety in the cutaway mode. You can play with that one awhile, changing the view numerous ways, to learn about how the 1911 functions. I am not a gunsmith and cannot attest that each and every moving part is shown (from the left side of the pistol) but my guess is that they are there.

A hat tip to New Jovian Thunderbolt for posting these informative links.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Another Bush As President Probably Would Not Please Me...

...although I must say that it would please me a whole lot more than another screaming and whining liberal leftist. So when I read that Bush is stepping down from his position on a health care board (source), and thus looking as if he may be potentially more seriously in the running as a candidate than I had thought, I was not all that disappointed.

While I would rather not vote for him and while I have already stated who, right now, is my favored choice (although that choice may change) as the prime candidate for the presidency - I could see myself voting for another Bush (if nominated) instead of any liberal leftist demoncrat that might run in 2016.

Hopefully though, we will have a patriot with steel balls (or at least with brass balls) and with set convictions and ideals in the running and that's not certainly going to be a Bush, not by a longshot!

All the best,
Glenn B

First Christmas In My Lifetime Without... mom. She would have been 90 years old today. She and I had a rough relationship at times and at others we were like bees to honey. That's just the truth of the way it was for us but we always wound up good together and loving one another. I was there at her side for her last breath and am a better son for it. I miss her dearly at this moment.

Happy birthday and Merry Christmas mama.

While I am at it, Merry Christmas Raymond (my brother, also gone).

You are both dearly missed.


You know something, I never quite understood how people could write and post stuff like this before but I do now and I hang my head in shame today for ever having thought it stupid or for thinking it was any other thing than an honest expression of the love of a child for a missed parent. How ignorant I can be, and certainly how less than empathetic I can be, that is until I go through something myself and learn the hard way.


A Very Special Merry Christmas Wish To...

...all of our military and civilian personnel who are on foreign and home soil protecting us, our freedoms, our rights and liberties and our Constitution from they who would destroy us and the things we cherish. God bless each and every one of you, keep you safe and hurry you home.

Merry Christmas,
Glenn B

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Merry Christmas to All.

Holy Last Minute Shoppers... it Christmas Eve already? Well, the day of Christmas Eve anyway. I had best get mine arse in gear, I need to get some Christmas shopping done today and need to set up the tree (so good old Saint Nick can decorate it tonight and leave some presents behind) and I'll need some time to relax with some sort of spirits tonight (in addition to the Christmas spirit). Yes, lets not forget the Christmas spirit, that one about the gift we received on that day.

I had best get going.

Later 4 U and
Merry Christmas,
Glenn B

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Joe Cocker RIP - You Will Be Missed

After a long battle with lung cancer, Joe Cocker has passed, air guitar in hands, to the great beyond where I am sure his singing will be appreciated more than the songs of angels.

Once upon a time, in my early youth, I was a Beatles fan. Then I heard Joe Cocker sing some of their songs and I must say that the intensity with which he sang those hits put the Beatles to shame and he helped expand my music appreciation - a lot.

To say that Joe Cocker was intense though is an understatement. It's not like I was a Joe Cocker fan-boy or groupie or anything like that yet, I just have to say that when he sang a song - he gave it his everything - and for that I am thankful to have lived through his heyday and thankful to him for having giving it his absolute singing best while spazing out on stage playing his air-guitar.

Of course, it wasn't only Beatles songs he sang:

Man oh man - he was one of the truly great ones. Sorry I am posting a day later than I should have but was under the weather yesterday and unable to post a timely tribute then. Then again, who better to pay him tribute better than himself in his singing to us. He will be missed. Hope you are at peace Joe, maybe dropping a dot, toking a joint and sipping some Jack with a song on your lips and air-guitar close by you spasmodic hands. You are the man.

All the best,
Glenn B

I Think I Over Shopped For Christmas Dinner

I told she who must be adored, the wife, I would head out to Costco to pick up supplies for our family's Christmas dinner. She was going to wait until tomorrow but I told her that the roads would be clogged with last minute maniacs (who shop on Christmas Eve) looking for deals, stores would not put much new out on the shelves to replace what was missing, employees would have lots other than work and helping customers in mind, stores would be closing early making it a real pain in the arse. So, I volunteered to go today this evening even though I was feeling under the weather and despite the fact that I figured it would be much the same today as tomorrow. Yet, I thought I would stand a better chance of finding the vittles we wanted so away I went. 

Much to my surprise, there was almost no traffic to speak of on the way to the warehouse. Once there, I found a parking spot pretty quickly. Once inside, I was shocked to see how few people, as compared to what I expected based on past experience, were in Costco shopping. Yeah, it was fairly busy but not any busier than any evening in say the middle of August or February. I picked up all the veggies she wanted with he exception of fingerling potatoes and settled for small red potatoes instead. We'll have butternut squash, corn on the cob and asparagus in that department - along with the potatoes. I also grabbed some mushrooms and will figure something yummy to do with them.  I got the obligatory, for almost every Costco trip, milk, eggs and yogurt too. Besides that and the needed batteries, paper towels, TP and tissues, about the only other thing we needed was meat.

The bride had wanted Prime Rib. I settled for a standing rack of beef ribs, bone in, choice cut since they did not have Prime Rib. I figure since the ribeye steaks they cut from this same piece are always excellent so too should be this rack of ribs. My darling told me to get enough for ten people. Do you think that 17.8 pounds is enough for ten? I hope so and considering we already have a large smoked ham too, I am guessing it may be just enough to sate their appetites with some bones left over for the dogs (if the dogs are lucky).

While driving home with the goods, I thought of how big was that rack of beef ribs and figured maybe I went overboard. If she who will be roasting the meat thinks it too big, perhaps I will whittle it down to about half that size and cut the remainder into steaks that we can have tomorrow after grilling them on the BBQ or we could do the same on Christmas Day. Yeah, I said the ribs and ham were for our family's Christmas dinner, but this year we will be having that on Saturday instead of actually on Christmas day this Thursday. If not that, then I will let the son, aka: the male inheritor to my firearms kingdom, smoke them on his smoker. Yummy.

I also have some goodies for appetizers like a whole smoked whitefish, a nice sized smoked sweet Italian sausage, and some various cheeses. Add to that some seafood (probably some shrimp, squid, baby octopus, scallops, clams) that I will pick up tomorrow. Yes I am one of those maniacs whom I just mentioned who shops on Christmas Eve. No need for booze though, I probably have enough ale and wine already. We should be all set except maybe for some McIntosh and Granny Smith Apples for one or two of my apple pies.

I'll have to feel a whole lot more motivated than I do right now to make one or two of those. Shopping today, regardless of the store being only fairly busy almost knocked me on my arse, it literally exhausted me. I've been under the weather the last two days - stomach virus or something that had me running to the throne a lot. I even missed work today. I was so worn out from it that I slept until about 2:30 this afternoon and now that I am back from Costco I am about ready for another good night's sleep and it's only 730PM. Five hours of being up and I am about as run down and as tired as I have ever been before. Hopefully though, I will have my strength and spirit back by tomorrow to get me in the apple shopping and pie making mood - one for actual Christmas and then again on Friday night for another one or two for the family dinner.

It sounds as if we may make it a truly merry Christmas this year. I have to say, it will be the most expensive meal we will have eaten in years, that beef rack of ribs was not cheap but the expense is not the important thing. How delicious it is for us, along with how well it is liked by our company will be what matters. In as much as we have it, we are blessed with bountiful gifts.With all the other food added, with the good company who will be there, and all the Christmas gifts - it certainly promises to be an excellent celebration of gift giving. After all isn't that what Christmas is all about - gift giving! It is to me not so much that it is the birthday of Christ that is important but that it is the day on which God the Father shared the gift of his son with mankind. Yes, Christmas is truly is all about gift giving - it has been that way from the very first one when God gave the first Christmas gift to us and when the wise-men reciprocated with their gifts to Jesus. That we too give gifts, to one another, is just as important because it is in the giving that we express our love and make our sacrifices to do so - and in the receiving of gifts we can rejoice in the bounty we have reaped by way of the love we have sown and the sacrifices we have made.

Here is hoping that all of you, who
celebrate, have a very Merry Christmas,
Glenn B

Sunday, December 21, 2014

I Might Give Up Ever Trying To Be A Good Boy For Christmas...

... and relinquish any future Christmas presents if Santa delivered me some of these this year and allowed me to be a naughty boy with them just this once.

All the best,
Glenn B

NYC Mayor de Blasio Says Assassination of NYPD Officers Is Not Time For Politics

Politicians repeatedly dumbfound me and they do it on an all to frequently regular basis. Yesterday, after the cold blooded assassinations of two NYPD Officers, de Blasio had the gall to come out and make a statement in which he said that the immediate aftermath of the murders was "not a time for politics" (source). I wish I had the whole statement but have been unable to find the full quote online, I did hear it on Fox News last night. If you are a normal person, it would appall you to hear it especially in light of the statements that de Blasio made immediately after the Eric Garner death in NY when Mr. Garner died at the hands of the police when they attempted to arrest him as he resisted arrest. As I have stated before, I think one officer in that case resorted to too high a level of force, I think he should have been charged with a crime in that death. Regardless of that though, such was no reason to target two other police officers and shoot them down for racial or revenge motives or just because they were cops.

The point here is that the mayor made such an irresponsible statement that this is not the time for politics when he indeed resorted to making politically driven statements a short time ago. That time, the apparent right time to make politically driven statements, was right after Mr. Garner died at the hands of the police. He made it clear then that he believed race was a factor and that Mr. Garner had died because he was black. He did that with the ridiculous statement in which he said that he had had a talk with his half black - half white son during which he in essence trained his son that he had to be careful around police officers because he was black (source). Yet it is the police who provide his son with a protective detail.

Remember that de Blasio, also undoubtedly with political considerations in mind, allowed protestors to have almost completely unrestrained control of New York City streets and of structures such as the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition he allowed protest marchers to carry on while one shouts: "What do we want?" and then the crowd, in unison, giving a resounding reply of : "Dead cops" (source). I note here while that march was booked as 'The Millions Protest March' (or something like that but definitely using the word millions), it sure does not look like millions were marching (see the video in that article) yet there were enough involved to cause disruption and later those at the Brooklyn Bridge caused mayhem. Still though, de Blasio allowed that to carry on without much restraint if any.

He also allowed the protests to go unhindered so much so that the lack of control over the crowds eventually led to and contributed to, without doubt in my mind, two NYPD Lieutenants being beaten. Both were later hospitalized, one sustaining a broken nose. They were attacked by a mob from among the protestors. This happened when the police lieutenants attempted to arrest one protestor who seemed to be about to throw a heavy trash can onto police officers and maybe also onto other protestors below him from an elevated platform of the bridge (source).

In the past, as is usual when such preplanned protests are held in NY City, the course of events is that a group expresses its desire to the city to hold a protest march and that the group applies for a permit to do so. The police department considers the request and if a permit is granted there are condition which must be met and maintained during the course of the protests. Those conditions are most often in the form of restrictions such as marking off a route which the protestors must use, keeping protestors peaceful, not allowing any illegal behavior, not allowing stoppage of traffic, all while allowing he protestors to exercise their right to free speech while at them same time not impinging on anyone else's rights or liberties.

Mayor de Blasio seemingly ignored all of the protocols and allowed the crowds to run rampant. My bet would be that if a similar situation had erupted under Mayror Rudy Giuliani, he would have called for an immediate end to the protest march once it had gotten out of hand. More than that though, he most likely would have made arrangements to try to assure that it never would have gotten out of hand in the first place. The current mayor is a political ass kisser and he has been playing politics from the very beginning but now that blood is on his hands he has the unmitigated nerve to say now is not the time for political rebuttals from his opposition.

What he should be doing is decrying the use of violence, not attempting to silence his opponents. He should be telling the public that any further illegal violence will be met with the maximum allowable force under the law and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Now, I am not saying that this was violence that came from the local community, the killer was not from Brooklyn as far as I am aware; however, I am saying that the mayor helped breed an atmosphere of total disrespect for law enforcement (especially the NYPD) by way of his politicizing the Eric Garner killing, by way of his race baiting its aftermath, and by way of truly turning his back on the NYPD. Now he is trying to tell us that it is not time for politics and that statement is political in nature in and of itself.

He is only saying that because all of the anti de Blasio politicking done now is sure to frame him in a bad light and assure that his first term as mayor will be his last term. So he is trying to quell anything political, he is merely trying to lower the political, ethical and emotional heat that is being blasted in his direction. He is going to get a lot more of it since he is as hypocritical as the worst hypocrite I have ever seen (my opinion). Amazingly enough, he expected the NYPD to take it when he turned his back on them but now is saying they should not be turning their backs on him; which by the way is exactly what they did and that was probably only the beginning of what he will have to face if he continues as the inept mayor he has been to date.

So what can he do? Well, it is too late to get it done right to avoid whatever is coming as a result of the killings of these two officers or to get it done right to avoid what already has come as a result of the Eric Garner death at the hands of police. Personally, I think the best thing he could do for the city would be to try to maintain the peace and then resign as quickly as possible. Since he apparently cannot accept the fact that this is the time for harsh criticism, political or otherwise, of his blundering buffoonery as mayor, I doubt he will accept any responsibility for any culpability leading to these assassinations and he will remain in office much to the degradation of the City of New York. What a shame because I am willing to bet that will only lead to more upheaval and violence.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, December 20, 2014

It's Been A Sad Day In Brooklyn, Very Sad...

...and with the sadness is mixed in lots of anger and disbelief after the assassination of two New York City Police Officers by a cowardly lowlife. Their killer sneaked up on them from behind and opened fire without giving them a chance and snuffed out the lives of two young men before their times.

NYPD Officers Ramos and Liu, RIP.
Rafael Ramos, who had been on the force for three years, was a 40 year old husband and the father of a 13 year old. Wenjian Liu, a seven year veteran of the NYPD, was only 32 years old and had been married all of about 2 months.

Their suspected killer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley allegedly had shot his girlfriend in Baltimore, MD earlier in the day and then reportedly made several posts to her Instagram account in which he said, among other things, that he was going to put wings on some cops in NY. The Baltimore police reportedly warned the NYPD about Brinsley's threats against NYPD Officers but the warning came too late to do any good.

This reportedly is a photograph of
the suspected cop-killer Brinsley.
Photo source.
Brinsley apparently traveled to NY where he allegedly shot the cops in Brooklyn as they sat in their patrol car. He then walked to a subway station where he allegedly shot and killed himself. Fucking bastard was to much of a coward to face what he had coming.

My heart felt condolences go out to their families and loved ones and to their brothers and sisters in blue. A Merry Christmas or Happy Chanukah will not be had for the families of these officers - maybe not for years to come - and it is certain that a pall of sadness has fallen over their brothers and sisters in blue, and all New Yorkers, this holiday season. 

All the best,
Glenn B



Living For Each Other

And thus I would gladly lead the lamb to slaughter. I do love an excellent leg of lamb and salmon, lobster, chicken, turkey, duck, pork roast, bacon and rib-eye steak are right up there too! Nature is ever so yummy.
All the best,
Glenn B

What I Wish For My Friends and What I Wish For Kim

This is what I wish for my friends:

However, you Kim Jung-un are not a friend, at least not one of mine. You sir are an arsehat and a tyrannical and oppressive dictator with a narcissist streak for whom I wish something of another ilk; I wish that you are very soon visited by this guy:
All the best (except to you Kim),
Glenn B


Putting A Stop To Nazi Germany Being Reborn - Who Can Do It - Consider John Bolton

Twenty years ago, I probably never would have believed that this would actually happen but it is now unfolding for all the world to see and yet we do virtually nothing. It is a holocaust of only a slightly different nature than that of the WWII era. This time around, not only are the mentally deficient, criminally insane, Gypsies, Jews, and enemies of the state being put to death but, it is anyone and everyone who is not of the exact same ilk as those of ISIS who are being exterminated. Yes, I said exterminated because that is exactly what ISIS is doing (and let's not forget the Taliban because they have been and continue to do likewise).

There is a way, I think, to put a stop to this and to do it in a fairly swift manner but that would require an alliance of nations with balls (and at least brass ones at that) to be willing to wage all out war on all of extremist Islam on a unified front. Since no one, at this point in time who has any power in government is willing to do such, you can expects hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of deaths at the hands of these scum in ISIS and the Taliban before anyone in power gets the nerve to even recommend that we totally and without prejudice wipe out every last one of these psychotics.

How likely is it to happen in my lifetime, that we actually make a major effort to totally annihilate these bastards - not likely with mindsets like this one that require our fighting men and women to respect terrorists and not hurt their feelings. Note that that is not the exception but the rule as we here in the US have restrictions that are just as ridiculous such as these. There is no way we are going to win this war with pansies as our leaders who give orders like those.

What we need is a fighter to take charge. When we hit 2016 and the presidential election - for whom will we be able to vote? That pompous witch Hillary could be a choice - no way she will fight terror - she will have a caliphate here within 6 years and try to blame it all on a conservative film maker. Then maybe there will be blabbermouth Joe. That fool who can't keep his tongue between his teeth and who has some of the furthest left leaning moronic ideas for governing I have ever heard. Maybe Romney or Bush - they are two pompous wimps. Forget about the fat boy from Jersey - he is a spoiled cry baby who only looks hard (at best) when he has a temper tantrum.

We need a hard boiled, no nonsense, commander and patriotic type to take the reins in his teeth, take his pistols in his hands, and lead the charge of our troops and those of our allies in an all out war against terror. he does not necessarily need to have military experience but needs to have chutzpah (grit, impudence, balls of steel or at least brass). While he is not perfect and has made some mistakes, one fellow that I think may fit this description is: John Bolton. Instead of writing his autobiography way too early in life and instead of pushing the dreams of his father, Mr. Bolton wrote:  Surrender Is Not An Option: Defending America At The United Nations And Abroad. He has been a staunch defender of liberty and of the United States of America throughout his working lifetime.

I would vote for Bolton in a heartbeat before voting for any of the others I can think of who may wind up in the running. If you feel likewise, then start letting others know about him. Start calling political leaders and interest groups to push for him. He would be a savior of this nation instead of being the like of the current nincompoop in charge who ignores the Constitution unless he is corrupting it. There may be other and better men for the job but I have not seen one of them with a real interest in taking it on and getting done what need be done.

Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind but Bolton is the man I am thinking of at this early stage of the game.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Threat To SONY Could Be From...

...Iran, China or Russia (but I suspect more likely from North Korea - or maybe American hackers) and those assholes at SONY have caved in and will not premiere whatever asshole movie they intended to premiere on Christmas because there is a threat of a 9/11 attack against SONY. See:

Are the arsehats in charge of SONY kidding me? Do they really fear that some unidentified entity will crash planes into buildings, killing thousands, if they premiere a stupid comedy film in which they plot to, or actually, kill off a character based on the asshole in charge of North Korea? After all, the hackers claimed it would be a 9/11 style attack!


All the best,
Glenn B

Even More Shitfaced Than Last Night...

...if that is possible but at least it is only 1943 hours and I only have to be up and really awake by 0530 for work tomorrow (so I may yet make it in on time). Life has just dealt me some things that are a little hard to deal with right before Christmas (which may wind up neither here nor there) but if I miss work, all I can say is - FUCK IT (with all due respect to my job and my boss).

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"...a sweet hello followed by a warm goodbye..."

That is exactly what I have been enjoying for the past 15 minutes or so. I had a craving for something sweet but my wife recently denuded the house of anything sweet because she had high glucose levels during a recent physical which I find hard to believe because at 58 she has the body of a 25 year old. I kid you not - it's because she is an exercise junkie.

Well anyway, I had a hankering for something sweet and I also needed an attitude adjustment. The only thing in the house that I could find, to achieve both a once, was something I had just bought tonight as a Christmas present for someone (but not for me) else. That something, for someone else, was a jar of Moonshine Cherries. Over the past quarter hour (maybe even 20 minutes) I gobbled down about half a jar's worth of the cherries and drank to moonshine down to a level to keep the remaining cherries just barely covered. I guess I have to buy another one for the Christmas present for that someone else.

So, what did that do for me. It sure was a sort of a sweet hello (at least what I could taste through the alcohol and that was good enough - man I love those cherries) and over the past few minutes or so it also has been one heck of a warm goodbye. I have been feeling a warmth I usually only feel in a sauna or in a hot car with the windows closed in the summertime in Calexico, CA (and that is warm as hell). Feels good though. As I am typing, it is finally hitting my head and giving me another sort of feeling - that kind of mellow that tells me I am well on my way to being snockered. Thing is, I am willing to bet, I don't need even one more of those cherries or the moonshine they are soaked in to windup drunk - just give me a few more minutes and I should be four sails to the wind.

Man oh man, I am eve so happy I cracked that mason jar open. The result, in addition to the sweet hello, the warmth, and the feeling snockered is that  - it has (at least temporarily) taken a big load off of my mind and that is a good thing because that particular load was pretty heavy.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Had A Proverbial Lump In My Oh So Sore Throat Earlier Tonight...

...and did not feel much like talking, let alone blogging. Been feeling miserable with that sore throat for awhile now. After sending an email to a good friend and having about a 1/4 of a bottle Carolan's Irish Cream Liqueur with a few shots of potato vodka mixed into it, that lump seems to have dissolved, the soreness almost completely soothed and I feel almost completely better now both physically and mentally. I may even get a good enough night's sleep before 0515 rolls around so that I'll be bright eyed and bushy tailed when I get up for work tomorrow. It won't be enough sleep but as I said it may be good enough. I may even still be awake enough, after I get home from work tomorrow, to give the blog a good go with a post or three. For tonight though, I think that I'll just hit the hay and say: "Goodnight all".

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, December 15, 2014

Fox News Asking If Australian Terrosist Act Should Be A Warning For USA

See this linked page.

Well, that was the title of the video although it did not cover that topic from what I could tell. Anyway, it is a good question and I think I have the answer.

Yes, I think that act of terrorism should be seen as a warning for those of us who live here in the US because sure as shit it could happen here. Now the warning is only as good as how well you heed it and I think the best way to do that would be for all Americans who can legally arm themselves to do so whenever they can and wherever they can do so. Had one or three of those Aussies had concealed handguns, the whole situation might well have been over almost as soon as it had started with a dead terrorist and all hostages freed and alive.

All the best,
Glenn B

And In Other News From Australia... opposed to this terrorist stuff, in that other news out of Australia: A young man who was spearfishing, around the Great Barrier Reef, was attacked, mauled and killed by a shark. Ouch. I am happy I don't go spearfishing, those darned spearfish seem to attract sharks. Of course that terrorist stuff makes me happy I don't hang out in cafes in Sydney either.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ho Ho Ho Need Help At Christmas - Send Me A Christmas Wish-List Email

I know it's kind of late in the season to start this but since I will be relying on emails instead of snail mail I may be able to pull this off in time for Christmas.

What I am doing here is asking that anyone aware of a family in need ask the parents in that family to enter a brief comment here to this post letting Santa Claus know what they would like to get their child for Christmas but may need some help in acquiring it this year in this terrible economy. I will pick a winner at random from among all entries I receive and will try to send the parents at least one item from the wish-list or will send a gift card to help them purchase something for their kid(s). That way they have at least a little something  extra to put under the tree, or in the stocking, or on the table this year.

Please keep it reasonable, I will not be buying anyone anything above about $50 (and will not gift anything illegal or that I consider tasteless). I will accept comments beginning tonight through Thursday, December 18th at 11:59 PM. I will ask the winning parent(s) to send me contact info at a later date so I can arrange shipment of the gift to the parents. I will announce the winner on Friday December 19th in a new post and in the comments section of this post. My selection of the winner, the type and value of the prize and the awarding of the prize is final. I retain the right to cancel this offer at any time including after entries have been submitted. By your entry into this contest, you agree without reservation to hold me harmless and indemnify in any and all legal actions that are directly or indirectly brought because of your participation in this event or because of your use or gifting of the prize or due to any other consideration at all related to this contest and the results. If you don't agree, don't enter. Other than that, have a very Merry Christmas.

Feel free to link to this post to spread the word. Thanks.

All the best,
Glenn B

Perfect Timing

Baby, Hazel Grace, popped out with impeccable timing being born at 10:11 on 12/13/14. Too bad her parents weren't as good at naming her - I mean who in their right mind names their daughter Hazel? See:

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holy Gift Giving Geezers, Batman

Yes folks, I am a geezer and a gift giver (as are we all) but I am holy (as relative to my past me) because I am already wrapping my Christmas gifts and writing out my Christmas cards for this year. If that does not make me saintly (this year), then nothing does. That if only because I have never done anything else that might qualify me for that honor.

Yes, I am writing Christmas cards two weeks before Christmas instead of only days before (or days after) Christmas as I usually wind up doing. I also have completed all of my really necessary Christmas shopping; well with the exception of only a few gifts for some people whom I suppose should receive something from me. That is amazing for me - this early in the season.

Of course, as has been usual for the past 47 years or more, I have to shop on Christmas Eve, otherwise it would not be Christmas the next day as far as I am concerned. I usually save that shopping spree for an extra present for my wife and or kids. Otherwise, I am pretty much finished. I think I need presents for only two people in my family for whom I have not gotten them already! That is pretty damned good for me this early. Add to that, the fact that, today, I wrapped most of the ones I already bought and I could be a saint.

Even if it does really not come close to qualifying me for sainthood, it makes me feel good and quite satisfied with my own efforts this year.

Whatever - hope you are
having half as good a day as me,
Glenn B

I Cracked Open My Golden Monkey Tripel Ale At 1203 Hours Today...

...and am still nursing it. Since it is a 1 pint, 9.6 fluid ounce sized ale, that is almost understandable, that is the still nursing it part is almost understandable, if you think having one that early is bad, go screw yourself. I am almost ready for a second one but I suppose most would be well into their second one by now.

It is a Golden Monkey Tripel from the Victory Brewing Company of Downington, PA. It has 9.5% alcohol content and is a spiced ale. It is damned good too and it is reliable in that regard as I can testify after having enjoyed them several times now! I have to hand it to the brewers at Victory, they have a winner with this one. It also has a darned good price, selling for about $5.79 a bottle (if I remember right) at Costco as opposed to most finer ales, with that high an alcohol content, they sell that go for about $8 to $15 a bottle.

I am not the only one thinking it is a great tasting ale, look to this link for a review with all that fancy shit about how its flavor (it tastes like great ale to me):

All the best,
Glenn B

Somehow, I Think She Just Doesn't Understand The Meaning Of Virginity

It may be be a well meant gesture on her part to have her virginity 'restored' but it sure seems to me that Brazil's Miss BumBum winner simply does not comprehend the meaning of virginity or the word nevermore. She simply does not understand that no matter what she (or her doctor) does now, she will never again be a virgin. Virginity - it's here until it's gone and then as quoth the Raven - "nevermore".

More (as in additional info, not virginity) here.

All the best,
Glenn B

"Your Whole Goal Is To Protect The United Sates Of America...

...its Constitution and its liberties."

He may have been the last Congressman to actually get it and now he is gone - retired. We have lost a good one.

Hat tip to Peter Q for sending me the video.

All the best,
Glenn B

As Much Fun As Sex?

Well if not, then it sure must be some good foreplay!

All the best,
Glenn B