Saturday, February 13, 2016

We Are In For Fundamental Change Beyond The Scope Of Anyting Obama Ever Imagined

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been found dead at a resort in Texas (source). He was a conservative who believed that the Constitution and other laws should be interpreted based only on the texts. He was a wise and good man when it came to the law. He is in my thoughts and prayers (of my own making). If there is a God, God rest his soul.
Few details have been released so far. His passing will allow Obama to attempt to appoint the leftist of his choosing and with the RINOs we have in Congress, there is almost no doubt an ultra-leftist will be appointed. Heaven help us and if that doesn't work I suggest you stock up on firearms an ammo now to the best of your financial ability. Once people realize what is likely to befall us within the next few years, with a leftist Supreme Court, ammo and firearms will fly off the shelves much faster than Obama ever helped them to sell.
All the best,
Glenn B

Goodbye To The Mandated Yellow, Green, Glowing, Mishapen Hunks Of Excrement

Watch the video and you'll understand.

By the way, I added Bill Whittle Dot Com to the list of links on the right side of my page, it's in in the last list in the Red Zone - FONTS OF KNOWLEDGE - BOTH THE TRUTHFUL AND THEY WHO SPEW FORTH BALDERDASH. The guy is great, watch his stuff it is excellent, usually much better than this one but this one I could not resist since a major manufacturer is doing away with these pieces of shit that were forced on us by Nancy Pelosi and her like.

All the best,
Glenn B

Something Is Just Not Right In This Picture

When I figure it out, I'll let you know.

All the best,

On The Question Of Which Gun An Elderly Arthritic Person Should Use For Self Defense... was discussed at New Jovian Thunderbolt in this blog post: What do?, I think the more important approach is not to worry so much about which gun but to have the potential self defense shooter well prepared. So, the best answer I can think of is to have the person exercise and practice a lot with whatever pistol they choose after first practicing with a few to several pistols in different sizes and calibers. 

Osteoarthritis is or should be easier to manage in that way than rheumatoid arthritis, or at least so my medically untrained sense would tell me. In fact, I have seen many elderly arthritic folks (with osteoarthritis) easily and competently handle, load, fire, clear semi-automatics and revolvers in mid-level calibers. If they have mild to moderate arthritis, I would guess they could do well with any handgun in a reasonable caliber. Large calibers like magnum handgun rounds might do damage, so maybe they should avoid them. Someone with severe arthritis may need physical therapy  or medication to allow them to shot a handgun and it could be best for them to check with a medical professional first. Then again, so many doctors are anti gun, who can say if that is the thing to do. Anyway, people with mild to moderate osteoarthritis should be able, again this is my medically unschooled opinion, to handle and operate handguns in any caliber up to 45 ACP.

Heck, I suppose I am one of them (the supposing is only that you may or may not consider me elderly). Besides me witnessing other arthritis sufferers shooting I have first hand experience at being one of them. I have twice had Lyme disease, I suffer from osteoarthritis in virtually every joint in my body including in my hands, and suffer from neuropathy mostly due to radiation and chemo treatments and possibly due to head injuries in my distant past. Let's face it, I am not as nimble as I was once upon a time but still can do what needs to be done. If I must say so myself, I do so quite well when I it comes to handling a pistol or revolver. I have seen many arthritic folks into their 80s (or in other words decades older than me) do likewise.

One of the best things they, or anyone, could do before purchasing a handgun is to rent a few to several pistols and revolvers in different calibers, at their local range, and try each out to see how they feel. Mind you, it would be best to shoot each at several range sessions over a few weeks time, not merely at one, before deciding on a purchase. That way they will at last somewhat develop their muscles and joints to get them used to shooting before making a decision on which their lives may later depend. While renting guns at a range over a few sessions is not cheap, it might be more frugal, for a senior on a fixed income, to try before buying because if they wind up with the wrong handgun they may not be able to afford another more suitable replacement.

All the best,
Glenn B

Obama Is Responsible For Reigniting The Cold War... what I believe and what I have been warning for almost 2 1/2 years now - at least since this blog post back in September 2013. Now, the Russians have just made it absolutely clear that we are in the middle of one. In fact, they are threatening us with dire consequences if we do not bow to them and their plans in Syria and elsewhere throughout the world (source). All that chest pounding by Russia is probably mostly due to our president being an infective whoosh when it comes to being a chief capable of command. Let's face it, all of his red line bravado and his talk of the U.S. being the strongest world power, of ISIS being a JV team and many of his actions to date in the world (the most recent being his terrible handling of Iran capturing U.S. seamen) amounted to little more than him being a braggart who would not back up his own threats or bragging by standing for what was right about the United States of America. He has effectively weakened the USA and brought us to at least one knee in world standing. 

I believe that Obama has set us back at least 50 years in our standing as an effective world power. If that is what he meant by fundamental change, then I think he was set to surrender America's superiority in world affairs from day one of his presidency and he has done a pretty good job of doing exactly that. The man and his policies are despicable to me.

All the best,
Glenn B

It Was A Zoo In Manhattan This Past Thursday

As in the Central Park Zoo. I took a walk  after an appointment I had in the city, and headed north on Madison Avenue toward Central Park despite the pretty cold temperature of 24 degrees. When I got to 59th Street I banged a left and after one more block I entered the park. As I was walking passed the Central park Zoo, I decided what the heck, I would shell out the ten bucks they wanted as general admission and see what they had in the way of interesting critters.

My first stop was the Tropical Zone. It is an indoor exhibit which you would think would house tropical animals and plants. Well, it did somewhat but not all of the displays were of tropical creatures. Some were from temperate deserts. The evident reason for that is tat the zoo has cut back over the years. As a matter of fact, the exhibits at the CPZ were fairly disappointing, to me because I have seen more variety at this zoo in the past. It was just that there were so limited as to the type of critters they displayed.

I still had a decent time for my $12 but I sure did miss the monkey house, which was still there after their big renovation back in the mid to late 1980's. I also missed the elephants and the polar bears and big cats (even though they have a now leopard enclosure). In place of polar bears, they now have two dismal looking female grizzly bears. At least when they had polar bears, you would often see them swimming in their pool, romping around the enclosure and playing with toys. I have never seen their grizzlies do much more than sleep or lazily walk around a bit and then go back to sleep.

Victoria Crowned Pigeon, there were several of these. This one was
constantly looking for nesting material. Other than the peacocks, these
pigeons were the most superbly spectacular birds in the exhibit.
Back to the Tropical Zone; I must admit it was nice walking in there and leaving the temps in the low twenties outside. It must have been about 85 degrees inside and was fairly humid too. It was a welcome change and worth the $12 admission fee right there. There were a good number of birds flitting about the trees, shrubbery, rocks and waterfalls inside. It was, in essence, and aviary that had glassed in enclosures around its inner perimeter. I saw some truly magnificent looking birds but to my dismay none were too cooperative in posing for pictures. I did get a few nice shots though.

The Victoria Crowned Pigeon was not afraid of getting wet. If you click to
enlarge this shot you probably will see the water droplets on its feathers.

It did like to shake the water off of its crown though.

Radjah Shelduck from Australia and new Guinea. This duck was the
most cooperative of the birds when it came to posing for my camera.

Profile pic of the Radjah Shelduck.

Then there was this one, another pigeon of some sort, sorry I did not get the
name. It certainly is spectacular and not just another NYC 'rat with wings'.

Thee were also some mammals and reptiles in the Tropical Zone, that I saw, including bats, banded mongoose, at least one flying fox, lemurs, a redfoot tortoise, a gila monster, geckos, and a few snakes.

I got one decent picture of a snake and a really nice couple of shots of the mongooses (or is it mongeese ;>).

Amazon Tree Boa.

Banded Mongooses, these were pretty active little critters.

While not the best photos, I could not fail to include pictures of the Superb Starling. This was one beautiful bird and as with other species in the aviary, this one was busy with nest building.
This Superb Sparrow was also tending it's nest.

Neither of my pics of this one are great but this one shows its color better.
After that, it was back out into the cold where I visited the grizzlies, snow monkeys, snow leopard (which I did not see), harbor seals, sea lions (always among the favorite attractions at the zoo) and some other bird exhibits including the very fishy and foul smelling penguin house. man there shit does stink to high heaven and it smells like putrid fish.

The only half way decent shots I got outside were of more birds. Of course, I was taking pictures with my phone, a Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, so the control I had for exposure and such was non existent since I was just snapping way in auto mode. I sort of wish I had my old Nikon FM2 film camera with me. Had I had that one along this next shot would have come out with the fence in focus but as it is, the shot shows an amazing looking bird anyway.

I call it Ducks and Whatever because I forgot to get the name of these birds.
There was also a pair of uncooperative cranes. They both had there heads out as I approached but when I got close they both looked unimpressed by me and each tucked their heads under wing and went to sleep.

White-naped Cranes

I took the hint and left the zoo shortly after that but made one final quick stop at the sea lion exhibit. I didn't bother to try to get a photograph of the sea lions because by that time I was getting pretty cold, hungry and thirsty and I wanted to get out of there and find myself something to eat and drink. That is exactly what I did too, well at least I got a beer.

All the best,
Glenn B