Thursday, September 24, 2020

They're Rubber - They Bounce Right Back Again And Again And Maybe Even Again!

A woman in Vietnam allegedly cleaned (one would hope she did a good very job), reshaped, repackaged and resold used condoms to unsuspecting buyers. She reportedly has been arrested and charges are being considered. Makes me wonder who had the job of collecting the 324,000 spewed in rubbers that were reportedly seized from her bounce-back facility. Thousands more were reportedly already sold. More at the source.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Trump Derangement Syndrome At Its Best

Watch the video here, the woman was supposedly flipping off Trump supporters. You may think everything worth watching happens by about the 12 second mark of this very brief video. Keep watching all the way until the end - it gets much better.

All the best,
Glenn B

You've Got To Be Faster Than Road Runner...

 ...to be able to catch available ammo nowadays. If not, then pay the prices they want at auction sites or gun shows and they ain't cheap. Of course, getting ammo from an online dealer (my preference most of the time) like Target Sports USA or from a store like Academy Sports is not on the cheap side either but their prices are better than most during the current ammo buying frenzy.

Did I say ammo buying frenzy - why yes I did. One good example of just how frenzied it is right now and how quickly you need to jump on a deal for ammo can be illustrated by what happened to me this morning while walking my mongrel. I was checking my email and had just looked at one and went back to my in box. There was a new email, delivered only seconds ago, from Target Sports USA letting me know that Remington 38 SPL lead round nose ammo was in stock. 

Damn, I could not remember my password so had to reset it. It took all of about 3 or 4 minutes for me to click on the 'new password' link, enter my email address, open the email they sent me with a 'set your password link', go to that link and type in a new password and get back to the item page at Target Sports USA. It already was out of stock! You want ammo - you gotta be fast - faster than road Runner with Wile E. Coyote hot on his trail.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

In NY State - The Dead Don't Only Vote - They Get...

 ...tax payer funded healthcare too. The NY Post reports that: the NY Health Department is in the hot seat for allegedly having made $700 million in “improper” and “questionable” Medicaid spending during fiscal 2019.uess who evidently dimed them out: state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. According to the NY Post article (source) 5 million dollars of that $700 million was spent on health care for dead folks! Most of it though reportedly was spent on over payments for drugs!

Way to oversee the goings on in your state government Emperor (at least he seems to think so of himself) Andrew Cuomo! 

FUAC!

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, September 21, 2020

Really Blogger.com (aka: Blogspot.com) - Did You Have A First Grader Redesign Your Site?

 The new Blogger@blogspot.com - SUCKS. Things that were fine have been changed to things that are broken at least or idiotic at worst. Seems you are perfectly following it the footsteps of progressiveness.

All the best,
Glenn B

Val Dieu Triple - Not bad At All

 

That stuff - pretty good. Not as good maybe as Ommegang Abbey Ale or Chimay Cing Cent (or better among the Chimay seelction) but not bad at all and 9% ABV. A decent libation to celebrate the
last day of summer 2020.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, September 19, 2020

RBG: One Tough Old Coot But A Biased Leftist

Well, she is gone. While I can wish that RBG rests in peace, especially after her long and courageous battle against cancer I cannot sing her praises - there are few if any. I will say though, she was one tough old coot! 

As for her time with SCOTUS, as far as I am concerned, she and her extremely left biased decisions, while on the bench, helped turn much of our country into what it has become over the past several months - a leftist third world shithole and it was already more than bad enough due to her love of all things leftist. She not only sowed the seeds, she nurtured the vines and now the rest of us are stuck with the spoiled fruits of her all too often biased leftist agenda.

 
All the best,
Glenn B
 

Happy New Year...

 ...or should I say happy Head of the Year! It's Rosh Hashanah the Jewish new year and being that it is the year 5781, there have been plenty of them. Hope your upcoming year will be a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous one.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, September 18, 2020

Gotta Get Me Some AR Sights...

 ...for my latest and third AR-15. Just picked this up at my local dealer where it was shipped from PSA for the ATF paperwork to get done. It's a complete PSA lower with Magpul grip and stock. I got it for an okay price considering all of the frenzied gun & ammo purchases that have been ongoing for the past few months.


Once I got it home, I slapped it together with this. 

 

Stag Arms ORC Upper

 

It's the Stag 15 O.R.C. I had the high bid on at GunBroker last month. I was not too sure I'd like the look of the olive green Magpul furniture with the black of the metal parts of the lower & the upper but once I mated them all I can says is: I like it. 


My third AR. I like the contrasting green of the grip & stock & love the collapsible stock. I need to add sights and probably will look to Midwest Industries for them as I did for my first AR a Stag 15 ORC.


If the folks who say: "Ridin' With Biden" somehow get him elected, probably by way of the biggest case of voter fraud in history (I mean how could he legitimately be elected - he is seemingly brain dead), then what I - along with this and many of my others guns - will be "Hidin' From Biden" and his minion.

Now to do something important and think of which sights to get for it. My leaning is toward something from Midwest Industries like the sights I got for my first AR. 

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

They're Gone

 My two nicest rifles are gone, sold to folks via GunBroker.com. So, there went my Marlin 1936 - had a decent bid on it today.

 

I guess it was a couple of weeks or so ago I sold the Browning Lightweight '81 in 30-06 (the buyer was ecstatic with that one). Hopefully the guy with the high bid on the Marlin will like it just as well as the other liked the Browning. I describe them just as they are, maybe even a tad conservatively sometimes, so my buyers will be pleased. I post a lot of clear pictures of each gun I sell too. So far, I have 100% positive feedback at GunBroker. 

 

 

While I do not miss the Browning, which was a very nice gun but  not for me, I have to admit I already am suffering from seller's remorse over the Marlin 1936. What a very purdy gun is that one. Oh well, need the cash and while 30-30 Winchester is an okay caliber it is not my preferred caliber for a lever gun; I'll take a rifle in 35 Remington over it any day of the week. If I ever find a model 1936 in as nice a condition as the one I just sold and it's in 35 REM, it probably will be a long term keeper.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, September 14, 2020

Miniature Golf Is An Odd Game...

 ...but just like in professional golf, the important thing is to get the ball into the hole in as few tries as possible. I give you The Greatest Putt Of All Time:


A hat tip to Jim S for this one.

All the best,
Glenn B

Police Officer Joe Cool

While you may notice that the officer left himself open for what he got - you have got to admire how the officer in this video reacts with calmness and utter determination when the skell to whom he is speaking punches him. Surprise!



A hat tip to Charlie F for that one.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Plot Thickens and The 12 Monkeys Are Howling

I, and plenty of other folks, surmised early on that the Novel  Corona Virus, later and currently called COVID-19 (and let's not forget the China Virus) might have been created in the lab - a chemical warfare lab. Seems such may have been the case but only time and upcoming reports may shed some light on that. A doctor who fled China after the outbreak is reportedly claiming that the virus was man-made in a lab in or near Wuhan. (Source.) She also allegedly says the first report about it will be out in several days; my bet is she will disappear before then - permanently - although, I'd hope not. I at least want to read the anticipated follow-up report as well as the first one. If she is proven right, our government should pay whatever it takes to safeguard her in luxury. 

Then prepare for the worst, because sooner of later and it's going to happen much sooner than it was 10 or 20 years ago - the Chinese will start WWIII. We will be their main target and Russia quite likely as their main ally. As for any countries in Western Europe except maybe for GB - my guess is it will be 60-40 in favor of most Western Euro nations siding with the red commies or claiming neutrality. Breath deep the gathering gloom, get filled up by the smell of it and get riled by that smell, riled enough to prepare for TWEOTAWKI. This senior citizens wishes he is wrong but prudence and history tell me otherwise. They have been planning it for years and have ramped up hostility considerably lately.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, September 11, 2020

In Their Memory


Keep them in your thoughts and prayers today - all those innocent people who perished on September 11, 2001 (or who perished afterwards due to injuries that day) at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, in United Airlines flight 93 at Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania and at the World Trade Center in New York, City. Remember those too who did not perish on that day but who were injured and who survive today bearing the scars of those injuries, physical & mental.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

So I Was Sitting Here Typing My Prior Post and My Doc's Nurse Called Me

She called me yesterday too, then to tell me that they were mailing me my lab work results from my most recent office visit. I figured that must mean all the test were negative otherwise they would have said something. She called for something else today!

Let me start with why all the blood-work and such. Well, I had been feeling progressively more and more miserable as each day went by for several months - since at least around last October or November (even as early as July or August but the symptoms came and went back then now that I think of it) up through August 12th just recently. That day, my doc sent me to the ER where they diagnosed me with a urinary tract infection and shot me up with a huge vial of some antibiotic. They also prescribed me ten days worth of another antibiotic - huge pills. 

I was amazed because the day after I received the shot, I felt a hundred times better than I did while in the ER. Two days later and every pain in my body, pains I have been having in my joints, inside my bones, in my muscles & terrible headaches - all since about a year ago - disappeared. My lightheadedness, outright dizziness, loss of balance, severe headaches, night sweats, absolute fatigue, utter weakness, inability to remain awake - all had gone the way of the dinosaurs - not one was left. Then about 6 to 8 days into the antibiotic pills they had prescribed for me - the aches & pains started to come back  just a little, my blood pressure started going up and down as if on a roller coaster (and that got better for several days after the antibiotic shot in the ER), I got somewhat lightheaded again and started falling asleep unable to stay awake a few hours after getting up in the mornings. It's been just like before I went to visit the ER just not as severe - more like it was back in October or November fairly early on once the fatigue had set in. I have been slowly getting progressively worse again since then. 

So, I went back to the doc. I explained I was starting to feel progressively worse again, almost all the same symptoms. I asked her if maybe - just maybe - I had had more than a urinary tract infection, possibly two diseases and the antibiotics did not kill the other one. I also asked if it was possible that the UTI had been caused by a more severe underlying illness. Much to my surprise she agreed with me and was going to run some tests, then suddenly said my insurance would not pay for the tests she wanted to run unless they were ordered by an Infectious Disease Specialist. I said "Why not" because my insurer always pays for everything a doctor finds medically necessary. She disagreed so I called my insurer. They said she should jab away and take all the blood she needed from me. She did, well her lab worker did anyway. The gal in the lab filled several vials with my blood.

She wound up testing me for: COVID-19 both the illness and the antibodies (three tests for them), syphilis, chlamydia, hepatitis, HIV, Lyme Disease (three tests), Non-Treponemal screening, Neisseria Gonorrheae (the clap? - not likely - it's been that long) Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, RPR Rfx On RPR Conform (?), Tick Borne Disease Panel, Treponema pallidum Antiobodoes, a CBC and urinalysis.

Then today, as I said above, I got a call from the nurse as I was writing my blog post immediately prior to this one. She said the doc got some additional tests back today and that I have - drum roll - Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. I'll be damned if I had not told her and my prior doc about having been bitten by ticks before this all started but they only checked my for Lyme disease back before this round of tests - just like the docs did in NY before moved down here had tested my for Lyme. 

I have got to say, I am ever so happy they have it figured out (hopefully they found the only cause and nothing else is also causing my maladies) and they can give me the right medication to kill it. My concern now is not that the nurse told me I will probably get the squirts from a 20 day course of Doxycycline but rather that I am a bit worried (not too worried though) that the bug may have built up a resistance to antibiotics after the stuff they gave me recently that obviously only had a temporary effect on it. Come to think of it, last spring, I was seeing a Rheumatologist before leaving NY for much of the same symptoms that included a lot of red sots on my feet and lower legs (that I had for a couple of, or a few, years now along with joint & muscles pains). When I first left NY, I styaed in AR with my son. I was put on antibiotics while staying at my son's place because of similar issues and got better for a couple of months. Then it started again around August - I wonder if I have had it all along, even when still living in NY. 

Whatever, whenever, they finally discovered the cause of my sickness and I hope it gets wiped out with the result of me feeling much better once again. Time and future blood tests will tell. My big hope is that my heart will go back to normal once I am cured. My guess is that is what caused it to beat less efficiently that normal (only diagnosed a couple of months ago close to the height of me feeling miserable and the cardiologist just chalked it up to high blood pressure and my age) - once again time and another test will tell.

All the best,
Glenn B

Marlin 1936 - 2nd variation - Remarkable Remaining Case Color

 If you have ever owned a gun with a case colored receiver, you probably know that the case color can be damaged to out right obliterated quite easily. It does not take much to destroy it. I have a Marlin 1936, 2nd variation - B prefix, up for bids over at GunBroker.com and I am hopeful that the amount of remaining case color will be it's number one selling point. I have seen some other specimens of this same model sell for around the same price to some selling for much more than I am asking and they had zero remaining case color.



No, the case color is not perfect but there sure is a lot of it remaining on a rifle that was manufactured in 1941 (as best I can determine). Someone took rootin-shootin good care of it and I did likewise once I bought it. It, by the way, was another acquisition I made from the Hessney Auction Co. LTD of Geneva, NY. 


All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

I Am Selling Some 45 ACP Ammo - Will Someone Be Offended?

You can bet your sweet bippy that somebody will probably take offense to my latest sale item on GunBroker.com or at least to how I presented it.

 

If it makes someone's blood boil, that is fine by me. Of course, that could mean someone might purposefully place the high bid who has no intention of paying me, that in retribution for my truly excellent photography but that is a chance I will take. I can always sell this stuff at the Murphy's Gun Show in Benton, AR next month if it does not sell on GB. I trust though that it will sell though to an honest and reputable buyer.

All the best,
Glenn B


Monday, September 7, 2020

Fly Swatter Fail - And I Thought I Had Bad Luck

https://www.foxnews.com/world/man-chasing-fly-accidentally-blows-up-part-house-france-report

Well, it really wasn't fly swatter fail, more like a pipe failed, or maybe the old geezer's sense of smell (maybe he has the Rona V). Until I read that I thought I had really bad luck, somehow my bad luck does not compare. 

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Mossberg 640KA Chuckster

My latest acquisition for the Hessney Auction Co. LTD. was a Mossberg Model 640KA Chuckster in 22 WMR. Nice rifle except for one thing, the front sight was broken, the top half evidently snapped off at some point in time.  
 
With the broken front sight.

The solution was to order an OEM front sight from Numrich (it amazes me they often have original equipment manufacturer parts in stock). I knocked out the old sight with a brass punch today after first applying some Break Free CLP to it (would not budge before doing that) and that was easy enough to accomplish. What took some doing was getting the new one in place.That took a bit of filing around the edges. I did it a tiny bit at a time so as not to remove too much metal. After the third try or so, I got it to start in the front sight slot in the barrel - then I whacked away with a brass hammer until it was fully in place. After that, I touched it up with some bluing. Looks like it's been there for ages.
 
With the new front sight in place.

 
This rifle may be a keeper; although, I must add they are in high demand as far as I am aware. Heck, when I mentioned on a gun forum that I had bought this, someone else from the forum immediately sent me a PM to ask if I would sell it to him. I want to at least shoot it some before parting with it and being it is 22 WMR - and if it is a good shooter - I just may keep it.

All the best,
Glenn B

AR-15 Lower Build

I put together my first AR-15 lower, finishing it yesterday. Started it last week but had to buy a hex driver to get it finished for the grip screw and that took me a bit. Speaking of taking time, have I ever mentioned that I am The Great Procrastinator. I got a stripped Spike's Tactical lower in July 2013 - that's the one I used for this build - took me a little while to get around to it but it is finally finished. 




Well, maybe it's not completely finished, the darned butt stock was loose once I got it on. It's an A2 stock so it needed a spacer that came with it but it was still loose even though I used the spacer and tightened the stock screw as tight as it would go. In fact I tried three times and then a fourth before it felt secure but I am worried it has been over tightened because in doing so I stripped the screw head slot somewhat. Just ordered two new ones (in case I screw up again I'll have an extra). Don't know what the problem is but when I get the new screw I will take the stock off (hopeful the screw head slot was not stripped to badly and it will screw off easily)  and try to figure it out - could be it just is a piece of junk that does not fit properly or maybe it was that I screwed something up.

Now an AR-15 lower is one thing but it needs another thing and that is an upper. I ordered one from Palmetto State Armory (cost now as much as a complete AR-15 rifle would have cost back in January but Biden may win and then what - no guns at all maybe or ten times the cost of what the inflated prices are now). I slapped the upper onto the lower and it looks purdy nice I need to take it to the range sooner or later and make sure it works without falling apart.


The next step though, before the range trip, will be to add the sights that came with the upper. That will not take long at all, maybe I'll get that doe today or maybe not. Time will tell.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Tried A New Dish On The BBQ This Evening...

...it was extremely tasty, a lot like pork but a bit sweeter meat. Very tender if you take care to cook it slowly. The fresher the meat the better. 

It's called Chicken Cat-ciatore. Yummy, in fact so yummy,  allow me to tell the PETAphiles to go screw themselves before they start hemorrhaging from the ears over it and complaining about it to the government.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, August 30, 2020

They Can't Predict The Weather For Tomorrow Correctly...

...and now they are trying to get us to beleive they can predict a blizzard for the northeast USA in the second week of the coming February - about 5 1/2 months from now! That among many other predictions for wild and frosty weather in the coming winter.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/farmers-almanac-winter-weather-forecast-cold-snow-north-midwest-great-lakes-south-dry-rain-west-coast

All the best,
Glenn B




Saturday, August 29, 2020

A New Presentation Of TICSMYD

TICSMYD - it was the challenge call by one of my professors at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the Forensic Psychology Master's (are you offended by that word - if so fuck off) program. It translates to exactly what the woman in the embedded video is saying, it's just that she is saying it in different words:


If you have not yet figured out TICSMYD, it stands for: Talk Is Cheap - Show Me Your Data. As the young lady points out, the leftists all too often just accuse without any facts to back them up.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, August 28, 2020

My Kind Of Campaign Ads For Biden


Gotta love these.



A hat tip to Charlie F for this.

All the best,
Glenn B

Jacob Blake Reportedly Admited He Had A Knife

So all the rioting over the shooting of Jacob Blake, presumably because he was seen as another black man unjustifiably shot by police, once again either happened because no one got the facts first or because to them (the rioters) facts do not matter. The facts are, there was a knife found on the driver side floorboard of his vehicle, he leaned forward into the vehicle before he was shot and only after the officer apparently attempted to stop him by grabbing his shirt, and Blake reportedly has admitted that he had the knife. (Source.)

Now tell me, if someone evidently is trying to grab a knife when in a confrontation with police, are you seriously going to suggest that the shooting was not justified and that all the subsequent civil unrest and violence/rioting was justified because he was shot by the police and he was black!

All the best,
Glenn B

The Ever Changing Tune Of The Anti-Trumpers

Just one more example of how the left changes its view of something once President Trump embraces it:


Of course, that may need to be fact checked but with what I know of the Washington Leftist Rag Post, it would not surprise me at all if those are 100% correct quotes from what in my opinion is merely a mud slinging rag.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Not My Typical Month

I shelled out about 3,500 clams for gun stuff this month. Just looked at my credit card statements. Happily, I have a buyer for my Browning BLR Lightweight '81 but that sale price will not quite cover 25% of what I spent. Ouch! Yet, I am satisfied with what I am getting albeit not always the price paid considering current prices. However, if Slow Joe somehow wins, I will be ecstatic I bought what I bought before the election. If Trump wins, as I hope (as do we all I suppose if you are reading this), I will not be happy about spending the extra dollars but it is a gamble I was willing to take just in case he somehow loses.

Of course, if I attend a gun show in October, as I hope to (waiting to find out if we are getting a table) I am going to sell some stuff I have on hand that I know will sell at a...let me just say it will sell very well.

All the best,
GB

Riddle Me This

Somebody has some explaining to do! That somebody would be someone at UPS like a customer service representative but I figure why bother since all they will give me is a run around. What needs to be explained is not so much why a package sent to me from Spokane, WA went from Spokane to Hermiston, OR; then to Salt Lake City on its way to me near Texarkana, TX but why after stopping in Salt Lake City it took a very wrong turn to the west and went to Oakland, CA and then wound up near Oakland in San Pablo, CA.


It was supposed to have been delivered today but now has been delayed until next Tuesday. That is one crazy way to get it to TX from WA.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, August 24, 2020

Surprise - COVID-19 Survives On Refrigerated & Frozen Food

COVID-19 has been found to be able to survive refrigeration and freezing. That has been hypothesized as the probable reason a number of same household members, some of whom who work in a frozen meat processing plant in New Zealand, have contracted the disease after 100 days of no new cases in that country. (Source.)

Why does it come as a surprise to anyone in the scientific or medical fields, specifically those researching COVID-19 or other viruses? The fact has long been that freezing viruses, for the long term, is one of the preferred methods of storing viruses for future study? (Source - see page 21 for the preferred method and temperature which they show as -70 C or in other words very cold and very frozen.)

And they call themselves experts on this virus - nope not yet are they such. It was called the Novel Corona Virus at first and it is little wonder no one is an expert on something new.

All the best,
GB

The New Do - But The Same Old Me

From the Wilderman look to the new do; I think the ears and back of my neck are going to need some sunscreen.

I walked into the barber shop looking more or less like this today as far as my hair went.



$9.00 plus tip later, I can out looking like this.



From the Wilder Mann look to the new do; I think the ears and back of my neck are going to need some sunscreen.

All the best,
Glenn B

Selling My Browning BLR Lightweight '81 .30-06...

...but, of course, not by way of my blog and Blogger.com because that would be, I think, against their rules. I do have it up for sale over on GunBroker and in the event any of you are interested (and I think saying this is not against the rules) here is the link to it.


August 27, 2020 Edited To Add: GunBroker came through again. Had a bid on the BLR yesterday. While the selling price was only equal to the required starting bid, I am happy because it worked out well for me. Well, that is it will work out well if I receive payment & the required paperwork and if the buyer is happy with it (and it is just as it was described so that should not be an issue). Being I just purchased about $1,750 worth of ammo and gun parts, that is a good thing because I could not afford that cash outlay.


All the best,
GB

Friday, August 21, 2020

It's Been One Of Those Weeks & May Be One Of Those Three Monthers (or so)

I've been preparing for the possibility Biden somehow wins or for the nationwide riots I predict should he lose in November. 

Today, I bought 500 rounds of Blazer Brass 45 ACP, 230 gr., FMJ ammo. Also bought a box of .38 Special (only box they had left) for a friend (not a freebie for him, I just knew he needed at least some 38 SPL so I grabbed it for him). The 45 ammo was $17.99 per box, minus $1.80 per box due to a first responder discount, plus tax - so about $175 for the lot of them. The 38 was about $23 per box minus the 10% discount, plus tax, or about $22.40 out the door. I got that all at Sports Academy. I have to say that considering the prices of ammo elsewhere, their price on the 45 ACP was excellent. PSA had it for over $23.00 per bx plus tax & shopping and that was one of the lower prices I could find elsewhere (http://ammoseek.com). I also ordered two Ruger Mark IV mags from Optics Planet; the right price and in stock.

Yesterday, I ordered some gun parts from Numrich Gun Parts Corp.. A front sight for a Mossberg 640KA Chuckster. Yesterday, the mailman delivered my latest firearm, a Mossberg 640KA Chuckster in 22 WMR that as in need of that sight. Otherwise it looks just grand. I also ordered 200 rounds of TulAmmo 7.62X54R, 148 gr. FMJ ammo. I also received an order of 500 rounds Prvi Partizan 32 ACP AUTO Ammo 71 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point. 

On Wednesday, I went out to local stores seeking ammo at a decent price. Nothing of interest at Attwoods but I could have shouted "eureka" at Academy Sports. They had .380 Auto, no limit. I scoffed up 10 boxes for a total of 500 rounds.I would have taken them all but there was some other dude standing there his mouth agape (probably in amazement they had 380) so I figured I'd leave him some, maybe another ten or fifteen boxes. Then I went to Attwoods where I purchased two 20 round boxes of Hornady 300 WIN MAG, Interlock, 150 grain ammo. I also got some Federal 12 gauge shotgun shells, 7 1/2 shot for bird and or squirrel hunting hunting. Lest I forget, I made one other purchase at Attwood's, one box of Winchester Western 22LR, 325 rounds, 36 grain plated hollow point ammo.

They say Wednesday's child is full of woe; I was born on a Wednesday and after my purchases I may be a bit woeful when I get hit with my Amex bill. You see, I also bought a complete and fully assembled upper in .223 Wylde from Palmetto State Armory. I am gambling here since they may go down in price a lot if Trump stays in but if Basement Biden wins - it will have been the right move. Been meaning to get one for a long time but I am The Great Procrastinator. In fact, I bought a Spike's Tactical stripped lower several years ago. Soon after that, Brendan gave me a PSA lower parts kit. Must be at least 7 or 8 years ago (maybe longer) for that stuff and it is still not assembled. I have promised myself to get to it once the upper arrives.

Speaking of procrastination, earlier this week, don't recall which day, I received my brand spanking new Ruger Mark IV. You may remember, if you are a longtime reader of mine, that I first expressed interest in getting one back on Sunday, September 25, 2016. I'm happy I did not get one rigt away, there was a recall due to a problem which since has beed fixed, but damn I just gotta buy things when I first see em or at least sooner than later - the price has gone up considerably since then. 


On Tuesday I ordered five boxes (1,000 rds.) of Federal Champion 22 WMR, 50 Grain, Jacketed Hollow Point Box of 200. That order was with TargetSportsUSA@ $183.95. That was an excellent price, it works out to $9.20 per 50 rounds. That is pre-Novel Corona Virus and pre-rioting/looting pricing. I also struck it lucky at my local Academy Sports and I picked up three boxes of Winchester 9mm NATO 50 rounds per box. Limit of three or I would have bought a case. They were marked $12.99 and I got a 10% discount as a retired first responder. You should have seen the look on the gal's face when I asked her if the discount applied for retired folks; she kind of looked me over and stammered "you have to have ID to prove that". I guess the long hair and beard threw her off. Any way that made them $11.69 each plus whatever tax they added on. Not bad, especially in these times. Did not get the chance to go back later and try again but decided to keep going back each chance I get to look for more. 

I'll be darned if I recall getting anything on Sunday or Monday but I may have on Monday. Anyway, it is going to prove to be an expensive week. Of course, it may be mitigated somewhat in early October when Brendan and I intend to have a table at a gun show local to him. If I sell the 45 Ammo I bought, I'll still have a nice surplus on hand. I actually bought that stuff today thinking of giving it to my son but had forgotten he just picked up 500 rounds yesterday or Wednesday. If we sell it at the show, and things are much the same as now, I expect to be able to ask (and get) $40 - $50 a box for it (maybe more if things get worse). We could probably also sell half of the 380 and get upwards of $40 per box on them too; 380 was nonexistent at a gun show we recently attended - more potential buyers asked for it than any other caliber except 9mm and 45. Not too sure I'd sell that high though, at least not to Trump supporters.

Speaking of all this ammo buying, I had the thought yesterday I am going to stock up on bottled water, paper towels and arse wipes in early October. I figure no matter which one wins in November there is going to be a lot of rioting. They will go berserk if President Trump maintains the presidency and if he loses I think they will just continue their insurrection and stuff like that will start selling out again soon before the election and the shelves will be bare after it. I am good on food but could use some additional medical supplies should the election cause more strife than even now. Oh - booze - I need to stock up on booze too just in case COVID-19 gets worse and I need to put myself into hermit mode.

If Trump is reelected, I'll have to take a bunch of the ammo out for a celebratory shoot fest. Damn, I need to head to the range sooner than that. That Ruger and Chuckster are screaming at me to warm them up! After all, happiness is a warm gun or so someone once said.

All the best,
Glenn B

I Was Shocked Today...

...while speaking to one of the ladies n the front office of my apartment complex and she told me "Happy Friday". I had not a clue, I thought it was Thursday. Not that it matters shocked or not - retirement is wonderful like that and unless I have an appointment for something everyday can be any other day. I mean who cares once they are retired.

All the best,
GB

Thursday, August 20, 2020

I've Gotten Only 4 or 5 Mosquito Bites...

...in the just over one year that I have lived in Texas. In fact, I probably saw less than 15 mosquitoes in all that time. Well, that was true until yesterday when I got several mosquito bites while out with Skye for an afternoon walk. I must have swatted at least 30 or 40 off of my legs - shorts season may be over if this persists.


The white bands on the legs, this mosquito's ferocity & daytime activity are all telltale signs as to its ID

Yeah, I know that most mosquitoes are crepuscular and or nocturnal. Yet, these dive bombers were out in broad daylight which immediately clued me in as to which species were they. On one swat of my leg, I got two of them, one demolished beyond recognition but the other quite identifiable as an old foe - one I first encountered while on a work assignment to Haiti - the Asian Tiger Mosquito.

These buggers are aggressive and nasty as they are vectors for various very serious and sometimes deadly diseases such as: Dengue Fever, the Zika Virus,  Equine Encephalitis and Chikungunya (never heard of that one before today but it was shown on the CDC site as a sickness spread by these pests). Just got over being sick as a dog with some sort of internal infection and certainly do not need some other malady to make me miserable!


I am hoping to avoid additional bites from these vicious bloodsuckers in the future and have brought out the artillery so to speak. This can now sits next to keys and Skye Knucklehead's leash - at the ready for when we go out. If that does not work, I may have to carry Raid Yard Guard along on our walks. As for Skye Knucklehead, she takes a monthly tablet that kills not only fleas and ticks but mosquitoes too and of course she also takes a dewormer. She's better off in me in the anti-parasite department!

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Do You Put Your Trust In The Post Office...

... and its employees to handle mail in ballots for a presidential election? Hell, I don't trust them as far as I can spit into a 100 mph wind. Now that their union has shown itself as openly anti-Trump and very pro-Biden I see a conflict of interest therein that should be used to prevent them from handling ballots.

Then there is also this:


Those letters could be meaningless coincidence (mine might have a Z in the number, who knows) or they could be a dead giveaway of all the info that someone, like a corrupt mailman or mail sorter, needs to pick and choose which ballots arrive at the correct destination after being filled out and mailed in by a voter.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, August 17, 2020

Where Has All The Ammo Gone?

Where has all the ammo gone?
Long time passing
Where has all the ammo gone?
Long time ago
Where has all the ammo gone?
Panicked gun owners bought every box.
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Go to the below link for an interesting read about the current ammo shortage and the astronomically high prices: https://www.recoilweb.com/why-is-the-ammo-gone-162059.html?fbclid=IwAR0g8NiIq6pbPNviZS-yu-cq4iwx9ZLMbkcf_djAyl2saMejkNqd2Q1XRcc

The worst part is that they estimate 12 months before things return to normal but only if president Trump is reelected (and that would of course also have to include the Dems not taking control of the Senate). The scariest notion of all though is Biden may win and the Demoncrats may wind up controlling both the House & the Senate. Be afraid - very afraid - make sure you go to vote! In fact bring out your dead and have them vote too - they may not be dead yet!đŸ˜²



All the best,
Glenn B 

Friday, August 14, 2020

9th Circuit Turns Right...

...at least momentarily and strikes down a CA law against magazines with a higher than 10 round capacity. Reference that law, Judge Kenneth Lee said:

“It makes unlawful magazines that are commonly used in handguns by law abiding citizens for self-defense. And it substantially burdens the core right of self-defense guaranteed to the people under the Second Amendment..." followed by “It cannot stand.” (source)

Me thinks there are celebrations in CA tonight. I know at least one happy gun owner out that way!

I am looking forward to reading the whole decision. While this only applies to Western states now, it has the potential to shove the N.Y. SAFE Act right up Cuomo's arse.

All the best,
Glenn B



Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Conservative Twins On Biden's Pick Of Harris

These guys are excellent:



All the best,
Glenn B

I Was Remiss Reference Nagasaki On August 9th...

... because I spent the whole day at a gun show and was pooped when I got home and forgot to post that August 9th was the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki (a city in Japan for today's Geography wizards of the imbecilic moron type). 

An estimated 60,000 to 80,000 died because of Fat Man, the single atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki. Just 3 days before, Little Boy, the first atomic bomb ever detonated during warfare was dropped on Hiroshima Japan. An estimated 90,000 to 140,000 people died due to that first bomb. (That was during WWII for those few youngsters among my readers who may have no clue.)

Thank the heavens it took only two such bombs to end the war, the United States of America could have dropped another within an another 7 to 8 days. Why we used the atom bomb when we could have fire bombed both cities - as we had done to Tokyo between March 9-10, 1945 (killing an estimated 100,000) (source) - is anyone's guess but I imagine, in great part that it was an urge to end the war as soon as possible and maybe more importantly (or so they thought at the time) was a warning to the Soviet Union. Whatever the reason - in the end they had the right effect - the two bombings effectively ended the war.

With the threat of the annihilation of the Japanese people in sight, Emperor Hirohito agreed with two of his war council members - against the advice of his war minister who thought the war was not yet lost (imagine the balls and or the stupidity of that man) - that the war needed to end. Hirohito authorized the unconditional surrender of Japan to the allies and WWII soon came to an end. (Source.)

I understand that the bomb probably saved tens of thousands of lives in the long run and ended a war that could have resulted in the takeover of the world by the remaining & extremely oppressive Axis power Japan. Yet somehow, the thought of what nuclear war would do to the world today just scares the stinky stuff right out of me. The bombs detonated in Hiroshima and Nagasaki turned the world in a different and much scarier place.

Oppenheimer, considered the father of the bomb, was right about one thing when he said: "I am become Death the destroyer of worlds". It was TEOTWAWKI for the people of the earth in 1945, the world as people knew it had been destroyed forever and a new world emerged from the ashes that day.

All the best,
Glenn B

Been Sick As A Dog...

...then again Skye Knucklehead my mongrel has been just fine. Went to see my doc yesterday - shy high BP, dizziness, loss of balance, started to fall a couple of times but luckily the wall was there to catch me each time, aches & pains all over, night sweats, sensitive to cold, hot flashes (yep men can get them too), nausea, hips gave out a few times. Figured I had a damned stroke. The doc says to go to ER right away for a CT scan, pretty darned certain she said of my brain, and for blood work. She had her nurse take me there in a wheelchair - next building over from the doc's office.

ER doc has the blood-work done, does a scan of my abdomen, does not do a scan of my brain. When I asked the nurse why as I was being discharged, he tells me that on the ER doc says what tests will be done in the ER and no other doc can order them what to do and my doctor has a habit of trying to tell them what to do. How appropriate, they found I had a UTI and they were having a pissing match.

I have no clue how I got a UTI, had them a time or three before and it was always probably due to sex - even with nice girls. No telling how I got this one since I have not had any in way too long - like a really long time. Anyway, while they did not know what specific bug I got, and are still waiting on the urine culture they took, at least I know I don't have the:




While they say you can do it with one hand, I do not think you can catch it from your hand, so I really should be in the clear in that department.







I do feel somewhat better after the antibiotics they shot me up with and have to take more of them for 10 days. What sucks is that I cannot drink while taking this particular type of antibiotic, supposedly it has a bad effect - but such is life. I suppose I could have had this for months and that is why I was so run down.

Anyway, I called my regular doc today to see if she wants that CT Scan of my brain done or not. Something tells me the headache, high BP, lightheadedness, and loss of balance were not due to a UTI. Then again who knows.

All the best,
Glenn B 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Oh No At The Gun Show

My son and I were at the Murphy's Gun Show in Texarkana, AR yesterday and today. The promoter had a last minute cancellation and Brendan and I got a table. It was in a lousy spot though in a room that ran around half the outer perimeter of the main hall and while right at one of the two entrances, we did not see much in the way of potential customers - not like we would have inside the main hall. 

Then at the end of the day yesterday, Mr. Murphy came by and asked if we wanted two tables inside the main hall since a dealer would be unable to return for today. We jumped at it. So today, we wound up just across the aisle from another private seller who was showing a gun to some potential customers when Brendan and I were served up a bit of heart beat stimulating action from maybe 5 to 10 (at most) yards  away when that dealer cranked one off into the floor. Thank goodness he had the pistol pointed down at the time. He had been showing it to a man and woman who had a young child or two with them.

When I heard the shot I took a knee and placed my hand at the ready on my pistol (which of course was unloaded as per gun show rules) and I did a quick scan hoping it was not a lunatic (as in a leftist loon) going berserk. I also told Brendan to get down but he assured me it was the dealer who fired one off. Our hearts were pounding away nonetheless and my mongrel Skye Knucklehead had quite the scare as well (she looked terrified, I guess because it was very loud and so close).

That was maybe half an hour ago and about 5 minutes ago (both times relative to when this was written initially on my phone) it appeared the dealer was told to vacate the premises (as in get his arse outta there pronto). I found out later from one of the show promoters that dealer has been banned from their shows for the next year. I wonder whether the Convention Center at the Holiday Inn, in Texarkana, AR, is going to be quite as welcoming of gun shows in the future!

I have always been somewhat put off when someone points a gun at me while in a gun show or in a gun store or anywhere for that matter. The few or maybe several times that I have said something to the jerk doing so at a show or in a gun store, I was told 'the gun's not loaded'. I suppose it was the same story today - the seller knew the gun he was trying to sell, that he had been showing off to potential buyers, was not loaded. Yeah okay!

As she was departing right after the shot was fired, I spoke to the woman to whom he had been showing it. I asked her if it was the dealer's gun that had gone off. She replied 'it was his' and if I heard her right that he had essentially explained to her 'if you did not remove one thing and did not pull another thing back it could not fire'. I guess he removed it (the zip tie maybe) and he pulled it (the trigger most likely) - whoopsie 

My ears are ringing loudly, much louder than usual and that shot was fired early this afternoon! I guess that is a small worry considering we our table change could have wound a fatal mistake had we been shot. Happily, it appeared that, no one was hurt except maybe for damaged hearing.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Lest We Forget...

...that today is THE day that ushered us into a new world - a much scarier world than it had ever been before - allow me to remind you that today is the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima with the atomic bomb Little Boy. Yes, it helped us win the war and saved the live of thousands of our troops and yes I think it was justified but I still wish it had never been developed.

As Oppenheimer, the father of the bomb, put it: "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds".

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Ordered A Gun Today...

...and it only goes to show (along with this prior blog post) I am THE Great Procrastinator! In that post, back in January 2017, I first wrote about wanting to get a Ruger Mark IV pistol. Finally ordered one today - the Ruger Mark IV target, 5.5" barrel, blued finish, model 40101. While I am happy I finally did so, I have to add: Damn the inflated price I had to pay for it because of my procrastination! Of course, the early guns were recalled by Ruger due to a safety issue, my guess though is this will not be one of the early ones since they have been out for a few years now. 

As for the higher price I had to pay: I look at it this way though - if Biden somehow is elected, or if the demoncrats take the Senate this November - the RKBA rapidly may become a thing of the past and guns may become impossible (or next to impossible) to purchase - so, it is a investment on which I was willing to gamble.

All the best,
Glenn B

Today In History - Aces & Eights


On August 2, 1876 - the place was Deadwood, South Dakota (actually the Dakota Territories at that time, SD became a state in November 1889 - source) - there was an infamous shooting. The man who wound up shot took a seat at a poker game, in the No. 10 Saloon, but as opposed to his usual seat of choice (that with his back to the wall) the only open seat had his back to the front door. He held a pair of aces and eights and I imagine he thought things were looking fortunate but things were about to go badly for him. While holding that hand, Hickok was approached from the rear by Jack McCall who drew a pistol and fired a single shot instantly killing Wild Bill. It is said McCall fired additional shots at others in the saloon but all the others were misfires. McCall was later hanged for this killing (source). More on Wild Bill Hickok here.

As you can see from both of those accounts, from the same website, the stories are somewhat contradictory but such is how it was in the Old West when stories appeared in cheap pulp novels and newspapers of the day - evidently the fake media has been with us for a long, long time.

One other thing about today in history, this time August 2, 2020: It was mere coincidence I suppose - or was it divine fate - when I donned this T-shirt this morning before walking Skye Knucklehead - my mongrel (and one of my traveling companions when Brendan, Skye & I visited Deadwood, SD in June).


I took that pic only after looking at a 'This Day In History' link I came across online, I think at Fox News. Anyway wherever I found that link, I clicked on it and saw that Wild Bill was blasted on this day in 1876. It was several minutes later as we approached my apartment complex that I remembered I was wearing this shirt and I thought 'oh what a coincidence' - then I wondered 'or was it fate'. I sent the pic along with a text message to my son saying it was the anniversary of the shooting and told him of the odd coincidence/quirk of fate of me wearing that shirt today. 

By the way, I highly recommend the Nugget Saloon (alternate info link https://www.deadwood.com/business/bars-and-saloons/nugget-saloon/). If you ever visit Deadwood and want a drink - great selection of booze - or a huge and fully loaded Bloody Mary - this is the place. Brendan and I enjoyed a few - and I think he had the Bloody Mary as I recall - all served by an excellent bar tender. 

RIP Wild Bill.


All the best,
Glenn B