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Pardon The Mess

September 12th, 2014 | No Comments

Pardon the mess on the site, from some broken or redundant links to about pages, to text/picture formatting in posts.  I’m experimenting with WordPress themes and still playing (and trying to figure out) the underlying back-end code to them.

R.I.P. Richard “Jaws” Kiel

September 12th, 2014 | No Comments

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Richard Kiel died this week, just a few days shy of his 75th birthday.   He’s had an extensive career since the 1960s, but probably best known to most (including me) for playing “Jaws” in a couple of James Bond movies.  He was definitely one of my favorite characters in the Bond series, and I also fondly remember as a kid, watching him as the Mitsubishi team driver in Cannonball Run II.



Weekend Funnies: The Hot-Crazy Matrix

August 30th, 2014 | No Comments

The Hot-Crazy Matrix: A Man’s Guide to Women


“It’s funny, because it’s true!”

For The Love of Beer

August 30th, 2014 | No Comments

“Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. I think, “It is better to drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”
Babe Ruth

“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”
Lyndon B. Johnson

“When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”
Paul Horning

“24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not.”
H. L. Mencken

“When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let’s all get drunk and go to heaven!”
George Bernard Shaw

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”
Dave Barry

Beer: Helping ugly people have sex since 3000 B.C.!
W. C. Fields

Remember “I” before “E,” except in Budweiser.
Professor Irwin Corey

To some it’s a six-pack, to me it’s a Support Group. Salvation in a can!
Leo Durocher

One night at Cheers (TV Sitcom), Cliff Clavin said to his buddy, Norm Peterson:
“Well, ya see, Norm, it’s like this…
A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members! In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine! That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

Food for Thought: Privacy

August 26th, 2014 | No Comments

From the NRA YouTube channel:

What kind of government spies on its own people? Demanding your privacy doesn’t mean you’re hiding something, it means you believe in something. The right to a private life is one of freedom’s greatest blessings. That’s what the Good Guys believe.


Gloria Steinem: Liberal Hypocrite

August 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

Someone awesome put Gloria Steinem’s quote about guns onto her photo showing her pride about having an abortion, and the two things juxtaposed is the perfect way to shine a big fat light on liberal hypocrisy.

Gloria Steinem: Liberal Hypocrite

h/t – Chicks on the Right via The Federalist Papers on Facebook

Help!! Social Emergency!!

August 4th, 2014 | 1 Comment

Hello, 911? I can’t play Candy Crush!!

Imagine, the horror of not being able to browse silly kitten pictures while waiting for the mailman to deliver your welfare check. (Well, as if the State of California had any money. heh.)

Surely, what any sane individual would do is call the authorities and get a gumshoe on the case fast!

The irony here? The local police PIO took to social media to post about it…

From WFSB (CBS):

An officer from Los Angeles County took to Twitter on Friday when Facebook users called for help to report that the social mediawebsite was down.

Sgt. Burton Brink, the public information officer in La Crescenta, CA, posted a Tweet reminding people about the reasons for calling them for help.

“#Facebook is not a Law Enforcement issue, please don’t call us about it being down, we don’t know when FB will be back up!” he wrote.

Users who tried to get on Facebook around noon EST were greeted with an apology.

“Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can,” the site posted.

A message posted by a Facebook’s developer around noon said the site “is currently experiencing an issue that is affecting all API and web surfaces. Our engineers detected the issue quickly and are working to resolve it ASAP. We’ll update shortly.”

Facebook returned about an hour later.

The sad part here is that the article doesn’t specifically mention one person; it reads “users”, suggesting there was more than one call about. I also assume this is the case, as it prompted him to post in social media about it.

The Bacon Ten Commandments

July 20th, 2014 | No Comments

The Bacon Ten Commandments

The Bacon Ten Commandments

  1. Thou shalt eat bacon.
  2. Thou shalt have no other bacon before me.
  3. Thou shalt not make unto bacon any graven image.
  4. Thou shalt not take the name of bacon in vain.
  5. Remember thy bacon and keep it holy.
  6. Honor thy bacon.
  7. Thou shalt not eat any bacon but your own.
  8. Thou shalt not steal anothers bacon.
  9. Thou shalt not serve false bacon to thy neighbor.
  10. Thou shalt not want any others bacon.

2nd Amendment Wins in Chicago

July 8th, 2014 | No Comments

Chicago has certainly been making some headlines lately!  The city is certainly no stranger to bad news, being a haven for crime and the local government there being an enemy to the 2nd Amendment.  This last week however, the city suffered some setbacks to it’s agenda and the good guys scored some victories.

A crazed gunman opened fire on a group of partygoers this past 4th of July, but ultimately was ultimately shot himself by a veteran and legal gun owner, with a concealed-carry weapon.  The veteran and a few of his friends were leaving a party last Friday when one of them noticed a cup of liquor sitting on their vehicle.  When she removed the drink, 22-year-old Denzel A. Mickiel approached them shouting obscenities and threatening them.  Mickiel then left, returned with a gun and began firing at the group, injuring one of the women.   The veteran, armed with a concealed weapon, returned fire and hit Mickiel twice.

I wonder if Rahm Emmanual will give the veteran the key to the city over it? Probably not though, considering the city that just had a legal gun-owner stop a homicidal maniac, lost it’s battle to keep gun stores out of the city of Chicago. From the Daily Chronicle:

Chicago lost its legal battle to keep gun stores out of the city, and now it must pick up the tab for nearly $1 million in legal fees that the winners spent on the case.

U.S. District Judge Edward E. Chang said in a one-page ruling Thursday that he found fees associated with the lawsuit filed in 2010 by the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers “reasonable.” Chang, who in January declared Chicago’s decades-old ban on gun stores unconstitutional, ordered the city to pay attorneys’ fees and costs totaling $940,000….

In related news, Vice President Joe Biden, the legendary gaffe machine is keeping it classy with his usual foot-in-mouth disease, calling his opponents ‘Tea Baggers’ for resisting further gun control.  Such an exemplary model of class coming out of the Office of the Vice President today…

The Cobray Double Barrel Derringer 45/410

June 6th, 2014 | No Comments

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So I bought this little guy a couple years ago and I only just got around to taking out to the range last week.  I was at a gun shop looking for a single-stack .380 at the time, to fit the bill as an ultra-light comfortable waistband or pocket carry in the summertime.

I spotted this little Cobray was sitting there with some there used guns under the glass counter and it struck my curiosity to see it more up close.  It just looked like something out of the 18th… you know one of those little dueling pistols (except shorter and not flint-lock), or some little 19th century Saturday night special like a pocket derringer carried by some poker player in the deep south.

The price tag on it was $75, and long story short – the shop owner made a joke about it being ugly or something and didn’t want to see it anymore and enticed me with an asking offer of $50.  I said eh, what the hell… even if I never shoot it, it’s a great little collector piece, especially to be had for less than a tank of gas.

I finally get around to buying some .45 Long Colt ammunition maybe a year later (not cheap by the way!!), and fast forward another year or so to last week.  I co-own a house in a gated community the Poconos and we have a private range in the back of the development.  The weather was warmer and I was itching to do some shooting. I remembered I had the little Cobray sitting in the safe.

I didn’t know what to expect when shooting it, honestly I was half kind of concerned the damn thing would just blow up in my hand, or I’d lose grip on it as it flew back really hard because of the caliber and size of the grip. As it turns out, not so much, it shot pretty nicely.  It took a few shots to get over the anticipation of the larger bang and holding something so small with that grip, but after that it was actually fun.  It’s definitely not something to rely on for accuracy; probably better suited for carrying as defense against snakes or something with .410 shot-shells loaded instead.

I have no idea exactly how old derringer is, but I would imagine it was made in the 60s or 70s. I’ll have to do some research and post some follow-up details about it.  I do also have a close friend that’s a Special Agent with the ATF, so I’ll have to ask him sometime if he can tell me more about it from the serial number or just about the gun model history in general.   The Cobray Company is dissolved today, but what I do about about them is that they were more known for manufacturing sub-machine guns (similar to the MAC-10, 11, etc) and semi-automatic rifles.  Cobray was also home to a counter-terrorist training center in the 1970s and 80s, under the leadership of Mitchell WerBell.