Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Been doing this since before I got married. How else would I be able to do it over Thanksgiving? Told her before we got hitched it was part of the package. I think she's glad to be rid of me, but she doesn't let on.
My dad and uncle have been doing this trip since time began. I still hear the story about the year they set the tent up and decided to go hunting instead of cut firewood. They figured they had a good sleeping bag*. My uncle said he had all his clothes on inside the sleeping back and still was so cold he couldn't sleep. The next morning the soda was frozen solid and the pickup wouldn't start. He had to walk a few miles to a local rancher and get a ride to town to buy a new battery. The temperature was more than 20 below zero that night. That was 1985 and was the first year they used the old army surplus tent. We've always gotten firewood first thing ever since. This year we are bringing some wood from home. Sure to be dry that way.
My first trip out there was 1987. I was too young to hunt, but I caught a few trout from some beaver dams. Only time I've had trout that was fit to eat.
We were discussing the other day that we should have kept a diary of all the trips out there. We can remember all kinds of things** but can't really remember what year they were. Lots of things have changed. We don't go to the same place that we used to. They logged the area around Nemo and the hunting was never the same, so we moved to Whitetail Peak, and after several years we stopped seeing very many deer there so we moved again. There have been three or four forest fires in the new area, including the Jasper fire.
Anyway, you all enjoy your turkey. We will enjoy ours, if we come across one***.
* more commonly called a "fart sack"
** Like the year we forgot the tent poles.
*** Cut the breast meat of a young wild turkey up, and saute it in butter. Good stuff.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
The endless attention the media gives this tragedy will result in copy cats. It happened before with the school shootings. It will happen again. The media is partially to blame.
Why isn't anybody (besides me) suggesting we put a muzzle on the media? Lets get rid of all of our freedoms.
Then you have the work of raising them and butchering them. I did 8 yesterday. It took 4 hours. It is a shame that I feel the need to raise chickens every few years to remind myself why I don't raise chickens.
There are some things that could make it better. I need a better setup to raise them. I could let them free range, and feed them less. They can eat bugs and graze, and perhaps my feed bill will be lower. I also need a better setup to butcher. Specifically, I need to build my own tub plucker. That would take about 60% of the work and time out of it. Probably cost a hundred bucks, and then I have to raise even more chickens to justify it.
On the plus side, I now have some home grown chicken. It just tastes a little better. Also, my four year old daughter helped me butcher. Mostly she just got dirty, but she did help hold the chickens while I trussed their feet and she helped pull some feathers. I think it is good for her to understand where our food comes from, instead of growing up into a urbanized wuss who would starve to death if she couldn't get her chicken in the form of a nugget. Either that or I am raising her to be a homicidal terror. She seemed to be enjoying the process.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Oops. I come home and the fat broilers are there but the layer chicks were not. Two were on the barn roof. Several had climbed up to the hayloft where a section of it had fallen partially down. Once there, two had taken the further step of going through a hole in the roof to get onto the roof. The rest of the chicks were still in the hay loft.
I chased one off the roof by spraying water with the hose. The other wouldn't come. By nightfall, they were all at least off the roof. Which is good, there are owls about.
This morning some were back ready to be fed, but about 4 were still up in the loft. By a rough count, I haven't lost any yet. I am guessing they will come down when they get hungry enough. I am not going up after them.
* I do have another pen in another building. I just need to butcher the broilers and the mean rooster and then the layer chicks can be integrated with the hens I have now. That should happen this weekend. How the heck I catch the little buggers I don't know.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
That'll show 'em. I'm sure when they win the city will pony up. The math will bend to fit your whim, libs. The unions broke a few big companies. The big companies decide to go overseas. The unions decide to go after the government. Big win boys. The government isn't going to leave at least. At the end of the day, those city employees work for the people, and the people are eventually going to start wondering why government employees make so much more than they do, and quite often don't work as hard for it.
Some funny comments after the article about how we need to tax the rich more. I don't know how they run things over there, but here our city runs on sales tax, and to a small extent, property tax. So there is no power to tax the rich, other than increase their property tax. I'll bet that will work.
Coming soon to a city near you.
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Today is primary day in my state. I had no idea. The nomination process is all but over. I still wanted to cast my vote for Ron Paul, but I will not be able to do so, as I will not get home till the polls close. A futile effort at any rate.
Update: I don't know the final results, but Romney had 72% and Ron Paul had 12%. with about 72 percent reporting. Not too bad for someone not running anymore.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Rand Paul introduced an amendment to disarm the FDA. Why they are armed in the first place I can't guess. Of course we can't be trusted to know what is best for us, so the amendment was defeated. I wish every news story on the actions of Congress had a link that would give a roll call on how each Senator voted on the issue.
After a few minutes searching I found one. Since only 15 Senators voted for the amendment, chances are yours aren't on there. One from my state is.
I don't think I will waste time trying to chastise the other for not voting for this common sense amendment. We will be seeing aerial acrobatics from swine before he ever gets my vote. He's a liberal, and I think he's on the way out anyway.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Repeal Obamacare. Remove restrictions on health insurance being sold across state lines. Tort Reform.
Deport illegals. Punish those who violate the law by hiring them.
End the failed war on some drugs. I was reading a magazine article about informants from one cartel helping DEA by informing on their enemies. As a result their own cartel now is very strong and knows how the DEA operates. Any fool can see we are losing this war.
Repeal the various gun control acts.
Cut social programs. Immediate means testing for Social Security. Raise the retirement age by 3 months per year till we get to 75. Roll back the Bush drug benefit. Yes, everyone paid. I am paying, and I won't see any benefits. I don't see why later generations are the only ones that need to get screwed.
Cut unemployment off after 6 weeks. Or abolish it altogether. Cut food stamps. I would make "social justice" the responsibility of the churches again.
Cut the size of govt and the number of govt employed by at least 40%. Freeze govt wages. Freeze govt workers.
Remove some of the alphabet soup agencies. BATFE, FEMA, DEA, would be gone, there are many others. Edit: Department of Education....
Reign in or remove Homeland Security. Repeal the patriot act. Privatize airport security.
Set the corporate income tax to 0%. Companies do not pay taxes, they merely collect them. Therefore corporate income tax is just a hidden tax on consumers. This will free up resources to hire more workers and stimulate industry.
I would actually have an energy policy. I would end all subsidies to green energy. I would stop the foot dragging on drilling permits and pipelines.
Investigate Solyndra, prosecute the Black Panthers,
End farm subsidies.
I would look at ways to cut regulations.
I would end that practice of Congress exempting themselves from laws and make them subject to programs like Obamcare and Social Security like the rest of us.
End the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Maybe Germany, Japan, and Korea, as well.
Propose a budget. Make the hard choices to end the deficit.
Open season on lawyers.
Southern California would be left as a haven for liberal policies until we can fence it off from the rest of the country. At which point it would be sold to Mexico for $1.
Of course there is more that I have not thought of, and nobody would vote for me anyway. But the above represents what needs to be done in order to save us from collapse. We are so going to collapse.
Edit: Get rid of the Federal Reserve. Roast Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke and Paul Krugman on a spit.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Yes, I know uncertain my future is given that almost all my income is dependent on the dot gov that is trying to spend itself into oblivion.
I try not to think about it.
Monday, April 02, 2012
I (sort of) followed the manufacturers directions to prepare the mold, but I didn't have alox lube, so I used the lee liquid alox. I plugged in the furnace, and soon had liquid metal. I skimmed the dross off the top with a screwdriver. Need to acquire or improvise a lead dipper.
The first pair of bullets out of the two cavity mold had one perfect, and one not so good. After awhile, I figured out the bottom pour pot, and my mould got heated up properly, and I started getting mostly good bullets without running molten metal all over the place.
A stopped when I had about 50. I lubed them with the tumble lube. I bought lee tumble lube moulds, as I figured that sounded the easiest. No sizing really necessary, unlike other types. I expect I may need to size for my .45 acp, so I bought the sizing die for that.
The tumble lube is supposed to dry overnight. I didn't wait. I loaded five and shot them with a mild load. Then I loaded those five cases and about 30 others with a full power blue dot load.
I went outside and shot most of them. I wish I could tell you how accurate they are, but I am a terrible shot with my .44. I got about a 3" group from a standing position from 30 feet. I don't think that says anything about the loads, rather my poor shooting ability with a handgun.
Next, I suppose I'll have to buy about 50 lbs of lead.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Higher energy costs hurt the economy.
If Obama has any intelligence whatsoever, he knows this. Obama is either stupid or deliberately trying to hurt the economy.
Stupid or evil, libs. That's your guy.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
- Overall grade: (50)
- Public access to information: D+
- Legislative accountability: F
- Political financing: F
- Ethics enforcement agencies: F
South Dakota, which has the second-highest corruption risk score, has nine failing grades out of 14 categories, and three Ds. The state, which has among the lowest population density in the country, does not have “comprehensive state ethics laws,” an ethics commission or satisfactory transparency laws, as Denise Ross writes for the State Integrity Investigation. The state does little to require public officials, other than judges, to disclose their income and assets. State law features a loophole that makes it possible for individuals to make unlimited political donations. The state has made major improvements in its integrity by making many state records available online in recent years.
Of course, the the above quoted article is rating the laws that are in place, but the link to the article was entitled "the most corrupt states". I would submit that we don't have those laws in place because we are in fact one of the least corrupt states, and therefore have not needed ethics coded into law.
Does anybody really believe that New Jersey is the least corrupt State?
Monday, March 12, 2012
A couple from Portland is suing for $3 million because a prenatal test failed to tell them their daughter had Down's syndrome. They need the money because if they had known they would have killed her via abortion, but now they have to support her for the rest of her life.
1. The test has a 99.7% accuracy rate. Why should they get any money just because they are the 0.3%?
2. This sounds like a perfect opportunity for a post birth abortion. Unfortunately, the parents that are suing because they didn't get to kill her, now love their daughter dearly.
3. I wish both sides could lose. We have a company that sells a test that is responsible for the deaths of many children, versus a couple that wants money because they missed their window to kill their child.
We declined the test three times.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
I loaded 100 .44 magnum rounds for a hunting trip last fall. I didn't get a deer with the old .44, in fact, the only deer I got last year was a doe with the bow. I have shot all but about 15 of those rounds, plinking at various things.
I came across the other box of bullets that I bought at the same time. That is when I discovered the error. They were 200 grain bullets, not 240's like I thought. I used the data for 240's.
Generally, when you handload, you are supposed to start 10% below the maximum charge weight and work your way up. Not with Hodgdon 110, also known as Winchester 296. This powder is only supposed to be reduced 3%. The reason is, that this particular powder has issues, in that once the bullet starts moving, pressure drops, and that causes the burning to slow, which could cause the bullet to stop, thereby acting like an obstruction. That is one theory anyway, as they have not been unable to reproduce it in the lab, although there have been enough problems (detonations) to produce the warning. I figure by using the wrong data I reduced them 13%. And then fired most of them.
Of course, this is much better than using 200 grain data to load 240 grain bullets. That would have been readily apparent. Then again, the Super Redhawk is about the strongest revolver made, handling cartridges up to 50,000 CUP, so it might have been OK.
Now since I have not killed myself with the first 85 rounds, I am debating if I should just fire off the remaining ones, or try to pull the bullets.
Updated to add the relevant warning from Hodgdon:
For those loads listed where a starting load is not shown, start 10% below the suggested maximum load and then approach maximums carefully, watching for any sign of pressure (difficult extraction, cratered and flattened or blown primers, and unusual recoil). H110 and Winchester 296 loads should not be reduced more than 3%.
Reduce H110 and Winchester 296 loads 3% and work up from there. H110 and Winchester 296 if reduced too much will cause inconsistent ignition. In some cases it will lodge a bullet in the barrel, causing a hazardous situation (Barrel Obstruction). This may cause severe personal injury or death to users or bystanders. DO NOT REDUCE H110 LOADS BY MORE THAN 3%.
Monday, March 05, 2012
I've got a 10-year-old at home. She's always saying, "That's not fair." When she says this, I say, "Honey, you're cute. That's not fair. Your family is pretty well off. That's not fair. You were born in America. That's not fair. Darling, you had better pray to God that things don't start getting fair for you." P-J O'RourkeI have to remember this when my girls get older.
Friday, March 02, 2012
It's possible that we didn't mean it in the same way. There is no magic event or moment in time that transforms a "fetus" into a person. I've said that we should err on the side of caution, and assume that life and personhood begin at conception.
It seems that a couple of professors are arguing that we should take it the other direction. One supposes that personhood is conferred with a phd.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Definition of Irony
The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever.
Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to "please do not feed the animals" because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.
The right hand doesn't know what is coming out the other side of its mouth.