Saturday, October 22, 2016

Can't We All Just...

All the best,
Glenn B

Meth Ad, The Police Should Try It...

...because maybe there are some meth heads who do not have enough living little gray cells left to realize it's a sting. Then again, maybe they should rewrite it to tell those zombies to bring their meth to a clinic instead of to the police station and then set up a fake clinic with undercover cops staffing it. After all, it is possible that even the nearly dead little gray cells of a meth head's rotted brain could figure out something is wrong with that offer.

All the best,
Glenn B.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Former FBI Assistant Director Endorses Trump

What Unmitigated Swill...

...Is Anything That Spews Forth From Clinton's Mouth!

See this video reportedly of her lecturing employees of the Department of State about cyber-security! Amazing she has not been arrested and indicted and that she is not awaiting her trial.

All the best,
Glenn B 

I Missed Some Hot News Over The Weekend

I have not been following the politicians much lately in the news. I already know I will vote for Trump if only because I could never vote for that nasty cunt other candidate. Nor can I vote for anyone on her side. So why watch anything political especially when I was away hunting and having other fun. Maybe that is why I missed this bit of hot political news that definitely transcends mere politics; after all the firebombing of any political group's local headquarters truly is much more than just politics. I would hope that the arsonist will be captured, convicted, and then fried extra crispy incarcerated for a good long time.

All the best,
Glenn B

A $99 Shotgun Supposedly Available At Walmart

According to these YouTube videos, Walmart is offering for sale the Hatfield 12 gauge single shot shotgun for only $99. Granted, it is supposedly made in Turkey but that is probably better than being made in China.

I looked online and did not see it offered on the Walmart website but they could have it in stores. While I was in a Walmart that sold guns recently and did not notice it but I have to admit I was not looking for it.

Anyway, if you might be interested, watch these videos.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Any E-ZPass Clairvoyants Out There?

So I got the new car on Friday and went upstate for a drive of over 500 miles (or maybe it was 600) during the course of the few days from Saturday through yesterday. I was lucky enough to remember, before leaving home, that I would need my E-ZPass or at least that having it would make passing through the toll booths much swifter than paying cash. I looked for mine for hours, could not find it. I borrowed the one from my son's car.

I have a vague recollection, that on the night my prior car was totaled, back on September 3rd, just before leaving the scene of the accident with the state trooper who was nice enough to drive me to my brother-in-law's house, I remembered to grab my E-ZPass. As  I said though it is merely a vague recollection. Anyway, this weekend I got in touch with my insurance company and the other guy's insurance company and they both got in touch with the lot where the wrecked Corolla is being held and asked the staff there to look for it. I also called, only because my insurance company (as well as the other driver's insurer) asked the folks at the lot to mail it to me. I wanted to pick it up so I made arrangements since I was in that neck of the woods. That did not matter much because they said they looked for it and could not find it.

I just checked my E-ZPass account and saw that the missing tag has not been used since September 3rd, the day of the accident. What that means is that someone did not swipe it and start using it and that is good. That also means I probably grabbed it just as my little gray cells foggily remembered. It means one other thing, I need to look for it again. There are not many places I have not looked but I guess there are one or three. I will look through them first and if I do not find it then I will start all over again.

Those mischievous beings - that hide the things we look for once, look for twice, maybe even look for three times - are little rotten bastards because sure as shit they wind up putting missing items right back where you already looked for them at least a few times. Don't even try to tell me you have never searched for something repeatedly over and over again and again in the same places only to find the item that was missing in one of those places later when you really weren't looking for it any longer. Well, even if that has not happened to you, it sure has happened to me all too frequently. I swear it has to be due to gricnhes or gnomes or those little guys who climbed up out of the well in Superman And the Mole-Men (I bet my buddy Charlie K knows who I mean). 

Anyway, I have no time or patience to deal with grinches, gnomes or Mole-Men so I am seeking clairvoyants. If anyone out there can tell me specifically where is my missing E-ZPass, and tell me so before I find it on my own or report it missing to get a new one (hurry because that will likely be tomorrow or the next day) I will send you a decent thank you gift. First person to get it right and let me know in a comment to this post will be the winner. The gift will be a $10 scratch off NY State lottery ticket of my choosing and I will mail it to the person who accomplishes the mind boggling feat just mentioned (bearing in mind it must be before I either find it myself or report it lost and I will wait to do that until at least 3PM tomorrow, so you have at least until then). You must be 18 or older and the prize (a lottery ticket) must be legal for you to receive at your residence address.

By the way, when I say you must tell me specifically where is the E-ZPass tag, I do not mean that you tell me things like the following:

1. In my house.

2. In NY.

3. In my basement.

I mean you must be very specific, such as answers like:

1. It is in your range bag.

2. It is in the gun case you had the night of the accident.

3. It is in your brown jacket pocket and don't simply say in a jacket pocket, I have too many for that to be specific).

Anyway, I checked all those places twice already and it was not there but you never know with those friggin grinches on the loose.

If nobody guesses right within the limits mentioned above, or if nobody even tries, then I will buy myself the scratch off ticket.

All the best,
Glenn B


Home From Hunting, At Least For Now

I arrived home last night from my road / hunting trip with the new Toyota Corolla. I remain deerless and also without the brace of squirrels I had shot over the weekend. I shot one on Saturday and another one on Sunday. That second one was taken very close to the spot where I got the  first one on Saturday in a small grove of oak trees. I gutted and cleaned each immediately and washed out the body cavities. Amazingly, the second one's stomach, a male, was about the size of a small lime. I took it out of its body cavity when gutting the squirrel and separated it from the rest of the innards to take a picture of it. It burst as soon as I placed it on a fallen log for a photograph. It was chock full nuts (pun intended for those in the know) or at least full of acorn meal and overfilled at that. Darned little critter sure ate a lot and certainly chewed its food well enough as it was a fine mash.

The first of only two squirrels I shot. I got
this one on Saturday, it was a plump female.

Squirrel number two, taken on Sunday from an oak tree within 20 yards
or so of where I got the one on Saturday. This one was a male. My
guess is that they probably were a mated pair.

Sadly, those two squirrel turned bad while in the cooler. Lesson learned, next time freeze them as soon as possible or cook them hat day. Having them in a sealed Ziploc bag did not prevent water from the melted ice getting into the freezer-bag and ruining them. So, next time, I will use something like these Glad Freezerware containers until I get them to the freezer and will get them frozen as soon as possible (or cook them fresh).

While hunting for those squirrels seen in the photos, I heard what I figured were at least two more squirrels close by in oak trees. Actually what I mostly heard were acorns and the remains of acorns falling from the trees as the squirrels foraged for them. So I moved, after getting that second one, to a spot on the ground close to the oak where I heard another one of them. I waited even longer than the half hour or so that I had waited to get squirrel number 2 but did not see the little booger and I can hear, from the sound of acorns falling, that it had moved further away. The other one still seemed close by so I moved toward that tree. As I scanned the new tree, all I could see that stood out was what looked like a bole on a limb. As I scanned more of the tree, the bells and whistles in my head went off and I looked back at that bole. I had to do a triple take to assure myself that what I thought I was seeing was right and it was no bole. There out on a limb, pretty far out on one of the limbs branches, a relatively narrow one at that, was a porcupine.

As a rule, I normally do not shoot animals merely for sport or for trophies. This porcupine though was about to become one of the rare exceptions to that rule. It was about 30-35 yards from me, pretty much broadside with its head angled pointing to the distance over my right shoulder from where it sat. I gave it a little thought and figured that this fat little vermin would make a nice mount and would be a bit of revenge for our mutt Mimi who had gotten a snout full of quills not too long ago. So I blasted it. It fell from the tree, after my single shot, like a ton of bricks. It marveled at it as it fell because it looked more like a small bear when falling than a porcupine.

Mimi's Revenge!
 Not bad shooting - a head shot with #4 lead shot out of my Remington 870 with 28" barrel at about 30-35 yards and 20-25 yards up on a tree limb. Now some may think I should have kept it to eat it since I shot it but I have heard they taste pretty much like turpentine and that is not my idea of a tasty morsel. I left it belly up for a scavenger to feast upon. At least now it cannot terrorize and badly injure any of the local dogs and the state land is bordered by several homes most of which have dogs. Porcupines also do great damage to homes and hardwood trees and thus some of the reasons they are completely unprotected in NY State.

Luckily I had my pair of Hatch Resistor, Kevlar
lined, gloves. So, I picked it up for a close up
examination. Not only are the quills formidable
but so are a porcupine's claws, both front and rear.
Upon closer examination of it, I discovered a couple of things. First off, that it was a female. Secondly, by my guess after hefting it, that it weighed about 12 to 15 pounds (probably close to the average weight for a female).  I also saw that it was not worth having mounted because my shot, as I said already, was true. The thing is it was all too much so and I blew of part of the top jaw and almost all of the bottom one on the left side of its head. Sometimes I can be an idiot, I don't know why I aimed at the head since I wanted to have it mounted. I did learn though that my oldest Remington 870, 12 gauge, with the 28" barrel and with whatever choke I have in it now, would pattern well for turkey because at least two to a few pellets must have hit it to do that much damage.

After seeing that damage I was dismayed and kicked myself in the arse
for having taken a head shot. I left it there, belly up for the scavengers.
There was one other thing I noticed about this porcupine and I guess all of them in North America. Not only did it have an excellent built in defensive system in the form of those quills but it had another set of potential weapons often not thought about when discussing porcupines. Those other potential weapons were its claws. They were a decent size and I am sure could put a hurting on the snout of any predator that might be agile and adept enough to flip a porcupine to exposes its quill lacking underside. Normally, a North American porcupine spends most of its time in the trees as opposed to its ground loving cousins in Africa. Those claws can only be a great help in climbing trees and maybe ripping apart a bobcat's or bear's snout.
One of the rear claws. The front ones were bout 3/4 the size of the rear ones.
 As far as deer hunting went, I hunted on my brother-in-laws 10 acre plot. I saw very little sign, only three piles of pellets (deer shit for the uninitiated), no rubs or scrapes, no deer trails and only two sets of tracks. I may have to plant a small patch of soy beans and another of corn for next year. There are no nearby farms and very - very few mast trees on his property so there is very little there to attract them. Then again, I saw little sign of deer on the state land I hunted the first two days of my getaway on the tract of state land where I shot the squirrels and where I got revenge for the snout full of porcupine quills that Mimi suffered not too long ago. Of course, I was not looking all that hard while there, thinking I would hunt at Hans' place for deer this year but that may change.

What I did get to see a good deal of was the spectacular show that Mother nature puts on for us here in the northeast every Fall. It is one of my favorite seasons and October probably at least tied for my favorite month all in good part because of that spectacular and colorful presentation of Nature's palette and besides that there is good hard cider and excellent Oktoberfest bier waiting to be imbibed.

It gets even more spectacular than that during the peak of the color change.

I also got to see some wonderful things when looking own for
deer sign, this mushroom being one of them. That is a 2 3/4"
12 gauge shotshell for size comparison.
Oh yeah, did I just say something about good cider and excellent Oktoberfest bier. Well, on my way up to the sate forest, in which I hunted for those squirrels, I stopped by Roscoe, NY. I was looking for a place to eat and also stopped in The Little Store, a sort of hunting, fishing general store combo. Surprisingly their stock of guns and ammo was minimal this year and that had me scratching my head but I did not bother asking why as the women at the front counter was busy. Anyway, while in town, I spotted what promised to be Paradise for that day for me, a brewery outlet.

My heart sank when I read the sign in the door, Closed For The Season!

As my luck had it, the darned place was closed for the season! I guess it is dependent on the trout fishermen (Roscoe is in the middle of some fine trout fishing) and tourists in the warmer months but the owners seem on the daft side to me as they apparently have forgotten all about the hunters who would flock to such an establishment every Fall.  Next store to that was a store that may have been the reason that The Little Store had so few guns and ammo for sale. Just a few doors down and across the street from The Little Store was a fairly recent addition to the town's businesses - Big Dog Guns & Ammo. It was a nice enough shop, the guy behind the counter was friendly and courteous but their prices seemed somewhat a tad on the high side to me, at least those I could see on ammo and accessories. Then again, they are a small mom and pop type gun shop and that seems to be the norm for those types of shops. I did not even bother to ask about their firearms' prices because I needed no temptation to buy a new gun especially after having just taken cash out of the bank to buy our new car last Friday that left us only 16% of our former savings. Yes the insurance company is going to give us something but that wils amount to slightly above another 16% of what we had in the bank. I will have a long way to go to get the amount back up to what it had been and am fairly certain that unless I do some gun selling, there will be few if any new guns bought by me for quite the while. 

I would rather shop at The Little Store but if they do not resupply ammo
and firearms, I may have to consider this place in the future. Heck, if they
have a decent sale on ammo I need for a hunting trip I will shop there!
Over all, it was an excellent trip. The new Toyota Corolla L ran just fine and got 36.5 mpg on my first drive with it. I had a good first night at an economy motel in Binghamton and then I had an enjoyable few days at my brother-in-law's place. Even though I did not see a deer, my two squirrels went bad in the cooler, and I blew off too much of the head of the porcupine to have it mounted, I had an excellent time out in the woods and fields. I hope to get another chance for a getaway in the very near future and you can safely bet that if I get any more squirrels they will either be cooked that day or the next or will go into a freezer as soon as possible. As for the porcupines, one was probably enough for Mimi's revenge and if I ever decide to shoot another for a trophy, it will not be a head shot.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, October 15, 2016

First Drive

I was hoping drive the new Corolla to the Hessney Auction House Geneva, NY very early this morning. I dragged my aching bones out of bed at about 0230 to try to get up that way by 0800 but it just wasn't happening. I was too tired and too achy to try a 5 hour drive, in my brand new set of wheels, with only about 2.5 hours of restless sleep. So, back to bed I went. I crawled out of the sack again at about 0800, turned on my laptop and made several bids online (turned out none were the high bids). 

Then I grabbed my oldest Remington 870 and some things I needed to hunt squirrels and turkey and hit the road. I took a leisurely drive toward the Cascade Valley State Forest in the town of Windsor, NY near where my uncle once owned his farm. I stopped in Roscoe, NY to get some #4 shotshells, deer lure and chocolate fudge. I noticed their shelves were almost bare of ammo and they had very few guns for sale where they used to have a fair sized assortment. When I left and walked up the block, I think I saw the reason - a gun store across the street and thus competition. That may not be the reason but I suspect it as such.

Only got to the state forest just after 4PM leaving me about two hours and 20 minutes to hunt. I wasn't in the woods all of 5 to maybe 10 minutes at most whenI bagged a nice fat busy tail rat. That should taste delicious but I hope to add a few more to the bag tomorrow because a nice few in a stew in the pot would taste better.

I am staying the night in Binghamton, will go back to same state forest to hunt tomorrow and after that to my brother-in-law Hans' place for the night. I will likely hunt there on Monday for deer with my crossbow. Then back home on Tuesday or Wednesday if I do not wear out my welcome.

So far the new car has run like a charm although while it has some new doodads, I must say they cut back on some things they should never have eliminated that had been in the 2005 model. Oh well, such is progress or so the progresives think.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Toyota Corolla Is Dead - Long Live The New Toyota Corolla

Finally got my new car to replace the one that was totaled last month. Basically the same car but seems cheaper overall although it was much more expensive in price than the other one that I bought new 11 years ago.

If I can fall asleep within the next half hour or so and then sleep until about 0200, I may take a ride up to Geneva, NY for the Hessney Auction; I am addicted, so to speak, to their firearms' auctions. That would be a nice break in, about 300 miles each way. If I am up for it, I may drive east to my brother-in-law Hans' place after that, if he will have me of course.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Excellent Way To Mount A Scope...

Just imagine bringing your rifle and scope to a friend, Bubba, so he could mount the scope for you. I cannot say with certainty that I would kick Bubba's arse but the thought surely would cross my mind. Thanks goodness I have no scopes that need mounting and if I did then luckily I have no friends named Bubba because then I might wind up going to jail for assault or worse.
All the best,

To All My Readers Of The Jewish Faith

When you return from temple tonight, I wish you gut yom tov or chag Yom Kipur sameach - both in essence meaning happy holiday and specifically the second meaning a happy Yom Kipur. Might I add: I hope you had an easy fast.

All the best,
Glenn B

NY City Democrat Board of Elections Commissioner On Voter ID

Get a load of this video before it is removed from YouTube. It is allegedly a video of the NYC (or Manhattan - a borough in NYC) Board of Elections Commissioner essentially blasting the policy to allow voters to register and vote without showing valid ID. He also blasts NYC Mayor Bill de Arsehat Blasio's policy of issuing NYC ID cards to just about anyone with little or no verification of their identities. Furthermore he readily admits the practice exists of bussing voters from one polling place to another to cast multiple ballots on election day. This guy is a democrat but I have to hand it to him, he is quite candid about the deplorable system we have in place to register voters and then to allow them to vote.

I must point out that I work in a place where aliens are processed for U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Many of them write down United States when asked for their country of citizenship, yet since they are aliens none are U.S. citizens but are either residents or some other classification of alien who is living in the US. I inform them they are aliens and not citizens yet quite a few recently have asked me how they register to vote.

We truly have lost almost all sovereignty as a nation. The U.S. in essence has no borders, is made up of diverse cultures that refuse to unify but would rather do the liberal thing of celebrating diversity instead of unity, and that refuse to come together under one language - American English. We are doomed as a nation to become a third world country controlled by diverse factions akin to the various clans under the tyrannies of the warlords of Afghanistan. The lunacy of the left, in ultra-leftists states like NY, is killing our country and the electoral process.

All the best,
Glenn B

God Damned Capital One Bank

Back in April, Capital One Bank notified my wife that they suspected someone had opened, or attempted to open, a credit card account in her name. Luckily for us, no charges had been made. This week, we received a letter from Trans Union saying there was suspicious activity on her credit report. I checked both of our credit reports and saw another inquiry made by Capital One just last month on each of our reports. I called Capital One's Customer Service department. I explained the situation and the representative put me through to their credit card department saying they had to handle this.

I got a rep in the credit card department and was told there is a credit card in my name, never got around to checking on my wife. The Cap One rep said he had to call their fraud department, explain the situation to them, and then put me on the line with them. I was on hold several minutes and was then disconnected, just my luck.

I called Capital Ones' Fraud Department. The rep there found all the info about the current mess already typed into the system by the rep I spoke to earlier. Then the rep told me she was in the general fraud department but I had to speak to someone in credit card fraud department. She put me through to yet another rep in credit card fraud. That rep said the fraudulent account was closed and had been closed in April 2016. Apparently his grasp of the current situation was nonexistent. When I explained, he said there had been an account in my name in April but that was closed. he said he would check on the current situation since the rep in the credit card department had told me (during my first call) that there was a new fraudulent card in my name. The rep on this call did not see that new fraudulent card and again said he would check but it would take 20 minutes and he would call me back. 

I also explained that I had tried to input my ID into their phone system but it would not take it because it said my telephone PIN was incorrect. I know my PIN, I use it frequently. Evidently the fraudster changed that too. I made sure to tell the capital one re I needed to change that ASAP so as not to lose any money in my accounts He said he understood and would get back to me in 20 minutes. Now I wait.

Anyway, I cannot believe the ineptness of Capital One in as much as they issued yet another fraudulent card in my name (and I am guessing also one in my wife's name) after the fraudulent activity back in April, less than a full 6 months ago. In addition, I cannot believe that the guy in credit card fraud could not see that a new fraudulent card was issued in my name, apparently since last month, yet the rep in the credit card department easily brought up all that info and typed notes into their system about it and the other rep to whom I spoke between those two, in the general fraud department, saw those notes immediately. I think it may be time to start looking for a new bank wherein to keep my money!

Update: So, the rep from Capita One's credit card fraud department called me back. He said there has not been a card issued in my name since a fraudulent one in April. He has no reasonable explanation as to why my the earlier rep told me there was a new card issued in my name. he also had no reasonable explanation as to why my PIN did not work except to say I must have forgotten my number. That is extremely unlikely as it is the same number I have used recently and frequently probably for too long. I decided to change the PIN which required yet another call. At least the call to change the PIN went relatively smoothly. I also made yet another cal and ordered a new ATM card and suppose I should change my PIN on that to.

Still though, as I said above, I may have to shop around for another bank in which to keep my money, what little of it I have needs to be safe and when you get conflicting info from a bank as did I, well then, something stinks in that bank.

All the best,
Glenn B

Unemployment Versus Being Out Of Work

Read about it here, this is excellent:

Hat tip to old NFO.

By the way, if you are too young to know who were Abbott and Costello check them out at IMBD and then watch one or three of their movies. Three of my favorites starring that duo are:

Who Done It

The Time Of Their Lives

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (This was the best Frankenstein comedy before Young Frankenstein.)

All the best,
Glenn B

So Much For My Most Recent Ammo Order...

...being that the ammo dealer cancelled it. They say that decision was not political and had to do with their "shipping contracts". I don't quite get what refusing to ship ammo to NY has to do with shipping via UPS but then I do not have a contract with UPS, maybe some companies do have contracts. The person who replied to my inquiry as to why my order was cancelled promised to bring it up at their next board meeting and who knows, maybe they will start to ship ammo to NY. With all the liberals living here, I almost cannot blame them if they don't want to arm the opposition.

I guess it all just means I have to continue my search from some decently priced 8mm Mauser ammo elsewhere for now.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ammo Inventory Shocker

There I was updating my ammo inventory, last night evening, to add 700 rounds of 22 Short to it. Once I got that done, I took a look over what I had listed for each caliber. I was pretty satisfied with most although, as I went along I saw I could use a bit more of this and a bit more of that but heck, I have to buy a new car and will be broke this week or next. Yet, my reservations about buying any additional ammo went right down the drain when I saw the paltry amount of 8mm Mauser ammunition I have in my stock. I have only 240 rounds of it and that was a shock.

I thought about that and remembered I had intended to get more last year but as it seems, I never followed up on it. So much for procrastination because the price has gone up considerably. Last year, or was it the year before, it was pretty abundant and stuff like Sellier & Bellot 8mm JS, 196 grain semi-jacketed soft point, was going for around $13 to $15 per box. Now it is from $18.50 to over $20 per box of twenty rounds. I ordered 100 rounds. I really cannot afford more than that, or even just that, right now because I do need to buy a new car this week  or next if possible. So, what I will have to do to build up my 8mm Mauser stock is to buy 100 rounds per month until I at least have about a case's worth of it. That should last me a decent while considering I only have one bolt action rifle chambered for it.

Placed my order with a company in Texas, Red River Reloading & Outdoors, that I have not used before. Hopefully they are on the up and up and will get it out to me soon.

All the best,
Glenn B

Nice Mailbox

Every now and again, while driving usually in the countryside, I come across an unusual mailbox. I must admit, I never came across one like this in my travels, this one I found on the Internet:

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, October 10, 2016

Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

To Watch an excellent video on Islam and the West, and how western liberals are screwing things over by allowing no criticism of Islam, click on the below link.

Is Islam a Religion of Peace?: Is Islam a religion of peace? Is it compatible with Western liberalism? Or does Islam need a reformation, just as Christianity had the Protestant Reformation? Somali-born author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali explains.

Hat tip to Peter Q.

All the best,
Glenn B

Ballseye On Voting This November

You may have noticed that I have not been posting a lot about the upcoming election. I think you all know for whom I will cast my vote for the presidency; so, I figure why bother. If you are not sure for whom I will vote, look below. I am not planning on be victimized by any delusions especially any my own mind might think up.
All the best,
Glenn B

A Kind Of Different View Of Gun Control...

...but it still sucks.

All the best,
Glenn B

Gun For Sale - Used Only Once By Original Owner

All the best,
Glenn B

I Might Be Concerned...

...if he was my next door neighbor; then again, we might get along just fine.

All the best,

A Not So Routine Workout

Pretty good comeback!

All the best,

Sunday, October 9, 2016

It's Never A Simple Or Routine Call For Law Enforcement

The murder of two police officers in Palm Springs, California this weekend is, I think, as sad a tragedy possible while at the same time being as strong a warning as possible to other officers and one that may help them survive a similar incident. I cannot say how the two officers who were killed or the other who was wounded approached the situation but there is a chance that they too saw it as did their own chief of police who reportedly said:

"It was a simple family disturbance and he elected to open fire on a few of the guardians of the city,"

Why the chief of police would say that is beyond me. Police officers and others in law enforcement are trained from day one that nothing is routine and in essence nothing simple. They also are taught that things can go bad in an instant, really bad. Lawmen need to remember that an live by that each and every moment of their working days (in fact it is not bad to keep in mind for each and every one of us during each moment of our lives). I have to wonder why the chief said that in light of the fact that, by the time he said it, it apparently was known that the suspect was ready to take out police officers. In addition, the police probably already knew by that point, after the fact, that the suspect had been wearing body armor when the police arrived at his house, he had been armed at least with a handgun and had several spare and loaded magazines on his person. It seems likely that by the time the chief said it, it was also known that the suspect's father had gone to a neighbor's home pleading for help because, according to published reports, the neighbor had called authorities after the suspect's father told her:

 “Help. I need help. My son is in the house, and he’s crazy. He has a gun. He’s ready to shoot all the police," (Source for above quotes and reported facts.)

That was not a simple domestic disturbance. In fact, no domestic dispute is simple or routine, those types of calls are among the mot dangerous to which law enforcement officers respond.

The only reason I am writing this now, so soon after the tragedy, is in the hope that others in law enforcement will possibly heed my words and remember - there is no such thing as a simple or routine call. You need to be alert, to continually observe and assess and to be ready beforehand to take cover and take action in less than it takes to blink an eye; heck you should be behind cover if at all possible during any such encounter. My brothers and sisters, behind the shield, be ever vigilant and be safe as you risk your lives to uphold the law and protect the citizenry.

My heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of Officers Jose Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny. My wishes for a swift and complete recovery for the other, as of yet unnamed, officer who was also shot but is expected to survive.

All the best,
Glenn B


Saturday, October 8, 2016

As I Sit Here Enjoying A Tequila Laced Lemonade...

Makes sense, doesn't it!

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Glenn B

Trump Hillary

Nuff said!

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Crime Reduction


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Out Of The Ashes - A Snippet Of My House's Past

I know very little about the history of my house. I know it is old, we think about 80 to 100 years old. I know that it was said that the original owner is the same man who built it. He did decent job on the brick work and foundation but was a shoemaker as the old saying goes. Windows are odd sizes, the roof has a very angled peak, there was a pseudo-fireplace, built out of brick, in the basement with no outlet and other oddities. Then again, we have a dry basement where others are often damp and musty, he did an excellent job on drainage. Yet, he might have done better sticking to his profession or trade than building houses but honestly he did better than, much better, should I attempt the same.

I know that he lived in my house, when it was his house, until his death. I know he was married and had a son. I know it is said the son was off kilter and so too was the owner and his wife. I know that up until the time of her death, his wife lived in the house, I think alone except for several cats, numbering above 10 and no more than 20 and they lived on for at least a few to several days after she died with no one caring or them except themselves (it took some doing to get rid of their, shall I say, aroma). She was supposedly very looney near the end.

We heard the son was booted out for being on the wild side and having trouble with authorities and his parents. I forget their name but think it was a German name; I can go outside to see the son's initial carved or scratched into our bricks. Some were there when we got the house and a neighbor said the son had done it, said he saw him doing it; there are swastikas too. Apparently he, or someone emulating him, comes by now and again and does that anew.

Tonight, I discovered that they had not cleaned out the fire place overflow  (trap) in the basement. The access to the bottom of the trap is in the room we use as a pantry in the basement, the same room I have been giving a thorough cleaning over the past two days due to a recent mouse infestation. Evidently there was a trapdoor in the bottom of the fireplace (I do remember that) which you could open and then sweep ashes into it. Then you could go to the basement, open a small door, for the trap, in the wall and clean out the ashes down there. I guess that was so you would avoid getting a mess in the living room. Truly pretty neat. It had to have been cleaned over the years but probably had not been thoroughly cleaned in a long lone time, I found that out tonight when I tried to open the door and I will show you why I think so in a moment. The door did not budge, it is iron and its latch is rusted shut. I was able to reach through a hole in the wall above it, a hole cut there to run gas and electric lines up to our gas burner in the fireplace. When I reached in, I realized how full it was and started to awkwardly scoop out pieces of charcoal, partially burned wood, ash, old iron nails, a few pieces of brick and mortar and a small snippet from an old newspaper. I did not get all the ash and debris but retrieved that piece of paper from about a depth of 8 to 10 inches in the trap. There probably is another couple to few inches left that was under that.

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Anyway, what I found is what is pictured. It's an old, yellowed, torn and partially burned fragment from an old newspaper. Specifically, it is an advertisement, or what is left of it, for a product called NuJol. It is touted as "For Constipation". Rather appropriate considering how plugged up was the fireplace trap. It has a copyright date on it of 1936. Wow. I wonder if the old lady had old newspapers laying around and used one shortly before passing. Or maybe the newspaper page, on which that little piece of paper had been on the bottom corner, was used to start the fire in the fireplace back in 1936. It is rather amusing, for whatever reason, to think it was used back then and survived all those years under the ashes. Anyway, there is no doubt it has been down there for over the 20 plus years that we have lived here.

I checked out NuJol in a Google search and discovered it is still in use. I don't know if it is the same product today but the intended use is the same. The generic form of the product is mineral oil. My mother used it and cod liver oil when I was a kid. That cod liver oil tasted terrible, as did mineral oil, and was probably overloading my liver with vitamin A.

I did some further checking and found out what likely was the word under the copyright in the ad, Stanco or an abbreviation for Standard Oil Company who made the product. Here is a link to an ad for NuJol by Standard Oil. The add to which I linked is 20 years older than the copyright date on the snippet but I imagine it the same stuff.

I once found a couple of old black & white baseball cards behind the house's original  molding when I was replacing it. One was paint laden from the original paint that had run down behind the molding when I was panted many years ago and the other had been used as a bit of a wedge and had a nail driven through it. Had they been pristine, each would have only been worth maybe $5.00 or $10.00 when I found them. I forget the players names and lost the cards but it was kind of neat to find and research them a bit. If I recall correctly they were from the 1920s or 30s. So, I may have to dig out all the rest of the ash and debris in the fireplace trap to see if I come up with anything else of any interest.

All the best,
Glenn B

What A Way To Spend A Friday Night & A Saturday

I've been cleaning out a pantry in our basement since last night. We had a small rodent problem not that long ago, dispatched a few house mice in snap traps. At the time I had thought they did not get into any food stuffs and I had it cleaned up pretty well. That was until my wife opened a 40 lb. bag of rice that was full of mouse turds. I sprayed everything with Lysol, stripped down the shelving unit, took it apart, sprayed and swept the floor, cleaned the shelves outside, assembled them again, and am still in the process of cleaning everything else. That is just for one shelving unit. There is still another. I had better get back to it. Hopefully I got all the mice but will reset the traps just to be sure. Too bad I no longer keep snakes, they would love the little vermin!

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