Monday, December 5, 2016

We May Have Christmas Season Riots Yet

I guess I was wrong when I wrote that: "I don't think there will be riots after the verdict...mostly because I cannot see the jury of ex-police officer Michael Slager not guilty in his prosecution for shooting and killing Walter Scott in South Carolina in April 2015". Not wrong in exactly what I said, since there has not been a verdict handed down, but wrong in that I certainly never would have believed there would be a hung jury (in this first trial) and because I was pretty certain he would be found guilty.

No verdict but no conviction either - the first trial has resulted in a hung jury. At first it sounded like a mistrial would be called because, on Friday, the jury indicated that a lone juror refused to convict but as of yesterday, the jury sent out another note indicating
that "...the majority of jurors were undecided and then requested explanation of legal terms critical to the case, such as malice and self-defense" (source). Wow, this is only conjecture bt it almost sounds as if the lone holdout from Friday may have pulled a Twelve Angry Men sort of a thing and turned some of the others against a guilty verdict - who knows!

As for myself, I am totally flabbergasted that he was not found guilty but do not fault the system that we have in place. His fate is in the hands of jurors and not we who do not have all the facts that the jurors have seen or heard . It seems at least one of them may truly have believed he or she had reasonable doubt after hearing those facts and then apparently swayed some of the others since.

It will be retried, that is almost a certainty. I will again be absolutely amazed if a not guilty verdict is the result. Then again,  I base that only on what I have seen by way of the media - those stalwart supporters of lies, injustice and the communist way. Really though, I cannot see how he will not be convicted in light of the video that was made of the shooting but you never know until the verdict is read.

All the best,
Glenn B

NOT MY PRESIDENT!


All the best,
Glenn  B

Christmas 2016 - A Bit Extra Special This Year!


Yes, I think it will be so.

All the best,
Glenn B

Next Best thing If Not Moving To Canada

Well, if she promised to move to Canada, if Donald Trump won the election, and then did not move ( and I don't know that she did or did not make that promise), Joy Behar is what probably amounts to the next best thing. She is calling it quits as host of The View (source). Oh how overjoyed daytime television watchers must be, at least those with half a brain and who can think for themselves.  I wonder though if there will be tears, angst and gnashing of teeth in Lefturbia (aka: Leftistan) tonight upon the libs hearing that news.

Truthfully,  I don't know her from a hole in the wall, as the saying goes, except for what I have heard on the news now and again and from little I saw of her on that show and heard in discussions but let me say that was enough. I maybe watched about an hour or two total of The View over the course of several different airings over the years (mostly in waiting rooms). I always found it grossly distasteful and idiotic for the brief amount of time I watched it. She and her associates on the show seemed akin to Bill Maher, just a few more lame comedians imagining and self appointing themselves as experts on politics, social matters, national defense and affairs, international affairs and whatever else they chose to discuss. That is if you could actually call their rants discussions. The truth be told, they mostly seemed like a bunch of useless twits to me. Good riddance is what I think.

All the best,
Glenn B

  

The CVA 50 Caliber Hawken

I forgot to post a pic with my post on Sunday about the 50 caliber CVA so here it is.


All the best,
GB

Black Furniture Ouch

My advice - never stay in a hotel that has black or very dark furniture. Stayed at a pretty nice hotel in Binghamton, NY Saturday night, this weekend. Nice place, with corteous staff and all but they had black furniture. The problem with that was the corner if the bed frame, a pretty sharp corner at that, stuck out at least a few inches  to several more than the corner of the mattress. So, when I got up in the middle of the night to use the facilities, I easily saw the mattress by the night light but did not see the corner of the very heavy wood bed frame and slammed the side of my knee into it hard.

It is not much to look at but man does it hurt. The knee and leg hurt good deal when I did it and even more yesterday such as when I was walking on it to my stand while hunting yesterday. I pretty much just plopped down in one spot and sat there. Even left my stand a half hour earlier than expected, to have enough time to hobble out of the woods so I could leave by my planned departure time. Last night, after the 3.5 hour drive home the knee was stiff as a board and swollen some too. Hurt like hell to get up on it and walk. The scrape is not bad but the bone/joint was very painful and there is a small bump at one point that still hurts like hell if I touch it or when going up and down the stairs or just walking too much. I must have bruised the bone. Just got a call to work today and had to decline because it still hurts that badly.

Oh well, next time I will stay somewhere with normal beds, where the easily seen white outline of the white mattress and white blankets (yes they were all white and easy to see as opposed to the bed frame/stand) mattress marks the outer limit, or very close to it, of the bed.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Another Rod & Gun Auction To My Credit


Or should I say, Another Hessney Auction on My Credit Card!

On Friday afternoon, I drove to Geneva, NY to make it there in time for the auction preview at the Hessney auction house. Me being me, I procrastinated and did this and that before leaving like fiddling on the Internet and left about 2 hours later than I had planned at noon. Bad move cause I only got there at about 615PM and the preview ended at 7PM. Luckily though, I had enough time though to look over the guns I knew I wanted to bid on and most of the others. Then, back to my hotel with a detour. I stopped by the Hotel Exchange bar across the street from my hotel and that was another bad move. They were quite liberal with the vodka and it and their beer was pretty inexpensive compared to bars near my home. I got snockered and only crawled out of bed, quite hungover, at about 830AM (meaning their doors had been open at the auction house for a half hour already). Not to worry, bidding would not start until well after I got there on Saturday morning.

I planned to bid on several guns and did so without a winning bid on any of the ones I had planned bidding on in advance (meaning when I was still home and going through their autction catalogue). Damn me for being hung over and hazy brained due to that because I mistakenly stopped bidding on two guns on which I had planned to bid more but remembered the wrong self imposed bid limit on each. I most likely would have had either a brand new Marlin 1895G Guide Gun or a brand new Ruger Mini 14 Ranch Rifle or both - had I actually remembered that I had been willing to bid about $50 to $75 more on each than I did bid. I have been kicking myself in mine arse all day over this; that Guide Gun could have been mine for a very good price below what they sell for normally and it was new and in the box. Same goes for the Ranch Rifle to a lessor extent, it would have been mine for closer to the retail selling price but still a good deal. Each was new and in the box with all papers and accessories that normaly come with them.

There wound up being several other guns on which I decided to bid only once I saw them. I wound up with the high bid on one of them and hope it is in as good a condition as I think it is in but will have to do a much better inspection of the bore once I get it home. It is difficult to see down a muzzle loader's barrel is all I can say. Yes, the firearm I purchased did niot even require a NICS check because it was a muzzleloader. It is a CVA 50 caliber Hawken rifle. It looks pretty good all around from what I could see of it and I hope the bore looks as good. This gun (along with my crossbow) extends the deer hunting season for me by a couple of weeks or so.

Other than that muzzlealoder, I bought two lots of ammo and a single lot of three knives. One of the knives is a Remington Bullet Knife from 1985 that is worth about 75% more than what I paid for it (and I say it is worth that much because a few have recently sold on Ebay and GunBroker at about that much more). I may sell it outright or may wait a few years and try then. I figure it will only go up in value if kept in pristine condition as it is now.

Right now, I am in Binghamton near where I will try one more day, tomorrow, out in the woods with the hope of bagging a deer.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, December 2, 2016

Mad Dog Mattis

Yesterday, Donald trump announced that he will nominate Marine General James Mattis (Ret.) as secretary of defense (source). Make sure to watch the video that goes with the source article to see to which WWII general Trump compares Mattis. (Hint, there was a movie, about the WWII general, with George C. Scott in the lead role.)

I suppose if Mattis is like that WWII general and if the nomination goes through, we will have a truly qualified military man as Secretary of War Defense. I think that will be much better than emasculating our military command in the manner of Obama.

All the best,
Glenn B

That Ugly Sweater Thing

I know some folks who do this thing each year wherein they wear ugly sweaters for Christmas. I am guessing that the sweaters are supposed to be Christmas themed but if ugly is the main theme then whichever one of them would have the balls to wear this one would be the winner. Not that I would actually expect any of them to wear this one but I mean - you just can't beat it!'


All the best,
Glenn B

Nice Knife For Sale - If I Was Still Christmas Shopping...

...I might have bought it as soon as I saw it except for one little nit picky thing that bothered me about it. If I am going to spend $75 or so on a knife, that has the licensing company's (Ruger) logo on it, why would I even consider one where the logo would be certain to be covered over while in the sheath.

See it here.

It is on sale at a good price but I am right handed as are most folks. Thus, I usually wear a sheath on my right side. It's manufactured by CRKT under license from Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc.. Why would Ruger have CRKT place the logo on the left side of the handle where it would face in toward my body and not out so others could see it when in the sheath? Like I said, just nitpicking but that did get me going a bit.

Anyway, it has a nice price and it otherwise seems to be a nice knife despite the location of the logo. I might have considered purchasing one had I not already bought just about everything for Christmas that I am buying anyone (and definitely already got gifts for anyone in my family who would have appreciated that knife as a gift).

All the best,
Glenn B

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

I Don't Think There Will Be Riots After The Verdict...

...mostly because I cannot see the jury of ex-police officer Michael Slager not guilty in his prosecution for shooting and killing Walter Scott in South Carolina in April 2015. Scott allegedly was shot from behind, multiple times, as he fled from then officer Slager. According to a published report, Slager has claimed that: "...Scott resisted his orders to stop and then grabbed his stun gun as the two men scuffled..." (source).

I saw the video, taken by a bystander, of the shooting and am sure many of you did too. As far as I could tell, Scott posed absolutely no credible threat to Slager when Slager fired at and shot Scott. As I recall, Slager can be seen, in the video, walking over to Scott after he had been shot and then throwing his stun gun on the ground near Scott. Amazingly, Slager is seemingly sticking to his story that it was Scott who grabbed for the stun gun and that he felt threatened by Scott when the video seems to show something very different happened.

Mind you, if there somehow is a verdict of not guilty (or even a hung jury) in this case - there may well be a riotous Christmas season throughout the country.

All the best,
Glenn B

Levi Strauss Takes Aim At Gun Owners

It was bad enough, years ago when Levi Strauss moved production of the dungarees to Mexico, that I almost stopped buying their products. I kept buying them though and truth be told Levi's dungarees are the only ones I have bought or worn since my early teen years and that has been a long time. Now Levi Strauss has taken things a step further in their quest to be politically correct leftists while trampling on the rights of Americans and their CEO has made a "request" that no one, except "...authorized members of law enforcement...", carry firearms into their stores. According to the CEO for Levi Strauss: "You don’t need a gun to try on a pair of jeans...". More here.

The way I look at it though is that I don't have to try on a pair of Levi's unless I am welcome to carry my firearm(s) within their stores. Until such time as the so called 'request' is rescinded and when Levi Strauss makes me, an armed citizen, again feel welcome as a customer - I will cease purchasing their products. I strongly recommend that other RKBA loving Americans do likewise.

All the best,
Glenn B

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hell On Earth...

..or so it has been described by many residents of  Gatlinburg, TN where wildfires have raged destroying at least 250 buildings and causing a mass evacuation of 14,000 people. More here.

Folks, I know it is the Christmas and Chanukah seasons and many of you are tapped out of cash because of gift buying but maybe you can find it in your hearts to donate at least a little bit to efforts to assist those impacted by the fires. There are probably many organizations to which you can donate but the only one I know of right now that is soliciting monetary donations for disaster relief is the Red Cross. As much as I do not like to donate to the Red cross, I prefer organizations where more of the donation actually goes to disaster relief, I sent them a modest donation in the hopes it will help the folks in TN.

All the best,
GB

He Is Becoming More Presidential...

...as each day passes. Donald Trump's metamorphosis from successful real estate mogul to being truly presidential has taken a major leap with his announcement that "I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” (source). 

Yesterday, I noted how he and Pence have come to an agreement with the Carrier corporation to keep almost 1,000 jobs in the U.S. instead of moving operations to Mexico. All that while selecting his cabinet at a good pace. Even before being elected by the Electoral College, let alone taking the oath of office, Trump has become more presidential that Obama did in his almost 8 years as president.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Shopping Almost Done

I think I need to get three or four more folks gifts and I will be done with it. Heck, I even ordered something for myself. I mean while it may be better to give than receive, it is nice to receive too, so why not enjoy both at the same time!

All the best,
Glenn B

Trump Already Securing Jobs Stay In The USA

Trump is already keeping jobs in the USA and He has not even been named president yet by the Electoral College, let alone stepped into the seat of power! If he holds true on this and then really does something to kick out and keep out illegal aliens, he will improve our economy markedly even though it will not happen overnight. More here.

Let's hope he holds true on his promises about Supreme Court Justices too.

Now, I just wish he would drop that RINO (aka: liberal) Romney from consideration for any position including janitor at the White House.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, November 28, 2016

Lest it Happen & Some Leftists Deny...

...that such was predicted, or at least that the possibility of the Senate & the House picking the winning presidential team was made mention of as the real reason why the demoncrats are now seeking recounts in three states - you can read about it here and now:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/11/the_democrats_real_strategy_in_launching_recounts.html

There is, of course, the outside chance that they are doing so in the hopes that Clinton will get the nod but the thought of that is so abhorrent to me, because of the implications that come with it of a vast left wing conspiracy (where did I ever hear something similar to that I wonder) as for me to say, at least for now, I must believe that to be an utter impossibility.

Thanks to Mike G. for the link.

All the best,
Glenn B

Today In History - Covered By Shit And Full of Bullshit

It's been too long since I did a Today in History piece and I have a whopper of a story for today.


Today is the 29th anniversary of the day that Tawana Brawley was found covered in shit and wrapped in plastic trash bags in Wappinger's Falls, NY. Soon after the discovery she commenced to spin a wild tale, a total fabrication (aka: bullshit), about having been kidnapped, tortured, having a racial slurs written on her body, some believed with shit, and raped repeatedly by a gang of white men among whom one displayed the badge of a police officer. 


I remember the story fairly well but if you do not, there is more on the story here at History.com. There is one thing in the Histoy.com article that really gets my gander up. I am flummoxed and angered as to how History.com can actually say: "Unfortunately, Brawley’s story did not hold up to the close scrutiny that followed." Unfortunate - for whom? Was it unfortunate for that apparent lying piece of shit Tawana Brawley or for those three race baiting assholes Al Sharpton, Alton Maddox or C. Vernon Mason? Or was it unfortunate or for all of Brawley's supporters who stood behind her 100% regardless of the wild allegations made by her three stooges once it became clear as crystal that she had fabricated the whole thing? Or was it unfortunate for the media because several white men were not falsely arrested, prosecuted and sentenced and thus the media hoopla over this died once it was all shown to be vehement lies and they could not continue their show with it. No, that is not unfortunate, that is fortunate  - even though too late!


The fact of the matter is that it was quite fortunate that her story fell apart and evidently was nothing more than a sack of lies because the accused in the case were completely exonerated. Imagine what hardships they endured because of the racist and venomous lies spewed against them by Brawley and those three clowns. According to Steven Pagones, his marriage essentially fell apart du to the allegations (source). He left the district attorney's office and now works for a private concern. He spent years trying to clear his name and filed law suits against Brawley and her three confederates. While he won the law suits and was awarded monetary damages, the money could in no way actually compensate him for the torture his was put though due to the false allegations.


It amazes me that people believed, and some still believe, what claims were made against some of the accused such as the district attorney and the special prosecutor assigned to the case. Think about it, Brawley and her three stooges actually accused the district attorney of having taken part in raping her (probably because he stood up for their main suspect at the time, a police officer who committed suicide three days after the incident - but who was in no way related to it). They also accused the special prosecutor assigned to the case of masturbating over evidentiary photographs of her source (source) and the special prosecutor was not Anthony Weiner. Yeah, think about that for a moment and the utter absurdity of it. Just imagine the level of societal insanity that had to have existed for the politicians and bureaucrats to have assigned a special prosecutor to work that case in order to appease those who believed her allegations: so called black community leaders, many in the black community (many also thought she was lying), the media and other leftists and conspiracy theorists. Of course, the media ate it all up and put on a show like none before it.


So what has become of her. Last I read, she lives in Virginia working as a nurse and is or was paying restitution to Steven Pagones making her first payment in 2013 (source). Let's not forget though, she does not have to pay him a penny if she tells the truth and recants her accusations, as per an offer made by Pagones, but she has refused to do so despite the overwhelming evidence to date that she made up the whole thing possibly to avoid getting a beating from her step-father. Did I mention, we live in an insane world - I think that only in such a world would she continue to maintain her story as truthful.


A hat tip to Wirecutter who had news of the anniversary posted on his blog.


All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, November 26, 2016

So The No Good Mother Fucker Is Dead

That is pretty much all I have to say about Castro's death.

My buddy Mike G sent me this link and it probably says it pretty well about how exiled Cubans feel about his demise; he was to them a despicable tyrant and certainly never was the glorified rebel type as the leftists in this country or elsewhere would make him out to be. Anyway, I will let the Cubans he screwed (who are lucky enough to still be alive) do the celebrating and I will let the socialist commie sympathizers like Obama and Clinton do the bullshit filled praising eulogies.

If I wore a hat, I would tip it to Mike G for the link. Tomorrow I will be wearing a hunting hat and will do just that.

All the best,
Glenn B

Still Hunting

I am at it again, am up in upstate NY, hunting. I guess I should says I went hunting today and for about 1.5 hours yesterday too. Then again, I really should say I am out afield letting the deer laugh at me.

I saw squat yesterday. Today, I saw another hunter, whom someone besides me might have shot just because he sounded like a buck walking through his domain. Me, I wait to see what is making the ruckus before even raising my rifle or shotgun and he was lucky for that! I just saw on the news yesterday that some kid or young adult, somewhere in NY, shot and killed his father while hunting (more here). He reportedly shot at a noise, a noise made by his father, whom he did not know was out and about. Shot him in the chest - fate can suck big-time! What a shame and on Thanksgiving.

I sometimes hunt with my son and I am confident my son would not shoot me accidentally or otherwise. I taught him to be safe and careful with guns and while hunting; I think it took well. In fact, I wish my son was with me, he has declined coming along but I sure would love him to be with me. he said maybe next weekend or the following one - last weekend of the regular season for deer. Hopefully!

Also hopefully, I will bag one tomorrow. The only thing I saw today bedside the other hunter making all the noise were many chickadees, a woodpecker, a few crows (heard most - saw less) and a red squirrel (also saw a big owl swoop over my car as departed the area). I also saw a lot of deer sign but not hide nor hair of even a single deer. I am just about ready to give up on deer hunting - it's not like it used to be for me when I hunted my uncle's farm and saw deer virtually every year - many with 25 yards or less. Then too, I also saw bear and bobcat and lots of small game like squirrels, porcupine, grouse, turkey and even some rabbits on his land. I have seen only deer, bear, squirrels and a porcupine on the state land. Well, maybe I have seen a turkey or three too. The thing is I do not see any of them regularly. The farm was a paradise on earth for me and I knew the 150 +- acres very well. The tract of state land I hunt is about 500 acres and while I know some of it, I need to learn a lot more about it.

Tomorrow is another day and no doubt it will be a late start. If I am out hunting by 0900 it will be a good thing since I just had a few at the hotel bar. I am using the last of my points for a Holiday Inn tonight but at least I should sleep good like their commercial says. Stayed at a Red Roof Inn last night and that was not good. It took the clerk 4 tries to get me a room with the preferences I requested when I booked. Then the heater in the room conked out, plus the TV did not work. I was supposed to be there for two nights but checked out this morning, it sucked. Back to Motel 6 or Econo-Lodge next time.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Today is truly a holiday meant for all (not merely Christians) and the very first one was inclusive. If you don't like me being a traditionalist on this point, go fuck yourself but try to have a nice Thanksgiving anyway despite your political correctness or leftist agenda blinding you to a good thing - a diverse people but with us all united in giving thanks for all we have.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Repo Men Can Suck Big Time...

...well not all of them, certainly not Jim Ford. He had repossessed a car from an elderly couple, only got a block away from their house and called the bank and paid what they owed to date on their loan. Then he started a GoFundMe page and paid it off altogether from the sounds of it. The husband said it was like hitting the lottery. More here. There is hope for America yet, due to guys like him.

All the best,
Glenn B

Catch Of The Day

A Oakland, CA fishing lure company received this photo, of a great but unexpected catch, from someone who had gotten it from one of his clients. A bit more here.



All the best,
GB

Utter Refutation That .40 S&W Is The Best Round On Earth

Whoops, I guess my post, immediately previous to this one, in which I presented undeniable proof positive that the .40 S&W is the best round on earth (and possibly in all of the known universe, Klingon Empire included) may have been based upon a faulty conclusion. I say so because I have just been made aware of absolutely irrefutable hard core evidence that shows the .45 ACP (aka: .45 Auto) as King Of The Calibers. Watch it for yourself and be amazed at how .45 ACP makes the .40 S&W look like a piddling cartridge:



All the best,
Glenn B