Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Science of History

I love me some Dr. Boli....

History, you see, is a difficult and complex science. If it were merely a matter of arranging events chronologically, anybody with a calendar could do it. The science comes in determining which peoples and civilizations are making history at any given time and which ones are merely goofing off.




Friday, April 27, 2012

Girl Friday - 4/27/2012 - Hayden Panettiere

This Week's Girl Friday is a "Pocket Hottie", at just over 5 feet tall. 

Hayden Panettiere

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

You Scratch My Back....

And I'll just lay here and enjoy it.

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The baby goats like to jump up on the Guard Donkey's back when she lays down. She loves it, because she gets a massage/back scratch out of it. When the kids are older, they'll be able to jump up on her back when she's standing just like the big goats do.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sucks to be poor and hired out....

Posting will be extremely light for the foreseeable future. Our five person crew at work is going to be down by 3 people off and on for the next couple of weeks due to injury, vacations, and stupidity on the part of my former boss who just got fired.

I'll leave you with this, for now. I heard this morning that Social Security is projected to go tits-up in only 21 years now. Believe me, it will be sooner than that. I'll be 68 in 21 years. Perfect.

If you are close to my age or younger, and haven't already, give up on any notion that Social Security will be any benefit to you in retirement. Make plans to take care of yourself. No one else is going to, least of all the Government.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Girl Friday - 4/20/2012 - Jenna-Louise Coleman

This Week's Girl Friday is a Brittish Actress that is set to be the new Companion on the next season of Dr. Who.

Jenna-Louise Coleman

Jenna-Louise Coleman

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Gunny

Haven't posted any pics of Gunny in a while. Is that a zoned out MMmmmmm... expression on his face, or what ? :)

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Yeah... he likes being petted :)

 
We've had an ongoing issue with Gunny that I hope to finally resolve soon. Apparently he's got allergies. We've pretty much eliminated food related allergies from the equation and it looks like its going to be something (or somethings) in the environment either inside or outside the house. That's pretty vague, isn't it?

He's going in to a specialist Vet here in a couple of weeks for allergy testing so they can develop a recipe for shots that will hopefully take care of the problem. Allergies in dogs usually don't express themselves like human allergies - with sneezing, etc. Like lots of dogs, Gunny expresses his allergic reactions by scratching and licking himself.

A Lot.

Poor Guy has it so bad that even 300mg per day of benedryl didn't curb it much. We had to put him on low dose Prednisone (steroid) alternated with Temaril P (steroid + antihistamine) to keep him from scratching himself crazy. Those two meds really helped with the scratching, but long term steroid use in dogs can cause lots of health problems later on. That's why we're taking the next step and getting him tested.

Anyway... he's off the meds completely for the next couple of weeks in prep for the trip to the specialist. If he can get through that without scratching himself to pieces, or driving me nuts, then hopefully this will lead to a permanent solution to the problem.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bag Day Gun

Nothing spectacular this year for Bag Day, but I filled an important niche on my gun list that's needed filling for a while. When my Daughter moved out on her own, our Marlin 60 went with her. That left us with only one gun chambered in .22 - the little Heritage Rough Rider single action pistol.


That just won't do. A .22 rifle is important to have, not only because it is a fun, inexpensive way to scratch your shooting itch and work on your long gun technique, but also because it's a great general purpose small game weapon. I thought about replacing the Marlin 60 with an identical one... but our local Cabela's had a sale on a synthetic stocked Ruger 10/22 that I just couldn't pass up.


I like it, a lot. I don't think I'll go for the long extended magazines, though I'll probably pick up some additional factory 10 round rotary mags.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Girl Friday - 4/13/2012 - Alison Angel

Wow... A couple of weeks ago I mention Rick Santorum in a Girl Friday post, and Poof! he drops out of the race.

Coincidence? I think not.

Maybe I'm on to something here. Maybe "Naughty Girls", who don't look naughty, cause some sort of improbability wormhole to open up that sucks the political aspirations out of politicians - sending them home to spend time with the Wife and Kids?

Hmmm.... If so, this could be a powerful weapon in the upcoming General Election. This obviously has to be an all-out bunker buster of an Is Naughty/Looks Nice, though. I might not get a second chance once the enemy catches wind of this and the black helicopters start circling over Castle Paladin.....

This Week's Girl Friday is dedicated to President Barack Obama. She's the Girl Next Door, who isn't at all like any girl that ever lived next door to me....

Deploying Alison Angel in 3...2...1...

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

EDC - AC Duty Belt Edition

There's a lot goin' on wrong in the video below. It is my understanding that it happened in Russia, or some other country over that-a-way. The dog had gone berserk and attacked several people before the video even started. This is what happens when people who don't know what they're doing step over into my world....



Cluster-F, yes?  I was particularly chagrined by the Officer missing the stationary dog from 1 foot away with his first shot.

My point in posting this isn't to amaze you with poor shooting skills, however. I wanted to point your attention to the first few minutes of the video where the man gets taken down by the dog. That's a baaaaaaaaddd situation to find yourself in. I've never been taken to the ground like that, but I have had a 100+ lb dog latch on to my hand in the past.

In  most instances I can easily keep 99% of dogs "off me" with a restraint pole. So what about last ditch, up-close and dirty defense? I always carry a fixed blade knife on my belt at work. I've had police comment on it before when they see it - but it's fits the legal parameters for what I can carry. I've had co-workers comment on it before - but I'm less concerned with their opinion than I am going home alive at the end of the day.

I don't think I've ever posted a picture of my duty belt set up before. So, here 'tis:

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From left to right: Badge, flashlight, comms/utility pouch (two cell phones, lock-pick set, misc stuff), gerber suspension multitool, long heavy nylon leash in a flashbang pouch, radio, knife (CRKT Dragon). That's my ASP at the bottom. I had an ASP holster blow-out recently so I'm rockin' the "Ghetto Carry" in my back pocket for the moment.

I love the CRKT knife. The Dragon has a wharncliffe shaped blade that is extremely pointy with a long, wickedly sharp edge. Not perfect for many tactical situations but almost ideal for my backup, last ditch, dog gnawing its way through my extremities scenario.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Girl Friday - 4/06/2012 - Sarah Shahi

This week's Girl Friday is a Texas Gal, born and raised in Euless, Texas which isn't far from here. She was an athlete in High School, a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, Miss Ft. Worth USA, and is currently an actress with a series of her own on the USA Network...

Sarah Shahi

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dallas Tornado Damage

I suppose everyone has heard about our tornado outbreak on Tuesday. They aren't through doing the surveys yet, but currently is looks to have been 5 separate tornados ranging from EF2 to EF3 in strength that spawned over the metroplex during the 2 or 3 hour ordeal. Hundreds and hundreds of homes have been damaged, with several hundred completely destroyed. We had no damage at all at our house. Just a couple of inches of rain and a little hail. We were lucky, this time. If you live in an area that doesn't have tornados, and think they are just "high winds", that doesn't even begin to cover it....

Tornados are giant meat grinders.

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That's what's left of the house of someone I know who lives in Forney, Texas, a suburb on the east side of Dallas. He works in Richardson, and was at work when the twisters came through. His Daughter and her Boyfriend were at the house when this happened, though. Surprisingly, they escaped injury in spite of the destruction of the house. They even managed to hang on to all of their pets.

The tornado cell that did this, passed just to the east the town where I live. The tornado cell that spawned some of the other twisters passed just to the west of my home - directly over the town where I work. My house/town threaded the needle and missed the destruction. We got really friggin' lucky.

FEMA has plans available for a variety of "safe rooms" that can be built both within someone's house as well as outdoors. I'm seriously considering building one of these before next tornado season. Tarrant County, which lies just to the southwest of here, has had more tornados on the ground in the past decade than any other county in the US.

Lots of destruction like this all over Lancaster, Arlington, Forney, and elsewhere in the DFW Metroplex. No deaths, and a surprisingly small number of injuries. The Red Cross could use your help, though, if you have the ability. You can text REDCROSS to 90999 and dontate $10 via your cell phone bill should you wish to.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Santa Muerte

I see this image more and more often these days, usually in the rougher neighborhoods of the town where I work. Sometimes they are in the windows of houses or on the back window of cars and trucks. I was out on a call the other day and had to deal with a person bearing the tattoo on his forearm.....


It's a depiction of Santa Muerte, also known as Saint Death or Holy Death. Santa Muerte has a long history, but one of the more common uses today is as a sort of patron saint of those engaged in illegal activities like drug trafficking, theft, and prostitution. It started in Mexico, but has spread to Hispanic communities in the US.

The Cult, and its image, have even been linked to ritual murders in Mexico.

Just a word to the wise, in case you come across the image in your encounters with people. I tend to try and be prepared for everyone I meet to try and kill me. That way I'm pleasantly surprised if I walk away unscathed. I know not everyone behaves that way, though. I've said before that Bad Guys don't usually wear signs identifying them as such.

When they do, don't ignore it.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

This just in: The Sky is Blue.

Keith Olbermann got fired, again. Apparently the Elitist Snob was too much for his new employers to stomach. Among the behaviors that rubbed them the wrong way:

According to Mediaite, a source at Current TV said the former Countdown host went through eight different car services while working at the network, complaining that the drivers "smelled" and "talked to him."

The network founders appear to be confused that things worked out this way:

Network co-founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt explained in a letter to viewers: “We created Current to give voice to those Americans who refuse to rely on corporate-controlled media and are seeking an authentic progressive outlet."

I don't know, Al... Olbermann sure seems like an Authentic Progressive to me.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Baby Goats

New batch of baby goats out at Dad's farm... Pretty damned cute when they're little and hopping all around. The first pic is my Dad holding the first new baby of this Spring.

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They've had 7 babies so far, and the last Doe should drop her's any day now. They've all had twins except for one this year.
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