Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Milestone

Without a doubt, I made the best decision of my life 25 years ago today.

Like most people my age - I was a different person 25 years ago. To say I was a little rough around the edges is like saying that keeping a badger as a pet is a bad idea. In those days I had no interest in settling down, no interest in Marriage, and SERIOUSLY no interest in Kids. Don't get me wrong.... I like to think I was a decent enough Guy back then. I never got into much trouble beyond the normal kid stuff. I've always had a good base for Right vs. Wrong and I was brought up to do the right thing.

I had very little use for people, though, and a pretty short fuse when it came to shenanigans. The "Slow to Anger" thing was something I always struggled with as a young man. I never, ever started a fight in my life.... However, I did indeed end many.

If you had asked 25 years ago where I thought I would end up today, I probably would have imagined living in a cave somewhere out in the bush where people couldn't ask me annoying "What If" questions :).

Thank you, Mrs. Paladin. For literally changing my life.

There's still a little bit of Caveman inside me now, just in case I need him, but mostly he behaves. The love of a Good Woman makes this more the norm now...

bailey and scruff park

And even a little bit of this, when the mood strikes...


Never had one lesson :)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Old School Prepping

Spent a day this weekend building this...

chicken coop

Its a chicken coop. Sorry about the washed out pic, but the sun was in my face when I took the picture.

We have a corner of our small backyard that's kind of been a junk collecting area. Its behind the garden tool/mower shed and Mrs. Paladin's workshop - so its not visible from the rest of the yard. The weather last weekend was so gorgeous I decided to clean it out and put in a little chicken yard. The yard itself will be about 10 x 8, with the coop inside. The lid on the main portion of the coop is hinged for cleaning inside and the lower section on the right are nest boxes accesible from outside the coop via a drop down door. I still have to level it and put some pavers or sumthin' under the legs so they aren't in contact with the ground.

If the weather cooperates, I'll start the fenced chicken run next weekend. I'm putting down several inches of sand/gravel and then putting up a frame covered in poultry netting with shade cloth on top. Should keep everyone where they are supposed to be and keep critters and cats out.

So, why chickens?... Eggs, of course. Each adult chicken will lay an egg every day or two - and they will do this for 3-4 years before tapering off. Egg production will continue year round as long as the chicken's think the daylight hours are at least 14 hours long. You can put a light/timer in the coop to keep the eggs coming during winter. No rooster required unless you want the eggs to be fertile. Eggs can be a welcome source of continuous fresh food (in good times and bad) and a valuable barter item. Scraps from the garden/kitchen and keeping the chickens in a movable pen rotating around the "regular" backyard can suppliment a large portion of their feed.

We should be able to run 4 hens comfortably, which is all we want for now. That will net us anywhere from 12 to 20 eggs every week. No Rooster - cuz I don't need one and the neighbors probably don't want the noise. I'm looking specifically for Buff Bantam Brahmas at this point - so if anyone knows a source near the DFW area in Texas let me know. Otherwise I'm probably going to have to just mailorder some chicks in a month or two.

I am also planning (tentatively) on putting in some quail pens later this spring.

Mmmmmmm. Bacon Wrapped Quail!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tactical Advice from Joe Biden

Via Yahoonews...

Biden, doing a Google+ “hangout” to promote President Barack Obama’s proposals for battling gun violence, had been asked whether a new assault weapons ban might infringe on the Second Amendment rights of those who want one “as a last line of defense” to fend off looters after “some terrible natural disaster.”


“Guess what? A shotgun will keep you a lot safer, a double-barreled shotgun, than the assault weapon in somebody’s hands [who] doesn’t know how to use it, even one who does know how to use it,” the outspoken vice president, a shotgun owner himself, replied. “It’s harder to use an assault weapon to hit something than it is a shotgun. You want to keep people away in an earthquake? Buy some shotgun shells.”

Hmmm... I guess that explains why the Secret Service Agents that protect him day and night all carry Double Barreled Shotguns.


secret service patroling south lawn wh
Secret Service Agents patrol South Lawn of the White House


Oops.

What a fucking moron. He goes on to say lots of stupid stuff in a very short period of time in the article. Also contradicts himself completely on the goal of his Gun Control efforts. Pretty much typical Crazy Uncle Joe.

Joe..... Buddy. Listen up for a second. I know you want the scary guns to go away.

You can't have them.

I've spent a lot of time over the past couple of years various places around the internet giving detailed, concise, and well reasoned information to people about my reasons for owning semi-automatic firearms with normal capacity magazines. I could repeat all that justification here... but, I'm really kind of tired at the moment. You'll just have to make do with the Condensed Readers Digest version. Are you ready?....

My reason for owning an Assault Rifle is FUCK YOU.

Even if you could pass a law. You can't have them.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cue Music... "Born Free"

Be Free, Whiskers!..... OH, NO!



I don't know if the video is real, and I don't care.

I released a mouse once like this on The Job at the insistance of a soft hearted homeowner. It ran across their yard, through a hedge, and into the street where it was immediately smashed by a passing car. This video was much more elegant.

Its the circle of life :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Why they can't be trusted

Keep this story in mind when a Liberal puts the strong arm on you to agree to their "common sense" efforts to keep guns out of the hands of Crazy People*....


From Pennsylvania:

A 5-year-old girl was suspended from school earlier this week after she made what the school called a "terrorist threat."


Her weapon of choice? A small, Hello Kitty automatic bubble gun.

"I think people know how harmless a bubble is. It doesn't hurt," said Robin Ficker, an attorney for the girl's family. According to Ficker, the girl, whose identity has not been released, didn't even have the bubble gun toy with her at school.


The kindergartner was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation during her 10-day suspension, which was later reduced to two days. The evaluation deemed the girl normal and not a threat to others, Ficker said.



*The Definition of "Crazy Person" will be whoever differs from their idea of normal behavior or way of looking at things. Regardless of whether that behavior is actually dangerous or not.

Inauguration Day... Party like its 1939

lib reasoning obama cares

*Godwin's Law does not apply. Look.... it's a cheerful Nazi!"

Friday, January 18, 2013

Girl Friday - 1/18/2013 - Esti Ginzburg

This week's Girl Friday was originally going to be Israeli Model Bar Refaeli. I had the post all done, pictures selected and resized, etc. I just deleted them all, on purpose, when I remembered something about Ms. Refaeli.

Step behind the curtain with me for a minute, if you will. Don't worry... there's still going to be a Hot Girl at the end.

There's not a lot of rocket science that goes into Girl Friday. I basically stumble upon a Girl that makes my inner caveman go "Hunghhhhh...." and she's in.  There isn't really any criteria list beyond that. Girl Friday simply reflects my personal tastes. She doesn't have to be Conservative, or a Gun Owner, or anything else.

Occasionally, though, some aspect of an otherwise perfectly suitable Girl Friday will make her so unattractive to me as to eliminate her from consideration regardless of her physical beauty.

Israel requires a mandatory period of service in the Military. When the time came for her to serve, Ms. Fefaeli didn't want to. She married a family friend, very briefly, in order to avoid mandatory military service in her native Israel. She was pretty open about dodging her service. So is that the reason I banished her from Girl Friday?

Nope.

What got her booted was her response when questioned about what she did:

"I don't regret not enlisting, because it paid off big time. That's just the way it is, celebrities have other needs."

If you don't know what's wrong with that attitude, and why that brings her down from a 10 to a 2 in my book, then you'll never understand me.

So..., this week's Girl Friday is a different Israeli Model who doesn't believe her "shit don't stink" like everyone elses... and who was very proud to serve in the IDF:

Esti Ginzburg

esti-ginzburg 7

Hit the jump for more...

Thursday, January 17, 2013

See if you can tell the difference....

There are two groups of people in the pic below....

obama kids

One of the Groups pictured is childishly naive. They believe in Fairy Tales. They are scared of what they don't understand. They have a very egocentric view of the world that leads them to constantly whine "It's not Fair!!" when they don't get everything they want.

This Group is often incapable of making rational decisions based on factual evidence... but instead makes irrational, emotional laden decisions. Their arguments reflect that. They seldom consider the consequences of what they do, or say. There is no appreciation for the lessons that can be learned from history - so every problem they face is seen as a CATASTROPHE never before faced by mankind that requires IMMEDIATE action to avoid CERTAIN DOOM!!

The Group's definition of compromise is you yielding ground to them.

Always.


The other People in the picture are Elementary School Students.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hypocrisy


WASHINGTON - The White House says a National Rifle Association video referencing President Barack Obama's daughters is "repugnant and cowardly."

Obama spokesman Jay Carney says most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as "pawns in a political fight."


obama kids  

Not falling in lockstep

This, from Oregon.....

An Oregon sheriff has sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden saying his department will not enforce any new gun laws it considers unconstitutional. Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller, in his letter dated Monday, said politicians are "attempting to exploit the deaths of innocent victims" by supporting laws that would harm law-abiding Americans. The sheriff said he took an oath to support the Constitution, and laws preventing citizens from owning certain semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines would violate their rights.

"We are Americans," Mueller wrote. "We must not allow, nor shall we tolerate, the actions of criminals, no matter how heinous the crimes, to prompt politicians to enact laws that will infringe upon the liberties of responsible citizens who have broken no laws."


I like to see this. There's been plenty of buzz down here in Texas about potential actions that could be taken in response to Unconstitutional Edicts passed down to us from those that would Rule us from Washington rather than Govern us. It's nice to see the same lines of thinking elsewhere in the Country. I also like what Sheriff Mueller had to say elsewhere in the article:

"We're restricted and prohibited from enforcing all types of federal laws, including immigration laws," he said Tuesday. "It would be unreasonable for anyone to think that I would enforce a federal firearms law."






Funny...

You'll either get this, or you won't...



It made me laugh :)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Vintage Badassery

Damn. The Gauntlets alone could stop criminals in their tracks.....

1924 washington motorcycle cop

1924 Washington DC Motorcycle Cop via Shorpy

It just takes a minute.

Ruger has an advocacy gadget on their site that allows you to send a well written letter to the Powers-that-Be registering your desire for no further encroachments upon the 2nd Amendment. It's very easy and it automatically sends the letter to your specific representatives at the Federal and State Level.


ruger header original

Just click the image above - or in my sidebar. I had already contacted my Federal Representatives but I did so again via the link on Ruger's site. It also sends the letter to all sorts of people in government who need to hear your voice - AG's and the like. These are the people who often attempt to decide our fate in matters like these. We need to make sure they know our wishes - for a multitude of reasons.

H/T Stephen for the heads up.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

What big teeth you have.....

I had plans to get out in the Woods Thursday and Friday this week. Still a little less than a month of Squirrel season left here. There's access to a small lake where I was going... maybe catch a few fish too? I had the schedule all cleared....

Best laid plans went awry.

I ended up doing Granddaughter duty with Bailey since she's come down with the Flu. It will be a test of my Flu Shot (first time I've gotten one in about a decade), although the strain she has isn't the strain I've been vaccinated against. We'll see.

I've had worse chores come up unexpectedly to interfere with my plans.... Bailey is fun to hang around with even when she's sick. We made cookies and watched movies... and we may have even ventured out to the Park today to enjoy the sunshine even though we were supposed to stay inside. Entertaining a recuperating 4 year old for two days does make catching up on my favorite blogs a little problematic, though, so I'm sorry I haven't had time to comment on many of the great posts that have come out in the past couple of days.

Having her around always reminds me of the responsibility we have as parents and grand parents to ensure the safety of the little ones - instead of just paying lip service to it and creating the illusion of security.


baby wolves

Friday, January 11, 2013

Girl Friday - 1/11/2013 - Jenna Pietersen

The week's Girl Friday is South African swimsuit & lingerie model:

Jenna Pietersen

jenna-pietersen 7

Hit the jump for more....

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hey, Ladies....

He's available!

gold-shirt-guy

That's Datta Phuge, wearing the $230,000 22 kt gold shirt that he had made because he thinks it will get him laid. He's from someplace called "Pimpri-Chinchwad", which I'm assuming is somewhere in/around India. The gameplan behind the shirt? In his own words:

"I know I am not the best looking man in the world but surely no woman could fail to be dazzled by this shirt?"

So, Gals. How about it ... are you dazzled?

I decree that henceforth people like this, who think it's all about the bling and not about the man, shall be forever known in the Land of Paladin as a "Chinchwad".

So let it be written. So let it be done.

H/T Geekologie

Rare moment caught on film....

I feel honored to have been in the right place at the right time to witness something you almost never see...

armadillo pumpkin 2

Those of you reading this who don't live in the South are probably unaware that Armadillos hatch from large, pumpkin shaped eggs every fall. Its really remarkable to see it happen right in front of you - since the eggs are usually well hidden by the mother Armadillo.

armadillo pumpkin

Once out of the Pumpkin Egg, the little guy shakes off the seed and trundles off to dig up people's front yards.

armadillo pumpkin 3

Monday, January 7, 2013

Just Hangin' Around

You don't see this every day...

owl netting

That's a Great Horned Owl that got itself tangled up in some netting. The house where I found it like this backs up to a golf course. The home owner had put up the netting to cut down on stray golf shots careening into the backyard and through their living room windows.

I was able to wrap the bird up in a towel, so I didn't loose a finger while working on it. Both the beak and the talons on these birds can really do a number on you if you aren't careful. A little work with my knife, and I was able to get him down and the netting unwrapped from his foot. Luckily he hadn't been hung up for too long, and aside from a bruised ego he was none the worse for wear.

I took him around to the front yard before letting him go, so he didn't fly right back into the netting.

I learned that lesson the hard way.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

To the Experts:


Just a brief message to all the experts who predicted several months ago that Texas A&M University's football program would be eaten alive by the SEC.



Suck it.

gigem

WHOOP!!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Girl Friday - 1/04/2013 - Candice Swanepoel

This week's Girl Friday is a South African model who was "discovered" in a Flea Market as a teenager..

Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel

Hit the jump for more of what I usually don't see at flea markets....

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Guns for me, but not for thee....

"BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI)– The Belleville Chief of Police has banned his officers from eating at the local Denny’s restaurant while on duty after an incident at the establishment New Year’s Day.  A manager at the Denny’s Tuesday told a group of officers they could not eat at the restaurant if they were armed." 

"Belleville Police Captain Don Sax said, “It’s absolutely a slap in the face I totally agree it’s completely disrespectful. How can anyone think to tell a police officer you can’t be in here with your gun its absurd to me.”


Doesn't feel good, does it Captain Sax?

"Sax said the police had their badges in full view, either by their handguns or they were wearing them around their necks. Plus, portable police radios were on the table. A second manager showed up and told the officers they could stay with their weapons. But, the detectives left anyway.

Captain Sax added, “They had been harassed enough they have been embarrassed more than enough.”


Awwww..... poor babies!

Welcome to the world of the little people. What do you need your gun in a Denny's for, anyway?.... nothing bad is gonna happen to you in there. Says so right on the door.

Criminals can't carry guns in there, Dummys!
I generally cut Cops a great deal of slack. They do a tough job, are often unappreciated, and don't bare the lion's share of the responsibility for 2nd amendment infringements - at least not at the Beat Cop and Detective level.

Captain Sax's righteous indignation just rubbed me the wrong way when I think about all the tightropes that I have to continuously walk in order to obey the law and carry a gun legally - lest I find myself up against Cops very much like the ones that left the Denny's in a tizzy with their feelings hurt.

If I can't carry in a Denny's in Belleville, Illinois, as a law abiding US citizen, then I don't think the Cops should be able to either.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

From the Workshop - a Quickie

Found an old re-purposed storage chest at a flea market the other day.

emerson box before

Back in the Day, when you purchased a high dollar item it didn't come in a cardboard box filled with styrofoam. It came in a wooden crate, often with interesting advertising graphics embossed and/or painted on the wood. This originally was a crate holding an Electric Fan manufactured by Emerson Electric. Its probably from the late 20's or early 30's.

Someone back in those days decided the left over crate was too useful to just throw away, so they made a storage chest out of it. Pretty good craftsmanship and attention to detail for an item like this. It had mud-dobber nests, spiderwebs, and dirt on/in it when I got it but it cleaned up really easily with some scotchbrite pads. A couple of light coats of clear poly gave it just the right amount of sheen and warmed it up a bit.

One of the hinges was snapped, so I had to replace them. No pic, but I was able to use a textured brownish spray paint top misted with some flat black to make the "new" hinges blend in better. It's perfect for storing magazines and dvds in.

emerson box after

Now I just need to pick up an old victorian/edwardian sash lift for lifting the lid and she's all done.