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You shouldn't ask these questions of a paranoid recluse, you know.

“I take full responsibility for that thing some other guy did.” – Katie Couric

Well, I had expected her to double down on “I’m sorry you got your widdle feewings hurt,” so… Oh, well. At this point the more we beat up on Couric the more we Streisand Effect the documentary. Which, as far … Continue reading

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Check your brass.

Cleaned a bunch of .44 brass in the polisher I keep over at Ians, since he’s got all that unused electricity just laying around. Yesterday LB and I went up to the reloading shack to prep the cases: If I … Continue reading

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I’m trying to remember the last time I got excited by anything the Libertarian Party did…

…and it’s just not coming.

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I may need to invest in a new, larger dog bed…

So far this is as close as I’ve been able to get Little Bear to use Ghost’s… I took the pillow out of the frame and laid it down where LB’s pillow used to be, but so far he’ll only … Continue reading

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Huh. I shot a squirrel with a .44 Magnum yesterday, which I now learn, technically, …

…makes me an Active American. No, seriously. I saw it in Forbes, so it must be true. So it appears that Americans are getting a little more active. A report released May 23 by the Physical Activity Council, made up … Continue reading

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Well, hot damn.

Sometime in the middle of this morning, Wildblue decided I’d suffered enough and took me off time-out. I now have download speed that’s merely irritatingly slow rather than Click/Go wash the car/Come back and see how it went. Still don’t … Continue reading

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We love you, Katie.

Like we love canker sores and jock itch. And we apologize if you feel these edits somehow hurt your feelings.

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Gained a paycheck, lost a dog.

This turned out to be a momentous morning. I met the guy in charge of that parcel I’ve been working at. He signed off on the job, okayed the invoice, and we shook hands and parted. I dropped by the … Continue reading

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Back when I was a real person, I had two serious airport security line oopsies.

Both of these happened long before 9/11 and the TSA, and one wasn’t all that serious. Long before I flew regularly, when I was in fact living a life in the High Plains very much like the one I have … Continue reading

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Think I’m done hauling white trash’s trash.

By the end of Tuesday I’d finished everything except the trailer’s back yard, because these were generally very lazy people and messing up 40 whole acres is hard work so they mostly concentrated on dumping shit in their own yard … Continue reading

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This is the 21st century. I was told there would be 21st century problems.

Instead I wake to find myself in a low-budget Charles Bronson movie. Conduct your desert hikes heavily armed, Citizens, because Mexican drug cartel assassins. [Pinal County Sheriff Paul] Babeu went on to say he is concerned that potential violence between … Continue reading

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Social Justice Warriors and Gun Control: It’s all fun and games until a transie wants a gun.

Hee… Gavin Newsom attacks NRA, angers civil rights groups “The NRA group in California is using the Trans community to fight our common sense gun safety initiative,” Mr. Newsom wrote Friday in response to meme. “Using the Trans community to … Continue reading

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Oh, I underestimated how much wood these people left laying around…

And some of it is tragic. Imagine 3 16′ true dimension 2X6s, so heavy I can barely lift them one at a time. Somebody made them into…something, I don’t know, part of a fence maybe, and then left them in … Continue reading

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Huh. I didn’t even know we had garter snakes around here.

Just going from experience, I always thought we had two kinds of snake: Bull snakes, and all the different kinds of rattlesnake. But on this clean-up gig I’ve had to carefully turn over several-going-on-many pieces of flat stock – old … Continue reading

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You guys probably take payment for your labor in scrap lumber, right?

Because this clean-up gig is finally starting to pay off… Yeah. By most people’s standards, I have no life.

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You look too calm and relaxed.

Here’s a little something to pressure-test those cerebral arteries*: 20,642 New Regulations Added in the Obama Presidency The tide of red tape that threatens to drown U.S. consumers and businesses surged yet again in 2015, according to a Heritage Foundation … Continue reading

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Chipping away at this week’s agonizing gig…

I got the whole back fence area cleaned up today, and the area of the former goat pens. Filled the Jeep trailer to overflowing twice, piled a bunch of broken blocks that will be used for fill elsewhere, and spent … Continue reading

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I do not question your reasoning, Madam, but fear your response may have been extreme.

This is apparently a real obituary: NOLAND, Mary Anne Alfriend. Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God on Sunday, … Continue reading

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Proposition: The White House has become an unacceptable gun violence hazard

You never know when these paranoid creeps will snap, but you know they will – and in the middle of a crowded tourist venue. It’s fairly certain that if you and I behaved like this we’d be in a prison … Continue reading

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So did Chile ban guns, thus making suicide unpossible?

Because it seems as though this guy went to a lot of trouble to get it done… Zookeepers shoot man with tranquiliser while trying to save him from lions I’m sure everyone was very appreciative of the opportunity to be … Continue reading

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