Author Archives: Joel

About Joel

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

Soggy Dawn

Yesterday afternoon was overcast and rainy and I spent most of it in a chair with a book. Tried to log on once and couldn’t get a connection, and wouldn’t have had anything much constructive to do with it if … Continue reading

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#12 Goes Home

#12, the hen who had a chunk eaten out of her by the Araucanas earlier in the summer, got a Jeep ride last night around nine. Physically she healed up pretty fast, scarring over the awful hole in her side … Continue reading

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I’ve said for a long time that I’m glad he spends so much time on the golf course, but…

…well… “The president walked quietly into the cafeteria of the school, tieless but wearing a blue jacket,” read the latest White House press pool report. “Eric Schultz accompanied him. Obama stepped to a podium and delivered his remarks, then turned … Continue reading

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Boy, I got the short end of that deal…

Annually, there’s a big problem at Hacienda Del J&H as the manure pile gets out of hand. Last summer I hauled it away with Ian’s tractor, but I couldn’t promise to do that this time due to reliability issues. How … Continue reading

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A Celebrity Mugshot for the Ages

Well played, Mr. Perry.

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Um…

Yeah. Needs work. From here. I got a kick out of a comment: That’s the new Federal “Saturn” two-stage ammo, which — when the first stage fires — leaves the barrel in time for the second stage to ignite. Terminal … Continue reading

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Wow, that was cool.

I’m sitting in my cabin watching it rain. It’s tapering off now, but a few minutes ago it was really raining. What’s odd is that that’s all it was doing. No thunder, no great flashes of lightning striking the ridgelines, … Continue reading

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I’m starting to have more sympathy for Elmer Keith.

Not that he needs my sympathy or anything. But Keith was old-school, for all that he was also a great innovator, and one thing about him that always got on my nerves is that he saw absolutely nothing wrong with … Continue reading

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For a semi-retired guy, I sure keep gaining job titles…

Caretaker. Security guard. Gamekeeper. Now I’m the sexton. Got an email from Landlady yesterday evening. One of the original cats, who’s been living in the city, has finally found it in her geriatric heart to croak. All the original animals … Continue reading

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Field Expedient Boot Repair (for the guy with only one foot)

Cleaning mud off my boots the other day, I noticed that I’d managed to wear right through the bottom of the left one… Shouldn’t have come as such a surprise. This is my left foot… Looks fine, except this is … Continue reading

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A River in the Desert

I didn’t know Ian had posted this on Youtube. Found it while I was looking for the video where he and Karl re-enacted the Battle of Little Big Horn at their monthly 2-gun match. This is from the first time … Continue reading

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I’ve really come to look forward to these.

Ian and his friend Karl often do “spy vs. spy” comparisons of historical weapon systems at their club’s monthly 2-gun match. The results can be entertaining as well as educational. This month it’s No4 MkI (T) Enfield sniper with a … Continue reading

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There is no truth to the rumor that Ted Nugent was seen drinking champagne from Andrew Cuomo’s shoe…

…a rumor I just now started. Please feel free to pass it on. Of course, companies have every right to donate to whomever they want, so too we have the right to spend our money with whomever we want. And … Continue reading

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A day for lifting heavy things

After I’d returned from town yesterday afternoon I had a flurry of things that needed to be done quickly lest Uncle Murphy spank. Locally the weather was absolutely beautiful.Rather than hide under the cabin as is his usual practice on … Continue reading

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Recommended Reads for a Nice Sunday Morning

Some excellent perspective on the crisis du jour. Here’s Claire at JPFO with “Oh, the Things We Choose Not to See… Small Missouri police forces — who reportedly “couldn’t afford” cameras on their uniforms and couldn’t get around to installing … Continue reading

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I enjoy doing that…

Things have been a little lean lately. Not bad lean, just lean to where keeping up with necessities is a thing to be constantly watched. It’s easy to let yourself slide on the things you’d previously stocked up on, and … Continue reading

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Welcome to the party, pals? – redux

Seems like “police militarization” is the phrase of the week thanks to that unpleasantness in Missouri. Ran it through Startpage this morning and got over 25K hits for the past week alone. What some have been crying in the wilderness … Continue reading

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See, this is why I can never have anything nice.

When am I going to learn? I go through this every few years. I get interested in some forum with what seems an amiable atmosphere. The topic might be guns, or prepping, or outdoor living, or something else that interests … Continue reading

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Well done, good and faithful Claireistas!

The goal for Claire’s roof fund has been exceeded. Don’t let that stop you from kicking in, though. Total price is more than that, and it’s gonna run for a little while more.

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Best Headline Ever:

Yes, “FOIA Denial Officer” Is a Real Job Title in the “Most Transparent Administration in History” H/T

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