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About Joel

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

We’ve lived together seven years, and I’m still just the nanny.

Ghost had a big weekend. Friday evening he vanished, and an hour later I got a call from Weekender Neighbor L. “Ghost is here, guess we’ll have him for the weekend. Okay, so LB and I batched it till Sunday … Continue reading

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Well no wonder we got that spate of articles on how illegal it is to shoot down drones…

First State Legalizes Taser Drones for Cops, Thanks to a Lobbyist It is now legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to fly drones armed with everything from Tasers to tear gas thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police … Continue reading

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I woke up to a funny!

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Let’s be careful in there.

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And this is why a fire in the Secret Lair would be a very bad thing.

Or worse, in the powershed. This is supposedly 2000 rounds of 7.62 X 39 cooking off.

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No. No “conversation.”

Here’s somebody else who’s suffered a loss, and decided that somehow it’s my fault. “We need to have a substantive conversation on what is going on in America that is allowing evil to continue to crop up over love? Is … Continue reading

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Look at all that beef. Let’s not make it mad.

Out where the wash hits a cliff and turns away from the cabin, there’s a single small cottonwood tree. They’re rare in the desert, always where they can find water, and this one’s mine. It never seems to grow, but … Continue reading

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And on that subject, sort of…What’s the only force powerful enough to defeat the irresistible Total Surveillance State?

Its own unmovable bureaucracy. 😉

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It’s not the guards in this asylum that worry me, it’s the inmates.

I knew the guards were going to be all “I don’t write the laws, I just enforce them,” and “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time,” and “just obey all my commands and I won’t have to … Continue reading

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It’s all Commenter Ben’s fault.

I decided to take his advice and start the day by letting that cock bird out of the small enclosure. Old Control Freak Joel has trouble letting go of controlled situations, usually to the point where they do more harm … Continue reading

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One of those days…

Spent the morning in town with my neighbor, collecting the last of his stolen stuff from the sheriff. Though he lost some expensive stuff, for a wonder he got all the solar gear back. So now he can move ahead … Continue reading

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One of my pullets is crowing.

Pullet: a young hen; specifically : a hen of the domestic chicken less than a year old And yet I’ve suspected from early on that somebody made a little mistake in sexing one of mine. A slightly more conspicuous comb, … Continue reading

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The Three Phases of Life

And that’s where we are now.

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Another uninvited guest

The weatherman promised us some wan sunshine this morning before the rain starts again, and so far he’s delivered. I’ve been letting it do as much for the batteries as possible while I did outdoor work, knocking apart some pallets, … Continue reading

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Aftermath: The Muddening

Came out at first full light to an unusual mess. Meh. Hardly the first time. It’s supposed to rain most of today, too. So it’ll wash off. Well he certainly seemed to be enjoying himself. Truth is my heart was … Continue reading

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Ghost does his good deed for the day

It rained almost non-stop from eleven to maybe 4:30, and in fact it has now started again. The wash ran a little in the early afternoon, nothing I couldn’t splash through to discharge my chicken duties, but I certainly didn’t … Continue reading

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Cattle Update…

Things have settled down to a routine with the cattle. The cattlemen drove a herd into my stomping grounds last May, which herd promptly turned around and ambled right back out again. So they drove the same cattle back into … Continue reading

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Well, I couldn’t pull that train job…

I stood beside the tracks and yelled Allahu Akbar, shook the AK I found in the park. I’m pretty sure I did all the right things. But the freight train wouldn’t stop and give me its money. So that didn’t … Continue reading

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Racist thugs attack homeless man, steal his only means of support.

This is good: Train gunman ‘dumbfounded’ by terrorist tag, says was hungry: lawyer The Moroccan told David he had found the Kalashnikov he had taken onto the train in a park near the Gare du Midi rail station in Brussels … Continue reading

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I totally forgot…

Sorry! Weekend before last I got a care package from somebody who definitely has been reading the blog… That’s a few years’ worth of string. A gulcher can never have too much string.

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