Author Archives: Joel

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

That didn’t take long…

Stolen from JDZ.

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I, for one, welcome our new bovine overlords.

Sigh. One of the issues of living deep in the boonies of the southwest high desert is that this is open range country. Which means sometimes there are herds of cattle. With more civil rights than me – or my … Continue reading

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Progress!

Okay, so yesterday I was able to score the fitting I need for the new well pump. I sealed it into place as storm clouds arrived and we got some heavy rain. This morning the clouds dissipated at dawn, and … Continue reading

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Well I’ll be damned. Bravo!

Codrea bails from JPFO over Vanderboegh blackout. Over the weekend, I submitted my resignation as a content contributor to and adviser for Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. Here’s why: Last week, I submitted my article on Mike Vanderboegh’s … Continue reading

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I dunno why, but I have this overwhelming urge to behead all the horses.

Just that kind of day. It’s supposed to be raining or snowing, and instead it dawned cloudless. But Saturday’s wind came back and it brought friends. Naturally, the first order of business was trying to shovel up horse shit on … Continue reading

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Fixed it!

I did need a pressure regulator. I also needed to replace a hose that had collapsed on the inside. Looked fine from outside. I will now celebrate with oatmeal cookies. In other news… I have received a new or rebuilt … Continue reading

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The “Post Every Day” law…

…is going to be more of a guideline for the next few days. I’m here and just fine, but there’s heavy overcast which isn’t conducive to spending hours on the ‘pooter. Plus the technical problems that have been accumulating are … Continue reading

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Into each life some rain must fall. And snow. And gale wind.

Grrr. Spent all frickin’ day doing what is becoming my least favorite thing, on a trip to the big town about 50 miles away. Purchased a new pressure regulator. Came back hungry, harried, and with a couple of dogs doing … Continue reading

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Put them all together, they spell Monte Cristo…sort of.

There are a few things I miss from ze old days as Mr. Suburban Man. Not many. But high on the list is monte cristo sandwiches. It’s a ham and cheese sandwich fried in egg batter and served with raspberry … Continue reading

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Want to buy a Jeep with a Browning 1919 on it?

Ian’s selling his Willys. The Jeep needs a little starter work, I’m told. The 1919 is converted to be a crank-operated semiautomatic, so there are no imperial entanglements. C’mon, you know you always wanted a belt-fed. I can testify it … Continue reading

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Before Enlightenment: Chop wood, carry water.

I’m not going anywhere with that title, it’s just something Landlady said last weekend and I had to look it up because I don’t remember ever having heard it. I do, in fact, chop wood and carry water these days. … Continue reading

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It might look interesting, if only I could look at it.

Alert Reader MR sent me a link to something called foodrising.org, which appears to be pushing a simple and small-scale hydroponic gardening system that looks like it would be very interesting if only one were willing to subscribe, give the … Continue reading

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As if suddenly remembering, with a guilty start, that it’s supposed to be winter…

Yesterday was windy – knock you on your ass and roll you across the yard windy – and that generally means the weather is gonna change. So it snowed overnight and most of this morning, but never got very cold. … Continue reading

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More on sheepdogs

Regular readers know I’ve had some harsh things to say over the years about David Grossman and his “Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs” metaphor. People won’t listen to me – go figure – and the ‘sheepdog’ thing keeps popping up as … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, in the real world…

Mature adults carry their weapons. Because why would you deliberately choose to be helpless?

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All our chillun gonna die: Snow cones declared legal, in defiance of federal regulation and all good sense.

What next? You going to let school children point fingers and say “pew pew?” Chaos! Anarchy! Foods sold at school fundraisers no longer have to comply with federal smart snack requirements, eliminating what Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas calls “overreach … Continue reading

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Sunday Misc.

Finished up the fenceposts for D&L’s riding arena this morning. All treated 4X6s, most of them planted 3 feet down. I assumed they were planning a fence to protect any horses who happened to be training in there from the … Continue reading

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Special forces, or special needs?

I get those mixed up sometimes. And I’m just voiding myself in terror at the sight of these earnestly elite jihadis whom I’ve been assured are coming to kill me, or forbid me to eat bacon, or whatever… Seriously…I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Rudy Giuliani

He’s been in the news the past couple of days for saying something uncomplimentary about Obama, so everybody loves him. Which in turn reminds me of the day he left my Christmas card list forever… We look upon authority too … Continue reading

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I’m sure this time it’ll work great.

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