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In three months I’ll look back in bitter nostalgia…

…on mornings in the low forties. This morning circumstance had me out in it before breakfast, and it just reminded me that fingertips have poor circulation. Neighbors J&H are out of town, and both set tasks for old Uncle Joel. … Continue reading

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You’re not the boss of me, Ghost. I’ll play with my friends if I want to.

Had a bunch of things going on today, in fact I’m still not done. Shit-shoveling, haul off a bunch of moldy old alfalfa from another neighbor, then to town with D&L. When I got back, Ghost and I hiked over … Continue reading

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A Confession…

To the literally [insert very small number] of Americans who depend on TUAK daily for its incisive reporting on the ongoing crisis in the Middle East: I can’t keep these names straight, and I don’t even try. The “Khorosan Group” … Continue reading

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So you want to annoy your Uncle Joel, eh?

Mission accomplished. Sometimes it seems like getting things done around here involves one damned improvisation after another. For example: Landlady’s ridge has no water pressure, but it does contain going on a dozen chickens that need to be watered daily. … Continue reading

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Keep it real.

Stolen from JDZ.

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On Mark Vaughan and conflicting narratives…

Sometimes, in the dark of night, I have to confess I’m really no better than the people I rant against. When I want an event to support my preferred narrative, I’m also prepared to ignore or minimize relevant facts. Yesterday’s … Continue reading

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Communism means never having to say you’re consistent.

From here.

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Put Claire’s dog Ava in here, and…

…watch her head explode. When Claire lived here I swear you had to confine Ava before you could get anything done with a garden hose. That dog did love to chase a stream of water.

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Here’s something you don’t see every day…

Radley Balko arguing that sending this particular bad shooter cop to prison might not be the right thing to do. Or at least it might not be the most important thing to do. All of that said, watch the video … Continue reading

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Well. I bet Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t look so bad now, huh?

Because – and I say this with all the deep respect you deserve – this is not the way to convince people to convert to the ‘religion of pieces.’ I dunno. Maybe they do things differently in Yemen. Almost certainly, … Continue reading

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This is kind of validating…

Ah, the power of positive feedback. For a couple of years now, my old post from the Spring of 2012 on chainsaw maintenance has been getting search engine hits. The more people click on it, the higher its likelihood of … Continue reading

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…and then my eyes just kinda glazed over…

Most mornings I start out with a pot of coffee and a gentle-to-moderate surf of whatever’s going on out there politically. Sometimes I envy my buddy Ian who’s so outside all things political he refuses to discuss it at any … Continue reading

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Ol’ Mechanic Joel

Today the object to be repaired is…Joel. Of course in that time styles in prosthetic feet have become substantially less humaniform. And substantially improved. This one was installed in 2008 or 2009 and did marvelous things for my mobility over … Continue reading

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Care Packages!

Yesterday I had a phone call from Ian, who was coming up in the evening: “Hey, Joel! I’m standing here in Dillon Precision (because Ian does things like that) and they’ve got .44 bullets. Plus I’ve got your money from … Continue reading

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Paranoia

This is actually pretty good, as NRA videos go. Except may I say that the term “Second amendment right” grates on me a lot. Providing my own self-protection would still be my right if the constitution specifically forbade it. I … Continue reading

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“Oh, and make it so they have to wear a bright yellow shirt that says ‘Poopyhead.’ That’d be funny.”

Okay, so Washington D.C. lawmakers stopped kicking and screaming yesterday long enough to pass a concealed carry law. I was amused by the gunbloggers who reported themselves shocked! Shocked! that it was ‘may-issue.’ Seriously, the big news is that a … Continue reading

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If this is true, “American law enforcement officials” really need to get more fulfilling jobs.

Because seriously? ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Terrorist Group May Be Growing in U.S. American law enforcement officials view sovereign citizens as the No. 1 potential terrorist threat in the United States, according to a 2014 study. For those who ask, “Uncle Joel, … Continue reading

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Busy Morning

Here’s the world famous woodsman, doing woodsy things to wood. I don’t usually get serious about firewood until sometime in October, but lately it’s been piling up in the yard due to other gigs and needs to be cut and … Continue reading

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Private to Nosmo King

I got a phone call from Ian this afternoon. He’s planning to come up Wednesday after his extremely unsatisfactory trip to the Pecos Run & Gun, for which he spent weeks training. “Hey, I’ve got two rather large and extremely … Continue reading

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