Saturday, January 08, 2011

The Washington Nugget

From the Sacramento Bee
Imagine a gold nugget the size of a small fruitcake.
Fred Holabird, a mining geologist, doesn't have to imagine, because a gold prospector brought one into his Reno office in 2010.
Holabird remembers shouting, "Oh, my God!" or something similar, but unprintable in a family newspaper.
"I made some exclamation that was very, very loud," Holabird said Tuesday.
Holabird will auction what is now dubbed the Washington Nugget in March.
The stunning piece of gold was literally turned up from the ground near the town of Washington in Nevada County. It weighs nearly 100 ounces.
Current prices would make that gold worth about $135,000, but Holabird believes that the intact nugget is the biggest California nugget in existence and could be worth as much as $400,000.

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A correction and an update

The  Arizona Representative that was shot is still alive and her condition is guarded.
Earlier reports that I read had her listed as dead.
Sorry for the mistake.

TUCSON, Ariz. – Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing at least five people and wounding several others in a rampage that rattled the nation.
Giffords was among at least 10 people wounded, and the hospital said her outlook was "optimistic" and that she was responding to commands from doctors. The hospital said a 9-year-old child was among the killed, and a U.S. Marshal said a federal judge was also fatally shot in the attack.
Giffords spokesman C.J. Karamargin said an unspecified number of her staff members were injured in the shooting. Congressional officials said an aide to the Democrat was killed, and President Barack Obama said five people died in all.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) shot and killed

My deepest sympathies to her husband and the folks she represented.
I don't know anything about her or her policies but nobody deserves to be shot down like a dog.

TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) – Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona died after being shot in the head while meeting constituents at a grocery store in Tucson, NPR reported on Saturday.
Giffords, a 40-year-old Democrat in her third term in Congress, was shot point blank by an unidentified gunman who fired indiscriminately into the crowd, NPR and other U.S. media said.
About a dozen others at the meeting were shot and the gunman was wrestled to the ground and taken into custody, Fox said, citing an eyewitness.
Giffords was airlifted to a hospital to a hospital after the shooting.
Re-elected in the November 2 election, Giffords focused on immigration reform, military issues, stem cell research and alternative energy while serving in Congress. She was married to U.S. astronaut Mark Kelly.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Hanoi Jane gets her just desserts (without dinner)

The radio station America FM was doing one of its 'Is Anyone Listening?' bits this morning. The first question was, 'Ever have a celebrity come up with the 'Do you know who I am?' routine?'

A woman called in and said that a few years ago, while visiting her cattle rancher uncle in Billings, MT, she had occasion to go to dinner at a restaurant that does not take reservations The wait was about 45 minutes; many ranchers and their wives were waiting.

Ted Turner and his ex-wife Jane Fonda came in the restaurant and wanted a table. The hostess informed them that they'd have to wait 45 minutes.
Jane Fonda asked the hostess, 'Do you know who I am?' The hostess answered, 'Yes, but you'll have to wait 45 minutes.'
Then Jane asked if the manager was in. When the manager came out, he asked, 'May I help you?'
'Do you know who we are?' both Ted and Jane asked.
'Yes, but these folks have been waiting, and I can't put you ahead of them.'
Then Ted asked to speak to the owner. The owner came out, and Jane again asked, 'Do you know who I am?'
The owner answered, 'Yes, I do. Do you know who I am? I am the owner of this restaurant and I am a Vietnam Veteran. Not only will you not get a table ahead of my friends and neighbors who have been waiting here, but you also will not be eating in my restaurant tonight or any other night. Good bye.'

Only in America , is this a great country or what?

The name of the steak house is:
Sir Scott's Oasis Steakhouse,
204 W. Main
Manhattan, MT
 (406) 284-6929

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Go ahead. Whack her right between the eyes.

Opera Non Verba - Deeds, Not Words

This is truly a joyous occasion for all of us. Basically what happened is We The People let our servants know that we weren't happy with them and the way we let them know is by replacing them.
This wasn't a victory for the Republican Party, it was a victory for We The People. The Republicans just happened to be handy and talking the talk we wanted to hear.
But you Republicans need to listen up - you have 2 years to back up the shit you've been talking. It's not very long.
If you can't back up your mouths, We The People will vote your asses out too. Think I'm kidding? How do you think you got to where you're at?
Two years........

WASHINGTON – Claiming power beneath the Capitol dome, resurgent Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives on Wednesday as the 112th Congress convened in an era of economic uncertainty. Dozens of tea party-backed lawmakers took office in both houses, eager to cut spending and reduce government's reach.
"The people voted to end business as usual, and today we begin carrying out their instructions," said newly elected House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, replacing Democrat Nancy Pelosi and transformed instantly into the nation's most powerful Republican in a new era of divided government.

Bye bye, Nancy!

Thanks, Pat!

True confessions

I cracked open a bottle of brandy tonight, the first drink I've had since Thanksgiving.
Funny thing is, I've always been a beer man, but I don't have the slightest craving for beer. Go figure.

Fan mail - eat your hearts out.

The letter below came from a good friend of mine that I worked with up until a few years ago when he quit and went to work for the City, the motherfucker.
I did something I don't usually do for friends (except Woody) and sent him the link to my blog. I don't turn most of my friends onto it because I don't want them reading what I really think of them.
Anyways, this was waiting in my inbox when I got home.

Hey, i gotta tell ya. i've hit your blog at least 10-15 times in the last two weeks. What pure entertainment. i've checked out all the stuff on the right thats from you, wtf? tattoos ,babes, etc. But i gotta say the one called rants is freaken bad ass. i mean i worked with u for 13.5 years so i know a little on how you think. i get home from work, shower up, get a bourbon n coke goin or a Bud and hit the computer. anyway i was readin some your rants tonite and they had me rollin. mama was cookin dinner about ten feet away askin me what the hell is so damn funny? the one about you n roger was classic. as was the one about the dude who did'nt want to load between 2 white guys. Please wirecutter, give me a call. i lost my old phone with about 300 numbers in it, so i had to start from scratch. yours was one of them. lets drink a beer. i'll bring the Busch. oh ya that one was good too. safeway clerk and do you have Busch? fkn classic. call me. i work m-f 7-3:30. 209-***-3658. tell everyone hi for me.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

2010 statistics on Airport screenings

2010 statistics on Airport screening from The Department of Homeland Security/TSA

Terrorist Plots Discovered 0
Transvestites 133
Hernias 1,485
Hemorrhoid Cases 3,172
Enlarged Prostates 8,249
Breast Implants 59,350
Natural Blondes 3

Thanks, Tom

My best bro


I can't wait until it starts gurgling

Another "Aw Fuck" moment in time

CAMEL TOE!!! (for all my devout muslim readers)

Wish I could give credit but he didn't leave a name......

At least he uses a straw

Do they have a bar in that blind?

Thanks, Ron

Monday, January 03, 2011

Great. Another Chicago cronie.

HONOLULU – President Barack Obama is considering naming former Commerce Secretary William Daley to a top White House job, possibly chief of staff, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.
Daley, an executive at JPMorgan Chase, has extensive private sector experience, an attractive profile for the Obama administration, which has been looking to counter the notion that the president is antibusiness.
Obama's first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, resigned last year to run for Chicago mayor. Interim chief of staff Pete Rouse has been heading a staff review that is expected to lead to some shake-ups in the West Wing.
Daley is the brother of the Chicago mayor, Richard Daley, and was an adviser to Obama during his presidential bid.

This was too easy

Coming out of the Walgreens' earlier today, I noticed a guy about my age standing at the rear of my truck looking at my "Lanes' Predator Control" sign with the picture of the coyote on my tailgate. He looked a little distressed.
When I got up to the truck he asked "How can you shoot coyotes?"
I just grinned, told him "Hey, it ain't easy sometimes. Them li'l fuckers can be quick", then climbed in and drove off.
Where else but a city can you find cheap entertainment like that?

Sunday, January 02, 2011

A couple three weeks ago the good folks at sent me an email asking if I'd be interested in writing a review for them if they sent me some ammo.
Wait..... what? Free ammo? And all I have to do is write a review?
Yeah, I can do that.
I asked for and got a box of 45 ACP hardball a few days before Christmas, but due to my work schedule and weather today was the first chance I got to shoot. Yes, weather factors into it seeing as we have ONE 4 lane indoor range in the area.

The 45 ACP I got was Magtech  a brand that I wasn't personally familiar with. So what did I do? I googled it.
But wait, you say. It's not fair to influence your review beforehand!
Yeah it is. I don't give a fuck about being fair. I want to find out any shortcomings and problems before I shoot so I know what to watch for. The only problem was, I couldn't find anybody anywhere that had a problem with this ammo. According to everything I read, this shit was the best stuff since Bull Durham.
I loaded up my gear and headed out to shoot. Unfortunately the weather sucked - rainy, windy, and cold. But if I can hunt in it I can shoot my 45 in it, right?

I'm shooting a Colt Officers' Model, Magtech 45 ACP 230 gr FMC at an advertised muzzle velocity of 835 fps. I'm at home with this load - my carry loads are 230 gr Black Talons and I practice with 230 LRN.
I shot 2 seven shot groups at 7 yards, aimed from a modified Weaver. Both groups were very acceptable and could be covered with a playing card. I know, it suprised the shit out of me too that I was shooting so well.
About that time my target started coming apart due to rain so I switched to the redneck standby, a plow disk nailed to a tree.
I started double tapping the disk from various distances. I wasn't concerned with accuracy at this point (Thank God) but was concerned how the ammo would feed. I had absolutely no problems with it in that respect.
Okay. I took a box of my reloads with me as well, knowing that I wouldn't want to stop after only 50 rounds. When I started shooting my reloads I noticed that the felt recoil from my rounds were less than the Magtech. Now, my 230 LRN reloads are fairly hot, but the Magtech stuff was noticeably hotter.

So basically, the Magtech was pretty much what I expected from factory loaded ammo. It grouped well and fed flawlessly. Would I buy it again? Absolutely, and I'm gonna add another factor in here:
I reload and when I buy ammo, I want good brass to reload. There are some factory brands that I won't buy because their cases are shit.
Today I policed up most of my brass, brought it home, cleaned it up and promply reloaded it. I did all the checks for split cases, pressure checks, primer holes, everything. I could find nothing wrong with the cases at all. So now I have 46 new reloads in my ammo can.

Now it doesn't make a bit of difference if somebody has the best/cheapest ammo in the world, I won't trade with them if their attitudes suck. Customer Service is the name of the game as far as I'm concerned.
So here's where I review the seller:

Regular readers know that I've mentioned these folks before. They are one of the few businesses mentioned on my blog. Basically the deal is that I'll endorse you only if I'll personally do business with you myself, for whatever that's worth. offers a nice selection of calibers for handgun, rifle, shotgun and rimfire. What I really like about the site is that when you're shopping, you can see the inventory for that particular selection so you can tell how may boxes/cases they have left and if it's ready to ship.
They sell quality products (check out the brands for yourself) at a good price and their turn around time on shipping was better than I figured considering it was the week before Christmas.
They've got several means of contact so if you've got any questions you can call, email, or do that chat thing if you're that way. The only contact I've had with Steve was via email but I always got a prompt reply so there's no complaints there.

About the only bad thing I can think of is that they aren't carrying and Hornady VMax in 22-250 at the moment, and that shit is getting hard to find all of a sudden.

Shit, I almost forgot! Packages get left on porches everyday. I don't want an ammo box sized package sitting on my porch bench and these folks know that. They ship in a larger box than necessary! How cool is that?

Okay, I'm going to leave you with some links:

Have fun, folks

Here's a couple of videos showing how to make signal grenades.
Use them in your paintball games, checking something for air tightness, or as a signal smoke for backpackers and hikers.

The smoke grenade in the first video is a pretty wimpy one but it shows a simple method to make one up.
What this video doesn't show is the proper way to add and secure a fuse, so I'm going to fill you in:
When you pour your mixture into the mold, stick a pencil into the middle of it and let the shit harden up. Pull the pencil out, insert your fuse, then tamp with cotton or cloth. Tape the entire thing up with duct tape, leaving a hole where the fuse enters. This will force all the smoke out through one small area, making a denser cloud.
You can get fuses from hobby shops (cannon fuse) or you can make your own by adding some water to smokeless (NOT black) gunpowder to make a paste, then rolling some heavy string or twine around in it, then let it dry.

For more impressive results, use a shorter, wider container to provide more surface area or make a better container yourself.
You can also make colored smoke by adding dry dye, about 3 or 4 spoonfuls.

As you can see in the video, these do produce flame and heat, so don't get fucking stupid and light one off where a fire can result. If you burn your house or barn down, don't say you weren't warned.

And here's another method, one that looks easier, but I can't vouch for this one personally.

Bacon. Mmmmm, bacon.....

Obviously amateur bacon porn - about twice as much bacon in the pan as there should be and not enough grease to ensure even cooking throughout - but still bacon porn.
I can almost smell it. Wait..... never mind, that's the bacon in MY kitchen that I'm smelling.

Just Married! Allahu Akbar!!!!!

Hurts, don't it?

What the fuck......?

CharlieGodammit has discovered, after 9 months here, the doggie in the mirror. They have spent the entire morning barking at each other.
Oh well, at least he's not raiding the catbox.

This shit makes me glad I cut my TV off

Katie Couric thinks we should have a show like "The Cosbys" to help us to understand mooslims better.
That shit is so outrageous that I couldn't even get a decent train of thought together to comment on it so instead I'll just link you over to Cranky Chicks With Guns and let Sarah unload on you. She did a much better job than I could have, and without uttering a single "motherfucker" or "dumb bitch" one:

Things haven't changed much

Thanks, Woody.

Those eyes drive me crazy

Q: Why was The Obamessiah so disappointed when he saw the movie Men Who Stare at Goats?
A: Being a mooslim, he thought there'd be more romance.