Saturday, December 31, 2011

Because I may not be "with it" later this evening...

Happy New Year, everyone. May 2012 be better than 2011. Not that this would be terribly difficult, mind...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Yet another TSA failure.

A friend of mine - who is now officially a citizen of both the US and the UK - came back to the States for a family emergency over a week ago. I don't think she anticipated the crap she got from the TSA...nor did she expect them to steal some cookies her aunt made her for Christmas.

I guess peanut butter cookies are potentially deadly. I mean, that's the ONLY possible reason half her cookies are missing, right?

I understand this is petty compared to the other crap the TSA has done, but really, it's just one more reason they need to go. When will the government listen to the people and get rid of this useless POS agency already?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Since I won't be around the internets the rest of the weekend...

A merry/happy whatever holiday you celebrate this season. Christmas, Solstice, Hanukkah, Yule, Festivus, Kwanzaa, Saturnalia, etc. - may they all be happy (or full of grievances...).

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

This amuses me.

h/t to Unc

Monday, December 19, 2011

Marylanders don't need to carry guns, right?

It's such a safe state that no one should ever need it. Ever.

Worthy of note: a teacher from one of the local high schools was shot and killed at the same mall about 6 years ago. This mall is also a frequent center of violence for city teens, as the bus line runs right past it. Yay.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Interesting - West Virginia farm/retreat for sale.

As some of you know, my interests are varied. I love to read about cooking, baking, farming, gardening, livestock husbandry, herpetology, and a whole mess of other topics as well as firearms and hunting. At one point I started looking for blogs written by lady farmers/women who live on ranches to get an idea of what it's actually like. Call it mental preparation for the future.

Anyway, a few years back I came across this blog and I was immediately hooked. It's written by a woman who grew up in the DC area, traveled a bit as a military wife, wrote romance novels for awhile, and eventually decided to settle in a part of West Virginia where her family had lived for over 200 years. Seems perfectly normal, right? Well, this crazy woman decided to jump head-first into farming, and hasn't looked back since.

I'm kindof fascinated by her. I applaud her tenacity and willingness to struggle through the tough stuff to become a better farmer. Over the past few years of living on her farm, she's gone through gardening, livestock ownership and the struggles one faces when one's power goes out in the middle of winter in West Virginia. She's come through all the tough stuff and seems to have found herself in a place where she's truly happy.

She's also found herself in the possession of two farms, and cannot reasonably own both. So, she's selling one of them.

The listing is here, if you're interested. I know there are a lot of us out there who talk about TEOTWAWKI ("the end of the world as we know it") and how they plan on heading west, but is that truly reasonable? Why not simply hit a state like West Virginia? It's firearm friendly, has some of the prettiest scenery this side of the Mississippi, is chock full of wildlife, and is pretty darn green - makes for growing one's food a bit easier than it would be here, closer to the coast.

To be honest, if my plans didn't already have me heading West in the nebulous future, I'd seriously consider talking to her about it. At that price point, I'd consider it worth it.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Do you read Letters of Note?

If not, you should. Here is a good reason why.

Rather timely, I think...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Attention Preppers and Gardening Enthusiasts

If you're into gardening, or seed saving and stockpiling I would like you to consider buying a catalog and possibly the seeds for your upcoming garden from D. Landreth Seed Co. D. Landreth is the oldest seed company in America and was founded in 1784. They list every president from George Washington to FDR as prior customers. I recently found out that the company is having some financial problems and is attempting to increase their catalog sales in order rectify this problem. Their beautiful catalog is full of illustrations and information on seeds and plants dating back to 1839. It can be seen and purchased here for $5.45. It also makes a great gift for the prepper on your list.

Rather than just a plug I'll give you a review. D. Landreth is a local company to me and I have been buying seed from them for several years, in fact I have met the owners at local flower and garden shows. They are very nice, free with advice and will go out of their way to make sure you get what you want and ensure your order is straight. D. Landreth carries heirloom vegtable and flower seeds, bulbs and gardening gifts. If you are unfamiliar with heirloom seeds these are the type that grow what the package says time after time. They are exactly the type of seeds that you want to stockpile or cultivate and save in your survival garden. I've tried a lot of these different veggies and flowers and picked ones that I really like and that are easy to grow. The seeds I've received from D. Landreth have been consistantly fantastic. I rarely get seeds that won't sprout. The resulting plants always produce in abundance. I have found the plants to be hardy even when I get forgetful and neglect them. I have also tried sevceral of their flowers and their famous Zinnia Collection. If you like flowers try some in a sunny spot. Landreth's Zinnias grow big and are beautiful. We got compliments from the neighbors all summer and fall. I had a few plants even hang on and bloom in November this year due to our extended warm fall. The colors are fantastic and the effort was non existant. I thew the seeds in some loose dirt in a flower bed, covered and watered. Really! And bam! big colorful Zinnias all summer. The seeds really have been great. I only order vegtable seeds from 2 companies now and Landreth is one of them.

Some info about D. Landreth's difficulty
Help Save One of America's Heirloom, Non-GMO Seed Houses

Washington Gardener

D. Landreth on Facebook

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I hate when I do that.

I started to write about an AWESOME dream I had...with a bunch of bloggers who are also my friends...but the second I started typing, I lost all the details.

Dammit. It was pretty kickass, too...with lots of tasty weaponry, all of which happened to come from NFO's arsenal. Ah well.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Today. 70 years.

Big Picture's photo homage to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

More than I could ever say is in those photos. Go, look at them, and remember.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Range Report: Excalibur Axiom

This is going to be a slight departure from the normal sort of range report, as we opted to take my crossbow out before we attempt to hunt with it.

While I had an opportunity to test it when I bought it, Chris didn't get that chance, so this was doubly informative. We wanted to see just how it would behave outdoors, and he wanted to see what it would be like to cock it with both the crank and the string assist.

My impressions:
1 - The crank cock device works a lot better when one reads the directions.
1a - If I were only a few inches taller, the string cocker would be a lot easier to use. I just can't pull it the last inch needed to set the bowstring.
2 - With my noodle arms, holding the crossbow is alright, but holding it STEADY is difficult. Will work on that.
3 - Even with my noodle arms, I'm still a pretty good shot. Need to get to be more than just "pretty good," but for my first time shooting it outdoors, I'm pleased.
4 - This thing is pretty damned strong. I'm seeing far greater penetration than anticipated. In the broadhead target with even the cheapest of my three broadheads, it goes in about halfway. I suspect a bolt will go all the way through a deer with little difficulty unless I hit a bone. I invite any bowhunters reading this to correct me if I'm wrong here, but I believe the foam deer target is denser than a live animal.
5 - Wind and 2 extra yards REALLY make a difference in accuracy. Will need to work more on distance practice, I think. I'm also reading a heavier broadhead/field point may help with accuracy, so I might pick up a box of 150gr broadheads to try.

Chris also seemed to enjoy shooting it, though he's gotta work a little more on his aim. ;)

All in all, the Excalibur Axiom kit is well worth the money spent for a recurve crossbow.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Soldier's Angels fundraiser...

Over at Linoge's. Prizes are pretty awesome, too. Stuff like a pretty awesome belt (I have one!) and a pretty neat holster, plus a whole bunch of other really cool toys. Go check it out and donate.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Aww, poor baby.

Apparently a TSA agent reported sexual assault from a fellow TSA agent. Apparently she felt they retaliated against her, and now she's suing.

I have no pity. It's about time they experience this crap directly.

Via BoingBoing.