Thursday, April 19, 2018

Patriotic Musings

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
   Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
   And fired the shot heard round the world.*

April 19th, 2018, marks the 243rd Anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts,as well as the long retreat of the Redcoats along battle Road back to (perceived) safety in Boston.
Is this the most 'Murica photograph ever?
Is it coincidence that Tax Day comes just before Patriot Day?

Captain Parker's orders to the Colonial Militia

Is it coincidence that Patriot Day is also Israel's Independence Day?

"The Shot Heard 'Round The World."
Massachusetts Militia resists the Redcoats.

*First verse of Concord Hymn, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sung at the Completion of the Battle Monument, July 4, 1837

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Interesting, re: Syria Strikes

The Aviationist » Everything We Know (And No One Has Said So Far) About The First Waves Of Air Strikes On Syria.

Basically, a rundown on the aerial order of battle, assembled from Open Sources (AKA OSINT, Open Source Intelligence.)

Don't read the comments, unless you feel an urge to do verbal battle with Putin's minions.

Also: The Aviationist » Russia Claims 71 Out Of 105 Cruise Missiles Downed In Yesteday’s Air Strikes. None Were Shot Down According to The US.

In which, note the following sentence:
If Syrian air defense units were ineffective in stopping U.S. cruise missiles, and most information now points to that outcome (actually, it looks like the Syrians fired their missiles after the last missile had hit), this represents a significant blow to the Assad regime and to Russia’s ability to assist in an effective air defense in the region.
(Emphasis added.)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Never Forget

Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, 2018.

Some of the pics I took at the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach last October.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Observations -- UPDATE!

Some observations while I'm sitting here contemplating my liquid diet.  Many of you know from personal experience what I'll be doing (or having done to me) tomorrow.
  1. Naturally, it seems like there are nothing but pizza commercials on.
  2. This gunk tastes like someone involved in the formulation might have considered making it palatable.
  3. Not that they did.
  4. I tried to tell them that a nice, tall glass of whole milk, maybe accompanied by a properly aged blue cheese, would have the same effect, but apparently it wouldn't be scientific or something. 
  5. Amazing how the cat that fights getting off your lap under ordinary circumstances recognizes the urgency in your voice when said gunk begins to take effect...
  6. (Bonus observation, added later): The worst part may have been giving up ibuprofen for the various aches and pains and creaky joints. Of course, the VA says there's nothing wrong with me... 
  7. UPDATE: I had to stop taking ibuprofen Sunday.
    1. Up until sometime last night I was convinced that was the worst part of the process.
    2. Now they tell me I can't take it again for two more weeks. 
    3. 😱😰😭

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

That time of year...

The flowering plum trees are in bloom. I've been meaning to get and post pictures since I started the blog, but never did.
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 Flowering plums do not, allegedly, produce fruit.

These don't, but the one at Alte Schloss Drang does. Granted, it is more like very large cherries than plums, but still.

This one is a "volunteer", growing out of the hedge. We decided to let it grow, partly out of curiosity, partly out of not being sure how to do away with it without having to replace the hedge...

Darned overhead power lines...

Of course, the utility company says the same thing about trees. Every couple of years they come along and trim trees away from the lines, which is fine by me, because I regard reliable power as preferable to having that particular tree in that particular place.

They started blooming last week, and I suppose if trees could think they'd have been wondering what the heck was going on with the weather. Here's a picture of the front yard when I got home last Saturday morning:

Friday, March 23, 2018

Oh, By The Way...

...Brigid has made Home On The Range public again!

Go, read some of the most profound writing in the Blogosphere, laugh at doggie stories, steal some recipes...

Monday, March 19, 2018

Out and About

Not sure which surprised me more today:
  • Safeway sells "Frozen, Pre-cooked Chitlins."* 
  • Safeway sells caviar. 
  • Trader Joe's was playing Toby Keith and Alan Jackson as muzak. 

Also, this happened semi-locally: Mango Used As Weapon In Bellevue Assault | Bellevue, WA Patch.  (H/t SayUncle.

Mrs. Drang is still disgusted with me because my first reaction was "Come at me with this banana!"

*Yeah, it's probably "supposed" to be spelled "chitterlings." Guess what? Spell check agrees that "chitlins" is also acceptable.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Ignorance, arrogance, and "gunsplaining"

Seen on Twitter:

In all modesty, I believe I have an improvement:

It is my understanding that this sort of attempt by those of us who are knowledgeable about firearms technology and terminology to correct those who are clueless about same is now derided as "Gunsplaining". Note that the link goes to what might be called a "friendly" site, as opposed to the ones that criticize "gunsplaining" as using "jargon" in "bad faith" to "bully" the gun grabbers...

Because terminological inexactitude is unimportant when The Feelz are at stake.

So, remember, next time you feel the need to correct someone on "Standard Capacity" versus "High Capacity" magazines, or to explain the difference between the independent and dependent clauses in certain articles in The Bill of Rights, or why cosmetic features make little or no difference to the actual functioning of a firearm, or why  certain firearm features are actually safety features...

...Remember, I say, that you are engaging in jargon-based, bad-faith, bullying behavior.

Make sure you capture any progressive tears that ensue, as I am assured that they make excellent firearms lubricant.