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Rule 5, With A Bullet!

Bayou Renaissance Man recently regaled us with a story, and a photo:

No salivating on the shooting range!

Now and again commercialism gets so weird that it jumps the shark.  I think that’s just happened (or is that ‘happened again’?) in the shooting sports.  5.11 Tactical, an otherwise respected producer of so-called ‘tactical’ clothing and related products, has announced at the 2016 SHOT Show that it’s developed – wait for it – ‘Raven Range Capri‘ trousers for women, which have instantly (and inevitably) become known as ‘Tactical Yoga Pants’.

The funniest thing about them, to my mind, are the comments left by readers at The Firearm Blog.  Here’s one exchange.

  • I weigh about 280 lbs. I think these might have a slimming effect on me and be quite stylish at the range.
  • HAHAHAHA… does the term TMI mean anything to you??? just kidding dude…
  • TMI or BMI??
  • You go, um, guy. You go.
  • Not to be critical but I think you would exceed the maximum tonnage limit.

There are many more at the link.  Click over there for a good laugh.

Of course, this isn’t the only time 5.11 Tactical have produced something, shall we say, ‘tongue in cheek’.  A couple of years ago they came out with the ‘Tactical Duty Kilt‘.  I particularly enjoyed the fact that it was available in ‘tactical’ sizes up to the mid-50’s . . . which would indicate (a lack of) fitness and physical dexterity that’s anything but tactical!

(Yes, I do own a ‘Tactical Duty Kilt’.  My wife insisted I had to buy one for the sheer hilarity of it.  No, I won’t post a picture!)

Peter

While I can appreciate both the sentiment and the photograph, I do fear many of the potential customers will not come close to resembling the model above.
I own a 5.11 shirt (long-sleeve, O.D. green in color) which is of fine construction and quality.  It was a Christmas gift.  (5.11 gave me nothing, FTC!)
Thank you, Peter, for the Rule 5 moment.  Or perhaps multiple moments…

Star Wars Memories

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With all the hype regarding the opening of the latest in the Star Wars saga, I hearkened back to my first experience.  Or rather the second.

And one of a relative’s…

Way back in 1977 (can it be that long ago?) a movie named Star Wars was released.  I think I eventually went and saw it alone.  And, of course, I was blown away.

This was in Phoenix’ premiere Cinerama theater – The Cine’ Capri.  The wide screen, formal theater-sized experience.  Red velvet curtains and all.

My sister had taken her daughter, then age 5, to the show.  And both damn near had heart-failure when a hulking Darth Vader appeared behind them to menace the theater-goers in line for tickets!

I had been dating a woman named Ardith on-and-off for a while.  She was an Army vet, liked guns and Italian food.  She was a terrific kisser.  And was mad for science fiction. Especially Star Trek.  And thought Star Wars was some kind of cheesy rip off.  (She even had pencil nudes of Spock she bought at an early sci-fi convention – but that’s for another post.  On second thought, no, it’s not…)

I attended the showing stag because she had been unconvinced it was worthy of been seen.

Eventually, I convinced her.

And, being the prepared woman she was, she brought her ‘purse’. Essentially a duffel bag!

Lined with plastic – containing massive quantities of fresh, buttered popcorn and a six pack of cold beer!

What a terrific way to watch a movie in Cinerama with THX sound!  (We just had to wait for the loud parts to pop the pop tops!:-)  )

Ardith and I stopped seeing each other, and moved on with our lives.  I married, became a father and I only saw two later sequels.

Then I kinda lost interest in the whole Star Wars thing.

Guess I got older…

Gotta go – it’s nap time.

PS – Han shot first!

The Well-Armed Woman

(from Woman’s Outdoor News)

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Scottsdale, AZ – August 20, 2015 – Finally, a women’s only online gun forum, sponsored by The Well Armed Woman (TWAW). With the numbers of women entering gun ownership soaring, there hasn’t yet been a comprehensive online community and gun forum created for women, a place where they can share and discuss all things gun – until now.

The Women’s Gun Zone offers extensive forums covering every possible topic important to women shooters of all ages. Women can ask questions and glean from other women shooters. News feeds, videos, photos, private groups where women can “gather” based on things they have in common, as well as places to share their own photos and videos are available. Popular forum topics include the following: Purchasing the Right Gun, Concealed Carry Holsters, Owning Guns with Children, Gun Laws, Pregnancy and Shooting, Defensive Shooting, Competitive Shooting, Senior Citizens, just to name a few. New topics will be regularly and can be added by users, so no question goes unanswered.

Visit The Women’s Gun Zone here: www.thewomensgunzone.com

Great stuff, what?!

Orange Is The New Black

Uh, NO, it’s orange.

My roomie and I watch a lot a correct amount of television together.  We both like movies (Alfred Hitchcock), and many of the same intense TV shows (Graceland, Suits, The Shield, True Detective, Complications), and some less intense (Property Brothers, House Crashers).

Recently, she was convinced we should try watching Orange Is The New Black.  It’s a series (based on a book) surrounding a poor little rich girl, who, when she was young and stupid, moved some cash for a lesbian drug dealer (who also became her lover).

Then, years later, when she was engaged to be married (to a man) the Feds found her and advise her the statute of limitations was 12 years for her offense.  And it had been 10 years.  Someone had dropped a dime on her.

Presto!  She’s in a federal prison for 15 months.  And the show recounts her adventures.

With the prison administration.  Corrections officers.  Other prisoners.  In a women’s prison.  (translation – violence, unfairness, depictions of both lesbian and straight sex, just short of requiring an X rating!)

Replete with her whining about how unfair everything is.

Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately, depending on your view) the whining and sex are not the entire focus of the show.

As the show progresses surrounding the main plot, the back stories of the other prisoners are revealed.  Sometimes they are victims who made poor choices, sometimes they are controlled, sometimes controlling.  Sometimes mentally ill.

And sometimes just plain evil. 

I never watched OZ, but I get the idea this is similar, except with women.

And I expected not to like it (except perhaps some parts:-)), but it’s really not bad.  My biggest complaint is whoever did the sound mixing had no idea what they were doing!  We have to keep playing with the volume to either hear or not go deaf.

And watching with a good female friend, with whom you used to be romantically-involved, who is now your landlord is the most uncomfortable part!

Well, Here We Are, Again*

4 yearsToday is the FOURTH ANNIVERSARY of my writing (or submitting stolen borrowed content) for this blog.

I’ve posted something DAILY, along with a quote, a cartoon, a picture of a beauty, and a You Tube clip, EVERY DAY FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS!

Currently at 285,831 hits; 355 followers!

And, much to my continued surprise and delight, have not only attracted followers, but made friends!  Some of whom have communicated with me off-line, and sent money and gifts I probably don’t deserve.  And some with whom I’ve had the privilege of sending lead downrange!

You guys are amazing!

My BLOG MOTHERS™ (including Tam and Brigid) whose own postings spurred me on to blogging, are a great joy!  And terrific friends.

A special thank you to Borepatch, Murphy’s Law and Rev. Paul.  Without whom, etc.

I plan on continuing to annoy, confound, confuse and disturb for at least another year.

(Or until the powers-that-be decide I need muzzling!)

This weblog remains a work-in-progress.  As such, I’ve edited out some of the Usual Suspects who appear to be no longer blogging.  If I’ve done so in error or you have a new link, please advise.  My apologies.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT!

*my very first blog post was so entitled Well, Here We Are…

(and very sharp folks will recognize I should have posted this yesterday!)

Innie Or Outie? (Holsters, You Ninny!)

For WOMEN!  By Randi Rogers!

Randi Rogers is a world and nationally ranked competitive shooter and an outdoors industry professional. Randi began shooting with her grandfather when she was just 11-years-old, in the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting. Randi is currently a member of Team Smith and Wesson, the Sales and Marketing Manager for Comp-Tac Victory Gear and a member of HERCAMOSHOP Pro Staff. Randi has more than 40 World and National Titles in 7 different shooting disciplines including the 2011 IPSC Ladies Standard World Title. In 2013 Randi made headway into the sport of 3 Gun, where she gained a spot in the 2014 Pro Series Ladies Shoot Off. Randi is a true professional with a desire to train and inspire new shooters and continue to bring awareness to the competitive shooting sports and the outdoor industry.

Dear Randi,

In your opinion do most women wear inside-the-waistband (IWB) or outside-the-waistband (OWB) holsters? What is the biggest difference other than in or out? 

Confused in Canton

Now, I’m going to make you visit the link to see Randi Roger’s answer!

Holster decisions are very personal and individual, and when it comes to women (what with their different configurations, and all) even more ethereal.  Some of this might apply to you men of different shapes, as well – I’m not saying who!

h/t Women’s Outdoor News

The Foul Legacy Of Thomas Jefferson

Say WHAT?

Now, I’ve said before numerous times in this blog (and in real life) that I love this Nation, warts-and-all!  I understand that so doing can be a complex, and sometimes confusing endeavor.

Yes, Jefferson owned slaves.  And he even took Sally Hemmings to Europe.  And may have fathered a child with her. (DNA evidence does not exclude his brother as the father, which was also a possibility).  And yes, she was a slave – had absolutely no choice.

But, I’m not here to debate this.

Jefferson was a great mind, who coalesced theoretical ideas of John Locke (that Social Contract guy) into one of the great documents in human history – The Declaration of Independence.  He and the Founding Fathers designed this Nation, and he devised the 3/5 compromise, setting the stage to grow this country as a confederacy and for freeing the slaves a couple of generations later.

Yes, he was human.  A widower.  And alone much of his life.

Now comes this:

Citizen offers Proclamation to rid Charlottesville of the “foul legacy” of Thomas Jefferson (link)

Send In The Clowns: The Charlottesville Circus(link)

 The “council meeting” at Charlottesville is an example of the war strategies of the enemies of freedom and the South. It isn’t a deep, intricate strategy but it is effective. It goes something like this:

1. Call a meeting of the local governing group to ostensibly hear the “voice of the People.”

2. Make sure that the “People” who support the agenda of the governing group (or at least its majority) know that they will have free rein in that meeting no matter what “opening remarks” are made calling for civility and proper conduct.

3. Fill the audience with people for whom “civility and proper conduct” has no meaning other than the restraints under which their opponents will be held.

4. Permit the meeting to degenerate into chaos with the larger and louder group shouting down and intimidating those who have come to participate in what they thought was the democratic process; it isn’t.

5. Have the media carry the story that whatever “plan” is being considered by the “governing body” has the approval of the people and that those who objected were “racists” or in a small minority.

Result? They win (again), we lose (again) and the cultural genocide goes on. We have got to stop thinking that such spectacles as the Charlottesville “meeting” represent a condition of social anarchy and that these “meetings” simply indicate the failure of local government to control the attendees. No such thing! It is as orchestrated as a ballet with the exception that those who are not “in” on the program find themselves trying to make order out of chaos and because most of the time our side is well bred, polite and considerate, we get our collective backsides kicked from here to Sunday.

You should really go and read all of it.

That way, you can determine from where this “foul legacy” truly emanates.  (Here’s a hint –  It’s NOT Jefferson!)

h/t Free North Carolina

Having Gratitude Isn’t Always Easy

I’m in whine mode.

(I know I said at the outset that I wouldn’t use this weblog for therapy, but, hell, it’s my blog, so here goes…)

Holidays suck.

Why?  Not only do I not have any funds to get neat presents for friends and family, but, I’ve no one with whom to share the non-materialistic parts of the holidays.  One terrific couple I know gifted me with a cool assortment of cheeses and beers (including Lindeman’s raspberry ale!), and all I could give them in response was a small bag of garlic goldfish.

Hardly an even trade.

I love my sister and her kids, and her kid’s kids dearly, but going to a family celebration alone with certain people in absentia is always painful.

Now it’s the downhill slide from the New Year, to Molly’s birthday, to the anniversary of the accident, in March.

We’re told the best way to get out of this kind of funk is to create a gratitude list.  So here goes…

I’ve a roof over my head, and a working car.  Thanks to my friends!  I’m on Medicare.  I’ve disability benefits, which, while in no way am I rich, I can buy food, gas, and pay rent.  I’ve a select group of friends, both locally and on the Internet, who help out whenever they can.  Many of these friends have gone above and beyond – for years – when I am unable to give back in kind.

This must mean something.

I’m disabling comments for this post.  Because, in lieu of giving me an Internet “there-there”, or a virtual hug (or a kick in the pants), please stop for a moment and create your own gratitude list.

It helps.

“Chivalry Is Not Dead…

…it’s only that people are sleeping knights.”  –  (with apologies from) Guffaw, in high school (c) 1968

chivelryMy Daily Kona thoughtfully expounds on this very subject, that is Chivalry, the rules of Western Civilization’s gentlemen, as seen through the eye’s of libertarian science fiction author Robert Heinlein:

In part…

     I have been told that I am a throwback to a bygone age, my mannerism and vocabulary are archaic from what I was told.   I am a firm believer in manners, I like to quote “Lazarus Long” a character that Robert Heinlein created.  Basically Lazarus Long was an immortal and he would keep notes of his experiences and observations.
“Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide lubrication where people rub together. Often the very young, the untraveled, the naive, the unsophisticated deplore these formalities as “empty,” “meaningless,” or “dishonest,” and scorn to use them. No matter how “pure” their motives, they thereby throw sand into machinery that does not work too well at best.”  –  MrGarabaldi

You should really go and read all the rules, as MrGarabaldi outlines.  And remember, once upon a time, they were the rules of gentlemen (and gentlewomen).  And Western Civilization relied upon them for social order – the very lubrication Lazarus Long spoke of in the previous paragraph.

See how far we have diverted from them, and decide for yourself, was it worth it?

He outlines 31 Rules that used to have prevalence in polite society.  In the interest of transparency, I more often than not violate number 12, but always adhere to numbers 21 and 29.

Number 17. 😦

“That’s The Fact – Jack!”

Quote of the YEAR!

Yes, more people are killed by cows each year than lawful guns intentionally fired by a non criminal. Even more than sharks (though I’d avoid if swimming in the Pacific wearing your wasabi wet suit).

Yes – Cows.

Brigid

My dear friend Brigid wins the Internets with this one!  And all the more serious (and sometimes less so) appending text.

I’m not big on insulting my readership, however, if you are not reading Brigid regularly (and own a copy (or more) of her Barkley book – see the sidebar) THEN YOU ARE AN IDIOT!

She is thoughtful, and well-versed in the manner of educated prose.  And poetry!  And turns-of-phrase. (see above).

And, she’s a redhead!brigid4

 

Who would hurt me significantly if I posted a proper photograph.

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…

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