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Pink Pistols…

Couldn’t help but think of Ray Carter when I saw this article…

The Pink Pistols describe themselves as a group “dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community,” helping LGBT individuals who want to learn how to shoot.

One of the more ‘interesting’ comments to me, is this one…

“I’m seeing an improvement because I hang around with a lot of conservatives, I reach out, I turn the other cheek so to speak, but we can have dialogue. And when you start having dialogue, you start seeing people as people rather than us and them. Then that starts people taking a look at coming up with solutions, or addressing problems and coming up with solutions that are acceptable to both sides.”

Full article, HERE at Breitbart.

Ray always said it wasn’t about what a person’s ‘persuasion’ was, it was about shooting and personal safety. He never felt ‘pressured’ by any of us to be anything other than what he was. The one incident I will always remember was at NRA Houston, when he confronted the protesters and went full ‘High Queen’ on them. I have never seen so much confusion in my lift… ROTF!

Ray worked for 2AF, and very successfully too! He’s gone too soon, but it’s nice to see something he helped start is still succeeding!

Back to reality…

Sigh…

Welp, no deer again. As a matter of fact, the closest I got to one was driving out of the deer lease…

Another 10 feet, and I’d have popped that sucker with my pistol out the car window! We were driving down a caliche road, fenced on both sides, when we saw a good sized doe. She rand down the road about 20 yards, then started coming back at us.

I stopped, and she kept coming, then jumped the fence about 10 yards in front of us! A little closer and I would have taken that shot! Sigh…

And this morning we found out that in addition to a Jaguarundi on the property, that Lawdog saw last night, there is a mountain lion in the area!

Might have a ‘bit’ to do with the fact we didn’t see any deer in our blinds… Dammit…

But in the good news category, or the you gotta love Texas girls category, your choice; this 20 year old young lady got her first deer on her first hunt! And as you can see, she is cleaning it herself (Granted, she got a lot of advice)!

And there was ‘something’ moving back in the bush on the left side of the clearing, but I didn’t have a clear enough view to shoot. Same as in the morning. Pretty sure it was a deer, but if I can’t tell whether it’s a buck or a doe, and for sure which way it’s pointing, I’m not taking the shot.

But the bright side was two days of no internet, two days of no TV, and a significant reduction in my BP, so I’ll take that and be happy!

Nada…

This is the only thing I saw, that I could’ve taken a shot at! One big old fat raccoon. Not a deer to be seen.

sigh…

Gone hunting… again…

Hopefully with better luck!

edibles

Go read the folks on the sidebar, they’re better at this than I am…

Oh yeah, and then there’s this one…

Which is probably what I’ll see… again…

Out of pocket til Monday AM, y’all have a good weekend!

Uh oh…

I think I just heard the death knell for the national reciprocity!

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was named to the Senate Judiciary Committee today. What might that mean moving forward for the Senate’s attitude toward potential legislation effecting the Second Amendment? Nothing great.

Like us on Facebook at CAGuard on Foter.com / CC BYGun rights advocates often raise the specter of armed state agents going door to door to confiscate firearms. Kamala Harris helped make that worst-case-scenario a reality in California. Her attorney general’s office presided over California’s Armed Prohibited Persons System, which spent at least $24 million sending police to citizens’ homes to take away weapons.

Full article HERE, from Reason.com

There are still a number of lawsuits ongoing in Cali that she is responsible for either pushing, or implementing… Sigh…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of an era…

The venerable Boeing 747 is no longer in passenger service with any American airline… Full article, HERE.

Sigh…

The first time I flew on one was 1972, with Braniff. It was a brand new (1 year old SP-1 747). And I think it was this airplane, since I remember that color scheme. Dallas to Honolulu, in the last row…

But I was young and having fun… 🙂

Over the years I flew on Pan Am, TWA, and a number of foreign 747s. My last 747 flight was from Sydney to LA, in 2014, on one of the last United 747s to make that run. It even had the throwback paint scheme!

Through a combination of luck and knowing the bus driver, I had a ‘considerably’ better seat on that one. Just sayin…

It was Jon’s last flight as a 747 check captain, and I’d been sitting in the cockpit talking to him, not realizing the door was closed. The purser was ‘less than pleased’ when she came stomping up to the cockpit about a missing passenger… Sigh…

The ‘strangest’ 747 I ever flew on was from NRT-OKA on an ANA bird.

The interior is also all Pokemon characters, and it’s ALL coach seats at Japanese pitch, which is barely 30 inches… There were over 400 people on board, and the airplane boarded in 25 minutes!!!

The 787 is a much nicer ride, and a little faster too, but there will always be a soft spot for the 747!

 

Grumble…

I just wish the weather would make up it’s mind…

9 degrees last week, 69 yesterday, and supposed to be 70 today…

Then back in the 20s/30s this weekend.

Consistency, thy name is NOT north Texas weather… Sigh…

If you’re feeling like crap, go get checked out. Classmate’s hubby in Houston was admitted to ICU with strep, pneumonia and the flu!!!

That is NOT a threefer you want to have. Please say a prayer for Danny, he’s going to need it.

I need more cooffffeeeeee…

Snerk…

I love it when a plan goes straight south on the left…

A Democrat-backed study meant to expose illicit online gun sales instead seemed to show the opposite — with hardly any sellers taking the bait when undercover investigators tried to set up dozens of illegal firearm transactions. 

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as well as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, had commissioned the Government Accountability Office report to look into how online private dealers might be selling guns to people not allowed to have them. 

Full article, HERE on Fox.

One interesting point- Does this once again call into question Bloomie’s 2015 study? We know for a fact they purposely lied to gun sellers, especially on the straw purchases…

One of the ‘hidden’ penalties of sequestration…

When in doubt, follow the money…

This is a long article, but well researched and with footnoted links. Pilot retention is an issue service wide, and becoming MORE of an issue in the Navy as deployments lengthen, with less time between deployments, due to carrier force shrinkage.

Military aviation has always been on a seven year cycle, either leading or lagging the curve, based on various progressions. There have been a number of discussions in a couple of groups I’m in, and this article gives probably the best ‘overview’, if you will, of the issue.

Without qualified and experienced Tac­Air pilots (strike fighter/electronic attack), global air superiority is in jeopardy, regardless of the aircraft technology. Today, the main competitor for those pilots is the airline industry. It is the easiest adversary the Navy has ever faced, yet it is losing the battle. Why are people doing a job most have dreamed about their whole lives so willing to walk away?

The full article is HERE, from the January issue of Proceedings.

One of the better comments, in one thread was this one, bold is mine- The fact of the matter is this: Being a Naval Aviator (and NFO) is a tough job. Long hours, plenty of sea time and little, if any, real family life. And, if everything goes swimmingly well you’re still done at 20 or 25 years. And then what? You start over in civil life – at the bottom or mid-ranks. 

I look at some of my former squadron mates… some have gone to the airlines and they like it. Several others have started their own businesses, or become very successful executives OUTSIDE of aviation and done very well… think seven figures per year kinda well. They learned a lot as a JO!

For many, the fun of flying an F-18 goes away after a few years… The “One mistake Navy” is risky, too. No guarantees of a long career... Finally, there are other things to achieve in life which makes it hard for the Navy to compete with just money alone.

Stay or go? Same conversation we’ve been having for 20+ years. 

The biggest change from ‘my’ service days is the “One mistake Navy”… THAT wasn’t something we had to deal with. As more pushes occur for ‘UAVs’ off the carrier and in other military endeavours, there is less support for funding. Manpower has always been expensive, and always will be, but as a percentage of the military budget, it’s stayed fairly stable. I don’t have a good answer, other than to say updated the damn compensation, otherwise, all those millions/billions of dollars of acft aren’t worth a pot to piss in, if there are no pilots to fly them, or leaders to lead them…

Kicking the soapbox back in the corner… Sigh.

Boosting the signal…

Marty has a new anthology out!

Click on the cover to order!

The Blurb-

No one knew how it began. The world fell in just a few weeks. 

Some people survived.

Some decided to live.

I’ve got a short story in this one, Rocking C, about North Texans and longhorns vs. zombies. 🙂