The Brilliance of President “Not Hillary”

CAVEAT:    I am not a Trump supporter.

Trump’s win  of the Presidency came from two brilliant strategic moves early on:

1  As a third party crackpot candidate, he snuck his way into the Republican primary and was allowed to stay there.

2  He got the tricked MSM into giving him a trillion dollars worth of free airtime.

Brilliant Mr. Trump, brilliant.

He’s doing it again !!!

For no reason, my internet homepage is Yahoo.   Yahoo “News” is truly news for idiots.  At any given time, 50% of the “news” are links to Huffpo, so you already know what kind of crap that is going to be.

But today when I saw the Yahoo page, almost every story was about how everyone in America thinks President “Not Hillary” is wrong about the National Anthem protests.

After several policy misfires (including DACA), Trump is getting the MSM to rally the people that support him !

The dimwits that support the National Anthem protests, are already the dimwits that won’t support Trump.

The MSM and all the other liberals (redundancy noted) don’t understand that only Trump can lose Trump supporters.  As the past Presidential campaign proved, the MSM/Liberals can’t defeat him.

 

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Another Day In The Park

Saturday at the park, AKA, my brother’s backyard.  Made quite a few improvements from last year.  Indoor range time in my area is about $20 an hour.  If you only shot once a month or less, that’s really not too bad.  But 2-3 a month, that will add up quick.  Also, it is just a hell of a lot more fun to shoot outdoors.  Convenience is also something that is great.  I can stop by with my four loaded magazines, do some quick shooting and go.

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Still looks a little “Hillbillyish” (no offense).  I pay my range dues by doing most of the grounds keeping around it.  Still have to finish the back and fill in the dirt behind, and have my brother figure out where he wants to move the rest of the logs to.

Just shooting at paper targets for practice.

I did about 220 rounds.  I have 4 magazines that each hold 15 and always have one chambered.  I shot alone this day but reloading is when all the good discussions occur.

I can stand and shoot at paper targets ALL DAY LONG, but when the training is done, it’s nice to turn the “fun factor” up up 11 and shoot things that go boom !!

I have had very inconsistent results with the baking soda and vinegar bottles we shoot at.  Some are really cool and some are complete fizzling duds.

So, enter Mr. Wizard. (science reference from way back if you are of my age group).

Going backwards, earlier this year I tried something to make it easier to mix the vinegar and baking soda.  If you are not quick with the bottle capping, it can be a mess.  So I thought up a way to make baking soda pellets.  I did not photo document that so there is little to show.  I had some plastic trays to use for a mold that could make pellets that were about twice the size of a 45 shell casing.  I knew that just mixing water and baking soda would result in a crumbling pellet so I had the bright idea of also adding white glue.  Well crap, I had no idea that would literally make “Slime.”

I sometimes think I am a genius.   But unfortunately, it’s not the Einstein type, it’s more of the Wily E. Coyote kind.

But the pellets did dry out and they work fine except it takes quite a while for the pellet to dissolve.  Need to have that be quicker, so I have some other ideas to try.

The other more simple idea would be just to go to Aldis and buy a 12 pack of crappy soda to shoot at.

Now, mostly just because it’s cool to watch thing go boom in slow motion, here it is.

The first four bottles were only 1/2 full of vinegar.  That was the type of reaction that I was looking for !!  I was only able to find one of those bottles.  I suspect that the rest blew into the cornfield.

NOTE TO SELF:   Put another bucket under the middle of the plank.  Tired of the first shot knocking down other targets.

The next three shots were a 50/50 mix and the bottle was full.  Two of the bottles were through and throughs with jumpy, fizzy bottles.   Kind of cool, but not as cool as the first four bottles.

Next four were a 25/75 vinegar/water mix and the bottles were full.  3 of the shots were the “Jumpy Fizzy” kind like the previous 4 but the third shot that jumped straight up in the air was kinds cool, still not as cool as the first exploding ones.

The rest of the aluminum beer cans were full with a 50/50 mix.  Almost all of them had a good explosive result.

The results of the experiment?

I haven’t a clue.

If the beer cans weren’t as almost explosive as the first four, I would think having a half full bottle was better.

The good news is that I will get more bottles and blow more stuff up !!!!!

Just wanted to take a little look at the shot placement on the bottles.

Only had one of the first bottles and it went at about the middle of the vinegar level.  Interesting that the round went out the back, but there was damage to the bottom of the bottle.

The number twos had good solid hits.  Can see the two that were jumpy & fizzy.

The number threes were all low shots.  The bottle with the damage on the bottom must have been the one that went sky high up.

 

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Always have to clean up at the end of the day.  My dad’s property is next door and he doesn’t like seeing any messes or having any of the debris blow around.  My brother’s place already has too many hillbilly piles of  “stuff” around.  He’s a hard worker and very industrious so I can’t give him any crap about that.

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I even clean up the brass on the range.  Brass laying around is kind of cool and adds to the ambiance, but I pick it up to take to the scrapyard.  Get a few bucks back to buy more ammo !!  The .22 casings have almost no weight, so it takes a long time to accumulate.

Done shooting the bottles and now going to use my last magazine to try some quick double shots.

I’m going from a low ready and shooting.

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Bottom 3 inch target:

OK, that ain’t too bad for quick shooting !!  I’d like to say that I am just a freaking bad ass spot on shooter, but really, I think a lot of that was luck.

Well, so ends another good, safe day at the range.

Rain Barrel

My wife has always wanted a rain barrel and she finally got around to putting the effort in to purchase one.

She purchased the rain barrel from The Conservation Foundation:

http://www.theconservationfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=247&Itemid=200106

It was about $60 and from what I was told, it had been used originally to import olives.

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So this is where the rain barrel is going to be located.  There are two downspouts on the garage. (the other is in the backyard.)  Every decorative rock in my yard was brought there by me.  The picture does not show it very well but most of the rocks shown are blueish in color.  That’s my favorite rock color.  I do not know what kind of rocks they are because I really did not pay attention in Geology class in college !!  I also make things out of concrete and the bowl there is one that I made.  It is there for a birdbath and we get plenty of birds in our yards using the plethora of bird baths I made.

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Step 1:  Remove the rocks.  I have other spots in the yard where they can be used.

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Step 2:  Excavation and forming.  Not too much to it, dig a hole !

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Step 3:  CONCRETE DAY !!!  When I worked construction years ago, concrete days were the best days.  I forget how many bags of Quickcrete I mixed up but mixing and finishing only took about an hour.

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Step 4:  Strip the forms and a little landscaping.  I let the concrete cure for a couple of days and had the finished concrete covered with a small piece of plywood so the rain wouldn’t erode the newly finished concrete.

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Step 5:  Place the rain barrel.  It is placed on a platform about 12 inches high to get the watering can underneath it easily.

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I had to do a little work on the downspout.  There is a nice screen on the ingress of the rain barrel to keep out debris and insects.  We shouldn’t have any concern about stagnant water and mosquito larvae !!

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I had a piece of old damaged 5/8 inch garden hose that I cut for the overflow.

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This is the “Rain barrel” that I’ve had in the backyard for a number of years.  The yellow bucket is normally next to the black one to hold the overflow.

 

Bacon Fried Mashed Potato Pucks

So for Easter, I made a nasty good bucket of some of the best mashed potatoes that I have made in quite some time and there were plenty of leftovers.  Rather than just eat “plain” mashed potatoes, I thought I would try frying them up.  This batch of spuds was already great, but frying them should turn it up to “eleven!”

I suppose I could have just plopped a pile of the potatoes right into the skillet, but I wanted to do this with them:

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I’m using two cutting boards as rails so I can roll out the potatoes to an even thickness.

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Using the biscuit cutter for the pucks

The ultimate edible playdoh !

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I don’t like to fry in the house, so outside on the side burner of the grill while I cook some burgers.

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Tops and bottoms got a nice buttery crust on them

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Off the grill with some “tasty burgers.”

Now, here’s where I lied (just a little).

I didn’t use my stash of bacon grease.  Quite literally I have not added to the stash or used the stash in about a year.  It sits in a jar in the very back of the fridge, completely hidden.  I opened the jar and it did not smell rancid, but I wasn’t really sure what the time limit was of grease going bad, so I didn’t use it.  Instead I used some Ghee that I had.  Potatoes fried in butter, that’s almost as good as frying in bacon grease.

Home Ground Beef, A Tasty Burger

 

 

 

We often watch “Cook’s Country” on television.  Their forte is taking well known or classic recipes and try to make them better.  One episode they wanted to recreate the classic greasy spoon, roadside restaurant fried burger that was popular in the late 50’s and early 60’s with people taking long car trips.  The interesting part of the recipe was that they ground their own beef with a food processor and it was something we wanted to try.  Now, my wife had tried it a couple of times and it wasn’t really that good.  The biggest problem was she was using “petite sirloin”.  WAY TOO LEAN and there is too much gristle and other connective tissue left on that cut and the meat was still to chunky.  So, I wanted to try it again, this time using a piece of boneless chuck.

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Starting with a nice piece of boneless chuck.

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Cut them into about 1 inch cubes

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The cubes go into the freezer for about 10 minutes just to give the chunks a slight firmness.  Other wise, when they get run through the food processor, they might just turn to mush.

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I ran the meat through the processor twice.  I first used the slicing attachment.

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Then the meat meets the real chopper blade.

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I did a couple of batches.

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By golly !! Dang if that at least doesn’t look like ground beef!!

Nothing like nice bright pink beef !!

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Now, because the meat is actually small bits and pieces and not long fibers like real ground meat, there is a lot less cohesion and because I do not pack my burgers very tight, these would probably not do well out on the grill.  I only want to have to touch these once when I flip them so the don’t fall apart.  Do you see the dimple in the middle of each burger?  That’s so when they cook, they don’t expand up and end up like meatballs.

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Some tater tots done on the waffle iron.  Mmmmmm, crispy !

There are a whole bunch of websites/blogs that show what can and cannot be cooked on a waffle iron and tater tots was a good one.

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Lightly toasted bun with a little lettuce and some thousand island style condiment.  Another burger tip, toasted buns provide a little buffer so the juices of the burger don’t make the bun soggy as fast.

Despite all of the food nazi warnings about under cooked ground beef, I still LOVE my burgers PINK.  An interesting thing about grinding the meat this way is that because the bits and pieces are small, I think the burger can be cooked a little more closer to medium and it would still be good because there is not a lot of bite resistance.  It doesn’t fall apart like a sloppy joe but it has a good chew.

Bad Media # 5241325 :Words Have Meaning

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/fake-u-s-marshal-convicted-after-pulling-gun-in-chicago-theater/

“Fake U.S. marshal convicted after pulling gun in Chicago theater”

“A Will County man who drew his concealed handgun and announced he was a deputy U.S. marshal after an annoyed Chicago movie audience told him to stop talking on his phone was convicted Wednesday of impersonating a federal agent.”

“Concealed.”

I will stipulate that in this case, the weapon was “concealed.”  But since words have meaning, why was the word “concealed” used instead of perhaps, “hidden”, “unseen” or even “the handgun that he was illegally carrying.”

I will admit that when I first read the print article, I thought right away that this was a case of an person in Illinois that had a CCL and did something incredibly stupid. (Those are the kind of CCL carriers that should have NEVER got it.)

Try as I might, I was unable to find any mention of the suspect having a CCl in Illinois.  I did find a person with the same name in Illinois that lost his credentials for TRAINING CCL’s.

Highly trained and professional journalists go to school to learn how to write news.  Surely they must be educated in proper word usage.

Was “concealed” deliberately used to conflate shootings with people that lawfully carry?

Was it ignorance??? Is it possible there are professional journalists that presume that anyone that has a gun on them can carry?  Two people collaborated on this news story and I can only presume it went past at least one proofreader and hopefully an editor??  How would it be possible that all those would think that “concealed” was the correct word.

Words mean things.