Saturday is New Years Eve...Red Wings are playing the Blues! Fireworks in the backyard. Should be fun. Sunday we have the Lions vs the Meatpackers on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field!! All
the best to you from us here at the Rumbear Chronicles......Let the New Year begin!
VDH once again postulates on the demise of this once great state. More particularly, the Central Valley and it's downward spiral into chaos. The water was saved, the crops are gone and the jobs....they left to. What remains is simply a roving band of vandals. VDH writes about the current situation in "A Vandalized Valley".
The state’s reaction to all this is a contorted exercise in blaming
the victim, in both the immediate and the abstract senses. Governor
Brown wants to raise income taxes on the top two brackets by 1 to 2
percentage points, making them over 11 and 12 percent respectively. That
our schools are near dead last in test scores, that many of our main
freeways are potholed relics from the 1960s, that we just passed the
DREAM Act to extend state financial support for college-age illegal
aliens, and that the overtaxed are fleeing the state do not register.
Again, those who in theory can pay, should — and should keep quiet about
why they must suddenly pay a 12 percent income tax that was not needed,
say, in 1991, 1971, or 1961, when test scores were higher, roads
better, and communities far safer.
There is, of course, a vague code of silence about who is
doing the stealing, although occasionally the most flagrant offenders
are caught either by sheriffs or on tape; or, in my typical case, run
off only to return successfully at night. In the vast majority of cases,
rural central California is being vandalized by gangs of young Mexican
nationals or Mexican-Americans — in the latter case, a criminal subset
of an otherwise largely successful and increasingly integrated and
assimilated near majority of the state’s population. Everyone knows it;
everyone keeps quiet about it — even though increasingly the victims are
the established local Mexican-American middle class that now runs the
city councils of most rural towns and must deal with the costs.
This is what you get in the utopia built by liberals. Go. Read the whole thing.
Today the South East Coast Editor went a flying and watched some people swimming. (Note to Arlo in Accounting: How much are we paying this guy?)
not sure how to start this story other than to say I rented an airplane
from NS Aviation at HWO (Hollywood North Perry Airport) and flew down
the beach from Ft. Lauderdale to Marathon, Florida in the Keys. It is
about an hour and a half one way, the weather was perfect, the ocean turquoise, the winds calm at 1500 feet. I stayed clear of the MIA and
Homestead traffic and just enjoyed myself immensely
tooling along at about 110 mph.
As I got closer to Marathon, I switched
the radio to the Unicom frequency (122.8) and listened to all the
traffic from Marco Island, Pahoke to the Bahamas calling out their
position reports....all quite boring and pretty much ignorable until a
very calm voice says, "MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY, Waco going down." This
chilling message on the common frequency is about as rare a hens teeth
and anybody who flies know this is an EMERGENCY. I heard the pilot say
it again when he added "position one mile south of Marathon." If you
look at a map ( I knew where he was because I was in the landing pattern
at Marathon) and he was in the water, with sightseeing passengers.
airwaves got a little crowded with pilots and ground ops responding and
somewhat cluttered with unusable chatter and guessing. I stayed out of
the fray and when I heard, "they are all okay, swimming beside the
plane," decided not to circle and rubberneck. I landed at Marathon and
when I got to the FBO, everyone was a twitter with the news...nobody
hurt, plane intact, resting on the bottom.
So naturally, I had an ice
cold Diet Coke, visited the lav and took off for a look before I
skedaddled back home....
UPDATE: Aero News Network picked up on the story from our intrepid editor. Hat tips all around!
Headed out to the local range today to try out some new loads I had cooked up. Got to P2000 around 12:30 and found a thousand or so others had the same idea. 2 hour wait on the 25 yard range. Skeet slots backed up and the counter was three deep. Who are all these peoples??
I have been noticing a tremendous upswing in gun ownership of late. I have to echo Gator about those who use this as a sport and those who seem to think a Visa card and ten day wait will make them "safe". Far from it. Get out there and take some courses. Join the NRA....check out their programs. In short order you to can be a Certified Firearms Instructor. Check out Gunsite Academy for some great courses.
As in, the South East Coast Editor went a shooting.
Going to the shooting range today....some thoughts about why Americans have and buy guns.
I grew up in a family that used guns for sport – competitive shooting
and hunting. When I was about seven, I started spending summers with my
grandfather and when we went to the range 2-3 times a week, it was from
8:00 till 5:00…..all day. We built up our own target backboards from 5ft
x 5ft cardboard so we had many, many
bulls and 1 inch center boxes to help us make one inch ten shot groups
at 100 yards. My grandfather reloaded, making the practice rounds for
range shooting out of lead, yes solid lead melted and poured into molds.
A day at the range included eight or ten rifles, a couple of 5×5 target
boards and hundreds of rounds fired, all bench rest, all day. (smile)
When I read articles about people crowding the gun stores, it is
obvious to me that there are two very different motives. I never shot,
reloaded or went to the range for personal protection reasons, I always
was thinking of that big eight point buck in November after sitting in a
blind out in the woods.
The fabric of our nation has always
included guns and at first it was for protection against enemies. After
the civil war and WW 1, civilians owning guns, at least in my family,
was good clean fun and something that was fashinable to be very, very
good at. Some families had boats, we had guns and shot on competitive
teams at Camp Perry, Ohio.
Today, the bad guys are no more
present than they’ve been in the last 100 years. The mood has changed
about them however and I’ll be the first to say, with very high
confidence, that if one of them comes within a hundred yards of me or my
family, I’ll use deadly force and the bad guy with criminal intent will
get the worst of it.
I am no more afraid of the bad guys
(criminals, psychotics, terrorists, druggies) than I have been all my
life and I’m damn glad I have guns and know how to use them. I am not in
panic buying mode as described in the articles. New gun owners ought to
take the time to gain confidence in their skills, learn gun safety and
for god’s sake, figure out why they want to carry a concealed weapon and
be sure of their intentions with deep conviction, not just because it’s
fashionable or they saw it on some reality TV show.
(No not those two Bozo's....I just had to use the photo.)
Cooking a turkey is a lot like making a Martini....begin, and someone will show up to tell you how your doing it wrong.
Well here's how the Olde Rumbear handles the task around Rumbear Manor. Yeah that's right, moi. See, Mrs Rumbear, she does not like turkey......at all. Particularly the two in the photo, but, I digress...... from the festiveness of the post.
Turkey on the Weber
Use indirect heat.
(that means put the coals off to the side) Go to the Weber site, they have rails for the
coals. Prepare an aluminum foil drip pan to go between the rails. This provides
basting stuff for later. Start the coals so they are grey when you place the
bird on the grill. Use Mesquite if you
want heavy smoke flavor. Finally, prepare an aluminum hat for the turkey. This
is a 8 x 8 inch piece of foil that rest on top of the turkey while cooking.
Think warm moist breasts.
Still thinking? Get your mind out of the gutter,
we have work to do.
Now it's time to prepare the turkey. Make friends with your turkey. Give it a name. More importantly, give it a bath. Cold water.
pull out the packages of innards from BOTH ends. Flush with cold water.
Rinse off all of the feather residue. I
likes my turkey clean. Place the turkey
on a rack and let drip dry.
Grab your ingredients and get them lined up. In no
1/4 to 1/2 stick of butter. (yeah butter, get over
your bad self)
Chopped garlic. The more the merrier
The dried stuff work well
Chopped bacon (bacon?)
Now back to old what's his name. Stand him on his head. Yup, hold em by the legs and add some cubes
of butter, garlic, garlic salt, black pepper, onion, and a touch of sea
salt. I have no idea what a
"touch" is so just add the right amount and you will be fine. The
goal is to get the ingredients waaaaay back in the bird. Do not add all ingredients because you're
going to do it again when the bird is laying in the rack.
Now place the turkey face down and grab some olive
oil. Pour it on the back and use your
hands to massage it all over the bird.
Then flip the bird over and do the same on the top. Now you all slimy
and feeling good. Put the bird in a
roasting rack and wash your hands. Now
add the rest of your ingredients to the interior of the bird. That's right more butter, garlic, garlic
salt, black pepper, onion, and a touch of sea salt. Next sprinkle some on the outside of the bird
and rub it around to spread evenly. (our dog will love the crisp skin of the
bird) Wash your hands and last, but not least, add one heaping tablespoon (is
that the big one?) of bacon bits. Throw
it in with flair.
Now carry the rack out to the grill with the grey
coals. place the bird in the middle of
the grill, cover with the hat, and let er go.
I check mine every 40 minutes or so.
More frequently as the cooking goes on.
I use a turkey baster for it's actual purpose to grab the drippings out of the foil pan and spread them on the bird.
I cook a 11 lb bird around three hours.
Use a thermometer to check. You
mileage may vary.
When the bird has reached optimum
temperature. Take it off the grill and
let it sit for 10 minutes or so. Carve
up the bird and enjoy.
Trial. One case. Fifty - sixty hour weeks. Moving fast. In court, outta court. Depositions. Ex Parte hearings. Entire office consumed as the date in January approaches. No time for family, friends, pets etc.
Hearing with Judge today...and trial date VACATED. Gone. Off Calendar.
Balloon deflating......rumor has it there is some Holiday approaching.
Every ten years the great folks that run Kallyfornia get together to re draw the district lines of Congress to alolow for adjustments in voter migration. Seems every time they do this, the Democrats wind up with more seats and the Repuiblicans stand gazing at their navels wondering what happened. So this year the Wizards of Smart had a new way to redraw the lines. Its was to be completed by Citizen Commission of local folks who had the interest of the common peoples in mind.
As this article documents, for the get go the Democrats set out to rig the selection process of Commission members and thwart any attempt at objectivity. Thus, once again, Kallyfornia remains staunchly Democrat with horses behinds like Pete Fortney Stark & Nancy Peelosi entrenched in Congress.
The question facing House
Democrats as they met to contemplate the state’s new realities was delicate:
How could they influence an avowedly nonpartisan process? Alexis Marks, a House
aide who invited members to the meeting, warned the representatives that
secrecy was paramount. “Never say anything AT ALL about redistricting — no
speculation, no predictions, NOTHING,” Marks wrote in an email. “Anything can
come back to haunt you.” In the weeks that followed,
party leaders came up with a plan. Working with the Democratic Congressional
Campaign Committee — a national arm of the party that provides money and support
to Democratic candidates — members were told to begin “strategizing
about potential future district lines," according to another email. The citizens’ commission had
pledged to create districts based on testimony from the communities themselves,
not from parties or statewide political players. To get around that, Democrats
surreptitiously enlisted local voters, elected officials, labor unions and
community groups to testify in support of configurations that coincided with
the party’s interests.
Thus, California remains in a perpetual state of ....suck.
The Pacific Northwest Editor at Large said the voice on the sailing video sounded familiar. RecallThe Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger video from earlier this year.......What? You never saw it? Jeebus, folks get a life. (or just watch it here.)
Is it Randall? Who knows, the guy sure gets around. He doesn't give a .....