Yours truly, taking a weekly spin around the 20-acre GC&N Complex, looking for "destructive 4-legged varmints".
friday, december 18th, 2009
i do it several times every month: check for destructive groundhogs and errant deer rutting on my growing fields of trees. Both do damage running into the thousands of dollars, and as a small business owner & operator, I can't allow that destruction of my one of my main sales products: trees. They pretty much leave the shrubs, perennials, grasses and groundcovers alone, but "rutting season" for the deer bucks and the general damage which groundhogs do to undermining building foundations, can't be tolerated.
I can't count the number of groundhogs I've 'disposed' of, rabbits and deer, over the past 20 years, but it's prodigious.
Notice the Remington 870 Synthetic 12ga shotgun, outfitted with slugs/sabots and .00 buckshot. Rather than carry one of the Class III AR-15s (.223/556cal) with 40-round mags and silencers, or my Armalite AR-10 (.308cal, 7.62x51mm NATO), my Henry Repeater "Big Boy" .357 Magnum, my everyday "carry piece" Kimber 1911 .45cal ACP "Eclipse Target II", or even the Beowulf .50cal, I opt for the 12ga shotgun with either slugs or .00 buckshot. Makes a mess, but hey, "maggots got to eat, too".
Around The Garden Center™.
I just saw a BroadView-Brinks Home Security TV ad; what utter BULLSHIT! Get a .45 ACP or a Remy 12ga and SHOOT THE HOME INVADER! So don't wait for the shitty security services to alert the local police and arrive 5-15 mins after the attack, when you're dead. Police aren't trained to save you; they're trained to assess a crime scene, gather evidence and write reports.
A bitter 14°F/ -9 windchill on Friday morning at 8am, and not much better when I arrived at the GC&N Complex to open-up. Arthur showed-up to do some work on my "list", and James had two ladies in-tow, who were intent on choosing trees for Spring planting, in that bitter cold. More power to 'em! It warmed-up to 26°F by 12 noon, but the 35mph winds kept the windchill at around 5-6°F, all day. I'm dressing in 4-5 layers, with a large Winter Parka overtop of it all, and I'm still not 100% warm. Such is the Arctic Winter descending upon us from Canada.
Another Nor'Easter is forming on Saturday morning, off the east coast of Florida, and is expected to hit us Sunday morning. We'll see; sounds like a good day to sleep-in and build a roaring fire and read a book.
The Crumbling of America scared the crap out of me, on The History Channel, on Saturday night. I had no idea it was so bad. Roads, highways, bridges, levees, dams, power-grid, water & sewage systems are failing, after having only been engineered for 50-75 years. Many are over 100 years old (GW Bridge etc) and will fail, killing thousands when they collapse. Personally, I avoid large bridges (NYC, BWI etc) and take the back roads. I've seen the "drop-throughs", collapses, and massive road failures, and I want no part of it. Watch this segment if you get an opportunity. This is what all the trillions should be spent on, not 'redistribution of wealth' and federal bailouts of banks and car companies. Dammit.
The *Freezing Rain Advisory* was already posted by 5am on Sunday, when I was up and fed and watered the cats, so I went back to sleep until 11:30. By then, it'd changed-over to all-rain, and it was safe to venture outside. There were already a pile of crashes on the 911 log, and I didn't intend to be amongst the stats. I did my food shopping, errands etc, in the cold rain. No biggie.
On Monday, I received an HP email telling me that my new HP Laptop and office Mini-Tower have *shipped*. The Mini-Tower sports 6Gb memory (DDR3-1333 DIMM) and both are factory pre-loaded with Windows 7 Pro and Office 2007 Basic. Works for me.
Many years ago, I used to hand-address scores of my personally-made, individual Christmas Cards, and spend 2-3-4 evenings delivering them by hand, to dozens and dozens of Family & Friends. No stamp; so everyone knew that I'd been there, surreptitiously under the cover of darkness, also leaving a "non-freezing present". It was a 'ritual' which I relished for many years, when I was in young, in-love and engaged/married, but gradually grew away from, back in the mid-90s, when all that ended. Now, if I send out 5-7 Christmas Cards with Gift Certificates, I'm doing well.
My new office HP desktop unit arrived on Wednesday, but I won't have a chance to do anything with it until after the New Year; there's just too much data to move onto my WD 1-Tb external drive. I also had to re-route the new HP laptop to my Parents' house, as FedEx Ground (Harrisburg) doesn't deliver to the GC&N area until 4-5pm, and we're gone by then (Winter hours). Ditto with rebuilding my super-fast condo unit; Jeff is moving his company to new office space, and will be tied up until after the New Year. I have Win-7 Ultimate & Win-XP Pro on a dual-boot-up manager at home, so it's no big deal. I've already moved all data and apps to the WD 1-Tb external drive.
13°F outside on Thursday morning, and snow coming on Saturday. Crap; I hate the cold.
Things Which Make Your Head Explode™.
PLEASE, NO MORE TIGER WOODS CRAP! I can't listen/read/hear anything more about the asshole!
Led by the corrupt, lying, harelipped, fat faggot crook, Rep Barney Frank (FAG-MA), who helped bring this financial mortgage crisis upon America with Sen Chrissy "Friend of Angelo" Dodd (CRIMINAL-CT), the corrupt US House of Reps passed legislation Friday aimed at preventing the next big financial crisis, ushering in the most sweeping set of changes to the banking regulatory system since the New Deal. The bill, which passed 223-202, imposes more oversight and stronger capital cushions for the largest banks and Wall Street firms. It forces them to pay a total of as much as $150 billion into an emergency fund that could be tapped when a troubled firm needs to be taken over and broken up. IOW: the US Gov't now finally owns all the banks, "lock, stock & barrel". That's why I've withdrawn all my savings, except for $100, and am "protecting it with massive firepower". You have no idea of what's coming, do you? Remember the gas rationing lines of the Carter 80s? Got it, now?
The dumb, ugly, fat pig, Sen. Mary Landrieu (SWEATHOG-LA), told CNSNews.com she would leave it up to the "constitutional lawyers" to explain exactly where Congress gets the constitutional authority to force Americans to buy health insurance, the central mandate in both the Senate and House health care bills. Huh, you dumbass twat? This IS NO US CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY FOR SUCH A MARXIST POWERGRAB, ASSHOLE BITCH!
Yes, Hussein Obama-Lama-Rama-Ding-Dong is a muslim; he's NOT a Christian.
On Sunday President Obama’s top economic adviser, Larry Summers, said the "recession is over." Like the guy who jumps off the Empire State Building...as he passes the 14th floor, he is heard to be yelling, "so far so good!" NO, the recession isn't over; *hyperinflation* is just beginning and then the *real depression* will set-in, bigtime. RINOs, demokkkRAT assholes and liberal morons!
Lowlife, piece-of-criminal-dirtbag, Robert Creamer, convicted felon bank embezzler, author of a prison-written book — “Stand Up Straight. How Progressives Can Win” — is also married to corrupt Illinois Congresswoman Jan Shakowsky (demokkkRAT-BITCH), the ignorant leftist whore-bag-slut, and who hasn’t missed a beat, nor faced any shame, since finishing his sentence. In fact, he's making money as head of his "Strategic Consulting" company. His clients include the AFL-CIO, the United Steelworkers Union, ACORN, SEIU — coincidentally, all contributors to his wife's candidacy and run for reelection in 2010. He hasn’t lost any access to power either. Creamer was an invited guest, along with his wife, at President Barack Obama’s first State Dinner, rubbing elbows with the elite decision makers of Washington. The liberals like him; they really like him. Their names are on his book, with blurbs on how important the book is. David Axelrod and the head of MoveOn.org say it's a great book. Creamer should be stood against a wall... he's a traitor.
Some People Just Need Killing™.
It's not my intention to be the judge here — that's God's "job" — but rather to "hasten the meeting" so that He can send the following subhuman filth to the "Fires of Hell", "River or Lake of Sulphur", or whatever He deems appropriate. I'd gladly/happily volunteer, at no cost to any of my Hard-Working, Fellow US Taxpayers, to gladly/gleefully/happily headshoot these murderous, lowlife dirtbags of all stripes — their skin-color doesn't matter to me, at all — and rid American Society's innocents (especially our precious children and the frail, defenseless elderly) of them, once-and-for-all. And yes, I'd rather see one innocent man convicted and executed, than 10 murderers/robbers/child rapists-murderers freed, to rob, rape and murder again. Hey; call me an "Old Fashioned Conservative"! Too harsh? Nah. Just RIGHT!
Yes, I agree with the premise of this article, that "the death penalty is a Noahic Covenant with God, in a post-flood world". Well said, Joe Farrah.
Yes, subhuman piece-of-shit lowlife dirtbag, Avion Lawson needs killing, not 30-years in prison, for this heinous crime against a mother and her child. Kill the sambo. Zero recidivism!
What does a respectable Michigan dentist do for kicks? Well, once he puts down the drill and local anesthetic, he devotes his time to his collection. And because he's a dentist, his collection covers the wide world of toothpaste — over 1,000 squeezable tubes strong! Dr. Val Kolpakov's Aim is simple: to tell the Close-Up story of Ultra Brite, Panda, Kiss My Face, and other smile-inducing concoctions. All this variety can be dizzying, but the good doctor helps makes some Sensodyne of it. Who knew that Canada, Malaysia, and Israel also packaged their unique brands of fluoride and minty freshness in a variety of colorful tubes and boxes? Or that characters such as Woody Woodpecker, the Care Bears, and Hello Kitty have lent their names to the cause of top-quality teeth. Dr. Val sure does. And I salute him for broadening our oral-care horizons.