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Life is Hard. Wear a Helmet

Virginia State Constitution: Article 1; Section 13
That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

Alabama State Constitution: Article 1: Section 26
That every Citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the State.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My 2013 Year in Review

I never did get the chance to slow down.
In November 2012, I got promoted from running my one plant in MD to running the mid-Atlantic region.
By February 2013, I was moved to the southeast/north region. (Alabama, eastern Mississippi, western Georgia, Florida panhandle)
Now, at the start of 2014, I find my job changing once again. My AOR expands to include all of Georgia and Florida now.
Three job changes in 14 months. Still trying to figure out if that's a good thing. slowing down in 2014 either. It's all about the Benjamins, bitches.

I picked up a great crock-pot recipe. Supposed to be for venison or beef brisket. I never got the chance to try it on venison, but Dayum!, it makes a tasty brisket.

It's in the comments HERE.

Thanks MKL. Whoever you are.

Chris Kyle died.
We'll never really know what happened that day at the range. Only one guy knows for sure, and he ain't sayin' shit.

Last I heard, Eddie Ray Routh's trial had been postponed yet again, but that was back in November. Haven't heard anything about it since.  Old NFO?

In the Spring, we found a new place to live.

I learned great lessons about selflessness and generosity from a fine bunch of internet geeks and right-wing gun nuts.

I can never thank you guys enough.

There was all that other great stuff this year as well:

NSA spying
The end of our space program
George Zimmerman fiasco
IRS targeting political groups
and many more...

2013 will be the year I look back on as the beginning of the American slide into the third world.

See you guys next year...

Monday, December 30, 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday morning sleep-in #74

Toby Keith goes full retard.

The man who's last album was titled "Bullets in the Gun" opens a restaurant in Woodbridge Virginia with a big, fat "No Freedoms Allowed Here" * sign on the door.

Honestly, I think it's not so much a case of douchebaggery as it is an example of plain old left-coast marketing gambit. A bunch of LA-based entrepreneurs are looking to cash in on a Hard Rock Cafe style eating establishment with a, "Hey! Let's go with a Country Music theme!" twist on it.

I can imagine how the board room discussion went.
"Wow! Look how fast those bitter clingers spend their money on shit from that bunch of duck weirdos! 
Can we get them to sell us their name to use on the place? 
Well, find some country music rube who wants some cash..."

Now Toby, who doesn't know shit about the place except when he's scheduled to show up for opening night, gets to take the heat when it turns out it's run by a bunch of Right Thinking People TM.

* And, of course, FoxNews gets it wrong trying to explain Virginia's open/concealed carry laws.

Hat Tip to Wirecutter

Which reminds me I need some range time. This quiet week between the holidays is probably the only chance I'll get for some time.
My job is expanding once again. After New Year's I'll be adding the rest of Georgia and Florida to my empire.

Today, Alabama. Tomorrow, the world.

Inappropriate Humor in 3...2...

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Saturday Morning Coffee #89

I just had my "Holy crap, it's Saturday" moment.

Christmas in the middle of the week really threw me.

Kinda quiet around here this morning. Miss B packed up and headed back to VA this morning, so I'm not starting my day with the usual Nerf-gun shootout.

What's up next?

Oh yeah, New Year's.

You know me. Always looking for an excuse to get tanked up and call my friends late at night.

If I don't have your number, go ahead and email it to me. I don't want anyone to feel left out.
helmet (dot) blog (at) gmail (dot) com

Plenty to do today.
The behemoth Christmas tree needs to come down, along with all the decorations.


Friday, December 27, 2013

I Like My Cabbage Stinky

I lurv me some cabbage. Stinky cabbage.

Most of my cabbage intake is in the form of cole slaw at one of the numerous BBQ joints I haunt throughout Alabama and Georgia, but I do just as well slurping down mushy cabbage with my corned beef and carrots.
I also got hooked on shredded raw cabbage with Thousand-Island dressing. This was served as a side dish to just about every meal I ate in restaurants in Japan. I think they considered it a "salad". Whatever.

With the Christmas ham this year we served:

Nanny Olga's Red Cabbage
Prep time 2.5 hours

1 head of red cabbage, chopped
1 green apple, sliced
2 Tbsp butter
1/3 Cup apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp water
1/4 Cup sugar
2 Tsp salt
1/4 Tsp black pepper
1/4 Tsp ground cloves

Throw the whole lot into a large pot and heat over medium-high heat just until it begins to boil.
Reduce heat to low and cover. Let it simmer on low heat for two hours, stirring occasionally.

An excellent side dish for hams or pork roasts. Also a great pickled cabbage for all you home canners.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

On The Day After Christmas

The lead tank of the 37th Armored Battalion's Company C, the "Cobra King", led the race from the high ground near the village of Clochimont to the besieged town of Bastogne, just five miles away.

Ordered to keep moving at all costs, the Cobra King engaged straight ahead, while the tanks in column behind them engaged any targets they could find to the right and left.

"I used the 75 like it was a machine gun, Murphy was plenty busy throwing in shells. We shot 21 rounds in a few minutes, and I don't know how much machine gun stuff." ~Cpl Milton Dickerman, Main Gunner

"We were going through fast, all guns firing, straight up that road to bust through before they had time to get set." ~1st Lt Charles Boggess, Commander

At 1650 hrs they came across what appeared to be an American unit assaulting a pill box just two miles from the center of Bastogne. Cobra King engaged the pill box and destroyed it in short order.

The American unit they assisted was a combat engineer team from Able Company, 326th AEB, 101st Airborne.

The siege was broken.

1st Lt Charles Boggess
Main Gunner
Cpl Milton Dickerman
Pvt James Murphy
Pvt Hubert Smith
Bow Machine Gunner
Pvt Harold Hafner

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Day

Merry Christmas everyone!

We ended up opening all our gifts on Christmas Eve.
Basically because Mrs B is worse than a 10-year-old when it comes to Christmas.

But, since I'm the early riser, I get to do all the stocking-stuffing this morning.
The stockings have always been my favorite part. We stuff them with silly trinkets and toys that often end up being some of the best parts. Clothes and cameras and DVDs are nice, but deep down, everyone just wants a toy for Christmas.

This year, each stocking has a loaded six-shot Nerf dart pistol sticking out of the top.

Except mine...mine is over here at the dining table by my right hand, as I wait for the rest of my family to rise and wander out here.

I'm betting it will be our daughter who first steps out into the great room. She's always the next one awake. I'll have to be quick. Miss B is no slouch, and she can move hellafast when she wants to.
I figure on two free shots in the first ten feet before she gets cover behind the Christmas tree (these damn Nerf pistols are SAO); then I'll have to unass my chair and start moving to the right to hopefully get in another shot or two before she gets to her stocking and arms herself.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Too much shit going on.

I've been implementing Whimsical Wing's recommendation for a daily task listing, and getting down to the box that contains "Do some blahging." has not been happening much lately.
In accordance with her Bacon Theory of Happiness, I need to get some of my shit done, or no bacon for me.

Go read her husband's blog.

He writes great stuff, including some quality Sci-Fi books, and then some. You should buy.

Speaking of buying, when's The Rising Tide coming out in print? 

I'll be back in a few days.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


I guess I'm still under the weather.

Overslept, and now I'm scrambling.

I hate being ill. It makes me grouchy and downright mean.

That doesn't mean I didn't stop to read Borepatch this morning.

He gets a 'Harumph!' for this one...

"The Congress is, if nothing else, coin operated."


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday morning sleep-in #73

Things that seem like a good idea at first:

Glitter coated wrapping paper.

Now it looks like there was a unicorn orgy in the great room.

I'm going to show up for work tomorrow and my boss is going to see glitter on my clothing somewhere and think I spent Sunday night at a strip joint.

Thank heaven for the wonders of modern medicine:

I've been living on NyQuil for the last two days. There's nothing like sleeping 18 out of 24 hours in a day to help you kick a bad cold.

Inappropriate Humor in 3...2...

This works especially well this time of year while listening to Christmas carols...

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Saturday Morning Coffee #88

I went and got sick.

Fuck me. It's a doozy of a head cold.

Excuse me for a couple days, while I go lie on the couch and fucking die.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ever Laughed So Hard You Cried?

At the hotel, the only morning paper available is USA Today.

Big front-page headline:

Critics say pace of enrollments still lag to reach target of 7M.

Christ on a crutch. Do these people never give up?
Down in the meat of the article, we get a little more truth:

"The government quadrupled it's enrollment numbers from October to November, with 364,682 people signed up"
Yeah, I'd say that's just a bit shy of your 7M goal...

Picture this:

Let's say I told my boss I would make $7,000,000 for him in the first year of my employment.
Two months later I walk into his office and say, "Good news, boss! I quadrupled profits over the last two months! I'm all the way up to $364,682 now!"

Let's see here, 12 months in a year...then add that...carry the two...

My sorry ass would be "pursuing other career opportunities" in a fucking heartbeat.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Giggle Box

Kicked over.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday morning sleep-in #72

Watched Tremors and Tremors 2 last night. I bought the whole 4-movie set for $10. Woot!

Burt Gummer is my hero.

What is this work-life balance that I hear people talk about?

For Murphy's Law.  Glad to hear everything is working out with the new dog...

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saturday Morning Coffee #87

I'm going to head over to Mordor this morning and help those guys out for a bit. They've got a helluva job keeping that place running.



Friday, December 6, 2013

Warrior Poet

From Tam.

I had forgotten for a moment why, once upon a time, I was going to be the world's greatest gun-blogger.

Just a couple more of my favorites.

Man. I owned my first copy of Jacket on a VHS tape. Just remembering that makes me feel kinda old.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Hump Day Rule 5 - Tea Leoni

It's pronounced Tay-yah.    ....(Whatevs)

It's not just her pretty face and exquisite rack that gives me The Wood.

It's that voice.
It has just a touch of whiskey and cigars to it.

Drives me nuts.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sunday morning sleep-in #71

Miss B heads back to school this morning, and I've got to get up to Decatur and get to work.

What? You thought I would take four whole days off of work? Are you kidding?