Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Trying to Squeeze in a Vacation

I have never understood why my vacations take more work, and cause more stress, than I ever get back in a "rest and relaxation return on my investment." I can report though, that while RV ownership is not quite as bad as boat ownership, it seems to be a close second. I have spent almost every free hour in the last week preparing to go "camping" less than an hour from home. That just doesn't seem right.

I am happy to report though that I have many snacks and fermented beverages aboard and I am ready to chillax! At least as much as possible when camping with a little one..

I must also report that the strawberry rhubarb martini was awesome! I forgot to add sugar and I don't believe with the addition of the strawberries it was needed. I added equal parts of both strawberry and rhubarb. Thanks again to North for the idea.

Friday, June 24, 2011

New Favorite Martini

Last week North had a blog which included a recipe for a rhubarb martini. I have always loved rhubarb, so much so, that as a child I would eat it raw whenever I could get my hands on some. I tried the recipe as published and it was perfect. While finishing off the last batch my wife suggested that we add strawberry to the mix, so I stopped by the farmers market for some fresh strawberries and tonight I'll be cookin' up a batch of strawberry rhubarb syrup.

Move over lemon and pomegranate!!

Friday, June 17, 2011


While in Pittsburgh, at the SAF Blog meet hosted by Breda, I met Miko Tempski, Director of Legal Affairs for the Second Amendment Foundation. He asked if SCOPE would be interested in joining an Amicus Brief he was putting together. I of course told him yes and here is the result of all their hard work.

The SAF Press Release


All the Briefs are filed here

And an article I put together for the SCOPE newsletter..

SCOPE Joins SAF Amicus Curiae Brief

On June 13, 2011 SCOPE joined 17 other organizations in signing an Amicus Curiae brief in Peterson v. Garcia, et al., now before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. This brief, filed by the Second Amendment Foundation, supports the plaintiff Gray Peterson, a Resident of the state of Washington, who cannot exercise his right to bear arms in Colorado. Colorado will not issue a permit to non-residents, and does not recognize his Washington or Florida non-resident permits. Colorado does allow open carry but it is prohibited in the city of Denver This leaves no carry option for Mr. Peterson while in Denver, thereby violating his constitutional right to carry a firearm for his protection.

You may wonder how this affects members of SCOPE and why we are involved. If won, this case will allow some form of carry for non-residents while in Colorado, including New York residents. This could result in the nullification of open carry bans, create national reciprocity of carry permits, or may just require all states to issue permits to residents and non-residents alike. Of course none of this is going to happen overnight but it will be another brick in the foundation that is needed to restore our rights.

The Supreme Court, in Heller and McDonald, recognized that the Second Amendment is a fundamental right. While the text of the Second Amendment contains “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,” and the court did go into what that may mean, the question before the court was, “can you ban the ownership and possession of handguns in the home for personal defense?” As most of us know, the courts answer was “No you may not ban handguns in the home!” Peterson v. Garcia could be the case that makes it to the Supreme Court and asks the question, “Can you ban the carrying of arms?” If it does go to the Supreme Court, let’s hope that they are wise enough to answer the question correctly. “No you may not ban the carrying of arms!”

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Plaxico Burress Gone Brady

"Plaxico Burress is now an anti-gun violence kind of guy"
No, if your with the Brady Bunch you are an ANTI GUN Kind of Guy!

I'm sure he will be speaking to many inner city kids with a gang banger culture, and maybe he can do some good, but I sure wish he would have chosen better company. I'm pretty sure that his message won't contain any messages about the benefits of lawful firearms ownership and carry.

I do hope he's at least learned enough to share the virtues of carrying properly.


Felony Charges .... Really?

So now you can be charged with a felony for, well, dressing in a hooded sweatshirt like a teenager wearing latex gloves? Huh??
There was absolutely no crime committed by this "kid". There was no criminal intent, and the only thing that might be some technical violation of law, was entering the girls bathroom. Even that is most likely not illegal if he knocked to verify it was empty before entering..

I have got to stop reading these stories before my blood pressure goes completely off the charts..

Monday, June 13, 2011

New Rules for FBI

So the FBI is going to be operating under new rules. They will be able to go on fishing expeditions, no justification needed, to search through various databases just to see what comes up. Maybe you're some crazy conservative or libertarian who isn't happy with a government that doesn't obey it's own constitution, less it's own laws. OMG he owns a gun too! He must be part of a small cell, or maybe a lone wolf! Better send SWAT! We know we can't just knock on the door to talk to him, he might not hear us ... and not answer. Too sarcastic?

Tweaks eh?
"I would call these minor tweaks based on feedback from agents in the field who began operating under the original DIOG, which was new a couple of years ago. Not sweeping new powers," the FBI said in a statement to Fox News.

Yes minor tweaks are how we have been losing the Republic for a hundred years. What's one more? :-(

There was also one little item that seemed to be missing from the Fox news story that was reported in Newsmax.

One change will tighten the FBI’s rules. The decision to approve sending an informant to a religious service now will have to be authorized by a special agent in the field, rather than be delegated down the chain of command.

Isn't it funny how all of these encroachments on our liberty are done in the name of security and yet they always miss the mark almost purposefully. Our enemy's are mulsim extremists, and the one "tightening of the rules" we get, is the inability to send an agent to a religious service without a special agents authorization. Not give lie detectors, search databases at random, or even administer lie detectors to American Citizens, but the ability to ATTEND a religious service.
Makes you wonder if the muslim brotherhood was involved in these decisions..

Sunday, June 12, 2011

GM CEO Wants a $1/Gallon Tax Increase

I'm just thinking, if you want to see the next Boston Tea Gas Party, just let GM CEO Dan Akerson get his way. Add a $1/gallon tax on gasoline and I think you might just see a flaming party..

I refuse to buy another GM product because of the Government Motors takeover, but this is just icing on the cake!

Friday, June 10, 2011


In a free country, this is how a stalker would become an ex-stalker

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Out of Control Cops/Government

It seems like there has been a never ending flow of stories like this lately. Once again a violent home invasion by ninjas police wanna-be special forces, into a home to serve a warrant, to a non-violent individual.
This crap must stop. This could have very well ended up with someone in that house being shot because they were holding something which the ninja thought was a gun. Maybe a child with a banana?

I don't even know what to tell my little one about police anymore. It's getting to the point where I want to say avoid them at all times. That's sad.

Laura has the story..

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


My wife brought me home a Sake set on her last trip to N.C.

From what I have been able to find the cups are called choko and the ceramic flask is known as a tokkuri. Since I have drank my share, and maybe a few others shares of Sake from these, I thought I should find out what they are actually called. I've always preferred the warmed Sake, although I have found a few varieties that are very good cold.
My understanding is that lower grade Sake is usually warmed, and better grades are enjoyed cold, so I guess that makes me the Richard's Wild Irish Rose drinking equivelent of the Sake world..

Monday, June 6, 2011

My Sunday

The kids jumped on the tramploline while I mowed the county land..

Then I "cleaned" the garage while my little one caught imaginary fish..

I guess it's good to be young. It was nice to see the fishing net get some use though..

Why Won't She Just Go Away?

Yep! It's still GW's fault, and since Pelosi's not in charge anymore the gov't can't create any new jobs.. :-(

Government does not create wealth and should not create jobs for the sake of jobs. I know how to kick-start the economy. Lets cut income tax by 50%, dissolve pretty much any government organization that begins with the Department of, including the ATF. On the state and local end cut the bureaucracies, and start with the school systems so that property taxes can be lowered.

Government does not create employment or wealth..

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Home Invasion - Lessons To Be Learned

This home invasion happened last week and one of the Buffalo TV stations reports "A Chautauqua County man took matters into his own hands when a gunman entered his home." Wow! Really? I feel like I should channel Alan Korwin. What they should have said is "Homeowner/First Responder defends himself, his wife and his home, shoots at intruder."

The post-jouurnal report is much better.

I'm not sure how much more the homeowner could have done to prevent this without just ignoring the door and keeping an eye on what the scumbags were doing. For the most part, people do still answer the door when someone knocks in this area of the state. Too Mayberry-ish? Maybe. I don't know how paranoid I want to seem, but I would like to think something could be learned from this. At least something better than don't open the door for strangers.
I am very curious what the homeowner was carrying for ammo? Glaser Safety Slugs or a Judge with .410 shot. Whatever it was, it seemed to be a very bad choice. Had they been the hopped up on something that took away their "survival instinct" to run away from gunfire, the outcome could have been very  different.