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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / A rather large "projectile"
« on: January 13, 2019, 07:16:29 PM »
I read a blurb late last night about a "Government project" using a tungsten "rod" about the size of a standard telephone pole, and dropped from a bomber from extremely high altitude.  I could not relocate the article.  I do not know when this was experimented with, but the theory was, that it would not need an explosive charge to cause incredible damage, and would be able to penetrate just about ANY concrete bunker.  They said that because of the density of the tungsten, the terminal velocity when dropped from extreme altitude would be over 500 MPH.  I would assume that it would have fins, and perhaps a crude way to steer it slightly with the fins.  I wonder what the Ballistic Coefficent and Sectional Density of a tungsten rod, the size of a telephone pole would be.  If they ever make a few of these for actual use, they should name this beast an "Elmer," in honor of Elmer Keith.  He liked big heavy slugs with a lot of sectional density.  The current group of hyper velocity depleted uranium rod, anti-tank rounds, should be called.... "Roy's."  MM

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I am kind of a dinosaur when it comes to this sort of stuff, but one of my shooting buddy's, sent me this link for rebates on stuff.  He said that now that hunting season is winding down, some companies are offering rebates.  I do not know how to use this, but if it saves someone a few bucks, go for it.  MM
https://promotions.vistaoutdoor.com/

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Somewhere in Oregon, a cowboy was in a Walmart parking lot, with horse no less, and heard a woman scream that someone had just stolen her bike.  He then sees some guy whizz by on a bike, so he mounts his horse, went after him, roped him, tied him up, and then called 911.  It cannot get much better than that.  The clip below, even has some surveillance camera footage showing it.  Give that man some kind of an award.  MM

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In lieu of our Government "shutting down" and Congress "going home," I beg to ask.  They are still going to get paid even though they do not show up; isn't that called a paid vacation.  And also, don't they get a good bit of time off for the holidays anyway.  This entire thing is just smoke and mirrors.  So I looked up just how many days Congress "works."  In 2018, there are/were 261 "work" days, that most of you worked, minus whatever vacation time you got.  Of these 261 work days, in Congress, both the House and the Senate "worked" 121 days each, and the Senate will "work" just a little more, with ten extra days.  So if you figure the BASE salary of a Congressman at $174,000, they are making better than a thousand bucks a day.  Wouldn't any of you like to be able to buy a nice Mark V for every two days you worked.  If you average it out, they "work" three-day work weeks.  But remember all of the other perks they get.  The best healthcare insurance in the world, travel expenses, bribes, "gifts," and some of them are doinking stray interns on the side.  And for the past two years, all that about half of them did, was to try to thwart our President and criticize him constantly.  Nancy Pelosi, as Speaker, will get $223,500, and for doing what:  Babbling incoherently, and disparaging our President.  And then they get most all of this as part of their retirement plan.  I think that this is just disgraceful.  Most of us have busted our butts for most of our lives, and then people like D'Sh'Leekqua Jackson Lee, Mad Max, Al Green, and now Alexandria Occasio Cortez, ALL as dumb and lazy as a flattened out possum on the highway, are making over a thousand dollars a day, to do just about nothing, except smile for the cameras, waste OUR money, and denigrate our Country.  Terminator, you should run for Congress, and then buy a new Weatherby every other day, for one of us.  And get one of your "donors" to put all of us on Weatherby Nation, on a one-week trophy white-tail hunt in South Texas, for free.  MM
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/29/heres-how-many-days-congress-will-spend-away-from-the-office-in-2018.html

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Almost Fatal Hog Story
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:22:49 PM »
My Maternal Grandfather put the fear of pigs in me at an early age.  He had raised pigs for slaughter all his life.  That's how a poor farmer like him was able to feed my Mother and her eight siblings.  Anyway, when I was four or five and starting to wander from his farmhouse, he FORBID me to even think about going close to his hog pen.  It was an old still sturdy wooden rail fenced area, that had a couple of pigs in it.  "If you get in that pen, they will eat you up, clothes and all, and we won't even know what happened to you."  Even my older teen-aged cousins were forbidden to go down there, let alone sit on the rail fence to watch them, for the possibility of falling in the pen.  Grandpa spoke almost with the authority of God, so we heeded his warnings.  Anyway, a lady friend of mine had some cousins move into our rural area a couple of years ago from Houston; city people.  I may have met them once.  Their new rural place had a couple acres of land, and they soon acquired a few animals, including a "darling" little orphaned piglet.  Not one of those Chinese miniature pigs, but a plain old pig.  That became the pet of the teenage female cousin.  He is now a full grown boar with tusks.  When I heard that the young gal was still going in the pen with him and petting him and stuff, I told my lady friend, that that was a disaster waiting to happen.  I do not know if you believe this or not, but I think that ALL males of any animal species, know when there is a female of any animal species, that is "in heat."  I think that it is simple biology, having witnessed it countless times with my male dogs and human females I have had around.  Well, the disaster happened yesterday.  The teenage gal went in the pen to feed the boar, and he went after her.  She was lucky she got out of the pen alive.  He stuck a tusk in her calf, and severed an artery.  Her Mother had nursing experience and contained the bleeding till the medics got there.  The way I understood it, they "stapled" the artery shut, and got her to the ER, where everything was fixed up.  She has a bunch of stitches, but is fine.  I assume that the pig met his demise when the Father got home, if he knew how to shoot it.  I have heard similar stories of people having "pet" deer and "pet" coons, that end up tearing things up.  I do not "fear" animals, but I have a big amount of respect for them.  If they are over fifty pounds, I give them their space, and I am always on guard.  If they are a "mamma" with little ones, no matter the size, I give them their space.  MM



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If I would have had more information earlier, I would have posted this on her birthday, November 22.  I had heard the story of "a woman" that donated her hair for the Norden Bomb sight during WWII, but never knew her name, or anything about her story, until someone told me about her today.  The Army had tried all manner of strands of stuff for developing the cross-hairs for the Norden Bomb Sight, and finally concluded that they needed blonde hair strands at least 22 inches long, that had never been touched by dye or chemicals, or a curling iron.  They put ads out in newspapers seeking this for the "war effort" for "meteorological instruments."  A young gal from Colorado named Mary Babnik Brown had knee length hair that she had never even cut.  She answered the ad, and the Army got it from her.  They offered to pay her in war stamps, but she refused, saying, it was what she wanted to do for the War effort.  She never knew that her hair was used in the Norden Bomb Sight until her final years.  The Norden Bomb Sight was a game winner for our "Daylight Precision Bombing" campaign in both theaters of the War.  President Ronald Reagan sent her an official commendation on her 80th birthday.  The Air Force Academy had a special celebration in her honor around that time as well.  I think it is a cool story.  MM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Babnik_Brown


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As previously posted, by constant and dearly loved Pal, Reeses came up with a low-positive test for heart-worms at his check-up last month, due to my ineptness.  I then had to do the one month protocol of pills for him, and then took him in for his first "big" shot yesterday morning at 7 A.M.  They kept him for observation throughout the day and night, and he took another big shot this morning.  I picked him up this afternoon.  He looked whupped; and then he saw me, somewhat wagging his tail, with those big brown eyes saying, "Let's get me the hell out of this damn place."  Got him home, gave him a chew stick, and then he jumped on my bed.  I usually do not let him stay on the bed, but I just did not have the heart to ask him off at this time.  He has been on it now for about three hours, "in recovery" I guess.    They had mentioned "soft food" for tonight.  I saved him some left over Thanksgiving Day dressing with giblet gravy; that is "soft food" wouldn't you say.  And I saved him a empty not washed container of homemade beef stew for him to lick out.  That should be somewhat of "reparations" for what he had to go through.  Just the thought of those "deep" shots makes me squirm.  I'd rather shoot a box of .378 Weatherby rounds in a lightweight mountain rifle, than take a deep muscle injection.  I am just supposed to keep him reasonably inactive for a while, and hopefully there will be no issues with dead heart-worms clogging up any arteries.  I TRULY appreciated the PM and all of the other very kind postings from y'all about his welfare.  Last night was one lonely night around here without him following me around.  Even the cat was looking for him.  What would be do without our "best friends."  Thanks again.  MM

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Wouldn't y'all have loved to have seen Trump duke out that brat from CNN the other day.  I think that Trump was about ready to.  Even though the player that came after Nolan Ryan, Robin Ventura, had a successful baseball career after this, he NEVER lived down, that moment that Ryan popped him about six times in the head.  If you go to the 5:11 point in the clip, they have a better angle of the dukeing, in slow motion.  MM

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Paradise, CA fire
« on: November 14, 2018, 11:04:27 PM »
A friend of mine in Paradise, CA, just got word to me the other day, that she lost everything in the fire.  She said that it was amazing on how fast it was moving.  All she saved besides herself, were her dog and one of her cats.  The second cat went into "cat-panic" mode, and she could not catch it.  AND I think she said that she piled four neighbors in her vehicle also, that did not have immediate transportation.  She said that they were only MINUTES away from getting out alive. She said it reminded her of the "Burning Of Atlanta" scene in Gone With The Wind.  She also said that the volunteers, and donations coming in was amazing as well.  Mountains of donated clothing, feed companies sending in big trucks full of all manner of animal feed.  Big box stores sending in trucks with essential stuff.  This is exactly what I saw after our flood last year.  It is a shame that the Mainstream Media doesn't report MORE about the GOODNESS and generosity of so many Americans AND American companies in times like this.  She is safe, and in the home of a friend.  They have not yet been let back into their area, but I fear, they will find just about nothing left.  At least with our flood, I still had a house standing, and got some things moved upstairs.  MM

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This is a GREAT story about the efforts of a few groups and A BUNCH of hunters in Georgia, with trying to help the hungry.  There is a similar program here in Texas, and I bet in a bunch of other States.  It always boils down to, the various groups that are always denigrated, talked bad about, are "the deporables," "rednecks,"... always seem to be the ones that are actually trying to help people.  You never see the groups with the biggest protest signs, and the most arrogant mouths, ever do much of anything to help their fellow man.  MM
https://www.macon.com/news/special-reports/food-story/article221025890.html

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Officer down in our little town
« on: November 03, 2018, 03:24:54 PM »
A really good, decent young Sheriff's Deputy took a frontal blast from a shotgun while trying to apprehend a suspect this past Thursday night.  He shares the same last name as I have, but is not closely related to me.  This is the first officer that I can remember ever taking a hit in our community, in my fifty-eight years.  He was wearing his duty vest, and that saved his life, but many pellets hit him in the head.  He has lost one eye, and may lose the other.  He is in critical but stable condition in Austin.  He is a single Dad with three young girls, and is engaged to get remarried.  It is so sad.  And the POS perp was wanted on sexual assault charges, not what I would think is worthy of trying to kill a Sheriff's Deputy over.  When I grew up, we had an "old West styled" Sheriff, "Sheriff Jim."  If this had happened back then, I would think that somehow, the perp would have "died at the scene."

Our town is not a "Mayberry," but it is a decent small town.  Most of our crime is related to people passing through between Houston and Austin, and Houston and San Antonio.  Things sure have changed.  MM 

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I thought that this was interesting.  It covers really basic stuff at first, that y'all may all know already., so the first several minutes are a little boring.  He did explain why case separations happen where they do.  I new that they always happen in that certain area of a case, but I did not know why.
 The two guns that blew were crummy Italian rifles, both blowing with shells from the same box of ammo.  HE thought that THAT was rather suspect right off of the bat, shitty surplus ammo.  He also explained that although these were not robust actions anyway, they still deflected the gases enough to keep the blow up from killing the person firing them.  I am going to see if he has some other pertinent videos on more modern guns.  He has a dry sense of humor.  MM

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As I gather from most all previous posts on this board, we all LOVE AND RESPECT our dogs.  I however let my dog, Reeses, down.  During all of this flood debacle of the past year, rebuilding the house etc., I let his heart-worm medicine monthly dose slide for about four months.  I just did not get it done.  At his checkup Friday, he shows a "low-positive" for heart-worms.  I am SO disgusted with myself.  I can try to make excuses, but the bottom line is; I f'ed up, and let him down.  The Vet offered two different treatment options; expensive, and more expensive.  I went for the more expensive one.  I will find the money.  She is a young Vet, just a couple years out of Vet School, so I am sure that she is up to date on the best treatments.  I started him on daily steroids, and antibiotics, and a heart-worm pill to kill the larvae, and then he goes in for the "big shot" in a month.  I think there are a couple more after that.  I think that they are "deep muscle" shots that will cause him pain.  THAT will hurt me as well.  I will find the money.  I owe him that.  Throughout this flood and aftermath, he was the ONLY entity by my side through it all.  He slept by me in the tent; he slept by me in the freezing garage throughout the Winter.  He is a better "person" to me, than most persons are.  I have been so upset since Friday, and he knows I am upset.  So HE is trying to comfort ME.  I feel like such an ass.  The Vet said that since he is a low positive, everything should work out well; he is a strong dog, perfect health otherwise.  He is a Catahoula, so he is rather robust.  Only five years old.  So I am optimistic at least, but it did not have to happen.  The Vet said that with the flood, there is stagnant water everywhere still, and the mosquitoes are EVERYWHERE.  But the blame is all mine.  Do not let this happen to your dog.  Beg, borrow, or do something, to make sure if you are in a high heart-worm area, that you get your dogs their necessary preventative medicines.  MM

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This was posted as a "Darwin Award" story.  But I do not think that this story is true; In my almost forty five years of redneck auto repair, I have never heard that you can use a .22 cartridge as a fuse replacement, and I do not have an older vehicle to try it out on.  And if it were possible, I certainly would not put a live round in the fuse holder; only an empty cartridge case.    BUT, the story is funny anyway.  I wonder if the fellows in the story are any kin to Bill Clinton.  MM

[Arkansas Democrat Gazette]:
Two local men were injured when their pickup truck left the road and struck a tree near Cotton Patch on State Highway 38 early Monday. Woodruff County deputy Dovey Snyder reported the accident shortly after midnight Monday. Thurston Poole, 33, of Des Arc, and Billy Ray Wallis, 38, of Little Rock, were returning to Des Arc after a frog-catching trip. On an overcast Sunday night, Poole 's pickup truck headlights malfunctioned.
 
The two men concluded that the headlight fuse on the older-model truck had burned out. As a replacement fuse was not available, Wallis noticed that the .22 caliber bullets from his pistol fit perfectly into the fuse box next to the steering-wheel column. Upon inserting the bullet the headlights again began to operate properly, and the two men proceeded on eastbound toward the White River Bridge .
 
After traveling approximately 20 miles, and just before crossing the river, the bullet apparently overheated, discharged and struck Poole in the testicles. The vehicle swerved sharply right, exited the pavement, and struck a tree. Poole suffered only minor cuts and abrasions from the accident but will require extensive surgery to repair the damage to his testicles, which will never operate as intended.
Wallis sustained a broken clavicle and was treated and released. "Thank God we weren't on that bridge when Thurston shot his balls off, or we might be dead," stated Wallis.  "I've been a trooper for 10 years in this part of the world, but this is a first for me. I can't believe that those two would admit how this accident happened," said Snyder.
Upon being notified of the wreck, Lavinia ( Poole 's wife) asked how many frogs the boys had caught and did anyone get them from the truck? Though Poole and Wallis did not die as a result of their misadventure as normally required by Darwin Award Official Rules, it can be argued that Poole did in fact effectively remove himself from the gene pool.

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Unfortunately, I was not able to attend, but a dear, like minded friend of mine here in La Grange was able to.  Here is what she had to say.  I also wonder what the Fake News will say tomorrow.  It appears, that Cruz will get a few votes in Houston. 

Just got home about 20 minutes ago from Houston.    What a rally.   All those people for 1 reason...no, 2.  For Cruz.  And for Trump.   Only 3 people were helped to the door...we saw one in hand-cuffs...but that did not stop any one or anything...no one missed a beat..except for those being shown the door, or an awaiting patrol car.    Just think, 100,000 tried to get tickets, and 16,500+ got in...and 15,000 were outside...security was tight and very polite...from Secret Service, DPS, HPD, Constables, military of several branches...and those on horse back...we were polite to them....and thanked them....ONE big, fat, globby, Hispanic yelling woman, holding a Beto sign after the event..  wanted to know why we were all so stupid... as to go along with Trump.... we just kept walking...she had maybe 5 fans standing by her.....otherwise, I did not see or hear ANY protesters.  We walked to the car about 4 blocks away... Without any problem....police were on duty that far away from the event...some police had Camo on...and big guns...           It was a wonderful evening...hopefully we can do this again...and we can show Trump another big Texas welcome.   Good seats, across the stadium from him......we were with Miranda and Mike Sch****ch.  He is a real character..and was interviewed by NPR, and was seen on several TV news programs, and I saw an Austin TV station, and a Houston TV station.        Lots and lots of news media, from all over the world!  As we left, a man from Germany was giving a talk, for some station....he was speaking Deutsche.

Sounds like it was a rather civilized event, since the UNcivilized hater types were scarce.    Let us ALL hope that we can continue to Make America Great Again.  MM

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