Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday morning giggle-snort

This popped-up in my Facebook feed last night, and almost made me blow water out of my nose.

The folks making the video are Polenar Tactical, apparently a group of lads out of Slovenia, and they  appear to not only have a wicked sense of humour, but also fairly level heads.

The video has some Bad Words Graphics in it, so you might not want to play it where the sprogs can see the screen.


Sunday, February 28, 2016


I consider voting to be my ticket to complain about the government and the state of the nation in general.

Understand that I don't hold anyone else to this standard, but I -- personally -- feel guilty whinging about how the country is going to Hel in a handbasket, without having voted.

This year, though ... bloody damnation.

Texas has early voting, so I hie'd meself down to the courthouse and spent a great deal of time staring at my choices in the Republican primary.

As near as I can tell, the 2016 election is going to be based mostly upon which candidate wears the bigger clown-shoes.

On the Republican side, looks like Donald "Weathervane" Trump is the man to beat.

On the Democrat side, it's a dead heat between Hillary "Why Haven't I Been Indicted Yet" Clinton and Bernie "Economics is a Latin Word Meaning 'Free Stuff'" Sanders.

Kee Riced All My Tea.

The next four years are really going to be interesting -- for Chinese values of the word "interesting".



Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Nice going, Tofu Breath

It is with absolutely no surprise that at breakfast this morning, Peter informed us of the "Cecil Effect", which is simply a Social Media-friendly iteration of the "Law of Unintended Consequences".

For those Gentle Readers who may have been living under a rock, last July an American hunter thumped a lion in Zimbabwe -- legally.  The international media must have been short of neurologically-room-temperature reality stars that day, and turned this fairly routine killing into an ecological frenzy.

It is safe to say that out of 10,000 Zimbabweans, 9,999 of them had not one clue regarding the life of this lion -- and frankly, did not care.  This did not stop the media from deciding that this lion was obviously beloved by all, and the Twitter Twinkies lost their ever-loving minds.

Rallies were held!  Speeches were made!  T-shirts were sold! Petitions signed!  Appropriate hate directed!  Knee-jerk laws passed!


Fast-forward seven months -- about two months longer than I had thought, truth be told -- and this morning we learn that one concrete consequence of all of the knee-jerk bushwa restrictions is that about 200 lions are probably going to have to be culled, because the furry great bastards are eating the game preserve out of house and home.

As a child of Africa I'd like to point out a gritty reality that the Mainstream Medi and the Twitter Twinkies are going to be deep in denial over:

It costs about $USD50,000 to buy a tag for a lion in Zimbabwe -- that (stable) money goes to Zimbabwe.

Every hunter who buys a tag for a lion must stay somewhere in Zimbabwe -- and lodging costs money, which stays in Zimbabwe.

Every hunter who buys a tag for a lion must eat during his stay -- and food costs money (which stays in Zimbabwe).

Knick-knacks, souveniers, tchotchkes, trinkets, gifts for friends and family back home, and other mementos of a trip to Africa would be purchased.  Money which doesn't go back State-side.

We won't even discuss tips and bribes, other than to say ... it's Africa.  Tips and bribes will be significant.


As a mental exercise, let us take fifty thousand US dollars (plus all the other money, noted above), multiply that number by two hundred lions, and see how much money the bunny-huggers and the spine-less, knee-jerk politicians and bureaucrats have kept out of the mouths of starving Zimbabweans and the game reserve.

That's right, Tofu Breath:  those game parks you're dotting your cupcakes over?  A large percentage of their budget and operating capital comes right out of the wallets of hunters.

In one fell swoop -- over one idiot furry predator -- you've not only managed to take the food right out of the mouths of the families that have come to rely upon it, but you've also managed to make a significant dent in the operating capital of the park itself.

On top of being forced to kill 200 lions -- for free.

Well done, old chaps.  Jolly well done.


This is what happens when people whose entire knowledge of the subject comes from a grotty Disney version of Hamlet (with dancing hippos, and singing giraffes!); these Disney-sotted simpletons decide that this gives them insight into a complex situation in a complex country on the other side of the world, and throw a monumental hissy-fit until Someone Has Done Something, and be damned to the consequences.

While this sort of idiocy does win up hurting someone -- the eco-bullying, patchouli-reeking Twitter Twinkies, sitting smugly in their parent's basement never really get to feel the consequences of their brief shining moment of Social!  Justice!  For!  Cecil!  Yeah!


Sod 'em all.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Well, drat

So far, 2016 has not been kind to Your Humble Scribe.  January was the Retinal Vein Occlusion; February debuted My First Kidney Stone.

Yay.  Let us not ever do that again.

We have, however, learned that I am still a lightweight when it comes to narcotics.  0.5 mg of dihydromorphinone via IV puts me right to sleep.

Hopefully we're getting all the medical stuff out of the way early in the year.

In other news, Judge Antonin Scalia has Passed On.  Since Judge Scalia was 79, had a bad heart, and had spent the previous day hunting quail in West Texas ... this is not a surprise.

The surprise, though, was the political donnybrook that immediately broke out.  Whoo. Looked a lot like jackals fighting over the corpse of a lion.

And while both sides did absolutely nothing to bring honour upon themselves, I have to say that the level of hypocrisy shown by the Democrats has been awe-inspiring.

And by "awe-inspiring" I mean they managed to gob-smack me on two different levels.

First:  Listen, guys.  You can't bawl like a kicked pup when the other team does unto you what you've already done unto them.  Sauce for the goose really is sauce for the gander.  Suck it up.

Second:  I've never seen the Democrat philosophy regarding the Constitution so clearly displayed.  When it comes to gun control, or immigration, or a Supreme Court nomination by a Republican president, the Constitution is "out-dated", and should be considered a "living document" that provides "guidelines" for government.

Yet, when it comes to this, the Constitution is a "sacred document" which should be "followed to the last jot and tittle".


It's one or the other, children.  Make up your tiny little minds.

I'm off to the retina doctor. See y'all around.


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Out-of-context theatre

PhlegmFest is in full-swing.

As per the usual, we have met at the Bugscuffle Café for breakfast.  The things one hears during lulls in the conversation are ... odd:

Ambulance Driver (of course):  "And then we rolled him over and pulled the sheet out of his [deleted]."

Random female voice:  "Yes, but prostitution has been preserving marriage for, like, forever."

"I'm sorry, but I seem to have put my finger all over your wriggly bacon."

And in the background you have Phlegmmy, Jenn, and Christina doing opera renditions of "It's Hard To Be A Pimp", "They See Me "Rollin'", and other -- non-opera -- songs.

Sometimes I wonder why we usually get a dining room to ourselves, and then I realize that it's out of sheer self-preservation on the part of the café management.



Friday, February 12, 2016

I really must learn to keep my mouth shut

When I was growing up, "bint" was a British slang word for a girl.

It is a loan-word from Arabic, where it is a patronym for "daughter" in the same way that "bin" is for "son".  "Azadeh bint Suleiman" would be "Azadeh, daughter of Suleiman".

In the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail there is a scene where King Arthur is explaining to a group of peasants that he is King of Britain because the Lady of the Lake gave him Excalibur.

Which leads to an unruly peasant making the classic statement:  "Oh, but if I went 'round saying I was Emperor just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away!"


Fast-forward to last week.  I am looking for a certain box of widgets that aren't where they're supposed to be, and during the search I am asked by an officer as to which candidate I intend to cast my vote for in the up-coming Presidential election.

I answer something along the lines of:  "Personally, I'm all for finding out who the moistened bint lobbed the scimitar at and give him the keys to the Oval Office."




I have found my campaign this year.


Monday, February 08, 2016


One of the latest trends in socio-political engineering that I am noticing is the "Returning American Ex-pat" article.

I have noticed several of these little jewels pop-up in various social media, to the point where I could probably put together a bingo card of their high-points.

These articles usually -- allegedly -- written by Young Americans, who have just returned from living in Europe.  Northern Europe, to be precise.

The last one I skimmed, the writer had come back to the United States from Norway, before that was Denmark, and Sweden.  I think the most southerly European nation these sub-set of articles referenced was Switzerland.

Anyhoo, these articles usually start off with the writer describing moving to whichever Nordic country they chose and the culture shock they experienced when they arrived.

This culture shock, they will explain, is from the shorter work-week of this country, followed by mention of the mandatory vacation days.  Soon thereafter comes the extolling of the country's universal health care, free education, and various and sundry "social safety nets".

They then mention their looking into this miracle, gloss quickly over the "government runs EVERYTHING" point, and describe how the richest entities happily pay "their fair share".

The latest articles wax eloquent about how the heroic government keeps the banks and corporations from profiting off of anyone, and how there are no poor people there.

Matter-of-fact, the last one I read -- she had just come back from Norway -- hit heavily on the "responsible capitalism".  That being "capitalism" under the complete and total control of the government and the national unions.

The articles then end up with the author describing their return to the United States of America, and how -- compared to the Nordic Model paradise they had just left -- the United States is a third world nation.


Two points immediately come to mind when I see one of these thinly-veiled propaganda pieces.

Point One:  Why is the author still State-side?  If Norway, or Sweden, or Denmark, or Iceland, or wherethehellever is so much better than here -- emigrate.  Pull up stakes and get gone permanently.  Vamoose.  Shoo.  Scram.  "Delta is ready when you are."

Why. Did. You. Come. Back? Seriously?

If the U.S. is so bad that you have to drip existential angst all over the Internet at the thought of the place you just left, you owe it to your mental health, your karma (and probably your credit score) to surrender your US citizenship and go back.

Second:I was raised in third world countries.  I grew up in Africa; hit puberty in the Middle East.  I have scars, nightmares, and a medical file more than a metre thick (No, I'm not exaggerating.  Hell, the "parasite infestation" part of my medical file is four fingers deep) that attests to the fact that I have a thorough, intimate knowledge of the third world.

And, pookie, if you think that the United States of America is "like a third world nation" then you either need to actually -- you know -- go to a genuine third world country; or you need your headspace and timing re-adjusted.

I'm not sure what irritates me the most about these articles:  That they're such an obvious and clumsy bit of socio-political engineering propaganda; or that no matter how clumsy they are, people or going to take them at face value -- right down to the "America is a third world nation" part.



Sunday, February 07, 2016

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Well, that was festive

Back in the late 90s, I was on my first night patrol after having just gotten back from a gun class out of State.  Along about 0500 Dispatch called, "Dispatch, Car 12."

The 0500 calls are always interesting, so I admit to some anticipation, "Go ahead."

"1100 Possum Drive, 911 call, report of a possible prowler."

I sighed.  1100 Possum Drive was a nice, middle-aged lady divorcee who called in a prowler about three times a week.  Said prowler always being brush rubbing the siding on her house, or a cat, or the wind.

"10-4, en route."

I pulled up in front of the residence, and I can see the Reporting Party in the bay window, still clutching her cordless phone, and pointing frantically to the back of the house.

I admit to a well-concealed sigh, waved at her, and then began making my way around the outside of the house, no doubt to spend several minutes peering into the dark.

Imagine my surprise when I turned the back corner into the backyard and came nose to snout with a bloody huge feral hog.  I remember well -- in the middle of that startle-response adrenaline dump -- seeing the bristles fly up on his chest.  Kind of like he had just gotten centre-punched with a Winchester 127-grain +P+ 9mm.  Like the kind I carried in my P7.

And I realize that I was standing in a text-book perfect speed-rock position.

I had just enough time to mentally pat myself on the back, and then the hog (metaphorically-speaking) looked down at the hole in his chest, said (again, metaphorically-speaking), "Oh, you [deleted]", and then headed my way with the obvious intention of adjusting my buttock-to-shoulder-blade ratio.

Not being entirely gormless, my body (not currently admiring the shot that started this whole episode) spun, took two steps, and flung me at the lower limbs of the nearest mesquite tree ... about those two steps ahead of the enraged pig.

So.  There I am, hanging like a panicked sloth from the lower limbs by one ankle, one hand, and one wrist, while a Paleolithic-class hog stands below, loudly opining as to my ancestry and sexual proclivities, and daring me to come down.

Yeah, that's not happening.  Unfortunately, my current suspended position means I can't get another shot off at the hog without winding up down on terra firma with said ambulatory chop -- with him at a decided advantage.

Worse, during the mad sprint for the tree, I seem to have dropped my walkie-talkie.

I resign myself to not going anywhere for a while.  A sentiment obviously shared by Senor Puerco.

A lot longer later than I felt was absolutely necessary, I hear the sound of a DPS cruiser pull up outside.  At last, think I, back-up.  And not before time.

Indeed, back-up soon showed itself cautiously around the corner in the form of the DPS trooper assigned to our wee town.  He scans the back-yard with his torch -- passing over me the first time, I might add -- before the beam settled on the hog.  It then panned up.

There were snorting noises that I suspect may have been an attempt to conceal mirth.  Not a very good attempt, but at least he tried.

"Shot the hog, didn't you?"

I snarled something that may have been less than courteous, but I plead long-term discomfort.

"I told you that dinky little 9mm wasn't any good, didn't I?"

I was attempting some form of come-back, when I hear the bark of a Texas DPS-issued Sig P220, and the .45 ACP round smacks the hog right behind the foreleg.

I know this, because I had a unique perspective on the second bristle spray of the morning.  Which led the hog to announce -- at the top of his porcine lungs -- "You want a piece of me, too?"

And I watch the DPS trooper scramble to the top of an ancient outhouse with the alacrity and grace of a scalded-arsed ape.

"Nice shot, Tex" I snark from the comfort of my mesquite tree.

"Damn," replied that worthy, "That's a big hog."

I cast a sneer in his general direction, "Why don't you thump it a couple of more times?"

Long pause.


"Well", I snarl, twisting a bit, "I not in any position to do anything about this, so it's pretty much up to you."

The hog sends a grunt my way, letting me know I haven't been forgotten.

This pause is longer.  Oh, for the love of ... "You dropped your bangstick, didn't you?"

"I had something on my mind!" There's another pause, contemplative this time, "I've got my .32 backup."

I can feel a facial tic developing.

This goes on until the sun rises, the hog trots off (with a firmly-cocked snook in our general direction), the trooper and I climb down and solemnly swear to never speak of this again.

Fast-forward about a year, and I'm in Dispatch when the local Game Warden staggers in, and heads for the coffee-pot with the same sort of intensity that a man three days under the Sahara sun heads for an oasis. 

"You okay, Harry? I ask, slightly concerned.

"[Deleted] monster hog out by the T bar S," he mutters from around a soothing mug, "Took three rounds from my .450 Marlin.  Didn't think the [deleted] was ever going to go down."

I'm mildly impressed.  "Damn."

"Checked him over, found this under the skin on his chest." He displays a perfectly-mushroomed Winchester Ranger bullet.  Probably about 127 grains, were I to guess, "Some damfool moron shot him with a 9mm sometime.  Can you imagine that?  Idiot.  Some people shouldn't be let out without a minder."



Friday, February 05, 2016

Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp ... oh, wait.

My office at the Courthouse has no windows.  For that matter, none of the halls on the entire floor of the Courthouse where I am located have windows.

Thus, I didn't think it was too altogether odd when I walked past a window in someone else's office, and the after-image from the bright Texas sky took almost 40 minutes longer to clear my left eye than it did the right.

At first I figured that the lack of sunlight in my office had triggered some latent Morlock genes, but then I noticed that my field of vision when both eyes were open was ... odd.

When I covered one eye -- didn't matter which one -- my vision was fine.  It was just when both eyes were open that something undefinable was wrong.

This was enough, and I hie'd myself over to my local ophthalmologist for a professional opinion.

Now, the local place is pretty high-tech, and the County optical plan is rather good, so they did the full work-up on me; and I'm sitting in the exam room when the doctor walks in.  He's one of those chatty types, and we're having a nice talk up until the following point:

"Well, Mr 'Dog," he says, glancing at a three-dimensional picture of the back of my eyeball, "I'm willing to bet from the symptoms that what you have is an optical migraine.  We're not exactly ... sure ..."

And his sentence just kind of stops right there, with him blinking furiously at the afore-mentioned three-dee picture.

Long pause.

"Doc?" I ask, rather firmly, I do admit.

"... Wow."

I'm here to tell you:  this is not the kind of thing you want to hear from a medical professional.  Kind of sends the old heart rate up a bit.

Next thing I know, the doctor has leapt at me like a leopard on a gazelle, and spends the next fifteen minutes staring intently into my eyes through what looked like a jeweler's loupe and with the aid of what felt like a 5000-lumen flashlight, all the while muttering excitedly to himself.

The denouement of this whole wretched performance was when he turned off the flashlight, and sat back with an expectant air ... and I discovered that I was completely blind in my left eye.

"Doc," I said, with what I believe to have been commendable restraint, "I can't see anything out of my left eye."


The rapid sound of clicking on a keyboard.

"Doctor.  I have several weapons on my person, and you have just blinded me."

The startlement in his voice is almost palpable.  "Oh!  I'm sorry!  It's just that I've never seen this in progress before!  I don't think anyone has!  We only see it after the train wrecks ... so to speak!"


He finally explains, phone calls are made and I am scheduled to see a retina specialist first thing in the AM.

Next day my Lady Love is helping me from station to station in an even more high-tech office, until I wind up lying in a futuristic recliner when the retina doc walks in and shakes my hand.

"Well, I've got good news and bad news."

I sigh, "Well, what's the bad news?"

He grins, "You're getting an injection in your eye."

Well, hell.

"Ok, what's the good news?"

He points at my sweetheart, "She's not going to feel a thing!"

Not to be outdone, Herself asks, "How many shots have you had in the eye?"

"None!  Never had a baby, either, but I've delivered a bunch!"

Hyuk.  Hyuk.  Hyuk.

For the record, getting a shot in the eyeball is every bit as bad as you might think it is.


Back to see the retina guy next week.



postscript:  My bad, I left something out.  Turns out it wasn't an optical migraine, it was a developing Retinal Vein Occlusion, which -- from various reactions -- is Not Good after it's full-blown (so to speak), but entirely treatable, with excellent prognosis, if caught early.

Mine wasn't just caught early, it was caught while still developing.  Which apparently doesn't ever happen in  my neck of the woods.


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Meditations on the Constitution

"The Constitution is a living document" is a phrase I have been hearing more and more since the Other Side has been losing in the Courts.

Most often associated with the Clintons, Al Gore --and now the Obama Administration -- the "Living Constitution" or "Evolving Constitution" is a philosophy that demands that we read the Constitution of the United States according to a socially-generalized modern viewpoint, rather than the interpretation the writers of that document used.

I see that I have lost some of my Gentle Readers. Allow me to illustrate.

In the Second Amendment, mention is made of "the Militia". In the time that the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, "the Militia" was every free man capable of bearing arms. Every one.

(As a point of fact, modern Federal Law mirrors this view in its own definitions: US Code, Title 10, Chapter 13, Sec 311:

"The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.")

To a proponent of the Living Constitution, though, this doesn't matter. To their way of thinking, "the militia" -- indeed the entire document -- must be read according to today's popular sensibilities.

So, where the Founding Fathers defined "militia" as "every free man capable of bearing arms"; and the current Federal Government defines "militia" as "all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and under 45 years of age"; the proponent of the Living Constitution defines "militia" as the National Guard.

The reasoning for this is, near as I can tell, that the socially-generalized modern interpretation (read:  Public Opinion) holds that the "militia" is the National Guard, then the intent of the Founding Fathers, Federal Law, and precedent be damned ... "the militia" in the Second Amendment obviously must be the National Guard. Because the majority of Joe Sixpack thinks so.

I have a couple of problems with this way of reading the Constitution.

The Constitution was written by a group of men who were incredibly well-read, well-educated, and well-versed in Law, Logic, History and Philosophy. These men are spoken of as being intelligent, but their intelligence was based upon logic, upon application and upon discourse, rather than upon rote.

So. On one paw you have a group of men who wrote articles and books which are read to this very day, who invented items and pioneered philosophies which influence our lives every day;

And on the other you have Modern American Society ... which thinks that 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' is the height of entertainment; who can't find Hungary on a map with the sodding Latitude and Longitude right under their noses; who believe that the President of the United States has the power to unilaterally balance the Federal Budget -- and who consistently rank the public travails of a white-trash pop-tart walking train-wreck as being, like, sooooo much more interesting than those boring old laws passing through Congress.  People who have spent -- nay, wasted -- their childhood in the American Public Education System, where they are taught what to think, rather than how to think.

Oh, the choices. Do I base my government on the bedrock laid by such men as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and others -- or do I base my government on a modern reinterpretation by a society which appears to value "self-esteem" as being far more important than, you know ... earning that self-esteem.


Bear this in mind, O Gentle Reader, during the current game of Political Handegg (which is -- metaphorically-speaking, what the American Election Process has evolved into):  any candidate who believes in, or mentions "Living Constitution" or "Evolving Constitution" seriously believes that the Founders of this Great Nation (and the writers of the bedrock of this Great Nation) were wrong; and that the Mob (Honey Boo-Boo, anyone?) are right.


Vote accordingly.


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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Not much more that I can say to that ...

Intake officer gives me a call from the Intake section and I scoot on over there.

Seems an elderly gentleman has arrived in our jail by way of the local Municipal Court. 70 years old -- plus or minus -- and has exactly zero criminal or traffic record of any kind.

I look at this gentleman -- eyes clear, back straight, looking around with mild amusement -- and I ask what brings him to us. Surely community service would be a better way of dealing ...?

The old gentleman fixes me with a gray eye, and in slow drawl he says, "Son, I spent 1951 to 1953 in Korea, trying not to get my boys killed. I figure that there makes me a man grown."

I nod, cautiously, not exactly sure where this is going.

"Now I figure that since I am a full-grown adult -- and I know the risks -- whether or not I wear a seatbelt isn't the business of a bunch of panty-waisted jackasses down in Austin."


"My wife asks me to wear the damned thing -- I wear it. I'm her business. My girls ask me to wear the damned thing -- I wear it. It's their business. Everyone else needs to tend to their own knitting and leave mine alone."


"So I take this ticket to the city judge, and he asks me if I was going to plead guilty or not guilty. I say that I don't know about guilty, but I definitely wasn't wearing the damned thing that day. He asks how I'm going to pay the fine, and I tell him he'd better stick me in jail, because I wasn't going to pay someone for putting his nose off into other peoples business."

I look at the Intake officer, both of us trying not to smile.

He grins at me, "So, here I am."

I head for the Intake Sergeant to suggest that maybe some kind of accelerated time-serving might be considered. Maybe a passing of the hat, or somesuch, when I pass the GenPop tank and notice one very large, very familiar figure glaring balefully at me.

"Waldo," I say, carefully, "What's on your mind?"

Waldo the Wonder Biker sneers at me, then spits off to the side.

"He was riding down Main Street wearing a chrome Nazi helmet, dark glasses, combat boots and a smile," says the Intake corporal, contemplatively, "Seems there was stuff flapping in the breeze that God never intended to flap."

I grimace, "There's not enough brain bleach in the world to fix that ..."

He grins, "Gives 'tank-slap' a whole new meaning, don't it?"

"Oh, for -- enough!  Eww!"

I look at Waldo, "You've been guinea-pigging the product again, haven't you?" My answer is an extremely eloquent extended middle finger.


Well, at least they got some clothes on him.

I find the Intake Boss, he agrees that the older gentleman doesn't need to be in Durance Vile for any longer than strictly necessary and I leave to chase down the Jail Administrator.

Twenty minutes later, I'm back with an Order of Release, scoot past the GenPop tank ... and the older gentleman is sitting on the bench, talking softly and gesturing gently.

With Waldo and two of his buddies sitting on the floor in front of the bench, listening raptly.

Huh.  This is ... odd.

As I watch, another inhabitant of GenPop -- much younger, with the ingrained sneer and Bad Attitude one tends to associate with some of the Younger Criminal Element -- swaggers over to the bench currently occupied by the elderly gentleman, plants himself and drawls, "Hey, there, Old Stuff.  You need to move off of my bench."

At this, Waldo raises a polite hand to the older man and says -- my paw to Freyja, I heard it with my own two ears -- "I'm sorry, Mr Frank.  Excuse me for just a moment."

I'm looking at Waldo, seriously wondering if I should check him for a pod attachment point, when he lumbers to his feet, drapes a fatherly arm across the shoulders of the youngster and gently steers him to the bathroom area of the tank.

At this point I'm seriously worried about Waldo's mental status.

Then I hear a muted 'thud', followed by the Waldo's dulcet tones -- he'd make a fine rage metal front-man, would our Waldo -- gently gargling something about eye-sockets; respect; an anatomically-improbable, yet gruesomely-fascinating version of puppeteering; and courtesy in general.

Ah.  That's the Waldo I know.

There's a final thud, and then Waldo steps out from the bathroom area, resumes his seat on the floor in front of the bench, and says, "I'm sorry, Mr Frank.  You were saying?"  And the older gentleman resumes what is obviously a riveting story.

I can't stand it.  I beckon, "Hey, Waldo!  Come up to the bars for a moment!"  Waldo's beard contorts into his usual snarl, but he gets up and stomps over to talk.

I indicate the older gentleman, "What's up, Waldo?  You feeling ok?"

He looks at me a moment.  "Man, 'Dog, that old dude's been through some [deleted].  You can see it on his face.  Really bad [deleted], but he doesn't let the [deleted] win.  Dude like that earned respect."

Well.  Hell of a thing when a burned-out biker reprobate meth-cook makes more sense than a municipal judicial system.

Not much more that I can say to that.


Monday, February 01, 2016


Well, let's see if I remember how to do this ...

*tap, tap*

Is this thing on?

Well, the last several months or so has been kind of rodeo here at Rancho LawDog.  OldNFO has moved to the area, along with Peter Grant and his lovely wife.

My first thought when I heard that these folks were moving this way was something along the lines of:  "Whoo.  Getting crowded on my little patch of dirt.", but -- truth be told -- I'm discovering that it's kind of nice to have friends in the area.

Thing2 has moved on to better things -- she got promoted to Jail Captain -- so I'm back down to one minion.  Alas.

I have -- thus far -- managed to keep my face off of national TeeVee:

National news-critter with microphone (shoved under my nose):  "Sir, what do you think of your Sheriff's decision to [insert something mildly controversial here.]

Me (blinking):  "What the [deleted] are you talking about?"

Thing1 (politely):  "We're sorry, any questions will have to be asked of the Sheriff or the PIO."

Me:  "That, too, but what the [deleted] is he talking about?!"

Camera-dude:  "Whoa, we can't put that sort of language on the air!"

I am, however, quite proud of the fact that when suckered into giving an interview for local media I managed to use the phrases, "Mongolian rabies", "Can't cure it with bleach", and "Diseases science doesn't have a name for yet" on the air.

You know, I begin to understand why the County Attorney's favourite expression around me is:  "'Dog!  Inappropriate!"

Ah, well.

In other news, Peter and OldNFO have promised to help me get a LawDog Files book or two off of the ground.  Anyone still hanging around this general area may now bug those two about it.

On that front, my lovely lady -- along with the machinations of OldNFO, Peter and Dot -- has decided to expand my social wings some more, and has talked me into pre-registering for LibertyCon.

She seems quite smug about the fact that I haven't hyperventilated over the whole thing.  Yet.  It's early.

I've a couple of Africa stories percolating in my head for the past couple of months -- we'll see about getting them written down here.

I took an Edged Weapons Overview class from Craig Douglas (SouthNarc) over at ShivWorks.  Excellent class -- which I must post about later -- which also demonstrated quite thoroughly that I have spent waaaay too much time behind a desk these days.

Hmm.  More later.


Testing, testing

Let us see if this works ...

Well. Bedamned. Haven't forgotten how to work one of these things.

Colour does appear a little dark, though. May have to tweak that.


Colour check.

The quick brown fox jumps over the ...

Much better.


*blink, blink*

A comment already???