Archive for July, 2009

July 31, 2009

Pickle Recipe

Someone asked for my pickle recipe, and I answer.

From Home Life

For my pickling spice, I use the following:

2 tablespoons mustard seed
2 tablespoons coriander
2 tablespoons peppercorn
1 broken to bits cinnamon stick

In each jar, I put one to two tablespoons of this concoction depending on jar size. Then I put in a couple cloves of garlic, one cayenne pepper, and 3 to four sprigs of fresh dill. Then, fill the jar with whatever you’re pickling. Pack it as tight as you can. In the pic above, from left to right, are cucumbers, garlic and cayenne peppers (with a few serranos thrown in).

Then, bring to a boil a mixture of 3:1 water to white vinegar ratio. Add kosher salt to taste (about 3 – 6 table spoons). Once it’s boiling, fill jars up with the mixture and put the lid on it. Let them cool and place in the refrigerator. The vinegar and spices will steep the veggies. Will be ready in 3 to 7 days. Keeps for months.

In a pickle

Sort of mood. Junior and I made some pickles, pickled garlic and pickled peppers:

From Home Life

Noms commence in a week or so.

And 8X10 gloss photos

More guns, fewer firearms deaths.

Wrong answer

Billy Beck on Gates:

He could have been a real somebody on this front.


LuckyGunner Ammo at GBR

Mr. C. announces that LuckyGunner will be attending the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. I was unaware but lucky gunner is a local to outfit.


We joke about how Obama’s plan to cure what ails us usually involves pixie dust and rainbow farting unicorns. Turns out he frolicks with the rainbow farting unicorns naked.

Guns in Parks in Knoxville

Like Nashville, it appears that Knoxville already has a law on the books that prohibits the possession of firearms in parks:

Hunt, trap or pursue wildlife at any time. No person shall use, carry or possess firearms of any description, air rifles, spring guns, bows and arrows, slings or any other form of weapon potentially inimical to wildlife and dangerous to human safety, any instrument that can be loaded with and fire blank cartridges, or any kind of trapping device. Shooting into park areas from beyond park boundaries is forbidden.

Via, who notes:

Knoxville City Council Workshop, re. Resolution to prohibit handguns in public parks and other public places, Thursday, August 20, 2009, 5:00 pm, Main Assembly Room of the City-County Building, 400 Main Street.



Ammo comparison photo.

Gun Porn

A, uh, I don’t know what that is.

Robert shooting the calendar

JC Higgins Model 20 pump-action 12 gauge shotgun.

S&W 642 and 442 with Mag-Na-Ported-Barrel

First mags

Now, Brownell’s is in the AR barrel game.

look ma, no blog

Stuff to do. Maybe later.

July 30, 2009

What media bias: Guns in Bars

Knoxville News Sentinel Editor Jack McElroy on why it’s OK to be the propaganda arm of the anti-gun crowd:

Because alcohol service was the critical factor addressed by the law, and because all bars were deliberately included in the bill, calling the law a “guns in bars” law is really a fairer description of the legislation than the “guns in restaurants” title its proponents put forth.

Odd. Since, just before that, you noted there is no definition of bars in the TN code. Seems pretty twisted to me. After all, bars is a difficult term to define since the law doesn’t spell it out. And establishments that serve alcohol is definitely a more accurate term and factually correct in nearly every case.

But that’s not the best part. This bit in the KNS a couple weeks ago makes it funny:

A proposal allowing off-duty law enforcement officers to carry their weapons in Tennessee establishments that serve alcohol has been signed by the governor.

Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen signed the measure late last week and it takes effect immediately.

Supporters of the law say it’s necessary to make sure law enforcement officers receive the same privileges as handgun permit holders under another new law that takes effect Tuesday. Under the measure, handguns can be carried in bars and in restaurants that serve alcohol.

Note in this article it’s not until handgun carry permit holders are introduced that establishments that serve alcohol mysteriously become bars.

When it’s for police they refer to establishments that serve alcohol. When it’s for handgun carry permit holders, they’re bars.

Nope. No bias here.

PayPal: Fear of guns overrides helping soldiers.

Water is wet. The sky is blue. And PayPal is anti-gun. Kevin is raffling off a pistol to benefit Soldiers Angels, an organization that helps soldiers in their time of need at home and while abroad. But because it’s a raffle for a firearm, PayPal is being problematic. My experience with PayPal can be seen here.

Gun Porn

M320 Grenade Launcher.

Chicks and guns

Breda hitting it with a 1919.

Good resource

Firearm production by type year, etc.

HT The Duck.

Serious about hunting

Wow: Final Tenn. elk tag sells for $17,700 on eBay

What if I put an orange tip on a real gun?

Anti-gun hysteria in NY over water pistols.

Media Watch

It should come as no surprise that Dan Rather wants the government to get in the media game. Of course he does. He’s a statist.


A legal battle brewing over regulating an flintlock.

Pea Shooter

Did a post a bit back on the tactical pea shooter:

From Gun Porn

Turns out, it’s probably illegal in California.

Lysander Spooner having a good laugh

Post Office in decline.

Name the party

guess who the Democrats are. (Helpful hint: there are four of them.

Gun sales

Beretta: June sales are up 219% compared to last year.

Ruger: Our firearms sales grew 94% from the second quarter of 2008 and 14% from the first quarter of 2009.

American Made

Most crime guns originate in the US. Probably because we make more here, so no shocker. But once the leave the factory, the sources are quite different:

insiders’ illegally sold over 3000 firearms recovered in crime or surrendered in amnesties to the Metropolitan Toronto Police Service.

And in Mexico:

The Small Arms Survey 2008 showed that weapons diverted from police and armed forces are a major and sometimes the main source of illicit weapons in many countries.

Odd. I thought it was gun shows.

Guns on Campus

At Michigan State:

The old rule at Michigan State University completely banned guns from campus. The new rule allows permit holders to carry concealed weapons although there is a catch.

What caliber for Chevy?

In Chicago: Policy Would Allow Cops To Shoot At Fleeing Cars. What could possibly go wrong?

July 29, 2009

The Ballad Of Jayne

LA Times:

L.A. guns to be crushed today, turned into steel rebar

That song wasn’t that bad.

Everything comes with a tactical option

Browning has a new “tactical” gun safe.

Niftiest thing I’ve seen in a bit

Pandora free internet radio. Never thought much about internet radio because I don’t usually listen to music while at a computer. But Pandora has an application for my Blackberry. And I have one of those wireless transmitters for the car stereo. So, I can listen to personalized, commercial free radio in my car. I’m still trying to figure out how they make money, though.