Wednesday, March 31, 2010

NJ teen sells sister for sex

If you don't know me, here's a little bit of insight. Very few things in this world get me bent completely out of shape worse than child abusers and molesters. There are remarkably few innocents in this world, and hurting one of them, that's just unacceptable. If you don't understand that, you're more than welcome to leave now, because I really don't want anything to do with you. Consenting adults, behind closed doors? Game on. Kids who are incapable of consent? Yeah, keep your damn hands off.

That said, this news story has me worked up in more ways than I care to count.

Police: NJ teen sold stepsister, 7, for party sex

TRENTON, N.J. — It started with a party invitation to a 15-year-old girl from some young men she knew. She took her 7-year-old stepsister to an apartment down the street from their home near the New Jersey Statehouse, where the girls had been hanging around outside on a Sunday afternoon.

For the younger girl, police say it quickly descended into a horrifying ordeal in which she was gang-raped by as many as seven men as her sister not only watched, but got paid by those who did it.

For the men, try em, convict em, stop them from metabolizing the same oxygen as decent folks.

For the sister?  I really don't know.  I hope they can try her as an adult, and I honestly hope her parents have to ship her sunshine for the rest of her life.

And for the little girl?  May God grant her peace, and heal her little soul.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Blogroll additions

One update to the blogroll for you tonight.

Libertarian Punk: The guys from Right Arm of Wyoming have a hell of a blog. They're punks, who like guns and freedom. Who'da thunk it? Anyways, they speak unvarnished truth, and I'm always in favor of that.


QOTD - Rock God Edition

and I'll be damned, but a shotgun is a lot like a guitar.  A lot of wood, a little metal, an element of twang, and damn if I can't get my dinner with both of em! - Ted Nugent

Now me, I like the Motor City Madman.  And Bourdain goes all lefty moonbat at the end, but it's a pretty cool clip anyways.

H/T to Breda


Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Year of Me

I got to talking with an ex-girlfriend last night, and the conversation got around to being the best person you can be, and knowing that that's enough.  (After helping her work on a position paper in favor of CCW on university campuses, YAY!)

It got me thinking while I was logging windshield time today.  I noticed a while back that I haven't done the things that made me happy in a long while.  My bass is sitting in the same place I left it when I brought it in after Christmas.  I replaced a 3-year-old leader and tippet on my fly rod last week.  I've been to the range all of twice this year.  I've been wound tighter than a clock spring for a year or more.  I attributed a large part of that to the new job, stress, and planning a wedding.  Looking at it now, I know that I have to actively make the time to do those things.  Therefore, I declare 2010 to be the year of me.

I plan to spend a good portion of my free time doing the things that help me relax and be healthy.  This will make me a better boss, a better friend, a better husband (and hopefully a better father in the not-to-distant future), and an all-around man.  I'm blessed with the love of a wonderful woman, and I owe it to her to repay that love by being the best partner to her I can.  Hopefully this means making more music, spending time camping and fishing, and maybe doing a bit more reading.  I'll try to blog more, too.  I promise.

I'm starting by keeping a resolution.  Barring bad weather, I'll be shooting my first USPSA match on Sunday.  Which reminds me, I need to do a writeup on the gun I'll be running.


2 Nights Alone

Bex has been gone for a couple days for a training for work.  She'll be home in a couple hours, and she tells me she has pictures.  Anyways, 2 days without her and I'm a mess.  A year ago, we saw each other for a couple days on most weekends, but that was it, and that was only if the weather allowed.

I have no clue anymore how we did it.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

You know you're a gun nut...

So, there's this really shitty Jean-Claude VanDam flick (redundant, I know) on USA right now. And the bad guys, dressed as a busload of Catholic priests, just flipped a lever in their bus, and all of a sudden, they had mounted automatic weapons in firing positions all around this bus. My first thought?

"How hard would it be to do that to the War Machine?"


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Got it all figured out

Billy the Exterminator is Steve Irwin reincarnated, with a mullet.

I'd call it "Billy Idol Does Pest Control," but I have far too much respect for Billy Idol.

Maybe "Steve Irwin meets Dog the Bounty Hunter, with worse hair."

God save us all, these people have the ability to breed.


QOTD, Odd Death Edition

I'd say he's got the award for most unusual checkout of the year pretty much sewed up unless someone manages to get tied up and bludgeoned to death with hard salamis by circus midgets between now and December 31st. -- Tam


Even my Scotch/Pollack self is Irish for a day

There's corned beef in the slow cooker, and potatoes roasting in the oven.  I have a couple bottles of a local microbrew (Glacier Ale, from Red Lodge Ales).

Breda brings the protips.

St Patrick's Day does not disappoint.


Friday, March 12, 2010


funny graphs and charts
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Wherein a Wyoming Democrat is better than most of the nation's Republicans

Governor Dave Freudenthal signs Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act.

In a memorandum sent to the Wyoming legislature in late January, Freudenthal made clear his position that the federal government has gone beyond the limits of the constitution:

“For decades we have shared increased frustration dealing with the federal government and its agencies. What started out as a leak in the erosion of state prerogative and independence has today turned into a flood. From wolf and grizzly bear management, to gun control, to endless regulation and unfunded mandates – the federal government has become far too powerful and intrusive.”

Included in the language of the resolution is this gem:

That this resolution serve as notice and demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, from enacting mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers. The state of Wyoming will not enforce such mandates. [emphasis added]
The American people are making a statement. Only time will tell if the elected aristocracy are listening.


Thursday, March 11, 2010


Damn Chinese pornbots, why in the name of all that's good and decent do you feel the need to leave comments on my blog? Go away, and don't come back. I tire of deleting your useless comments. I mean, if you were real trolls that I could fuck with and sic the internet on, that'd be one thing. But no, just hit and run Chinese virus pornlinkers. Where's the fun in that?

Just one question I might ask ya...

I love the Black Crowes. Personally, I think they're one of the most under-appreciated bands in music. I've never met a Crowes tune I didn't love, and even "She Talks To Angels" is full of power, in a delicate way.

Still, one of my personal favorites has to be 1999's "Go Faster."

BLACK CROWES (live) - Go Faster - MyVideo

Rock on.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?

Bex and I went to see the new Alice in Wonderland tonight. It was dark, and haunting, and warped, and absolutely beautiful. Johnny Depp was brilliant as the Hatter (helps when you're already half mad.) The Cheshire Cat pretty much stole the show. Visually, it was pure candy. Of course, being as it was a Tim Burton film, I expected nothing less. The humor was razor sharp, and quite grown up. Honestly, this isn't a kid's movie. The jokes are likely to go over their heads, and there are plenty of scenes and moments that would scare young'uns.

In the gamer vernacular, replay value was quite high. I know when we watch it again, we'll catch a wealth of things we missed the first time through. And we definitely plan on watching it again. In fact, I'm certain we'll buy it when it comes out on DVD.

A definite must-see.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

And they're not on probation...

There's a fair bit of Buzz involving Carl Edwards flipping Brad Keselowski Sunday at Atlanta. Billy Bob has a pretty good summary of both the incident, and today's press conference and penalty issued. has an editorial up that is a home run. It closes with a huge money quote.

Whatever the case, Edwards will go to Bristol for the Nationwide/Cup weekend March 20-21 as a potential target for any other driver who wants to settle a score.

You have to wonder whether NASCAR's leniency really did Edwards any favors. The same message he received Tuesday also went to every other driver in the field.

And they're not on probation.



Sunday, March 7, 2010

You might be a gunnie if...

While sorting spent brass after a couple range trips, the bowl for "brass in calibers I currently don't reload for/own any guns in" has more brass in it than all of the containers for calibers I actually own and load for, combined.

Now, the vast majority of that brass was 9x19 that's going to be cut down to make 9x18, so it's not really going to waste. But still...


Saturday, March 6, 2010


Look to the right. There's a new name there. Everybody, say hi to Bex. Bex, this is... everybody.

Y'all play nice with her. I gotta live with her if you don't! :-D I can imagine it won't take long for everybody to realize just how far out of my league she is, but don't tell her, I'm hoping to hold off the point where she realizes that.

Anyways, make her feel welcome in the wide world of intarwebz, if you would.


The Official Photographer

Bex here, making the first post as Lokidude's official photographer for the blog. We just picked up a new camera, a Nikon D40, for me to play with. So I'm putting it to good use and shooting everything that catches my eye.

Today we went exploring in our fabulous backyard here in the Greater Yellowstone Metro Region. Went to the one of the lakes on the outskirts of town after spending some time at the local gun range. Unfortunately, it's still frozen so the fishing there will have to wait a bit.

Next stop was to the local fishing spot in town so that Loki could check out if the fish were biting. The local opinion was that the fish were plentiful but you had to be fly fishing to catch anything. Why do I get the feeling that we'll be spending more time here in the near future?

Finally we took a drive up the canyon towards Yellowstone proper. The favorite sport on these drives is 1) counting deer and 2) dodging deer. The deer count today ran close to 200, though thankfully none were directly on the road. In my attempts to get some shots of the herds of deer it made me realize that my next purchase will be a 200mm lens so that I can zoom in closer. So instead a shot of deer to make you want to come out here and hunt, you'll just get another shot of the gorgeous scenery.

That's all for now, but more pictures will follow!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

If you prick me, do I not... leak?

There's been a bit of discussion about "community" in the gunnie world. Now, being out in the middle of nowhere, it makes blogmeets a fair bit more difficult to hit. However, I took a look at my blogroll, and saw that the same diversity exists there. In the "Conspirators" and "Great Gunnies" sections of my little roll, I have a preacher and a pilot, a couple cops and a biker, a nationally known paramedic and a cowgirl in the literal sense of the word. There's a gay man from Seattle, a young mother from the midwest, and a massage therapist who just made her escape to Texas. On the list as well are several published authors, a holstermaker and his wife, an incredible photographer, a librarian, and a nurse. I know that there's at least two racial "minorities" represented, not that you'd know it to talk to them.

They all have a couple things in common, to go along with all their differences. They're all gunnies, and they're all intelligent, educated, well-spoken and well-read, and all people I'd very much like to have lunch or drinks with before my time on this rock is done. The "tent" as it were, is plenty big enough for all folks who value freedom, no matter what the rest of their story is.

These are my people, and I'm damn proud of it.


Going back, figuratively.

Scientists say smell is one of the most powerful memory triggers we have. While that may be true, music is, in my mind, every bit as powerful. We all have a song or an artist that takes us back, brings up old memories, and reminds us of where we've been. Bex has an attachment to the Beach Boys, for example. For me, it's Jimmy Buffett. Dad and Baby Brother are big into way old-school country. Mom likes the classic rock, and I love punk and hair metal/acid rock. But we all came together on Jimmy. And honestly, I'm not sure I know a single person who doesn't like his music, and get a little smile when one of his songs starts up.

Listen and smile, y'all.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

All apologies

I do apologize for the light content recently. Between being freshly married, and trying to get the War Machine running right, I've been a touch occupied. However, my house smells like freshly chopped parsley and gouda. Pictures and more detailed information incoming, as soon as it's done cooking.