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Open thread 5/24/24

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  • Anonymous May 24, 2024, 12:31 PM

    Cracker Barrel’s stock in freefall after CEO admits chain ‘just not as relevant as we once were’

    • ghostsniper May 24, 2024, 2:49 PM

      We’ve been there a few times, but not in at least 10 years.
      We always got the same thing, me, meatloaf, her, chicken pot pie.
      Never dissatisfied, price was decent, but had to wait maybe 10-15 mins to get a table.
      I imagine their fake “down home” schtick is wearin’ thin.
      biden inflation pricing is prolly a factor too.
      Everything’s wearing out cause this criminal gov’t has sold everything out and stolen all the proceeds.

      I bought 2 pairs of heavy duty welders gauntlets a few months ago that cover my entire forearms up to the elbows. I’ll pull them on and grab my matching pair of razor sharp Becker BK2’s when the signal goes out to start slittin’ throats. The reckoning will be glorious and we’ll be taking no prisoners.

  • Anonymous May 24, 2024, 1:02 PM

    “The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.” – Frank Zappa

  • DT May 24, 2024, 4:29 PM

    oo-o-oooo … colors!
    Small Faces – Itchycoo Park

    • ghostsniper May 25, 2024, 10:04 AM

      A timely staple.
      The sound you are hearing in that song is produced by a device named Boss Flanger BF-2. Now replaced by the BF-3 model. I haven’t used mine in many years and should sell it. Instead, I occasionally use the one that is in my processor, DigiTech RP-1. The Itchycoo Park method is broadly used in that song, exaggerated even. A more supple example is in the Van Halen song, “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love”.

      The first time I used my BF-2 my wife came running into the room and asked what that sound was. I told her, and she said it sounded like a jet winding up getting ready to take off.

  • Anne May 25, 2024, 9:30 AM

    Something lovely in another way:


    The only problem I have with this our first R governor in 16 years, is that he invites Boeing to come to MT every chance he can. Boeing is evil and brings with it evil unionists, evil feminists, etc.!

    • ghostsniper May 25, 2024, 10:16 AM

      Read it and have a big problem with it.
      Looks like the governor of the state I live (he’s a cuck) in signed it too.
      That letter looks like it was written by a spineless school child.

      Notice the 3rd line of that letter. “…unconstitutional powers over the United States and its people…”

      Full system halt.
      When uttered by any foreign entity they are words of instant war.
      Whomever created that document and/or signed it, is a panty waist and needs to have his/her face slapped but hard. Do these people not read what they sign?

      How dare the W.H.O. or anyone else presume “unconstitutional powers over the United States and its people” without the entire body of 535 flared up with body armor ready to slit throats?

      I will never get used to the pussification of the “leaders” of this country. What an embarrassment. They haven’t got even the first clue on how to Represent me or anyone I know. That is why I, and they, do not recognize them at all.

  • ghostsniper May 25, 2024, 9:54 AM

    Haidt points out in his book “The Righteous Mind”, that people want their biases confirmed, they want to be cocooned in feedback that they were always right. But it isn’t all people… it is people weak of character… people with narcissist traits… people lacking a true sense of self and the self-confidence that derives from it. Many of these people own the common dark triad personality traits.

    I have a theory that there is a spectrum where at the top are people with abundant self confidence that allows them to not only admit when they are wrong, but they constantly seek out opinions and information to learn and improve. They are open to having their mind changed, but based on real logic, facts and information.

    At the bottom are more emotionally and intellectually fragile people. These people are terrified of being wrong. And so they don’t make decisions easily. They stay in school longer because of their fear of failure. They get their education credentials and it becomes a replacement/placebo for their missing core. They will simply demand they are right because they have a degree… while they mount a growing list of errors and mistakes as they are still prone to emotional decision-making that is suboptimal. Their inventory of mistakes makes them more desperate to gain control and silence their critics because they are still wired to fear having to admit they are wrong more than they fear death.

    They are really the people that are emotionally and psychologically off… in need of some level of cognitive behavior therapy. And they for some reason have flocked to journalism as their career.

  • Snakepit Kansas May 25, 2024, 3:46 PM

    Friend of mine was thinning out his gun collection. I think getting ready for retirement and wanted more cash. He called me and said he had a Ruger Super Redhawk .44MAG for sale with a nice scope on top. I have absolutely no need for such a pistol, let alone some magnum caliber with a scope on top. Pffft. What would I do with that? I suppose I will have to figure that one out because I ponied up the money and it now resides in my gun safe.

    Happy Saturday. Trim replacement on the back of my house is going slow but steady. I will NOT win any awards for caulking, but the bay window area is done, and that section in front of my home made scaffolding is almost complete. Outside window stains cleaned up nice with Ghost recommended oven cleaner, scotch brite and some elbow grease. Need to touch up some trim paint after I painted the siding, which is different color. The actual work is not exciting but the visual effect of completing a project always is.

    Friend gave me an electric smoker. He bought some giant new one and was good enough to donate his old one to me. I have a venerable upright cylindrical heavy plate metal smoker that operates on charcoal and patience. You periodically adjust the vent to control the heat, and occasionally throw in more charcoal and chunks of apple wood or whatever I have handy to maintain the heat and smoke. It takes some effort to keep the heat around 250F for a beef brisket. Gonna try out this electric machine on Monday. It has an input for wood pellets. I will run some small pieces of oak over the table saw to feed the machine.

    • ghostsniper May 25, 2024, 6:05 PM

      Caulking is an art, more so than many people can imagine. Just try it sometime. I never did it enough to get good at it. But I got pretty good at the clean up. heh

      My younger brother is a master at it. After hurricane Charlie in 2006 our brand new house had some soffit panels come undone. I re-did them and realized the individual soffit panels are just “floating” in the 2 tracks and will always be susceptible to wind influence. I hired my brother to caulk both the inside perimeter and outside perimeter of the entire soffit on our house. Took him 3 days and 42 tubes of white silicone caulk. I saw him stand on a 6′ step ladder and reach as far as he could to the left, about 5′, and run a continuous bead to about 5′ away on the right. 10′ of solid bead with no break. jayziss!!! I’m telling ya, he’s a master!

      “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” is on Grit TV right now. It’s another DUKE weekend. yee hawwww….

  • Joe Krill May 25, 2024, 6:00 PM

    President Ronald Reagans message on Memorial Day.
    May everyone have a sober Memorial Day experience. Celebrate?? I do not think that it is something that should be celebrated.

  • ghostsniper May 25, 2024, 6:31 PM

    Did you know that now there are TWENTY-FOUR different flavors of Cheerios?

    I don’t eat cereal but if I did I’d try the chocolate, peanut butter version.

    And put chocolate milk on them, and maybe some peanut butter syrup.
    Yes, there is such a thing.

  • David B May 26, 2024, 2:54 AM

    Gerard had a great image for Memorial Day (IIRC) of people celebrating above ground and underground were warriors fighting and dying to make that possible. Any one have a link? Thank you!

  • Casey Klahn May 26, 2024, 6:14 AM

    Greetings, everyone. Slowly getting back to things but no given cause for my anemia as of yet. I’m on iron and C, and had some hideous scopes and such. The doc is backed up til July (thanks, Obama) so in the interim I’m fighting it on my own terms.

    Ghost said upthread a good man goes where he’s challenged. Trump did that at the Libertarian convention. Lots of vids of him getting booed for various crazy-assed reasons. I can agree with like 10% of Librtrn shiite, and then I quickly depart. But, Trump went to the Bronx, then this hippy convention, and then I guess he’ll be back in court. He’s no wallflower, that’s for sure.

    Ruger Blackhawk: it’s a good purchase, Kansas. I also can’t figure out the scope unless maybe for some very specific large game hunting at close range. Have it removed? On the home front, some GD’d Prairie Zombies have moved into the area and are driving back and forth like Mad Max with ATVs and pickups and trailer and cars. Also have observed them on foot (which you simply don’t do around here because there’s nothing but distance and sunshine – it’s a red flag). After getting some long-needed cameras I have also ordered my fam to carry everywhere they go on the property, and the neighbors are alerted and the sheriffs are now cruising around. You usually never see them – they’re bitching about being understaffed but I told them I hadn’t seen that many lawmen since the escaped con was afoot years ago. I told them that around here we defend ourselves but that in the given situation I am happy to see them around. Lincoln County is huge and the population is tiny – there are no stoplights in this county but EVERY home owner is armed OTA and so these zombies are ill-advised to be here. And yet, here they are, casing houses for unattended things not tied down.

    All that to say, when you’re in these situations the question will arise: how many guns do you need? The answer is all of them. Now that the neighborhood is alert the road traffic (I get days on end with no road traffic so any is an amber flag) has subsided. My boy and I will be setting up the big orange gong in the field, in full view of the road, and will be doing some constant plinking with all calibers. I’ma call it: The Gong Show.

    From Fort Klahn, signing off.

    • ghostsniper May 26, 2024, 7:29 AM

      Couple years ago I put a dozen of these signs on trees all along our property lines:

      KEEP OUT

      10″ x 14″ Aluminum Black on Orange

      Then about a year later I installed 1 of these lamps above each sign on the tree.
      They are battery powered, solar charged, and have proximity detectors that cause the lamp to come on. If it doesn’t detect motion after 30 seconds it goes off. They have been installed and working for over 2 years now. Our whole house sits from 3′ to 6′ above the ground on all sides and I installed 8 more of them lamps (2 per side, 4 sides (square house)) along the bottom edge of the house.

      The lamps:

      The reason?
      Our county sounds very much like yours. About 10 years ago the elderly couple that lived for 50+ years on the acreage to the south of us died within a few months of each other. The house was a mess, the kids didn’t want anything to do with it so they hired a company from the big city way over there to rent it out. They rented it to young people that trashed it bad and got evicted. A year later some meth dealers from Indy had moved in and no one around here knew it. They kept their vehicles in the garage during the day and only left at night. Never made a sound, no lights at night.

      Well a male school bus driver at 6am noticed someone there one morning and called the law. Law showed up but the meth addicts had a scanner and left. Came back that night. Law also came back that night. Meth addicts escaped through the woods behind my house (my backyard) about 10pm and I was standing on my bridge watching them, as the law chased them, with my NV goggles and my Rem 870/slugs in my hand and my Beretta 92FS on my hip. The law caught the addicts at the county road a mile away and put em in the shitcan for a few years. That old house has been demo’d and nothing there but weeds now, threat is gone. Point is, out here in the boons defending ones self is MANDATORY. There are about 6 deputy’s for the whole county and I go months without seeing them, which is what I prefer. I moved to the woods to live deliberately.

      That Ruger is a hog gun. Boar hunters in SW Florida use them.

    • Snakepit Kansas May 27, 2024, 6:14 AM

      Glad Ghost and I do not need to make a looooong drive out West for a wellness check although a Hamm’s Tallboy six to share between the three of us would be a hoot.

      Yes, stay strapped. My Glox 17 is sitting next to me currently as I just got up. I do not normally sleep until 7AM. Headed to the store later for a couple more cedar boards, and the Glox will go with me.

      Gonna cook some brisket shortly. Probably visit Dad’s grave site too. Thank you Casey and Ghost for your service.

  • ghostsniper May 26, 2024, 5:47 PM

    When was the last time you ripped up some Pork Rinds?
    For me it’s been at least a quarter century, maybe more. dunno
    But lately I’ve been hankerin for some.
    maybe the next time I’m in the store I’ll grab some.
    Pop one in and it dissolves in your yap. mmmmm…..

  • ghostsniper May 26, 2024, 7:06 PM

    Preppin’ is pretty much how everybody lived 100 years ago, before they became culturalized.

  • RevBroGenerik May 27, 2024, 5:35 AM

    Another dawning day, great to be alive! Praise the Lord and check thy ammunition. Look especially closely at the places where the lead can be seen through the plating. Like those tiny grooves around .22 LR that engage the rifling of your chamber. Grey fluffy stuff is lead oxide which mixes with oil to gum up the action. Good for bolt action plinking but will stop a semiauto after a dozen rounds or less. Failure to feed.

    • ghostsniper May 27, 2024, 7:07 AM

      Thanks for that tip. I never heard of that. I need to unload about 80 mags and let the springs relax, as they’ve been loaded for about 3 years. Also 4 speedloaders for my .22 tube feeders. So I’ll be watching them close. I imagine a quick twist with a microrag will do the trick, eh?

      • RevBroGenerik May 28, 2024, 4:43 AM

        I use a scrubbie, not hard green, but those softer ones used on teflon pans. Poke a small tapered hole with a pencil then you can do a quick in and out to remove most of the oxidation. Not so great for extreme accuracy, but a functional work around.

        My new by line, ” Too Big to Rig”

  • Anonymous May 27, 2024, 6:32 AM

    For the picture of the day maybe you can show a beautiful picture of the American Flag flying.

    • ghostsniper May 27, 2024, 7:11 AM

      Good idea. A poppy field would be good too.

  • chuckie May 28, 2024, 8:41 PM

    had a great memorial day….war stories were told by the vets of viet nam and iraq…..war dead were named and remembered……nephew who had the top of his skull in his stomach for six months waiting for his brain to unswell had a good time……many many foods…….i’m too old for this, but will do it again next year…..still aching, lol….on the bright side, didn’t fall down and grow a huge hematoma this year…….memorial day is special to us, the cost doesn’t matter so much as the tradition……watched mel gibson’s “we were soldiers”……..