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Life is Hard. Wear a Helmet

Virginia State Constitution: Article 1; Section 13
That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

Alabama State Constitution: Article 1: Section 26
That every Citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the State.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

No. Please no.

From a BBC article on military vehicles that civilians can buy.




Go-Ped Knightrider
Country of origin: US/Israel 
Briefing: A scooter on the battlefield? Roger that. Meet the Knightrider, from US scooter-maker Go-Ped. It may bear a passing resemblance to the neighbour kid’s Razor, but don’t be fooled: this two-wheeler is no toy. Based on Go-Ped’s Hoverboard civilian electric scooter and the police-spec ESR-750 Portable Patrol Vehicle, the matte-black Knightrider was designed for stealthy special-forces maneuvers over hostile terrain, with fat knobby tires and a long-travel cantilever-style suspension. The Knightrider’s lithium-ion polymer battery pack and “Torkinator” electric motor deliver a maximum cruising range of 25 miles and a top speed – thanks to a short-burst Turbo mode – of 19mph. So who is using the Knightrider? That’s strictly need-to-know, according to Go-Ped. Says Tactical Division chief executive Dr Ran Lapid: “I can only confirm that the Knightrider was tested by the most prestigious special ops commando units in the world.” 
Price: NA (Go-Ped ESR-750 Portable Patrol Vehicle, $4,700) 
(Emphasis mine)

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When did Gecko45 start writing for the BBC?

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Monday, May 25, 2015

In Memoriam












Chave, Guigal, Raveneau, Dauvissat, Romanée-Conti, Leroy, Coche-Dury, Pétrus, Lafleur, Latour, Haut-Brion, Margaux, Yquem, Krug, Salon, Beaucastel, Huet, Trimbach—these are the most venerated names in all of winedom, and all are French. Exceptional wines are made elsewhere, including the United States, but no other place comes close to matching France for sheer number of bench-mark wines.
At the heart of the French viticultural system is the concept of terroir: the idea that wine is chiefly a product of the physical environment (the soil, the microclimate) in which the grapes were grown, that matching the right grape to the right soil is the essential first step to making fine wine...
~ Mike Steinberger

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday morning sleep-in #137

Urg.

Well. The yard looks great, but I pushed too hard to get it all done in one day. Woke up feeling like ass this morning.

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As usual, Mrs B's knee is the best barometer I've ever seen.

All the weather forecasts said we would not see rain until Monday, but last night Mrs B was limping around looking for her cane.

Guess what we've got today?

Growing old can be useful.

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Miss B departed this morning to go back to Virginia.

Pappy is moping already.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday Morning Coffee #157

What's in my horoscope for today?

Hedge trimming, lawn mowing and pine straw....

and raking...

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Housebreaking a Dog

I swear I've cleaned up gallons of dog piss over the last few days.

I've been on the road a lot lately, listening to Mrs B complain about how tough a time she was having.

I had no idea.

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Taking Mrs B and Miss B out to dinner tonight.

Pappy is staying locked up in his crate the whole time.

At least he doesn't shit in the house anymore, so that's progress I guess...

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