OK, I missed when figuring how short this week would be. So we're going to do a short shrift for the long weekend and today.
The weekend was just great. It started out good and got better. Saturday was range day, wherein Daughter, Son, myself and Son of Old Friend went out and practiced our marksmanship. Daughter and Son were most impressive with a Ruger 10/22 .22 carbine and the steel groundhog target at 100 yards. Yes, they were shooting a groundhog target at 100 yards, with iron sights, and hitting it--Daughter about 70% and Son about 50%. I tried, but the target was smaller than the blasted front sight--you had to aim low then adjust up, trying to keep an invisible target centered behind the sight. Blasted young eyes.
We also had 2 major cookouts, one with ribeyes on the grill. Oh yes!
I also noted a large contingent of veterans in the area around me over the weekend. Marines seemed most prominent, followed by Army, Navy, Air Force and one lone Coast Guard member. I reminded Daughter and Son that those men were one of the reasons why we were having a 3 day weekend, and tried to explain the concept of Memorial Day. I don't know if I got the message across, but I tried.
Now, on to happenings.
One of my multitudinous readers (yeah right!) sent me a pointer to this article on Philippine journalists who are taking their self-defense into their own hands. This would never happen in the US, since most journalists are convinced that if they happened to touch a gun it would spontaneously turn on them and shoot them dead.
If you believe the Legacy Media, we now have the identity of the Watergate-era figure only known as Deep Throat. Having lived through the time, I can only say "So?" I can't seen how this tidbit really makes any difference in life or history.
In news of the politically correct, a US House task force is going to "...study the history of slave labor in the construction of the Capitol and suggest how it can best be commemorated." This is news? Does this surprise anyone? Perhaps it's living in the South, but most of our historic buildings were built, at least in part, with slave labor. It's just another fact of life. I have to wonder if those who push the agenda behind such things realize the divisiveness of this sort of thing. I think they do, and that divisiveness is their goal. We have to keep the victim industry going.
In world news, every media outlet is reporting France's rejection of the EU constitution. I'm impressed with the good sense of the majority of French voters. Let's hope the rest of Europe (and our own president) come to their senses and figure out that nationalism is not a dirty word.
And as a parting bit, here's a good news story, about the Vermont Country Store. Visit their web site or read a catalog, and step back in time.