Saturday, March 04, 2017

The NRA Board of Directors Recommends a "Yes" vote on bylaws changes. Why you need to vote "HELL NO!" instead.

It's the time of year when we voting members of the National Rifle Association have the duty to vote for the Board of Directors and, if put before us, changes to the bylaws. This year it seems that we need to vote for some wholesale changes in the Board and zero changes in the bylaws.

Jeff Knox (son of Neal Knox, for those who aren't aware of that fact), writes in a piece at Ammoland exactly why you need to vote "HELL NO!".

There is a bit of discussion on a post at Of Arms and the Law. Jeff Knox chimes in there as well.

Dean Weingarten at Gun Watch has some analysis on the impact of the changes. If you're a voting member, you might pay particular attention to his technical advice on how to cast your vote.

Finally, No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money has a roundup of endorsements for the NRA Board. While it shouldn't substitute for your own research, it can be a starting point or validation--or neither.

For what it might be worth to you, I agree with the advice to vote "No" on the bylaw changes. While some of them are fluff, there are some in there that will inevitably make it harder for NRA members to have the level of input into the organization that we are accustomed to having.

As far as voting on the Board of Directors, while I haven't gotten far into my research, I'm leaning heavily toward voting against any SOB who currently sits on the board. This is based on the unanimous recommendation by the BOD for a "Yes" vote on the bylaw changes. To me it says they either agree that members need to have less input, or they didn't realize what was going on and therefore aren't competent to be on the board. While I'm well aware that I may be voting for very few of those running after all is said and done, I'm good with that.

It seems that we are going to be defending our rights from attacks in every direction. Stay alert, and don't get tired.

Thursday, March 02, 2017


The lack of posting was necessitated by a sudden interest by potential employers in yours truly and an adventure to Mountain Man's abode to assist him with some Ethernet cabling. As so many bloggers put it, the free ice cream has resumed below.

You can grow in the shade

When we were last Speaking of Raised Beds, commenter Harry Flashman noted that he was having problems with his mountaintop location where he got around 5 hours of sun per day. Yeah, that's a problem. There are solutions, and while they may not apply to Harry's (or every) situation, they give you some ammunition when you're trying to grow in a shady area.

Let's go over some of the suggestions from the video:

  • Prune back or cut down bushes and trees. While I like my landscaping and I love my big trees, the truth of it is that not all the landscaping that was here when we bought the house was worth keeping and a lot of the trees really needed to go for reasons of safety, appearance and the future ability to do things we wanted to do, like gardening.
  • Perform a solar assessment. You need to know where, when and for how long the sun hits the various parts of your yard.  Once you know that, you can really plan your garden.
  • Choose appropriate plant varieties for the amount of sun you get. If you have no space that gets full day sun, tomatoes probably aren't in your future.
There is another thing that it occurs to me as a possible suggestion. If you've ever seen pictures of a movie set or a photo shoot, you'll see people holding large sheets of reflective board to get more light on the subject. It might be possible to adapt this concept to an overly shady garden.

Don't let shade keep you from having a garden. As the Marines say, improvise, overcome, adapt.

Another update on the LA police officer and the Anaheim hoodlum

The Los Angles police officer has been identified as Kevin Ferguson, who is back on the job but is not working in the field. This is probably a good thing. You can find more information in this LA Times article.

As of yesterday, the investigations are still continuing. Given the plethora of  video evidence, it seems to me that if there was going to be charges against Officer Ferguson, they would have surfaced by now, but you never know for sure until he's officially cleared. My suspicion is that most of the Anaheim authorities would like to drop all the charges and make this go away as quietly as possible. Unfortunately their mayor is grandstanding, so that probably won't happen.

For those of us who are concealed carriers, there is a cautionary tale here, if you care to read it. And I'll leave it at that.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The latest on the off-duty LA cop and the Hispanic kid

Remember the off-duty LA cop and the crowd of Hispanic kids I blogged on? This article from the San Jose Mercury-News is the latest thing I can find. It seems that the investigation is still under way. Depending on the news source you read, it's everything from "Charges could still be filed against the officer" to "Hang 'im high!"


Speaking of raised beds

I've been posting a lot on raised beds, but we haven't actually talked about building the raised bed itself. It can be as easy as a few boards nailed together, but if you want it to last more than a couple of years, it takes a little more planning.

If you live in an area where termites are a problem, you can do it with metal. Eat that, bugs.

You can even raise your raised bed, so if you have problems bending over, you don't have to. I couldn't find a video for this, but from my reading (haven't tried it myself) it usually involves the use of cinder blocks, railroad ties or something similar to build a base for the raised bed. The raised bed doesn't weigh as much as you might think because the soil mix is much lighter than normal earth. The big trick is the floor for the bed, which must hold in the soil but provide for drainage. I'm thinking something like hardware cloth with a fine screen laid on top.

Yeah, you can get pretty carried away with this stuff.