and a Pilot’s Post all rolled into one:
Archive for October, 2009
Bakersfield – hometown of Merle Haggard and tough chicks.
8 cases of beer
3 bottles of bourbon (and some gin)
19 assorted weapons
2 days of hunting
10 dead hogs
1,000 pounds of loins, sausage and ribs.
This is us on the first morning , staging to go out. We were standing under the pavilion because it was raining like a sumbitch and a little lightning/thunder was thrown in by the hunting gods for good measure. The day before, on the drive down, it was 74 degrees and sunny. Go figure.
The rain eased up shortly after that picture was taken, but between the dampness and the temperature (mid-50s) I think the pigs were pretty much bedded down and the morning was somewhat of a bust – I only saw about 6-8 hogs and none close enough for a pistol shot.
I got skunked the first day, although some of the guys did get their pigs.
The next morning, our guide put two of us in a nice little spot.
Sitting up on a bluff overlooking this creek where a couple of well-used paths converge. Unfortunately, everyone else went about a half-mile away, and over there it sounded like a shooting gallery.
At one point we heard: bang…….bangbangbangbangbang – all clearly from the same gun. We smiled at each other and both said “John” at the same time – our buddy John can’t shoot for shit.
Turns out it was one of the FNGs who got charged by a hog. Nothing like getting charged on your first wild hog hunt. He got the hog though, and now he is hooked like a crackhead – he’ll be back next year.
No luck on the second morning either. We all commented that we had seen fewer hogs this year than ever before. After lunch the second day, I decided to change tactics (and weapons). I usually hunt with a 5″ S&W model 629 (.44 Magnum), but for some reason – any hogs we saw were not close enough for a pistol shot this year. I put away the .44 and took out the M1A SOCOM (.308).
Rather than sitting and waiting, we decided to bust the brush and jump some hogs – which worked well. My hunting partner and I jumped two good sized pigs just off a dirt road and he took the first shot, dropping his pig DRT – Dead Right There – from about 60 yards:
Yeah, that’s his real face – childhood cheese-grater accident – don’t ask.
My hog, of course, ran off as soon as my buddy fired, so there was much chasing and running and huffing and puffing, and cursing, etc. We finally spotted him at the bottom of a hill across a creek. When he saw me in the lead, he started across the creek at me. He was about 40 yards away and maybe 20 feet below me. Looking down on him, my best shot was to the spine right at the base of the skull.
That did it. He dropped in his tracks.
We had to drag him out of the creek.
Not my biggest hog ever, but I brought home about 30 pounds of sausage, 30 pounds of shoulders and some nice loins for the BBQ.
Here are 3 of us with our field-dressed hogs back at the lodge.
Yeah, those guys are twins.
“The transition from democracy to tyranny,” Plato says, “is most easily brought about by a popular leader who knows how to exploit the class antagonism between the rich and the poor within the democratic state, and who succeeds in building up a bodyguard of a private army of his own. The people who have hailed him first as the champion of freedom are soon enslaved.”
Karl R. Popper: The Open Society and Its Enemies page 43.
“exploit the class antagonism between the rich and the poor within the democratic state…”
“We have a [moral] deficit when CEOs are making more in ten minutes than some workers make in ten months.” – Barack Obama January 20, 2008.
“For top executives to award themselves these kinds of compensation packages in the midst of this economic crisis isn’t just bad taste — it’s a bad strategy — and I will not tolerate it. - Barack Obama February 4, 2009.
“These folks can afford it. They were rich back in the ’90s. It’s not like suddenly they’re going to have to go to the poorhouse. But what that does is it allows us to pay for health care reform for a lot of people.” - Barack Obama March 18, 2009.
“building up a bodyguard of a private army of his own…”
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” - Barack Obama July 2, 2008.
“The people who have hailed him first as the champion of freedom are soon enslaved…”
This post sparked by Theo Spark…
But I actually find myself admiring a main-stream media reporter. An ABC reporter, no less:
From Jake Tapper’s (ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent) article today:
From this morning’s gaggle in White House press secretary Robert Gibbs’ office:
Tapper: It’s escaped none of our notice that the White House has decided in the last few weeks to declare one of our sister organizations “not a news organization” and to tell the rest of us not to treat them like a news organization. Can you explain why it’s appropriate for the White House to decide that a news organization is not one –
Gibbs: Jake, we render, we render an opinion based on some of their coverage and the fairness that, the fairness of that coverage.
Tapper: But that’s a pretty sweeping declaration that they are “not a news organization.” How are they any different from, say –
Gibbs: ABC -
Tapper: ABC. MSNBC. Univision. I mean how are they any different?
Gibbs: You and I should watch sometime around 9 o’clock tonight. Or 5 o’clock this afternoon.
Tapper: I’m not talking about their opinion programming or issues you have with certain reports. I’m talking about saying thousands of individuals who work for a media organization, do not work for a “news organization” — why is that appropriate for the White House to say?
Gibbs: That’s our opinion.
Kudos to Tapper for actually asking and pressing the question…The arrogance of the White House press secretary surprises me not. This is right out of the Socialist playbook. Fix your opponent, marginalize them, demonize them, turn public opinion against them and from there it is a small distance to shutting them down and euthanizing them.