Played a tipi-raising in Sisters last Saturday. If that ain’t a Frontier Partisans gig, I don’t know what is. Lovely spread that is home to a hemp operation, great food, delightful people, who appreciated the music. Played solo, which is unusual and good for me.
Also had the best round of golf I ever shot on Saturday morning.
Frontier Partisans Biathlon (kettlebell complexes and shooting). Set the ball on a rock at 63 paces, which on my long shanks is about 70 yards. Danced it up a berm with six hits out of seven shots from the kneeling position before it bounced off into the rocks and I had to go retrieve it.
Now, I’m proud of that shooting, but it ain’t nuthin’ on the feat that U.S. Army Sgt. Benjamin Cleland pulled off.
From Task & Purpose:
The Fort Benning soldier and member of the Army Marksmanship Unit’s Service Rifle Team set a national record with the first-ever perfect score on a National Rifle Association high-power rifle course in Oak Ridge, Tennessee earlier this month, the Army announced.
The NRA’s 80-Shot Regional High-Power Rifle Course includes four separate matches, each with slow fire and rapid-fire elements. According to the Army, those matches include:
- Two sighting shots and 20 standing, slow-fire record shots at 200 yards and within 20 minutes.
- Two sighting shots and 20 sitting/kneeling, rapid-fire records shots at 200 yards within 2 minutes.
- Two sighting shots and 20 prone, rapid-fire record shots at 300 yards within 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
- Two sighting shots and 20 prone, slow-fire record shots at 600 yards within 20 minutes and 20 seconds.
Rocking a M16A2 rifle, the Ohio native nailed the 10-ring on all 80 shots. That’s a target that’s just 7 inches at both 200 and 300 yards and 12 inches at 600 yards.
That’s phenomenal shooting and gets a big Frontier Partisans tip of the hat. Just… wow.
Work can now begin in earnest on my Bozeman Trail War series. I’ve been awaiting the arrival of this key book for about a week:
Frontier Partisans readers can expect to see the multi-post series on the 1866-68 conflict with particular focus on the Fetterman Fight this month.
Coming July 15…
“Progressives” have now taken to feeding on their own entrails. From The Hill:
The San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to cover several murals at a San Francisco high school that depict images of slavery and a dead Native American, The Washington Post reported.
“It’s always an issue when anyone wants to remove or cover or displace art,” Board Vice President Mark Sanchez told the Post. “But there are countervailing issues we had to look at as well. We believe students shouldn’t be exposed to violent imagery — that it’s degrading.”
The 13 murals at George WashingtonHigh School, painted in 1936 by Russian-born artist Victor Arnautoff during the New Deal era, include an image of Washington standing over a dead Native American as he points to white frontiersmen.
Another shows Washington at Mount Vernon with his slaves.
The schools are going to spend some $600,000 to remove the murals. I guess it’s kind of funny, in a way. The artist was a Communist disciple of Diego Rivera; the images were subversive of the triumphalist narrative. You’d think that would be worth a raised fist, anyhow. Or, maybe… an educational discussion or something.
But “progressives” of 2019 vintage are all about the feels, so…
You’re a Long Hunter in the Ohio Valley during the 18th Century. You look overhead as a few birds flit across the sky. Soon, there is a rushing as of a mighty wind, the sound of thousands upon thousands of wings beating the air. The sky darkens as if it has whipped up a thunderstorm. A flock of Passenger Pigeons is migrating overhead — and it may be a couple of hours before they have passed. Might as well point the muzzle skyward and fire off a shot or two… dinner will fall right out of the sky…
Unfathomably massive flights of Passenger Pigeons were a common sight in the Old Northwest all the way through most of the 19th century. Like the apparently inexhaustible buffalo, they proved to be vulnerable in their concentration. They were shot into extinction.
There’s an outfit that seeks to reverse that. I don’t pretend to understand the genetic trick that would be required to pull that off. Not sure I approve. I read (and watched) Jurassic Park. But, on the other hand, wouldn’t it be grand to see a sight that thrilled the likes of Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton back in the day when the Ohio Valley teemed with game abounding?
From Revive & Restore:
We hypothesized the Passenger Pigeon could be a model de-extinction project. The Passenger Pigeon is certainly an iconic candidate. Conservation has often rallied behind iconic birds to galvanize environmental revolutions. The conservation movement itself formed in response to the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. When the last birds were shot in the wild, mere decades after their population numbered in the billions, their absence from the skies demonstrated that even the most abundant of natural resources could be exhausted by unchecked human consumption, beginning a new age of conservation regulation and game management.
Comparing the genomes of the Passenger Pigeon and Band-tailed Pigeon
Identifying regions of the living Band-tailed Pigeons genome to edit
Editing the germ-line of living Band-tailed Pigeons
Breeding a new generation of Passenger Pigeons in captivity
Reintroducing Passenger Pigeons to the wild through proper conditioning and monitoring.